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This month the YA Book Club meets to discuss their latest selection, Are You There God, It's Me Margaret by Judy Blume.
Join us at The Book Cellar for a night of comedy with our favorite funny ladies, The Kates! The Show starts as 7 pm, so be sure to arrive early for seats and drinks!
Bring your sweetheart to The Book Cellar to celebrate St. Valentine's Day early with a wine and chocolate tasting in honor of author Lisa Mouhibian and her new book, Unchain My Heart.
About Lisa Mouhibian:
Lisa Mouhibian, an author/songwriter, was fascinated by an article that appeared in the Los Angeles Times about Bobby Sharp, who wrote the song "Unchain My Heart" for Ray Charles, and his relationship with a young jazz singer who discovers a treasure trove of Bobby’s lost material. After giving birth to a stillborn baby, and close to death herself, his words and music inspired her to find her voice again and bring deeper meaning and hope to both of their lives and the lives of those around them. Lisa is a member of the PEN Group; The Grammy Foundation; BMI; and NSAI. Her work has appeared in various online and print publications. As a songwriter, Lisa has worked with both established and independent artists and musicians. Lisa attended USD, and lives with her husband in Los Angeles, California. She is currently working on her next novel.
About Unchain My Heart:
On July 5, 1961 Ray Charles . . . walked into Bell Sound Studios . . . and recorded four songs in one session. [One of those songs was] “Unchain My Heart.” . . . In many ways “Unchain My Heart” was the story of Ray’s life. Ray lived it. You are holding in your hands the incredible story of the man who wrote the song “Unchain My Heart,” Bobby Sharp. Bobby lived it. This book will take you through a time period that was paramount to the history of American music . . . [and] through locales like Tin Pan Alley, Destiny Recording Studios, and Harlem. You’ll hear names like Joe Cocker, Dick Clark, Sarah Vaughan, Ruth Brown, and Mr. Sammy Davis, Jr.
You will read about the music industry putting out some of its finest records at a time when its business practices were at their worst. . . . And yet, when you reach the last page, you’ll probably realize, like I did, that this is not a story about music nor is it a songwriter’s story. This is a story about men, women, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, daughters, and sons. It is a story about family and friends and how you are never alone if you have them. In short, it is a story about life and how life is not a burden…if you live it.
Whether you are a sports parent or never will be, or if you were in (or out of) sports as a kid and have a story to tell, please join author Michele Weldon, at The Book Cellar, in a discussion of how sports impacted (or didn't) your life as a child or your life as a parent. Please come ready to read and share a 5-minute story around the theme of sports as a parent or youth. The first five writers will share their work in full, with several more invited to share their first lines. Author and journalist Weldon will be reading and signing copies of her latest book, Escape Points: A Memoir, a story about raising her three sons who were all high school wrestlers and the impact the coach had on their lives.
About Michele Weldon:
Michele Weldon is an assistant professor emerita at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and a senior leader with the OpEd Project. A journalist for more than 35 years, Weldon's work has appeared in the "Chicago Tribune," the "New York Times," the "Los Angeles Times," "Christian Science Monitor," and others. She is a frequent guest on radio and TV, including "The "Oprah Winfrey Show," NPR, and CNN. She is the author of I Closed My Eyes: Revelations of a Battered Woman; Everyman News, winner of the National Federation of Press Women's Best Nonfiction Book Award; and Writing to Save Your Life. She lives in the Chicago area.
About Escape Points:
Michele Weldon provides a potent antidote to the harried single mom stereotype in this beguiling memoir of raising three sons alone in the face of cancer, an ambitious career, and the shadow of her ex. Untethered from a seemingly idyllic life with a handsome but abusive attorney husband, Weldon relates the challenges and triumphs of the years that followed her divorce as she maneuvers through a complicated life of long daily commutes, radiation treatments, supporting the boys all-consuming high school wrestling careers, and trying to mitigate their hurt and resentment at an absent father. By turns humorous and heartbreaking, Weldon describes facing her fears and failures honestly, guided by a belief in the power of staying calm, doing one s best, and asking for help. She provides a graceful example of how a single mother, and her children, can succeed when others neighbors, family, teachers, and in this case an incredible high school wrestling coach step in to fill the void and she can stay the course with common sense and dutiful love.