Educated? Successful? Well-informed? Communicative? Empowered?

Many of us were raised to be strong women.

So when we find ourselves in the unexpected situation of having lost control over our own lives, the juxtaposition feels shocking and scary.

Author and teacher Marsha Jacobson knows all about that feeling. When she was a freshman in college, she began a relationship with a controlling man who began to send her down a painful life path. Fear drove her to marry him and to move to Japan, far from friends, family and support. Halfway around the world, she found herself succeeding in her career and disempowered in the rest of her life. But luckily, her story didn’t end there. In fact, it was from those depths that she began to craft her next life chapter.

Join us as Marsha discusses her new memoir, The Wrong Calamity which not only details her lived experiences with neglect, eating disorders, domestic violence, single parenthood, and trauma but is filled with insights about resilience after so much darkness.

It’s a survivors story. A thriver’s story. And one you won’t want to miss. Join us, and we hope you’ll bring a friend!

We can’t wait to see you there.

Anne & Arielle


Having grown up in a small Midwest town, Marsha Jacobson went to college in Boston and discovered she’s a city gal. She now lives in New York City and is an author, teacher, and writing coach. Her work has appeared in the New York Times; the Visible Ink anthology; and the flash fiction anthology, For Sale: Baby Shoes, Never Worm. Previously, she was a corporate executive, ultimately as a vice president of operations at Fidelity Investments, and then an executive in nonprofits, where she served as chief operating officer in a large mental health organization and then as COO and acting executive director at the New England Organ Bank. These days, when she’s not writing, you might find her reading in a park or cooking something out of the ordinary in her kitchen while singing along with a playlist.