Love, Kilby

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This is an encouraging story of a woman’s victory over breast cancer, based on fifteen letters written over a sixteen-month period to an ever-increasing E-mail support group of friends and family.  Kilby McGarry’s letters sensitively detail her journey as a cancer victim through the Discovery, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Recovery phases of her disease.

They tell of how she took a pro-active role as a partner in healing with her Canadian medical professionals by researching and carefully employing the benefits of herbal and Chinese medicines, acupuncture and an Indian remedy to alleviate the discomforts of chemo and radiation therapy.

While she admits that it was the generally accepted medicines that cured her cancer, her story is quick to point out how it was the alternative treatments that aided in her healing.  In addition, she persistently used her skill as an ice dancer to monitor her progress and well being. (2010)


“I finally got around to reading your book and find it not only accurate but well written,” – Kilby’s MD Oncologist and Surgeon, Sarnia, Ontario

“Positive, encouraging and well-written.  Should be in every hospital oncology unit,” – M.S., RN, Oncology Manager, Toronto, Ontario

“A helpful insight for medical students and informative book for cancer patients,” – MD Retired, Sarnia, Ontario

“An uplifting resource for nurses and students,” M.S., RN, Nursing instructor, Toronto, Ontario

“Don’t change a thing.  It’s perfect just the way it is,” – Nonfiction author, historian and freelance writer, Binghamton, New York

“I’m so grateful for the book.  She says exactly what I have experienced,” – Breast cancer patient, Ph.D., Psychotherapist, South Dakota.

“I can’t believe how much her story is the same as mine.  I’m so glad to have this book,” – Breast cancer patient, Elizabethtown, Kentucky.


Yours Truly, C.P. Avery

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This biography gives the Honorable Charles P. Avery his deserved place on the shelves of local history.  A highly respected and admired man, he was honored for his wisdom and dedication by both his peers and the public.  As the pre-eminent historian and first elected judge of Tioga County, New York, he is credited with preserving Indian and Early Pioneer history in the Susquehanna River Valley.

In a surprise move Judge Avery left his home in Owego, New York for Flint, Michigan to undertake the legal challenge offered by a two-decade-long court case before the Michigan Supreme Court.  There he remained for sixteen years before his life took a fatal turn that brought him home for his final days.

The book includes rare images not believed to have been previously seen in print, including a 1786 Indian Lease of Owego, an 1808 pencil sketch of Owego, and an1850’s tintype of the Indian Maiden, Sa-sa-na Loft, and her family.  It is a companion book to Susquehanna Scandal.

“A literary achievement, with a nonfiction and fiction book on the same subject,” – Senior producer of NPR.

“The book shows careful research and includes illustrations and historic photographs,” – Book reviewer, Life in the Finger Lakesmagazine.

“The book is well-researched with information we haven’t previously known,” – local historian and member of the board, Tioga County Historical Society.

“The author has done the community a great service by researching and writing this book on one of our founding fathers,” – community leader and Rotarian, Owego, New York.

“A well-researched and written biography on a line of our family previously unknown,” – Avery family historian, Groton, Connecticut.