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One Book, One Community with Laurie Frankel, This Is How It Always Is

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Stevenson High School West Auditorium

1 Stevenson Drive

Lincolnshire, IL 60069

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Meet Laurie Frankel, author of "This Is How It Always Is"

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Description: At this One Book, One Community finale event, novelist Laurie Frankel shares her inspiration behind this year's selection, This Is How It Always Is. Books available for purchase, courtesy of the Book Bin of Northbrook.

Now in its sixth year, One Book, One Community is a partnership among neighboring Cook Memorial, Indian Trails, and Vernon Area public library to bring a community-wide read to residents. For more info and a complete listing of events, visit 1book.org.

Tickets: This event is free and open to all. Registration is required.

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Taking inspiration from her own life, Laurie Frankel’s third novel, This Is How It Always Is, tells the story of a child’s personal metamorphosis and the loving family who eventually helps her thrive. Told through a compassionate lens, the novel weaves themes of revelations, fairy tales, and the difficulty and beauty of change while taking on timely and important questions about identity and the unpredictability of childhood and parenting.

Rosie and Penn have a big, happy family of five lively boys. Rosie is an emergency room doctor, and Penn is a novelist and stay-at-home dad who weaves fairytales for the family. Their lives dramatically change when their youngest, Claude, announces he wants to wear dresses, grow his hair long, and be a girl called Poppy. While his parents and brothers accept Claude as Poppy, they worry about how the world will treat him with his new identity. Soon the family is keeping Claude's wishes a secret - but secrets don't get to be kept forever.

This is an intimate family story with dilemmas like many other families. They love one another, they keep secrets from one another, and they protect one another. They struggle with all of these challenges.

“Every once in a while, I read a book that opens my eyes in a way I never expected.” ―Reese Witherspoon (Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine book pick)

“Deeply satisfying…An intimate family story…Day-to-day parenting dilemmas are where Frankel shines.”―The New York Times Book Review

Parking: For closest access to the West Auditorium entrance, park in the Parking Lot B.

Masks are required.

Doors: Doors open at 12:15 p.m.

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Stevenson High School West Auditorium

1 Stevenson Drive

Lincolnshire, IL 60069

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