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Paris in Oakland ~ Eliza Hemenway + giveaway

The Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival Founder

presents her new book:

Paris in Oakland

“A deeply divided medical community left my daughter bedridden and
fighting for her life in the pediatric intensive care unit”


Here is what people are saying about Paris in Oakland:
“I couldn’t put it down.” -Laurie P.

“… [a] little gem of a book.” -Amazon Reviewer

“This is a concise but compelling account of a mother fighting for her daughter’s life…I would call it a war story and a love story all wrapped into one.” -Robin H.

“… an inspiring account of faith, bravery, and love.” -Amazon Reviewer

About the Book: Every so often, a story of hope makes it’s way into a hurting World. Paris in Oakland is that story.

Follow Katherine and her mother, Eliza, as they navigate a medical nightmare seeking treatment for Katherine’s Lyme disease. Never imagining an illness could be controversial, Katherine and her mother find themselves caught in the middle of a deeply divided medical community. This proves to be dangerous medicine, leaving young Katherine bedridden, in constant pain and ultimately finding for her life in the pediatric intensive care unit.From the pen of documentary filmmaker Eliza Hemenway, Paris in Oakland not only exposes the injustices of Lyme disease, but is also a story of faith and a compelling read for anyone suffering sickness or caught in circumstances beyond their control. If you are seeking inspiration, healing or hope, Paris in Oakland is the book for you.

About the Author:  Eliza Hemenway  has a M.A. in media studies and has worked in photography, film and radio. She directed the documentary film Uncommon Knowledge and was the founder and director of the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival. Hemenway has served as a judge on numerous film festivals and was an independent film reviewer for KRCB-FM, National Public Radio. She is currently living in Northern California caring for her family and serving as a group leader for Bible Study Fellowship International.


Additional Information:
In honor of Lyme Disease Awareness Month, readers can enter to win a free copy of Paris in Oakland at Goodreads through the month of May.  Click Here for details.Paris in Oakland is available for purchase at Copperfield’s Bookstore in Sebastopol, online at Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or can be ordered at any bookstore for $12.95
Product Details:
  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1519578512
  • ISBN-13: 978-1519578518

Contact Eliza Hemenway: | 415-205-8280.

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This is a quick afternoon read that deals with a hefty subject. May is Lyme Disease awareness month, and since this book is about a families struggle with this disease, it was a good time to read it.
I know one person with dysautonomia (Lymes disease can be a cause of dysautonomia) and another two who either are now suffering or have in the past suffered from Lymes, yet did you know it is an illness that is highly argued within the medical world? If you’ve met anyone with either dysautonomia or Lymes, they will tell you how frustrating it can be to fight for a diagnosis. This book details the journey of a mother supporting her daughter through that process. I highly recommend this book for anyone curious about Lymes or similar illness or for anyone looking for a quick, heart-wrenching non-fiction read.

2 thoughts on “Paris in Oakland ~ Eliza Hemenway + giveaway

  1. I hope so. I can’t imagine how difficult it is to sit and watch someone you love, or to experience yourself, illness that doctors insist is in your head. 😦


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