New book chronicles the life of a child with Marshall-Smith Syndrome

DETROIT — Sunbury Press has released The View from Four Foot Two, Judi Markowitz’s biography of her daughter Lindsay and her rare medical condition, Marshall-Smith Syndrome.

About the Book:

tvf4f2_fcThere are 30 million people around the world with syndromes you have never heard of — Weaver, Soto’s, Stickler, and Ehlers-Danlos just to name a few.  And, there are 30 million mothers who, like Judi Markowitz, were informed of the syndrome their baby was born with in words that sounded something like this:

“Your child is not normal.  Blah, blah, blah.  Your child will be different from all the other children.  Blah, blah, bah.  Those eyes you’re staring into right now belong to someone who’s damaged.  It is not your fault.  Or, maybe it is your fault.  Blah, blah, blah.  You have just delivered a functioning baby, but you have also delivered yourself a life sentence.”

Some mothers, like Judi, whose children were born with Marshall-Smith Syndrome, also heard these words:  “We have no record of a child with this syndrome living beyond the age of two.”

Sometimes these words are delivered with compassion and sorrow.  And sometimes they’re delivered no differently than a diagnosis of heartburn.

Judi’s first child, Lindsay, was born with Marshall-Smith Syndrome in 1979.  She can still hear the doctor’s words when she shut her eyes at night.  She did not completely understand them at the time.  She does now.  Denial has coalesced into reality with a brutal vengeance.  It affected her life and the life of every person she has ever known and loved.

This year, Judi decided it was time to share a mother’s story to celebrate the miracle of Lindsay and, hopefully, to allow every mother of a normal child never to take their miracles for granted.

About the Author:

Judi Markowitz has been teaching English for 27 years. She instructs 12th graders in the morning at Berkley High School and in the afternoon she teaches a Detroit Film class at CASA (Center for Advanced Studies and the Arts). It’s a consortium of six school districts.

She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education and a Masters Degree in Education Leadership from Wayne State University. Judi is married to Jeffrey Markowitz, her best friend. They live in Huntington Woods, Michigan and have four grown children Lindsay, Chad, Eli, Todd, and daughter-in-law, Chana Tova. They also have three beautiful grand-daughters. The View From Four Foot Two is Judi’s first published book.

The View from Four Foot Two

Authored by Judi Markowitz

List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
184 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620062883
ISBN-10: 1620062887
BISAC: Biography & Autobiography / Medical

Also available on Nook and Kindle

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Dr. Musgrave’s medical school memoir tops the Sunbury Press bestseller list for November

hour30_pubMECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Hour 30, Dr. Brandon Musgrave’s memoir of his challenges in medical school, was #1, returning to the list after a two-month hiatus, thanks to charitable author events in Illinois. Karim El Koussa’s Jesus the Phoenician, a well-researched alternative history regarding the origins of Jesus Christ, ranked #2 due to international export sales.

Sunbury Press’s year-to-date sales for 2013 are up 17% over 2012. EBook sales are up only 8% over the year-to-date prior, significantly lagging the growth in print sales. Sales for the quarter to date were up 3% compared to the same period in 2012.

Jim Dohren’s Letters from a Shoebox: The Civil War Correspondence of John Huffman, David Huffman and William Bowman, jumped to #3, thanks to author events and brisk sales in Ohio and Indiana.

Mike and Ethan Sgrignoli’s Dinorific Poetry series, a father-son collaboration highlighting interesting “ancient animals,” ranked #4 (Volume 3), #7 (Volume 2) and #8 (Volume 1) due to author events.

John Lindermuth’s Digging Dusky Diamonds, a history of the Coal Region of Pennsylvania, ranked #5 due to sales in the Shamokin area.

jtp_fcColors in the Garden the Creator Made, Wendy Latty’s richly illustrated children’s book introducing the ROY G BIV color spectrum, nabbed the 6th position thanks to author activities.

Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart – The Truth At Last rejoined the list, taking #9, thanks to bookstore and library sales.

Tony Julien’s Pit Bulls returned to the rankings, taking #10 on the list, due to sales to dog enthusiasts.

Following are the top overall print sellers by category:

History / Memoir – Hour 30 by Brandon Musgrave
Fiction  – The Closer by Alan Mindell
Horror/Mystery – Undead Living edited by Thomas Malafarina
Children/YA – Dinorific Poetry Volume 3 by the Sgrignolis
The Arts – Contemporary Photo Impressionists by T K McCoy
Self-Help – Raising Monarchs by Sue Fox McGovern
wtdam_fcMetaphysical/Spiritual – Jesus the Phoenician by Karim El Koussa
Reference – Linnea’s Kitchen: Yummy Ayurvedic Recipes and Life Lessons by Linnea Jepson

The company released four new titles during the month of November:
Dead Catch by L.D. Knorr
Meteors by Dr. Stephenie Slahor
What to Do about Mama by Barbara Matthews and Barbara Trainin Blank
Pink Flamingos All Around by Dr. Matthew Anderson

For a list of Sunbury’s all-time best-sellers, please see the Sunbury Press web site:

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