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Author Lucia Greenhouse Discusses New Book in Rye

RYE, N.Y. – Family Services of Westchester’s Big Brothers Big Sisters program sponsored a luncheon and interview with author Lucia Greenhouse at Coveleigh Club in Rye Thursday.

Greenhouse’s book is entitled “ fathermothergod: My Journey out of Christian Science” and touches on the obstacles of growing up as a Christian scientist.

For Greenhouse, she said the most challenging part of her childhood was her family’s unwillingness to seek medical assistance. “Christian scientists believe that the material world is not real, and that includes physical illness,” she said to the audience.

Greenhouse described herself as “fortunate” not to have had any broken bones or illnesses as a child. However, for Greenhouse’s mother, this was not the case.

In an excerpt from her book, Greenhouse recounted how her mother passed away after refusing to seek medical treatment during a battle with cancer almost 30 years ago.

Although Greenhouse was the guest of honor, group members Barbara Mautner and Nancy D’Alessandro also shared their story of how they came together thanks to the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Paired together through the organization almost four decades ago, Nancy and Barbara said they instantly connected.

“When I decided to get involved with the program I told myself I would commit one day a week to spending with Nancy,” Mautner told the audience. “Eventually she became like part of our family”.

Thirty-seven years after they first met, Nancy and Barbara said they remain great friends. “It’s not often I feel like the luckiest person in the room,” said a choked up D’Alessandro, “I do today”.

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