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Join Jen Atkin and Marianna Hewitt virtually for a fun, fabulous and inspiring discussion about Jen’s new book Blowing My Way to the Top & her remarkable journey!
In this inspiring, insightful, and laugh-out-loud funny book, Jen chronicles her remarkable journey and shares what she’s learned along the way. From growing up in a conservative Mormon community, where girls were discouraged from pursuing their ambitions, to striking out on her own and finding success on the celebrity style circuit, to building the cult-status brand OUAI—Jen reveals with refreshing candor, the lessons, mistakes, and memorable moments that have paved her road to success.
Jen Atkin is a career hair stylist, beauty columnist, and entrepreneur, whose clients include Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney Kardashian, Katy Perry, Chrissy Teigen, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Jessica Alba, and Jennifer Lopez. Jen established her own haircare line, Ouai, in 2016, and is the founder of the digital magazine ManeAddicts.com. She lives in Los Angeles.
Marianna Hewitt is a Los-Angeles-based blogger with a focus on all things beauty. Marianna’s expertise also includes style, wellness and travel to inspire readers to lead a beautiful life inside and out. In addition to her blog platform, Life with Me, she is the co-founder and creator of skincare brand, Summer Fridays.
(Christie Tate's photo by Mary Rafferty)
We are so excited to welcome local author Christie Tate to discuss her memoir Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life!
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About Group: Christie Tate had just been named the top student in her law school class and finally had her eating disorder under control. Why then was she driving through Chicago fantasizing about her own death? Why was she envisioning putting an end to the isolation and sadness that still plagued her despite her achievements?
Enter Dr. Rosen, a therapist who calmly assures her that if she joins one of his psychotherapy groups, he can transform her life. All she has to do is show up and be honest. About everything--her eating habits, childhood, sexual history, etc. Christie is skeptical, insisting that that she is defective, beyond cure. But Dr. Rosen issues a nine-word prescription that will change everything: "You don't need a cure. You need a witness."
So begins her entry into the strange, terrifying, and ultimately life-changing world of group therapy. Christie is initially put off by Dr. Rosen's outlandish directives, but as her defenses break down and she comes to trust Dr. Rosen and to depend on the sessions and the prescribed nightly phone calls with various group members, she begins to understand what it means to connect.
Group is a deliciously addictive read, and with Christie as our guide--skeptical of her own capacity for connection and intimacy, but hopeful in spite of herself--we are given a front row seat to the daring, exhilarating, painful, and hilarious journey that is group therapy--an under-explored process that breaks you down, and then reassembles you so that all the pieces finally fit.
About Christie Tate: Christie Tate is a Chicago-based writer and essayist. She has been published in The New York Times (Modern Love), The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and elsewhere .
Neighbor and longtime friend of the store David Stuart Maclean is celebrating the launch of his debut novel and cautionary tale How I Learned to Hate in Ohio.
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About How I Learned To Hate in Ohio: In late-1980s rural Ohio, bright but mostly friendless Barry Nadler begins his freshman year of high school with the goal of going unnoticed as much as possible. But his world is upended by the arrival of Gurbaksh, Gary for short, a Sikh teenager who moves to his small town and instantly befriends Barry and, in Gatsby-esque fashion, pulls him into a series of increasingly unlikely adventures. As their friendship deepens, Barry's world begins to unravel, and his classmates and neighbors react to the presence of a family so different from theirs. Through darkly comic and bitingly intelligent asides and wry observations, Barry reveals how the seeds of xenophobia and racism ﬁnd fertile soil in this insular community, and in an easy, graceless, unintentional slide, tragedy unfolds.
About David Stuart Maclean: David Stuart MacLean is a winner of the PEN Emerging Writer Award for Nonﬁction and author of the award-winning memoir The Answer to the Riddle Is Me. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Ploughshares, Guernica, and on This American Life. He has taught creative writing at the University of Chicago, Columbia College, and the School of the Art Institute; is co-founder of the Poison Pen Reading Series in Houston; and was a Fulbright Scholar to India. Raised in central Ohio, he now lives in Chicago. How I Learned to Hate in Ohio is his debut novel.
The Racial Justice Book Club will meet to discuss their December pick, Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
The Book Cellar Book Club will meet to discuss their January pick, A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Tolz.
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About Stella Hayes: One Strange Country is STELLA HAYES’S first poetry collection. She grew up in an agricultural town outside of Kiev, Ukraine and Los Angeles. Hayes earned a creative writing degree at University of Southern California. Her work has been nominated for the Best of the Net and has appeared in Prelude, The Recluse, The Lake and Spillway, among others. She lives with her family in Larchmont, N.Y.
About Gary Light: Gary Light was born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1967. He has lived in Chicago since 1980. He holds a degree from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Slavic Literatures Studies, with department honors, double majoring in Political Science. He is an attorney and works in international law, both in the U.S, and abroad. Since 1993, Light's poetry has been published widely in literary journals and poetry anthologies in the U.S., Canada, Israel, Europe and Ukraine. He is a member of the American PEN Center and the Writer's Union of Ukraine. Since 1992, Light’s books of poetry have been published in Russian. The most recent collection, The Return Trajectories was published both in the U.S. and Ukraine in 2017. It was awarded the Ukrainian Writers Union's Literary Prize for the best collection of original poetry published that year. In the beginning of 2020, Light's first English-language poetry collection "Confluences" was published in Chicago (Bagriy, 2020). The hardcover edition of the book was subsequently published in Europe by Kayala in 2020. Light regularly participates in poetry readings and other literary events on both sides of the Atlantic.
About Matthew Salomon: Salomon was born in late 1956 and was raised by émigré parents from central Europe (Germany and Poland) who met in the NYC area nearly a decade earlier. He earned graduate degrees in mathematics and economics at Boston University and the Johns Hopkins University (1978 and 1982, respectively) and later earned an MFA degree in literature from American University in DC (2007). Having completed a 32-year career as an economic policy advisor for the U.S. Congress in 2015, Salomon now works as a statistical model developer for a progressive DC non-profit organization and also as an adjunct associate professor at the University of Maryland Global Campus teaching economics to adult learners. He’s been reading, writing and translating poems since his childhood and, as an adult, Matt’s worked on cross-disciplinary poetic projects with painters, photographers, musicians and digital artists. His translations are mostly from modern Hebrew (Israeli) poetry but has also translated from German, Yiddish and Spanish (the latter, with help from his daughters who are fluent). Salomon has regularly read his poems in a variety of current and former DC-area venues over the years (e.g., Takoma Park’s Third Thursday Series, DC’s Joaquin Miller Summer Poetry Series, Chapters Literary Bookstore and annual Artomatic ekphrastic poetry exhibitions). During the quarantine, he’s enjoyed reading new work and old with other poets from around the world. His poems and translations have appeared in a 2007 collection (Returning to the City of Hyphens), poetry journals (such as Folio), collaborative volumes, as well as his poetry blog golempoem.