Press Release 4.7.21
“I RAISED MY TEENAGE MOM.” ADULT DAUGHTER SHARES TOUCHING STORY OF ROLE REVERSAL, CAREGIVING AND LOVE
Memoir Brings Us The Extraordinary Journey of a Mother-Daughter Duo
Reminiscent of Gilmore Girls
Raising, and Losing, My Remarkable Teenage Mother by Award-Winning Publishing Partner Stacey Aaronson Releases June 14, 2021
When Stacey Aaronson was born, her mother, Bree, was sixteen and barely out of braces. Hastily wed to Stacey’s dad and divorced soon after, Bree raised Stacey with his and her parents’ loving support. Growing up together in an often role-reversal scenario and mistaken for sisters, Bree would come to say, “I didn’t raise Stacey. Stacey raised me.”
In her debut memoir, Raising, and Losing, My Remarkable Teenage Mother, Aaronson—a ghostwriter, editor, book designer, and publishing partner who has been involved in the full or partial production of over two hundred books—tells the extraordinary story of the duo she and her mother formed during Bree’s lifetime, reminiscent of Gilmore Girls. Anchoring each other to the world through unwavering love and acceptance, Bree and Stacey take on life with an uncanny gift for seeing magic in the most ordinary moments. Whether bouncing between the markedly different homes of her mom, dad, and grandparents, discovering her religious and sexual identities, or starting college in her mid-twenties, Stacey is buoyed by Bree’s devotion as a mother, a sister, a daughter, and a friend. She helps Bree navigate her own path as she seeks the biological mother she never knew and a partner to grow old with. But Bree—despite her vibrant spirit and astounding near-reversal of an MS diagnosis—learns too young she has cancer, whose underlying emotional causes even a cutting-edge, non-toxic treatment can’t cure.
As Stacey steps into the role of caregiver, the two face the most poignant leg of their journey: nurturing their deep soul connection even as one soul transitions to another realm. Brimming with miracles, wonder, and joy even in its saddest moments, Raising, and Losing, My Remarkable Teenage Mother is a tender yet ebullient celebration of life, of love, of death’s mysterious passage, and the mystical forces that bind us all.
Topics Aaronson can speak to include:
I grew up as a real-life Gilmore Girl. How my unconventional upbringing allowed me to thrive as my authentic self.
The other-worldly wisdom I gained from accompanying my mom as she died.
Why starting college in my mid-twenties was the best choice I could have made.
Why finding your dream career by accident can be a smart strategy.
True love is a soul connection, regardless of gender. Let’s start describing it that way.
Advance Praise for Raising, and Losing, My Remarkable Teenage Mother
“This uncommon and heartwarming mother-daughter relationship through the years is a quirky, tender, playful, mystical, inspiring breath of fresh air . . . [it] will leave you bemused,
intrigued, warmed, and subtly changed by this life journey and the relationship at the heart of it.”
—Patty Bear, author of the memoir From Plain to Plane: My Mennonite Childhood, a National Scandal, and an Unconventional Soar to Freedom
“Raising, and Losing, My Remarkable Teenage Mother is a sensitive, and at times hilarious, depiction of the special love between a teenage mother and her daughter . . . Your heart will be touched in a way that only the truest of loves between a parent and child can.”
—Mary Twomey Odgers, author of the memoir Six Funerals and a Wedding
“A precocious daughter and her wildflower mother navigate life through complex family dynamics and relationships, happiness and tears . . . impossible to put down.”
—Lori Stillman, co-author of Jumping from Helicopters: A Vietnam Memoir
About the Author
Stacey Aaronson relishes finding awe in everyday miracles and embracing self-reinvention. Thanks to self-taught graphic design skills and a heaping spoonful of Universal magic, in 2011―after twenty years in retail leadership roles―she began designing books for authors. Today, Stacey is an established writer, ghostwriter, editor, book designer, and publishing partner who has been involved in the full or partial production of over two hundred books. She delights in working with authors of multiple genres within her business, The Book Doctor Is In, and as a layout artist for She Writes Press. She lives with her soul mate, Dana, on Whidbey Island in Washington state with their Maine Coon Kitty and the scads of birds, deer, and squirrels that roam their property. Raising, and Losing, My Remarkable Teenage Mother is Stacey’s first solo publication.
Title: Raising, and Losing, My Remarkable Teenage Mother
Author: Stacey Aaronson
Publisher: Astoria Books
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-7364605-3-5