LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Jessica O’Dwyer, Author of Mamalita: An Adoption Memoir Saturday, November 13, 2010 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com In Mamalita: An Adoption Memoir, Jessica O’Dwyer recounts her story as an American woman struggling to adopt a baby girl against almost insurmountable odds in Guatemala. Her book explores the nature of parenthood—the fierce love and loyalty that makes it possible for us do more than we knew we were capable of, inspired by more love than we knew we had to give. Jessica is the adoptive mother to a daughter and son. Jessica O’Dwyer is the adoptive mother to two children born in Guatemala. Her essays have been published in the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, Adoptive Families, and the West Marin Review; and aired on KQED-FM. Previously, she worked in marketing and communications at SFMOMA, the LA County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Jessica grew up at the Jersey shore, the daughter of a high-school shop teacher and former Radio City Music Hall Rockette. She now lives with her husband and children in Marin.