90-yr-old Holocaust survivor, educator, esteemed therapist and speaker, Edith Eger, shares her experience and advice about choosing ‘love over hate’ and embracing our perceived enemies. Does it have to be ‘Us’ vs. ‘Them’?
Dr. Eger made her way to Austin, TX to speak at Austin’s largest independent bookseller, Book People. With over 200 attendees and even more books sold online (and even internationally), Edie had a wonderful time sharing her story with all around. She was in-conversation with Austin’s NPR Station, KUT and its own Jennifer Stayton.
Be sure to pick up a copy of The Choice today, and follow Edie on Facebook so you don’t miss out on any of her upcoming events!
Dr. Eger’s successful book discussions and signings have continued, this time in El Paso, TX. With a long history in El Paso from her time at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Edie was thrilled to return to some of her roots in Texas.
I can’t imagine a more important message for modern times. Eger’s book is a triumph, and should be read by all who care about both their inner freedom and the future of humanity.
Titled The Power to Heal, Gottlieb captures Edie’s message of forgiveness and the ability to choose in her starred review, recognizing how pertinent this story is in the current national climate. To read Gottlieb’s full New York Times review, visit here or pick up your copy at your local news seller today!
It’s October and fall is in full-swing! Edie loves to cook, and she wanted to share her favorite fall dish with all of you: Hungarian Szekely Goulash. It’s rich, warm, and flavorful; perfect for a chilly day with your loved ones.
For the recipe, see below:
Hungarian Szekely Goulash
Ingredients (for 4 servings)
1.5 lbs Pork
2 lbs Sauerkraut, fresh and drained
2 Onions, sliced/chopped
1 Green Pepper
Dash of Salt and Pepper
1 TSP Caraway seeds
1/4 cup Paprika
3/4 cup Sour Cream
Brown the pork, onions, and bell pepper in a large pan.
Season with S&P and add Caraway seeds.
Stir in the sauerkraut (be sure it’s rinsed and drained)
Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 2 hours, stir occasionally. Cook until pork is nice & soft; add water if needed.
20 minutes before goulash is done, stir in sour cream and paprika. Do not allow the goulash to boil at this point.
Over 22 multidisciplinary workshops, presentations, film and discussions on resilience, trauma informed care, nonviolence, human dignity, memoir writing, multiculturalism, healing, expressive arts, inclusivity, activism, innovative non-pathologizing trauma-informed care, epigenetics, ecology, biology and social justice were offered throughout the four day WISeR Annual Conference.
Dr. Edie’s Peace Maker’s Celebration Event presentation on Saturday, and her brilliant Berkeley workshop on Sunday coalesced not only SFBay National week of Non Violence events and WISeR Annual Conference Themes. Dr. Eger also unified, contextualized and fomented the many life-affirming and inspiring endeavors of community partners, attorneys, scientists, nurses, physicians, therapists, activists, artists, filmmakers, business people, researchers, educators, families and peacemakers everywhere; underscoring the importance of doing good for others, unconditional love, and how each individual – each and every human being – has the capacity to heal. Dr. Edie demonstrated how we can all practice unconditional love and forgiveness. She meaningfully articulated how each and every individual matters, and we can all work together toward making the world a better place.
After her inspiring Saturday evening presentation on Forgiveness and Resilience, Dr. Edie graciously signed copies of her memoir, “The Choice: Embrace the Possible.” While the electroacoustic harp trio performed special tributes to Dr. Edie, with standards & favorites “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” and “A Nightingale Sang on Berkeley Square” onstage, Dr. Edie greeted attendees enthusiastically. The line filled the theatre lobby.
Dr. Edie’s books were provided at the theatre venue by San Francisco’s own Book Shop West Portal. Susan Tunis from Book Shop West Portal is also an alum of Saybrook University and was thrilled to have an opportunity to meet Dr. Edie. All of Edie’s books sold out!
Dr. Edie was followed by presenters Law Professor David Yamada on Eliminationist Behaviors and Workplace Bullying; Fine Artist, Educator and Ecologist Heidi Hardin, on the UN ACE’s Elimination Initiative and Global Center for Human Family Peace Project; Global Trauma Care Initiative Diana Canant’s Turning the Tide of Trauma; and Lauded Therapist, Filmmaker, Educator and Activist, Satsuki Ina PhD “And Then They Came for Us” Talk and Film Screening.
Fellow WISeR Peace Makers Presenter, Suffolk Law Professor, WISR Alumnus and WISR Board of Trustees Member; David Yamada JD, PhD had this to say about Saturday’s event and Dr. Edie’s memoir in his blogon Monday:
“I was so moved by Dr. Edie’s presentation that I read her book cover-to-cover during the long flight back from San Francisco to Boston… I cannot recommend this intelligent and deeply humane book too highly.”
Ray D’Arcy from RTÉ Radio One’s The Ray D’Arcy Show graciously interviewed Dr. Eger about her memoir “The Choice” and her life as a Holocaust survivor and psychologist. RTÉ’s Today Show has been trailing clips of this interview all week, stating that they “highly recommend” “The Choice” and that “it will change your life.”
The Choice is… a book that will stay with you for a lifetime. — Ray D’Arcy, RTÉ Radio One
Perhaps this is partly why “The Choice” is #2 on Ireland’s Bestseller list. Congratulations Edie! Get your copy of “The Choice” today: Amazon | B&N
Broadly. (yes, with a period!), an imprint of renowned digital platform Vice, is devoted to representing the woman’s experience. In an interview with Dr. Eger, reporter Mitchell Sunderland explores Edie’s perspectives on PTSD, trauma, and the similarities between Holocaust survivors and soldiers fighting the war in Iraq.
The Choice uses Eger’s journey to teach readers how they, too, can triumph over trauma. —Mitchell Sunderland on Dr. Eger’s “The Choice”
Dr. Eger has devoted decades to giving back to the U.S. military that saved her life, through extensive PTSD therapy, visits to military establishments across America, and by serving as a consultant for the U.S. Army and Navy.
Dr. Eger has been extremely well-received across the Atlantic. Her bestselling memoir “The Choice: Embrace the Possible” is #2 in New Zealand, and has had multiple features such as her interview with the NZ Nine to Noon radio show, which is currently the most listened-to podcast on NZ’s National Radio, as well as a digital feature for the NZ Herald and a four page feature spread in Australia’s #1 magazine, The Australian Women’s Weekly with interviewer and AWW editor, Juliet Riedan.
We’re so pleased that Edie’s story is being embraced by so many! To purchase your copy of “The Choice” visit your favorite bookseller online or in-store today. Amazon | B&N
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With Edie returning to her stomping grounds in the upcoming week, it’s only fitting that El Paso Inc’s David Crowder wanted to feature the therapist, speaker, and rising debut author. We’re loving all of the wonderful feedback we’re getting from Texas about “The Choice.”
Of Edie, David says:
Eger writes candidly about family problems, raising two daughters and a son, divorce and her early, gritty years in the Department of Psychiatry at William Beaumont Army Medical Center.
Edie can’t wait to connect and invigorate her El Paso audience. She will be signing and discussing “The Choice” at the Sunland Park Barnes & Noble. To RSVP, visit her FB page! Address and information below: