“Gracefully Gone” review

You think, „memoir“ equals either boring or so extraordinary that no mortal could identify him/herself with that person? Well, think again, or rather read Alicia Coppola’s book „Gracefully Gone“. It’s the fusion of two journals: her father’s, Matthew L. Coppola Sr. and her own, linked by his fight against brain cancer.

It’s a situation almost everybody can relate to. Lucky people, who haven’t lost a loved one to a disease, be it cancer, Alzheimer’s or any other life-changing and -taking illness! But even then, it is possible to feel for the 12 year old girl who tries to belong while her emotional vulnerability – having to deal with the fear of losing her father – makes her “a gazelle with a twisted ankle lying just outside a lion’s den” (p. 37). Or with the teenager who is desperately trying to find an anchor. Or, of course, the young woman of 22 years, who tends to her father in the final five months of his life, torn between nerve-wracking dreams and most precious moments like a father’s smile, that keep one going in such a situation which would consume everybody, let alone a young adult who already lost her childhood to the impending loss. As Alicia puts it: “Today was a hard one: A good one because I got to spend all day with my father but a hard one because I got to spend all day with my father.” (p. 121).

“Gracefully Gone” is split in four parts, the memories of her father, which are interspersed throughout the book, her own recalling the years from 1980 (when he was diagnosed with brain cancer) to August 1990, her journal from August 1990 to January 1991, and an epilogue 2013.

While reading this book, I partly felt like watching a movie, or reading a novel and I had to remind myself that it is in fact a true story. Not because it’s so unreal – it isn’t, as I stated above – but because it’s written in such a nonchalant, direct, non-artificial way, that it was as easy and entertaining to read as a novel should be. It made me not want to lay the book aside until I finished it. Although the whole situation is, of course, sad and partly tragic – you probably will cry, at least once! – , this book is far from being a tragedy. Be prepared to burst out laughing because of a funny turn you weren’t expecting, a phrasing that puts sassy teenage Alicia right in front of your mind’s eye, or because of dry wit shining forth. Something will make you laugh or smile even in the chapters about the gravest and most sorrowful times (to pick just one cue: nickname; p. 130).

One cannot possible miss that Alicia has written this book from her heart. Her love for her father shines out of and stands strongly behind every page.  The honesty and depth of emotion in “Gracefully Gone” will certainly touch your heart.

So if you don’t own the book yet, you should get it immediately – btw: it’s Christmas soon, so if you’re still looking for a gift for a friend or for something to put onto your wish list, here’s a suggestion ;))

Teen Wolf 3×08 “Visionary”

Alicia’s Teen Wolf episode (3×08 – “Visionary”) airs tomorrow, Monday, July 22nd, 10/9c on MTV!
In this flashback episode, Alicia plays Talia Hale, a deadly Alpha Werewolf and Derek Hale’s mother.

Don’t miss the episode!

Gracefully Gone ebook & book signing

Hi folks,

Alicia’s book Gracefully Gone is now available as ebook at amazon.com (for Kindle).

Also Alicia wants to let you know that on Thursday August 22, 2013 at 7 pm she’ll do a reading and book signing at  BOOK REVUE 313 New York Ave Humtington, NY 11743

The book can also be purchased at BOOK REVUE.


Brandon’s Buzz

Here’s good news from Brandon (Brandon’s Buzz):

@brandonsbuzz: All of 3 days in, my chat w/ @alicia_coppola is now officially the most downloaded episode in Brandon's Buzz history. http://t.co/3VUUMMvkBb

I listed all recent interviews and radio shows Alicia did, on a new subpage, with links to these shows: http://aliciacoppola.wordpress.com/tv_appearances/radio-shows/

2 radio shows!

There are two radio shows coming up in which Alicia will talk about Gracefully Gone, Teen Wolf and more!

A message from Alicia:
Please join me, Alicia Coppola, on Take2Radio  Wednesday 6/26/2013 7PM EST #BlogTalkRadio http://t.co/C4WcfKufUw.  I will be talking about Gracefully Gone, Teen Wolf, and more…You name it, I’ll be talking about it!

The second is a day later:
6/27/13 from 12pm-12:50 pm PST.
To listen live
For COMPUTER go to: http://www.LATalkRadio.com
For SMART PHONE/TABLET, download the “LATalkRadio” app for iPhone, iPad or Android
Click on: The “Listen Live, Channel 2″
To listen/download the show later
Go to iTunes Store Podcasts and search for “The C Spot with Wendi Cooper”
- or -
Go to Wendi’s show page: http://www.latalkradio.com/Cspot.php

Powerful review of “Gracefully Gone”

Gracefully Gone already got some very positive reviews on Amazon, but here is another one, by the author Barbara Caridad Ferrer (“When The Stars Go Blue” and “Adios to My Old Life”, among others): http://caridadferrer.com/2013/06/21/gracefully-gone-by-alicia-coppola/

If you still need convincing to buy Gracefully Gone (but why should you? ;)) or simply enjoy reading a good review, check it out!

Soap Opera Digest & Jericho chat transcript

Hi folks, here you can find the Jericho newsletter the transcript of the chat with Alicia last Thursday (or here directly), very well moderated by Gwen and Matt.

Also, here is a small glimpse of the Soap Opera Digest article about Gracefully Gone:

Soap Opera Digest
You see, you should get your hands on it :)

Live chat tonight + Soap Opera Digest tomorrow!

Hi folks!

Just got news that you can chat with Alicia about her book, tonight, Thursday June 13, at  7 pm Pacific Time / 9 pm Eastern in the JKI Chat room: http://jkchat.apphb.com/Chat

Also, Alicia’s 4 page article in Soap Opera Digest – about Gracefully Gone, with lots of photos – comes out tomorrow (!), Friday, June 14th, not as previously stated on June 17th.

“Gracefully Gone” available now!

Hi @all!

Alicia’s book Gracefully Gone is now available on Amazon.com.

Here’s the link!

Enjoy & let us know what you think!

Radio show – today!

Just a brief reminder: Alicia will be in a Radio show today (Thursday May 30th, 2013) and will talk about Gracefully Gone and Teen Wolf etc.

You can listen LIVE from 11am – 11:50am PST
For COMPUTER go to: http://www.LATalkRadio.com
For SMART PHONE/TABLET, download the “LATalkRadio” app for iPhone, iPad or Android
Click on: The “Listen Live, Channel 2″

How to listen / download the show later:
Go to Antoinette & Joe’s show page: http://www.latalkradio.com/Antoinette.php
Click on the show you’d like to listen to or download, and you’re good to go!