|Tune into WUSA-Channel 9 (Washington, D.C.'s CBS
to see Maryland essayists
Lauren Bogart, Cari Shane Parven,
and Amy Smith talk about Knowing Pains.
Wednesday November 19th Live on the 9 a.m. news. Link to be posted after the segment airs.
New York, NY
Tuesday, December 9
Erin St. John Kelly
Cari Shane Parven
Wednesday, January 28
San Francisco, CA
Knowing Pains for the Holidays
Knowing Pains: Women on Love, Sex and Work in Our 40s
November 16, 2008
|A Meaningful Gift for Sisters, Friends, Daughters and Mothers-in-Law!
We had an amazing book reading in Lafayette last Thursday night with 140 people in attendance. We are now two months into the launch of Knowing Pains: Women on Love, Sex and Work in Our 40s, and starting to see the impact of "the buzz" about the book, with stellar feedback from reviewers and articles in the local press (see below for excerpts). We're off to a great start!
This is a critical time to build on our momentum. Solve your holiday gift dilemma by giving a copy of Knowing Pains to the women in your life, and supporting breast cancer education and advocacy at the same time.
In these crazy economic times, we all need a laugh and a little perspective, both of which you'll find in abundance in Knowing Pains.
Our goal is to raise $50,000 in the first year for Breast Cancer Action and to sell 13,000 books! We have sold over 1,000 in the first two months, thanks to all of you.
Books are available for purchase where readings
are held, and at Amazon.com. Check out
our Knowing Pains website for more details!
|Knowing Pains Contributors in the Press
The Sacramento Bee wrote about Neurosurgeon Dr Edie Zusman in Cutting Through the Glass Ceiling:
"Zusman has written an essay about her gender-shattering journey in a new
anthology, "Knowing Pains: Women on Love, Sex and Work in Our 40s," edited by Molly Tracy Rosen. Proceeds from
the book benefit breast cancer research.
Her piece is a frank look at how a once-naive young medical student learned
to navigate over, and sometimes dodge around, many gender- related obstacles.
She also documents how she balances marriage and motherhood (son Adam, 13, and
daughter Abby, 10) with a demanding career.
But her essay, titled "If It Were Only Brain Surgery," is not a
feminist rant. As Zusman writes, she accomplished her goals "without
bitterness and outrage" but admitted it often amounted to "an
exercise in compromise." Read the full article.
The Times in Portland Oregon wrote about businesswoman Ana Ammann in It's Never Too Late:
"Tigard resident Ana Ammann believes in the power of
following a dream, and her proof is included in the book "Knowing Pains: Love,
Sex and Work in Our 40s."
Ammann, a 41-year-old business consultant for software
company Sybase, wrote an essay that details her own experience of realizing a
dream the she had all but given up decades before.
"My story, 'Strung
Together,' is about how I found my way back to music after helping to organize
the first Rock & Roll Camp for Girls in Portland in 2001 and how that experience
allowed me to embrace all my different 'personas.'"
"I wrote the story for two reasons: I want women my age to
know it's not too late to reinvent yourself or pursue that thing in life you've
always wanted to achieve . . . whatever it is," Ammann said. "I also want to encourage young women to be inspired to pursue their
soul's dream from the moment they conceive it and feel it, rather than
waiting for someone to give them approval to do it or waiting 30 years
to make it happen like I did."
One aspect of "Knowing Pains" that is especially notable is
the fact that every person involved donated his or her time, making it possible
for 100 percent of all net proceeds from the sale to be turned over to Breast
Cancer Action. Ammann said Breast Cancer Action was selected as beneficiary
because "having our first mammogram marks the entry point into this decade."
Also, many of them have at some point known someone who was
diagnosed with the disease.
"I have had people close to me succumb to it; sadly, on the
day this book came out, my brother lost his mother-in-law, Cindy Zell, to
breast cancer," she said. "Access to care and ongoing research are the two keys
to continue this effort for our generation and the generations of women to
come, so that we don't have to say goodbye to beautiful women like Cindy." Read the full article.
From Our Readers
I wanted to share with you a few message we have received from our readers:
A note sent via Facebook to Kim Merkin, the author of A Community to Call My Own: "I admire how you went about gathering your own tribe, and some of the
other stories have inspired me to get my act together and either
re-establish friendships I may have let lapse or maybe cultivate new
ones. I just wanted to shoot you a message and, say thanks for
the spark that inspired me at the right time."
Messages from other readers:
"The essays have the power to make you laugh, make you cry and/or
remind you how great it is to be 40. I love the book! I just ordered 10 more copies to give to
"My aunt left me a message today raving about the book, and saying
that she had to keep pinching herself as a reminder that she's 27 years
older than the contributors. She said each essay has resonated with
her so much that she feels transported in time."
"Thank you for the inspiration this collection of essays brought me, I
suspect they will touch many women and especially those women who
may not have the gift of words to express how they feel."
Thank you for sharing these stories. This is what it's all about.