If you had the Booksmith all to yourself (and maybe a few close friends) for one whole night, what would you do? No funny business. No campfires.

The Boston Book Festival on Copley Square is set for take-off, and once again the Booksmith is happy to be its wingman. Stop in at our pop-up bookstore and say hello! (please no rain, please no rain, please no rain.) We've still got a few tickets left for our John Cleese and Robin Young event at the JFK Library on November 7th, so give us a call. The upcoming calendar of events has been released, so keep an eye out for a couple of great events for kids (Jeff Kinney and Chris Raschka) and a bunch for the rest of you (including Amanda Palmer and Mayor Thomas M. Menino!)
That's right, Amanda Palmer: The Art Of Asking Book Tour is touching down at the Royale Boston on Tue, Nov 11, 8pm. Our booksellers will be there, in the middle of what is sure to be a three-ring circus, selling copies of her new book.
Don't call us for tickets, though! Click here to get your tix fix.

Wednesday, October 22 at 7pm
Kelly Link, Gavin J. Grant, MT Anderson, Sarah Rees Brennan and Joshua Lewis
Monstrous Affections

From the editors of Steampunk! comes the stunning collection Monstrous Affections, featuring stories from some of today’s top young-adult authors. Predatory kraken, harpies, and a landform that claims lives, these stories explore ambition, loneliness, love, and the boundless potential for connection.

   
Thursday, October 23 at 7pm
Eric Nelson
The Royalist Revolution: Monarchy and the American Founding

Generations of students have been taught that the American Revolution was a revolt against royal tyranny. In his revisionist account, The Royalist Revolution, Eric Nelson argues that a great many of our “founding fathers” saw themselves as rebels against the British Parliament, not the Crown. Harvard professor Eric Nelson is “Sure to fire up an old debate” in the book Publishers Weekly is calling an “important contribution to the literature on early American constitutionalism.”
   
Friday, October 24 from 6-8pm
Michelle Phan
Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style,
and Success - Online and Off

SIGNING ONLY

YouTube star Michelle Phan uses makeup as a tool for transformation--and you can too! Filled with Michelle’s trademark beauty and style tutorials and adorned with stories about her own life, Make Up contains advice, instruction, and empowerment so you can put your best face forward.

Purchase of the book from Brookline Booksmith required to enter signing line. Copies of Make Up purchased prior to the event can still be signed.To pre-order your copy, visit brooklinebooksmith.com/events, call 617-566-6660, or stop by in-store.
   
Sunday, October 26 at 11pm
Summer Ink
Fall Reading


Summer Ink is a Boston-based writing and adventure camp for 5th-10th graders. With fifty percent of campers receiving scholarships, Summer Ink's diverse population forms a rich community of writers hailing from Boston, the suburbs, and beyond. Campers come away from their Summer Ink experience with the skills to communicate their ideas clearly and the conviction that the world wants to hear them.
   
Sunday, October 26 at 2pm
Chris Raschka
Alphabetabum: An Album of Rare Photographs and Medium Verses

Join Caldecott Medal winner Chris Raschka for his charming new book Alphabetabum, a collection of antique photographs with new poems and personalities created by Chris. There will be drawing exercises fun for all ages!
   
Monday, October 27 at 7pm
Thomas Page McBee
Man Alive

What does it really mean to be a man? McBee attempts to answer, focusing on two of the men who most impacted his life—one, his otherwise ordinary father who abused him as a child, and the other, a mugger who threatened his life and then released him in an odd moment of mercy. Standing at the brink of the life-changing decision to transition from female to male, McBee seeks to understand these examples of flawed manhood as he cobbles together his own identity.
George Marshall: An Interpretive Biography

Stanley Hirshson, Debi Unger, Irwin Unger
HC, $35
Food: A Love Story

Jim Gaffigan
HC, $26
Beautiful You

Chuck Palahniuk
HC, $25.95
The First Phone Call from Heaven

Mitch Albom
PB, $15.99
On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller

Richard Norton Smith
HC, $38

The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books
Azar Nafisi
Viking Adult
Hardcover, $28.95

 

Ten years since her bestselling story about the power of literature, Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi is challenging the notion that Americans don’t care about books anymore. By blending memoir and polemic with close readings of her favorite American novels - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Babbitt, and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, among others - The Republic of Imagination sets out to prove what fiction can, and does, teach us.

 

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
Bryan Stevenson
Spiegel & Grau
Hardcover, $28

 

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.
Here's the recent Fresh Air interview with the author.
 

Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples
Took on the Politicians and Pundits--And Won

Marc Solomon
Foreedge
Hardcover, $27.95
 
In Winning Marriage, Marc Solomon – a preeminent leader in the movement for marriage equality – gives the reader a seat at the strategy-setting and decision-making tables in the campaign to win and protect the freedom to marry. With depth and grace, he reveals the inner workings of the advocacy movement that has championed and protected advances won in legislative, legal, and electoral battles over the decade since the landmark Massachusetts (woo-hoo!) ruling guaranteeing marriage rights for everyone.
 
A Perfectly Messed-Up Story
Patrick McDonnell
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Hardcover, $17
Ages 2-5
Nothing is perfect, yet everything is just...fine. From Patrick McDonnell comes the story of Louie, who wants his book to be exactly his way. But then *plop* someone keeps *scribble* messing everything up! For Louie, hopeless frustration with life's inevitable mishaps gives way to a lengthy process of letting go of the illusion of control, and the eventual realization that everything is just...fine. There will always be jelly stains and fingerprint smudges, but the book of life keeps going. Read on, Louie!


Sam and Dave Dig a Hole
Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen
Candlewick
Hardcover, $16.99
Ages 4-8

 

“On Monday Sam and Dave dug a hole.” On a search for "something spectacular", and only fueled by chocolate milk and animal cookies, they make all the wrong decisions, turning this way and that and just missing the precious gems buried in the earth around them. At the point when they are too exhausted to dig further, their faithful dog companion takes over tunneling duties. A pawful too far, it turns out, and the three unlucky spelunkers plummet into the void, finally landing right outside their own house. Or is it? Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen team up for a slightly unsettling adventure story with an ending filled with doubt and mystery.


The Dragon & the Knight: A Pop-Up Misadventure
Robert Sabuda
Little Simon
Hardcover, $29.99
Ages 6 & up

 
Robert Sabuda is pop-up royalty, and in this newest adventure the creatures of his wild creativity leap off the page...and they bring the page along behind! Open this book to find a new twist on the art form, and follow the brave knight as he whizzes through the land of fairy tales. Rapunzel, Aladdin, The Three Little Pigs and more are all stops on our hero's jaw-dropping pop-up journey.
 
 
 

Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir
Liz Prince
Zest Books, 2014
Used Paperback $8.50

 

Growing up, Liz Prince wasn’t a girly girl, but she wasn’t exactly one of the guys either. She was somewhere in between. But with the forces of middle school, high school, parents, friendship, and romance pulling her this way and that, the middle wasn’t exactly an easy place to be. Tomboy follows author and artist Prince through her early years and explores what it means to “be a girl.” From staunchly refuting ”girliness” to the point of misogyny, to discovering through the punk community that your identity is whatever you make of it, Tomboy offers a sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking account of self-discovery in modern America.

 


Fables of Aesop According to Sir Roger L'Estrange,
with Fifty Drawings by Alexander Calder
Dover, 1967
Used Paperback, $3.50

 

Alexander Calder's effortlessly balanced shapes in space have inspired me since I don't even know when. That masterly feel for weight and gravity translates into his pen and ink drawings, and prove to be a perfect match for Aesop's fables. Each illustration (like the fables themselves) is a closed shape, a single lively line darting and springing with character and motivation. You can take a peek here.
 


Richard Estes
Richard Estes, Linda Chase
Phaidon Focus, 2014
Used Paperback, $12

 

Richard Estes. As a painter, I possess not one of the skills that are required to be able to do what he does. Among photo-realist painters, Estes stands out, I believe, mostly for the palpable warmth of human touch that emanates from his pictures. The process of learning to paint with such precision usually  requires the artist to isolate details, and hold your discriminating thoughts in check. To me, it feels as though Estes approaches it differently - that each detail is a celebration of the whole picture.

 
One Doctor: Close Calls, Cold Cases, and the Mysteries of Medicine
Brendan Reilly, M.D.
Atria Books, Hardcover
Orig. $28, Sale $6.99
 
In One Doctor, Brendan Reilly leads us along the often harrowing path of his profession. In compelling first-person narrative, Reilly describes the day-to-day crises and frustrations of life at a major metropolitan hospital, the life-threatening illnesses of both of his aging parents, and a tragic cold case that has haunted him for so many years. Suspended above all of this very personal drama is a healthcare system which Reilly excoriates for withdrawing ever further from the patient as it recedes into the boardroom.
 

Life in Color: National Geographic Photographs
Annie Griffiths, Jonathan Adler, Susan Hitchcock
National Geographic, Hardcover
Orig. $39.99, Sale $9.99
 
For Life in Color, award-winning photographer Annie Griffths has compiled a selection of amazing photographs from the National Geographic archive. There is not a single page that isn't drenched in luscious color. Open the book to a landscape at Denali National Park in Alaska, with sunset painting the snowy mountains, and a rainbow of wildflowers in the foreground, then turn the page and a kaleidoscopic chameleon is staring back at you. This book is the easiest pick-me-up on a rainy day like this one.
 


The Guts
Roddy Doyle
Viking, Hardcover
Orig. $27.95, Sale $6.99

 
Twenty-six years after introducing the world to Jimmy Rabbitte and his working-class band in The Commitments, Roddy Doyle takes us back to the streets of Dublin to see how Jimmy is handling his middle-late forties. Jimmy is married, with four kids and a touch of colon cancer. Jimmy's life still revolves around music - nowadays he tracks down the members of old bands, then finds the hardcore fans who will still pay to hear them play. It's a hustle, but then everything is a hustle. In The Guts we find an introspective Roddy Doyle digging through these old characters to find out how they face aging and death, and lean on family and old friendships.
 
 

"Joe's words he did not know from Ulysses by James Joyce."

The list ends abruptly with "confab," suggesting that Joe,
like so many readers of Ulysses over the years,
only made it to page 295.
 
This new series of blank greeting cards comes from our own Lindsay Blevins, dedicated Booksmithie and marvelously talented illustrator. They are so perfect for the winter holidays! Please come in, take a closer look, and support local artists and your local independent bookstore!
You can see these and all of Lindsay's illustration at:
lindsayblevins.com
 
   

Next book club meeting
November 10th @ 7:30pm

The Hired Man
Aminatta Forna

No need to sign up, just show up!

 

Brookline Booksmith is honored to be a part of Brookline Sister City Week, when our town celebrates its ties to Quezalguaque, Nicaragua. On Monday, Oct. 20th, we'll be on hand selling books at the Coolidge Corner Theater for the first of three amazing events. Come hear special guest Nicaraguan poet & French Legion of Honor winner Vidaluz Meneses, with an introduction by Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Díaz and music by Latimbop. On Wed., October 22nd, attend the Forum on Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Origin (CKDu) at the Brookline High School/MLK Room at 7pm. Free to the public. And on Thursday, October 23, the week wraps up with the Celebration Fundraising/Farewell Party at the Vine Ripe Grill, Putterham Golf Course, Brookline with Governor Michael and Kitty Dukakis, Keynote Speaker Congressman Joe Kennedy III and MC Jesse Mermill. Music by Alejandro Vega. Click here to get tickets and get to know our neighbors!

On Monday, 11/17 at 7pm, Jennifer Campaniolo will read from her new book, Legendary Locals of Brookline. Brookline boasts groundbreaking doctors, scientists, researchers, authors, sports heroes, Presidents, governors, and even mayors of New York (how embarrassing). And with all of those luminaries, guess whose portrait made it onto the back of the book? Booksmith's own Dana Brigham! Legendary Locals of Brookline tells their stories, as well as the stories of some of the lesser-known heroes and humanitarians who make Brookline a great place to call home.

 


If you don't already have one, go get a globe. Jackson just got one for his birthday, and we're pretty much setting a place at the dinner table for the thing.

Thanks for reading,
Paul

currently reading What is Zen? by Alan Watts.
currently listening to Made in Heights.

email me, if you'd like to make this a conversation.



 


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