Dianne Romain, Lisa Braver Moss & Ilene English (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 1:00pm

A breathtaking look at the impact of a life-long secret occasioned by 1960’s attitudes toward teenage pregnancy and race, Dianne Romain’s debut novel, The Trumpet Lesson, cross-examines music, family, and friendship in recovery from a lifetime of hidden longing, shame, and grief.

In her unflinching new novel Shrug, Lisa Braver Moss gives voice to a private narrative of the 1960s – one that quietly existed, without headlines and threats of tear gas, but still not without turmoil. Moss draws from her own experience as a survivor of childhood domestic violence who came of age in Berkeley during the seismic ’60s to craft the novel’s lead, Martha, a teenager with a nervous tic (a shrug of the shoulder) who is waging a private rebellion while her peers take part in a very public, nationwide movement.

In her debut memoir, Hippie Chick: Coming of Age in the ‘60s, Ilene English shares her deeply personal story about a "nice Jewish girl," who at sixteen was thrust by the death of her mother into a lifestyle way beyond what she was ready for and that challenged all previous notions of how one behaves.

Dianne Romain grew up in Missouri and studied philosophy at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. After completing her PhD in Philosophy at UC Berkeley, she taught feminist ethics and philosophy of emotion at Sonoma State University and published Thinking Things Through, a critical thinking textbook. While in California, she practiced fiction writing techniques in a women’s writing group. In Guanajuato, where she lives with novelist Sterling Bennett, she took up the trumpet as research for her debut novel, The Trumpet Lesson. Her current writing projects set in Guanajuato include short stories and a second novel. 

Lisa Braver Moss is the author of Shrug. She is a writer specializing in family issues, health, Judaism and humor. Her work has appeared in Parents, Tikkun, Lilith, the Huffington Post, and more. Moss is the author of the novel The Measure of His Grief. Her nonfiction book credits include Celebrating Family: Our Lifelong Bonds with Parents and Siblings and, as a co-author, The Mother’s Companion: A Comforting Guide to the Early Years of Motherhood. She is also the co-author of Celebrating Brit Shalom, the first-ever book of ceremonies and music for Jewish families opting out of circumcision. Moss is a survivor of childhood domestic violence and grew up in Berkeley, California. She lives with her husband in nearby Piedmont. They have two grown sons.

Ilene English, MA, LMFT, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the Clinical Director of GroupWorks in Sonoma County where she leads therapy groups, as well as sees individuals and families in her private practice. Her specialty is working with families. She is sometimes hired as the family’s private therapist, seeing various family members in different configurations, with the goal of helping families become more whole. She can be found on Twitter at twitter.com/hippie_60s.

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ISBN: 9781631525988
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Published: She Writes Press - September 24th, 2019

Fascinated by a young woman's performance of "The Lost Child" in Guanajuato's central plaza, painfully shy expatriate Callie Quinn asks the woman for a trumpet lesson -- and ends up confronting her longing to know her own lost child.

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ISBN: 9781631526381
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Published: She Writes Press - August 13th, 2019

It's Berkeley in the 1960s, and all Martha Goldenthal wants is to do well at Berkeley High and plan for college. But her home life is a cauldron of kooky ideas, impossible demands, and explosive physical violence. Her father, Jules, is an iconoclast who hates academia and can't control his fists.

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ISBN: 9781631525865
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Published: She Writes Press - September 24th, 2019

In Hippie Chick, a rebellious teenager finds her mother dead in the bathroom. To save her from living alone with a difficult father, her older sister sends her a one-way plane ticket to leave New Jersey. Landing in San Francisco, she is thrust into a lifestyle way beyond what she is ready for, and that challenges all previous notions of how one behaves.