Naked Mountain: A Memoir by Marcia Mabee. Berkeley: She Writes Press, 2016. 289 pages. ****
"There's a mountain for sale." Marcia didn't know how that statement by a realtor in rural Virginia would change her life forever. Facing many setbacks and heartache in her life, escape from cancer, despair, and grief comes in the form of unexpected natural beauty. The wildlife and flora indigenous to her retreat help her regain strength and renew a commitment to preserve it for future generations.
Mabee writes a heartwarming memoir of unexpected love, friendship, survival, and grief. She has a gift for storytelling and recreating painful past memories. Cancer survivors may find strength and hope in her unwavering determination to overcome the many obstacles she encounters.
I received a copy for a review.
Marcia Mabee is a retired Washington, DC, lobbyist. After serving as professional staff for a committee of Congress, she represented nonprofit health associations before the Executive Branch and Congress for twenty-five years. She holds multiple advanced degrees, including a PhD in health policy, an MPH, and an MSW. She has published in the American Journal of Surgery and the Journal of the American College of Surgeons and has written chapters for medical and nursing textbooks. She currently writes a blog about living in the middle of the Naked Mountain Natural Area Preserve, a property she and her deceased husband, Timothy Bell, purchased in Virginia in 1988. An ovarian cancer survivor, she also writes about her cancer and grief recovery. Naked Mountain is her first book.
Marcia can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or through her blogsite: www.nakedmountain.net.