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 Pollock and Mark Rothko. So, to say Rob has struggled to stand out in a family of big personalities is a huge understatement. In his memoir, Bob Goes to Jail, Rob relates his journey from lost little boy to inept criminal with such honesty and heart that you can’t help but root for him.
More than the memoir of a man, Bob Goes to Jail is the story of the search for love, the yearning for acceptance, and the struggle to find oneself. Sedgwick, has the drop-dead good looks of Robert Redford and the judgment of Keith Richards. 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. Sedgwick’s story is full of self-examination and biting comedy, absurd situations, and very human feeling.
Mark Scarbrough, local literary scholar and lecturer, bestselling cookbook author, and author of his own recent memoir, Bookmarked, will discuss Bob Goes to Jail with Rob Sedgwick, in what is sure to be a fascinating conversation about families and the challenges and power of writing memoir.
This program is free. Pre-registration is required. Register below to receive the Zoom link.
Limited copies of Bob Goes to Jail are available to purchase from the Library. The book is also available to check out with a library card. Please call the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon for more information at: (860)364-5041).