Claire Dederer w/Peggy Orenstein / Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 7:30pm
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From the New York Times best-selling author of Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses, a ferocious, sexy, hilarious memoir about going off the rails at midlife and trying to reconcile the girl she was with the woman she has become.

 

 

Join us as we welcome Claire Dederer to celebrate Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning. She'll be reading and in conversation with Peggy Orenstein!

 

 

Claire Dederer is a happily married mother of two, ages nine and twelve, when she suddenly finds herself totally despondent and, simultaneously, suffering through a kind of erotic reawakening. This exuberant memoir shifts between her present experience as a middle-aged mom in the grip of mysterious new hungers and herself as a teenager – when she last experienced life with such heightened sensitivity and longing. From her hilarious chapter titles (“How to Have Sex with Your Husband of Seventeen Years”) to her subjects – from the boyfriend she dumped at fourteen the moment she learned how to give herself an orgasm, to the girls who ruled her elite private school (“when I left Oberlin I thought I had done with them forever, but it turned out …they also edited all the newspapers and magazines, and wrote all the books”), to raising a teenage daughter herself – Dederer writes with an electrifying blend of wry wit and raw honesty. She exposes herself utterly, and in doing so captures something universal about the experience of being a woman, a daughter, a wife.

 

 

 



 

 

“When I got my hands on Claire Dederer's new book, I instantly turned off my phone, cancelled all my appointments, curled up in bed, and read all day in grateful — and thoughtful — abandon. As always, I was delighted with what I found in her writing. Dederer is not only a brilliant author, but an honest and brave one, who is not afraid to deep-dive into her own history and her own heart in order to examine what it really means to be a woman right now. Love and Trouble is a book that caused me to think differently about marriage, about intimacy, about middle-age, and especially about what it means to have once been a sexually adventurous teenage girl. I saw myself all over these pages, and a think a lot of other readers will, as well.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

 

 



 

 

 

Claire Dederer is the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses, which has been translated into twelve languages, and which Elizabeth Gilbert called “the book we all need.” A book critic, essayist, and reporter, Dederer is a longtime contributor to The New York Times and has also written for The Atlantic, Vogue, Slate, The Nation, and New York magazine, among other publications. She lives on an island near Seattle with her family.

 

 

 

Peggy Orenstein is the author of The New York Times best-sellers Girls & Sex, Cinderella Ate My Daughter and Waiting for Daisy as well as Flux: Women on Sex, Work, Kids, Love and Life in a Half-Changed World and the classic SchoolGirls: Young Women, Self-Esteem and the Confidence Gap. A contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, Peggy has also written for such publications as The Los Angeles Times, Vogue, Elle, Time, Mother Jones, Slate, O: The Oprah Magazine, and The New Yorker, and has contributed commentaries to NPR’s All Things Considered and the PBS Newshour. Her articles have been anthologized multiple times, including in The Best American Science Writing.

 

 

 

 

 

RSVP appreciated but not required. If you cannot attend the event, but would like to request a signed copy of Love and Trouble or another of Claire or Peggy's books, please order below and put your request in the comments field.

 

 

 

 

Books: 
Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781101946503
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 9th, 2017

Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781250002334
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador USA - January 3rd, 2012

Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062209740
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Paperbacks - March 7th, 2017

Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061711534
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Paperbacks - January 31st, 2012

Waiting for Daisy: A Tale of Two Continents, Three Religions, Five Infertility Doctors, an Oscar, an Atomic Bomb, a Romantic Night, and O Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781596912106
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Bloomsbury USA - December 26th, 2007