memoir

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Paul Brinkley-Rogers - "Please Enjoy Your Happiness"

Paul RogersPaul Brinkley-Rogers joined the US Navy right our of high school, in 1959, and soon found himself on a ship that sailed the South China Sea and frequently docked in Japan.  There he met an unusual woman, who spoke English, shared his literary and cultural interests, and encouraged him to be a writer. When he returned to the US, he never saw her again, but his life took the direction that she had predicted.  Rogers became a war correspondent for Newsweek, then later, as a reporter for the Miami Herald, he shared a Pulitzer Prize for his team's reporting on the Elian Gonzalez custody battle.Please Enjoy Your Happiness

A few years ago, Paul came across some of the letters that Kaji Yukiko had written to him.  Her passionate words reawakened his memories of that time.  It is another world, half a century removed, and yet the mystery and adventure is so immediate.  This is one of the most moving memoirs I have ever read.

Mary North Allen When Mary North Allen passed away in 2011, she left behind dozens of versions of her memoir, "Falling Light and Waters Turning: Adventures  in Being Human" as well as hundreds of  photographs of Falling LIghttrees, people, and her signature color photos. She also left boxes of old family papers, some dating back to the 1600's.

Mary North Allen was a pre-med student who loved biology.  Later she became a professional nature photographer and photography teacher. She had a life-long love affair with trees.

Kenny PearlJoin us this week on Writers' Voices as we go behind the scenes of dance in 1960's-70's New York City with Kenny Pearl, who has a Fairfield connection in the Ken Chawkins family.

Straight out of college and with minimal professional dance experience, Kenny headedKenny Pearl from Toronto to New York to follow his passion - modern dance. "The Dance Gods" tells the story of his very successful career. 

Kenny danced with the greats - including Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey, even touring Russia, before returning to Toronto to teach dance. And finally, to write his memoir!

 

Hildegarde MahoneyIn "Journey Interruped, A Family Without a Country in a World at War," Hildegarde Mahoney shares the fascinating story of her German-American family being stranded in Japan on the way to visit Journey Interruptedfamily in Germany at the onset of the war.  Hillie was only 7 when the story begins, and 16 when she and her family finally returned to New York.

The details of their stay in Japan, and then later in Germany where they were repatriated after the war, paint a vivid picture of a unique time in history.

Join us this week on Writers' Voices to meet Hildegarde Mahoney and hear more about her fascinating story.

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"All Better Now" is a Relative Term for Emily Wing Smith

Emily Wing SmithAll Better Now From the "Weird Smart Girl," to the "Thank God She was Hit by a Car Girl," to "Woo-Head" and "Bad Hand" - there was always something wrong with Emily Wing Smith.  In this memoir, complete with pages from her childhood medical history, Emily Wing Smith faces describes the struggles she faced to become "All Better Now," how relative that is when dealing with physical and mental illness, and how important writing and story-telling have been in the process. 

In our coversation, Emily highlights the paradox of how we view mentail illness. When her behavioral problems were blamed on a near-fatal brain tumor, somehow that was less "her fault."

Join us on Writers' Voices for an insightful conversation with this brave and authentic author.

 

Saeeda HafizThe Healing

When I see a book that is a memoir of someone who has embarked on a spiritual path (usually Eastern in origin),  and/or promoting a cleaner diet or exercise regime, I expect a rosy picture, filled with tantalizing rewards of living and eating "right." The newly pure are happier, healthier and more prosperous.

In Saeeda Hafiz's book "The Healing: A Memoir of Food, Family and Yoga" is more truthful. Such changes may come slowly and at times involve two steps forward, three steps back. The expected benefits don't always materialize, at least not in the way you expected.

Saeeda is an African American woman raised in an environment rife with poverty, addiction and domesitc violence.  In her memoir, she shares her authentic story of overcoming that legacy through food and yoga.  And lots of hard work.

Join us on Writers' Voices for another great conversation!

 

Judy Batalion

 

 

From Canada to Harvard to London to NYC, Judy Batalion takes the reader deep into the messy parts of life in White Walls: A Memoir About Motherhood, Daughterhood, and the Mess in Between.  

 

Tune in today for her live conversation with

Monica and Caroline on Writers' Voices.

In Pursuit of EnlightenmentFairfield author Stepahnie Rivera will be joining Monica and Caroline in the studio this week to talk about her spiritual memoir, "In Pursuit of Enlightenment (On a Shoestring Budget)."

Stephanie's story begins with the lives of her parents.  Her father was the son of immigrant Russian-Jewish parents, and her mother was of Yankee stock.  They led an unusual life, which took them to California, Texas and eventually Boston, as her Jewish father became a minister, first with the Religious Science organization and later as a Unitarian.  With this background, it was not a great stretch for Stephanie, her mother and her siblings to learn TM, after their father's death.

More than simply a spiritual autobiography, this memoir is a revealing glimpse into a loving, if unusual, American family.

Lisa Lovatt-Smith

From her unusual bohemian childhood in Barcelona, to her stint as the youngest ever photo editor at Conde Nast, to helping to start Vogue Spain, to her life-changing journey to West Africa, Lisa Lovatt-Smith fills the pages of her memoir with infectious joy.  In  2002, Lovatt-Smith founded OAfrica, which works to reunite abandoned children with family members and provide alternatives to institutionalization.Who Knows Tomorrow

Lovatt-Smith's writing career began when she won a Vogue writing contest, and landed an internship at Vogue in London, just out of high school. She has published

 multiple books on home interiors and decorating, but her passion for over a decade has been working with the orphans of West Africa, where she now lives in a tiny hut with her three dogs and two youngest adopted children.

Join Monica and Caroline this week on Writers' Voices to learn more about this inspiring woman.

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    Oct 27
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"Brown Girl Dreaming" - a Different Kind of Memoir

Brown Girl DreamingToday's Writers' Voices interview almost didn't happen - it was scheduled and cancelled multiple times.  I wouldn't normally perist - there are so many great writers to interview!

But this is a very special book. "Brown Girl Dreaming" is Jacqueline Woodson's memoir in poetry, written for young adults, about growing up as an African American during the Civil Rights movement. Like many children her age, she was part of the great migration to the North, and went back and forth between New York City and South Carolina. These poems represent snippets of memory, hers and her loved ones, about that time. The result is an authenticity that jumps off the page.

"Brown Girl Dreaming" was recently named a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award, making it one of the top 5 nonfiction books for young adults published this year.

Join us this week on Writers' Voices for our discussion with this insightful author.