Memoir "Taking Nana Home" Wins New Apple eBook Award for Excellence in Independent Publishing

Dayton, OH, January 02, 2016 --( "Taking Nana Home" by Carol Elizabeth Wawrychuk receives Medalist Honors in the "Autobiography - Biography - Memoir" category of the 2015 New Apple Summer eBook Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing.

Book Synopsis
In 2004, thirty-five years after she died while a patient in the mental hospital at Las Vegas, New Mexico, Nana came to her granddaughter in a vision. “Take me home, Carol. Take me home.” Little did Carol know, Nana was apparently speaking for over 2,000 souls in need of a final resting place.

Ducking under barbed wire fencing to enter the cemetery grounds, Carol combed through sagebrush and knee high weeds in search of clues to Nana’s burial place. Instead of serene surroundings with beautiful headstones, she found cement slabs with dates and names crudely etched by hand, mangled metal markers stamped with patient numbers, and human remains that had eroded to the surface. Carol was standing in a throwaway cemetery. Thus began the two-year journey to find Nana. From confronting the bureaucracy of a state government, to interviews with news media, to doggedly pursuing the hospital administration, Carol’s search pushed her out of the safety net of her comfortable life as a wife, mother and teacher. The journey also afforded Carol the opportunity to expose some skeletons in the closet, as she came to terms with early childhood memories and how their true meaning was revealed.

About the Author
Carol Wawrychuk, a graduate of New Mexico State University, taught elementary school for over thirty years. Now retired, she is a contributing writer to the La Canada Flintridge Neighbors Magazine, published by Best Version Media. In addition to Taking Nana Home, she has authored Miracles Happened There and Tsunami in the Desert, as well as co-authored a series of curriculum books for early childhood education published by Monday Morning Books. Carol also enjoys writing poetry and sharing stories of her faith journey. With a passion for Spiritual Formation, Carol facilitates small group spiritual direction, leads silent retreats, and individual spiritual mentoring. She is involved as a group leader in the Vocation & Formation Program at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, CA. Carol and her husband, Bill, live in La Canada, CA.

About the New Apple Summer eBook Awards
The New Apple Summer eBook Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing was established to honor the creative achievements of the unsung books fighting for their place within the digital publishing world. Any English language book published within the last three years, currently available for sale by an independent author or small press that met the Awards' guidelines was eligible for entry. One book was chosen in each category as the Medalist Winner receiving the highest honors. In addition, the judges were permitted to choose up to three Official Selections for category distinction.

Contact Information
Taking Nana Home is available in paperback and e-book and can be purchased at Amazon. To find out more about the New Apple Book Awards, visit

"Taking Nana Home"
Author: Carol Elizabeth Wawrychuk
Publishing House: Self-Published
ISBN: 978-0-692-48317-6
Author website:
Twitter: @carolwawrychuk

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