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Off Kilter: A Woman's Journey to Peace with Scoliosis, Her Mother, and Her Polish Heritage

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Even before she was diagnosed with scoliosis at thirteen, Linda Wisniewski felt off kilter. Born to a cruel father and a long-suffering mother in the insulated Polish Catholic community of upstate New York, she learned martyrdom as a way of life. Off Kilter shows her learning to stretch her Self as well as her spine as she comes to terms with her mentally deteriorating, wi ...more
Paperback, 164 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Pearlsong Press
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Betty
Nov 05, 2008 Betty rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Linda Wisniewski tells her own story in a very personal way. She suffers from scoliosis which was never treated and finds that her entire life has been as “off kilter” as her spine. A verbally abusive father and an intimidated, detached mother combine to make her household a place of fear and anxiety rather than a place of refuge. Linda grew up as a Polish-American Catholic during the war and post-war years in a community primarily of the same ethnicity and religion. Growing up in the 1950s was ...more
Kathleen Pooler
Linda Wisnieski weaves an engaging story of making peace with her mother, her Polish heritage and her diagnosis of scoliosis in Off Kilter. Through concise and descriptive writing, she conveys the deep sadness of her childhood experience living with a verbally-abusive and emotionally-distant father, a long-suffering mother and the physical deformity of scoliosis that conspire to make her feel “off kilter.” Using scoliosis as a metaphor for her life, she shows in graphic detail how all these fact ...more
Maddie James
Nov 22, 2008 Maddie James rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone reflecting on where they came from and why they are who they are
Recommended to Maddie by: the author
A wonderful memoir which made me contemplate my own childhood memories and the relationships I developed as a young child.
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Linda Wisniewski is a writer in Bucks County, Pa. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her poems, essay, stories and memoirs have been published regionally and nationally, online and in print.
Linda's memoir, Off Kilter, was published by Pearlsong Press.
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“Recently, I’ve begun to think of scoliosis as a metaphor for my life. I’ve struggled to please teachers, employers, parents, boyfriends, husbands, twisting myself into someone I can’t be. I hurt when I do this, because it’s not natural. And it never works. But when I stretch my Self, instead, the results are different. When I’m reaching for my personal goals—to be a good mother, wife, friend and writer—I feel my balance return. And the sense of relief, as I become more the woman I truly am, is simply grand.” 8 likes
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