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Saturday, October 28 • 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Readings: Memoir

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The loss of family is a theme uniting the three recent memoirs we’ll hear in this session. At the age of twenty-six, Jessica Berger Gross made the courageous decision to cut ties with her family, which was publicly perfect but secretly abusive. She chronicles the events leading up to her difficult choice, as well as the inspiring new beginning it brought about, in Estranged: Leaving Family and Finding Home. Similarly, in her memoir The Book of Separation, the novelist Tova Mirvis recounts the frightening, exhilarating first year following her decision to leave not only her marriage but also her lifelong Orthodox Jewish faith that had previously guided all her decisions. Finally, sociologist Mindy Fried writes thoughtfully and compassionately about serving as her elderly father’s long-distance caregiver in her memoir Caring for Red, which tells her father’s colorful life story and also offers fellow caregivers strength and practical advice. The host for this session of heartfelt memoir readings is BBF board member Christine Mastrangelo.


Moderators
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Christine Mastrangelo

Christine Mastrangelo is Partner at Cue Ball Capital, a Boston-based venture capital firm where she works closely with their women-focused investments. Prior to Cue Ball, she taught creative writing and wrote for Papercut Magazine. She sits on the board of the Boston Book Festiva... Read More →

Presenters
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Mindy Fried

Mindy Fried is a sociologist, author, and educator with thirty years of experience conducting research, teaching, and doing policy analysis on work and organizational issues. Her latest book is Caring for Red: A Daughter’s Memoir, a memoir of caring for her father in the last year of his life. She is also the author... Read More →
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Jessica Berger Gross

In the mold of Jeannette Walls, Jessica Berger Gross has begun her career as a memoirist with Estranged: Leaving Family and Finding Home, in which she retells her experience growing up in an emotionally and physically abusive home before extricating herself from her family as an adult. She is also the editor of About What Was Lost: 20 Writers on Miscarriage, Healing, and Hope (2006) and the author of enLIGHTened: How I Lost 40 Pounds with a Yoga Mat, Fresh Pineapples, and a Beagle Pointer (2009). Her writing has appeared in a number of newspapers and magazines, including Salon, The Cut, and New York Times... Read More →
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Tova Mirvis

Tova Mirvis’s writing, both fictional and autobiographical, grapples with the responsibilities of identity and family. Her newest book, The Book of Separation, is Mirvis’s first memoir, in which she recounts her decision to both divorce her husband and to leave Orthodox Judaism, which had been her lifelong faith. She has also written three novels: Visible City (2014), The Outside World (2004... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 2:30pm - 3:15pm
BPL Newsfeed Cafe 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA