Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Seams Unlikely: The Inspiring True Life Story of Nancy Zieman By Nancy Zieman and Marjorie L. Russell

I received this book from Glass Road Media and Management for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book.  The opinions expressed here are my own.

Book Description:

In an age when hard-working women don't know if we should lean in, lean out, or lean on someone, Nancy Zieman's voice of calm, experienced authority is welcome. The lessons she shares are ones every businesswoman should take to heart.

In Seams Unlikely, Nancy:
  • Shares her life story for the first time
  • Gives details of the onset of Bell's Palsy and how it played a part during school
  • Reveals the intricate involvement of 4-H in her development
  • Tells, step-by-step, how she grew Nancy's Notions from a basement in her home into a multi-million dollar business
  • Includes behind-the-scenes information on the growth of Sewing with Nancy from filming in her living room to a long-term partnership with Wisconsin Public Television
  • Shows pictures of the people, buildings, and places that played key roles along the path of her life 
Reading of the growth of Nancy's family (she is a married
mother of two, one son by birth, one by adoption) alongside the growth of her show and business is both familiar and instructive to working moms. Nancy created solutions in both the workplace and at home, to carve a niche uniquely suited to her situation and talents. It's a goal to which many of us aspire. And Nancy Zieman's story gives us key insight. 

My Thoughts: 

 Seams Unlikely is the story of Nancy Zieman's personal and professional life. Sewing With Nancy has been on since September 1982.  This book gives a very candid look into Nancy's life including her Bell's Palsy diagnosis, starting and growing her business Nancy's Notions, and how her show started in her living room to grow to what it has become. This book shows the ups and downs that Nancy went through to get her where she is. 

I thoroughly enjoyed Nancy Zieman's book, Seams Unlikely.  As a lifelong resident of Wisconsin, I have run into Nancy's show quite a few times over the years on public television and knew I needed to read it.  Nancy Zieman gives readers a very candid look at her life and how she got to where she is.  No part of her life was left out.  I enjoyed her matter of fact writing style and her willingness to be so open about how she got her business started and continued success of it.  Nancy has also written many,many books on sewing and quilting. Nancy Zieman is an inspiration to all women.  I found a connection because of my own disability and inability to "work" outside of my home.  Seeing what Nancy, with her family alongside of her, built really makes it seem possible.  I could not put this book down once I started reading it! I found myself laughing out loud in places, and crying in others.  This is truly a beautiful story.  I highly recommend this book to anyone woman, this book is for you!  I am so thankful for the opportunity to read this book.  I give this book 5 STARS.

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