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In Flying Couch Amy Kurzweil tells the stories of three unforgettable women: her own coming-of-age as a young Jewish artist, her mother, a psychologist, and Bubbe, her grandmother, a World War II survivor who escaped from the Warsaw Ghetto. Captivated by Bubbe’s story, Amy turns to her sketchbooks, teaching herself to draw as a way to cope with what she discovers. Entwining the voices and histories of these three wise, hilarious, and very different women, Amy creates a portrait not only of what it means to be part of a family, but also of how each generation bears the imprint of the past.

In Mercury Donald believes he knows all there is to know about seeing. An optometrist in suburban Boston, he is sure that he and his wife, Viv, who runs the local stables, are both devoted to their two children and to each other. Then Mercury—a gorgeous young thoroughbred with a murky past—arrives and as Viv rides him she begins to dream of competing again. Her daydreams soon morph into consuming desire, and her infatuation with the thoroughbred escalates to obsession.

Eighteen-year-old Regina McBride is haunted by the ghosts of her parents. Raised Irish Catholic and with the ironclad belief that some sins are unforgivable, Regina fears her parents are trapped between worlds, forever punished after they committed suicide within a few months of each other. Lyrical and lovely, harrowing and haunting, Ghost Songs charts her struggle to separate madness from imagination and sorrow from devastation.

Two stellar children’s authors share their magical, spooky new novels just in time for Halloween.

Brightwood: Daisy has never left her home of Brightwood Hall, a labyrinth filled with animals and talking portraits. But her mother vanishes, and Daisy finds herself besieged by a menacing stranger who wants Brightwood for himself.

The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mable: Mabel is happy at magical Ruthersfield Academy, even if she gets in trouble for her experimental potions. When an assignment reveals that she was found as a baby in a flowerpot, Mabel no longer knows what to think. Who is she, why she was left in the flowerpot, and where is her birth family?

With this collection of more than fifty pieces on politics, photography, travel, history, and literature, Teju Cole solidifies his place as one of today’s most powerful and original voices. Taking in subjects from Virginia Woolf, to Instagram, Barack Obama, and Boko Haram, Known and Strange Things is an opportunity to live within Teju Cole’s wide-ranging enthusiasms, curiosities, and passions, and a chance to see the world in surprising and affecting new frames.

Working on an exposé of sexual assaults on college campuses, reporter Jane Ryland has just convinced a date rape victim to reveal her heartbreaking experience on camera. However, a disturbing anonymous message―SAY NO MORE―has Jane scared, and starts a quest with her homicide detective boyfriend, Jake, to balance the consequences of the truth.

In this fascinating look at more than two centuries of culinary trends in Boston restaurants, James C. O’Connell presents a rich unexplored side to the city’s past. From pioneering elaborate hotel dining, and oyster houses, to the twentieth-century revival of traditional New England dishes, these stories—illustrated with an extensive collection of historic menus—reveal a unique history sure to whet the intellectual and nostalgic appetite.


What made President Obama’s rise possible? Could a similar figure come to power in France? Live-streaming from Albertine Bookshop in NY, Ta-Nehisi Coates - best-selling author of Between the World and Me - leads a discussion on French politics, race and identity; with guests Pap Ndiaye, Benjamin Stora, Iris Deroeux & Jelani Cobb. Join us for this special PAGE & SCREEN collaboration with the Coolidge Corner Theatre! This event is free of charge but requires tickets, available through the Coolidge Corner Theatre at 

Writing with the same exuberant wit and psychological insight that earned him a Pulitzer Prize for art criticism, Sebastian Smee tells the fascinating story of four pairs of artists—Manet and Degas, Picasso and Matisse, Pollock and de Kooning, Freud and Bacon—whose fraught, competitive friendships spurred them to new creative heights.

Paris, 1902: Renowned sculptor Auguste Rodin has just completed The Thinker. Rainer Maria Rilke is a delicate young visitor from Prague, broke and suffering from a case of writer’s block. When Rilke is commissioned to write a book about Rodin, everything changes. You Must Change Your Life reveals one of the great stories of modern art and literature: Rodin and Rilke’s years together as master and disciple, their heartbreaking rift, and ultimately their moving reconciliation.

Do you love picture books? Join us in our children’s section for drop-in storytime every first Saturday and third Sunday of the month.

Whether it’s learning ragtime piano, losing 30 pounds, or starting an organic jelly bean company, Peter Himmelman will give you the science-based tools and confidence you need to harness your fear and take steps to make your goals a reality. Let Me Out will force you to stop listening to the negative thoughts that hold you back and achieve the professional and personal success you deserve.

Join our kids’ book club on the second Tuesday of every month from 4:30-5:30pm to discuss a great book! No sign-up needed. Ask a kids’ bookseller about this month’s pick or email for more information.

This month we are reading Brightwoodby Tania Unsworth.

A Perfect Union of Contrary Things is the authorized biography of musician, vintner, and Tool frontman, Maynard James Keenan. Until now, Maynard’s fans have had access to only an abridged version of his story. Utilizing her 30-year friendship with Keenan, Sarah Jensen’s  A Perfect Union of Contrary Things presents the outtakes, the scenes of disappointment and triumph, and the events that led him to take one step after the next, to change direction, to explore and become the man he is today.


The Slate family’s rambling colonial house just outside of Boston may be haunted, but it’s definitely full of surprises. Kitchen and bedrooms, yard and garden – all trigger memories from brilliant actress and comedian Jenny Slate and her father, renowned poet and essayist Ron Slate. In About the House, the Slates share their family stories, memories, quirks, and confessions in a singular collection of stories, essays, and poems that range from profound to profane. Remarkably touching, often hilarious, and unfailingly human, this unusual father-daughter dialogue takes a look at family like no other work since…well, since nothing else.

More about the book here.

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

The Brookline Booksmith Book Club meets at 7:30pm downstairs in our Writers and Readers Room. No need to sign up, just show up. To contact our moderator, email

This month we’ll be discussing Eileen by Otessa Moshfegh.

From the National Book Award-winning author of Waiting and War Trash: The Boat Rocker is a brilliant, darkly funny story of corruption, integrity, and the power of the pen. New York, 2005. Chinese expatriate Feng Danlin is a fiercely principled reporter whose exposés have made him legendary among readers—and feared by Communist officials. But his newest assignment may be his undoing: investigating his ex-wife, an unscrupulous novelist who has willingly become a pawn of the Chinese government in order to realize her dreams of literary stardom.

A tornado of brutal Americana, Patricide is a heavy metal Huck Finn, a novel of introspection and youth in its corruption. Beyond the story of a boy growing up in a family derailed by a hapless father, Patricide is a search for meaning and identity within the strange secrecy of the family.

Joy has no one. But when a sickness that begins with memory loss and ends with death sweeps the country, Joy, for the first time in her life, seems to have an advantage: she is immune. Laura van den Berg’s novel, Find Me, was selected as a “Best Book of 2015” by NPR, Time Out New York, and BuzzFeed, among others. Her next novel is forthcoming from FSG.

We are bombarded with more information each day than our brains can process—especially in election season. New York Times-bestselling author Daniel J. Levitin (This is Your Brain on Music) shows how to recognize misleading announcements, statistics, graphs, and written reports revealing the ways lying weasels can use them.

Do you love picture books? Join us in our children’s section for drop-in storytime every first Saturday and third Sunday of the month.

In Our Revolution, Bernie Sanders shares his personal experiences from the presidential campaign trail, recounting the details of his historic primary fight and the people who made it possible. And for the millions looking to continue the political revolution, he outlines a progressive economic, environmental, racial, and social justice agenda that will create jobs, raise wages, protect the environment, and provide healthcare for all—and ultimately transform our country and our world for the better. For him, the political revolution has just started. The campaign may be over, but the struggle goes on.

Tickets are $33.00 each and include one copy of Our Revolution. Tickets go on sale Thursday, October 20th at 10:00am through the Berklee box office or online at

Read something off the beaten path! Our Small Press Book Club discusses a book published by an independent press. Free and open to the public, meeting the third Monday of every month at 7:00pm. To contact our moderator, email

This month we will be discussing Colonel Lágrimas by Carlos Fonseca.

Dani Perez, a secular Israeli working as a software engineer in Boston, has never had trouble balancing his faith and his sexuality—until he meets Avi Levine, a gay Orthodox Jew and sign language interpreter. As they fall in love, Dani can’t understand how Avi reconciles what his religion demands with what his body desires. And although he wants to deny it, neither can Avi.

Following on the heels of his New York Times-bestselling novel Telegraph Avenue, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon delivers, Moonglow the deathbed confession of a man the narrator refers to only as “my grandfather.” It is a tale of madness, of war and adventure, of sex and marriage and desire, of existential doubt and model rocketry. It is also a tour de force of speculative autobiography in which Chabon devises and reveals a secret history of his own imagination. Moonglow is Chabon at his most moving and inventive.

This event requires tickets that can be purchased on our eventbrite page here. 

Some people call it “abyss gaze.” Gaze into the abyss all day and the abyss will gaze into you. There are two types of people who think professionally about the future: Foresight strategists who think about ways to evade Our Coming Doom; and strategic forecasters, who think about ways to prepare for Our Coming Doom. It’s something you can’t do for long. The abyss gaze takes hold. A smart, tight, provocative techno-thriller straight out of the very near future Normal calls into question the core principles of how and why we think about the future–and the past, and the now. Warren Ellis will appear in conversation with Joe Hill (NOS4A2, The Fireman).

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