The data is irrefutable, Mothers love you more when you give them something from Booksmith!
What can we say, you can't argue with science.
I said don't argue.
Eat your peas.
Happy Mother's Day! 

Mothers couldn't be mothers without little kids, which brings to mind this truth of bookselling: if a kid has to be carried out of our store screaming and crying, it means we're doing something right. I want to say to all the mothers out there, who might feel like everyone is watching them and judging them and annoyed by their shrieking kid...that's not us. We know you're doing a great job. You're child loves our store and the books in it so much. That's because of you, and we thank you.

That mama bluebird over there springs from the magic imagination of the late Alice Provensen, who, along with her partner Martin, created some of the bedrock picturebooks of my childhood. Alice passed away this week, and her timeless books about animals, children, and rural life deserve renewed appreciation.

I'm going to leave it at that for today, and encourage all of you to enjoy this ridiculously beautiful weather we're having...and urge my sister who lives in Hawaii to find a bunker, a spacesuit, and maybe a, uh...I don't know what you do to survive a volcano eruption.
Just be safe, whatever that means!

Thanks for reading,

currently reading Disoriental by NĂ©gar Djavadi.
currently watching, reading about, being horrified and inspired,  This Is America.
                      email me  if you'd like to   make this a conversation.

The Story of the
Last "Black Cargo" 
In 1927, Hurston went to Plateau, Alabama to interview 86 year old Cudjo Lewis, the last person alive who had come to America in the belly of a slave ship. Cudjo's firsthand account of the raid that led to his capture and bondage is one that ought to have made it to print long decades ago.
Michael Ondaatje
From the internationally acclaimed author of The English Patient: a mesmerizing new novel that tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement. 
Tomorrow's event is SOLD OUT, but get your spot in our stand-by line!
The Detective Dog
Julia Donaldson, Sara Ogilvie
Ages 8-12
Peter's dog Nell has an amazing sense of smell. But Nell has other talents too. Every Monday she goes to school with Peter and listens to children read. So who better to have on hand when they arrive one morning to discover that the school's books have all disappeared! Who could have taken them? And why? There's only one dog for the job... and Detective Dog Nell is ready to sniff out the culprit!
The Way You
Make Me Feel
Ages 13-17
Clara Shin lives for pranks and disruption. When she takes one joke too far, her dad sentences her to a summer working on his food truck alongside her uptight classmate Rose Carver. Not too much fun...and what if taking this summer seriously means that Clara has to leave her old self behind? A relatable story of falling in love and finding yourself.
Cherished institutions seem fragile, political classes are in disarray, economic misery fuels populist anger, people knowingly accept being lied to, partisan rancor dominates, spectacular indecency rules - these aspects of society shaped some of Shakespeare's most memorable plays. One of the most fascinating books I read all year, resonating deeply with our world today. 
The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World
The revered author traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement - precision -in a superb history that is both an homage to engineers down through the generations, and a warning for our future.
The Order of Time
In lyric, accessible prose, Carlo Rovelli (author of  Seven Brief Lessons on Physics , a book I gave to everyone in my family last year) invites us to consider questions about the nature of time. We all experience time, but the more scientists learn about it, the more mysterious it remains.
It's Your Universe
Ages 9-12
Ashley Eckstein grew up inspired by all things Disney. Here, she shares her own life lessons, as well as lessons from iconic Disney characters, as a way to inspire girls to create big dreams and work to make them a reality.
The Destiny Thief: Essays on Writing, Writers and Life
Richard Russo provides insight into his life as a writer, teacher, friend, and reader. The Destiny Thief  reflects the broad interests and experiences of one of America's most beloved authors.
Wednesday 5/9 @ 7pm Thursday 5/10 @ 6:30pm Friday 5/11 @ 7pm
A Stone for Sascha
Aaron Becker

A girl grieves the loss of her dog in an achingly beautiful wordless epic from the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of Journey.
Michael Ondaatje

This reading is SOLD OUT , but standby tickets will be available at the door  ($5, cash or card) while supplies last. There are no guarantees but we highly encourage this option! Michael Ondaatje's 7:30pm signing at Brookline Booksmith is free and open to all!
Stairwell Gallery at Booksmith
Artist Talk & Reception

Stelin's light-filled canvases and Blevins intimate, cheery illustrations grace our Gallery this season. We invite you to meet the artists and learn about their process and work. Refreshments/inspiration provided!
Sunday 5/13 @ 10:30am
Monday 5/14 @ 7:30pm
Tuesday 5/15 @ 7pm
Children's Storytime

Do you love picture books? Join us in our children's section for this week's special Mother's Day storytime!
Booksmith Book Club
meets to discuss
by Min Jin Lee

The Brookline Booksmith Book Club meets the second Monday of each month at 7:30pm. Questions? Contact our moderator.
Nothing Happened
Molly Booth
in conversation with
Katie Bayerl

Come celebrate the launch of Nothing Happened, a modern YA retelling of  Much Ado About Nothing  in which sisters Bee and Hana juggle their camp counselor responsibilities with simmering drama.

The Buttons and the Boy Scouts
Edith S. McCall
Used Hardcover, ONE DOLLAR

Where else can you find a thoroughly modern Boy Scout-themed novelization for young readers for  only one dollar , is what I am asking you. I'll wait.

You can't, the answer is, you can't.
The Button family of men and men-in-training tackle the great outdoors with the Boy Scout troop. A powerful thunderstorm provides a convenient opportunity to learn how to track humans in the wild and cross a river without a boat, and do all of it while keeping your shorts neatly creased.

Pro tip 1: That "knot" on the cover of the book will do NOTHING.
Pro tip 2: I googled "buttons boy scouts". Here you go.
Take Two & Butter 'Em While They're Hot!
Barbara Swell
Used PB, $3
Barbara Swell has whisked up weather and cooking folklore, food insults, questionable home remedies *, vintage photos, and 19th century crafts & chores.

to cure a sore throat, have a male smoker blow his breath down your throat. Ew. EW.
Men & Cats
Marie-Eva Gatuingt,
Alice Chaygneaud
Sale HC, $5.99

As the choice becomes easier and easier to make with each passing news cycle, it becomes more and more likely that any second edition of this book will be re-titled 
 or Cats".
Dear reader, the choice is yours.
Pythagoras: His Lives and the Legacy of a Rational Universe
Kitty Ferguson
Sale PB, $7.99
Ferguson studies the impact of Pythagoras and his followers, describing the mythology that surrounded him as well as the facts behind the legend, and how those myths changed over time but continued to influence natural inquiry. 

The Giftsmith is the place to be before Mother's Day!

279 Harvard St.
Coolidge Corner, Brookline
an easy block from the Coolidge Corner T-stop on the C line
Dana Brigham, Co-owner and Store Manager

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