Books and Other Writing

You Saved Me, Too: What A Holocaust Survivor Taught Me About Living, Dying, Fighting, Loving, And Swearing In Yiddish

Aron Lieb approached Sue Resnick at a Jewish Community Center fifteen years ago, and found a companion and soul mate who was steadfastly by his side for the rest of his life. You Saved Me, Too is the incredible story of how two people shared the hidden parts of themselves and created a bond that was complicated, challenging, but ultimately invaluable.

Susan was attracted to Aron’s warmth and wit, such a contrast to his tragic past as a Holocaust survivor. But soon she realized how deep his wounds were as she began dealing with his mental illness, fighting the mainstream Jewish community for help with his care, and questioning her faith. The dramatic tension builds when Susan promises not to let Aron die alone.

This book chronicles a remarkable friendship, which began with weekly coffee dates and flourished into much more. With beautiful prose, it alternates between his history, their developing friendship, and a current health crisis that may force them to part.

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Goodbye Wifes and Daughters

In 1943, a coal mine explosion devastated a tiny Montana mining town. The disaster killed 74 men and forever changed the lives of their familes and the destiny of their charming all-American home, Bearcreek.

The Smith Coal Mine disaster was one of the nation’s worst coal-mining accidents, but because it occurred during World War II, it was quickly forgotten by all, except those who lived through it.

Now, author Susan Kushner Resnick recounts the story in Goodbye Wifes and Daughters: The Explosion of An American Town. Her book, which will be published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2009, will explore the heroes who fought to save lives, the villians who may have caused their deaths and the families who lost almost everything on one sunny February morning.

Though the Smith disaster occurred nearly 65 years ago, the same dangerous circumstances still exist and eerily similar tragedies are still happening in the coal industry today. Goodbye Wifes and Daughters is not only a heartbreaking story, it is also a cautionary tale.

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Sleepless Days: One Woman’s Journey Through Postpartum Depression

Sleepless Days is a brilliantly written, haunting memoir of one mother’s encounter with postpartum depression. It is a story for the other 400,000 women who are afflicted with PPD each year and are desperate for reassurance that others have felt their despair and recovered. It is a compelling narrative for anyone who has ever watched helplessly as a vulnerable woman fought against the weight of this mysterious disease.

It’s temporary. That’s what I kept reading in books and hearing from my therapist. That’s what the gentle women who ran support groups for new mothers and who graciously took my frantic phone calls kept telling me. It’s temporary. You’ll get over it. Don’t worry, And by the way, you’re not going crazy.

They were right, of course. The illness was temporary and I’m fine now. I didn’t go crazy, but for a while I was certain that I was on my way. I went through the motions of living normally: getting dressed in the morning, chauffeuring my children around and feeding them three times a day, letting the muddy Airedale in and out whenever she barked. But inside, I wasn’t right.

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Literary Essays

Why Life Is So Long

Soul Mate 101

To Greet Goodbye