Meghan Riordan Jarvis: End of the Hour - with Christie Tate

Wednesday, February 28, 2024 - 7:00pm to 7:45pm


Join us as we welcome author Meghan Riordan Jarvis to the virtual stage to speak about her new book End of the Hour: A Therapist's Memoir on Wednesday February 28th at 7:00pm on Zoom. Jarvis will be in conversation with Christie Tate, author of BFF (published in paperback Feb 6th).

This is a free, virtual event. Pre-registration is required. 

ABOUT THE BOOK - End of the Hour

"A frank chronicle of healing." -Kirkus Reviews

What happens when a trauma therapist is traumatized by loss?

Meghan Riordan Jarvis lived a charmed childhood with her large Irish-Catholic family: loving parents, a house full of siblings, a top-tier education, and summers on Cape Cod. And yet, loss was part of her story from the beginning.

In therapy in her 20s after a break-up, Meghan discovered how the silence surrounding a childhood tragedy had laid the groundwork for a life spent trying to keep other people happy and avoiding any type of risk, including love. She even became a grief and trauma therapist herself.

Despite her clinical training, Meghan’s life came undone. Still reeling from her father’s death two years earlier, Meghan was vacationing with her mother and children when her mother died suddenly. Thrown into a maelstrom of grief, Meghan knew what she had to do—check herself into the same trauma facility to which she typically sent her patients.

A story of resilience, vulnerability, and life after loss, End of the Hour is for anyone who has experienced the unpredictable, lasting power of grief—and wondered how they’d ever get through it.



Meghan Riordan Jarvis is a podcast host (Grief Is My Side Hustle), two-time TEDx Speaker, and psychotherapist specializing in trauma and grief and loss. After experiencing PTSD following the deaths of both of her parents, Jarvis founded Talking Point Partners to help employers address complex emotions such as grief in the workplace. Jarvis is currently at work on Can Anyone Tell Me Why: 25 Essential Questions About Grief and Loss, which publishes with Sounds True Media in 2024. Originally from New England, Jarvis currently lives in Maryland with her husband and their three children, where competing piles of LEGO bricks and books cover most surfaces of their house.

ABOUT THE BOOK - BFF: A Memoir of Friendship Lost and Found

* “A love story about the miracle of friendship.” —Maggie Smith * “Fearless and unflinching.” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette *

From the author of Group, a New York Times bestseller and Reese’s Book Club Pick, a poignant, funny, and emotionally satisfying memoir about Christie Tate’s lifelong struggle to sustain female friendship, and the extraordinary friend who changed everything.

After more than a decade of dead-end dates and dysfunctional relationships, Christie Tate has reclaimed her voice and settled down. Her days of agonizing in group therapy over guys who won’t commit are over, the grueling emotional work required to attach to another person tucked neatly into the past.

Or so she thought. Weeks after giddily sharing stories of her new boyfriend at Saturday morning recovery meetings, Christie receives a gift from a friend. Meredith, twenty years older and always impeccably accessorized, gives Christie a box of holiday-themed scarves as well as a gentle suggestion: maybe now is the perfect time to examine why friendships give her trouble. “The work never ends, right?” she says with a wink.

Christie isn’t so sure, but she soon realizes that the feeling of “apartness” that has plagued her since childhood isn’t magically going away now that she’s in a healthy romantic relationship. With Meredith by her side, she embarks on a brutally honest exploration of her friendships past and present, sorting through the ways that debilitating shame and jealousy have kept the lasting bonds she craves out of reach—and how she can overcome a history of letting go too soon.

“An outstanding portrait of self-excavation” (Publishers Weekly, starred review), BFF explores what happens when we finally break the habits that impair our ability to connect with others, and the ways that one life—however messy and imperfect—can change another.


Christie Tate is a Chicago-based author and essayist. Her debut memoir, Group, was a Reese's Book Club pick, a New York Times best seller, and has been translated into 19 languages. Her memoir B.F.F. was published in February 2023, and was named best nonfiction of the year by Amazon. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Review, New Ohio Review, and elsewhere. 

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End of the Hour: A Therapist's Memoir By Meghan Riordan Jarvis Cover Image
ISBN: 9781958506202
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Zibby Books - November 14th, 2023

BFF: A Memoir of Friendship Lost and Found By Christie Tate Cover Image
ISBN: 9781668009437
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - February 6th, 2024