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Press Release

Brookline resident Dr. Thomas Cottle to speak about his book “When the Music Stopped, Discovering my Mother” at MSPP on November 5, 2006

Book describes his relationship to his concert pianist mother who left her brilliant career for domestic life

West Roxbury, MA—Concert pianist Gitta Gradova, one of the most gifted musicians of the 20th century, gave up her career for motherhood. Her son, Brookline’s Dr. Thomas Cottle writes of this remarkable musician and woman, in “When the Music Stopped, Discovering my Mother,” taking his reader on a journey through a childhood filled with visits from the greatest classical music luminaries of the day and his struggle to understand his mother.

Cottle will talk about this fascinating book and his exploration of the mother-son relationship at a luncheon at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology on Sunday, November 5. The public and press are invited to attend.

  • What: Meet The Author Luncheon, Sponsored by the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology Pioneers
  • When: Sunday, November 5, 2006, 12:00 - 2:00 pm
  • Where: MSPP, 221 Rivermoor Street, Boston, MA 02132
  • How: Lunch to be followed by Dr. Cottle’s presentation

“We are very excited that Dr. Thomas Cottle has agreed to participate in this special program,” says Dr. Stanley Rosensweig, who is heading the committee that organized the luncheon. The event is one of the first in a series of community programs organized and presented through the efforts of the school’s founders—the MSPP Pioneers.

In addition to talking specifically about the book and his personal experiences, Cottle will also offer his insights about the broader issues associated with individual relationships that we all experience with parents and other significant adults who shape our lives.

In his book, Cottle is at times a storyteller, at times a psychologist, at times a son seeking to uncover those aspects of his mother’s life he could never know or, perhaps, chose not to know until it was too late.

"This is more than a profoundly moving tribute of a son to his mother. It is a bittersweet portrait of the conflict in the life of an artist, of a debt to her public as against a bond to her family. I was knocked out,” says Studs Terkel of the book.

And according to historian Doris Kearns Goodwin: "This is a heart breaking but ultimately life-affirming story of an extraordinarily talented woman told by her son with grace, empathy, and staggering insight."

A sociologist and licensed clinical psychologist and a professor at Boston University, Cottle has written over 30 books, published in several languages, and more than five hundred essays and reviews. Cottle has appeared on every major television and radio news program and had several of his own, including NBC’s The Tom Cottle Show and PBS Tom Cottle Up Close.

Updated 10/1/07

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