Books by Paolina Milana

The Caregiver Chronicles

There are only four kinds of people in the world — those that have been caregivers, those that are caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.” – Former First Lady of the United States and Founder of The Carter Center Rosalynn Carter

Whether it's a grandparent, a parent, a sibling, a spouse, or anyone you consider to be family, caring for someone who can no longer care for themselves is full of physical demands, emotional stresses, and unexpected rewards.

Family caregivers are unsung heroes, and 22 share their stories in this book, offering insights and inspiration about the ties that bind.

Committed

After a decade of caring for crazy and keeping her mother’s mental illness a secret from the outside world, twenty-year-old Paolina Milana longs for just one year free from the madness of her home. When she gets the chance to go to an out-of-state school, she takes it, but her family won’t leave her be. Letter after letter arrives, constantly reminding her of the insanity rooted in her family tree. Even worse, the voices in her own head whisper words she’s not sure are normal. “Please don’t make me be like Mamma,” she prays to a God she’s not sure is listening.

The unexpected death of her father soon after she returns home leaves Paolina in shock―and in charge of her paranoid schizophrenic mother. But it isn’t until she is twenty-seven and her sister two years her junior explodes in a psychotic episode and, just like Mamma, is diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and must be committed, that Paolina descends into her own despair, nearly losing herself to the darkness.

Poignant and impactful, Committed is one woman’s story of resilience as she struggles to stay sane despite the madness that surrounds her.

Miracle on Mall Drive

"Pour the peppermint hot chocolate and pull up a cozy blanket: this is a perfect Christmas story!" — Jennie Nash, published author & CEO, Author Accelerator.

Miracle on Mall Drive: A Christmas Story is an inspiring fun Christmas story in the vein of Love Actually. When a group of strangers get stuck in a mall during a Christmas Eve snowstorm, miracles happen. In the face of crisis, they are forced to confront their old demons, find new friends and band together - despite their perceived differences - with courage, kindness and generosity of spirit. This uplifting Christmas story takes readers on a heartwarming journey to finding family and friends in the most unexpected of places and to realizing all of the serendipitous miracles along the way...and the true meaning of the holiday season.

Seriously, Are We There Yet?

"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 personal growth guide and a 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.

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!

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.