Let’s Talk About It: 1185 Park Avenue

Posted on March 5, 2012. Filed under: Event, Nonfiction | Tags: , |

This month’s book that will be discussed as part of the Let’s Talk About It series is 1185 Park Avenue: A Memoir. The discussion will be held on March 21st.

book cover for 1185 Park Avenue1185 Park Avenue: A Memoir
by Anne Roiphe

“Here is the story of how she [Anne Roiphe] and her brother grew up in a battlefield called home, with a distant, philandering father and a pampered, ineffectual mother.

Roiphe brilliantly dramatizes 1940s-1950s male-female relationships in her sad but loving remembrance of her parents’ troubled marriage, held together by convention and money. Their clashes dwarfed the war in Europe and scarred her fragile, talented brother for life. Her novelist’s pen evokes a New York where trains pulse beneath stately upper Park Avenue, and assimilated Jewish families inhabit a world of gloved doormen, Mah Jong, music tutors, and spartan governesses.

Yet like Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club, this eloquent and sensitive memoir transcends its setting and will resonate in the heart of anyone who has felt the turmoil it depicts. We are stunned and thrilled as Roiphe finally escapes the icy grip of 1185 Park Avenue, finding her own redemption as a writer and the mother of a happy family” (Enriched Content Provided by Syndetics).

Let’s Talk about It: A Mind of her Own: Fathers and Daughters in a Changing World

Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., Room P103, Skokie

Join Benjamin Goluboff, associate professor of English and winner of the “great teacher award” at Lake Forest College, for a five – part series focusing on the theme: Fathers and Daughters in a Changing World

Class sessions are comprised of readings, lectures and engaging group discussions.

-posted by Gretchen Schneider


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