family http://wamc.org en "My Two Italies" By Joseph Luzzi http://wamc.org/post/my-two-italies-joseph-luzzi <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.josephluzzi.com/">Joseph Luzzi</a> is the author of <em>Romantic Europe and the Ghost of Italy</em>, which won the Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies from the Modern Language Association. His writing has appeared in <em>The New York Times</em>, the <em>Los Angeles Times</em>, <em>Bookforum</em>, and <em>The Times Literary Supplement</em>. He has received an essay award from the Dante Society of America, a teaching prize from Yale College, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The first American-born child in his Italian family, he earned his doctorate from Yale University and is a professor at Bard College.</p><p>In his new book, <em>My Two Italies</em>, Joseph Luzzi - child of Italian immigrants and an award-winning scholar of Italian literature - straddles these two perspectives to link his family’s dramatic story to Italy’s north-south divide, its quest for a unifying language, and its passion for art, food, and family.</p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 94805 at http://wamc.org "My Two Italies" By Joseph Luzzi Letters Of Note: An Eclectic Collection Of Correspondence Deserving Of A Wider Audience http://wamc.org/post/letters-note-eclectic-collection-correspondence-deserving-wider-audience <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><em>Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience</em> is a collection of more than 125 letters offers a never-before-seen glimpse of the events and people of history—the brightest and best, the most notorious, and the endearingly everyday. It is compiled by Shaun Usher - as is the website of the <a href="http://www.lettersofnote.com/">same name</a>.</p><p>From Virginia Woolf's heart-breaking suicide letter, to Queen Elizabeth II's recipe for drop scones sent to President Eisenhower; from the first recorded use of the expression 'OMG' in a letter to Winston Churchill, to Gandhi's appeal for calm to Hitler; and from Iggy Pop's beautiful letter of advice to a troubled young fan, to Leonardo da Vinci's remarkable job application letter, Letters of Note is a celebration of the power of written correspondence which captures the humour, seriousness, sadness and brilliance that make up all of our lives.</p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 93212 at http://wamc.org Letters Of Note: An Eclectic Collection Of Correspondence Deserving Of A Wider Audience "Rescuing Julia Twice" By Tina Traster http://wamc.org/post/rescuing-julia-twice-tina-traster <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In her new book, <em>Rescuing Julia Twice</em>, <a href="http://www.juliaandme.com/">Tina Traster</a> tells foreign-adoption story - from dealing with the bleak landscape and inscrutable adoption handlers in Siberia, to her feelings of inexperience and ambivalence at being a new mother in her early forties, to her growing realization over months then years that something was “not quite right” with her daughter, Julia, who remained cold and emotionally detached.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 92969 at http://wamc.org "Rescuing Julia Twice" By Tina Traster Flying Deer Day 6/21 http://wamc.org/post/flying-deer-day-621 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.flyingdeernaturecenter.org/">Flying Deer Nature Center</a> in New Lebanon, NY has been mentoring children, teens, and families in the ways of the earth since 1995.</p><p>FDNC has distinguished itself through the creativity of its programs and its deep connections to nature. Programs operated by Flying Deer include wilderness adventures for women, weekly wilderness mentoring for boys, single gender adolescent rite of passage programs, and co-ed programs for homeschoolers.</p><p>Flying Deer also operates school-based nature studies programs at local public and private schools. Summer camp programs include nature-based fantasy adventures, canoe trips, day camps, backpacking, camping, and family over-nites.</p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 92538 at http://wamc.org Flying Deer Day 6/21 "Casebook: A Novel" By Mona Simpson http://wamc.org/post/casebook-novel-mona-simpson <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.monasimpson.com/">Mona Simpson</a> is the acclaimed and award-winning author of <em>Anywhere But Here</em> and <em>My Hollywood</em>.</p><p>Miles Adler-Hart starts eavesdropping to find out what his mother is planning for his life. When he learns instead that his parents are separating, his investigation deepens, and he enlists his best friend, Hector, to help. Both boys are in thrall to Miles’s unsuspecting mother, Irene, who is “pretty for a mathematician.” They rifle through her dresser drawers, bug her telephone lines, and strip-mine her computer, only to find that all clues lead them to her bedroom, and put them on the trail of a mysterious stranger from Washington, D.C.</p><p>Their amateur detective work starts innocently but quickly takes them to the far reaches of adult privacy as they acquire knowledge that will affect the family’s well-being, prosperity, and sanity.</p><p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 92135 at http://wamc.org "Casebook: A Novel" By Mona Simpson "The Madwoman In The Volvo" By Sandra Tsing Loh http://wamc.org/post/madwoman-volvo-sandra-tsing-loh <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In her new memoir, <em>The Madwoman in the Volvo</em>, writer and performer <a href="http://members.authorsguild.net/sandratloh/">Sandra Tsing Loh</a> tells the story of her personal roller coaster of menopause. It includes an affair with a married man, the explosion of her marriage, and the pressure of keeping her daughters off of Facebook while managing the legal and marital hijinks of her eighty-nine-year-old dad. 
 
</p><p>Surprisingly, deeper research into the biological science of menopause suggests that this is all normal. Loh deduces that this midlife “madness” is less about menopause than about the madness of the world: trying to maintain appearances during an epic hormonal (physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual) change.</p><p>Sandra Tsing Loh is a contributing editor to <em>The Atlantic</em> and the author of five previous books. She is a regular commentator on NPR’s <em>Morning Edition</em> and PRI’s <em>This American Life</em> and has performed two solo shows off-Broadway.</p><p> Mon, 12 May 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 90208 at http://wamc.org "The Madwoman In The Volvo" By Sandra Tsing Loh Swoosie Kurtz http://wamc.org/post/swoosie-kurtz <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In <em>Part Swan, Part Goose: An Uncommon Memoir of Womanhood, Work, and Family</em>, Swoosie Kurtz shares just the right combination of personal misadventure and showbiz lore, candidly reflecting on the right choices that empowered her, the wrong choices that enlightened her, and the intimate journey of caring for an aging parent.</p><p>Animating this remarkable memoir is Swoosie’s relationship with her equally remarkable parents. Her father, Frank, was an Olympic athlete and highly decorated World War II airman. He flew a record number of missions in a cobbled-together B-17D called the Swoose. Her mother, Margo, was the quintessential military wife but with the spunk and will to match her husband’s. Her 1945 memoir, <em>My Rival, the Sky</em>, chronicled their lives up to the time of the birth of their daughter.</p><p>Today, Margo, who is fast approaching her hundredth birthday, lives with Swoosie. And Swoosie’s life has become a precarious and precious balancing act as she struggles to stay ahead of her mother’s increasing needs while navigating a showbiz career that keeps one foot in Hollywood and the other on Broadway.</p><p> Mon, 12 May 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 90087 at http://wamc.org Swoosie Kurtz Listener Essay - Mother's Day Retort http://wamc.org/post/listener-essay-mothers-day-retort <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Kate Cohen is a writer and editor in Albany, New York. You can find more of her work at <a href="http://www.katecohen.net">katecohen.net</a>.</p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 15:25:00 +0000 Kate Cohen 90044 at http://wamc.org "When Grief Calls Forth The Healing: A Memoir Of Losing A Twin" By Mary Rockefeller Morgan http://wamc.org/post/when-grief-calls-forth-healing-memoir-losing-twin-mary-rockefeller-morgan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In 1961, Michael Rockefeller, son of then-governor of New York State Nelson Rockefeller, mysteriously disappeared off the remote coast of southern New Guinea. Amidst the glare of international public interest, the governor, along with his daughter Mary, Michael’s twin, set off on a futile search, only to return empty handed and empty hearted. What followed were Mary’s 27-year repression of her grief and an unconscious denial of her twin’s death, which haunted her relationships and controlled her life.</p><p>In her frank and moving memoir, <em>When Grief Calls Forth the Healing: A Memoir of Losing a Twin</em>, <a href="http://www.beginningwiththeend.com/">Mary Rockefeller Morgan</a> struggles to claim an individual identity, which enables her to face Michael’s death and the huge loss it engendered. In the book, she shares her healing journey and her story of moving forward into a life of new beginnings and meaning, especially in her work with others who have lost a twin.</p><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 89954 at http://wamc.org "When Grief Calls Forth The Healing: A Memoir Of Losing A Twin" By Mary Rockefeller Morgan "The Splendid Things We Planned: A Family Portrait" By Blake Bailey http://wamc.org/post/splendid-things-we-planned-family-portrait-blake-bailey <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, <a href="http://www.blakebaileyonline.com/">Blake Bailey</a> has been hailed as “addictively readable” (<em>New York Times</em>) and praised for his ability to capture lives “compellingly and in harrowing detail” (<em>Time</em>).</p><p><em>The Splendid Things We Planned</em> is his darkly funny account of growing up in the shadow of an erratic and increasingly dangerous brother, an exhilarating and sometimes harrowing story that culminates in one unforgettable Christmas.</p><p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 89315 at http://wamc.org "The Splendid Things We Planned: A Family Portrait" By Blake Bailey