May 21, 2020

How to Be a Person

Join The Odyssey Bookshop on Wednesday, May 27 at 6:30pm on Zoom for a virtual event with Catherine Newman, author of How to Be a Person: 65 Hugely Useful, super-Important Skills to Learn Before You're Grown Up.

This virtual event is open to all ages! You can join the webinar on Zoom here.

Families are encouraged to tune in together, and to submit questions for Catherine ahead of the event. Submit your questions here!
*Questions about joining a Zoom event? Please email*

About the Book

For the kid who leaves a wet towel wadded up on the floor or forgets to put a new roll on the toilet-paper thingy, humorous writer and etiquette columnist Catherine Newman has created the ultimate guidebook to becoming a person whom everyone will like being around more. Jam-packed with tips, tricks, and skills — all illustrated in an irresistible graphic novel–style — this book shows kids just how easy it is to free themselves from parental nagging and become more dependable — and they’ll like themselves better, too! They’ll learn how to deal with dirty rooms, care for pets and cactuses, stick up for somebody, and fold a T-shirt. They’ll even get a crash course on using the kitchen (including how to turn a 33-cent package of ramen into dinner) and a boot camp for lending a hand outside the house (mowing, shoveling, and fixing something loose has never been easier). This handbook to becoming beyond helpful promises that every kid can be a valued and valuable member of the grown-up world.

About the Author

Catherine Newman is the author of Waiting for Birdy, Catastrophic Happiness, and One Mixed-Up Night, and the coauthor of Stitch Camp. She is the etiquette columnist for Real Simple magazine and the editor of the James Beard Award–winning kids’ cooking magazine ChopChop. Newman has contributed to publications including the New York TimesO the Oprah Magazine, and Parents. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her family. Visit her at

Join the Event!

This event is free and open to the public! Please join us on Zoom here.
Please submit your questions for the author before the event here.

Get Your Copy

Until the library reopens and you can check out a copy, feel free to purchase one at The Odyssey Bookshop!