We’ll be hosting a conversation between authors, journalists, and friends Jenn Abelson and Meredith Goldstein.
Can’t Help Myself is a disarmingly honest memoir about giving advice when you’re not sure what you’re doing yourself, by the woman behind The Boston Globe‘s Love Letters column, Meredith Goldstein.
Every day, Boston Globe advice columnist Meredith Goldstein takes on the relationship problems of thousands of dedicated readers. They look to her for wisdom on all matters of the heart- how to cope with dating fatigue and infidelity, work romances, tired marriages, true love, and true loss. In her column, she has it all figured out, but in her real life she is a lot less certain. Whether it’s her own reservations about the traditional path of marriage and family, her difficulty finding someone she truly connects with, or the evolution of her friendships as her friends start to have their own families, Meredith finds herself looking for insight, just like her readers. As she searches for responses to their concerns, she’s surprised to discover answers to her own. But it’s after her mother is diagnosed with cancer that she truly realizes how special her Love Letters community is, how this column has enriched her life as much, if not more than, it has for its readers.
Can’t Help Myself is the extraordinary (and often hilarious) story of a single woman navigating her mercurial love life, and a moving and poignant portrait of an amazing community of big-hearted, love-seeking allies.
Jenn Abelson is an investigative reporter with the Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her series “Shadow Campus,” and co-author of Chessy Prout’s memoir I Have The Right To. The book, a memoir of Prout’s freshman year at St. Paul’s School, looks at her sexual assault by a senior student as well as her brave report of the assault and testimony in court. Prout faced backlash from the school and community and shed her anonymity to help start a movement of raising fellow survivors’ voices. Proust’s story is one of courage and strength and tackles the campus sexual assault while offering solutions to better support survivors and end rape culture.
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.