April 7, 2018
11:00AM - 1:00PM
The Town Book Store will be hosting a Meet & Greet for Michelle Dickinson-Moravek, author of the memoir
Breaking Into My Life on Saturday, April 7th, 2018 from 11:00-1:00 PM.
Breaking Into My Life is a brutally candid memoir that chronicles the impact that growing up with a mentally ill
mother had on Michelle and how that experience continues to compromise her as an adult. The book is painfully
revealing as it is uplifting and hopefully will inspire many to realize that they can overcome adversity in their lives
as well. Michelle wrote Breaking Into My Life to help herself—along with the rest of us—better understand the world of mental illness and overall elevate the conversation because with conversation comes change. She hopes that her story of perseverance and triumph helps challenge and transform the “suffer in silence” dynamic, and make mental illness more understood, treated and accepted.
Westfield Native, Michelle Dickinson-Moravek is an associate director at Johnson & Johnson, where she first told her story of perseverance on the TEDx Johnson & Johnson stage. Her memoir offers a rare glimpse into a young girl’s experience living with and loving her bipolar mother. After years of playing the role of child caregiver, she embarked on her own healing journey of self-discovery. She emerged with a strong desire to turn that challenge on its head and positively alter the mental health landscape. Michelle is out to raise awareness and compassion for those struggling with mental illness along with those who care for them, so that more people get the treatment and help they need and deserve. She believes that together we can eradicate the mental health stigma once and for all.
If you are unable to attend this event, feel free to call The Town Book Store at (908) 233-3535 to reserve an autographed copy of Breaking Into My Life.
May 12, 2018
2:00 - 4:00PM
The Town Book Store will be hosting a Meet & Greet for Greg Fields, author of the novel Arc of the Comet on
Saturday, May 12th, 2018 from 2:00-4:00 PM.
Two young men arrive at the same place with vastly different motivations, and their lives intersect through
adulthood, revealing truths about themselves as they respond to the expectations we all face. With themes
reminiscent of John Updike’s Rabbit, Run, the trajectories of these two, and those around them, launch in imperfect
Set in Ireland, Southern California, the corridors of power on Capitol Hill and a significant part of the story taking place in New Jersey, primarily at Rutgers, Arc of the Comet is a lyrical, evocative examination of promise, potential and loss. The book explores universal themes in a precise, inspired style that builds upon the work of Niall Williams, Colm Toibin and the best of Pat Conroy, who had offered a jacket quote for the book shortly before his death last year.
Greg Fields has established a reputation as an articulate voice of the human condition. He has won recognition for his written work in presenting the plight of marginalized young people through his tenure at the Global Fund for Children. He has had articles published in the Harvard International Review, as well as numerous periodicals, including The Washington Post and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Greg holds degrees from Rutgers College and the University of Notre Dame.
If you are unable to attend this event, feel free to call The Town Book Store at (908) 233-3535 to reserve an autographed copy of Arc of the Comet.