A Main Line Family Memoir: "The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune and the Story of My Father"

Code: SL41010

Dates: October 3, 2019

Meets: 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Sessions: 1

Location: Creutzburg Center

Course Fee: $35.00

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Land, houses and money tumbled from one generation to the next on the eight-hundred-acre estate built by Scott's investment banker great-grandfather on the Main Line. There was an obligation to protect it, a license to enjoy it, a duty to pass it on. But it was impossible to know in advance how all that good fortune might influence choices made over a lifetime. Janny Scott discusses her new book, "The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune and the Story of My Father," which the historian Geoffrey C. Ward has called "a rare combination of wit, empathy, candor and shrewd sleuthing" and "a multigerational story that encompasses the Gilded Age, great wealth and two World Wars, suicide and secret affairs, hidden diaries and the life-long impact of alcohol." (Join us for a tour ofArdrossan 10/26, page 71.)

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This program is part of MLSN's Authors in the Afternoon series. SCHEDULE: 1:15 PM to 1:30 PM -Snacks and beverages; 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM - Program Copies of "The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune and the Story of My Father" will be available for purchase at the program (cash only).
Fee: $35.00

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Janny Scott

Janny Scott is a journalist and author of two books, The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune and the Story of My Father and A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mother. She was a reporter for The New York Times for fourteen years, writing about race, classs, demographic change, and ideas. She was a member of the Times reporting team that won the 2000 Pullitzer Prize for national reporting for the series "How Race is Lived in America." In the immediate aftrmath of the 9/11 terror attacks, she and Christine Kay, a Times editor, conceived Portraits of Grief, a series of thumbnail profiles of several thousand victims, which appeard in the Times every day for months. She was previosly a reporter for the Los Angeles Times and The Record of Bergen County, New Jersey. Her first book, a New York Times bestseller, was the runner-up for the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography and one of Time magazine's top ten nonfiion books of 2011. She has appeared on The Colbert Report, Today, MSNBC, C-Span, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, the Leonard Lopate Show and other television and radio programs. She is a graduate of Harvard College and lives in New York City.

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