Screening Room

Screening Room

Family Pictures

Book - 2015
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"Lightman's grandfather M.A. Lightman was the family's undisputed patriarch: it was his movie theater empire that catapulted the Lightmans to prominence in the South, his fearless success that both galvanized and paralyzed his children and grandchildren. In this ... memoir, the author chronicles his return to Memphis in an attempt to understand the origins he so eagerly left behind forty years earlier. As aging uncles and aunts begin telling family stories, Lightman rediscovers his southern roots and slowly recognizes the errors in his perceptions of both his grandfather and his father, who was himself crushed by M.A."--Dust jacket flap
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307379399
0307379396
Characteristics: 247 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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rere3 Aug 20, 2015

I appreciated the family memories and coming to terms with who his parents and family were from the adult perspective looking back. Many of us are dealing with that. Interesting that he was growing up in Memphis as such a pivotal time. Also a snapshot of the Southern Jewish experience.
Having made up an extra aunt and uncle does take away from the memoir a bit. Screening Room as title misleads too.

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