Excerpted from Review by Veronica Alvarado

Poignant and profound, Janice Wood Wetzel’s memoir Sorrows & Songs recounts the author’s decidedly moving life. From a fraught childhood, to a complicated marriage, to a single life as an educated and highly successful career-focused woman, Wetzel’s fantastic life-story will both inspire and amaze readers with its humble telling.

Sorrow & Songs begins with Wetzel’s recollections of her childhood and teenage years, and her understatedly complicated relationship with her parents… Moving across the country upwards of a dozen times before she was seventeen, the chapters that reflect Wetzel’s childhood, told in honest and straightforward prose, are moving and riveting for their emotional tenor.

Her failing marriage of 20 years, along with her parents’ untimely tragic deaths, lead to Wetzel’s depression and her six week hospitalization. Her frank recitation of this experience is brave and poignant for its honesty.  Eventually, she then went back to school, unusual for a woman of 40 at the time, achieving her lifelong goal to be a social worker, and eventually even earning a doctorate.

The remainder of Wetzel’s memoir recalls monumental actions in her life, national and international events that mark her as true feminist and inspiring woman. From her tenure as a college dean to her discussions on her faith, her sexuality, and her difficulties with alcoholism, Wetzel’s life is an admirable and inspiring to read...Sorrows & Songs is ultimately a beautifully rendered memoir that is an ideal read for any lover of motivational stories, and anyone who considers themselves a believer in female equality.