Award-winning author Leslie Lehr wants to talk about boobs; it’s why she wrote A Boob’s Life: How America’s Obsession Shaped Me-and You. But she’s not alone… New York Times/bestselling authors Kristin Harmel, Laura Zigman and Jamie Brenner, want to talk about boobs, too, and we think you need to hear what they have to say, because these four beloved and bestselling authors have had to take a good hard look at their own bodies as they underwent (or are undergoing) treatment for breast cancer.
Please join these four courageous authors for a casual, frank conversation about breast cancer–how they were diagnosed, how it changed their lives, how their cancer was treated, what they now know that they wish they knew then, how it changed their perspective going forward, how it affected them as writers, and how it affected their relationship to our own bodies. This is an important conversation for anyone who has breasts, or loves them.
Following their dialogue, celebrate Leslie’s paperback launch of A Boob’s Life, which explores both the joys and hazards inherent to living in a woman’s body. Leslie deftly blends her personal narrative with national history, starting in the 1960s with the women’s liberation movement and moving to the current feminist dialogue and what it means to be a woman. Her insightful and clever writing analyzes how America’s obsession with the female form has affected her own life’s journey and the psyche of all women today.
And of course, we want to hear from you, so have your questions ready. These authors are candid, brave, and eager to educate others. No matter your gender, you’ll never view this sexy and sacred body part the same way again.
Books from all the featured authors are available below for purchase and will be shipped directly to you. Please consider donating a copy of A Boob’s Life to a cancer center to distribute to women undergoing breast cancer treatment. Just click on the DONATION COPY of Leslie’s book below. Thank you for your continued support!
This event is free and open to the public. For event admission, simply select the FREE Book Launch Registration (5/9/23) below and we will send you a Zoom link a few days prior to the event to access the virtual session.
Leslie Lehr explores the duality of today’s women to navigate a new path between sexy and sacred.Salma Hayek is developing Leslie’s critically acclaimed new memoir, A Boob’s Life, into a comedy series for HBO Max. A prize-winning writer, Leslie’s books include What A Mother Knows, a Target Recommended Read, Wife Goes On, and 66 Laps, winner of the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Prize. Her nonfiction books include Welcome to Club Mom, Club Grandma, excerpted on FisherPrice.com, and Wendy Bellissimo: Nesting, featured on Oprah.
Leslie’s personal essays have appeared in the New York Times Modern Love column about breast cancer (called “How I Got to Here” narrated by Katie Couric on NPR). Good Morning America called it a “Must-read.”
A Boob’s Life (now in paperback with additional material) explores the surprising truth about women’s most popular body part with vulnerable, witty frankness and true nuggets of American culture that will resonate with everyone who has breasts—or loves them. Good Morning America called it a “Must-read”, People Magazine and Glamour had it in “Best New Books,” Pub Weekly had it in “Best Books”
Kristin Harmel is the New York Times bestselling, USA Today bestselling, and #1 international bestselling author of The Forest of Vanishing Stars, The Book of Lost Names, The Winemaker’s Wife, and a dozen other novels that have been translated into more than 30 languages and are sold all over the world.
Kristin is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer and has courageously taken her story public to help inspire women to schedule their mammograms, because early detection does save lives. You may have been one of the more than 1,200 women who committed to getting their mammogram as part of our Susan G. Komen virtual fundraising event in honor of Kristin on March 7.
Kristin’s forthcoming book, The Paris Daughter, is a historical novel about two mothers who must make unthinkable choices in the face of the Nazi occupation.
Laura Zigman is the author of five novels, including Separation Anxiety (which was optioned by Julianne Nicholson and the production company Wiip (Mare of Easttown) for a limited television series); Animal Husbandry (which was made into the movie Someone Like You, starring Hugh Jackman and Ashley Judd), Dating Big Bird, Her, and Piece of Work. She has ghostwritten/collaborated on several works of non-fiction, including Eddie Izzard’s New York Times bestseller, Believe Me; been a contributor to the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Huffington Post; produced a popular online series of animated videos called Annoying Conversations; and was the recipient of a Yaddo residency.
Small World is heartfelt novel about two offbeat and newly divorced sisters who move in together as adults—and finally reckon with their childhood.
Jamie Brenner writes beach reads with a twist, including the national bestseller The Forever Summer and her latest Gilt. People Magazine calls her books, “a delightful escape wherever you are.” Publishers Weekly says of her new novel, Gilt, “This beach read sparkles like a diamond.”
Her book, Gilt, is a luxurious and richly compelling novel about a famous family jewelry dynasty and the hidden past that could topple it all.