Article published by: Kelsey Dayton, Planet Jackson Hole.
JACKSON HOLE, WY – When author Anne Fadiman offered to read from her recent book, The Wine Lover’s Daughter, the library eagerly accepted the opportunity, said Oona Doherty, program manager at Teton County Library.
Fadiman has family and friends in Jackson and has given presentations at the library when she’s visited the area before. She’s a dynamic speaker—eloquent, personable and a wonderful storyteller, Doherty said.
Anyone who is a fan of her work or interested in writing should come to the event, Doherty added.
Fadiman is a winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Salon Book awards for her 1997 book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures.
The book chronicles the story of a refugee family from Laos with a daughter who has epilepsy. The Hmong family clashes with local doctors as both parties struggle to do what is best for the girl while failing to understanding each other.
“It deals with cross cultural communication and is amazing,” Doherty said.
Fadiman has also published two essay collections At Large and At Small: Familiar Essays and Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, and is editor of Rereadings: Seventeen writers revisit books they love. She is also the Francis Writer-in-Residence at Yale.
The Wine Lover’s Daughter, meanwhile, is a memoir that explores her relationship with her father, Clifton Fadiman, a literary critic, editor, radio host and wine aficionado.
His appreciation of wine, expensive suits and knowledge of western literature helped Clifton Fadiman “escape from lower-middle-class Brooklyn to swanky Manhattan,” the book description reads.
The book traces Fadiman’s father’s interest in wine from the cheap Graves he drank in Paris in 1927 to the Chateau Lafite-Rothschild 1904 he drank to celebrate his 80th birthday, “to the wines that sustained him in his last years when he was blind, but still buoyed by hedonism,” the description reads.
Wine is the thread in the memoir that is a portrait of Fadiman’s father, but also delves into her relationship with him and her own less passionate relationship with wine.
The book has drawn widespread critical acclaim. The Washington Post called it “wonderfully engaging”; and Library Journal said it’s “a fascinating book with something to interest anyone, and a pure reading pleasure.”
Fadiman is just one of many writers to speak at Teton County Library.
“We’re trying to serve the broader community and there is a wide variety of interests that includes all genres of books,” Doherty said.
The library’s next speaker is poet Spencer Reese, who has talked in Jackson before. The award-winning poet is also an ordained Episcopal priest. His work often explores faith and family.
Author Anne Fadiman reads from The Wine Lover’s Daughter 6 p.m. Monday at Teton County’s Ordway Auditorium, free.