memoir http://wamc.org en The Book Show #1357 - Joanna Rakoff http://wamc.org/post/book-show-1357-joanna-rakoff <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>At twenty-three, after leaving graduate school to pursue her dreams of becoming a poet, Joanna Rakoff moved to New York City and took a job as assistant to the storied literary agent for J. D. Salinger. She was tasked with answering Salinger’s voluminous fan mail.</p><p>Her memoir of that time is called: <em>My Salinger Year</em>.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:06:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 95080 at http://wamc.org The Book Show #1357 - Joanna Rakoff "Astonished: A Story Of Evil, Blessings, Grace And Solace" By Beverly Donofrio http://wamc.org/post/astonished-story-evil-blessings-grace-and-solace-beverly-donofrio <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.beverlydonofrio.com/"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Beverly Donofrio</a> is known for her popular memoir <em>Riding in Cars with Boys</em>, where she wrote about her experience as a teen mom.</p><p>Now she's out with a new memoir about a life-changing incident in her mid-fifties — she woke up one night to a rapist in her bed. The book is titled <em>Astonished: A Story of Evil, Blessings, Grace and Solace</em>.</p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 93315 at http://wamc.org "Astonished: A Story Of Evil, Blessings, Grace And Solace" By Beverly Donofrio "Unstill Life: A Daughter's Memoir Of Art And Love In The Age Of Abstraction" By Gabrielle Selz http://wamc.org/post/unstill-life-daughters-memoir-art-and-love-age-abstraction-gabrielle-selz <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Gabrielle Selz grew up in a home full of the most celebrated artists of the 1960s and 1970s: Rothko, de Kooning, Tinguely, Giacometti, and Christo.</p><p>Her father, Peter Selz, was the chief curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in the heyday of Abstract Expressionism. Selz's father was vibrant and freewheeling, but his enthusiasm for both women and art took its toll on their family life.</p><p> Fri, 23 May 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 91037 at http://wamc.org "Unstill Life: A Daughter's Memoir Of Art And Love In The Age Of Abstraction" By Gabrielle Selz "Wear Your Dreams: My Life In Tattoos" By Ed Hardy http://wamc.org/post/wear-your-dreams-my-life-tattoos-ed-hardy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Wear Your Dreams</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Ed Hardy recounts his genesis as a tattoo artist and leader in the movement to recognize tattooing as a valid and rich art form, through to the ultimate transformation of his career into a multi-billion dollar branding empire.</span></p><p>From giving colored pencil tattoos to neighborhood kids at age ten to working with legendary artists like Sailor Jerry to learning at the feet of the masters in Japan, the book explains how this Godfather of Tattoos fomented the explosion of tattoo art and how his influence can be witnessed on everyone, from countless celebs to ink-adorned rockers to butterfly-branded, stroller-pushing moms. With over fifty different product categories, the Ed Hardy brand generates over $700 million in retail sales annually.</p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 70634 at http://wamc.org "Wear Your Dreams: My Life In Tattoos" By Ed Hardy "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 "Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir by Roz Chast http://wamc.org/post/cant-we-talk-about-something-more-pleasant-memoir-roz-chast <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In her first memoir, <em>New Yorker </em>cartoonist <a href="http://www.rozchast.com/">Roz Chast</a> brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents. Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-color cartoons, family photos, and documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears, Chast’s memoir is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents.</p><p>While the particulars are Chast-ian in their idiosyncrasies—the themes are universal: adult children accepting a parental role; aging and unstable parents leaving a family home for an institution; dealing with uncomfortable physical intimacies; managing logistics; and hiring strangers to provide the most personal care.</p><p>The book is a portrait of two lives at their end and an only child coping as best she can. The name of the book is <em>Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?</em></p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 90040 at http://wamc.org "Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir by Roz Chast "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 "Living With A Wild God" By Barbara Ehrenreich http://wamc.org/post/living-wild-god-barbara-ehrenreich <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In <em>Living With A Wild God</em>, <a href="http://www.barbaraehrenreich.com/">Barbara Ehrenreich</a> reconstructs her childhood mission, bringing an older woman's wry and erudite perspective to a young girl's impassioned obsession with the questions that, at one point or another, torment us all.</p><p>Ehrenreich is the New York Times bestselling author of <em>Nickel and Dimed</em>.</p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 88250 at http://wamc.org "Living With A Wild God" By Barbara Ehrenreich "Year Of No Sugar" By Eve O. Schaub http://wamc.org/post/year-no-sugar-eve-o-schaub <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Sure, sugar is in ice cream and cookies, but what scared <a href="http://eveschaub.com/category/a-year-of-no-sugar/">Eve Schaub</a> was the secret world of sugar--hidden in bacon, crackers, salad dressing, pasta sauce, chicken broth, and baby food.</p><p>With her eyes open by the work of obesity expert Dr. Robert Lustig and others, Eve challenged her husband and two school-age daughters to join her on a quest to eat no added sugar for an entire year.</p><p>Along the way, Eve uncovered the real costs of our sugar-heavy American diet--including diabetes, obesity, and increased incidences of health problems such as heart disease and cancer. Eve Schaub’s new book is <em>Year of No Sugar.</em></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 87880 at http://wamc.org "Year Of No Sugar" By Eve O. Schaub