Local author Natalie Taylor (Beverly Hills, MI resident and educator at Berkley High School) will be appearing at Book Beat (26010 Greenfield Rd. Oak Park, MI 48237) on Wednesday, December 5 from 6:30-7:30pm to speak and sign copies of her poignant memoir Signs of Life, recently released in paperback. This event is co-sponsored by the Women’s National Book Association Detroit Chapter. Books will be available for purchase at the event. To reserve a copy of the book or if you have any further questions, please call Book Beat (248) 968-1190. Book Beat will be open until 9pm.
“Sit down with this book. See if you can stop after one page.”
“Told with pulsing heart-in-the-hand pace—this book reads like a primer for anyone who has experienced the beast that is grief. With wit, gutting honesty, and a modicum of self-pity, Natalie Taylor gives us permission to cry the necessary gamut of tears that healing requires…and that includes tears of joy.”—Laura Munson, author of the best-selling memoir This Is Not The Story You Think It Is: A Season of Unlikely Happiness
Twenty-four-year-old Natalie Taylor was leading a charmed life. At the age of twenty four, she had a fulfilling job as a high school English teacher, a wonderful husband, a new house and a baby on the way. Then, while visiting her sister, she gets the news that Josh has died in a freak accident. Four months before the birth of her son, Natalie is leveled by loss.
What follows is an incredibly powerful emotional journey, as Natalie calls upon resources she didn’t even know she had in order to re-imagine and re-build a life for her and her son. In vivid and immediate detail, Natalie documents her life from the day of Josh’s death through the birth their son, Kai, as she struggles in her role as a new mother where everyone is watching her for signs of impending collapse. With honesty, raw pain, and most surprising, a wicked sense of humor, Natalie recounts the agonies and unexpected joys of her new life. There is the frustration of holidays, navigating the relationship with her in-laws, the comfort she finds and unlikely friendship she forges in support groups and the utterly breathtaking, but often overwhelming new motherhood. When she returns to the classroom, she finds that little is more healing than the honesty and egocentricity of teenagers.
Unforgettable and utterly absorbing, Signs of Life features a powerful, wholly original debut voice that will have you crying and laughing to the very last page.