Rakestraw Books presents Peggy Orenstein

Author Peggy Orenstein (photo courtesy Peggy Orenstein)

Thursday, 9 February 2023 at 7 PM -- In-store

Peggy Orenstein, Unraveling

The COVID pandemic propelled many people to change their lives in ways large and small. Some adopted puppies. Others stress-baked. Peggy Orenstein, a lifelong knitter, went just a little further. To keep herself engaged and cope with a series of seismic shifts in family life, she set out to make a garment from the ground up: learning to shear sheep, spin and dye yarn, then knitting herself a sweater.

Orenstein hoped the project would help her process not just wool but her grief over the recent death of her mother and the decline of her dad, the impending departure of her college-bound daughter, and other thorny issues of aging as a woman in a culture that by turns ignores and disdains them. What she didn’t expect was a journey into some of the major issues of our time: climate anxiety, racial justice, women’s rights, the impact of technology, sustainability, and, ultimately, the meaning of home.

With her wry voice, sharp intelligence, and exuberant honesty, Orenstein shares her year-long journey as daughter, wife, mother, writer, and maker—and teaches us all something about creativity and connection. 

Join us for a very special in-person author visit with Peggy Orenstein at Rakestraw Books on Thursday, 9 February 2023 at 7 PM. Let us know you're coming by calling us at (925) 837-7337.

Event date: 
Thursday, February 9, 2023 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
3 Railroad Ave
Danville, CA 94526
Unraveling: What I Learned About Life While Shearing Sheep, Dyeing Wool, and Making the World's Ugliest Sweater By Peggy Orenstein Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063081727
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper - January 24th, 2023