To Get Back Home by Wendy Chapin Ford
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To Get Back Home: A Mysterious Disease: A fight for Life
Wendy Ford
Thursday, March 24, 2011 6:00 PM-8:00 PM.
90 Snell Library

To Get Back Home describes an inspirational true story of survival and triumph over a life—altering disease. It tells the story of a young woman who, despite her healthy and active lifestyle, is suddenly struck with a rare neurological disorder, known as Acute Demyelinating Encephalomyelitis (ADEM), that leaves her in a coma and later a quadriplegic. The story follows Ford's journey through the diagnosis and treatment of her ailment, as well her miraculous triumph over a disease that was previously believed to be fatal.



"An engaging, moving memoir that unravels at a quick pace. Straightforward and honest, emotional realism is achieved with quiet dignity, making it all the more poignant..." —Kate Darnton, Contributing Editor, PublicAffairs

"Your very desire to live and not die was itself a kind of prayer." —Professor Kimberley Patton, Harvard Divinity School

Sponsors: NU Libraries, NU Bouvé College of Health Sciences, NU Bookstore

Listen to Steve Jorgenson's interview with Wendy on iUniverse Radio -- Just click here.


The St. George 2010 Summer Literary Series

Sponsored by Jackson Memorial Library,
Tenants Harbor, Maine

All events begin at 5:00 with a reception and then reading.

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Thursday, August 26th 5:00pm Ocean View Grange, Martinsville

To Get Back Home --
A Mysterious Disease: A Fight for Life

A reading and conversation with Wendy Chapin Ford and Alice Gorman about Wendy's recently published memoir

Listen to the reading below:

Reading by Wendy Ford

To Get Back Home is available at the Pt. Clyde General Store Upstairs, Pt. Clyde, Maine.

Saturday, August 21 5:00pm Odd Fellows Hall,
Watts Avenue, Tenants Harbor
14th Annual Reading by Tenants Harbor Poets

Jonathan Aldrich, Mary Burchenal, Christopher Fahy, Elizabeth Gordon McKim, David Riley

Monday, August 16th 5:00pm Blueberry Cove Camp,
Harts Neck Road, Tenants Harbor

Mrs. Darcy and the Blue Eyed Stranger

Lee Smith, Author

Wednesday, August 4th 5:00pm Ocean View Grange, Martinsville
My Yacht Designs and What they Taught Me

Chuck Paine

Wednesday, July 28th 5:00pm Ocean View Grange, Martinsville
The Everyday Magic of our Lives
Essays and Poetry by two Maine authors

Kimberly Cloutier Green, Poet
Susan Hand Shetterly, Author,
Settled in the Wild: Notes from the Edge of Town

Co-sponsored with the St George Conservation Commission


Please Join Us

To Celebrate Publication


To Get Back Home
A Mysterious Disease: A Fight for Life
A true story of hope, strength, love and survival --

Sunday, December 5, 2010   3-5 p.m.

Natural High Fitness Club
The Tannery, Mill No. 4, Suite 404
50 Water Street
Newburyport, Massachusetts

"Reading this precious book is like a 'natural high.'"

From the review by Dr. Marc and Jen Cendron, the Newburyport Liberator

Books will be available for signing by the author.
Park at the Tannery lots on either side of Water Street, or on nearby Federal Street.
There is a flight of stairs to the fitness club.
Light refreshments will be served.

Books may be purchased at The Book Rack and Jabberwocky Books, both in Newburyport. Books also may be ordered by your favorite independent bookseller, or through,, or
To Get Back Home is also available on Kindle.

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The Women's Alliance of the First Religious Society
Newburyport, Massachusetts
End-of-year Luncheon

June 15, 2010

Eaton Woods
East Kingston, New Hampshire

Featuring a conversation with Wendy Ford about her newly published book,
To Get Back Home -- A Mysterious Disease: A Fight for Life
Come with your questions!


A Celebration of Local Authors

Friday, June 11th
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

The Book Rack Bookstore

52 State Street
Newburyport, Massachusetts

The Book Rack is proud of its many years of support for all of our local authors.

Join us as we celebrate their success and highlight their work on this special evening.

Refreshments and appetizers will be served.

Our list of local authors includes:

Richard Doyle "Winston Churchill Was a Catholic Priest"

Wendy Chapin Ford "To Get Back Home"

Jesse Kalfel "So You're Cremated...Now What?"

Alexander DeLuca "Six Months In Ipswich"
(2010 New England Book Award Nominee)

Deb Dunham "Tween You & Me"

Will Harney "The Stonecutter" (Children's Book)

Dean McLellan "Intelligent Investors Contrarian Walk"

Susan Gaylord "Handmade Books for a Healthy Planet"

Ed Ridolfi, Sr. "Sweet Justice" and "Walker"

A portion of the proceeds from book sales for this evening will be donated to our community programs.