Friday, February 27, 2009

"...hopeful journey of rebellion and reconciliation."

Millions of Americans were able to attend college through the efforts of the aristocratic New England Senator Claiborne de Borda Pell. Some of this background and family story are told in our new book, We Used to Own the Bronx, by Eve Pell. As Eve traces her absorbing journey from debutante to working mother, from the upper crust of the East Coast to the radical activists of the West, from a life of wealth and privilege to one of trying to make ends meet, she provides exceptional insight into the complex issues of social class in America.

Praise for the book:

“Eve Pell gives us a fascinating glimpse into a secret world of unfathomable wealth and privilege. Hers is an unexpected and ultimately hopeful journey of rebellion and reconciliation.” — Jane Fonda

“An intriguing look at a world of arcane, white-gloved ritual and great privilege by a writer rebellious enough to leave it behind, wise enough to know that doing so is no quick and simple matter, and aware enough to know that the alternative worlds she discovers have their own moral complexities as well.” — Adam Hochschild

Meet Eve Pell at the following readings:

March 11, 7 pm at Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA

March 20, 7 pm at Books Inc. in San Francisco

May 5, Bartow Pell Mansion Museum, Pelham Bay Park, Bronx, NY (times TBA)