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Book Cellar Book Club meets to discuss The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon.
We are excited to welcome Andrea Bartz to The Book Cellar for the launch of her new book The Herd. She will be joined by a performance from Jeanette Andrews, who is a local magician!
Author Photo Credti: Kate Lord
About The Herd: When an exclusive New York women’s workspace is rocked by the mysterious disappearance of its enigmatic founder, two sisters must uncover the haunting truth before they lose their friendships, their careers—maybe even their lives.
The name of the elite, women-only coworking space stretches across the wall behind the check-in desk: THE HERD, the H-E-R always in purple. In-the-know New Yorkers crawl over each other to apply for membership to this community that prides itself on mentorship and empowerment. Among the hopefuls is Katie Bradley, who’s just returned from the Midwest after a stint of book research blew up in her face. Luckily, Katie has an in, thanks to her sister Hana, an original Herder and the best friend of Eleanor Walsh, its charismatic founder.
Eleanor is a queen among the Herd’s sun-filled rooms, admired and quietly feared, even as she strives to be warm and approachable. As head of PR, Hana is working around the clock in preparation for a huge announcement from Eleanor–one that would change the trajectory of The Herd forever. Though Katie loves her sister’s crew, she secretly hopes she’s found her next book subject in Eleanor, who’s brilliant, trailblazing—and extremely private.
Then, on the night of the glitzy Herd news conference, Eleanor vanishes without a trace. Everybody has a theory about what made Eleanor run, but when the police suspect foul play, everyone is a suspect: Eleanor’s husband, other Herders, the men’s rights groups that have had it out for The Herd since its launch—even Eleanor’s closest friends. As Hana struggles to figure out what her friend was hiding and Katie chases the story of her life, the sisters must face down the secrets they’re keeping from each other—and confront just how dangerous it can be when women’s perfect veneers start to crack, crumble, and then fall away all together.
About Andrea Bartz: Andrea Bartz is a Brooklyn-based wordsmith and author of The Lost Night and The Herd. I’m also a former editor at Fit Pregnancy, Natural Health, Glamour, Whole Living, Psychology Today, SELF, TrendingNY, Hearst Digital Media, and MindBodyGreen.
About Jeanette Andrews: Hailed as one of the most innovative illusionists today, Jeanette Andrews is a contemporary magician and artist who specializes in creating interactive sensory illusions, possessing a contemplative take on the art of the impossible. She has invented a unique take on this ancient art form.
TallGrass Writer's Guild presents "Springtime Blooms" at The Book Cellar with members performing original writings on the return of longer days, hope, and the joyous sight of daffodils and tulips.
Strategy Head Book Club meets to discuss their April pick Invent It, Sell It, Bank It! Make Your Million-Dollar Idea Into a Reality by Lori Greiner.
Desi Lit Book Club meets to discuss their April pick, A People's History of Heaven by Mathangi Subramanian.
We are excited to welcome Adi Alsaid to The Book Cellar for the launch of his new book We Didn't Ask for This!
About We Didn't Ask for This: Central International School’s annual lock-in is legendary. Bonds are made. Contests are fought. Stories are forged that will be passed down from student to student for years to come.
This year’s lock-in begins normally enough. Then a group of students led by Marisa Cuevas stage an ecoprotest and chain themselves to the doors, vowing to keep everyone trapped inside until their list of demands is met. Some students rally to their cause…but others are aggrieved to watch their own plans fall apart.
Amira has trained all year to compete in the school decathlon on her own terms. Peejay intended to honor his brother by throwing the greatest party CIS has ever seen. Kenji was looking forward to making a splash at his improv showcase. Omar wanted to spend a little time with the boy he’s been crushing on. Celeste, adrift in a new country, was hoping to connect with someone—anyone. And Marisa, once so certain of her goals, must now decide how far she’ll go to attain them.
Every year, lock-in night changes lives. This year, it might just change the world.
About Adi Alsaid: Adi Alsaid is the author of several young adult novels, including Let's Get Lost, Never Always Sometimes, North of Happy, and We Didn't Ask for This. He was born and raised in Mexico City, where he now lives and spills hot sauce on things.