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About the Author

Joanne Nelson's ongoing writing practice focuses on creative nonfiction, essays, commentaries on craft, reviews, and the occasional poem. In addition, Joanne is certified by the McLean Meditation Institute as a meditation and mindfulness teacher. The classes, workshops, and retreats that she leads have a solid foundation in the skills and experiences she brings from these eclectic pursuits. Over thirty years of experience as a psychotherapist allows Joanne to combine clinical expertise with her love of teaching to create programs that are research based, practical, and enjoyable. Joanne is a contributor to Lake Effect on 89.7 WUWM, her local NPR affiliate. Her writing appears in anthologies and literary journals such as Brevity, Consequence, and Redivider. She lives in Hartland, Wisconsin where she develops and leads community programs, maintains a psychotherapy practice, and adjuncts. She holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and an MSSW from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. More information is available at


“A wise and generous memoir, keenly observed, unflinchingly recorded, written with humor, empathy, and love. Nelson's coming of age—as a daughter, sister, wife and mother herself—feels worthy and true.” Dinah Lenney, author of Coffee

This is How We Leave is full of sweet and somber recollections of a family that is both happy and unhappy in its own way—as all families are. Nelson is a master of structural ingenuity, of suspense mitigated by calm meditation. Full of quiet, delectable detail—the heightened sounds and smells of bittersweet recollection—This is How We Leave is a book of conflicting emotions, of ambivalence and nostalgia, and a reminder that we come to know those we love the most by hearing and telling stories about them.”   J.C. Hallman, author of B & Me: A True Story of Literary Arousal

“Joanne Nelson welcomes us into her life like a good friend with coffee and crumb cake. This Is How We Leave offers wrenchingly human stories—about love and loss, abuse and abandonment, betrayal and redemption, traffic tickets and holiday rituals. Something in this writer’s voice—a warmth, a wonder—won’t let us turn away. Nelson is a keen observer: of her grandfather chewing tobacco at the kitchen table, of her own young comforts (feet “warm and dry in my own bread-lined galoshes”). Nelson’s life is filled with both necessary and chosen solitude—yet again and again she shows us the depth and meaning of human connection. This book abounds with honesty. Nelson is not afraid to eat a sandwich at her mother’s deathbed; she is not afraid to tell us how she feels about it, then and after. The gift of these stories lies both in their integrity and in the irrefutable call to live a life of courage.” Lisa C. Krueger, author of Run Away to the Yard

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3932 KB
  • Print Length: 84 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Vine Leaves Press (11 August 2020)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B088K7XVGC
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