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|BOOK GROUP BUZZ||March 2012|
|Dear Friends, |
Join us tonight as Kevin Holohan shares his debut novel The Brothers' Lot, an event cosponsored with Irish Writers and Artists. There is sure to be much food for thought!
Salon Espanol meets on Friday evening, 7pm, to talk about Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafron. Don't be shy, the native speakers love welcoming emerging Spanish speakers - plus it's a rollicking group to join!
Saturday Morning Storytime and Craft, 10:30am, featuring Cadlecott Winnter A Ball for Daisy and Interrupting Chicken.
Then at 1pm, meet Hooper and Jane Paley, Hooper Finds a Family, a benefit for Montclair Animal Shelter. Purchase from our display of animal books, for adult and children, and help support the shelter
And ...on Monday, Lauren Tarshis will be at the bookstore, 4pm, with her new I Survived series of historical adventures, I Survived the San Francisco Earthquake. It'll be a great opportunity for your youngster, grades 3-5, to find out how Lauren writes these great adventures about kids surviving disasters.
So what's the buzz on book groups? Look at our list of suggested new releases, the schedule for book groups meeting in the store AND what book groups around town are reading.
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Always, Margot, Nicole, Carolyn, Marina, Marisela, and Liane
|The Buddha in the Attic
A gorgeous novel by the celebrated author of When the Emperor Was Divine that tells the story of a group of young women brought from Japan to San Francisco as "picture brides" nearly a century ago. "A gorgeous mosaic of the hopes and dreams that propelled so many immigrants across an ocean to an unknown country. . . . Otsuka illuminates the challenges, suffering and occasional joy that they found in their new homeland." Washington Post. Paperbackand Google eBook.
A 9/11 widow and an American Muslim architect chosen to design the 9/11 memorial are at the center of Waldman's debut novel. Elegantly written with complex characters, it is a deeply intelligent novel.
"[An] emotionally and politically rich novel . . . The Submission raises wrenching post-9/11 questions about what it means to be an American . . . [Waldman's] novel transcends ideological politics." -Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today Paperback and Google eBook.
|The American Heiress|
New World Money and Old World Tradition. A delicious historical fiction debut follows an American billionaire's daughter at the turn of the Century as she and her mother travel to England to find a titled husband. Thoroughly entertaining! Paperback and Google eBook.
| Unfamiliar Fishes|
"Its scintillating cast includes dour missionaries, genital-worshiping heathens, Teddy Roosevelt, incestuous royalty, a nutty Mormon, a much-too-merry monarch, President Obama, sugar barons, an imprisoned queen and Vowell herself, in a kind of 50th-state variety show. It's a fun book...[a] playful, provocative, stand-up approach to history."-The New York Times Book Review
Paperbackand Google eBook.
|Moonwalking with Einstein|
As a science journalist covering the US Memory Championship, Foer became captivated by the secrets of the competitors. Brains remember visual imagery but have a harder time with other information, like lists, and so with the help of experts, Foer learned how to transform the kinds of memories he forgot into the kind his brain remembered naturally. The techniques he mastered made it easier to remember information, and Foer's story demonstrates that the tricks of the masters are accessible to anyone. Paperback
and Google eBook.
| More Than Good Intentions|
Dean Karlan and Jacob Appel
Montclair born and bred Jacob Appel!
"A terrific book for anyone interested in what can really be done about global poverty. Karlan and Appel strike a balance between irrational exuberance for donating money to anything that sounds noble and stern pessimism about any attempt to do good in the world. Here is a clear, workable way forward- described with a compelling, human touch."
-Michael Kremer, Gates Professor of Developing Societies, Harvard University. Paperback and Google eBook
|The Savage City|
For any of us who lived in NYC during the uneasiness of the 60s and 70s, this social history/unerworld thriller brings up back and reveals what really went on. English interweaves the real-life sagas of a corrupt cop, a militant Black Panther, and an innocent young African American man framed by the NYPD for a series of crimes, including a brutal and sensational double murder.. Paperback and Google eBook
|The Free World|
Another debut novel not to be missed. Bezmozgis has captured the voice and emotional depth of three generations of a Soviet Jewiish family, emigrating to Canada via Italy. Irresistable, thought provoking and utterly honest. Paperback and Google eBook.
In-House Book Groups
All are welcome. 7:00pm
No registration required for the adult book groups If the book appeals to you, and you've read it, come and join us.
Great Writers with Marina Cramer
Fri, April 6, The Nun
, Simonetta Hornby
Fri. May 4, TBA
Beam Me Up Science Fiction with Eileen Dufy
Fri, April 13, The Magicians, Lev Grossma
Fri, May 11, Galileo's Dream, Kim Stanley Robinson
Salon Espanol with Marisela Santiago Fri, March 30, Marina, Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Mental Health Book Club with Joel Wechsler
Tues, April 17, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, Joanne Greenberg
Tues, May 15, TBA
What are Book Groups Around Town Reading?