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Your Friendly Neighborhood Bookseller is excited to host New York Times Bestselling author Nedra Glover Tawwab in conversation with Marsha Barnes of The Finance Bar in celebration of her new book DRAMA FREE: A Guide to Managing Unhealthy Family Relationships on Saturday, March 25, 2023.

Every family has a story. For some of us, our family of origin is a solid foundation that feeds our confidence and helps us navigate life’s challenges. For others, it’s a source of pain, hurt, and conflict that can feel like a lifelong burden. In DRAMA FREE, licensed therapist and bestselling relationship expert Nedra Glover Tawwab offers clear advice for identifying dysfunctional family patterns and choosing the best path to breaking the cycle and moving forward.

Covering topics ranging from the trauma of emotional neglect, to the legacy of addicted or absent parents, to mental health struggles in siblings and other relatives, DRAMA FREE delves into:

  • Unlearning dysfunction: Tawwab illustrates what dysfunction looks like and defines typical unhealthy dynamics, including trauma, boundary violations, codependency, enmeshment, and addiction.
  • Healing: learn how to manage relationships with people who won’t change, or end relationships because people won’t change.
  • Growing: discover how to troubleshoot the different types of family relationships: parents, siblings, extended family, adult children, in-laws, and blended families.

LOCATION: The Gallery at Morning Star

TIME: 12:00pm (book signing); 1:00pm (conversation)

ADDRESS: 12509 Idlewild Road, Matthews, NC 28105

PARKING: The gallery offers free onsite parking.

*A ticket is REQUIRED to attend this event. Each ticket includes 1 copy of Nedra’s new book DRAMA FREE. You will also have the option to pick up your book at the event. One ticket per person.*

Meet the author

Nedra Glover Tawwab, MSW, LCSW, is a New York Times bestselling author, licensed therapist, and sought-after relationship expert. She has practiced relationship therapy for 15 years and is the founder and owner of the group therapy practice, Kaleidoscope Counseling. Every day she helps people create healthy relationships by teaching them how to implement boundaries. Her philosophy is that a lack of boundaries and assertiveness underlie most relationship issues, and her gift is helping people create healthy relationships with themselves and others.

Nedra earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. She has additional certifications in working with families and couples and in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, plus advanced training for counseling adults who’ve experienced childhood emotional neglect.

Nedra has appeared as an expert on Red Table Talk, The Breakfast Club, Good Morning America, and CBS Morning Show to name a few. Her work has been highlighted in The New York Times, The Guardian, and Vice and has appeared on numerous podcasts, including Good Life Project, Sofia with an F, and Therapy For Black Girls. She runs a popular Instagram account where she shares practices, tools, and reflections for mental health and relationships.

Meet Marsha

Marsha Barnes is a sought after personal finance expert, commentator, and Founder of The Finance Bar. She is also Certified in Financial Social Work and Financial Therapy.

Since launching The Finance Bar, Marsha’s innovative approach to personal finance has caught the attention of national media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Essence, Forbes.com, Blavity, Business Insider, and more.

Marsha was named Best Money Expert in the Net-Worth Category by Go Banking Rates and serves as the Official Brand Ambassador for FICO. She stands on the belief that financial wellness should not be considered a luxury, and with commitment and discipline, any willing person can turn their financial situation around.