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Salt in My Soul

Diane Shader Smith

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Diane Shader Smith

Salt in My Soul

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 7:30pm

7812 Girard Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037
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On Wednesday, May 8th at 7:30pm Warwick's will host Diane Shader Smith as she discusses and signs her daughter Mallory's new book, Salt in My Soul: An Unfinished Life. Mallory Smith was a writer and environmental journalist with a passion for sustainability and social change. A 2014 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University, Mallory studied Human Biology with a concentration in Environmental Anthropology. During her time at Stanford, Mallory produced radio documentaries for Green Grid Radio as well as short news features for NPR at its Santa Monica affiliate, KCRW, and a documentary film, Silver Bullet. She also played club volleyball for Stanford and was a three-sport athlete in high school, serving as captain on each. After college, Mallory's first book, The Gottlieb Native Garden: A California Love Story, was published to wide acclaim. But it is her final book, Salt in My Soul: An Unfinished Life, that will define her legacy. Though Mallory is not here to celebrate its publication, her voice and her spirit are with us in this unflinching look at the joy, love and loss that defined her life. A fierce advocate, Mallory launched the viral social media campaign Lunges4Lungs with friends and raised over $5 million with her parents for CF research through the annual Mallory’s Garden event. She passed away at the age of twenty-five on November 15, 2017, two months after receiving a double lung transplant. Mallory’s Legacy Fund has been established in her memory at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This event is free and open to the public. Reserved Seating is available when the book is pre-ordered from Warwick's for the event. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.

"Mallory’s writing blossoms from the precocious philosophizing of a driven teenager grappling with a serious disease into the exquisitely nuanced chronicle of a terrified but hopeful young woman whose life was beginning and ending, all at once." ~Robin Abcarian

Read more of the recent Los Angeles Times article about Salt in My Soul here.

Click here to watch the book trailer for Salt in My Soul.

Diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at the age of three, Mallory Smith grew up to be a determined, talented young woman who inspired others even as she privately raged against her illness. Despite the daily challenges of endless medical treatments and a deep understanding that she'd never lead a normal life, Mallory was determined to "Live Happy," a mantra she followed until her death. Mallory worked hard to make the most out of the limited time she had, graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University, becoming a cystic fibrosis advocate well known in the CF community, and embarking on a career as a professional writer. Along the way, she cultivated countless intimate friendships and ultimately found love.

For more than ten years, Mallory recorded her thoughts and observations about struggles and feelings too personal to share during her life, leaving instructions for her mother to publish her work posthumously. She hoped that her writing would offer insight to those living with, or loving someone with, chronic illness.

What emerges is a powerful and inspiring portrait of a brave young woman and blossoming writer who did not allow herself to be defined by disease. Her words offer comfort and hope to readers, even as she herself was facing death. Salt in My Soul is a beautifully crafted, intimate, and poignant tribute to a short life well lived--and a call for all of us to embrace our own lives as fully as possible.

Salt in My Soul: An Unfinished Life Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781984855428
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Spiegel & Grau - March 12th, 2019