Sue Halpern spoke about her book, A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher, at Politics & Prose on Wednesday, May 22, 2013.
Halpern, whose narrative nonfiction ranges from studies of monarch butterfly migration to the science of memory, here records her own experience as the human part of a therapy-dog team. Her partner is Pransky, an adolescent Labradoodle, and the two visit a county nursing home once a week, dispensing good will and receiving an unexpected bounty of warmth and humor.
Phyllis Theroux spoke about her book, The Good Bishop: The Life of Walter F. Sullivan, at Politics & Prose on Sunday, May 19, 2013.
Appointed Bishop of the Richmond diocese by Pope Paul VI, Walter F. Sullivan held the office for twenty-nine years. In her detailed account of Sullivan’s life and work, Theroux evokes a warm and humble man, determined to foster social justice by taking a stand against the death penalty, reaching out to the gay community, and making himself a model of compassion.
Elizabeth Benedict spoke about the book she edited, What My Mother Gave Me: Thirty-One Women on the Gifts That Mattered Most, with contributors Susan Stamberg and Eleanor Clift at Politics & Prose on Tuesday, April 9, 2013.
As this diverse anthology reflects, the gifts from mothers to daughters are many and take many forms, from objects as practical as a wok, as decorative as nail polish, or as deep-seated as the need to write. Join Elizabeth Benedict, the anthology’s editor, and contributors Susan Stamberg and Eleanor Clift for a discussion of maternal legacies.