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Best of Nancy's Bookshelf: Chico author & singer Dena Moes travels to India and Nepal


Chico songwriter, storyteller, and essayist Dena Moes is a Yale-educated nurse-midwife with a BA in literature and an MS in nursing. Her memoir, “The Buddha Sat Right Here: A Family Odyssey Through India and Nepal,” is a meditation on modern family life and a spiritual quest, that recounts a journey with her husband and two daughters in 2014 that led them to the Dalai Lama and the tree where the Buddha sat.

From her site: Dena Moes is a Hollywood-born, Yale-educated midwife with a BA in literature and an MS in Nursing. Dena and her husband Adam have raised their daughters in Chico California, where Dena was a homebirth midwife for a dozen years. Dena is the author of The Buddha Sat Right Here: A Family Odyssey Through India and Nepal, (April 2, 2019) a memoir of adventure, motherhood, and love, woven into a spiritual journey. This book recently won the Gold Medal in Travel Literature in the 2019 Independent Publishers Awards. As a nurse-midwife Dena has provided compassionate healthcare to women, mothers, and babies for twenty years.

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Nancy Wiegman has a master's degree in French linguistics from Indiana University and taught yoga and foreign languages at CSU Fresno and the College of Charleston before moving to Chico in 1990.
Matt Fidler is a producer and sound designer with over 15 years’ experience producing nationally distributed public radio programs. He has worked for shows such as Freakonomics Radio, Selected Shorts, Studio 360, The New Yorker Radio Hour and The Takeaway. In 2017, Matt launched the language podcast Very Bad Words, hitting the #28 spot in the iTunes podcast charts.