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Yoga Girl: Rachel Brathen 9/17

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Brookline Booksmith

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Brookline, MA 02446

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Each ticket includes an autographed copy of Rachel Brathen's new book To Love and Let Go: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Gratitude.

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  • The event is a meet & greet/photo line ONLY (no talk).
  • You must purchase a ticket to attend (includes 1 pre-signed book).
  • Children 12 and under who are accompanied by a ticket-holding adult do not require their own ticket.
  • Each attendee will present their camera to a staff member to take a photo with the author.
  • Limit of 1 photo per ticketholder: you may take a one-on-one picture with the author OR a group shot with friends, not both.
  • You will receive a pre-autographed book after meeting the author.
  • Updates and further information will be sent to ticketholders via email.
  • The event is wheelchair-accessible. If you have a disability or otherwise need accommodation in order to attend, please email events@brooklinebooksmith.com
  • All tickets are nonreturnable and nonrefundable.

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“Rachel beautifully illustrates that loving fiercely and grieving deeply are often two halves of the same whole. Her story will break you down and lift you up.” —Glennon Doyle, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Love Warrior and founder of Together Rising

While on her way to teach a yoga retreat in March 2014, Rachel Brathen collapses at an airport, brought to her knees by excruciating stomach pains. She is rushed to the hospital on the tiny island of Bonaire, and hours later forced to undergo surgery. When she wakes up from anesthesia, her boyfriend is weeping at her bedside. While Rachel was struck down with seemingly mysterious pain, her best friend, Andrea, sustained fatal injuries as a result of a car accident. Rachel and Andrea had a magical friendship. Though they looked nothing alike—one girl tall, blond, and Swedish, the other short, brunette, and Colombian—everyone called them gemelas: twins.

Over the three years following Andrea’s death, at what might appear from the outside to be the happiest time—with her engagement to the man she loves and a blossoming career that takes her all over the world—Rachel faces a series of trials that have the potential to define her life. Unresolved grief and trauma from her childhood make the weight of her sadness unbearable. At each turn, she is confronted again and again with a choice: Will she lose it all, succumb to grief, and grasp for control that’s beyond her reach? Or can she move through the loss and let go?

When Rachel and her husband conceive a child, pregnancy becomes a time to heal and an opportunity to be reborn herself. As she recounts this transformative period, Rachel shares her hard-won wisdom about life and death, love and fear, what it means to be a mother and a daughter, and how to become someone who walks through the fire of adversity with the never-ending practice of loving hard and letting go.


Rachel Brathen is the New York Times bestselling author ofYoga Girl and a world-renowned yoga instructor who teaches workshops and leads retreats around the globe. She is the founder of YogaGirl.com, an online platform for yoga, meditation, and healing, as well as Island Yoga, the largest yoga studio in the Caribbean. Rachel runs two non-profit organizations: Sgt Pepper’s Friends, an animal rescue foundation based in Aruba, and Yoga Girl® Foundation, benefitting women and children in need. Find her on Instagram @yoga_girl and on her popular podcast, From the Heart: Conversations with Yoga Girl. Born in Sweden, she lives in Aruba with her husband and daughter.


Author photo by Dennis Schoneveld

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