Laguna Beach Books Hosts Author Katrina Kenison Wednesday

The author of "Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment" will read and sign copies of her books.

From Laguna Beach Books:

Laguna Beach Books is pleased to welcome Katrina Kenison, author of "Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment."

Kenison will be appearing Wednesday, February 6, at 6 p.m. There is no charge for this event.

"Magical Journey" is an intimate account of a year of loss and self-discovery. For any woman who has ever mourned the passage of time, questioned her own purpose, or wondered, “Do I have what it takes to create something new in my life, to discover what is important to me now, and to claim that?,” this book will resonate deeply.

When her younger son abruptly leaves home to finish high school in another state, Katrina finds herself at a crossroads, contemplating the new reality of life without children at the dinner table and without the small, consuming tasks of motherhood to give shape and direction to her days. Suddenly, she has a piercing realization: nothing lasts. With signature candor and warmth, Katrina reflects on the inevitable changes wrought by time: the death of a dear friend, the recognition of her own physical vulnerability, and surprising shifts in her marriage.

Throughout these challenges, she finds solace in the notion that midlife is also a time of unprecedented opportunity for transformation as old roles and responsibilities fall away, old dreams and assumptions come up for re-examination, and unanticipated possibilities appear on the horizon, from enrolling in a yoga teacher training to finding a deep sense of connection in the stories shared by other women. Along the way, Katrina learns that the love she offered to her own children can be carried out and into the world.

Poignant and insightful, Magical Journey will inspire readers to believe that even as old identities are outgrown, new ones do begin to beckon — if we can only summon courage to heed the call.

About Katrina Kenison:
Katrina Kenison is the author of "The Gift of an Ordinary Day" and "Mitten Strings for God: Reflections for Mothers in a Hurry" and, with Rolf Gates, "Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga." Her writing has appeared in O: the Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, Family Circle, Redbook, Woman’s Day, Health, and other publications. From 1990 until 2006, Kenison was the series editor of "The Best American Short Stories," published annually by Houghton Mifflin. She co-edited, with John Updike, "The Best American Short Stories of the Century." A certified Reiki master and Kripalu yoga teacher, Katrina lives with her family in rural New Hampshire.

Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Hwy., Ste. 105, Laguna Beach. (949) 494-4779. www.lagunabeachbooks.com



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