Rebecca Woolf in Conversation: ‘All of this: A Memoir of Death and Desire’

Published on Aug 15, 2022

Author, writer and award-winning blogger Rebecca Woolf will discuss her new book, “All of This: A Memoir of Death and Desire,” one woman’s story of embracing the complexities of grief without shame – as a mother, a widow, and a sexual being – and emerging on the other side of a relationship with gratitude and relief.

She will be speaking at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena Tuesday, Aug. 16, starting at 7 p.m.

The book is Woolf’s story about how, after years of struggling in a tumultuous marriage, she was finally ready to leave her husband. Two weeks after telling him she wanted a divorce, he was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Four months later, at the age of 44, he died.

In “All of This,” Woolf chronicles the months before her husband’s death – and her rebirth after he was gone. With rigorous honesty and incredible awareness, she reflects on the end of her marriage: how her husband’s illness finally gave her the space to make peace with his humanity and her own.

Rebecca Woolf has worked as a freelance writer since age 16 when she became a leading contributor to the hit 90s book series, “Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul” and its subsequent “Teen Love” series books. Since then, Woolf has contributed to numerous publications, websites and anthologies, most notably her own award-winning personal blog, Girl’s Gone Child, which attracted millions of unique visitors worldwide.

As well as launching her own successful blog, Woolf has contributed dozens of personal essays to publications both on and offline, including Refinery29, Huffington Post, Parenting, and Romper, and in 2012 hosted “Childstyle,” a web series on She has appeared on CNN and NPR and has been featured in The New York Times, Time Magazine and New York Mag.

Woolf lives in Los Angeles with her son and three daughters.

On Tuesday, she will be in conversation with Diablo Cody, an Academy Award and Tony-winning screenwriter and producer.

Cody is best known for writing the movie “Juno,” the Broadway musical “Jagged Little Pill,” and numerous feature films, as well as TV projects such as “United States of Tara” and “One Mississippi.”

Attendance at the event is free.

By visiting Vroman’s Bookstore’s in-person event, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. Masks are strongly encouraged.

For more information, call (626) 449-5320 or visit

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