Sarah Sentilles with Cheryl Strayed

Sarah Sentilles, who did come over to Elliott Bay from her home in Idaho’s Wood River Valley for her brilliant book, Draw Your Weapons, back in the days when such appearances really happened, makes this welcome virtual appearance for her newest, Stranger Care: A Memoir of Loving What Isn’t Ours (Random House). To be joined in conversation by Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild, Tiny Beautiful Things, and Brave Enough, and recently part of a memorable evening such as this with Suleika Jaouad, Sarah Sentilles has written about book about the inner and outer terrain of adoption, from her place here as an adoptive mother. As immense and intense as that narrative is, Sarah Sentilles, in her singular way, takes things to the even deeper notion of love for all manner of ‘others.’

“This is a memoir for anyone who has ever loved a child—or a whale or a bird or a tree, or indeed any part of this hard, beautiful world we all share, which is to say everyone. It is a memoir for everyone.”—Laurie Frankel.

Stranger Care is a book about loving a child without boundaries, without bloodlines, without limits. This is the only book about parenting that I would recommend to anyone, because it strikes at the essential, complicated, and heartbreaking core of what parents do every moment of every day: love, love, love, love. No matter what.”—Emily Rapp Black.

“Beautiful, harrowing, and profound . . . With sensitivity and insight, Sarah Sentilles takes readers with her on her tender and wrenching path to motherhood while grappling with the complexities, contradictions, and injustices of a system meant to protect the most vulnerable. I love this book so much it hurts.”—Cheryl Strayed.


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ISBN: 9780593230039
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House - May 4th, 2021

Friday, May 7, 2021 - 6:00pm
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