Book Club: Even This I Get to Experience

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On Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 10am, our Book Club meets again to discuss Even This I Get to Experience by Norman Lear.

This is a memoir by the famous creator of such iconic TV programs as All in the Family, spanning the decades of his life from childhood during the Great Depression to his early years in L.A., his triumphs as a comedy writer, his political advocacy work, and his reflections on how to manage one’s private life while being a well-known public figure.

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The group meets in private homes and space is limited. To reserve a seat, contact Larry at larrynath@aol.com.

Read the New York Times review of this book:

For someone whose most enduring contribution to popular culture might be the image of a husband and wife sitting at a piano and singing about the good old days, Norman Lear is not particularly nostalgic.

He has spent the last 20 of his 92 years pondering a vow to tell his life story: not just the backstage tales from his popular sitcoms like“All in the Family,” “Maude,” “Good Times” and“The Jeffersons,” but also his account of how a Depression-era kid with a challenging childhood came to produce the button-pushing, boundary-breaking comedies that defined the 1970s and influenced future generations.

It is a story that Mr. Lear shares, reluctantly but abundantly, in a memoir, “Even This I Get to Experience,” which Penguin Press will release on Oct. 14.

Now that he has reflected on the totality of his life — including incarnations as a member of a B-17 bomber crew in World War II, a novice press agent and a sketch writer for stars like Danny Thomas and Jerry Lewis — he says he better understands why he was in no hurry to complete the task.

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