Wednesday, February 1st, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Paula Czech visits Gibson's to present her memoir about overcoming abuse to find happiness and fulfillment, The Black Leather Satchel. Paula considers her advocacy work for victims of child sexual abuse to be her most important mission. During her memoir presentation, she will review signs of child sexual abuse and strategies for prevention. Czech looks forward to sharing her experience with you.
"Czech relates her struggle to make peace with her painful childhood and to learn to accept emotional intimacy in her life. Her story begins when her mother flees with her boyfriend and the author after losing a custody battle with Czech's father in Connecticut. The new family begins a new life on the Ben Davis Farm in Vermont, where the author says that she was later subjected to horrifying sexual abuse by her stepfather. Fortunately, she says several people helped her heal over the course of her life; she calls these people her "Angels." The first and perhaps most important of these was Philippa Bassinger, the landlord of the Ben Davis Farm, who became something of a surrogate parent when she convinced Czech's mother to allow the girl to leave home and attend first grade in Cooperstown, New York. Czech writes that other, later "Angels," including neighbor's and college professors, gave her the confidence and compassion to overcome obstacles in life. Her decision to finally rebuff her stepfather at age 11 demonstrated remarkable strength. She ultimately severed all ties with him, but his influence lingered as she struggled with intimacy for years. But the author's unflinching, vivid depictions of her worse memories are a testament to her strength as a writer, and her ability to share her darkest moments with such honesty is formidable." --Kirkus Reviews
About the author: Born in Connecticut, raised in Vermont and New Hampshire, Paula Czech returned to the Green Mountain State as an adult to find the peace that had escaped her as a child. In between she became a registered nurse by attending the NH Hospital School of Nursing in Concord, NH. Later she attended the SUNY Empire State College in Albany, NY. where she graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Mental Health. Her nursing career spanned fifty years from a staff nurse to management, and included acute care, long term care, home health, mental health, infection control, and utilization management. She married and ultimately experienced her happiest moment with the birth of her son. Presently in retirement she enjoys family, friends, writing, and an occasional horseback ride.
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