I’m about to finish my biography

I’ve been revising my biography, “Tempest-Tossed: The Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker,” which is due out next fall (of ’13).

I’m also teaching a short course on her life — and what we can learn from it — at Trinity College’s  Academy of Lifelong Learning. You can learn more about this woman (who’s been a bit of an obsession of mine for about 10 years) — who she is, why history forgot her, and why she should be remembered.

I promise it won’t be boring. And don’t let that angelic picture to the right fool you. The woman had it going on.

Find out about enrolling here. (I figure if I teach this class, I’ll stop bringing party conversations to a grinding halt when people ask “How’s the book going?” But did I mention it won’t be boring?)

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  1. Sounds like a great opportunity to learn more about Hartford’s own! I hear registration starts this week.

    1. This is a discussion I have with Mr. DJ. I’d cast Kathy Bates, as an older woman. As a younger? I have no idea. Her life gets really interesting as she enters her 40s and 50s.

      1. I think Bates is a good choice. With a little FX she could handle the whole thing. Every time I think of Bates I think of Misery and breaking Jimmy Caan’s foot with that sledgehammer.
        Meryl Streep comes to mind because I recently watched Doubt with Phillip Seymour Hoffman. (Seen Capote? He. Is. Amazing.)
        Mary McDonnell?
        Natalie Portman could handle it, I think…but I’m a big fan.
        But when I look at that portrait you have up…I think of Megan Follows.

        1. All good suggestions. I particularly like Mary McDonnell. I think she’s overlooked. Let’s call her and tell her we have just the vehicle for her!

          1. She just started that follow-up to The Closer…but you better call…I’ve lost her number.

              1. Did you ever get the chance to see “Higher Ground,” directed by and starring Farmiga?

                1. Oh, yes. And my latest copy of EEWC-Christian Feminism Today carries in it an interview with the writer.

                    1. It was interesting. The writer grew up wholeheartedly in the faith, and began to see fissures early on. Her leave-taking was pretty difficult. I applaud her.

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