Discussion: “Roasarium” with Hannah Dow

Rosarium is a series of beautiful interrogations. In precise, luminous language, Dow engages the mysteries of faith as a catalyst for meditations on the contradictory human condition—our knot of body and spirit. These poems engage the inexplicable, attempting to articulate the tension between doubt and a longing for certainty, between belief in the potency of language and acceptance of its failures. Yet these lyrics never evaporate into abstraction. They pulse with the particular. Postcards that read as prayers (spoken without hope of response) lead us around the corporeal world through vastly different landscapes—from Mississippi, to California, to Europe, to the Middle East—showing how place shapes us, how the mind cannot escape the body.
Genre: Healing | Self-Help | Motivational

Vroman’s Local Author Day introduces Hazel G. Ortega

What Miracles Are You Ready To Master? Follow along on your journey of mastering miracles throughout the book. When you realize everything you want is on the other side of your fear, Hazel has got your back. She gives you the exact steps to take to walk to the other side of fear and Master the Miracles in your life too! After working 17 years as a workers’ compensation legal secretary, Hazel experienced a workplace injury. Her doctors told her she could no longer do the same job. After the initial shock and fear, she chose (with a big push from an angel in her life) to continue her education in the field of psychology Today she owns nearly a dozen businesses, including a hot nightclub in Whittier, California, and the designer sensation, Savvy Socks. All of these endeavors are multi-million dollar businesses.
Genre: Healing | Self-Help | Motivational

Hillary Frank discusses her perenting book “Weird Parenting Wins”

The best parenting advice that Hillary Frank receives doesn’t come from parenting gurus, but from friends and podcast listeners who use their creativity to flee moments of desperation. In Hillary’s book, one mother threatens to sing in public anytime her daughters argue. Another mom allows her daughter to play with tampons to get a few minutes on the toilet alone.
These are just a few of the gems available in Weird Parenting Wins: Bathtub Dining, Family Screams, and Other Hacks from the Parenting Trenches, a collection of unusual techniques parents use in stressful situations to calm their children and themselves. These “weird parenting wins” work for parents with children of all ages. From using The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song to lull a colicky infant to convincing her kids that Toys ‘R’ Us is a membership only club, parents in Hillary’s book are as ingenious as they are eccentric. They use their tricks to foster fun, inspire their kids to diversify their appetites, stop sibling rivalry, cultivate independence, develop manners, and open up. Not only does Hillary focus on kids’ needs, she also intersperses anecdotes to help moms and dads keep their cool, find time for intimacy, and enjoy the insane, heartwarming journey.

After offering blood, sweat, and tears to parenting, it’s time parents had a book that speaks to them in all their imperfect glory. Moms and dads are masters of finding imaginative ways to salvage time, money, and their sanity. This collection unveils real parents’ relatable, hysterical victories and inspires those in the childrearing trenches to stop searching for perfection and embrace their humanity.

Genre: Healing | Self-Help | Motivational

Live Talks L.A. Discussion: An Evening with Howard Schultz

Howard Schultz is former Chairman and CEO of Starbucks, where he has been recognized for his leadership, business ethics, and efforts to strengthen communities. He and his wife, Sheri, have pledged extensive support to help veterans make successful transitions to civilian life through the Schultz Family Foundation’s Onward Veterans initiative. Schultz is the bestselling author of Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul and Pour Your Heart Into It. For updates from Howard Schultz, sign up here.
“Howard Schultz’s story is a clear reminder that success is not achieved through individual determination alone, but through partnership and community. Howard’s commitment to both have helped him build one of the world’s most recognized brands. It will be exciting to see what he accomplishes next.”—Bill Gates

From the Ground Up is a bold, dramatic work about the new responsibilities that leaders, businesses, and citizens share in American society today—as viewed through the intimate lens of one man’s life and work.

What do we owe one another? How do we channel our drive, ingenuity, even our pain, into something more meaningful than individual success? And what is our duty in the places where we live, work, and play? These questions are at the heart of the American journey. They are also ones that Howard Schultz has grappled with personally since growing up in the projects and while building Starbucks from eleven stores into one of the world’s most iconic brands.

In From the Ground Up, Schultz looks for answers in two interwoven narratives. One story shows how his conflicted boyhood—including experiences he has never before revealed—motivated Schultz to become the first in his family to graduate from college, then to build the kind of company his father, a working-class laborer, never had a chance to work for: a business that tries to balance profit and human dignity.

A parallel story offers a behind-the-scenes look at Schultz’s unconventional efforts to challenge old notions about the role of business in society. From health insurance and free college tuition for part-time baristas to controversial initiatives about race and refugees, Schultz and his team tackled societal issues with the same creativity and rigor they applied to changing how the world consumes coffee.

Throughout, Schultz introduces a cross-section of Americans transforming common struggles into shared successes. In these pages, lost youth find first jobs, aspiring college students overcome the yoke of debt, post-9/11 warriors replace lost limbs with indomitable spirit, former coal miners and opioid addicts pave fresh paths, entrepreneurs jump-start dreams, and better angels emerge from all corners of the country.

From the Ground Up is part candid memoir, part uplifting blueprint of mutual responsibility, and part proof that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. At its heart, it’s an optimistic, inspiring account of what happens when we stand up, speak out, and come together for purposes bigger than ourselves. Here is a new vision of what can be when we try our best to lead lives through the lens of humanity.

Venue: Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre
New Roads School
3131 Olympic Blvd.,
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Genre: Healing | Self-Help | Motivational

Live Talks L.A. Discussion: An Evening with Robert Greene

Robert Greene is an author and speaker known for his books on strategy, power and seduction. He has written five international bestsellers: The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, The 33 Strategies of War, The 50th Law and Mastery. He is an indispensable guide for millions of readers, distilling ancient wisdom and philosophy into essential texts for seekers of power, influence and mastery. His seminal book The 48 Laws of Power continues to inspire business leaders, political figures and hip-hop moguls alike, nearly two decades after its original publication
In his sixth book, The Laws of Human Nature, he turns to the most important subject of all – understanding people’s drives and motivations, even when they are unconscious of them themselves. The book is a brutally realistic appraisal of our species, dissecting who we are so we can operate with more awareness. He aims to answer the question: What if we could dive below the surface and see deep within, getting closer to the actual roots of what causes human behavior in order to avoid toxic relationships, bad hires at work, and our own demons that continue to sabotage our lives? Drawing from the ideas and examples Greene teaches us how to detach ourselves from our own emotions and master self-control. He shows how to develop the empathy that leads to insight, how to look behind people’s masks, and how to resist conformity to develop your singular sense of purpose.

We have never been more in the thrall of human nature and its destructive potential than now. With the majority of human interaction happening online, our ability to read human emotion and non-verbal cues has weakened considerably, and our ignorance of the underlying forces behind certain behavior can affect our lives both at home, with friends, and in the workplace. We only need to look at the anger and vitriol that permeates social media to see that it has affected our capacity to control our emotions. The Laws of Human Nature teaches us to face flaws in our human nature head on and take steps not only to recognize our own behavior but to see it in others and use it to our benefit. Greene draws on figures from history, literature and Greek mythology to give clear examples of each Law of Human Nature.

Greene addresses how social media has played on the darkest parts of how human nature, from tribalism, envy and aggression, and how to use the laws to overcome the propensity to let our demons run rampant online.

How to survive and thrive in the workplace and to execute on your ideas and dreams.
How today’s political landscape has been taken over by toxicity, and how these laws can guide you to making clear, smart choices in the voting booth.
How to spot signs of grandiosity and deceptive displays of confidence to avoid falling under someone’s spell.
How to detach ourselves from our own emotions and master self-control and how to develop the empathy that leads to insight.
How to resist conformity to develop your singular sense of purpose.
How to read non-verbal cues so you can instantly recognize a thought or feeling someone is trying to hide and react accordingly.

Venue: Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre
New Roads School
3131 Olympic Blvd.,
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Genre: Healing | Self-Help | Motivational

SOLD OUT | Dr. John Gottman, in conversation with Doug Abrams, discusses and signs “Eight Dates: Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love”

“Happily ever after” is not by chance, it’s by choice- the choice each person in a relationship makes to remain open, remain curious, and, most of all, to keep talking to one another. From award-winning marriage researcher and bestselling author Dr. John Gottman and fellow researcher Julie Gottman, Eight Dates offers an ingenious and simple-to-implement approach to effective relationship communication. Here are the subjects that every serious couple should discuss: Trust. Family. Sex and intimacy. Dealing with conflict. Work and money. Dreams, and more. And here is how to talk about them–how to broach subjects that are difficult or embarrassing, how to be brave enough to say what you really feel. There are also suggestions for where and when to go on each date–book your favorite romantic restaurant for the Sex & Intimacy conversation (and maybe go to a yoga or dance class beforehand). There are questionnaires, innovative exercises, real-life case studies, and skills to master, including the Four Skills of Intimate Conversation and the Art of Listening. Because making love last is not about having a certain feeling–it’s about both of you being active and involved. (Workman Publishing)

The Gottmans wrote Eight Dates: Essential Conversation for a Lifetime of Love in collaboration with Doug Abrams and Dr. Rachel Carlton Abrams. Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman and Dr. Rachel Carlton Abrams are unfortunately unavailable to join us for this event.

Genre: Healing | Self-Help | Motivational

Joan Rosenberg discusses and signs “90 Seconds to a Life You Love”

Sadness, shame, helplessness, anger, embarrassment, disappointment, frustration, and vulnerability. In 30 years as a practicing psychologist, Dr. Joan Rosenberg has found that what most often blocks people from success and feeling capable in life is the inability to experience, move through, and handle these 8 unpleasant feelings. Knowing how to deal with intense, overwhelming, or uncomfortable feelings is essential to building confidence, emotional strength, and resilience. Yet when we distract or disconnect from these feelings, we move away from confidence, health, and our desired pursuits, ultimately undermining our ability to fully realize our ambitions. Neuroscientists suggest that the biological lifespan of a feeling, often known first through bodily sensations, lasts approximately 90 seconds. Dr. Rosenberg teaches readers to be aware, consciously lean into, and balance these unpleasant emotions by riding one or more 90-second waves of the bodily sensations. By staying present to these 8 feelings, we cultivate the confidence that we can handle life’s challenges and the deep sense we can pursue whatever we want. Combining more than three decades of clinical experience with aspects of clinical psychology, mindfulness, and neuroscience research, 90 Seconds to a Life You Love is a strategic and practical guide on building core emotional strength, reducing anxiety, and developing the confidence you need to create a life of your design — a life you love.
Genre: Healing | Self-Help | Motivational

Rachelle Cruz discusses her book “Experiencing Comics” with Yumi Sakugawa and Nilah Magruder

Experiencing Comics: An Introduction to Reading, Discussing, and Creating Comics shows students how to critically examine the craft and storytelling elements found inside a graphic novel or comic and spotlights groundbreaking work by comics creators and scholars from underrepresented and diverse backgrounds.

This accessible, introductory guide to comics discusses how a comic is made and introduces students to the unique form and structure of comics, demonstrating how panels, splash pages, and word balloons are used to tell a story. It encourages students to apply literary theory and social politics to the world of comics to encourage discussions of comics within a larger cultural context. Cruz introduces students to significant movements and moments in comics history in the United States. Users are provided with comic-making activities so they can practice the craft and storytelling elements discussed throughout the book. Students will gain first-hand insight from comics professionals and practitioners through interviews with creators, artists, writers, anthology editors, scholars, and comics enthusiasts such as: John Jennings, Gene Luen Yang, Ramzi Fawaz, Lucy Knisley, Ronald Wimberly, Sonny Liew, Nilah Magruder, Belle Yang, Andi Santagata, Keith Chow, Yumi Sakugawa, Ryan North, Taneka Stotts, Fred Van Lente, Jeff Yang, MariNaomi, Deborah Elizabeth Whaley, Keith Sicat, Alexander Rothman, Glynnes Pruett, Danica Novgorodoff, Jenny Lin, Betsy Gomez, Sophie Goldstein, Ashanti Fortson, Leela Corman, Jeffrey A. Brown, Rina Ayuyang, and more.

Genre: Healing | Self-Help | Motivational

Keith Macpherson discusses and signs “Making Sense of Mindfulness” at the Last Bookstore

The Last Bookstore is happy to present author Keith Macpherson and his new book Making Sense of Mindfulness. Keith’s new book recently made the best sellers list in Winnipeg with its launch in 2018. Join us to learn how to demystify the meaning and practice of mindfulness and learn practical tools to apply to one’s everyday life.

Genre: Healing | Self-Help | Motivational