New Memoir Discusses Alcoholism, Spiritual Abuse

Patsy Buell Stierna

Patsy Buell Stierna will release her new book, Getting Beyond … Abuse and Codependency to Achieve a Lasting Relationship, on July 15. The book – five years in the making – is a memoir of getting beyond alcoholism and spiritual abuse, a tribute to her late husband, and a documentation of early attempts to stop a guru who was a sexual predator.

Stierna met her husband as an undergraduate, and they retired to Door County in 2007. She always wanted to be a writer but didn’t achieve her dream until retiring from a 36-year career teaching special education. Stierna now divides her time between Door County and Melbourne, Australia – the country where her mother was born.