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Myrna Boles describes arduous process of overcoming traumatic events in ‘From the Bottom’

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I held nothing back. Hopefully, it will show people that you can make it through really bad times and still have hope.

In her memoir, “From the Bottom: The Life of Myrna” (published by iUniverse), Myrna Boles describes surviving poverty and abuse as a child and continued abuse as an adult, chronicling her painful journey for other readers to follow with the help of her son, Tim Basham.

In this moving biography, Boles looks back at her life growing up poor and unwanted in the rural South during the Great Depression. Her journey continues on the streets of Detroit, as she endures bullying, abuse, cancer and divorce. Through it all, she does her best to keep her faith and survive as she seeks to find herself and free herself from her torturous past.

Boles talks honestly about the process of writing “From the Bottom”:

I have always buried my bad life experiences deep inside myself. As I have become older, I began to let some of this out to close friends and family. After hearing some of the stories, they gave me a great deal of encouragement to start writing these stories down. Even though it was all very emotional for me to relive these experiences in my mind, I began to feel relieved to write it all down. My son began to assemble these stories into my life story and helped with the writing and we soon had a complete book of my life.

“There is poverty, neglect, an abusive alcoholic father, a mother going insane, abuse at the hands of family members, bullying, near death experiences, faith and so much more,” Boles writes. “I held nothing back. Hopefully, it will show people that you can make it through really bad times and still have hope.”

About the Authors
Myrna Boles cleans houses part-time. She dropped out of high school her senior year and will be 80 years old in 2012. She has two daughters and one son and resides in Michigan.

Tim Basham, Boles’ son, took her stories and placed them into book form, connecting the events of her life together. He also contributed to the book from his eyewitness accounts of her life. Basham has an associate’s degree in web design and is an information technology supervisor. He has two children and also lives in Michigan.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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