Stories of 18 Famous Widow/ers. Published by Act II Publications, LLC
Public Book Launch on International Widow’s Day: June 23
East Lyme, Conn.—Act II Publications, LLC, just released the second book in its “After the Loss of a Spouse” series. The new book, “After the Loss of a Spouse: Henry VIII to Julia Child” by Lisa Saunders, examines the bittersweet human condition of love and loss though the lens of history. By learning how these famous (and infamous) people managed their lives after the loss of a spouse, we come to realize the potential that exists in all of us. Anyone who loves a romantic history lesson will be intrigued by this book.
Click here to view on Amazon: After the Loss of a Spouse: From Henry VIII to Julia Child. Perfect for individuals and for groups. Includes questions for discussion.
The widow/ers featured in “After the Loss of a Spouse: From Henry VIII to Julia Child” include: Mark Twain, George Palmer Putnam (Amelia Earhart’s widower), C.S. Lewis, Henry VIII, Martha Washington, Norman Rockwell, George Burns, Julia Child, Mary Todd Lincoln, Grandma Moses, Milton Hershey (Hershey's Kisses), Coretta Scott King, Captain von Trapp (of The Sound of Music), Hetty Green (world's greatest miser), Katharine Graham (of The Washington Post), William Gillette (aka Sherlock Holmes), Frances Wolfe Sisson (widow of Mystic, Connecticut, sea captain who perished in one of Texas’s worst maritime disasters), and Abby Day Slocomb (widow behind Connecticut State flag design who sent a recently opened time capsule from Europe during WWI).
Review by David S. Martin, Professor/Dean Emeritus, Gallaudet University: "Lisa Saunders has written another fine piece of historically-based literature. Based on a unique and previously uncovered topic in history, this work encompasses a broad span of time and shows clearly the commonalities, as well as uniquenesses, of these stories about the famous. How they handled their loss, their guilt, and in some cases a plan for a future without their spouses, makes fascinating reading for anyone with interest in both the history and the human side of well-known figures."
The public is invited to celebrate the book launch scheduled for June 23 to honor International Widow’s Day (un.org/en/events/widowsday).
Thursday, June 23, 2016, 2-4 p.m.
Book Launch: “After the Loss of a Spouse: From Henry VIII to Julia Child”
Free and open to the public. Light refreshments served.
A Taste of New England
12 Steamboat Wharf, Mystic, CT 06355
Other book events include:
Friday, August 12, 7:45 p.m.
Talk: "Tales of Famous Connecticut Widow's Walks"
Free and open to the public
Mystic River Yacht Club (next to Engine Room restaurant)
Lisa Saunders, author of “After the Loss of a Spouse: From Henry VIII to Julia Child” with discuss famous widow/ers with Connecticut ties such as Amelia Earhart’s widower, George Palmer Putnam (married in Noank); Mark Twain, who had a lot to say about Mystic; the widow behind the Connecticut State flag design, Abby Day Slocomb, who enclosed a challenge in a 100-year-old time capsule sent from Europe during WWI to Groton; William Gillette (a.k.a Sherlock Holmes) of Gillette's Castle in East Haddam; and the Guinness World Record Holder for "Greatest Miser," Hetty Green, who is connected to the last surviving wooden whaleship in the world, the Charles W. Morgan, at Mystic Seaport.
Wednesday, Aug. 24, 6 p.m.
Talk: "After the Loss" Self-Improvement Series
Free and open to the public
Authors Lisa Saunders and Dr. Joanne Z. Moore will discuss lifestyle options after the loss of a spouse. Saunders will tell stories of historic figures with Connecticut connections such as Amelia Earhart's widower and Mark Twain, while Dr. Moore will present modern strategies for developing a new philosophy of life after the disappointment of loss. Saunders and Dr. Moore are authors of the books, "After the Loss of a Spouse, Henry VIII to Julia Child" and "After the Loss of a Spouse: What's Next?" respectively.
The first book in the “After the Loss of a Spouse” series is “After the Loss of a Spouse: What's Next?” by Dr. Joanne Z. Moore. She is editor of the digital magazine, Pathfinder: A Companion Guide for the Widow/er’s Journey and owner of Shoreline Physical Therapy, LLC, in East Lyme, Connecticut.
Book Details: “After the Loss of a Spouse: Henry VIII to Julia Child”
Published: May 25, 2016
Act II Publications, LLC
Paperback: 6" x 9" (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Interior black and white