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Behind The Book with Sandra Tsing Loh

Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 6 p.m. PT • Free In Person w/ Book Signing in Beckman Auditorium OR YouTube Live

A writer for The New York Times called Sandra Tsing Loh "perpetual darling of the ever-beleaguered Los Angeles intelligentsia and constant candidate for that publishers' holy grail, the female David Sedaris"

A comic exploration of a year in the life of an "imaginatively twisted and fearless" (Los Angeles Times) best-selling author, The Madwoman and the Roomba chronicles a roller coaster year for Sandra Tsing Loh, her unmarried partner, and her two teenagers in their ramshackle quasi-Craftsman in Pasadena (an experimental stone's throw away from Caltech).

Loh's is very much a "Second World Life"—think First World ideals on a Third World budget. At 60, Loh feels she should be enjoying a Boomer retirement (aka: running with a surfboard and coiffed silver hair towards the Pacific waters of a sagely invested growth fund).

Instead, "IRA" is the sound of her banker laughing ("He says I have the IRA of a 25 year old!"), her downwardly-mobile WASP partner who sports a jaunty Panama hat as he tootles through Pasadena in his decaying 2000 VW Beetle, and her formerly "gifted" children have decided to not sleep at night any more now that grades actually count for college ("Is there a UC below Merced?"). Sandra's genius idea to do her younger teen's poetry homework—Sandra is a writer after all—results in a B.

Join Sandra in conversation with Samantha Dunn, Bookish Co-Host and Senior Editor of Engagement, Southern California News Group with a Q&A and book signing afterwards. This event is sure to make you laugh out loud and give personal insight into one of Caltech's Distinguished Alums, Sandra Tsing Loh.

You can purchase Sandra Tsing Loh's The Madwoman and the Roomba book from Vromans Books by clicking here!

Sandra Tsing Loh BEHIND THE BOOK is co-sponsored by Caltech Alumni Association

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About Sandra Tsing Loh

Writer and performer Sandra Tsing Loh is a contributing editor to The Atlantic, host of the syndicated radio show The Loh Down on Science, and the author of five previous books. Her work has appeared in Best American Essays. In addition to having been a regular commentator on NPR's Morning Edition and PRI's This American Life, she has performed two solo shows off-Broadway. She lives in Pasadena, California.

About Samantha Dunn

Samantha Dunn, now the senior editor of engagement and premium content for the Southern California News Group, has led a dynamic career in publishing. The author of the novel Failing Paris, a finalist for the PEN West Fiction Award in 2000, Samantha also published the bestselling memoir Not By Accident: Reconstructing a Careless Life (Henry Holt & Co.), a BookSense 76 pick, as well as Faith in Carlos Gomez: A Memoir of Salsa, Sex and Salvation.

Praise for The Madwoman and the Roomba

"This wildly funny book proves that the more of life's indignities that are heaped on Sandra Tsing Loh, the more we will thrill to her brilliant wit and rock-solid resilience. I laughed about seventy times, welled up twice, and cried at the end. Spectacular."
Henry Alford, author of Would It Kill You to Stop Doing That?