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Pop-Up Book Group with Jamie Bernstein: FAMOUS FATHER GIRL

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Please join us for a Pop-Up Book Group with memoirist Jamie Bernstein to discuss her new memoir, FAMOUS FATHER GIRL: A MEMOIR OF GROWING UP BERNSTEIN.


Pop-Up Book Groups are small gatherings in private homes with some of the most exciting novelists, memoirists, humorists, biographers, non-fiction writers and essayists at work today -- fascinating conversations about the book and the writing process, capped at 20 participants. After you register, please purchase (in any format) and read the book. Registrants will receive the address about one week before the book group. Bring your copy to be signed!

The oldest daughter of revered composer Leonard Bernstein offers a rare look at her father on the centenary of his birth—illuminating a man, a city, and an era that defined modern culture—in a deeply intimate and broadly evocative memoir reminiscent of Alexandra Styron’s Reading My Fatherand Richard Ford’s Between Them.

The composer of On the Town and West Side Story, chief conductor of the New York Philharmonic, television star, humanitarian, friend of the powerful and influential, and inveterate partygoer Leonard Bernstein was a massive celebrity during one of the headiest periods of American cultural life, and perhaps the most talented musician in American history.

To his eldest daughter, Jamie, he was all that and more; he was the man in the scratchy brown bathrobe that smelled of cigarettes, who sat late at night at the piano when he couldn’t sleep (he could never sleep). An incredible jokester, an incessant teacher, he taught her to love the world in all its beauty and complexity. In public and private, Lenny was larger than life.

In Famous Father Girl, Bernstein mines the emotional depths of her childhood and invites us into her family’s private world. A fantastic set of characters populate the Bernsteins’ lives, including: the Kennedys, Mike Nichols, John Lennon, Richard Avedon, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins, and Betty (Lauren) Bacall.

An intoxicating tale, Famous Father Girl is an intimate meditation on a deeply complex and sometimes troubled man and the beautiful music that was the soundtrack to his life. Deeply moving and often hilarious, Bernstein’s beautifully written memoir is great American story about one of the greatest Americans of the modern age.

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