Author Talk, Book Signing With Katie Hafner
By: ENTERPRISE STAFF, July 30, 2014
Author Katie Hafner will be at Titcomb’s Bookshop in East Sandwich, Wednesday, July 30, from 2 to 3 PM, to talk about and sign her new book, “Mother Daughter Me: A Memoir.”
As Ms. Hafner unpacks her relationship with her mother, she is challenged by the question: What is our obligation to our parents as they age, particularly if they were far from perfect parents when we were children?
In the summer of 2009 Katie Hafner’s mother, Helen, moved from San Diego to San Francisco to live with Katie and her 16-year-old daughter, Zoe. Despite a chorus of skepticism from friends, who knew about her tumultuous upbringing, Ms. Hafner was determined to do what she could to help her mother, who had recently been through her own personal crisis. She even referred to their upcoming adventure as, “our year in Provence.”
What she found instead was that she was sandwiched squarely between her obligation to an aging parent, with whom she had a difficult past, and her responsibility for her own daughter. The “year in Provence” rapidly turned into a half-year in hell; her mother moved out after six months.
With some distance, Ms. Hafner even came to admire her mother for the life she carved out for herself in San Francisco. By turns heartbreaking and funny, “Mother Daughter Me” is an insightful and loving book that answers questions about the universal truths of families that are central to the lives of so many.
Ms. Hafner was on staff for 10 years at The New York Times, where she remains a frequent contributor, writing on health care and technology. She has also worked at Newsweek and BusinessWeek, and has written for The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Wired, The New Republic, The Huffington Post, and O, The Oprah Magazine. She is the author of five previous works of nonfiction covering a range of topics, including the origins of the Internet, computer hackers, German reunification, and the pianist Glenn Gould.
Those unable to attend who wish to reserve a signed copy of the book should contact Titcomb’s at 508-888-2331. The bookshop is at 432 Route 6A.