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Growing Up in the D: My Grandfather, My Mother, and Me

Cynthia Williams

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ISBN 10: 1482742772 / ISBN 13: 9781482742770
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013
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Title: Growing Up in the D: My Grandfather, My ...

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

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A true story about the strength and longevity of love. The back in time imagery says we are taking a trip with an historical angle and describes the joys of growing up in Detroit during the 1950s and 1960s, with its wonder and excitement, as seen through the eyes of an awe-struck child. In this personal memoir, Cynthia vividly describes how she faced the immense challenges of her youth, including a parent with mental illness, the strength and heroism that came from her grandfather and the many ways this impacted her life. Deeply grateful for her grandfather and his determination to meet the challenges he faced on a daily basis, he was a reassuring presence everyday and the author could count on his unfailing love as his perserverance was tested time after time. This autobiography, was written as a tribute to Cynthia's grandfather and to help readers understand the many emotional pressures of her youth. This book is a testament to the positive influence she received as a result of the her grandfather's love, determination, perseverance and faith in a higher power. Alan Deneau, National Award Winning Photojournalist, captures the era through historic and beautiful photographs. Author excels in historical details, especially the ones that create a sense of reality in earlier years, from the listing of television shows she remembers. And when the book ventures into history itself, we get a multi-faceted, realistic view of those times along with the lesson. Author has put a lot of time an effort into the historical details, and the reader appreciates the timestamp as well as the little-known details of those times. Author has a great talent for creating a sense of place, which creates a terrific foundation for the interactions among the characters. Each setting comes alive through the authors use of sensory details. Author does an excellent job of sharing the details of her mothers illness, and explains well without circling the topic out of pain or fear the impact that this relationship has on her adult life and ability to connect with and depend on others. The movements and actions by her grandfather convey the message that the love and support you need might not always come from the person you expect to deliver them, but the examples here show that great love can come from another relative or person. From a review by Simon Baatz, "So happy to see "The Help" quote, since it occurred to me that this book has a lot in common with that bestseller, including historical flair, character details, the cringes, the elation at character strength."

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Cynthia is a honoree of the Ford Motor Company, Ford Freedom Award. The 2014 Ford Freedom Award celebrates those who have demonstrated the power of perseverance and their unwavering commitment to their community. Cynthia was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. After graduating from Eastern Michigan University with a master's degree in psychology and counseling, she worked in cognitive behavioral therapy and trauma-focused therapy for over twenty-seven years. Cynthia utilized art therapy to reach children, adolescents and adults who experienced trauma in their lives and to assist them in their personal healing process. In her personal memoir, Cynthia vividly describes how she faced the immense challenges of her youth. In addition to writing, Cynthia is a highly respected and accomplished artist specializing in nautical, seascape and landscape oils. Her oil paintings capture the essence of life through art and the beauty in nature.

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