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Smile at Strangers, And Other Lessons in the Art of Living Fearlessly by Susan Schorn

Discussion topics, questions, and activities for book clubs and reading groups from author Susan Schorn: Safety information and misinformation 1. In an early chapter of Smile at Strangers, I describe some not-very-helpful self defense emails I have received, and why they are counter-productive to our safety. What kinds of self defense advice (helpful or not!) [...]

Eating for Beginners by Melanie Rehak

Introduction Melanie Rehak was always a passionate cook and food lover. After reading the likes of Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, and Wendell Berry, she tried to eat thoughtfully as well. But after the birth of her son, Jules, she wanted to know more: What mattered most, organic or local? Who were these local farmers? Was [...]

The Pattern in the Carpet by Margaret Drabble

  Introduction The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaws is an original and brilliant work. Margaret Drabble weaves her own story into a history of games, in particular jigsaws, which have offered her and many others relief from melancholy and depression. Alongside curious facts and discoveries about jigsaw puzzles—did you know that [...]

The Power of Half by Kevin Salwen & Hannah Salwen

About the Book It all started when fourteen-year-old Hannah Salwen had a eureka moment. Seeing a homeless man in her neighborhood at the same instant she spotted a man driving a glistening Mercedes, she said, “Dad, if that man had a less nice car, that man there could have a meal.” Until that day, the [...]

Madness by Marya Hornbacher

  Introduction In 1998, at age twenty-four, Marya Hornbacher published the Pulitzer Prize–nominated, best-selling Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia. Now, still a young woman, Hornbacher tells the story that until recently she had no idea was hers to tell: that of her life with Type I ultra-rapid-cycle bipolar disorder, the most severe form [...]

Swimming to Antarctica by Lynne Cox

Swimming to Antarctica Lynne Cox ISBN:9780156031301 About the book: Now in paperback, with photos and maps added especially for this new edition, here is the acclaimed life story of a woman whose drive and determination inspire everyone she touches. Lynne Cox started swimming almost as soon as she could walk. By age sixteen, she had [...]

My Life in Orange by Tim Guest

My Life in Orange Tim Guest ISBN:9780156031066 About the book: At the age of six, Tim Guest was taken by his mother to a commune modeled on the teachings of the notorious Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. The Bhagwan preached an eclectic doctrine of Eastern mysticism, chaotic therapy, and sexual freedom, and enjoyed inhaling laughing [...]

Beautiful Boy by David Sheff

About the Author David Sheff’s books include Game Over, China Dawn, and All We Are Saying. His many articles and interviews have appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Playboy, Wired, Fortune, and elsewhere. His piece for the New York Times Magazine, “My Addicted Son,” won an award from the American Psychological Association for [...]

The Florist's Daughter by Patricia Hampl

Praise “Patricia Hampl writes the best memoirs of any writer in the English language.” —Pat Conroy Introduction Award-winning author Patricia Hampl now takes us to the heart of her Midwestern girlhood. She describes her debonair father’s passion for flowers and the artistry he wrought for customers as a lifelong florist in St. Paul, Minnesota. Emerging [...]

Theroux, Paul — Ghost Train to the Eastern Star

“Brilliant. No one writes with Theroux’s head-on intensity and raptness, and his descriptions made me want to jump on the next plane to Istanbul (and also, of course, to many of the other places he evokes). I particularly loved the spectral motif, the ghosts and shadows and underground presences that flit through the narrative, giving [...]