Dear Friends,
We usually only send you one email a month, but this is too exciting to wait.  I’m thrilled to let you know that Oprah announced today that she has chosen our dear friend and colleague Lara Love Hardin’s Many Lives of Mama Love as her new Oprah Book Club Pick!!!!
Many of you know that Lara came to work at our agency shortly after she was released from jail.  Lara had a harrowing story of going from a soccer mom living in a cul-de-sac to a heroin addict and almost losing custody of her youngest son.  Lara rebuilt her life and her amazing family with her four boys, two of whom, Ty and Cody, have worked at the agency.  Lara wore many hats at the agency, starting as my assistant and eventually becoming COO and co-CEO.  She also was the collaborative writer on four of our nineteen New York TimesBestsellers, including Anthony Ray Hinton’s astonishing The Sun Does Shine, about his thirty years of wrongful incarceration on death row, which was also an Oprah Book Club pick.
Lara’s book, subtitled “A Story of Lying, Stealing, Writing, and Healing,” is an incredible story of redemption, of finding your true self, of overcoming shame, and of realizing, as our author, Bryan Stevenson says, that no one is the worst thing they’ve ever done.  The book also shows how difficult our system makes it for people to reenter society and how we turn every sentence into a life sentence.  It is heartbreaking and hilarious.  What an incredible plot twist Oprah’s pick is in Lara’s life story.
Lara is watching the announcement today, surrounded by her sons.   She now splits her time between writing and running her own literary agency, True Literary, focused on the memoirs she likes most, stories of ordinary people who have lived extraordinary lives—like her.
She has also started a non-profit, The Gemma Project, with former Santa Cruz Mayor Cynthia Chase to help women navigate reentry into society after incarceration.
Lara’s book, subtitled “A Story of Lying, Stealing, Writing, and Healing,” is an incredible story of redemption, of finding your true self, of overcoming shame, and of realizing, as our author, Bryan Stevenson says, that no one is the worst thing they’ve ever done.  The book also shows how difficult our system makes it for people to reenter society and how we turn every sentence into a life sentence.  It is heartbreaking and hilarious.  What an incredible plot twist Oprah’s pick is in Lara’s life story.
Warm regards and friendship,
Doug and the IA Team (Alyssa, Amanda, Jordan, Sarah, Sascha, and Wenonah)