Kelly Cervantes • Book Talk & Signing

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Join Ernest & Hadley Booksellers on Thursday, November 17 from 5:30-7:00 PM, as we welcome a very special guest, Kelly Cervantes, aka Adelaide's Mom, to discuss her ongoing journey in her book Normal Broken: The Grief Companion for When It's Time to Heal But You're Not Sure You Want to. 

Wheelchair access available at our front entrance, and light refreshments will be served.

CLICK HERE to reserve your seat(s) or to purchase the book in advance for priority seating.


Have you ever wondered about Adelaide's Room where we keep our children's books? This is her story.

None of us make it through life without experiencing loss that leaves us feeling broken. That's what makes grief so normal.

In Normal Broken, Kelly Cervantes isn't trying to tell you what to do, how to feel, or the right way to heal. She's also not flinging sunny thoughts, vibes, and prayers at you. After losing her daughter to epilepsy, she knows that grief is many things. It's weird. It sucks. It's all-encompassing. Something everyone will have to deal with. But never linear. Just as what we are grieving varies, so do our journeys to process it.

Normal Broken was born out of this desire to meet people where they are in their grief journeys, to lend a hand, or maybe to just sit in the dark with them. To acknowledge your brokenness and to feel broken together--never pressured to "move on" or "think positive."

Kelly also shares stories from her ongoing journey, along with advice she wishes someone had given her, and simple exercises to help you reflect on where you are. Normal Broken is designed to serve as a companion through your own grief journey, whether you are mourning the loss of a child, a friend, a family member, or anyone special in your life.


Kelly Cervantes is an award-winning writer, speaker, and advocate best known for her blog Inchstones, where she shared the stress, love, and joy that came with parenting her medically complex daughter, Adelaide. Since Adelaide's passing, Kelly has continued to write candidly about her arduous and, at times, contradictory grief journey.

She has been published in the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, and Cosmopolitan, as well as quoted in the New York Times, CNN, and People. She is the current board chair for the nonprofit CURE Epilepsy and also hosts their biweekly podcast, Seizing Life, where she interviews scientists, doctors, and individuals affected by epilepsy. Kelly currently resides in Maplewood, NJ, with her husband, four children (two physically, two spiritually), and their two dogs, Tabasco and Sriracha.

Event date: 
Thursday, November 16, 2023 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
1928 7Th St
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401-1829
Normal Broken: The Grief Companion for When It's Time to Heal but You're Not Sure You Want To By Kelly Cervantes Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781637743829
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: BenBella Books - November 7th, 2023