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Books Over Drinks with Elizabeth Passarella

May 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Join us for an evening of cocktails and conversation with Southern Living columnist Elizabeth Passarella! She’ll be sharing about her collection of refreshingly honest and hilarious essays, It was an Ugly Couch Anyway: and other thoughts on moving forward, about navigating change–whether emotional or logistical–and staying sane during life’s unexpected twists and turns.

Your ticket includes admission, a cocktail in the spirit of the story, and a copy of the book, as well as an after-hours bookstore evening with Elizabeth.


After Elizabeth Passarella and her husband finally decided that it was time to sell their two-bedroom apartment in Manhattan, she found herself wondering, Is there a proper technique for skinning a couch? The couch in question was a beloved hand-me-down from her father–who had recently passed away–and she was surprisingly reluctant to let the nine-foot, plaid, velour-covered piece of furniture go. So, out came the scissors. She kept the fabric and tossed the couch.

We’ve all had to make decisions in our lives about what to keep and what to toss–habits, attitudes, friends, even homes. In this new collection of essays, Elizabeth explores the ups and downs of moving forward–both emotionally and logistically–with her welcome candor and sense of humor that readers have come to love. She enters into a remarkable (and strange) relationship with an elderly neighbor whose apartment she hopes to buy, examines her own stubborn stances on motherhood and therapy, and tries to come to terms with a family health crisis that brings more questions than answers. Along the way Elizabeth reminds readers that when they feel stuck or their load feels heavy, there is always light breaking in somewhere.

It Was an Ugly Couch Anyway will make readers laugh, cry, and feel a little less alone as they navigate their own lives that are filled with uncertainty, change, and things beyond their control.


Elizabeth Passarella is a singular voice–a smart, hilarious New Yorker with deep Southern roots. Her essays range from profound to absurd to hopeful, but they always make the reader laugh, cry, and feel less alone. She has spent more than twenty years as a writer and editor in New York, with positions at InStyleVogue, and Real Simple. Elizabeth is currently a contributing editor at Southern Living and continues to freelance for many national publications. She has written about food, home design, parenting, and faith, as well as humor columns and personal essays for outlets including The New York TimesParentsMartha Stewart WeddingsCoastal Living, and Airbnb Magazine. Elizabeth’s voice is that of the wry best friend you wish you had, a mix of Anne Lamott, Nora Ephron, and Mary Laura Philpott.


May 17
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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M. Judson Booksellers
130 S. Main St.
Greenville, 29601 United States


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Books Over Drinks - Elizabeth Passarella
$ 30.00