Jami Attenberg reads from her new novel, The Middlesteins, a portrait of a midwestern Jewish family caught up in a tug of war between passion and obligation. Afterwards she will discuss her work with J. Courtney Sullivan, author of the novel Maine.
Danielle Bobish, owner and creative director of Curtain Up Events, talks to theater critic, playwright and author David Toussaint about his new book, The Gay Couple's Guide to Wedding Planning, a how-to book that is both informative and joyful.
Michael Lowenthal reads from The Paternity Test, his engaging novel about different relationships put to the test over the desires and complications of creating a family, and discusses fiction writing with novelist Peter Cameron (Coral Glyn).
One of our most supple and insightful novelists. Jane Smiley, The New York Times Book ReviewA rich and utterly absorbing novel about the life of King David, from the Pulitzer Prizewinning author of People of the Book and March.With more than two million copies of her novels sold, New York Times …
One of our most supple and insightful novelists. Jane Smiley, The New York Times Book ReviewA rich and utterly absorbing novel about the life of King David, from the Pulitzer Prizewinning author of People of the Book and March.With more than two million copies of her novels sold, New York Times bestselling author Geraldine Brooks has achieved both popular and critical acclaim. Now, Brooks takes on one of literatures richest and most enigmatic figures a man who shimmers between history and legend. Peeling away the myth to bring David to life in Second Iron Age Israel, Brooks traces the arc of his journey from obscurity to fame, from shepherd to soldier, from hero to traitor, from beloved king to murderous despot and into his remorseful and diminished dotage.The Secret Chord provides new context for some of the best-known episodes of Davids life while also focusing on others, even more remarkable and emotionally intense, that have been neglected. We see David through the eyes of those who love him or fear himfrom the prophet Natan, voice of his conscience, to his wives Mikal, Avigail, and Batsheva, and finally to Solomon, the late-born son who redeems his Lear-like old age. Brooks has an uncanny ability to hear and transform characters from history, and this beautifully written, unvarnished saga of faith, desire, family, ambition, betrayal, and power will enthrall her many fans.
New York Times bestseller! An unforgettable novel about a young Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century, told with humor and optimismthrough the eyes of an irresistible heroine (People)from the acclaimed author of The Red Tent.Anita Diamants vivid, affectionate portrait of …
New York Times bestseller! An unforgettable novel about a young Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century, told with humor and optimismthrough the eyes of an irresistible heroine (People)from the acclaimed author of The Red Tent.Anita Diamants vivid, affectionate portrait of American womanhood (Los Angeles Times), follows the life of one woman, Addie Baum, through a period of dramatic change. Addie is The Boston Girl, the spirited daughter of an immigrant Jewish family, born in 1900 to parents who were unprepared for America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End of Boston, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood, Addies intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents cant imaginea world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture, and new opportunities for women. Addie wants to finish high school and dreams of going to college. She wants a career and to find true love. From the one-room tenement apartment she shared with her parents and two sisters, to the library group for girls she joins at a neighborhood settlement house, to her first, disastrous love affair, to finding the love of her life, eighty-five-year-old Addie recounts her adventures with humor and compassion for the nave girl she once was.Written with the same attention to historical detail and emotional resonance that made Diamants previous novels bestsellers, The Boston Girl is a moving portrait of one womans complicated life in twentieth century America, and a fascinating look at a generation of women finding their places in a changing world. Diamant brings to life a piece of feminisms forgotten history (Good Housekeeping) in this inspirationalpage-turning portrait of immigrant life in the early twentieth century (Booklist).
From the author of the New York Times Well Blog series,My Fat DadEvery story and every memory from my childhood is attached to foodDawn Lerman spent her childhood constantly hungry. She craved good food as her father, 450 pounds at his heaviest, pursued endless fad diets, from Atkins to Pritikin to…
From the author of the New York Times Well Blog series,My Fat DadEvery story and every memory from my childhood is attached to foodDawn Lerman spent her childhood constantly hungry. She craved good food as her father, 450 pounds at his heaviest, pursued endless fad diets, from Atkins to Pritikin to all sorts of freeze-dried, saccharin-laced concoctions, and insisted the family do the sameeven though no one else was overweight. Dawns mother, on the other hand, could barely be bothered to eat a can of tuna over the sink. She was too busy ferrying her other daughter to acting auditions and scolding Dawn for cleaning the house (Whom are you trying to impress?).It was chaotic and lonely, but Dawn had someone she could turn to her grandmother Beauty. Those days spent with Beauty, learning to cook, breathing in the scents of fresh dill or sharing the comfort of a warm pot of chicken soup, made it all bearable. Even after Dawns father took a prestigious ad job in New York City and moved the family away, Beauty would send a card from Chicago every weekwith a recipe, a shopping list, and a twenty-dollar bill. She continued to cultivate Dawns love of wholesome food, and ultimately taught her how to make her own way in the worldone recipe at a time.In My Fat Dad, Dawn reflects on her colorful family and culinary-centric upbringing, and how food shaped her connection to her family, her Jewish heritage, and herself. Humorous and compassionate, this memoir is an ode to the incomparable satisfaction that comes with feeding the ones you love.
As a Good Morning America co-host, Joan Lunden was known for her willingness to take risks. She bungee-jumped off a bridge, paraglided off a mountain, and climbed and rappelled a famous glacier. All those feats withered into insignificance when in 2014 she trembled before the "almost surrealistic" …
As a Good Morning America co-host, Joan Lunden was known for her willingness to take risks. She bungee-jumped off a bridge, paraglided off a mountain, and climbed and rappelled a famous glacier. All those feats withered into insignificance when in 2014 she trembled before the "almost surrealistic" news that she had triple negative breast cancer. After nine months, 16 rounds of chemotherapy, a lumpectomy, and six weeks of radiation, Lunden somehow came out smiling, if thoroughly exhausted. Her heartening new memoir recalls her fight for survival and offers candid tribute to her husband, her family, doctors, and the ever-growing breast cancer community.
Author Anne-Marie Slaughter envisions what true equality between men and women really means and how we can get there. Slaughter writes on a future in which all of us can finally finish the business of equality for women and men, work and family.
Author Reich shows that the critical fiscal choices ahead are not about the size of government but about who government is for. Ever the pragmatist and optimist, Reich sees hope for reversing our slide toward inequality and diminished opportunity.
Author Leslie Zemeckis restores Lili St. Cyr, the highest paid stripteaser in America, to her rightful place in history. Goddess of Love Incarnate reveals that behind the glamour stood a complicated woman, much loved and little understood.
In the first-ever history about the organization, bestselling author Annie Jacobsen draws on inside sources, exclusive interviews, and declassified memos to explore DARPA, or "the Pentagon's brain," from its Cold War inception to the present.
Photographer Cynthia Carris Alonso has spent 20 years capturing Havana's crumbling, baroque splendor. Her photographs celebrate the dreamy palette of Cuba and open the doors to an exquisite but rarely seen place.
Author Rita Gabis, who comes from a family of Eastern European Jews and Lithuanian Catholics, was close to her Catholic grandfather - the man she thought she knew until she discovered that he had been chief of security police under the Gestapo.
New York's top one percent earns more than a half-million dollars per year while twenty-five thousand children are homeless. John Freeman's anthology is the literary world's response, with voices including Zadie Smith, Junot Diaz and Lydia Davis.
Author Casey Schwartz was drawn to the possibilities and insights emerging on the frontiers of brain research. She presents a riveting view of the convictions, obsessions and struggles of those who dedicate themselves to the intricacies of the brain.
Linda Hirshman's dual biography explores how the relationship between Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Republican and Democrat, Christian and Jew, western rancher's daughter and Brooklyn girl transcends party, religion, region and culture.