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CapRadio Reads is a book club and online reading community, hosted by Capital Public Radio. Moderator Vicki Lorini and host Donna Apidone encourage you to participate in person or on the website.

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March 19, 2014

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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.

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