Once in a while a novel comes along that is very different. House of Large Sizes is such a novel. A dysfunctional, sexually addicted and inauthentic little family finds its failings coming to a head when one member decides to deal with his pain directly and heads to New Orleans for an unsanctioned sex change.
A Finnish journalist, now a naturalized American citizen, asks Americans to draw on elements of the Nordic way of life to nurture a fairer, happier, more secure, and less stressful society for themselves and their children.
Anu Partanen's work has appeared in The New York Times and The Atlantic. A journalist in Helsinki for many years, she has also worked at Fortune magazine as a visiting reporter through the Innovation Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University. She lives in New York City.
Twenty-four years have passed since the murdered girl was buried. The classmate who confessed to the stabbing is doing time. Both families moved out of town. Case closed? Justice done? Not so fast. As they converge on their California high school's 100th anniversary celebration, cryptic notes are unsettling members of the "Class of '67." Some question what they thought they knew.
In The Serpent's Disciple, a conspiracy thriller, an ancient evil threatens to take over the Catholic Church and use it to create a New World Order.
This event will be hosted at the Saint Paul Athletic Club 340 Cedar St.
"Luther's well-researched book speaks powerfully to the complicated landscape of sexual assaults on college campuses--including the greedy interests at play in denying it--and provides us a much-needed road map for instituting effective change. I highly recommend this book for anyone who believes that student safety should matter more than athletic success, and that we all have a role to play in assuring that it does."--Ben Strauss, coauthor of Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA
Join us in celebrating the release of A Little Book of Abundance. This poetry anthology celebrates the beauty of daily life, the bountiful gifts it provides. The authors belong to a poetry workshop led by Margaret Hasse for more than six years.
Local poetry is the life-blood of our literary community.
Her first book, Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women has sold more than three million copies. Casey is a popular public speaker on the spirituality conference circuit, and she is passionate about helping others in Twelve Step support groups where her own recovery from addiction began more than three decades ago. She shares her time between her homes in Minnesota and Florida.
Believers and nonbelievers, the faithful and faith-free alike will learn from, laugh with, and love this book.
Mary Morse is an American writer with interests in religion and its alternatives, social equity, climate change and the environment, education, urbanism, the future, and other small topics.
Allen Eskens is the award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of The Life We Bury, The Guise of Another, and The Heavens May Fall. A criminal-defense attorney for twenty-five years, he lives with his wife in Minnesota.
Tim Nolan was born in Minneapolis in 1954. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1978 with a B.A. in English. He and his wife Kate moved to New York City in 1978 where he obtained an M.F.A. degree in writing from Columbia University, worked as an archivist at the Whitney Museum, and read the poetry slush pile for The Paris Review.
The Freestyle Book Club is led by our Bibliotherapist, Matt Keliher at SubText. This is a gathering of individuals who share their perspectives on the chosen book club theme. The Freestyle Book Club is a relaxed gathering. You can read from the list of suggestions, or choose a book on your own that fits the theme, and join us on the night of the event to share your perspective. There's nothing better than discussing the twists and turns of plot lines while working out to some 16oz curls!
16-year-old Mary-Louise comes home from swimming lessons one day to find she is absent from family photographs, her bedroom has turned into a linen closet, and all of her possessions have disappeared. More troubling, her family goes on as if she never existed. The only person in town who can actually see her is a boy she calls Fish, a YMCA swimming instructor, but Fish is hiding from a troubled past and the person he sees is entirely different from who she thought she was.
In the extraordinary new Cork O Connor thriller from "New York Times" bestselling and Edgar Award winning author William Kent Krueger, the lives of hundreds of innocent people are at stake when Cork vanishes just days before his daughter s wedding.
Anglers are simply superior because of their contemplative pastime, according to Izaak Walton. And few who fish would disagree. In fact, the habit of amplifying the sport is documented at least as long ago as 75 A.D., when Plutarch wrote that Mark Antony faked a catch to impress Cleopatra. From Bible verse to Grandpa s latest whopper, fishing has figured in our spiritual and cultural lore, to say nothing of our cuisine, as far back as we remember, and nowhere is this truer, perhaps, than in the great north woods.
The book acknowledges what’s good about faith and suggests ways to sustain these positive elements in a sane and secular future. Believers and nonbelievers, the faithful and faith-free alike will learn from, laugh with, and love this book.
A sharply observed, mordantly funny, and startlingly original novel from an exciting, unconventional new voice the author of the acclaimed The Wallcreeper about the making and unmaking of the American family that lays bare all of our assumptions about race and racism, sexuality and desire.
When an insecure teen starts impersonating someone else, her life spirals dangerously out of control in a realistic, relatable novel about finding yourself and discovering your true friends.
Ben Welter presents Minnesota Moxie: True Tales of Courage, Muscle & Grit in the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes
Minnesotans are a tough lot, capable of pulling a house six miles by muscle alone or giving birth to a sixteen-pound boy. In 1921, young Phoebe Fairgrave set a parachute world record, stepping off the wing of a biplane 15,200 feet above the Twin Cities.
For this S&B, bring your Christmas stitching ideas! Bring an easy craft pattern idea to share with the group and begin to plan those holiday crafting projects.
Stitch & B!tch is a gathering of individuals who craft in any way, shape, or form. We come together for a few hours a month and listen to a thoughtful discussion prompted by listening to an engaging audiobook, typically related to a feminist topic.
This event has been moved to the St. Paul Athletic Club at 340 Cedar St.
A highly acclaimed novelist now gives us a true epic: a love story that spans sixty years, generations worth of feuds, and secrets withheld and revealed.
"The last time I read a literary thriller so profound Cormac McCarthy's name was on its spine. But Peter Geye is his own man and Wintering is as unique and menacingly beautiful as its Minnesota borderlands setting."-- Richard Russo
The full title of this book is: The Geography of Madness: Penis Thieves, Voodoo Death, and the Search for the Meaning of the World's Strangest Syndromes, what more do you need to know?
"Wherever the people are well informed," Thomas Jefferson wrote, "they can be trusted with their own government." But what happens when they are not? In every issue of modern society--from climate change to vaccinations, transportation to technology, health care to defense--we are in the midst of an unprecedented expansion of scientific progress and a simultaneous expansion of danger.
Do you believe that interfaith dialogue is important part of living in a diverse community? Have you read any religious texts or books that explore spirituality? From Richard Dawkins or Sam Harris, to Thich Naht Hanh and Mother Theresa? Come join us, have a pint of some of the best beer St. Paul has to offer, and share your perspective.
This event will be hosted at Tin Whiskers Brewing Company at 125 E 9th St, St Paul, MN 55101.
B.S., Incorporated is a funny, insightful, and heartfelt story that captures the humor and humanity of the 9-to-5 grind. It has been compared to The Office, The Devil Wears Prada, and Office Space.
Corinna Nicolaou presents 'A None's Story: Searching for Meaning Inside Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and Islam'
“Perfect for those looking to ground themselves in the overlapping but often contradictory morals of the world’s major religions, Nicolaou’s book vividly and respectfully unpacks the nature of spiritual practice.”
"This story will compel you to both laugh and cry, just as the title promises. May we all bring Nora's honesty, passion and hope to our lives."-- Lena Dunham
A deeply troubled man with a tragic past has lost his purpose in life. He struggles to regain that purpose as well as understand the meaning of past events, in the context of his increasingly disabled reality. God, The Welder takes the reader on a thought-provoking journey, as one man struggles to reconcile his religious beliefs with his troubled life in order to interpret his existence.
Mike Veeck presents Another Boring, Derivative, Piece of Crap Business Book: Make the First Basic Leap in Work in 100 Years, Laughing All the Way at the Saint Paul Athletic Club. Cash bar will be available.
Local mystery writers present their stories.
Sun Yung Shin, the book's editor, will be on hand to participate in the discussion.
Snezana Zabic presents her book Broken Records and the feminist garage folk band Rent Party plays music
In 1991, Snežana Žabić lost her homeland and most of her family’s book and record collection during the Yugoslav Wars that had been sparked by Slobodan Milošević’s relentless pursuit of power. She became a teenage refugee, forced to flee Croatia and the atrocities of war that had leveled her hometown of Vukovar. She and her family remained refugees in Serbia until NATO bombed Belgrade in 1999.
"The Shady Elders of Zion" is a Minnesota ghost story. Ivan Kalinsky, the book's narrator, is the last surviving Bolshevik from the class of 1917. When Stalin started purging Jews from the Communist Party ranks in the 1930's, Kalinsky escaped to Northern Minnesota, where he lived out a long life as a union organizer.
This event ill be hosted at the St. Paul Athletic Club at 340 Cedar Street in Downtown St. Paul. There will be a cash bar, a warm hearth, and a great conversation.
Krista Tippett is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and New York Times bestselling author. In 2014, she received the National Humanities Medal at the White House for "thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence." She is the host of the public radio program and podcast On Being.