Wheelock College Alumni Authors: Life Skills and Self-Help Books

Wheelock College has more than 14,000 alumni out in the world doing the work of Lucy Wheelock, improving the lives of children and families. Among those amazing alums are an ever-growing number of published authors, whose books can be found in libraries and bookstores around the globe. Together, their works—written for teachers, parents, children, and a variety of other audiences—educate, challenge, provoke, and entertain. As Wheelock approaches its 130th anniversary, we decided to celebrate some of our incredible alumni authors.

This blog post highlights alumni books centered on self-help/life skills topics. These alumni authors provide recipes for balancing work and life, tips for surviving loss, and a guide to getting in tune with your emotions. See all the blog posts about Wheelock’s alumni authors.

30 Days in the Life book coverMarjorie Sanek Platzker ’63
30 Days in the Life of a LA Wife (2015)
This book features straightforward recipes coupled with beautiful photos and suggested wine pairings—all designed to make it possible for readers to work and still cook dinner for their family. Marjorie Platzker said her chief goal in writing the book was to provide an eclectic collection of easy-to-prepare and elegant recipes for the modern, busy, urban family. This book has been described as an excellent resource for non-cooks and cooks in a hurry. See the book on amazon.com.

PAUSE book coverSarah Potty Hamelin ’03
PAUSE: Take a moment to take care of you (2016)
Since receiving a social work degree from Boston College in 2012 and then getting her LICSW in 2014, Sarah Hamelin has had her own private psychotherapy practice. She does seminars and tries to educate people on how to be more in tune with their emotions instead of ignoring them. This book will guide you through warning signs, toxic relationships, stages of change, and different techniques to find yourself again and why they help. The techniques are simple, take small amounts of time and effort, and most importantly do not cost a thing. The reality is that if you rely on others for your happiness you are setting yourself up for disappointment and resentment. See the book on amazon.com.

Happy Again book coverHarriet Weil Hodgson ’57
Happy Again! Your New and Meaningful Life After Loss (2012)
Will I survive? Will I ever be happy again? These are questions that Harriet Hodgson asked herself after she was left to raise her twin grandchildren, while grieving for four family members, including her daughter. Harriet reminds us that we are not alone in our grief and, though losses may define our lives, they will not destroy them. Harriet’s book was written to help mourners and those who support them find their way through the darkness of grief and create new, and hopefully, happy lives. This isn’t a gloom and doom book; it’s an “I can do it” book. See the book on amazon.com.