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A Better Place: A Memoir of Peace in the Face of Tragedy

A Better Place: A Memoir of Peace in the Face of Tragedy

by Pati Navalta Poblete


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Pati Navalta Poblete's world is shattered when her 23-year-old son, Robby, is violently killed. She blames God, gun violence and the town where he was born and died, even herself. Two years later, she shares how Robby’s death was transformative for her and many others — including their family and friends, and even the first journalist on the scene.

The Bay Area native takes the reader on a raw, heartbreaking journey from the scene of the crime, to a Buddhist monastery in Northern California, to Asia where she travels for work, to Robby’s favorite beach in Hawaii to mark the first anniversary of his death — everywhere she goes trying to make sense of what has happened. Along the way, she offers glimpses into her and Robby’s lives, underscoring what makes his loss so tragic and why every loss such as his matters.

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ISBN-13: 9781946706997
Publisher: Nothing But the Truth Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 05/22/2018
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 15 Years

About the Author

Pati Navalta Poblete is a longtime Bay Area journalist, serving as the Community Editor for the Vallejo Times-Herald, News Editor at the Alameda News Group, and Editorial Writer and Columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle, where she was nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize for her editorial series on the need for foster care reform in California. She later worked as the Asia Regional Director for an international organization that works with national governments and intergovernmental agencies on shaping sustainability policies. She is the author of “The Oracles: My Filipino Grandparents of America” (2006, Heyday Books), and the author of the upcoming book, “A Better Place” (Nothing But the Truth Publishing), to be released in 2018. She is married to Cicero A. Estrella, and is the proud mother of two children, Robby and Julie. She is committed to honoring them every day through The Robby Poblete Foundation.

Table of Contents

Looking Back ix

Part 1 Shock

Chapter 1 The Call 5

Chapter 2 Nine Days 13

Chapter 3 Saying Goodbye 19

Chapter 4 Send Me a Sign 27

Chapter 5 The Dark Night of the Soul 33


Chapter 6 Let It Out 43

Chapter 7 I Don't Know What to Say 51

Chapter 8 I Feel Your Pain 57


Chapter 9 Follow Me 67

Chapter 10 His Books 73

Chapter 11 Planting Seeds 79

Chapter 12 Shasta Abbey 83

Chapter 13 Be Still 91

Chapter 14 Baby Buddha 99


Chapter 15 I'm Still Here 109

Chapter 16 Passport 117

Chapter 17 Back to Work 125

Chapter 18 24 133

Part 2 Anger

Chapter 19 One Year 145

Chapter 20 White Sandy Beach 151

Chapter 21 Someone to Blame 159

Chapter 22 It Just Is 167


Chapter 23 Scarecrow 175

Chapter 24 Robby's Shop 181

Chapter 25 All In 187

Chapter 26 Always Forward 193


Chapter 27 The Strong One 203

Chapter 28 Love and Basketball 209

Chapter 29 Mothers and Sons 217


Chapter 30 Mothers and Movements 229

Chapter 31 Forgiveness 237

Chapter 32 Going Before the Judge 241

Looking Forward 245

Acknowledgments 253

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