memoir

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Tue June 24, 2014

"Astonished: A Story Of Evil, Blessings, Grace And Solace" By Beverly Donofrio

    

  Beverly Donofrio is known for her popular memoir Riding in Cars with Boys, where she wrote about her experience as a teen mom.

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 Astonished: A Story of Evil, Blessings, Grace and Solace.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Fri May 23, 2014

"Unstill Life: A Daughter's Memoir Of Art And Love In The Age Of Abstraction" By Gabrielle Selz

    

  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.

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.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Wed May 21, 2014

"Wear Your Dreams: My Life In Tattoos" By Ed Hardy

  In Wear Your Dreams, 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.

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.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Mon May 12, 2014

"The Madwoman In The Volvo" By Sandra Tsing Loh

    

  In her new memoir, The Madwoman in the Volvo, writer and performer Sandra Tsing Loh 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. 
 


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.

Sandra Tsing Loh is a contributing editor to The Atlantic and the author of five previous books. She is a regular commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition and PRI’s This American Life and has performed two solo shows off-Broadway.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Swoosie Kurtz

    

  In Part Swan, Part Goose: An Uncommon Memoir of Womanhood, Work, and Family, 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.

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, My Rival, the Sky, chronicled their lives up to the time of the birth of their daughter.

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.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Fri May 9, 2014

"Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir by Roz Chast

  In her first memoir, New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast 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.

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.

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 Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Wed April 30, 2014

"The Splendid Things We Planned: A Family Portrait" By Blake Bailey

    

  Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Blake Bailey has been hailed as “addictively readable” (New York Times) and praised for his ability to capture lives “compellingly and in harrowing detail” (Time).

The Splendid Things We Planned 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.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu April 17, 2014

"Living With A Wild God" By Barbara Ehrenreich

    In Living With A Wild God, Barbara Ehrenreich 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.

Ehrenreich is the New York Times bestselling author of Nickel and Dimed.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu April 10, 2014

"Year Of No Sugar" By Eve O. Schaub

    

  Sure, sugar is in ice cream and cookies, but what scared Eve Schaub was the secret world of sugar--hidden in bacon, crackers, salad dressing, pasta sauce, chicken broth, and baby food.

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.

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 Year of No Sugar.

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Woodstock Writer's Festival - Stephen Tobolowsky

    

  If you met Stephen Tobolowsky on the street, you might think you know him from somewhere. The character actor has appeared in over 100 films and TV shows, with recurring roles in Heroes, Deadwood, Glee and The Mindy Project.

In his memoir, The Dangerous Animals Club, Toboloswky charts the highs and lows of life as a character actor. He joins us this morning to discuss that collection as well as his gig at next weekend’s Woodstock Writer’s Festival.

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