"A modern-day 'Girl, Interrupted.' - 5 out of 5 Stars"

"COMMITTED is a must-read for anyone struggling with mental illness...This raw memoir brings to light the reality of madness -- both in terms of what may surround us and that which may lurk within us." - Samantha Dunn, author of Failing Paris and Not By Accident

"Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this book in exchange for an honest review. This book easily earns all the stars! It's probably one of the best books on mental illness that I have ever read. Paolina Milana tells her story of having a mother, then later a sister, with paranoid schizophrenia with such honesty and passion. The toll that being a caregiver has on her is completely understandable and she shows real courage. I highly recommend this book!" ~ Librarian

"A modern-day 'Girl, Interrupted' but with family. Paolina Milana is an incredible writer and is very brave for sharing her story with us. Mental illness is still seen as taboo and she is breaking down what happens when we are taught to keep it all in the family and never air dirty laundry."  5 out of 5 stars ~ NetGalley

Read the award-winning prequel: THE S WORD

Some secrets are too big to keep.

As a young girl, Paolina does her best to keep the secrets she holds: secrets about her Mamma's schizophrenia; secrets about her sexual awakening; secrets about her seduction-turned-rape; secrets about having to play the role of the good Sicilian Catholic girl. But the longer she keeps her secrets, the heavier their weight becomes, suffocating her -- until, finally, she finds the strength to save herself.

"Recognize any of the words on the cover of this book? Lived any of them? Witnessed any of them? Survived any of them? Then The S Word is calling to you. It's a powerful gut punch of a story." - Jennie Nash, author of The Threadbare Heart and The Only True Genius in the Family

"Emotionally powerful and so evocative of place and time, Milana's The S Word is hard to forget. The drama of the story stays with you long after the last page is turned." - Samantha Dunn, author of Failing Paris and Not By Accident

Memoir on Mental Illness in the family

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Seriously! Are We THERE Yet?!

"Seriously! Are We There Yet?! is here to remind you of the power to course-correct along your journey by embracing new choices, beliefs and actions. This book will guide you back to your heart - it’s a gem!" — Nancy Levin, author of Setting Boundaries Will Set You Free.

Finally! A picture book for the kid that's still inside each of us.

"Seriously! Are We There Yet?! is an illustrated inspirational book for we "grownups" living in the real world, faking it, sometimes making it, and more often than not failing and wondering WTF...? How did we end up here? Where do we go now? How much longer 'til we "arrive"?

Full of whimsy and wisdom, this self-help rhyming romp is for every one of us on life's journey who:

  • wonder if they’re the only ones who still haven’t figured it all out;

  • regret their past and are uncertain of their future;

  • can't stop the "coulda, woulda, shouldas" of almost every decision made;

  • worry that time is running out and that this may be as good as it gets;

  • fear that they’re missing out on the secret to life;
    and who

  • stress about the possibility that they’ll never make it to wherever it is they think they’re supposed to be.

"Seriously! Are We There Yet?! is a personal growth guide and reminder of the joy of living life as it was meant to be. It's a motivational self-help book offering wisdom that's not sugar-coated; rather, it speaks to what is and to objectively seeing things for what they could be in a digestible colorfully uplifting - yet practical - read.

This book - written with a nod to Dr. Seuss - is the perfect gift to give to yourself and to loved ones from age one to 101 (or more). It's the much-needed encouragement to live in the moment and to enjoy the journey with all its winding and bumpy roads.

Why wait to put a smile back on your face and a skip in your step?

Buy this book now and start living like a kid, loving every step of your life's journey today!


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