Elissa Strauss Presents Her New Book "When You Care"


Join us on Saturday, May 11th at 7:00 PM for a special Pre-Mother's Day evening with Oakland author ELISSA STRAUSS when she comes to the store to celebrate her new book When You Care: The Unexpected Magic of Caring for Others. Elissa will read from and discuss her book and will also sign copies after the presentation. Author COURTNEY E. MARTIN joins Elissa in the conversation. (Elissa's photo by Laura Turbow Photography)

This is a free event, but you must sign up in advance on Eventbrite or in the store to ensure seating. Click Here to preorder a copy of When You Care.

In this “brilliantly argued and timely book” (Brigid Schulte, New York Times bestselling author), journalist Elissa Strauss explores the powerful role caring for others plays in our individual and communal lives, weaving together research about care and stories from parents and caregivers with a feminist bent.

Behind our current caregiving crisis, in which a broken system has left parents and caregivers exhausted, sits a fierce addiction to independence. But what would happen if we started to appreciate dependency, and the deep meaning of one person caring for another? If we start to care about care?

Drawing on research into parenting and caregiving, as well as her own experiences as a mother, journalist Elissa Strauss delves into the history and power of care in our lives and communities. With a curiosity and desire to more fully understand one of humanity’s most profound and essential relationships, she interrogates our societal obsession with going it alone, and poses a challenge to let ourselves be transformed by the act of caregiving.

When You Care weaves historical anecdotes and science with conversations with parents and caregivers to the young, old, disabled, ill, and more, revealing a rich array of insights about how care shapes us on the inside and the outside, for the better. Care is a long-ignored force in our collective and political lives, as well as a deeply philosophical, spiritual, and psychologically potent experience. More so, an embrace of care by both women and men will lead to a more gender equitable future and help us reimagine what it means to be productive and live a meaningful life. The result is an eye-opening exploration into the power of being depended on—and a stirring call to action to finally acknowledge the breadth, depth, and beauty of all that caregivers do.

ELISSA STRAUSS has been a journalist, essayist, and opinion writer for the past fifteen years. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Glamour, Elle, Allure, The American Prospect, and elsewhere. She’s been a contributing writer for CNN where she covered the culture and politics of parenthood, as well as at Slate, where she wrote on feminism and motherhood. Since 2011 she has been an artistic director of LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture. She lives in Oakland, California, with her family.

COURTNEY E. MARTIN is the author of many books, including most recently, Learning in Public: Lessons for a Racially Divided America from My Daughter's School. She also writes a popular substack newsletter called Examined Family and is the storyteller-in-residence at The Holding Co, a lab to redesign care. She lives in a cohousing community in Oakland.

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is requested. Registration ends at 5:30 pm on May 11th.

BECAUSE SEATING is limited, please register only if you plan to attend.

DUE TO SPACE limitations, we may not be able to accommodate every person at an event, so early registration is encouraged.

WALK-INS will be accommodated only if space allows.

WE ASK that attendees arrive between 6:45 and 7:00 PM for the event.

PLEASE leave your non-support companion animals at home.

OUR shared restrooms are not accessible after 6:30 PM, please plan accordingly.

Saturday, May 11, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore
2904 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
When You Care: The Unexpected Magic of Caring for Others By Elissa Strauss Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982169275
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: Gallery Books - April 23rd, 2024