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Healing with humor

Writing the book was a special process for her, said Perone, and helped her put things in perspective.

"It was a great process for me. I really enjoyed it as much as I hope my readers do," said Perone. "I thoroughly enjoyed that, especially at a time after I dealt with loss, it was much more of a positive reflection time I writing it and I dealt with letting go. It was very therapeutic."

Before she had a coping book to offer, Perone said it hasn't been unusual for people to ask her opinion about grief and loss.

"I was letting people know they'll survive it," said Perone. "This gave me the next level of helping people."

She wants people to appreciate where the book came from, but more than anything, Perone said she hopes it helps people feel less alone and open up about death, which can be taboo.

"Humor and bereavement, that's a very odd combination of book category," said Perone. "I hope people laugh and then feel like they're not alone."

"Vacuum Like No One is Watching" will be available at Open Door Book Store in Schenectady and Troy Book Makers, as well as other local bookstores. More information about the book, like what's behind the title, is available online at www.kimperone.com and www.vacuumlikenooneiswatching.com.

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