Custer native’s book is No. 1

Ron Burtz

If early sales are any indication, a non-fiction book by a first time author originally from Custer appears to be taking off like a shot. The book, “A Caregiver’s Guide to Communications Problems from Brain Injury or Disease,” written by Custer native Connie Porcaro and her co-author Barbara O’Connor Wells, was only released on Feb. 22 (2/22/22) but has already risen to the top of Amazon’s list of health care books.
As of February 26 the paperback version of the book, written expressly for caregivers, was No. 1 and the hardcover edition was at No. 3.
A Chronicle article in December 2021 told the story of the book’s journey from manuscript to its publication by the prestigious Johns Hopkins Press. After learning the book had been picked up by Johns Hopkins, Porcaro and Wells waited more than two years for it to hit the market due to COVID delays.
Porcaro said in December the book was written as a guide for both medical professionals and lay caregivers of those who have suffered brain injuries due to injury or disease. The book deals with issues such as speech and swallowing resulting from brain injury.
“We truly hope lots of people will be helped by it,” said Porcaro.
A 1983 graduate of Custer High School, Porcaro is the daughter of Ed and Fran Himrich and is currently a professor at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla.
In addition to Amazon, the book is also available at the Johns Hopkins University Press website and at Barnes and Noble.


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