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Mary Ladd - - The Wig Diaries w/Julia Scheeres

Submitted by East Bay Booksellers on Wed, 10/16/2019 - 2:29pm

Thursday, November 7


EAST BAY BOOKSELLERS is excited to welcome Mary Ladd to celebrate the publication of her memoir, The Wig Diaries on Thursday, November 7th at 7pm. She will be joined in conversation by Julia Scheeres.

The Wig Diaries is Mary Ladd’s debut disrespectful cancer book, delivered with bold gallows humor to intimately address the gravity of cancer, invites the reader to bear witness to both the horror and the joke(s). Armed with humor and creative sensibility, Ladd robs her diagnosis of its dour weightiness. Refusing to tiptoe around the gnarlier elements of treatment and recovery, the narrative is powerful in its unvarnished honesty. Infused with a contagious lust for life and exemplified by hilarious anecdotes.  

A uniquely fresh modern and black comedy take on cancer

Covers and pokes fun at everything from diagnosis to treatment to medical bills

Illustrated by San Francisco Chronicle Bad Reporter cartoonist Don Asmussen, who has brain cancer for the second time

“I love this book.”—Mary Roach, author of the books Grunt, Stiff, Spook, and Bonk

“This looks like a hoot and a half. I want more.”—Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), author of A Series of Unfortunate Events

“Clear-eyed, fun, and reassuring, it’s the perfect guide!”—Vanessa Hua, author of A River of Stars and Deceit and Other Possibilities



Mary Ladd’s writing has appeared in Playboy, Time Magazine/Extra Crispy, Health, the San Francisco Chronicle, and in five anthologies, including Lit Starts: Writing Humor from Abrams and the best-selling 642 Things series. You may have seen her onstage at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, Breast Cancer Action, Bay Area Young Survivors (BAYS) and reading her first place essay for a Litquake contest. She is a Writers Grotto member who collaborated with Anthony Bourdain on his Bay Area episodes of No Reservations. 



Julia Scheeres is the author of the New York Times bestseller Jesus Land, a memoir about her relationship with her adopted black brother David. The brother and sister grew up in a small Indiana town and, as teens, were sent to a Christian reform school in the Dominican Republic together. The book explores the themes of race, fundamentalist religion, and the sustaining bond of sibling love.Her second book, A Thousand Lives, will be published by Free Press in October 2011. She lives in Berkeley, California with her husband and two daughters and works at the San Francisco Writers Grotto.

Event date: 
Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
East Bay Booksellers
5433 College Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618