Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSU, Chico

Like Thistles through Cement

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By: Joan Goodreau

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is coming in October with the reminder that one in eight women will have breast cancer during their lifetimes. Joan Goodreau is a breast cancer survivor and her latest collection of poetry gives new perspective on diagnosis and treatment from her own experience. To increase awareness and encourage early detection, she will present and sign her latest release, Another Secret Shared, at Lyon Books and Learning Center (135 Broadway Street, Chico CA 95928) on Tuesday, September 23rd at 7:00 pm.

Another Secret Shared and Other Poems by Joan GoodreauAnother Secret Shared explores other tough topics. Like the line from her poem “Remembrance,” her poems grow like “thistles through cement.” In her memoir, Strangers Together: How My Son’s Autism Changed My Life, Goodreau showed the poignant struggles of life with a child with autism. Now in Another Secret Shared, she goes inside the minds of her son’s brother and sister and speaks from their point-of-view to share their secrets.

In the final sections of her book, she reveals the secrets of separation and reunion where she finds “kindred spirits” in her family and friends who “come together at last.”

As playwright and poet, Clair Braz-Valentine, writes, “Joan Goodreau spins pain into beauty. She takes us from her joy to her pain and back again, but always the journey is exquisite, always the reader is enchanted. Another Secret Shared challenges us to view life through a different lens.”

Joan Goodreau’s articles, stories and poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies throughout North America. Her books Strangers Together: How My Son’s Autism Changed My Life, Another Secret Shared, Poems from the Spectrum, and Open in the Back are available at Lyons Books and Learning Center and on Amazon Books.

Published 9.18.14