Strong female characters challenge, relate and inspire

BY Brianne Brown

Three new books featuring women in all walks of life—actresses, news anchors and quirky-yet-relatable peers—are the subject of our latest roundup of must-reads.


Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
by Gail Honeyman

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka and phone chats with Mummy.

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

Event: Wednesday, June 13 – 7:30 p.m. at Warwick’s


At Home with Natalie
by Natalie Morales

While many know Natalie Morales as the popular long-time anchor of the TODAY show and host of Access Hollywood, few know her as a mother of two boys and a passionate home cook. With her debut cookbook, At Home with Natalie, fans are invited to get to know her in the place she most considers home—her family’s kitchen.

Born in Taiwan to a Brazilian mother and a Puerto Rican father, Natalie lived in Central America, South America and Europe as a child. No matter where her family moved, she always found comfort in the kitchen. At Home with Natalie is an expression of Natalie’s multicultural heritage and an homage to her global upbringing. Natalie’s family history is embedded in the recipes she shares in her cookbook, and these foods serve as a record of the many homes, many countries and many memories that have shaped her life.

Event: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 – 7:30 p.m. at Warwick’s

True Stories from an Unreliable Witness
by Christine Lahti

For decades, actress and director Christine Lahti has captivated the hearts and minds of her audience through iconic television roles. Now, in True Stories from an Unreliable Eyewitness, this acclaimed performer channels her creativity inward to share her own story for the first time on the page.

Lahti’s comical and self-deprecating voice shines through in stories such as “Kidnapped” and “Shit Happens,” and she takes a boldly honest look at the painful fissures in her family in pieces such as “Mama Mia” and “Running on Empty.” Lahti’s wisdom and her experiences are not exclusive to one generation. The soul of her writing inspires today’s young women, including Amy Schumer, Lena Dunham, Amy Poehler, Caitlin Moran and Jenny Lawson. Her stories reveal a stumbling journey toward agency and empowerment as a woman—a journey that’s still very much a work in progress.

True Stories from an Unreliable Eyewitness reveals that we’re all unreliable eyewitnesses when it comes to our deeply personal memories. Told in a wildly fresh, unique voice, and with the unshakable ability to laugh at herself time and again, this is Christine Lahti’s best performance yet.

Event: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 – 7:00 p.m. at University of San Diego, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego