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"The Unfaithful Widow" is a collection of candid essays on finding joy again after the loss of a mate. With warmth and laughter no subject is taboo. From dealing with the funeral home (Can I show you our upgraded cremation package? I looked at Miss Death, was I booking a vacation?) to dating again (He ran in the door, looked at me and said "I've left something in my car". He never returned). Sprinkle in a bevy of rescue dogs (Finally a good nights sleep with someone new in my bed.) and those questions you hate to ask (Condoms anyone?). The Unfaithful Widow will steal a piece of your heart, tickle your ribs and make you feel good to be alive.
Barth's husband died right before she turned sixty. Going into the next decade was dreaded enough, entering it as a widow was never in her game plan. Retired from her job and with no children, the fear of givng in to grief was overpowered by the need to recreate a new life, and quickly.
"Each person has to find their own path" Barth has said in many interviews. "This is my story, not a guide book on being a widow." However, Barth has received many letters from other widows who have found her openess to talk about issues that are overlooked in many widow books as helpful and freeing for them to move forward. "When you are suddenly alone, you need to be kind to yourself and humor is the best medicine. Forgot about how others think you should act, but do what you need to find your comfort zone again."
Three years later, Barth is working on two more books and has a small antique gift shop with a twist. In addition to the treasures she sells, her shop is a haven for writers and artists. There are weekly book signings, art openings, writing classes, screenplay classes, a Writers Guild and a book club. "The Little Shop Of Arts And Antiques" has recently moved to downtown historic Lawrenceville, Georgia, in a small hub that is bustling with activity, twenty-four miles from her home.
Known for her love of dogs, Barth sleeps with five rescue dogs, and works with local rescue groups to raise funds through her shop.
"I am amazed every day at the wonderful people that come into my life through my book and my shop. The shop is struggling in this economy, but the experience of having a place to meet people I'd never meet otherwise is so exciting and uplifting. I may not make money, but I have made so many dear friends, I can't imagine doing anything else."
"Knowing my book is helping others is more than I can ask for."
Barth is a member of the blogging team for Lifetime Television's "The Balancing Act", a weekly morning show for women that airs at 7AM on Lifetime. She writes for "Silver & Grace, Guiding Graceful Women Into A Beautiful Life" and is featured in a free e-book that will be released by Silver & Grace on their webite November 7th. http://silverandgrace.com/
Read more about "The Unfaithful Widow" on Barth's website http://www.barbarabarth.net/
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