Kate Braestrup will talk about parenting someone in the service when she visits the Southwest Harbor Public Library on June 7. PHOTO COURTESY OF JASON CROW

Braestrup to share personal memoirs



SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Author Kate Braestrup will speak about her new book, “Anchor and Flares: A Memoir of Motherhood, Hope & Service,” at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Tuesday, June 7, at 5:30 p.m. Her first memoir is “Here If You Need Me.”

“Anchor and Flares” delves deep into the struggles and joys of parenthood, specifically the challenges and rewards of loving and parenting someone in the service.

As a young mother, Braestrup discovered the fierce protectiveness that accompanies parenthood. In the years that followed, through mourning her husband and the joy of remarriage and a blended family, she experienced the blessings and complications of that instinct.

When her son, Zach Griffith, author of “Packed for the Wrong Trip: A New Look inside Abu Ghraib and the Citizen-Soldiers who Redeemed America’s Honor,” joined the Marines, Braestrup struggled with her desire to protect her children while honoring her family’s legacy of service. As Braestrup grappled with faith and fear, inspired by the families she met as a chaplain and by her son’s journey towards purpose and fatherhood, she learned that the threats we can’t predict both rip us apart and knit us together. Through her inimitable voice and generous spirit, Braestrup lovingly touched on the complexities of parenthood and service.

Braestrup serves as chaplain to the Maine Warden Service. She is the author of a novel, “Onion,” and several bestselling memoirs. She has written for “O, the Oprah Magazine,” the New York Times, “More Magazine” and theHuffington Post.” She lives in Maine with her husband, Simon van der Ven, and their six children.

There will be books for sale and signing. Call the library at 244-7065.

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