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“For anyone who has ever loved a senior citizen, this book will touch your heart.”

“For anyone who has ever loved a senior citizen, this book will touch your heart.”

“In the 1930’s, being a single mother was not only shocking, it was a challenge overcome by only the strongest of women. Anne Gillis was such a woman, and with her stubborn determination she managed to take care of her and her son’s financial needs, and went on to leave an indelible imprint on the next generation as well.

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Read or Buy my first published book: “Nana”


My first book, “Nana, my grandmother Anne Gillis,” was published in 2005 and I invite you to read this heartwarming story!


“In the 1930’s, being a single mother was not only shocking, it was a challenge overcome by only the strongest of women. Anne Gillis was such a woman, and with her stubborn determination she managed to take care of her and her son’s financial needs, and went on to leave an indelible imprint on the next generation as well.

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Read my book, “Nana, my grandmother, Anne Gillis”


“In the 1930’s, being a single mother was not only shocking, it was a challenge overcome by only the strongest of women. Anne Gillis was such a woman, and with her stubborn determination she managed to take care of her and her son’s financial needs, and went on to leave an indelible imprint on the next generation as well. 

Robert Gillis has written an extraordinary tribute to his uniquely lovable grandmother, Anne Gillis. The story follows her from her birth in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, through her years as a dutiful nurse to the elderly as the soul proprietor of Uphams Corner Rest Home, to the humorous and bittersweet final years of her life.

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Robert Gillis interviewed about “Nana” by the BookStoreConnection.com

PAGEONELIT.COM is the #1 Google Search for Literary Newsletters out of over 5.5 Million sites and the #8 Google Search for Author Interviews out of over 16 Million sites. Robert Gillis was recently interviewed by them through TheBookStoreConnection.com about his book, “Nana, my grandmother, Anne Gillis.”

TheBookStoreConnection.com: Where did you grow up and was reading and writing a part of your life? Who were your earliest influences and why?

Robert Gillis: I grew up in Dorchester Massachusetts.

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Robert Gillis One Hour Broadcast TV Interview – Foxboro Cable Access

Robert Gillis was the guest of the TV talk show, Charlie Masison’s “Behind the Scenes,” which was broadcast on Foxboro Cable Access Foxboro Channel 8 in June 2006. READ THE TRANSCRIPT HERE

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My first book signing for “Nana”

Published in th Foxboro Reporter, May 2006

This past week, I was invited to my very first book signing.

I have to say up front that the very notion that I would be invited to a real book signing is just overwhelming. “Nana” has been published for about five months now and I still can’t used to what’s happened since then.

I am still amazed to see my book on Amazon.com. I have been contacted by strangers who read the book.

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Taking Time to Understand the Elderly
Author Recalls the Value of Time with. Grandmother in New Memoir

FOXBORO, Mass. – Senior citizens have a wealth of knowledge and history, but many people do not take the time to learn from them. Robert Gillis spent many years of his life caring for his grandmother, and he recounts what he gained from his experiences with a remarkable lady in his new memoir, Nana: My Grandmother, Anne Gillis (now availablethrough AuthorHouse).

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Genesis: Why I wrote the Nana book

by Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter 8/2005 (revised for this web site, 2/2006)

Nana and I shared a special bond and I visited her daily since I was about five years old. I adored her. I loved helping take care of her, I loved listening to her stories. Her death was very difficult for me.

After Nana died, I started jotting memories about her–things I wanted to remember, stories she told, family facts and trivia, and little anecdotes.

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Nana: A Century of memories


by Robert Gillis
Published in The Foxboro Reporter May 2002

Even though she’s been gone for nine years, Nana has been on my mind a lot lately. May 20, 2002 would have been her 100th birthday.

I suppose it’s only natural to play the “what if” game, and picture Nana still alive, living at Saint Joseph rest home, and getting her picture in the newspaper as she celebrated this milestone birthday. But honestly, I doubt she would have ever lived to the century mark — by her late eighties she had already began to fail, and her stroke at 91 took her life a short three months later.

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