Friday, October 19th @ 12:00pm - Author Luncheon with Heather Havrilesky for "What If This Were Enough?"
******PLEASE NOTE, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Our DIESEL Author Literary luncheon series continues with Heather Havrilesky for What If This Were Enough?: Essays, on Friday, October 19th at 12:00 pm
The luncheon will be held at Amici Brentwood, conveniently located a half a block from the bookstore at 2538 San Vicente Blvd. There is ticketed parking available at the restaurant or unlimited free parking along most of San Vicente Blvd. past 26th St. (please read the street signs). The cost for the luncheon with Heather Havrilesky is $75, which includes one copy of the book. Please contact the store at 310-576-9960 to purchase tickets.
By the acclaimed critic, memoirist, and advice columnist, What If This Were Enough? is an impassioned collection of essays tackling our obsession with self-improvement and urging readers to embrace the imperfections of the everyday.
Heather Havrilesky's writing has been called "whip-smart and profanely funny" (Entertainment Weekly) and "required reading for all humans" (Celeste Ng). In her work for New York, The Baffler, The New York Times Magazine, and The Atlantic, as well as in "Ask Polly," her advice column for The Cut, she dispenses a singular, cutting wisdom--an ability to inspire, provoke, and put a name to our most insidious cultural delusions.
What If This Were Enough? is a mantra and a clarion call. In its chapters, many of them original to the book, others expanded from their initial publication, Havrilesky takes on those cultural forces that shape us. We've convinced ourselves, she says, that salvation can be delivered only in the form of new products, new technologies, new lifestyles. From the allure of materialism to our misunderstandings of romance and success, Havrilesky deconstructs some of the most poisonous and misleading messages we ingest today, all the while suggesting new ways to navigate our increasingly bewildering world.
Through her incisive and witty inquiries, Havrilesky urges us to reject the pursuit of a shiny, shallow future that will never come. These timely, provocative, and often hilarious essays suggest an embrace of the flawed, a connection with what already is, who we already are, and what we already have. She asks us to consider: What if this were enough? Our salvation, Havrilesky says, can be found right here, right now, in this imperfect moment.
Heather Havrilesky is the author of How to Be a Person in the World and the memoir Disaster Preparedness. She is a columnist for New York magazine and has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, and NPR's All Things Considered, among others. She was Salon's TV critic for seven years. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and a loud assortment of dependents, most of them nondeductible.
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