Literary Editor Elizabeth Taylor discuses the inaugural "Author Talk" with Amy Chua:
"How to compete with Stephen Colbert? Or Katie Couric? Or Meredith Vieira? They've all interviewed or reported on Amy Chua, and she has been everywhere.
Now it was my turn. How to say something new? That's the question I faced as I prepared to interview Tiger Mother Amy Chua in the first in our new series "Author Talks."
Over the last few weeks, it's been hard to avoid "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother." When a book is No. 3 on the best-seller list, the chances are pretty good that everyone in the audience is going to be familiar with Amy's basic parenting rules: no sleepovers, no play dates. No grade less than an A, except for gym and drama. No school play. No complaining about not being in the school play.
With an author who has generated such buzz, it's hard to figure out how to be fresh.
Maybe it's a quirk of personality, but how could it be that parts of the book I found moving and important were entirely left out of the public debate? Where were Amy's sisters, one with cancer, the other with Down's Syndrome? Her father, the brilliant scholar of chaos theory who had rebelled against his own Chinese parenting? And how could it be that family's low-achieving fluffy white Samoyeds were unmentioned!"
For more of Liz Taylor's reactions to the event read her Trib Nation blog post.Copyright © 2015, CT Now