Laura Formentini is an author, nonprofit photographer, and philanthropist. While working as an advocate to encourage people to travel, see more of the world, and catalyze positive global change, she became a child welfare activist and a supporter for the prevention of cruelty to animals. Her philanthropic work spans the globe, touching lives in Puerto Rico, Kenya, Malawi, Italy, and numerous countries in Asia.
Over the years, Laura has sponsored more than forty children through Plan International, an organization that advocates for children’s rights and equality for girls. She is currently partnering with them to write a book revealing untold stories about the positive impacts of child sponsorship.
Laura is also writing “Coming Home,” a touching memoir about her work at an African orphanage, and finding creative ways to travel safely as she continues to spread the message that practicing “Love in Action” not only brings healing to our personal lives, but holds the key to healing the world. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Archaeology and Art History from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and has worked as an archaeologist in numerous European countries.
Twenty-One Olive Trees: A Mother’s Walk Through the Grief of Suicide to Hope and Healing marks Laura’s debut as a novelist. She lives in San Francisco with her family.
For more about Laura, please visit www.lauraformentini.com.
“An offbeat and uplifting contribution to the literature of grief.—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)”
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Twentyone Olive Trees: Kirkus Star, 2021
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