Nancy Schwartz on Raising a Son with Trisomy 21 / Down Syndrome

Nancy Schwartz:”Up, Not Down Syndrome: Uplifting Lessons Learned from Raising a Son with Trisomy 21″

Presented February 11, 2021
for Phoenixville Public Library

Up, Not Down Syndrome is a love letter and a map. Experience how it feels to think your life is over after having an unlovable baby. At first the loss seems impossible to overcome. Alex becomes Nancy’s greatest teacher. Love is stronger than fear. Everyone has gifts. The book consists of three parts: the story, the lessons Alex taught Nancy, and Alex’s perspective. Up, Not Down Syndrome is a promise to stay positive, no matter what: up, not down. Nancy’s journey gets to the core of what it is to be human.

Nancy M. Schwartz has taught in Pennsylvania for 26 years. She holds certificates as an ESL program specialist, reading specialist, and elementary and early education teacher. Nancy’s undergraduate degree came from Temple University, and she attended graduate school at Saint Joseph’s University. Nancy spent several summers studying at the Teachers College Columbia University, Reading and Writing Project. She enjoys ballet, reading, writing, art, fashion, animals, music, and, most of all, motherhood. This is her first book. More info at​.

The Gothic Wanderer: From Transgression to Redemption; Gothic Literature from 1794 - present

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The Gothic Wanderer Rises Eternal in Popular Literature

From the horrors of sixteenth century Italian castles to twenty-first century plagues,
from the French Revolution to the liberation of Libya, Tyler R. Tichelaar takes readers
on far more than a journey through literary history. The Gothic Wanderer is an
exploration of man's deepest fears, his efforts to rise above them for the last two
centuries, and how he may be on the brink finally of succeeding.

Tichelaar examines the figure of the Gothic wanderer in such well-known Gothic
novels as The Mysteries of Udolpho, Frankenstein, and Dracula, as well as lesser
known works like Fanny Burney's The Wanderer, Mary Shelley's The Last Man, and
Edward Bulwer-Lytton's Zanoni. He also finds surprising Gothic elements in classics
like Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities and Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan of the Apes. From
Matthew Lewis' The Monk to Stephenie Meyer's Twilight, Tichelaar explores a literary
tradition whose characters reflect our greatest fears and deepest hopes. Readers will
find here the revelation that not only are we all Gothic wanderers--but we are so
only by our own choosing.

Acclaim for The Gothic Wanderer

" The Gothic Wanderer shows us the importance of its title figure in helping us to
see our own imperfections and our own sometimes contradictory yearnings to be
both unique and yet a part of a society. The reader is in for an insightful treat."

--Diana DeLuca, Ph.D. and author of Extraordinary Things

"Make no mistake about it, The Gothic Wanderer is an important, well researched
and comprehensive treatise on some of the world's finest literature."

--Michael Willey, author of Ojisan Zanoni

About the Author

Tyler R. Tichelaar holds a Ph.D. in Literature from Western Michigan University. He has lectured on
writing and literature at Clemson University, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of London.
Tichelaar is the author of numerous historical novels, including The Marquette Trilogy
(composed of Iron Pioneers, The Queen City, and Superior Heritage) the award-winning Narrow Lives,
and Spirit of the North: a paranormal romance. His other scholarly works include King Arthur's Children:
a Study in Fiction and Tradition

Foreword by Marie Mulvey-Roberts, Ph.D.

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From Modern History Press

Literary Criticism : Gothing & Romance

Literary Criticism : European - General

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