CJ says: “The episodes of awkwardness, embarrassment, selfishness, and loneliness that exist in this collection hit humanity on the nose. Barbash’s crisp, minimalist storytelling cuts to the chase and leaves his characters exposed. What particularly moved me were the incredible flaws of his older characters. Often, his youthful characters are flawed in the way youth is flawed, but are open, kindhearted people. The older characters, however, are self-seeking and completely, utterly lost. Each story is better than the next, and I am sure I will go back to them again.”
Jenn says: “I can’t decide if this is a profoundly hopeful book or a profoundly depressing book, but either way, once I had picked it up I couldn’t put it back down. Ursula Beresford Todd’s life is normal enough on the surface — except for the fact that she keeps repeating it. Does life in fact have a goal? Can we truly change our future? Life After Life is ambitious both in structure and in theme, and Atkinson pulls it off. Good for both historical fiction buffs and sci-fi (particularly time travel/parallel universe) fans.”
On Saturday, December 14th, we’ll host meetings from two of our longest standing book groups: at 12 p.m., our Classics Book Group will talk The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley; then, at 3 p.m., the Music Writing Book Group will discuss Serge Gainsbourg and Histoire de Melody Nelson by Darran Andersen. As always, come into the store today and receive 10% off your group’s pick.
Stop by for recommendations, donuts and hot chocolate, holiday movies, and more! Not sure what to get for your whole list? Not to worry — our staff can help. We’ll also have authors on hand to help wrap presents, recommend books, and sign! All tips for wrapping will be donated to the Greenpoint Food Pantry, which hands out hundreds of bags of groceries each week.
3-5 p.m., Jami Attenberg (manning the return of the Corpus Libris photobooth)
We will also be giving out free congratulatory high fives to those who have completed their holiday shopping, and free encouraging high fives to those who have not. (So either way you get a high-five, is what we’re saying here.)