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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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Inside Iran: The Real History of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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Check out Medea Benjamin’s latest book Inside Iran: The Real History of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

In 1979, the Iranian Revolution brought a Shia theocracy to the 80 million inhabitants of the Middle East’s second largest country. In the decades since, bitter relations have persisted between the U.S. and Iran. Yet how is it that Iran has become the primary target of American antagonism, when Saudi Arabia, a regime that is even more repressive, remains one of America’s closest allies?

In the first general-audience book on the subject, Medea Benjamin elucidates the mystery behind this complex relationship, recounting Iran’s history from the pre-colonial period, through the CIA-engineered coup that overthrew the country’s democratic leadership in 1953, to its emergence as the one nation Democrats and Republicans alike regularly unite in denouncing. Benjamin draws upon her firsthand experiences with Iranian politicians, activists, and everyday citizens to provide a deeper understanding of the complexities of Iranian society and the nation’s role in the region................

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