Before, Afdre, and After — Reviews by Readers’ Favorite

“Maureen Twomey’s nonfiction memoir, Before, Afdre, and After: (My stroke…oh what fun), is written by a wryly funny and brutally honest survivor whose message grabs the reader on the first page and doesn’t let go until she finally means it when she says, “the end.” …

This is a most impressive and moving memoir about a catastrophic injury and the way one brilliant, funny and very resilient person climbed her way back towards a full recovery with lots of help from the friends and family who were with her every step of the way … is most highly recommended.”

— By Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

more on Readers’ Favorite:


I did this list in June, 2009, so

I did this list in June, 2009, so don’t mock me if you don’t like my list … 😉

“Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you’ve read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes …”

1) To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

2) The Catcher In The Rye, J. D. Salinger

3) The Diary Of a Young Girl, Anne Frank

4) The Giving Tree, Shel Silver Stein

5) The Bible

6) Tuesday With Morrie, Mitch Albom

7) And the Band Played On, Randy Shilts

8) Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott

9) Tales Of the City, Armistead Maupin

10) Andela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt

11) America (The Book), The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and …

12) All the President’s Men, Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward

13) “Hey, Whipple, Squeeze This.”, Luke Sullivan

14) Traveling Mercies, Anne Lamott

15) Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding

16) Love Letters, A. R. Gurney

Feel free to do your list.

P.S.: Yes, I guess I take lousy pictures

“What’s so funny and inspiring about a stroke? …”

“What’s so funny and inspiring about a stroke? Now I know.”
By Steve Beaumont

“I always wondered what a stroke victim thinks on the inside while looking at the world not able to communicate. Maureen’s personal, humorous and thoughtful account of her own stroke and road to recovery reminded me that if you are smart, creative, funny, sensitive, caring and surrounded by family and friends who love you then nothing changes on the inside despite everything changing on the outside.

Whoever thought suffering a stroke could be so inspiring? Only when Maureen Twomey tells the story.”

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Before, Afdre, and After

Shorter books:

Ann Z.: “Brooke. Tuesdays with Morrie was only 192 pages. It was such an easy read. What are your thoughts about that”

Brooke Warner: “I think shorter books are trending, and that it’s an example of how a shorter book can do really well and be commercial. Other examples: Annie Lammott’s Help, Thanks, Wow and Anna Quindlen’s A Short Guide to a Happy Life (only 64 pages!)”

M.T.: As well as the famous (haa) author, Maureen Twomey!


Brooke Warner:

I forgot to mention these very important people …

Oh! Inside my book, I thank many people, but I forgot to mention these very important people here too … so thanks to:

ISBN: 978-0-9863315-0-3,
cover images © istockphoto,
5.50 x 8.50,
216 mm x 140 mm
Content Type: Black & White,
Paper Type: White,
Page Count: 316,
File Type: InDesign,
Request ID: CSS1326915,
Perfect Bound Cover Template,
Lighting Source and IngramSpark,

special thanks to, Document Size: 15″ x 12″,
and MOST of all, 305 x 381 mm

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