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Peter Mountford, "Dismal Science," and Gina Frangello, "A Life in Men"

The Book Cellar is delighted to host Peter Mountford and Gina Frangello as they share their respective books, The Dismal Science and A Life in Men.

The Dismal Science tells of a middle-aged vice president at the World Bank, Vincenzo D’Orsi, who publicly quits his job over a seemingly minor argument with a colleague. A scandal inevitably ensues, and he systematically burns every bridge to his former life. After abandoning his career, Vincenzo, a recent widower, is at a complete loss as to what to do with himself. The story follows his efforts to rebuild his identity without a vocation or the company of his wife.An exploration of the fragile nature of identity, The Dismal Science reveals the terrifying speed with which a person’s sense of self can be annihilated. It is at once a study of a man attempting to apply his reason to the muddle of life and a book about how that same ostensible rationality, and the mathematics of finance in particular, operates—with similarly dubious results—in our world.

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A Life in MenThe friendship between Mary and Nix had endured since childhood, a seemingly unbreakable bond, until the mid-1980s, when the two young women embarked on a summer vacation in Greece. It was a trip initiated by Nix, who had just learned that Mary had been diagnosed with a disease that would cut her life short and who was determined that it be the vacation of a lifetime. But by the time their visit to Greece was over, Nix had withdrawn from their friendship, and Mary had no idea why.Three years later, Nix is dead, and Mary returns to Europe to try to understand what went wrong. In the process she meets the first of many men that she will spend time with as she travels throughout the world. Through them she experiences not only a sexual awakening but a spiritual and emotional awakening that allows her to understand how the past and the future are connected and to appreciate the freedom to live life adventurously.

Event date: 
Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 7:00pm
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4736-38 N Lincoln Ave
60625 Chicago
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The Dismal Science Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781935639725
Availability: Special Order
Published: Tin House Books - January 28th, 2014

A Life in Men: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616201630
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Algonquin Books - February 4th, 2014

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