|By (author):||Lightman, Alan|
|Subject:||BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General|
|BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs|
|HISTORY / United States / 20th Century|
|HISTORY / United States / State & Local / South (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, L|
|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|Size:||8.00in x 5.20in x 0.75in|
|From The Publisher*||A WASHINGTON POST NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR|
Alan Lightman's grandfather M.A. was the family's undisputed patriarch. It was his movie theater empire that catapulted the Lightmans, a Hungarian Jewish immigrant family, to prominence in the South; his triumphs that would both galvanize and paralyze his descendants. In this evocative personal history, the author chronicles his return to Memphis and the stifling home he had been so eager to flee forty years earlier. As aging uncles and aunts retell old stories, Alan finds himself reconsidering long-held beliefs about his larger-than-life grandfather and his quiet, inscrutable father.
The result is an unforgettable family saga set against the pulsing backdrop of Memphis-its country clubs and juke joints, its rhythm and blues, its segregated movie theaters, its barbecue and pecan pie-including encounters with Elvis, Martin Luther King Jr., and E. H. "Boss" Crump. Both intensely personal and quintessentially American, Screening Room finely explores the tricks of light that can make-and unmake-a man and his myth.
(With black-and-white illustrations throughout.)
"This brilliantly observed and poignantly written memoir . . . is about what really defines the South-the real common denominator in our contested little matrix of blacks and whites, Jews and gentiles: family." -The Washington Post
|Biographical Note||ALAN LIGHTMAN is the author of six novels, including Einstein's Dreams, which was an international bestseller, and The Diagnosis, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. He is also the author of three collections of essays and several books on science. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Granta, Harper's, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and Nature, among other publications. Since beginning his career as a theoretical physicist, Lightman has taught at Harvard and at MIT, where he was the first person to receive a dual faculty appointment in science and in the humanities. He lives in the Boston area.|