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A Better Place


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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.


"Searing and tender, Pati Navalta Poblete's A Better Place is a deeply moving memoir that's also a call to action." - Vanessa Hua, author of The Responsibility of Deceit

"Pati took the darkest, most tragic moment in her life and turned it into a gift -- a gift of perspective, understanding and hope for us, her readers." - Levi Sumagaysay, Columnist, San Jose Mercury News

"Author Pati Poblete eloquently writes about her first-hand experience of the pain and aftermath resulting from the tragic death of her only son... Ultimately this is a story of a mother's faith, fortitude and redemption in the face of tragedy." - Congressman Mike Thompson, 5th District, CA and Chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force in the U.S. House of Representatives

"An eloquent message of comfort directed toward fellow travelers."-- Kirkus Reviews

"At once devastating and life-affirming, this beautifully told and deeply honest account is a gift to anyone seeking to understand what it means to confront the unimaginable." - Nicole Freeling, Communications Specialist, University of California Office of the PresidentThe Responsibility of Deceit

"A simply riveting read from first page to last, A Better Place: A Memoir of Peace in the Face of Tragedy is one of those all-too-rare and deeply personal stories that will linger in the mind and memory long after the book itself has been finished and set back upon the shelf. Simply stated, A Better Place is unique and unreservedly recommended for personal reading lists, as well as community and academic library collections." - Midwest Book Review

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