Item description for Dancing in My Nightgown: The Rhythms of Widowhood by Betty Auchard...
Married when she was barely 19, Betty Auchard went straight from her parents' home to her husband's bed. She raised four children, returned to college, taught art in the public school system, and became a grandmother, a published artist, a retiree, and then a widow.
When she loses her husband of almost 49 years to cancer, widowhood forces Betty to find out what she can do on her own. She has a lot to learn, having never been single before. She was not freeway literate, nor had she ever used a computer. And she had never paid the bills by herself. Facing her new responsibilities, this septuagenarian makes all kinds of mistakes. These short, upbeat, inspiring stories tell us how this spunky woman got through widowhood-she decides to dance instead of sitting on the sidelines.
* "Anyone who's lost a loved one will relate to the many wonderful moments in Betty Auchard's wise and funny book." - Lolly Winston, author Good Grief
* "I found Dancing in my Nightgown brave and touching." - Rosemarie Stack, widow of Robert Stack (TV star of Unsolved Mysteries)
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Oct 31, 2006
Publisher Stephens Press
ISBN 1932173757 ISBN13 9781932173758
Availability 0 units.
More About Betty Auchard
Betty Auchard was a retired art teacher when herhusband, Denny, died. For her, writing became away to heal, eventually taking on a life of its own.Her stories have been published in Chocolate for a Woman's Soul series, San Jose Mercury News, and other periodicals. In addition to writing, she presents these stories to audiences in California's Bay Area and beyond.
Reviews - What do customers think about Dancing in My Nightgown: The Rhythms of Widowhood?
Acceptance Jun 30, 2008
I read about this book after my husband died. I loved reading the stories and reflecting on my own experiences with my own husband. Comforting to know others share your feelings during this greaving time.
A TRUE COMFORT May 6, 2007
This book was a TRUE COMFORT to me now when that is what I need. I feel like Betty and I are the best of friends -- even though we have not met. I recently lost my beloved Ted after 71 years of marriage. My daughter-in-law gave me a copy of Dancing in My Nightgown, and once I started reading it, I could not stop. I have loaned it to my friends. Just what I needed. -- Louella Uber, Carlsbad, CA
A book about life Jul 22, 2006
No one can understand the sense of losing a loved one except those who have experienced it themselves. Betty Auchard uses this experience coupled with her vivacious personality to help all those who have experienced personal loss. After losing her husband of forty-nine years experience Betty suddenly finds she must continue on her own. Married at nineteen she never had to face some of the everyday experiences of life such as paying bills or pumping gas. Filled with humor and courage Betty shows that there is life after death and that she can still dance.
Like Chocolate... Jan 23, 2006
The stories in Dancing in My Nightgown: The Rhythms of Widowhood are more than memoir and inspirational. They are surprisingly fun to read. The book is like an exquisite piece of chocolate-I'm taking a small bite at a time for its taste to last and its essence to linger.
Not just for widows! Aug 12, 2005
Betty Auchard, with a sense of down home humor and courageous insight, has written a guidebook to the land of Self Discovery on the journey of loss and grief. These revealing words of wisdom are useful for women in transition at all ages and stages of life. Read and dance with Betty out of the past, out of the pain, into the future.