On Tuesday, September 15th at 4:00pm Warwick's will host Edith Eger, in conversation, as she discusses her new book, The Gift: 12 Lessons to Save Your Life. An eminent psychologist and one of the few remaining Holocaust survivors old enough to remember life in the camps, Dr. Edith Eva Eger has worked with veterans, military personnel, and victims of physical and mental trauma. She lives in La Jolla, California. She is also the author of the award-winning book The Choice. Seth Lerer joined the UC San Diego Literature Department in January 2009 as Distinguished Professor and as Dean of Arts and Humanities. His teaching and research address Medieval and Renaissance Literature, the History of the English Language, Children’s Literature, and the history of the book. He is the author of nine previous books, and received the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Truman Capote Prize in Criticism for Children's Literature: A Reader's History, from Aesop to Harry Potter. This a ticketed virtual event on Zoom.
Edith Eger's powerful first book The Choice told the story of her survival in the concentration camps, her escape, healing, and journey to freedom. Oprah Winfrey says, "I will be forever changed by Dr. Eger's story." Thousands of people around the world have written to Eger to tell her how The Choice moved them and inspired them to confront their own past and try to heal their pain; and to ask her to write another, more "how-to" book. Now, in The Gift, Eger expands on her message of healing and provides a hands-on guide that gently encourages us to change the thoughts and behaviors that may be keeping us imprisoned in the past.
Eger explains that the worst prison she experienced is not the prison that Nazis put her in but the one she created for herself, the prison within her own mind. She describes the twelve most pervasive imprisoning beliefs she has known - including fear, grief, anger, secrets, stress, guilt, shame, and avoidance - and the tools she has discovered to deal with these universal challenges. Accompanied by stories from Eger's own life and the lives of her patients, each chapter includes thought-provoking questions and takeaways. Filled with empathy, insight, and humor, The Gift captures the vulnerability and common challenges we all face and provides encouragement and advice for breaking out of our personal prisons to find healing and enjoy life.