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>>>March    
   
   
Monday March 9th at 7:30 pm
Book Club

The Brookline Booksmith Book Club meets the second Monday of every month, at 7:30 pm downstairs in our Writers and Readers Room. No need to sign up, just show up. To contact our moderator, email bookclub@brooklinebooksmith.com.
   
Wednesday March 11th at 7:00 pm
Diana Rodgers
The Homegrown Paleo Cookbook

On her farm in Massachusetts, nutritionist Diana Rodgers has found a way back to a healthy, active lifestyle with a focus on nutritious and delicious eating, raising animals, growing vegetables, and balancing work and play. Anyone can have the same healthy, balanced lifestyle and a closer connection to their food—whether you live in a house in the suburbs, a farmhouse in the countryside, or an apartment in the city. With over 100 seasonal Paleo recipes, guides to growing your own food and raising animals, and inspiring how-tos for crafts and entertaining, The Homegrown Paleo Cookbook is a guide not just for better eating, but for better living—and a better world.
   
Thursday March 12th at 7:00 pm
Susan Engel
The Hungry Mind: The Origins of Curiosity in Childhood

Despite American education’s recent mania for standardized tests, testing misses what really matters about learning: the desire to learn in the first place. Curiosity is vital, but it remains a surprisingly understudied characteristic. The Hungry Mind is a deeply researched, highly readable exploration of what curiosity is, how it can be measured, how it develops in childhood, and how it can be fostered in school.

   

Thursday March 12th at 7:00 pm
BASH Poetry Reading

A series curated by Black Ocean Press featuring the freshest and finest poets. Featuring: Tod Marshal, Kathleen Ossip, Matthew Rohrer and Amish Trivedi
   
Saturday March 14th at 2:00 pm
Anna Staniszewski
Power Down, Little Robot

Special Kids event Robot Pajama Party! It’s time to power down for the night, but Little Robot isn’t ready! He quickly opens his stalling program. Luckily, Mom Unit knows exactly how to get him into his sleep module. From a debut picture book author and the illustrator of Little Boo, this funny twist on a familiar nighttime routine will click with bedtime avoidance experts everywhere.

   
Monday March 16th at 7:00 pm
Boris Fishman
A Replacement Life

Boris Fishman makes his literary debut with this provocative, soulful, and sometimes hilarious story of a failed journalist asked to do the unthinkable: forge Holocaust-restitution claims for old Russian Jews in Brooklyn. Yevgeny Gelman, grandfather of Slava Gelman, “didn’t suffer in the exact way” he needs to have suffered to qualify for the restitution the German government has been paying out to Holocaust survivors. But suffer he has—as a Jew in the war; as a second-class citizen in the USSR; as an immigrant to America. So? Isn’t his grandson a “writer”? Praised by The New York Times and Joyce Carol Oates, A Replacement Life is a dark, moving, and beautifully written novel about family, honor, and justice.

Boris will be appearing in conversation with novelist Leslie Epstein

   


Tuesday March 17th at 7:00 pm
Atticus Lish - Preparation for the Next Life
John Benditt - The Boatmaker

Preparation for the Next Life tells the story of Zou Lei, orphan of the desert, who migrates to work in America and finds herself slaving in New York's kitchens. She falls in love with a young man whose heart has been broken in another desert. A new life may be possible if together they can survive homelessness, lockup, and the young man's nightmares, which may be more prophecy than madness.


In The Boatmaker a fierce, complicated, silent man wakes from a fever dream compelled to build a boat and sail away from the small island where he was born. As the boatmaker’s journey takes him deeper into the layers of racial and religious hatred, he uncovers truths that allow him to redirect the course of his destiny. Part fable, part allegory,The Boatmaker is a haunting and passionate story of love and the voyage of self-discovery.

 

   
Wednesday March 18th at 7:00 pm
Eddie Joyce
Small Mercies

An ingeniously layered narrative, told over the course of one week, Eddie Joyce’s debut novel masterfully depicts an Italian-Irish American family on Staten Island and their complicated emotional history. Ten years after the loss of Bobby—the Amendola family’s youngest son—everyone is still struggling to recover from the firefighter’s unexpected death. Bobby’s mother Gail; his widow Tina; his older brothers Peter, the corporate lawyer, and Franky, the misfit; and his father Michael have all dealt with their grief in different ways. But as the family gathers together for Bobby Jr.’s birthday party, they must each find a way to accept a new man in Tina’s life while reconciling their feelings for their lost loved one.

   
Thursday March 19th at 7:00 pm
Small Press Book Club

Our new bookclub selects readings from independent presses. Read something off the beaten path! Free and open to the public meeting the third Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm.


 

   

Friday March 20th at 7:00 pm
Breakwater

Join us for a night of new stories, essays, and poems by MFA candidates from Emerson, BU, and UMass Boston. Fore more information, please visit breakwaterreadingseries.wordpress.com.

   

 

Saturday March 21st at 10:30 am
Storytime

Do you love picture books? Join us in our children’s section as our fine children’s team reads stories aloud.

   

Sunday March 22nd at 2:00 pm

Natasha Lowe
The Courage of Cat Campbell

Weekend Kids event with giveaways and treats! Cat’s mother believes magic ruins lives, and even as Cat’s passion for magic grows over the years, no one suspects she has the gift. But she has indeed inherited the coveted magic gene of her famed great-great-grandmother Mabel, a discovery she makes in a most surprising way. Cat is a witch! The town of Potts Bottom is threatened by a notoriously feared witch, and Cat has the chance to help her family and town—and to prove herself in the process.
   
Monday March 23rd at 7:00 pm
J.C. Hallman
B & Me: A True Story of Literary Arousal

Nearly twenty-five years ago, Nicholson Baker published U and I, the fretful and handwringing tale of his literary relationship with John Updike. U and I inspired a whole sub-genre of engaging, entertaining writing about reading, but what no story of this type has ever done is tell its tale from the moment of conception, that moment when you realize that there is writer out there in the world that you must read—so you read them. B & Me is that story, the story of Hallman discovering and reading Nicholson Baker, and discovering himself in the process. In the spirit of Geoff Dyer’s Out of Sheer Rage, B & Me is literary self-archaeology: a funny, irreverent, brilliant, incisive story of one reader’s desperate quest to restore passion to literature, and all the things he learns along the way.

   
Tuesday March 24th at 7:00 pm
Hallie Ephron
Night Night, Sleep Tight

From the award-winning author of There Was an Old Woman comes a riveting tale of domestic noir, infused with old Hollywood folklore and glamour, set in a town rife with egotism and backstabbing and where fame and infamy are often interchangeable. Los Angeles 1986: When Deirdre Unger arrived in Beverly Hills to help her bitter, disappointed father sell his dilapidated house, she discovers his lifeless body floating face down in the swimming pool. At first, Deirdre assumes her father’s death was a tragic accident. But the longer she stays in town, the more she suspects that it is merely the third act in a story that has long been in the making.

   
Wednesday March 25th at 7:00 pm
Bob Katz
The Whistleblower: Rooting for the Ref in the High-Stakes World of College Basketball

Alone among thousands in the stadium and millions watching at home, the ref’s goal is fairness and neutrality. He truly does not care who wins or loses. His passion to do the right thing on the court is shaped by character and training and a rare kind of honor. During a season on the road with college basketball referees, Bob Katz watched the games they officiated, listened in on their candid conversations in locker rooms and hotel lobbies, and explored the challenges they must regularly confront. In The Whistleblower, we come to actually root for the ref.

   


Thursday March 26th at 7:00 pm
Melissa Falcon Field
What Burns Away
Bill Roorbach
The Remedy for Love

Good wife, good mother. That’s all Claire Spruce is trying to be, but the never-ending snow in this new town and her workaholic husband are making her crazy. Feeling overwhelmed and alone, she reconnects with her long-lost high school boyfriend, Dean. But Dean’s reappearance is not a coincidence. He wants something from Claire—and she soon finds that the cost of repaying an old favor may lead to the destructions of her entire life. What Burns Away is a story of loyalty, family, and the consequences of the past’s inevitable collision with our future.



They’re calling for the “Storm of the Century,” and in western Maine, that means something. So Eric closes his office early and heads to the store. But when a seemingly unstable young woman in line comes up short on cash, charity takes hold of his heart—twenty bucks and a ride home; that’s the least he can do. Trouble is, she’s squatting in a cabin deep in the woods. Eric, with troubles of his own, tries to walk away but finds he can’t. And as the storm intensifies, these two lost souls are forced to ride it out together. Intensely moving, frequently funny, The Remedy for Love is a harrowing story about the truths we reveal when there is no time or space for artifice.

   
Saturday March 29th at 10:30 am
Special Passover Themed Storytime

Do you love picture books? Join us in our children’s section as our fine children’s team reads stories aloud. This is a special passover themed story time!

   
Monday March 30th at 7:00 pm
David Shields
I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel   

Caleb Powell always wanted to become an artist, but he overcommitted to life (he’s a stay-at-home dad to three young girls), whereas his former professor David Shields (How Literature Saved My Life) always wanted to become a human being, but he overcommitted to art (he has five books coming out in the next year and a half). Shields and Powell spend four days together at a cabin and talk about everything they can think of in the name of exploring and debating their central question (life and/or art?): marriage, family, sports, sex, happiness, drugs, death, betrayal—and, of course, writers and writing. David Shields will appear in-conversation with Christopher Lydon of Radio Open Source.
   
Tuesday March 31st at 7:00 pm
Holly LeCraw
The Half Brother

When Charlie Garrett arrives as a young teacher at the shabby-yet-genteel Abbott School, he finds a world steeped in privilege and tradition. Before long he is drawn to May Bankhead, the daughter of the legendary school chaplain; but when he discovers he cannot be with her, he forces himself to break her heart, and she leaves Abbott—he believes forever. But nearly a decade later, his peace is shattered when his golden-boy half brother, Nick, comes to Abbott to teach—and May returns as a teacher as well. With wisdom and emotional generosity, LeCraw takes us through a year that transforms both the teachers and students of Abbott forever.


   
>>>April    
   
Wednesday April 1st at 7:00 pm
Jacqueline Winspear
A Dangerous Place
MYSTERY


Jacqueline Winspear returns to Brookline Booksmith and her beloved Maise Dobbs series with A Dangerous Place. Spring 1937. In the four years since she left England, Maisie Dobbs has experienced love, contentment, stability—and the deepest tragedy a woman can endure. But on a ship bound for England,Maisie realizes she isn’t ready to return. She disembarks in Gibraltar. Days after Maisie’s arrival, a photographer and member of Gibraltar’s Sephardic Jewish community, is murdered, and Maisie becomes entangled in the case. At a crossroads between her past and her future, Maisie must choose a direction, knowing that England is, for her, an equally dangerous place, but in quite a different way.

   
Thursday April 2nd at 7:00 pm
Rita Goldberg
Motherhood: Growing Up with the Holocaust
MEMOIR/HISTORY

Rita Goldberg Hilde Jacobsthal was fifteen when the Nazis invaded Holland. After the arrest of her parents in 1943 she fled to Belgium, where she went into hiding and worked with the Resistance at night. In April 1945 she volunteered with a British Red Cross Unit to go to the relief of Bergen-Belsen, which had itself been liberated one week before her arrival. The horror and devastation were overwhelming, but despite her shock and grief she stayed at the camp for two years, helping with the enormous task of recovery. Her daughter, Rita Goldberg, enlarges the story she heard from her mother with historical background. A deeply moving story, Motherland will become an essential text about World War II, the Holocaust and the survival of the spirit.


   
Friday April 3rd at 7:00 pm
T.C. Boyle
The Harder They Come
FICTION

Set in contemporary Northern California, The Harder They Come explores the volatile connections between three damaged people—an aging ex-Marine and Vietnam veteran, his psychologically unstable son, and the son's paranoid, much older lover—as they careen towards an explosive confrontation. As he explores a father’s legacy of violence and his powerlessness in relating to his equally violent son, T. C. Boyle offers unparalleled psychological insights into the American psyche. Inspired by a true story, The Harder They Come is a devastating and indelible novel from a modern master.


   
Monday April 6th at 7:00 pm
Michael Sears
Long Way Down
MYSTERY

Michael Sears (Black Fridays) uses his financial background to give his Jason Stafford thrillers an unprecedented level of insight into the murky world of insider trading. Two years in a federal prison has changed Jason Stafford, but one thing it has taught him as a financial investigator is how to detect a lie. He doesn’t think Philip Haley is lying. An engineer on the verge of a biofuel breakthrough, Haley has been indicted for insider trading on his own company, and Stafford believes him when he says he’s been set up. The deeper Stafford investigates, the more secrets he starts to uncover, secrets people would kill for.

Michael will appear in-conversation with local favorite Hank Philippi Ryan (Truth Be Told).


   
Tuesday April 7th at 7:00 pm
Ann Bauer
Forgiveness 4 You
FICTION

Gabriel McKenna is an ex-Catholic priest, and with his quiet job at a quiet bookstore, he is —slowly—rebuilding his life. But even at the bookstore, people from all walks of life find their way to him and feel compelled to reveal to him their deepest, guiltiest secrets. One of these people is Madeline Murray, a high-powered advertising executive. Madeline has a vision: a business that will offer a secular form of confession and forgiveness—the comforts of religion, without the religion. Written with verve and confidence, Forgiveness 4 You is an unusually ambitious novel that blends cutting-edge satire with a serious meditation on faith in the twenty-first century.


   
Wednesday April 8th at 7:00 pm
Peter Slevin
Michelle Obama: A Life
BIOGRAPHY/POLITICS

An inspiring story, here is the first comprehensive account of the life and times of Michelle Obama, a woman of achievement and purpose—and the most unlikely first lady in modern American history. With disciplined reporting and a storyteller’s eye for revealing detail, Peter Slevin follows Michelle to the White House from her working-class childhood on Chicago’s largely segregated South Side. Slevin deftly explores the drama of Barack’s historic campaigns and the harsh glare faced by Michelle in a role both relentlessly public and not entirely of her choosing.
   
Thursday April 9th at 7:00 pm
Philip Kerr
The Lady from Zagreb
MYSTERY

From  New York Times–bestselling author Philip Kerr, comes the much-anticipated return of his popular Second World War-based Bernie Gunther series and a sinister rogue’s gallery. A beautiful actress. The very clever, very dangerous Propaganda Minister—close confidant of Hitler, an ambitious schemer and flagrant libertine. And Bernie Gunther, former Berlin homicide bull, now forced to do favors for Joseph Goebbels at the Propaganda Minister’s command. This time, the favor is personal. Set down amid the killing fields of Ustashe-controlled Croatia, Bernie finds himself in a world of mindless brutality where everyone has a hidden agenda.
   
Friday April 10th at 7:00 pm
BASH

POETRY

A series curated by Black Ocean Press featuring the freshest and finest poets. This month’s lineup: Matthew Lippman, Liam Day, and Dara Cerv.
   
Sunday April 12th at 2:00 pm
J.A. White
The Thickety: The Whispering Trees
KIDS

After Kara Westfall's village turns on her for practicing witchcraft, she and her brother, Taff, flee to the one place they know they won't be followed: the Thickety. Only this time the Forest Demon, Sordyr, is intent on keeping them there. Sordyr is not the Thickety's only danger: unknown magic lurks behind every twist and shadow of the path. Fans of Neil Gaiman will delight in this second installment of the Thickety series.


   
Monday April 13th at 7:30
Book Club


The Brookline Booksmith Book Club meets the second Monday of every month, at 7:30 pm downstairs in our Writers and Readers Room. No need to sign up, just show up. To contact our moderator, email bookclub@brooklinebooksmith.com.
   
Tuesday April 14th at 7:00 pm
Marge Piercy
Made in Detroit: Poems
POETRY

A treasure trove of new poems by one of our most sought-after poets: poems that range from descriptions of the Detroit of her childhood to her current life on Cape Cod, from deep appreciations of the natural world to elegies for lost friends and relationships, from a vision of her Jewish heritage to a hard-hitting take on today’s political ironies. This is a stunning collection that will please those who already know Marge Piercy’s work and offer a splendid introduction to it for those who don’t.
   

Wednesday April 15th at 7:00 pm
Zachary Klein
Ties That Blind
Peter Swanson
The Kind Worth Killing
MYSTERY

Join us for a night of Boston-based mysteries! From Zachary Klein comes the long awaited 4th Matt Jacob novel, Ties That Blind. Former social worker-turned-private investigator Matt Jacob has had his share of vices and woes. Now Matt is struggling to kick his addictions, put his demons under wraps. Then, a phone call changes everything. Lou, the father of Matt’s dead wife, is on the line. His new girlfriend’s son has attempted suicide and Lou, for some unknown reason, refuses to get paramedics or the police involved. When Matt uncovers the truth behind this boy’s despair, everything he has worked so hard for could end in an instant.

From Peter Swanson, local author of the acclaimed The Girl with a Clock for a Heart—hailed by the Washington Post as crime fiction’s best first novel of 2014—comes a devious modern reimagining of Patricia Highsmith’s classic . On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. But their game turns a little darker when Ted jokes that he could kill his wife for cheating on him. Lily, without missing a beat, says calmly, “I’d like to help.” After all, some people are the kind worth killing...


   
Thursday April 16th at 7:00 pm
Small Press Book Club

Our new book club selects readings from independent presses. Read something off the beaten path! Free and open to the public meeting the third Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm.
   
Saturday April 18 at 10:30 am
Storytime
KIDS

Do you love picture books? Join us in our children’s section as our fine children’s team reads stories aloud.
   
Saturday April 18th at 5:00 pm
Susan Levin
Unlocked: A Family Emerging from the Shadows of Autism
PARENTING/MEMOIR

Unlocked begins with a vivid depiction of the author’s life with her autistic son, Ben. Feelings of isolation, self-hate, and even moments of hatred toward her own child impel her to seek solutions for his condition. Told largely through anecdote, Unlocked is, by turns, heart-wrenching and joyful, hopeful and doubt-laden. As we follow young Ben’s exploits into a new social world, our own hearts break as he stumbles, but finally soar as he achieves his dream: genuine, caring, and reciprocal relationships with his peers. In the end, Unlocked is a story about family, commitment, and the power of embracing, nonjudgmental love.
   
Sunday April 19th at 5:00 pm
Göran Rosenberg
A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz
MEMOIR/HISTORY

Winner of the prestigious August Prize, this is the shattering memoir by a journalist about his father’s attempt to survive the aftermath of Auschwitz. On August 2, 1947 a young man gets off a train in a small Swedish town to begin his life anew. Having endured the ghetto of Lodz, the death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the slave camps and transports during the final months of Nazi Germany, his final challenge is to survive the survival. In this intelligent and deeply moving book, Göran Rosenberg returns to his own childhood to tell the story of his father: walking at his side, holding his hand, trying to get close to him. It is also the story of the chasm between the world of the child, permeated by the optimism, progress, and collective oblivion of postwar Sweden, and the world of the father, darkened by the long shadows of the past.

   
Monday April 20th at 7:00 pm
Marie Monique Robin
Our Daily Poison: From Pesticides to Packaging, How Chemicals Have Contaminated the Food Chain and Are Making Us Sick
CURRENT AFFAIRS/SCIENCE

Over the past thirty years, we have seen an increase in rates of cancer, neurodegenerative disease, reproductive disorders, and diabetes, particularly in developed countries. At the same time, since the end of World War II, approximately 100,000 synthetic chemical molecules have invaded our environment—and our food chain. In Our Daily Poison, award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin investigates the links between these two alarming trends, revealing how corporate interests and our ignorance may be costing us our lives.
   
Tuesday April 21st at 7:00 pm
Eva Selhub
Your Health Destiny: Take Control of your Body’s Innate Ability to Heal Itself
HEALTH

From a board-certified internist and Lecturer in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, comes a scientifically proven mind-body prescription that will help you prevent disease, bounce back from illness, and manage life’s ups and down—all while achieving a greater sense of well-being, now and for the rest of your life. There’s no way around it: The human body is designed to get sick. Illness is the body’s way of calling attention to a bigger problem. Aches and pains—whether annoying or debilitating, acute or chronic— mean that something’s out of balance. What they don’t mean is that you’re not in control. Because your body takes its cues from your thoughts and emotions—and not the other way around—you can take control of your health, rather than letting your health take control of you.


   
Thursday April 23rd at 7:00 pm
Thane Rosenbaum
How Sweet It Is!
FICTION

Set in Miami Beach, Florida in 1972, How Sweet It Is! follows the Posner family--two Holocaust survivors, Sophie and Jacob, and their son, Adam--doing everything they can to avoid one another in a city with an infinite supply of colorful diversions. In this year, Miami Beach was the site of both the Republican and Democratic political conventions, and saw the rise of the counterculture, the Cold War, and the desegregation of the old South. Where better to blend in, regain one's sanity, and live their lives? Instead what they discover is that Miami Beach is not a place of camouflage--all that sunshine highlighted the very things they wished to forget, and the abundant sun turned their lives into a Disney World of funhouse mirrors and chaotic rides.
   
Sunday April 26th at 10:30 am
Storytime
KIDS


Do you love picture books? Join us in our children’s section as our fine children’s team reads stories aloud.

   
Monday April 27 at 7:00 PM
Belinda Rathbone
The Boston Raphael: A Mysterious Painting, an Embattled Museum in an Era of Change & A Daughter’s Search for the Truth
HISTORY/ART

In December, 1969, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts announced the acquisition of an unknown and uncatalogued painting attributed to Raphael. Soon afterward, an Italian art sleuth began challenging the museum's right to ownership, and experts on both sides of the Atlantic lined up to debate its very authenticity. While these contests played themselves out on the international stage, the crisis deepened within the museum as its charismatic director, Perry T. Rathbone, faced the most challenging crossroads of his thirty-year career. The full story of the forces that converged on the museum and how they intersected with the challenges of the Sixties is now revealed in full detail by the director's daughter Belinda Rathbone.

   
Tuesday April 28th at 7:00 pm
Michael Downing
The Chapel
FICTION

Recently widowed, unhappily stuck on a pricey tour of Italy, Elizabeth Berman comes face to face with the first documented painting of a teardrop in human history, and in the presence of that tearful mother, painted by Giotto in the Arena Chapel, she wakes up to the possibility that she is not lost. Itching to leave as soon as she arrives in Padua, Elizabeth's efforts to book a ticket home are stymied. But there are consolations—ancient arcades and Aperol spritzes with her odd-lot of fellow castaways, including a melancholy doctor who claims his name is T. Tracking the hopes and heartaches and hangovers of a woman with a history of disappearing, The Chapel shows us that happiness is as fragile as a fresco by Giotto.
   
Wednesday April 29 at 7:00 pm
Nicole Aschoff
The New Prophets of Capital
CURRENT AFFAIRS/BUSINESS

Mythmaking is as central to sustaining our economy as proft-making, particularly as severe environmental degradation, breathtaking inequality, and increasing alienation among youth push capitalism against its own contradictions. Enter The New Prophets of Capital. In this moment of crisis, a new generation of wealthy mythmakers, masquerading as progressive thinkers, has emerged to reinvent the free market as the solution to society’s problems. With Oprah rallying the poor to bootstrap their way into the middle class; Sheryl Sandberg calling on women to “lean in” to the unequal demands of a sexist world; and Bill and Melinda Gates offering the generosity of the 1 percent as the solution to a persistent, systemic inequality, the new prophets of capital buttress the exploitative system, even as the cracks grow more visible.
   

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