About Forget Prayers, Bring Cake: A Single Woman's Guide to Grieving
Though at times it may seem impossible, we can heal with help from our friends and community- if we know how to ask. This heartrending, relatable account of one woman's reckoning with loss is a guide to the world of self-recovery, self-love, and the skills necessary to meeting one's own needs in these times of pain- especially when that pain is suffered alone.
Grief is all around us. In the world of today it has become common and layered, no longer only an occasional weight. A book needed now more than ever, Forget Prayers, Bring Cake is for people of all ages and orientations dealing with grief of any sort--professional, personal, romantic, familial, or even the sadness of the modern day. This book provides actions to boost self-care and self-worth; it shows when and how to ask for love and attention, and how to provide it for others. It shows that it is okay to define your needs and ask others to share theirs. In a moment in which community, affection, and generosity are needed more than ever, this book is an indispensable road map.
This book will be a guiding light to a healthier mental state amid these troubled times.
"Gerson debuts with an illuminating memoir-cum-guide to dealing with grief as a single woman...Gerson's willingness to explore the depth and breadth of personal loss will help those grieving know they are not alone."-- Publishers Weekly
About our Speakers
Merissa Nathan Gerson, author of the forthcoming Forget Prayers, Bring Cake: A Single Woman’s Guide to Grieving, is a New Orleans-based writer, professor and sex educator. Her written work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Playboy, and Tablet, among others, and she was the inherited trauma consultant for Amazon’s Emmy Award winning television show, Transparent. Merissa is a graduate of Washington University class of 2004 where she majored in American Culture Studies and Women & Gender Studies. Rebecca Lester was her professor in an amazing course on Gender, Culture, and Madness.
Rebecca J. Lester is Professor of Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis and a licensed clinical social worker. She is the author of numerous academic articles and the award-winning book Jesus in Our Wombs.
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