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The Young Adult Book Group discusses their June selection Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina.
Come join us at The Book Cellar to celebrate the release Whitney Terrell's new book The Good Lieutenant and hear him in discussion with local favorite, Gillian Flynn.
Whitney Terrell's first novel, The Huntsman (Viking), was a New York Times notable book and was selected as a best book of 2001 by The Kansas City Star and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. His second novel, The King of Kings County (Viking), won the William Rockhill Nelson award from The Kansas City Star and was selected as a best book of 2005 by the Christian Science Monitor. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He has also taught fiction at Princeton University and was the Hodder Fellow for 2008-2009.
His non-fiction has appeared in The New York Times, Details, Harper's Magazine,The New York Observer, The Kansas City Star, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq during 2006 and 2010 and covered the war for The Washington Post Magazine, Slate and NPR. He was born and raised in Kansas City. He is a graduate of Princeton University and has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
The Good Lieutenant literally starts with a bang as an operation led by Lieutenant Emma Fowler of the Twenty-seventh Infantry Battalion goes spectacularly wrong. Men are dead--one, a young Iraqi, by her hand. Others were soldiers in her platoon. And the signals officer, Dixon Pulowski. Pulowski is another story entirely--Fowler and Pulowski had been lovers since they met at Fort Riley in Kansas.
From this conflagration, The Good Lieutenant unspools backward in time as Fowler and her platoon are guided into disaster by suspicious informants and questionable intelligence, their very mission the result of a previous snafu in which a soldier had been kidnapped by insurgents. And then even further back, before things began to go so wrong, we see the backstory unfold from points of view that usually are not shown in war coverage--a female frontline officer, for one, but also jaded career soldiers and Iraqis both innocent and not so innocent. Ultimately, as all these stories unravel, what is revealed is what happens when good intentions destroy, experience distorts, and survival becomes everything.
Brilliantly told and expertly captured by a terrific writer at the top of his form, Whitney Terrell's The Good Lieutenant is a gripping, insightful, necessary novel about a war that is proving to be the defining tragedy of our time.
Gillian Flynn’s work has been published in twenty-eight countries. She lives in Chicago with her husband, Brett Nolan, their son, and a giant black cat named Roy. In theory she is working on her next novel. In reality she is possibly playing Ms. Pac-Man in her basement lair.
Flynn's 2006 debut novel, the literary mystery Sharp Objects, was an Edgar Award finalist and the winner of two of Britain’s Dagger Awards—the first book ever to win multiple Daggers in one year.
The 2012 New York Times bestseller Gone Girl, won Entertainment Weekly’s Entertainer of the Year, People Magazine Best books of the year, and was an Edgar Award nominee for Best Novel. The movie was a 2014 Oscar nominee.
The 2009 New York Times bestseller Dark Places, was a New Yorker Reviewers’ Favorite, Weekend TODAY Top Summer Read, Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2009, and Chicago Tribune Favorite Fiction choice. It is now a major motion picture.
The French Book Group meets to discuss their June selection The Plague by Albert Camus.
We're so excited to join Emily Giffin as she launches her new book First Comes Love at the Peninsula Hotel Ballroom!
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Emily Giffin, a Chicago native, graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. After law school, she moved to Manhattan and practiced litigation at a large firm for several years while she paid back her school loans, wrote a novel in her very limited spare time, and dreamed of becoming a writer. Despite the rejection of her first manuscript, Giffin persisted, retiring from the legal profession and moving to London to pursue her dreams full time. It was there that she began writing Something Borrowed (2004), a story of a young woman who, upon turning thirty, finally learned to take a risk and follow her heart. One year later, Giffin’s own gamble paid off, as she completed her manuscript, landed an agent, signed a two-book deal on both sides of the Atlantic, and Giffin vowed never to practice law again.
Dubbed a “modern day Jane Austen” (Vanity Fair) and a “dependably down-to-earth storyteller” (New York Times), Giffin has since penned six more New York Times bestsellers, Something Blue (2005), Baby Proof (2006), Love the One You’re With (2008), Heart of the Matter (2010), Where We Belong (2012) and The One & Only (2014). Her seven novels, all filled with endearingly flawed characters and emotional complexity, have resonated deeply with both critics and readers around the world, achieving bestseller status in a number of countries, including the United States (#1), Canada (#1), United Kingdom, France, Brazil and Poland (#1). The books have been translated into thirty-one languages, with over eleven million copies sold worldwide. In addition, five of her novels have been optioned for the big screen and are in various stages of development. The first, Something Borrowed, hit theaters in May 2011, starring Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin and John Krasinski. Giffin now resides with her husband and three young children in Atlanta.
First Comes Love
Growing up, Josie and Meredith Garland shared a loving, if sometimes contentious relationship. Josie was impulsive, spirited, and outgoing; Meredith hardworking, thoughtful, and reserved. When tragedy strikes their family, their different responses to the event splinter their delicate bond.
Fifteen years later, Josie and Meredith are in their late thirties, following very different paths. Josie, a first grade teacher, is single—and this close to swearing off dating for good. What she wants more than the right guy, however, is to become a mother—a feeling that is heightened when her ex-boyfriend’s daughter ends up in her class. Determined to have the future she’s always wanted, Josie decides to take matters into her own hands.On the outside, Meredith is the model daughter with the perfect life. A successful attorney, she’s married to a wonderful man, and together they’re raising a beautiful four-year-old daughter. Yet lately, Meredith feels dissatisfied and restless, secretly wondering if she chose the life that was expected of her rather than the one she truly desired. As the anniversary of their tragedy looms and painful secrets from the past begin to surface, Josie and Meredith must not only confront the issues that divide them, but also come to terms with their own choices. In their journey toward understanding and forgiveness, both sisters discover they need each other more than they knew . . . and that in the recipe for true happiness, love always comes first.
Happy 4th of July! We are CLOSED TODAY.
Join us at The Book Cellar as debut novelist, Deborah Shapiro, presents her novel The Sun in Your Eyes.
About Deborah Shapiro:
Deborah Shapiro was born and raised outside of Boston, Massachusetts. A graduate of Brown University, she spent several years in New York working at magazines, including New York and ELLE, and her writing has been published in Open City, Washington Square Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Sight Unseen, among other places. She lives in Chicago. The Sun in Your Eyes is her first novel.
About The Sun in Your Eyes:
Vivian Feld—quiet, cautious, and restless college freshman—has been waiting for her life to begin when she moves in with Lee Parrish—daughter of the died-too-young singer Jesse Parrish and model-turned-fashion designer Linda West—and Lee’s music-obsessed roommate Andy Elliott. After a one-night stand leaves a rift between Lee and Andy, Lee invites Viv to join her in her world: a world of Hollywood directors, up-and-coming artists, and first-class flights. Viv eagerly accepts, marking the beginning of a friendship that will inexorably shape both women as they each come into their own.
More than a decade later, Andy and Viv are married, and Lee reappears after three years without contact, beckoning Viv to join her once again. This time she’s embarking on a quest to uncover the fate of her father’s missing last tapes, the album he was working on when he died. She wants another piece of him, and she wants Viv’s help finding it. Viv, who hasn’t told anyone—including Andy—that she’s pregnant, jumps at the chance to delay coming to terms with the ambivalence she feels about her own life by losing herself once again in the glamour of Lee’s.
THE SUN IN YOUR EYES explores the magic and slipperiness of female friendship all in stunningly human, intensely compelling, and surprisingly funny prose. What begins as a familiar story of two girls falling under each other’s spell evolves into something both more complex and more heartbreakingly honest as the narrative unfolds. I hope you’ll fall in love with this book, already an in-house favorite, as much as we have here. Deborah is available for interviews, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts.
A WITTY AND INSIGHTFUL VOICE MAKES HER FICTION DEBUT WITH THIS SHINING NOVEL THAT COMBINES THE ROCK AND ROLL EDGINESS OF HIGH FIDELITY WITH THE DISTINCT FEMININITY OF SUMMER SISTERS.
“The Sun in Your Eyes is a wise, funny and original road novel about female friendship, rock worship, and life in all of its odd turn-offs and detours. Deborah Shapiro’s keen wit and deep compassion give her a dazzling grasp of her complex, passionate characters. This fantastic debut always surprises, always rewards.” — Sam Lipsyte
“Messy and complicated, this novel unravels the competing nature of affection and jealousy in friendship, illuminating the stickier facets of emotional dependency between friends.” — Kirkus Reviews