Peggy Orenstein Launches Her New Memoir, "Unraveling"


Bestselling author PEGGY ORENSTEIN visits Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore on Tuesday January 24th to launch her lively, funny new memoir, Unraveling: What I Learned about Life While Shearing Sheep, Dyeing Wool, and Making the World's Ugliest Sweater. Peggy will read from and discuss her book, which recounts her decision to make a sweater from scratch—shearing, spinning, dyeing wool—and how, in the process, she discovers how we find our deepest selves through craft. Peggy will be joined in discussion by author SYLVIA BROWNRIGG (right).

To attend this free event, you must sign up on Eventbrite or contact us at the store prior to the presentation. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated.

The Covid pandemic propelled many people to change their lives in ways large and small. Some adopted puppies. Others stress-baked. Orenstein, a lifelong knitter, went just a little further. To keep herself engaged and cope with a series of seismic shifts in family life, she set out to make a garment from scratch: learning to shear sheep, spin and dye yarn, then knitting herself a sweater. She hoped the project would help her process not just wool but her grief over the recent death of her mother and the decline of her dad, the impending departure of her college-bound daughter, and other thorny issues of aging as a woman in a culture that by turns ignores and disdains them. What she didn’t expect was a journey into some of the major issues of our time: climate anxiety, racial justice, women’s rights, the impact of technology, sustainability, and, ultimately, the meaning of home.

With her wry voice, sharp intelligence, and exuberant honesty, Orenstein shares her year-long journey as daughter, wife, mother, writer, and maker—and teaches us all something about creativity and connection. 

PEGGY ORENSTEIN is the New York Times bestselling author of Boys & Sex, Girls & Sex, Don’t Call Me Princess, Cinderella Ate My Daughter, Waiting for Daisy, Flux, and Schoolgirls. A contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and AFAR, her work has appeared in the Washington Post, New York, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and other publications, and she has contributed commentary to NPR’s All Things Considered and PBS NewsHour. Her TED Talk has been viewed over 5.7 million times.

SYLVIA BROWNRIGG is the author of seven works of fiction, including The Delivery Room, Ten Women Who Shook the World and a middle-grade novel, Kepler’s Dream (published under the name Juliet Bell), which was turned into an independent film. Sylvia has written reviews for a wide range of publications including the NY Times, the LA Times, and the Guardian. Her most recent novel, Pages for Her, was a sequel to her Lambda award-winning story Pages for You. She lives in Berkeley with her family.


THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is required. Registration ends at 4:30 pm on January 24th.

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.

WE ARE NOT ABLE to accommodate any walk-ins that evening.

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

Tuesday, January 24, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore
2904 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
Unraveling: What I Learned About Life While Shearing Sheep, Dyeing Wool, and Making the World's Ugliest Sweater By Peggy Orenstein Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063081727
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or available within 1-5 days.
Published: Harper - January 24th, 2023