- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Nothing But The Truth Publishing (May 22, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 194670699X
- ISBN-13: 978-1946706997
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #663,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Better Place: A Memoir of Peace in the Face of Tragedy Paperback – May 22, 2018
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"Author Pati Poblete eloquently writes about her first-hand experience of the pain and aftermath resulting from the tragic death of her only son... Ultimately this is a story of a mother's faith, fortitude and redemption in the face of tragedy." – Congressman Mike Thompson, 5th District, CA and Chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force in the U.S. House of Representatives
"Searing and tender, Pati Navalta Poblete’s A Better Place is a deeply moving memoir that’s also a call to action." – Vanessa Hua, author of The Responsibility of Deceit
"Pati took the darkest, most tragic moment in her life and turned it into a gift -- a gift of perspective, understanding and hope for us, her readers." – Levi Sumagaysay, Columnist, San Jose Mercury News
"A simply riveting read from first page to last, A Better Place: A Memoir of Peace in the Face of Tragedy is one of those all-too-rare and deeply personal stories that will linger in the mind and memory long after the book itself has been finished and set back upon the shelf. Simply stated, A Better Place is unique and unreservedly recommended for personal reading lists, as well as community and academic library collections." – Midwest Book Review
"An eloquent message of comfort directed toward fellow travelers."-– Kirkus Reviews
"At once devastating and life-affirming, this beautifully told and deeply honest account is a gift to anyone seeking to understand what it means to confront the unimaginable." – Nicole Freeling, Communications Specialist, University of California Office of the PresidentThe Responsibility of Deceit
About the Author
Pati Navalta Poblete is a longtime Bay Area journalist, serving as the Community Editor for the Vallejo Times-Herald, News Editor at the Alameda News Group, and Editorial Writer and Columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle, where she was nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize for her editorial series on the need for foster care reform in California. She later worked as the Asia Regional Director for an international organization that works with national governments and intergovernmental agencies on shaping sustainability policies. She is the author of “The Oracles: My Filipino Grandparents of America” (2006, Heyday Books), and the author of the upcoming book, “A Better Place” (Nothing But the Truth Publishing), to be released in 2018. She is married to Cicero A. Estrella, and is the proud mother of two children, Robby and Julie. She is committed to honoring them every day through The Robby Poblete Foundation.
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I just couldn’t put it down so I squeezed in reading between work, commute and doctor appointments today.. Wow. What an emotional roller coaster. I found myself constantly wiping away tears, yet surprisingly, I found myself laughing through tears at some points in the book as well!
I audibly breathed a sigh of relief when Pati finally wrote “I’m stronger now”. So many times I wished I had a highlighter so that I could mark up parts of the book that inspired and moved me. I will certainly read it again (and again) , this time with highlighter in hand so I can come back to it in need of inspiration.
Thank you Pati for sharing your journey with us and thank you for all the work you do to “be the change” in our community...
Here’s to finding purpose, with the help of family, friends, gardening, basketball, and love.
First, let me start by saying, this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. When I decided to write this review, I had no idea how emotionally moved I would be by this story. I could not have ever imagined that Poblete's story would articulate my own experiences so precisely, that it felt as if she had written parts of my experience as I learned to process the unexpected death of my loved one.
A powerful memoir, Poblete does a phenomenal job of taking the reader on her quest as she learned more about her son after his death. By the end of the book I felt like I knew Robby. My heart ached for all the pain the author endured.
There were so many moments in this book that resonated with me. For instance, Poblete writes about not wanting to return to her home town, and also not wanting to talk to people she had known for many years, after her son's murder. She didn't want to see or talk to these people because they were emotional triggers. They caused her heart to ache. Therefore, she wanted to avoid them. Sadly, I understood her feelings all too well. But, this was the first time I had ever heard someone besides myself ever admit to feeling this way. It was transparent moments such as this one that allowed me to connect so deeply with this book.
What I liked most about the book is that Poblete shared her complete journey. There is a defined beginning, middle & end to her experience. And by the end of the book the reader is able to see how the author learned to heal her pain and find peace with Robby's death. Her story had a glimpse of light at the end of her painful tunnel.
Overall, I found this to be a very well written memoir. Pati Navalta Poblete is truly a gifted writer. I highly recommend this book, especially for anyone that’s working to move beyond the pain of losing a loved one.