reading from her debut novel, Mrs. Bennet Has Her Say, an honest, smart, and satirical look at love, marriage, and the beloved Bennet family from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, as you've never seen them before.
“If Jane Austen had been allowed to write about sex, I'd like to think this is how she would have done it.”—Rebecca Makkai
It is a truth universally acknowledged that every man in possession of a wife must be in want of a son. So begins the uproriously funny take-off/continuation of Jane Austen's saga of the Bennet family.
reads from her new novel, The Race for Paris, "a smart, engrossing, and ultimately heartbreaking story Clayton gives us a story of friendship, love, and sacrifice that no one who has the pleasure of reading it will soon forget. I loved this book. --Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants and At the Water's Edge.
Meg Waite Clayton is the author of four previous novels: The Four Ms. Bradwells, The Wednesday Sisters, The Language of Light, and The Wednesday Daughters. She's written for many national newspapers and public radio. A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, she lives in Palo Alto.
A moving and powerfully dynamic World War II novel about two American journalists and an Englishman, who together race the Allies to Occupied Paris for the scoop of their lives.
Normandy, 1944. To cover the fighting in France, Jane, a reporter for the Nashville Banner, and Liv, an Associated Press photographer, have endured enormous danger and frustrating obstacles including strict military regulations limiting what women correspondents can. Even so, Liv wants more.
celebrating their new novels, The Gods of Tango ("a sensuous and beautiful book, in which one woman’s consuming passion for tango challenges convention, and shapes her identity."-- Saskia Sarginson) and The Girl From the Garden ("a powerful and moving novel about the devastating choices women face when their worth is tied to their wombs but not themselves."--Gloria Steinem).
About The Gods of Tango: February 1913: seventeen-year-old Leda, clutching a suitcase and her father’s cherished violin, leaves her small Italian village for a new home (and husband) halfway across the world in Argentina. Upon her arrival in Buenos Aires, Leda is shocked to find that her bridegroom has been killed. Unable to fathom the idea of returning home, she remains in this unfamiliar city, living in a commune, without friends or family, on the brink of destitution. She finally acts on a passion she has kept secret for years: mastering the violin.
reading from The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club, the true story of a group of boy resistance fighters during the Denmark occupation.
At the outset of World War II, Denmark did not resist German occupation. Deeply ashamed of his nation's leaders, fifteen-year-old Knud Pedersen resolved with his brother and a handful of schoolmates to take action against the Nazis if the adults would not. Naming their secret club after the fiery British leader, the young patriots in the Churchill Club committed countless acts of sabotage, infuriating the Germans, who eventually had the boys tracked down and arrested.
present Leo: A Ghost Story.
"Dazzling." —Kirkus Reviews, starred
“A warm and wise story about acceptance trumping difference.”—Publishers Weekly, starred
You would like being friends with Leo. He likes to draw, he makes delicious snacks, and most people can't even see him. Because Leo is also a ghost. When a new family moves into his home and Leo's efforts to welcome them are misunderstood, Leo decides it is time to leave and see the world. That is how he meets Jane, a kid with a tremendous imagination and an open position for a worthy knight. That is how Leo and Jane become friends. And that is when their adventures begin.
reading from The House of Twenty Thousand Books, the journalist’s elegy to the vanished intellectual world of his grandparents, Chimen and Miriam, and their vast library of socialist literature and Jewish history.
A rare book dealer and self-educated polymath who would go on to teach at Oxford and consult for Sotheby’s, Chimen Abramsky drew great writers and thinkers like Isaiah Berlin and Eric Hobsbawm to his north London home; his library grew from his abiding passion for books and his search for an enduring ideology. The books, documents, and manuscripts that covered every shelf at 5 Hillway were testaments to Chimen’s quest — from the Jewish orthodoxy of his boyhood, to the Communism of his youth, to the liberalism of his mature years.
read from Dirt: A Love Story, edited by Barbara Richardson, with an introduction by Pam Houston.
Community farms. Mud spas. Mineral paints. Nematodes. The world is waking up to the beauty and mystery of dirt. This anthology celebrates the Earth’s generous crust, bringing together essays by thirty-six award-winning scientists, authors, artists, and dirt lovers to tell dirt’s exuberant tales.
Geographically broad and topically diverse, these essays reveal life as lived by dirt fanatics—admiring the first worm of spring, taking a childhood twirl across a dusty Kansas farm, calculating how soil breathes, or baking mud pies. Essayists build a dirt house, center a marriage around dirt, sink down into marshy heaven, and learn to read dirt’s own language. Scientists usher us deep underground with the worms and mycorrhizae to explore the vast and largely ignored natural processes occurring beneath our feet.
presents Nothing Holy About It: The Zen of Being Just Who You Are, Zen teachings--infused with elements of memoir--by a popular modern teacher who grew up at the feet of two of the great figures who brought Zen to America, Shunryu Suzuki and Dainin Katagiri.
Tim Burkett was only twenty when he became a student of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. Today, Suzuki Roshi is one of the most famous Zen teachers in the world but, in 1964, he was virtually unknown outside of his small circle of dedicated Zen students. Those early years of American Zen were humble ones; they were often tumultuous, and always uncertain. As a part of that core group, Tim remembers the struggle to raise money for the now famous Tassajara Monastery.
presents Finding Yourself in the Kitchen: Kitchen Meditations and Inspired Recipes from a Mindful Cook
Nothing is more ordinary than the kitchen, and yet it is the perfect place to explore who we are and what we are capable of. In Finding Yourself in the Kitchen, Velden asks you to seek deeper meaning in this space and explores what cooking can teach about intimacy, failure, curiosity, and beauty. What happens when we find ourselves in the kitchen? What vitalizes, challenges, and delights us there? An extension of her popular "Weekend Meditation" column on TheKitchn.com, this book offers you the chance to step back and examine your life in a more inspired way.
reading from her debut novel, Girl Waits With Gun, an enthralling mystery based on the forgotten true story of one of the nation's first female deputy sheriffs. “A smart, romping adventure, featuring some of the most memorable and powerful female characters I've seen in print for a long time. I loved every page as I followed the Kopp sisters through a too-good-to-be-true (but mostly true!) tale of violence, courage, stubbornness, and resourcefulness.” — Elizabeth Gilbert
Constance Kopp doesn’t quite fit the mold. She towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters into hiding fifteen years ago. One day a belligerent and powerful silk factory owner runs down their buggy, and a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets, and threats as he unleashes his gang on their family farm.
present The Social Sex: A History of Female Friendship, a rich, multifaceted history of the evolution of female friendship.
In today’s culture, the bonds of female friendship are taken as a given. But only a few centuries ago, the idea of female friendship was completely unacknowledged, even pooh-poohed. Only men, the reasoning went, had the emotional and intellectual depth to develop and sustain these meaningful relationships.
reads from Golden Age, the much-anticipated third volume of her Last Hundred Years trilogy, following Some Luck and Early Warning, in which the Langdon family comes into the present day and beyond.
1987: the next generation of Langdons are facing economic, social, cultural, and political challenges unlike anything their ancestors have encountered. Michael and Richie, twin sons of World War II hero Frank, work in the high-stakes worlds of government and finance, in Washington and New York—but their fiercest enemies may be closer to home. Charlie, the charmer, recently found, struggles to find his way; Guthrie is deployed to Iraq, leaving the Iowa farm—the heart of this enthralling saga—in the hands of his younger sister, Felicity, though Felicity as always, has her own ideas.
returns to Mrs. Dalloway's to read from her latest volume of poetry, Erratic Facts. “Witty, rebellious, and yet tender, [her poetry is] a treasure trove of an iconoclastic and joyful mind.” (Pulitzer Prize citation)
The "classic American poet” (Los Angeles Times)—is lauded for her highly intelligible, deeply insightful wisdom and vitality. Erratic Facts is her first collection since The Best of It, animated with her signature swift, lucid, lyrical poems.
reads from her magnificent novel, Alice in Bed.
"In a work of breathtaking imagination, Hooper goes beyond the singular diarist who was Alice James and gives us the person--audaciously curious, unapologetically original, and clearly the equal of her two more illustrious brothers, Henry and William. The James clan was known for quirkiness, even in Boston, but their sibling bond is here revealed as tender, enduring, and full of a private mirth. An extraordinary accomplishment, a captivating read.--Thad Carhart, author of The Piano Shop on the Left Bank
"Arm yourself against my dawn, which may at any moment cast you and Harry into obscurity," Alice James writes her brother William in 1891. In Hooper's magnificent book, zingers such as this fly back and forth between the endlessly articulate and letter-writing Jameses, all of whom are geniuses at gossiping. And the James family did, in fact, know everyone intellectually important on both sides of the Atlantic, but by the time we meet her in 1889, Alice has been sidelined and is lying in bed in Leamington, England, after taking London by storm.