Distilled Genius is a collection of life-changing quotations from Susan Branch, New York Times best-selling author. Like all of Susan’s books, Distilled Genius is charmingly handwritten and watercolored in Susan’s inimitable style, and, as with her other books, it tells a story. This is not just any quote book, but a forty-year carefully curated collection of quotes from Susan's lifelong search for deeper meaning, joy, and fulfillment in life ~ and her desire to share ~ from Mark Twain, to the Bhagavad Gita, from Anne Frank, and George Patton, to Marcus Aurelius, and Louisa May Alcott; from Rosa Parks, Abraham Lincoln, Maya Angelou, the Bible, and beyond. Reading about the struggles of others who, often against all odds, made something of their lives, gives us strength, and encourages us to make our own dreams a reality. Life-affirming, clever, poetic, heroic, hilarious, and human ~ hopeful words of wisdom, distilled into one book of Genius for all time. Distilled Genius is arranged in themes, such as “Secrets of Life,” “Writing and Writers,” “Creativity," and “Finding your Dreams,” to name a few; it's 272 pages of joy, just when we need to be reminded of who we are, where we came from, and what our future can be if we choose it. The power in words is endless, they make you think, and once in a while, they tell you that you were right all along (that’s when you truly understand the Genius part). Everything that’s needed to be said, has been said, by someone whose words carry weight, such as this quote by Joseph Campbell: “We have not even to risk the adventure alone for all the heroes of all time have gone before us.” Distilled Genius has a sewn-in ribbon bookmark, is proudly printed in the USA, and unlike an e-book, it comes complete with that beautiful new-book smell at no additional charge.
Susan Branch was born and raised in Southern California, and moved to Martha’s Vineyard, MA in 1982. She was drawn to New England from childhood, because of books like Little Women, she loved it before she ever saw it. She finally moved there in her early 30's, no longer able "to live without four seasons and white picket fences ." She is the oldest of eight children, inspired by "almost everything,” and shares her life with her husband Joe, and her cat, Jack. Her hand-lettered and watercolored Heart of the Home series of books are an ode to the Home-Arts of cooking, gardening, homemaking, family, best friends, entertaining, and the little things that make life sweet. Her best-selling diary trilogy, Fairy Tale Girl, Martha’s Vineyard Isle of Dreams, and A Fine Romance; Falling in Love with the English Countryside has been optioned and is being shopped in Hollywood. Susan started writing and watercoloring her books in 1985. Her art has graced everything from fabric to dishes and her popular calendars are available everywhere.
Her latest book is DISTILLED GENIUS, The Illustrated Secrets of Life ~ and like her other books, it is all hand-written and watercolored. It is Susan's 45-year-collection of Life-Changing Quotes … arranged by subject.
Susan has a large and loyal word-of-mouth following on her blog at www.susanbranch.com, and on other social media. Her personal newsletter ("Willard," named for her grandfather), filled with photos, stories, recipes, tips, and art, is emailed to approximately 80,000 subscribers monthly.
Can't make it to the event? You can still purchase a signed and personalized copy of Distilled Genius.