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).
A renowned cultural critic tells his own deeply engaging story of growing up in the turbulent American culture of the postwar decades.At once a coming-of-age story, an intellectual autobiography, and vivid cultural history, Why Not Say What Happened is an eloquent, gripping account of an intellectual…
A renowned cultural critic tells his own deeply engaging story of growing up in the turbulent American culture of the postwar decades.At once a coming-of-age story, an intellectual autobiography, and vivid cultural history, Why Not Say What Happened is an eloquent, gripping account of an intellectual and emotional education from one of our leading critics. In this "acutely observed, slyly funny memoir" (Molly Haskell), Morris Dickstein evokes his boisterous and close-knit Jewish family, his years as a yeshiva student that eventually led to fierce rebellion, his teenage adventures in the Catskills and in a Zionist summer camp, and the later education that thrust him into a life-changing world of ideas and far-reaching literary traditions. Dickstein brilliantly depicts the tension between the parochial religious world of his youth and the siren call of a larger cosmopolitan culture, a rebellion that manifested itself in a yarmulka replaced by Yankees cap, a Shakespeare play concealed behind a heavy tractate of the Talmud, and classes cut on Wednesday afternoons to take in the Broadway theater.Tracing a path from the Lower East Side to Columbia University, Yale, and Cambridge, Dickstein leaves home, travels widely, and falls in love, breaking through to new experiences of intimacy and sexual awakening, only to be brought low by emotional conflicts that beset him as a graduate studenthomesickness, a sense of cultural dislocationissues that come to a head during a troubled year abroad. In Why Not Say What Happened we see Dickstein come into his own as a teacher and writer deeply engaged with poetry the "daringly modern" Blake, the bittersweet "negotiations of time and loss" in Wordsworth, and the "shifting turns of consciousness itself" in Keats. While eloquently evoking the tumult of the sixties and a culture in flux, Why Not Say What Happened is enlivened by Dickstein's "Zelig-like presence at nearly every significant aesthetic and political turning of the second half of the American twentieth century" (Cynthia Ozick). Dickstein crafts memorable portraits of his own mentors and legendary teachers like Lionel Trilling, Peter Gay, F. R. Leavis, and Harold Bloom, who become inimitable role models. They provide him with a world-class understanding of how to read and nourish his burgeoning feeling for literature and history. In the tradition of classic memoirs by Alfred Kazin and Irving Howe, this frank and revealing story, at once keenly personal and broadly cultural, sheds light on the many different forms education can take.
In the blockbuster and bestselling tradition of Jurassic Park comes the breakneck new adventure from the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author Matthew Reilly whose imaginative, cinematic thrillers make you feel like a kid again; [theyre] a blast (Booklist).It is a secret the Chinese…
In the blockbuster and bestselling tradition of Jurassic Park comes the breakneck new adventure from the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author Matthew Reilly whose imaginative, cinematic thrillers make you feel like a kid again; [theyre] a blast (Booklist).It is a secret the Chinese government has been keeping for forty years. They have proven the existence of dragonsa landmark discovery no one could ever believe is real, and a scientific revelation that will amaze the world. Now the Chinese are ready to unveil their astonishing findings within the greatest zoo ever constructed.A small group of VIPs and journalists has been brought to the zoo deep within China to see these fabulous creatures for the first time. Among them is Dr. Cassandra Jane CJ Cameron, a writer for National Geographic and an expert on reptiles. The visitors are assured by their Chinese hosts that they will be struck with wonder at these beasts, that the dragons are perfectly safe, and that nothing can go wrong.Of course it cant
Founder and director of the Community Meditation Center and author of Pocket Peace on enlightened living, Allan Lokos discusses his latest book, Through the Flames: Overcoming Disaster Through Compassion, Patience, and Determination.
Photographer and fashion guru Nigel Barker discusses his work and the work of top photographers from the 1940's to the present in his new compilation, Models of Influence: 50 Women Who Reset the Course of Fashion.
An integrative approach to healing chronic autoimmune conditions by a doctor, researcher, and sufferer of progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) whose TEDx talk is already a web sensation Like many physicians, Dr. Terry Wahls focused on treating her patients ailments with drugs or surgical proceduresuntil…
An integrative approach to healing chronic autoimmune conditions by a doctor, researcher, and sufferer of progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) whose TEDx talk is already a web sensation Like many physicians, Dr. Terry Wahls focused on treating her patients ailments with drugs or surgical proceduresuntil she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2000. Within three years, her back and stomach muscles had weakened to the point where she needed a tilt-recline wheelchair. Conventional medical treatments were failing her, and she feared that she would be bedridden for the rest of her life. Dr. Wahls began studying the latest research on autoimmune disease and brain biology, and decided to get her vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids from the food she ate rather than pills and supplements. Dr. Wahls adopted the nutrient-rich paleo diet, gradually refining and integrating it into a regimen of neuromuscular stimulation. First, she walked slowly, then steadily, and then she biked eighteen miles in a single day. In November 2011, Dr. Wahls shared her remarkable recovery in a TEDx talk that immediately went viral. Now, inThe Wahls Protocol,she shares the details of the protocol that allowed her to reverse many of her symptoms, get back to her life, and embark on a new mission to share the Wahls Protocol with others suffering from the ravages of multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune conditions.
The Train to Crystal City: FDR's Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America's Only Family Internment Camp During World War II focuses on the experiences of two American-born teens who survived the ordeal narrated by its author, Jan Russell.