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In This Newsletter:
Gary Shteyngart - Saturday, August 7
Mary Roach - Tuesday, August 24
Suzanne Collins - New Book Arrives Tuesday, August 24
Dr. Abby Caplin - Workshop Begins Sunday, September 12
More Upcoming Events

Super Sad True Love Story GARY SHTEYNGART will read from
Super Sad True Love Story
Saturday, August 7 at 7 PM

"This may be the only time I've wanted to stand up on the subway and read passages of a book out loud." — Ron Charles, The Washington Post

Meet Gary Shteyngart, the critically acclaimed author of The Russian Debutante's Handbook and Absurdistan, as he reads from his hilarious and heartfelt new novel - a deliciously dark tale of America's dysfunctional future, and the timeless and tender feelings that just might save it.

Thirty-nine-year-old Lenny Abramov works at an operation called Post-Human Services, which attempts to provide immortality for its super-rich clientele. Lenny's from a different century: he loves books (known as "printed, bound media artifacts") at a time when everyone else finds them smelly and annoying, and he really loves Eunice Park, an impossibly cute and unhappy 24-year-old Korean American who teaches Lenny (an "ancient dork") effective new ways to brush his teeth and makes him buy a cottony nonflammable wardrobe. Meanwhile, the country is devastated by a credit crisis, riots break out in New York City, and the streets are lined with National Guard tanks. Undeterred, Lenny is going to convince his fickle new love that in a time without standards or stability, in a world where people can determine a dating prospect's "hotness" and "sustainability" with the click of a button, in a society where the privileged may live forever but the unfortunate will die all too soon, there is still value in being a real human being.

Packing for Mars MARY ROACH will discuss
Packing for Mars
Tuesday, August 24th at 7 PM

Popular science writer and bestselling author of Bonk and Stiff entertainingly addresses numerous questions about life in outer space. With her trademark humor and lucidity, Roach explores not the thrills and agonies of space travel, but "the stuff in between—the small comedies and everyday victories." Like bowel movements in zero gravity, for example. She talks with astronauts about what it's like to share a confined space with another person for days on end ("irrational antagonisms" are mentioned, as are fist fights), and learns about the cross-cultural issues that arose when Russians, Canadians and Americans shared a space station. She asks: what happens when you can't walk for a year? Have sex? Smell flowers? What if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

Mockingjay SUZANNE COLLINS' latest novel
Mockingjay (Hunger Games #3)
Arrives in the store Tuesday, August 24th

Mockingjay, the third and final book in the Hunger Games series, will be available Tuesday, August 24th. Reserve your copy now (with prepayment) and you will receive 20% off the cover price ($14.39 + tax).

Hunger Games was featured as one of our Holiday Gift Selections two years ago. Although it was primarily marketed to teens, adult readers and book clubs have found it compelling and an excellent book for discussion. Powerful and haunting, the thrilling final installment of the groundbreaking trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.
Reserve Your Copy Now - and Save 20%!

Begins Sunday, September 12 (September 12, 19, 26 and October 3, 10)

Are you discouraged by illness or health challenges? Would you like to be more proactive in healing? Dr. Abby Caplin will guide you through a process of reflection, writing and optional sharing. No writing experience is necessary. Just come with an open mind and a notebook. Dr. Caplin, whose personal encounter with autoimmune illness provides her with a unique ability to understand her patients’ perspectives, helps people living with chronic illness or medical conditions lead empowered and vibrant lives, finding wholeness despite illness.

Only $145 for 5 sessions!
Sign up now since space is limited.

Call 415-255-9981 to register.

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