Memoirist & Novelist


It's All Relative: Two Families, Three Dogs, 34 Holidays, and 50 Boxes of Wine (A Memoir)

“An impressive voice [and] original writer.”

Washington Post

“David Sedaris meets Dave Barry.”

Library Journal

“Wise, witty, wicked.”

USA Today

“The #2 Writer, Dead or Alive, We’d Like to Have Drinks With”

Writer’s Digest

“Listen to Wade Rouse — which you most assuredly should — especially if you value laughter and wisdom.”

Chicago Tribune

“Laugh outloud funny!”

NBC’s Today show


The Heirloom Garden

“A rare jewel that will be passed down from one generation to the next.”

Adriana Trigiani

“Magical … poignant.”

St. Louis Post-Dispatch


Good Housekeeping

“Every now and then an important new voice in fiction arrives. Viola Shipman is that voice.”

Dorothea Benton Frank

“Graceful, touching, moving.”

Garth Stein

“A touching tribute.”

Richard Paul Evans

“For readers of Mary Alice Monroe.”


“Shipman’s charming stories of remembering those who came before you are just what the world needs right now.”

Library Journal

“Utterly charming.”

Debbie Macomber