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Mother Daughter Me

April 2014 book selection

Mother Daughter Me

by Katie Hafner

April 9, 2014

It's almost time for our next CapRadio Reads author event.  Have you had an opportunity to read Katie Hafner's Mother Daughter Me?  If you have, you know the story of Katie's difficult relationship with her mother is played out in San Francisco in the house the author has shared with only her teenage daughter since the death of Hafner's husband.  The backstory is why you will want to be with us on Tuesday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m. to listen to Katie Hafner in conversation with Morning Edition Host Donna Apidone.

These CapRadio Reads author events, as well as our monthly face-to-face meetings are part of what makes Capital Public Radio a vital part of our community. We hope you can take advantage of the newest book club in town.  Join us for this event! Make sure you also sign up here on the website to receive emails about future events.  You will be "in the know" about books, authors and literary functions here at Capital Public Radio.

Hope to see you soon, and as always, thanks for reading.

April 2, 2014

We are hoping you have enjoyed reading Katie Hafner's memoir, Mother Daughter Me.  Now you have the opportunity to hear the discussion.  Katie will be our April guest for the popular (and always delicious) CapRadio Reads.  She will discuss the book, her career and her family with  Morning Edition Host Donna Apidone. 

Weaving her past with her present, Hafner's journey of living in a household with her teenage daughter Zoe, and her elderly narcissistic mother, frames this book.  What makes it a great read is her total lack of stereotype.  Rather than the alcoholic grandmother being the source of most of the static, it is the lifelong Mama's Girl daughter, who seems unable to cope with someone taking up her mother's time or heart.  Even the psychologist performs in a different way than you might expect.

The book is a journey and an account of love, anger and forgiveness.  The conversation is sure to be tremendous.

Get your tickets to join us on Tuesday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m. in our Community Room.  While you're at it, sign up to receive first notice of upcoming events.  We have some amazing authors coming up this Summer and you won't want to miss out.

Thanks, as always, for reading.

March 19, 2014

Mother Daughter Me, the new memoir by Katie Hafner, is our selection for the CapRadio Reads April event.  Many children of "difficult" parents have written memoirs.  Mary Karr wrote The Liar's Club, and Jeanette Walls gave us The Glass Castle.  Both these books were stirring looks back at terrible childhoods, with a few redeeming moments.  The difference with Hafner's book is that it is about NOW.  This time, the abused child willingly invites the parent back. In fact, Hafner inivted her mother to live with her and with her teenage daughter. As Katie says in her book, "It's far easier to imagine a future we can invent than to reckon honestly with a painful past." But reckon she does, and her struggle to make it work is the story you will want to read. 

Please get your tickets now and join us on Tuesday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m. in our Community Room for a glass of wine, Passover-style refreshments and a very interesting conversation.

Katie Hafner is a prolific writer.  Her articles on technology and society have appeared often in the New York Times and elsewhere.  She has written six books, one of them on Glenn Gould and his search for the perfect piano.  She has now written a book that is probably her most personal effort, Mother Daughter Me.  This memoir is the story of three women, Katie, her daughter and her mother.  Hafner's relationship with her mother has never been easy; in fact, her childood was remarkable in its trauma.  The book starts with Katie, a widow, living with her teenage daughter in San Francisco. She has invited her 77-year-old mother to move into their home in hopes coming together and healing.  I will not reveal the next step. You will want to read it for yourself but, as you can imagine, it did not all go quite as expected.

As always, our evening will include a conversation with the author and our own Donna Apidone.  Katie Hafner will tell more about her story, and you will have an opportunity to ask questions.  We may not all share this particular story, but the caregiving of parents is a common issue in our society, and learning from one who has done it is always interesting.

Please sign up now to join us for another terrific evening with CapRadio Reads.  We will see you in our Community Room at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15. 

Thanks for reading.