National speaker and author Renee Rongen will be returning to Pierre on Monday, Nov. 19, to share her experience of writing and publishing her new book “Fundamentally Female.”

Rongen, who believes that laughter brings people together, uses comedy, experience and insight to embrace and empower women with both written and spoken words.

She also tends to leave them doubled over in laughter.

For her new book, Rongen has gathered stories from all over the world that are written by and for women of all generations.

The inside of her book reads: “Fundamentally Female is a global collaboration—by, for, and about women—that identifies the universal substance of a woman: the friendships she honors, the vulnerability she exposes, the impact she makes, the intimacy she covets, the secrets she keeps. Rich in wit, wisdom, and honesty, this collection of candid and diverse voices speaks to generations of females in search of confirmation, inspiration, and joy as it peels away the layers to expose the very soul of womanhood.  Master storyteller Renee Rongen amasses a feast of quips and quotes, provocative vignettes, and tender stories that spans the gamut of the female experience, then wraps it in delicious, eclectic artwork created by artists from around the world.”

Pierre author Dawn Woods has a story featured in the collection, and she praised Rongen for the detail and artistry in her work.

“Rongen has hit a home-run with this book,” said Woods.  “She grabs the reader’s interest at page one and holds it throughout the book, as stories written by women ages fourteen to eighty unfold.”

Rongen will be donating a portion of her book sales to the Missouri Shores Domestic Violence Center, which she believes is a great place for women to support each other. Throughout her travels, she has noticed these shelters make a huge difference in women’s lives everywhere.

Rongen will be visiting the RedRossa Italian Grille in Pierre on Nov. 19 from 4-6 p.m. Copies of “Fundamentally Female” will be available for sale and signing, and copies can also be purchased at Prairie Pages in downtown Pierre.

Reservations are not required.

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