Under the Birch Tree: A Memoir of Discovering Connections and Finding Home

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She Writes Press
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.7 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author
Nancy Chadwick got her first job at Leo Burnett advertising agency in Chicago. After ten years there, she couldn't get to where she wanted to be so she turned to the banking industry. Then, after another ten years, she realized she wasn't a banker--so she quit and started to write, finding inspiration from her years in Chicago and San Francisco. Her essay "I Called You a Memoir" appears in The Magic of Memoir, an anthology published by She Writes Press. She and her husband enjoy traveling, cooking fine dinners, and chasing their beagles in circles.
"A debut memoir about a woman's three-decade search for connection and self-assurance... Chadwick brings numerous anecdotes to life with vivid dialogue and details of settings and characters."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Chadwick has succeeded in creating a touching memoir worth reading for anyone, especially anyone who struggles with job security and finding a sense of belonging. Her incredible faith and perseverance are testaments to the strength she garners throughout the many trials she encounters in her career."
--The Story Circle Network

"An inner journey does not cover physical distance, nor does it have a preconceived goal. But the journey to 'Know Thyself, ' as Socrates observed, may be the most important expedition any of us embark upon. Such is the journey undertaken by Nancy Chadwick in her memoir, Under the Birch Tree."
--Windy City Reviews

"Under the Birch Treeis the story of one woman's search for home, connection, and belonging. Courageously navigating turbulent challenges and life transitions, Chadwick eventually discovers what she was looking for all along--the inner rootedness of the birch trees that have been her lifelong companions."
--Patricia Pearce, author of Beyond Jesus: A Spiritual Odyssey

"A story of finding strength in the midst of silence and secrets, and the joy of using that strength to create a life of meaning, self-worth, and faith. Nancy Chadwick's memoir is rich with the details of a sustaining inner vision of home."
--Nancy G. Shapiro, author of The Book of Calm: Clarity, Clarity, Compassion, and Choice in a Turbulent World

"Under the Birch Tree is a thoughtful recount of a sojourn from emotionally humble beginnings and subsequent yearning for outside validation to liberation--shedding of emotional baggage. Chadwick finds her way, her place, and ultimately her home, with serendipitous and uplifting encounters with birch trees along the way."
--Laurie Buchanan, PhD, author of Note to Self: A Seven-Step Path to Gratitude and Growth

"An exploration of what it means to belong, Under the Birch Tree is a success story of finding home. Candidly engaging, Nancy Chadwick's memoir is an inherently fascinating, thoughtful and thought-provoking read from beginning to end."
--Midwest Book Review

"This is a book that shows how faith can help conquer life's hardships, forging a way through life's challenges and how reflection and discovery provide inner-strength and belief in one's own abilities to succeed and to never surrender. I was completely absorbed while reading Under the Birch Tree, which shows how important connections are in establishing a solid grounding in life. This is a must-read for anyone who has ever questioned their place in life."
--SF Book Review

"Reading this book is empowering as it is about survival, faith, and perseverance. The spirit of the birch tree runs through the memoir and gives a sense of calmness, grounding, and perseverance. The author's self-discovery, sense of belonging, and struggles with life are real and can be related to well by readers."
--Reader's Favorite