Bestselling author Kate Braestrup of Lincolnville will sign her new book “Marriage and Other Acts of Charity” Friday, Jan. 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Left Bank Books, 21 East Main St./Route 1. The event is free, and the public is invited.

As Chaplain for the Maine Warden Service, Braestrup chronicled her fascinating work in her first award-winning memoir, “Here If You Need Me.” Now, with her inimitable voice and generous spirit, she turns her attention to the topics of love, commitment and marriage.

Braestrup is eminently qualified to reflect on the topic from many perspectives. At 44, she has been married twice and widowed once. As an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, she regularly counsels the starry-eyed affianced as they plan their fantasy nuptials, performs marriages, and later on works with couples, whose innocent and optimistic marriages are now floundering or conflicted. In “Marriage and Other Acts of Charity,” her insights into marriage and family life are so natural and contagiously engaging, the reader feels inspired to try harder, live more generously (and even, if so inclined, to write better). From helping a newlywed couple make amends after their first fight to preparing herself for her second marriage, Braestrup offers insights and experiences on what it truly means to share your life with someone, from the first kiss to the last straw, for better or for worse.

With her first book, Braestrup earned high marks and a loyal following for her refreshingly honest style, humility and irrepressible sense of fun. Part memoir, part observation of modern marriage and part meditation on the roles of God and love in our everyday lives, “Marriage and Other Acts of Charity” is an unforgettable look into why, and how, we love each other.

To reserve a copy or for more information, call 548-6400.