Meredith Maran / The New Old Me
After the death of her best friend, the loss of her life’s savings, and the collapse of her once-happy marriage, Meredith Maran—whom Anne Lamott calls “insightful, funny, and human”—leaves her San Francisco freelance writer’s life for a 9-to-5 job in Los Angeles. Determined to rebuild not only her savings but herself while relishing the joys of life in La-La land, Maran writes The New Old Me, “a poignant story, a funny story, a moving story, and above all an American story of what it means to be a woman of a certain age in our time” (Christina Baker Kline, number-one New York Times–bestselling author of Orphan Train).
Meredith will be in conversation with Faith Adiele! Please join us.
“High time we had a book that celebrates becoming an elder! Meredith Maran writes of the difficulties of loss and change and aging, but makes it clear that getting on can be more interesting, more fun, and a lot more exciting than youth.” -- Abigail Thomas, author of the New York Times bestseller What Comes Next and How to Like It
“The New Old Me is a book I don’t just want to read – I need to read it. So does everyone else who’s getting older and wants to live fully, with immediacy and enjoyment, which is to say, everyone.” -- Anne Lamott, author of the New York Times bestsellers Bird by Bird and Some Assembly Required
“Meredith Maran is my new role model for getting older without getting old.” -- Kate Christensen, author of the PEN/Faulkner award winner The Great Man
Meredith Maran is the author of fourteen books, including The New Old Me, Why We Write About Ourselves, Why We Write, My Lie, and A Theory of Small Earthquakes. She's a book critic and essayist for newspapers and magazines including the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and Salon.com. The recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, and a member of the National Book Critics Circle, Meredith lives in a restored historic bungalow in Los Angeles.
Faith Adiele is author of two memoirs: The Nigerian-Nordic Girl’s Guide to Lady Problems (Shebooks) a witty, tricultural look at black women and fibroids, and Meeting Faith (W.W. Norton & Co.), a travel memoir about becoming Thailand’s first black Buddhist nun, which received PEN Open Book Award. She is so-editor of Coming of Age Around the World: A Multicultural Anthology (The New Press) and the writer, narrator, and subject of the PBS documentary My Journey Home. She is Associate Professor of Writing at California College of the Arts and launched the first workshop for travel writers of color through VONA/Voices. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is a member of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, runs an African Book Club, occasionally does live storytelling on stage, and is wrapping up Twins: An Afro-Viking Epic, which tracks 4 generations of family across 3 continents.
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