Patricia's Books



"Water Skiing on the Amazon: A Memoir for My Grandchildren"
In Water Skiing on the Amazon, the author traces her life from girlhood in Milwaukee through the two years she spent in Peru as a Peace Corps volunteer in the early 1960s and beyond. Those two years had a profound effect in shaping her values and subsequent decisions, especially those that led her to become an advocate for social justice. Part memoir, ethical legacy, tale of adventure, and travel log, the author distills from her past the moral core that influenced her life. In the process she explains herself to her grandchildren, whom she treats familiarly as young adults. She took many risks but never for the fun of it. She spoke the truth to authority figures, even though she hated the task. Her conscience continues to compel her to action at a time when she should be gardening and writing poetry.
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"A Longing for Wisdom: One Woman's Conscience and her Church"
Edmisten calls for Church reform in an era where conventional wisdom has taken precedence over the wisdom of Christ. The wisdom in this book will sink into the heart of every reader.
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"Wild Women with Tender Hearts"
"Patricia Taylor Edmisten, passionate woman with a fierce and tender heart, writes of family, pain, hope, nature and commitment to social justice. Her work is a strong voice speaking to the human condition." -Jennifer Soule, Ph.D., Poet and Professor Emerita, Shepherd University.
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"The Treasures of Pensacola Beach"
"Yes, Patricia is my wife, and I admit to bias, but she is one good writer. In this little, accessible book of poems, anecdotes, stories and photos, she weaves together the colors, moods, seasons and natural history of the Emerald Coast." -Joe A. Edmisten, Ph.D., Ecological Consultant
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"The Mourning of Angels"
Young, Jesuit-educated Lydia Schaefer is one of the first from Milwaukee to become a Peace Corps volunteer. The poverty, political violence and machismo she encounters in Peru force her to question her belief system. It is Rafael Serrano, a mixed-race medical doctor, and his mother Teresa, a wise woman and midwife, who teach Lydia at the indomitable spirit of the Andean people.
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"The Autobiography of Maria Elena Moyano The Life and Death of a Peruvian Activist"
Using Maria Elena Moyano's own words, the editor of this poignant story has re-created the voice of the martyred Peruvian activist. In 1992, at age 33, Moyano was assassinated by guerrillas of the revolutionary movement Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path). Her murder--a warning to others in the women's movement--galvanized the Peruvian people against Sendero Luminoso and its leader, Abimael Guzman Reynosa.
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"Nicaragua Divided: La Prensa and the Chamorro Legacy" Using the Chamorro family of publishers/writers, Edmisten traces the origins of the Nicaraguan revolution. Pedro Chamorro's 1978 assassination triggered the 1978 rebellion in which 30,000 Nicaraguans died. After the patriarch's murder, his family carried on the fight for social justice. They did, however, choose different paths toward the same goal. Two children were Sandinistas; two were Contras. Chamorro's brothers were likewise divided. In 1990, Pedro Chamorro's widow, Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, was elected president of Nicaragua.
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