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Today My Name Is Billie (Paperback)

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Every Year thousands of educators are accused of physical abuse. Some are guilty and are prosecuted, but hundreds who are innocent are forced to surrender their licenses. This is what happened to Billie. Deceit and betrayal threatened her survival, extinguished  her life’s dream, and  erased her sense of self worth. She wondered if she could ever trust again. Rejected by family and friends, she was forced to reinvent every aspect of her entire life. When a catastrophic fire crippled her community, and individuals grappled with personal tragedy, she gained a deeper understanding of the gift of forgiveness and the power of hope. Her brave struggles saved not only her life but also the lives of others. At times brutally painful, at other times hugely positive, Today My Name Is Billie  reveals  how a single lie  can spread like fire and destroy all that it touches.    

About the Author


Neile Parisi taught for 18 glorious years in public schools. She experienced both joy and tragedy in her classroom, but continually loved her students. Today My Name Is Billie is based upon an incident in her life as an eighth grade teacher, where she lost her job and her career. Following this, she became a Registered Sanitarian. Having a Masters Degree in Health Education, she was able to use her teaching skills to help educate workers in the restaurant world, teaching proper food-handling skills; provide knowledge about radon, asbestos, and lead poisoning to home owners; investigate food poisoning; test beach water and pools for bacteria levels; inspect restaurants, day cares, schools, and hospitals; and at times even trap rats and other rodents. Currently she is a Realtor, who by the way won Second Place in The Woman’s Arm Wrestling competition in Las Vegas, and promises she won’t let anyone “twist your arm.” She is also a stand-up comic on the weekends, drawing from her varied background of jobs. This is her first novel.

Praise For…


“Neile Parisi’s debut novel, Today My Name is Billie, explores the aftermath of teacher Billie Murray’s life when one of her trusted students falsely accuses her of physical abuse. In the fallout from this boy’s lie, Billie loses her job as well her relationship with her husband and two sons. Billie chooses to relocate from Connecticut to a small southern town where she begins to heal. After many years she experiences another horrifying experience. This time, however, she learns to love, forgive and become an empowered version of herself. Today My Name is Billie ignites hope in the tenacity of the human spirit.” —Charita Cole Brown, author of Defying the Verdict: My Bipolar Life
Product Details
ISBN: 9781732743496
ISBN-10: 1732743495
Publisher: Green Place Books
Publication Date: May 10th, 2019
Pages: 200