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Kimberly Gerry-Tucker, author of UNDER THE BANANA MOON, avail. on amazon also: ghostwriter of REBORN THROUGH FIRE, avail. on lulu.com


Background Information

My background: A lifelong writer, I would often get up nerve to go into the local travel agency all by self at the tender age of seven, and tell lies! I would say I needed travel brochures from Hawaii, England, or some other place I was curious about. My excuses? "I'm doing a school report." Or- "My family is planning a vacation." Remember, this is before the internet (the 70s) and I loved reading about exotic locales.
Major influences: The challenges of disability. Both my own, and others. My memoir for example- Under The Banana Moon, is not only about caring for a dying man with ALS; it's about letting humor guide you; about being strong despite chinks in your armor; it's about falling in holes and crawling back out. It's about doing what you have to because your back is to the wall and you damned well have to.
I am influenced by the littlest of things-because I notice the details. It isn't until I look back over my shoulder at the troubles I've weathered that I realize that the big things have not only influenced me but changed me too; for the good.†

Birth Place
adams, MA USA
Accomplishments

Perhaps the biggest achievement of all is to rise every morning, be inside every moment and embrace each day.

Additional Information

Publications to date: UNDER THE BANANA MOON Reborn Through Fire (ghostwritten book) Kaleidoscope March Street Press Curbside Review Planet Vermont Quarterly Hearing Health Thunder Sandwich Voices of Autism The Art of Autism New Spirit Journal and Women From Another Planet also (see excerpts from my writing in:) Girls Under The Umbrella Of Autism Spectrum Disorder Been There, Done That, Try This

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UNDER THE BANANA MOON
Book Description Publication Date: April 11, 2012 To Kim Tucker, solidly in the Asperger's section of the autism spectrum, the colors blue and green and gray are not just colors, but rather whole worlds of iridescent life. Likewise, to say that Under the Banana Moon is full of laughter and love and heartbreak is to only scratch the surface. Growing up, Kim couldn't speak when there was more than one person present, and sometimes even then her words failed her. But she could always write. More comfortable in the company of cats, or passing notes to grandmother, she found peace where she could, and avoided the frightful parts of the worldólike anything that was the color green. But school brought whole new worlds of fear: other kids. Their words and feelings were indecipherable. Their touch was toxic. She survived with scars. As a teenager, she felt the same urges as her peers but went about it in extreme ways: when she drank, she went to the hospital; when she dated, she got married. Her husband, Howie, was her high school sweetheart. He was also her best friend and the father of her three children. He took care of her and managed her disability. When he was diagnosed with ALS, their roles reversed, the world collapsedóbut they kept going. Some things Kim could never learn (like how to drive a car... without crashing), but some things she could. Like how to help her husband die, and how to live to tell the story. In her book, as in her life, tears and laughter are like a rhyming couplet, similar expressions of the same deep feeling. Only with both can Kim tell her story which is, in the end, about perseverance, and joy, and love beyond lifetime.

Reborn Through Fire
My name appears on the back cover of this book, which Ghostwrote for Tony Yarijanian, the man who saw angels, got a Guinness record for most burns survived on a human body,...Tony the 'miracle man.'

Ravenambition's Aspergers Blog
A blog about idiosyncracies, about books, unusual art and artists, poetry, Seinfeld-esque observations, Suess-like wonder, and sometimes fiction too.

Is Your Filter Off Kilter?
Collaboration with speech pathologist Judith Rosenfield MA, CCC-SLP, on a sensory processing child's book with helpful tips for parenting a child with a filter off kilter




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