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The Paris Secret

Natasha Lester

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Orphan comes an unforgettable historical novel about a secret collection of Dior gowns that ties back to the first female pilots of WWII and a heartbreaking story of love and sacrifice.

England, 1939: The Penrose sisters couldn't be more different. Skye is a daring and brash pilot, and Liberty the one to defy her at every turn. Even if women aren't allowed in the Royal Air Force, Skye is determined to help the war effort. She's thrilled when it reunites her with her childhood soulmate, Nicholas. She's less thrilled to learn Nicholas is now engaged to an enigmatic Frenchwoman named Margaux Jourdan.

Paris, 1947: Designer Christian Dior unveils his glamorous first collection to a world weary of war and grief. He names his debut fragrance Miss Dior in tribute to his beloved sister Catherine, who forged a friendship with Skye and Margaux through her work with the French Resistance.

Present Day: Fashion conservator Kat Jourdan discovers a priceless collection of Dior gowns in her grandmother's vacant cottage. As she delves into the mystery of their origin, Kat begins to doubt everything she thought she knew about her beloved grandmother.

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Shit, Actually

Lindy West

**Your Favorite Movies, Re-Watched**

New York Times opinion writer and bestselling author Lindy West was once the in-house movie critic for Seattle's alternative newsweekly The Stranger, where she covered film with brutal honesty and giddy irreverence. In Shit, Actually, Lindy returns to those roots, re-examining beloved and iconic movies from the past 40 years with an eye toward the big questions of our time: Is Twilight the horniest movie in history? Why do the zebras in The Lion King trust Mufasa-WHO IS A LION-to look out for their best interests? Why did anyone bother making any more movies after The Fugitive achieved perfection? And, my god, why don't any of the women in Love, Actually ever fucking talk?!?!

From Forrest Gump, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, and Bad Boys II, to Face/Off, Top Gun, and The Notebook, Lindy combines her razor-sharp wit and trademark humor with a genuine adoration for nostalgic trash to shed new critical light on some of our defining cultural touchstones-the stories we've long been telling ourselves about who we are. At once outrageously funny and piercingly incisive, Shit, Actually reminds us to pause and ask, "How does this movie hold up?", all while teaching us how to laugh at the things we love without ever letting them or ourselves off the hook.

Shit, Actually is a love letter and a break-up note all in one: to the films that shaped us and the ones that ruined us. More often than not, Lindy finds, they're one and the same.

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LitFest Alberta Virtual Event

Join Lindy West as she discusses her new book, Shit, Actually moderated by Vivek Shraya! Admission to this event includes a copy of the book, with free delivery from Glass Bookshop!

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Lindy West and Powell's Virtual Event

Join Lindy West at Powell’s for a virtual event as she discusses her new book, Shit, Actually!

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Barnes & Noble Facebook Live Event

Join Lindy West as she discusses her new book, Shit, Actually and answers audience questions live on Barnes & Noble’s Facebook!

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Lindy West and Left Bank Books Virtual Event

Join Lindy West at Left Bank Books for a Facebook private virtual event as she discusses her new book, Shit, Actually! Tickets include a copy of the book. Event access link provided with ticket purchase.

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Lindy West and Books are Magic Virtual Event

Join Lindy West at Books Are Magic for a virtual event as she discusses her new book, Shit, Actually!

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Lindy West and Commonwealth Club Virtual Event

Join Lindy West at Commonwealth Club for a virtual event as she discusses her new book, Shit, Actually, moderated by Tracy Clark-Flory!

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Lindy West & Women and Children First Virtual Event

Join Lindy West at Women and Children First for a virtual event as she discusses her new book, Shit, Actually, in-conversation with Sam Irby! Tickets include a copy of the book.

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Nophek Gloss

Essa Hansen

"A sucker punch to the senses...a killer story with real heart and soul."-Alastair Reynolds


When a young man's planet is destroyed, he sets out on a single-minded quest for revenge across the galaxy in Nophek Gloss, the first book in this epic space opera trilogy debut -- perfect for fans of Revenger and Children of Time.

Caiden's planet is destroyed. His family gone. And, his only hope for survival is a crew of misfit aliens and a mysterious ship that seems to have a soul and a universe of its own. Together they will show him that the universe is much bigger, much more advanced, and much more mysterious than Caiden had ever imagined. But the universe hides dangers as well, and soon Caiden has his own plans.

He vows to do anything it takes to get revenge on the slavers who murdered his people and took away his home. To destroy their regime, he must infiltrate and dismantle them from the inside, or die trying.

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In Conversation

Essa Hansen in conversation with Veronica Roth.

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Call of the Bone Ships

RJ Barker

A brilliantly imagined epic fantasy of honor, glory, and warfare, Call of the Bone Ships is the action-packed sequel to David Gemmell Award-nominated RJ Barker's The Bone Ships.

Dragons have returned to the Hundred Isles. But their return heralds only war and destruction.

When a horde of dying slaves are discovered in the bowels of a ship, Shipwife Meas and the crew of the Tide Child find themselves drawn into a vicious plot that will leave them questioning their loyalities and fighting for their lives.

The Tide Child Trilogy
The Bone Ships
Call of the Bone Ships

For more from RJ Barker, check out:

The Wounded Kingdom
Age of Assassins
Blood of Assassins
King of Assassins

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Crowdcast

Q&A and Conversation

Join fantasy authors Kacen Callender and RJ Barker for a conversation about their books—answering your questions!

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King of the Rising

Kacen Callender

King of the Rising is the searing conclusion to an unflinching and powerful Caribbean-inspired fantasy series about colonialism, resilience and defiance.

A revolution has swept through the islands of Hans Lollik and former slave Loren Jannik has been chosen to lead the survivors in a bid to free the islands forever.

But the rebels are running out of food, weapons and options. And as the Fjern inch closer to reclaiming Hans Lollik with every battle, Loren is faced with a choice that could shift the course of the revolution in their favor -- or doom it to failure.

Islands of Blood and Storm
Queen of the Conquered
King of the Rising

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Q&A and Conversation

Join fantasy authors Kacen Callender and RJ Barker for a conversation about their books—answering your questions!

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They Didn't See Us Coming

Lisa Levenstein

From an award-winning scholar, a vibrant portrait of a pivotal moment in the history of the feminist movement

From the declaration of the "Year of the Woman" to the televising of Anita Hill's testimony, from Bitch magazine to SisterSong's demands for reproductive justice: the 90s saw the birth of some of the most lasting aspects of contemporary feminism. Historian Lisa Levenstein tracks this time of intense and international coalition building, one that centered on the growing influence of lesbians, women of color, and activists from the global South. Their work laid the foundation for the feminist energy seen in today's movements, including the 2017 Women's March and #MeToo campaigns.

A revisionist history of the origins of contemporary feminism, They Didn't See Us Coming shows how women on the margins built a movement at the dawn of the Digital Age.

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Flyleaf Books

with Nancy Maclean, author of Democracy in Chains

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Unique

David Linden

Inspired by the abundance of unique personalities available on dating websites, a renowned neuroscientist examines the science of what makes you, you.

David J. Linden has devoted his career to understanding the biology common to all humans. But a few years ago he found himself on OkCupid. Looking through that vast catalog of human diversity, he got to wondering: What makes us all so different? Unique is the riveting answer. Exploring everything from the roots of sexuality, gender, and intelligence to whether we like bitter beer, Linden shows how our individuality results not from a competition of nature versus nurture, but rather from a mélange of genes continually responding to our experiences in the world, beginning in the womb. And he shows why individuality matters, as it is our differences that enable us to live together in groups.

Told with Linden's unusual combination of authority and openness, seriousness of purpose and wit, Unique is the story of how the factors that make us all human can change and interact to make each of us a singular person.

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OHSU Brain Institute

A Virtual Conversation with David Linden

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Village Learning Place

2nd Wednesdays

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Do You Feel Like I Do?

Peter Frampton

A revelatory memoir by rock icon and legendary guitarist Peter Frampton.
Do You Feel Like I Do? is the incredible story of Peter Frampton's positively resilient life and career told in his own words for the first time. His monu-mental album Frampton Comes Alive! spawned three top-twenty singles and sold eight million copies the year it was released (more than seventeen million to date), and it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in January 2020.
Frampton was on a path to stardom from an early age, first as the lead singer and guitarist of the Herd and then as cofounder -- along with Steve Marriott -- of one of the first supergroups, Humble Pie. Frampton was part of a tight-knit collective of British '60s musicians with close ties to the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, and the Who. This led to Frampton playing on George Harrison's solo debut, All Things Must Pass, as well as to Ringo Starr and Billy Preston appearing on Frampton's own solo debut. By age twenty-two, Frampton was touring incessantly and finding new sounds with the talk box, which would become his signature guitar effect.
Frampton remembers his enduring friendship with David Bowie. Growing up as schoolmates, crossing paths throughout their careers, and playing together on the Glass Spider Tour, the two developed an unshakable bond. Frampton also shares fascinating stories of his collaborative work with Harry Nilsson, Stevie Wonder, B. B. King, and members of Pearl Jam. He reveals both the blessing and curse of Frampton Comes Alive!, opening up about becoming the cover boy he never wanted to be, his overcoming sub-stance abuse, and how he has continued to play and pour his heart into his music despite an inflammatory muscle disease and his retirement from the road.
Peppered throughout his narrative is the story of his favorite guitar, the Phenix, which he thought he'd lost in a fiery plane crash in 1980. But in 2011, it mysteriously showed up again -- saved from the wreckage. Frampton tells of that unlikely reunion here in full for the first time, and why the miraculous reappearance is emblematic of his life and career as a quintessential artist.

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I Cook in Color

Asha Gomez

Expand your recipe collection with dishes that focus on cross-cultural flavors, rainbows of vegetables, gem-toned desserts, and spice-forward twists from the author of the critically acclaimed cookbook My Two Souths.

Best known for her easy mix of cooking traditions from the American South and her homeland of Kerala in Southern India, Chef Asha Gomez continues to evolve her unique cooking style.

In this next vibrant cookbook, I Cook in Color, Asha embraces dishes from around the globe, celebrating international flavor profiles and the melding of culinary traditions that reflect both her cherished memories of her mother's Kerala kitchen, as well as her extraordinary travel experiences. Recipes include:

  • Thai Green Papaya Salad with Dried Shrimp
  • Catalonian Paella
  • Passion Fruit, Lime & Grapefruit Grouper Ceviche
  • Grilled Meyer Lemon Chili Corn
  • Pomegranate & Date Molasses Chicken
  • Mango Cardamom Cake

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Greensboro Bound Literary Festival

sha Gomez, author of I COOK IN COLOR (Running Press), and Vivian Howard, author of THIS WILL MAKE IT TASTE GOOD (Voracious) in conversation as part of the Greensboro Bound Literary Festival (Free)

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This Will Make It Taste Good

Vivian Howard

An Eater Best Cookbook of Fall 2020

From caramelized onions to fruit preserves, make home cooking quick and easy with ten simple "kitchen heroes" in these 125 recipes from the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of Deep Run Roots.

 
“I wrote this book to inspire you, and I promise it will change the way you cook, the way you think about what’s in your fridge, the way you see yourself in an apron.”

Vivian Howard’s first cookbook chronicling the food of Eastern North Carolina, Deep Run Roots, was named one of the best of the year by 18 national publications, including the New York Times, USA Today, Bon Appetit, and Eater, and won an unprecedented four IACP awards, including Cookbook of the Year. Now, Vivian returns with an essential work of home-cooking genius that makes simple food exciting and accessible, no matter your skill level in the kitchen.

Each chapter of This Will Make It Taste Good is built on a flavor hero—a simple but powerful recipe like her briny green sauce, spiced nuts, fruit preserves, deeply caramelized onions, and spicy pickled tomatoes. Like a belt that lends you a waist when you’re feeling baggy, these flavor heroes brighten, deepen, and define your food.

Many of these recipes are kitchen crutches, dead-easy, super-quick meals to lean on when you’re limping toward dinner. There are also kitchen projects, adventures to bring some more joy into your life. Vivian’s mission is not to protect you from time in your kitchen, but to help you make the most of the time you’ve got.

Nothing is complicated, and more than half the dishes are vegetarian, gluten-free, or both. These recipes use ingredients that are easy to find, keep around, and cook with—lots of chicken, prepared in a bevy of ways to keep it interesting, and common vegetables like broccoli, kale, squash, and sweet potatoes that look good no matter where you shop. 

And because food is the language Vivian uses to talk about her life, that’s what these recipes do, next to stories that offer a glimpse at the people, challenges, and lessons learned that stock the pantry of her life.

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Greensboro Bound Literary Festival

Asha Gomez, author of I COOK IN COLOR (Running Press), and Vivian Howard, author of THIS WILL MAKE IT TASTE GOOD (Voracious) in conversation as part of the Greensboro Bound Literary Festival (Free)

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Virtual Event with Parnassus Books

Join Parnassus Books & Vivian Howard as she celebrates her new cookbook THIS WILL MAKE IT TASTE GOOD, which will change the way you cook!

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Drive-through event w/ Quail Ridge Books

Vivian in person at a socially distanced drive-through meet-and-greet!

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Drive-through event w/ Blue Bicycle Books

Vivian Howard, star of "A Chef's Life" on PBS, returns to Charleston for a special in-real-life drive-thru book signing at Tradesman Brewing (1647 King St. Extension), presented by Blue Bicycle Books. All tickets include a signed copy of Vivian's new book This Will Make It Taste Good: A New Path to Simple Cooking, plus a snack-pack of special treats from Vivian's team!

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Anderson's Bookshop

Virtual Event with Anderson's Bookshop

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Virtual Event with Flyleaf Books

All copies will be signed by the author.

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Virtual Event with Park Road Books

REGISTRATION is limited to those who order a signed copy of the book from Park Road Books. All readers who order the book will receive a unique invitation to register for the event via Zoom.

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Virtual Event with Bookmarks

Bookmarks is thrilled to present award-winning author and chef Vivian Howard on tour for her new cookbook, This Will Make It Taste Good: A New Path to Simple Cooking,

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M. Judson Booksellers

Virtual Dinner Party with M. Judson Booksellers

Grab a date and a screen and join us on Friday, November 6 at 7 pm for a Virtual Dinner Party with author Vivian Howard featuring her newest book, This Will Make it Taste Good.

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Virginia Museum of History & Culture

Virtual Conversation and Drive-Through

Fire, Flour, and Fork Festival: A virtual conversation with Thérèse Nelson AND drive-through event

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Shake Strain Done

J.M. Hirsch

Revolutionize the way you drink at home with simple recipes and common ingredients -- no obscure liquors or fussy techniques needed -- from the editorial director of Milk Street, J.M. Hirsch.

Are you done with generic gin and tonics, mediocre Manhattans and basic martinis? You can use pantry staples and basic liquors to produce more than 200 game-changing craft cocktails worthy of a seat at the bar.

Many cocktail books call for hard-to-find ingredients and complicated techniques that can frustrate home cocktail makers. Shake Strain Done shows a better way:
  • If you can shake, strain, stir and turn on a blender, you can make great cocktails.
  • No tedious secondary recipes hidden between the lines.
  • No mysteries. You'll know what each drink will taste like before you pick up a bottle.
  • No fancy equipment needed. A shaker, strainer and spoon are as exotic as it gets.
  • The ingredients are mostly pantry and bar staples--things you already have on hand.
Every drink is rated by its characteristics -- Warm, Refreshing, Sweet, Sour, Bitter, Fruity, Herbal, Creamy, Spicy, Strong and Smoky -- to help expand your horizons and find more drinks to love.

These are drinks with the sophistication of a high-end speakeasy, minus the fuss, like:
  • The Sazerac 2.0 - a spice cabinet update that takes the classic back to its origins
  • A new White Russian that lightens the load with coconut water instead of cream
  • A grownup Singapore Sling that's fruity without tasting like fruit punch
  • A Scorched Margarita that uses the broiler to char those lemons and limes
  • A feisty new Gin and Tonic in which black pepper is the star ingredient
  • And plenty of originals, like the Pooh Bear. Butter, honey and bourbon? Yes, please! And Mistakes Were Made, for tiki time
 

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Virtual Event with Wellesley Books

J.M. Hirsch, the editorial director of Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street, presents Shake Strain Done, a book of simple cocktail recipes with common ingredients that will revolutionize the way you drink at home.

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Craft Cocktails at Home with Gibson's Bookstore

New Hampshire's own J.M. Hirsch (editorial director of Milk Street) visits Gibson's virtually to revolutionize the way you drink at home.

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Virtual Event with Books, Inc.

Take the edge off with James Beard Award-winning food and travel writer, and editorial director of Christopher Kimball's Milk Street, J.M. Hirsch in celebration of his game-changing guide, Shake Strain Done: Craft Cocktails at Home.

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Virtual Event with Third Place Books

Join Christopher Kimball and Milk Street Editorial Director J.M. Hirsch as they discuss recipes and techniques from their new books!

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Virtual Event with A Room of One's Own

A Cooking Session on Zoom With Milk Street Chefs Christopher Kimball & J.M. Hirsch!

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Virtual Event with Anderson's Bookshop

Join Anderson's Bookshop for a virtual cocktail event with J.M. Hirsch, the editorial director of Milk Street! He'll talk about the book and mix up some drinks - live! - and you can follow along from the comfort of your own home.

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Virtual Event with Politics & Prose Live!

James Beard Award-winning writer J.M. Hirsch presents his new craft cocktail book to revolutionize the way you drink at home.

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Virtual Event with Porter Square Books

Join Porter Square Books for a virtual cocktail hour with Milk Street's editorial director, J.M. Hirsch, and raise a glass to his new book Shake Strain Done! Revolutionize the way you drink at home with simple recipes and common ingredients. This event is free and open to all, and is hosted on Crowdcast.

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Milk Street: Cookish

Christopher Kimball

Throw together fast, flavorful meals in no time with just a handful of ingredients with 200 highly cookable, delicious, and incredibly simple recipes from the James Beard Award-winning team at Milk Street.
 
In Cookish, Christopher Kimball and his team of cooks and editors harness the most powerful cooking principles from around the world to create 200 of the simplest, most delicious recipes ever created. These recipes, most with six or fewer ingredients (other than oil, salt, and pepper), make it easy to be a great cook -- the kind who can walk into a kitchen and throw together dinner in no time.
 
In each of these recipes, big flavors and simple techniques transform pantry staples, common proteins, or centerpiece vegetables into a delicious meal. And each intuitive recipe is a road map for other mix-and-match meals, which can come together in minutes from whatever's in the fridge.
 
With most recipes taking less than an hour to prepare, and just a handful of ingredients, you'll enjoy:
  • Pasta with Shrimp and Browned Butter
  • West African Peanut Chicken
  • Red Lentil Soup
  • Scallion Noodles
  • Open-Faced Omelet with Fried Dill and Feta
  • Greek Bean and Avocado Salad
  • And for dessert: Spiced Strawberry Compote with Greek Yogurt or Ice Cream

When it's a race to put dinner on the table, these recipes let you start at the finish line.

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Virtual Event with Tattered Cover

Join a cooking demostration and cookbook talk on Youtube!

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Virtual Event with Carmichael's Bookstore

This online event includes a special virtual cooking demonstration featuring two recipes from Kimball’s new cookbook, followed by a live question and answer session.

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Virtual Event with Third Place Books

Join Christopher Kimball and Milk Street Editorial Director J.M. Hirsch as they discuss recipes and techniques from their new books!

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Virtual Event with A Room of One's Own

A Cooking Session on Zoom With Milk Street Chefs Christopher Kimball & J.M. Hirsch!

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