Jill Ebstein, author of Alfred's Journey to be Liked

Porter Square Books is delighted to welcome local author Jill Ebstein to discuss her new book, Alfred's Journey to Be Liked. This event will take place on Sunday, March 19 at 1:30pm at Porter Square Books (25 White St. Cambridge, MA 02140). Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event, and you'll also be able to get your book signed by the author following the presentation.

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Meet Alfred, a neurodivergent 14-year-old teenage boy whose world is comprised of his mom, his favorite Soho Glob cookies, a Ninja named Naruto, baseball stats, and chess. Alfred has difficulty making friends until his mom decides it's time to change things up and hires Coach.

Coach uses Alfred’s passions to help guide him. Among Alfred’s many lessons, he learns:

  • Not to be a know-betterer
  • How to use humor to spread cheer
  • Why it's important to hear people’s unspoken words
  • Ways to be generous that matter most
  • How dogs simply make the world better
  • New characters emerge in this quirky tale, and because nothing is a straight shot, Alfred has some setbacks as he revisits family history and learns about the dad he never knew.

Parents, coaches, teachers, mentors—anyone engaged in helping adolescents grow—will find some useful entry points for conversation, done with a lightness of touch.


Jill Ebstein has lived her professional life leading disparate voices in conversation about a wide range of topics. Alfred's Journey to Be Liked is her newest exploration into a neurodivergent teenage boy and his Coach. Jill is the editor of the At My Pace series of books – At My Pace: Twenty Somethings Finding Their Way (April 2018), At My Pace: Lessons from Our Mothers (Nov 2016), and At My Pace: Ordinary Women Tell Extraordinary Stories (2015). She's a journalist for InsideSources, and she is the founder of Sized Right Marketing, a Newton, Mass., based consulting firm that helps companies use the customer voice to drive strategy. She holds a BS from Washington University and an MBA from Wharton. Learn more at www.jillebstein.com

Event date: 

Sunday, March 19, 2023 - 1:30pm

Event address: 

Porter Square Books
25 White St.
Cambridge, MA 02140

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