UPDATE: The three winners have been notified by email. Losers: thanks for entering! You can buy a ticket for $5, and the Booksmith is giving away a free ticket if you buy your copy of Black's book from them, so go and get one already. You can get your book and/or ticket online here.)
This Saturday, comedian and Twitter-er par excellence MICHAEL IAN BLACK will appear at the Coolidge Corner Theatre to talk about his new book, YOU'RE NOT DOING IT RIGHT, and the Brookline Booksmith is giving away three pairs of tickets to three lucky winners.
Every L-train-riding Brooklynite’s favorite author, JONATHAN LETHEM, is back on tour for his follow-up to 2003’s Fortress of Solitude. You Don’t Love Me Yet is a departure from the author’s native New York: this time around, the setting is the smoggy sparkle of Los Angeles, but Lethem’s hipster fan base won’t be disappointed by his choice of character archetypes.
Mrs. Andy Richter, a/k/a actress and writer SARAH THYRE, was dubbed the “family liar” by her father almost as soon as she learned to talk. In her attempt to live up to this infamous nickname, high jinks and hilarity ensued, and she resurrects all her old raunchy anecdotal ghosts in the new memoir Dark at the Roots, which comes packaged with breathless plugs by the likes of David Sedaris and David Rakoff.
The author of The Piano Tuner, DANIEL MASON, follows up his bestselling debut with yet another journey story. The Harvard grad’s second book, A Far Country, trails 14-year-old Isabel on her voyage from a rural area of her impoverished country to the outskirts of a city. After her brother goes missing, Isabel does exactly what most confused teenagers would do in her place: she tries to find him on her own.
Political satirist and diehard libertarian P.J. O’ROURKE, author of such self-explanatory gems as Parliament of Whores: A Lone Humorist Attempts To Explain the Entire U.S. Government and Peace Kills: America’s New Fun Imperialism, winds up for a new round of economic bitch slapping in his latest, On the Wealth of Nations
SO LONG, AND GOOD LUCK
Edward R. Murrow hosted the first This I Believe radio program in the 1950s, which he introduced by musing, “What truths can a human being afford to furnish the cluttered nervous room of his mind with, when he has no real idea how long a lease he has on the future?” So very Murrow.
It’s not that THOMAS CAHILL writes the Reader’s Digest version of history, but he does have the ability to cut through the doldrums of thesis speak and sprinkle in more than a few pop-culture comparisons. Mysteries of the Middle Ages: The Rise of Feminism, Science, and Art from the Cults of Catholic Europe offers an accessible journey through the development of early Roman Catholic thought.
Morgan Spurlock did it with Super Size Me and later 30 Days on FX. Now, rather than gorging on McDonalds to see if it has adverse effects, Seattle public radio commentator JON MOE decided to hang out with a bunch of Republicans for a month straight. Conservatize Me: How I Tried to Become a Righty with the Help of Richard Nixon, Sean Hannity, Toby Keith, and Beef Jerky is the result of his month-long immersion in Conservative Country.
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Why. Does. She. Have. SOMUCHFUCKINGHAIR?!
STRANGER IN A STRANGE LANDWe’re tearing through NELL FREUDENBERGER’s debut novel, The Dissident, at a crazy pace, pausing only to marvel at how this white, Harvard educated, ex-New Yorker editorial assistant managed to capture the voice of Yuan Zhao, a Chinese performance artist and political firecracker spending a year in Los Angeles teaching at the St.
Eve Ensler + Salma Hayek: "Valentine's Day is stupid."
EVE ENSLER of The Vagina Monologues brings us her equally provocative and politically charged memoir, Insecure at Last: Losing It in Our Security-Obsessed World. That would be a post-9/11 where, awash in Code Red security precautions, she weaves her personal history of an abusive childhood with stories of other women — Afghanis forced into burkas, female prisoners in upstate New York.
Four out of fourteen of the stories in All Aunt Hagar’s Children have already been published in The New Yorker; and no wonder given that Edward P. Jones won a Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for his first novel, The Known World. That one was set in antebellum Virginia; this collection of short fiction takes place in modern Washington, DC, where his characters struggle to adapt from the routines of the rural south to city life.
Nora Ephron: Rocking the '80s 'do
Q: Can they be friends? A: NO.
We have no idea how many times we’ve seen . . . When Harry Met Sally. Seven? Fifty? Does it matter? Woody Allen may have perfected the romantic comedy, but Nora Ephron revamped the genre into chick-flick status — and there are a million single girls who love her for it.