December 2019
Special Holiday Hours
Miller and Shimoda signs along the road Rounding Home
Todd Miller and Brandon Shimoda discuss their books Bob Ryan launches his first book of fiction, Signs Along The Road Sarah and Greg Swindell present Sarah’s new memoir, Rounding Home
Army of Lovers First Draft Book Club Stitch In
Musician Jamie Anderson reads from her book, An Army of Lovers Mind Your Business Book Club meets to discuss Dare to Lead by Brené Brown Stitch-In: using embroidery to make political points
First Draft Book Club Holiday Artisan Market Storyline Slam
First Draft Book Club meets to discuss Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson Changing Hands Phoenix hosts the 2019 Holiday Artisan Market for one-of-a-kind gifts Join us in Phoenix for Storyline Slam: "The End?"
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Holiday Crafting Bazaar

PHOENIX | 1-4PM SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8

Bring your kids and join us for a Holiday Crafting Bazaar!

Kids handcraft a variety of gifts to give to friends and family with one-on-one help from instructors. Parents are welcome to watch from the First Draft Book Bar or browse for the duration of the workshop. More »

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TEMPE | 11AM-4PM SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14

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Join us for a Natural Life Succulent Planting Party!

Select your choice of succulents and a variety of cheerful mugs from Natural Life. We'll provide all potting materials, gift tag, and a cute Natural Life gift bag. More »
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MONDAY, DECEMBER 2
6-8pm | PHOENIX | ARTIST RECEPTION | Team Pravus hosts a reception for their exhibition “Put a Bird on It.” Inspired by a little slice of pop culture — the Put A Bird On It catchphrase popularized by the show Portlandia — Team Pravus brings together a group of artists to present work created with birds as the theme. Artists include Lexie Bowers, ChampStyles, Randal Wilson, Doug Bale, Daniel Shepherd, Mike G., J.J. Horner, Koryn Woodward, Steph Carrico, Noel Franklin, Frank Gonzales, Nyla Lee, Luster Kaboom, Justin Ison, Dianne Nowicki, and Sour. The show runs through January 2020. More »

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. Also join us in Tempe at 10:15am on Tuesday, December 17. More »
5:30-8pm | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | YAMAHA CLAVINOVA FESTIVAL AND SEASON OF SHARING | Listen to young musicians perform Christmas songs to benefit International Health Partners. The current project of IHP is building the first Children's Hospital in Zinga, Tanzania. Completed projects include the nursing school in Dodoma and hospital in Iambi. The overall goal of International Health Partners is to bring self-sustaining quality health care to Tanzania. Co-presented by East Valley Yamaha Music School. More »

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4
7pm | TEMPE | TODD MILLER IN CONVERSATION WITH BRANDON SHIMODA | EMPIRE OF BORDERS AND THE GRAVE ON THE WALL | Todd Miller (author of Empire of Borders and Storming the Wall) and Brandon Shimoda (author of The Grave on the Wall) discuss the intersections and implications of America’s current border apparatus and the repeated incarcerations of marginalized peoples throughout its history. Brandon Shimoda also discusses his book The Grave on the Wall. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | ARIZONA OPERA BOOK CLUB | VICTORY: THE TRIUMPHANT GAY REVOLUTION | The Arizona Opera's official book club meets to discuss Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution by Linda Hirshman, who will be in attendance for the discussion. Supreme Court lawyer and political pundit Linda Hirshman details the stunning story of how a resourceful and dedicated minority transformed the notion of American marriage equality and forged a campaign for cultural change that will serve as a model for all future political movements. In the vein of Taylor Branch’s classic Parting of the Waters, Hirshman’s groundbreaking Victory is the powerful story of a massive shift in American culture. Hirshman offers an insider’s view of the crucial struggle that is leading to change, incorporating her unique experiences and insights and drawing upon new interviews—with movement titans such as Frank Kameny and Phyllis Lyon, with next-generation activists such as Evan Wolfson of Freedom to Marry, and with allies including the likes of New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand—to create a comprehensive, inspiring history of change in our time. More »

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5
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. Program supported by a grant from First Things First, a local early literacy program. Also join us in Phoenix at 9:15am on Thursdays, December 12, 19, and 26. More info: FirstThingsFirstAZ.gov. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. Also join us in Phoenix at 10am on Thursdays, December 12, 19, and 26. More »
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.
6:30pm | PHOENIX | BOB RYAN | SIGNS ALONG THE ROAD | Phoenix-area actor and songwriter Bob Ryan launches his first book of fiction, Signs Along The Road. The sixteen short stories feature an oddball cast of cowboys, detectives, musicians, and used tire salesmen. Along the way, they begin enterprises, lose and find love, annoy one another, elude death, complain about the food and find a little light. More »
7pm | TEMPE | SARA SWINDELL | ROUNDING HOME: AN INTIMATE LOOK INTO RAISING A CHILD WITH SEVERE AUTISM | Sarah and Greg Swindell present Sarah’s new memoir, Rounding Home, a story of love, betrayal, heartbreak, and hope, with an intimate look into raising their son with severe autism. Greg and Sarah lived in the Phoenix area from 1999 to 2004 when Greg was a pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks as well as the 2001 World Series Championship team. More »

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6
6-8pm | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | PICTURES WITH THE GRINCH | Pictures with Santa are a cool holiday need, but pictures with the Grinch are cooler indeed! Bring your camera and share a seat with Dr. Seuss' meanest and greenest creation, while a parent or friend (or Changing Hands bookseller) takes a holiday snapshot like no other. More »

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7
10am-12pm | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME AND PICTURES WITH THE GRINCH | Bring your camera and share a seat with Dr. Seuss' meanest and greenest creation, while a parent or friend (or Changing Hands bookseller) takes a holiday snapshot like no other. But be alert, in case Mr. Grinch tries to tip-toe away with your free treats while you're listening to How the Grinch Stole Christmas! More »
2pm | \ PHOENIX / TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | CLUB READ | THE YEAR WE FELL FROM SPACE | Calling all tweens! Join us for free pizza as we discuss Amy King's The Year We Fell from Space. Liberty Johansen is going to change the way we look at the night sky. Most people see the old constellations, the things they've been told to see. But Liberty sees new patterns, pictures, and possibilities. She's an exception. Some other exceptions: Her dad, who gave her the stars. Who moved out months ago and hasn't talked to her since. Her mom, who's happier since he left, even though everyone thinks she should be sad and lonely. And her sister, who won't go outside their house. Liberty feels like her whole world is falling from space. Can she map a new life for herself and her family before they spin too far out of reach? Club Read Badge Members: Get three points for attending the meeting and one point for purchasing the month's pick from Changing Hands Bookstore. 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.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8
1-4pm | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | HOLIDAY CRAFTING BAZAAR | Bring your kids and join us for a Holiday Crafting Bazaar! Kids handcraft a variety of gifts to give to friends and family with one-on-one help from instructors. Parents are welcome to watch from our First Draft Book Bar or browse for the duration of the workshop. Cost: $12 per child, ages 8 and up. Registration online. More »
6pm | PHOENIX | Changing Hands Phoenix closes early at 6pm.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9
6:30-9:30pm | PHOENIX | DRINK AND DRAW | First Draft Book Bar presents a night of drinking and drawing for all skill levels. Bring your own supplies, and we'll provide the live model. Cost: $10. Purchase day of/at the door in Phoenix. More »
6:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | POETRY ROUNDTABLE | Workshop one of your poems with a group of peers. More info: jedesign2004@yahoo.com.
6:30-7:30pm | PHOENIX | MIND YOUR BUSINESS BOOK CLUB | DARE TO LEAD | Join us for “Mind Your Business,” a book club for business leaders, managers, entrepreneurs—anyone interested in the art and science of doing business! On the second Monday of each month, Javelina CEO Catherine Alonzo leads a discussion of a business book at Changing Hands Phoenix, home of our First Draft Book Bar. Ranging from how to build and scale a business to how to lead a team, you’ll read business book classics as well as new hits. (And get a discount when you purchase the selection of the month at Changing Hands.) This month’s book is Dare to Lead by Brené Brown. More »
7pm | TEMPE | JAMIE ANDERSON | AN ARMY OF LOVERS | Jamie Anderson reads from her book, An Army of Lovers, about an exciting network of women performers, venues, and more that started in the 1970s. In California, a month before the Stonewall Riots in 1969, Maxine Feldman wrote a song, “Angry Atthis,” about the shame surrounding lesbians. She didn’t know where she was going to sing her new song until comedy duo Harrison and Tyler asked her to open their shows. On the other side of the country and three years later, Alix Dobkin released Lavender Jane Loves Women, the first record produced, engineered and played by women. Maxine and Alix had no business plan. They didn’t fit the mold set by mainstream music but they saw great potential to create a powerful soundtrack for women claiming their place as lesbians and feminists. A myriad of musicians joined them, from a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock, to singer-songwriter Cris Williamson, to activist/singer Holly Near, to jazz/classical/gospel performer Mary Watkins and many more; collectively they have sold millions of albums. Venues, radio shows, record distributors, and sound technicians sprung up to host and work with these musicians. Grateful fans traveled hundreds of miles to attend performances. These women (and a few men) created artist-run independent record labels―perhaps the first in history―and organized music festivals that drew thousands and still exist today. Before Lilith Fair and riot grrrls, there was women’s music! More than a simple recitation of events, An Army of Lovers is a collection of great stories from the women who were there. Jamie is also a musician and will present songs from these groundbreaking artists. More »

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | BILINGUAL STORYTIME WITH SEÑORA LIBROS | Join us for interactive bilingual storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12
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. Program supported by a grant from First Things First, a local early literacy program. Also join us in Phoenix at 9:15am on Thursdays, December 19 and 26. More info: FirstThingsFirstAZ.gov. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. Also join us in Phoenix at 10am on Thursdays, December 19 and 26. More »

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13
7pm | TEMPE | FRIDAY POETRY FEATURING BEATE SIGRIDDAUGHTER | Join us for Friday Poetry at Changing Hands Tempe, featuring poet Beate Sigriddaughter with her collections. Open reading follows. Readers may bring two pages (double-spaced) of poetry to share. More »

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14
10am-12pm | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME AND PICTURES WITH THE GRINCH | Bring your camera and share a seat with Dr. Seuss' meanest and greenest creation, while a parent or friend (or Changing Hands bookseller) takes a holiday snapshot like no other. But be alert, in case Mr. Grinch tries to tip-toe away with your free treats while you're listening to How the Grinch Stole Christmas! More »
11am-4pm | TEMPE | SUCCULENT PLANTING PARTY | Join us for a Natural Life Succulent Planting Party. Featuring your choice of $3.50-$5 succulents and a variety of cheerful mugs from Natural Life ranging from $10-25. We will provide all potting materials, gift tag, and a cute Natural Life bag to present your gift! Cost: $3.50 to $5 for your choice of succulent and $10-25 for your choice of planter mug. 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.
6-8pm | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | PICTURES WITH THE GRINCH | Pictures with Santa are a cool holiday need, but pictures with the Grinch are cooler indeed! Bring your camera and share a seat with Dr. Seuss' meanest and greenest creation, while a parent or friend (or Changing Hands bookseller) takes a holiday snapshot like no other. More »

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15 – TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24
9am | TEMPE | Changing Hands Tempe opens early at 9am for the holidays.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15
10am-12pm | PHOENIX | STITCH-IN | Inspired by the Tiny Pricks Project (@tinypricksproject), Sew Many Comments (@sewmanycomments), and countless other artists and activists using embroidery to make political points, we’re gathering our needles and thread and heading to First Draft to stitch and bitch. Drink a mimosa or two, or a latte or three. Whether you’re an embroidery pro or have never tried, all are welcome. Embroidery kits will be available for sale, or bring your own stitching project. More »
1pm | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | HANUKKAH STORYTIME WITH TEMPLE EMANUEL OF TEMPE | Join Temple Emanuel of Tempe at Changing Hands for a musical Hanukkah storytime. Enjoy stories, sing songs, and spin the dreidel! If you shop for books and gifts to take home with you, mention the Temple Emanual Book Fair at the register, and 15% of proceeds will go towards the purchase of books for their libraries. (Book fair offer runs through Sunday, December 22, 2019.) More »

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. Also join us in Tempe at 10:15am on Tuesday, December 17. More »

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18
7pm | PHOENIX | FIRST DRAFT BOOK CLUB | NOTHING TO SEE HERE | Join us at First Draft Book Bar (the wine and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for a discussion of this month’s pick, Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson. Stop by either Changing Hands location or order online to get your copy of Nothing to See Here 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 »
7-8:30pm | TEMPE | CHANTING WORKSHOP WITH PINNA JOSEPH | HEALING CHANTS AND THE POWER OF VIBRATION Chanting vibrates the body, mind, and spirit. To experience the healing power of sound, chantress, sound artist, Yoga of the Voice™ instructor, and Somatic Sounding™ co-founder Pinna Joseph conducts a workshop focusing on the breath, vibrational seed mantras, and call-and-response chants from various world cultures. No previous singing experience necessary. Cost: $25. Register online or at 480.730.0205. More »

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19
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. Program supported by a grant from First Things First, a local early literacy program. Also join us in Phoenix at 9:15am on Thursday, December 26. More info: FirstThingsFirstAZ.gov. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. Also join us in Phoenix at 10am on Thursday, December 26. More »

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.) | BOOK SWAP | Our Teen Book Swap is back! Teens are encouraged to bring a favorite book from home (or purchase a copy at Changing Hands) to swap with a fellow book lover. We'll talk about why we love the books we love, and afterwards participants can select a book to take home! More »
5:30-8pm | TEMPE | WRITERS, INK. | Share and critique two to four pages of writing with a group of peers. RSVP (required) at janiemae1083@gmail.com.
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, DECEMBER 22 | HANUKKAH BEGINS AT SUNDOWN | HAPPY HANUKKAH!
9am-5pm | PHOENIX | HOLIDAY ARTISAN MARKET | The 2019 Artisan Market at The Newton features Arizona artists with 100% local, handmade work. Featuring jewelry, ceramics, glass, metal, paint, fiber, and more. More »

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24 | CHRISTMAS EVE
9am | TEMPE | EARLY OPENING | Changing Hands Tempe opens early at 9am for the holiday.
5pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE | EARLY CLOSING | First Draft Book Bar and both locations of Changing Hands close early at 5pm to observe Christmas Eve.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25 | CHRISTMAS DAY
PHOENIX / TEMPE | CLOSED | First Draft Book Bar and both locations of Changing Hands are closed to observe the Christmas holiday. Merry Christmas!

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26 | KWANZAA BEGINS | HAPPY KWANZAA!
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. Program supported by a grant from First Things First, a local early literacy program. More info: FirstThingsFirstAZ.gov. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
5:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | WRITERS, INK. | Share and critique two to four pages of writing with a group of peers. RSVP (required) at janiemae1083@gmail.com.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27
7pm | PHOENIX | STORYLINE SLAM | “THE END?” | 10 STORYTELLERS. 6 MINUTES. 1 WINNER! Ten tellers will have six minutes each to share a story based on the theme “The End?” Sign up on TheStoryline.org to tell a story. Eight names will be drawn and posted on the TheStoryline.org. At least two more names will be drawn at the beginning of the show. Five members of the audience will be the judges. The storyteller with the most points at the end of the show receives a $30 cash prize. Cost: $6 online / $8 at the door. Register online. More »

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28
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.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 30
6-7:30pm | PHOENIX | WRITE HERE, WRITE NOW | “LET'S GET (UN)FAMILIAR: DEFAMILIARIZATION AS CREATIVE TECHNIQUE” | Need ideas to help you start writing? Join us for a monthly pop-up workshop co-presented by Phoenix College and ASU's Piper Center for Creative Writing. Each session includes a 30-minute mini-class and a writing prompt exploring some aspect of craft—setting, dialogue, character development, etc.—followed by focused writing time and the opportunity to read your work to the group. Tonight, Phoenix College professor Cody Wilson (Nobody is Ever Missing) continues the series with “Let's Get (un)Familiar: Defamiliarization as Creative Technique.” Where do poems come from? What compels them into being? Susan Sontag tells us, “a writer is someone who pays attention to the world—a writer is a professional observer.” Wilson discusses how poetry comes from refocusing perspective, even on what seems familiar or trite. Participants will be given examples from contemporary writers as models and will then use prompted methods of discovery to generate original imagery that re-envisions the familiar into something extraordinary. Write Here, Write Now is co-presented by Changing Hands Bookstore, First Draft Book Bar, the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, and The Creative Writing Program at Phoenix College. Cost: $8 per person. Register online. More »

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31 | NEW YEAR’S EVE
5pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE | EARLY CLOSING | First Draft Book Bar and both locations of Changing Hands Bookstore close early at 5pm to observe the holiday.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1 | NEW YEAR’S DAY
PHOENIX | CLOSED | First Draft Book Bar and Changing Hands Phoenix will be closed all day to observe the holiday.
Noon-9pm | TEMPE | CUSTOMER APPRECIATION NEW YEAR’S DAY SALE | Didn’t get what you want for the holidays? Visit our annual Customer Appreciation Sale when virtually everything in the store is 25% off! Discount excludes online and special orders, reserved books, workshops and classes, and gift certificates. Because of this generous discount, we must suspend Readers Club Stamps for the day. More »
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December’s Pick:
Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson

PHOENIX | 7PM WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18

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, Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson.

Stop by Changing Hands Phoenix or Tempe (or order online) to get your copy of Nothing to See Here 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 »

THE INCENDIARIESABOUT THE BOOK | Lillian and Madison were unlikely roommates and yet inseparable friends at their elite boarding school. But then Lillian had to leave the school unexpectedly in the wake of a scandal and they’ve barely spoken since. Until now, when Lillian gets a letter from Madison pleading for her help.

Madison’s twin stepkids are moving in with her family and she wants Lillian to be their caretaker. However, there’s a catch: the twins spontaneously combust when they get agitated, flames igniting from their skin in a startling but beautiful way. Lillian is convinced Madison is pulling her leg, but it’s the truth.

Thinking of her dead-end life at home, the life that has consistently disappointed her, Lillian figures she has nothing to lose. Over the course of one humid, demanding summer, Lillian and the twins learn to trust each other—and stay cool—while also staying out of the way of Madison’s buttoned-up politician husband. Surprised by her own ingenuity yet unused to the intense feelings of protectiveness she feels for them, Lillian ultimately begins to accept that she needs these strange children as much as they need her—urgently and fiercely. Couldn’t this be the start of the amazing life she’d always hoped for?

With white-hot wit and a big, tender heart, Kevin Wilson has written his best book yet—a most unusual story of parental love. More »


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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel

by Ocean Vuong | Hardcover, $26.00 »

There There "Ocean Vuong's debut novel is as stunning and beautiful as his poetry collections. Written as a love letter to his mother, Little Dog, the narrator, documents his mother's journey from Vietnam during the war to their immigration to America and the trauma that comes afterwards: the adjustment of life in a new country, life with a parent shattered by war, and Little Dog's own becoming as a gay Vietnamese-American man. This is not a novel for the faint of heart: it is delicate, and it is raw and dark and full of terrors. But my god is it gorgeous. I was left in awe and in gratitude after reading this book. On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous has my heart."  —Michelle

 

The Nickel Boys: A Novel

by Colson Whitehead | Hardcover, $24.95 »

The Nickel Boys "Colson Whitehead's Underground Railroad is a tough act to follow so I was hesitant to start his latest novel The Nickel Boys. This beautifully crafted story is based in part on real life events that took place at the Dozier reformatory school for boys in Florida during the Jim Crow era. To outsiders, the school is considered a place to help wayward boys find their way and become active members of society. This story is heavy but Colson's exquisite prose pulled me in and refused to let go. I was sad, angry, heartbroken and grateful for a story that left me breathless long after I turned the last page."  —Loretta

 

The Parisian

by Isabella Hammad | Hardcover, $27.00 »

A Lucky Man: Stories "The Parisian is a novel with a gripping story, filled with an amazing cast of characters and topped off with a brilliant and totally satisfying ending. At the core of this tale is a vivid, immersive love story. The author's familiarity with the culture, the history and the language of both France the Palestinian Arabs is as impressive as it is informative. Isabella Hammad has written a superb work of fiction--one of the best I've read in years."  —Bob




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