Category Archives: Books

“Pandemic Life” Inspires Book

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When the pandemic hit in 2020, writer Amy Suardi began sharing her thoughts and emotions on her blog Painting With Words. Over the course of the year, Suardi decided to publish the collection of writings in a book “My Beautiful Terrible Pandemic Life“.

Suardi explains as coronavirus threatened to take away what we had taken for granted, the distress of lockdowns, suddenly running a school for her children, it was then she learned the ordinary domestic moments became most poignant. Her book pieces together the first seven months of the pandemic and the experiences that were changing the word as we knew it in the days before.

My Beautiful Terrible Pandemic Life” is available through To get the book and learn more about the author, visit

See Dan Ramey’s full interview with Amy Suardi here.

Barb Jividen Talks About “MOM: In the Dictionary Between Laughter and Noise”

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Barb and Jerry Jividen are finally seeing an 18 year journey come to fruition. Last spring, “MOM” was to be released in time for Mother’s Day.

The pandemic pushed the release date back to November, 2020. If not for the pandemic, the book may never had materialized.

Jividen tells Litter Media she had written the manuscript in 2002 and when publishers were hesitant to give the book a chance, she placed the manuscript in a drawer at their home. While doing a remodeling project during the pandemic, she rediscovered the manuscript and still had the photos planned for the book. With the extra time on their hands, the Jividens brought the book back to life with a new outlook.

The book is available through and other online bookstores, as well as Chillicothe’s Wheatberry Books at 9 West Second Street and