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Author Talk with Jamie Bernstein: Famous Father Girl

  • Springfield Jewish Community Center 1160 Dickinson Street Springfield, MA 01108 (map)

The oldest daughter of revered composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth in a deeply intimate and broadly evocative memoir. In Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein, the authoer mines the emotional depths of her childhood and invites us into her family's private world. A fantastic set of characters populates the Bernsteins' lives, including: the Kennedys, Mike Nichols, John Lennon, Richard Avedon, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins, and Betty (Lauren) Bacall. The book is an intoxicating tale and an intimate meditation on a complex and sometimes troubled man, the family he raised, and the music he composed that became the soundtrack to their entwined lives. Deeply moving and often hilarious, Bernstein's beautifully written memoir is a great American story about one of the greatest Americans of the modern age.

Suggested donation: $5
Springfield JCC and Yiddish Book Center members: FREE

Co-sponsored by the Yiddish Book Center