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Foultz to debut book, ‘Two Steps Forward, A Memoir’

By Josh Davis | Oct 12, 2017

(Oct. 13, 2017) Ocean Pines resident Anna Foultz will release her book, “Two Steps Forward, A Memoir,” later this month.

Foultz, 91, co-wrote the book with her daughter, Shirley Isbell.

According to the publisher, Cranberry Marketing Associates, the book “recounts the inspiring story of this vivacious, loved and lauded spicy bombshell.”

“Travel from 19th century Naples, Italy to 21st century America, where the daughter of an Italian immigrant peasant is honored by the Order of the Sons of Italy for her extraordinary contributions.”

Foultz dedicated the book to her late husband, Carl, and to her daughter.

“My daughter is a writer. She is the one that encouraged me to do it and kept me going, fighting with me and arguing with me,” Foultz said with a laugh. “I started writing it going on five years ago. I wasn’t going to do it, but they told me if you want to raise money for charity you’d better get this book done.”

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Star Charities, which aids more than a dozen local and national organizations.

“I’m going into the unknown,” Foultz said. “The book is about me, when I was young, and all the things that I accomplished as a volunteer.

“I’m so relieved that it’s finally done. I didn’t realize how long it would take!” she added. “But I’m a gambler’s daughter. I was born in a barber shop and what I accomplished you wouldn’t believe, so you’ll have to read the book to find out.”

Foultz is the oldest active Girl Scout in the world and the founder of nonprofit group Star Charities.

“Nobody has ever accomplished what I have with this program. Star Charities is a first,” Foultz said. “I hope it goes on long after I die. My heart is in everything I do with giving, and that’s how it was with my life. I took advantage of everything I could do to help.”

She said television interviews were planned, as well as several book signings. The first public signing will be held on Thursday, Nov. 2 at the Knights of Columbus Hall on 9901 Coastal Hwy in Ocean City, at 7:30 p.m. Books will be available for sale during the event.

“Two Steps Forward, A Memoir,” will be released on Oct. 25. To preorder the book, $30, visit www.twostepsforwardmemoir.com.

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