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Nathaniel Philbrick, the bestselling author of In the Heart of the Sea and Mayflower, brings his prodigious talents to Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution ($29.95), the story of the Boston battle that ignited the American Revolution. Boston in 1775 is an island city occupied by British troops after a series of incendiary incidents by patriots who range from sober citizens to thuggish vigilantes. After the Boston Tea Party, British and American soldiers and Massachusetts residents have warily maneuvered around each other until April 19, when violence finally erupts at Lexington and Concord. In June, however, with the city cut off from supplies by a British blockade and Patriot militia poised in siege, skirmishes give way to outright war in the Battle of Bunker Hill. It would be the bloodiest battle of the Revolution to come, and the point of no return for the rebellious colonists.Nathaniel Philbrick is the New York Times bestselling author of National Book Award winner In the Heart of the Sea, Pulitzer Prize finalist Mayflower, Sea of Glory, and The Last Stand. He is also the author of Why Read Moby-Dick? and Away Off Shore. He lives on Nantucket.
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Angelico Hall, Dominican UniversityTickets: $30 (includes signed book) Online ticketing is now closed. To register, call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1 From Eve Ensler, the bestselling author of The Vagina Monologues and one of Newsweek’s 150 Women Who Changed the World, comes In the Body of the World, a visionary memoir of separation and connection—to the body, the self, and the world. As a playwright, author, and activist, Ensler has devoted her life to the female body: how to talk about it, how to protect and value it. Yet she spent much of her life disassociated from her own body. While working in the Congo, Ensler is shattered to encounter the horrific rape and violence inflicted on the women there. Soon after, she is diagnosed with uterine cancer, and undergoes months of harrowing treatment. It is then that all distance is erased. As she connects her own illness to the devastation of the earth, her life force to the resilience of humanity, she is finally, fully—and gratefully—joined to the body of the world.Eve Ensler is an internationally bestselling author and an award-winning playwright whose works include The Vagina Monologues, The Good Body, Insecure at Last, and I Am an Emotional Creature, since adapted for the stage as Emotional Creature. She is the founder of V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls, which has raised more than $90 million for local groups and activists, and inspired the global action One Billion Rising. Ensler lives in Paris and New York City. "As you may recall, Ensler is the author of the episodic play The Vagina Monologues and the founder of V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls. In this memoir Ensler incarnates the pain of the women in Congo, victims of rape and torture, and of the Earth, also a victim of so much desecration. She writes as though her heart and body are broken, but her anger is like fire, and the passion of her writing rattles your soul. This is true literature and true activism. Don’t miss this book!" - Isabel Allende
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When a brutal rapist is murdered, a loving father stands accused of the crime. Defense attorney Dismas Hardy must defend his brother-in-law and old friend Moses McGuire in a thrilling case that hits far too close to home. For the first time since 2009, Dismas Hardy, the author’s most beloved protagonist, returns in The Ophelia Cut ($26.99), a masterful novel that showcases John Lescroart’s extraordinary story-telling gifts: a cast of flesh-and-blood characters, morally complex situations, and relentless, nail-biting suspense.John Lescroart is the author of more than twenty previous novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Damage, Treasure Hunt, and The 13th Juror. He lives in Northern California.