Mary Alice Reporting – A New Philadelphia resident worked with a co-author to publish a book that dives into the lives of individuals who have struggled with abuse.

A local book launch is happening this Saturday, at the Five Barrel Bullet Brewery, for “but That’s Not Me: Fitting the pieces together. The pieces of us all.”

Author Erika Hull wrote the book, with Dr. Cheryl Jackson, and the partnership beginning in October 2019.

Hull notes that the book is personal for her, as she suffered from domestic abuse and found out, that summer, she had married a serial abuser.

“And he was, at the time, currently married to number nine. I knew I had a story to tell and I wasn’t sure exactly what it was, but I knew, in my healing process, every time I went to type there was a trauma block and I didn’t want that to prevent the possibility of not only healing me but maybe helping someone else.”

The book dives into multiple forms of modern-day domestic violence encompassing things like one-sided financial decisions, verbal abuse, and physical.

The book became available late last year and a book launch is happening Saturday, from 3 pm to 5 pm, at the brewery located on East High Avenue.

“And we have the Wood and Fire Pizza Company coming with their food truck. We’re just going to have an introduction to the book, a book reading, [and it will all be] COVID safe [protocols].”

A basket raffle will help raise funds for the Harbor House, which is a non-profit organization helping men and women victims serving Tuscarawas and Carroll Counties. Their 24-hour crisis line is 330-364-1374.

Anyone interested in “but That’s Not Me” can find more information at www.thecornheroffice.com.

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