"I do not remember the tubes, the tests, or the icy cold of space. I do not remember losing six months of my life," writes Hamden author, Amy Nawrocki, in her new book, A Comet’s Tail: A Memoir of No Memory. Her extraordinary memoir of illness, healing, and writing over the blank pages of our lives is the story of these missing months. Byrd's Books has invited Amy to share her unique perspective of that loss at a book discussion on Sunday, June 3rd at 3:00pm. Byrd's Books is located at 126 Greenwood Avenue, across from P.T. Barnum Square, in Bethel. Space is limited. To save a spot and/or order the book, go to https://conta.cc/2GBcc3t
At age nineteen, Amy Nawrocki returned from her first year of college, scribbled a few notes in her journal, and took a terrifying summer trip. She remembers one night of disorientation, then nothing until Christmas, when awareness slowly restarts: the seizures and fever spikes, the deep nothing of coma, and the unexpected, dramatic recovery. Her memory is recreated around EEG transcripts and doctors’ notes, family vigils and blurry Polaroids. In A Comet’s Tail: A Memoir of No Memory, Amy investigates the connections between memory, trauma, and identity, and illuminates what it means to truly return to consciousness.
Amy Nawrocki is a Connecticut native, raised in Newtown. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College and a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Arkansas. She has received numerous honors for her poetry, including awards from the Litchfield Review Poetry Contest, the Codhill Chapbook Competition, The Loft Anthology, Phi Kappa Phi, New Millennium Writings, and the Connecticut Poetry Society. She is the author of five poetry collections: Potato Eaters, Nomad’s End, Lune de Miel, Four Blue Eggs and Reconnaissance. With her husband, Eric D. Lehman, she wrote A History of Connecticut Wine, A History of Connecticut Food, and Literary Connecticut. She teaches English and Creative Writing at the University of Bridgeport.
Byrd's Books is open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:00am to 6:00pm, Sundays 12:00 noon to 4:00pm. Plenty of parking is available behind the English Apothecary, where there is a rear entrance. For more information, visit visit byrdsbooks.com or call (203) 730 BYRD (2973).