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Wine & Sign at the Lime

August 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Join us for a very special Monday evening at The Dotted Lime Family Table. Columbia resident, regular Limer, and author, Kelly “Nerdzilla” Mendenhall, will host a book reading and signing event complete with wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Skin in the Game: The Stories My Tattoos Tell is Kelly “Nerdzilla” Mendenhall’s autobiographical debut. In the book, Kelly tells of the significant events and pivotal moments of her life by way of recounting the stories behind her eclectic collection of tattoos. This event will include readings by Kelly from her book, a Q&A with the audience, and an opportunity for attendees to purchase a book and have it signed, or present their previously purchased copy for signing.

When asked about the book’s intended audience, Kelly stated, “The book is written for anyone who has ever thought of giving up, anyone needing the inspiration to keep on fighting, and anyone who fears that they may be too far gone for redemption.”

The author went on to say that hers is a new take on the genre of autobiographies, with full-color photos of her tattoos and other illustrations accompanying each chapter. Many of the author’s pivotal life moments and the resulting lessons, immortalized in her tattoos, are captured with full-color photographs alongside the moving text.

Throughout the book, the reader witnesses the author navigate and survive life’s most harrowing moments; the death of her father as a young girl, the physical and sexual abuse she endured as an adolescent, the gut-wrenching loss of friends who died too young, and her journey to solve the mystery of the sudden onset of debilitating chronic pain and loss of mobility at age 35.

The CDC reports that 4.4% of adults ages 25-44 experience high-impact chronic pain in the United States. Further, women are more likely to experience high-impact chronic pain than men; approximately 8.9% of adult women experience acute chronic pain compared to approximately 7% of men. Furthermore, patients experiencing acute chronic pain are more likely to experience depression and anxiety, loss of mobility, and loss of quality of life.

With humor and humility, Kelly refers to herself as a recovering nonprofit professional forced to reconnect with her former, more creative self to survive. Kelly wrote the book entirely from what she playfully refers to as her ‘business couch.’ In June 2017 her legs fell out from under her, literally and figuratively and her life as she knew it was over. This book is, as she puts it, her way of turning her mess into a message. “If I can help even one person survive the demented carousel that is the American medical complex; help one person feel less alienated and hopeless, my book will have served its purpose,” she said.

A Southeast Michigan native, Kelly relocated to Middle Tennessee in 2013 in pursuit of a career in nonprofit administration, fundraising, and development. When Kelly became medically disabled in 2017, she decided to turn her mess into a message and share her story as publicly and authentically as possible with the goal of helping others find healing as well. Kelly can be reached by email at hellothere@nerdzillakelly.com or by phone at 615-856-6415. You may learn more about Kelly, her book, and her journey to wellness by visiting www.nerdzillakelly.com.

You may read an editorial review of the book by visiting here:

You may pre-order/purchase a copy of the book on Amazon:

Or at Barnes and Noble:


August 12
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Nerdzilla Kelly


The Dotted Lime
1907 Shady Brook Street
Columbia, TN 38401
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(931) 548-8445