Victory in the world of Talking books, almost

At last, someone at the National Library Service for the Blind has seen the light and has started the process of recording my book. Finally, my friends who are blind and any blind person wanting to read this book, “The Bumpy Road to Assisted Living A Daughter’s Memoir” will be able to borrow it in talking book form. It has also been sent to a service called BookShare, but I haven’t been able to find out yet if it’s available for consumers. Naturally, I’d like to sell more copies, but at this point, I’m more interested in making it accessible for everyone to read.

My book will be read by Jill Ferris, a talking book narrator who has recorded hundreds of books, and the order number will be 91261. It’s not there yet, but I keep checking, so I can shout it to the world when I find it.

Meanwhile, I’ve started my second book. It’s another memoir called “Insight Out, How a Blind Woman Sees her Life.” My thanks to my friends Ashlee and Anna who came up with the second half of the title. Each chapter describes a different facet of my life, all the activities and pursuits that have given me a rich and fulfilling life in spite of blindness. But don’t expect all sweetness and light. It hasn’t all been a picnic, but on the other hand, be assured that I don’t describe in detail the parts that aren’t so happy. While my first book was mostly about my mother’s journey to assisted living and her adjustment there, along with my frustrations and what I learned along the way, this next book is all about me. Well not exactly just about me, but how I have fit into this sighted world. I’ve finished several chapters, and I’ve invited friends to be my alpha readers before I send it to my editor, Leonore Dvorken of dldbooks. You can order my book from

or if you want a Kindle version or a print copy without shipping costs, you can find it on Amazon. Stay tuned.

Mary Hiland

Author of “The Bumpy Road to Assisted Living A Daughter’s Memoir”

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