“A Thousand Words or Less: Favorite Columns 1996-2005” is a self-published collection of over 70 columns originally published in print in the Brattleboro Reformer and the Progressive Populist, and on-line at Common Dreams and The American Reporter.
“A lovely and varied collection… individually they are like charms on a bracelet — familiar gems from the past and pleasant, undiscovered little trinkets that catch the eye on their own. Collectively, the book is great than the sum of its parts, by turns touching us deeply, making us smile, comforting us and afflicting us; it is surprising and affirming and, honey, there’s a touch of bling there, too… The book is more than autobiography. It reflects out our town. It captures moments of our time. Marcel is particularly moving about 9/11. And through her deeply personal ruminations on her family and her own life, we see our own lives reflected.” Jon Potter, Arts & Entertainment Editor, Brattleboro Reformer, May 4, 2006
“Joyce Marcel’s musings are miraculous at capturing the intimacy, foibles and challenges in the often-overlooked moments of our daily lives. She’ll take your breath away in recounting the magic and mystery of mother-daughter relationships. She relishes womanhood’s hard-fought battles for equality and the lingering issues of inequality. She knows what it takes to live a full life and she gladly shares that with us. You’ll recognize your own struggles and triumphs in these columns and more likely than not, you’ll be recalling her words long after you’ve finished reading.” Former editor of the Brattleboro Reformer Sabina Haskell.
For a signed copy of “A Thousand Words or Less,” send a check or money order for $20 (includes shipping and handling) to: Joyce Marcel, P.O. Box 8262, Brattleboro, VT 05304-8262.