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LBB Presents ONLINE: Clare Mackintosh - After the End

Tuesday, June 16, 1pm CST
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Left Bank Books welcomes #1 international bestselling author Clare Mackintosh, who will discuss her new novel, After the End, on Facebook Live at 1pm CST on June 16. Mackintosh will be in conversation with #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author Ruth Ware. Join us on our Facebook Page and order a copy of After the End from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

From New York Times bestselling author Clare Mackintosh comes a deeply moving and page-turning novel about an impossible choice—and the two paths fate could take.

“A beautifully written novel, compelling and clever, tender and true. I can’t stop thinking about it.”—Liane Moriarty

“Tailor-made for book clubs and for fans of Jodi Picoult.”Publishers Weekly
 
Max and Pip are the strongest couple you know. They're best friends, lovers—unshakable. But then their son gets sick and the doctors put the question of his survival into their hands. For the first time, Max and Pip can't agree. They each want a different future for their son.
 
What if they could have both?
 
A gripping and propulsive exploration of love, marriage, parenthood, and the road not taken, After the End brings one unforgettable family from unimaginable loss to a surprising, satisfying, and redemptive ending and the life they are fated to find. With the emotional power of Jodi Picoult's My Sister's Keeper, Mackintosh helps us to see that sometimes the end is just another beginning.

Clare Mackintosh is the New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of I Let You Go, I See You, and Let Me Lie, translated into more than thirty-five languages and with more than two million copies sold worldwide. She is the founder of Chipping Norton Literary Festival and is the patron of the Silver Star Society, an Oxford-based charity that provides special care for mothers with medical complications during pregnancy at John Radcliffe Hospital. She lives in North Wales with her husband and their three children.

Ruth Ware worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language, and a press officer before settling down as a full-time writer. She now lives with her family in Sussex, on the south coast of England. She is the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail (Toronto) bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark WoodThe Woman in Cabin 10The Lying GameThe Death of Mrs. Westaway, and The Turn of the Key. Visit her at RuthWare.com or follow her on Twitter @RuthWareWriter. Her novel The Turn of the Key released in paperback in May 2020.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 1:00pm

LBB Presents ONLINE: Patrick Ness - Burn

Monday, June 8, 7pm CST
Left Bank Books' Facebook Page

Left Bank Books welcomes New York Times bestselling author Patrick Ness, who will discuss his new young adult novel, Burn, on Facebook Live at 7pm CST on June 8. Join us on our Facebook Page and order a copy of Burn from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

On a cold Sunday evening in early 1957, Sarah Dewhurst waited with her father in the parking lot of the Chevron gas station for the dragon he’d hired to help on the farm…

Sarah Dewhurst and her father, outcasts in their little town of Frome, Washington, are forced to hire a dragon to work their farm, something only the poorest of the poor ever have to resort to.

The dragon, Kazimir, has more to him than meets the eye, though. Sarah can’t help but be curious about him, an animal who supposedly doesn’t have a soul but who is seemingly intent on keeping her safe.

Because the dragon knows something she doesn’t. He has arrived at the farm with a prophecy on his mind. A prophecy that involves a deadly assassin, a cult of dragon worshippers, two FBI agents in hot pursuit—and somehow, Sarah Dewhurst herself. 

"Ness has never been afraid to push boundaries when it comes to genre exploration, but this is a truly magnificent piece of fiction.... The concept is striking, the characters compelling, and the story enthralling. Even for Ness, this is a singular effort." — Booklist

"Ness brings together history, fantasy, and science fiction in one masterful stroke, interweaving the tropes of each genre to create a unique blend that offers readers an unpredictable but impeccably paced mind trip." — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Patrick Ness is the author of ten novels, including his New York Times bestselling The Rest of Us Just Live Here, the Chaos Walking trilogy, More Than ThisA Monster Calls, which was made into a major motion picture with a screenplay adaptation by Patrick himself, Release, and And The Ocean Was Our Sky. Born in Virginia, Patrick lives in London. www.patrickness.com

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Monday, June 8, 2020 - 7:00pm

LBB Presents ONLINE: Laurell K. Hamilton - Sucker Punch

Tuesday, August 4, 7pm CST
Online through Zoom

Limited copies available!  Order by July 10th!

This is a limited time, exclusive offer and only available through Left Bank Books: https://www.left-bank.com/signed-sucker-punch

FIRST 500 FOR AUG 4 ZOOM ARE SOLD! ENTRY INTO PRIVATE MEET & GREET RAFFLE STILL OPEN! The first 500 readers who purchase a copy of Sucker Punch will receive a link to join a live Zoom Q&A with Laurell on Tuesday, August 4th at 7:00pm CT. For each book purchased, the reader will be entered to win one of 100 spots to enjoy a private virtual meet and greet with Laurell on a date/time TBD.

Author Laurell K. Hamilton will sign your book and personalize it to you or the name you designate.  You may also request a brief special message, such as “Happy Birthday” or “Congratulations.”

** Please note that personalization is at Laurell’s discretion.  Please do not make inappropriate or offensive requests.**

After you place your book order, there is a comments box on the payment page.  Please indicate in that comments box how you would like your book inscribed. If you do not want your book personalized, please indicate that you would like an autograph only. Please note that if you do not indicate anything in the comments box, Laurell will sign your book, but there will be no personalization. You may also place your book order for signed, personalized copies by calling the store at any time.

Every reader who purchases a copy of SUCKER PUNCH will receive a FREE hardcover graphic novel of THE FIRST DEATH by Laurell K. Hamilton and Jonathon Green. This is a prequel to the Anita Blake series and features Anita and Edward's first kill.

Important Information:

-          Signed, personalized copies are available to U.S. residents ONLY.

-          Books will be shipped to arrive to you within a week following the book’s August 4th release date.

-          Each reader may purchase up to two signed books.

Please contact us at 314-367-6731 or info@left-bank.com with questions. Signed copies link: https://www.left-bank.com/signed-sucker-punch

Description

A brutal murder, a suspect in jail, and an execution planned—but what if the wrong person is about to be killed? 

When a fellow U.S. Marshal asks Anita Blake to fly to a tiny community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on an emergency consult, she knows time is running short. When she arrives, there is plenty of proof that a young wereleopard killed his uncle in the most gruesome and bloody way possible. As the mounting evidence points to him, a warrant of execution is already under way.

But something seems off about the murder, and Anita has been asked for her expert opinion on the crime scene. Despite escalating pressure from local cops and the family’s cries for justice for their dead patriarch, Anita quickly realizes that the evidence doesn’t quite add up.

Time is against Anita, as the tight-knit community is up in arms and its fear of supernaturals is growing. She races to uncover the truth and determine whether the Marshals have caught the killer or are about to execute an innocent man—all in the name of justice.

Laurell K. Hamilton is a full-time writer and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series and the Merry Gentry series. She lives in a suburb of St. Louis with her family.

 

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - 7:00pm

LBB Presents ONLINE: Jill Orr & Laura McHugh

Thursday, June 11, 7pm CST
Left Bank Books' Facebook Page

Left Bank Books welcomes Missouri authors Jill Orr and Laura McHugh, who will discuss their new-in-paperback releases--Jill Orr's The Full Scoop and Laura McHugh's The Wolf Wants In--on Facebook Live at 7pm CST on June 11. Join us on our Facebook Page and order copies of The Full Scoop and The Wolf Wants In from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

The Full Scoop:

Reeling after tragedy hits close to home, young journalist Riley Ellison becomes obsessed with uncovering the secret that led to her grandfather's murder years before and that just took another life in Tuttle Corner. Her desperate search for answers leads her down a dark path, both personally and professionally, as she struggles with how far she's willing to go to get answers. Just as she finally discovers the truth, she's forced to choose between exacting justice and protecting the people she loves most. With pressure coming in from all sides, Riley has to look deep within to decide if she can let go of the past in order to hold on to the future.

The Wolf Wants In:

Sadie Keller is determined to find out how her brother died, even if no one else thinks it’s worth investigating. Untimely deaths are all too common in rural Blackwater, Kansas, where crime and overdoses are on the rise, and the small-town police force is consumed with the recent discovery of a child’s skull in the woods. Sadie is on her own, delving into the dark corners of a life her brother kept hidden and unearthing more questions than answers.

Eighteen-year-old Henley Pettit knows more than she’d like to about the seedy side of Blackwater, and she’s desperate to escape before she’s irreparably entangled in her family’s crimes. She dreams of disappearing and leaving her old life behind, but shedding the past is never easy, and getting out of town will be far more dangerous than she ever imagined.

As more bones are found in the woods, time is running out for Sadie to uncover the truth and for Henley to make her escape. Both women are torn between family loyalties and the weight of the secrets they carry, knowing full well that while some secrets are hard to live with, others will get you killed.

Like Laura McHugh’s previous award-winning thrillers, The Weight of Blood and Arrowood, The Wolf Wants In is an atmospheric, beautifully told novel that barrels toward a twisting, chilling end and keeps us turning the page to find out how these small-town secrets will unravel—and who will survive.

Jill Orr is the author of the Riley Ellison mystery series, which has been called "delightfully comic" and "highly amusing" by Publishers Weekly. Books in the series have garnered praise from industry professionals and readers alike and have earned a Silver Falchion nomination, a starred review and "Best Book of the Week" from Library Journal, and a Midwest Connections pick.Originally from Chicago, Jill moved to Columbia, Missouri, to attend the University of Missouri, where she received her bachelor's degree in Journalism and her master's degree in Social Work. However, these days the only social work she does is at cocktail parties, and she sometimes wishes her degrees were in What's for Dinner and Decoding the Teenage Eye Roll.Jill lives in Missouri with her husband and two (usually delightful) teenage children. Jill's new illustrated nonfiction humor book, How Not to Be Old (Even if You Are), arrives in November. Learn more at www.jillorrauthor.com.

Laura McHugh is the internationally bestselling author of The Weight of Blood, winner of an International Thriller Writers Award and a Silver Falchion Award for best first novel, and Arrowood, an International Thriller Writers Award finalist for best novel. McHugh lives in Missouri with her husband and daughters.

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Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 7:00pm

LBB Presents ONLINE: Eric Cervini - Deviant's War

Thursday, June 4, 8:30pm CST
Online Crowdcast Event

Left Bank Books welcomes award-winning historian Eric Cervini, who will discuss his new book, The Deviant's War, on Crowdcast at 8:30pm CST on June 4. Cervini will be in conversation with TV executive Jordan Moblo.  Register for the event and order a copy of The Deviant's War from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

From a young Harvard and Cambridge-trained historian, the secret history of the fight for gay rights that began a generation before Stonewall.

In 1957, at the height of the Space Race, a government astronomer named Frank Kameny received a summons to report immediately to Washington, D.C. The Pentagon had reason to believe he was a homosexual. And for the first time, a homosexual fought back.

Based on firsthand accounts, recently declassified FBI records, and forty thousand personal documents, The Deviant’s War unfolds over the course of the 1960s, as Kameny built a movement against the government’s gay purges. It traces the forgotten ties that bound gay rights to the Black Freedom Movement, the New Left, lesbian activism, and trans resistance. Above all, it is a story of America (and Washington) at a cultural and sexual crossroads; of shocking, byzantine public battles with Congress; of FBI informants; murder; betrayal; sex; love; and ultimately victory.

“Required reading for queer people and straight allies” --Garrard Conley, author of Boy Erased

"A detailed and engrossing look at Frank Kameny and his decades-long fight to convince the government and society that, in his words, Gay is Good." --Jim Obergefell, gay rights activist and plaintiff in Obergefell v. Hodges  

"Eric Cervini's work is an important contribution to making our nation's history whole and truthful. Grounded in extensive research, it tells the history of Frank Kameny's tenacious and courageous battle with the federal government to secure respect, dignity and equality for gays and lesbians. Kameny was a pioneer who helped carve a path to a new and better world for LGBTQ Americans and for our entire nation. The Deviant's War is a compelling work which should be on the reading list for everyone who cares about the quest for full civil rights for all Americans." --US Senator Tammy Baldwin

Dr. Eric Cervini is an award-winning historian of LGBTQ+ politics and culture. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College and received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Scholar.

Jordan Moblo is a TV executive who has made a career of reading books in order to turn them into TV shows. He also runs a very popular #bookstagram account, @jordys.book.club, dedicated to celebrating the books he loves.

Registration is required for this event. The registration page also has instructions for getting signed bookplates. 

Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 8:30pm

LBB Presents ONLINE: Christina Clancy - Second Home

Wednesday, June 17, 7pm CST
Left Bank Books' Facebook Page

Left Bank Books welcomes author Christina Clancy, who will discuss her debut novel, The Second Home, on Facebook Live at 7pm CST on June 17. Clancy will be in conversation with Mike Isaacson, Artistic Director & Executive Producer of The Muny. Join us on our Facebook Page and order a copy of The Second Home from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

Tender and compassionate, incisive and heartbreaking, Christina Clancy's The Second Home is the story of a family you'll quickly fall in love with, and won't soon forget.

After a disastrous summer spent at her family summer home on Cape Cod, seventeen-year-old Ann Gordon was left with a secret that changed her life forever, and created a rift between her sister, Poppy, and their adopted brother, Michael.

Now, fifteen years later, her parents have died, leaving Ann and Poppy to decide the fate of the Wellfleet home that's been in the Gordon family for generations. For Ann, the once-beloved house is tainted with bad memories. Poppy loves the old saltbox, but after years spent chasing waves around the world, she isn't sure she knows how to stay in one place.

Just when the sisters decide to sell, Michael re-enters their lives with a legitimate claim to the house. But more than that, he wants to set the record straight about that long ago summer. Reunited after years apart, these very different siblings must decide if they can continue to be a family—and the house just might be the glue that holds them together.

Told through the shifting perspectives of Ann, Poppy, and Michael, this assured and affecting debut captures the ache of nostalgia for summers past and the powerful draw of the places we return to again and again. It is about second homes, second families, and second chances.

"Christina Clancy writes with warmth, wit, and wisdom about fantastically human characters. A novel of family and place and belonging for fans of Ann Packer and J. Courtney Sullivan." --Rebecca Makkai, Pulitzer Prize finalist for The Great Believers

"I gobbled The Second Home in a matter of days, fully invested in the history, hurt, and hopes of this very human family. Christina Clancy writes with empathy and rich detail: to read about the Gordons is to smell the pine and oak of Wellfleet, to tread the well-worn rooms of their eccentric summer home, and to learn all sides of the explosive rift that sent them hurtling in different directions. Tender and suspenseful, Clancy's debut explores the nature of home as well as the nature of family itself--given and chosen." --Chloe Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of The Immortalists

"A sure-footed ode to the strength of family, the depth of loss, and the power of forgiveness." --J. Ryan Stradal, New York Times best-selling author, Kitchens of the Great Midwest

Christina Clancy teaches English at Beloit College and holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Glimmer Train, and others. The Second Home is her first novel.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 7:00pm

LBB Presents ONLINE: Deni Béchard - A Song from Faraway

Wednesday, June 10, 1pm CST
Left Bank Books' Facebook Page

Left Bank Books welcomes journalist and novelist Deni Ellis Béchard, who will discuss his new novel, A Song from Faraway, on Facebook Live at 1pm CST on June 10. Béchard will be in conversation with National Book Award winner Phil Klay. Join us on our Facebook Page and order a copy of A Song from Faraway from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

With his first book, the Commonwealth Prize-winning Vandal Love, Deni Ellis Béchard "reinvented the generational novel with innovative brilliance" (Robert Olen Butler). In his second novel, Into the Sun, he offered "a ferociously intelligent and intensely gripping portrait of the expatriate community in Kabul" (Phil Klay). Most recently, Foreword Reviews described his third novel, White, as "captivating, careening, thrilling, and magical." In this, his fourth work of fiction, Béchard takes readers from nineteenth-century Prince Edward Island to modern-day Iraq, tracing the story of a North American family that is at once singular and emblematic, and exploring the cultural repercussions of war and violence.

Reinventing themselves in often unexpected ways, the characters in this tapestry defy simplification. A pair of half-brothers come together and drift apart, one passive and risk-averse, the other driven by a passionate desire to understand their reclusive father. A student of Mesopotamian archaeology encounters a young Iraqi man and soon finds himself in Kurdistan, researching stolen artifacts along with mysteries in his father's past. An Irish-Acadian soldier carries his fiddle and folk song across the battlefields of the First World War. An orphan-turned-assassin pursues his target across the deserts of Mexico and Texas, using a novel as evidence for his location. Growing together and then apart, these and others chase their dreams and run from their nightmares, hungry for life and longing for purpose.

Animated throughout by a striking beauty and ferocity, A Song from Faraway pieces together "stories we tell about ourselves," illuminating the human condition and our times.

"A Song from Faraway brings us around the world, singing a song about the folly of truth. It is unsettling and playful and uncanny and breathtaking. Deni Ellis Béchard does in this work what a novel should do; he makes it new and spellbinds us with it."--Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer

"Brave and complex, A Song from Faraway is prose of the highest order, offering a masterclass of characters that have nowhere to hide under the harsh light of their flawed lives. In this blanched terrain, Béchard proves himself to be a magician of a storyteller, deftly commanding the reader's attention with one hand while the other produces surprise after magnificent surprise."--Dimitri Nasrallah

Deni Ellis Béchard is the author of seven previous books of fiction and nonfiction, including Vandal Love, winner of the 2007 Commonwealth Writers Prize, and Into the Sun, winner of the 2016 Midwest Book Award for Literary Fiction and selected by CBC/Radio-Canada as one of the most important books to be read by Canada's political leadership. His work has received the Nautilus Book Award for Investigative Journalism and been featured in Best Canadian Essays, and his photojournalism has been exhibited in the Canadian Museum of Human Rights. His articles, fiction, and photos have been published in dozens of newspapers and magazines, including the Los Angeles TimesSalonReuters, the Paris ReviewThe GuardianPatagoniaLa RepubblicaThe WalrusPacific StandardLe DevoirVanity Fair Italia, the Herald (Scotland), the Huffington Post, the Harvard Review, the National Post, and Foreign Policy. He has reported from India, Cuba, Rwanda, Colombia, Iraq, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Afghanistan.

Phil Klay is a veteran of the US Marine Corps. His short story collection Redeployment won the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction and the National Book Critics' Circle John Leonard Prize for best debut work in any genre, and was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of 2014 by The New York Times. His nonfiction work won the George W. Hunt, S.J., Prize for Journalism, Arts & Letters in the category of Cultural & Historical Criticism in 2018. His writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe Wall Street JournalThe AtlanticThe New Yorker, and the Brookings Institution's Brookings Essay series. He currently teaches fiction at Fairfield University.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 1:00pm

LBB Presents ONLINE: Carter Sickels - The Prettiest Star

Tuesday, June 2, 7pm CST
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Left Bank Books welcomes Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award winner Carter Sickels, who will discuss his new book, The Prettiest Star, on Facebook Live at 7pm CST on June 2. Join us on our Facebook Page and order a copy of The Prettiest Star from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

EW's 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2020 O Magazine's "31 LGBTQ Books That'll Change the Literary Landscape in 2020" BookRiot's "Most Anticipated LGBTQ Books of 2020" Lambda Literary's "Most Anticipated LGBTQ Books of May 2020" Salon's "Best and boldest new must-read books for May" BookPage's "19 can't-miss reads from independent publishers" Garden & Gun's "Best Books of May" Logo NewNowNext's "11 Queer Books We Can't Wait to Read This Spring"

A stunning novel about the bounds of family and redemption, shines light on an overlooked part of the AIDs epidemic when men returned to their rural communities to die, by Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award-winning author Carter Sickels.

Small-town Appalachia doesn't have a lot going for it, but it's where Brian is from, where his family is, and where he's chosen to return to die.

Set in 1986, a year after Rock Hudson's death brought the news of AIDS into living rooms and kitchens across America, Lambda Literary award-winning author Carter Sickels's second novel shines light on an overlooked part of the epidemic, those men who returned to the rural communities and families who'd rejected them.

Six short years after Brian Jackson moved to New York City in search of freedom and acceptance, AIDS has claimed his lover, his friends, and his future. With nothing left in New York but memories of death, Brian decides to write his mother a letter asking to come back to the place, and family, he was once so desperate to escape.

The Prettiest Star is told in a chorus of voices: Brian's mother Sharon; his fourteen-year-old sister, Jess, as she grapples with her brother's mysterious return; and the video diaries Brian makes to document his final summer.

This is an urgent story about the politics and fragility of the body, of sex and shame. Above all, Carter Sickels's stunning novel explores the bounds of family and redemption. It is written at the far reaches of love and understanding, centering on the moments where those two forces stretch toward each other and sometimes touch.

"From its opening sentences Carter Sickels' The Prettiest Star makes it clear that too many queer narratives have been kept out of sight. Here a man returns to the town of his southern Ohio childhood at a point when his own day-to-day survival is at stake. Love doesn't come in to save him, or the family and friends upended by his presence. "Nothing transforms, there is no magic," says one character, and while there's darkness in those words, their down to earth candor does a lot to suggest why this novel feels so touching, affecting, rebellious, and real."--Paul Lisicky, author of Later

"The Prettiest Star is a lyrical and compulsively readable novel about the intricate, tangled bonds of family and the way human beings can be both profoundly cruel and surprisingly wonderful. These characters are people we know, and they'll stay with me for a very long time. This deeply moving novel is much more than the story of one family dealing with the worst tragedy of their lives in a small Ohio town in 1986. It's the story of all of us--the story of America, then and now, how far we've come, and how far we still have to go." --Silas House, author of Southernmost

Carter Sickels is the author of the novel The Evening Hour. He is the recipient of the 2013 Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award, and has been awarded scholarships to Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, VCCA, and the MacDowell Colony. His essays and fiction have appeared in various publications, including Guernica, Bellevue Literary Review, and BuzzFeed, and he is the editor of Untangling the Knot: Queer Voices on Marriage, Relationships & Identity. Carter is Assistant Professor of English at Eastern Kentucky University, where he teaches in the Bluegrass Writers Studio Low-Residency MFA program. He lives in Lexington, KY. 

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - 7:00pm

LBB Presents ONLINE: Jennifer Chiaverini - Mrs. Lincoln's Sisters

Thursday, June 4, 7pm CST
Left Bank Books' Facebook Page

Left Bank Books and St. Charles City-County Library welcome New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini, who will discuss her new novel, Mrs. Lincoln's Sisters, on Facebook Live at 7pm CST on June 4. Join us on our Facebook Page and order a copy of Mrs. Lincoln's Sisters from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

The New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker returns to her most famous heroine, Mary Todd Lincoln, in this compelling story of love, loss, and sisterhood rich with history and suspense.

In May 1875, Elizabeth Todd Edwards reels from news that her younger sister Mary, former First Lady and widow of President Abraham Lincoln, has attempted suicide. 

Mary’s shocking act followed legal proceedings arranged by her eldest and only surviving son that declared her legally insane. Although they have long been estranged, Elizabeth knows Mary’s tenuous mental health has deteriorated through decades of trauma and loss. Yet is her suicide attempt truly the impulse of a deranged mind, or the desperate act of a sane woman terrified to be committed to an asylum? And—if her sisters can put past grievances aside—is their love powerful enough to save her? 

Maternal Elizabeth, peacemaker Frances, envious Ann, and much adored Emilie had always turned to one another in times of joy and heartache, first as children, and later as young wives and mothers. But when Civil War erupted, the conflict that divided a nation shattered their family. The Todd sisters’s fates were bound to their husbands’ choices as some joined the Lincoln administration, others the Confederate Army.

Now, though discord and tragedy have strained their bonds, Elizabeth knows they must come together as sisters to help Mary in her most desperate hour. 

"Through meticulously researched historical detail and sympathetic portrayal of each character, including Mary herself, Chiaverini provides a fascinating glimpse into the women of an influential family on the front lines of some of the most important moments of that indelible time." — Booklist

Jennifer Chiaverini is the New York Times bestselling author of several acclaimed historical novels and the beloved Elm Creek Quilts series. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, she lives with her husband and two sons in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 7:00pm

LBB Presents ONLINE: George Hofmann - Resilience: Handling Anxiety in a Time of Crisis

Thursday, May 28, 7pm CST
Left Bank Books' Facebook Page

Left Bank Books welcomes mental health advocate George Hofmann, who will discuss his new book, Resilience: Handling Anxiety in a Time of Crisis, on Facebook Live at 7pm CST on May 28. Join us on our Facebook Page and order a copy of Resilience: Handling Anxiety in a Time of Crisis from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores!

It's a challenging time for people who experience anxiety, and even people who usually don't experience it are finding their moods are getting the better of them. Anxiety hits hard and its symptoms are unmistakable, but sometimes in the rush and confusion of uncertainty we miss those symptoms until it's too late. When things seem to be coming undone, it's still possible to recognize the onset of anxiety and act to prevent the worst of it. George Hofmann takes a unique approach to developing better awareness of the body and how to head off disabling angst-filled episodes. Hofmann has used these techniques to successfully overcome crippling mood swings himself and has successfully taught these techniques to countless others, who have found them beneficial in their own lives. The "Resilience Series" is the result of an intensive, collaborative effort of our authors in response to the 2020 coronavirus epidemic. Each volume offers expert advice for developing the practical, emotional and spiritual skills that you can master to become more resilient in a time of crisis.

After a series of hospitalizations, George Hofmann managed to overcome the worst of bipolar disorder by adding practices in focused attention to the usual therapies of medicine and talk. He maintains the site "Practicing Mental Illness," which promotes meditation, movement and meaningful work as keys to growth and healing. George has conducted workshops on meditation for individuals, families, support groups, healthcare professionals and corporations. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with his wife, their daughter and two poorly behaved dogs.

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