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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2018 1:31 pm 
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Christine Lahti's candid memoir recalls feminist journey that started in metro Detroit

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From her Oscar-nominated role in 1984's "Swing Shift" to her Golden Globe-winning run in the 1990s on the CBS drama "Chicago Hope," Christine Lahti has always been a force of nature.

But the frank, funny actress wasn't prepared for the career low that arrived around 2010.

"I got into my 60s and, suddenly, this tsunami of sexist ageism hit me," says Lahti, 68, speaking by phone from Santa Monica. "I was despairing. I didn't know what to do. I felt like I was at the top of my game, the peak of my creative prime, and suddenly, now there are no great parts?"

Lahti found a way to fight back in her remarkable new essay collection, "True Stories from an Unreliable Eyewitness," which debuted in April. Subtitled "A Feminist Coming of Age," the book pulls no punches in its remembrances of her childhood in the affluent Detroit suburb of Birmingham, her early acting career, her introduction to motherhood and her current life as a middle-aged actress/activist who continues to speak her mind.

The idea of writing a memoir was sparked originally by her daughter, who was 21 at the time and part of a new generation of empowered feminists............

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