reads from her new novel, There Your Heart Lies, a deeply moving novel about an American woman's experiences during the Spanish Civil War, the lessons she learned, and how her story will shape her granddaughter's path.
"An emotionally and historically rich work with a strong character portrait holding together its disparate parts."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Marian cut herself off from her wealthy, conservative Irish Catholic family when she volunteered during the Spanish Civil War--an experience she has always kept to herself. Now in her nineties, she shares her Rhode Island cottage with her granddaughter Amelia, a young woman of good heart but only a vague notion of life's purpose. Their daily existence is intertwined with Marian's secret past: the blow to her youthful idealism when she witnessed the brutalities on both sides of Franco's war and the romance that left her trapped in Spain in perilous circumstances for nearly a decade.
about Calhoun's essay collection, Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give.
"This unflinchingly honest, astutely balanced probe of a most perplexing institution asks all the right questions. It sets up a conversation with the reader, who is challenged to reflect at each point, choosing between 'No, that's not me' and 'How did she know that?' Most of the time, she knows."--Phillip Lopate, author of The Art of the Personal Essay
We hear plenty about whether or not to get married, but much less about what it takes to stay married. Cliches around marriage--eternal bliss, domestic harmony, soul mates--leave out the real stuff. After marriage you may still want to sleep with other people. Sometimes your partner will bore the hell out of you. And when stuck paying for your spouse's mistakes, you might miss being single.
reads from her new novel, The Use of Fame.
"Rarely has a marriage so come alive in a work of fiction. This novel has the power of intensely lived life and the authority of absolute authenticity. The sympathetic presentations of both wife and husband are beautifully drawn. So intense, beautifully written, shining with 'felt life,' it is truly gripping--riveting."--Joyce Carol Oates
Abigail McCormick and Ray Stark are both poets, married nearly twenty-five years in what has always been a passionate relationship despite deep class differences. Ray is the son of West Virginia coal miners and was abused as a child--but now he is a distinguished poet with a part-time position at Brown. Abby grew up in San Francisco's posh Pacific Heights and, having abandoned poetry, she spends her energy on a new teaching position at UC Berkeley. Abby's decision to accept the post sets the stage for Ray to stray, especially as he struggles with a heart condition.
reads from Jane Crow: The Life of Pauli Murray, "a fascinating look at the incredible life of Pauli Murray, a mixed-race, transgender scholar, lawyer, activist, priest, and trailblazer who played a pivotal role in the civil rights and women's movements of the 20th century."-- The Advocate
Jane Crow tells the incredible story of Pauli Murray, a lawyer, activist, and priest. Murray spent her life fighting for women’s and civil rights, all while grappling with gender identity at a time when gender dysphoria was unrecognized. Though Murray is a relatively unknown figure today, her stunning list of accomplishments included providing legal scholarship in the landmark Brown v.
reads from his delightful memoir, Finding Fontainebleau: An American Boy in France, just out in paperback.
"While bringing alive this redolent Gallic chapter of his boyhood (baguettes from the boulangerie; inkwells and laborious handwriting exercises at school), Mr. Carhart also resurrects the mood and mores of a particular window in time: the 1950s of Ike and Elvis's America, and postwar France. . . . Like the castle, his memoir imaginatively and smoothly integrates multiple influences, styles and whims."--The New York Times
For a young American boy in the 1950s, Fontainebleau was a sight both strange and majestic, home to a continual series of adventures: a different language to learn, weekend visits to nearby Paris, family road trips to Spain and Italy. Then there was the chateau itself: a sprawling palace once the residence of kings, its grounds the perfect place to play hide-and-seek. The curiosities of the small town and the time with his family as expats left such an impression on him that thirty years later Carhart returned to France with his wife to raise their two children.
Come by to meet Michael Carabetta, author of Words to Ride By: Thoughts on Bicycling, who will be on hand to sign and talk two-wheeled transport. This book is a perfect gift for the cycling dad.
Notable luminaries throughout history have been inspired and humbled by the simple joy of riding a bicycle. For centuries, this powerful connection between people and bikes has driven humans forward as inventors, travelers, and thinkers. From Susan B. Anthony and Mark Twain to Eddy Merckx and Greg LeMond, collected here are entertaining, inspiring, and philosophical thoughts about cycling from writers (and riders) reflecting on the pleasures, power, and freedom of the bicycle.
presents his new poetry collection, Almost Human, winner of the Dorset Prize, selected by Edward Hirsch.
As in a profound love affair, Thomas Centolella’s new poems register attraction, delight, expectations fulfilled and foiled, and moments of great feeling cherished and/or lamented. Employing the vividness of narrative without yielding to its linear strictures and overly familiar tonalities, many of the first person protagonists in Almost Human are mysterious figures at once engaging and idiosyncratic, even outright eccentric. Often betwixt and between, neither here nor there, they are uncertain of actually getting anywhere.
Join us to hear Thomas Lynch read the next installment from James Joyce's Ulysses.
A classic depiction of exile, estrangement, paralysis, and the disintegration of a society, Ulysses records the events of one average day, June 16, 1904, in the lives of three central figures.
"Ulysses will immortalize its author with the same certainty that Gargantua immortalized Rabelais, and The Brothers Karamazov immortalized Dostoyevsky.... It comes nearer to being the perfect revelation of a personality than any book in existence."--The New York Times
Launch party for her new book, Claymates, a Junior Library Guild Selection.
"Silliness and deadpan humor combine into a hopping good story of being happy with who you are."--Booklist
Meet the claymates: two balls of clay that can become anything--even best friends!
What can you do with two blobs of clay? Create something amazing! But don't leave them alone for too long. Things might get a little crazy.
In this photographic friendship adventure, the claymates squish, smash, and sculpt themselves into the funniest shapes imaginable. But can they fix a giant mess before they're caught in the act?
Our third annual month-long neighborhood event begins July 1. Until then, come in and browse our extensive Waldo selection and sharpen your spying skills!
Launch for Super Saurus Saves Kindergarten.
Arnold has a plan.
The evil genius Zorgo--disguised as Mr. Zachary--will never stop him. That's because Arnold is . . . SUPER SAURUS! No kindergarten in the universe can hold him.
Or can it?
Deborah Underwood (www.deborahunderwoodbooks.com) has written numerous picture books, including Interstellar Cinderella, Part-time Princess, and the New York Times bestsellers Here Comes the Easter Cat, The Quiet Book, and The Loud Book!
discussing Brownrigg's new novel, Pages for Her.