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11/05/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Will Boast presents and signs Epilogue: A Memoir

Will Boast thought he'd lost his family, until a deeply held secret revealed a second chance he never thought he’d have.  Having already lost his mother and only brother, twenty-four-year-old Will Boast finds himself absolutely alone when his father dies of alcoholism. Numbly settling the matters of his father's estate, Boast is deep inside his grief when he stumbles upon documents revealing a secret his father had intended to keep: He’d had another family before Will's—a wife and two sons in England.

This revelation leads to a flood of new questions. Did his father abandon this first family, or was he pushed away? Still reeling from loss, Boast is forced to reconsider the fundamental truths of his childhood and to look for traces of the man his father might truly have been. Setting out in search of his half brothers, he attempts to reconcile their family history with his own, testing each childhood memory under the weight of his father's secret. Moving between the Midwest and England, from scenes of his youth to the tentative discovery of his new family, Boast writes with visceral beauty about grief, memory, and his slow and tender journey to a new kind of love. With the piercing gaze of a novelist, Boast transforms the pain and confusion of his family history into an achingly poignant portrait of resilience, revising the stories he's inherited to refashion both his past and his present. Heartbreaking and luminous, Epilogue is the stunning account of a young man’s struggle to understand all that he has lost and found, and to forge a new life for himself along the way.  (Liveright Publishing Corp.)

ISBN: 9780871403810
Price: $25.95

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11/06/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Scott Ian presents and signs I'm the Man: The Story of That Guy from Anthrax

The long-awaited and vastly entertaining autobiography of Scott Ian, guitarist and founder of groundbreaking and influential thrash metal legend Anthrax.

ISBN: 9780306823343
Price: $28.99

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11/07/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Dr. Jorge Rodriguez presents and signs The Diabetes Solution: How to Control Type 2 Diabetes and Reverse Prediabetes Using Simple Diet and Lifestyle Changes--With 100 Recipes

The Diabetes Solution provides a complete program for fighting type 2 diabetes--and preventing prediabetes from developing into full-blown diabetes--by presenting the latest scientifically validated information on what exactly the disease is, how it progresses, and how it can be effectively treated. Because many studies prove that a minor weight loss of 5 to 7 percent can make a huge difference in blood sugar levels and diabetic status, this straightforward program also includes 100 delicious and easy-to-prepare recipes as part of The Blood Sugar Budget, a simplified eating plan that controls carb consumption, limits calories, and encourages weight loss. Proper management of diabetes from the earliest stages is essential; The Diabetes Solution simplifies the data, takes an aggressive stance on early medication, and focuses on reducing permanent damage and eliminating future complications so the newly diagnosed and those at risk can conquer the disease and thrive. (Ten Speed Press)

ISBN: 9781607746164
Price: $24.99

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11/08/2014 - 5:00 pm
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Buddha Monk and Mickey Hess joined by Prince Paul discuss and sign The Dirty Version: On Stage, in the Studio, and in the Streets with Ol' Dirty Bastard

On the tenth anniversary of Ol' Dirty Bastard's death, his right-hand man and best friend, Buddha Monk, presents The Dirty Version--the first biography of the hip-hop superstar and founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan, to be written by someone from his inner circle.  Ol' Dirty Bastard rocketed to fame with the Wu-Tang Clan, the raucous and renegade group that forever altered the hip-hop world. ODB was one of the Clan's wildest icons and most inventive performers, and when he died of an overdose in 2004, at the age of thirty-five, millions of fans mourned the loss. ODB lives on in epic proportions and his antics are legend: he once picked up his welfare check in a limousine; lifted a burning car off a four-year-old girl in Brooklyn; stole a fifty-dollar pair of sneakers on tour at the peak of his success. Many have questioned whether his stunts were carefully calculated or the result of paranoia and mental instability.

Now, Dirty's friend since childhood, Buddha Monk, a Wu-Tang collaborator onstage and in the studio, reveals the truth about the complex and talented performer. From Dirty's days with Buddha on the streets of Brooklyn to the meteoric rise of Wu-Tang's star, from his bouts in prison to his court-mandated rehab, from his favorite kind of pizza to his struggles with fame and success, Buddha tells the real story--The Dirty Version--of the legendary rapper. (Dey Street Books)

ISBN: 9780062231413
Price: $25.95

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11/09/2014 - 4:00 pm
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Mira Jacob presents and signs The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing

For fans of J. Courtney Sullivan, Meg Wolitzer, Mona Simpson, and Jhumpa Lahiri comes a winning, irreverent debut novel about a family wrestling with its future and its past.  With depth, heart, and agility, debut novelist Mira Jacob takes us on a deftly plotted journey that ranges from 1970s India to suburban 1980s New Mexico to Seattle during the dot.com boom. The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing is an epic, irreverent testimony to the bonds of love, the pull of hope, and the power of making peace with life's uncertainties.  Celebrated brain surgeon Thomas Eapen has been sitting on his porch, talking to dead relatives. At least that is the story his wife, Kamala, prone to exaggeration, tells their daughter, Amina, a photographer living in Seattle.  Reluctantly Amina returns home and finds a situation that is far more complicated than her mother let on, with roots in a trip the family, including Amina's rebellious brother Akhil, took to India twenty years earlier. Confronted by Thomas's unwillingness to explain himself, strange looks from the hospital staff, and a series of puzzling items buried in her mother's garden, Amina soon realizes that the only way she can help her father is by coming to terms with her family's painful past. In doing so, she must reckon with the ghosts that haunt all of the Eapens. (Random House)

ISBN: 9780812994780
Price: $26.00

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11/10/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Justin Simien presents and signs Dear White People

In the satirical tradition of the "New York Times" bestseller "Stuff White People Like" comes this witty companion book to the "incredibly entertaining" ("Indiewire") film of the same name, which "heralds a fresh and funny new voice" ("Variety").
Right out of college, Justin Simien wrote a screenplay about the nuanced experiences of four black students on a predominantly white college campus. The film, "Dear White People," garnered a Sundance Award for "Breakthrough Talent" and has been hailed by critics everywhere. Channeling the sensibility of the film into this book, Simien will keep you laughing with his humorous observations, even if you haven't seen the satiric film.
News Flash--the minimum number of black friends needed to not seem racist has just been raised to two. Rather than panic, readers are advised to purchase a copy of Dear White People. Whether you are a dear white person wondering why your black office mate is avoiding eye contact with you after you ran your fingers through her hair, or you're a black nerd who has to break it to your white friends that you've never seen "The Wire," this myth-busting, stereotype-diffusing guide to a post-Obama world has something for you!  With decision-making trees to help you decide when it's the right time to wear Blackface (hint: probably never) and quizzes to determine whether you've become the Token Black Friend(TM), Dear White People is the ultimate silly-yet-authoritative handbook to help the curious and confused navigate racial microaggressions in their daily lives.
Based on the eponymous, award-winning film, which has been lauded as "a smart, hilarious satire," this tongue-in-cheek guide is a must-have that anybody who is in semi-regular contact with black people can't afford to miss! (Atria / 37 Ink)

ISBN: 9781476798097
Price: $19.99

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11/11/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Bill Duke presents and signs Dark Girls

In the tradition of the New York Times bestselling I Dream a World and Crowns comes this full-color companion volume to the acclaimed NAACP Award-nominee documentary Dark Girls--an inspiring and breathtaking photo book that celebrates dark-skinned women.  Black has never been more beautiful, witnessed by this magnificent collection featuring accomplished dark skinned-women from all walks of life. In Dark Girls, celebrities such as Lupita Nyong'o, Pauletta Washington (Denzel Washington's wife), Cicely Tyson, Judge Mablean, Brandi and Karli Harvey, and twenty other outstanding women share intimate insights into what their dark skin means to them.  Filled with seventy-five gorgeous photographs, this thoughtful, sophisticated, alluring, and uplifting collection captures the elegance of dark skin--joyfully showcasing that we truly are beautiful for who we are.  (Amistad Press)

ISBN: 9780062331687
Price: $35.00

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11/12/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Liana Finck presents and signs A Bintel Brief: Love and Longing in Old New York

In an illustrative style that is a thrilling mash-up of Art Spiegelman's deft emotionality, Roz Chast's hilarious neuroses, and the magical spirit of Marc Chagall, A Bintel Brief is Liana Finck's evocative, elegiac love letter to the turn-of-the-century Jewish immigrants who transformed New York City and America itself.  A Bintel Brief "A Bundle of Letters"--was the enormously popular advice column of The Forward, the widely read Yiddish language newspaper begun in 1906 New York. Written by a diverse community of Eastern European Jewish immigrants, these letters spoke to the daily heartbreaks and comedies of their new lives, capturing the hope, isolation, and confusion of assimilation.

Drawn from these letters--selected and adapted by Liana Finck and brought to life in her appealing two-color illustrations--A Bintel Brief is a tour of Lower East Side New York, and includes an imaginative conversation with the Yiddish "Dear Abby," Abraham Cahan, The Forward's legendary editor and creator of the Bintel Brief column.  From premarital sex to family politics to struggles with jobs and money, A Bintel Brief is an enlightening look at a segment of America's rich cultural past that offers fresh insights for our own lives as well. (Ecco Press)

ISBN: 9780062291615
Price: $17.99

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11/13/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Lorna Landvik presents and signs Best To Laugh

No one steps up to life's banquet, holds out her tray, and orders, "Grief, please!" But as a child, Candy Pekkala was served a heaping helping of it. Every buffet line has a dessert section, however, and when a cousin calls with a Hollywood apartment to sublet, it seems as though Candy is finally offered something sweet. It's good-bye to Minnesota and hello to California, where a girl who has always lived by her wits has a real chance of making a living with them. With that, the irrepressible Lorna Landvik launches her latest irresistible character onto the world stage--or at least onto the dimly lit small stage where stand-up comedy gets its start.  Herself a comic performer, Landvik taps her own adventurous past and Minnesota roots to conjure Candy's life in this strange new Technicolor home. Her fellow tenants at Peyton Hall include a female bodybuilder, a ruined nightclub impresario, and a well-connected old Romanian fortune-teller. There are game show appearances and temp jobs at a record company and an establishment suspiciously like the Playboy Mansion, and of course the alluring but not always welcoming stage of stand-up comedy. As she hones her act, Candy is tested by humiliation, hecklers, and the inherent sexism that insists "chicks aren't funny."  Written with the light touch and quiet wisdom that have made her works so popular, this is classic Lorna Landvik--sometimes so funny, you'll cry; sometimes so sad, you might as well laugh; and always impossible to put down.  (University of Minnesota Press)

ISBN: 9780816694532
Price: $24.95

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11/14/2014 - 7:00 pm
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Drew Friedman with special guest William Stout discussing & signing Heroes of the Comics

Featuring over 80 full-color portraits of the pioneering legends of American comic books, including publishers, editors and artists from the industry s birth in the 30s, through the brilliant artists and writers of behind EC Comics in the 50s. All lovingly rendered and chosen by Drew Friedman, a cartooning legend in his own right. Featuring subjects popular and obscure, men and women, as well as several pioneering African-American artists. Each subject features a short essay by Friedman, who grew up knowing many of the subjects included (as the son of writer Bruce Jay Friedman), including Stan Lee, Harvey Kurtzman, Will Eisner, Mort Drucker, Al Jaffee, Jack Davis, Will Elder, and Bill Gaines. More names you might recognize: Barks, Crumb, Wood, Wolverton, Frazetta, Siegel & Shuster, Kirby, Cole, Ditko, Werthem it s a Hall of Fame of comic book history from the man BoingBoing.com call America s greatest living portrait artist!  (Fantagraphics Books)

ISBN: 9781606997314
Price: $34.99

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