"This is perhaps the finest jewel in Barbara’s publishing crown as she blends together and enhances three generations of family history."
338 pages, 46 photos
AMAZON in Canada
AMAZON in UK
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Although you won't find this title on the shelves of brick-and-mortar
bookstores, you can go into any bookstore in the U.S. and special-order
the book. If you'd like to read this historical American biography without cost,
please ask your local library to add it to their collection. (Available to them
THIS NEW BOOK by
Barbara Brabec—posthumously co-authored by her Mother through recorded
conversations and writing done decades ago—tells what happened when Barbara sat her Mother down for a nostalgic chat
when she was near the end of her life.
Marcella wrote her last words 25 years ago, but they live on in this book and illustrate the sacrifices
mothers everywhere make to help their children bloom and grow and succeed in life. This book is not only for
the sons and daughters who love their mother or the memory of her, but for every mother who has a little-known
story to tell about her family’s history and her own life journey.
DID YOU EVER LOOK at your parents and wonder what kind of romantic
relationship they had when they first met? Ever learn something about your
mother or father that was so surprising you couldn't believe the topic had never
come up for discussion before?
Ever think that perhaps the dreams and ambitions they had when they were
young—long before they were thinking about getting married and having
children—were as important and exciting to them as your young dreams and
ambitions were to you? And do you know if your parents ever realized their
secret dreams and goals?
Sometimes it can take a lifetime for
all the pieces of a puzzle to come together. It took Barbara Brabec more than twenty years to finally see the whole
picture and decide to write this book about her mother's life and legacy for the
family—and also to inspire others to write a memoir.
Eight years before she died, Marcella wrote the story of her
life in a private memoir for her three daughters and brother. Typed on the
manual Smith Corona typewriter Barbara had used in high school, it contained
surprising historical facts and delightful never-told-before family tales,
revealing Marcella as a gifted writer and storyteller. But what the memoir
didn’t mention were Marcella's unrealized secret dreams as a 16-year-old girl.
Barbara would not learn about them until her mother was in the last four
years of her life. On that life-changing day, she gave Barbara a bundle of
papers and letters that made her jaw drop, put her head in a spin, and showed
her a secret side of her mother that no one in the family had ever seen before.
Marcella thought she was just an ordinary woman, wife, and mother, but in truth
she was quite extraordinary for her times.
Now Barbara has artfully woven together the memoirs of two authors—a book within
a book—to tell a true-life story of three generations of a Midwestern farming
family going back to the 1880s. The authentic dialogue, stories, and unusual
collection of letters in this book offer a mixture of history, humor, drama, and
In completing the story of Marcella's inspiring life and accomplishments with
present-day reflections from her sisters, Barbara illustrates the importance of
their mother's legacy to the family and challenges readers to think about the
life story only they can tell—one that should be shared with their family and
perhaps the world.
THIS TRUE-LIFE BOOK offers something special
for anyone who happens to be a sister, wife, mother, grandmother, or widow; or an entrepreneur or home-business
owner; or a mechanic, musician, teacher, writer, nurse, pianist, sewer,
needleworker, or crafter; or anyone who loves cats or dogs, books, antiques,
nature, or traveling with an interest in American history.