Far Outside the Ordinary: A Memoir

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      "Please, anyone who likes nuanced, emotional, beautiful storytelling, look into Prissy's book, Far Outside the Ordinary"  John Tinker: Emmy Award Winner, Television producer and writer for CBS, ABC, NBC: Chicago Hope, The Practice, Judging Amy and Hallmark's original series Chesapeake Shores.           If anybody had told Prissy, a Southern housewife, she would one day be driving around town with a stoned, drunk man named Willie in her backseat while she begged--no, ordered--him into her house for the night, she would have told them they were nuts. But it happened. Far Outside the Ordinary follows a personal journey of life interrupted by one of life's greatest fears...cancer.
An emotionally honest account it chronicles the period in Prissy's life when, during a routine physical, her fifty-year-old husband is given less than a year to live. Never one to take no for an answer, she is determined to save her husband. She exhausts Western lifesaving treatments. When they fail, she puts faith in prayer and Eastern alternative treatments- from medicine men to an FDA-indicted doctor. Her optimistic nature infuses her with hope and a positive outcome. Despite all her efforts, Boone's health deteriorates.
 Prissy calls in help: black caregivers move into her home in Tallahassee, Florida, and work around the clock to aid her family. Soon, Prissy finds herself a spectator in her own home, observing events far outside the boundaries of her once ordinary life. This is a story of people from different cultures and how love and respect for each other's differences grew from the work of supporting a man at the end of his life.
A memoir which shares a universal message: living through tragedy,resurrecting from despair, and rediscovering love, joy and happiness. Prissy opens her heart and reveals the unfolding of her once ordinary life with raw truth and brave honesty. It is told with candor, emotion, and a sprinkle of humor. Sometimes, unanswered prayers are answered, just in a different way.

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If anybody had told Prissy, a Southern housewife, she would one day be driving around town with a stoned, drunk black man named Willie in her backseat while she begged―no, ordered―him into her house for the night, she would have told them they were nuts. But it happened.
An emotionally honest account, Far Outside the Ordinary chronicles the period in Prissy's life when, during a routine physical, her fifty-year-old husband is given less than a year to live. Southern black caregivers move into her home and work around the clock to aid her family. Soon, Prissy finds herself a spectator in her own home, observing events far outside the boundaries of her once ordinary life. 
Far Outside the Ordinary is also a story of happily ever after, a romantic fairy tale. When her high school boyfriend reappears in her life, Prissy learns love has no expiration date. Sometimes a second chance at love can come disguised, and when least expected.

About the Author:

After publishing Far Outside the Ordinary, a memoir, Prissy Elrod became a sought-after public speaker who captivates her audiences with her message of hope. She is also an artist and humorist. Born and raised in Lake City, Florida, she now lives in Tallahassee with her husband. She earned both a bachelor's and master's degree from Florida State University. 
Since her memoir was released, it has been profiled in southern newspapers. Bloggers from California to New York have reviewed and shared her book with their readers, and Prissy has personally spoken or Skyped with over one hundred book clubs throughout the country.

She has been among the chosen authors for several writers' forums in Florida: Contemporary Women Authors of the South and Writers in the Round, part of a philanthropic education organization for women. In addition, she has been the keynote speaker to SunTrust, Merrill Lynch, the Florida Transportation Builders Association, Altrusa, and Friends of the Library and was the MC for Reader Meet Writer in Georgia.

She has been interviewed and broadcast on numerous syndicated radio programs throughout the country, featured on the cover of Tallahassee Woman magazine, spotlighted in Writer's Digest magazine, and featured in the national Pi Beta Phi Arrow magazine, and her butterfly cover was featured in the esteemed Print graphic design magazine after winning one of the top best designs in the United States in 2014.

Attending Catholic school, she grew up believing in family, integrity, and positive outcomes. Those are the reasons her story is so poignant. Sometimes life throws us some hard, unexpected curveballs that leave us reeling and without answers. Prissy Elrod's story is one of true acceptance, raucous humor, poignant insight, and revitalizing romance - and it's a compelling tale for anyone interested in new beginnings and in reading a book from an everyday woman with an extraordinary adventure.

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