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Parakeet Races and Other Stories: A Memoir

Cindy Hall Ranii

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Title: Parakeet Races and Other Stories: A Memoir

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Binding: Hardcover

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Hardcover. 176 pages. Dimensions: 9.1in. x 6.1in. x 0.9in.Parakeet Races and Other Stories is a memoir that recounts the challenges and escapades of a family of six children in the 1950s which faces the premature death of its mother. Always authentic, each self-contained story can be read in just a few richly rewarding minutes that may leave the reader laughing out loud, crying, or both. Together the stories recount the collective memories of a remarkable set of siblings, three boys and three girls, the father who gives it his very best, and the mother whom the children can barely remember. The stories explore the mystery of the mothers death and reflect how the death of a parent in that era was often a topic not to be discussed or processed. The author, Cindy Hall Ranii, is the oldest daughter in the Hall Family, and beyond sharing the memories of her childhood and that of her siblings, she also shares her experiences as a world traveler, first as a teenager in Finland, then as a college student in India and finally as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Iran. With her keen powers of observation and respectfulness of different cultures she gives the reader the opportunity to eavesdrop on other peoples and other places. In the final segment of Parakeet Races Dr. Ranii takes the reader into the world of disability. Stricken with Transverse Myelitis, a rare neuro-immunologic disorder, she went from playing golf one day to being paralyzed from the chest down four days later. Her accounts of this chapter of her life are told with the same delicious, rhythmic writing style as the other two segments of the book. The author skillfully weaves her stories from decade to decade, taking the reader on a journey that captivates, entertains and challenges. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9781468547320

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Synopsis: Parakeet Races and Other Stories is a memoir that recounts the challenges and escapades of a family of six children in the 1950's which faces the premature death of its mother. Always authentic, each self-contained story can be read in just a few richly rewarding minutes that may leave the reader laughing out loud, crying, or both. Together the stories recount the collective memories of a remarkable set of siblings, three boys and three girls, the father who gives it his very best, and the mother whom the children can barely remember. The stories explore the "mystery" of the mother's death and reflect how the death of a parent in that era was often a topic not to be discussed or processed. The author, Cindy Hall Ranii, is the oldest daughter in the Hall Family, and beyond sharing the memories of her childhood and that of her siblings, she also shares her experiences as a world traveler, first as a teenager in Finland, then as a college student in India and finally as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Iran. With her keen powers of observation and respectfulness of different cultures she gives the reader the opportunity to eavesdrop on other peoples and other places. In the final segment of Parakeet Races Dr. Ranii takes the reader into the world of disability. Stricken with Transverse Myelitis, a rare neuro-immunologic disorder, she went from playing golf one day to being paralyzed from the chest down four days later. Her accounts of this chapter of her life are told with the same delicious, rhythmic writing style as the other two segments of the book. The author skillfully weaves her stories from decade to decade, taking the reader on a journey that captivates, entertains and challenges.

About the Author: Cindy Hall Ranii approaches her writing from a unique set of experiences: as a motherless-child, an adult child of an alcoholic, a daughter who's father suffered from dementia, a world traveler and student of world cultures, an athlete, an educator and as a paraplegic. She studied Near Eastern Languages at the University of California, Berkeley and South Asian Regional Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. A retired educator with a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California she served as a teacher of English as a Second Language, a high school principal, a superintendent of schools, and a professor of educational administration. Cindy has published in disability publications and regularly blogs and posts on issues relating to disability and wheelchair use. She was nationally ranked as a wheelchair tennis player in 2010 and is in training for the 2016 Paralympics as a Table Tennis player. Dr. Ranii lives in Santa Cruz, California with her partner Shelly. They have four children and eight grandchildren.

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