Readers' Circle Lunch! Join us for lunch with Iran Issa-Khan following her talk. You won't want to miss! You'll choose from a selection of special items at The Café at Books & Books by Chef Allen: $25 per person includes sandwich, salad, beverage, cookie, tax & tip. Space is limited, so reserve your place today. RSVP to Marketing@booksandbooks.comIran Issa-Khan: Photography (Whitehaus Media, $125) is 162-page book is a survey of work by artist Iran Issa-Khan, whose photographs focus on nature. With a foreword by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid, the title is available as an artist edition and a limited edition of 100 copies, which includes a signed art print by Issa-Khan.
Senator George McGovern has been a leading figure of the Democratic Party for more than fifty years. From this true liberal comes a thoughtful examination of what being a Democrat really means. McGovern admonishes current Democratic politicians for losing sight of their ideals as they subscribe to an increasingly centrist policy agenda. Applying his wide- ranging knowledge and expertise on issues ranging from military spending to same-sex marriage to educational reform, he stresses the importance of creating policies we can be proud of. Finally, with 2012 looming, McGovern's What It Means to Be a Democrat (Blue Rider, $22.95) offers a vision of the Party's future in which ideological coherence and courage rule.
Swim (PublicAffairs, $25.99) is a celebration of swimming and the effect it has on our lives. It’s an inquiry into why we swim—the lure, the hold, the timeless magic of being in the water. It’s a look at how swimming has changed over the millennia, how this ancient activity is becoming more social than solitary today. It’s about our relationship with the water, with our fishy forebearers, and with the costumes that we wear. You’ll even find a few songs to sing when you push out those next laps.Swimming enthusiast Lynn Sherr explores every aspect of the sport, from the biology of swimming to the fame of Esther Williams; from turquoise pools and wild water to the training of Olympians; and she reveals the secret of buoyancy so that anyone can avoid the example of the English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, who lamented, “Why can’t I swim, it seems so very easy?” When his friend, the biographer Edward John Trelawny, said, “because you think you can’t,” Shelley plunged into Italy’s Arno River and dropped like a rock. With Swim, you can avoid that happening to you.