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05/03/2015 - 4:00 pm
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Jared Stone presents and signs Year of the Cow: How 420 Pounds of Beef Built a Better Life for One American Family

This is the story of a man, a cow, and a question: What am I eating?  After realizing he knew more about television on his wall than the food on his plate, award-winning TV producer and amateur chef Jared Stone buys 420 pounds of beef directly from a rancher and embarks on a hilarious and inspiring culinary adventure. With the help of an incredibly supportive wife and a cadre of highly amused friends, Jared offers a glimpse at one man's family as they try to learn about their food and ask themselves what's really for dinner.   Year of the Cow follows the trials and tribulations of a home cook as he begins to form a deeper relationship with food and the environment. From meeting the rancher who raised his cow to learning how to successfully pack a freezer with cow parts, Stone gets to know his bovine and delves into our diets and eating habits, examining the ethnography of cattle, how previous generations ate, why environmentalists and real food aficionados are mad for grass-fed beef, why certain cuts of beef tend to end up on our plates (while boldly experimenting with the ones that don't), and much more.   Over the course of dozens of nose-to-tail meals, Jared cooks his way through his cow armed with a pioneering spirit and a good sense of humor. He becomes more mindful of his diet, makes changes to his lifestyle, and bravely confronts challenges he never expected--like how to dry beef jerky without attracting the neighborhood wildlife to the backyard, and how to find deliciousness in the less-common cuts of meat like the tongue and heart--sharing a recipe at the end of each chapter. 
By examining the food that fuels his life and pondering why we eat the way we do, Jared and his family slowly discover to how live a life more fully--and experience a world of culinary adventures along the way. (Flatiron Books)

ISBN: 9781250052582
Price: $25.99

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05/04/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Marian Lindberg presents and signs The End of the Rainy Season: Discovering My Family's Hidden Past in Brazil

Marian Lindberg grew up being told that Walter Lindberg, the man who raised her father, was a brave explorer who had been murdered in the Amazon. She took her father's claims at face value, basking in her exotic roots, until she started to notice things. The unverified legend became a riddle she couldn't solve.  As Lindberg moved from journalism to law, fell in love, and sought a family of her own, her father repeatedly interfered. He had a closed vision of his family, and she--unlike the silent Walter--was breaking out.  Yet her father's story of the past haunted Lindberg. Long after her father's death, Lindberg set off for the Amazon, determined to find out the truth about Walter. Aided by generous Brazilians who adopted her search as if it were their own, she discovered as much about herself and her family as about Walter, whose true role in Brazil's history turned out to be unexpected and deeply troubling. 
Sharply observant, wrought with honesty, and sweeping in its ambitions, The End of the Rainy Season is a powerful examination of identity and human relationships with nature, and between one another. (Soft Skull Press)

ISBN: 9781593766023
Price: $15.95

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05/06/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Jennifer Edwards presents and signs When Angels Cry

Sex, love, and forgiveness-can they coexist, and can romance author Sarah write them into her life? Although bestselling author Sarah O'Malley is sure her next erotic-romance novel will be another hit, she finds it near to impossible to replicate the same results in her personal life. At forty-five years old, Sarah now finds herself divorced and a single mother of two. Sarah journeys back to her childhood home to nurse her mother who is suffering from Alzheimer's, and she inevitably encounters the ghosts of her past-the death of a child, it’s devastating effect on family relations, youthful sexual exploration, and an unplanned pregnancy. However, the haunts of the past open up a whole new world to Sarah as she learns to forgive the traumas that had happened before. Amid a great awakening, Sarah also comes to terms with being a sexually active middle-aged woman, and begins to accept sex again, even in the most inappropriate but titillating circumstances. As she unlocks her own physical desires, she also stumbles upon a heavy secret that her mother had been hiding from her for the past fifty years. This trip might prove to be a better story than anything Sarah could have possibly hoped to write. (Yucca Publishing)
 

ISBN: 9781631580062
Price: $14.95

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05/07/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Richard Lewis presents and signs Reflections from Hell: Richard Lewis' Guide on How Not to Live

Reflections from Hell presents decades of Richard Lewis' "dark comedic premises," jokes and reflections that are fantastically illustrated by the remarkable art of Carl Titolo. Lewis recounts that he was "blown to smithereens" when introduced to the world of Carl Titolo. Titolo's visual interpretations of Richard Lewis' words create a humorous and compelling reflection on modern life and a compelling page turning knee slapper. As Richard Lewis says of Carl Titolo's art; "though a entirely different medium, it felt like it was stolen right out of my own torment." (powerHouse Books)

ISBN: 9781576877456
Price: $21.95

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05/08/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Leon Logothesis presents and signs The Kindness Diaries: One Man's Quest to Ignite Goodwill and Transform Lives Around the World

The incredible journey of one man who sets out to circumnavigate the globe on a vintage motorbike fueled by kindness.
 
Follow the inspirational journey of a former stockbroker who leaves his unfulfilling desk job in search of a meaningful life. He sets out from Los Angeles on a vintage motorbike, determined to circumnavigate the globe surviving only on the kindness of strangers. Incredibly, he makes his way across the U.S., through Europe, India, Cambodia, and Vietnam, and finally to Canada and back to the Hollywood sign, by asking strangers for shelter, food, and gas. Again and again, he's won over by the generosity of humanity, from the homeless man who shares his blanket to the poor farmer who helps him with his broken down bike, and the HIV-positive mother who takes him in and feeds him. At each stop, he finds a way to give back to these unsuspecting Good Samaritans in life-changing ways, by rebuilding their homes, paying for their schooling, and leaving behind gifts big and small. The Kindness Diaries will introduce you to a world of adventure, renew your faith in the bonds that connect people, and inspire you to accept and generate kindness in your own life. (Reader’s Digest Association)

ISBN: 9781621451914
Price: $24.99

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05/09/2015 - 4:00 pm
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Chris Black presents and signs I Know You Think You Know It All: Advice and Observations for You to Stand Apart in Public and Online

Hosted by comedian Ryan O'Connell!
 
The Know It All can be spotted from a block away in most any city today, devoted to the latest microtrends, sure that he is an influencer, never realizing he is mostly just being influenced. Often seen with others who share a similar look and viewpoint, he does not have a clue how to march to the beat of his own drummer. He spends his time in what he thinks is his refined circle, whether in real life or online, and always knows "the best," be it clothing, coffee, or culture. He is rarely without an opinion and doubts his own even less. He is largely without humor when the mirror is turned upon him. We've all seen and heard this type of guy in public and on social media: the classic jerk who thinks he always knows best. Chris Black is here to help you not become, or stop being him. 
Life for Chris Black over the past twenty years has put him in close contact with many of these guys, as they regularly congregate in the creative industries: film, music, advertising, media, and fashion. He has worked in all of these businesses and his astute and witty observations could only come from one who needs to know what is current in pop culture to make a living, yet is routinely able to step back and rise above the noise to keenly survey the scene. We've all had cringe-worthy moments in our past, and many are experiencing them still every day, only to realize it down the road. The chances for such occurrences are greatly reduced with the advice in I Know You Think You Know it All. It's not too late. (powerhouse Books)

ISBN: 9781576877357
Price: $12.95

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05/10/2015 - 12:30 pm
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Mother Knows Best , Group Event

Sarah Tomlinson, author of Good Girl will be leading this afternoon of readings and will be joined by Katey Sagal (author of a forthcoming book of personal essays); Jillian Lauren (author of Some Girls, Everything You Ever Wanted); Claire Bidwell Smith (author of The Rules of Inheritance, After This);  and Natashia Deon (author of the forthcoming Sweat Tea and Honey).  

ISBN: 9781476748962
Price: $25.00

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05/10/2015 - 4:00 pm
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Editor Tom Nolan presents Ross Macdonald: Four Novels of the 1950s

At last, the brilliant successor to Hammett and Chandler in a definitive collector's edition: Revered by such contemporary masters as Sue Grafton, George Pelecanos, and James Ellroy, Ross Macdonald (the pseudonym of Kenneth Millar) brought to the crime novel new levels of social realism and psychological depth, while honing a unique gift for intricately involving mystery narratives. For his centennial year, The Library of America inaugurates its Macdonald edition with four novels from the 1950s, all featuring his incomparable protagonist, private investigator Lew Archer. Here are "The Way Some People Die," a twisted journey through Los Angeles high and low, "The Barbarous Coast," an exploration of crime and corruption in the movie business, "The Doomsters," a breakthrough novel of madness and self-destruction, and "The Galton Case," the mythically charged and deeply personal book that Macdonald considered a turning point in his career. As a special feature, this volume also includes five pieces in which Macdonald reveals the autobiographical background of his books and describes his distinctive approach to crime writing. (Library of America)

ISBN: 9781598533767
Price: $37.50

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05/12/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Zachary Leader presents and signs The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune, 1915-1964

For much of his adult life, Saul Bellow was the most acclaimed novelist in America, the winner of, among other awards, the Nobel Prize in Literature, three National Book Awards, and the Pulitzer Prize. The Life of Saul Bellow, by the literary scholar and biographer Zachary Leader, marks the centenary of Bellow's birth as well as the tenth anniversary of his death. It draws on unprecedented access to Bellow's papers, including much previously restricted material, as well as interviews with more than 150 of the novelist's relatives, close friends, colleagues, and lovers, a number of whom have never spoken to researchers before. Through detailed exploration of Bellow's writings, and the private history that informed them, Leader chronicles a singular life in letters, offering original and nuanced accounts not only of the novelist's development and rise to eminence, but of his many identities--as writer, polemicist, husband, father, Chicagoan, Jew, American.  (Knopf)

ISBN: 9780307268839
Price: $40.00

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05/13/2015 - 7:00 pm
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John A. Connell presents and signs Ruins Of War

Winter 1945. Seven months after the Nazi defeat, Munich is in ruins. Mason Collins--a former Chicago homicide detective, U.S. soldier, and prisoner of war--is now a U.S. Army criminal investigator in the American Zone of Occupation. It's his job to enforce the law in a place where order has been obliterated. And his job just became much more dangerous.  A killer is stalking the devastated city--one who has knowledge of human anatomy, enacts mysterious rituals with his prey, and seems to pick victims at random. Relying on his wits and instincts, Mason must venture places where his own life is put at risk: from interrogation rooms with unrepentant Nazi war criminals to penetrating the U.S. Army's own black market.  What Mason doesn't know is that the killer he's chasing is stalking him, too... (Berkley Books)

ISBN: 9780425278956
Price: $26.95

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