LORA NAKAMURA is a poet, blogger, and the author/illustrator of The Bonsai Babes: A Love Story, an illustrated gift book for all ages. As a credentialed educator and MSW, she has extensive background in human behavior, and her writing highlights aspects of interpersonal relationships that provide for both struggle and growth. Her use of illustrations provides accessibility to readers young and old, and can be seen as a cute story of friendship or as a more complex tale of self-actualization. She has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals in the field of social work and has lectured on college campuses on the topics of human behavior, diversity, and social welfare. (3/2014)

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