An Evening with Margaret Mandell

Please join the Newtown Bookshop as we welcome Margaret Mandell to the Newtown Bookshop on Thursday, May 2nd at 6:30pm!  Margaret will be speaking about her memoir, "And Always One More Time: A Memoir'  and signing copies.  This is a FREE EVENT and will be held at the new location of the Newtown Bookshop!

“A moving, insightful, and beautifully crafted story of losing one great love and finding another.”—Kirkus Reviews

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Every year, more than a million women find themselves grappling with the devastating loss of a life partner-a loss that shatters their present and leaves their future in doubt. At 65, Margaret Mandell faces this heart-wrenching reality when she loses her husband of 45 years to a fast-moving disease. The bed is now half-empty, her body betrays her, and laughter seems elusive.

In the depths of longing and haunted by memories, Mandell embarks on a journey of healing through the written word. She begins to write letters to the man she loved in a poignant process of retracing their shared history. But when a tender-hearted college professor steps quietly into her life and listens attentively as Mandell reads her accumulating stack of letters out loud, her world is transformed in profound and unexpected ways.

And Always One More Time is a story that delves deep into the human experience, reminiscent of C.S. Lewis's A Grief Observed in its wisdom and Joyce Carol Oates's A Widow's Story in its suspense. It offers universal truths about love, loss, and resilience, much like Steve Leder's The Beauty of What Remains. With potent and swift-moving words, this book can be devoured in a single sitting. It is a beacon of hope for those navigating the aftermath of the greatest loss.


Margaret Mandell’s life story is one of adaptation. Earning her BA and MA in History at the University of Pennsylvania, she has been a doctoral candidate and college teacher, mother of two, entrepreneur, independent school admissions director, triathlete, and certified yoga instructor. When her husband of many years passed away, she became a widow, a woman still in the midst of becoming. Her debut memoir And Always One More Time,  released on March 12 by Atmosphere Press, tells the story of her next act and new, sustaining love. Excerpts have appeared in The Metaworker, Brevity Blog, NextTribe, Oldster, and the Daring to Tell podcast. 

Event date: 
Thursday, May 2, 2024 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
2120 South Eagle Road
Newtown, PA 18940
And Always One More Time: A Memoir By Margaret Mandell Cover Image
ISBN: 9798891321496
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Published: Atmosphere Press - March 12th, 2024

"A moving, insightful, and beautifully crafted story of losing one great love and finding another."

-- Kirkus Reviews