Composed: A Memoir
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 ▪ 7:30 p.m. ▪ Angelico Hall
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For 30 years as a musician, Rosanne Cash has enjoyed both critical and commercial success, releasing a series of albums that are as notable for their lyrical intelligence as for their musical excellence. Now, in her memoir, Cash writes compellingly about her upbringing in Southern California as the child of country legend Johnny Cash, and of her relationships with her mother and her famous stepmother, June Carter Cash.
Friday, October 1, 2010 ▪ 7:00 p.m. ▪ Angelico Hall
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Robert B. Reich is one of our most trenchant and informed economy experts. He has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton.
His most recent novel, Aftershock, is a brilliant new reading of the economic crisis and a plan for dealing with the challenge of its aftermath.
When the nation’s economy foundered in 2008, blame was directed almost universally at Wall Street. But Robert B. Reich suggests a different reason for the meltdown. The real problem is structural, he argues. There is an increasing concentration of income and wealth at the top, while the middle class has to go deeply into debt to maintain a decent standard of living.
Growing Up Laughing
Monday, October 18, 2010 ▪ 7:00 p.m.
Guzman Lecture Hall
Marlo Thomas was born into comedy royalty and, throughout her remarkable career, has captured hearts, enriched minds and always kept us laughing. A star of stage, film and television—with five bestselling books, four Emmys, a Golden Globe, a Grammy and a Peabody Award—Marlo Thomas has been a vibrant part of the American culture.
Growing Up Laughing: My Story and the Story of Funny is a compelling autobiographical journey—hilarious and heartfelt, intimate and inspiring. It includes more than 20 personal interviews with, among others, Alan Alda, Joy Behar, Stephen Colbert, Billy Crystal, Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Griffin, Jay Leno, George Lopez, Elaine May, Conan O’Brien, Don Rickles, Joan Rivers, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Ben and Jerry Stiller, Lily Tomlin, Robin Williams and Steven Wright.
In a voice that is curious, generous and often gleeful, Thomas opens the doors on the funny in her own life, as she asks these comedy all-stars how they found the funny in theirs—from their comic influences to the anatomy of the perfect joke.
Travel writer, PBS-TV host, and Seattle businessman Rick Steves shares what he has learned in 30 years of travel: why India is his favorite country, why trains are pulling into European stations with birds squished onto their windshields, and how travel challenges truths we’ve always just assumed were “self-evident and God-given.” From Kurdish wood carvers proudly holding up their chisels to teary-eyed Germans atop their new parliament building, the world is changing and America is challenged. Today’s travel writer can be much like the medieval court jester—he can bring home the truth and not get killed.
FREE EVENT. Preferred seating with advance book purchase from Book Passage. To purchase Travel as a Political Act, call Book Passage at 415-927-0960 or visit www.bookpassage.com.