Her third book, The Victoria's Secret Catalog Never Stops Coming and Other Lessons I Learned From Breast Cancer is far more than a memoir of illness, Nash tells the story of how she became a wise old woman at a tender young age, and shows us how personal struggles can make us all wise if we only let it. On stage, Jennie brings her personal story to life, skillfully guiding audiences through laughter, tears and the inspiration to find out what adversity can mean in their own lives and in the lives of those they love.
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Jennie Nash is a rare breed: a writer who knows how to tell a story as powerfully on stage as she does on the page.
Ms. Nash is the author of three books of narrative non-fiction and hundreds of national magazine articles for publications including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Real Simple, Self, Shape, Child, Glamour, Mademoiselle, GQ, US, Home, Working Woman, New York Woman, and Readers' Digest. Her specialty, for more than 20 years, has been writing about the small moments that give life meaning. For her, one of those moments was a breast cancer diagnosis at the age of 35. It followed on the heels of a friend's fatal struggle and gave her the opportunity to look as closely at illness and death as she had been looking at life. "Everyone always says that a personal crisis, like cancer changes you," Nash says, "and almost from the moment of my diagnosis, I wanted to know exactly how. How does it change you?"
Her answer was her third book, The Victoria's Secret Catalog Never Stops Coming and Other Lessons I Learned From Breast Cancer (Scribner, October 2001; Plume Paperback, October 2002). Far more than a memoir of illness, Nash tells the story of how she became a wise old woman at a tender young age, and shows us how adversity can make us all wise if we only let it. On stage, Ms. Nash brings her story to life, skillfully guiding audiences through laughter, tears and the inspiration to find out what their personal struggles, whether health, career, or family, can mean in their own lives.
The Victoria's Secret Catalog Never Stops Coming continues to find a widespread audience. In 2002, Ford Motor Company purchased 110,000 copies of to use as giveaways in their national education outreach campaign, for which Ms. Nash waived her royalties. Ford also toured her to major cities to speak and to sign books during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in 2002, and hired her to write a short work of fiction, entitled My Grandma's Bandana, which was given away to survivors at Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure events in 2003 and 2004.
Ms. Nash's other work includes Raising a Reader: A Mother's Tale of Desperation and Delight (St. Martin's Press, August, 2003) and Altared States: Surviving the Engagement (Crown 1992). She has taught classes on illness and storytelling at both UCLA and WebMD.com. A graduate of Wellesley College, Ms. Nash lives with her husband and their two girls in Los Angeles, California. She is completing a novel called The Last Beach Bungalow about a survivor's search for home.