Throughout her childhood, Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff frequently visited Rosemary Kennedy, President John F. Kennedy’s sister. Why? Koehler Pentacoff’s aunt, Sister Paulus Koehler, a Franciscan nun, was Rosemary’s devoted caregiver at St. Coletta in Jefferson, Wisconsin, for 15 years and her driver and travel companion for more than 30 years. The resulting book, which will be will be the first about this mysterious Kennedy, chronicles Rosie’s life along with that of the author’s aunt and delves into the similarities between the two families. It includes more than 100 photos, many of them never before seen; private Kennedy quotes from the author’s interviews; and anecdotes about Rosemary and her famous family. The book delves into Rosemary’s misdiagnosed condition, why her father sought an experimental brain surgery for her without his wife’s knowledge, how he kept this fact hidden from the rest of his family for 20 years, and what Rosemary was actually like after her lobotomy. And it will show how Rosemary was the catalyst behind the Special Olympics and related legislation from 1960 to the present. The Kennedys considered the author’s aunt to be a member of their family. Through the author’s relationship with Rosemary, Sister Paulus, and her other relatives, the author discovered how family, faith, and silence intertwine to strengthen or destroy our relationships, no matter our status or circumstance in life, whether one comes from in a rich, extraordinary family or a poor, ordinary one.
About the Author
The author of nine books, including a Writer s Digest Selection for The ABCs of Writing for Children, Liz has now written an adult memoir, The Missing Kennedy (Bancroft Press), which will be out in 2015. A former Byline Magazine "Writing for Children" columnist, Liz wrote frequent humor pieces for the San Francisco Examiner as well as hundreds of articles and essays in newspapers and magazines such as Parents Magazine, Writer s Digest, and Parenting. With degrees in Liberal Studies and Theater Arts/Children s Theater and two teaching credentials, she s directed plays and taught elementary, middle school students, and teachers. A speaker for international and state conferences, she presents assemblies and workshops for schools and libraries. Born in rural Wisconsin, Liz moved to California for all her college and post-graduate education, and has lived most of her adult life in the San Francisco area. She s married, and has one grown child.Visit her blog for writing advice, ideas, and anecdotes http: //lizbooks.com/blog/, contact her at email@example.com, or visit her at her website, www.lizbooks.com."