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February 2017
Brat Pack America The Taco Cleanse The Burning World
Kevin Smokler shares his "love letter" to '80s teen movies. Meet two of the authors of this year's hottest cleanse Isaac Marion presents the sequel to his hit Warm Bodies
Betty Webb and Donis Casey Everything We Don't Know Under the Influence
Betty Webb and Donis Casey present and sign their latest novels Aaron Gilbreath shares his latest collection of essays Singer-songwriter Cat Mac visits with her first collection of poetry
Viking Economics Crane On the eigth day God made baseball
George Lakey shares his latest book, Viking Economics Robert Crane discusses his memoir with FOX 10 anchor John Hook Royals' and Cardinals' Mark Littell on life in major league baseball
Modern Buddhism Nobody Rich or Famous The New Midwest
Canadian monk Gen Thekchen discusses Modern Buddhism Richard Shelton's family memoir of poverty and its sorrows Mark Athitakis with his latest book, The New Midwest
Attending Poetry Night Max Factor and Hollywood
Dr Ronald Epstein, M.D. discusses mindfulness and medicine Cynthia Hogue and Jenny Irish present new poetry collections Erika Thomas with her memoir of Hollywood legend Max Factor
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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1
7-9pm | PHOENIX | VISION BOARD FUN | Cole Porter said it best: "Life's great, life's grand. Future, all planned!" Tonight, the Newton and First Draft Book Bar help you creatively plan your future with a night of Vision Board creation. Bring yourself and your dreams—we'll supply everything else: poster boards, scissors, glue, magazines, and even glitter! Cost: $5, includes all supplies. More »

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | Early Literacy Specialists from Phoenix Public Library visit every Thursday to share songs, rhymes, books, and activities to promote movement in toddlers and infants. Also join us in Phoenix at 9:15am on Thursdays, February 9, 16, and 23. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Interactive storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every Thursday.
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Interactive storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every Thursday.
5:30pm | TEMPE | GETTING INVOLVED 101 | Volunteer orientation with HandsOn Greater Phoenix. A one-time tax deductible activation donation of $25 applies to ages 19 and older. Info: 602.973.2212 x231 or handsonphoenix.org.
7pm | PHOENIX | KEVIN SMOKLER | BRAT PACK AMERICA: A LOVE LETTER TO '80S TEEN MOVIES | From the fictional towns of Hill Valley, California and Shermer, Illinois to the beautiful landscapes of the "Goondocks" in Astoria, Oregon and the "time of your life" Dirty Dancing resort still alive and well in Lake Lure, North Carolina, '80s teen movies left their mark not just on the movie screen and in the hearts of fans, but on the landscape of America itself. In Brat Pack America, Kevin Smokler offers virtual tours of your favorite movies while picking apart why location is so important to these iconic films. Including interviews with actors, writers, and directors of the era, and chock full of interesting facts about your favorite '80s movies, Brat Pack America is a must for any fan. More »

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: MADELINE | Bring the kiddos and your camera for pictures and a storytime with the beloved main character in Ludwig Bemelmans' classic series of the same name.
2pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | CLUB READ | SAVVY Calling all tweens! Join us for free pizza as we discuss Ingrid Law's Newbery Honor-winning debut. Thirteen is when a Beaumont's savvy hits—and with one brother who causes hurricanes and another who creates electricity, Mibs Beaumont is eager to see what she gets. But just before the big day, Poppa is in a terrible accident. And now all Mibs wants is a savvy that will save him. In fact, Mibs is so sure she'll get a powerful savvy that she sneaks a ride to the hospital on a rickety bus with her sibling and the preacher's kids in tow. After this extraordinary adventure—full of talking tattoos and a kidnapping—not a soul on board will ever be the same. Club Read Badge Members: Get 3 points for attending and 1 point for purchasing the month's pick from Changing Hands. Don't have a free Club Read badge? Ask a bookseller how to get one! More »
3pm | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | LISA MCMANN | DRAGON CAPTIVES (THE UNWANTEDS QUESTS) | The New York Times bestselling author of The Unwanteds series and the Wake trilogy presents the first novel of a new series that takes place 10 years after The Unwanteds. Identical twins Fifer and Thisbe Stowe have amazing yet uncontrollable magical abilities. When they accidentally use their magic in the jungle of Artimé to strike down a beloved creature, Alex is furious, and threatens to lock them away until they can learn to control their power. The threat is soon forgotten, though, when Hux, the ice-blue dragon, comes to Artimé bearing the horrible news that his siblings have been enslaved by the notoriously evil Revinir, ruler of the dragon land. Buy the book and receive a prize pack (while supplies last). More »
5:30–8:30pm | TEMPE | INSIGHTS TAROT READINGS | James R. Betz offers advice on life, relationships, and career choices. Cost: $20 for 15 minutes. Registration at 480.730.0205. More info: 602.840.2222.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5
4:30pm | PHOENIX | SUPERBOWL SUNDAY | Join us in Phoenix to watch Super Bowl LI on the tv monitors by our own First Draft Book Bar. Free and open to the public.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6
7pm | PHOENIX | STEPHANIE BOGDANICH AND MOLLY R. FRISINGER | THE TACO CLEANSE | Tired of the same old cleanse? Instead of feeling rejuvenated are you feeling depleted, anxious, and cranky? (Not to mention . . . hungry?) A group of vegan taco scientists in Austin, Texas, know just how you feel, and now reveal their one-of-a-kind cleansing journey that anybody can follow and stick to: the Taco Cleanse. While the typical cleanse works by depriving you of your favorite foods, the plant-based Taco Cleanse rewards your body with what it naturally craves: tortillas, refried beans, guacamole. The Taco Cleanse is cheap, easy, and delicious. And remember—everything tastes better folded (exactly once) into a tortilla. Just eat one or more tacos at every meal, adding margaritas as necessary. It's that simple. More »

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7
6:30-8:30pm | PHOENIX | DR. THERESA RAMSEY, NMD: ABUNDANT AGING | The practicing naturopathic physician shares secrets to abundant aging and protection from age-related illnesses, including heart disease, Alzheimer's, dementia, cancer, obesity, diabetes, hair loss, hot flashes, impotence, and more. She also reveals the difference between aging normally and aging optimally, safely, and naturally through bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, supplementation, and other natural therapies. Cost: $20. Register at 602.274.0067 or online. More »
7pm | TEMPE | ISAAC MARION | THE BURNING WORLD | The New York Times bestseller presents the much-anticipated sequel to his international hit Warm Bodies (now a major motion picture). Being alive is hard. Being human is harder. But since his recent recovery from death, R is making progress. He's learning how to read, how to speak, maybe even how to love, and the city's undead population is showing signs of life. R can almost imagine a future with Julie, this girl who restarted his heart—building a new world from the ashes of the old one. And then helicopters appear on the horizon. Someone is coming to restore order. To silence all this noise. To return things to the way they were, the good old days of stability and control and the strong eating the weak. More »

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8
7pm | TEMPE | BETTY WEBB: DESERT VENGEANCE | DONIS CASEY: THE RETURN OF THE RAVEN MOCKER: AN ALAFAIR TUCKER MYSTERY | Former journalist and prize winning mystery novelist Betty Webb is joined by Arizona Book Award-winning mystery writer Donis Casey to present and sign their latest mystery novels. Desert Vengeance is the ninth Lena Jones mystery. The book opens in front of an Arizona prison as Lena confronts "Papa Brian," the former foster parent who abused her when she was only nine years old. When the convicted pedophile and his wife are later found murdered, Lena becomes the prime suspect. Also the ninth in its series, The Return of the Raven Mocker, is set during the influenza pandemic of 1918 and portrays the grim realities of nursing the desperately ill, witnessing horrible deaths, and worrying about loved ones in war.  More »

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | Early Literacy Specialists from Phoenix Public Library visit every Thursday to share songs, rhymes, books, and activities to promote movement in toddlers and infants.
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Interactive storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every Thursday.
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | BILINGUAL STORYTIME | Interactive bilingual storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every second Thursday.
7pm | PHOENIX | AARON GILBREATH | EVERYTHING WE DON'T KNOW | The essayist and journalist for New York Times, Harper's, and Vice shares his new collection of essays examining the false starts and freefalls that often accompany growing up in contemporary America. Gilbreath contemplates, among other things, the ocean-bound debris from Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster, his nostalgia for the demolished buildings of his youth, quitting smoking, the etymology of the word "radical," and more. More »

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10
7pm | TEMPE | FRIDAY POETRY WITH CAT MAC | UNDER THE INFLUENCE | The Milieu Emerging Writers' Award winner visits with her first collection. Set in Vancouver, B.C. and Mexico, Under the Influence explores the life of a poet growing up in the sixties, in a home of multiple addictions, who comes out as a lesbian and, eventually, becomes a healthy, happy poet-singer-songwriter. Open reading follows. More »
8pm | PHOENIX | ARIZONA TOLD: AN EVENING WITH LIZ WARREN | Join Dan Hoen Hull, co-founder of the storytelling collective TheStoryline.org, in conversation with Master Storyteller Liz Warren. A fourth-generation Arizonan, Liz tells a variety of stories but finds herself returning to those tales that reflect the heroic journey of personal transformation—whether they are stories of growing up in Arizona, folktales, or myths from ancient traditions. Cost: $8 per person. Tickets available online. More »

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: MADELINE | Bring the kiddos and your camera for pictures and a storytime with the beloved main character in Ludwig Bemelmans' classic series of the same name.
5:30–8:30pm | TEMPE | TAROT READINGS | Mystic Journeyz with Suzi Coggins. "Your Angels Are Waiting." Cost: $20 for 15 minutes. Registration at 480.730.0205. More info: mysticjourneyz.com.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12
3pm | PHOENIX | TEEN EVENT | COLLEEN OAKES: BLOOD OF WONDERLAND | VICTORIA AVEYARD: KING'S CAGE | Rae Carson moderates a panel discussion with Colleen Oakes and Victoria Aveyard, who present their new YA novels Blood of Wonderland, which continues the twisted reimagining of the Queen of Hearts origin story, and King's Cage, book three in the #1 New York Times bestselling Red Queen series. More »
4pm | TEMPE | GEORGE LAKEY | VIKING ECONOMICS: HOW THE SCANDINAVIANS GOT IT RIGHT - AND HOW WE CAN, TOO | The Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Award winner shares his new book, about real change and how to get it. Liberals worldwide invoke Scandinavia as a promised land of equality, while many conservatives fear it as a hotbed of liberty-threatening socialism. But the left and right can usually agree on one thing: that the Nordic system is impossible to replicate elsewhere. The US and UK are too big, or too individualistic, or too . . . something. In Viking Economics—perhaps the most fun economics book you'll ever read—George Lakey dispels these myths. He explores the inner-workings of the Nordic economies that boast the world's happiest, most productive workers, and explains how, if we can enact some of the changes Scandinavians fought for surprisingly recently, we, too, can embrace equality in our economic policy. More »

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13
6:30-9:30pm | PHOENIX | DRINK AND DRAW | First Draft Book Bar presents a night of drinking and drawing for all skill levels, featuring a local model for a three-hour pose. Bring your own supplies. Cost: $8. Registration at 602.274.0067 or online. More »
6:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | POETRY ROUNDTABLE | Workshop one of your poems with a group of peers. More info: jedesign2004@yahoo.com.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 | HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | Early Literacy Specialists from Phoenix Public Library visit every Thursday to share songs, rhymes, books, and activities to promote movement in toddlers and infants.
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Interactive storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every Thursday.
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Interactive storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every Thursday.
6:30pm | TEMPE | ROBERT CRANE IN CONVERSATION WITH JOHN HOOK | CRANE: SEX, CELEBRITY, AND MY FATHER'S UNSOLVED MURDER | On June 29, 1978, Bob Crane, known to millions of Hogan's Heroes fans as Colonel Hogan, was discovered brutally murdered in his Scottsdale, Arizona, apartment. His eldest son, Robert Crane, was called to the crime scene. In this poignant memoir, Crane discusses that terrible day and how he has lived with the unsolved murder of his father. But this storyline is just one thread in his tale of growing up in Los Angeles, his struggles to reconcile the good and sordid sides of his celebrity father, and his own fascinating life. Crane will be in conversation with Fox 10 news anchor John Hook, who will be signing his own book Who Killed Bob Crane?  More »

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17
7-9pm | PHOENIX | SQUARE DANCE | That's right: Square Dance! Join local band Pick & Holler with guest caller Grace Rolland for live music, lessons and square dancing. All levels and all ages are encouraged to attend this family friendly event. Cost: $8 per person. Kids under 12 are free (no ticket needed). Tickets available online. More »
7pm | TEMPE | MARK LITTELL | ON THE EIGHTH DAY, GOD MADE BASEBALL |
The former Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals pitcher visits with his memoir, a candid, humorous journey through his wild and woolly career as a baseball player, from his very first at-bat when he was six years old through his career in the major leagues. More »

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD | FROSTBLOOD | Teens meet to discuss Elly Blake's first book in a planned trilogy about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies . . . but together create a power that could change everything.  More »
5pm | PHOENIX | ICONICA GAME NIGHT | Iconica is a turn-based, tabletop card game featuring characters from the World of Rynaga, a fictional setting imagined by Eric Torres and developed right here in Phoenix. Join us as the creators demonstrate and play Iconica. Games usually last about 30-40 minutes. Iconica enthusiasts and newcomers welcome! More »
5:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | TAROT READINGS | See 2/4 for details.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19
4pm | PHOENIX | BUDDHIST TALK | GEN KELSANG THEKCHEN ON MODERN BUDDHISM: THE PATH OF COMPASSION AND WISDOM | Gen Kelsang Thekchen of Kadampa Meditation Center Vancouver discusses the new second edition of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso's Modern Buddhism, which provides a dynamic and comprehensive presentation of the Buddha's teachings. More »

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20
6-7pm | PHOENIX | SILENT BOOK CLUB | Silent Book Club started with a couple of friends reading in companionable silence at their neighborhood bar. They loved books, and reading with friends, but most of their previous attempts at book clubs had fizzled out. Often with traditional book clubs, there's the scramble to finish the assigned book, and the pressure to have something smart to say. Wouldn't it be great to have a book club where you could just enjoy books, friends, and wine—without any homework? Now you do! Bring a book (or buy one for 15% off) and join us for an hour of silent reading at our own First Draft Book Bar in Phoenix. We're extending happy hour prices until 7pm! More »
7-8:30pm | TEMPE | CLUB ITALIANO | Study Italian, the cultures of Italy, and Italian travel with Carla Langille. For more information call 480.858.9440 or email carlastro123@gmail.com to RSVP.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21
7pm | PHOENIX | MARK ATHITAKIS | THE NEW MIDWEST | The local author and National Book Critics Circle board member shares his latest, The New Midwest: A Guide to Contemporary Fiction of the Great Lakes, Great Plains, and Rust Belt. In the public imagination, Midwestern literature has not evolved far beyond heartland laborers and hardscrabble immigrants of a century past. But as the region has changed so has its fiction. Tonight, Athitakis explores how shifts in work, class, place, race, and culture has been reflected or ignored by novelists and short story writers. From Marilynne Robinson to Leon Forrest, Toni Morrison to Aleksandar Hemon, Bonnie Jo Campbell to Stewart O'Nan, this book is a call to rethink the way we conceive Midwestern fiction—one that is sure to prompt some new must-have additions to every reading list. More »
7pm | TEMPE | RICHARD SHELTON | NOBODY RICH OR FAMOUS | The author and Regents' Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona presents his latest, a family memoir of poverty, alcoholism, and abuse. Nobody Rich or Famous immerses readers in the hardscrabble lives of Shelton's Boise, Idaho, clan during the 1930s and '40s, where the tenacity of the human spirit shines through. More »

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22
7pm | PHOENIX | FIRST DRAFT BOOK CLUB | HISTORY OF WOLVES | Join us at First Draft Book Bar (the wine and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for a discussion of this month's pick, Emily Fridlund's thrilling debut History of Wolves, about girlhood, sexual awakening, guilt, belief, and above all the shattering limits of faith. Stop by either Changing Hands location or order online to get your copy of History of Wolves for 20% off, then meet us and Arizona Republic reporter Barbara VanDenburgh at First Draft Book Bar at 7pm to discuss and enjoy happy hour prices during the event. More »
7pm | TEMPE | DR. RONALD EPSTEIN, M.D. | ATTENDING: MEDICINE, MINDFULNESS, AND HUMANITY | The practicing physician and professor of family medicine, psychiatry, and oncology discusses his debut book, Attending. The commodification of healthcare has shifted doctors' focus away from the healing of patients to the bottom line. Clinician burnout is at an all-time high. Attending is the antidote. With compassion and intelligence, and building on his world-renowned, innovative programs in mindful practice—Attention, Curiosity, Beginner's Mind, and Presence—Dr. Epstein offers a timely book that shows us how we can restore humanity to medicine, guide us toward a better overall quality of care, and remind us of what matters most.  More »

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | Early Literacy Specialists from Phoenix Public Library visit every Thursday to share songs, rhymes, books, and activities to promote movement in toddlers and infants.
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BILINGUAL STORYTIME | Interactive bilingual storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every third Thursday.
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Interactive storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every Thursday.
5:30pm | TEMPE | WRITERS, INK. | Share and critique two to four pages of writing with a group of peers. RSVP (required) at shariannegaylee@gmail.com.
7pm | TEMPE | POETRY READING | CYNTHIA HOGUE: IN JUNE THE LABYRINTH | JENNY IRISH: COMMON ANCESTOR | Cynthia Hogue, ASU's Marshall Chair in Poetry, and Jenny Irish, Assistant Director of ASU's Creative Writing Program, give a poetry reading to launch Irish's debut collection, Common Ancestor, and Hogue's ninth collection In June the LabyrinthMore »

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24
7pm | PHOENIX | ERIKA THOMAS | MAX FACTOR AND HOLLYWOOD: A GLAMOROUS HISTORY | The writer and former actress presents her biography of legendary and innovative cosmetician Max Factor. Thomas reveals the makeup guru's expert beauty tips and the story of how he created the most iconic golden-era looks that are as relevant today as they were nearly a century ago. More »

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25
3:30-5:30pm | PHOENIX | WORKSHOP WITH RACHEL EGBORO | TELLING THE WHOLE STORY | Rachel Eseoghene Egboro leads a two-hour introductory workshop on storytelling for anyone interested in being featured on The Whole Story stage or other live storytelling events in Phoenix. As a co-producer of The Storyline Collective and director of The Whole Story, Egboro has learned some simple steps to help you discover your story and to develop it for an audience. Cost: $25. Space is limited. Register at 602.274.0067 or online. More »
5:30pm | PHOENIX | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD | KING'S CAGE | Teens meet to discuss screenwriter and YA author Victoria Aveyard's latest installment of her bestselling Red Queen series. More »
5:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | TAROT READINGS | See 2/11 for details.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26
2-3:30pm | TEMPE | CHANTING WORKSHOP WITH PINNA JOSEPH | FREEING AND RELAXING THE VOICE | Enjoy the freedom of expressing your own voice! Singing sacred sounds and relaxing, body, mind, and spirit, attendees will explore ancient and modern chants and create invocations with seed syllables and improvised vocalizations. Chantress, sound artist, Yoga of the Voice™ instructor, and Somatic Sounding™ co-founder Pinna Joseph conducts the workshop. No previous singing experience required. cost: $20. Register at 480.730.0205 or online. More »
5-10pm | PHOENIX | OSCAR VIEWING PARTY | Want to watch the Oscars in style? Changing Hands Phoenix and our own First Draft Book Bar host an Oscar Viewing Party. Settle into our comfy chairs with your favorite wine, beer, or coffee drink and enjoy every minute, from the red carpet to the awards ceremony. Free and open to the public.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27
7pm | PHOENIX | ARIZONA OPERA BOOK CLUB | RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE | The Arizona Opera's official book club meets to discuss Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey, a classic of the Western genre. Riders of the Purple Sage is the story of Lassiter, a gunslinging avenger in black, who shows up in a remote Utah town just in time to save the young and beautiful rancher Jane Withersteen from having to marry a Mormon elder against her will. More »

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28
7pm | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | MARY LAMBERT | FAMILY GAME NIGHT AND OTHER CATASTROPHES | The local middle school English teacher shares her debut novel about family and friendship, adolescence, and hoarding. Annabelle has a five mile rule: She must keep her friends from coming within five miles of her home. That's because Annabelle's mom is a hoarder. Their house is full of stuff: canned goods, broken toys, old newspapers ... it's everywhere, except for Annabelle's spotless room. Annabelle can't let anyone find out what her house is like. They'll realize that her mom is crazy. They'll make fun of her. Or feel sorry for her. Or try to help. But when the newspaper piles come crashing down on her sister's head one morning, it kicks off an epic fight between her parents that ends up with her dad taking off—and her fix-it-all grandmother stepping in. More »

coming next month

Tyler Knott Gregson: Wildly into the Dark

PHOENIX | 6:30PM FRIDAY, MARCH 31

The bestselling author and online sensation visits with his latest poetry collection.

With loyal fans around the world and across the internet, Tyler Knott Gregson is reinventing poetry for a new generation, using Instagram and Tumblr to reach readers where they are.

Tyler's third collection includes more of his popular Typewriter Series poems (featured in his first book, Chasers of the Light) as well as never-before-published scenes that paint the world as only Tyler sees and experiences it. Filled with vivid photographs and even more vivid emotions, Wildly Into the Dark is a must-have for longtime fans as well as newcomers to Tyler's unique brand of passionate, intimate, and playful words and images. More »
this month at first draft

February’s Pick:
History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund

PHOENIX | 7PM WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22

Barbara Vanderburg Join us at First Draft Book Bar (the wine and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for a discussion of this month's pick, Emily Fridlund's thrilling debut History of Wolves, about girlhood, sexual awakening, guilt, belief, and above all the shattering limits of faith.

Stop by Changing Hands Phoenix or Tempe (or order online) to get your copy of History of Wolves for 20% OFF. Then join Arizona Republic reporter Barbara VanDenburgh at First Draft Book Bar (the wine, beer, and coffee bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) to discuss and enjoy HAPPY HOUR prices all through the event! More »

History of WolvesABOUT THE BOOK | Fourteen-year-old Linda lives with her parents in the beautiful, austere woods of northern Minnesota, where their nearly abandoned commune stands as a last vestige of a lost counter-culture world. Isolated at home and an outlander at school, Linda is drawn to the enigmatic, attractive Lily and new history teacher Mr. Grierson. When Mr. Grierson is charged with possessing child pornography, the implications of his arrest deeply affect Linda as she wrestles with her own fledgling desires and craving to belong.

And then the young Gardner family moves in across the lake and Linda finds herself welcomed into their home as a babysitter for their little boy, Paul. It seems that her life finally has purpose but with this new sense of belonging she is also drawn into secrets she doesn't understand. Over the course of a few days, Linda makes a set of choices that reverberate throughout her life. As she struggles to find a way out of the sequestered world into which she was born, Linda confronts the life-and-death consequences of the things people do—and fail to do—for the people they love. More »


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Insomniac City

by Bill Hayes | Hardcover, $27.00 »

Black Rabbit Hall "Lucky for us Bill Hayes is an insomniac. This book is a gift to readers. It is a paean to New York City and to love in all its guises and intimacies. The journal entries, photographs and short creative pieces left me teary and laughing and reminded me that great writing comes in my forms. I want to meet Bill Hayes on the streets of NYC, ride with him on the subway, have a drink with him at a party that neither of us were invited to, go onto the roof of his building, eat fresh grilled salmon and drink from a bottle of wine with a straw, and talk about Oliver Sacks—the sweet time he spent with this brilliant scientist, musician, writer, and human being."  —Gayle

 

Last Day on Earth

by Eric Puchner | Hardcover, $25.00 »

Homesick for Another World "If the mental image of a man frantically snorting spilled cocaine off his infant son's head doesn't make you laugh, read something else. If, like me, you find that kind of situation grotesquely hilarious, this will be your new favorite book! The stories are a delightful mixture of melancholy and a gleeful sense of absurdity and I frequently found myself laughing out loud at Puchner's turns of phrase. Last Day on Earth is a collection for the irredeemably strange reader and I loved every page!"  —Lauren

 

Extreme Measures

by Jessica Nutik Zitter | Hardcover, $27.00 »

Extreme Measures "This is not an easy book to read, even for a former physician, yet most of us SHOULD read it. It discusses end of life issues from the point of view of an intensive care physician who has slowly become a specialist in palliative care as well. Many of us think we don't want to be placed on life support if our existence would always be dependent on it, but there are many ways for our wishes to end up being ignored, as the fascinating and heartbreaking cases in this book make clear. Physicians and patients alike need to understand the complexities standing in the way."  —Georgeann

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