Mindy Fried, Caring for Red: A Daughter’s Memoir
Event: Mindy Fried, Caring for Red: A Daughter’s Memoir
When: Thursday, March 30, 7:00 pm
Where: The Odyssey Bookshop
Caring for Red: A Daughter’s Memoir is Mindy Fried’s moving and colorful account about caring for her ninety-seven-year-old father, Manny—actor, writer, labor organizer, and survivor of political persecution during the McCarthy Era—in the final year of his life. This memoir chronicles the actions of two sisters as they discover concentric circles of support for their father and attempt to provide him with an experience of “engaged aging” in an assisted living facility.
The story is also that of a daughter of a powerful and outspoken man who took risks throughout his life and whose political beliefs had an enduring impact on his family. After Manny was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee, he was blacklisted and his family was shunned.
As an actor, Manny was affiliated with Elia Kazan’s Group Theatre and the Federal Theatre Project. He did Shakespeare, Chekhov, and Ibsen, and played everything from the tormented father in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons to an infant in a baby carriage in Thornton Wilder’s Infancy, from the Rabbi in Fiddler on the Roof to—poignantly for this book—the role of Morrie in Tuesdays with Morrie.
Caring for Red brings a personal perspective and a sociological eye to care giving, as it grapples with universal issues facing thousands of people today. As ethnography, Caring for Red also provides important insights into the culture of assisted living, framing day-to-day life for her father and other residents within a larger sociopolitical context.
An “Applied Sociologist” and author and teacher, Mindy Fried is Principal, Arbor Consulting Partners, Co-Executive Director, Hoopla Productions, and Senior Visiting Lecturer, Boston College Sociology Department.
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 7:00pm
The Odyssey Bookshop
9 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075