New reads from San Diego writers to inspire, encourage and challenge your spirit

By Claire Yezbak Fadden

San Diego authors Judy Reeves, Meb Keflezighi and Eric Blehm’s new releases will kick off your spring reading. These page-turners are overflowing with inspiration, passion and resolve.

During her years as a writing coach, San Diegan
Judy Reeves discovered twin urges in women: they yearn to reclaim a true nature obscured by traditional roles, and they want to write about, through and beyond this process. Her personal experience of this need has informed her most popular workshop. In “Wild Women, Wild Voices: Writing from Your Authentic Wildness” (New World Library; April 7, 2015), Reeves invites women to write their own stories by accessing memories and experiences, beliefs and imaginings. Intensely practical, this workshop-in-a-book addresses common female needs and wants by providing specific and inspiring activities, exercises and writing prompts.

With his historic win at the 2014 Boston Marathon, Meb Keflezighi cemented his legacy as one of the great champions of long-distance running. In unprecedented detail, Keflezighi reveals his complete training program in, Meb for Mortals: How to Run, Eat and Think like a Champion Marathoner (Rodale Books, April 7, 2014). The practical guide includes how to set goals to succeed and experience joy from accomplishing something meaningful; the importance of form; the basic elements of a daily diet to best fuel running; and how to prep mentally for race day. Whether you’re a long-time marathoner or looking to become a regular runner, Keflezighi, a San Diego resident, shares his secrets. He wasn’t born a champion, but Keflezighi became one through hard work, discipline and a set of guiding principles all runners can use to improve, enjoy and stay on the track as long as possible.

In 1968, a 12-man Special Forces team was covertly inserted into a small clearing in the jungles of neutral Cambodia. Legend (Crown, April 28, 2015) is San Diegan Eric Blehm’s riveting narrative of a single mission and of Special Forces Staff Sergeant Roy Benavidez’s life and career. Benavidez’s actions would be scrutinized for more than a decade in a battle for a long overdue—and what many believed was an unjustly denied—Medal of Honor. The book traces the inspiring, almost unbelievable events that defined the brotherhood of the air and ground warriors in an unpopular war. Blehm recounts the courage and commitment of those who fought in Vietnam in service of their country, and details the story of one of the war’s many unsung heroes.

Meet the Authors…

Wednesday, April 8: Judy Reeves, Wild Women. Wild Voices. Thursday, April 30: Eric Blehm, Legend, at Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Avenue, La Jolla

for details, visit warwicks.com