Instructions Not Included

The inspiring new memoir, Instructions Not Included, by entrepreneur and philanthropist Maja Kristin is an enthralling narrative woven with threads of passion, adversity, and the relentless pursuit of truth. It offers a glimpse into a world where boundaries are shattered, and where the allure of sex, drugs, and the sting of betrayal collide.

Kristin's journey is not just about personal growth; it is also about empowering others, especially women. From uncovering family secrets to finding her own way in the world, Kristin shares her experiences growing up with great vulnerability and honesty, and explores her mother's life via intimate diary entries. Throughout the book, Kristin champions the cause of female empowerment, encourages women to break free from societal expectations and shows them how to reach their full potential. Maja's story is a beacon of hope, an inherent reminder that when women support and uplift one another, incredible things are bound to happen.

*Proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Girls Write Now, an award-winning national organization that mentors the next generation of young women writers and gender-expansive youth.

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The author, Maja Kristin

Maja Kristin has dedicated her life to lifting women's voices and bridging worlds. For Girls Write Now, an organization focused on the same important mission, it is an honor to have Maja champion our work and share her story with the world. Stories change minds and Kristin's inspiring story will give you a new perspective on the world.

– Maya Nussbaum, Founder & Executive Director,
Girls Write Now

Read this book. It grips you by your emotional neck and helps you breathe into insights of overcoming—indeed—moving on to thriving independence. Kristin has the courage to tell her own truths about her life interwoven with the three generational history of her mother and grandmother, that led her to the winding path of stumbling and survival to triumph with new strength and complex understanding. A story of hope and true woman power.

– Janice Mirikitani, 2000 San Francisco Poet Laureate and Co-founder,
GLIDE Foundation

A stunning, raw, mouth-agape page turner, steeped in sex, drugs, betrayal and a search for the truth. From Alaska to Silicon Valley and points in between, Kristin holds nothing back in this searing memoir, lifting the shroud of secrets that threatened to engulf yet another generation of her family. A powerful, deeply personal gift to all who question whether the truth really sets you free. Spoiler alert: It does.

– Linda Lorelle,
Creator of “Our Voices Matter”