Briallen Hopper - HARD TO LOVE

Monday, March 18, 2019 - 7:00pm
2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005

Briallen Hopper will be in conversation with Lisa Levy

A sharp and entertaining essay collection about the importance of multiple forms of love and friendship in a world designed for couples, from a laser-precise new voice.

Sometimes it seems like there are two American creeds, self-reliance and marriage, and neither of them is mine. I experience myself as someone formed and sustained by others' love and patience, by student loans and stipends, by the kindness of strangers.

Briallen Hopper's Hard to Love honors the categories of loves and relationships beyond marriage, the ones that are often treated as invisible or seen as secondary--friendships, kinship with adult siblings, care teams that form in times of illness, or various alternative family formations. She also values difficult and amorphous loves like loving a challenging job or inanimate objects that can't love you back. She draws from personal experience, sharing stories about her loving but combative family, the fiercely independent Emerson scholar who pushed her away, and the friends who have become her invented or found family; pop culture touchstones like the Women's March, John Green's The Fault in Our Stars, and the timeless series Cheers; and the work of writers like Joan Didion, Gwendolyn Brooks, Flannery O'Connor, and Herman Melville (Moby-Dick like you've never seen it!).

Hard to Love pays homage and attention to unlikely friends and lovers both real and fictional. It is a series of love letters to the meaningful, if underappreciated, forms of intimacy and community that are tricky, tangled, and tough, but ultimately sustaining.

Briallen Hopper writes about pop culture, religion, politics, friends, family, and herself for New York MagazineLos Angeles Review of Books, the New Republic, the New InquiryAvidly, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Killing the Buddha, among many others. Her essays have been cited or recommended by sources like the New York Times, the, and Slate. She has a PhD in American literature from Princeton and teaches writing at Yale.

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Lisa Levy works as an interfaith chaplain, providing emotional and spiritual support for people with a lived experience of homelessness. She has an MFA from the Syracuse University Creative Writing Program and a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School. Lisa’s work has appeared in The Potomac Review, Killing the Buddha, Opium Magazine, The Newtowner, and The Perch, and she was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Lisa currently resides in Houston with her pack of rescue animals.

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ISBN: 9781632868800
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - February 5th, 2019