Please forgive the brevity of this edition of B-Mail. Your humble newsletter writer is vacationing with his family this week, playing tag on the playground even though he'd rather be writing about books, applying sunscreen to small squinting faces even though he'd rather be shelving books, and eating ice cream cones one after another in an effort to forget about all the fun his fellow booksellers are having right this moment as they shelve, sort, recommend, and go on coffee runs for each other.
|Tuesday, August 19 at 7pm
In a Rocket Made of Ice
Gail Gutradt was at a crossroads in her life when she learned of the Wat Opot Children's Community, a temple complex nestled among Cambodia's rice paddies. This once haunted scrubland became a place of healing and respite where children with or orphaned by HIV/AIDS could live outside of fear or judgment, and find a new family. Disarming, funny, deeply moving, these are the stories of children saved and changed by this very special place, and of one woman's transformation in trying to help them.
|Wednesday, August 20 at 7pm
The Angel of Losses
Everything Marjorie thought she knew about her family comes undone when she stumbles upon her late grandfather Eli's mysterious notebook, full of stories about a miracle worker named the White Rebbe and the enigmatic Angel of Losses. Marjorie begins an odyssey that brings her deep into the past, from 18th-century Europe to Nazi-occupied Lithuania, to present day New York City and her sister Holly, whom she must save from the consequences of Eli’s past. Stephanie Feldman’s debut is a mixture of Jewish mythology, family secrets, and the legacy of war and history.
|Thursday, August 21 at 7pm
Small Press Book Club
This month, we discuss The True Deceiver by Tove Jansson. Our new book club selects readings from independent presses. Read something off the beaten path! Free and open to the public, meeting third Thursday of each month at 7pm.
|Tuesday, August 26 at 7pm
Mark Kurlansky and Talia Kurlansky
International Night: A Father and Daughter Cook Their Way Around the World
This book started with a father and daughter's weekly tradition: Mark spins a globe and wherever Talia’s finger lands is their theme for Friday’s dinner. From Belgium to Ethiopia, each of the 52 menus is a full dinner with appetizer, main course, side dish, dessert and drinks for both kids and adults. Bestselling food writer Mark Kurlansky shares his own recipes, along with historical and cultural facts in this playful, palate-pleasing book.
|Wedneday, August 27th at 7pm
Boston Globe Book Club
Join the Boston Globe Book Club in a discussion of Maryanne O'Hara's Cascade, led by Maryanne herself. Seating is limited and you can pre-register by visiting bostonglobe.com/bookclub.
Boston Phoenix's 2012 "Readers' Pick for Best Bookstore, New"
Boston Magazine's Best Bookstore 2004-2006, 2008, 2011, & 2013
WBZ-TV A-List Editor's pick for Best Bookstore 2006, 2007, & 2011
Community Newspapers' 2009 Readers' Choice Award
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