Book critic and essayist Meredith Maran discusses her absorbing memoir, The New Old Me: My Late-Life Reinvention. Meredith will be in conversation with Michelle Richmond, bestselling author of the novel Golden State.
“By turns poignant and funny…a spirited and moving memoir about how "it's never too late to try something new.” —Kirkus Reviews
“When Meredith Maran lost her best friend, her money, and her marriage to the woman of her dreams at age 60, she could have become a bitter, angry woman. Instead she made a new, vibrant life for herself in a new, vibrant city, with a new job, new friends, new lovers, and an old bungalow among the lime trees. The spirit, resilience, and hilarity on display in The New Old Me offers hope for living soulfully and zestfully no matter what life gives us—now, and at every age.” — Ayelet Waldman
“The New Old Me is a book I don’t just want to read – I need to read it. So does everyone else who’s getting older and wants to live fully, with immediacy and enjoyment, which is to say, everyone.” —Anne Lamott
"The New Old Me is funny, tough, sweet, and always charming." —Meg Wolitzer
"Meredith’s wrenching, redemptive journey is a heartfelt, wise meditation on the challenges women face today as we age, and the creativity with which we’re facing them."—Susan Orlean
Like a lot of women her age, MEREDITH MARAN has a hard time believing she’s a woman of her age. And yet she’s published more than a dozen books, including The New Old Me, Why We Write About Ourselves, Why We Write, My Lie, and A Theory of Small Earthquakes. When she’s not hiking Mount Hollywood, attending readings at indie bookstores, or scouring Los Angeles’ finest thrift shops, she's writing for venues including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, and Salon. The grateful recipient of fellowships from MacDowell and Yaddo and a member of the National Book Critics Circle, Meredith lives in a Silver Lake bungalow that’s even older than she is.