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About Vicki Tapia
Vicki Tapia is the author of three books. When her parents were both diagnosed with dementia within a few months of each other, she became their caregiver. Out of that experience came her first book, “Somebody Stole My Iron: A Family Memoir of Dementia.” A finalist in the 2015 High Plains Books Awards, it was also named one of the “Best Alzheimer’s Books of All Time” by Book Authority. Tapia’s memoir brings hope to those whose lives have been intimately affected by dementia, letting them know that they are not alone.
She is also the author of two works of historical fiction. “Maggie: A Journey of Love, Loss and Survival” is based on the life of her intrepid great-grandmother and was chosen as the solo “Medalist Winner” in the Historical Fiction category for the New Apple Fifth Annual Indie Book Awards. This book was also a finalist for the Book Excellence Awards and the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
“Harry and Grace: A Dakota Love Story” is Tapia’s latest release and tells the story of her paternal grandparents. Set against the harsh realities of life on the North Dakota prairie in the early twentieth century “Harry & Grace” is an “enchanting tale,” sprinkled with magic and woven together by happiness, tragedy, tenderness and sorrow.
Vicki has contributed short stories and essays to several anthologies. Along with her writing, she is actively involved in the administration of AlzAuthors.com, a website devoted to bringing together caregivers or those living with memory impairment with books and blogs written about Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.
Visit her website https://vickitapia.com or find her on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Goodreads.
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** Finalist: Historical Fiction: Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2019
** Finalist: Female Empowerment: Book Excellence Awards 2019
Mt. Clemens, Michigan, 1887. Seventeen and headstrong, with marriage on her mind, Maggie is sure she has found her one true love. But when she collides head-on with betrayal, overwhelming loss and ill-treatment, her life unravels.
In a time when women had few rights, Maggie rises above adversity through rare determination and grit, becoming an independent woman ahead of her time. Yet before she can truly find peace, one heartbreaking, life-altering decision remains.
Inspired by her great-grandmother's life, the author weaves a timeless story of survival and courage set against the backdrop of Mt. Clemens, Michigan and the prairies of eastern Montana at the turn of the twentieth century.
At nineteen, Grace Schmidt knows her own mind. She also possesses a dark secret . . . a secret she believes shatters any hope for a family and a joy-filled life. Because of her past trauma, Grace is determined never to marry. However, through Harry’s quest to persuade her otherwise, Grace learns the meaning of patience, persistence and love.
Harry’s impetuous choices change the course of their lives over and over again—culminating in one final, fateful decision. Sprinkled with magic, Harry and Grace is an enchanting historical fiction tale filled with happiness and tragedy, tenderness and sorrow, all set against the harsh realities of life on the North Dakota prairie in the early twentieth century.
This groundbreaking multicultural anthology shares moving personal stories about the impacts of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
An estimated 5.7 million Americans are afflicted by Alzheimer’s disease, including 10 percent of those over sixty-five, and it is the sixth leading cause of death. But its effects are more pervasive: for the nearly 6 million sufferers, there are more than 16 million family caregivers and many more family members. Alzheimer’s wreaks havoc not only on brain cells; it is a disease of the spirit and heart for those who suffer from it but also for their families.
This groundbreaking anthology presents forty narratives, both nonfiction and fiction, that together capture the impact and complexity of Alzheimer’s and other dementias on patients as well as their caregivers and family. Deeply personal, recounting the wrenching course of a disease that kills a loved one twice—first they forget who they are, and then the body succumbs—these stories also show how witnessing the disease and caring for someone with it can be powerfully transformative, calling forth amazing strength and grace.
The contributors, who have all generously donated their work, include Edwidge Danticat, Julie Otsuka, Elizabeth Nunez, Meryl Comer, Greg O’Brien, Dr. Daniel Potts, Sallie Tisdale, and Nihal Satyadev. Reflecting the diversity and global nature of the dementia crisis, this anthology is published in collaboration with UsAgainstAlzheimer’s.