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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!)
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
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.
Sunday, December 9th - 5:00 pm - Kids First Book Group - Kat, 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!)
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 sight. The 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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."