Half-Blown Rose

Leesa Cross-Smith

An irresistible story of a woman remaking her life after her husband’s betrayal leads to a year of travel, art, and passion in Paris, from the award-winning author of This Close to Okay.

Vincent, having grown up as the privileged daughter of artists, has a lovely life in many ways. At forty-four, she enjoys strolling the streets of Paris and teaching at the modern art museum; she has a vibrant group of friends; and she’s even caught the eye of a young, charismatic man named Loup. But Vincent is also in Paris to escape a painful betrayal: her husband, Cillian, has published a bestselling book divulging secrets about their marriage and his own past, hinting that when he was a teenager, he may have had a child with a young woman back in Dublin—before he moved to California and never returned.

Now estranged from her husband, Vincent has agreed to see Cillian again at their son’s wedding the following summer, but Loup introduces new complications. Soon they begin an intense affair, and somewhere between dinners made together, cigarettes smoked in the moonlight, hazy evenings in nightclubs, and long, starry walks along the Seine, Vincent feels herself loosening and blossoming.

In a journey that is both transportive and intimate, Half-Blown Rose traverses Paris, art, travel, liminal spaces, and the messy complexities of relationships and romance, with excerpts from Cillian’s novel, playlists, and journal entries woven throughout. As Cillian does all he can to win her back, Vincent must decide what she wants . . . and who she will be.

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At Home with Literati & Grand Central Publishing Sizzling Summer Reads: Salma El-Wardany & Leesa Cross-Smith

We're pleased to welcome Salma El-Wardany & Leesa Cross-Smith to our At Home with Literati Series in support of their recent titles, The Impossible Things & Half-Blown Rose. This event is presented in partnership w/ Grand Central Publishing's Sizzling Summer Reads program.

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These Impossible Things

Salma El-Wardany

A Read With Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick !
Marie Claire Book Club Pick for June 2022!
A Most Anticipated Book by: Bustle, theSkimm, Fortune, Apartment Therapy, and BookRiot

A razor‑sharp debut novel of three best friends navigating love, sex, faith, and the one night that changes it all.
It’s always been Malak, Kees, and Jenna against the world. Since childhood, under the watchful eyes of their parents, aunties and uncles, they’ve learned to live their own lives alongside the expectations of being good Muslim women. Staying over at a boyfriend's place is disguised as a best friend’s sleepover, and tiredness can be blamed on studying instead of partying. They know they’re existing in a perfect moment. With growing older and the stakes of love and life growing higher, the delicate balancing act between rebellion and religion is becoming increasingly difficult to navigate.

Malak wants the dream: for her partner, community, and faith to coexist happily, and she wants this so much she's willing to break her own heart to get it. Kees is in love with Harry, a white Catholic man who her parents can never know about. When he proposes, she must decide between her future happiness and the life she knows and family she loves. Jenna is the life of the party, always ready for new pleasures, even though she’s plagued by a loneliness she can’t shake. Through it all, they have always had each other. But as their college years come to a close, one night changes everything when harsh truths are revealed.

As their lives begin to take different paths, Malak, Kees, and Jenna—now on the precipice of true adulthood—must find a way back to each other as they reconcile faith, family, and tradition with their own needs and desires. These Impossible Things is a paean to youth and female friendship—and to all the joy and messiness love holds.

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This midday Saturday virtual reading sends us over the Atlantic to wherever Egyptian/Irish poet, novelist, spoken word performer and BBC broadcaster Salma El-Wardany may be. She is here with her much-anticipated, brilliant first novel, These Impossible Things (Grand Central).

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At Home with Literati & Grand Central Publishing Sizzling Summer Reads: Salma El-Wardany & Leesa Cross-Smith

We're pleased to welcome Salma El-Wardany & Leesa Cross-Smith to our At Home with Literati Series in support of their recent titles, The Impossible Things & Half-Blown Rose. This event is presented in partnership w/ Grand Central Publishing's Sizzling Summer Reads program.

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Meet the Author Book Club: These Impossible Things

Join us for a lively discussion of "These Impossible Things", followed by a live virtual Q & A with the author, Salma El-Wardany. This is both a live and virtual event.

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The Hotel Nantucket

Elin Hilderbrand

“The queen of beach reads” (New York Magazine) delivers an immensely satisfying page-turner in this tale about a summer of scandal at a storied Nantucket hotel.

Fresh off a bad breakup with a longtime boyfriend, Nantucket sweetheart Lizbet Keaton is desperately seeking a second act. When she’s named the new general manager of the Hotel Nantucket, a once Gilded Age gem turned abandoned eyesore, she hopes that her local expertise and charismatic staff can win the favor of their new London billionaire owner, Xavier Darling, as well as that of Shelly Carpenter, the wildly popular Instagram tastemaker who can help put them back on the map. And while the Hotel Nantucket appears to be a blissful paradise, complete with a celebrity chef-run restaurant and an idyllic wellness center, there’s a lot of drama behind closed doors. The staff (and guests) have complicated pasts, and the hotel can’t seem to overcome the bad reputation it earned in 1922 when a tragic fire killed nineteen-year-old chambermaid Grace Hadley. With Grace gleefully haunting the halls, a staff harboring all kinds of secrets, and Lizbet’s own romantic uncertainty, is the Hotel Nantucket destined for success or doom?  

Filled with the emotional depth and multiple points of view that characterize Hilderbrand’s novels (The Blue Bistro, Golden Girl) as well as an added dash of Roaring Twenties history, The Hotel Nantucket offers something for everyone in this compelling summer drama. 

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Nantucket, MA

Mitchell's Book Corner, 54 Main Street

Book Signing with Elin Hilderbrand

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Mitchell's Book Corner, 54 Main Street

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Mitchell's Book Corner, 54 Main Street

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Mitchell's Book Corner, 54 Main Street

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Mitchell's Book Corner, 54 Main Street

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Mitchell's Book Corner, 54 Main Street

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Nantucket, MA

Nantucket Hotel, 77 Easton Street

A fun night celebrating Elin and The Hotel Nantucket in the inspiration of the novel - The Nantucket Hotel. Read the Runway Fashion Show, Conversation with Elin Hilderbrand and Tim Ehrenberg of Tim Talks Books plus owners of the Nantucket Hotel & Resort Mark & Gwenn Snider, Book Signing to follow with Nantucket Book Partners.

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Nantucket, MA

Mitchell's Book Corner, 54 Main Street

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Mitchell's Book Corner, 54 Main Street

POPS Book Signing with Elin Hilderbrand and Wendy Rouillard , author of the Barnaby Bear Books

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Mitchell's Book Corner, 54 Main Street

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Mitchell's Book Corner, 54 Main Street

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Mitchell's Book Corner, 54 Main Street

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Mitchell's Book Corner, 54 Main Street

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Mitchell's Book Corner, 54 Main Street

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Mitchell's Book Corner, 54 Main Street

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Mitchell's Book Corner, 54 Main Street

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A Carnival of Snackery

David Sedaris

A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice

There’s no right way to keep a diary, but if there’s an entertaining way, David Sedaris seems to have mas­tered it.
 
If it’s navel-gazing you’re after, you’ve come to the wrong place; ditto treacly self-examination. Rather, his observations turn outward: a fight between two men on a bus, a fight between two men on the street, pedestrians being whacked over the head or gathering to watch as a man considers leap­ing to his death. There’s a dirty joke shared at a book signing, then a dirtier one told at a dinner party—lots of jokes here. Plenty of laughs.
 
These diaries remind you that you once really hated George W. Bush, and that not too long ago, Donald Trump was just a harm­less laughingstock, at least on French TV. Time marches on, and Sedaris, at his desk or on planes, in hotel dining rooms and odd Japanese inns, records it. The entries here reflect an ever-changing background—new administrations, new restrictions on speech and conduct. What you can say at the start of the book, you can’t by the end. At its best, A Carnival of Snackery is a sort of sampler: the bitter and the sweet. Some entries are just what you wanted. Others you might want to spit discreetly into a napkin.

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Come to This Court and Cry

Linda Kinstler

A few years ago Linda Kinstler discovered that a man fifty years dead – a former Nazi who belonged to the same killing unit as her grandfather – was the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation in Latvia. The proceedings threatened to pardon his crimes. They put on the line hard-won facts about the Holocaust at the precise moment that the last living survivors – the last legal witnesses – were dying.

Across the world, Second World War-era cases are winding their way through the courts. Survivors have been telling their stories for the better part of a century, and still judges ask for proof. Where do these stories end? What responsibilities attend their transmission, so many generations on? How many ghosts need to be put on trial for us to consider the crime scene of history closed?

In this major non-fiction debut, Linda Kinstler investigates both her family story and the archives of ten nations to examine what it takes to prove history in our uncertain century. Probing and profound, Come to this Court and Cry is about the nature of memory and justice when revisionism, ultra-nationalism and denialism make it feel like history is slipping out from under our feet. It asks how the stories we tell about ourselves, our families and our nations are passed down, how we alter them, and what they demand of us.

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Holocaust Denial in Today's Courtrooms and What It Means for Justice and Memory

Join author Linda Kinstler for a conversation on Kinstler's personal story and new book-- an investigation both of her family story and the archives of ten nations-- that examines what it takes to prove history in our uncertain century.

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The Divorce Colony

April White

**AN AMAZON "BEST BOOK OF THE MONTH (Nonfiction)" (June 2022)**
**AN APPLE "BEST BOOK OF THE MONTH " (June 2022)**

From a historian and senior editor at Atlas Obscura, a fascinating account of the daring nineteenth-century women who moved to South Dakota to divorce their husbands and start living on their own terms

For a woman traveling without her husband in the late nineteenth century, there was only one reason to take the train all the way to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, one sure to garner disapproval from fellow passengers. On the American frontier, the new state offered a tempting freedom often difficult to obtain elsewhere: divorce.

With the laxest divorce laws in the country, five railroad lines, and the finest hotel for hundreds of miles, the small city became the unexpected headquarters for unhappy spouses—infamous around the world as The Divorce Colony. These society divorcees put Sioux Falls at the center of a heated national debate over the future of American marriage. As clashes mounted in the country's gossip columns, church halls, courtrooms and even the White House, the women caught in the crosshairs in Sioux Falls geared up for a fight they didn't go looking for, a fight that was the only path to their freedom.

In The Divorce Colony, writer and historian April White unveils the incredible social, political, and personal dramas that unfolded in Sioux Falls and reverberated around the country through the stories of four very different women: Maggie De Stuers, a descendent of the influential New York Astors whose divorce captivated the world; Mary Nevins Blaine, a daughter-in-law to a presidential hopeful with a vendetta against her meddling mother-in-law; Blanche Molineux, an aspiring actress escaping a husband she believed to be a murderer; and Flora Bigelow Dodge, a vivacious woman determined, against all odds, to obtain a "dignified" divorce.

Entertaining, enlightening, and utterly feminist, The Divorce Colony is a rich, deeply researched tapestry of social history and human drama that reads like a novel. Amidst salacious newspaper headlines, juicy court documents, and high-profile cameos from the era's most well-known players, this story lays bare the journey of the turn-of-the-century socialites who took their lives into their own hands and reshaped the country's attitudes about marriage and divorce.

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lala books - 189 Market St, 189 Market St, Lowell, MA 01852

In Conversation with April White

Dracut native April White is returning to the Merrimack Valley to launch her new book, The Divorce Colony: How Women Revolutionized Marriage and Found Freedom on the American Frontier.

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Politics & Prose - 5015 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20008

April White — The Divorce Colony — at Conn Ave

This event is not ticketed. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

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Parker Memorial Library, Meeting Room, Main Library - 28 Arlington Street, Dracut, MA, 01826

A Conversation with April White, author of Divorce Colony

Join us for a conversation with Dracut native April White on her newly published book The Divorce Colony: How Women Revolutionized Marriage and Found Freedom in the American Frontier (Hachette, 2022). Book signing to follow reading.

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Lewes, DE

2022 History Book Festival

With the help of our presenting sponsors — Delaware Humanities and The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices I Gallo Realty — as well as our community partners and volunteers, the 2022 History Book Festival will feature authors of newly published narrative nonfiction and historical fiction — in Lewes on September 23, 24, and 25.

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Raising Lazarus

Beth Macy

A “deeply reported, deeply moving” (Patrick Radden Keefe) account of everyday heroes fighting on the front lines of the overdose crisis.
 
From the New York Times bestselling author of Dopesick (inspiration for the Peabody Award-winning Hulu limited series) and Factory Man.

Nearly a decade into the second wave of America's overdose crisis, pharmaceutical companies have yet to answer for the harms they created. As pending court battles against opioid makers, distributors, and retailers drag on, addiction rates have soared to record-breaking levels during the COVID pandemic, illustrating the critical need for leadership, urgency, and change. Meanwhile, there is scant consensus between law enforcement and medical leaders, nor an understanding of how to truly scale the programs that are out there, working at the ragged edge of capacity and actually saving lives.

Distilling this massive, unprecedented national health crisis down to its character-driven emotional core as only she can, Beth Macy takes us into the country’s hardest hit places to witness the devastating personal costs that one-third of America's families are now being forced to shoulder. Here we meet the ordinary people fighting for the least of us with the fewest resources, from harm reductionists risking arrest to bring lifesaving care to the homeless and addicted to the activists and bereaved families pushing to hold Purdue and the Sackler family accountable. These heroes come from all walks of life; what they have in common is an up-close and personal understanding of addiction that refuses to stigmatize—and therefore abandon—people who use drugs, as big pharma execs and many politicians are all too ready to do. 

Like the treatment innovators she profiles, Beth Macy meets the opioid crisis where it is—not where we think it should be or wish it was. Bearing witness with clear eyes, intrepid curiosity, and unfailing empathy, she brings us the crucial next installment in the story of the defining disaster of our era, one that touches every single one of us, whether directly or indirectly. A complex story of public health, big pharma, dark money, politics, race, and class that is by turns harrowing and heartening, infuriating and inspiring, Raising Lazarus is a must-read for all Americans.

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Local Launch: Beth Macy "Raising Lazarus"

Join Book No Further for the local launch of Beth Macy's new book "Raising Lazarus," Monday, August 22, at 7 pm at Community High School.

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Weinstein Author Series – Beth Macy | Raising Lazarus

Please join us for a talk by award-winning journalist and best-selling author Beth Macy on her latest work, Raising Lazarus: Hope, Justice, and the Future of America’s Overdose Crisis. A complex story of public health, big pharma, dark money, politics, race, and class that is by turns harrowing and heartening, infuriating and inspiring, the book is a must-read for all Americans.

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Beth Macy Visit

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OFFSITE EVENT – Beth Macy discussing Raising Lazarus

Beth Macy discussing Raising Lazarus is an OFFSITE EVENT at The Mercantile Library. Visit MercantileLibrary.com to register for the event.

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Greater Richmond Convention Center - 403 N 3rd St, Richmond, VA 23219

20th Annual James River Writers Conference 2022

JRW is thrilled to welcome BETH MACY, award-winning author of DOPESICK, as the keynote speaker for our 20th Annual James River Writers Conference.

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Hero of Two Worlds

Mike Duncan

From the bestselling author of The Storm Before the Storm and host of the Revolutions podcast comes the thrilling story of the Marquis de Lafayette’s lifelong quest to defend the principles of liberty and equality

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A #1 ABA INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE BESTSELLER
 
Few in history can match the revolutionary career of the Marquis de Lafayette. Over fifty incredible years at the heart of the Age of Revolution, he fought courageously on both sides of the Atlantic. He was a soldier, statesman, idealist, philanthropist, and abolitionist.
 
As a teenager, Lafayette ran away from France to join the American Revolution. Returning home a national hero, he helped launch the French Revolution, eventually spending five years locked in dungeon prisons. After his release, Lafayette sparred with Napoleon, joined an underground conspiracy to overthrow King Louis XVIII, and became an international symbol of liberty. Finally, as a revered elder statesman, he was instrumental in the overthrow of the Bourbon Dynasty in the Revolution of 1830.
 
From enthusiastic youth to world-weary old age, from the pinnacle of glory to the depths of despair, Lafayette never stopped fighting for the rights of all mankind. His remarkable life is the story of where we come from, and an inspiration to defend the ideals he held dear.

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Atlanta, GA

Carter Library

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The Stolen Year

Anya Kamenetz

An NPR education reporter shows how the pandemic disrupted children’s lives—and how our country has nearly always failed to put our children first

The onset of COVID broke a 150-year social contract between America and its children. Tens of millions of students lost what little support they had from the government—not just school but food, heat, and physical and emotional safety. The cost was enormous.

But this crisis began much earlier than 2020. In The Stolen Year, Anya Kamenetz exposes a long-running indifference to the plight of children and families in American life and calls for a reckoning.

She follows families across the country as they live through the pandemic, facing loss and resilience: a boy with autism in San Francisco who gains a foster brother and a Hispanic family in Texas that loses a member to COVID, and finds solace when they need it most. Kamenetz also recounts the history that brought us to this point: how we thrust children and caregivers into poverty, how we over-police families of color, how we rely on mothers instead of infrastructure. And how our government, in failing to support our children through this tumultuous time, has stolen years of their lives.

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Winston-Salem, NC

Festival of Books and Authors

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Agent Josephine

Damien Lewis

Singer. Actress. Beauty. Spy. During WWII, Josephine Baker, the world's richest and most glamorous entertainer, was an Allied spy in Occupied France. 

Prior to World War II, Josephine Baker was a music-hall diva renowned for her singing and dancing, her beauty and sexuality; she was the highest-paid female performer in Europe. When the Nazis seized her adopted city, Paris, she was banned from the stage, along with all “negroes and Jews.” Yet instead of returning to America, she vowed to stay and to fight the Nazi evil. Overnight, she went from performer to Resistance spy. 

In Agent Josephine, bestselling author Damien Lewis uncovers this little-known history of the famous singer’s life. During the war years, as a member of the French Nurse paratroopers—a cover for her spying work—Baker participated in numerous clandestine activities and emerged as a formidable spy. In turn, she was a hero of the three countries in whose name she served—the US, France, and Britain. 
 
Drawing on a plethora of new historical material and rigorous research, including previously undisclosed letters and journals, Lewis upends the conventional story of Josephine Baker, explaining why she fully deserves her unique place in the French Panthéon.

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Is Remote Warfare Moral?

Joseph O Chapa

America is at an important turning point. Remote warfare is not just a mainstay of post–9/11 wars, it is a harbinger of what lies ahead—a future of high-tech, artificial intelligence–enabled, and autonomous weapons systems that raise a host of new ethical questions. Most fundamentally, is remote warfare moral? And if so, why?
 
Joseph O. Chapa, with unique credentials as Air Force officer, Predator pilot, and doctorate in moral philosophy, serves as our guide to understanding this future, able to engage in both the language of military operations and the language of moral philosophy.
 
Through gripping accounts of remote pilots making life-and-death decisions and analysis of high-profile cases such as the killing of Iranian high government official General Qasem Soleimani, Chapa examines remote warfare within the context of the just war tradition, virtue, moral psychology, and moral responsibility. He develops the principles we should use to evaluate its morality, especially as pilots apply human judgment in morally complex combat situations. Moving on to the bigger picture, he examines how the morality of human decisions in remote war is situated within the broader moral context of US foreign policy and the future of warfare.

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Atlanta, GA

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library

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