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Former Sanibel Mayor to sign memoir at MacIntosh Books

By Staff | Aug 9, 2010

In 2005, Carla Brooks Johnston received more votes than any of the six other candidates for Sanibel City Council and served two terms as Mayor.


In 2007, she was appointed to the Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).

In 2009, as Chair of the MPO, Johnston rescued $10 million that had been hijacked by a special interest group and restored the funds to the intended I-75 improvements.


In 2010, Parlance Publishing released a memoir that depicts the first 16 years of  Johnston’s life – an astonishing account of a teenager’s odyssey that led, against all odds, to the adult woman’s dedication to public service, as a professional as well as a volunteer.


A sixth generation Floridian, Johnston was orphaned at age 13. Her memoir recounts almost unbelievable true life experiences that reveal the vibrant spirit and keen intellect of the author.

Using the voice of the child she was, Johnston relates the series of circumstances she faced and obstacles she overcame as she evolved into the no-nonsense, “get it done” public servant she is today. Growing up in the 1950’s, on the cusp of the women’s liberation movement, she forged a path for her peers and posterity.


Although she wrote her memoir to encourage adults dealing with kids from broken homes to acknowledge the potential of such youngsters, and to show troubled teens that they can fulfill their hopes and dreams, any reader can find inspiration in this story of a young girl who takes control of her destiny and truly raises herself.


Johnston will sign copies of "Raising Myself" on Monday, Aug. 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at MacIntosh Books & Paper, located at 2407 Periwinkle Way (in the Islander Center). For additional information, call 472-1447.