Alisyn Camerota with Jeff Kinney

CNN Anchor Alisyn Camerota joins us to discuss her memoir, Combat Love, with Jeff Kinney, international bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and owner of our store. At times heartbreaking and pulse-pounding, Combat Love follows Alisyn's life growing up in the 80s Jersey Shore punk-rock scene, her relationship with her mother, and her journey to becoming the journalist she is today. They will discuss Alisyn's book, answer questions, and sign copies! 

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CNN Anchor Alisyn Camerota's memoir Combat Love is her story of growing up longing for stability and attachment as the foundation of her family crumbled. Set on the Jersey Shore in the free-range 1980s, Camerota finds the belonging she craves courtesy of a local punk rock band named Shrapnel and their diehard fans. Combat Love chronicles her near-misses and misadventures at clubs like CBGB and Max's Kansas City, coupled with the sex, drugs, and punk rock of 1980s New Jersey. By the time she leaves home at sixteen, it feels like home had left her long ago.

Combat Love is also the story of two women, mother and daughter, trying to forge their own paths and independence, and find their own happiness, success and wholeness. Camerota's story searches for the line between shelter and risk, nurture and neglect, parenting and personal freedom. What are we willing to sacrifice for self-actualization and happiness? What if the answer is your mother, or your daughter?

The two-time Emmy-award-winning Camerota retraces her steps down an often gritty path toward her dream of becoming a journalist. At times heartbreaking and pulse-pounding, Combat Love is an inspiration for anyone who's ever searched for that elusive place called home.

Alisyn Camerota is a journalist, author, anchor and correspondent for CNN. In her three decades in journalism, Camerota has covered stories nationally and internationally, earning two Emmy Awards and the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award. Alisyn’s debut novel, Amanda Wakes Up, was selected by National Public Radio as one of the best books of 2017, and by Oprah Magazine as “a must read.” Her memoir Combat Love is set to be published in March 2024.

Jeff Kinney is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and the Awesome Friendly Kid series. He is a six-time Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award winner for Favorite Book and has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England, where he and his wife own a bookstore named An Unlikely Story.

Monday, April 15, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
111 South Street
Plainville, MA 02762
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ISBN: 9781644283714
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Published: Rare Bird Books - March 26th, 2024