The Bookends

All Is Not Forgotten

By Wendy Walker

* * * We feel compelled to warn our readers that this is a sensitive topic and the story has graphic descriptions. This book is not for everyone. * * *

Jenny Kramer is a teenage girl that wanders a few hundred feet away from a local party. She is brutally violated in the woods behind the house where the party is given. While doctors are treating her physical injuries she is given a drug that will medically erase the traumatic memories of this assault. In time she physically heals from this horrific event but she will never be the same. Her country club mother, Charlotte prefers to pretend this tragedy did not touch their picture perfect world. Her father, Tom is obsessed with identifying the attacker and wants justice for his daughter. Dr. Forrester is familiar with this drug and its effect on victims. Will Jenny and her family, find the answers they need to completely recover from this nightmare.

BECKY This is such a tragic topic and it was difficult to read sections of this book. However, it is a disturbing but interesting psychological thriller. There are plans to make this into a movie and I am curious how they will retell this story. I encourage you to start the book when you have the time to read at least the first few chapters. I began by reading a small section and it took me awhile to get used to the style of storytelling. Pam, would you agree that it took a while to wrap your head around this story?

PAM I completely agree. It took me some time to become familiar with the author’s style of storytelling, specifically which character was talking. Parts of this story were very difficult to read. However, the author’s descriptions were of a clinical or investigative nature, which allowed the reader to be distanced from some of the emotion. Did you feel that the author used this type of description?

BECKY That is a great observation and although it took a bit to get use to, I enjoyed the distance it created. Once I acclimated to this style of writing it intensified the creepy factor for this story. It felt like I was reading a diary or listening in on a private conversation. What did you think about the possibility to erase memory through medical intervention? Would it be a blessing or a curse?

PAM I think it would first appear to be a blessing to anyone looking into this possibility. However, the emotional fallout described in the book would make anyone think twice. Perhaps a victim cannot fully heal and move past an event without the traumatic work of coming to terms with the details. As parents, we want to protect our children from anything harmful, either physical or emotional. This would have seemed as a blessing for their daughter. Tom questioned this method from the beginning, but Charlotte was insistent that it be used as soon as possible. If she had known the risks, do you feel Charlotte would have been as certain?

BECKY Charlotte wanted to put this tragedy in her past. I think that she would have brushed the risks aside because she wanted a fix for this terrible circumstance. I wonder what choice Jenny would have made if the decision would have been completely up to her that evening. Later in the story she will meet Sean and he has some experience with this drug treatment for PTSD. What did you think about this character? Was he a good support for Jenny or did he make the situation worse?

PAM What an excellent question about Jenny. I wonder what she would have chosen that night. Sean faced his own tragic events and is going through a similar experience with effects from the drug, as well as trying to come to terms with issues that have always caused personal struggles. Jenny and Sean had very different events that led them to their intersection, but find an understanding friend in each other. They felt that the other really understood when nobody else could. I was a bit uneasy about this relationship, although it did make a big difference for Jenny. Do you think this friendship helped Sean or gave him more to overcome?

BECKY He was an interesting character and I would have enjoyed learning more about him and his past. I feel that for both of them it was a relief to find someone that understood a similar pain. I think that focusing on Jenny was good for Sean and the connection was a balm for his scarred past. Do you agree that the female author was successful portraying significant male roles?

PAM Honestly, I didn’t realize the author was female until later in the story. I often read on my kindle and find that I do not refer to the title or author while reading a book. That means I usually cannot remember the name of the book I am currently reading! I find this to be true about the author, as well. I was convinced by the narrator of the story, although it was a male character. Since this character was telling the story from a personal, as well as a professional angle, it was an interesting perspective. Did you enjoy the way he told the story?

BECKY I enjoyed the style in which the narrator manipulated my mind while reading. At first we are held hostage not knowing whom was telling the story. Then later it was like you were reading a case file and only small bits of information is revealed. As disturbing as the situation was for this young girl, I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. I would look for this author again and I hope it is made into a movie as I think it would be interesting on the big screen. It is time to say goodbye to Jenny and pick up the next book. Please join us next month as we discuss, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman.

Local Author Spotlight

A Photographer’s Eye and A Traveler’s Heart

One Couple’s Epic 21 Month World Journey

By Don Mammoser
In late 2010, professional photographer Don Mammoser began an open-ended, world-wide journey of discovery. He took with him just a backpack, a camera and one lens. A female acquaintance, Anya, from Russia accompanied him on a trial basis at first, then permanently after their traveling romance flourished.
Together, the couple moved non-stop across the earth for twenty-one months. They traveled as local people and with local people the entire time. This means that they rode on camels and elephants, in countless tuk-tuks, motorbikes, and on untold overcrowded buses. They went via dugout canoes, old bikes, kayaks, river tubes, and endless boats, ferries and other assorted floating devices. They survived numerous typhoons, food poisoning, a crashed motorbike, wildlife encounters, injuries, and decrepit Indonesian ferries. They were caught in angry oceans, often dealt with inhospitable immigration authorities and got eaten alive by more mosquitoes and leeches than they care to remember. They visited 28 countries on 4 continents.
During their travels, Don and Anya got engaged in Montenegro and married on the beach in the Dominican Republic. What began as a simple friendship between an American man and a Russian girl ended in an amazing partnership where these two vagabonds travel through life together, attempting to simply have an uncommon existence.
This book is one chapter in their story, told through gorgeous, full-color photography along with plenty of personal prose. When not travelling, Don and Anya live in Parker, Colorado.

This book is available for purchase on Amazon.com.
Learn more at www.donmammoserphoto.com.

Pieces of Accordance

By Liz Rau
Sasha Reads has always wanted to be a writer, but she’s never known where to begin. So when her grandmother leaves her an old photograph of a house in Missouri, she finally feels inspired to write. But when secrets of the house begin to unfold, and the town’s most romantic love story comes to light, things start to feel more like a memory from a dream than reality. What has Sasha gotten herself into? The one secret that may unlock the mystery of the house, and the reason Sasha feels so drawn to the small town life, is hidden inside a trunk in the attic. But without the key, will Sasha ever discover what her story is?

This book is available for purchase on Amazon.com and on Kindle.
Learn more on www.lizrauofficial.com.

Senior Life Expo

Senior Life Expo

Bringing All Things Senior Together in One Place

Everyone knows the population is aging. 10,000 boomers turn 65 every single day in our country. The senior population in Douglas County is increasing as citizens are aging and more seniors are moving here to be close to family. Seniors in our communities very much have the desire to continue to make informed choices, contribute to their community, continue to learn, and prepare for their future. However, figuring all this out can be a daunting task, even to those who have lived here for years, because so much is changing. In response to this growth, more government programs are being offered, and many businesses and non-profit organizations are dedicating themselves to the senior population in the Douglas County area.

The goal of the upcoming Douglas County Senior Life Expo is to bring the seniors and the providers of services together in one place. This free “all things senior” event will be on Thursday, April 20th, from 2:00pm-6:00pm, at the Douglas County Events Center, located at 500 Fairgrounds Road in Castle Rock (corner of Plum Creek Parkway and Perry Street.) While the location is in Castle Rock, it is a Douglas County-wide event with partners representing the entire county and metro area.

Seniors, and their family members, will have a chance to speak with representatives from more than seventy providers of services representing many facets of senior life including housing, home care, health care, transportation, government services, insurance, senior organizations, senior assistance, funeral and cremation services, things to do to be involved in the community, ways to stay active, and much more. Even if services are not needed now, it is valuable to know where to find help before the time it is needed. Attendees will be provided a program book with contact information by category for all partners, providing a wealth of information and resources. There will also be free seminars with topics of interest to seniors by leading experts in their fields. These will run on the half-hour beginning at 2:30 pm. Written materials, give-aways and door prizes will be found throughout the exhibit hall. Concessions will be available for purchase.

The event is organized by the Castle Rock Senior Activity Center. “About 500 people came to the Senior Life Expo last year, and we were honored by the gratitude of those families that were able to get information about assistance for a loved one,” explained Debbi Haynie, Executive Director. “The organizations that have partnered with us for this event truly care about the senior community, and want to make life better for senior citizens.” Event planners expect that the Expo will continue to grow in coming years. More information can be found at www.castlerockseniorcenter.org or 303-688-9498.

 


 

SENIOR LIFE EXPO SEMINAR SCHEDULE

Additional programming will be added, see Program Book at event

2:30 PM

    • “Navigating the Senior Care Maze” by Phil Hotaling of Answers for Senior Care
    • “Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning” by Darrell Gubbels of Gubbels Law Office

3:00 PM

    • “What is Vision Loss? What Can You Do?” by Shirley Proppe of A-3 (Empowering People with Vision Loss)
    • “Advancements in Hearing Technology” by Linda Fudge, AuD, Audiologist from Lone Tree Health Center, UC Health Hearing and Balance Center

3:30 PM

    • “How to Keep Your Mind Fit” by Jonathan Wells and Juliana Young of Home Care Assistance
    • “The Art of Independence” by Michael Hurwitz of Bonaventure of Castle Rock

4:00 PM

    • “Getting to Know Hospice” – by Ally Willis and Mary Simpson of New Century Hospice

4:30 PM

    • “The Truth About the New Reverse Mortgages (What Every Senior Should Know)” by James Warburton of High Tech Lending

5:00 PM

    • “Healthcare and Long-Term Care in Retirement Planning” by Erik S. Witt IAR, Wealth Watch Advisors