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VIRTUAL: Courtney Cook with Mara Altman / The Way She Feels
June 30, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
Booksmith is excited to host a virtual event with Courtney Cook for her debut, the graphic memoir The Way She Feels: My Life on the Borderline in Pictures and Pieces.. She’ll be in conversation with the one and only Mara Altman, who we are delighted to welcome back. Join us!
This event is free and all ages, but RSVP is required. Event link will be sent to everyone who registers.
You can order The Way She Feels here and we’ll ship it directly to you (or hold for pickup at our San Francisco shop).
Order Gross Anatomy by Mara Altman here.
We are happy to fulfill orders anywhere in the world – international postage will be invoiced separately. If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the book
What does it feel like to fall in love too hard and too fast, to hate yourself in equal and opposite measure? To live in such fear of rejection that you drive friends and lovers away? Welcome to my world. I’m Courtney, and I have borderline personality disorder (BPD), along with over four million other people in the United States. Though I’ve shown every classic symptom of the disorder since childhood, I wasn’t properly diagnosed until nearly a decade later, because the prevailing theory is that most people simply “grow out of it.” Not me.
In my illustrated memoir, The Way She Feels: My Life on the Borderline in Pictures and Pieces, I share what it’s been like to live and love with this disorder. Not just the hospitalizations, treatments, and residential therapy, but the moments I found comfort in cereal, the color pink, or mini corndogs; the days I couldn’t style my hair because I thought the blow-dryer was going to hurt me; the peace I found when someone I love held me. This is a book about vulnerability, honesty, acceptance, and how to speak openly—not only with doctors, co-patients, friends, family, or partners, but also with ourselves.
“The Way She Feels is a lifeline to anyone who’s ever felt alone.”– Piper Weiss, author of You All Grow Up and Leave Me
“Audaciously human and raw. The Way She Feels is a rainbow during the rain.” – Mara Altman
About the authors
Courtney Cook is a writer, illustrator, teacher, and lover of naps. Courtney received an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of California, Riverside. She grew up in Winnetka, Illinois, and now resides in Chicago with her cat, Bertie. Author photo by Caity Krone.
Mara Altman enjoys writing about issues that embarrass her (e.g., chin hair), because she has found that putting shame on the page defuses the stigma, leaving her with a sense of empowerment and freedom. Her first book, Thanks for Coming, an investigation into love and orgasm, was translated into three languages. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, and New York magazine, among other publications. Before going freelance, Altman worked as a staff writer for The Village Voice and daily newspapers in India and Thailand. An alumna of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, she lives in San Diego with quite a few other hairy beings.
This event is free and all ages, but RSVP is required.