Martha Robinson's Memoir PRIVATE CONVERSATIONS Details Generations of Family History
Martha Robinson chronicles three generations of her family's history in a memoir that addresses the impact of alcoholism, sexual abuse and cult beliefs in her new nonfiction, "Private Conversations" (published by AuthorHouse).
"My husband and I shared the belief that family history, from ordinary to tragic events and the entanglement of characters over three generations, could influence the path chosen by our future generations," Robinson explains. "Life was zooming by. When I realized I was the only person privy to the privately held life stories told in my book, my husband said, 'Martha, get busy!'
Robinson's mother, Lalia Phipps Boone, is central to the author's family history, and the stories of her life show how unrelenting hard work made her a pivotal figure in the fight for educational reform and women's rights. Robinson also writes openly about her husband, Bob, a man who she describes as "the strongest influence in my life," although their marriage has had their ups and downs throughout the years.
As Robinson draws readers into the private, sometimes painful details of her life, readers in similar situations will find solace in the fact that they are not alone. By sharing her story, others now have the opportunity to gain new insight and perspective and realize that change is possible.
"Hope. Do the right thing. Don't fear consequences. Reconciliation and resolution are always possible."
Martha Robinson worked as a news reporter and feature writer for a Capitol Hill news bureau and metropolitan Washington, D.C. newspapers. She represented Maryland's Montgomery County Education Association and the Consumer Federation of America for community and government relations. She directed publishing and outreach for the National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped at The Library of Congress. At The American University, she managed a large publishing operation. At the height of her career in the nonprofit sector her niche was creating organizational identity programs. She was a volunteer in historic preservation and environmental affairs, her church, and Democratic politics. She continues to write, edit, and publish for community groups and work in Democratic politics.
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