Author Event: Sami Greenfield - "Bury Me in My Bathing Suit"

Event date: 
09/26/2023 - 7:00pm

Sami Greenfield joins us to discuss Bury Me in My Bathing Suit, her collection of stories that will make readers laugh through their tears. 

This is a free event but you must RSVP in order to secure your spot. You can do so with the link below (no fees) or by calling us at 781-431-1160 during store hours (also no fees). 

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event. Please note that you must purchase your copy of the book from Wellesley Books in order to have the author sign it at the event. 



Gathering the courage to write a eulogy, wedding, bar mitzvah, graduation, or birthday toast can be challenging. Making your audience laugh through their tears is typically the goal. Sami Greenfield’s stories on grief, love, infertility, fear, and gratitude, are meant to inspire readers to share their own bursts of joy when they raise a glass. Life experiences can be positive when the lesson reveals itself and you are pushed forward. Greenfield calls these moments of discovery “joybursts.” The book speaks to readers in a funny, deeply personal, relatable manner, inspiring conversations about difficult subjects.

Give this book with a bottle of wine to a friend who is anxious about her upcoming empty nest, who is recently widowed, is planning her mother’s eightieth birthday, or whose sister is newly engaged. Return for a cup of coffee to hear what made her laugh, cry, and relive her own memories.

In Bury Me in My Bathing Suit, Greenfield sprinkles her stories with a toast that inspires one’s own opportunity to raise a glass! Gramma Phyllis is a snarky character (in every sense of the word!) throughout the essays, and she shares one of her pie recipes at the end of each section. Baking together has always been a way to ease anxiety and connect with Greenfield’s own family.

Sami also shares some great lessons learned about grief after watching her parents, Pake and Pookie, go through cancer, and with her elderly neighbor Dale, rescuing an owl, Owlivia, and sharing her eventual death with her community. From meeting her husband on the middle school blacktop breakdancing to helping her Dad surprise her Mom with a stripper on her fortieth birthday, Greenfield’s stories will make readers laugh through their tears.



Writing since she was an adolescent, Sami Greenfield aims to make readers and her audience laugh through their tears. Her stories about grief, love, infertility, fear, and gratitude speak to readers in a funny, deeply personal, and relatable manner, inspiring conversations about difficult subjects. Sharing lessons learned from her parents’ experiences with cancer to rescuing an owlet, and from meeting her future husband in middle school to helping her dad surprise her mom with a stripper for her fortieth birthday, Greenfield’s stories will have readers intermittently laughing and crying. Peppered in between each essay is one of her grandmother’s pie recipes. Sami’s goal is to inspire others to find joy and create a ripple of sparking generosity, one lil' joyburst at a time. You can read more about Sami on her website, or on her bubbly social media @samigreenfield. 


Bury Me In My Bathing Suit: Essays on life, grief and unexpected joybursts By Sami Greenfield Cover Image
ISBN: 9781946694942
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Published: Sami Greenfield - July 23rd, 2023

Event address: 
Wellesley Books
82 Central St
Wellesley, MA 02482-5714