Come see Juliet Escoria read from “Juliet the Maniac” at Stories Books and Cafe. This book is a coming of age story about a teenager who learns to understand and face mental illness.
Join Tory Bilski at Diesel Bookstore for a discussion and signing of “Wild Horses of the Summer Sun: A Memoir of Iceland.” When they first came to Thingeryar, these women were strangers to one another. The only thing they had in common was their passion for Icelandic horses. However, over the years, their relationships with each other deepen, growing older together and keeping each other young. Combining the self-discovery of Eat, Pray, Love, the sense of place of Under the Tuscan Sun, and the danger of “Wild, Wild Horses of the Summer Sun” revels in Tory’s quest for the “wild” inside her.
Book Soup presents Brian Frazer to discuss and sign “Cartoons with My Dad: How Art Drew Us Together.” When his mother was diagnosed with MS, Brian Frazer lost both his parents to the demands of the disease. His father, Sam, was his mother’s sole caretaker for forty years, unavailable to his children or his art. With every cartoon, Sam came back to life, and so did Brian’s connection with his dad. Brian Frazer is an author, stand up comedian, and self-proclaimed neurotic. Cartoons With My Dad chronicles Brian’s quest to find his relationship with his father, and in the process, find himself.
Wendy Adamson will discuss “Mother Load” at Book Soup. This book is a story about Wendy’s undoing, and the long and delicate reassembly it would take to put her life back together again, a life that is beyond just existing, but a continuous celebration of all things living. Because when you stand on the precipice of addiction, the only way to survive the jump is to live each day like you may never have another. Living becomes the ultimate privilege. Motherhood becomes the ultimate gift, and Wendy knows that the only way to keep what she has is to continue to give it away.
Come see J. Michael Stracznski discuss and sign “Becoming Superman: My Journey from Poverty to Hollywood” at Book Soup. This memoir reveals how the power of creativity and imagination enabled him to overcome the horrors of his youth and a dysfunctional family haunted by madness, murder and a terrible secret.
If you enjoy memoirs about overcoming disease and discontentment, check out Lydia Slaby and “Wait, It Gets Worse: Love, Death, and My Transformation from Control Freak to Human Being” at Book Soup. Lydia Slaby was 33 years old and had everything she believed would make her happy: three fancy private school degrees, a successful husband who was in the inner circles of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, a high-paying job as an attorney–even an enviable yoga practice. But under the surface Lydia’s life was in free fall.
Note: this event has been canceled.
Don Cummings, Maggie Rowe, Jacob Tobia and Henry Wolfe will present their work at the Last Bookstore as a part of their event, Books with Benefits.
“Bent But Not Broken” by Don Cummings is the story of the body, the self, and the ways in which illness traumatizes and transforms. It is also the first memoir about Peyronie’s Disease, a disfiguring but potentially treatable penile condition that afflicts 5% of the male population. Don Cummings writes openly, fearlessly (and often hilariously) about the emotional and collateral damage caused by his bent penis, its effect on his partner and his own sense of self and sexuality.
Told in a voice both funny and heartfelt, “Sin Bravely” by Maggie Rowe is a tour de force, voice-driven debut that examines how one woman finally found the middle ground between Heaven and Hell. Surrounded by a ragtag cast of characters, including a former biker meth-head struggling with anger management issues, a set of identical twins tormented by erotic fantasies, a World War II veteran and artist of denial who insists that he’s only “locked up for a tune-up,” and a warm and upbeat chronic depressive who becomes the author’s closest ally, Maggie launches a campaign to, in the words of Martin Luther, “Sin bravely in order to know the forgiveness of God.”
“Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender-Story” by Jacob Tobia – From the moment a doctor in Raleigh, North Carolina, put “male” on Jacob Tobia’s birth certificate, everything went wrong. Through revisiting their childhood and calling out the stereotypes that each of us have faced, Jacob invites us to rethink what we know about gender and offers a bold blueprint for a healed world–one free from gender-based trauma and bursting with trans-inclusive feminism.
Wolfgang Glattes will discuss “Memories of La La Land: A Life in the Movies” at Book Soup. This book recounts the experiences and the stories about the more than 40 feature films Glattes worked on in over 40 years.
Come out to the Last Bookstore for an evening with Carla Sameth and “One Day on the Gold Line.” This memoir tells the story of a lesbian Jewish single mother raising a black son in Los Angeles. A memoir-in-essays, it examines life’s surprising changes that come through choice or circumstance, often seemingly out of nowhere, and sometimes darkly humorous—even as the situations are dire.
This club reads an intersectional variety of feminist lit – fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, etc. – led by publisher Julia Callahan of Rare Bird Books. Join us for fresh insights, perspectives, challenges, and connection.
At this meeting, the club will read Jacob Tobia’s “Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story.”