Northshire Live: Sara Arnell presents There Will Be Lobster: A Memoir of a Midlife Crisis with Hugh Gallagher

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Thursday, July 22, 2021 - 6:00pm
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Sara Arnell will present her “darkly funny memoir with a big heart.” It took a rogue lobster, a dying rock star, an eighteen-pound tumor, a meditation guru, a famous medium, and a former monk to put her on a path toward light, hope, and healing.

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Sara Arnell will join us to discuss her There Will Be Lobster, her “darkly funny memoir with a big heart” with journalist & fellow author Hugh Gallagher.


You know her. You’ve seen her. You may even see yourself in her.

If you’re arriving to the midlife crisis party—the one that’s serving low self-esteem, desperation, unreliable behavior, forgetfulness, carelessness, and the loneliness of loss—the stories and anecdotes in this memoir will assure you that you are not alone. 

For Sara Arnell, it took a rogue lobster, a dying rock star, an eighteen-pound tumor, a meditation guru, a famous medium, and a former monk to put her on a path toward light, hope, and healing. If reading this book helps even one person, according to Sara, then telling this story is all worth it.


“Sara Arnell is the only writer I know who can make self-deprecation and wisdom look like the same thing. There Will Be Lobster is a darkly funny memoir with a big heart, and it’s the exact comeback story we all need right now.” —David Hollander, author of Anthropica and L.I.E.

“This book is a deeply personal story that’s not afraid to show you the crazy moments that we all have, but often don’t admit to. Read this memoir if you want to learn how honesty, vulnerability, and sheer perseverance can help you step into your light and illuminate a new path—one that is happy, healthy, and full of hope.” —André Leon Talley, author of New York Times bestseller The Chiffon Trenches and former Vogue editor-at-large.


Sara Arnell's impressive thirty-year career in fashion, writing, and advertising began while working alongside acclaimed fashion icon Andre Leon Talley at Vanity Fair magazine in her mid-20’s when she was offered an opportunity to write a press release for fashion designer Donna Karan. Sara worked as Chief Strategy Officer at one of New York’s most renowned and successful advertising agencies, eventually rising to CEO.  During her long tenure, she broke new ground, winning awards and global recognition for her agency and its clients. She traveled the world, working with some of the best known and most beloved consumer brands such as Pepsi, Samsung, McDonalds and Goop. Today, Sara is a Professor at The New School’s Parsons School of Design, and continues to consult with the world’s top brands on marketing strategy and brand design.  She regularly advises start-ups and entrepreneurs and has served on several boards for educational institutions. She is a sought-after speaker and founder of Karmic, a platform for ‘what-you-do-comes-back-to-you’ ideas and advice. Sara has a BA from Skidmore College and an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. She is the mother of three children and one small poodle, and resides in Katonah, New York.  There Will be Lobster: Memoir of a Midlife Crisis is her first book.

Hugh Gallagher has written for Rolling Stone, Wired, Harper's, and Newsweek. Many of his articles are now considered classics and have been reprinted in books and featured in broadcast media. His world famous College Application Essay is an Internet classic. Hugh’s first novel, Teeth, was published by Simon & Schuster, available internationally in multiple languages. Gore Vidal hailed Teeth as a “dental masterpiece.” His latest comic novel, Chicken 65 is a hilarious road trip romp inspired by five years of living and working in Asia. Hugh has written scripts for Spike Jonze, shared an office with Stephen Colbert and received standing ovations for his comedy show, Von Von Von. For more than two decades, Hugh has been a brand-creative working all over the world. He has written award-winning brand and advertising copy for such clients as Nike, Adidas and Microsoft. Hugh is a graduate of New York University.

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There Will Be Lobster: Memoir of a Midlife Crisis By Sara Arnell Cover Image
ISBN: 9781642939262
Availability: Special Order
Published: Savio Republic - July 20th, 2021

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