Burning Woman: Memoirs of an Elder


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$16.95  $15.76
She Writes Press
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5.5 X 8.4 X 0.8 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Sharon Strong is a practicing psychologist and artist, mask-maker, and creator of towering sculptures for Burning Man as well as gallery exhibits in Northern California. She is the illustrator of two books--Serious Fun: Ingenious Improvisations on Money, Food, Waste, Water & Home, by Carolyn North, and Two Lines 13: Masks, edited by Zack Rogow--and in 2005 she self-published Soul Unmasked: A Personal Journey into the Ancient Ritual of the Mask. She lives in Angels Camp, California, on twenty acres in a straw-bale house with her husband, filmmaker Tom Weidlinger, whom she met at age seventy. Their story inspired her to write Burning Woman.


"Burning Woman is a stimulating artist's memoir about pursuing personal fulfillment."
--Foreword Reviews

"Strong's writing is strong and self-assured, without an ounce of self-pity. She wrestles with issues--questions of identity, relationships, and the exhilarating business of aging--that many people prefer to sweep under the mat, and she sums up, simply and convincingly, complicated emotions that most people can't put into words. I resonated with so many passages in this book."
--Vicky Elliott, journalist and editor at Yahoo News, formerly of the International Herald Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle

"With lucid, accessible prose and often heart-breaking candor, Sharon Strong recounts the seminal passages of her seven decades, tracing the fiery thread of her journey to self- knowledge, inner peace, and love. In these times when so many mature women seek continued growth and the fullest possible expression of their lives, her voice is a model of fearless honesty that concludes: Yes, we can walk through pain, through change, through loss and things we can't control. For without these experiences, there would be no art to living at all."
--Laura Paull, journalist, formerly of Jewish News of Northern California and Huffington Post

"This book is an inspiring roadmap into how to live a fierce life at any age--a life that embraces it all--love/loss, joy/ suffering, life/death. Living fully in the last decades of life takes curiosity, courage, stamina and resilience. The rewards are a life lived without regrets and the hard earned wisdom of the crone. Read this book and be inspired!"
--Pat Ferrero, documentary filmmaker, professor of cinema at San Francisco State University

"Sharon's vignettes bring us through the depths and triumphs that have created a compassionate and fulfilling life. She lifts the veil and gives us a valuable glimpse into artistic inspiration as a journey of personal healing. I am inspired by her choice to follow her heart and seize the moment. In her words, 'Let's do it. Choose life!'"
--Seanne Swann, somatic practitioner