Free Reading by Kate Washington, “Already Toast”

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Local author Kate Washington will read from her book, “Already Toast: Caregiving and Burnout in America,” at East Village Bookshop on Friday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m.

The book is a moving memoir of Washington’s time caring for her husband when he was treated for cancer and lost his sight. Washington details about the emotional and physical burnout she suffered when she became a full-time caregiver while also caring for the couple’s two children.

Published in March, the book has received sterling reviews. Publishers Weekly called it a “wrenching debut,” and Kirkus Review singled it out as “a biting critique of how America is failing its unpaid caregivers . . . A startling, hard-hitting story of a family medical disaster made worse by cultural insensitivities to caregivers.”

Washington, who is The Sacramento Bee’s dining critic, will talk about the book and her experiences in caregiving at the free event. She will also sign copies and answer questions. Attendees can preorder a copy of the book for $19.96 plus tax. It comes with a free East Village Bookshop tote bag.

For more information about the author, go to or Instragram @washingtonkate. East Village Bookshop is at 3604 McKinley Blvd. in East Sacramento. To order the book, call or text the bookstore at (279) 202-9018.