Jane Austen Book Club - The Jane Austen Project

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 7:00pm

Nicola’s Books Presents, Author Kathleen Flynn In Conversation with U of M RC Creative Writing Director Laura Thomas
The Jane Austen Project

Off-Site Jane Austen Book Club Discussion at AADL Main Branch- Associated event of the University of Michigan Graduate Library ‘The Life and Times of Lizzy Bennet’ Exhibit

The Jane Austen Project: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062651259
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 2nd, 2017

Perfect for fans of Jane Austen, this engrossing debut novel offers an unusual twist on the legacy of one of the world's most celebrated and beloved authors: two researchers from the future are sent back in time to meet Jane and recover a suspected unpublished novel.

London, 1815: Two travelers--Rachel Katzman and Liam Finucane--arrive in a field in rural England, disheveled and weighed down with hidden money. Turned away at a nearby inn, they are forced to travel by coach all night to London. They are not what they seem, but rather colleagues who have come back in time from a technologically advanced future, posing as wealthy West Indies planters--a doctor and his spinster sister. While Rachel and Liam aren't the first team from the future to "go back," their mission is by far the most audacious: meet, befriend, and steal from Jane Austen herself.

Carefully selected and rigorously trained by The Royal Institute for Special Topics in Physics, disaster-relief doctor Rachel and actor-turned-scholar Liam have little in common besides the extraordinary circumstances they find themselves in. Circumstances that call for Rachel to stifle her independent nature and let Liam take the lead as they infiltrate Austen's circle via her favorite brother, Henry.

But diagnosing Jane's fatal illness and obtaining an unpublished novel hinted at in her letters pose enough of a challenge without the continuous convolutions of living a lie. While her friendship with Jane deepens and her relationship with Liam grows complicated, Rachel fights to reconcile the woman she is with the proper lady nineteenth-century society expects her to be. As their portal to the future prepares to close, Rachel and Liam struggle with their directive to leave history intact and exactly as they found it...however heartbreaking that may prove. 


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AADL
343 South Fifth Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Jane Austen Book Club - Pride and Prejudice and Eligible

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 7:00pm

Pride and Prejudice and Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice
Moderators - Sigrid Cordell and Juli McLoone

Jane Austen Book Club Discussion at Nicola’s Books - Associated event of the University of Michigan Graduate Library ‘The Life and Times of Lizzy Bennet’ Exhibit

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By Jane Austen, Vivien Jones (Introduction by), Tony Tanner (Introduction by)
$9.00
ISBN: 9780141439518
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Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2002

Austen's most popular novel, the unforgettable story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy.
Few have failed to be charmed by the witty and independent spirit of Elizabeth Bennet in Austen's beloved classic Pride and Prejudice. When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows us the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships, gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class life. This Penguin Classics edition, based on Austen's first edition, contains the original Penguin Classics introduction by Tony Tanner and an updated introduction and notes by Viven Jones. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.  


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$17.00
ISBN: 9780812980349
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Published: Random House Trade - April 18th, 2017

This version of the Bennet family--and Mr. Darcy--is one that you have and haven't met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late thirties who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help--and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling and the family is in disarray. Youngest sisters Kitty and Lydia are too busy with their CrossFit workouts and Paleo diets to get jobs. Mary, the middle sister, is earning her third online master's degree and barely leaves her room, except for those mysterious Tuesday-night outings she won't discuss. And Mrs. Bennet has one thing on her mind: how to marry off her daughters, especially as Jane's fortieth birthday fast approaches. Enter Chip Bingley, a handsome new-in-town doctor who recently appeared on the juggernaut reality TV dating show Eligible. At a Fourth of July barbecue, Chip takes an immediate interest in Jane, but Chip's friend neurosurgeon Fitzwilliam Darcy reveals himself to Liz to be much less charming. . . . And yet, first impressions can be deceiving.


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Westgate Shopping Center
2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Jane Austen Book Club - Longbourn by Jo Baker

Event date: 
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 7:00pm

Longbourn by Jo Baker
Moderator - Sarah Van Cleve, PhD Student in English University of Michigan

Jane Austen Book Club Discussion at Nicola’s Books - Associated event of the University of Michigan Graduate Library ‘The Life and Times of Lizzy Bennet’ Exhibit

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780345806970
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Published: Vintage - June 17th, 2014

The servants take center stage in this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice. While Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters fuss over balls and husbands, Sarah, their orphaned housemaid, is beginning to chafe against the boundaries of her class. When a new footman arrives at Longbourn under mysterious circumstances, the carefully choreographed world she has known all her life threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended. Mentioned only fleetingly in Jane Austen's classic, here Jo Baker dares to take us beyond the drawing rooms of Regency England and, in doing so, uncovers the real world of the novel that has captivated readers' hearts around the world for generations. 


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Westgate Shopping Center
2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

5000 Ways To Know You’re From Detroit

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Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Signing Event Only
5000 Ways To Know You’re From Detroit

Elaine Weeks and Chris Edwards were born and raised in Windsorr, Ontario, Canada.  They had their first date poolside at the Ponchartrain Hotels’ PJazz in 1980 (Elaine still has her t-shirt!) Their mutual love of all things Detroit sparked a lasting union with each other, and the Motor City.

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

ABC's of Washtenaw Literacy Information Session

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Monday, January 22, 2018 - 7:00pm

ABC's of Washtenaw Literacy Information Session

Come and learn about volunteer options with Washtenaw Literacy! You can help change the world, one word at a time.  Please register if you plan to attend.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at info@washtenawliteracy.org.

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

Undeniable (Tom Grace)

Event date: 
Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 3:00pm

Tom Grace - Undeniable

Tom Grace is the internationally bestselling author of Undeniable, The Liberty Intrigue, The Secret Cardinal, Fatal Orbit, Dark Ice, Quantum and Spyder Web. His books have been translated into eight languages and sold in over twenty-five countries. They have collectively appeared for one hundred weeks on USA Today and Associated Press bestseller lists, primarily in the top ten.

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$27.99
ISBN: 9781621576839
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Published: Regnery Fiction - October 10th, 2017

Undeniable, the sixth Nolan Kilkenny thriller from international bestselling author Tom Grace, takes Nolan into the brave new world of reproductive technology, where the building blocks of life are manipulated in a Petri dish, women lease their wombs like rental properties, and money trumps morality. In an age of rapid advances in human genetics, cloning and stem cell research, what seemed impossible just a few years ago is now a reality. DNA has been reduced from a miraculous molecule into a data storage device, and the information it contains is as easy to hack as any computer file. Undeniable is a novel that steps beyond the traditional parent-child relationship into a chilling new reproductive reality.


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

Jessica Shattuck In Conversation with U of M RC Creative Writing Director Laura Thoma

Event date: 
Friday, January 12, 2018 - 7:00pm

“Jessica Shattuck In Conversation with U of M RC Creative Writing Director Laura Thomas”

Women in the Castle

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ISBN: 9780062563675
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 2nd, 2018

Three women, haunted by the past and the secrets they hold. Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined--an affecting, shocking, and ultimately redemptive novel from the author of the New York Times Notable Book The Hazards of Good Breeding. Amid the ashes of Nazi Germany's defeat, Marianne von Lingenfels returns to the once-grand castle of her husband's ancestors, an imposing stone fortress now fallen into ruin following years of war. The widow of a resister murdered in the failed July 20, 1944, plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, Marianne plans to uphold the promise she made to her husband's brave conspirators: to find and protect their wives, her fellow resistance widows. First Marianne rescues six-year-old Martin, the son of her dearest childhood friend, from a Nazi reeducation home. Together, they make their way across the smoldering wreckage of their homeland to Berlin, where Martin's mother, the beautiful and naive Benita, has fallen into the hands of occupying Red Army soldiers. Then she locates Ania, another resister's wife, and her two boys, now refugees languishing in one of the many camps that house the millions displaced by the war. As Marianne assembles this makeshift family from the ruins of her husband's resistance movement, she is certain their shared pain and circumstances will hold them together. But she quickly discovers that the black-and-white, highly principled world of her privileged past has become infinitely more complicated, filled with secrets and dark passions that threaten to tear them apart. Eventually, all three women must come to terms with the choices that have defined their lives before, during, and after the war--each with their own unique share of challenges.


States of Motion (Made in Michigan Writers) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780814343142
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Published: Wayne State University Press - May 15th, 2017

Newton's Laws of Motion describe the relationship between a body and its response to the forces acting upon it. For the men and women in States of Motion, imbalance is a way of life. Set in Michigan small towns both real and fictional, the stories in Laura Hulthen Thomas's collection take place against a backdrop of economic turmoil and the domestic cost of the war on terror. As familiar places, privilege, and faith disappear, what remains leaves these broken characters wondering what hope is left for them. These stories follow blue collars and white, cops and immigrants, and mothers and sons as they defend a world that is quickly vanishing.

The eight stories in States of Motion follow tough, quixotic characters struggling to reinvent themselves even as they cling to what they've lost. A grieving father embraces his town's suspicions of him as the sole suspect in his daughter's disappearance. A driving instructor struggles to care for his abusive mother between training lessons with two flirtatious teens. A behavioral researcher studying the fear response must face her own fears when her childhood attacker returns to ask for her forgiveness. Conditioned by their traumatic pasts to be both sympathetic and numb to suffering, the characters in these stories clutch at a chance to find peace on the other side of terror. From the isolated roadways of Michigan's countryside to the research labs of a major university, the way forward is both one last hope and a deep-seated fear.

The profoundly emotional stories in States of Motion will interest any reader of contemporary literary fiction.


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

ABC’s of Washtenaw Literacy Information Session

Event date: 
Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 4:00pm

ABC’s of Washtenaw Literacy Information Session

Come and learn about volunteer options with Washtenaw Literacy! You can help change the world, one word at a time.  Please register if you plan to attend.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at info@washtenawliteracy.org.

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

ABC's of Washtenaw Literacy Information Session

Event date: 
Friday, January 5, 2018 - 3:00pm

ABC's of Washtenaw Literacy Information Session

Come and learn about volunteer options with Washtenaw Literacy! You can help change the world, one word at a time.  Please register if you plan to attend.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at info@washtenawliteracy.org.

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

Off site event: Jumanji movie premiere to benefit Anchors Programs

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 7:30pm

Big time Hollywood adventure will benefit Michigan’s smallest patients as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle premieres at Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theater in support of Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children at Hospice of Michigan (HOM) and Arbor Hospice.

2-TIERED TICKETED EVENT

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Michigan Theater
603 East Liberty
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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