Dr. Marilyn Mehr

Works

Such Charming Exiles: How Two Gay Women Learned to Live Openly and Love Fiercely
We are both psychologists and professors and have been together for over forty years. In that time not only have we successfully pursued our professions but we have been activists, trying to change history in a number of ways: early on, protesting the Vietnam War; and over the years, working for civil rights, especially for those of gay people like ourselves. In our book, Such Charming Exiles, we tell how we came to realize we were gay; how we struggled against the invisibility and/or scorn with which much of American society has viewed us; and how we ultimately gathered the courage to come out of hiding and live honest lives.

Holding the World Together
Holding the World Together is a captivating adventure, a touching love story and an evocation of of the American West in all its wildness, solitude and splendor. Anna and Jacob, two Swiss converts to the Mormon church, are sent to Eastern Utah, where Anna meets a young Ute lawyer, Ben Colorow fighting for land rights of the Ute Nation. Against all odds, he and Anna fall in love and must face the condemnation of their families and friends.

While there have been many stories exploring the rich experience of immigrants in America, there have been few that have captured the power of the mystical homegrown religion known as Mormonism. From 1850-1900, missionaries persuaded more than 50,000 immigrants to join “the gathering” of Mormons on the western frontier. These immigrants had been promised a new life, but what they often found were conditions less hospitable than those they had left. Many encountered a hostile reaction from Native Americans who heroically attempted to preserve their ancestral lands, Holding the World Together shows how two people cross the divide of culture and religion to honor their love for each other.

As a granddaughter of Mormon pioneers, the author has a deep connection to those who made the journey westward to seek salvation. She has gained insights into their odyssey through extensive research, interviews with members of the Ute Nation and her work as a psychologist and Professor of Family Medicine. Her work records the bravery and honesty of those who became part of the unfolding story of the American west.

Broken Circuits: A Memoir of Alzheimer’s Disease in Four Voices
by Marilyn Mehr, Nancy M. Snell, Judith M. Olson, Dennis R. Mehr

Rahomon-like, these four children tell us their often disparate stories, providing us with a sense of family life, of sibling relationships and their bond with their father. Somehow, these children find the glue to bind them together in caring for an aging parent.

The Courage to Achieve: Why America’s Brightest Women Struggle to Achieve their Potential
by Betty Walker, Ph.D. and Marilyn Mehr, Ph.D.

The basis for The Courage to Achieve is an in-depth study of 1,250 women ranging in age from 19 to 92, all graduates of New York City’s Hunter College High School for Girls, founded in 1896 and recognized as one of the finest junior and senior high schools for academically gifted girls in the nation.

Selected Works

Biography/Memoir
Two women--psychologists, professors and activists--love each other fiercely, but struggle against the invisibility and/or scorn of American society. As social activists, they must overcome their exile and have the courage to confront prejudice and live honest lives. These lessons hold for all women, men and their families. (purchase on Amazon.com. Barnes and Noble.com and Bootlocker.com)
Historical Fiction
Holding the World Together is a captivating adventure, a touching love story and an evocation of the American West.
Memoir
by Marilyn Mehr, Nancy M. Snell, Judith M. Olson, Dennis R. Mehr

The book reveals the pain, personal growth and insights of adult children witnessing the loss of their cherished father deteriorating before their eyes.
Nonfiction
by Betty Walker, Ph.D. and Marilyn Mehr, Ph.D.

Based on the first study ever done on academically gifted women and their life patterns of achievement. This is a ground-breaking work for and about women that is a blueprint for reaching one’s maximum potential.

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