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Booked: Jim Vrabel

Booked: Jim Vrabel

November 14, 2014: On Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 7PM, author Jim Vrabel will be at the Brookine Booksmith, 279 Harvard St., to discuss his new book A People’s History of the New Boston, a collection of accounts of the most influential and passionate grassroots protests that helped shape the new Boston into the city it is today. I emailed with Vrabel to get some insights into Boston’s history of ordinary citizen activism and where we stand now.


Booked: Sarah Wildman

November 11, 2014: On Thursday, Nov. 13 at 7p.m. Sarah Wildman will be at the Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, to discuss her new book Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind.

One day when author Sarah Wildman was in her early 20s she was visiting her sick grandmother. They were sitting in her late grandfather Karl’s study when Wildman came across an old album in his cabinets. It contained tiny black and white photographs of a dark-haired and handsome young woman Wildman didn’t recognize. In some photos the woman was alone and in others she posed with Wildman’s grandfather. They were signed on the back “Your Valy.” When Wildman asked her American-born grandmother the identity of the mystery woman, her grandmother simply replied, “She was your grandfather’s true love.”


Booked: A Review of Pandora's DNA by Lizzie Stark

November 1, 2014: Boston-based journalist Lizzie Stark will be talking about her new book Pandora’s DNA: Tracing the Breast Cancer Genes Through History, Science, and One Family Tree on Monday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Brookline Booksmith.

There is a particular story in Lizzie Stark’s powerful new book Pandora’s DNA that would have been a fitting scene in one of the marathon of horror movies I watched on Halloween this past Friday night. I’m not going to share the details of the story because I believe that every woman (and every man who cares about women) should read this book. You’ll know the story I’m referring to when you read it. Just be glad that you live in an age of general anesthesia.


Booked: Heidi Siefkas

October 30, 2014: Imagine getting hit by a tree branch and waking up in the ICU, finding out your husband is having an affair, and losing a job you love—all in less than a year! Heidi Siefkas doesn’t have to imagine it because it happened to her. She’s written about her terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year in her new book When All Balls Drop: The Upside of Losing Everything. Heidi will be appearing at the Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, on Sat. Nov. 1 at 4PM. I spoke with Heidi by phone about the nature of resilience and why she decided to share her difficult story.


Booked: Eric Nelson


October 18, 2014: Eric Nelson, Professor of Government at Harvard University, will be appearing at the Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, on Thursday, 10/23 at 7PM to discuss his new book The Royalist Revolution: Monarchy and the American Founding. I spoke with Professor Nelson by phone to ask him how his revisionist account relates to our government today.

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