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MOVED TO ZOOM – Lakewood Book Club February 2022

February 1, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Moved to Zoom

Due to the increase in covid numbers, this event has been moved to Zoom. A link was emailed to all registered attendees. If you did not receive a link, please email

Join us for the first meeting of the Lakewood Book Club, which is part of our Learn @ Lakewood series!

The books will vary in style and perspective, and may cover anything from living in the presence of death and dying, to local history or cemetery history. Get ready to learn and connect with our amazing community at this special event. Treats and coffee will be provided!

Registration is required – spaces are limited.

You will need to purchase your own copies of the books (or audio books) and read through them ahead of the event. We encourage shopping locally and buying your books through our neighbors at Magers and Quinn or other local sellers like Paperback Exchange, or The Irreverent Bookworm.

Depending on the number of attendees, we will either have a large group discussion or break out into smaller groups. Discussion questions and topics will be provided to spark conversation, but we encourage you to bring your own questions as well!

About This Month’s Book

It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too) by Nora McInerny

Twenty-seven-year-old Nora McInerny bounced from boyfriend to dopey “boyfriend” until she met Aaron—a charismatic art director and comic-book nerd who once made Nora laugh so hard she pulled a muscle. When Aaron was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer, they refused to let it limit their love. They got engaged on Aaron’s hospital bed and had a baby boy while he was on chemo. In the period that followed, Nora and Aaron packed fifty years of marriage into the three they got, spending their time on what really matters: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, each other, and Beyoncé. A few months later, Aaron died in Nora’s arms. The obituary they wrote during Aaron’s hospice care revealing his true identity as Spider-Man touched the nation. With It’s Okay to Laugh, Nora puts a young, fresh twist on the subjects of mortality and resilience. What does it actually mean to live your “one wild and precious life” to the fullest? How can a joyful marriage contain more sickness than health? In this deeply felt and deeply funny memoir, Nora gives her readers a true gift—permission to struggle, permission to laugh, permission to tell the truth and know that everything will be okay. It’s Okay to Laugh is a love letter to life, in all its messy glory.

Content Warning: Adult language and content.

About Your Host

Emily Stacken is a death doula and hospice vigil volunteer. She is one of the organizers of the Radical Death Series, a four-part series of conversations aimed to interrogate the phrase “good death” while prioritizing issues of racial equity, collective grief, and what it means to embrace death as inseparable from life. She attended United Theological Seminary and received a Masters of Arts in Leadership. Her final capstone, Radicalizing Death: A Death Positive Movement for Social Change, explores Ernest Becker’s concepts in The Denial of Death, and how this research informs the current Death Positive movement.


This event has been moved to Zoom.  

Depending on the size of the group we may break into small groups or stay together in one large group. A Zoom link was emailed to registered attendees on Wednesday, January 5th.
The link will be shared again closer to the event date.

Zoom FAQs

What if I registered for multiple people before you switched to Zoom? 

Please share the link that is emailed to you with the other attendees in your party.

What if i didn’t receive a Zoom link? 

Please check your SPAM or Trash/Junk folders in your email for an email from Eventbrite or Lakewood. If you still aren’t able to find it, please email and we will get the link for you.

Lakewood Heritage Foundation

This event is free however we invite you to make a donation to the Lakewood Heritage Foundation. Donations to the Lakewood Heritage Foundation support educational programming and the preservation and restoration of Lakewood’s landscape, art, architecture and public spaces—for the benefit of all.

You can donate when you purchase your ticket, or on the Lakewood Heritage Foundation page.

Questions? Call the Lakewood events line at 612-540-5165 or email to

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