What a nice appearance by Katherine “Katie” Rosman at Borders yesterday. The reading and discussion of her memoir If You Knew Suzy fell on the ears of a full and apparently familiar crowd. A true family affair, her young son furiously peddled her books while her sister swayed with an armful of gorgeous baby in the back. Hugs were shared and a feel good vibe was definitely in the air; something I didn’t expect with such potentially weighty material.
I haven’t read If You Knew Suzy, but I must say that I was impressed with what I heard. Ms. Rosman chose two pieces from her memoir; one from the day of her mother’s gut-wrenching death, the other pertaining directly to Detroit. Full of wit, Rosman was somehow able to entertain without being overshadowed by the true tragedy behind her book; the unexpected death of her young mother.
Many names mentioned in the reading will be recognizable for those who live in the metro-area, particularly so for the well-heeled. As Ms. Rosman made mention of several fashionable names, boutiques, and establishments, heads were visibly nodding in appreciation; a reiteration of Suzy’s clear sense of style.
Though the realm of retail may sound trite, Rosman’s parallel is poignantly drawn – simple, understated, influential, and profoundly classy all seem to fit into the bigger picture that was Suzy’s life.
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-Post by Megan Shaffer