Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022 Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022

Memoir

Saturday, October 15, 2022

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How We Got Here — David Sipress & Tad Friend
Tad Friend
Tad Friend
In The Early Times
David Sipress
David Sipress
What's So Funny: A Cartoonist's Memoir

From a longtime New Yorker staff cartoonist David Sipress  comes What’s So Funny?, an evocative family memoir, a love letter to New York City, and a delightful exploration of the origins of creativity—richly interleaved with the author’s witty, beloved cartoons. 

New Yorker writer Tad Friend’s memoir In the Early Times, grapples with being a husband and a father as he tries to grasp who he is as a son. His father, an erudite historian and the former president of Swarthmore College, has long been gregarious and charming with strangers yet cerebral with his children. Tad writes that “trying to reach him always felt like ice fishing.”

Sunday, October 16, 2022

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Pig Years— Ellyn Gaydos
Ellyn Gaydos
Ellyn Gaydos
Pig Years

As a farmer in Upstate New York and Vermont, Ellyn Gaydos lives on the edge between loss and gain. Her debut memoir, Pig Years, draws us into this precarious world, conjuring with stark simplicity the lifeblood of the farm: its livestock and stark full moons, the sharp cold days lives near to the land. A long time farmer, Ellyn’s love of farms is reflected throughout the book. 

 

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Partners in Life— Kathryn Davis & Eleanor Henderson
Kathryn Davis
Kathryn Davis
Aurelia, Aurelia
Eleanor Henderson
Eleanor Henderson
Everything I Have Is Yours: A Marriage

A pair of memoirs, Aurelia, Aurelia from Kathryn Davis and Everything I Have is Yours from Eleanor Henderson explore the joy and sorrow of their marriages and lives. At the center of Davis’s book is  the death of her husband, Eric. The book unfolds as a study of their marriage, its deep joys and stinging frustrations.  

Henderson’s book, emotional, intimate, and at times agonizing, tells the story of a marriage tested by powerful forces outside both partners’ control. It’s not only a memoir of a wife’s tireless quest to heal her husband, but also one that asks just what it means to accept someone as they are.

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The Cost of Immigration—Albert Samaha & Thirii Myint
Albert Samaha
Albert Samaha
Concepcion: An Immigrant Family’s Fortunes
Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint
Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint
Names For Light: A Family History

A pair of authors reflect on living in the US and the immigrant experience.  Nearing the age at which his mother had migrated to the US, part of the wave of non-Europeans who arrived after immigration quotas were relaxed in 1965,

 In  his book Conception, Albert Samaha began to question the ironclad belief in a better future that had inspired her family to uproot themselves from their birthplace. 

Thirii Myint’s memoir, Names for Light, traverses time and memory to weigh three generations of a family's history against a painful inheritance of postcolonial violence and racism. 

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The Effects of Addiction — Tomás Morín & Cindy House
Tomás Q. Morín
Tomás Q. Morín
Let Me Count the Ways
Cindy House
Cindy House
Mother Noise

Growing up in a small town in South Texas, poverty, machismo, and drug addiction were everywhere for Tomás Q. Morín. He was around four or five years old when he first remembers his father cooking heroin, and he recalls many times he and his mother accompanied his father while he was on the hunt for more. Let Me Count the Ways is the memoir of a journey into obsessive-compulsive disorder, a mechanism to survive a childhood filled with pain, violence, and unpredictability. 

Cindy House’s Mother Noise opens with Cindy, twenty years into recovery after a heroin addiction, grappling with how to tell her nine-year-old son about her past. She wants him to learn this history from her, not anyone else; but she worries about the effect this truth may have on him. This memoir is about addiction, motherhood, and Cindy’s ongoing effort to reconcile the two.