A Few Minor Adjustments: A Memoir of Healing

Cherie Kephart, a young woman who longed for adventure, traveled the world from the remote villages of Central Africa to the majestic coastlines of New Zealand until a mysterious illness thrust her to the precipice of death. The persistent health challenges led to years of suffering, during which her symptoms time and again were undiagnosed by well-meaning medical doctors and healers who were sometimes competent, sometimes careless, sometimes absurd, and always baffled. The anguish, the uncertainty, and the relentless pain would have caused many people to simply give up and end their lives—and Cherie came close. Told with brutal honesty, astonishing wit, and a haunting vulnerability, A Few Minor Adjustments is an unforgettable memoir that will move you with its fiercely inspirational account of one woman’s incredible journey to find life-saving answers. In the end, she finds much more than a diagnosis.

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Watch the encore performance of the award-winning scene from A Few Minor Adjustments,
originally performed at the San Diego Annual Memoir Showcase.

Praise for A Few Minor Adjustments

 "A Few Minor Adjustments is a mesmerizing and ultimately uplifting memoir about one woman's journey to healing."
              — Foreword Reviews

“A rich and complicated story, told on each page with clear dialogue and memorable anecdotes."
             — Kirkus Reviews

“Kephart’s solid debut memoir is a story of gut-wrenching perseverance and determination."
             — Publishers Weekly

“Inspiring reading for any on their own paths to recovery and enlightenment, making A Few Minor Adjustments a 'must have' chronicle of perseverance highly recommended for anyone!”
             — D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

“What a story. I am so inspired by the author's courage, resilience, and ability to convey her darkest feelings without self-pity. Here's hoping her next book tells a happier tale.”
              —Daniel Asa Rose, author of Larry's Kidney

“Cherie Kephart’s A Few Minor Adjustments is a sweeping adventure of one woman’s journey through illness, ambiguity, and finally to self-acceptance and love. Written with wit and generosity, this book will give hope to those on the journey through illness, and beyond.”
              —Zhena Muzyka, author of Life by the Cup and Publisher, Enliven Books

“Kephart holds nothing back in this heartbreakingly beautiful tale that will transport, transfix, and ultimately inspire even the most cynical of readers.”
              —Alex Sheshunoff, author of A Beginner's Guide to Paradise


2019 San Diego Central Library Author of the Month (November)

2019 San Diego Book Award Winner, Best Published Memoir

2019 Soul & Spirit Spiritual Book Awards Winner, Best Real-Life Spiritual Story

2018 Independent Publishers Book Award Silver Medal Winner, Best Autobiography / Memoir
(Personal Struggle Health Issues)

2018 Women of Influence Awards Author of Influence Finalist

2017 San Diego Book Award Winner, Best Unpublished Memoir

2017 Bookvana Award Winner, Autobiography: Female Inspirational/Motivational

2017 William Faulkner – Wisdom Wisdom Creative Writing Competition – Semi-Finalist, Narrative Non-Fiction Book

2017 Southern California Book Festival – Honorable Mention

Featured in the 2015 and 2017 San Diego Annual Memoir Showcase


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