Making mistakes and owning up to them can be difficult, but feeling truly absolved is much more difficult. In Checking Out: An In-Depth Look At Losing Your Mind, new author, Catherine Graves, does what shelves and shelves of self-help books could never do; Graves makes keeping it together possible by realizing that the poor choices and mistakes she makes has consequences and repercussions. By forgiving herself for her actions she is able to inspire others to see that there is life at the other end of immense grief. When her husband starts to act out-of-character and increasingly disinterested, Catherine Graves suspects the worst-but while she needs confirmation of one sort, a different type of nightmare begins, which becomes the toughest year of her and her two children's lives - a dreadful year in which nothing for their family will ever be the same. Moving beyond survivor's guilt and any sense of resentment, this poignant, bittersweet memoir is about tolerance and humility. Checking Out: An In-Depth Look At Losing Your Mind is about a mother, a son, and a daughter pulling together in order to survive. Readers will respond to the narrator's honesty-this sort of candor is hard to come by-and be thankful to lead less extraordinary lives. Catherine's real-life story is as dramatic as any thriller; ultimately, it motivates readers to accept the things in their lives that they cannot change.
About the Author
Catherine Graves is busy raising two children and volunteering for various causes, most recently the Phoenix Children's Hospital Foundation, Florence Crittendon Center for Girls, Barrow's Neurological Institute, and the Craniofacial Foundation of Arizona, among others. She lives in Phoenix with her family. Checking Out: An In-Depth Look At Losing Your Mind is her first book.