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Beautifully BAD Wanda

A True Story Of When Being Bad Is Good

By Kathi G. Stogner
Price: $15.99
Price: $7.99

Format: (eBook)
ISBN 13: 9781545661482
Trim Size: 5.5 x 8.5
Publisher: Mill City Press
Publication Date: 08/05/2019

Format: (Softcover)
ISBN 13: 9781545661475
Trim Size: 5.5 x 8.5
Number of Pages: 248
Publisher: Mill City Press
Publication Date: 07/30/2019

Wanda is a first-generation American born in 1916 on a prodigious farm in Delaware. Third from the youngest in a family of eleven children, she is forced to work the farm at the expense of her freedom, her education, and her dreams. Wanda suffers physical, emotional, and verbal abuse beneath the brutal hand of her stoic, German father who calls her Schlecht Wanda, which means Bad Wanda. His cruel label marks her as guilty and immoral. Wanda fights to overthrow this yoke that threatens to crush her beneath its agonizing burden while also struggling to preserve the flame of her desires. This is the unbelievable, true story of Wanda’s battle to rise above her unwanted destiny by trying to create a beautiful life from the ashes of badness. Will Bad Wanda uncover beauty and forgiveness in the darkness all around her, and more importantly, within the depths of her own tainted heart? Will she be able to procure happiness and success? The answers could reveal what makes an extraordinary existence reachable. This heartbreakingly powerful novel celebrates the joyous laughter as well as the singeing pain of life, recognizing that both produce tears. It is a testament of when faith, family, and feistiness can be enough.

Kathryn G. Stogner is the granddaughter of Wanda K. Belinsky. She takes on her grandmother's persona to write this nonfiction narrative that reads like a memoir. Kathi's firsthand memories of her grandmother's stories, along with letters, interviews, various documents, online research, and Wanda's own cassette recordings have all been utilized as corroborating material in the creation of Beautifully Bad Wanda. Kathi is a licensed English and AIG (K-12) teacher with a BA in English Education and an MA in English, and she was certified by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards in 2002. What truly qualifies her to create this quenching story is a feisty resolve to share her grandmother's spiritually enriching and motivational story with a thirsty world that needs its hopeful message right now!
Kathi currently resides in North Carolina with her husband, daughters, and dogs. 


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