WENDY AND THE LOST BOYS is the biography of a fascinating woman who came to represent a powerful segment of the baby boom generation. Her life encompassed the transformational years of the Sixties and the devastation of September 11; she wrote about it all. Her story speaks to how the shifting role of women in American society affected the meaning of family. Her life in the theater provides fascinating discussion of what has changed for women in the arts, and what has remained the same. Her struggle to find artistic and personal identity still resonate, offering valuable life lessons.
HOSPITAL resulted from the rare opportunity Julie Salamon was given to spend a year observing the inner workings of Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, a large, urban hospital where sixty-seven languages are spoken. She came to understand the multiplicity of demands on the system and on the people working within it: technological, cultural, spiritual, psychological, financial, bureaucratic–and, yes, medical. Even as she learned about factionalism and petty quarrels, as well as the industrial nature of modern medicine, she was struck by the desire of the medical people and staff to find meaning in their work–and by their desire to make the system better. Salamon addresses crucial questions about modern medical care, including: Is there a way to foster respect between medical professionals, and between doctors and nurses and their patients? How can hospital management help people working in the hospital improve systems that will make the experience less frightening and frustrating for patients and their families?
RAMBAM’S LADDER provides thought-provoking questions about the nature of giving. Faced with an onslaught of requests, how do we decide who to give to and how much? How do you instill the urge to give in your children? What is the difference between philanthropy and charity and does it matter?
Click here to watch the author’s presentation of Wendy and the Lost Boys at Manhattan’s Society Library.
To book Julie Salamon as a speaker, please contact Erin Simpson at Penguin Random House Speaker’s Bureau.
September 19, 2012
The New York Society Library
September 12, 2011, WNYC
The Leonard Lopate Show, Guest host Forrest Elliott
September 12, 2011, CUNY
One to One, Sheryl McCarthy interview
August 18, 2011, NPR
Morning Edition, Susan Stamberg interview
September 25, 2011, PBS
The Open Mind, Richard Heffner interview
September 23, 2011, KVON
Specific Gravity, Jeff Schechtman interview
June 9, 2008
Book Passage, Book tour presentation