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Diesel, A Bookstore in Brentwood welcomes acclaimed local author M.G. Lord to the store to celebrate the publication of her new book, The Accidental Feminist, on Thursday, February 23rd at 7pm.Subtitled "How Elizabeth Taylor Raised Our Consciousness and We Were Too Distracted by Her Beauty to Notice," The Accidental Feminist looks at the life of this Hollywood legend from a new perspective, from her breakout role in National Velvet to her Oscar-winning performance in Butterfield 8. Drawing on unpublished letters and scripts as well as interviews with Kate Burton, Gore Vidal, Austin Pendleton, Kevin McCarthy, Liz Smith, and others, The Accidental Feminist is an engaging read that will appeal to not only Elizabeth Taylor fans, but film fans as a whole.M.G. Lord is an author and critic. Since 1995 she has been a regular contributor to The New York Times Book Review and the Times's Arts & Leisure section. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including ARTNews, Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, and The New Yorker. She lives in Los Angeles.
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Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes acclaimed authors Gary Taubes and Frederick Crews to the store to discuss Why We Get Fat on Thursday, February 23rd at 7pm.In Why We Get Fat: And What To Do About It, science writer Gary Taubes seeks to debunk the standard "calories in-calories out" model of diet and nutrition. He argues that carbohydrates, and their ensuing insulin production, are the true source of weight gain, and that insulin's regulation of fat tissue is the true source of our modern obesity epidemic.Gary Taubes is the author of several books about scientific controversy: Nobel Dreams, Bad Science: The Short Life and Weird Times of Cold Fusion, and Good Calories, Bad Calories. He has won the Science in Society Award of the National Association of Science Writers three times. Joining Mr. Taubes in conversation will be acclaimed author Frederick Crews. Throughout his acclaimed career as a writer and critic, Mr. Crews has taken a similarly skeptical position toward popular trends in the scientific, literary, and psychoanalytic communities. His many books include The Pooh Perplex, The Critics Bear It Away: American Fiction and the Academy, and The Memory Wars: Freud's Legacy in Dispute.