Tuesday, July 11 at 7:00 PM at Arms Library, Betsy Hartmann willÂ discuss her new book The America Syndrome: Apocalypse, War, and Our Call to Greatness.Â Has apocalyptic thinking contributed to some of our nationâ€™s biggest problems â€” inequality, permanent war, and the despoiling of our natural resources?Â From the Puritans to the present, historian and public policy advocate Betsy Hartmann sheds light on a pervasive butâ€”until nowâ€”invisible theme shaping the American mindset: apocalyptic thinking, or the belief that the end of the world is nigh. Hartmann makes a compelling case that apocalyptic fears are deeply intertwined with the American ethos, to our detriment. InÂ The America Syndrome, she seeks to reclaim human agency and, in so doing, revise the national narrative. By changing the way we think, we just might change the world.
Wednesday, July 12 at 6:30 PM at Boswell’s Books, Jacqueline Sheehan will discuss her new novel A Tiger in the House.Â Â Delia Lamont has had it. Though she loves her job at Portland, Maineâ€™s child services agency, its frustrations have left her feeling burned out and restless. Sheâ€™s ready to join her carefree sister Juniper and start a seaside bakery, celebrating and serving lifeâ€™s sweetness for a change.Â Â Then the call comes: a five-year-old girl has been found at the side of the road. She reveals that her first name is Hayley, but little more. The only clues to her family lead to a shadowy web of danger that reaches closer to Delia herself than she would ever guess. As she seeks to discover where Hayley belongs, Delia must decide how deep to venture into the unknown, whether in shaping the destiny of the child who has no one else to turn toâ€”or in exploring the fierce dark corners of her own soul.
Tuesday, July 25 at 7:00 PM, Boswell’s Book Club will be meeting to discuss La Rose by Louise Erdrich.Â In this literary masterwork, Louise Erdrich, the bestselling author of the National Book Award-winningÂ The Round HouseÂ and theÂ Pulitzer PrizeÂ nomineeÂ The Plague of DovesÂ wields her breathtaking narrative magic in an emotionally haunting contemporary tale of a tragic accident, a demand for justice, and a profound act of atonement with ancient roots in Native American culture.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!! August 2, 7:00 to 9:00 PM, Boswell’s will be hosting the book launch of Fred DeVecca’s debut novel, The Nutting Girl at Underdogs Lounge. Â Middle-aged Frank Raven used to be a lot of things–a blind monk, a cop, a private detective, and a hard drinker. Now he doesn’t do much except run a funky old movie theater in bucolic Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, dance and sing with the local troupe of Morris Dancers, and record bird songs on his phone.Â Â A lanky young wunderkind director, Nick Mooney, brings his Hollywood film crew to town and hires the “retired” Raven to protect his star: the wild, unpredictable, gorgeous, and prodigiously talented twenty-one-year-old Juliana Velvet Norcross, aka Velcro.Â Reluctant at first, Raven takes on the job and slowly sees that there is more to VelCro than the troubled rebel she appears to be. She probes the former monk for his thoughts on God, love, and the soul. But Raven has renounced many of his former beliefs, and VelCro’s questions cause him to re-examine his life.
On the eve of filming, storms ravage the small village, and the river that runs through the center of town floods its banks. VelCro becomes ill and withdraws into the care of Sarah, the eighteen-year-old daughter of Frank’s girlfriend, Clara. The storm passes, VelCro recovers, and filming begins. But during the first shot, she is swept away into the river, leaving no trace.Â What role did VelCro’s director play in her life? Did she fall? Did she jump? Was she pushed? Frank and Sarah are driven to find out what happened.