The Many Lives of Mama Love: A Memoir of Lying, Stealing, Writing, and Healing


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$28.99  $26.96
Simon & Schuster
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6.34 X 9.27 X 1.07 inches | 1.12 pounds

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About the Author

Lara Love Hardin is the COO and Editorial Director of Idea Architects, a creative book and media agency creating a wiser, healthier, more just world. She has an MFA in creative writing from UC Irvine and has collaborated on more than ten books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Sun Does Shine and Designing Your Life. She lives in Santa Cruz, California with her husband, two dogs, and six children.


"A courageous and inspiring memoir." --Kirkus Reviews

"Grips you as suddenly as any psychological thriller... Readers will experience the lows and highs of addiction, incarceration and rehabilitation as Love Hardin assembles the pieces of her shattered life into something beautiful again in this inspiring chronicle." --BookPage

"A hilarious and heartbreaking confession that will not let you go until it is done--and then it will haunt you. It will give you hope in what is possible for each of us if we allow others--and ourselves--to move beyond our shame, find redemption, and write a new, more inspiring story of our lives." --Lori Gottlieb, author of the New York Times bestseller, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

"The Many Lives of Mama Love is a masterclass in perseverance. This brilliant memoir is a reminder and inspiration that sometimes the only way out of suffering is to go straight through it. This book will leave you inspired and empowered to reveal your own most authentic self." --Rich Roll, bestselling author of Finding Ultra and host of The Rich Roll Podcast

"Laced with penetrating wit, written with unsparing honesty and manifesting irrepressible resilience, The Many Lives of Mama Love is a book to intrigue, enchant, instruct, entertain and inspire readers of all ages and backgrounds. It speaks to our common human experience of suffering and the healing that can follow." --Gabor Maté M.D., author of the New York Times bestseller, The Myth of Normal

"Start this thrilling, heartrending, funny book, and you won't stop. I couldn't. From page one, I was swept into Hardin's remarkable, un-put-down-able, artfully told story of suffering and redemption. This book can help anyone who's struggled and felt hopelessness (and who hasn't?). shows that not only can we survive the bleakest times, but we can thrive in them and because of them. " --David Sheff, author of #1 New York Times bestseller, Beautiful Boy

"A compelling and timely rebuttal to the perverse and unjust notion that people who are convicted of crimes can only be criminals. This critically important idea is essential for a nation that has been so derailed by destructive "law and order" narratives that have left us both less just and less safe." --Bryan Stevenson, author of the New York Times bestseller Just Mercy

"Hardin reveals who we truly are deep inside: infinite souls of limitless possibility. We are far more than the sum of what we have done and not done, what we have and do not have. In her profound, moving memoir, Hardin is honest, courageous, and challenges us to exceed the limiting definition we impose on ourselves and one another. We all can be redeemed." --Dr. Lisa Miller, psychologist and author of the New York Times bestseller, The Spiritual Child

"This book will make you laugh, cry, and realize that everyone deserves a chance and, sometimes more than one. A powerful, poignant memoir filled with grace, enlightenment and love." --Dr. James Doty, author of the New York Times bestseller, Into The Magic Shop

"Lara Love Hardin writes with the same humor and bravery that helped her navigate incarceration, sobriety and a daunting return to the community to regain her place in her children's lives. This beautifully told story flies in the face of assumptions about substance use disorder and incarcerated women and shows how community and connection help people rebuild themselves for the better." --Piper Kerman, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Orange is the New Black