Books Inc. Berkeley proudly welcomes attorney, author, and yoga teacher Nadia Davis to the shop for a healing discussion about her book Home is Within You!
Nadia will be joined in conversation by Alameda attorney Nancy o'Malley.
In this deeply personal memoir, Nadia Davis addresses her three sons with brutal honesty, hope, and strength, revealing both her childhood and adult traumas that led to issues with addiction and dysfunctional relationships, as well as to discuss transformational healing, spirituality, intensive trauma therapy, chronic pain management, healthy co-parenting and intimacy, preventing learned toxic masculinity, and more.
As a young high-profile lawyer, school board member in Southern California, county supervisor in the Bay Area, recipient of state and national public service awards, and former wife of California's attorney general and treasurer, Nadia Davis has been a public figure in California for over two decades. Her experience with addiction in the trenches of a non-marital highly publicized and abusive relationship led Davis through the challenges of public shaming, injustice, arrests, mandated treatment, and a total lack of privacy for personal issues.
Home Is Within You details her courageous journey towards wholeness and health as a woman, mother, and former spouse/co-parent in a powerful homage to finding one's truth and worth. It is also a defense of privacy and motherhood, as well as a call to action against shaming of women and ineffective, often damaging policies towards families struggling with mental health and addiction, with suggestions for more compassionate methods of treatment and restorative justice enabling those struggling to ultimately find their personal truth and strength within.
"A tour de force work of striking power." Booklife Prize Review
"In these tender, urgent letters to her sons, Nadia Davis reveals her life, vulnerability, and journey toward healing. Home Is Within You is alive with Davis's honesty and vulnerability, threading both her pain and the hard work of recovery and healing into its pages. Her frank accounts of grief, loss, and assault are upsetting, but the memoir's hopeful trajectory sees Davis-"that little bright-eyed brown girl who simply wanted to save the world but sometimes hid in the closet"-building a thriving career, giving back to the community, and finding the strength to face trauma head on." BookLife
"A memoir of healing from trauma and addiction from a well-known West Coast political figure....With admirable candor, she shares a story of resilience, delving into childhood and adult traumas, including a nearly fatal car accident and difficulties involving a stalker, and tells how she worked to overcome intense feelings of "shame, fear, and resentment." Davis is an open and unwavering narrator who presents readers with explicit descriptions of sexual assault, eating disorders, suicidal ideation, and substance abuse. The work touches on issues of privacy, motherhood, injustice, and mental health, including important criticisms of how addiction is criminalized and misunderstood....A remembrance with a powerful message about strength and recovery..." KIRKUS REVIEWS
"Methodical...powerful....Centering motherhood, Home Is Within You is a delicate memoir about whole-person healing and its wider impact." Clarion
Nadia Davis is the mother of three sons and is a writer, attorney, and kundalini yoga instructor. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in sociology, and from Loyola Law School with a Juris Doctor. Nadia became the youngest Latina and Native American in local office when she was elected to the Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Trustees in November of 1998.
She has received numerous awards for her work improving the lives of others, including the John F. Kennedy Jr. Service Award, the National Women’s Political Caucus Woman of the Year award, and LULAC’s Hispanic Woman of the Year. Her journey of recovery from trauma, a near-death car accident, public shaming, and addiction is an inspiration to anyone seeking a way out of darkness into the light of knowing their infinite true self. Nadia lives in Southern California.
Nancy E. O’Malley is the first woman to serve as Alameda County’s District Attorney. She is a national and statewide leader known for her innovation and vision. She has made combating violence against women a high priority and is a nationally recognized expert in interpersonal violence and human trafficking.