Saturday, 21 June 2014

About the Book

My Life in a Nutshell: A Novel is the story of one man's struggles with debilitating anxiety. Brian Cunningham has isolated himself to such a degree that his human contact is barely more than an hour a day. While lonely, he feels powerless to change his life. Unexpectedly, his safe little world is invaded by one Abigail Harris, a seven-year-old girl who, for the last five years, has bounced from foster home to foster home. She has come to live with an aunt and uncle she has never known. Unsure if she can trust her new environment, she turns to Brian. Neither one quite knows how to live in the world. Can they possibly help each other?

My Review

One very confused and lonely man who feels worthless. One very frightened and unsure little girl with a horrifying past. Thrown together, their unlikely friendship helps them both navigate a scary world and begin to heal one another. My Life in A Nutshell will put you through the emotional wringer. At end of it you will come out of it a better person for having read this amazing book. It will make you look at the world differently and wonder how many people are fighting a battle we know nothing about. This book will touch your heart in ways other books never could.

Once in a while a book comes along that makes you sit up and take notice. A book that makes you sob with joy and with sadness all at the same time. A book that will take your breath away. My Life in A Nutshell is one such book. I really cannot recommend this book highly enough. Tanya J Peterson is such a talented writer and her characters draw you in and find a place in your heart. Forever! 

About Tanya J Peterson

Tanya J. Peterson holds a Bachelor of Science in secondary education, Master of Science in counseling, and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. She has been a teacher and a counselor in various settings, including a traditional high school and an alternative school for homeless and runaway adolescents, and she has volunteered her services in both schools and communities. Peterson is an active volunteer with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and she is a regular columnist for the Anxiety-Schmanxiety blog on
She draws on her education, experience, and personal background with bipolar 1 disorder and anxiety to write stories about the psychological aspect of the human condition, specifically mental illness and the impact it has on human beings. Her goal is to change the way the world thinks about mental illness and the people who live with it. 
Peterson believes that fiction is a powerful vehicle for teaching fact. Further, she knows that people empathize with characters in novels, and commonly they transfer their empathy to real-life human beings. To that end, she has published Leave of Absence, My Life in a Nutshell, and the YA novel Losing Elizabeth.  Additionally, she has published Challenge!, a short story about a person who finds the confidence to overcome criticism and achieve a goal, and a book review of Linley and Joseph’s Positive Therapy: A Meta-Theory for Positive Psychological Practice that appeared in Counseling Today, the national publication of the American Counseling Association.
Peterson has also been interviewed on numerous radio shows, given presentations on mental illness and book readings nationwide, spoken on mental illness at the 2013 national conference of the Mothers of Incarcerated Sons Society, Inc., and has been quoted in various articles about mental health and mental illness.

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2 Responses so far.

  1. JB, a heartfelt thank you for your amazing review and for all that you do to support me/it. I'm honored that you found me worthy of your promos. I appreciate you. And your honest review of My Life in a Nutshell is so encouraging. xx

  2. Suko says:

    JB, like you, I thought this was an incredible book. Your enthusiasm for it comes across in your succinct review. :)

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