Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Katie Couric, anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, talks about her career in television news, her work raising awareness of colon cancer, and what her next move might be. Her book The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives is a compilation of stories and tips from people she’s met—from Malcolm Gladwell to Meryl Streep to Madeleine Albright to Mario Batali—on how to take chances, follow passions, deal with criticism and change the world.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Stephanie Staal discusses how rereading Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique led her to reread the great feminist works she first read as an undergraduate. Reading Women: How the Great Books of Feminism Changed My Life explores the significance and relevance of these classic books.
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Annia Ciezadlo gives an account of civilian life during wartime. She spent six years living in Baghdad and Beirut, where she broke bread with Shiites and Sunnis, warlords and refugees, matriarchs and mullahs. Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love, and War is about the hunger for food and friendship in times of war, and she writes about food and the rituals of eating to show a side of the Middle East that most Americans never see.
Monday, April 04, 2011
Novelist Andre Dubus III talks about his memoir, Townie. It’s an account of growing up with his three siblings and his exhausted working mother in a depressed, crime-ridden Massachusetts mill town. His father, an eminent author and college professor, took the kids out on Sundays, and the clash of worlds couldn’t have been more stark. He describes learning to cope with violence, trying to communicate with his father, and how he was saved by writing.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Today, Dr. Yvonne Thornton is the first African American woman to be board certified in maternal-fetal medicine. But getting to this point wasn't easy. Her latest book, Something to Prove, picks up where her first book, The Ditchdigger's Daughters, left off, and charts Dr. Thornton's ascension to the top of her field as a physician.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Anand Giridharadas discusses what it was like to return to the land of his ancestors amid an unlikely economic boom. In India Calling: An intimate Portrait of a Nation's Remaking, Giridharadas profiles the entrepreneurs, radicals, industrialists, and Indian families who are responding to this economic upheaval.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist John Darnton discusses his memoir Almost a Family, about what happened to his family when his father, a war correspondent for The New York Times, was killed in World War II when John was just eleven months old. He explores the powerful myth of the father-hero who gave his life for his family, country, and for journalism.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Jack Garfein first arrived in America as a teenage Holocaust survivor with little more than his love of the theater. He has since risen to the top of his profession. Film Forum’s A Tribute to Jack Garfein includes screening two films directed by him, “The Strange One” and “Something Wild ” and a documentary about him, “A Journey Back” on March 20 and 21. In Life and Acting, Garfein distills his more than sixty years of experience in the worlds of theater and film, offering tips to young actors as well as detailed lessons on acting techniques for the stage.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Author David Monagan tells why he moved his family from Connecticut to Cork, Ireland, in 2000. He looks at the changes the economic boon has wreaked on the Irish countryside and what the future holds for the country now that the bubble has finally burst. In Ireland Unhinged, he gives an often funny account of his transplanted American family’s experiences in Ireland during the past boom-to-bust decade.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Grammy Award-winning country music singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell discusses his memoir, Chinaberry Sidewalks. In the book, he recounts his hardscrabble upbringing in rural Texas with his hard-drinking father and long-suffering mother, his marriage to—and eventual divorce from—Roseanne Cash, and his long-running love affair with country music.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Young, idealistic, and in love, at the age of 18, Deb Olin Unferth ran away from college with her Christian boyfriend and followed him to Nicaragua to join the Sandinistas. In Revolution: The Year I Fell In Love and Went to Join the War, Unferth recounts her struggles to find “revolution jobs”, the subsequent disillusionment, and the eventual end of the Cold War in this rumination of what happens to a country and its people after the revolution is over.
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
In 2006, science journalist Joshua Foer was crowned the United States Memory Champion in the "speed cards" event by memorizing a deck of 52 cards in 1 minute and 40 seconds. In his book, Moonwalking with Einstein, he recounts his journey to the top and in the process reveals the topsy-turvy world of professional memorizers.
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
What happens when two spies fall in love? It sounds like the beginning of a riddle, but for Robert Baer and Dayna Baer, it was simply their life. Stationed in Croatia in the early 1990s, Robert was a seasoned agent biding his time and Dayna was an up and comer hoping to learn from a veteran and then get out. In The Company We Keep: A Husband-and-Wife True-Life Spy Story, the Baers recount their unlikely affair and what happened once they tried to leave The Company.
Thursday, March 03, 2011
Academy Award winner Alan Arkin discusses his life and acting career. His memoir An Improvised Life recollects his artistic and personal process of becoming an actor, and offers a revealing look into the creative mind. He has starred and appeared in more than 80 films, and is also a director, musician, and children's book author.
Monday, February 28, 2011
Gabrielle Hamilton, chef and owner of the New York restaurant Prune talks about her search for purpose and meaning in her life-- which led to her to her kitchen. Her memoir Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef traces a path through the many kitchens she’s known over the years—from the rural kitchen of her childhood to the kitchens overseas, where she learned the essence of hospitality, to her own kitchen at Prune and that of her Italian mother-in-law.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Mackenzie Phillips talks about her lifelong battle with addiction, her personal demons, and her complex, damaging relationship with her father, John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas. Her memoir High on Arrival tells the story of growing up with no boundaries, surrounded by rock and roll and drugs, and of her struggle to recover.
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
This week, Donald Rumsfeld, secretary of defense for much of the George W. Bush administration, released his memoir, "Known and Unknown." The former Secretary of Defense is known for his phrasing and we take a listen back to his language, and his unapologetic legacy.
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Lisa Napoli talks about moving to Bhutan: a deeply spiritual place whose citizens are believed to be among the most content in the world. Radio Shangri-La: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth is an account of how she created a new community for herself and helped to start Bhutan’s first youth-oriented radio station: Kuzoo FM.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Maxine Hong Kingston reflects on aging as she turns 65. Her memoir I Love a Broad Margin to My Life, written in verse, circles from present to past and back. She writes of her journeys as a writer, peace activist, teacher, and mother, revisiting her most beloved characters, and offers a beautiful meditation on her visit to China.