Episode 97 – August 7, 2016
A biographer, a memoirist and a novelist gave me so much joy this week!
Gerri Hirshey honors the legacy of Helen Gurley Brown in her new book, Not Pretty Enough: The Unlikely Triumph of Helen Gurley Brown. Told through first hand accounts and interviews with the woman herself, Hershey pieces together the life of the woman who dared to love herself as a single woman and encouraged other single women to do the same. A polarizing figure at the time, Brown championed women’s issues and brought them into the spotlight, and Hirshey’s biography shines new light on the women we all thought we knew.
When agent/editor/writer Betsy Lerner’s mother needs help after surgery, it falls to Betsy to take care of her. She expected a tense week, but instead became a part of something bigger in her new memoir, The Bridge Ladies. Lerner becomes part of her mother’s Monday night bridge club while taking care of her and through the tight relationships at that table, she learns to face a past she avoided and a mother she only thought she understood.
When her daughter is kicked out of every school in DC and deemed “undiagnosable,” a mother packs up her family and moves them to a camp in Carolyn Parkhurst’s new novel, Harmony. When the family ends up at Camp Harmony to seek help from a child behavior guru, something doesn’t seem right, and what they find in the New Hampshire woods pushes them to their limits.