Line of Serenity

Genre: Non Fiction

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Book Summary

The true, heart-warming story of a happy, healthy African-American family that covers the years 1944 to 1977. But you don't have to be African-American to enjoy this book! No sex, no violence, no drugs, no abuse!

For older readers it's a walk down "memory lane"; for younger readers, it's a peek into the past to see how things were then.

If you like good storytelling, you'll love this memoir!

167 pages, including 22 pages of photographs and 22 pages of delicious family recipes!


1) "A beautiful collaboration! Pap and Joyce displayed such charm and creativity in this open book of her "Line of Serenity." This book is a great read for the whole family. Once I began to read it, especially, during the Holidays, the children began to come closer to hear who would be born next and who came to visit. Joyce's family line stretch through many lives and will forever be remembered in mine."

2) "I enjoyed reading this book. It was very enjoyable to see how close the family tie was. It was an example of how families should be."

3) "Absolutely wonderful. A refreshing change. A story of family love, and warm feelings. It was a feel good read for me."

About the Author

I started my career as a stenographer at a major utility company, working my way up through supervisor of word processing, then as the office manager for an automotive advertising agency, and, lastly, as an executive assistant at a large non-profit health maintenance organization. I am also a professional proofreader. All of these positions were leading me into writing and becoming an author.

In 1982 my first piece was published. I entered a writing contest for a magazine. I didn’t win, but they notified me that they still wanted to publish my article. And they paid me $100! They published the article verbatim! I took that as a sign that my writing was publishable.

Subsequent to that, I wrote three op-ed columns for The Detroit Free Press. They published all three of them verbatim! I took that as another sign that my writing was publishable.

I wrote my first book, Line of Serenity (a memoir), in 1997. Being the oldest of seven, in a very happy family, I wanted to capture the way our parents raised us so that the way they did it would not be lost when we all passed on. (Sadly, our oldest brother passed away on April 28, 2013.) There has never been any sibling rivalry in our family; we all adore each other! Many people read the manuscript and told me that I should publish it. The book goes from 1944 (the year I was born) through 1977 (the year our mother passed on) and includes family recipes and photographs. Recipes, because food was–and still is–an important part of my family’s fabric; photographs, so that descendants can see what their ancestors looked like and be amazed to find a resemblance to an ancestor. You don’t have to be a family member to enjoy this book! For older readers, it’s a walk down memory lane; for younger readers, it provides a peek into the past.

In 1967, I married my childhood sweetheart. We have two grown sons, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Family is everything!

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My sister, Anita, and I share the Web site, She wrote one book; I wrote ten books. The nine genres are: 1) Memoir, 2) Parenting, 3) Relationships, 4) Children's Education, 5) Children's Fairy Tales, 6) Bullying, 7) Quotes, 8) Spirituality, and 9) Health (I am a breast cancer survivor).


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