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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Beth Staas  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;


-- Beth Staas on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

The author is president of the Poets and Patrons Society of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Beth Staas is a coal miner's daughter, the first of her family born in the United States. After following her husband in a corporate gypsy existence and raising five children, she went back to school, and later taught for some 25 years. Being told she was a "good writer" all her life, she began putting ideas together, finally seeing two books published: ''The Two Percent Miracle'' and ''An Audience of One''. Not until some few years back did she begin writing poetry. Since then, she's had several pieces published. Currently she is completing her third book and writing poems whenever the spirit moves her.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Two Percent Miracle
ISBN: 0877142262

Denlingers Pub Ltd. 2001

Linda and Warren Benjamin are living the American Dream in their middle-class suburban cocoon outside the city of Chicago. Well-educated and intelligent, these basically decent and moral people find their lives shattered when their third child and first son is born with hydrocephalus -- water on the brain. Bravely, the parents are determined that baby Jason (whose name means "one who heals") be given every opportunity for normalcy even though the doctors have predicted only a two-percent chance for survival beyond the age of ten. Almost too fearful to hope, the parents sign permission for surgery and a shunt is inserted into the baby's skull to drain off the excess fluids. The rest of the story traces Jason's development, going from hospital to nursing home to finally live with his family. It ends with Jason entering kindergarten, a true miracle, given the original prognosis.

An Audience of One
ISBN: 087714799X

Denlingers Pub Ltd. 2002

Speaking Engagements

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