Prisoner of War (Michael Spradlin)

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 7:00pm

Prisoner of War (Michael Spradlin)

Launch Party for the Release of YA novel ‘Prisoner of War’ and Fundraiser for BINC (Book Industry Charitable Foundation

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780545857833
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Press - June 27th, 2017

Survive the war. Outlast the enemy. Stay alive. 
That's what Henry Forrest has to do. When he lies about his age to join the Marines, Henry never imagines he'll face anything worse than his own father's cruelty. But his unit is shipped off to the Philippines, where the heat is unbearable, the conditions are brutal, and Henry's dreams of careless adventuring are completely dashed. 
Then the Japanese invade the islands, and US forces there surrender. As a prisoner of war, Henry faces one horror after another. Yet among his fellow captives, he finds kindness, respect, even brotherhood. A glimmer of light in the darkness. And he'll need to hold tight to the hope they offer if he wants to win the fight for his country, his freedom . . . and his life. 
Michael P. Spradlin's latest novel tenderly explores the harsh realities of the Bataan Death March and captivity on the Pacific front during World War II.


Event address: 
Westgate Shopping Center
2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Meg Macy (Bearly Departed)

Event date: 
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 7:00pm

Meg Macy (Bearly Departed)

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$15.00
ISBN: 9781496709639
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Published: Kensington Publishing Corporation - May 30th, 2017

As manager of the family teddy bear shop and factory, thirty-one-year-old Sasha Silverman leads a charmed life. Well, except for the part about being a single divorcée with a ticking biological clock in small-town Silver Hollow. And that’s just kid’s stuff compared to Will Taylor, the sales rep who’s set on making drastic changes to the business her parents built from scratch—with or without Sasha’s approval . . .

But before Will digs his claws in, someone pulls the stuffing out of his plan . . . and leaves his dead body inside the factory. Reeling from shock, Sasha’s hit with more bad news—police suspect her hot-tempered Uncle Ross may have murdered him. Sasha knows her uncle would never do such a thing, and she’s launching her own little investigation to expose the truth. As she tracks Will’s biggest rivals and enemies for clues, Sasha can’t get too comfy—or she’ll become the next plaything for a killer . . .


Event address: 
Westgate Shopping Center
2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Independent Bookstore Day!

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Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 9:00am to 7:00pm

Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent. Join us in celebration of everything that makes us great with treats and surprises throughout the day, and exclusive Independent Bookstore Day books and literary items that you can only get on that day! Long Live the Indie!

Event address: 
Westgate Shopping Center
2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Pre-School Story Time with Special Guest The Cat in The Hat

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Monday, May 1, 2017 - 11:00am to 11:30am

Off-Site at AADL Westgate Branch

Pre-School Story Time with Special Guest The Cat in The Hat

Presented by Nicola’s Books

Join us for cat themed stories and songs at the Ann Arbor District Library Westgate branch! In honor of Children's Book Week, Nicola's Books is bringing a special guest to storytime, The Cat in the Hat!

This event is for listeners age 2 to 5 years, accompanied by an adult. Siblings are welcome

Event address: 
Ann Arbor District Library Westgate Branch
2503 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Journeys Into The Mind of the World (Richard Tillinghast)

Event date: 
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 7:00pm

Journeys Into The Mind of the World (Richard Tillinghast)

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$24.95
ISBN: 9781621902812
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Published: Univ Tennessee Press - February 28th, 2017

Renowned poet Richard Tillinghast’s wanderlust and restless spirit are nearly as well known as his verses. This book of essays captures that penchant to wander, yet Journeys into the Mind of the World is not merely a compilation of travel stories—it is a book of places. It explores these chosen locations—Ireland, England, India, the Middle East, Tennessee, Hawaii—in a deeper way than would be typical of travel literature, attempting to enter not just the world, but “the mind of the world”—the roots and history of places, their political and cultural history, spiritual, artistic, architectural, and ethnic dimensions.

Behind each essay is the presence, curiosity, and intelligence of the author himself, who uses his experience of the places he visits as a way of bringing the reader into the equation. Tillinghast illuminates his travels with a brilliant eye, a friendly soul, and eclectic knowledge of a variety of disparate areas—Civil War history, Venetian architecture, Asian cultures, Irish music, and the ways of out-of-the-way people. This attention to history and cultural embeddedness lends unique perspectives to each essay.

At the heart of his journeys are his deep roots in the South, tracing back to his hometown in Tennessee. The book explores not only Tillinghast’s childhood home in Memphis, but even the time before his birth when his mother lived in Paris. Readers will feel a sense of being everywhere at once, in a strange simultaneity, a time and place beyond any map or guidebook.


Event address: 
Westgate Shopping Center
2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

The Evolution of Beauty (Richard Prum)

Event date: 
Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Nicola’s Books Presents Richard Prum at Ann Arbor District Library

Yale Ornithologist Richard Prum Discusses His Book "The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World - And Us"

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780385537216
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Published: Doubleday Books - May 9th, 2017

Event address: 
Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
343 S 5th Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

University of Michigan Professor Daniel P. Keating

Event date: 
Friday, April 28, 2017 - 7:00pm

University of Michigan Professor Daniel P. Keating - Born Anxious

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$26.99
ISBN: 9781250075048
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Published: St. Martin's Press - April 11th, 2017

Why are we the way we are? Why do some of us find it impossible to calm a hair-trigger temper or shake chronic anxiety? The debate has always been divided between nature and nurture, but as psychology professor Daniel Keating demonstrates in BORN ANXIOUS: The Lifelong Impact of Early Life Adversity and How to Break the Cycle (SMP; April 11, 2017), new science points to a third factor where nurture rewrites nature through our earliest experiences, and where we inherit both the nature and the nurture of previous generations—with significant consequences.


BORN ANXIOUS introduces a new word into our lexicon: “methylated,” short for “epigenetic methylation,” the modification of our genes while we are still in utero and soon after birth, and as they are passed down from generation to generation. Introducing this groundbreaking research to readers, BORN ANXIOUS offers insight into behaviors we have all observed but never understood—the boss who goes ballistic at the slightest error; the infant who can’t be calmed; the husband who can’t fall asleep at night. In each case, exposure to environmental adversity in utero or during the first year of life, a key stress system has been fused to the “on” position by the methylation process, predisposing the child’s body to toxic levels of the hormone cortisol. The effect: lifelong, unrelenting stress and its side effects—from learning disabilities to early death.


An extreme stress response enabled our ancestors to survive in harsh climes with many predators, but in today’s Western world, the harshest environments tend to be low-income, high-crime areas.  But high stress extends throughout the population as income gaps widen, amplifying deep concerns about our futures and our children’s prospects.  Social inequality is fast becoming the new predator; in BORN ANXIOUS, Dan Keating demonstrates how we can finally break the cycle.


Event address: 
Westgate Shopping Center
2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun (Sarah Manyika)

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 7:00pm

Sarah Manyika - Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun

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$14.95
ISBN: 9781911115045
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Published: Cassava Republic Press - April 11th, 2017

LIKE A MULE BRINGING ICE CREAM TO THE SUN by Sarah Ladipo Manyika was published to great critical acclaim and shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize when it came out from leading African publishing house, Cassava Republic Press in Spring 2016 and is now available in Spring 2017 in the US. One of the lead titles for Cassava Republic Press’ US launch, Peter Orner describes it as “a beautiful, important new novel.” American audiences will find much to relate to in the character of Morayo Da Silva, a cosmopolitan Nigerian woman,  now living in the States, whose resilience and humor while greeting the ordinary struggles of life will challenge the reader's assumptions about the Other.

Morayo remains a vibrant and curious character in great health until she has a fall, which lands her in hospital and then in a nursing home in her adopted city of twenty years, San Francisco. When Morayo’s closest friend suggests that she might need to find a guardian to guide her through this next phase of her life, which includes the complexity and messiness of financial and medical decisions, Morayo’s world begins to crumble.

This compelling story employs a Mrs. Dalloway-esque technique of moving the point of view through the minds of a rich variety of characters – from Dawud, the charmingly irascible, Palestinian shopkeeper, who struggles to keep his grocery business afloat, to Sage, a feisty, homeless Grateful Dead devotee, and Antonio, the poet whom Morayo desired more than her ambassador husband. In this wise and tender novel, Sarah Ladipo Manyika encapsulates the joys of age and experience – bringing to life a character who is a force of nature, full of energy and bravery, but most importantly, heart.


Event address: 
Westgate Shopping Center
2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Mr. Rochester (Sarah Shoemaker)

Event date: 
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 7:00pm

Sarah Shoemaker - Mr. Rochester

Author:

Sarah Shoemaker is a former university librarian and currently lives in northern Michigan.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781455569809
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 9th, 2017

For one hundred seventy years, Edward Fairfax Rochester has stood as one of literature's most romantic, most complex, and most mysterious heroes. Sometimes haughty, sometimes tender-professing his love for Jane Eyre in one breath and denying it in the next-Mr. Rochester has for generations mesmerized, beguiled, and, yes, baffled fans of Charlotte Bronte's masterpiece. But his own story has never been told.


Now, out of Sarah Shoemaker's rich and vibrant imagination, springs Edward: a vulnerable, brilliant, complicated man whom we first meet as a motherless, lonely little boy roaming the corridors and stable yards of Thornfield Hall. On the morning of Edward's eighth birthday, his father issues a decree: He is to be sent away to get an education, exiled from Thornfield and all he ever loved. As the determined young Edward begins his journey across England, making friends and enemies along the way, a series of eccentric mentors teach him more than he might have wished about the ways of the men-and women-who will someday be his peers.
But much as he longs to be accepted-and to return to the home where he was born-his father has made clear that Thornfield is reserved for his older brother, Rowland, and that Edward's inheritance lies instead on the warm, languid shores of faraway Jamaica. That island, however, holds secrets of its own, and not long after his arrival, Edward finds himself entangled in morally dubious business dealings and a passionate, whirlwind love affair with the town's ravishing heiress, Antoinetta Bertha Mason.


Eventually, after a devastating betrayal, Edward must return to England with his increasingly unstable wife to take over as master of Thornfield. And it is there, on a twilight ride, that he meets the stubborn, plain, young governess who will teach him how to love again.


It is impossible not to watch enthralled as this tender-hearted child grows into the tormented hero Bronte immortalized-and as Jane surprises them both by stealing his heart. MR. ROCHESTER is a great, sweeping, classic coming-of-age story, and a stirring tale of adventure, romance, and deceit. Faithful in every particular to Bronte's original yet full of unexpected twists and riveting behind-the-scenes drama, this novel will completely, deliciously, and forever change how we read and remember Jane Eyre.


Event address: 
Westgate Shopping Center
2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

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