Frozen Dinners is the story of Elaine Ambrose, who spends half a century searching for love and warmth beyond the contaminated legacy of her fractured family.
"Full of luscious details, clear-eyed compassion, and enduring joy..." - Kim Barnes, Author of Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Memoir,
"This tell-all memoir will resonate with anyone who has endured family dysfunction." - Joely Fisher, Author of "Growing Up Fisher"
"Affecting and sometimes poetic, "Frozen Dinners" paints a complex portrait of a twentieth-century Idaho family and its business empire." - Foreword Clarion Reviews
Elaine Ambrose is a #1 bestselling author of ten books, including "Midlife Happy Hour", "Menopause Sucks," and "Midlife Cabernet", and a syndicated blogger on several online sites. Her short stories have been included in six anthologies, including "Laugh Out Loud," a collection of 40 of the best humorists from the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop. Her memoir, "Frozen Dinners," was released in November 2018 to rave reviews. She organizes professional writing retreats with acclaimed faculty, and she is a popular motivational speaker at college commencement ceremonies, writing conferences, workshops, retreats, book clubs, and live comedy shows.
Elaine's memoir, "Frozen Dinners," won the 2019 Distinguished Favorite Award for Memoir from the Independent Press Book Award program. https://elaineambrose.com/blog/author-wins-global-writing-awards-in-three-genres-in-three-years/
"Midlife Happy Hour" was a finalist for the 2016 ForeWord Book of the Year award in the Humor category. The book won First Place in the Independent Press Awards for Midlife and "Distinguished Favorite" for Humor. The book received a rare 5-Star Review from ForeWord Reviews and is available in paperback, eBook, and audiobook read by the author.
Elaine recently updated her award-winning children's book Gators & Taters: A Week of Bedtime Stories. The book is the 2018 Winner of the "Distinguished Favorite" for Children's Literature from the Independent Press Awards program. The book is available in paperback, eBook, and audiobook read by the author. She also updated a new version of bilingual storybook, "The Magic Potato," and the book won a writing award from the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards program.
"Midlife Happy Hour" is the sequel to the award-winning Midlife Cabernet, and includes words of wisdom and humorous anecdotes for women who survived careers, kids, and chaos and deserve to have fun at happy hour.
In 2014, Ambrose released a collection of humorous essays titled Midlife Cabernet. The book won a Silver Medal for Humor from the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) and the First Place for Humor from the North American Book Awards. Publishers Weekly wrote that the book is “laugh-out-loud funny.” Foreword Reviews wrote that Midlife Cabernet is “Erma Bombeckesque…an argument for joy.” In January 2015, the book ranked #1 in sales in the humor category on Amazon.com and sold more than 8,000 copies.
My Brother's Madness is part thriller, part exploration that not only describes the causes, character, and journey of mental illness, but also makes sense of it. It is ultimately a story of our own humanity, and answers the question, Am I my brother's keeper?
When Scott Russell Sanders was four, his father held him in his arms during a thunderstorm, and he felt awe—"the tingle of a power that surges through bone and rain and everything." He says, "The search for communion with this power has run like a bright thread through all my days." A Private History of Awe is an account of this search, told as a series of awe-inspiring episodes: his early memory of watching a fire with his father; his attraction to the solemn cadences of the Bible despite his frustration with Sunday-school religion; his discovery of books and the body; his mounting opposition to the Vietnam War and all forms of violence; his decision to leave behind the university life of Oxford and Harvard and return to Indiana, where three generations of his family have put down roots. In many ways, this is the story of a generation's passage through the 1960s—from innocence to experience, from euphoria to disillusionment. But Sanders has found a language that captures the transcendence of ordinary lives while never reducing them to formula. In his hands, the pattern of American boyhood that was made classic by writers from Mark Twain to Tobias Wolff is given a powerful new charge.
From the author of the bestselling memoir North of Normal comes the harrowing story of a past that won’t let go, and one woman’s attempt to put her life back together after everything falls apart
In her bestselling memoir North of Normal, Cea wrote with grace about her unconventional childhood—her early years living in a tipi in Alberta with her pot-smoking, free-loving counterculture family. But her struggles do not end when she leaves her family at the age of thirteen to become a model. Honest and daring, Nearly Normal reveals the many ways that Cea’s unconventional childhood continues to reverberate through the years.
At the age of thirty-seven, Cea has built a life that looks like the normal one she craved as a child—husband, young son, beautiful house, enviable career. But her carefully art-directed world is about to crumble around her. As she confronts the death of her still-young mother, the disintegration of her second marriage and the demise of her business, all within a few months, she finally faces the need to look at her past to make sense of her present.
The Globe and Mail says “Person’s best gifts as a writer are her memory, her knack for knowing when to dig down into the finer details of a scene, and when to pull back.” Nearly Normal chronicles the many stories Cea left untold but that needed telling. Settled into a new and much happier life after the release of her first book, she is nonetheless compelled to continue searching for answers about her enigmatic family. She discovers the value in the lessons they taught her, and the power of taking responsibility for her own choices.
These humorous and inspirational blog posts from 45 of the best midlife bloggers offer proof that tumbling over the far side of 45is worth the journey. This anthology includes the true story of the middle-aged woman who attempted to give her husband a lap dance in the kitchen but the result was anything but steamy. Another writer describes how you’re allowed to teach your grandchild descriptive words such as “dingleberry” and “fartcake” without an ounce of guilt. Other bloggers offers poignant stories about aging, caregiving, and how to celebrate Mother’s Day after the children are grown and live far away.
These feisty females will encourage you to keep your chins up and your reading glasses handy!