Thursday Book Feature: Words of Life

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Words of Life: Essays and Poems

By Ann Chiappetta

Copyright 2019


From the author of Upwelling and Follow Your Dog comes a short collection of poetry and prose on family vacations, vision loss, animals, and other topics. It also includes a work of flash fiction. An introduction by the author explains what inspired this compilation.

I met Ann Chiappetta through Behind Our Eyes, an organization of writers with disabilities. I like how she writes about the lighter and darker sides of life. My favorite piece is one in which she describes how she rescued two baby sparrows, only one of whom survived, and the hard lesson her eight-year-old son learned from this experience. I recommend this book, which not only provides insight on vision loss but on other negative and positive aspects of life.


My Books


My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds

That’s Life: New and Selected Poems

How to Build a better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

We Shall Overcome

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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of two novels,, two poetry collections, and a memoir. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at

11 thoughts on “Thursday Book Feature: Words of Life”

  1. Hugh congratulations to Ann on the publication of her 3rd book. The book cover is particularly notable and invites a reader to enter into the pages that follow.
    I read a couple of times, back to back, and enjoyed it so much. I also love the story you noted in your review, about caring for little birds that were in need of rescue. What a good point you made, Abbie, for buying through Smile so that BOE gets a contribution with each purchase. Nice to read your review today!

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    1. Thank you, Lynda. I agree the book is worth reading more than once.

      To clarify for those not familiar with BOE or, the acronym stands for Behind Our Eyes, the organization of writers with disabilities to which Ann and I belong. We are set up with Amazon so proceeds from the purchase of books and other merchandise through will benefit the organization. For more information, go to


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