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Product Details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Stephens Press LLC (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932173757
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932173758
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,969,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Betty Auchard was a retired art teacher when her husband, Denny, died. For her, writing became a way to heal, eventually taking on a life of its own. Her stories have been published in the "Chocolate for a Woman's Soul" series, the San Jose Mercury News and other periodicals.

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We can laugh and cry at the same time.
R. Ray
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.
Nan Robin
I read this book several years ago and purchased another copy as a gift.
Jewel Sample, award-winning author of Flying Hugs and Kisses

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By John G. Watson on June 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Betty Auchard's compellingly readable memoir flows as effortlessly as life itself. A gifted storyteller, her reflections help us to ponder our own lives as well. We become aware how quickly our pasts become our presents with each page we turn.

A bride at nineteen, Betty shares the experiences and reflections of her bewildering and emotionally painful journey through bereavement after over four decades of a wonderfully happy marriage. Bittersweet, sweetly whimsical and always touchingly candid, her wonderful stories tackle potentially paralyzing emotional issues and make all the sad stops along the way without becoming the least maudlin or self-indulgent.

Her storytelling triumphs by not only taking us along as she learns to surmount those times, but describing them so well we feel we're silent soul mates living them with her.

We're offered glimpses of how "keeping the faith" with a resilient blend of humour, compassion and hope can enable and empower us to overcome grief with time's passing. And we learn life still awaits us; not merely to be resumed or coped with, but re-discovered and should we choose, re-invented.

These stories are a boon to everyone who has dealt or is dealing with profound loss of any sort. They carry hope that despite how bereft or alone, our hearts can and will endure; and that perhaps we have an obligation, for ourselves and the memory of whoever or whatever we've lost, to allow ourselves to learn to live once again.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Ray on June 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Just won an Independent Book Publisher's Award!

This book is a must read if you have experienced ANY kind of loss, not just the death of a spouse. Auchard, a former art teacher, started writing as a way to recover from her grief. But grief was not the only thing she had to deal with. Never having to pay the bills or pump her own gas, she suddenly was thrown into tasks that were beyond her comfort zone. When she felt compelled to write, anything within reach did the trick, including napkins at the restaurant or a receipt in her purse. Not ever intending to write a book, she soon realized that writing was a way for her to heal. The stories mark her journey from grief to recovery and eventually, to thriving after the loss of her husband. They are writtten with grace, humor and wit. We can laugh and cry at the same time. It truly gives you hope when hope seems unachievable. Auchard is a wonderful writer and pulls you in and doesn't let go!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nan Robin on August 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Uber on May 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
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
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anne Speirs on January 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David LaRoche on October 8, 2010
Format: Audio CD
How many of us have purchased Betty's book and put in on the shelf until that time to read it came upon us, or had the time but the queue was full--others long waiting for us to crack their covers? I confess to the latter. I've heard her speak (many of us have) and was enthralled with her story. It's not unusual, the story: a spouse dies after a long-term marriage leaving the other with an empty bag--most everything gone, a life vacated by the very stuff that defines it. In this puzzling situation, some wither and die with the scraps they see left. Others bloom with new freedom once the habit of love and soul-mate is recognized broken. (I didn't say forgotten.) Betty is of the latter bent. A widow who has found a new life, has breathed deeply and blossomed, has welcomed a metamorphosis and become a woman on the prowl--seeking new adventure and success.

Dancing in my Nightgown by Betty Auchard is now out on CD as an audio book, and available at the ordinary outlets--MP3 compatible. I picked up a copy because I hadn't yet got to the book but still wanted the whole story. Not only did I get it unabridged, I got her reading it--what a bargain. The quality is excellent; her delivery is soothing. The story of transformation is exciting and compelling, and there's a marvelous treat: her voice transcends with the story. She begins the first chapter sounding sweet, cautious, and monotone--available but no more, the good wife left over and trying to find her new position. As she locates it, the pace picks up, the tone changes and varies. There are highs, lows, and accelerations; a moderate fortissimo now, then softer, more sedate and occasionally followed by a tickle up the ivories. It's marvelous how she injects her development into the expression of her narrative--like watching a video.
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Betty Auchard is the author of the IPPY Award winning Dancing in my Nightgown: The Rhythms of Widowhood, endorsed by celebrity widows Jayne Meadows and Rosemarie Stack. In addition to writing, she enjoys presenting to audiences and narrating her own audio books. Her stories and essays have been published in the San Jose Mercury News, Today's Senior, and Chocolate for a Woman's Soul series. Betty lives and writes in Los Gatos, California.
Visit the author at www.bettyauchard.com and join her fans on Facebook.

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