On Friday, October 17 from 7-9pm, Neil Patrick Harris will be here at the store, signing copies of his upcoming book Choose Your Own Autobiography. Purchase of the book from Brookline Booksmith is required to enter the signing line, so please click that link, give us a call at 617 566 6660, or just drop in anytime to reserve your book and a spot in line to meet one of the premier entertainers of our time. We are preparing a Booksmith song and dance routine for him to perform. His agent tells us not to get our hopes up, but it's too late for that.

Check out the listings below for this week's events, which include visits from Bessel van der Kolk and Jeffrey Condran, and keep an eye on some of our big events on the horizon, featuring Lena Dunham (SOLD OUT), John Darnielle, Joe Perry and JOHN CLEESE.

The Boston Book Festival is just over a month away! The biggest literary event of the year will embrace Copley Square October 23-25, and while the full schedule of events hasn't been released, there are already some tickets on sale. We are honored to be invited once again this year, so make sure to stop by our pop-up Booksmith to say hello and do some open-air browsing!

Wednesday, September 24th at 6pm
At the Coolidge Corner Theatre
Boston Globe Book Club
A Conversation Between Maryanne O’Hara and Nicole Lamy

Join Boston Globe Books editor Nicole Lamy and Maryanne O’Hara (Cascade) for the final Boston Globe Book Club event as they discuss Cascade.
Tickets are free and available at bostonglobe.com/bookclub.

Sunday, September 28 at 10:30am
Children's Storytime

Do you love picture books? Join us in our children’s section as our fine children’s team reads stories aloud every third Saturday and last Sunday of the month.
Monday, September 29 at 7pm
Bessel van der Kolk
The Body Keeps the Score

Bessel Van der Kolk has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring—specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies. Based on Dr. Van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score offers proven alternatives to drugs and talk therapy—and a way to reclaim lives.
Wednesday, October 1 at 7pm
Jeffrey Condran in conversation with Steve Yarbrough
Prague Summer

In his debut novel Jeffrey Condran tells the story of Stephanie and Henry, an American married couple living comfortably in Prague. Their world is turned upside down by the arrival from the States of Stephanie's old friend, Selma Al-Khateeb whose husband has been mysteriously arrested and indefinitely imprisoned. At first it appears that Selma has come to escape her problems, but soon her reasons for coming to Prague grow sinister and murky. Stephanie and Henry’s placid existence is turned upside down in ways they couldn’t have imagined. Jeffrey Condran will be in conversation with author and Emerson professor Steve Yarbrough (The Realm of Last Chances).

Gutenberg's Apprentice

Alix Christie
HC, $27.99
Landslide: LBJ and Ronald Reagan at the Dawn of a New America

Jonathan Darman
HC, $30

Lauren Oliver
HC, $25.99
Law of the Jungle: The $19 Billion Legal Battle Over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who'd Stop at Nothing to Win

Paul M. Barrett
HC, $26
The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control

Walter Mischel
HC, $29

Ring of Steel: Germany and Austria-Hungary in World War I
Alexander Watson
Basic Books
Hardcover, $35


Alexander Watson's compelling new history retells the First World War from the perspectives of its instigators and losers, the Germans and Austro-Hungarians. This is the story not just of their leaders in Berlin and Vienna, but of the people. Only through their unprecedented mobilization could the conflict last so long and be so bitterly fought, and only with the waning of their commitment did it end. The war shattered their societies, destroyed their states and bequeathed to east-central Europe a poisonous legacy of unredeemed sacrifice, suffering, race hatred and violence.


How to Build a Girl
Caitlin Moran
Hardcover, $26.99


The New York Times bestselling author hailed as “the UK’s answer to Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler, and Lena Dunham all rolled into one” (Marie Claire) makes her fiction debut with a hilarious yet deeply moving coming of age novel. What do you do in your teenage years when you realize what your parents taught you wasn’t enough? You must go out and find books and poetry and pop songs and bad heroes—and build yourself. In 1990, for Johanna Morrigan, fourteen, fresh off a catastrophic public embarrassment, that means the creation of a hard-drinking, fast-living alter ego, Dolly Wilde. Problem is, fourteen-   year-old kids can't think of everything.

A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity
Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl Wudunn
Hardcover, $27.95


In their best seller Half the Sky, husband-and-wife team Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn brought to light struggles faced by women and girls around the globe, and showcased individuals and institutions working to address oppression and expand opportunity. A Path Appears is even more ambitious in scale - a sweeping tapestry of people who are making the world a better place, and a guide to the ways that we can do the same—whether with our money, our time, our skills, or by using the resources of our businesses. With scrupulous research and on-the-ground reporting, the authors assay the art and science of giving, identify successful local and global initiatives, and share astonishing stories from the front lines of social progress. We see the compelling, inspiring truth of how real people have changed the world, upending the idea that one person can’t make a difference.


Shh! We Have a Plan
Chris Haughton
Hardcover, $15.99
Ages 3-7

The big kids are intent on sneaky stalking and clever capturing, so when Chris Haughton's peaceful little protagonist reaches out a hand in offering to each timid woodland creature, they always hold him back. SHH! We have a plan! Of course, birds and beasts can see right through their clumsy schemes, so in the end our little friend proves that the best way to get close is through quiet curiosity, not nets and leaps and creeping ambushes.

Skink--No Surrender
Carl Hiaasen
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Hardcover, $16.99
Ages 10 & up


Carl Hiaasen first introduced readers to Skink more than twenty-five years ago in Double Whammy, and he quickly became Hiaasen’s most iconic and beloved character, appearing in six novels to date. Both teens and adults will be thrilled to catch sight of the elusive “captain” as he finds hilariously satisfying ways to stop internet predators, turtle-egg poachers, and lowlife litterbugs in their tracks. With Skink at the wheel, the search for a missing girl is both nail-bitingly tense and laugh-out-loud funny.

Pete the Cat's Sing-Along Story Collection
James Dean
Hardcover, $19.99
Ages 4-8
Everybody loves Pete the Cat!! I walked in on my kids, 5 and 7, arguing about which one of them was going to be Pete the Cat. They never got to play the game, they were so busy arguing. That's how their games usually play out. This sing-along collection takes three classics - "The Wheels on the Bus", "Old MacDonald", and "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star", and put a cool Pete the Cat spin on them.

Jonathan Burt
Reaktion Books, 2006
Used Paperback, $10.50


Rats, like mice, cockroaches and pigeons, get a bad rap. Where 99% of animal species have fled the lightning-fast encroachment of humans, these brave animals have stood firm and declared "NO! I will stay, and I will learn their ways, and I will flourish by eating the food they throw away, and living inside the very walls they build to keep me out." Rats are awesome! They even have their own temple! In Jonathan Burt's book you'll find rats trained to sniff out land mines. You'll find out how pretty much everything scientists have found out about the brain comes from rats. You'll get a (un)healthy dose of the all-too-true horrors of rats, as well, but when you think about it, those things are all our fault. We make perfect rat-friendly environments, and then we eradicate them. Humans can be pretty awful.


Through the Alimentary Canal with Gun and Camera: A Fascinating Trip to the Interior,
Personally Conducted by George S. Chappell, Illustrated by O. Soglow

Dover Press, 1958
Used Paperback, $4

I thought Mary Roach was the only one to embark on this fascinating, disturbing journey, but now I find that, whether she was aware of it or not, Roach was following the eight decade-old trail of one George S. Chappell. In this eccentric, exotic adventure story an intrepid explorer, accompanied by a cameraman, a botanist, and an ornithologist conduct an unforgettable journey to the human interior. Chappell's wildly imaginative account is a physiological comedic tour de force, a satirical skewering of academics and a factually correct (for its time) precursor to the hit 1987 movie Innerspace.

The Official Preppy Handbook: "Look, Muffy, a book for us."
Ed. by Lisa Birnbach
Workman Publ., 1980
Used Paperback, $4


I wore Top-Siders, I pegged my jeans. But my buddy and I also snuck into Farmington country clubs in broad daylight and slashed the flags off the poles while members were teeing off in the distance. So I had a conflicted Connecticut youth. I didn't know any girls from Miss Porter's. With no money to go sailing in the summer or skiing in the winter, my choice of shoes and the exaggerated taper of my pants-legs marked my uneasy alliance with the preppy mono-culture. This book would've put me over the top. Clues to choosing the right pet, holding the right posture, and an extensive history of the "The Sock Controversy" (with Top-Siders?! Good heavens, only in the depths of winter.)


The Tao of Travel: Enlightenments from Lives on the Road
Paul Theroux
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Hardcover
Orig. $25, Sale $6.99

Paul Theroux's writing contains the wealth of wisdom and experiences gained through fifty-plus years of traveling the world. In The Tao of Travel he collects the best passages from the books that have shaped him as a writer, and shaped him as a traveler. Excerpts from Nabokov, Welty, Waugh, Dickens, Chekhov, Hemingway and many more are interspersed with Theroux's own work, offering the reader nothing less than a philosophy of observation and travel.


The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?
Jared Diamond
Penguin, Paperback
Orig. $18, Sale $6.99
In The World Until Yesterday Jared Diamond (Collapse, Guns Germs & Steel) returns to our past in search of a better future. Diamond gives us a picture of human life as it had been for millions of years, glimpsed in modern or recent traditional societies. Neither romanticizing nor scorning them, he shows how traditional societies constitute thousands of natural experiments in how to solve universal human problems, experiments that we could never carry out on ourselves or our families. Diamond shows us the unparalleled treasure to be found in humanity's past.

The Quantum Universe: (And Why Anything That Can Happen, Does)

Brian Cox, Jeff Forshaw
Da Capo Press, Hardcover
Orig. $25, Sale $12.99
In The Quantum Universe, Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw approach the world of quantum mechanics in the same way they did in Why Does E=mc2? and make fundamental scientific principles accessible to everyone. The subatomic realm has a reputation for weirdness, spawning any number of profound misunderstandings, journeys into Eastern mysticism, and woolly pronouncements on the interconnectedness of all things. Cox and Forshaw's contention is that there is no need for quantum mechanics to be viewed this way. The Quantum Universe cuts through the Wu Li and asks what observations of the natural world made it necessary, how it was constructed, and why we are confident that, for all its apparent strangeness, it is a good theory.

Please note that while your package contains a book of no sale value, it is of crucial importance that you, the American recipient, be warned that it is an XMAS - (BOOK).
An enchanted pumpkin rolled up to the back door of the store this weekend and left behind all the new fall colors of Baggallini bags! The ultimate expression of style and utility, Baggallini is the perfect accessory for the changing season ahead.

Next book club meeting
October 13th @7:30pm

Snow Hunters
by Paul Yoon

No need to sign up, just show up!


The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, or MICE, is coming back for its fifth year! MICE was established in 2010 to create a showcase space for artists and writers in the greater-Boston area working in the field of comics. The event is a joint project between the Boston Comics Roundtable, an independent arts collective, and the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. Unlike traditional comics shows, which emphasize commerce and memorabilia, MICE puts a focus on the art of making comics, with a number of workshops for children and adults, as well as panel discussions on the craft and relevance of the comics form. MICE is for anyone who wants to discover new comics, learn more about the medium of comics, or is interested in making their own. Sunday is Kids Day, featuring workshops for the young cartoonist! MICE will take place October 4 – 5 2014 at University Hall, 1815 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA. It is free and open to the public.

The Brookline Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce its third 5K race fundraising event! It doesn't matter if you run allegro or walk andante, there will be fun for all on an easy flat course. The race will be Sunday September 28 at 10am , located at the Chestnut Hill Reservoir. The course is 2 full loops around the Reservoir and will be timed by Spitler Race Systems. Live usic from members of the orchestra will be provided throughout the course. Family Friendly: Baby joggers & strollers welcome! The event will take place rain or shine. All proceeds go to the Brookline Symphony Orchestra (a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization), to support the upcoming season.


This week we've been treated to visits from the students at Roxbury Prep. Dozens of students at a time have poured through the front door, cheerfully digging through the shelves and asking for help, intent on filling in the boxes of their literary scavenger hunt so that they can get down to the real business of the day: twenty bucks worth of books apiece to take home with them! There was only a handful of us booksellers to the waves of students, so it felt a little bit like the winter holiday rush had come early. But such a big boost of optimism comes from seeing so many kids leaving with books in their hands! I think it's been tougher on our neighbors at Peet's coffee, who had to prepare 140 individual cups of hot cocoa yesterday morning.

Thanks for reading,

currently reading Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse.

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