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Lydia Millet at the Cambridge Public Library

April 22 @ 6:00 pm

 |  Free – $29.74


April 22
6:00 pm
Free – $29.74
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Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States


Harvard Book Store
(617) 661-1515

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Harvard Book Store and the Cambridge Public Library welcome LYDIA MILLET—author of the National Book Award finalist A Children’s Bible and the Pulitzer Prize finalist Love in Infant Monkeys—for a discussion of her new anti-memoir We Loved it All: A Memory of Life. She will be joined in conversation by TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS—Writer-in-Residence at the Harvard Divinity School and award-winning author of RefugeErosion, and When Women Were Birds.


RSVP for free to this event or choose the “Book-Included” ticket to reserve a copy of We Loved it All and pick it up at the event. Lydia Millet will sign copies of her new book after the presentation.

About We Love it All

Across more than a dozen acclaimed works of fiction, readers have become intimate with Lydia Millet’s distinctive voice and sly wit. We Loved It All, her first nonfiction book, combines the precision of fact with the power of narrative to evoke our enmeshment with the more-than-human world.

Emerging from Millet’s quarter century of wildlife and climate advocacy, We Loved it All marries scenes from her life with moments of nearness to “the others”— the animals and plants with whom we share the earth. Accounts of fears and failures, jobs and friendships, childhood and motherhood are interspersed with exquisite accounts of nonhumans and arresting meditations on the power of story to shape the future.

Seeking to understand why we immerse ourselves in the domestic and immediate, turning away from more sweeping views, she examines how grand cultural myths can deny our longing for the company of nature and deprive us of its charisma and inspiration. In a thrilling distillation of experience and emotion, she evinces the familiar sense of feeling both well-meaning and powerless—a creature subject to forces that are baffling in their immensity. The fear and grief of extinction and climate change, Millet suggests, are forms of love that might be turned to resistance.

We Loved It All shimmers with curiosity and laconic humor yet addresses with reverence the most urgent crises of our day. An incantatory, bewitching devotional to the vast and precious bestiary of the earth, it asks that we extend to other living beings the protection they deserve—the simple grace of continued existence.