About Where Have I Been All My Life?
• Paperback: 185 pages
• Publisher: She Writes Press; New edition (October 7, 2014)
Where Have I Been All My Life? is a compelling memoir recounting one woman’s journey from grief and a profound feeling of unworthiness, to wholeness and healing. It begins with the chillingly swift death of Cheryl’s mother, and is followed by her foray into the center of mourning with poignant visits back to her childhood, and a sometimes hilarious yet powerful experience of erotic transference with her therapist.
With wisdom, grace and humor, Cheryl recounts the grief games she plays in an effort to resurrect her mother, her misguided efforts to get her therapist to run away with her (or at least accept her gifts), and the transformation of her husband from fantasy man, to ordinary guy, to superhero. In the process of finding herself, she discovers aching revelations about her family and her past, what she must leave behind and what she can carry with her.
In this tender memoir, readers will recognize themselves, plumb their own life experiences, and find sustenance for the difficult yet vital journey toward love and wholeness—a journey we all must take if we want to be free.
Praise for Where Have I Been All My Life?
“Where Have I Been All My Life? is an honest and inspiring look at the purposeful abandonment of striving for and maintaining the “perfect life” at all costs. Full of heart and humor, poignant snapshots of struggles with grief and longing; this book is a triumph and a tribute to love in all its manifestations.” —Sara Rauch, Editor of Cactus Heart
“Cheryl Rice’s memoir, Where Have I Been All My Life? is a beautifully written and courageous story told with grace, humor and grit. Anyone interested in living a life of authenticity and self-compassion will greatly benefit from reading this compelling book.” —Mike Robbins, author of Nothing Changes Until You Do
“Told with grace and clarity, Where Have I Been All My Life? is an emotionally naked, beautifully moving, and ultimately uplifting memoir. Cheryl Rice poetically depicts the all-encompassing darkness of grief and the bottomless love between a mother and daughter. You will relate to—and be stirred by Cheryl’s journey to forgive the past, speak the truth, and find new heights of self-worth.” —Selena Rezvani, award winning columnist for The Washington Post and author of Pushback: How Smart Women Ask—And Stand Up—For What They Want
About Cheryl Rice
Cheryl Rice is a professional speaker and coach. Her company, Your Voice Your Vision partners with women striving to be leaders in their own lives. When Cheryl decided to take the advice she so passionately offers her clients, she emerged with a memoir. Her essays have appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Cactus Heart, and Cure Magazine. Cheryl has M.S. degrees in both Psychological Services and Organization Development, and lives with her family outside of Philadelphia. Find Cheryl online at www.YourVoiceYourVision.com.
Cheryl’s Tour Stops
Thursday, January 15th: Liz Lamoreux
Monday, January 19th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Tuesday, January 20th: Sara’s Organized Chaos
Thursday, January 22nd: Emerald City Book Review
Thursday, January 22nd: Many Hats
Monday, January 26th: Everyone Needs Therapy
Monday, January 26th: The Discerning Reader
Wednesday, January 28th: Breezes at Dawn
Thursday, January 29th: Harry Times … all jacked up