“I wear a sash like a beauty queen,” writes Carly Israel, “except mine reads Broken.”
A child of alcoholics and grandchild of Holocaust survivors, Carly Israel struggles to conceal her addictions and self-hatred—a path that can only end in death or sobriety. She embarks on a journey of healing, but faces a new set of challenges when her youngest child develops life-threatening medical issues.
Throughout Seconds and Inches are thank-you letters that Israel writes to loved ones and supportive friends, but also to schoolyard bullies and unkind strangers, all of whom have taught her crucial lessons and helped her become the person she is: “a badass, sparkly, lit-up, on fire, brutally honest, potty-mouthed, tattooed woman.”
Praised by Jennifer Pastiloff as a “haunting and beautiful” memoir, Seconds and Inches is a story of recovery and transformation, and a thoughtful reflection on generational trauma, gratitude, and forgiveness.
“A story of loss and redemption, of the battle and will to survive, and of finally understanding that life is a gift and not a given.” – Evan Cooper, author of Um, Like . . . OM
“Carly brings her full, raw, wise self to every page, and her invitation is clear: We must lead our lives with ass-kicking authenticity. I needed this book. The world needs this book.” – Scott Simon, founder of Scare Your Soul
“This memoir transcends generations and brings us perspective in the timeless and timely story of healing the past to intentionally create our future as humans on this earth. Humanity needs this lesson now more than ever.” – CinDiLo, When the Clock Strikes Midlife