beginning June 8th
Heartburn could have been a real bummer of a novel--it's about a cookbook author who discovers her husband is cheating on her while she's seven months pregnant. Lucky for us this book is written by the late Nora Ephron (she of When Harry Met Sally and I Feel Bad About My Neck, but this is before that) and it's hilarious and gossipy and deep. Consider this description of the husband and his mistress: "My husband, a fairly short person, and Thelma Rice, a fairly tall person with a neck as long as an arm and a nose as long as a thumb and you should see her legs, never mind her feet, which are sort of splayed."
And there are recipes for comfort food throughout, including many varieties of potatoes! Add to the mix that the protagonist Rachel Samstat is a stand-in for Ephron and the whole thing is a roman à clef about her breakup from Carl Bernstein. We will discuss fiction and autobiography, food, why everyone in the 1980's was obsessed with group therapy. The book was turned into a film starring Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson and a very memorable postcoital spaghetti carbonara and we can watch that too.
Marisa Meltzer is a journalist and author, most recently of This Is Big, a biography of Weight Watchers founder Jean Nidetch. She has previously led seminars for McNally Jackson on Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls, and Elena Ferrante’s The Lost Daughter.
(Ticket price includes the copy of the book and priority shipping)