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Jami Attenberg

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Latest 28 Jan 2023 | Updated Daily

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Jami Attenberg on the joy of starting over and finding a place of your own

The Shift with Sam Baker

We all tackle ageing in different ways but very few of us do it the way this week’s guest did - by packing up her entire life and moving thousands of miles to a new city and a new life. Until her mid-forties, writer Jami Attenberg sofa-surfed her way around America - the year she turned 40 she slept in 26 different beds in seven months! Even for the daughter of a travelling salesman, Jami’s litany of sofas, spare beds and floors is enough to give even the most nomadic back ache!The author of seven novels, including four bestsellers, I Came All This Way To Meet You, is Jami’s first memoir. A moving, candid, unexpectedly funny look at becoming grown up (ish), stopping running and how she, quite literally, wrote herself home.Jami joined me from New Orleans to tell me how she finally stopped moving, being the daughter of a motherless mother and how she was scarred by summer camp! She also talked about embracing the mid-life move, why you don’t always have to give people what they want, just because they ask, and the life changing impact of having a hysterectomy. Oh and that “neck thing”? It’s real…• You can buy all the books mentioned in this podcast at Bookshop.org, including I Came All This Way To Meet You by Jami Attenberg and the book that inspired this podcast, The Shift: how I lost and found myself after 40 - and you can too, by me!• The Shift (on life after 40) with Sam Baker is created and hosted by Sam Baker and edited by Emily Sandford. If you enjoyed this podcast, please rate/review/follow as it really does help other people find us. And let me know what you think on twitter @sambaker or instagram @theothersambaker. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


8 Feb 2022

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Poured Over

“I think bookstores are really magical places, and not to be too idealistic about it, I really think that they're so important, they're cornerstones to communities, and they are treasures and we need to keep them alive.” Jami Attenberg, author of St. Mazie and The Middlesteins, among other novels, joins us on the show to talk about her first memoir, I Came All This Way to Meet You: Writing My Way Home, as well as the difference between loneliness and solitude, managing anxiety, her life as a writer, the books her book club has convinced her to read, her #1000wordsofsummer project, and more. (If writing a book is one of your goals for ’22, you don’t want to miss this episode.) Featured books: I Came All This Way to Meet You: Writing Myself Home, St. Maizie and The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg, Mrs. Bridge by Evan S. Connell, the Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and Intimacies by Katie Kitamura. Poured Over is produced and hosted by Miwa Messer and engineered by Harry Liang. Follow us here for new episodes Tuesdays and Thursdays (with occasional bonus episodes on Saturdays).


15 Jan 2022

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Jami Attenberg, I CAME ALL THIS WAY TO MEET YOU: Writing Myself Home

Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books

Novelist Jami Attenberg joins Zibby to discuss her first memoir, I Came All This Way to Meet You: Writing Myself Home, which contains a number of stories about how she developed her creative identity. Jami and Zibby talk about the feeling of needing to share everything when writing a memoir, how they both meditate on where their things are going to end up when they're gone, and how Jami envisions the spectrum of her writing from her novels to her tweets. Jami also shares why she misses going on book tours and how her literary career was far from a linear trajectory.Purchase on Amazon or Bookshop.Amazon: https://amzn.to/3Fg2jqdBookshop: https://bit.ly/3K27rC1Subscribe to Zibby's weekly newsletter here. Now there's more! Subscribe to Acast+ and get exclusive access to the in-store author events at Zibby's Bookshop in Santa Monica, CA. Join today! https://plus.acast.com/s/moms-dont-have-time-to-read-books. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


15 Jan 2022

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Episode 138: Jami Attenberg

The Maris Review

Jami Attenberg is the New York Times bestselling author of 7 books of fiction, including The Middlesteins and All This Could Be Yours. She has contributed essays to the New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Sunday Times, and the Guardian, among other publications. She lives in New Orleans. Her new book is called I Came All This Way To Meet You Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


13 Jan 2022

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"Ist alles deins!" von Jami Attenberg

WDR 4 Bücher

Der Vater der Familie Tuchman liegt in New Orleans im Sterben, und das war kein netter Vater, das war ein Familientyrann.


7 Sep 2021

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Building community with author Jami Attenberg

Hello Monday with Jessi Hempel

New York Times bestselling author Jami Attenberg joins Jessi Hempel to share her perspective on giving back, sharing knowledge, and elevating others.


26 Apr 2021

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6.9. Jami Attenberg: Nicht mein Ding (Renate Zimmermann)

Schwebende Bücher


15 Oct 2020

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Jami Attenberg, James Kim, and Federale

Live Wire with Luke Burbank

Host Luke Burbank and announcer Elena Passarello discuss how they've been staying in touch with their loved ones during lockdown; author Jami Attenberg unpacks the complexities of American families in her new book All This Could Be Yours; podcaster James Kim explains how language barriers and silence are used as narrative tools in his fictional podcast Moonface; and psychedelic rock group Federale perform the title track from their album "No Justice."


31 Jul 2020

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Jami Attenberg "Nicht mein Ding" (Hörbuch)

WDR 3 Buchkritik

Ein New York-Roman über die 39-jährige Andrea Bern mit überraschenden Perspektivwechseln. Sprecherin Rebecca-Madita Hundt setzt Jamie Attenbergs trockenen, ironischen Stil ausgezeichnet um, sagt Christian Kosfeld.


15 Apr 2020

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Literatur - "Nicht mein Ding" von Jami Attenberg

Das Perfekte Buch für den Moment - Deutschlandfunk Nova

Andrea will ankommen. In ihrem Leben. Sie beobachtet, wie ihren Freundinnen das gelingt, die vom Heiraten sprechen, oder ihrer Nachbarin, die immer genug Geld hat. In "Nicht mein Ding" von Jami Attenberg ist die Protagonistin Andrea auf der Suche danach, was sie im Leben will. Je älter sie wird, weiß sie zumindest, was sie nicht will.


15 Mar 2020