Local author and former CHS teacher holding book reading and signing at Karma’s Coffeehouse

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CULLMAN, Ala. – Retired Cullman High School teacher and now, best-selling author, Dorenda Doyle, will present a reading and signing of her newly published memoir “How I Learned to Like My Mom: Forgive Those You Love Before it’s too Late” on Friday, June 17 at Karma’s Coffee House in Cullman.

“My book is a ‘Tears to Cheers’ memoir about my mother, a midwestern honky-tonk gal who wrote country songs and married seven times! My primary message is to find ways to forgive those you love. The title, “How I Learned to Like My Mom,” says it all, and came about after I found myself saddled with the responsibility of writing my mother’s eulogy,” she explained.

Doyle has been a resident of Cullman since 1988, raising a family and teaching at Cullman High School, Wallace State and Saint Bernard Preparatory School. She found herself interweaving her own life experiences with that of her mother’s. She said, “I couldn’t help but relate what I experienced as a child and teen to who and what I am today. My own family relationships and work life were definitely affected by my upbringing.”

As a result, Doyle has a message of not only forgiveness, but also, what she describes as a “bootstraps” attitude. “I’m sure my former students, as well as my own son, would all say this was my motto: pull yourself up by your bootstraps! I never wanted my past to define me, and I always wanted my students to aim for success no matter what life threw at them.”

Doyle’s book is available on Amazon in paperback, eBook and hardcover formats. You can connect with Dorenda Doyle at https://www.pullupyourbootstraps.org/, on Facebook at BooksbyDorenda and by email at dorenda@PullUpYourBootstraps.org.

Stop by Karma’s Coffee House on Friday, June 17 between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to hear a reading, purchase your copy and have it personalized and signed by the author. “I surely hope to see some of my former students and co-workers at the event!” Doyle shared.