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Judith Gwinn Adrian


Judy holds a Ph.D. in adult learning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and then a BA and an MA in English (Luther College and Winona State University). In recent years, she worked at Madison College and then taught at Edgewood College, both in Madison, WI until retirement in August 2018.


Book cover and drawings by Phil Salamone.

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From Hardship to Hope: Crossing the great divides of age, race, wealth, equity, and health

Judith Gwinn Adrian and Jaylin M. Stueber

From Hardship to Hope invites the reader to walk into the complexities of two women’s parallel universes. It is a fictionalized, shared autobiography. Some of the moments and experiences come from the co-authors’ lives. Some do not.

This book challenges us to consider where our—often strongly held—different beliefs and assumptions about reality come from. The idea for From Hardship to Hope—Zoe and Ruby Blue’s story—emerged during the weighty years of the Covid-19 pandemic when many people’s daily patterns changed and our world shuddered on its axis.

Listen to the From Hardship to Hope discussion at Mystery to Me Bookstore. Recorded November 1st, 2023.

Hernzebekana! Her Language of Love

Three months after the birth of her first daughter, Becki Lawton suffered a severe hemorrhagic stroke when an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) ruptured in her brain. Slowly, she learned to overcome her cognitive and physical changes.

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Rounding Third and Finally Home: An Educator’s Life Journey of Triumph Over Failure

As an impoverished child, Pascual Rodriguez overcame numerous challenges that helped construct the building blocks of perseverance by convincing himself that “this isn’t the way it’s supposed to be.”

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A Purpose-Driven Life of Helping Others

The Author’s life had been a whirlwind journey, moving from one learning event to another. Diane, as a young child, experienced fun and happiness. She remembers those feelings of pain and suffering from physical, emotional, and sexual abuse from the past. 

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Walking the Line: There is No Time for Hate

Joshua Clauer is a beloved man. A prison guard, a parole officer, a volunteer with formerly incarcerated men, he now works with youth, helping them avoid gang involvement.

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Nancer the Dancer: Myositis and Me

Nancy believed that there are many ways to be crippled and some of them are physical. She focused her energy on “attitude.”

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Tera’s Tale

Through her fiercely independent, yet childlike eyes, Tera allows us to enter the recesses of her guarded world. Her Aussie sister, Beth, walks with us, compassionately guiding and explaining.

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In Warm Blood

Stories of privilege and prison, hurt and heart: epistolary accounts of two people raised in the parallel universes of southeast Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

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Because I Am Jackie Millar

How would you react, awakening from the shadowy space of a drug-induced coma, to find your life was forever changed because you had been the victim of a crime?

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Amazon / The Author

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