On Tuesday, August 30th Jane Nice, the author of biography Married to Millie: The Humble Life of Herb Monroe will be holding a book signing at the Bryan Main Library West Annex in the Harmon Room from 6:00 to 7:45 pm.
The inspirational life of Herb Monroe is detailed in this biography which covers all 98 years of his life–from his upbringing on a farm in central Ohio before electricity, to his great fortune of receiving a free college education during the Great Depression, to his life’s work of managing a rural electric cooperative in northwest Ohio. More importantly, this book is about the relationships Herb formed along the way. Herb Monroe loved people, and his sense of humor and faith in God sustained him through the tragedies of losing two of his three children before their time. Herb also lost his beautiful wife Millie after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Herb received much recognition in his lifetime, but his humble heart never sought attention. Herb always reflected any light shined upon himself back onto others.
Author Jane Nice became friends with Herb Monroe through church, after she moved to Paulding, and met the Monroes when Millie already had Alzheimer’s disease. Her fascination with this compassionate man, and her burning curiosity for what made him so kind and funny despite all of the tragedy in his life led to a ten year relationship between the biographer and her subject and produced this book, a true labor of love for which Herb always worried she would never be fully compensated in the end. He always tried to help her with this project–which just happened to be about him.
Jane lives on a farm in northwest Ohio where she and her husband have raised their three children. She is a former high school English teacher and a Purdue University graduate, but she considers her greatest education about what truly matters in life to be her time spent with Herb. To learn more about Jane Nice, and her book, visit her website at http://www.marriedtomillie.com/.
Married to Millie: The Humble Life of Herb Monroe will be sold at the book signing for $20.00, only cash or checks will be accepted. The Bryan Main Library West Annex is located at 107 East High Street. For more information, please call the library at 419-636-6734 ext. 283.