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06/24/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Nina Ansary presents and signs Jewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran

The popular narrative about women's lives in Iran over the last forty years goes something like this: "During the Pahlavi Monarchy, women were on an upward trajectory. In a nation on the cusp of modernity, women actively participated. They were given the right to vote and free to be in public without veils. They wore miniskirts on university campuses. Then came the Islamic Revolution in 1979, with Ayatollah Khomeini at the helm. The burgeoning freedoms for women were extinguished. The veil was required and institutions were segregated by gender. The Islamic Republic had thus achieved its goal of resurrecting the image of the traditional Muslim woman." The problem with popular narratives is that, despite their convenient half-truths, the real story is more complicated, unexpected, and less tidy. Inspired by author Nina Ansary's scholarly journey, Jewels of Allah is a provocative roller coaster ride that shatters the stereotypical assumptions and the often misunderstood story of women in Iran today. Highlighting many courageous female leaders and advocates throughout Iran's history, the book illuminates the unanticipated consequences of the Islamic Revolution and the unexpected twists and turns leading to a full-blown feminist movement within a post-revolutionary patriarchal society. Jewels of Allah is dedicated to every individual oppressed by discriminatory ideology. 100% of all proceeds from the sale of the book will go to various organizations and institutions, with the primary recipient being the OMID Foundation, a 501(c)(3) registered organization that has been empowering disadvantaged young women in Iran for over 10 years. For more information on the OMID Foundation, please visit the (Revela Press)

ISBN: 9780986406409
Price: $29.95

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06/25/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Lama Surya Das presents and signs Make Me One with Everything: Buddhist Meditations to Awaken from the Illusion of Separation

What did the Dalai Lama say to the hot dog vendor? "Make me one with everything!" It's a familiar joke, muses Lama Surya Das, and one that holds a profound truth: that in addition to inner peace, meditation is a path for all-inclusive connection. In Make Me One with Everything, he invites us to experience this through the art of inter-meditation and other original practices that allow us to see through the illusion of separation. "If you've ever felt 'at one' with something-your beloved or your child, a forest trail or a favorite song-then you've experienced inter-meditation," explains Lama Surya Das. Based on Tibetan Buddhism's core insights into the inherent essence of who we are, these teachings of shared spirituality offer both new and experienced meditators a better way to live-not just on the meditation cushion or the yoga mat, but in every moment of their lives. (Sounds True)

ISBN: 9781622034123
Price: $17.95

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06/26/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Volossal Group event with Jackie Castro, Catherine Gigante Brown, Allison Sciulla, Joe Bartnick, and Justin Harrison

Jackie A. Castro - Sex, Fetish and Him
A licensed Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT) with a private practice in Los Angeles, California. Jackie advocates for those in the fetish community. She also offers individual and couples counseling for all people in need, including, but not limited to, those in the LGBT community, and of course, those who struggle with sexual fetish. She has written numerous articles for well-known periodicals and is the author of the books Fetish and You and Sex, Fetish and Him.
Catherine Gigante-Brown - The El
Catherine's works have appeared in a variety of publications, including Time Out New York, Essence, Seventeen and The Italian Journal of Wine and Food. The El is a fictional novel that weaves a timeless family saga through a colorful array of unmistakably Brooklyn characters in the midst of the Depression. The novel has received wonderful reviews and Catherine has been delighting audiences at dozens of readings all over New York. 
Allison Sciulla - Is Your Boyfriend Really Your Girlfriend?
Allison is an author, comic, musician and multimedia artist. Her first book hit #11 on iTunes and remained in the top 100 for over two years. She has written three books since and is currently performing in major cities across the US promoting her latest.
Joe Bartnick - (this book title is a secret until release date)
Joe has traveled the world opening for the Queen of Mean, Lisa Lampanelli. In 2011, Joe published the best selling book, You Might Be A Douchebag. He followed this with the release of his full length comedy album, Salute! in 2013. Joe is currently finishing his second book soon to be released on Volossal. 
Justin Harrison - Confessions of a Fat Player
Justin Harrison was born and raised in the San Francisco East Bay Area. For the last few years he has been traveling the country as a stand up comedian. Justin's book, Confessions of a Fat Player brings a fresh and unique perspective to dating for the big man that will leave you laughing and motivated!

ISBN: 9780988626249
Price: $11.99

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06/27/2015 - 4:00 pm
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Cindy Williams presents and signs Shirley, I Jest!: A Storied Life

Cindy Williams, half of the comedic duo of Laverne & Shirley, has had a wild and lively career in show business. This book is an engaging and heartfelt journey from Williams s blue collar roots to unexpected stardom from being pranked by Jim Morrison while waiting tables at Whisky a Go Go to starring in one of the most iconic shows on television. With wit and candor, Cindy tells stories of her struggles as a child growing up with meager means and dreaming of becoming an actress. She also shares many misadventures and amusing anecdotes about some of the most famous actors in Hollywood. Never taking herself too seriously, Cindy finds humor and irony in the challenging world of show business." (Taylor Trade Publishing)

ISBN: 9781630760120
Price: $22.95

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06/28/2015 - 4:00 pm
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Karrine Steffans presents and signs Vindicated: Confessions of a Video Vixen, Ten Years Later

For a decade, Confessions of a Video Vixen author Karrine Steffans and the details of her private life have been the subject of debate and scrutiny. But, as gossipmongers and critics speculated, assumed, and manufactured tall tales about the New York Times bestselling author, Karrine hid herself and her truth from the world, imprisoned by an abusive marriage and the judgments of society.  In Vindicated: Confessions of a Video Vixen, Ten Years Later, Karrine takes readers into the belly of the beast as she harrowingly chronicles the systematic breakdown of her mind, body, and spirit at the hand of one man and the events that propelled her back to prosperity after losing everything. She candidly shares her struggle to be what others demand, her obsession with the American dream, her desperation to appear normal, the lengths to which she went, and the price she paid for it all.  This dark, long journey into the life of an abused and tormented woman, wife, and mother uncovers a long-guarded set of painful personal truths, reveals the inspiring details of her life-saving triumph, and will change everything you thought you knew about Karrine Steffans. (Benbella Books)

ISBN: 9781940363820
Price: $24.95

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06/29/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Alexandra Petri presents and signs A Field Guide to Awkward Silences

"Most twentysomethings spend a lot of time avoiding awkwardness. Not Alexandra Petri." 
Afraid of rejection? Alexandra Petri has auditioned for "America's Next Top Model." Afraid of looking like an idiot? Alexandra Petri lost "Jeopardy!" by answering "Who is that dude?" on national TV. Afraid of bad jokes? Alexandra Petri won an international pun championship. 
Petri has been a debutante, reenacted the Civil War, and fended off suitors at a "Star Wars" convention while wearing a Jabba the Hutt suit. One time, she let some cult members she met on the street baptize her, just to be polite. She's a connoisseur of the kind of awkwardness that most people spend whole lifetimes trying to avoid. If John Hodgman and Amy Sedaris had a baby...they would never let Petri babysit it. 
But Petri is here to tell you: Everything you fear is not so bad. Trust her. She's tried it. And in the course of her misadventures, she's learned that there are worse things out there than awkwardness--and that interesting things start to happen when you stop caring what people think. (New American Library)

ISBN: 9780451469601
Price: $25.95

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07/07/2015 - 7:00 pm
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Edan Lepucki presents and signs California

Former Book Soup staffer & "Colbert Bump" author Edan Lepucki returns!
"In her arresting debut novel, Edan Lepucki conjures a lush, intricate, deeply disturbing vision of the future, then masterfully exploits its dramatic possibilities." ---Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit from the Goon Squad 
The world Cal and Frida have always known is gone, and they've left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far behind them. They now live in a shack in the wilderness, working side-by-side to make their days tolerable in the face of hardship and isolation. Mourning a past they can't reclaim, they seek solace in each other. But the tentative existence they've built for themselves is thrown into doubt when Frida finds out she's pregnant.  Terrified of the unknown and unsure of their ability to raise a child alone, Cal and Frida set out for the nearest settlement, a guarded and paranoid community with dark secrets. These people can offer them security, but Cal and Frida soon realize this community poses dangers of its own. In this unfamiliar world, where everything and everyone can be perceived as a threat, the couple must quickly decide whom to trust.  A gripping and provocative debut novel by a stunning new talent, California imagines a frighteningly realistic near future, in which clashes between mankind's dark nature and deep-seated resilience force us to question how far we will go to protect the ones we love. (Back Bay Books)

ISBN: 9780316250832
Price: $16.00

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07/19/2015 - 4:00 pm
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Corey Taylor and Randall “Randy” Blythe present and sign their latest books, You’re Making Me Hate You and Dark Days: A Memoir

In the tradition of the late great George Carlin, New York Times bestselling author and lead singer of Slipknot and Stone Sour Corey, Taylor sounds off in hilarious fashion about the many vagaries of modern life that piss him off.   Whether it's people's rude behavior in restaurants and malls, the many indignities of air travel, eye-searingly terrible fashion choices, dangerously clueless drivers, and--most of all--the sorry state of much modern music, Taylor's humor and insight cover civil society's seeming decline--sparing no one along the way, least of all himself.  Holding nothing back and delivered in Taylor's inimitable voice, You're Making Me Hate You is a cathartic critique of the strange world in which we find ourselves. (Da Capo Press)
In 2010, a nineteen-year-old super-fan rushed the stage during a Lamb of God concert in Prague. To protect himself, singer Randy Blythe pushed the fan away. Unbeknownst to Blythe, the young man hit his head on the floor when he fell and later died from the injury. Blythe was promptly incarcerated on charges carrying a prison term of five to ten years. Thirty-seven days later, he was released on bail to await trial. Although legal experts told him not to return to the Czech Republic to face the charges, Blythe explained that he "could not run away from this problem while the grieving family of a dead young man searched hopelessly for answers that [he] might help provide."  After a five-day trial, he was acquitted on March 5, 2013.  In Dark Days, Blythe tells the story of his incarceration and the wild life that led up to it. As he explains, "Most substance abuse books end with the author getting sober. My book starts there." (Da Capo Press)

Those wishing to get books signed will be asked to purchase at least one copy of the author's most recent title from Book Soup. For each purchased copy of the newest title, customers may bring up to three copies from home to be signed. This policy applies to all Book Soup events unless otherwise noted. Save your Book Soup receipt; it will be checked when you enter the signing line. 

ISBN: 9780306823589
Price: $25.99

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