Conversations with Authors - Julie Lythcott-Haims

Sunday, June 14th • 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT

Julie Lythcott-Haims

in conversation with Paula Farmer

 

Dear Viewers,

I want to thank you for devoting your time this past Sunday to listen to a conversation between me and Paula Farmer. I have always enjoyed coming “up” to Book Passage from my home in Palo Alto, and despite being virtual I felt the love and engagement of the Book Passage community to be as nourishing as ever. And as ever Paula was a terrific partner.

Both How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi, and Educated by Tara Westover were in my MUST READ stack for a year, and I’m happy to say I finally checked them off my list. While Kendi’s book is a treatise written by a public scholar and Westover’s is memoir, they have in common the insistence that we have the power to transform our circumstances and our way of being in order to live a life that feels free.

Since you’re all hard core readers I’m going to assume those books may already be on your list (of completed or intended), so I’ll toss out a third, Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi, published in 2016, which, though a novel, manages to portray the profound impact of slavery and racist policies by tracing the descendants of two Ghanaian sisters, one who remained in Ghana and one who was enslaved and came to America. It is a meditation on cause and effect, and sheds light on how we got to this point of such devastating discrepancies in America.

I hope to be back up at Book Passage in person before long, which is an aspect of “normal” we all yearn for.  But in saying so I want to end with a quote from Roxane Gay who wrote in the New York Times a few weeks back “For black people, normal is the very thing from which we yearn to be free.”

Virtual hugs,

—Julie

 

Below, please find links to purchase all of the books recommended by Julie, as well her own books.
 

How to Be an Antiracist Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525509288
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Published: One World - August 13th, 2019

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the National Book Award–winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a “groundbreaking” (Time) approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves.


Educated: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590504
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Published: Random House - February 20th, 2018

#1 NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, AND BOSTON GLOBE BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW • ONE OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA’S FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE YEAR • BILL GATES’S HOLIDAY READING LIST • FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOO


Homegoing Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101971062
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

Winner of the PEN/ Hemingway Award
Winner of the NBCC's John Leonard Award
Shortlisted for the British Book Award - Debut of the Year
A New York Times Notable Book
A Washington Post Notable Book


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Your Turn: How to Be an Adult Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250137777
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - April 6th, 2021

Having tackled a far-reaching parenting crisis with her New York Times bestselling How to Raise an Adult, Lythcott-Haims is back with an equally powerful and persuasive book for the adult children of those hovering parents—and for everyone who struggles to be a grown-up in these challenging times.


Real American: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250296733
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - August 21st, 2018

A fearless debut memoir in which beloved and bestselling How to Raise an Adult author Julie Lythcott-Haims pulls no punches in her recollections of growing up a black woman in America

“Courageous, achingly honest."

—Michelle Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness


How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250093639
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - August 2nd, 2016

New York Times Bestseller

"Julie Lythcott-Haims is a national treasure. . . . A must-read for every parent who senses that there is a healthier and saner way to raise our children." -Madeline Levine, author of the New York Times bestsellers The Price of Privilege and Teach Your Children Well


Writing Memoir (Lit Starts): A Book of Writing Prompts Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781419741388
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Abrams Noterie - February 11th, 2020

A fill-in book from the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, authors of the bestselling 642 Things series
 
Focus on a single aspect of the craft of writing with help from the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto.