memoir

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
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
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.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Gary Shteyngart To Give Krieger Memorial Lecture At Vassar College On 3/27

  After three acclaimed novels (The Russian Debutante's Handbook, Absurdistan: A Novel, and Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel), Gary Shteyngart turns to memoir with Little Failure, a candid, witty, deeply poignant account of his life so far.

Gary Shteyngart will present the annual Krieger Memorial Lecture on March 27 at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.

The Roundtable
10:05 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Rosie Perez

    Rosie Perez first caught our attention with her fierce dance in the title sequence of Do the Right Thing and has since defined herself as a funny and talented actress who broke boundaries for Latinas in the film industry.

In her new book, Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair), Perez tells her never-before-told story of surviving a harrowing childhood and of how she found success—both in and out of the Hollywood limelight.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Wed March 12, 2014

"After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story" by Michael Hainey

   Michael Hainey was 6 years old in 1970 when his Uncle came to their home one morning, to tell Michael and his brother that their father was dead. Bob Hainey was just 35. He was the night editor at the Chicago Sun-Times. Bob Hainey had died of a heart attack on a North Side street - as one of the obits put it - while visiting friends.

Over the years, Michael Hainey grew up to be a journalist himself - he's now the deputy editor of GQ - and began to wonder about some of the small differences in the obits between newspapers, and about some of the obliqueness in the accounts of his father's death that he grew up hearing from his uncle and mother.

So, he set out to find the story himself. His new book is After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed March 5, 2014

"Mud Season" By Ellen Stimson

    In a self-deprecating fashion, Mud Season chronicles Ellen Stimson’s transition from city life to rickety Vermont farmhouse.

When she decides she wants to own and operate the old-fashioned village store in idyllic Dorset, pop. 2,036, one of the oldest continually operating country stores in the country, she learns the hard way that “improvements” are not always welcomed warmly by folks who like things just fine the way they’d always been.

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Tue February 18, 2014

"Knocking On Heaven's Door" By Katy Butler

    Katy Butler was living thousands of miles from her vigorous and self-reliant parents when the call came: a crippling stroke had left her proud seventy-nine-year-old father unable to fasten a belt or complete a sentence. Tragedy at first drew the family closer: her mother devoted herself to caregiving, and Butler joined the twenty-four million Americans helping shepherd parents through their final declines.

In Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death, award-winning journalist Katy Butler ponders her parents’ desires for “Good Deaths” and the forces within medicine that stood in the way.

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