October 19 - November 5, 2017

Concord, Massachusetts

Two weeks of talks, readings, and discussions celebrating the written and the spoken word.
  • Colman Andrews
    Colman Andrews
  • Alice Hoffman
    Alice Hoffman
  • Gordon Wood
    Gordon Wood
  • Gish Jen
    Gish Jen

Larry Kerpelman

Events: Writing the Hard Stories: How Memoirists Cope

Book: Pieces Missing; Concrete Steps

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Larry Kerpelman is author of Pieces Missing: A Family’s Journey of Recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury and Concrete Steps: Coming of Age in a Once-Big City, among other books. His writing and editing reflects both his widely varied personal interests and his educational background. His writing has appeared in a variety of popular publications, such as the Boston Globe, the Boston Globe Magazine, and American History, and in professional journals such as The Journal of the American Medical Association, Physicians News Digest, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Journal of Counseling Psychology. He is a recipient of the Lamplighter Award from the New England Society for Healthcare Communications.

In Pieces Missing: A Family’s Journey of Recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury, Larry recounts his wife, Joanie’s, traumatic brain injury that resulted from a freak fall while jogging.  It took three emergency room visits, two hospitalizations, one brain surgery, and several months of rehabilitation before she was able to regain her lost capacities. Pieces Missing recounts the story as it happens – as Joanie is hospitalized, faces dysfunction and possibly death, undergoes emergency surgery, and then, over the course of a year—with her family’s support and encouragement—recovers the pieces missing from her memory, speech, and confidence.

More than the story of one person’s recovery from a traumatic brain injury, it is a story of how a marriage and family persevered and survived the biggest crisis of their lives. Pieces Missing: A Family’s Journey of Recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury shows that the human spirit and love can not only help a family overcome a devastating health challenge but also gain from it as well.