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From Mamie:
Take a charismatic man with writer’s block and a lot of opportunity, and what do you have? John Boyne’s new novel, A Ladder to the Sky (Hogarth $27). Maurice Swift will stop at nothing to steal, well maybe borrow, or perhaps merely help bring to light another author’s work. Dead or alive, stranger or relative, no one is safe from his thievery. This is an amazing satire that you will not want to put down because Maurice Swift will have you under his spell too. The novel is so different from Boyne’s other works which are different from each other, proving that Boyne certainly doesn’t suffer from writer’s block!

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From Samantha: In 2010, performance artist Marina Abramovic began a 75 day "exhibit" at the Museum of Modern Art. She sat, silent, at a small table. Any visitor was welcomed to sit across from her for as long as he or she wished. The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose (Workman $15.95) is a fictionalized consideration of the impact of this exhibit and, indeed, of art in general on those who experience it. This is also a story of love--complicated, inconvenient, inevitable love. I found myself underlining passage after passage of Rose's gorgeous prose.
From Anne: I really enjoyed reading a book with a Southern voice, and the characters in Emily Giffin's novel All We Ever Wanted (Ballantine $28) are so real. Nina and Kurt are living the good life in Nashville, among the wealthiest and glitziest folks in town. Their son has just been accepted to Princeton. Then an incident of "sexting" at the son's private school threatens not only their son's prospects, but everything they think they believe and know. The daughter of a single father is also caught up in the scandal. When these two families try to untangle a web of prejudice, bullying, gossip, and outright lies they are all challenged to find a way forward.
The Downtown Pop Underground: New York City and the Literary Punks, Renegade Artists, DIY Filmmakers, Mad Playwrights, and Rock N’ Roll Glitter Queens Who Revolutionized Culture by Kembrew McLeod (Abrams $27).

From Matt: From the '60s into the early '70s, New York was IT. West Coast creativity aside, it all stemmed from the Big Apple. This astonishingly crammed-full volume covers it ALL in as much detail as will fit. Every page leads to further reading, watching and listening - so much covered here was poorly documented that this is a beautiful reference work, a skimming of the near-invisible. Theater, film, street art and music, hippies, punks, cultural affairs: all are presented tantalizingly. An eye-opening intro to (arguably, and I'd argue it) America's most vital period.

Find more of our signed copies collection here , and more of what's new in paperback here .
Tune into our new Bookin' Podcast
with Jason Jefferies

QRB Marketing Manager Jason Jefferies recently sat down with Therese Anne Fowler to talk about her new historical fiction, A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts . To hear that, as well as earlier editions with Ben Fountain and David Grann, visit .
The Angel Tree is up in the store with tags for children in the area who could benefit from the gift of a book. We support multiple local agencies—choose a tag and a book to donate, purchase it at a 20% discount, and we'll see that it's giftwrapped and delivered. Monetary donations to the Angel Tree are accepted too.
Tickets still available:
Bishop Michael Curry discusses his new book The Power of Love with WRAL anchor David Crabtree
At St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Raleigh
December 17, 7:00 PM

If you would like to attend this event, you'll receive a ticket for one reserved seat and the signing line with QRB purchase of The Power of Love .
NC Bookwatch on UNC-TV , with host D.G. Martin, airs on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. and Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m. Sunday's show is preempted this week; on Tuesday, D.G.'s guest is Kathleen Burkinshaw with The Last Cherry Blossom , a novel about a family living in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb is dropped. Find the full cable schedule and a link to watch online here .
Upcoming Events
Tonight, Nov. 28, 6:00 PM
A Three Pines Party to Celebrate Louise Penny's new Inspector Gamache Mystery

We love Chief Inspector Gamache and his creator Louise Penny! Join us and your fellow Gamache fans for an informal gathering to talk about your favorite characters; try your hand at Three Pines trivia; enjoy some refreshments and pick up your copy of the latest episode, Kingdom of the Blind. Please RSVP to .
Thursday, Nov. 29, 7:00 PM
JOHN FEINSTEIN, Quarterback: Inside the Most Important Position in the National Football League

Sportswriting legend Feinstein dives deep into the most coveted and hallowed position in the NFL. He explores the stories of five top quarterbacks, taking readers inside their unique experiences of playing the position and holding the keys to their multibillion-dollar teams.

Seats will be available for the public without any purchase required. But if you'd like a reserved seat and priority signing line ticket, pre-purchase here .
Saturday, Dec. 1, 1:00 PM
ART CHANSKY, Blue Blood II: Duke-Carolina
Meet and Greet

Here's a second chance to meet Art Chansky and get a great gift for all the basketball fans in your life. Thirteen years after Blue Blood was published, Art revisits what ESPN's Dick Vitale called "the greatest rivalry, not just in college basketball, but in all of sports." Blue Blood II looks at the more recent on-and-off-the-court dramas, challenges, and triumphs of Duke versus UNC. Art will sign and personalize copies of the book.
Sunday, Dec. 2, 2:00 PM

Join us as we welcome three North Carolina poets reading from their works. Greensboro's Mike Gaspeny is a winner of the Randall Jarrell Poetry, and O. Henry Short Story prizes. His Re-Write Men contains story-oriented, character-centered poems inspired by the mystical and unexplainable. Newly named the Hillsborough Poet Laureate Dee Stribling 's volume, Just Down the Road , is a tribute to the memory of beloved friends and places that embody the strength, struggle, and tender beauty of rural North Carolina. Also from Greensboro, fiction writer Steve Cushman brings us his first full-length poetry collection, How Birds Fly , winner of the 2018 Lena Shull Award given by the N.C. Poetry Society. Poet Jo Taylor will moderate.
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 5:00 PM

Enjoy the sounds of the season as the Raleigh Boychoir's Resident Choir performs selections from their 51st "Carols of Christmas" Concert, coming up Dec. 21 at Edenton Street United Methodist Church.
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 7:00 PM
SUSIE WILDE presents The Wilde Awards Live!
Best Children's Books of 2018

Join Susie Wilde, children's book reviewer for the Raleigh News & Observer as she presents her selections for the best children's picture books and novels of 2018.
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 7:00 PM
MARIANNA CRANE, Stories from the Tenth-Floor Clinic: A Nurse Practitioner Remembers

Running a clinic for seniors requires a lot more than simply providing medical care. In this memoir, Crane chases out scam artists and abusive adult children, plans a funeral, signs her own name to social security checks, and butts heads with her staff--even as she deals with a tempestuous relationship with her own mother at home. Writer Philip Gerard says that Crane "writes with compassion and insight about what it’s like to serve on the front lines of the medical profession—treating the most vulnerable among us."
Thursday, Dec. 6, 7:00 PM
with Carrie Ryan
At Meredith College
Friday, Dec. 7, 7:00 PM
Reserved Seats Sold Out
A small number of general seats will be available with no purchase required.
Saturday, Dec. 8
10:30 AM and 2:00 PM
Meet The Grinch!
Costumed Character
Bring your cameras!
Free tickets issued as you enter the store.
Book Clubs and Groups - Everyone Welcome!
Find the schedule for all of our book clubs here .