Monday, October 26, 7:30pm

My Wife Said You May Want To Marry Me: A Memoir
(HarperCollins, 2020)

mic-icon In Conversation with Pam Sherman 

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Pam Sherman is an attorney, actress, writer, and leadership consultant whose story of ditching her day job as a lawyer to pursue her dream as an actress was featured in 
People Magazine. Today she combines her business background as an attorney along with her creative talents to conduct The ShermanEDGE: Explore, Dream, Grow & Excite™ Programs for leaders for communications, business development and leadership in order to present themselves and their organizations with passion.  Sherman is a keynote speaker and provides group and individual development programs for a variety of organizations including, professional organizations, advertising agencies and Fortune 500 companies.


An inspiring memoir of life, love, loss and new beginnings by the widower of bestselling children’s author and filmmaker, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, whose last of act of love before her death was setting the stage for her husband’s life without her in a column in The New York Times.

On March 3, 2017, Amy Krouse Rosenthal penned an op-ed piece for The New York Times​’s ​“Modern Love” column — ​“You May Want to Marry My Husband.” It appeared ten days before her death from ovarian cancer. A heartbreaking, wry, brutally honest, and creative play on a personal ad — in which a dying wife encouraged her husband to go on and find happiness after her demise — the column quickly went viral, reaching more than five million people worldwide.

In My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me, Jason describes what came next: his commitment to respecting Amy’s wish even as he struggled with her loss. Surveying his life before, with, and after Amy, Jason ruminates on love, the pain of watching a loved one suffer, and what it means to heal — how he and their three children, despite their profound sorrow, went on. Jason’s emotional journey offers insights on dying and death and the excruciating pain of losing a soulmate, and illuminates the lessons he learned. As he reflects on Amy’s gift to him — a fresh start to fill his empty space with a new story — Jason describes how he continues to honor Amy’s life and her last wish and how he seeks to appreciate every day and live in the moment while trying to help others coping with loss.

Jason Rosenthal is a lawyer and the executive director of a nonprofit organization created in his late wife’s name, the Amy Krouse Rosenthal Foundation, which funds child literacy programs and ovarian cancer research. His Ted Talk ​“The Journey Through Loss and Grief ” has been viewed over 1.4 million times since June 2018. He lives in Chicago and is a doting father to his and Amy’s three children.

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TOPIC: death & mourning, family 

BOOK: $27 for one copy of My Wife Said You May Want To Marry Me: A Memoir  


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