VIRTUAL: Rob Sedgwick in Conversation with Abby Ellin

Please join us to hear actor and producer Rob Sedgwick discuss his fascinating memoir, Bob Goes to Jail, with author and journalist Abby Ellin! Register on Eventbrite!

About Bob Goes to Jail:

ROB SEDGWICK'S MEMOIR BOB GOES TO JAIL IS ONE DEGREE FROM KEVIN BACON

Rob Sedgwick was born into one of America's oldest families and Manhattan royalty. His cousin, Edie Sedgwick, was Andy Warhol's muse. His sister is Kyra Sedgwick, the actress; his brother is painter Nikko Sedgwick; his brother-in-law is movie star Kevin Bacon, and his stepfather was renowned art dealer Ben Heller, who pioneered the careers of Jackson Pollack and Mark Rothko. So, to say Rob has struggled to stand out in a family of big personalities is a huge understatement. In his hilarious and touching memoir, Bob Goes to Jail, Rob relates his journey from lost little boy to hapless criminal with such honesty and heart that you can't help but root for him.

In Bob Goes to Jail, Sedgwick--who had the drop-dead good looks of Robert Redford and the judgment of Keith Richards--recounts how the DEA and the NYPD mistook him for a drug lord and arrested him. When his lawyer told him to get a steady job to show he was a contributing member of society, Sedgwick got a role playing a drug lord on One Life to Live.

He writes about how he and his younger siblings brought themselves up in an Upper East Side Townhouse that was "bigger than all the other Upper East Side Townhouses." How he sold drugs out of his grandparents' apartment, knocked up his girlfriend, and did lines of cocaine off his parents' priceless antiques--all the while being convinced that he was this close to nailing a star-making acting role. Though you cringe at each bad decision--and there are so many--it's impossible not to fall in love with him and hope he finds his way.

Bob Goes to Jail is the story of a New York socialite with a price on his head from the Mexican mob. It's the story of a Hollywood actor who did New York soap operas because his parole wouldn't let him leave the isle of Manhattan. Full of self-examination and biting comedy, absurd situations and very human feeling, Bob Goes to Jail is more than the memoir of a man: it is the story of the search for love, the yearning for acceptance and the struggle to find oneself.

Rob Sedgwick, a lifelong New Yorker, is an actor, producer, acting coach and fitness trainer. He is the Director of the Sedgwick Acting Studio in New York. He is the proud father of a grown daughter Audrey and a young son Caleb, as well as Charlotte, a pitbull, and two cats, Thor and Fernando. Rob has been sober twenty-five years.

About Duped:

Abby Ellin was shocked to learn that her fiancéas leading a secret life. But as she soon discovered, the world is full of people who aren't what they seem.

From Abby Ellin's first date with the Commander, she was caught up in a whirlwind. Within six months he'd proposed, and they'd moved in together. But soon, his exotic stories of international espionage began to unravel. Finally, it all became clear: he was lying about who he was.

After leaving him and sharing her story, she was floored to find out that her experience was far from unique. People everywhere, many of them otherwise sharp-witted and self-aware, are being deceived by their loved ones every day.

In Duped, Abby Ellin studies the art and science of lying, talks to people who've had their worlds upended by duplicitous partners, and writes with great openness about her own mistakes. These remarkable stories reveal how often we encounter people whose lives beneath the surface are more improbable than we ever imagined.

Abby Ellin is an award-winning journalist and the author of Teenage Waistland: A Former Fat Kid Weighs In On Living Large, Losing Weight and How Parents Can (and Can't) Help. For five years she wrote the "Preludes" column about young people and money for the Sunday Money and Business section of the New York Times. She is also a regular contributor to the Health, Style, Business and Education sections of the New York Times.

Her work has been published in the New York Times Magazine, New York, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Psychology Today, Time, Newsweek, the Village Voice, the Boston Phoenix, Salon, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and Spy (RIP). She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College and a Masters in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University. As of this writing, her greatest accomplishments are summiting Kilimanjaro (with a broken wrist!) and naming "Karamel Sutra" ice cream for Ben and Jerry's.

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Bob Goes to Jail: A Memoir Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781644281086
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Published: Rare Bird Books - July 27th, 2021

ROB SEDGWICK'S MEMOIR BOB GOES TO JAIL IS ONE DEGREE FROM KEVIN BACON


Duped: Double Lives, False Identities, and the Con Man I Almost Married Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781610398008
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Published: PublicAffairs - January 15th, 2019

Abby Ellin was shocked to learn that her fiancéas leading a secret life. But as she soon discovered, the world is full of people who aren't what they seem.


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