Screening Room: Family Pictures - Alan Lightman

Alan Lightman’s new memoir, Screening Room: Family Pictures is a beautiful portrait of the author’s childhood in Memphis, Tennessee.  It is simultaneously a book about the author’s grandfather, whose ghost remains a presence in the family long after his death, and also a book for anyone interested in the literature of the South.  The city of Memphis is a central character in the book, with its rhythm and blues, its barbecue and pecan pie, its segregated society.  It is the story of the wunderkind Lightman (author of Einstein’s Dreams and The Accidental Universe), who left Tennessee to become a professor of Theoretical Physics at MIT, only to find that he cannot leave his past behind. 

Screening Room: Family Pictures By Alan Lightman Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780307379399
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Published: Pantheon Books - February 10th, 2015

Screening Room: A Memoir of the South By Alan Lightman Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307739841
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Published: Vintage - February 23rd, 2016