“A Rewording Life” by Sheryl Gordon

With A Rewording Life, Sheryl Gordon brings clarity to obscure words, collaborates with over a thousand cool Canadians (Yann Martel, Jane Urquhart, Terry Fallis, Miriam Toews, Wayson Choy, Sass Jordan, Colin Mochrie, et al.), and raises money for dementia research. When Ms. Gordon saw her mother, Yolande, lose her words to dementia, she understood like never before that words have meaning. To honour her mom, she asked Canadians who make her life more rewarding to pen an indelible sentence for an abstruse, bemusing, or convoluted word; she chose words she tends to forget. She hopes to harness these scintillating sentences to help eradicate dementia. Interwoven amongst the plethora of contributions are eight heartfelt essays written by Ms. Gordon. The initial letters of her essay titles (a, d, e, i, m, n, t, e) spell dementia. She hopes readers can embrace this scattered concept. Confusion is, after all, the nature of this disease.

Sheryl Gordon lives in Toronto, Canada. She is not a linguist or a lexicographer; she’s just a logophile trying to find meaning in the word—and the world at large. She used to work in the information technology field but is now pursuing a career as a freelance writer and trainer, and hopes this book will act as her calling card. She’d secretly like to write a series for A Rewording Life but isn’t really sure she should mention that here. Sheryl doesn’t like to sound maudlin but she still misses her mom. A lot. She hopes this book can help raise money for everyone who’s at risk of losing their words in the end. Sheryl’s website www.arewordinglife.com

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