A quick-read, the fact that this work of non-fiction revolved around the life of a local Midwesterner made it even more engaging. Abruptly faced with toxic shock syndrome after a freak occurrence in her home, Loretta Goebel faces life as an amputee. A wife, mother of two, devoted friend, and volunteer, A Life in Parts relives Goebel's journey to a new normalcy with fierce determination and continued faith despite the obstacles and eventual losses which accrue along the way.
For a book club's convenience, study questions have been included in the back of A Life in Parts for discussion. Since the ideal of familial traditions and gatherings proves motivating for Goebel throughout her healing, a meal filled with comfort food- chicken, mashed potatoes, and corn- which greeted her at her arrival home from the hospital would be appropriate for the menu.
A Life in Parts