Naked: Stripped by a Man and Hurricane Katrina

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The award-winning debut from bestselling author Julie Freed.
In one week, a house and marriage violently disintegrate on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Alone raising an infant in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Julie is surrounded by the rubble of her life - stripped bare by love and loss. Suddenly a single mother, Freed's prose captures the love and adoration for her daughter, the indomitable spirit of her New England family, and her father's unwavering devotion. Touching ties survive even the most powerful surge Mother Nature delivers. This debut memoir candidly reveals intimate details of one woman's shattered dreams as well as humanity's resilience and sweet goodness. Unflinchingly honest, NAKED is a remarkable true story of hope, family, and love in a southern coastal Mississippi town.
 
* Writer's Digest Finalist
* Top Rated Southern Memoir
* Amazon Bestseller
* National Indie Excellence Award Finalist
* Staff Pick at Anne Patchett's Parnassus Books
* Readers' Favorite Bronze Best Memoir
* USA Best Books Finalist
 
 
"Accolades to memoirist Julie Freed - this stunningly poignant book candidly reveals intimate details of her life with clarity but not a whiff of "poor, pitiful me." In facing the end of her marriage and the end of life as she had known it on Mississippi's Gulf Coast, Freed exhibited the strength other Mississippians also showed in response to this country's worst natural disaster. She persevered - and she wrote a damn good book." ~ Nancy Kay Wessman author of Katrina,Mississippi: Voices from Ground Zero

"Occasionally, real-life setbacks smash into authors' lives with the degree of intensity usually found in fiction. Julie Freed's memoir recounts just such an extreme situation ... The strengths Julie Freed draws on in her life are generously passed along to her readers,reminding us that just past the darkness, there is dawn." ~ JerryWaxler, author of Memoir Revolution 

"A heart-wrenching true story told with dignity." ~Victoria Twead, New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Old Fools Series.

"It is a rare talent that can make you feel the emotions portrayed in words and Freed accomplished this. Showing that true strength and power can derive from the lowest of places. NAKED is one memoir that I am glad I read." ~125 Pages Book Review

"Her intention is to show how close we all are, at any moment in time,to unexpected, monumental and life altering change. An intelligent and engaging memoir." ~ Book Viral

"Masterful!" ~ Cinda Brooks, author of bestselling Heartprintsof Africa, A Family's Story of Faith, Love, Adventure, and Turmoil.

"An honest, courageous, eye-opening and brilliantly written testament to a harrowing and life-changing period of her life." ~ George Mahood, author of Free Country, Every Day is Holiday, and Life's a Beach

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Excerpt from an interview with author Julie Freed.

Q: Crises often seem to come in layered forms.  You were dealing with the wrath of Hurricane Katrina and the dissolution of a marriage.  Please tell us how the title is symbolic.

NAKED - Being authentic, being vulnerable, being alive. Both the title and cover image capture being naked in several ways. My body's naked outline is merged with a photo of my house after Hurricane Katrina. My body represents the text's raw candor I hope makes the reader feel as if she is beside me on my journey. It also captures the nakedness I felt for my community, as my surroundings were destroyed. And naked also refers to the freedom from material possessions and a dying marriage I ultimately experienced. Color inside the figure expresses the light and love I found within, despite all that dissolved into black and white around me.  

Q: What parts of your upbringing helped you become a resilient and buoyant person?

My parents were strict and always challenged me to do more. But, they let me fail, they let me fall. They were not helicopter parents, making sure I didn't scrape a knee. They provided all I truly needed and allowed me to explore and learn on my own. I think this helped develop a decent level of grit and confidence. 
As a family we also had to deal with cancer in our world when my sisters and I were all still quite young. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer at 42. This changes the world for children and for a family. Mom was a fighter, a survivor - a role model. I learned early, life throws hurdles. We must keep jumping or we become frozen with fear.

Q: What are some of the topics in your book that readers will find interesting?

Women and men who read NAKED seem to be touched by the honesty and clarity of emotions, doubts, and fears. I think many people have encountered these same sensations in their relationships.The story also deals with issues around my divorce - sex, alcoholism, plastic surgery requests, adultery - that too many people taste in their lifetime. I think mothers in particular relate to and identify with the bond between a mother and child. It is a love like no other. My family relationships and the descriptions in particular of my amazing and supportive father are touching and a guide for anyone who wants to be a solid role model for love and goodness. 
NAKED also describes the incredible event that was Hurricane Katrina and is the context of the majority of the book.  Most people just watched the episodes unfold on the news but this story will take readers there - to all that I saw, felt, smelled, touched, and suffered. I hope my story also gives readers hope that when faced with extreme unthinkable situations there is a well of strength deep within that can quench our thirst and propel us forward. And finally, even though I was stripped, left naked on the slab of what was my house holding my one year daughter - I was never alone, and we are never alone! 
Q: What do you think you personally learned after witnessing nature's force and fury?

What an amazing planet we have been gifted. Our waters, beaches, forests, swamps, the air we breathe are all precious. We must protect and defend them. No matter how brilliant the diamond, how fast the car, how big the flat screen - Mother Nature wins. She can blow it all away. Material obsessions, in the end are immaterial. Love, family, friends, travel, ideas, creativity, inspiration, and time, time, time - These are my commodities. ... And a really good hot cup of coffee!

Q: Can you describe your writing style a bit?

Mathematics is a highly efficient language. Incredible relationships can be described with just a few symbols that are not culturally bound. Like music, it is a true world language. I've always looked for patterns and my writing works to weave those in both subtle and explicit ways. I think my logical and quantitative background also makes my prose clear and concise. With a music and math background I try to write succinctly but also rhythmically so the reader feels the ebbing and flowing of the story - my cadence as if I'm sitting across the table.

Q: Which authors have inspired you?

What authors have inspired me ... such a difficult question. Scientists, researchers, musicians, authors, my parents, my daughters, my husband, my friends, all kinds of people inspire me.  I am a collection of all of these amazing people and the rich experiences they have brought into my life.  But to give a "list" - Leonardo DaVinci fascinates me, Nora Ephron a hilarious New Yorker to adore, Jeannette Walls a brilliant journalist, Salvador Dali an enigma in an enigma, Billy Holiday makes me smile, Ernest Hemingway a succinct craftsman of language, Rodin's work breath taking, Annie Lennox an artist to admire, ... I could go on with the artists who have pioneered and whom I adore. I chose a quote from Maya Angelou to begin my book because people who keep growing and changing despite their fears are my beacon of hope for humanity.

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A house and marriage violently disintegrate. Left alone to raise an infant in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina while her husband lives it up in Miami Beach, Julie is surrounded by the rubble of her life - stripped bare by love and loss.  It is a time of unprecedented clarity. She must acknowledge her own pain, while sharing the heartache of others in her community who are also rebuilding their lives. NAKED is a powerful true story of loss but also of triumph, a path to true love of self. Struggling to find meaning in her journey, Julie shares a remarkable story with humor and tenderness.

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