SOLD OUT: Joanne Ramos: The Farm (with Tara Clancy)
Wednesday May 8: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
This event is SOLD OUT. The event will take place in the Rare Book Room, located on Strand's 3rd floor and accessible next door at 826 Broadway.
Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.
Life is a lucrative business, as long as you play by the rules.
Nestled in New York’s Hudson Valley is a luxury retreat boasting every amenity: organic meals, personal fitness trainers, daily massages—and all of it for free. In fact, you’re paid big money to stay here—more than you’ve ever dreamed of. The catch? For nine months, you cannot leave the grounds, your movements are monitored, and you are cut off from your former life while you dedicate yourself to the task of producing the perfect baby. For someone else.
Jane, an immigrant from the Philippines, is in desperate search of a better future when she commits to being a “Host” at Golden Oaks—or the Farm, as residents call it. But now pregnant, fragile, consumed with worry for her family, Jane is determined to reconnect with her life outside. Yet she cannot leave the Farm or she will lose the life-changing fee she’ll receive on the delivery of her child.
Join Joanne Ramos, debut author of the gripping and provocative novel that's been called a must-read by O: The Oprah Magazine online, The Millions, Parade, and Huffington Post, in the Rare Book Room as she discusses The Farm and the questions it raises about motherhood, money, and the future of family. She'll be joined in conversation by Tara Clancy, frequent Moth host and author of The Clancys of Queens.
Joanne Ramos was born in the Philippines and moved to Wisconsin when she was six. She graduated with a B.A. from Princeton University. After working in investment banking and private-equity investing for several years, she became a staff writer at The Economist. She currently serves on the board of The Moth. She lives in New York City with her husband and three children.
Tara Clancy is a writer, storyteller, and comic. She is a frequent host of The Moth live shows, a GrandSLAM storytelling champ, and has told several stories on The Moth Radio Hour and NPR’s Snap Judgment. Her writing has been published in The New York Times, The Nation, The Paris Review Daily and The New York Times Magazine. She played herself on HBO’s Girls and is a recurring panelist on NPR’S Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me! Her memoir, The Clancys of Queens, is a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers pick.