This week’s fresh picks

There’s a Springtime feeling in the air with mysterious bird calls and uncanny early February shrubberies, ye aulde groundhogge predicts an auspicious season, and–phew–Mercury in Retrograde is over. Don’t you feel a bit more clear-brained and eager to refresh your mind and heart with some bright words?

Here are some of the books we are excited about laying down this week:

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Diane Rehm, airwaves queen, whose March 17, 2016 event sold 1,000 tickets in a flash, has a wonderful new book called On my Own, a powerful work about grief, dying, and illness. After her husband’s death to the degenerative neurological disorder Parkinson’s Disease, Rehm raged with loss, and “at a system that would not allow John [her husband of 54 years] to be helped toward his own death.” The book details the full range of emotions Rehm experienced, and encourages readers to face the issues of death and dying that truly do concern all of us. If you weren’t lucky enough to secure your spot to attend the reading (you’re not alone!) we have Rehm’s book On My Own for you to enjoy–or if you’re going to Rackham in March and would like to read her new book before the event, we’ve got a stack for you here, and a much shorter line for you to wait in than what you’ll likely encounter at the event.

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Myth and history collide in the tiny Nazi-occupied Polish town of Wlodowa. Shankman develops her own brand of magical realism in this collection of interwoven short stories, and she’s receiving praise for her lyrical sentences, too. Here’s a lovely review of Shankman’s collection from Kirkus.

photo 2 (38)There’s truly something fascinating and righteous about a novel starring a tough teen scrambling through a rugged and treacherous terrain. In Mulhauser’s book, we have a brave sixteen-year old in search of her missing addict mother, encountering on her odyssey a frightening northern Michigan cabin, a storm, and a gang of desperate criminals. Lindsay Hunter, author of Ugly Girls and Don’t Kiss Me, writes of Mulhauser’s book: “There’s a big old neon heart pulsing on every page of Sweetgirl, like the sign to a bar you can’t help but enter.” That pulsing neon heart is enough to get me excited about seeing Mulhauser read from his new novel at Literati next week. 
photo 1 (38)And this triptych of sweet space-management gems aren’t all new this week, but they serve as a tasteful reminder to keep it tidy, and to keep it real, and to take it real easy. SPARK THAT JOY!

–GMBA

 

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