Jan, our second floor inventory manager wrote February’s Top Shelf book review for Jessa Crispin’s Why I Am Not a Feminist, here’s a little snippet, but you can read the full review on our website! Follow the link in the bio! “Crispin’s manifesto is a call for revolution. This is not the revolution that white feminists want. But this is the revolution that the oppressed need. Unless your goal is to tear down the system of oppression, you are not a feminist. Unless you are a threat, you are not a feminist. If you’re not a threat, pick up this book and become one.”
And the first meeting of the new bookclub Uncomfortable Reads will be discussing Why I Am Not a Feminist on Tuesday, March 28th at 7pm. Join us!
Beloved and critically acclaimed local author Amanda Eyre Ward is back with a brand new novel, The Nearness of You, a deeply affecting story about what defines a mother. For years a couple has firmly decided to live their life without children, afraid of passing on damaged genes–until the idea of a surrogate mother is proposed. Join us TOMORROW night at 7PM with Amanda Eyre Ward, here to talk about her latest novel and sign copies!
In Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari explained how humankind reached this point, now in HOMO DEUS, he explores the next step of human evolution. In Homo Deus, Harari tackels future-casting. Typically populated with assumptions of technological advancement guided by humanist values, Homo Deus dismantles these assumptions and proposes a vast rangle of alternate possibilities such as: what if the main products of the 21st century aren’t textiles, vehicles, and weapons…but bodies, brains, and minds? What if our current treatment of animals is indicative of how upgraded humans will treat us? And what if, instead of war, we embrace the machines and technology, collapsing Democracy and the free market once Google and Facebook know us better than we know ourselves and authority shifts to networked algorithms?
The final fantastical installment in the story of the four Londons (thriving Red, starving White, magic-less Grey, & dead Black), and the characters who have traversed them is finally here and we couldn’t be more excited! VE Schwab is coming to BookPeople March 1st at 7PM to sign A CONJURING OF LIGHT and to expound on the world we’ve loved for so long!
From the author of the smash hit Orphan Train comes a brand new story of friendship, passion, and art, all inspired by one of the best known paintings of the American twentieth century. Inspired by “Christina’s World”, Andrew Wyeth’s famous painting of a girl in field beneath a distant farmhouse, Kline has transformed fact and fiction into something powerful, illuminating, and transcendent. Don’t miss Kline’s incredible new story about the burdens and blessings of family history, and how artist and muse can come together to forge a new and timeless legacy.
One of the most revered movies of Hollywood’s Golden Era, most people don’t know the story of dark political inquisition and Hollywood betrayal surrounding the filming of High Noon, instead celebrating the film’s theme of moral fortitude. Glenn Frankel dives into the past and sheds light on the making of a great American Western, the blacklisting of screenwriter Carl Foreman, and the turbulent political climate in which the movie was made. Join us March 2ND at 7PM when author Glenn Frankel will be here to discuss High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic and sign copies of his new book.
In Setting Free the Kites, Alex George has conjured 1970’s New England with atmospheric detail and resonating characters. Both a poignant coming-of-age story and a moving family drama that explores the terrible costs of misplaced hope, Setting Free the Kites explores the lives of two young teenage boys beginning to learn some harsh truths about family, desire and revenge.
Based on Daniel Pinchbeck’s 2013 TedX Talk, How Soon Is Now? is a call to action. The earth is fast approaching an ecological mega-crisis and our actions over the next few years could have enormous consequences on our descendents. Calling for the intentional redesign of our current elitist and unjust systems, Pinchbeck explains how we can overcome outmoded idealogy and transcend our current condition, ushering in a new and evolved way of being, finally in sync with Earth’s ecology. Join us March 28th at 7PM with Daniel Pinchbeck, here to talk about and sign copies of his book!
Damion Searls new book The Inkblots is the captivating untold story of Hermann Rorschach and his iconic test, which has shaped our view of human personality and become a fixture in popular culture. This year is the centennial anniversary of Rorshach’s inkblot test–celebrate by reading the first ever biography of the psychologist Hermann Rorshach, and the test that has remained relevant and in use for 100 years.