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August 2017
My Riot Dancing with a Demon The Elote Cafe Notebook
Roger Miret, frontman of Agnostic Front, shares his new memoir Mother and daughter co-authors share their memoir of anorexia Sedona Chef Jeff Smedstad shares his new cookbook
First Fiction at First Draft Reclaiming Gotham Desert Landscaping and Maintenance
First Fiction returns to Changing Hands at our First Draft Book Bar Democracy Now's co-host Juan González presents new book Join us for a gardening workshop with Desert Botanical Garden
The Last Chicago Boss Chasing Freedom Banned Book Reading
Kerrie Droban discusses her exposé of the Outlaw Nation

ASU instructor Deborah Kabwang shares Chasing Freedom

Banned Books Adult Storytime with AZ LQBT+ History Project
Hungry Girl Clean and Healthy ObsessedFirst Draft Book Club Bruce Campbell Soul Smart
"Hungry Girl" Lisa Lillien presents her latest cookbook Changing Hands and PHXCC bring Bruce Campbell to Mesa Medium Susanne Wilson shares insights from her new book
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FRIDAY THROUGH MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1-4
3-10PM FRIDAY & ALL DAY SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY | PHOENIX | RED STAR BOOK SALE | Four days only! Cheap books and cold drinks at our own First Draft Book Bar. Bring a friend, grab a drink at the bar, and start browsing. We'll have thousands of great books waiting for you in the event room, each for just $2. (Friday through Monday only at First Draft, the wine, beer, and coffee bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix.) The sale begins Friday at 3pm then goes all day Saturday through Monday. More »

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: TACO DRAGON | Bring the kiddos and your camera, and join us for stories and pictures with the popular children's book character Taco Dragon.
2pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | CLUB READ | THE APPRENTICE WITCH | Calling all tweens! Join us for free pizza as we discuss James Nicol's The Apprentice Witch, a middle grade debut novel of magic and courage in a world of witches, written with the charm and enchantment of Circus Mirandus and The Apothecary. 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 »
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.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 | LABOR DAY
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 »

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
7pm | PHOENIX | TWEEN EVENT | DUSTI BOWLING | INSIGNIFICANT EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF A CACTUS | Local author Dusti Bowling presents her new book for middle schoolers. Aven Green loves to tell people that she lost her arms in an alligator wrestling match, or a wildfire in Tanzania, but the truth is she was born without them. And when her parents take a job running Stagecoach Pass, a rundown western theme park in Arizona, Aven moves with them across the country knowing she'll have to answer the question over and over again. Her new life takes an unexpected turn when she bonds with Connor, a classmate who also feels isolated because of his own disability, and they discover a room at Stagecoach Pass that holds bigger secrets than Aven could have imagined. It's hard to solve a mystery, help a friend, and face your worst fears. But Aven's about to discover she can do it all . . . even without arms. More »

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
7pm | PHOENIX | ROGER MIRET | MY RIOT: AGNOSTIC FRONT, GRIT, GUTS, AND GLORY | The lead singer of Agnostic Front shares his memoir. With Roger Miret as frontman, legendary New York hardcore band Agnostic Front's focused fury and aggression defined the times. Born in Cuba, Miret fled with his family to the US to escape the Castro regime. In My Riot, he recounts growing up in a strange new land with a tyrannical stepfather and the roles that poverty and violence played in shaping the grit that became critical to his survival. In his teen years, he finds himself squatting in abandoned buildings with unforgettably eccentric runaways and victims of similar childhood trauma. With like-minded misfits he helps pioneer a new musical genre, but with money scarce and commercial success impossible, he turns to running drugs to support his family and winds up in prison. It's the ultimate test of his toughness and perseverance that eventually sets him on a path towards redemption. More »

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | An Early Literacy Specialist from Phoenix Public Library visits 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, September 14, 21, and 28.
5:30pm | TEMPE | GETTING INVOLVED 101 | Volunteer orientation with HandsOn Greater Phoenix. A tax deductible activation donation of $25 applies to ages 19 and older. Info: 602.973.2212 x231 or handsonphoenix.org.
SOLD OUT | 6:30-8:30pm | PHOENIX | TEN-PART WORKSHOP WITH AMY SILVERMAN AND DEBORAH SUSSMAN: "MOTHERS WHO WRITE" | Motherhood is the only experience necessary in this workshop for writers of all ages and levels of experience. From published authors to secret journal-keepers, "Mothers Who Write" offers prompts and advice to get you started, as well as a constructive, comfortable setting in which to workshop your writing. More »
7pm | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | VICTORIA JAMIESON | ALL'S FAIRE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL | The Newbery Honor-winning author of Roller Girl is back with a heartwarming graphic novel about starting middle school, surviving your embarrassing family, and the Renaissance Faire. More »

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
5-8pm | PHOENIX | EDUCATORS' APPRECIATION DAY | Teachers, educators, and librarians, tonight we're celebrating YOU. Enjoy a 20% storewide discount all day, free Tarot readings, refreshments, chair massages, and more. Hachette Book Group's Rick Cobban will offer an exclusive sneak peek at forthcoming buzz books for young readers, and Tanja Bauerle will discuss how to host a successful author visit in your school. RSVP at 602.274.0067. More »
7pm | TEMPE | FRIDAY POETRY | RED INK READING: AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INDIGENOUS LITERATURE, ARTS, & HUMANITIES READING | RED INK visits to share readings that highlight Native American intellectual and creative expression. Learn more at RedInkInternational.org. Author Simon Ortiz presents with other contributors. More »

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: TACO DRAGON | Bring the kiddos and your camera, and join us for stories and pictures with the popular children's book character Taco Dragon.
5pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TAWNI WATERS | THE LONG RIDE HOME | The local author visits with her latest YA novel. After the loss of her mother, Harley can barely handle her grief. But the start of summer marks new beginnings, and Harley leaves for a cross-country road trip to scatter her mother's ashes with Dean, her friend (with benefits). The two ride by motorcycle, reconnecting with people who knew her mother along the way. But it's not long before Harley realizes she's pregnant . . . with Dean's child. And as Harley learns that her mother faced similar choices during her own pregnancy, Harley must come to terms with her mother's past to make a difficult decision about her own future. More »
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, SEPTEMBER 10 | GRANDPARENT'S DAY
3pm | TEMPE | VALERIE FOSTER WITH JENNA WARNECKE | DANCING WITH A DEMON | What would you do if your child stopped eating? Local author Valerie Foster and her daughter Jenna visit with Foster's memoir, the story of a mother searching for answers through the labyrinth of her child's struggle with anorexia nervosa, an often fatal and perpetually mysterious disease. Jenna's own revealing journal entries, along with Valerie's love letters to her daughter, explore the complexities of the mother-daughter relationship and the many ways the disease affects the entire family. More »

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
6-8pm | TEMPE | TWO SESSION WRITING WORKSHOP WITH ROSEMARIE DOMBROWSKI | "FLASH MEMOIR: THE ART OF MEMORY IN 750 WORDS OR LESS" | The founder of the Phoenix Poetry Series hosts a two-part workshop on flash memoir. Attendees will read and discuss examples focusing on the re-creation of personal memories and then participate in a writing exercise. The first session concludes with an overview of a take-home writing prompt. The second session on Monday, September 25, requires participants to workshop an original, newly completed piece of flash memoir. Individualized feedback will focus on issues of style, voice, pacing, detail, development, diction, and syntax. Cost: $35 for 2 sessions. Attendees must buy the entire workshop. Register online or call 480.730.0205. More »
6:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | POETRY ROUNDTABLE | Workshop one of your poems with a group of peers. More info: jedesign2004@yahoo.com.
7pm | PHOENIX | JEFF SMEDSTAD | THE ELOTE CAFÉ NOTEBOOK | James Beard Award nominee Jeff Smedstad, chef and owner of Sedona's beloved Elote Café, offers small-bite samples and shares his new cookbook of southwestern flavors. This fully illustrated full-color volume features innovative recipes inspired by Smedstad's decades of travel across Mexico and the Southwest, recipes which have made Elote Café one of Arizona's most popular dining destinations. More »

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
7pm | PHOENIX | FIRST FICTION AT FIRST DRAFT | FEATURING DANYA KUKAFKA (GIRL IN SNOW), GABRIEL TALLENT (MY ABSOLUTE DARLING), DONIA BIJAN (THE LAST DAYS OF CAFE LEILA) | It's back! First Fiction returns to Changing Hands, now at our own First Draft Book Bar. Three first-time fiction writers read excerpts from their novels while YOU enjoy happy hour prices at the bar. Afterwards, we'll open the floor to questions, then crank some music for an informal mixer with the authors. Danya Kukafka reads from Girl in Snow, Gabriel Tallent presents My Absolute Darling, and Donia Bijan shares The Last Days of Cafe Leila. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | JULIE BERRY | THE EMPEROR'S OSTRICH | Julie Berry, author of the 2017 Printz Honor winner The Passion of Dolssa, shares her latest, a fantasy adventure filled with magic and mayhem. Young dairymaid Begonia has lost her cow, Alfalfa. So she has set off on a search across the countryside even though she has nothing but a magical map to guide her. Along the way she meets a mother and baby, a woodcutter, a very dirty young man, and an eight-foot ostrich. Meanwhile, the emperor has gone missing from the royal palace in a most mysterious manner. Was it murder? Was it magic? It will take all of Begonia's wits to save the empire and get Alfalfa home safely. More »

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
7pm | TEMPE | JUAN GONZÁLEZ | RECLAIMING GOTHAM: BILL DE BLASIO AND THE MOVEMENT TO END AMERICA'S TALE OF TWO CITIES | Former New York Daily News columnist and Democracy Now! co-host Juan González presents his book about New York's mayor Bill de Blasio and the new generation of municipal leaders who offer valuable lessons for those seeking grassroots reform. More »

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
5-8pm | TEMPE | EDUCATORS' APPRECIATION DAY | Teachers, educators, and librarians, tonight we're celebrating YOU. Enjoy a 20% storewide discount all day, free Tarot readings, refreshments, chair massages, and more. Hachette Book Group's Rick Cobban will offer an exclusive sneak peek at forthcoming buzz books for young readers, and Tanja Bauerle will discuss how to host a successful author visit in your school. RSVP at 480.730.0205. More »

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
10-11:30am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | MUSICAL STORYTIME PRESENTED BY ARIZONA OPERA | THE MAGIC FLUTE | Join us for a special storytime based on Mozart's opera The Magic Flute. Costumed actors read and sing selections from the opera, and children create crafts based on The Magic Flute. More »
1pm | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | GLITTER MAGIC: A GENDER FLUID STORYTIME | Put the rainbow in reading! Join us for Glitter Magic Storytime featuring Arizona's best, brightest, and brilliant gender non-conforming storytellers. Celebrate diversity with stories and bubbles. Play dress-up with feather boas, hats and sparkly sunglasses. Be yourself and have a blast with us at this family-friendly event! More »
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.) | ROAR | Teens meet to discuss New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack's young adult debut, Roar. More »
5:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | 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, SEPTEMBER 17
11am-12pm | PHOENIX | GARDENING WORKSHOP | DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN: "DESIGN YOUR GARDEN FOR YEAR-ROUND ENJOYMENT" | Learn the key adaptations of desert plant species, and discover a palette that can add both color and sustainability to your garden with Angelica Elliott, Tina Wilson, and Luana Vargas from Desert Botanical Garden. Luana Vargas, editor of Desert Landscape School, also offers practical information on how to plant a tree that will add value and beauty to your garden for years to come. Cost: one copy of Desert Landscape School: A Guide to Desert Landscaping and Maintenance ($68 + tax). Register online or call 602.274.0067. More »

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
7-8:30pm | TEMPE | CLUB ITALIANO | Study the cultures of Italy and Italian travel with Carla Langille. For more information, call 480.650.9509 or email carlastro123@gmail.com to RSVP.
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | MARIE LU (WARCROSS) AND SCOTT REINTGEN (NYXIA) | Marie Lu, author of the New York Times bestselling Young Elites series, and debut author Scott Reintgen present their new novels. More »

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME WITH MICAH | Join Micah, Tempe Public Library's Youth Services Librarian, for a thematic storytime including finger-plays, storyboards, songs, rhymes, interactive stories, and bubbles! More »
6:30-8:30pm | PHOENIX | CRAFTING WORKSHOP | LA CRAFTY NOCHE WITH CRAFTY CHICA: PAN DULCE PLUSHIES | Get crafty with "Crafty Chica" Kathy Cano-Murillo as she shows you how to hand-stitch plushies that look like empanadas and conchas! Kathy will bring all the supplies and teach guests how to hand-sew, stuff, and paint these adorable pieces to look like the real thing. Use them as a pin cushion, a key ring, a holiday ornament—anything you like! Cost: $20 per person. All supplies included. Registration at 602.274.0067 or online. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | FOUND IN TRANSLATION BOOK CLUB | THE VEGETARIAN | Whether you're a seasoned traveler, an armchair traveler yearning to see the world, or just a lover of great books, all are welcome at our new international book club. Join us as we discuss this month's pick, Han Kang's The Vegetarian, a beautiful, unsettling novel about rebellion and taboo, violence and eroticism, and the twisting metamorphosis of a soul. You can also enjoy coffee, beer, and wine drinks from our own First Draft Book Bar, located in Changing Hands Phoenix! More »
7pm | TEMPE | KERRIE DROBAN | THE LAST CHICAGO BOSS | Author and criminal defense attorney Kerrie Droban discusses her latest, an exposé of the inner workings of the Outlaw Nation from the perspective of its leader, Peter "Big Pete" James. Big Pete was the most revered gangster in the Outlaw Nation. He first perfected his skills with the Hells Angels, the Outlaws' chief rival, before persuading thousands of disgruntled members from splintered Outlaws chapters to unite. Together they formed a powerful syndicate involved in extortion, contract murders, drugs and arms trafficking, and money laundering. Then a shocking medical diagnosis forced Big Pete to face a new life on the outside of the organization he built, dodging snitches, federal law enforcement, and contract hits. More »

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 | ROSH HASHANA

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
7pm | PHOENIX | STORYLINE SLAM | FRESH | TheStoryline.org, a Phoenix storytelling collective, presents the first in a monthly slam competition. Storytellers share six minute true stories based on a common theme. They are judged by the audience and the story with the most points at the end of the show receives a cash prize. Cost: $6 in advance, $8 at the door. Register online or call 602.274.0067. More »

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | AMY FELLNER DOMINY & NATE EVANS | COOKIESAURUS REX | Dominy and Evans share their picture book about a little cookie with a big attitude. As soon as Cookiesaurus Rex comes out of the oven, he declares that he is King of All Cookies. He should be frosted before all of the standard-shaped cookies, in a nice bright green. But the other cookies are getting sprinkles, or shiny stars, or even gumdrops . . . WAIT ONE STINKIN' STOMPIN' MINUTE, Cookiesaurus wants a do-over. Problem is, he might not end up with the kind of "do" he wants. Storybook Kitchen joins the authors with a cookie decorating activity. More »
3pm | PHOENIX | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.) | THE ARSONIST | Teens meet to discuss Stephanie Oakes's latest, The Arsonist, in which three points of view are woven together in a story that's part Cold War mystery, part contemporary coming-of-age, and completely unputdownable. More »
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.
7pm | PHOENIX | DEBORAH KABWANG | CHASING FREEDOM | Local author Deborah Kabwang presents her self-published novel, which explores the journey of Bijou, a twenty-two-year-old refugee and rape victim from D.R. Congo. Bijou resettles in Dallas and finds herself in the home of a profoundly religious couple. After meeting another refugee, Bijou must make a choice to take charge of her own life or keep chasing freedom. More »
8pm | PHOENIX | BANNED BOOKS ADULT STORYTIME WITH AZ LGBT+ HISTORY PROJECT | Join us for a special adult storytime featuring Sister Sur Mon Visage and Karm A Sutra of the Grand Canyon Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. A group of gender variants celebrate the freedom to read by reading aloud from banned books! Admission benefits the Arizona LGBT+ History Project. Warning: explicit content. Cost: $10. Register online or call 602.274.0067. More »

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
7pm | PHOENIX | ARIZONA OPERA BOOK CLUB | FOOL | The Arizona Opera's official book club meets to discuss Fool, Christopher Moore's comedic take on Shakespeare's King Lear . . . as seen through the eyes of the foolish liege's clownish jester, Pocket. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | LISA LILLIEN | HUNGRY GIRL CLEAN & HUNGRY: OBSESSED! | The New York Times bestselling author of the Hungry Girl series shares food samples and presents the follow-up to her smash bestseller Hungry Girl Clean & Hungry. Lillien has sold millions of books by serving up clever and deliciously easy recipes with low calorie counts, huge portions, and easy-to-find ingredients that are good for you. Now she takes on the beloved foods Americans are most obsessed with—comfort foods, junk foods, international favorites, desserts, and more! Donuts, lasagna, fried chicken, quesadillas, fudge: no food is off-limits. With the unique and healthy recipes in this cookbook, you can finally enjoy all the foods you crave while eating clean and staying lean! More »

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME WITH CHRIS GALL | THE LITTLEST TRAIN | The award-winning author and illustrator of Dinotrux, Substitute Creature, Dear Fish, and more presents his picture book about a tiny toy train. In a small room, down a short flight of stairs, there lives a little toy train about to have a BIG adventure. There's an endless world to explore, and awe-inspiring new friends to meet. Mighty Max, Chloe Cogs, Sara Speedster, and Farley Freighter can reach all the best sights, lickety-split. But when the day is done and the sun goes down, will the littlest train find his way home? Calling all train lovers: All aboard! More »
5:30pm | PHOENIX | SCHOOL OF SUSTAINABILITY URBAN GARDEN SERIES | GROWING MORE THAN VEGGIES: COMMUNITY BUILDING FROM THE ROOTS UP | The Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability presents a new installment of their Urban Talk Series followed by a tour of Roosevelt Growhouse on Saturday, September 30. In this talk, you will learn about how a community of volunteers planted seeds for neighborhood revitalization through urban agriculture & the arts. Co-founder Kenny Barret will be leading the conversation. This event is co-presented by Southwest Gardener. More »

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
7pm | PHOENIX | FIRST DRAFT BOOK CLUB | THE BURNING GIRL | Join us at First Draft Book Bar (the wine and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for a discussion of this month's First Draft Book Club pick. Claire Messud's The Burning Girl is a complex examination of the stories we tell ourselves about youth and friendship, and straddles, expertly, childhood's imaginary worlds and painful adult reality—crafting a true, immediate portrait of female adolescence. Stop by either Changing Hands location or order online to get your copy of The Burning Girl for 20% off, then meet us and Arizona Republic reporter Barbara VanDenburgh at First Draft to discuss and enjoy happy hour prices during the event. More »
7pm | OFFSITE | BRUCE CAMPBELL | HAIL TO THE CHIN | Changing Hands Bookstore and Phoenix Comicon are proud to welcome Bruce Campbell to the Valley with Hail to the Chin, the long-awaited sequel to If Chins Could Kill. BONUS! All attendees will participate in Last Fan Standing, the ultimate test of pop-culture knowledge hosted live onstage by Bruce himself. Location: Dobson High School Auditorium, 1501 West Guadalupe Road, Mesa 85202. VIP Ticket Packages are sold out. Regular Ticket Package: $42, includes admission for one person and one signed copy of Hail to the Chin. Register at 480.730.0205 or online. More »

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
5:30pm | TEMPE | WRITERS, INK. | Share and critique 2-4 pages of writing with a group of peers. RSVP (required) at shariannegaylee@gmail.com.
7pm | TEMPE | SUSANNE WILSON | SOUL SMART: WHAT THE DEAD TEACH US ABOUT SPIRIT COMMUNICATION | Spiritual medium Susanne Wilson shares insights from her new book Soul Smart, then conducts a Spirit Guides session. Who are your spirit guides? Where do they come from? How do you connect to your primary spirit guide? Susanne leads a guided meditation she claims will help you do exactly that, and then provides "several validations from spirit guides, angels, and loved ones in spirit." More »

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 | YOM KIPPUR
 

this month at first draft

September’s Pick:
The Burning Girl by Claire Messud

PHOENIX | 7PM WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

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, Claire Messud's The Burning Girl.

Stop by Changing Hands Phoenix or Tempe (or order online) to get your copy of The Burning Girl 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 »

Stephen FloridaABOUT THE BOOK | Julia and Cassie have been friends since nursery school. They have shared everything, including their desire to escape the stifling limitations of their birthplace, the quiet town of Royston, Massachusetts. But as the two girls enter adolescence, their paths diverge and Cassie sets out on a journey that will put her life in danger and shatter her oldest friendship. The Burning Girl is a complex examination of the stories we tell ourselves about youth and friendship, and straddles, expertly, childhood's imaginary worlds and painful adult reality--crafting a true, immediate portrait of female adolescence. More »


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The Complete Ballet: A Fictional Essay in Five Acts

by John Haskell | Hardcover, $16.00 »

The Complete Ballet "When I first picked this book up, I'll admit I was skeptical. If you're anything like me, you might not think a book about ballet sounds particularly interesting. But take my word for it: this wonderful little hybrid is utterly mesmerizing. John Haskell's hypnotic voice and stream-of-consciousness style had me entranced from the first page, and every word I read brought me deeper under his spell, sweeping me away into the breathtaking and heartbreaking worlds of the romantic era ballets. Haskell retells the stories of these classic dances with grace and reverence, and through them, he weaves a narrative of his own, a story as compelling as it is devastating. Artful, vivid, and ethereal, The Complete Ballet is a transcendent experience. Like the best kind of dreams, it transported me — and I didn't want to wake up."  —Jason

 

Sourdough

by Robin Sloan | Hardcover, $26.00 »

Sourdough "In this novel, the reader explores a world where food meets tech and the inevitable collision. With some suspended disbelief you delve into the underground world of a futuristic farmer's market in the Bay area. The characters are charming and in the end you'll learn a few things about baking and technology. Furthermore, the cover glows in the dark. There is so much to love."  —Cindy


 

 

Five-Carat Soul

by James McBride | Hardcover, $27.00 »

Five-Carat Soul "Yes. Yes. Yes. You will go on adventures in this collection of short stories by James McBride. You will see yourself and you will find new ways to see others. This book surprised me. The last story is a completely fantastical tale of animals in the zoo. I was determined it was frivolous and not worth my time. I was wrong. It is a beautiful tale that in the end gave me pause to think about our place in the world and among the animal kingdom. Don't be fooled. It's not all talking animals. There are so many good stories in this volume and I continue to think on them here and there during the course of the day. The writing is great and I think you'll enjoy a book you can digest in small bites!"  —Julie

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