Monday, December 03, 2012

December Happenings and Great Books for Holiday Giving!

December Happenings and
Great Books for Holiday Giving!
You will hear from us again next week with sign-up information for World Book Night 2013 and more great books for holiday giving.
(Next week we will focus on nonfiction books and cookbooks!
December Happenings

Friday, December 14
6:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Late-er Night Andersonville
Take advantage of late-night shopping in festive Andersonville! Stop by and have hot mulled cider with the staff!

Saturday, December 15
7:30 p.m.
Sappho's Solstice Salon celebrates POW-WOW
$7-$10 sliding cover charge includes food and wine
Tonight join us for a very special Sappho's Solstice Salon paying tribute to the long-running spoken word series, POW-WOW. After many years providing performance and community, POW-WOW, the weekly spoken word party held most recently at the Jeffrey Pub, will be closing its doors. For tonight's tribute, the women of POW-WOW, including celebrated performance poet C.C. Carter, join Sappho's for a night of poetry and remembrance. Come enjoy warm spiced wine and other seasonal fare, and help pay tribute to this outstanding lesbian cultural institution. Whether you are a POW-WOW newbie, or a longtime friend, you will not to miss this spectacular event. Proceeds benefit the artists and the Women's Voices Fund.
Book Groups

Tuesday, December 4th - 7:15 pm - Classics of Women's Literature Book Group
Transformations by Anne Sexton
Sunday, December 9th - 5:00 pm - Kids First Book GroupKat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis (plus selection meeting and holiday potluck!) 

Tuesday, December 18th - 7:30 pm - Women's Book Group - At Risk by Amina Gautier (and annual holiday potluck!) (Also, author Amina Gautier will drop by, discuss her work, and read one of her stories to the group!)

Sunday, January 6th - 2:00 pm - Family of Women Book Group
 - Heartburn by Nora Ephron  

Tuesday, January 8th - 7:15 pm - Classics of Women's Literature Book Group
Mules and Men by Zora Neale Hurston

Great Fiction and Poetry for Holiday Giving!
Building Stories
by Chris Ware
Ware's latest graphic novel has no deliberate beginning or end; the scope, ambition, artistry, and emotional resonance are beyond anything yet seen from this artist or in this medium. The reader will find material ready to address virtually any imaginable artistic or poetic taste, from the corrosive sarcasm of youth to the sickening earnestness of maturity--all while exploring the lives of a set of people who all live in the same apartment building. A pictographic listing all of the 14 discrete items (books, booklets, magazines, newspapers, and pamphlets) appears on the back to help you get started.


by Zadie Smith
Zadie Smith's brilliant tragi-comic new novel follows four Londoners as they try to make adult lives outside of Caldwell, the council estate of their childhood. Their London is a complicated place, as beautiful as it is brutal. And then there are the visitations: the rare times a stranger crosses a threshold without permission or warning, causing a disruption in the whole system. Like the April afternoon a woman comes to Leah Hanwell's door, seeking help, forcing Leah out of her isolation . . . Brilliant!



The Round House
by Louise Erdich
2012 National Book Award for Fiction winner! One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on an Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface, as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband and son. Her 13-year-old son Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill-prepared. And his father, who is a tribal judge, endeavors to wrest justice from a situation that defies his efforts. This is a tale of injustice that is, unfortunately, an authentic reflection of our own world today.



The Middlesteins
by Jami Attenberg
For more than thirty years, Edie and Richard Middlestein shared a solid family life together in the suburbs of Chicago. But now things are splintering apart, for one reason, it seems: Edie's enormous girth. She's obsessed with food--thinking about it, eating it. When Richard abandons his wife, it is up to the next generation to take control. Robin, their schoolteacher daughter, is determined to make her father pay for leaving their mother. Benny, an easy-going, pot-smoking family man, just wants to smooth things over. And Rachelle, a whippet-thin perfectionist, is intent on saving her mother-in-law's life. With pitch-perfect prose, huge compassion, and sly humor, Jami Attenberg has given us an epic story of marriage, family, and our devastating, fascinating preoccupation with food.

Grand Central Publishing


Dear Life
by Alice Munro
Signed copies available! A brilliant new collection of stories from one of the most acclaimed and beloved writers of our time. With her peerless ability to give us the essence of a life in brief stories, Alice Munro illumines the moment a life is shaped--the moment a dream, or sex, or a simple twist of fate turns a person out of his or her accustomed path and into another way of being. Suffused with Munro's clarity of vision and her unparalleled gift for storytelling, these stories about departures and beginnings, accidents, dangers, and homecomings, both virtual and real, paint a vivid and lasting portrait of how strange, dangerous, and extraordinary the ordinary life can be.


Beautiful Ruins
by Jess Walter
It's 1962, and the story opens at the Hotel Adequate View on a sun-drenched stretch of Italian coast. The Adequate View's innkeeper, a young man named Pasquale, dreams of turning the run-down hotel he has inherited into something appealing to modern tourists. Then, the guests begin to arrive. The first is Dee, a beautiful young actress being shunted to the Adequate View by the producers of the film Cleopatra because her pregnancy by Richard Burton threatens the already-chaotic production. From here Walter weaves a story with more characters, plot twists, and settings than you think you can possibly keep track of, but you will, because it's all so much fun and so well done! A must-read!



Flight Behavior
by Barbara Kingsolver
Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who seeks temporary escape from her unhappiness through a flirtation with a younger man. But on her way to a tryst with him, she encounters a shocking sightThe bewildering emergency draws rural farmers into unexpected acquaintance with scientists, the media, and hoardes of tourists and gives Dellarobia new insight into her poverty-stricken farm life. Flight Behavior takes on one of the most contentious subjects of our time: climate change. With a deft and versatile empathy Kingsolver dissects the motives that drive denial and belief in a precarious world.



A Killing in the Hills
by Julia Keller
In this powerful, intricate debut from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist (and recent Chicago Tribune culture critic) Julia Keller, a mother and a daughter try to do right by each other and their small West Virginia town before it's too late, when three men are gunned down over their coffee at a local diner. Why were these three men targeted? Was the act drug-related? One of the witnesses to the brutal incident was Carla Elkins, teenaged daughter of Bell Elkins, the prosecuting attorney for Raythune County. Carla was shocked and horrified by what she saw, but after a few days, she begins to recover enough to believe that she might be uniquely placed to help her mother do her job. But could Carla also end up doing more harm than good--in fact, putting her own life in danger?

Minotaur Books


Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
Robin Sloan
This is a gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, code-breaking, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life--mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore. After losing his job as a Web designer, Clay Jannon has landed a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. After just a few days on the job, Clay embarks on a complex analysis of the customers' behavior (many people come in, but no one buys any books) and has roped his friends into helping to figure out just what's going on. With irresistible brio and dazzling intelligence, Robin Sloan has crafted a literary adventure story for the twenty-first century, with a unique and feisty sensibility.

Farrar, Straus, and Giroux


Later Poems, Selected and New: 1971-2012
by Adrienne Rich
Adrienne Rich's final collection displays the brilliant trajectory of the work of one of the most distinguished artists of American letters. After her death in March 2012, Rich left behind a manuscript of mature work that speaks for her concern with a poetics of relation along with a passionate attention to craft. In addition to her selections from twelve volumes of published work, Later Poems Selected and New contains ten powerful new poems. Among these, "From Strata" is a kind of archaeology of the present day; "Itinerary" searches for an "indefinite future" in a menaced landscape; "For the Young Anarchists" offers a trope of skilled labor for political action; and the haunting voice of the "Teethsucking Bird" reminds us of what we have been told to forget. Rich's singular command of language continues to the end.



A Thousand Mornings
by Mary Oliver
In A Thousand Mornings, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver returns to the imagery that has come to define her life's work, transporting us to the marshland and coastline of her beloved home, Provincetown, Massachusetts. In these pages, Oliver shares the wonder of dawn, the grace of animals, and the transformative power of attention. Whether studying the leaves of a tree or mourning her adored dog, Percy, she is ever patient in her observations and open to the teachings contained in the smallest of moments. Our most precious chronicler of physical landscape, Oliver opens our eyes to the nature within, to its wild and its quiet. With startling clarity, humor, and kindness, A Thousand Mornings explores the mysteries of our daily experience.



Poems 1962-2012
by Louis Gluck
This may be one of the most praised collections in some time. Here is the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Wild Iris (1992), whose talking flowers encapsulated birth, death, loss, and hope; here are the starkly framed family memories of her controversial Ararat (1990), and the careful, self-accusing humor of such late work as The Seven Ages (2001). Here, too, are both the stormy poems with which she began, and the calmly uncompromising universals of A Village Life (2009), where "the mountain stands like a beacon, to remind the night that the earth exists." Gluck at once scrutinizes her own life and reflects on the process by which poems get made and the way that we come to know ourselves: "Like everyone else, " she reflects, "I had a story, / a point of view. // A few words were all I needed: / nourish, sustain, attack." Turning life stories to myths; myths to cool, scary proverbs, Gluck compares her style accurately to "bright light through the bare tree," her process of writing to spying, to silent listening: "In my own mind, I'm invisible that's why I'm dangerous."

Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

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