Tricia Booker

The Place of Peace and Crickets
Tricia Booker



Tricia Booker is an award-winning journalist and writer of creative nonfiction who lives in Ponte Vedra, Florida with her husband, two daughters, one son and a dog. She has written for many publications including Notre Dame Magazine, Folio Weekly, Minnesota's Law & Politics and the Vero Beach Press-Journal. She has taught creative writing to middle schoolers and inmates and journalism to college students. She's currently a boxing instructor, part-time college professor and dedicated domestic engineer.



Literary Nonfiction. Memoir. When journalist Tricia Booker and her husband had trouble conceiving, they followed the well-worn footsteps of couples exploring in-vitro fertilization. Two years and thousands of dollars later, they decided to have a long fulfilling life—without children. 

Instead, they became immersed in the world of international adoption. Their first child, born in Vietnam, introduced them to a poor but loving orphanage where infants slept with their caretakers.

Then came Guatemala, a beautiful, impoverished country where Booker's two younger children lived in tiny cribs with little human interaction.

In candid, raw prose, Booker tells the story of her family, including her son's diagnosis of Anxious-Attachment Disorder, the service dog she trained to help him, and her and her husband's chaotic attempts to simplify their lives in order to heal their son.




Tricia Booker’s The Place of Peace and Crickets is a story about family and the bonds that form at the core of our lives. Raised in New Orleans, she’s a red-headed, salty storyteller, and she tells the tale of how her international family came to be with verve and unflinching honesty.”
— Neely Tucker, the Washington Post
In her gorgeous memoir, Booker takes you on a candid, funny heart-wrenching, and poignant journey to and through parenthood. With three adopted children, two dogs, a husband, and household to manage, Booker hilariously describes the chaos of her life. But it is the tender motherhood moments that cling to your skin like a soothing balm.
— Katrina Anne Willis, author of Parting Gifts and Table for Six

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