Cole Bay:--- Lydia – From Heterosexual to Bisexual to Lesbian to God by Lydia G. Henderson will launch here at The Alley Lounge on Saturday, October 1, at 8 pm, said House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP).
"This is my true life story and it's not all pretty," said St. Martin's newest author about her autobiographical book.
The guest speaker at the book party will be Dr. Judith Arndell, a leading clinical psychologist on the island and herself an author.
"Lydia is a captivating look at sexual addiction, pleasure, deceit, betrayal, 'demonic attacks,' and the power of God to transform life," said Dr. Arndell.
In Lydia, the author's memories of childhood, including working on a family farm as a teenager; and of her early sexual escapades, follow her as a young adult from South America to encounter even more "unbelievable" experiences in St. Martin, the USA, and the Netherlands.
In the tell-all book of 216 pages, conflicts loom between the author's faith as a Jehovah's Witness, her sexual identity and turbulent search for love and happiness, and at times instances of extreme violence and glimpses of the sexual underbelly of places where she has lived in South America, St. Martin, the USA, and the Netherlands.
Henderson is a radio personality at Island 92 FM, where she hosts the "Island Delight" music show from Monday to Friday. She has worked in radio for nearly 20 years as a news reporter and DJ.
"I am inviting my friends and family, radio fans, and book lovers to The Alley Lounge, next to Pineapple Pete Restaurant on the road to the airport, to my book party this Saturday," said Henderson.
Lydia is HNP's second autobiographical book in two years and hopefully both will encourage more people to write about various social, cultural, political, and educational subjects and experiences in St. Martin and in the Caribbean, said HNP president Jacqueline Sample.
The book is also HNP's tenth title dealing specifically with biographical, lifestyle, faith, and motivational issues but unlike the others, "We have to repeat that Lydia is really an adult book," said Sample.
"Parents, guardians, and young adults with minors in the home should take note of some of the explicit content that is not suitable for children to read," said Sample.
Lydia – From Heterosexual to Bisexual to Lesbian to God by Lydia G. Henderson is available at Van Dorp, Arnia's, and Shipwreck bookstores, as well as Family Bookstore and Fresh Market. Copies of Lydia will be available at the book party on Saturday.