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So Much for the White Picket Fence: a memoir
Author Karen Carpenter LaGraff
978-1-947589-34-6 print
978-1-947589-35-3 e-book
Publisher Waldenhouse Publishers, Inc.
Description 356 pages 6"x9" on 50# archival white paper; 2 photographs; paperback $24.95; e-book $4.99
Availability December 2020
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Author Karen LaGraff
1306 Sharon Circle
Chattanooga, TN 37405
A woman’s journey of letting go of the idealized life of the perfect marriage and family. It is her story of the challenges she faced and the lessons she learned.

Library of Congress Control Number: 2020950319

BIO026000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs


SELF-HELP / Personal Growth / General







What Readers Are Saying
• I rarely read books as quickly as I read So Much for the White Picket Fence. This memoir is a real page-turner, not merely because the author has led quite a colorful life but because the writing is clear, honest, literate, and creates pictures in my mind. The story is a powerful testament to faith in family, in humanity, in the universal puzzle known as God, and mostly to the author herself.
Joe Ryan-PhD Clinical Psychology, English Professor, Los Angeles City College

• How do you keep moving forward with resilience, holding fast to love, faith, and forgiveness in the face of great loss and suffering? This is the story Karen LaGraff bravely shares in her inspiring memoir. She shares searingly honest details of her journey learning to accept her past, and also to live and learn from the traumas she experiences in her own family. The book will leave you with hope that “If Karen can make her way through, so can I,” which is exactly the sense of hope many need, especially now.
Cali Yost, Author of Tweak It: Make What Matters to You Happen Every Day

• Karen LaGraff has put into words both the pain and the joy of living in her emotional memoir that reminds us that life itself goes on through both the dark and light times. Her words are beautiful and haunting, and I found myself drawn into her journey, as if I lived it with her.
Greg Wilkey, Principal East Side Elementary School and best-selling author of YA fiction

• You’ll find parts of yourself in Karen LaGraff’s captivating story of love, loss, and life. In an era when intense grief and anxiety had no outlet in the counseling office, we read her words and echo, “me too.” Readers will be able to feel, experience, and resurrect their own stories. And that makes this memoir worth reading, along with great therapy.
Judy Herman, LPC-MHSP Counselor, Speaker, and Author of Beyond Messy Relationships


About the Author
Karen LaGraff has a B.S. in Education from the University of Tennessee
in Knoxville and a M.ED. from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She has worked for UTC as a student teacher supervisor and for the state of Tennessee under the Early Intervention program evaluating pre-school children. She taught elementary school for eighteen years before retiring.

She now does volunteer work for the Ronald McDonald House, the Hart Gallery, and Bridge Refugee Services. She enjoys reading, writing, traveling, exercising, gardening and spending time with family and friends. She has three grown sons, two grandsons, and lives in Chattanooga with her husband. She can be reached at somuchforthewhitepicketfence@gmail.com

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