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Sunday, June 23, 2013

TITLE: Author Event: Meredith O'Brien's "Mortified: A Novel About Oversharing" AB
TIME: 1-3 pm
LOCATION: Event Room
DESCRIPTION: Where is the line between down-to-earth, realistic online revelations and oversharing that humiliates those you love? In the era of Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, the line is fuzzier than ever, especially when growing numbers of divorcing couples are citing something their spouse wrote on Facebook as a reason for the split. In "Mortified", readers follow Maggie Kelly, who attempted to work through her resentment about feeling as though she was being held captive by motherhood and matrimony, by chronicling her exploits in a blog. When her blogging identity was eventually revealed, her husband learned that she'd been writing about him, often in unflattering ways. The raw blogging candidness that made her a hit on the internet ultimately caused her husband heartbreak and humiliation. Mortified compares the relatively recent phenomenon of having private observations publicized on the internet to the various mortifications other characters experienced in the past, none of which were made as wildly public as Maggie's complaints. A former newspaper and investigative reporter, Meredith O'Brien is an assistant professor at Framingham State University in Massachusetts where she teaches writing and journalism.

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