Susan Schorn - Smile at Strangers: And Other Lessons in the Art of Living Fearlessly


Monday, July 8 at 7PM

Acclaimed Austin Author
Susan Schorn

Speaking and Signing
Smile at Strangers: And Other Lessons in the Art of Living Fearlessly

Susan Schorn led an anxious life. For no clear reason, she had become progressively paralyzed by fear. Fed up with feeling powerless, she took up karate.

She learned how to say no and how to fight when you have to (even in the dark). Karate taught her how to persuade her husband to wear a helmet, best one bossy Girl Scout troop leader, and set boundaries with an over-sharing boss. Here this double black belt recounts a fighting, biting, laughing woman's journey on the road to living fearlessly—where enlightenment is as much about embracing absurdity and landing a punch as about finding that perfect method of meditation.

Full of hilarious hijinks and tactical wisdom, Schorn's quest for a more satisfying life features practical—and often counterintuitive—lessons about safety and self defense. Smile at strangers, she says. Question your habits, your fears, your self-criticism: Self-criticism is easy. Self-improvement is hard. And don’t forget this essential gem: Everybody wants to have adventures. Whether they know it or not. Join the adventure in these pages, and come through it poised to have more of your own.

SUSAN SCHORN Susan Schorn is a double black belt who teaches at an all-female dojo in Austin, Texas (the first of its kind). Since 2008, she’s written “Bitchslap,” the popular McSweeney’s column about self-defense. Recently, she’s written for McSweeney’s about female Ultimate Fighting Championships and about why Texans should take karate instead of buying guns. She’s a University of Texas staffer and a longtime Austin resident.

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Event date: 
Monday, July 8, 2013 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
603 N Lamar Blvd
78703-5413 Austin
ISBN: 9780547774336
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Houghton Mifflin - May 28th, 2013

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