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San Domenico School LuncheonTickets: $50.00 Please join San Domenico School for the 10th Annual Author Luncheon featuring Karen Joy Fowler. The lunch as always will also feature top notch 8th grade wait staff! From the New York Times bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club, We Are Completely Besides Ourselves ($26.95) is the story of an American family, middle class in middle America, ordinary in every way but one. But that exception is the beating heart of this extraordinary novel. Meet the Cooke family: Mother and Dad, brother Lowell, sister Fern, and our narrator, Rosemary, who begins her story in the middle. She has her reasons. “I spent the first eighteen years of my life defined by this one fact: that I was raised with a chimpanzee,” she tells us. “It’s never going to be the first thing I share with someone. I tell you Fern was a chimp and already you aren’t thinking of her as my sister. But until Fern’s expulsion, I’d scarcely known a moment alone. She was my twin, my funhouse mirror, my whirlwind other half, and I loved her as a sister.” Rosemary was not yet six when Fern was removed. Over the years, she’s managed to block a lot of memories. She’s smart, vulnerable, innocent, and culpable. With some guile, she guides us through the darkness, penetrating secrets and unearthing memories, leading us deeper into the mystery she has dangled before us from the start. Stripping off the protective masks that have hidden truths too painful to acknowledge, in the end, “Rosemary” truly is for remembrance.Karen Joy Fowler is the author of three story collections and six novels, including The Jane Austen Book Club, which was on the New York Times bestsellers list for thirteen weeks. Her novel Sister Noon was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and most of her titles have been New York Times Notable Books. Born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana, she holds an undergraduate degree from University of California, Berkeley and earned her MA from University of California, Davis. Any questions? Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don's Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.The Rosie Project ($24.00) is a moving and hilarious novel for anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of overwhelming challenges.Graeme Simsion is a former IT consultant with an international reputation. His screen adaptation of The Rosie Project won the Australian Writers Guild/Inscription Award for Best Romantic Comedy Script and has been optioned to Sony Pictures. Graeme lives in Australia with his wife Anne, a psychiatrist who writes erotic fiction, and their two children.
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Osher Marin JCCFREE - no registration necessary. Imagine if your childhood bedtime stories were of the Holocaust. With blunt honesty, Alan Kaufman shares his harrowing life journey in his book, Drunken Angel: A Memoir ($18.95), from the streets of NY and SF to the battlefields of Israel—through alcoholism and recovery. His narrative of loss, addiction and redemption explores the intersection of alcoholism, his Jewish lineage and the Holocaust—and what it may mean for us today.
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In conversation with James Dalessandro On the day John F. Kennedy is inaugurated, Claire, an uncompromising young wife and mother obsessed with the glamour of Jackie O, struggles over the decision of whether to stay in a loveless marriage or follow the man she loves and whose baby she may be carrying. Decades earlier, in 1919, Vivien Lowe, an obituary writer, is searching for her lover who disappeared in the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. By telling the stories of the dead, Vivien not only helps others cope with their grief but also begins to understand the devastation of her own terrible loss. The surprising connection between Claire and Vivien will change the life of one of them in unexpected and extraordinary ways. Part literary mystery and part love story, The Obituary Writer ($15.95) examines expectations of marriage and love, the roles of wives and mothers, and the emotions of grief, regret, and hope. Ann Hood is the best-selling author of The Knitting Circle, The Red Thread, and Comfort, among other works. Her most recent novel is The Obituary Writer. She has been the recipient of a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, a Best American Food Writing Award, a Best American Travel Writing Award, the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction, and two Pushcart Prizes. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island. James Dalessandro is the author of Bohemian Heart and the co-author of Citizen Jane.