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Book Notes from Susan

August -- Books, authors, poetry, and art!

ART CLASSES with Sharon Lehman, Lisa Schaller and Claire Marshek
August 1, August 10, August 15, August 22, and August 29 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
For the novice as well as advanced painter, these two hour classes are great fun -- canvas, and all supplies plus adult beverages are included in the $45 price. Reservations are required. Please call (401-466-8878) or e-mail (island-bound@hotmail.com) to let us know to expect you.

Saturday, August 5 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Heather Cass White, editor of the New Collected Poems by Marianne Moore will talk about the challenges of editing poetry and sign the new book. There might be a poem or two read as well.

Next up is Friday, August 18 at 5 p.m. when Laurie Hazard, author of Your Freshman Is Off To College will be here to present her book.

And on Thursday, August 24 at 5:30 p.m. Jesse Torrey, author of Smiles and Duct Tape will join us for a signing.

Please call (401-466-8878) or e-mail (island-bound@hotmail.com) for more information.
Do save the date for an open house at Island Bound Bookstore -- Saturday, August 19 from 5 - 7 p.m. All our loyal customers are invited to join us. We'd like to thank you for your part in making this a great summer for Block Island's bookstore.
And here's what we're talking about for August books…

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2016, The Sympathizer has been characterized as the breakthrough novel of the year. The novel has the pace and suspense of a thriller and is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal. The narrator, a Communist double agent, arranges to come to America after the fall of Saigon, and while building a life with other refugees in Los Angeles, is secretly reporting back to his superiors in Vietnam. The Sympathizer is a rich and hugely gratifying story that captures the complexity of the war and what it means to be of two minds and two nationalities.

Salt Houses by Hala Alyan
From a dazzling new literary voice, a debut novel about a Palestinian family caught between present and past, between displacement and home. Salt Houses speaks to the specificity of the Palestinian diaspora, but it also mirrors the experiences of immigrants and exiles all over the world, making it very much a book for every reader.

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Exit West is an astonishingly visionary love story that imagines the forces that drive ordinary people from their homes into the uncertain embrace of new lands. The novel follows two young people as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.

The Leavers by Lisa Ko
Mother and son: two identities. Peilan is the pregnant young woman who escapes China, arriving in New York and leaving behind the life she is destined to live in rural China. She ultimately becomes Polly, a married career woman in China who has not had any contact with her son since he was 11. Deming is the son who was born in America, sent to live with his grandfather in China and returned to America and his mother when his grandfather dies. He eventually becomes Daniel, an adopted child of two professors, who has never felt like he belonged. Both mother and son search for their identities as they try to conform to the names they have taken or been given, ultimately finding identities that resonate with their longings. It is a story of immigration, deportation, transracial adoption and cultural expectations whose twists and turns keep it engaging as a read.