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Length: 228 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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Nancy Stephan was named Georgia Author of the Year at the 48th annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards Banquet. Stephan's book, "The Truth About Butterflies", won in the "Memoir" category. 105 authors were nominated in 12 categories. 

The GAYA (Georgia Author of the Year Award) has the distinction of being the oldest literary awards in the Southeastern United States. The Awards have grown in prestige and participation since its inception in 1964 by the Dixie Council of Authors and Journalists.

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"Thank you" to all who've read my story. I hope you've found something of value within its pages.

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  • File Size: 486 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Rum & Baker; First (Amended) edition (August 2, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 2, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FIT03A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,826 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Nancy Stephan is the author of "The Truth About Butterflies: A Memoir" which earned the Atlanta resident a 2012 Georgia Author of the Year Award. She holds a master's degree in creative writing from Kennesaw State University and is a Writing Center supervisor for the University System of Georgia. "A Gary Girl's Guide to Good" is Nancy's most recent work and her first collection of poetry.

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 22, 2012
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What can I say that hasn't already been said by other reviewers? It touched my heart, made me cry, made me think, and left a lasting impression on me. I read it in one sitting...I had to. I just couldn't put it down. Every mother and every daughter should read this book. I'd like to thank the author for sharing her and her daughters stories. As a daughter with diabetes, raised by a single mother with whom I'm very close to, it affected me deeply, and for that I am grateful.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By HappilyRetired on July 17, 2012
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I found Nancy Stephan's book to be eloquently written from the heart and thoroughly appreciated the read. She is a gifted storyteller who poignantly shared her journey through some of her childhood struggles which involved losing her mother when she was only eight and being placed in foster care, becoming a mother herself at fifteen, and tending that child through uncontrolled diabetes that eventually claimed her life in early adulthood. I liked her writing style and found her introspection and honesty appealing. While not exactly a book with a happy ending, it is a testament to her love and strength that I found admirable. Definitely a recommended read.
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85 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Ezinwanyi on October 11, 2011
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I didn't love this book, but it wasn't anything the author did. I read books because I want happy endings and an escape from real life. This book was the real life that I am hiding from. The story was well written, and it was easy to read...the topic was the difficult part for me.

This is a story about a mother who was grieving the loss of her only child. Nancy's daughter, Nicole had been suffering from juvenile diabetes since age 8. The story begins while Nancy is making preparations to move Nicole to a hospice. Nancy begins to open up to the reader what a typical day in her life was like. The hospital trips, the talks with her daughter, her fears and her faith that GOD can heal and restore her only daughter to her. It was sad, yet gripping. It was honest, yet brutal at times. It was painful, yet encouraging.

This book felt like how I would imagine watching a woman trying not to drown (I've never actually seen anyone drown) and actually surviving. It was hard for me as a new mother but I was amazed at her faith in God. I recommend this book to anyone who has faced a loss or tragedy and they need someone to let them know that they will make it. Sometimes you need to hear that and I think this book is one of those encouraging voices.

The parts of the story that I really enjoyed was learning of her upbringing. I found myself laughing when her friend told her that she wasn't black or white, she was a "mixperado". Kids have such cute ways of looking that the world. I liked her foster mother, Erma Lee. She really handled Nancy with the best care she could, given what she had. I could imagine people talking with the southern drawl and dilect that would lead to the pronounciation of Cirrhosis as "sir-roaches".
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By IndianaJules on June 23, 2012
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I was immediately captivated by this book and also could not put it down. I read it straight through. It was heartbreaking...and wonderful. The author writes like she is sitting right next to you in your kitchen, talking. All I can say is...just read it. Read it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Leila Summers on October 7, 2012
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I honestly thought this book was incredible. There is something so warm and real about it, as if I was sitting down with the author Nancy and she was telling me her story over tea, and even as the daylight faded, more tea was poured and the story continued, because I wanted to hear more about her late daughter Nicole. And by the end, as sad as the story is, I am smiling with her and I feel as though I have met Nicole and I love her too.

This story is told with such grace that, even for those with different or no spiritual beliefs, the author's faith in God is simply part of the story and is endearing rather than offensive.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By daisydookes on July 23, 2012
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I am moved by this story completely! I cannot believe it's not legendary and more world renowned. This is a TRUE story. About a mother and daughter fighting the fight of their lives, with the medical industry. In infuriates me how the medical system works, and yet I am not surprised at all, because of all of my experience with it. I am also sickened by the legal system this poor girl endured while she was almost dying. My heart aches for this woman and her daughter. She is a single mother, and had such a hard life. How she lived through it all, amazes me and encourages me to no end. Any person who is sick, who knows someone is sick, or any person at all, should definitely read this one. It's worth every cent. It will gratify your own life and health. It will keep you from putting it down. Even tho it captured my heart, I loved this book. I needed to read it. It's a MUST read!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By NV Teacher on June 21, 2012
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Overall a good book. It kind of got bogged down there in the middle but I'm glad I read it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mel on May 1, 2012
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This was a very heart warming book. I laughed and cried several times! I appreciate the honesty and openness that the author used in sharing her story with us.
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