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Westfield resident authors memoir

October 3, 2012
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

WESTFIELD - Gail Black, owner of Vinewood Acres Sugar Shack, has released her first book, "Asses and Angels, A Journey from Abuse to Achievement," this month at the Sugar Shack Gift Shop on her farm, 7904 Route 5, one mile east of Barcelona Harbor. This location for the release was chosen because it is the setting for the memoir.

Black is living proof that success and failure in life are interwoven like the tangled brambles in a thicket of wild berries. "Asses and Angels" shares the moving story of her personal path through life as it wove through tangled fields of good and evil. She learned to hope and survive on her journey from abuse to achievement. Born just as World War II intensified, Black grew into a spirited little girl and then into a woman who never forgot that each day was a new opportunity with the possibility of success and happiness. Family health challenges compelled her to mature early. Religious control, physical abuse and financial manipulation caused her to experience divorce, widowhood and annulment. Learn how she prevailed in male-dominated business ventures and environmental battles as she farmed her land. Her grit, sense of humor, work ethic and love for her farm helped insure her entrepreneurial success in the business of making fruit syrups with her grandmother's recipe.

"The asses and angels in Gail Black's title are people," Daniel O'Rourke, newspaper columnist for the Observer in Dunkirk, said. "They are the men who have used and abused her - and all those folk who have supported and helped. Gail's book reads like a sexy novel. Reading it, I laughed out loud and cried. Gail's grit, creativity and humor shine through. 'Asses and Angels' is a fast-moving and gripping read."

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Westfield resident Gail L. Black has authored the book “Asses and Angels, A Journey from Abuse to Achievement.”

O'Rourke is also author of two books, "The Spirit at Your Back" and "The Living Spirit."

Black's book, "Asses and Angels," is a must read for anyone who has suffered abuse or is struggling with personal hardship and is available at the Sugar Shack, or by typing the title in Google's search bar.

Black is an agri-tourism pioneer who owns a farm gift shop where she sells 27 flavors of her homemade fruit syrups as well as maple products and local crafts. Her business is visited by thousands of world travelers yearly. She lives between a vineyard and the high bluffs of Lake Erie one mile east of Barcelona Harbor along the Seaway Trail in Chautauqua County. Visit her online at or on Facebook.



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