NYT Book Review Editor Pamela Paul Discusses "My Life with Bob" with Sybil Steinberg

Thursday, Aug 9, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

New York Times Book Review editor Pamela Paul sits down to talk with Sybil Steinberg about her best selling memoir, My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues.

Note location: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

Pamela Paul has kept a single book by her side for twenty-eight years—reliable if frayed, anonymous-looking yet deeply personal. This book has a name: Bob. Bob is Paul’s Book of Books, a journal that records every book she’s ever read, from Sweet Valley High to Anna Karenina, from Catch-22 to Swimming to Cambodia, a journey in reading that reflects her inner life—her fantasies and hopes, her mistakes and missteps, her dreams and her ideas, both half-baked and wholehearted. Her life, in turn, influences the books she chooses, whether for solace or escape, information or sheer entertainment.

But My Life with Bob isn’t really about those books.It’s about the deep and powerful relationship between book and reader. It’s about the way books provide each of us the perspective, courage, companionship, and imperfect self-knowledge to forge our own path.It’s about why we read what we read and how those choices make us who we are.It’s about how we make our own stories. 

Not only a New York Times Bestseller, this book was part of Sybil’s List in July 2017!

Pamela Paul is the editor of The New York Times Book Review and oversees books coverage at The New York Times. She is also the host of the weekly podcast, "Inside The New York Times Book Review." Her latest book is My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues. She is also the author of four other books: By the Book; Parenting, Inc.; Pornified; and The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony. Prior to joining the Times, she was a contributor to Time magazine and The Economist; her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Slate and Vogue.

Author photo credit: Earl Wilson, The New York Times

Books available for purchase and signing at event. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Library.
 

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