Screening Room by Alan Lightman audiobook

Screening Room: Family Pictures

By Alan Lightman
Read by Bronson Pinchot

Blackstone Publishing 9780307379399
5.98 Hours Unabridged
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From the acclaimed authorof the international bestseller Einstein’s Dreams, here is a lyricalmemoir of Memphis from the 1930s through the 1960s: the music and the racism,the early days of the movies, and a powerful grandfather whose ghost continuesto haunt the family. Alan Lightman’s grandfather M. A. Lightman was the family’sundisputed patriarch: it was his movie theater empire that catapulted thefamily to prominence in the South, his fearless success that both galvanizedand paralyzed his descendants, haunting them for a half century after hisdeath. In this lyrical and impressionistic memoir, Lightman writes aboutreturning to Memphis in an attempt to understand the people he so eagerly leftbehind forty years earlier. As aging uncles and aunts begin telling familystories, Lightman rediscovers his southern roots and slowly realizes the errorsin his perceptions of his grandfather and of his own father, who had beencrushed by M. A. Here is a family saga set against a throbbing century ofMemphis—the rhythm and blues, the barbecue and pecan pie, and the segregatedsociety—that includes personal encounters with Elvis, Martin Luther King Jr.,and E. H. “Boss” Crump. At the heart of it all is a family haunted by the ghostof the domineering M. A. and the struggle of the author to understand hisconflicted loyalties to his father and grandfather.

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Summary

From the acclaimed authorof the international bestseller Einstein’s Dreams, here is a lyricalmemoir of Memphis from the 1930s through the 1960s: the music and the racism,the early days of the movies, and a powerful grandfather whose ghost continuesto haunt the family.

Alan Lightman’s grandfather M. A. Lightman was the family’sundisputed patriarch: it was his movie theater empire that catapulted thefamily to prominence in the South, his fearless success that both galvanizedand paralyzed his descendants, haunting them for a half century after hisdeath. In this lyrical and impressionistic memoir, Lightman writes aboutreturning to Memphis in an attempt to understand the people he so eagerly leftbehind forty years earlier. As aging uncles and aunts begin telling familystories, Lightman rediscovers his southern roots and slowly realizes the errorsin his perceptions of his grandfather and of his own father, who had beencrushed by M. A. Here is a family saga set against a throbbing century ofMemphis—the rhythm and blues, the barbecue and pecan pie, and the segregatedsociety—that includes personal encounters with Elvis, Martin Luther King Jr.,and E. H. “Boss” Crump. At the heart of it all is a family haunted by the ghostof the domineering M. A. and the struggle of the author to understand hisconflicted loyalties to his father and grandfather.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“In this sensual evocation of the past, Lightman, a physicist and novelist, shines a lush and tender light on his family’s storied past…rich in detail…It is when Lightman reckons with the irreconcilable—the things unsaid, the questions not answered—that the memoir ascends to a state of grace.” New York Times Book Review
“A fine addition to Lightman’s oeuvre, this a great story tinged with nostalgia for an America that no longer exists. The author grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, and the book is full of quirky history and details about that iconic American city.” Library Journal (starred review)
“A subtly fictionalized, emotionally refined, and radiantly descriptive chronicle…It is Alan’s frank and tender portraits of his ‘grossly mismatched’ and sadly derailed parents and his candid tribute to their African American housekeeper, Blanche, that give this remembrance such poignant dimension…Lightman’s utterly transfixing screening of soulful and funny family memories projects a quintessentially American tale.” Booklist (starred review)
“A family death sends a celebrated author back to his boyhood home in Memphis, Tennessee, where many family members and memories await…The cumulative effect of Lightman’s memories is wrenching: loss and illness and death wander freely in his pages, reminding us of the evanescence of youth and promise. The author shows us many small moments, igniting each with sparks of passion, memory, and intelligence.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“The theoretical physicist turned writer brings to Screening Room: Family Pictures the same empathy, insight, and fine prose that distinguish his other works…Like his incomparable novel Einstein’s Dreams, this memoir is, at its core, a tender meditation on the passage of time. With Lightman we can smell the ‘sweet honeysuckle of memory’ as we appreciate the joy and sorrow of his homecoming.” Shelf Awareness
“Screwball, electric, heartfelt, and true, Screening Room pulls no punches. This is Lightman in a new guise and yet never more himself as he resurrects with aching care the time, place, and people that gave him life. I was stirred and moved.” Gish Jen, author of World and Town

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Author Bio: Alan Lightman

Author Bio: Alan Lightman

Alan Lightman is the author of several novels, including Einstein’s Dreams, a New York Times and international bestseller, and The Diagnosis, a finalist for the 2000 National Book Award. He is also the author of several collections of essays and numerous books on science. His work has appeared in the Atlantic, Granta, the New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, and Nature, among many other publications. A theoretical physicist as well as a writer, he has served on the faculties of Harvard and MIT, where he was the first person to receive a dual faculty appointment in science and the humanities.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 5.98
Audience: Adult
Language: English