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The Brazilian Court Hotel Condominium

Announces Parker Ladd’s 2011Author Breakfast Series

 

(Palm Beach, FL)-- The Brazilian Court Hotel Condominium is proud to announce Parker Ladd’s Seventh Annual Author Breakfast Series for the 2011 season.   Part-time Palm Beach resident and longtime publishing executive, Ladd is the former host of A & E’s “Open Book,” and serves as series moderator.

“I am proud that we are providing a program with such diversity from the biographies of Louis Armstrong and Cecil B. DeMille to anti-aging expert Dr. Perricone, who will introduce the Metabolic Diet to Pulitzer Prize winning author Stacy Schiff, and to silver screen heartthrob Tab Hunter.  We can look forward to some very stimulating discussions,” said Ladd.

The author breakfasts are held in The Ballroom at Café Boulud at The Brazilian Court, and begin at 8:45 a.m., and conclude at 10:00 a.m.  Reservations are required.  Tickets are $100 per person and include breakfast, valet parking and a copy of one of the featured books. 

For reservations and information call Sandra Rodriguez at (561) 366-4301.

 

The 2011 Author Breakfast Series Lineup

 

Friday, Jan. 14

Ted Bell-   War Lords

Gentleman spy Alex Hawke has all but given up on life. The British-American M16 counterterrorism operative lost the woman he loved on his last mission, and has sought refuge at the bottom of a rum bottle ever since. But late one night at his home on Bermuda, he receives a wake-up call…literally. War Lords is adventure-thriller fiction of the highest order told by a master of the art.  Bell is the former chairman of the board and worldwide creative director of Young & Rubicam, one of the world's largest advertising agencies. This New York Times bestselling author of Hawke, Assassin, Pirate, Spy, and Tsar, and a series of young adult adventure novels, lives in Florida and Colorado.

 

Arthur Vanderbilt - Fortune’s Children: The Fall of the House of Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt: the very name signifies wealth. The family patriarch, "the Commodore," built a fortune that made him the world's richest man by 1877. Yet, less than fifty years after the Commodore's death, one of his direct descendants died penniless, and no Vanderbilt was counted among the world's richest people. Fortune's Children tells the dramatic story of all the amazingly colorful spenders who dissipated a vast inheritance.  Arthur T, Vanderbilt II is the author of many books, among them Changing Law, a biography of his grandfather Arthur T. Vanderbilt, which won the American Bar Association's Scribes Award. His latest book, which is witty, entertaining and sad, also merits a prize for the writer, a lawyer and one among many members of the fabled family who inherited the Vanderbilt name but not the wealth. Today's Vanderbilts are not rich-rich; the money is gone with the families’ grand homes, felled by wrecking balls in New York and elsewhere, leaving only memories of a singular time in the American past.

 

Friday, Jan. 28

Andrew Cherlin- The Marriage Go Round: The State of Marriage and the Family in America Today

From one of the nation’s leading experts on the American family, this book explores the state of marriage in America today; its evolution culturally; and with regard to religion and the law, how and why the present state of marriage—a merry-go-round of partnerships—developed, and the implications for parents and children. During Cherlin’s 30 years of study and analysis of family life, he determined that marriage in the United States was different than in other Western countries.  He realized that marriage in America, unlike in other countries in the world, was seen as a cultural ideal, and the U.S. government was spending money to promote its continuation. A sociologist at Johns Hopkins University, Teachout writes about the changes that have transformed the American family in the past half-century, such as divorce, childbearing outside of marriage, single-parent families, cohabitation, and delayed marriage.

 

Alexandra Lebenthal - The Recessionistas

The Recessionistas is a romp of a book -- funny, devilish and decadent.  It is also a razor-edged portrait of that creature known as the Manhattan upper east sider oh so painfully learning that life is not always a billion-dollar hedge fund. Alexandra Lebenthal is the President and CEO of Lebenthal & Company and its multi family office, Alexandra & James.  She comes from a storied Wall Street family  -- her grandparents, Louis and Sayra Lebenthal founded Lebenthal & Co., Inc, a municipal bond specialist in 1925.  Her grandmother worked until age 93.  Ms. Lebethal joined the family company in 1988 and became President and CEO in 1995 at the age of 31. She remained at the firm for four years after its sale, leaving in 2005 before starting anew in 2006.

 

FEBRUARY 2011

Friday, Feb. 11

Tab Hunter- Tab Hunter Confidential- The Making of a Movie Star

Tab Hunter Confidential delivers the straight story on how a young, super comely kid named Art Gelien, child of an absent father and a repressed, platitude-spouting mother, suddenly became a teen heartthrob, known as "The Sigh Guy." Tab Hunter was, in the 1950s, one of the reigning hunks, every teenage girl's dreamboat. He dated Debbie Reynolds and other starlets, did countless interviews about the kind of girl he would marry and, through it all, kept his private life very private. Tab Hunter was gay before gay meant anything other than joyful exuberance.

 

Josh Kilmer-Purcell- The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir

Raised in rural Wisconsin, Kilmer-Purcell moved to Manhattan to work in advertising in the 1990s. In his memoir I Am Not Myself These Days, he wrote about moonlighting as a nightclub drag queen. In this book, he recalls how he and his partner, Dr. Brent Ridge, a Martha Stewart Omni Media VP, became weekend farmers after purchasing the 19th-century Beekman Mansion on 60 acres near the beautiful town of Sharon Springs, N.Y. Kilmer-Purcell writes with dramatic wit and flair uncovering mirthful metaphors as he plows through daily experiences, meeting neighbors, signing on a caretaker, herding goats, canning tomatoes, and digging a garden, as they fix up the 205-year-old house. The book cleverly contrasts ad agency life with rustic barn mucking.  A documentary TV series about the dynamic duo's eco-adventures scheduled to air in the future,

 

Friday, Feb. 25

Stacy Schiff- Cleopatra: A Life

This Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer brings to life the most intriguing woman in the history of the world, Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt, a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator.  Although her life spanned fewer than forty years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world.  At 18, she was already one of history's most remarkable figures.  A lethal political struggle with her brother marked her early adulthood and set the tone for the rest of her life.  A relationship with Julius Caesar, forged while under siege in her palace, launched her into a deadly mix of romance and strategy.  A pleasure cruise down the Nile followed, a child, and a trip to Rome, ended in Cleopatra's flight. After Caesar's brutal murder, she began a nine-year affair with Mark Antony, with whom she bore three more children. Antony and Cleopatra's alliance and attempt to forge a new empire spelled the end for both.

 

Terry Teachout- Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong was the greatest jazz musician of the 20th Century and a giant of modern American culture. He knocked the Beatles off the top of the charts, wrote the finest of all jazz autobiographies without a collaborator. His admirers included Johnny Cash, Jackson Pollock and Orson Welles. Offstage he was witty, introspective and

Complex.  His explosive temper and larger-than-life personality was tougher and sharper than his worshipping fans ever knew. Wall Street Journal arts columnist Teachout has drawn on important new sources unavailable to previous Armstrong biographers and it is certain to be the definitive word on Armstrong for our generation.  Teachout is the drama critic of The Wall Street Journal, the chief culture critic of Commentary, and the author of "Sightings," a column about the arts in America that appears in the Saturday Wall Street Journal.  He has written about the arts for many other magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times and National Review.

 

MARCH 2011

Friday, March 11

Dominique Browning- Slow Love: How I Lost My Job, Put On My Pajamas & Found Happiness

Dominique Browning's 13-year-job as editor-in-chief of House & Garden defined her days and her identity; and when the magazine folded two years ago, she was shaken to the core. Having maintained her house in Westchester and raising  two sons and tending to her extensive garden, her life and sense of self was radically shaken over the next year.  In this enchanting, funny and gracious memoir, Browning, many years divorced, recounts how she found enlightenment on the other side. Writing was one way to absorb the panic.  She went on a muffin-baking binge and gained 15 pounds; lost track of days, and remained in her PJs yearning to reconnect to a former lover she calls “Stroller,” who was deemed wrong for her by everyone she knew..

 

Dr. Nicholas Perricone- Forever Young: The Science of Nutrigenomics for Glowing, Wrinkle-Free Skin and Radiant Health at Every Age

Regarded as the “Father of the Inflammation Theory of Aging, Dr, Perricone’s latest book, FOREVER YOUNG makes an extraordinary promise: by following a program designed to decrease wrinkles and dramatically improve the appearance of the skin.  The reader is also guaranteed more energy, less fat and an improved mood.  The core of Perricone’s appeal is his scientific grounding and authority. At the heart of the new book is an exciting new science of skin:  Nutrigenomics and gene expression. With his innovative vision, Perricone has applied the new science to ease wrinkles, make the skin supple, smooth and glowing.  His prescriptive program will shave years off the reader's appearance and increase energy.  A board certified dermatologist and clinical and researcher, Perricone is the author of the three New York Times # 1 Best Sellers,

 

APRIL 2011

 

Friday, April 1

Conrad Black-  A Matter of Principle

It was Canada's trial of the century - held in an American court. Former media baron Conrad Black, who was the chairman of the London Daily Telegraph for 15 years, faced off with U.S. prosecutors on charges of criminal fraud stemming from his activities with Hollinger Inc.  Black’s new book details in a fluent and dramatic narrative the assault on him by zealots of the corporate governance movement and ultimately the U.S. Department of Justice.  The intense legal battle climaxed in the unanimous vacation of the convictions by the US Supreme Court and his release from custody. A part time Palm Beach resident, Black is the author of biographies of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Richard M. Nixon, and is a member of The British House of Lords.

 

Scott Eyman- Empire of Dreams: The Epic Life of Cecil B. DeMille,

Best known as the director of such spectacular films as The Ten Commandments and King of Kings, Cecil B. DeMille lived a life as epic as any of his cinematic masterpieces.   He became one of the biggest names of the silent film era and was the creative backbone of what became Paramount Studios. Eyman’s superbly researched biography draws on a massive reserve of DeMille family papers unavailable to previous biographers and shows DeMille was much more than his cliché

image.  A gifted director who worked in many genres, he was also a devoted family man and loyal friend who led a highly unconventional personal life.  The pioneering filmmaker was a legend whose spectacular career defined an era.. Eyman has written 11 books, has lectured extensively around the world, and has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, and Chicago Tribune, as well as nearly every film magazine.  Eyman is the literary critic for the Palm Beach Post.

 

2011 Lineup at a Glance

 

 

Friday, Jan. 14

Ted Bell-   War Lords

Arthur Vanderbilt - Fortune’s Children: The Fall of the House of Vanderbilt

 

Friday, Jan. 28

Andrew Cherlin- The Marriage Go Round: The State of Marriage and the Family in America Today

Alexandra Lebenthal - The Recessionistas

 

Friday, Feb. 11

Tab Hunter- Tab Hunter Confidential- The Making of a Movie Star

Josh Kilmer-Purcell- The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir

 

Friday, Feb. 25

Stacy Schiff- Cleopatra: A Life

Terry Teachout- Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong

 

Friday, March 11

Dominique Browning- Slow Love: How I Lost My Job, Put On My Pajamas & Found Happiness

Dr. Nicholas Perricone- Forever Young: The Science of Nutrigenomics for Glowing, Wrinkle-Free Skin and Radiant Health at Every Age

 

Friday, April 1

Conrad Black-  A Matter of Principle

Scott Eyman- Empire of Dreams: The Epic Life of Cecil B. DeMille

 

 
 
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