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September 24 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pmFree
Bernardsville Public Library is pleased to announce that Carolyn Murnick, author of “The Hot One: A Memoir of Friendship, Sex, and Murder,” will talk about her book on Sunday, September 24 at 3:00 pm in the Library’s Community Room. Taffy Brodesser-Akner, a New York Times and New York Times Magazine staff writer, and the author of a novel, will moderate.
The book resulted from Ms. Murnick’s quest to find out what happened to her childhood best friend Ashley and how their paths diverged so drastically. Ms. Murnick, a Bernardsville native and now an editor at New York magazine, traveled through the hills of Hollywood, into courtrooms in Los Angeles, to the strip clubs in Las Vegas where Ashley worked, and back to her own childhood memories as she investigates Ashley’s life and death. She meets Ashley’s friends in Los Angeles, the ones who knew her as a hard-partying girl-about-town, and she witnesses the preliminary courtroom hearings for the man charged with her murder, whose trial is currently slated to begin this fall. As Murnick retraces Ashley’s final steps and uncovers Ashley’s secrets, she explores how she ended up in such a different place from the girl who was once her closest confidante.
A compelling murder mystery and an affecting portrait of female friendship, the book was published in August by Simon and Schuster. A memoir that “will shock and fascinate” (Booklist), it is an artful fusion of memoir and true crime that will have readers reminiscing about their own childhood friendships. A powerful exploration of loss, youth, and sexuality, Ms. Murnick’s story is ultimately a testament to the power of female friendships and a tribute to the ones that stay with you long after they’re gone.
There will be light refreshments after the program and books available for purchase and signing. There is no charge to attend, but advance sign-up is requested. Register online at www.bernardsvillelibrary.org and follow the link from Adult Programs, or call the library at 908-766-0118 to sign up.