Book­ends: A Mem­oir of Love, Loss, and Literature

  • From the Publisher
September 8, 2021

A deeply per­son­al mem­oir about one woman’s jour­ney to find­ing her voice and rewrit­ing her sto­ry by the cre­ator and host of the award-win­ning pod­cast Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books™.

Zib­by Owens has become a well-known per­son­al­i­ty in the pub­lish­ing world. Her infec­tious ener­gy, taste­ful authen­tic­i­ty, and smart, stead­fast sup­port of authors start­ed in child­hood, a prece­dent set by the pro­found effect books and libraries had on her own family.

But after los­ing her clos­est friend on 9/11 and lat­er becom­ing utter­ly stressed out and over­whelmed by moth­er­hood, Zib­by was for­get­ting what made her her. She turned to books and writ­ing for help.

Just when things seemed par­tic­u­lar­ly bleak, Zib­by unex­pect­ed­ly fell in love with a ten­nis pro turned movie pro­duc­er who showed her the path to hap­pi­ness: away from type‑A per­fec­tion­ism and toward let­ting things unfold organ­i­cal­ly. What unfold­ed was a mean­ing­ful career, a great love, and final­ly, her voice, now heard by mil­lions of listeners.

An hon­est and mov­ing sto­ry about rela­tion­ships, love, food issues, the writ­ing life, and find­ing one’s true call­ing, Book­ends will inspire and uplift.

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