Author and journalist Jo Piazza and journalist and co-founder of The List. Glynnis MacNicol discuss their writing, their friendship and their road trip--7:00pm, Saturday, August 4, 2018, at Common Good Books (38 S Snelling Ave, St Paul; 651/225-8989; www.commongoodbooks.com). They will be joined by Nora McInerny Purmort, author of It's Okay to Laugh: (Crying Is Cool Too).
Piazza and MacNicol are touring the US, talking about life and politics for women today; in St Paul, they’re visiting with the hilarious Nora McInerney Purmort.
Jo Piazza is the author of Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win, a "novel about what happens when a woman wants it all--political power, marriage, and happiness--but isn't sure just how much she's willing to sacrifice to get it."
Charlotte Walsh is running for Senate in the most important race in the country during a midterm election that will decide the balance of power in Congress. Still reeling from a presidential election that shocked and divided the country and inspired by the chance to make a difference, she's left behind her high-powered job in Silicon Valley and returned, with her husband Max and their three young daughters, to her downtrodden Pennsylvania hometown to run in the Rust Belt state. A searing, suspenseful story of political ambition, marriage, class, sexual politics, and infidelity, Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win is an insightful portrait of what it takes for a woman to run for national office in America today.
“I loved (and in some instances lived during my time in the White House) this novel. I laughed, winced, sighed and cried. Jo has done it again.”--Alyssa Mastromonaco, author of Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?
Glynnis MacNicol has recently written No One Tells You This, a memoir of her fortieth year. If the story doesn't end with marriage or a child, what then? This question plagued Glynnis MacNicol on the eve of her 40th birthday. Despite a successful career as a writer, and an exciting life in New York City, Glynnis was constantly reminded she was neither of the things the world expected of a woman her age: a partner or a mother.
Glynnis refused to be cast into either of those roles and yet the question remained: What now? There was no good blueprint for how to be a woman alone in the world. She concluded it was time to create one. Over the course of her fortieth year, chronicled in her memoir, Glynnis embarks on a revealing journey of self-discovery that continually contradicts everything she'd been led to expect.
“No One Tells You This takes readers from Canada to New York to Wyoming in its mapping of contemporary adulthood, unmoored from the institutions that once defined it for women. Wrestling with loneliness, independence, grief and exhilaration, MacNicol offers a piercing examination of what it means both to love grown-up, complicated women--mothers, sisters, friends, intergalactic princesses--and to be one.”--Rebecca Traister, author of All The Single Ladies
Nora McInerny Purmort was voted Most Humorous by the Annunciation Catholic School Class of 1998. It was mostly downhill after that, but she did get to spend three glorious years married to Aaron Joseph Purmort (aka Spider-Man). She is the author of It's Okay to Laugh: (Crying Is Cool Too), which MSP Magazine called “one of the best books you'll read this year.” She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her son, Ralph. They really like it there.