Thursday, December 06, 2012

This Doctor Uses Words Instead Of A Scalpel To Heal And Inspire People To Reach Their Full Potential

This Doctor Uses Words Instead Of A Scalpel To Heal And Inspire People To Reach Their Full Potential
  We all have problems in life; but imagine, after years of hard work and study to become a prominent surgeon, something goes horribly wrong in the operating room and, in an instant, your life is forever changed. It’s normally the patient that’s at risk of a complication in the operating room, not the doctor. However, one day as Emile Allen, M.D. was operating to save a woman’s life, he was electrocuted and nearly died. He remembered hearing a voice telling him: “I’m not ready for you yet. You have more work to do.” He had no way of knowing the challenges he would face or how many times he would hear those words…
Dr. Allen had suffered a brain injury and, in a split second, went from performing intricate surgical procedures to struggling just to do simple things such as counting change at the grocery store or reading a book. The event not only changed his career but also his identity and capabilities. At the time, he didn’t understand how significant the impact of this incident would be for the rest of his life.
Eaten By The Tiger: Surrendering to an Empowered Life, by Emile Allen, M.D., is a collection of stories and insights acquired through his personal experiences as a surgeon, son and patient that helped get him through the paralysis of emotional and physical loss. He had ridden the gamut of emotions from shock and denial to full-blown depression. While learning to meditate on vacation in Fiji, he heard ‘the words’ again and was transcended to such a peaceful state of mind that his perception of the rest of the world was heightened. He had truly found the meaning of being “Eaten By The Tiger.”
For anyone who has experienced a recent loss or might be struggling with life’s daily challenges, there is at least one story in Allen’s personal journey that will undoubtedly inspire you to find your own insights. Regardless of the reason, you will be able to relate to something in his compelling story because it will touch some aspect of your life.
Dr. Allen’s fascinating inside stories of life as a surgeon, life lessons learned from his frustration with the healthcare industry, and his own personal experiences as a patient all exhibit a compassion for others that blends perfectly with his dry wit and grabs the reader’s attention from the first page. In sharing the extraordinary roller coaster ride of emotions during his long recovery that prompted his journey of self-discovery, readers may laugh or cry, but they will all be moved and inspired to overcome their own obstacles and succeed at finding their own purpose in life.
Dr. Allen is a graduate of Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago. He completed his general surgery internship and urology residency at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. He is the former Chairman of Urology and Vice Chairman of Surgery at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, CA.  As a retired urologist, Dr. Allen has turned his passion for helping others into inspirational speaking and writing, touching more lives than he ever could have as a surgeon.
Eaten By The Tiger is both motivating and empowering. In candidly sharing all he experienced, from his darkest moments to his utmost joy, Dr. Allen helps readers see that how we deal with life’s challenges determines the outcome of our lives.
Sherry Skidmore, Ph.D., Professor of Forensic Psychology: “The stories are magnetic, gripping. They pulled me through the book every step of the way.”
Donna Kennedy, English Professor and Professional Editor: “Wow!  I’m an editor and read books everyday for a living.  I couldn’t put [this book] down. The stories are evocative and made me feel like I was right there talking to Dr. Allen. He is a writer and it’s obvious he found his true passion.”
Harry Wilkins, III, M.D, Attending Trauma / Surgical Critical Care Attending, Quincy Medical Group: “After reading this book, everyone is going to use the phrase Eaten by the Tiger. Emile you nailed it. This book is a grand slam!”
Sid Vaidya, Former VP of IBM, Founder/Chairman, The Diamonds of Diversity: “In clear and simple language, [book] describes the process of letting go of the emotional and physical baggage in your life… poignant stories illustrate how to transform yourself into a better you. This is one of the most meaningful books I have ever read, and I highly recommend it as a must have book for your library.”
Jeanette Grace: “As a professional writer for over 20 years, I found [this] to be captivating and evocative. Vivid descriptions pulled me into…each story and elicited a visceral and emotional response that not many writers can accomplish…found myself laughing, crying and being shocked by your real life stories…not only engaged my imagination but also demonstrated how to live an empowered life. Thank you, Dr. Allen, for sharing your life with us. Your courage is an inspiration to all of us.”
Pompey Stafford, Investment Advisor: “Since I have recently lost my son, I resonated deeply with Dr. Emile’s life stories and insights. My son’s passing has left a chasm in my heart and soul so wide and deep, that words can’t describe…[book] enhanced my faith and will to move forward but not forget the love and joy my son gave…captivating read with extraordinary stories from his life.”

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Award Winning Wig & Make-up Artist, Melissa Veal


Award Winning Wig & Make-up Artist, Melissa Veal

Fear No ART Chicago

discovering the artists behind the art

(Save the date: 1/28 Dinner Party
w/Indie Rocker Kelly Hogan, Art Collector Howard Tullman, Black Ensemble Theatre Artistic Director Jackie Taylor and the restaurant The Trenchermen!) Below wig and make-up designer Melissa Veal
from Chicago Shakespeare Theatre turns Elysabeth Alfano into a 16th century vixen in honor of the new play The School for Lies.

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The “I See Love” Singer Hosts a Night of Music from His Living Room Via With All Proceeds Donated to Habitat For Humanity of Greater Los Angeles
 When Ryan Cabrera isn’t in the studio or on the road, he spends his time doing what he loves and helping those in need. This year, Cabrera has started a new concert series right from his very own living room! Following the release of his new single, “I See Love,” Cabrera, along with his close friends and all his fans can continue to see the love through his living-room concerts. Each month, Cabrera gets together with different musicians, celebrities, and other well known friends for a night of making music. Though only his closest friends enjoy the night inside his living room, fans across the world can watch from their own living room via
Every month, Cabrera has chosen to team up with a different charity organization. This Thursday, December 6th, Cabrera will raise money for Habitat For Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, whose mission is to eliminate substandard housing by partnering with volunteers to build decent, sustainable, and affordable homes with low-income, hardworking families and individuals in need in the greater Los Angeles area.  It only costs $5 to watch the 50 minute performance and Cabrera urges all fans to  join in for a fun night that will greatly benefit a good cause. also gives fans a chance to donate more during the show. The two highest tippers will win an autographed t-shirt from all the artists that performed that night. Other fans can check out
to purchase a shirt for $11. Each shirt sold will go towards building homes with families in need.
Cabrera couldn’t be more excited about this event, stating: "Live from my living room brings friends, fans, and artists together for a one night only experience for an amazing cause!! Familiar faces, unexpected collaborations, and up and coming talent mixed with an intimate setting where people around the world can share the night with us. My goal is to inspire people to give through whatever way they feel, through their talent, donations, time or any which way their heart desires!"
Though Cabrera doesn’t always sing, he makes sure to make it worth while for anyone watching. Past guests include Gavin Degraw, Blake Lewis, Colbie Callet, Boyce Avenue, Josh Kelly, Mark Ballas, and many others! As the main host, Cabrera makes sure to make the most of the night whether he’s behind the mic, guitar, or piano.
Be sure to check out “Live From Ryan Cabrera’s Living Room” and help donate to a great charity. Visit
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (HFH GLA) strives to eliminate substandard housing through advocacy, education and partnership with families and individuals in need to build decent, sustainable and affordable housing. Since 1990, HFH GLA has built and renovated nearly 800 homes locally and worldwide, transforming the lives of hundreds of individuals. HFH GLA is a GuideStar® Valued Partner and has achieved the coveted Charity Navigator
4-Star rating awarded to non-profits for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. For more information, please visit or call 310-323-4663. Visit our blog at

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Charity Event this Wed: Ed Swiderski, TV’s Bachelorette


 Tis the Season to Celebrate Friendship & Giving
Special Guests include Ed Swiderski III of TV’s Bachelorette Fame
On behalf of Stimulus Social Club and StreetWise Magazine, the public is invited Wednesday, Decem ber 5, 2012, for a night of laughter and giving at City Winery Chicago (1200 W. Randolph Street).
The event begins at 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and will take place in City Winery’s distinguished Concert Hall.  All proceeds benefit Streetwise.  Donation is $10.00.

In 2012, Streetwise will have assisted more than 500 men and women in crisis. In executing its mission, Streetwise receives no government funding. The agency’s workforce development and social services are funded by private foundations and the generosity of individuals. The mission of Streetwise is to assist Chicago area men and women, who are facing homelessness, achieve personal stability by providing them with a combination of supportive social services and immediate access to gainful employment.  StreetWise Magazine is the oldest operating street newspaper in North America.  
Who:    Streetwise Benefit Hosts are Veronica Resa, Olivia Pantoja, Kayla Klobe, & Carly Leviton
What:    Charity Benefit for Streetwise Magazine. Event produced by Stimulus Social Chicago (SSC) venue donated by City Winery Chicago.  Entrance requires a $10 minimum donation.
When:  Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Time:    5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where:  Concert Hall of City Winery Chicago
             1200 W. Randolph Street
Media Note:  Ed Swiderski III will arrive at 6:30 p.m.
For more information, the public can visit the web:
or call 773-334-6600.

Monday, December 03, 2012

News from the Chicago International Film Festival

SEASONS GREETINGS from all of us at
Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival!

Dear friends,

What a year we've had! From the 22 Education Outreach screenings for 5,500 CPS students, 22 weeks of free movies at the Chicago Cultural Center as part of our International Screenings Program and our 15 advance Member Screenings of some of the year's most anticipated films, we celebrated the best in television commercials and productions at the Chicago International Television Festival with honorees Kelsey Grammer and OPTIMUS as well as showcased amazing short films from youth filmmakers from around the world at CineYouth...and of course, the 48th Chicago International Film Festival. Programming 175 films from 55 countries, hosting 200+ filmmakers and 58,000 audience members is not an easy task, but it's one that we do with passion and excitement. We're so happy that you been a part it all!

Thank you to our Board; our corporate, media, hospitality, cultural, education, government and foundation partners; our Festival staff, volunteers, donors, patrons and YOU...for sharing our love of film and believing in the power of cinema.

As ever-changing digital formats constantly keep us on our toes, we're reminded of how that same digital revolution has allowed us to present so many filmmakers who would previously have been unable to make a film due to non-existent budgets or geographical obscurity. As we continue to receive record numbers of films from all reaches of the world each year, it's been a thrilling experience to see the barriers to entry for filmmaking break down, and to be able to showcase this explosion of new talent to Chicago.

There's never an end to moviemaking and we never stop looking for the best films to bring to Chicago.

We have a lot planned for you in 2013 – we hope you'll continue to join us for the magic of the movies!

Happy holidays!
Festival Founder Receives the Sydney Pollack Award

Photo: Getty Images
American Cinematheque Chairman Rick Nicita, presented Chicago International Film Festival Founder and Artistic Director Michael Kutza with the 2012 Sydney Pollack Award November 15, 2012. The award was given at the Cinematheque’s Annual Fundraising Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, California. The Gala also honored actor/director Ben Stiller.

“The Sydney Pollack Award honors someone who has been of critical importance and continuing influence in non-profit film exhibition, film preservation and/or independent film distribution - people whose work Sydney supported and found to be so valuable, who are not often recognized for their efforts. And there’s no one who better represents Sydney’s commitment to the art of film than Michael,” said Rick Nicita.
“I am honored by this recognition. Sydney was a dear friend of the Chicago International Film Festival from the mid-80s on, helping us with our film tributes,” said Michael Kutza. “No matter what he was doing he would always make time to listen and share ideas with me, fueling my own passion for cinema.”
Kutza also recalled how Pollack was a great mentor and encouraged Kutza to support independent film.
This is the third time the Sydney Pollack Award has been given. Directors of the Sundance and Telluride Film Festivals are past recipients.
for press release.

Sydney Pollack (1934–2008) was an Academy Award®-winning director, producer, actor, writer and public figure, who directed and produced over 40 films. Pollack began his acting career on stage, then made his name as television director in the early 1960s. He and Robert Redford worked together on six films over the years. His biggest success came with Out of Africa (1985), starring Redford and Meryl Streep. The movie earned eleven Academy Award® nominations in all and seven wins, including Pollack's two Oscars®: one for Best Direction and one for Best Picture.
Pollack showed his best as a comedy director and actor in Tootsie (1982), where he brought feminist issues to public awareness using his remarkable wit and wisdom, and created a highly entertaining film, which was nominated for ten Academy Awards®. Source: IMDB
Select Filmography: The Interpreter (2005), Random Hearts (1999), The Firm (1993), Out of Africa (1985), Tootsie (1982), Three Days of the Condor (1975), The Way We Were (1973), They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969).
Now Accepting Entries for the
Chicago International Television Competition

The 2013 Chicago International Television Competition is now accepting entries! Celebrating the best in television, this annual competition for TV productions and commercials culminates in an Awards Night Gala in April, where last year we honored Kelsey Grammer and local production house OPTIMUS.
Click here
 for more information and to summit your production or commercial today.
CineYouth Festival: Call for Entries!

Our annual CineYouth Festival is now accepting short film entries from student filmmakers 21 years old and younger.
Entries must be postmarked by March 25. For more information, click here
. CineYouth will be held at Columbia College Chicago May 9-11, 2013.
Deck the Halls!

Get the perfect gift for the film and Festival lover on your holiday shopping list! All of our merchandise – from classic Festival posters to toasty warm hooded sweatshirts – there is something for everyone at our online store.
Enjoy 15% on EVERYTHING* in the month of December when you enter HOLIDAY12 at checkout! *Some exceptions apply
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Member Screening: HYDE PARK ON HUDSON


Wednesday, December 5, 7:00pm
AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St.
Academy Award® nominees Bill Murray and Laura Linney star in this historical tale that uniquely explores the all-too-human side of one of history's iconic leaders, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In June 1939, President Roosevelt readies to host the King and Queen of England for a weekend at the Roosevelt home at Hyde Park on Hudson, in update New York - marking the first-ever visit of a reigning British monarch to America.
See through the eyes of Daisy (Ms. Linney), Franklin's neighbor and intimate, the weekend will produce not only a special relationship between two great nations, but, for Daisy - and through her, for us all - a deeper understanding of the mysteries of love and friendship.
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to view the film’s trailer.
Become a Member: SEE IT FIRST!
To enjoy films like HYDE PARK ON HUDSON, become a member of Cinema/Chicago! For information on membership, please click here
. We would like to welcome our new members for November:
Steven and Janet Anixter, Judy Clasen, Shawn Frick, Howard and Loren Friend
And a warm 'Welcome Back' to our renewed members for November:
Audra Anderson and Henri-Etta Goodwin, David Bell, Shana Brown, John Cravens, Todd, Julie and Anders Gustafson, James Koncz, Robert Newhart, Karen Rosenberg, Nigel and Eva Rowe, Matthew Sheffer and Michael Fleischmann, Mark Thompson
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See These 48th Festival Films Again!


Official Selection | Directed by Sean Baker | USA
Limited release, opens December 7 at the Music Box Theatre Central Park 5

Official Selection | Directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon | USA
Limited release, opens December 7 at the Music Box Theatre The Impossible

Special Presentation | Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona | Spain
Wide release, opens December 21 Not Fade Away

Special Presentation | Directed by David Chase | USA
Limited release, opens December 21
Save the Dates!
December 5
Member screening
: HYDE PARK ON HUDSON, 7:00 pm, AMC River East 21 2013:
April 25
Chicago International Television Competition
Awards Gala, venue TBD May 9–11
at Columbia College Chicago May 1
International Screenings Program
begins at the Chicago Cultural Center, more info soon. October 10–24
49th Chicago International Film Festival
Chicago International Film Festival
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Dec. 20: Niche presents Fractured Fairytales

The staff of Niche teams up with Larry Dieffenbach and Matt Jones
to present Fractured Fairytales and Christmas Carols, putting the silly into Christmas! 

On Thurs., Dec 20, the staff of Niche restaurant along with Larry Dieffenbach, and Matt Jones (from Back to Broadway) present Fractured Fairytales and Christmas Carols.
Otherwise known as “Naughty Christmas,” Fractured Fairytales are holiday tales with a sarcastic twist paired with some parodies on Christmas songs and carols.  Executive chef Serena Perdue has crafted a whimsical menu to accompany the show, and award-winning sommelier Vince Balistreri has hand selected wine pairings.  Fractured Fairytales and the three-course dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. The dinner costs $60 per person with $25 additional for wine pairings. 

Chef Perdue’s whimsical menu includes:
  • HANUKKAH LATKES with SANTA CLAUS, Potato pancakes, with crab claw salad
  • CHRISTMAS TREE SMOKED “REINDEER,” Spruce smoked elk, roasted cherry tomatoes, hominy grits,    black pepper gravy
  • DON’T EAT THE YELLOW SNOW, Devil’s food cake, coconut frosting, lemon curd

For reservations, diners can call Niche at (630) 262-1000.

About Niche
Niche is a fine dining restaurant in Geneva, Ill., serving a constantly evolving menu of American contemporary cuisine based on the freshest Midwest ingredients.  Chef Serena Perdue skillfully blends her traditional French training with her love of newly picked, seasonal products from local suppliers as well as from Niche’s own sustainable farm at The Bull Run Estate in Elburn, Ill.   Niche has earned accolades for its all-American wine list, handpicked by general manager and sommelier Vince Balistreri.  With 270 different wines that highlight the best in American wine, Niche was awarded the prestigious Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator in 2010 and 2011.  Visit

Niche Restaurant
14 South Third St.
Geneva, Ill 60134
(630) 262-1000

RETURN ENGAGEMENT! Frank Russell & Surprise Guests...The Jazz Showcase...Wed Dec 19...8 & 10 pm!

Monster Bassist FRANK RUSSELL...THE JAZZ SHOWCASE...Wednesday December 19...With SURPRISE GUESTS!
Greg Spero, keyboards
Charles Heath, drums
Marco Villarreal, guitar

ROBERT IRVING III (Miles Davis Musical Director & Keyboardist)
"One of the greatest contemporary bassists in the world today"

NEIL TESSER (Chicago Jazz Music Examiner)
"Vintage lives - with a 90's sheen and a 21st - century twist - courtesy of Chicago bass guitarist Frank Russell.
He's funneled an all-star cast of modern Chi-town stars into arrangements as crisp and bracing as a stiff wind off Lake Michigan"


"CIRCLE WITHOUT END"... Radio airplay in 14 countries!
 (CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon)
Recorded with renowned musicians, Henry Johnson, Corey Wilkes, Miles Davis alumni Robert Irving III, Darryl Jones, Richard Patterson, Dede Sampaio and legendary trumpeter Wallace Roney.

#3 adds on CMJ Jazz charts...#35 on CMJ Jazz Top 40...#58 on Media Guide Indie Jazz Top 100...$63 on Jazz Week Radio Report Top 200...#46 on Jazz Week Top 50 alongside bassists...
Paul McCartney, Christian McBride, Esperanza Spaulding, Ron Carter and Marcus Miller!

Wednesday Dec 19, 2012

Dearborn Station
806 S. Plymouth Court
Chicago, Illinois 60605

(312) 360-0234

2 SETS: 8 and 10 pm
COVER: $10
PARKING: attached lot

FRANK has recorded or performed with such luminaries as Freddie Hubbard, Ladysmith, Black Mambazo, Ramsey Lewis, Wallace Roney, Darryl Jones, Robert Irving III, Ken Chaney, Ari Brown, Henry Johnson, Corey Wilkes, Willie Pickens, Peter Erskine, Michael Wolf

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