Mother of Bombing Victim Chronicles Journey from Grief to Grace, Despite Justice Undone and Political Betrayal, in Upcoming Book Release

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"Miriam’s World—and Mine" by Rosemary Mild, set for national release in February 2012

Rosemary Mild, mother of Miriam Luby Wolfe, a victim of the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, shares a loving tribute to her daughter—in the face of international injustice and political betrayal—in a new book, Miriam’s World—and Mine (ISBN: 978-0-9838597-0-3, Trade Paper, 266 pages, $14.95). It will be released nationwide in February 2012.

“I plan to sing and dance my way through life, become internationally famous and live happily ever after,” Miriam wrote in her high school yearbook. She had other talents, too: acting, directing, writing, teaching—and nurturing a zillion friendships. But Miriam’s dreams brutally ended on December 21, 1988. Returning home from a Syracuse University semester in London, she died in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am 103.

Join Miriam’s mother, Rosemary Mild, on her jagged journey from the grief of losing her only child to renewed courage inspired by Miriam’s legacy of love, humor and idealism. At age eleven she wrote to President Jimmy Carter, advising him on how to save the environment.

Miriam’s World—and Mine leads us through two decades up to the present. Rosemary reveals the saintly people of Lockerbie; the stalwart Pan Am families who spearheaded a law for improved airline security; the investigation by the CIA, FBI and Scotland Yard. And the harrowing trial of the two bombers. Most anguishing of all is the convicted Libyan bomber’s release, truly a betrayal of the 270 Flight 103 victims. And even today how can a mother let go of anger (or should she?), as governments value politics more than our innocent loved ones?

But wrapped around these nightmares, you’ll find comfort and joy—optimism undefeated—in the remarkable array of families’ memorials, including scholarships, sculptures, a baseball field, and the Syracuse University Remembrance Quilt. Finally, curl up with Miriam’s wisdom and wit as you read her entertaining stories, poems, diaries and essays.

“Reading about Miriam has had a very big effect on my life—I really carry her wisdom with me every day now. I had gotten away from seeing the joy of each day and she has restored my spirit. What a fabulous legacy.” —Kate White, Editor-in-Chief, McCall’s, 1993.

Rosemary Mild is an award-winning essayist and coauthor of novels and short stories with her husband, Larry. Her essays have appeared in the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Washington Woman, Generations and elsewhere. A graduate of Smith College, Rosemary also gives talks on “From Hurt to Healing: Writing Your Personal Story.” Visit Rosemary and Larry Mild at:

Miriam’s World—and Mine will be available in February 2012. For more information, please contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone—(615) 297-9875


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