Jenn Abelson & Meredith Goldstein

We'll be hosting a conversation between authors, journalists, and friends Jenn Abelson and Meredith Goldstein. 


Can't Help Myself is a disarmingly honest memoir about giving advice when you're not sure what you're doing yourself, by the woman behind The Boston Globe's Love Letters column, Meredith Goldstein.

Every day, Boston Globe advice columnist Meredith Goldstein takes on the relationship problems of thousands of dedicated readers. They look to her for wisdom on all matters of the heart- how to cope with dating fatigue and infidelity, work romances, tired marriages, true love, and true loss. In her column, she has it all figured out, but in her real life she is a lot less certain. Whether it's her own reservations about the traditional path of marriage and family, her difficulty finding someone she truly connects with, or the evolution of her friendships as her friends start to have their own families, Meredith finds herself looking for insight, just like her readers. As she searches for responses to their concerns, she's surprised to discover answers to her own. But it's after her mother is diagnosed with cancer that she truly realizes how special her Love Letters community is, how this column has enriched her life as much, if not more than, it has for its readers.

Can't Help Myself is the extraordinary (and often hilarious) story of a single woman navigating her mercurial love life, and a moving and poignant portrait of an amazing community of big-hearted, love-seeking allies.


Jenn Abelson is an investigative reporter with the Boston Globe's Spotlight Team, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her series "Shadow Campus," and co-author of Chessy Prout's memoir I Have The Right To. The book, a memoir of Prout's freshman year at St. Paul's School, looks at her sexual assault by a senior student as well as her brave report of the assault and testimony in court. Prout faced backlash from the school and community and shed her anonymity to help start a movement of raising fellow survivors' voices. Proust's story is one of courage and strength and tackles the campus sexual assault while offering solutions to better support survivors and end rape culture. 

Event date: 

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

79 Leonard St
Belmont, MA 02478

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Can't Help Myself: Lessons & Confessions from a Modern Advice Columnist Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455543779
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 3rd, 2018

A disarmingly honest memoir about giving advice when you're not sure what you're doing yourself, by the woman behind The Boston Globe's Love Letters column.

I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534414433
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - March 6th, 2018

“A bold, new voice.” —People
“A nuanced addition to the #MeToo conversation.” —Vice

A young survivor tells her searing, visceral story of sexual assault, justice, and healing in this gutwrenching memoir.

The numbers are staggering: nearly one in five girls ages fourteen to seventeen have been the victim of a