“To the Moon and Back” A Childhood Under the Influence at Watchung Booksellers

The best seats Lisa Kohn ever had at Madison Square Garden were at her mother’s mass wedding, and the best cocaine she ever had was from her father’s friend, the judge.

Meet Lisa Kohn, author of “To the Moon and Back: A Childhood Under the Influence,” Thursday, May 30, at 7 p.m.

Kohn’s early years in 1970s New York City were a mixture of encounter groups, macrobiotic diets, communes, Indian ashrams, and watching naked actors on off-Broadway stages during the musical HAIR. By the time her older brother was ten, Lisa’s father had him smoking pot. By the time she was 10, Kohn’s mother had them pledging their lives to the Unification Church (the “Moonies”).

As a child Kohn knew the ecstatic comfort of inclusion in a cult and as a teenager the torment of rebelling against it. As an adult, Kohn struggled to break free from the hold of abuse and the scars in her heart, mind, and psyche—battling her own addictions and inner demons and searching her soul for a sense of self-worth. Told in spirited candor, to the moon and back reveals how one can leave behind absurdity and horror and create a life of intention and joy.

Kohn is a writer, teacher, and public speaker who owns a leadership consulting and executive coaching firm (www.chatsworthconsulting.com) and who works to bring to others the tools, mind-shifts, and practices she’s found that have helped her heal, as well as the hope and forgiveness she’s been blessed to let into her life. She will always tell you that she is a native New Yorker, but she currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two children, whenever they’re around.

Author Lisa Kohn at Watchung Booksellers
Thursday, May 30, 2019 – 7:00pm to 8:00pm
54 Fairfield St.

Watchung Plaza, Montclair