Sunday Afternoon with Young Adult Debut Authors

Event date: 
Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 3:00pm

Sunday Afternoon with Young Adult Debut Authors

(Who All Happen to Live in Michigan!)

Authors:

The Art of Holding on and Letting Go Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9780996864916
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Published: Elephant Rock Productions, Inc. - September 12th, 2016

Competitive climber Cara Jenkins feels most at home high off the ground, clinging to a rock wall by her fingertips. She's enjoyed a roaming life with her mountaineering parents, making the natural world her jungle gym, the writings of Annie Dillard and Henry David Thoreau her textbooks. But when tragedy strikes on an Ecuadoran mountaintop, Cara's nomadic lifestyle comes to an abrupt halt. 
Starting over at her grandparents home in suburban Detroit, Cara embarks on a year of discovery, uncovering unknown strengths, friendships, and first love. Cara's journey illustrates the transformative power of nature, love and loss, and discovering that home can be far from where you started.


Ripple Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399175909
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 20th, 2016

With her impossible-to-please grandmother on her back about college and her disapproving step-dad watching her every move, Tessa would do anything to escape the pressure-cooker she calls home. So shefinds a shot of much-needed power and confidenceby hooking up with boys, even though itmeans cheating on her boyfriend.But when she's finally caught red-handed, she ll do anything she can to cover up what she's done.

Jack is a prankster who bucks the system every chance he gets each transgression getting riskier and riskier. He loves the thrill, and each adventure allows a little release because his smug smile and suave demeanor in the face of authority doesn t make life at home with his mom any less tough. He tries to take care of her, but the truth is he's powerless in the face of her fragile mental health. So he copes in his own way, by defacing public property and pulling elaborate pranks, though he knows in the end this ll only screw up his life even more.

As they both try not to let their self-destructive patterns get the best of them, Tessa and Jack gravitate toward one another, discovering the best parts of themselves in the process. An honest portrayal of the urges that drive us and finding the strength to overcome them, Ripple is a stunning debut from a powerful new voice.


Summer of Supernovas Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780553537048
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - May 10th, 2016

Fans of Jennifer E. Smith and Jenny Han will fall in love with this heartfelt and humor-laced debut following one zodiac-obsessed teen as she struggles to find the guy of her cosmic dreams. 
As the daughter of an expert astrologer, Wilamena Carlisle knows that truth lies within the stars. So when she discovers a planetary alignment that won t repeat for a decade, she's forced to tackle her greatest astrological fear: The Fifth House relationships and love. But Wil must decide whether to trust her heart or her chart when she falls for a sensitive guitar player whose zodiac sign points to cosmic disaster. 
If Wil's fate is truly written in the stars, then this summer is about to go supernova. . . . 


Teach Me to Forget Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781440594571
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Published: Simon Pulse - December 2nd, 2016

Ellery wants to die. Nothing is going right. Her younger sister is dead, and her family is in a shambles. But on the day that she tries to end it all, even the gun won't work. When she tries to return it, she's intercepted by a security guard who also happens to be a boy in one of her classes, Colter Sawyer. Colter recognizes Ellery's desperation and begins working hard to earn her trust. Why does this cute boy care about my worthless life?, Ellery wonders. But as the story unfolds, it becomes clear that Colter has very good reasons for his vigilance, deep, personal reasons. And whether Ellery likes it or not, he won't let go.


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Children of the New World: Stories (Alexander Weinstein)

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 7:00pm

Alexander Weinstein

Children of the New World: Stories

Children of the New World: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250098993
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Published: Picador USA - September 13th, 2016

Children of the New World introduces readers to a near-future world of social media implants, memory manufacturers, dangerously immersive virtual reality games, and alarmingly intuitive robots. Many of these characters live in a utopian future of instant connection and technological gratification that belies an unbridgeable human distance, while others inhabit a post-collapse landscape made primitive by disaster, which they must work to rebuild as we once did millennia ago.


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Crashing the Party: An American Reporter in China

Event date: 
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 7:00pm

Scott Savitt - Crashing the Party: An American Reporter in China

Scott Savitt is the in-house Chinese-English translator for numerous human rights organizations and the New York Times. His articles have been published in the Los Angeles Times, Washington PostWall Street JournalNew York Times, and many other newspapers and magazines. He is a former visiting scholar at Duke University.

Crashing the Party: An American Reporter in China Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781593766528
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Published: Soft Skull Press - November 15th, 2016

"In this page-turning debut, Savitt, a New York Times’s Chinese-English translator, relates his experiences in China. He begins his story in 1982, when he was a first-year Duke student; grief-stricken after his girlfriend’s death, he decided to go on a study abroad trip to the country. Returning after graduation to pursue his journalistic dreams, Savitt finds himself in the midst of historic news stories. The book vividly describes his 17 years of knowing China as intimately as an American can, during which he sees its cultural and economic flowering. He also observes the Tiananmen Square massacre, where he dodges bullets and fights the urge to participate, not just witness. His creation of China’s first independent English-language newspaper gets him noticed, first by the Beijing bureaus of Western media outlets and then by the Communist Party. He comes across as a risk taker whose wealthy family back home could only help him so much—his activist reporting style eventually leads to solitary confinement and a hunger strike. Savitt is a smart, thrilling memoirist, but his book is not just a narrative roller-coaster ride: readers will receive a new understanding of what has happened in China over the past 30 years, from someone who stood shoulder to shoulder with students asking for a better country." — Publishers Weekly (http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-59376-652-8)


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The Witches (Stacy Schiff) Off-Site Event

Event date: 
Monday, October 17, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Off-Site Event

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Stacy Schiff Discusses Her Book "The Witches: Salem, 1692 "

It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's daughter began to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged and a 75-year-old man crushed to death.

The Witches: Suspicion, Betrayal, and Hysteria in 1692 Salem Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316200592
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 20th, 2016

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

Dave Coverly & Fundraiser for Humane Society of Huron Valley

Event date: 
Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 7:00pm

Syndicated Cartoonist & Ann Arbor Local Dave Coverly & Fundraiser for Humane Society of Huron Valley Bountiful Bowls Program

BarkPost’s Dogs and Their People: Photos and Stories of Life with a Four-Legged Love

Dogs and Their People: Photos and Stories of Life with a Four-Legged Love Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780399574269
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - October 18th, 2016

Mostly community-sourced and filled with never-before-told anecdotes, stories, photos, and intimate insights, "Dogs and Their People"spotlights over 200 unique and remarkable dogs. Some are celebri-dogs while others are just making their debut; some will make your heart ache, while others will make it soar; and others simply look really dapper in color. All bring to life and celebrate the crazy, consuming, insatiable love we feel for the World's Ultimate Best Friend in a book that is the perfect gift for Dog Lovers everywhere.


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Kirsten Pagacz - Leaving the Ocd Circus

Event date: 
Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 3:00pm

Kirsten Pagacz - Leaving the Ocd Circus: Your Big Ticket Out of Having to Control Every Little Thing

(photo from Livingstondaily.com)

Leaving the OCD Circus: Your Big Ticket Out of Having to Control Every Little Thing Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781573246811
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Published: Conari Press - October 1st, 2016

It’s like the meanest, wildest monkey running around my head, constantly looking for ways to bite me. That was how Kirsten Pagacz described her OCD to her therapist on their first session when she was well into her 30s she’d been following orders from this mean taskmaster for 20 years, without understanding why.

Initially the tapping and counting and cleaning and ordering brought her comfort and structure, two things lacking in her family life. But it never lasted; the loathsome self-talk only intensified, and the rituals she had to perform got more bizarre. By high school she was anorexic and a substance abuser common "shadow syndromes" of OCD. By adulthood, she could barely hide her problems and held on to jobs and friends through sheer grit. Help finally came in the form of a miraculously well-timed public service announcement on NPR about OCD at last her illness had an identity.

Leaving the OCD Circus reveals the story of Pagacz s traumatic childhood and the escalation of her disorder demonstrating how OCD works to misshape a life from a very young age and explains the various tools she used for healing including meditation, cognitive behavioral therapy, yoga, exposure therapy, and medication. Pieces of her art scattered throughout the book add depth and humor to her stories.


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L.E. Kimball - Seasonal Roads

Event date: 
Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 3:00pm

L.E. Kimball - Seasonal Roads

Seasonal Roads Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780814341452
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Published: Wayne State University Press - April 1st, 2016

"Inscrutable, inaccessible, indefinable. Even at the end. That's what her mother had always been to her." In Seasonal Roads, L. E. Kimball introduces Norna, Aissa, and Jane-mother, daughter, and granddaughter-who are as fierce and complex as the northern terrain they inhabit. Following a nonlinear timeline,

Kimball's stories unravel the beautiful mess of layers that is their lives and allow the narratives to roam freely in time, thus granting the reader keen insights into the past, present, and future.

Spiraling through time and perspective, the stories converge at Norna's two-room cabin in the woods, accessible only by "seasonal roads" that disappear under deep snow in the winter. The cabin is witness to Norna's years of solitude spent hunting, foraging, fishing, and defending herself from intruders, Aissa's escape from her divorce, and Jane's stubborn vigil as a forest fire rages dangerously nearby. Through raw and ephemeral memories, we learn the darkest kept secrets of these women and the ties that bind them to each other and to the land.

Kimball's sensual descriptions of the Upper Peninsula, combined with her hauntingly vivid characters, paint an unforgettable picture in Seasonal Roads. Readers of fiction will enjoy the surprising turns of this collection.


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