Left Bank Books presents Bonnie Jo Campbell for her new book The Waters! Bonnie Jo Campbell is the newest TODAY Show #ReadWithJenna Book Club Selection for January, and we are so thrilled to welcome her for a book signing and meet and greet! Join us in the store to get the book that everyone is talking about!
Campbell will sign copies for attendees available for purchase through Left Bank Books. Personalized and signed copies will be available to be mailed anywhere in the country. For personalized copies, please order before 11:59PM on February 9th.
We are thrilled that Amanda Jokerst, Clinical Herbalist and owner and founder of Forest & Meadow Herbal Shop and Clinic, will be joining us for the evening.
About the Author
Bonnie Jo Campbell is the author of six works of fiction, including American Salvage, finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Once Upon a River, a national bestseller. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, AWP's Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, and a Pushcart Prize, she lives outside Kalamazoo, Michigan, with donkeys.
Amanda Jokerst (she/her), Clinical Herbalist and owner and founder of Forest & Meadow Herbal Shop and Clinic, will be joining us for the evening. Her shop is a beautiful, modern day herbal apothecary and wellness clinic here in St. Louis that is staffed by knowledgeable, trained herbalists. They carry over 250 organic, ethically wildcrafted, and naturally farmed bulk herbs and spices, as well as a variety of herbal teas, extracts, syrups, salves, bitters, shrubs, tonics, bath soaks, essential oils, and more, all expertly formulated by Amanda and handcrafted in house to support health, well-being, and vitality. In the clinic, she offers herbal medicine consultations, Maya abdominal therapy, fertility awareness method education, and natural fertility support. She is thrilled and honored to be a part of this event. She will be bringing a variety of herbal products for sale and is looking forward to answering any questions you might have about herbal medicine.
About The Waters
A TODAY Show #ReadWithJenna Book Club Selection - One of Oprah Daily's Most Anticipated Books of 2024 - One of the Chicago Review of Books 12 Must-Read Books of January 2024 - Featured in Roxane Gay's newsletter The Audacity
"If you loved Where the Crawdads Sing, you're going to love, and I'm saying love, our first read of 2024."-Jenna Bush Hager, TODAY Show
A master of rural noir returns with a fierce, mesmerizing novel about exceptional women and the soul of a small town.
On an island in the Great Massasauga Swamp--an area known as "The Waters" to the residents of nearby Whiteheart, Michigan--herbalist and eccentric Hermine "Herself" Zook has healed the local women of their ailments for generations. As stubborn as her tonics are powerful, Herself inspires reverence and fear in the people of Whiteheart, and even in her own three estranged daughters. The youngest--the beautiful, inscrutable, and lazy Rose Thorn--has left her own daughter, eleven-year-old Dorothy "Donkey" Zook, to grow up wild.
Donkey spends her days searching for truths in the lush landscape and in her math books, waiting for her wayward mother and longing for a father, unaware that family secrets, passionate love, and violent men will flood through the swamp and upend her idyllic childhood. Rage simmers below the surface of this divided community, and those on both sides of the divide have closed their doors against the enemy. The only bridge across the waters is Rose Thorn.
With a "ruthless and precise eye for the details of the physical world" (Jane Smiley, New York Times Book Review), Bonnie Jo Campbell presents an elegant antidote to the dark side of masculinity, celebrating the resilience of nature and the brutality and sweetness of rural life.
"Bonnie Jo Campbell’s The Waters is a novel, a living myth, and a place.… Imagine a mash-up of Flannery O’Connor and the Brothers Grimm, of Angela Carter’s reimagined fairy tales and William Faulkner’s gothic sublime. And yet, The Waters is all Bonnie Jo. If you’ve read her, you know what I mean, how she sees and evokes us, and this land we inhabit, covered in mayapples and dogwood, cuntshells and quickmuck, with a masterful, tender objectivity. The Waters is no utopia. It is muddy and bloody; it swallows us whole and effervesces into fog. It is the magic we’d inhabit if we still believed in magic, the dream we’d have if we could sleep." ― Diane Seuss, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Frank: Sonnets
"Campbell has been exploring hardship, especially the hardships that independent and exploratory women have to work through, for most of her writing career. She knows that unexpected misfortunes have to be put up with, and the question is always whether to do it your own way or to give in to the people around you and embark on a life you do not want... The Waters is a thought-provoking and readable exploration of eccentricity and of all different kinds of love ― familial love, romantic love, love of knowledge, love of animals and love of one’s own environment, even when it is a difficult place to live." ― Jane Smiley, The Los Angeles Times Book Review