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A Book Launch Luncheon at Orinda Books

276 Village Square, Orinda, CA / November 13th, 11:30am-1pm

Reading and book signing at Rakestraw Books

3 Railroad Ave, Danville, CA / November 15th, 7pm

Reading and book signing at Barnes & Noble Arden Fair Mall

1725 Arden Way, Sacramento, CA / November 16th, 7pm

Reading and book signing at Babylon Salon Winter ’18 Reading at The Armory Club

1799 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA / December 1st, 6pm

Memoir Writing Workshop: Micro Macro Memoir, at Book Passage

51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA / January 6th, 10am-4pm

Reading and book signing at Bluestockings Books

172 Allen St, New York, NY / January 8th, 7pm

Reading and book signing at Diesel Books

225 26th St #33, Brentwood Country Mart, Los Angeles, CA / January 20th, 3pm

The Leopardi Writing Conference

Recanati, Italy
20-28 July, 2019

An immersive program for new and experienced authors, the Leopardi Writing Conference consists of workshops and craft talks in poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Learn more…

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The Leopardi Writing Conference

Recanati, Italy
23 – 27 July, 2018

An immersive program for new and experienced authors, the Leopardi Writing Conference consists of workshops and craft talks in poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Learn more…


Publishers Weekly

CRAVE featured in Publishers Weekly

“In this emotionally fraught memoir, O’Brien writes of growing up following an unorthodox and rigid dietary routine enforced by her mother, a former Miss Missouri. After suffering for years from a variety of undiagnosed medical issues, O’Brien’s mother treated herself with food restrictions instead of medicine, consuming various concoctions of yeast, vitamins, and enzymes. She eventually put the entire family—O’Brien, her three brothers, and her television executive father—on “the Program,” which consisted of “celery juice, blended salad, steamed vegetables, and rice.” Read more…

Macmillan Library Marketing

CRAVE featured in Macmillan’s Library Marketing Nonfiction Roundup

“A memoir of a life spent struggling with food—from water fasts to late night binges—and the lifelong journey to find balance.” Read more…

Q&A with Christine O’Brien on Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb

Q: At what point did you decide to write this memoir, and how long did it take you to write it?

A: My first impulse is to answer this question by saying that I’ve been writing about my life since I was 9 and begged my mother to buy me a very ugly little green diary with gold-edged pages and a lock and key attached. I’ve always had the desire to record my life’s events… Read more…

Liz and Lisa


CRAVE featured in’s 8 Books to Read This November 2018

“Christine S. O’Brien details her offbeat childhood in this new November release. O’Brien weaves trauma, disfunction, and food into a cohesive story about her mother, a woman who became obsessed with a diet that was dangerous and reckless, and one she passed onto her children. With chaos at home, O’Brien craved stability, family, and food. After all, hunger comes it many forms.” Read more…

Hello Giggles

CRAVE featured in Hello Giggle’s Books coming out this week

“When Christine O’Brien was a kid, her mother fed their family a strict dietary regimen called “The Program,” consisting mostly of celery juice and blended salads. After eating this way for years, Christine developed her own cravings. And not just for food, but for family, a balanced life, and the words to describe her hunger. Read about them in her compelling memoir, aptly titled Crave.” Read more…


CRAVE featured in Bustle’s ‘Becoming’ By Michelle Obama & 11 Nonfiction Books To Know This November

“A childhood spent following her mother’s ‘healthy’ diets led Christine S. O’Brien to write Crave: A Memoir of Food and Longing. She chronicles the years she spent following these restrictive diets, dealing with a hunger for food, belonging, accepting, and more from her family.” Read more…

Lit Hub

CRAVE featured in Lit Hub’s Fall Preview

“This is a memoir of a youth ruled by a mother obsessed with healthy eating, and then something on the far side of healthy eating, which she called ‘The Program,’ which left O’Brien hungry for years—but filled with some very unhealthy guilt.” Read more…