ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
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This Week and The List
This week, we’re excited to bring a ton of talent to the bookstore. We will be hosting not one but two New York Times bestselling authors for the launch of their books: “The Last House Guest” by Megan Miranda and “Something Like Gravity” by Amber Smith.
Join us Saturday for a special story time in the morning with author Kristy Dempsey and a discussion of the “Lost Colony of Roanoke” with author Andrew Lawler.
Read on for recommended reads for pride month, and, as always, we love to share books, community events, and general literary merriment. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
“The Last House Guest”
by Megan Miranda
at 7 pm
“Something Like Gravity”
by Amber Smith
at 7 pm
MAIN STREET READERS
discussing Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
at 7 pm
with author Kristy Dempsey
+ craft with Maura
at 10 am
An afternoon with
author of “The Secret Token”
at 10 am
Happy pride month, readers! Embrace your rainbow with these great reads, released in 2019. To read our complete list of LGBTQ reads, click here.
“On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is the story of a mother who cannot read. The letter unearths a family’s history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam — and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity. Asking questions central to our American moment, immersed as we are in addiction, violence, and trauma, but undergirded by compassion and tenderness, “n Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” is as much about the power of telling one’s own story as it is about the obliterating silence of not being heard.
One morning, Jessa-Lynn Morton walks into the family taxidermy shop to find that her father has committed suicide. Shocked and grieving, Jessa steps up to manage the failing business, while the rest of the Morton family crumbles. Her mother starts sneaking into the shop to make aggressively lewd art with the taxidermied animals. Her brother Milo withdraws, struggling to function. And Brynn, Milo’s wife—and the only person Jessa’s ever been in love with—walks out without a word. As Jessa seeks out less-than-legal ways of generating income, her mother’s art escalates and the Mortons reach a tipping point.
They call Montauk the end of the world, a spit of land jutting into the Atlantic. The house was a ramshackle, split-level set on a hill, and each summer thirty-one people would sleep between its thin walls. It was dubbed The Hive. Out East is the portrait of a summer, of the Hive, and the people who lived in it, and 27-year-old John Glynn’s own reckoning with a half-formed sense of self. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, The Hive was a center of gravity, a port of call, a home. Friendships, conflicts, secrets and epiphanies blossomed within this tightly woven friend group and came to define how they would live out the rest of their twenties and beyond.
When Ben De Backer comes out to their parents as nonbinary, they’re thrown out of their house. Struggling with an anxiety disorder compounded by their parents’ rejection, they try to keep a low profile in a new school. But Ben’s attempts to survive the last half of senior year unnoticed are thwarted when Nathan Allan, a funny and charismatic student, decides to take Ben under his wing. As Ben and Nathan’s friendship grows, their feelings for each other begin to change, and what started as a disastrous turn of events looks like it might just be a chance to start a happier new life.
It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.