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A Certain Loneliness: An Evening with Sandra Gail Lambert

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Sandra Lambert A Certain Loneliness Cover Photo Combined with Current Author Photo on Right


Join Charis in welcoming former Charis Books co-owner Sandra Gail Lambert for a true Charis homecoming in celebration of A Certain Loneliness: A Memoir. Sandra Gail Lambert probes the intersection of disability, queerness, and desire in this frank and funny memoir of her lifelong struggle with isolation and independence after contracting polio as a child. Lambert presents the adventures of flourishing within a world of uncertain tomorrows: kayaking alone through swamps with alligators; negotiating planes, trains, and ski lifts; scoring free drugs from dangerous men; getting trapped in a too-deep snow drift without crutches. A Certain Loneliness is literature of the body, palpable and present, in which Lambert’s lifelong struggle with isolation and independence—complete with tiresome frustrations, slapstick moments, and grand triumphs—are wound up in the long history of humanity’s relationship to the natural world.This is a Charis Circle From Margin to Center Literary Event. The suggested donation is $5, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. 

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Charis Books is a fully wheelchair accessible space with on site van accessible parking. All of our shelves are on wheels and can be moved to provide additional access. Our bathroom is wheelchair accessible and gender neutral. Free ASL interpretation is available for most Charis Circle programs upon request. Please email to request interpretation as early as possible. The space currently has a mix of florescent and non-florescent lighting. The space is not scent or chemical free but we do our best to minimize the use of chemicals and scents throughout the space. If you have specific questions about the space or how an event can be made more accessible to you, please do not hesitate to contact us at or via telephone at 404-524-0304.




Event address: 
1189 Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
A Certain Loneliness: A Memoir (American Lives ) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496207197
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: University of Nebraska Press - September 2018

After contracting polio as a child, Sandra Gail Lambert progressed from braces and crutches to a manual wheelchair to a power wheelchair—but loneliness has remained a constant, from the wild claustrophobia of a child in body casts to just yesterday, trapped at home, gasping from pain.

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ISBN: 9781940189000
Availability: Special Order
Published: Twisted Road Publications - July 28th, 2014

Fiction. Environmental Studies. THE RIVER'S MEMORY tells the story of women living along the banks of a river where water billows from caverns of silent lakes. Before the first Europeans arrive, a potter survives an alligator attack only to be trapped in a deadly game of politics.