Merissa Nathan Gerson with Rebecca Lester - Forget Prayers, Bring Cake

Thursday, August 19, 7pm CT
Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page or YouTube Page

Left Bank Books welcomes Washington University alum, writer, professor and sex educator
Merissa Nathan Gerson,
who will discuss her heartrending, relatable account, 
Forget Prayers, Bring Cake: A Single Woman's Guide to Grieving,
on our Facebook Live Page at 7pm CT on August 19th.
Gerson will be in conversation with St. Louis author of Famished
Rebecca Lester.
Join us on our Facebook Live Page and order a copy of
from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!


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.


All you need to do to participate is log in to your personal Facebook account, go to Left Bank Books' Facebook Live Page, and wait for the livestream to begin on the page (you may need to refresh the page periodically until the stream begins). You may also watch the simulcast on Left Bank's YouTube channel.

Thursday, August 19, 2021 - 7:00pm
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Forget Prayers, Bring Cake: A Single Woman's Guide to Grieving Cover Image
ISBN: 9781647224196
Availability: On Our Shelves (Note - We update this inventory once per day.)
Published: Mandala Publishing - August 17th, 2021

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Famished: Eating Disorders and Failed Care in America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780520385740
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Published: University of California Press - November 2nd, 2021