Jennifer Romolini with Angela Garbes

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Thursday, June 13, 7–8 pm
Elliott Bay Book Company Capitol Hill (Seattle)
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Following up on her part career memoir, part real-world guide, Weird in a World That’s Not, Jennifer Romolini discusses her latest nonfiction with local author and friend of the store, Angela Garbes. Ambition Monster is a deeply personal memoir about workaholism, the addictive nature of ambition, and the humbling process of picking yourself up when the world lets you down—an anti-girlboss tale for our times.

Written with self-deprecation and wit, Ambition Monster is a gutsy and powerful look at workaholism and the addictive nature of achievement, the lingering effect of childhood trauma, and the failures of our modern rat race. This is a Cinderella story of success and a brutal appraisal of the cost of capitalism—perfect for people pleasers, overachievers, and those whose traumas have driven them to strike for “goodness,” no matter the cost. With its timely and resonant deconstructing of the American Dream, Ambition Monster is a singular excavation of selfhood, an essential interrogation about the way we work, and an inspiring and affirming call to always bet on yourself.

Jennifer Romolini is the author of Weird in a World That’s NotAmbition Monster, and is the host of the podcast Everything Is Fine. Her work has appeared in The New York TimesElleFast CompanyVogue, and many others.

Angela Garbes is the author of Like a Mother, an NPR Best Book of the Year and finalist for the Washington State Book Award in Nonfiction. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Cut, New York, Bon Appétit, and featured on NPR's Fresh Air. She lives with her family in Seattle.

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Elliott Bay Book Company

1521 10th Ave Seattle, WA 98122 Venue website

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