The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote

By Elaine Weiss. An account of the 1920 ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted voting rights to women traces the culmination of seven decades of legal battles and cites the pivotal contributions of famous suffragists and political leaders.

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I Found My Tribe: A Memoir

By Ruth Fitzmaurice.

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Tomb Song

By Julián Herbert. While at his dying mother’s bedside in a Mexican hospital, a man becomes immersed in memories of his difficult and unstable childhood, moving from city to city with his half brothers and sisters.

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By Jesse Ball. Learning that he does not have long to live and will need to figure out how to provide for his developmentally disabled adult son, a widower signs up as a census taker for a mysterious government bureau and leaves town with his son on a cross-country journey of memories and revelations.

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Speak No Evil

By Uzodinma Iweala. An athlete from a private school in Washington, D.C., and his friend, the daughter of government insiders, struggle with the responses to the young man’s sexual orientation before finding themselves speeding toward a violent future.

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Registers of Illuminated Villages

By Tarfia Faizullah.

“Tarfia Faizullah is a poet of brave and unflinching vision.” —Natasha Trethewey

Somebody is always singing. Songs
were not allowed. Mother said,
Dance and the bells will sing with you.
I slithered. Glass beneath my feet. I
locked the door. I did not
die. I shaved my head. Until the horns
I knew were there were visible.
Until the doorknob went silent.

—from “100 Bells”

Registers of Illuminated Villages is Tarfia Faizullah’s highly anticipated second collection, following her award-winning debut, Seam. Faizullah’s new work extends and transforms her powerful accounts of violence, war, and loss into poems of many forms and voices—elegies, outcries, self-portraits, and larger-scale confrontations with discrimination, family, and memory. One poem steps down the page like a Slinky; another poem responds to makeup homework completed in the summer of a childhood accident; other poems punctuate the collection with dark meditations on dissociation, discipline, defiance, and destiny; and the near-title poem, “Register of Eliminated Villages,” suggests illuminated texts, one a Qur’an in which the speaker’s name might be found, and the other a register of 397 villages destroyed in northern Iraq. Faizullah is an essential new poet whose work only grows more urgent, beautiful, and—even in its unsparing brutality—full of love.

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The Last Equation of Isaac Severy: A Novel in Clues

By Nova Jacobs. Receiving a cryptic letter from her famous mathematician grandfather just before his suicide, Hazel, the owner of a struggling bookstore in Seattle, is charged with tracking down and protecting a dangerous equation before enemies from a secretive organization can exploit it.

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Aunti Poldi and the Sicilian Lions

By Mario Giordano. Retiring to Sicily in the hopes of spending her final years enjoying the ocean view, the wine and the company of friends, 60-year-old Auntie Poldi discovers that her new home is not quite as tranquil as anticipated when her handsome young handyman is found murdered.

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March Meditation classes with Irene

POSTPONED TO FRIDAY 3/16 AT 6:30. Irene Mardal, the original owner of Take Time Relaxation Center, will offer one hour classes on Tuesday March 13th and Tuesday March 27th at 6:30pm that will include meditation and qigong (moving meditation). (More dates to follow)

The classes will be $15.00 per person.

You can sign up HERE to save a spot. You are welcome to attend them individually or reserve all five. (We reserve the right to limit class size due to space).

About Irene:

Licensed Massage Therapist since 1994, certified in: Lymphatic drainage & comlete decongestive therapy, Post-secondary instructor, Tai Chi Easy, Infant Massage, and a Reiki Master.
Irene brings the science of anatomy and physiology to understand the importance of mindfulness in a fun, interactive workshop. Her experience from massage through labor,
infants to Hospice care, Hospital to sports has created a unique look at life and our perception of stress. Isn’t it time for you to Take Time?

The Spring Poetry Series at Byrd’s Books

Byrd’s Books welcomes some impressive talent to read their poetry on two dates this early spring: April 14th at 3:00pm and May 18th at 7:00pm. Originally scheduled in December (snowed out) we found we needed the inspiration that only poetry can bring.


Here is the spring schedule: (subject to change)

April 14th at 3:00pm:
      Donna Marie Merritt
      Gail Carson Levine
      Jen Sage-Robison
      Marilyn Nelson
      Doug Anderson
      Phillip Lu
To register for April 14th, click here.
May 18th at 7:00pm:   
      Amy Nawrocki
      Cortney Davis
      Emily Carney
      Jerry Brooker
To register for May 18th,  click here.

These events are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase.