Book Readings – Facebook Live
May 23 - August 1
Jennylynd James reads excerpts from her memoirs and novels.
Book readings are scheduled on the Jennylynd James Writer’s Facebook Page. Click the link to attend Facebook LIVE
We will be reading excerpts from the following memoirs:
Where Are My Car Keys? : A Mother’s Journey With Alzheimer’s Disease
Is That My Granny? – View past reading on June 12, 2002
Dérivé: A Trini Expat Comes Home
Goodbye Frying Pan Hello Fire: A Memoir of Wit and Determination – View past reading on June 6, 2020
Escape From Eire: A Memoir of Love and Adventure in Ireland – View past readings on June 13 and May 23, 2020
Red Car Long Legs: Adventures in California and Beyond – View past reading on May 30, 2020
ENJOY SOME OF JENNYLYND JAMES’ POPULAR MEMOIRS AND PUBLICATIONS
ESCAPE FROM IRELAND: A MEMOIR OF LOVE AND ADVENTURE IN IRELAND
This insightful memoir gives readers a chance to peer inside the life of an ambitious woman who leaves a comfortable life in Southern California for adventure and opportunity in Ireland. Both hilarious and heartbreaking, Escape From Ireland chronicles everything from Irish speed dating to maniacal bosses and even a disastrous home renovation. The story takes place during the crash of the Irish economy and proves that with both perseverance and optimism, great achievements can be made in the face of many challenges.
GOODBYE FRYING PAN HELLO FIRE: A MEMOIR OF WIT AND DETERMINATION
When the Irish economy crashes, a single mother and her daughter relocate to Toronto, Canada. With the unfamiliarity of a new land and no friends or family nearby, this drastic move was not without its challenges. Goodbye Frying Pan Hello Fire is a tale of survival meant to inspire others dealing with the struggles of a new environment and the feelings of isolation and despair that may come along with it. Through the highs and low, triumphs and failures, this memoir proves that determination can conquer overwhelming tribulations.
RED CAR LONG LEGS: ADVENTURED IN CALIFORNIA AND BEYOND
Jennylynd James is a writer, an artist and a singer, and to add balance to this triple threat, she is also a food scientist. Red Car Long Legs is a memoir of her life as a newcomer to California in the early 2000’s. This tell-all story of her trying to fit into the California mould with the right house, right clothes and right friends, parallels the American dream. While appearing to have everything, including a high profile career with exciting exotic travel, she feels driven to find Mr. Right. Details of California dating and exploring the wilds of Latin America abound in this story of exploration and self actualization.
DÉRIVÉ: A TRINI EXPAT COMES HOME
Dérivé (pronounced Dreevay) is French for drift, go off course, or gallivant. At nineteen, Jennylynd James drifted for the first time from her home in Trinidad and Tobago to attend university abroad. It was the start of a lifelong passion for travel and adventure. This expatriate’s quest to find balance between the need for adventure and the desire to return home is described in a witty collection of stories of nostalgia and mad risk-taking. With a mix of humour and colloquial sayings of Trinidad and Tobago, the reader is drawn into the lifestyle and culture of this Caribbean melting pot.
WHERE ARE MY CAR KEYS? : A Mother’s Journey with Alzheimer’s Disease
‘Weaving anecdotes of humorous incidents, travel and grief, the reader is taken on a tumultuous journey to witness the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease on the human mind and the impact on those who provide care for the victim. It is a deeply personal story of a family’s struggle to come to terms with the devastating effect of this disease as it reduces a previously vibrant and creative individual to a fraction of her self. As researchers struggle against time to find a cure, the reader is left asking the question ‘…could that be me?’ Only time will tell.’
IS THAT MY GRANNY?
‘Is that My Granny?’ explores the phases in a grandmother’s journey with Alzheimer’s as observed through the eyes of a young boy. He must come to terms with the changes in his grandmother’s body and character, and accept her eventual death.