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Characters in the Prologue in Heaven. Characters in the Tragedy. F AUST. The Tragedy First Part. Pecht del. ACT II. ACT IV. ACT V. After attending school and university in France, she returned to Haiti, where she taught literature at the university in Port-au-Prince and worked for the Ministry of Culture. Her first novel was published in , and she won the prestigious Prix Femina for Moonbath i n Moreover, he buys all their wares.

From Boston Globe -Horn Book Award winner Katherine Rundell comes an exciting new novel about a group of kids who must survive in the Amazon after their plane crashes. Fred, Con, Lila, and Max are on their way back to England from Manaus when the plane they're on crashes and the pilot dies upon landing. For days they survive alone, until Fred finds a map that leads them to a ruined city, and to a secret.

Stranded in the Amazon rainforest, Fred, Lila, Max and Con overcome their initial terror to adapt to the uncompromising fierceness and beauty of their surroundings, gradually shedding the constraints of home — and discovering much more than they expected. This is essential reading for lovers of Eva Ibbotson. More Boswell events on our upcoming event page. Big releases, hand-selling, and sales to K and even a couple of college students Sun, Here are the bestsellers for the week ending September 16, Hardcover Fiction: 1. My Absolute Darling , by Gabriel Tallent 4.

One of the Boys , by Daniel Magariel 5. A Column of Fire , by Ken Follett 6. Anything Is Possibl e, by Elizabeth Strout 7. The Golden House , by Salman Rushdie 8. Glass Houses , by Louise Penny 9.


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Forest Dark , by Nicole Kraus Little Fires Everywhere , by Celeste Ng Our buyer Jason noted to me that new releases are coming out fast and furious. Kirkus Reviews said: "A flying buttress of a book, continuing the hefty Kingsbridge saga historical novelist Follett began with Pillars of the Earth and World Without End.

It's not that Follett's been slacking between books: he's been working away at the Century Trilogy, set centuries later, and otherwise building on the legacy of high-minded potboilers he began with Eye of the Needle. Here he delivers with a vengeance, with his Kingsbridge story, set in the shadow of a great provincial cathedral, now brought into the age of Elizabeth. Though just out in March, the novel is being read by a class that is being sent to Boswell to buy their book, which of course warrants a big, big thank you. Boswellian Chris Lee is also a big fan of One of the Boys , and wrote: "A boy, his brother, and their father leave behind an ugly divorce and remake their lives in the desert outskirts of Albuquerque.

Twelve years old and stumbling through adolescence, the boy learns hard lessons about masculine bonds and the extreme limits of family ties. Tickets here. Fantasyland , by Kurt Andersen 5. State of Craft Beer , by Matthew Janzen 8. Born a Crime , by Trevor Noah In the Houston Chronicle , Alyson Ward wrote: "As a social scientist, Brown, a best-selling author whom Oprah once declared her soulmate, uses her research to explore the ways we hold ourselves back and separate ourselves from one another.

What she's found is that we hide our true selves in order to fit in. We approach the world as 'us versus them,' shutting out people who disagree with us. And we let politics and party, fear and social media separate us from real connection and belonging. The Chronicle noted that "In that moment, we were reminded of how connected we were. Two If by Sea , by Jacquelyn Mitchard 2.

Lilac Girls , by Martha Hall Kelly 3. News of the World , by Paulette Jiles 5. Homegoing , by Yaa Gyasi 6. It , by Stephen King 7. Swing Time, by Zadie Smith 8. The Mercy Journals , by Claudia Casper 9. Miss Jane , by Brad Watson If the hardcover fiction list was influenced by Bill Goldstein, the author of The World Broke in Two signed copies available, who hand-sold enough copies of My Absolute Darling and Pachinko to drive them up this week's bestseller list, the paperback list shows the hand of Boswellian Jane, whose picks at a Saturday book club, notably Lilac Girls , News of the World , and Miss Jane , earned higher rankings.

Okay, maybe it was a team effort for Jiles and Watson! Jacquelyn Mitchard's books were featured at a dinner for ImpactInc , a fundraiser to combat opioid addiction. Read more here. Lee will be at a ticketed event for the Lynden Sculpture Garden on September And expect to see Pachinko on next year's paperback list.

Evicted , by Matthew Desmond 2. Quotes for Nasty Women , by Linda Picone 5. Kinnickinnic Avenue , by Lisa Ann Jacobsen 6. Tales of Two Americas , by John Freeman 9. Being Mortal , by Atul Gawande The publisher writes: "The brilliant minds of Edwidge Danticat, Roxane Gay, Eula Biss and others traverse the fault lines that separate rich and poor, black and white, native and undocumented to recast the story of America in their words.

Ghost , by Jason Reynolds 5. Patina , by Jason Reynolds 6. Creepy Carrots! Ghost hardcover , by Jason Reynolds 9. As Brave as You , by Jason Reynolds Warcross, by Marie Lu We have to at least feature 15 titles in the kids list, because otherwise, our school events would crowd out Marie Lu's Warcross , which had a strong first week in Boswell without a school visit. Not that we'd turn her down!

Here's what Wired said about her new book: "Sci-Fi author Marie Lu sets her trilogies in shadowy realms, from a militarized police state Legend to a hunted secret society The Young Elites. But as a former videogame designer for Disney Interactive Studios, Lu was conjuring up dark, fantastical worlds long before her books became best sellers.

In Warcross , out this month, Lu embraces her gamer roots. Higgins notes: "If McDowell could travel back in time, she would love to know how close the Ingalls fields were to their cabin, and what tools they used. She would like to know more about the wildflowers Laura saw and what the family used for medicinal herbs — she makes only sparing mentions of those herbs in her novels, McDowell said. Asked what reporting on the campus rape revealed, Gigoriadis noted: "The rape debate is a stalking horse for these much larger themes of gender and power and sex and that are being negotiated right now on college campuses.

And we're hearing about it as rape, because that's what makes headlines. Space window - We got the idea for this one because we are either sponsoring or cosponsoring two astronauts coming to UWM in October. First up is Kathy Sullivan, the first woman in space, who has a kids book called To the Stars. It's free, but registration is requested. On September 18, tickets go on sale for UWM students, faculty, and staff, at a slightly discounted price.

ID is required for purchase. Peter made the display with the help of Olivia V. The planets are made out of papier mache over balloon molds. Montaigne and Perry display - I'm always looking for events in different ways. Frequent visitors to Boswell know that I almost always have a recommendation table from an upcoming author. And what better way to talk up Michael Perry's forthcoming essay collection, Montaigne in Barn Boots , but to feature books by and about Montaigne. It's not a large table, so it doesn't need much to fill it. The only problem is that the Montaigne books keep selling off it!

Michael Perry will be at Boswell on November 14, 7 pm to talk about the book, which goes on sale November 7. I enjoyed the book so much - it really takes Perry in a slightly new direction, though Perry is still uniquely true to himself - that I lent it to one of our customers who is a Montaigne fanatic. He's now excited to be coming to the event. Confronting mass incarceration table - this is inspired by a series of events sponsored by Milwaukee Turners this fall. Each event has a panel discussion in the afternoon and a talk at night.

Both of these author talks are 7 pm at Boswell. Zeidler is the featured speaker at the Frank P. Zeidler lecture at Turner Hall on Monday, November 6, 7 pm. This is just a small sample of the books in this topic that have come out in the last year. Some of the other books on display are Becoming Mrs.

Mon, The abundance of riches event season is here! Eliot, D. Lawrence, E. Forester and the Year that Changed Literature. I thought maybe this book came out of Goldstein's doctoral thesis City University Graduate Center, , but it turns out the subject of that was John Milton. I read Paradise Lost in college, but sadly, I cannot discuss it at length.

Or even briefly. The World Broke in Two tells the fascinating story of the intellectual and personal journeys four legendary writers make over the course of one pivotal year and how their writing lives are changed by the publication of two seminal works, most notably Ulysses. The Times Literary Supplement just published an over-the-top rave of the book from Gerri Kimber, in advance of the British publication.

It begins "It is hard to imagine there is anything left to say about , the literary annus mirabilis that saw the publication of the twin pinnacles of modernist prose and poetry: Ulysses and T he Waste Land Goldstein takes four authors — Eliot, Virginia Woolf, D. Lawrence and E. Forster — and weaves around them a fascinating and engrossing tale, not only of their writing during that one special year, but their personal lives as well" You'll have to log in to read the entire review, or maybe, like our good customer Dennis, you already got your copy in the mail and found the review to be nothing short of smashing.

Let's hope Boswell does not break the streak. He was an advertising copywriter before quitting to follow his interests in craft beer while also maintaining a position in the Marine Corps Reserve as a scout sniper instructor. Matthew Janzen spent over two years collecting the images and stories featured in this page journey across the state visiting over breweries, farms, factories, and industry suppliers. Following his curiosity down the rabbit hole, Janzen quit his job to delve into the nitty gritty of making beer. He worked with brewmasters, owners, employees, and farmers to capture every stage of the process.

This book brings to life the beer we know and love. Now, he gears up to release the book, which was also percent sourced and manufactured in Wisconsin. Despite ever-present dangers, including a snooping German soldier and a former friend turned collaborator, Mari is determined to do the right thing. Thursday, September 14, pm, at The Riverside Theater, W Wisconsin Ave: Boswell is cosponsoring the Scott Brothers House Party, in conjunction with the release of It Takes Two: Our Story For their millions of fans around the world, twin brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott are masters of the impossible - finding and transforming ordinary houses into stunning dream homes.

Brother, they entertain millions of fans with their winning blend of sibling rivalry and humor. Door prizes, impromptu design consults, behind-the-scenes bloopers, and plenty of laughs will round out this fun evening with Jonathan and Drew. Tickets are now available , and include admission and a copy of It Takes Two. A limited number of VIP seats that include the best seats in the house and a post-show photo opportunity are available.

Doors open at pm. Jason Reynolds is crazy about stories. Four kids from wildly different backgrounds with personalities who are explosive when they clash. But they are also four kids chosen for an elite middle school track team—a team that could qualify them for the Junior Olympics if they can get their acts together.

They all have a lot to lose, but they also have a lot to prove, not only to each other, but to themselves. Yet we often find meaning in memories of competition from years past, and we hope our children will find the same. There is, and will always be, a competitiveness to life, and a ready metaphor in how that competition plays out in sports. This event is cosponsored by REDgen , a nonprofit that promotes balance and resiliency in the lives of children and teens. Based in Chicago, Helen Odessky is a highly sought after clinical psychologist, coach, and anxiety expert. She has been working with individuals, teens, and couples for nearly 15 years.

In her book, Dr. Odessky offers an explanation of the process of anxiety and strategies that work. Odessky draws on fifteen years of clinical experience to guide adults and teens through the process of not only learning how to overcome anxiety, but also how to enrich their lives. Here's Odessky on The Morning Blend talking about the book. Stop Anxiety from Stopping You offers a foreword from John Duffy, a highly sought-after clinical psychologist, certified life coach, parenting and relationship expert, relationship expert on The Steve Harvey Show, and author of The Available Parent.

At age 30 Evan Moffic became the leader of a large congregation. In the tradition of Rabbi Harold Kushner, Moffic opens up wisdom that has been at the heart of Judaism for thousands of years. Here's Moffic talking to Illinois Public Media on the show The 21st , where he talks about the relationship between spirituality and happiness. Lots of new releases, sales of past and future events, a big movie opening, and the Journal Sentinel TapBooks page Sun, Here's what's selling at Boswell this week. George and Lizzie , by Nancy Pearl 2. Glass Houses , by Louise Penny 4.

My Absolute Darling , by Gabriel Tallent 5. One of the Boys , by Daniel Magariel 6. A Gentleman in Moscow , by Amor Towles 7. Dinner at the Center of the Eart h, by Nathan Englander 8. Sing, Unburied, Sing , by Jesmyn Ward 9. Fletcher , by Tom Perrotta At Murder and Mayhem Milwaukee on November 4 The numbers in hardcover fiction are up this week, not just at the top where we had our ticketed event with Nancy Pearl but in the middle, where we had our best numbers for titles ranked from for non-event books in a while.

I read the previous novels from both writers, but I'm behind in their newest entries. David L. Ulin in the Los Angeles Times calls Englander's latest: "a kaleidoscopic fairy tale of Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation … or its inverse. Shifting fluidly among characters and settings, the book divides its action between and Sing, Unburied, Sing is better and should be a contender in awards season, not to mention a potential best-seller. Happy Accidents , by David Ahearn 2.

Hillbilly Elegy , by J. Vance 4. Getting Tough , by Juilly Kohler-Hausmann 8. Hue , by Mark Bowden 9. Crash Override , by Zoe Quinn The Driftless Reader is a new anthology of a collection of work from Native people, explorers, scientists, historians, farmers, songwriters, journalists, and poets. We're still hoping to have one or both of the editors come to Boswell. Station Eleven , by Emily St. John Mandel 2. Pryme Knumber , by Matthew J. Flynn 4. It , by Stephen King 8.

The Life of Pi , by Yann Martel Luke Schaefer 3. Evicted , by Matthew Desmond 5. Being Mortal , by Atul Gawande 6. Sheet Pan Suppers , by Molly Gilbert 7. Kinnikinnic Avenue , by Lisa Ann Jacobsen 8. Pigeon Tunnel , by John LeCarre 9. Optimism Over Despair , by Noam Chomsky How to Bake Pi , by Eugenia Cheng Pigeon Tunnel was released in paperback to coincide with A Legacy of Spies , the first Smiley book in more than 25 years and 2 on our hardcover fiction list.

Outstandingly, it is a defiant assertion of creative vigour. There had been rumours of work abandoned, a professional crisis, but in these pages there is no faltering. Frankencrayon , by Michael Hall 4. Wonderfall , by Michael Hall 5. Perfect Square , by Michael Hall 6. Patina , by Jason Reynolds 7. Mari's Hope , by Sandy Brehl 8. Tower of Dawn , by Sarah Maas 9. Red , by Michael Hall Miles Morales , by Jason Reynolds Three upcoming events dominate the kids list with presales. He's got five books in our top ten. Kirkus Reviews called Little i "an inventive alphabet book for the perceptive reader.

And finally there's Sandy Brehl, who will be at Boswell on Thursday, September 14, 7 pm, for Mari's Hope, the third novel in her Norwegian historical saga. Here's Jason Reynolds talking to Shelly Diaz at School Library Journal about getting the call to write Miles Morales: "I wish I could give you all a better answer for this question - one filled with drama and magic - but the truth is, Marvel and Disney reached out to my agent.

I know - not very exciting. It was mind-blowing! Journal Sentinel contributing writer Mike Fischer covers Nicole Krauss's Forest Dark , which he's calling the best novel he's read this year. It's hard to get a chunk of review that explains the book and what Fischer feels about it, but let's try the opening: "Having gradually lost her faith in language, Nadia in Great House has come to distrust herself. MacDonald writes: "In Y Is for Yesterday , in which Kinsey gets pulled into a decade-old case involving a sexual assault at an elite private school, you get a sense of a soon-coming final farewell, like the cast of a musical assembling on stage for one last number.

But Grafton says she's resisting bringing back too many old characters He writes: "The real strength of The World Broke in Two lies not in its overarching vision, but in its beautiful mosaic work. Goldstein pieces thousands of lovely quotations and long-neglected anecdotes together, arranging them to precise effect, describing in rich detail Forster's dying first love, Woolf's endless acuity, Lawrence's tormented mind, Eliot's rigid depression.

And while its not a review, we'll take that blow-up photo of Jason Reynolds for his Friday night at event at Boswell anytime. Sat, 1. Tickets are available on Brown Paper Tickets through 4 pm. Walk-up tickets will be available. Boswell closes to the general public at 6 pm.

We originally advertised that the store would close at , but the crowd is manageable enough to add another half hour on. Note that on a Saturday evening, most people coming to the store are not paying attention to our posted hours, but instead are going to or coming from a restaurant or movie on the block. Mary Cadden has a great review in USA Today : "Many fictional romances have a rom-com quality in which the characters, particularly the protagonist, are keenly self-aware.

Their thoughts and dialogue are pitch perfect, reasoned and well-thought-out. Often, these stories are the first be-all, end-all true love for the destined couple. Wed, I recently finished reading Kamila Shamsie's Home Fire , the story of three siblings in contemporary London and Massachusetts and Pakistan whose fates are determined by their parent, and who must live in a society where their lives as British Pakistanis leave them with any number of obstacles to happiness.

It's a tragic story, and it turns out to be inspired by a classic Greek tragedy, Antigone. So the only problem when I was trying to judge the book, I couldn't decide if I could do the book justice without knowing its source material. So after that I started reading Nicole Dennis-Benn's first novel, Here Comes the Sun, another tale of family dynamics, passionate affairs that may or may not have ulterior motives, and the feel of a Greek or possibly Shakespearean tragedy.

But the more I thought about, the more it seemed more inspired by Breaking Bad , a more contemporary and gray take on the morality and justifications. But then I thought, I'm not really sure, because I've not really seen more of an episode or two of Breaking Bad either.

I just watched the complete run of Parks and Recreation, so let me know when there's a book that's inspired by that. But I digress. Here Comes the Sun is set in Jamaica in the early nineties. That's important, because it was just as the country focus on tourism went into high gear. Delores, the mother of the family, has a stall at the local market. Her older daughter Margot works at one of the hotels nearby, while the younger daughter Thandi is enrolled at a prestigious school.

Both Delores and Margot have pinned their hopes on Thandi becoming a doctor, with Margot funnelling extra cash for the schooling. But here's the thing, Thandi thinks she's on scholarship, but Margot is actually providing the money through prostitution. And she's got bigger hopes, of managing a new hotel when it's developed, and to do this, she's got to take her scheme to the next level. And her dreams of helping Thandi are not just academic - she wants to protect her sister from the abuse that she herself suffered at the hands of her mother.

Yes, you're probably thinking, running a prostitution ring to protect your sister from abuse? But that whatever it takes attitude runs through the story, and you see the cycle over and over. But as one of the attendees said at the discussion, you make the best of the hand you're dealt. I didn't put that in quotes because I'm paraphrasing. I picked Here Comes the Sun, knowing this would be a tough book for some of our attendees, and interestingly enough, we even saw it in advance sales.

While The Little Red Chairs , which also deals with abuse and mistreatment, took off in sales when we made it a book club pick, Here Comes the Sun struggled. And otherwise, the books have a lot of similarities, aside from the more recognizable name of Edna O'Brien. Both books were lauded, and both looked at the troubles behind a pleasant facade. I actually think a lot of folks bought O'Brien thinking it really was a sweet Irish village novel, but I guess people were less fooled by the island paradise vibe of Dennis-Benn's jacket.

Sure enough, there were attendees who really didn't like the book, but they were outnumbered by the readers who liked or loved it. I call that polarizing. I'm using that a lot to describe My Absolute Darling , the first novel from Gabriel Tallent, which has gotten some great reviews and much bookseller love 1 Indie Next pick for September, three enthusiastic reads from Boswellians but nonetheless has a vocal contingent of booksellers who do not like it at all, and I get to say that because we're not hosting the author. This, I guess, is the only upside of having a weak literary event calendar this fall.

We do a really good job with literary authors, but the competition for them is fierce. But I digress again. I'm glad N. She had trouble liking the book because she didn't like the characters. Everybody was using, using, using, with probably the dual exceptions of Verdene, the older woman who is secretly sleeping with Margot, and Charles, the smart but uneducated boy, the brother of one of the prostitutes who connects with Thandi. And yes, this is a small town and so there are more connections than that.

So I threw this back to her. Say you were in this situation. You had very little. You're competing with everyone for what little you can get. What would you do to get money? An education for your family? The chance to leave? It is interesting to note that about half of the attendees had been to Jamaica, but only one visitor had gone back, and two not a couple had cut their trips short.

For some people, it's hard to relax when you're so close to poverty and violence, and it can be uncomfortable, at least for some, to see your privilege up close. But the ads keep coming - who can forget the advertising slogans? Some of the group had trouble with the patois, which is completely understandable. In a lot of books I've read, the dialect is heavier at the beginning of the book, but dials down as you read it, giving you the perception that you are getting immersed in the world.

Dennis-Benn decided to keep it through the whole narrative, deciding only to have the narrator tell the story dialogue-free. In at least one interview, she talked about writing a book completely in patois. I probably should have made everyone tackle A Brief History of Seven Killings , which I thought was even heavier in patois. Here Comes the Su n, in comparison, would have seemed like a vacation. At least one other attendee had a lot of troubles with the book. We had a spirited discussion about this, and to me, Margot, in particular, is really about as complex and not-before-seen character I've come across.

For all the things she did that made me squirm - that scene where she sets up the manager is pretty much horrifying - I found her fascinating and understandable. Talk about anti-heroine. We talked a lot about the various women and their motivations. To balance some complaints, I was actually surprised how much support their was for Delores, the mom.

It was really hard to figure out his motivations. But I think, through the eyes of Margot, that makes perfect sense. At the core, she knew how to use him, but I don't think she did understand him. And as a reader, it was hard to figure out why he was so awful. But how many of us ask this question about other people every day. And it wasn't his book. Speaking of color, one subject that energized the discussion was that of color and shading.

Many characters in the book is obsessed with skin tone, most notably Thandi, who is secretly using a potion it's actually a creme, but potion sort of puts it better in perspective to lighten her skin. It's both a memoir and sociological study that looks at how not just African Americans, but all sorts of communities, including folks from India, Japan, Korea, and several South American countries subtly and sometimes unsubtly favor light skin tones over dark.

I think it's really good book for a coordinator to read when discussing Here Comes the Sun , beyond the obvious background on Jamaica. We really only touched on the LGBT themes of the story. Here Comes the Sun won a Lambda Literary Award and a bucket of other accolades and the relationship between Margot and Verdene is certainly one of the core relationships. We're well aware that Jamaica is not the easiest place to be gay, and everyone was pretty horrified by the community's treatment of Verdene, but of course there was not much to say beyond that.

It's not unusual behavior - you attack the other to build up your own self-image, especially when you don't have much yourself. Who doesn't see this harnessed all the time in contemporary society? You'll need to have a cable, satellite, or Hulu subscription to watch it. And of course you could also ask Marlon James next time you hear him speak or read. Here's an article in Out magazine where both James and Dennis-Benn talk about their experiences.

I actually got to hear a little about this first hand. I visited a friend of mine from college last year who helps gay male political refugees in DC. He gives them a place to stay, gives them guidance on job hunting, and helps them through the red tape. At the time, he was helping a Jamaican man, who had several horrible stories to tell of his life on the island. If he ever writes his memoir, you can use that book as background material to Here Comes the Sun too.

People always ask authors, "Who are you in this book? And like Verdene, Dennis-Benn left Jamaica but then returned. This spurred some discussion. Why did Verdene come back? According to Dennis-Benn, the Jamaican media had a field day with this. By the way, A. He apparently loved the book. Maybe we'll hear a bit more of his thoughts next month. And finally there's L. They really are great books to read together, and I can't wait to talk to her about it.

And now maybe we can get some momentum going on Here Comes the Sun , now that I can give it a staff rec. I'd love to read every Michael Perry book but he writes them faster than I can read them - Population will be my fourth. And then on Monday, November 6, we're reading Elizabeth J. Church's The Atomic Weight of Love , a novel about a scientist who gives up her career to be a housewife in Los Alamos, only to becomes obsessed with the behavior of crows. And since I already know, we're returning to the well of riches that is the okayafrica yearend booklist of for the third time.

And don't forget, no registration is necessary for the In-Store Lit Group. Here's a list of our other upcoming Boswell-run book clubs. And as long as you're marking your calendars, be aware that we're only open until next Saturday and Sunday, September 9 and His first book was Pryme Knumber, the first book in the Bernie Weber series. At that point, Weber was a high school math prodigy. In his new hilarious thriller by Flynn, the CIA and the Chinese Ministry of Intelligence go head to head in the battle for Bernie Weber, the mathematics genius who is now in college.

This time Riemann is set to prove the Riemann Hypothesis and this could be the secret to cracking China's encryptions; the agency fears he could take down all of their operations. Luckily, Bernie isn't alone. Will that be enough to outwit the ministry? Flynn gives you a glimpse of the inner workings of Milwaukee in this love letter to his home city and brilliant send-up of espionage thrillers.

Everything is fair game for Flynn's wit. The escapades of Bernie and Audrey may be fictional, but Flynn captures the true heart of the city and its citizens. Here's a ticket link. You've loved Pearl and Dunn's conversations on the radio, and now here's your chance to enjoy an evening of book talk live at Boswell.

Pearl is coming to Milwaukee for the publication of her very first novel, George and Lizzie.

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The book goes on sale September 5 and our ticketed event is Saturday, September 9. She has now retired from the position, so for those of us who are missing her already, this is a great opportunity to see her with one of her favorite guests from the show. Pearl will sign backlist and pose for photos.

And if you're not able to come, we'll hold your copy of George and Lizzie for up to six months. Here's an excerpt of the interview. Seaman: "You are the book maven extraordinaire; no one has read more widely in the world of novels. Did any writers in particular inspire George and Lizzie? I have to say that I took great pleasure in that hilariously inappropriate moment in which Lizzie brings up Julie Hecht!

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So sad that both Heart, You Bully, You Punk which I also read and several others are not currently available in print form as new copies, meaning that of course you can find them second-hand. This event is cosponsored by Wisconsin Public Radio. WPR's Gretchen will be at the event with public radio swag! He received a PH. The World Broke in Two tells the fascinating story of the intellectual and personal journeys four legendary writers Virginia Woolf, T.

Eliot, E. Forster, and D. Lawrence make over the course of one pivotal year. As begins, all four are literally at a loss for words, confronting an uncertain creative future despite success in the past. The literary ground is shifting, as Ulysses is published in February and Proust's In Search of Lost Time begins to be published in England in the autumn. Yet, dismal as their prospects seemed in January, by the end of the year Woolf has started Mrs. Dalloway ; Forster has, for the first time in nearly a decade, returned to work on the novel that will become A Passage to India ; Lawrence has written Kangaroo , his unjustly neglected and most autobiographical novel; and Eliot has finished - and published to acclaim - The Waste Land.

Forester and D. Lawrence, who all struggled with and found renewed inspiration from this new world. This year-in-the-life chronicle gives us a remarkable look at the gestation of literature. Talk about one great event in the making. Hope to see you at one of our events. Don't forget to check out the upcoming events page. Glass Houses , by Louise Penny 2. A Gentleman in Moscow , by Amor Towles 3. Fletcher , by Tom Perrotta 5.

Lincoln in the Bardo , by George Saunders 7. House of Spies , by Daniel Silva 9. Gabriel Tallent's My Absolute Darling is probably the most touted debut of the fall. John Evans at Diesel: A Bookstore, wrote "This is a Great American Novel: exquisitely lush language of the natural world; startlingly vivid characters; a global understanding of social context, in a particular place; and, in this case, steel-wire narrative tension stringing through the beautiful prose like piano wire. Wild Things , by Bruce Handy 4.

Devotion , by Patti Smith 9. Milwuakee: City of Neighborhoods , by John Gurda Annalisa Smith on the NPR website writes "Bruce Handy's generous, warm voice is just the kind you would want reading you btive, with pleasant jolts of irreverence. Howard's End , by E. Forster 2. The Trespasser , by Tana French 3.

Homegoing , by Yaa Gyasi 4. Blankets , by Craig Thompson 5. Milk and Honey , by Rupi Kaur 6. Cooking for Picasso , by Camille Aubray 8. Close Enough to Touch , by Colleen Oakley Miss Jane , by Brad Watson Camille Aubray's novel has been out in paperback since June but it's our first appearance on our top It's a historical novel with a contemporary frame, in the vein of the B.

Shapiro novels. Now: Ondine's granddaughter returns to France to find out the real story. Now it's not often that your book is recommended by Margaret Atwood on Twitter, but that's the case with Cooking for Picasso. The Tweet: "A tasty blend of romance, mystery, and French cooking. Alexander Hamilton , by Ron Chernow 3. White Trash , by Nancy Isenberg 4. Pain Free , by Pete Egoscue 5. In Lieu of Flowers , by Nancy Cobb 8. McPherson 9. Quotes for Nasty Women , by Linda Picone The Other Shore , by Thich Nhat Hanh If you watch our event schedule very carefully, you might have caught that Heather Ann Thompson's talk for Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of and Its Legacy was originally scheduled for last spring, but the date had to change when it was also the night that Thompson was awarded the Bancroft Prize.

Thompson, who subsequently was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for her work, is rescheduled as the featured speaker at the Frank P. More info on this Lecture Facebook page. Barrowman 2. Barrowman 3. Barrowman 4. Nephilim , by John Barrowman and Carole E. Barrowman 5. Boy21 , by Matthew Quick 6. Most Dangerous , by Steve Sheinkin 9.

First was Miles Morales , the Spiderman novel. Then Patina , which just came out this week and should show up on our bestseller list shortly. Then comes Long Way Down on October 24, a novel "that takes place in sixty potent seconds--the time it takes a kid to decide whether or not he's going to murder the guy who killed his brother. On the front page is a feature on some interesing new regional books just out or forthcoming. Post won a contract to build a new, classically inspired capitol with a dome. Edmonds' book celebrates the centennial of that building, finished in Higgins: "Vin Baker was named an all-star three times during his years with the Milwaukee Bucks.

But if you felt, like I did, that we weren't always seeing his full potential, his memoir helps explain why. The take: "Like all of his prose, these pieces flow gracefully with amusing accents of self-deprecation: 'It quickly becomes obvious that I am a self-absorbed hypochondriac forever resolving to do better nutritionally and fitness-wise but my follow-through is laughable,' he writes in his introduction. From Higgins: "I confess to liking best this visual book's older black-and-white photographs of the developing neighborhood: the Schwarts blacksmith shop; elementary school children posed in a group photo outside St.

Lucas Church; a street view of Gitzel's Department Store including a sidewalk clock, which can now be found downtown in front of the Milwaukee County Historical Society ; a portrait of the massive ore ship Edmund Fitzgerald the subject of Gordon Lightfoot's song visiting Milwaukee. Higgins writes: "Milwaukee's substantial percentage of German-Americans and its Socialist politicians, notably Mayor Daniel Hoan and Victor Berger, made it a complicated place during World War I, with some folks quick to questions loyalties here.

Abing, a Milwaukee County Historical Society archivist, chronicles those stormy years, which also included the growing power of the temperance movement, the Milwaukee police station bombing of , and the Spanish flu epidemic of , which killed nearly 1, Milwaukeeans. Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies , completed before his death, is not as definitive as the title suggests, at least not by the standards of footnoted history.

But it is a fair representation of Gregory's passion for social justice and disdain for white supremacy obvious and subtle. It makes blistering reading out of first-rate historical fiction, which must walk the tightrope of established facts while fashioning a story anew. Hilary Mantel, in her brilliant re-creation of Thomas Cromwell in Wolf Hall and Bringing Up the Bodies , may be the best practitioner alive, but this book announces Schmidt as a new sister in the craft.

This was the kind of event we'd hoped for for a long time, with Dunn and Pearl duplicating their on-air banter on Dunn's Wisconsin Public Radio show. Now it's even more special, as Dunn has retired from Wisconsin Public Radio. This special evening is Saturday, September 9, 7 pm at Boswell.


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But don't forget that a signed copy makes a great gift. Astonishingly, it even turns into a testimony to the efficacy of Buddhist meditation as a path toward tranquility - what George describes as greeting 'the next moment of your life with no trace of the last. Doesn't anyone read Laurie Colwin anymore? And sure enough, that book showed up on Nancy Pearl's recommendation list. We've got a nice display of Pearl's reading list at the front desk, and I'm happy to say that folks are buying books off of it. Here's the list. Amateurs , by Dylan Hicks 2.

He's coming November 3 4. Less , by Andrew Sean Greer part of the summer of comedy - amazing reviews on this 5. Hope to have a book club event with her for the paperback. Jane's a fan 6. The Middlesteins , by Jami Attenberg I'm also a fan of this 8. Straight Man , by just-became-a-bookstore-owner Richard Russo McCauley came for his last novel Book lovers, you will love this event.

Is it too much to suggest you come to both? After all, we had no events between August 23 and September 7. It's time to catch up! Once again, here's the link to tickets. So many of you ask us what we do with our blown-up book jackets which decorate Boswell. The truth is that we keep a lot of them a long time, but some do get discarded.

By popular demand, we're offering you the opportunity to purchase a select assortment of these posters during Labor Day weekend. This sale runs from Friday, September 1 through Monday, September 4. Because we're raising money for charity with this program, we're using an auction system. Each poster will have a form where you can pay whatever you want, with bids starting at one dollar. After Labor Day, we'll contact the person with the highest bid, and they'll have a week to purchase the item.

If the purchase isn't made, we'll contact the person with the second highest bid. And so forth. Decorate your home, your office, your classroom, or your dorm space. Most are foam core posters. A few of the cardboard pieces are a bit shopworn, but all will be available to review before bidding to determine whether it's worth the purchase.

Please note that you're purchasing from us and we're donating the money, so all sales are taxable. If this is successful, we'll do this again. If not, we won't! Here's the complete list, not in any order: 1. Bad Monkey , Carl Hiaasen 2. Binge , Tyler Oakley 3. Absolutely on Music , Haruki Murakami 4. Your Fathers, Where Are They? Dave Eggers 5. Buried Giant , The Kazuo Ishiguro 6. Furiously Happy, Jenny Lawson Rory 7.

What the Dog Knows , Cat Warren And Again, Jessica Chiarella Barbara the Slut , Lauren Holmes Thickety Well of Wishes , J. White The Painter , Peter Heller Becoming Wise Krista Tippett Herbert Hoover , Glen Jeansonne Searching for Howard Hughes , Jason Diamond Will it Waffle , Daniel Shumski Bream Gives me Hiccups , Jesse Eisenberg small Little Bee , Chris Cleave smaller The Rosie Project , Graeme Simsion also smaller Avenue of Mysteries , John Irving Life on Mars , Jon Agee cardboard Gumption , Nick Offerman the lifesize blowup Daredevils , Sean Vestal Calling , David Isay Books for Living , Will Schwalbe Ruby, Cynthia Bond Mr Wuffles , David Wiesner Church of Marvels , Leslie Parry In the Unlikely Event , Judy Blume Glow , Ned Beaumann Super Freakonomics, Steven Levitt California , Eden Lepucki On the Move , Oliver Sacks Water Knife , The Paolo Bacigalupi Zero Zero Zero , Roberto Saviano Modern Romance , Aziz Ansarai Here , Richard McGuire The Black Country , Alex Grecian The Kindness Diaries , Leon Logothetis And the Mountains Echoed , Khaled Hosseini God Help the Child , Toni Morrison Evergreen , Rebecca Rasmussen Presence , Amy Cuddy The Infatuations, Javier Marias Doomed , Chuck Palahniuk Cheever, Blake Bailey Girl on the Train , Paula Hawkins South of Broad , Pat Conroy The Drifter , Nick Petrie don't worry, Nick.

We kept one for the store The Orenda , Joseph Boyden The Lowland , Jhumpa Lahiri Please note that you are purchasing the item, so alas, we have to add tax onto your bid. Please take that into account. On Saturday evening, a crew will be shooting a film scene at the store. It's happening around pm.

Most likely, we'll be open a little later than normal to accomodate the crew. If you sign a release, you might be able to be an extra. On Sunday, we'll have a signup for a blood drive in front of the store. Tue, Being that there are no events at Boswell this week, I thought I'd use the time to talk about a special program coming in mid September. It's an event over thirty years in the making! Forster and the Year That Changed Literature.

It was published on August 15 and it's gotten all sorts of great attention: -- Glen Weldon on NPR wrote: "The ingenious conceit of Goldstein's book is to follow, using excerpts from both their correspondence and their diaries, the intertwined personal and literary lives of four writers — Virginia Woolf, D. Forster, and Eliot himself — as the three seismic shocks of those publications ripple through their lives, and their work. To do so, he narrows the focus and imposes strict parameters.

Very strict, as it turns out: Apart from some contextualizing commentary, The World Broke in Two rigorously limits itself to the span of days from January 1st to December 31st, And later he notes: "The book comes alive in the ceaseless churn of these intersecting egos, as they turn their withering writerly gazes upon one another — and, less eagerly, upon themselves. Their professional and personal jealousy, spite, anxiety and outrage — the familiar hallmarks of the writer's personality — become a kind of humanizing background noise, drawing us in and allowing us to see them more fully.