The Grammar of Untold Stories


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$16.95  $15.59
Shanti Arts LLC
Publish Date
September 01, 2020
5.98 X 9.02 X 0.39 inches | 0.55 pounds
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About the Author

Lois Ruskai Melina is a writer and retired educator. She was the editor and publisher of Adopted Child newsletter and the author of three books focused on helping parents understand the impact of infertility and adoption on families formed by adoption: Raising Adopted Children, Making Sense of Adoption, and The Open Adoption Experience (with Sharon Kaplan Roszia). For her book By a Fraction of a Second, she followed nine elite women swimmers for eighteen months leading up to the 2000 US Olympic Trials. After receiving a PhD in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University in 2008, she taught leadership at two universities. Her research focused on social movements and the performance of leadership. She was the lead editor of the anthology, The Embodiment of Leadership. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband where she enjoys rowing on the Willamette River and following women's soccer. She has a grown son and daughter and two grandchildren.


" . . . brilliantly illuminates the stories buried underneath the surface of history, family, work and home . . . With dazzling form and mesmerizing content, Melina brings us to the edges of self passions and discoveries, revealing the secrets we carry in our bodies for a lifetime . . . Truth and beauty on every page."

-Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Book of Joan, a 2017 New York Times Notable Book, and The Chronology of Water, finalist for the 2012 PEN Center USA Creative Nonfiction Award

"From the opening words of this luminous book, Melina crafts prose so achingly beautiful, so touched with wonder. Each essay acts like the surface of water, inviting us to explore deeper. Family, children, infertility, and loss are just some of the issues explored in this brilliant book."

-Rene Denfeld, bestselling author of The Butterfly Girl and The Enchanted, longlisted for the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction

"An intimate, nuanced rumination on family, work, friendship, and home, delivered in bold prose that hums with the curiosity of a true seeker."

Kimberly King Parsons, author of Black Light, longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award

"Full of love, loss, longing, and hope, Melina's collection is a poignant look at what it means to embark upon a quest for origins, identities, and meaning . . . Melina is intent upon tracing her own migration, and, in doing so, she offers us unflinching stories of resilience, redemption, and rebirth. Always, we are reminded of the threads of community, solidarity, and continuity that bind and keep us no matter where our journeys might lead."

-Kim Barnes, author of In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country, Pulitzer Prize finalist, and A Country Called Home, recipient of the 2009 PEN Center USA Literary Award