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from hell to challah: rising from fragile to fearless, one grain at a time: a memoir

from hell to challah: rising from fragile to fearless, one grain at a time: a memoir

by Shari Wallack


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An uplifting, funny, and flavorful story through despair, survival, and mental emancipation during the chaos of 2020.

In from hell to challah, Shari Wallack’s journey begins inside a mental hospital and continues on a road trip to eighteen destinations throughout the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic. She details her innermost thoughts, hopes, and fears while illustrating how she went from crippling depression to joy over a three-month period.

Along with a multitude of colorful characters, Shari navigates an exciting and unusual voyage of self-discovery and healing. Among the useful lessons she learns along the way, she discovers that cooking and baking calm her. She provides the recipes that helped her through her struggles, with the hope that others will find the same much-needed comfort. Shari’s heartwarming and humorous story shows that happiness and purpose can be found even in the most difficult of times.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635769128
Publisher: Radius Book Group
Publication date: 07/13/2021
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 445,868
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Shari Wallack started her professional career working for Club Med in New York City, and relocated to Fort Lauderdale, FL, in 1993 to work as an incentive sales executive for multiple cruise lines. The sale of Celebrity Cruise Line to Royal Caribbean International in 1997 led Shari to become an “accidental entrepreneur.” She later founded Buy the Sea, which has become the largest and most decorated cruise and all-inclusive brokerage company in the industry.

Her extensive network in the United States enabled her to take the journey that led to this inspirational book. Shari challenges everyone to do the right thing, put people before profits, never take away anyone’s dignity, and find the humor in almost any situation.

Shari is most proud of her children Rachel and Jake. She shares her time between her home in Plantation, FL, her “retreat” in New York City, her tiny mobile home that resides in Salt Lake City, UT and any cruise ship anywhere in the world.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Prologue xiii

Chapter 1 Get a journal 1

Chapter 2 Fragile 5

Chapter 3 I believe i can fly 21

Chapter 4 I thank g-d for this day 29

Chapter 5 And i'm walking in memphis 37

Chapter 6 Go u northwestern! 47

Chapter 7 Who can turn the world on with a smile? 53

Chapter 8 Oh boise! 63

Chapter 9 Where the deer and the antelope play 87

Chapter 10 G-d bless kurt 101

Chapter 11 A jew goes to zion 119

Chapter 12 La la land 137

Chapter 13 Fearless 149

Chapter 14 Home sweet home 171

Epilogue 175

Additional favorite recipes 179

Acknowledgments 189

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