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Southern Vapors Paperback – July 6, 2012
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About the Author
LYNN GARSON graduated from Tulane University with a degree in art history and holds a law degree from Emory University School of Law. She has lived in Paris, New York, and Hong Kong and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia. The author is a practicing healthcare attorney with a prominent national law firm. In her earlier incarnation as a retailer, she owned one of Atlanta’s best-known gift and tabletop stores. Garson Goodman was the first store in the Southeast to import a number of luxury lines from France, England, Italy and Portugal. This sense of style informs the book, particularly as the author describes the elegant life that she enjoyed as a child and young woman. The author has a son and two daughters. Southern Vapors is the author's first book and is currently being adapted for the stage.
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Second of all, I hope there is another book about anything you want to write about! You are a very delightful writer, gifted with words and style and even amongst your angst found a way to pepper your phrases with meaning and humor as not to burden the reader but laying hope and impending resolution. Southern Vapors is a delightful, easy, thought provoking, sad and hopeful read. I can’t wait to see the play AND I can’t wait to read your next book. You really are talented and now that you have let that cat out of the bag it really would be a disservice to not let us have more.
A huge fan for so many reasons; writing skill, talent, and content being a few!
This book will appeal to many readers with its snippets of a privileged southern life and glimpses of the "old south' slowly giving way to the new. But it is mainly a touching chronicle of a life lived fully and painfully in the face of many obstacles--often self-imposed.
"I have often been absorbed in my struggle, as a fox is absorbed in its efforts to chew its leg off in order to escape from a trap."
Ms. Garson escaped through her intellect and admitted passion for words and emerges standing on her own two feet free of the trap.
After 30 frustrating years of medication, meditation and psychiatry, she puts her puzzle pieces together proving the pen is mightier than the pill. This book should be of value, not only as a great memoir, but as part of the national conversation on mental health. She speaks from profound experience having gone to the edge. I look forward to her next work.
Southern Vapors does not tell Garson's story in a linear fashion. The series of short anecdotes and reflections may at first seem to be completely disorganized, but the book does have a logic in its structure, leading to as satisfactory a conclusion as is possible in works of this nature. I would like to read more from Garson.
I quite honestly did not know what to expect when I bought this book. I was stunned. I was stunned by the strength and courage it took to not only survive her story, but to be able to put it in writing
in such a clear, insightful and humorous way. At times I laughed until I cried. Several chapters there were literally tears rolling down my face.
The Author so poignantly shared her journey. Her story is an inspiration to keep your sense of humor as you walk your path.
Please run, do not walk, to get this book!