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Rebecca Alexander, Not Fade Away

November 19, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Thirty-four-year-old Rebecca Alexander is a psychotherapist, a spin instructor, a volunteer, and an athlete. She is also almost completely blind, with significantly deteriorated hearing. Not Fade Away is her deeply moving exploration of the obstacles we all face—physical, psychological, and philosophical. Despite enormous physical and emotional obstacles, this charismatic young woman continues to live each day with grace, purpose, and a sense of humor.

When Rebecca was twelve, her parents were told that she would be completely blind before she turned thirty. At eighteen, she fell through a window, shattering her body. In college, she found out that due to a rare genetic disorder—Usher Syndrome Type III—she was losing her hearing as well. Since then, she has earned two Master’s degrees from Columbia University, completed the San-Francisco-to-Los-Angeles AIDS/LifeCycle bike tour, hiked the Inca Trail, established a thriving career as a therapist, and maintained a vibrant social life.

In Not Fade Away, Rebecca charts her journey—from a teenager who tried to hide her disabilities to a woman who is faces the world exactly as she is. Not Fade Away is a thought-provoking dose of perspective—Rebecca doesn’t over-dramatize her difficult journey, but she doesn’t pretend to be perfect, either. She meditates on what she’s lost: the sound of laughter and skies full of stars, which she can now only remember. And she celebrates what she’s gained: an exquisite sense of intimacy with family and friends who’ve stuck by her, a profound appreciation and joy for everything she still has.

Rebecca currently lives in New York City but was born and raised in the Bay Area. Bookshop Santa Cruz is excited to welcome her for a reading and signing of her memoir.


November 19, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Bookshop Santa Cruz
1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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