Monday, August 30, 2021

Memoir explores the role of Adirondack icon

adirondack chairsLifelong educator and published author Kathleen Graham Kelly launches a new press campaign for her 2018 memoir “A Chair For All Seasons: Celebrating the Adirondack Chair” (published by Balboa Press).

Set in upstate New York and the Adirondack Mountains, this book uses the iconic image of the Adirondack chair to anchor a wistful, rich memoir about family, memories and the seasons of life. Illustrated with the photographs of regional photographer Karen WilliamsonGraham Kelly’s book tells the life story of Rosie, a 90-year-old reflecting on her life: a life anchored by Rosie’s beloved Adirondack chair (Rosie is a fictional character, although she is based on the memories of Graham Kelly’s late mother, Rosemary Ann Murphy Graham).

To many people, the Adirondack chair represents reflection, relaxation, family gatherings, and in a paradox, both solitude and community. Rosie is no exception. Graham Kelly uses the image of Rosie’s beloved Adirondack chair through the seasons — spring, summer, fall and winter — to tell her life story in a short, yet meaningful, gem of a book. Rosie’s reflections share how she found meaning in her life through her family and their gatherings over the course of 50 years — something readers of all ages and from all walks of life can identify with and appreciate.

“I want readers to leave the book with a peaceful smile and an appreciation of the cycle of their own lives and their place in it,” Graham Kelly says. “Hopefully readers will look a little closer at the gorgeous images in nature that are captured so beautifully in the photographs in the book and think about the legacies they are leaving to their children, grandchildren and the world.”

To purchase a copy of the book, visit

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