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Please Judge This Book By It’s Cover

I was honored and nervous to photograph MaryScarlett Amaris – She’s a powerful wonderful awesome goddess (or witch, depending on your point of view) She’s the kind of woman who looks into your eyes, and penetrates your soul. She does this, mainly by revealing her own soul, so one immediately feels exposed …at least that how I feel.

Exposing and revealing, soul searching and revelations are in the heart Of MaryScarlett’s gripping book about her daughter’s overdose and their paths to recovery. So I don’t butcher the truth I am quoting: “Goddess, grant me the serenity to accept how fucked up this is Give me strength to face myself in the mirror, the courage to swallow my pride, and a glass of champagne to wash it all down” After her 18 year old daughter survives a heroin overdose, which caught her by complete surprise, MaryScarlett Amaris tries everything, including a fearless examination of her own life and mores, to answer the haunting question: why did this happen? Funny, poignant, honest, and wise, Amaris both bears and heals her soul in the hope that no one who experiences a loved one’s addiction will ever feel too angry, too ridiculous, or too alone.”

Once I started reading the book I couldn’t put it down – it’s brutally honest, kicked me in the stomach, made me laugh out loud and put life in a new perceptive. It’s an awesome read, and you can so easily find it by following this link to Lulu’s site (or you can click on the photo below – it’s fancy that way…)

I got the hard copy book in the mail yesterday – I felt like Christmas Morning…. Thank you MaryScarlett for trusting me with your baby – I was proud to be part of your process, and delighted to have you as a friend.

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August 24, 2011 - 12:00 pm

Kathleen - What a beautiful tribute to MaryScarlett and her work. And so right-on. You’re like that, Shani. I love your directness and clarity (not to mention your enormous talent!). Love you! – Kathleen

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