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Number of Pages: 204
Publication Date: 2012
|Dimensions: 7.99 X 5.24 X 0.47 (inches)|
Author: Bernice L. Rocque
Located in: Connecticut
Submitted: October 10, 2013
Tell us a little about yourself. An educator, family historian, writer, and avid gardener, I grew up in Norwich, Connecticut in the surroundings described in my novella, Until the Robin Walks on Snow. Over the years, I've authored numerous business articles associated with my work in libraries, training and development, and project management. Articles about my family have appeared in the Norwich Bulletin, Good Old Days magazine, and Family Chronicle. I live in Connecticut.
What was your motivation behind this project? To preserve the ESSENCE of the family members that I have researched over the years. As a genealogist, it became clear to me that facts about people can be found most of the time, but who a person really was is lost within 100 years.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? Beyond reading an inspiring story about ordinary people achieving extraordinary results, I hope the book triggers an interest by families in preserving deeper information about their ancestors. Inevitably, we learn more about ourselves when we understand more about those who came before us.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I switched gears in how I was conducting my family research. The immediate benefit besides writing a book with authentic details, was that I learned far more meaningful things (beyond family tree stats) about my family members, their close friends, and how they all lived. It also brought me closer to the oldest surviving members of my family, as well as relatives I had never met before June 2013 in my grandmother's homeland.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? So many people have influenced me over the years --- librarians, teachers, family, and friends. My tastes in literature are eclectic, like my work history. I've loved authors from many time periods, ranging from Boswell to Hemingway to J.K. Rowling. More recently, I've become acquainted with new authors who show much promise: Anna Bozena Bowen, Christoph Fischer, Julie Orringer, and Ruta Sepetys.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I wrote this book in a style that would make it possible for ages 10 and up to enjoy it. Reviews and comments to date indicate that readers 50-90+ who remember their immigrant parents or grandparents are particularly loving the book, and increasingly the book is being discovered by school librarians, teachers, and homeschooling parents who appreciate the compelling story and authentic touches. They are introducing it to students, especially the 9-13 age group, who seem fascinated by the story and the historical/medical aspects. It is my hope that some grandparents and their grandchildren will read it together, as it reads well out loud, and talk with each other about what life was like in the early 20th century.