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Our next event is Sunday, June 24 at 3pm, when James Geary presents I Is an Other: The Secret Life of Metaphor. Mr. Geary is an engaging speaker; you won't want to miss this presentation -- he even juggles! The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by Q&A, and book signing.
On Sunday, July 8 at 3pm, we'll be joined by Eric Kester, who was raised in Concord and graduated Fenn and Middlesex. His memoir, That Book about Harvard is a humorous account of his years in the Ivy League.
The left sidebar of this note contains our complete events calendar; you can also check details on our website and/or rsvp on our Facebook page.
If you're unable to attend an event, but would like a signed copy of the book, simply call us to pre-order. We'll ask the author to inscribe it to your specifications, then hold it for pick up or arrange to have it shipped.
Scroll down to learn about this week's book picks, which include a guide to Americans who made history (often by going against the status quo), a wonderful memoir of a year of intentional reading, and the ultimate guide to lobster shacks in New England - road trip, anyone?!
We're excited about an addition to our Signed Books Gallery this week: Jerry Pallotta's F Is for Fenway, a picture book for younger Red Sox fans, and book that older fans will be proud to display on the coffee table.
We look forward to chatting with you in the Bookshop! When you come in to take a closer look at an item mentioned here, please tell us "I saw it in the newsletter" and let us know what you're reading now!
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Our next event:
Metaphorically speaking ...
I Is an Other by James Geary
Please join us on Sunday, June 24 at 3pm, when journalist and author James Geary presents I Is an Other: The Secret Life of Metaphor and How it Shapes the Way We See the World.
Mr. Geary has presented a TED Talk on aphorisms, and, yes, there will be juggling at the Concord Bookshop on June 24!
For lovers of language and fans of Blink and Freakonomics, New York Times bestselling author James Geary offers a fascinating look at metaphors and their influence in every aspect of our lives, from ordinary conversation and commercial messaging to news reports and political speeches.
Humorous memoir about his years in the Ivy League
That Book about Harvard by Eric Kester
Please join us on Sunday, July 8 at 3pm, when Eric Kester discusses and signs That Book about Harvard: Surviving the World's Most Famous University, One Embarrassment at a Time, a humorous memoir about his years in the Ivy League. Kester is a former Concord resident, and a graduate of Fenn and Middlesex.
One of the most thrilling and terrifying days of your life is the first day of college, when you step onto campus filled with the excitement of all the possibilities ahead -- and panic about if you'll make it and how you'll fit in.
Now imagine that same feeling, but you're in the middle of the lawn at the world's most prestigious university.
In your underwear.
Thus begins one of the craziest years ever at Harvard, in which Eric Kester finds himself in a cheating scheme, trying to join a prestigious Finals Club, and falling for a stunning type-A brunette...who happened to be standing there in shock that first day when he made his red-faced stroll across the Harvard Yard.
That Book about Harvard is the hilarious and heartwarming story of trying to find your place in a new world, the unending quest to fit in, and how the moments that change your life often happen in the most unexpected ways.
Eric Kester -- who was raised in Concord -- graduated from Harvard in 2008, where he wrote a popular column for the undergraduate newspaper, the Crimson. Eric is now a featured writer for CollegeHumor.com.
New in our Signed Books Gallery
F Is for Fenway by Jerry Pallotta
Jerry Pallotta visited us this weekend to talk about F Is for Fenway - an alphabet picture book for kids, and a a "coffee table" type book for Red Sox fans of all ages.
We learned about the ladder that goes nowhere, the origination of Pesky Pole, and the story of the time school children collected pennies to bring elephants to Fenway.
The book is a delight for young and old; a nice addition to a collection of Red Sox memorabilia.
Signed editions are on our shelves.
Learn about those who paved the way for much we take for granted
The 100 Greatest Americas of the 20th Century
by Peter Dreier
A hundred years ago, any soapbox orator who called for women's suffrage, laws protecting the environment, an end to lynching, or a federal minimum wage was considered a utopian dreamer or a dangerous socialist. Now we take these ideas for granted -- because the radical ideas of one generation are often the common sense of the next. We all stand on the shoulders of earlier generations of radicals and reformers who challenged the status quo of their day.
Unfortunately, most Americans know little of this progressive history. It isn't taught in most high schools. You can't find it on the major television networks.
The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century, a colorful and witty history of the most influential progressive leaders of the twentieth century and beyond, is the perfect antidote.
Author Peter Dreier is E. P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics and Director of the Urban and Environmental Policy Program at Occidental College. He writes regularly for the Nation, American Prospect, Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Talking Points Memo. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
Road trip! The ultimate guide to New England lobster shacks
Lobster Shacks: A Road Guide to New England's Best Lobster Jointes by Mike Urban
Summer calls for lobster; and sometimes (oftentimes?) that means a road trip!
Lobster Shacks is a fun, road-trip-style guide to the 75 or so best shacks in New England, starting in Connecticut and heading north and east through Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Each entry features a lively description that includes historical background, biographical portraits of owners past and present, highlights from the menu, and driving directions.
Scattered throughout the book you'll find featured recipes, lobster shack legends and lore, and information on local fishing fleets.
Author Mike Urban is a longtime lobster shack aficionado who has spent years searching for the greatest shacks - only those places with the right zeitgeist and feel have made the cut.
Mike is an editor, writer, and book packager who specializes in travel, outdoor recreation, sports, food, and business/career books. He has been in book publishing for over thirty years, editing hundreds of travel guides and created a plethora of guidebook series. He is the author of Clam Shacks: The Ultimate Guide to New England's Most Fantastic Seafood Eateries. Urban lives in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, with his wife and four children.
Memoirist finds reading to be
"the ultimate therapy"
now in paperback
Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading
by Nina Sankovitch
"Nina Sankovitch has crafted a dazzling memoir that reminds us of the most primal function of literature - to heal, to nurture and to connect us to our truest selves."
--Thrity Umrigar, author of
The Space Between Us
Such a wonderful memoir - full of lessons for us all. This is the perfect paperback to carry in your beach tote, or to offer a friend who finds solace in books.
Catalyzed by the loss of her sister, a mother of four spends one year savoring a great book every day, from Thomas Pynchon to Nora Ephron and beyond.
In the tradition of Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project and Joan Dideon's The Year of Magical Thinking, Nina Sankovitch's soul-baring and literary-minded memoir is a chronicle of loss, hope, and redemption.
Nina ultimately turns to reading as therapy and through her journey illuminates the power of books to help us reclaim our lives.
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The Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord
Wild & Scenic River Stewardship Council
The Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Wild & Scenic River Stewardship Council invites you to RiverFest, June 23 -24, 2012.
This is a weekend of celebration on and around the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers. There are over 30 great events - all free and open to the public.
The River Stewardship Council (RSC) was established to coordinate the conservation of the 29-mile Wild and Scenic River segment of the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Rivers. The Council functions as an official advisory committee to the National Park Service on federal permits affecting the rivers' outstanding resources. The Council also raises awareness of the rivers through events and publications, and facilitates efforts to preserve and improve river resources.
For more information about the RSC and RiverFest, visit their website.