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Focus [NOOK Book]

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From the Author of the New York Times bestseller Hippie Boy

"A strong addition to any contemporary memoir collection." - Midwest Book Review

At the age of 37, Ingrid Ricks walked into an eye doctor's office expecting to walk out with a cute pair of red cat-eye frames--only to learn she suffered from Retinitis Pigmentosa, a rare, incurable eye disease that was stealing her ...
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Overview

From the Author of the New York Times bestseller Hippie Boy

"A strong addition to any contemporary memoir collection." - Midwest Book Review

At the age of 37, Ingrid Ricks walked into an eye doctor's office expecting to walk out with a cute pair of red cat-eye frames--only to learn she suffered from Retinitis Pigmentosa, a rare, incurable eye disease that was stealing her eyesight and would eventually leave her completely blind. Gripped with the terrifying fear that she wouldn't be able to see her two young daughters grow up, would become a burden to her husband, and would lose the career and independence that defines her, Ingrid embarks on a quest to fix her eyes that ends up fixing her life.

Through an eight-year journey marked by a trip to South Africa to write about AIDS orphans, a four-day visit with a doctor who focuses on whole-body health, a relationship-changing confrontation with her husband and a life-changing lesson from her daughters, Ingrid learns to embrace the moment and see what counts in life--something no amount of vision loss can take from her.
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Editorial Reviews

Open Salon - Alysa Salzberg
"FOCUS could have been a bleak account of one woman's descent into darkness. Instead, it radiates light and hope. I'd recommend this book for so many reasons. It's about being sick, it's about being human, it's about being strong, it's about loving and being loved. It's about looking at the world and seeing it for what it is. It's about finding what's within you, even when you didn't think you'd see much of anything at all."
IndieeBookReview - Cally Phillips
"Some books are too important to ignore. This is one of them."
ARoleModel.com - Paul Harrison
“Ingrid Ricks delivers a powerful and bitingly real story…which will open your eyes to the reality of blindness.”
Open Salon - Alysa Salzberg
"FOCUS could have been a bleak account of one woman's descent into darkness. Instead, it radiates light and hope. I'd recommend this book for so many reasons. It's about being sick, it's about being human, it's about being strong, it's about loving and being loved. It's about looking at the world and seeing it for what it is. It's about finding what's within you, even when you didn't think you'd see much of anything at all."
IndieeBookReview - Cally Phillips
"Some books are too important to ignore. This is one of them."
ARoleModel.com - Paul Harrison
“Ingrid Ricks delivers a powerful and bitingly real story…which will open your eyes to the reality of blindness.”
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015915198
  • Publisher: Ingrid Ricks
  • Publication date: 11/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 754,162
  • File size: 687 KB

Meet the Author

Ingrid Ricks is a Seattle-based journalist, author and teen mentor who leverages the new world of digital publishing to give at-risk teens a voice. Using her New York Times bestselling debut memoir Hippie Boy: A Girl's Story as a teaching guide, she recently co-launched WeAreAbsolutelyNotOkay.org, a nationally recognized mentoring/publishing program that helps at-risk teens find their voice by writing and publishing their personal stories.

Ingrid's essays and stories have been published in Salon, Ladies' Home Journal, The Advocate and a variety of other publications. She writes emotionally charged memoirs with such vivid scenes and compelling story lines that they are often mistaken for fiction. In addition to Hippie Boy, she is the author of Focus, a memoir about her journey with the blinding eye disease Retinitis Pigmentosa, and a memoir story collection, A Little Book of Mormon (and Not So Mormon) Stories. She is currently working on Determined to See, a memoir about her yearlong quest to heal her eyesight. She's also blogging about her journey at www.determinedtosee.com

For more information, visit ingridricks.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Great read

    This book is about a woman who is losing her vision. She is learning to ajust to her life as a ligaly blind. She starts to learn that the you have to forget about your past and look forword to your life a head of you. She also learnd that asking for help takes alot of curage and the best part of your life is the famly around you.
    Lulu 11
    (Sorry about my spelling errers)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    A Lilac Wolf and Stuff Review When I reviewed Hippie Boy, I tol

    A Lilac Wolf and Stuff Review

    When I reviewed Hippie Boy, I told you I didn't even know it was a true story until I had finished reading it. Ingrid really does have a flair for words. She came to me and asked if I'd like to review it. I remembered her and knew for a fact I would love to read anything she writes. So here we are. And if you come back on Friday, she has sent along a guest post and a giveaway of her book Focus.

    So, back to the book. Ingrid is writing about her degenerative eye disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa - which I'd never heard of before. She was going blind, slowly. And I wonder if that's worse. You are constantly aware of your field of vision getting smaller and smaller by degrees. She really does paint a vivid picture of the roller coaster of emotions.

    Well, like most strong women, she wasn't willing to just accept the diagnosis and crawl into a corner. Her husband started problem solving and they moved into the city she she could use public transportation for anything she couldn't walk to. And she found a new doctor with alternative treatments. While it didn't cure her eyes, she did really come so much further than her journey through her childhood.

    The fun thing in this book was reading about her desire to finish her memoir, Hippie Boy. She kept putting it off until her whole family was sick of hearing about it. There was a scene where her daughters were pretending to be her as an old woman saying, "My book! I need to finish my book!" and it was like a slap in the face. And then she made it happen. I'm glad she did, it was so good.

    The not so comfortable bits were seeing things that I do that aren't helping me in my life there in print form. This memoir will make you laugh, cry, and think...much more than you probably want to. But it's totally worth the time and effort. And really, it's not much time. This woman has a way of grabbing you by the eyes and holding on until she's ready to let go.

    I freaked out when I had forgotten the timeline I promised to review it in. I started reading it on Tuesday night. I finished it Wednesday morning during my workout. Seriously, like 2 hours. While I get that it's only 100 pages long, that time still went by incredibly fast - not a boring moment in here. And a funny little twist, she also talked about stem cells. She needs to talk to Amy from Monday! lol

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    Reeally good

    Good soul read

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  • Posted November 11, 2012

    In ¿Focus¿ Ingrid Ricks deals with the consequences of living wi

    In “Focus” Ingrid Ricks deals with the consequences of living with the degenerative eye disease retinitis pigmentosa. She learns to “focus” on, and appreciate, the important things in life. Shortly after receiving the diagnosis, she travels to a poor village in Africa and learns, in a heartbreaking chapter, what true suffering and deprivation is. She stops feeling sorry for herself, resets her priorities and decides to seize each passing day. (Her wonderful book “Hippie Boy” is one of the results.) You wouldn’t expect a book on a progressive illness to be so uplifting, but Ingrid Ricks’ writing is always perceptive and engaging. It’s well worth your attention.

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