Love & Trouble : A Midlife Reckoning by Claire Dederer

Ravenna Third Place is happy to announce a luncheon event with author Claire Dederer, best-selling author of Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses.  She joins us with her new memoir Love & Trouble : A Midlife Reckoning on Monday, May 15th at 1pm.

From the New York Times best-selling author of Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses, a ferocious, sexy, hilarious memoir about going off the rails at midlife and trying to reconcile the girl she was with the woman she has become. Claire Dederer is a happily married mother of two, ages nine and twelve, when she suddenly finds herself totally despondent and, simultaneously, suffering through a kind of erotic reawakening. This exuberant memoir shifts between her present experience as a middle-aged mom in the grip of mysterious new hungers and herself as a teenager--when she last experienced life with such heightened sensitivity and longing. From her hilarious chapter titles ("How to Have Sex with Your Husband of Seventeen Years") to her subjects--from the boyfriend she dumped at fourteen the moment she learned how to give herself an orgasm, to the girls who ruled her elite private school ("when I left Oberlin I thought I had done with them forever, but it turned out...they also edited all the newspapers and magazines, and wrote all the books"), to raising a teenage daughter herself--Dederer writes with an electrifying blend of wry wit and raw honesty. She exposes herself utterly, and in doing so captures something universal about the experience of being a woman, a daughter, a wife.


Reviews :

"When I got my hands on Claire Dederer's new book, I instantly turned off my phone, cancelled all my appointments, curled up in bed, and read all day in grateful - and thoughtful - abandon."

-Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and The Signature of All Things


“In equal parts hilarious and haunting, Love and Trouble captures the ways in which our past selves are never really past. In loose, edgy, confident prose, Claire Dederer peels back layer after layer of herself as an erotic creature, and in so doing has crafted a book that grabs the reader in an utterly visceral way. This is an exciting, daring memoir.”

-Dani Shapiro, author of Hourglass: Time, -Memory, Marriage


Tickets are $45 and include lunch served by Vios Café and one copy of Love & Memory. Tickets are available in-person at Ravenna Third Place or by phone 206.525.2347.