The Friends of the Finkelstein Memorial Library were very proud to welcome home Monsey native Jonathan Eig for an author book discussion at the library on Sunday, April 15, 2018.
Jonathan Eig is an acclaimed author, journalist and lecturer. His most recent book, a best selling biography, “Ali: A Life” was the subject of this fascinating talk. Eig gave some of the backstory of the world renowned boxer, philanthropist and social activist Muhammad Ali's life shedding new light on his politics, religion, personal life, and neurological condition.
Eig’ s first book, Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig (2005), reached No.10 on the New York Times best-seller list and won the Casey Award for best baseball book of the year. For his third book, Get Capone, (2010) Eig discovered thousands of pages of never-before-reported government documents on the government’s case against Al Capone. The New York Times review called the book “a gore-spattered thriller.” The Birth of the Pill (2014), Eig’s fourth book, told the story of the renegades who invented the first oral contraceptive. The Washington Post called it “essential reading.” Mr. Eig lives in Chicago with his wife and three children.
The Rockland born writer was introduced by his mother Phyllis Eig, who detailed some of his early years growing up in Monsey. Mr Eig noted that, although he developed his journalistic skills writing for the Rockland Journal News, his love of books and reading was shaped at the “the greatest library of all time,” the Finkelstein Memorial Library.” The special program and a gourmet reception was sponsored by the Friends of the Library. We thank Jonathan Eig and professional photographer Jeff Julian who enhanced the program by providing a display of photos of Muhammad Ali taken about 1978 at the Deerlake Training Camp.