Crash: How I Became a Reluctant Caregiver


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$16.95  $15.76
She Writes Press
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5.4 X 8.4 X 0.9 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Rachel Michelberg grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and still enjoys living there with her husband, Richard, and their two dogs, Nala and Beenie. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from San Jose State University, and has performed leading roles in musicals and opera from Carmen to My Fair Lady, as well as the part of the Mother Abbess (three times!) in The Sound of Music. When Rachel isn't working with one of her thirty voice and piano students, she loves gardening, hiking, and making her own bone broth. Crash is her first book. She lives in Los Altos Hills, CA.


2021 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Winner Memoirs (Personal Struggle/Health Issues)

2021 Readers' Favorite Book Awards Honorable Mention in Non-Fiction: Memoir

2022 Book Excellence Awards Winner in Caregiving

". . . an engaging exploration of duty, guilt, and self-preservation.
Michelberg is a frank writer. . . . continually willing to unpack her
guilt while also exploring options for her own emotional survival. A
cleareyed consideration of difficult ethical and familial choices."


"I couldn't put this book down . . . Rachel Michelberg gives the reader
the gift of unfiltered honesty, without excuses or complaints. She shows
us how the clarity of a scrupulous heart can guide us through the worst
of times. Crash is an important story told by a remarkable story teller."

--JOANNE SILVER JONES, author of Headstrong: Surviving a Traumatic Brain Injury

"I read this book cover to cover and then finally remembered to breathe. Crash
is a profoundly human story told with grace and raw honesty. Michelberg
is courageous enough to put all of herself into the pages, and we are
all the better for it. Crash will stay with you--in your mind, heart, and gut--for a long time after you finish it."

--MARK LUKACH, author of My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward

"Crash is a skillfully written, riveting account of Michelberg's
struggle to sustain herself and her family after a tragic event
radically alters their lives. As a mother, she is protective,
resourceful and competent as she boldly guides her family forward.
Vigilant and vulnerable, she exemplifies a woman who speaks her truth,
however hard that is to bear. Crash will challenge your own sense of what is important in fighting for a family's well-being."

--Anna Penenberg, Amazon best-selling author of Dancing in the Narrows: A Mother-Daughter Odyssey Through Chronic Illness