Love, Life, and Lucille

Lessons Learned from a Centenarian

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Pub Date 14 Apr 2020 | Archive Date 03 Nov 2020

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Judy Gaman was so busy making a name for herself that she barely took the time to meet a stranger, enjoy life, or simply stop to breathe. Immersed in her job as the director of business development for a high-profile medical practice—a job that required her to write health and wellness books and host a nationally syndicated radio show—she spent every day going full speed ahead with no looking back. That is, until the day she met Lucille Fleming.

While writing a book on longevity, Judy interviewed Lucille, an elegant and spirited woman who had just recently turned 100. Lucille had the fashion and style of old Hollywood, but it was all hidden behind the doors of her assisted living center. What began as a quick meeting became a lasting friendship that transformed into an inseparable bond. Lucille brought incredible wisdom and great stories to the table, while Judy provided an avenue for excitement and new opportunities. Together, the two began living life to the fullest, and meeting the most interesting people along the way (including Suzanne Somers). But then Lucille’s life came to an end through unexpected and unfortunate circumstances—and the very first lesson she ever taught Judy proved to be the most important one of all.

Judy Gaman was so busy making a name for herself that she barely took the time to meet a stranger, enjoy life, or simply stop to breathe. Immersed in her job as the director of business development...


A Note From the Publisher

Judy Gaman is an award winning author, public speaker, and CEO of Executive Medicine of Texas. She’s spent nearly a decade offering advice on longevity and vitality as a voice of The Staying Young Radio Show, which was nationally syndicated on 58 stations. When not working on the podcast Stay Young America!, she serves as a healthy living expert for Fox News and other media outlets. Judy is a five-time author and has appeared on Fox News Radio, Good Morning Texas and San Diego Living, among numerous other outlets. Judy also tours as a public speaker, and has been entertaining audiences of all sizes for years. She crafts her presentations around engaging and easy-to-understand concepts including longevity, vitality, and healthy living. Her presentations touch on topics like curing workaholism and burnout, while still being a strong leader.

Judy Gaman is an award winning author, public speaker, and CEO of Executive Medicine of Texas. She’s spent nearly a decade offering advice on longevity and vitality as a voice of The Staying Young...


Advance Praise

Awarded as a finalist in the Best New Nonfiction Category for the 2020 international book awards.


“Author Judy Gaman has uncovered Lucille’s secret, and you will find it here within these pages. This book is a peek inside a life well lived. As you will see, Lucille is a prophet, a philosopher, and a storyteller. She is aspirational, inspirational. We all want what she has.” - Suzanne Somers, actress and author of Breakthrough: Eight Steps to Wellness


“Judy Gaman writes from the heart, with honesty, humility, and tenderness. This story offers a profound and invaluable lesson, but it also grabs you from the first chapter and keeps you reading. What a treat! A wise page-turner. Wish there were more out there like it.” William Kenower, Author of Fearless Writing, and Editor-in-Chief of Author magazine.


“Riveting, heartwarming, emotionally moving, and beautifully written in a folksy manner, Judy Gaman’s latest book, Love, Life, and Lucille, is an easy read and must-read for all!” – Fran Walfish, Beverly Hills family and relationship psychotherapist, author of The Self-Aware Parent, and co-star on Sex Box WE TV.


“Part Memoir, part tribute...Alternately witty and touching.” - Kirkus Reviews

 

“Lucille captured the lives of so many in the Dallas area and around the country. This is a behind the scenes look at how Lucille and Judy forged an inseparable bond. A story that had to be told!” – Jane McGarry, host, Good Morning Texas

 

“Grab a tissue and strap in! This emotionally charged memoir will have you busting out laughing one minute and crying the next. Judy paints the picture masterfully and leaves the reader forever touched by Lucille’s wisdom. My listeners still talk about how charming Lucille was, even years after interviewing her!” -Marybeth Conley, News Channel 3 Live@9 and The Marybeth Conley Show, KWAM990

 

“I’ve traveled the globe studying people who live past their 100th birthday. What an amazing and emotional story about how friendship really knows no age. We can all learn something from this book. Prepare to laugh, cry, and laugh again – sometimes all in the same chapter!” - Nick Buettner, Program Director, Blue Zones Project

 

“So excited to see “Firecracker” Lucille come to life in these pages. She left an impression on all of us.” Hector Ortiz, Catcher/Bullpen Coach Texas Rangers #4

 

“Our book club laughed and cried through Love, Life, and Lucille. This book demonstrated how we can learn from each other at any age and opened up many discussion topics: including respect for your fellow man, true friendship, and finding care through the end-of-life process. The author was genuine and vulnerable and we learned that it is never too late to find a friend who can truly change our life! We highly recommend Love, Life and Lucille for book clubs of all sizes. Non-readers are missing out!” - Ninfa Flewitt, Mineral Wells Book Club


Awarded as a finalist in the Best New Nonfiction Category for the 2020 international book awards.


“Author Judy Gaman has uncovered Lucille’s secret, and you will find it here within these pages. This...


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Loved reading this account of lessons learned from 100 yo friend. How special that these ladies found one another and built love and friendship in spite of many years separating them! I had to keep reminding myself that Lucille was a real woman and actually existed as described ! What a joy to grow old and be loved like that!

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Linda's Book Obsession Reviews "Love, Life and Lucille" by @Judy Gaman, She Writes Press, April 14, 2020, for Suzy Approved Book Tours Judy Gaman, author of "Love, Life, and Lucille" has written a memorable, delightful, entertaining biography and memoir that tug at your heartstrings. Judy is a workaholic, and has a wonderful second marriage with a family similar to "The Brady Bunch", Yours, Mine, and Ours".  Judy is the head of a business aspect of medical practice, has a radio program and writes,  This book is a dedication of love to a special friend, that was a centenarian, Lucille. Lucille was a vibrant, colorful, cheerful, and dramatic influence on many people, especially Judy. Judy learned many lessons in dealing with life from her senior friend. There was no age discrimination, and for a few years, there were some wonderful memories that were made.  In this book, Judy mentions the ups and downs of life, good and bad, and good health and illness.  Together, no matter what setbacks, the two set out to live life. They shared their outings in restaurants and on television, and radio. I love when the author vividly describes the food, waffles with ice-cream, or blue-berries and whipped cream.  I would highly recommend this intriguing and thought-provoking novel for readers to enjoy.

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Such a touching, sweet read. Really enjoyed this one. Many thanks to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for my ARC. All opinions are my own.

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