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Bagels & Books: Feast your Eyes


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About the Book: 
Feast Your Eyes, framed as the catalogue notes from a photography show at the Museum of Modern Art, tells the life story of Lillian Preston: “America’s Worst Mother, America’s Bravest Mother, America’s Worst Photographer, or America’s Greatest Photographer, depending on who was talking.” After discovering photography as a teenager through her high school’s photo club, Lillian rejects her parents’ expectations of college and marriage and moves to New York City in 1955. When a small gallery exhibits partially nude photographs of Lillian and her daughter Samantha, Lillian is arrested, thrust into the national spotlight, and targeted with an obscenity charge. Mother and daughter’s sudden notoriety changes the course of both of their lives and especially Lillian’s career as she continues a life-long quest for artistic legitimacy and recognition.

Narrated by Samantha, Feast Your Eyes reads as a collection of Samantha’s memories, interviews with Lillian’s friends and lovers, and excerpts from Lillian’s journals and letters—a collage of stories and impressions, together amounting to an astounding portrait of a mother and an artist dedicated, above all, to a vision of beauty, truth, and authenticity.

About the Author: 
Myla Gold­berg is the best­selling author of The False Friend, Wickett’s Rem­e­dy, and Bee Sea­son, which was a New York Times Notable Book win­ner of the Bor­ders New Voic­es Prize, and a final­ist for the Hem­ing­way Foundation/​PEN award. She teach­es in the fic­tion programs of Sarah Lawrence, Brook­lyn Col­lege, and NYU and lives in Brook­lyn with her hus­band and two daughters.

About the Event: 
Tuesday, February 18 | 10:00 am
Mandel JCC Palm Beach Gardens 
 
Wednesday, February 19 | 10:00 am
Mandel JCC Boynton Beach 
 
Complementary for Chaverim, Star Arts, Publishers and Authors 
$20 per person
*Cost includes bagels & coffee/juice, author talk & book signing
 
To purchase tickets over the phone please call 561-509-0117
 



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