Thursday, August 4, 2011

You and No Other - Jane Weiss and Bonnie Zahn

You and No Other


Jane Weiss and Bonnie Zahn

You and No Other, a book co-authored by Jane Weiss and Bonnie Zahn, tells the story of two women, in the 1980’s, living traditional lives as wives, mothers and working professionals, juggling their careers with homes and families. But within a year and a half their worlds changed drastically as they began a journey together, filled with both deep love for each other and painful family divisions and rejection.

You and No Other chronicles this journey and transforms the pain of their past to healing, thus giving the writers – and their readers – access to larger truths about themselves, the individuals in their families, and perhaps most importantly, the broader social context of non-acceptance that made the journey so poignant. The book challenges readers to rethink their values and to hopefully close the gaps that divide our churches, schools, and communities around same gender relationships.

Bonnie and Jane are both mothers of four grown children, and step-mothers to each other’s four grown children. They left their respective traditional marriages of 15 and 20 years when they became partners. Their eight children then ranged in ages from four to eighteen years. In the nearly thirty years of Bonnie and Jane’s partnership, they’ve traversed many of the issues faced by GLBT parents with children, from attempting to merge their families (with little success initially), through high school and college graduations, weddings, births, baptisms, etc. - to now sharing the joys of co-grandparenting fourteen grandchildren.

Bonnie holds a bachelor’s in nursing from Marycrest College in Davenport, IA, and two master’s degrees from the University of MN – one in medical-surgical Nursing, and the other in healthcare administration. She is now happily retired from a healthcare career that spanned bedside nursing, college nursing instructor, nursing administrator, hospital education director, hospital administrator, and corporate senior vice-president.

Jane has a Registered Nurse diploma from West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park, IL, and has a bachelor’s degree in healthcare communications from the University of MN. She also is retired from a healthcare career that included hospital nursing, nursing home education director, senior services director, and corporate operations vice president.

September 17, 2011
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Chanhassen, MN
Library Writers’ Group
Chanhassen Library



Order online or ask for the book at your favorite bookstore.

True Colors Book Store in Minneapolis, MN

North Star Press

North Star Press

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