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About the author


Michèle Misino de Luca was born in Greenwich Village, New York and now resides in Northern California. She was first a poet, songwriter, and singer. She is an abstract artist, painting primarily in acrylic on canvas, and is now an author. Her autobiography is a story of transcendence: a mission to create a life expressive of the possibilities of compassion, wonder and joy. She has, for more than twenty-five years, entertained children throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond as Buki the Clown.
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A Handful of Raisins in an Otherwise Empty Room
by Michèle Misino de Luca

Overview


"A Handful of Raisins" is a memoir about one woman's fundamental achievement in life.  She journeyed from her early childhood when her self-esteem was emotionally beaten out of her.  Event after event seemed to conspire to tell her she was useless, stupid and had no value.  Yet somehow, perhaps instinctively, she rose above her sense of emptiness and learned to value herself and every moment of life. 

"A Handful of Raisins" documents this challenging journey to arrive at a place of cherishing life itself.  It is Michèle's response to both her good and bad fortune that she captures throughout this book.  Her story is sometimes shocking, sometimes humorous, deliciously victorious and as sweet as the raisins she valued as a child.  Everyone will find parallels for their own lives somewhere in this book, and each will celebrate their own victory of making the most out of any difficult situation.

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Description


“A Handful of Raisins” is a heart-stirring memoir about survival, strength and courage.  For Michèle Misino de Luca, life began as a series of dark, traumatic episodes and continued as deeply challenging events beset her incessantly throughout her youth.  Yet somehow, she rises to value life, viewing it as a miracle.   

She was five years old when she first felt completely on her own, and although food, clothing and a warm bed were provided, it seemed her survival was not ensured.  Every night, when she was handed those raisins, there was a moment of intimacy in her soul. She ate those raisins ever so slowly, savoring not just their sweetness, but the sweetness of a few moments when everything was alright.

Imagine being a child seemingly dropped into a dark hole. Nothing around you but strangers. Nothing familiar. Throughout this memoir, readers will gain a true understanding of loneliness and despair, while receiving the gratifying reminder that you do not have to succumb and be formed by your painful experiences.  You can become who you say you are, and who you say you are can be based on what you value most.  Our author declares herself fully alive and becomes so — alive with dignity, wonder and joy. 

In her groundbreaking and raw story, Michèle Misino de Luca had the tenacity not only to survive, but to thrive. Unwilling to surrender to victimhood, she had to change. She had to find joy. It certainly was not easy, but in a world by herself, she created her own silver lining. This is a memoir about celebrating the fullness of life, written by a truly extraordinary person. This is a story about seeking and accepting the handful of raisins in an otherwise empty room.

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Overview


"A Handful of Raisins" is a memoir about one woman's fundamental achievement in life.  She journeyed from her early childhood when her self-esteem was emotionally beaten out of her.  Event after event seemed to conspire to tell her she was useless, stupid and had no value.  Yet somehow, perhaps instinctively, she rose above her sense of emptiness and learned to value herself and every moment of life. 

"A Handful of Raisins" documents this challenging journey to arrive at a place of cherishing life itself.  It is Michèle's response to both her good and bad fortune that she captures throughout this book.  Her story is sometimes shocking, sometimes humorous, deliciously victorious and as sweet as the raisins she valued as a child.  Everyone will find parallels for their own lives somewhere in this book, and each will celebrate their own victory of making the most out of any difficult situation.

Read more

Description


“A Handful of Raisins” is a heart-stirring memoir about survival, strength and courage.  For Michèle Misino de Luca, life began as a series of dark, traumatic episodes and continued as deeply challenging events beset her incessantly throughout her youth.  Yet somehow, she rises to value life, viewing it as a miracle.   

She was five years old when she first felt completely on her own, and although food, clothing and a warm bed were provided, it seemed her survival was not ensured.  Every night, when she was handed those raisins, there was a moment of intimacy in her soul. She ate those raisins ever so slowly, savoring not just their sweetness, but the sweetness of a few moments when everything was alright.

Imagine being a child seemingly dropped into a dark hole. Nothing around you but strangers. Nothing familiar. Throughout this memoir, readers will gain a true understanding of loneliness and despair, while receiving the gratifying reminder that you do not have to succumb and be formed by your painful experiences.  You can become who you say you are, and who you say you are can be based on what you value most.  Our author declares herself fully alive and becomes so — alive with dignity, wonder and joy. 

In her groundbreaking and raw story, Michèle Misino de Luca had the tenacity not only to survive, but to thrive. Unwilling to surrender to victimhood, she had to change. She had to find joy. It certainly was not easy, but in a world by herself, she created her own silver lining. This is a memoir about celebrating the fullness of life, written by a truly extraordinary person. This is a story about seeking and accepting the handful of raisins in an otherwise empty room.

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Book details

Genre:BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Subgenre:Personal Memoirs

Language:English

Pages:190

Format:Paperback

eBook ISBN:9781667800226

Paperback ISBN:9780578252292


Overview


"A Handful of Raisins" is a memoir about one woman's fundamental achievement in life.  She journeyed from her early childhood when her self-esteem was emotionally beaten out of her.  Event after event seemed to conspire to tell her she was useless, stupid and had no value.  Yet somehow, perhaps instinctively, she rose above her sense of emptiness and learned to value herself and every moment of life. 

"A Handful of Raisins" documents this challenging journey to arrive at a place of cherishing life itself.  It is Michèle's response to both her good and bad fortune that she captures throughout this book.  Her story is sometimes shocking, sometimes humorous, deliciously victorious and as sweet as the raisins she valued as a child.  Everyone will find parallels for their own lives somewhere in this book, and each will celebrate their own victory of making the most out of any difficult situation.

Read more

Description


“A Handful of Raisins” is a heart-stirring memoir about survival, strength and courage.  For Michèle Misino de Luca, life began as a series of dark, traumatic episodes and continued as deeply challenging events beset her incessantly throughout her youth.  Yet somehow, she rises to value life, viewing it as a miracle.   

She was five years old when she first felt completely on her own, and although food, clothing and a warm bed were provided, it seemed her survival was not ensured.  Every night, when she was handed those raisins, there was a moment of intimacy in her soul. She ate those raisins ever so slowly, savoring not just their sweetness, but the sweetness of a few moments when everything was alright.

Imagine being a child seemingly dropped into a dark hole. Nothing around you but strangers. Nothing familiar. Throughout this memoir, readers will gain a true understanding of loneliness and despair, while receiving the gratifying reminder that you do not have to succumb and be formed by your painful experiences.  You can become who you say you are, and who you say you are can be based on what you value most.  Our author declares herself fully alive and becomes so — alive with dignity, wonder and joy. 

In her groundbreaking and raw story, Michèle Misino de Luca had the tenacity not only to survive, but to thrive. Unwilling to surrender to victimhood, she had to change. She had to find joy. It certainly was not easy, but in a world by herself, she created her own silver lining. This is a memoir about celebrating the fullness of life, written by a truly extraordinary person. This is a story about seeking and accepting the handful of raisins in an otherwise empty room.

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About the author


Michèle Misino de Luca was born in Greenwich Village, New York and now resides in Northern California. She was first a poet, songwriter, and singer. She is an abstract artist, painting primarily in acrylic on canvas, and is now an author. Her autobiography is a story of transcendence: a mission to create a life expressive of the possibilities of compassion, wonder and joy. She has, for more than twenty-five years, entertained children throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond as Buki the Clown.

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