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The Book


Helen Johnston Majercik was a Smith College graduate, Class of 1937, who led a long life. After graduating from Smith, Helen chauffeured her Aunt Anna on a cross-country auto trip with equally fun-loving relatives. Helen’s life was one that was lively and full of incident. She capped it in an unusual way: she enjoyed her life so much that she decided, in her last years, to write a book about it.

In this self-titled memoir, Helen tells of becoming an x-ray technician in the early days of that specialty and of course she introduces her husband and other family members, such as her sisters, one whose nickname was Louse. Among her book’s highlights, though, are things like the description of her ‘career’ as a bridesmaid: she walked down the aisle no fewer than five times as an attendant, despairing at the end of ever being the bride. Helen did marry at age 42 and had one daughter at age 44.

In a chapter to themselves are stories and anecdotes contributed to her book by more than a dozen of Helen’s friends who assisted her in many ways after her daughter died. The combined stories give the reader the secrets to a long and happy life.


“I was ten years old and I was going to meet my mother for the first time that I can remember.”

 What would be needed to overcome such a deficit start in life? The answer to this question will enlighten you, surprise you and keep you enthralled while you absorb lessons from every page.

Advance praise for JONN: In Search of Self

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