Looking to the Stars from Old Algiers And Other Long Stories Short
by Jan Risher
Looking to the Stars from Old Algiers and Other Long Stories Short is a collection of columns written over 15 years. Arranged in chronological order, the collection creates a narrative of one woman’s aim to build her family, build up her community and weave the stories and lessons learned from the past into the present.
From her family’s move to Louisiana, adoption of a daughter from China, covering Hurricane Katrina, travels near and far, author Jan Risher attempts, sometimes failing and sometimes succeeding to do her small part to make the world a better place.
Praise for this title:
Jan Risher’s writings are much like sitting with her in the attic as she empties an old family trunk of its precious contents – her memories – and reflects at length on each artifact, each treasure, and each experience. We all have those collections of our memories and we all struggle to share them even with family, much less with strangers.
At heart, Jan Risher is a compassionate storyteller. She shares deeply from her own heart and from the grand storehouse of her family. She writes honestly about family, home, love, mothers, and work – and about parenting, marriage, friendship, death, and all of life’s intangibles.
The stories in this book would be enjoyable as fiction. The fact that they are true, the fact that Jan lived these stories, makes them all the more relevant and treasured to those who get to read them.
--Sid Salter, Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi
Jan Risher took the long way to get from Mississippi to Louisiana with stops in between in Slovakia, Mexico, China, Burkina Faso and more than 40 other countries. Since moving to Lafayette in 2001, she has been a Sunday columnist for The Daily Advertiser and has written a column every single week since March 2002. She is an award-winning journalist and investigative reporter and was managing editor of The Times of Acadiana. Before and after her time as a full-time journalist, she was a teacher of English as a Foreign Language at the University of Louisiana Lafayette and also taught in the Lafayette Parish Public Schools. She now owns Shift Key, a content marketing and public relations firm and continues a freelance writing career. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University. She and her husband have made their home on the banks of the Vermilion, with their two daughters. Risher is a skateboarding champion.
softcover / 324 pages ©2018