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Virtual Event: Kate Washington, Already Toast, in conversation with Abby Maslin

Thursday, June 3, 2021 - 7:00pm


East City Bookshop welcomes Kate Washington with her new book Already Toast: Caregiving and Burnout in America in conversation with Abby Maslin, author of Love You Hard.

Tickets available via Eventbrite here. Registration is required.

About Already Toast: Caregiving and Burnout in America

Already Toast: Caregiving and Burnout in America is the story of one woman’s struggle to care for her seriously ill husband—and a revealing look at the role unpaid family caregivers play in a society that fails to provide them with structural support. Timely and urgent, Already Toast blends memoir and cultural critique to show how all-consuming caregiving can be, how difficult it is to find support, and how the social and literary narratives that have long locked women into providing emotional labor also keep them in unpaid caregiving roles.

About Kate Washington

Kate Washington is the author of Already Toast: Caregiving and Burnout In America and the dining critic for The Sacramento Bee. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, TIME, Eater, Catapult, and many other publications. She holds a Ph.D. in Victorian literature from Stanford University and lives in Sacramento with her husband and two daughters.

About Love You Hard

Abby Maslin shares an inspiring story of resilience and commitment in a deeply affecting memoir. After her husband suffered a traumatic brain injury, the couple worked together as he recovered—and they learned to love again.

When Abby Maslin's husband, TC, didn't make it home on August 18, 2012, she knew something was terribly wrong. Her fears were confirmed when she learned that her husband had been beaten by three men and left for dead mere blocks from home, all for his cell phone and debit card.

The days and months that followed were a grueling test of faith. As TC recovered from a severe traumatic brain injury that left him unable to speak and walk, Abby faced the challenge of caring for—and loving—a husband who now resembled a stranger.

Love You Hard is the raw, unflinchingly honest story of a young love left broken, and the resilience required to mend a life and remake a marriage. Told from the caregiver's perspective, this book is a daring exploration of true love: what it means to love beyond language, beyond abilities, and into the place that reveals who we really are.

At the heart of Abby and TC's unique and captivating story are the universal truths that bind us all. This is a tale of living and loving wholeheartedly, learning to heal after profound grief, and choosing joy in the wake of tragedy.

About Abby Maslin

Abby Maslin is a writer and a public school teacher. Through her speaking and blogging, she is passionate about bringing awareness to the challenges of traumatic brain injury and caregiving. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and two children.

Already Toast: Caregiving and Burnout in America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807011508
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Beacon Press - March 16th, 2021

Love You Hard: A Memoir of Marriage, Brain Injury, and Reinventing Love Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524743314
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dutton - March 12th, 2019