Get to know Julie Chavez

Julie Chavez is an elementary school librarian in Northern California. Though thousands of books pass through her hands each month, Everyone But Myself is the first one written by her. Julie lives with her husband and two tall teenagers in a house where she arranges her books by color.


Eagle-Vail, CO

Fun fact

I have a computer font of my handwriting

Favorite author

The cruelty of this question cannot be overstated, so I shall name three: Stephen King, Marisa de los Santos, and Kate Morton

Favorite place in the world


Favorite place to read

A shady spot outside, preferably on a beach where someone will periodically deliver me frosty beverages

Books by Julie Chavez

Everyone But Myself

Published January 9, 2024


A USA TODAY Bestseller


Funny, honest, and inspiring for readers feeling overwhelmed by life, Everyone But Myself is like a best friend’s story of how she returned to solid ground while embracing chaos along the way.


Featured in The Washington Post, She Reads Most Anticipated, and The New York Post


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For Julie, an elementary school librarian and mother of two boys, there was no time for debilitating anxiety. Yet the terrifying aftershocks of her first panic attack left her grappling with questions about the causes of her mental health crisis and where it would lead next.

What follows is a hopeful, honest account of love and loss, a husband who can’t read minds, disastrous family outings, and finding a path (with help from loved ones and a few key new friends) to the joy of a well-lived life.

Sure to resonate with mothers spread thin by the demands of modern family life, Everyone But Myself offers an intimate portrait of how one woman found her way back to herself.

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