Byrd’s Books brings Jo Ann Simon to LaZingara

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Join us as we celebrate the release of Jo Ann Simon’s book, “Rose Colored Glasses: A Memoir of of Love, Loss, Hope” at LaZingara on Wednesday June 27th at 6:00pm. This event is registration only. To save a spot, click HERE.

About the book: 

Life was the best it could be for Jo Ann Simon.  She was happily divorced, with a good job and a full enjoyable life. Then she met Tom. He said – when he first saw her – that he would spend the rest of his life with her. To her surprise, he actually did. They shared a love that most people only imagine in their dreams. They lived life to the fullest until a tick bite and a diagnosis of Lyme disease, and then ALS changed their dream world forever. Rose Colored Glasses includes thirteen appendices of the tests and medical information Jo Ann and Tom received, helpful to all who have questions about Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases, plus ALS.

 

About the author:

Jo Ann Simon, a corporate executive, is a lifelong nutmegger, living in various locations in the Nutmeg state of Connecticut.  She is a constant traveler, exploring the world including her favorite country, Italy.  When she is not traveling, Jo Ann loves spending time with her family, friends and her seven grandchildren.  Her day job running a company, painting fine art, gardening and writing fill in the blanks of her life.  Palm trees are essential in her personal landscape with beaches to match.

Eric Lehman brings us “Connecticut Vanguards” on July 17th at 7:00pm

On the 163rd Anniversary of Bethel’s founding, Eric Lehman will bring us an author talk and signing of his latest book, Connecticut Vanguards: Historic Trailblazers & Their Legacies”. Join us Tuesday July 17th at 7:00. To save a spot, click HERE.

About the book:
Noah Webster, Charles Goodyear, P.T. Barnum and Katharine Hepburn all have Connecticut in common. Like so many other residents, they had an inventive spirit and drive that changed the course of history for the rest of the state. Some of the state’s natives, like Eli Whitney and Henry C. Lee, pioneered new methods. Prudence Crandall and Helen Keller championed the rights of the underprivileged. Some, like Frederick Law Olmsted and Sol LeWitt, changed our perception of the world. Author Eric D. Lehman chronicles the lives of two dozen men and women who left their marks on Connecticut and the world as a whole.

About the author: 
Eric D. Lehman is the author of twelve books of history, travel, and fiction, including The History of Connecticut Food, Literary Connecticut, Homegrown Terror: Benedict Arnold and the Burning of New London, and Becoming Tom Thumb: Charles Stratton, P.T. Barnum, and the Dawn of American Celebrity, which won the Henry Russell Hitchcock Award from the Victorian Society of America and was chosen as one of the American Library Association’s outstanding university press books of the year. His 2016 book Shadows of Paris was chosen as novella of the year from the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, earned a silver medal in Romance from the Foreword Review Indie Book Awards, and was a finalist for the Connecticut Book Award. He teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Bridgeport and lives in Hamden with his wife, poet Amy Nawrocki, and their two cats.

Author talk and books signing with Laura Bradford on July 18th at 7PM

Byrd’s Books welcomes Laura Bradford as she discusses her new book, Portrait of a Sister, on Wednesday July 18th at 7:00pm. To save a spot, click HERE.

About the book:

Fraternal twins Katie and Hannah Beiler couldn’t be more different. Hannah is extroverted, and Katie prefers to be by herself sketching. When Hannah moves to New York City prior to the sisters’ baptism in their Amish church, Katie is devastated. Offered an opportunity to visit Hannah, Katie jumps at the chance but finds the city as strange as being on the moon. But Hannah is determined that her sister love the city and brings Katie’s drawings to an art gallery where they are well received. With the possibility of a new life in New York, Katie returns to her Amish community in Pennsylvania, where she must decide what is most important to her. Bradford (“Amish Mysteries” series) explores the challenges facing members of the Amish community—and those yet to be—as they strive to follow the rules issued to the baptized. VERDICT Engaging characters and a tender story line will please fans of Amish fiction, especially readers of Amy Clipston.

About the author: 

As a child, Laura Bradford fell in love with writing over a stack of blank paper, a box of crayons, and a freshly sharpened number two pencil. From that moment forward, she never wanted to do or be anything else. Today, Laura is the national bestselling author of several mystery series, including the Amish Mysteries, the Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries, the Jenkins & Burns Mysteries, and the Tobi Tobias Mystery Series. Her first women’s fiction novel, Portrait of a Sister, released in June 2018.  Laura is a 1982 graduate of St. Joseph’s School in Brookfield and a 1986 graduate of Immaculate High School in Danbury.

Laura is a former Agatha Award nominee, and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award. A graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, Laura enjoys making memories with her family, baking, and being an advocate for those living with Multiple Sclerosis.

 

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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Lincoln in the Bardo

By George Saunders. New to paper. Traces a night of solitary mourning and reflection as experienced by the sixteenth president after the death of his eleven-year-old son at the dawn of the Civil War.

A Piece of the World: A Novel

By Christina Baker Kline. Imagines the life story of Christina Olson, the subject of Andrew Wyeth’s painting “Christina’s World,” describing the simple life she led on a remote Maine farm, her complicated relationship with her family, and the illness that incapacitated her.

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How to Stop Time

By Matt Haig. A man with a secret rare condition that has enabled him to survive for centuries moves to London to become a high-school history teacher and considers defying his protective guardians’ rule against falling in love when he becomes entranced by a captivating colleague. By the best-selling author of Reasons to Stay Alive.

 

The Great Alone: A Novel

By Kristin Hannah. When her volatile, former POW father impulsively moves the family to mid-1970s Alaska to live off the land, young Leni and her mother are forced to confront the dangers of their lack of preparedness in the wake of a dangerous winter season. By the best-selling author of The Nightingale.

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4 3 2 1: A Novel

By Paul Auster. (new to paper)

* * * Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize * * *

New York Times Bestseller, Los Angeles Times Bestseller, Boston Globe Bestseller, National Indiebound Bestseller

The Millions’s “Most Anticipated”; Vulture’s “Most Exciting Book Releases for 2017”; The Washington Post’s Books to Read in 2017; Chicago Tribune’s “Books We’re Excited About in 2017”;
Town & Country‘s “5 Books to Start Off 2017 the Right Way”; Read it Forward, Favorite Reads of January 2017

“An epic bildungsroman . . . . Original and complex . . . . monumental assemblage of competing and complementary fictions, a novel that contains multitudes.”—Tom PerrottaThe New York Times Book Review

“A stunningly ambitious novel, and a pleasure to read. . . . An incredibly moving, true journey.”—NPR

Paul Auster’s greatest, most heartbreaking and satisfying novel—a sweeping and surprising story of birthright and possibility, of love and of life itself.

Nearly two weeks early, on March 3, 1947, in the maternity ward of Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the one and only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that single beginning, Ferguson’s life will take four simultaneous and independent fictional paths. Four identical Fergusons made of the same DNA, four boys who are the same boy, go on to lead four parallel and entirely different lives. Family fortunes diverge. Athletic skills and sex lives and friendships and intellectual passions contrast. Each Ferguson falls under the spell of the magnificent Amy Schneiderman, yet each Amy and each Ferguson have a relationship like no other. Meanwhile, readers will take in each Ferguson’s pleasures and ache from each Ferguson’s pains, as the mortal plot of each Ferguson’s life rushes on.

As inventive and dexterously constructed as anything Paul Auster has ever written, yet with a passion for realism and a great tenderness and fierce attachment to history and to life itself that readers have never seen from Auster before. 4 3 2 1 is a marvelous and unforgettably affecting tour de force.

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What Do You Do With a Chance?

By Kobi Yamanda. In this delightful story, readers are asked the essential question: What do you do with a chance? With great deftness and imagery, Yamada explores how opportunities come to be and the emotions associated with them. Readers learn that chances, though unexpected, can consume one’s thoughts. Yet, even when they desire to have a decision presented to them, fear of failure or embarrassment may stop them from reaching out and taking it. his title is an ideal read-aloud and discussion starter and is every bit as charming, insightful, and revelatory as its predecessors, What Do You With an Idea? and What Do You With a Problem? VERDICT Children of all ages will be inspired to take a chance.

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