[email protected]: Marie Brenner
Marie Brenner visits Google's Mountain View, CA headquarters to discuss her book "Apples and Oranges: My Brother and Me, Lost and Found." This event took place on June 26, 2008, as part of the [email protected] series. Marie Brenner's brother, Carl--yin to her yang, red state to her blue state--lived in Texas and in the apple country of Washington state, cultivating his orchards, polishing his guns, and attending church, while Marie, a world-class journalist and bestselling author, led a sophisticated life among the "New York libs" her brother loathed. After many years apart, a medical crisis pushed them back into each other's lives. Marie temporarily abandoned her job at Vanity Fair magazine, her friends, and her husband to try to help her brother. Except that Carl fought her every step of the way. "I told you to stay away from the apple country," he barked when she showed up. And, "Don't tell anyone out here you're from New York City. They'll get the wrong idea." Marie Brenner is Writer at Large for Vanity Fair. Her expos? of the tobacco industry, "The Man Who Knew Too Much," was the basis for the 1999 movie The Insider. She is also the author of the bestselling House of Dreams: The Bingham Family of Louisville.