Bookstore Event: Local Author Program: Green Press Publishers!

Thursday, July 18, 2019
7:00 PM (ET)
Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
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Today My Name is Billie, Neile Parisi   
Every year thousands of educators are accused of physical abuse. Some are guilty and are prosecuted, but hundreds, who are innocent, are forced to surrender their licenses. This is what happened to Billie. Deceit and betrayal threatened her survival, extinguished her life’s dream, and erased her sense of self-worth. She wondered if she could ever trust again. Rejected by family and friends, she was forced to reinvent every aspect of her entire life. When a catastrophic fire crippled her community, and individuals grappled with personal tragedy, she gained a deeper understanding of the gift of forgiveness and the power of hope. Her brave struggles saved not only her life but also the lives of others. At times brutally painful, at other times hugely positive, Today My Name Is Billie reveals how a single lie can spread like fire and destroy all that it touches.  
Neile Parisi taught for 18 glorious years in public schools. She experienced both joy and tragedy in her classroom, but continually loved her students. Today My Name Is Billie is based upon an incident in her life as an eighth-grade teacher, where she lost her job and her career. Following this, she became a Registered Sanitarian. Having a Master's Degree in Health Education, she was able to use her teaching skills to help educate workers in the restaurant world, teaching proper food-handling skills; provide knowledge about radon, asbestos, and lead poisoning to home owners; investigate food poisoning; test beach water and pools for bacteria levels; inspect restaurants, day cares, schools, and hospitals; and at times even trap rats and other rodents. Currently she is a Realtor, who won Second Place in The Woman’s Arm-Wrestling competition in Las Vegas, and promises she won’t let anyone “twist your arm.” She is also a stand-up comic on the weekends, drawing from her varied background of jobs. This is her first novel.  
How to Survive a Brazilian Betrayal: A Mother Daughter MemoirEhris Urban & Velya Janez-Urban  
Lightening darkness with humor, Velya Jancz-Urban and her 25-year-old daughter, Ehris, introduce readers to their offbeat Connecticut family.  Motivated by an 11-year friendship with a charming Brazilian named Jose Geraldo, they spend four years preparing for their move to rural Brazil, where they will run a dairy farm and open an English school.  When they follow their hearts to Ponte Nova, an explosion of betrayal leaves them dazed and grieving.  Broke and broken, they are forced to return to the United States, and navigate their rebirth in a foreclosed 1770 New England farmhouse.  An already strong mother/daughter relationship becomes indestructible when no one else is emotionally available for them. How to Survive a Brazilian Betrayal is written by a kooky, gregarious mother and perceptive, poised daughter.  With blurbs by Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Mother-Daughter Wisdom, this memoir takes readers along on an unconventional family’s hilariously honest, yet heart-wrenching, journey.  Readers will fall in love with their spunk, feel the knockout punches of betrayal along with them, and be rooting for them to get back up off the mat.  
Velya Jancz-Urban lives her life by the adage, “there is no growth without change.” She is a teacher, public speaker, former Brazilian dairy farm owner, and expert on New England’s colonial women.  In 2011, Velya and her family bought a foreclosed farmhouse in Woodbury, Connecticut, unaware of what the house would reveal.  Behind the walls, surprises and secrets waited to be exposed.  Moving into this 1770 farmhouse ignited Velya's interest in the colonial era.  She became obsessed with colonial women and created an entertainingly-informative presentation, The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife.  Velya teaches a variety of historical/herbal workshops with her daughter, Ehris.  Velya owns How Cool Is That?! (Hands-On Science & History) and believes that hands-on learning is for everyone. She has been married for 35 years and is the mother of two grown children.  She has a few too many rescue dogs and cats, is happiest with a fresh stack of library books, loves thrift shops, and is passionate about alternative medicine.  
Ehris Urban, owner of Grounded Holistic Wellness, believes, “if you’re grounded, you can navigate even the bumpiest roads in peace.”  She grew up in a family passionate about holistic medicine.  Ehris is a master herbalist and holistic nutritionist, and graduate of the New England School of Homeopathy.  Additionally, Ehris is a Flower Essence Therapy practitioner.  She became interested in Reiki as a teenager and attained Reiki Master certification at age 17.  Ehris is also an Ingham Method reflexologist.  She holds a B.A. in Anthropology/Sociology and is a certified ESL teacher.  Ehris enjoys beekeeping, tending her organic vegetable and herb gardens, and working in her apothecary.  As Grounded Goodwife, Ehris and her mom, Velya, teach a variety of workshops and presentations at their 1770 Woodbury, CT farmhouse, as well as at other venues.  

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