University Book Store University District
Tues April 17, 7 pm
Recommended by Rich Smith
It's hard to express what's so good about Claire Dederer's Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning, a memoir about sex, power, female friendship, and the consolations of literature. In her mid-40s, for no particular reason, Dederer experienced "a world-terror that sometimes sent [her] to bed in the middle of the day." "[It] howled at the door, no matter how cozy I was in the house with my funny children and my husband who was always willing to chat with me, no matter the hour," she writes. "My inability to get out of bed puzzled everyone." As she tries to make sense of her despair, her ability to get into bed—to get guys into bed, beginning as a young teenager—replays in her mind and throughout the book. What emerges, in the course of this vivid, hilarious, daring self-portrait of a book, is a person who has achieved clarity about her own contradictions, or at least has figured out how to use those contradictions as an excuse to bring lively writing into the world.
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