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Beverly Donofrio was in her fifties and searching for ways to renew her religious practice when she was attacked in her home by a serial rapist. The events and insights that followed (and her search for a deeper connection to God) are explored in her memoir, Astonished; A Story of Evil, Blessings, Grace and Solace (Viking). "[An] insightful, candidly unfolding, soul-bearing journey to grace." - Publishers Weekly. "Best known for Riding in Cars with Boys, her first memoir about her teenage pregnancy and single motherhood, the author was raised Catholic ... Her story is one of reconciliation ... [and] the conclusion of her journey, following the torrent of questions for and about divine power, lies in her realization that her faith is unshakeable, and her attack, ultimately, showed her the heart of God. Honest, engaging, and cathartic." - Kirkus Reviews. Beverly Donofrio, who lived for four years as a lay Carmelite at Nada Hermitage, is also the author of Looking for Mary.
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Co-presented with the WASHINGTON CENTER FOR THE BOOK AT THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY. Renowned film director, screenwriter, and actress Rebecca Miller is also an accomplished fiction writer, as readers of her acclaimed first novel, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, and book of stories, Personal Velocity, know. She is here tonight with a dazzling new novel, set in 18th-century Paris and the Long Island suburbs of today, Jacob's Folly (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). "Suspending disbelief is the biggest challenge of Miller's audacious new novel, not least because the Jacob of the title is a Jewish peddler from late 18th-century Paris who has been reincarnated on Long Island ... as a fly. Jacob the fly becomes a kind of demon to a melancholy volunteer firefighter named Leslie and a lovely but conflicted Jewish actress named Masha ... The narrative buzzes back and forth through time ... Scads of narrative threads are sewn together with impressive and often lovely wordplay to form a vast historical fabric of Jacob's Jewish family ... An unusual and absorbing read." - Publishers Weekly. Free admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Seattle Public Library is at 1000 Fourth Avenue (between Madison & Spring). For more information, please see www.spl.org or call (206) 386-4636.
Start: 7:30 pm
Co-presented with the TOWN HALL FUTURE OF HEALTH/TOWN HALL CIVICS Series. The American proclivity for processed foodsthe average diet including 33 poinds of cheese, 70 pounds of sugar, double the recommended dose of saltis explored in depth and damning clarity in Michael Moss' searing new book, Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us (Random House). This book reveals much surprising information about the food industry, including its use of cutting-edge technology to calculate the 'bliss point' of sugary beverages and the marketing campaigns aimed at redirecting concerns about product health risks. As a New York Times journalist, Michael Moss received a 2010 Pulitzer Prize for his work on food safety issues. $5 tickets are available at the door starting at 6:30 p.m., or in advance via townhall.strangertickets.com (1-888-377-4510). Town Hall Seattle is at 1119 Eighth Avenue (at Seneca). Preferred seating for Town Hall members. For more information on this evening, please call Elliott Bay at (206) 624-6600, Town Hall at (206) 652-4255, or see www.townhallseattle.org.