Vashon Feature: September 2002
Janie Starr: Author of Bone Marrow Boogie
"We learn most about life when someone tells us the truth of their own experience, and makes us laugh and cry in the process. Janie Starr has a rare gift of story-telling. She so vividly offers her journey--through illness, healing, fear, joy, loss, love--that her stories stay with us, gentle teachers to guide us all."
We are very excited here at KotaPress to announce that we've just released Janie Starr's new book Bone Marrow Boogie: The Dance of a Lifetime with ISBN 1-929359-16-0, and it is now available in our eStore online!
Starr is a Vashon Island author, and she'll be reading from Bone Marrow Boogie on Thursday, September 26th, at 7:30pm at the Vashon Bookshop. She's also reading that night from her writings that have been published in the Cup of Comfort series from Adams Media. The reading is free and open to the public, and Janie will be available for book signing and q&a after the reading.
Starr's book Bone Marrow Boogie is a "memoir in bite size pieces" telling the story of love, family, and community, during Starr's battle with cancer. It's a journey about staying fully present and alive during illness and recovery, and the story is billed as a "big response" to this "big event." Starr says, "I wrote the book because it satified me, it brought me into relationship with others, and because I thought it might make a difference." She is donating author profits from the book sales to CEAD, a collective for teaching the art of sustainable living -- so she really is making a difference in everyday life, too!
Some of you might be thinking that if it's a book about cancer, that you'll have to have had cancer or a family member or friend with cancer to really be interested. But we know from all the grief and healing work we do here at KotaPress, that while cancer has crept into most people's lives in one way or another, you don't have to be a member of that tribe to resonate with this story. Starr's story is a universal one of terror, facing mortality, fighting an evolving battle and ultimate triumph!
Excerpt from Bone Marrow Boogie: