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Fragments of an Everywoman's Life-bookcover

By: Eileen Ballman

Fragments of an Everywoman's Life

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In her groundbreaking first book, author Eileen Ballman proves she herself is an 'Everywoman' in every sense of the word. By drawing on relatable, personal experiences such as childhood, growing pains, education, careers, marriage, parenthood, and gracefully aging, her exploration of the myriad ways women handle life's milestones offers a compelling, evocative, and emotive read. Jesting she is Shakespeare's sister, she quickly draws the reader into her stories and musings as she demonstrates her love of the "human condition"; the bond and friendship which develops between the author and the reader is immediate and gratifying. Her unique hybrid approach to memoir/self-help journaling will change how readers view these genres. Because she seeks the reader's opinion of her own handling of various situations, the reader advances from the sidelines to the forefront. Encouraged to document their personal accounts on the pages provided, readers now find themselves an integral and valuable part of a storyline. As she tackles challenging subjects such as 'How Far Will You Go', 'Loss of Innocence', 'Bouncing Back', and 'Defining Moments', Ms. Ballman reveals her extensive knowledge of the complexity of life's challenges, as well as her authentic compassion for the female role. Characterizing herself as an 'Everywoman', she notes, "Although we may not be prominent, notable figures ourselves, our universally relatable stories certainly are, and this ability to relate creates our impregnable bond."
Eileen Ballman was raised in Cheshire, Connecticut. She was the middle child in her large Irish Catholic family of eight. She's learned about life through her three distinct careers in sales, interior design, and teaching. After joining the military in the mid-seventies, she landed on the West Coast where she got married, raised her children, and lived joyfully for 22 years between Washington and Oregon. She and her family moved to North Carolina in 2000, and after retiring from teaching in 2012, she now resides in St Augustine, Florida, with her husband, Dave. She has two sons, Jake and Josh, and has a host of 'everywoman' friends who keep her happy and sane in her beloved beach town.
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  • Peggy Hart

    First of all, I am taking two classes this term and I am reading and writing a lot. I finally got your book and read it immediately – not stopping to do any journaling, but of course, will go back and read again and journal. Your writing comes out as introspective and vulnerable and that will make your memoir very effective. You have bared your soul and given us the whole truth and that is not easy to do. But when you do that there are many transferrable principles and I see that this is what you are trying to do with the journaling suggestions. I think it is terrific and I hope you get a lot of good responses.
    Talks soon.

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