She Writes Press presents Samantha Dunn. LeeAndra Chergey, Diana Y. Paul and Jessica Barraco

Samantha Dunn presents and signs Not by Accident

Samantha Dunn used to live for the feeling of wind blowing in her hair and the powerful intoxication of her horse's steady gallop. A tug of Harley's leathery reins could instantly eradicate mounting bills, unfinished work, and the reality of a troubled marriage from her mind. But one day, as she was leading Harley across a stream in a picturesque California canyon, he panicked, knocked her to the ground, and trampled her—nearly severing her leg in the process. Dunn had always been “accident prone”—but in the aftermath of this incident, she began to analyze the details of her life and her propensity for accidents. Was she really just a klutz? Or could there be some underlying emotional reason she was always putting her life in danger? A blend of personal narrative and of research about what drives some people to have more accidents than others, Not by Accident is an insightful, incisive memoir that helps bridge the gap in understanding that exists on the concept of accident proneness.

LeeAndra Chergey presents and signs Make a Wish for Me

When LeeAndra Chergey is told that her son, Ryan, is no longer considered “normal,” she and her family are forced into a new way of handling the outside world. Together, Chergey’s family and a team of carefully chosen therapists put in years of hard work, and eventually teach Ryan to speak and express emotions. Through it all, Chergey follows her heart—and in the process, she learns that being “normal” is not nearly as important as providing your child with a life full of joy, love, and acceptance. Tender and candid, Make A Wish For Me is a story of accepting and tackling a disability stigmatized and misunderstood by society.

Diana Y. Paul presents and signs Things Unsaid

Jules, her sister Joanne, and her brother Andrew all grew up in the same household—but their varying views of and reactions to their experiences growing up have made them all very different people. Now, as adults with children of their own, they are all faced with the question of what to do to help their parents, who insist on maintaining the upscale lifestyle they’re accustomed to despite their mounting debts. A deft exploration of the ever-shifting covenants between parents and children, Things Unsaid is a ferocious tale of family love, dysfunction, and sense of duty over forty years.

Jessica Barraco presents and signs The Butterfly Groove

A decade after twelve-year-old Jessica loses her mother, Dianne, to cancer complications, she finds herself curious about Dianne’s mysterious youth. Armed with a journalism degree, Jessica sets out on a quest to find two of Dianne’s former lovers, an old ballroom dance partner and a Vietnam war hero, along with anyone else who can tell her about Dianne. The Butterfly Groove features Jessica’s journalistic approach complemented by reimagined portions of Dianne’s life. Part mystery, part coming-of-age story across decades, this memoir is a heartwarming exploration of how our pasts tell our truths, and how love survives us all.

Event date: 
Wednesday, January 6, 2016 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Not by Accident By Samantha Dunn Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631528323
Availability: Usually arrives at our store within 4-7 days
Published: She Writes Press - August 11th, 2015

Make a Wish for Me: A Family's Recovery from Autism By Leeandra Chergey Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631528286
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Published: She Writes Press - November 10th, 2015

Things Unsaid By Diana Y. Paul Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631528125
Availability: Usually arrives at our store within 4-7 days
Published: She Writes Press - October 13th, 2015

The Butterfly Groove: A Mother's Mystery, a Daughter's Journey By Jessica Barraco Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631528002
Availability: Usually arrives at our store within 4-7 days
Published: She Writes Press - August 4th, 2015