Let’s Talk: Paperback Release for The Education of Will

The paperback version of The Education of Will is here and I’m thrilled with the new cover. It is a more fitting for a memoir, and a favorite photo of mine to boot. (Don’t tell anyone, but that’s Maggie working sheep, not Willie.)

Just as gratifying is the new subtitle, Healing a Dog, Facing My Fears, Reclaiming My Life. Subtitles can be brutally hard to write, and I am grateful for the time that the book’s new editor, Peter Borland, took with me to wordsmith a new subtitle. (Who knew you could even use a new subtitle?) You can order the paperback now on my website!

This is a good time to thank all the people who have made writing the book beyond worthwhile. They have spoken to me, written me and commented on social media that the book has helped them with their own lives—both their personal pasts and issues with their dogs.

Here’s one review, from a “Kindle reader”:
“I loved this book! Patricia is such an engaging storyteller. She skillfully uses humor and poignancy to take the reader on a walk through some heavy stuff without weighing us down. She is funny, vulnerable and courageous in the telling of her story, but The Education of Will is more than an entertaining memoir. It is educational, inspiring, and a call to shine the light on the shadowy suffering and the lasting effects of sexual assault that can and need to be healed. For Patricia, the journey of awareness and healing was evoked through her relationship with her special, albeit troubled dog. This is a great read.”
(I should add that the book is about trauma in general, not just sexual assault.)

I can’t tell you how gratifying it is to read comments like this. Thank you all who have sent me supportive comments, I will be forever grateful. I won’t be traveling much for this release, but am hoping to do lots of radio interviews. If you have any special connections with public radio or a favorite station, do let me know!

For those of you that would like to view one of my talks on The Education of Will from the comfort of your own home, here is a Facebook Live (not so “live” anymore) recording of a talk I gave at the Baraboo Public Library. I hope you enjoy it!

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"The Education of Will delves deep into the minds of people and dogs, and into the effects of trauma, showing that healing is possible. McConnell gives a voice to those who can’t speak in words and provides hope for fearful animals everywhere."

—Temple Grandin, author of Animals Make Us Human and Animals in Translation.

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