From a young age, Andy Cohen knew two things: He was gay, and he loved television. Now presiding over Bravo's reality-TV empire, he started out as an overly talkative pop-culture obsessive, devoted to Charlie's Angels and All My Children—and to his mother, who received daily letters from him while he was at summer camp, usually reminding her to tape the soaps.
In retrospect, it's hard to believe that everyone didn't know that Andy was gay; still, he remained in the closet until college. Finally out, he embarked on making a career out of his passion for television. The journey begins with Andy interviewing his all-time idol Susan Lucci for his college newspaper and ends with him in a job where he has a hand in creating today's celebrity icons.
In the witty, no-holds-barred style of his show Watch What Happens: Live, Cohen tells tales of absurd network-news mishaps, hilarious encounters with the heroines of his youth, and the real stories behind the Real Housewives. Dishy, funny, and full of heart, Most Talkative (Henry Holt, $25) provides a one-of-a-kind glimpse into the world of television, from a fan who grew up watching the screen and is now inside the TV, both making shows and hosting his own.
Power Plug-In (Energy Scienomic, $19.95) is a daring and controversial book which takes a very cold clear look at the impact current energy sources have had on our world and offers educated analysis and recommendations for future investment in global energy development and research. Energy dependence is destroying our world. That's the problem. Energy independence can save it. That's the solution. Gordon E. Ettie is an expert in both energy and investments who has spent his entire career in the energy industry first as an engineer, then as a CEO and finally as a major financial player and investor examines each energy source and offers his educated analysis and recommendations for future investment in global energy development and research for both individual and organizational investors. This is an energy book that will make a difference.
At the height of World War II, four lawyers in the U.S. Treasury Department discovered that the highly educated, patrician diplomats in the State Department had covered up reports of the Nazi extermination scheme—and then blocked the rescue of 70,000 Romanian Jews forcibly marched into the Nazi-conquered Ukraine and left to die of starvation and disease. The Treasury lawyers charged the diplomats with being "accomplices of Hitler." The stakes were nothing less than the fates of countless European Jews (symbolized by an orphaned girl's struggle for survival in Transnistria), the historical reputation of FDR, and the soul of America itself. In America's Soul in the Balance (Greenleaf, $26.95), Gregory J. Wallance uses rarely cited archival documents, memoirs, diaries, and transcripts to construct this gripping, nonfiction Washington political thriller. With exceptional narrative prowess, he examines the anti-Semitism and extraordinary heartlessness of the wartime State Department, whose behavior is a cautionary tale for world leaders weighing the costs of intervention to stop genocide.
Joining Mr. Wallance will be South Florida resident Ruth Glasberg Gold, a survivor of the Romanian Holocaust (and who is featured America’s Soul in the Balance) and the author of Ruth’s Journey: A Survivor’s Memoir.
The national PJ Library program supports families in their Jewish journey by sending Jewish-content books and music on a monthly basis to children. Presented in collaboration with the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and the Gordon Schools of Beth David Congregation.
The national PJ Library program supports families in their Jewish journey by sending Jewish-content books and music on a monthly basis to children. Presented in collaboration with the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and the Lehrman Community Day School.
Dr. Wayne Siegel practices clinical cardiology in Miami where he was elected chief of cardiology at Baptist Hospital of Miami where he remains on the senior active staff.Sixth Sense (Wajak Press, $10) is his first “non-medical” publication. The poems point to the spiritual “sixth sense” that comes forth from the inner self and are a celebration of our humanity. This afternoon, Dr. Siegel will regale us with a very special reading that includes images.
Puedes tratar de ignorarla pero es inevitable. La tecnología está transformando tu vida y el mundo que te rodea a una velocidad prácticamente incomprensible. Las reglas del juego han cambiado: desde como buscar un trabajo, educarte, promover o financiar tu negocio y hasta proteger a tu familia. Para ser exitosos, es imperativo entender cómo aprovechar estas nuevas herramientas a tu favor. En este revelador libro, Ariel Coro, el principal experto de tecnología para la comunidad hispana, te ofrece justamente eso: un pasaje a este nuevo mundo que te ayudará a lograr tus metas y alcanzar tus sueños. El salto (Vintage, $14.95) es un manual de supervivencia para los tiempos que estamos viviendo. Ofreciendo útiles ejemplos y recursos gratuitos, Coro te mostrará cómo sacar el máximo provecho de este nuevo mundo para encontrar una ruta más directa y rápida hacia el éxito. No te quedes atrás. Conéctate y atrévete a dar “el salto” hacia un brillante y exitoso futuro.
Please note this event is in Spanish: En esta presentación veremos cómo grupo de hip hop colombiano Choc Quib Town le da forma activamente a su identidad. Pertenecientes a una de las regiones mas ricas en recursos naturales, pero mas pobres del país, estos jóvenes del Chocó, construyen de manera activa un discurso musical y visual que analizaremos a través de un recorrido por algunos de sus videos, desde donde interrogaremos sus acciones musicales. Qué nos enseñan acercan del supuesto multiculturalismo colombiano? Cómo utilizan un lenguaje musical proveniente de los guettos de los Estados Unidos, para afirmar una identidad propia? Veremos cómo utilizan su medio de expresión escogido para establecer un punto de resistencia cultural y al mismo tiempo lograr un éxito comercial que los saca de la pobreza y sirve a las generaciones nuevas para entender cómo darle forma a sus vidas de un modo mas creativo, orgullosos de sus circunstancias, mientras encaran un futuro lleno de nuevas posibilidades.
A self-described Francophile, Rosecrans Baldwin always dreamed of living in Paris—drinking le café, eating les croissants, walking in les jardins—so when the opportunity to work as a copywriter for an advertising agency in Paris presented itself, he couldn’t turn it down. Despite the fact that he had no experience in advertising. And despite the fact that he wasn’t exactly fluent in French.
Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, $26) is a nimble, comical account of observing the French capital from the inside out. It is an expedition into the Paris of Sarkozy, smoking bans, and a McDonald’s beneath the Louvre—the story of an American who loves Paris all out of proportion, who loves every beret and baguette cliché, but who finds life there to be very different from what he expected. At first, it’s just the joy of running across the lingerie section in the hardware store, but over the next eighteen months, Rosecrans must rely on his American optimism to get him through some very unromantic situations—at work (where he discovers a shockingly long-honored Parisian work ethic), at home (where his wife, who works at home, is dismayed not just by his hours but by the active construction that surrounds their apartment on five sides), and everywhere in between.
An offbeat, up-to-date, surprising entry in the expat canon, Paris, I Love You is a book about a young man who witnesses his preconceptions replaced by the oddities of a vigorous, nervy city—exactly what he needs to uncover a Paris of his own, and fall in love with the city all over again.
The lost Beatles and the lost Rolling Stones photographs – taken in the 1960s by their American road manager, Bob Bonis – were LOST for 40 years ... until discovered by his son, then acquired and exhibited by rock ‘n roll memorabilia expert, Larry Marion. Marion is recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on rock and music memorabilia, especially concert posters. He has worked with many of the leading auction houses, set several world-record prices for Beatles memorabilia, and written and designed sixteen catalogs of music-related memorabilia. Unearthed after forty-five years, the photos that comprise The Lost Beatles /Lost Rolling Stones Photographs (It Books, $29.99) form a groundbreaking portrait of two of the most iconic bands of the twentieth century. Funny, surprising, provocative, beautiful, these photos recall an unforgettable period in history and offer a fresh look at these soon-to-be legends at the beginning of their fame.
All proceeds from the sale of books tonight will benefit The Grace Gold Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Miami Foundation. Grace’s death (from a falling brick in 1979) was the inspiration for Local Law 10 in New York City – and the resulting scaffolding that has saved many lives since. The Grace Gold Memorial Scholarship Fund now gives her a legacy that will educate and inspire writers and journalists who will be our future!
Attention all unpublished writers: Pitchapalooza is coming to Westhampton Beach! Books & Books will be hosting Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry, authors of The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published – aka “The Book Doctors” – to make your dreams come true! At Pitchapalooza, 20 participants, selected at random, are given 60 seconds – no more, no less! – to pitch their book idea to veterans of the publishing industry. You’ll get a critique on everything from pitch to style to presentation. At the session’s end, one lucky writer is chosen to meet with a literary agent to discuss the book’s future. So start working on that pitch! But make sure to heed Sterry’s advice: “Don’t tell me your book is sad; make me cry. Don’t tell me your book is funny; make me laugh.”
Coral Reef High School’s Literary/Art Magazine, proudly announces the arrival of its 2012 edition of Elysium. The public is cordially invited to an afternoon of dramatic readings and music. Additionally several award-winning student artists will display their work and briefly discuss their philosophy and motivation. The magazine, printed annually since 2005, has won top national awards from NSPA, CSPA, and NCTE’S PRESLM program. Join us!
Have you been working in a professional capacity for 10 years and want a change? Join Peace Corps Response for an information session! Peace Corps Response provides qualified professionals the opportunity to serve in rewarding, short-term assignments, in various programs around the world. Attend this session to find out more information about Peace Corps’ exciting new programs, upcoming assignments, and how to apply. You will also be able to ask questions directly to a Recruiter AND a returned Response Volunteer! When you serve as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer, you bring your skills and experience to projects in places where you are needed most.
*To be eligible for service you must be at least 18 years of age and a U.S. citizen, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) or have at least 10 years of professional experience.
The Art of Intelligence (Penguin, $27.95) draws from the full arc of Henry Crumpton's espionage and covert action exploits to explain what America's spies do and why their service is more valuable than ever. From his early years in Africa, where he recruited and ran sources, from loathsome criminals to heroic warriors; to his liaison assignment at the FBI, the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, the development of the UAV Predator program, and the Afghanistan war; to his later work running all CIA clandestine operations inside the United States, he employs enthralling storytelling to teach important lessons about national security, but also about duty, honor, and love of country. No book like The Art of Intelligence has ever been written-not with Crumpton's unique perspective, in a time when America faced such grave and uncertain risk. It is an epic, sure to be a classic in the annals of espionage and war.
In The Faiths of the Postwar Presidents (Univ of GA, $29.95) David L. Holmes looks at the role of faith in the lives of the twelve presidents who have served since the end of World War II. Holmes examines not only the beliefs professed by each president but also the variety of possible influences on their religious faith, such as their upbringing, education, and the faith of their spouse. In each profile close observers such as clergy, family members, friends, and advisors recall churchgoing habits, notable displays of faith (or lack of it), and the influence of their faiths on policies concerning abortion, the death penalty, Israel, and other controversial issues. National interest in the faiths of our presidents is as strong as ever, as shown by the media frenzy engendered by George W. Bush’s claim that Jesus was his favorite political philosopher or Barack Obama’s parting with his minister, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Holmes’s work adds depth, insight, and color to this important national topic. 8pm
Peter Warlock is a magician with a dark secret. Every night, he amazes audiences at his private theater in New York, where he performs feats that boggle the imagination. But his day job is just a cover for his otherworldly pursuits: Peter is a member of an underground group of psychics who gaze into the future to help prevent crimes. No one, not even his live-in girlfriend, knows the truth about Peter—until the séance when he foresees an unspeakable act of violence that will devastate the city. As Peter and his friends rush to prevent tragedy, Peter discovers that a shadowy cult of evil psychics, the Order of Astrum, know all about his abilities. They are hunting him and his fellow psychics down, one by one, determined to silence them forever. Dark Magic (Tor Books, $24.99) is a genre-bending supernatural thriller from national bestselling novelist and real-life magician James Swain.
Please note this event is in Spanish: Este no es un libro complaciente para analistas superficiales, pero sí necesario para quien quiera entender las razones de la popularidad de Hugo Chávez Frías, la forma de derrotarlo en octubre del próximo año, y saber lo que nos reserva el futuro. Primero, hay que leer la realidad, saber lo que quiere el venezolano, lo que nos revela examinando una larga sucesión de encuestas, como hace Jose Antonio Gil Yepes. Cómo ganar o perder las elecciones presidenciales de 2012 en Venezuela, es un libro de consulta, escrito por uno de los más reconocidos conocedores de la opinión pública venezolana. Léalo, si quiere saber no sólo como ganar las elecciones, sino evaluar objetivamente los errores y los aciertos de la oposición y del propio Chávez en las campañas electorales.
What We Leave Behind (Createspace, $14.99) by Rochelle B. Weinstein chronicles the life and emotional growth of Jessica Parker as she frees herself from the past and moves forward with her future. Jonas Levy, a twenty-two-year-old medical student, has abruptly walked out of Jessica’s life after an intense summer romance, and the wounds are still raw. Is it possible to ever forget the boy you first gave your heart to? Jessica eventually moves on and marries film producer, Marty Tauber, starts a family, and appears to have it all, until things slowly begin to unravel. With an unexpected phone call from New York, a secret from Jessica’s past comes to light. Thrust into a modern day moral and ethical dilemma, Jessica must face the pain of her past or lose everything she holds dear.
The only writer ever to win both the Pulitzer Prize and Pen/Faulkner Award for a single novel (Independence Day) Richard Ford follows the completion of his acclaimed Bascombe trilogy with Canada. After a five-year hiatus, an undisputed American master delivers a haunting and elemental novel about the cataclysm that undoes one teenage boy’s family, and the stark and unforgiving landscape in which he attempts to find grace. A powerful and unforgettable tale of the violence lurking at the heart of the world, Richard Ford’s Canada will resonate long and loud for readers of stark and sweeping novels of American life, from the novels of Cheever and Carver to the works of Philip Roth, Charles Frazier, Richard Russo, and Jonathan Franzen. A true masterwork of haunting and spectacular vision from one of our greatest writers, Canada (Ecco, $27.99) is a profound novel of boundaries traversed, innocence lost and reconciled, and the mysterious and consoling bonds of family. Told in spare, elegant prose, both resonant and luminous, it is destined to become a classic.
Presented in collaboration with The Center for Literature and Theater at Miami Dade College.
With two New York Times best sellers and continued star-status on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Teresa Giudice has lots more to share with her fans. In this latest book, Teresa provides a detailed program for how she keeps her voluptuous, sexy figure after four kids (and as she approaches 40). The more than 60 recipes in Fabulicious!: Fast & Fit (Running Press, $18.95) emphasize "skinny": including lessons on playing up veggies and grilled meats, cooking low-calorie Italian favorites, and rules for the five things you MUST cut out (and what to replace them with). But Teresa isn't about deprivation. She loves food— especially pasta and Tiramisu! Teresa proves that you CAN have your skinny jeans and spaghetti too. She tells you exactly how to live La Bella Vita- the "skinny" way.
Freeman (Agate Bolden, $16) takes place in the first few months following the Confederate surrender and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Upon learning of Lee's surrender, Sam--a runaway slave who once worked for the Union Army--decides to leave his safe haven in Philadelphia and set out on foot to return to the war-torn South. At bottom, Freeman is a love story--sweeping, generous, brutal, compassionate, patient--about the feelings people were determined to honor, despite the enormous constraints of the times. At the same time, this book addresses several themes that are still hotly debated today, some 145 years after the official end of the Civil War. Freeman by Leonard Pitts illuminates the times and places it describes from a fresh perspective, with stunning results. It has the potential to become a classic addition to the literature dealing with this period. Few other novels so powerfully capture the pathos and possibility of the era particularly as it reflects the ordeal of the black slaves grappling with the promise--and the terror--of their new status as free men and women.
After hosting Robert Goolrick for a two week writer's residency in February 2011, we’re excited to bring the #1 New York Times bestselling author back to present his latest novel, Heading Out to Wonderful, which he completed right here in Cayman. It is the summer of 1948 when a handsome, charismatic stranger, Charlie Beale, recently back from the war in Europe, shows up in the sleepy village of Brownsburg, Virginia carrying two suitcases. One contains his few possessions, including a fine set of butcher knives; the other is full of money. A lot of money. When his attraction to Sylvan, the teenage bride of the town’s wealthiest citizen, turns from lust to an all-consuming passion, Charlie’s possessive nature threatens to destroy everything and everyone in its path. This much-anticipated follow-up to A Reliable Wife is an exciting, erotically charged, and altogether unforgettable story of love gone terribly wrong. Part of the Books & Books International Visiting Author Series, this free event is sponsored by Camana Bay, the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism and Sunshine Suites Resort.
Set against the backdrop of the turbulent late 1960s and early 1970s, this compelling book provides the first comprehensive history of the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, notorious for the abduction of Israeli Olympians by Palestinian terrorists and the hostages’ tragic deaths after a botched rescue mission by the German police. Drawing on a wealth of newly available sources from the time, eminent historian David Clay Large explores the 1972 festival in all its ramifications in Munich 1972 (Rowman & Littlefield, $29.95). Writing with flair and an eye for telling detail, Large brings to life the stories of the indelible characters who epitomized the Games. With the Olympic movement in constant danger of terrorist disruption, and with the fortieth anniversary of the 1972 tragedy upon us in 2012, the Munich story is more timely than ever.
Rapture (Delacorte Books, $17.99), the fourth & final Fallen novel, is the Lauren Kate book the world has been waiting for. The sky is dark with wings…Like sand through an hourglass, time is running out for Luce and Daniel. To stop Lucifer from erasing the past, they must find the place where the angels fell to earth. Dark forces are after them, and Daniel doesn’t know if he can do this—live only to lose Luce again and again. Yet together they face an epic battle that will end with lifeless bodies . . . and angel dust. Great sacrifices are made. Hearts are destroyed. And suddenly Luce knows what must happen. For she was meant to be with someone other than Daniel. The curse they’ve borne has always and only been about her—and the love she cast aside. The choice she makes now is the only one that truly matters. In the fight for Luce, who will win? The astonishing conclusion to the Fallen series. Heaven can’t wait any longer.
It is the summer of 1948 when a handsome, charismatic stranger, Charlie Beale, recently back from the war in Europe, shows up in the town of Brownsburg, a sleepy village of a few hundred people, nestled in the Valley of Virginia. Finding work at the local butcher shop, Charlie befriends the owner and his family, including the owner’s son, Sam, who he is soon treating as though he were his own flesh and blood. This last encounter sets in motion the events that gives Robert Goolrick’s powerful tale the stark, emotional impact that thrilled fans of his previous novel, A Reliable Wife. Charlie’s attraction to Sylvan Glass turns first to lust and then to a need to possess her, a need so basic it becomes an all-consuming passion that threatens to destroy everything and everyone in its path. Heading Out to Wonderful (Algonquin, $24.95) is a suspenseful masterpiece, a haunting, heart-stopping novel of obsession and love gone terribly wrong in a place where once upon a time such things could happen.
Presented in collaboration with The Center for Literature and Theater at Miami Dade College.
In this intimate portrait of an extraordinary father-son relationship, Mark K. Shriver discovers the moral principles that guided his legendary father and applies them to his own life When Sargent "Sarge" Shriver—founder of the Peace Corps and architect of President Johnson's War on Poverty—died in 2011 after a valiant fight with Alzheimer's, thousands of tributes poured in from friends and strangers worldwide. These tributes, which extolled the daily kindness and humanity of "a good man," moved his son Mark far more than those who lauded Sarge for his big-stage, headline-making accomplishments. After a lifetime searching for the path to his father's success in the public arena, Mark instead turns to a search for the secret of his father's joy, his devotion to others, and his sense of purpose. In the process, Mark discovers much about himself, as a father, as a husband, and as a social justice advocate. A Good Man (Henry Holt, $24) is an inspirational and deeply personal story about a son discovering the true meaning of his father's legacy. 8pm
Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought. Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Richelle Mead's breathtaking Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive. In this second book – The Golden Lily (Razorbill, $18.99), the drama is hotter, the romances are steamier, and the stakes are even higher.
Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot is enthralled by exits: long farewells, quick goodbyes, sudden endings, the ordinary and the extraordinary. There’s a relationship, she attests, between small goodbyes and our ability “to master and mark the larger farewells.” In Exit: The Endings That Set Us Free (Sarah Crichton, $26), she explores the ways we leave one thing and move on to the next; how we anticipate, define, and reflect on our departures; our epiphanies that something is over and done with. Too often, Lawrence-Lightfoot believes, we exalt new beginnings with the expense of learning from our goodbyes. Exit finds wisdom and perspective in the possibility of moving on and marks the start of a new conversation, to help us discover how we might make our exits with purpose and dignity.
Books & Books is hosting bestselling author Frances Osborne for the release of her latest novel,Park Lane. Hailed as "intoxicating" by People Magazine, Park Lane follows the lives and decisions of two young women in early 20th century London. For those who can't ever get enough of the frolics and affairs of the British upper class, this book is for you. Join us for this special event!
Melanie Gideon won widespread praise for her humorous and all-too-true ruminations on love, marriage, and everyday family life in her memoir The Slippery Year: A Meditation on Happily Ever After, named “Best Book of the Year” by NPR and the San Francisco Chronicle. Now, in her debut novel, Wife 22 (Ballantine, $26) Gideon channels her gift of delving deep into the middle-aged woman’s psyche and compels you take a good, hard, not-always-pleasant look at yourself – regardless of your age. Optioned for film and with rights sold in more than 19 countries to date, Wife 22 is, no doubt, the buzz book of the summe
Learn to Live Through Cancer (Demos Health, $18.95) is the result of Dr. Stewart Fleishman's three decades of research, patient outreach and the development of his model of supportive integrative cancer treatment. The book presents a step-by-step guide to improve the length and quality of life for cancer survivors, helping them to manage the variety of physical, emotional, and spiritual issues they face proactively. Cancer survivors learn how to evaluate their condition, improve their communication with healthcare providers, research their illness and treatment options, seek complementary therapies when necessary, improve overall health habits, tend to their emotional well-being, and continue to monitor the long-term success of their survivorship program.
BLOOMSDAY was made famous by James Joyce’s novel Ulysses and is celebrated wherever you find the Irish. Now it’s your turn to don your turn-of-the 19th century apparel and celebrate in earnest. The evening starts at Books & Books where actors from the Actors’ Playhouse will read from Ulysses (the parts that were not banned). Then a piper and flag bearers will lead us on a short odyssey to John Martin’s Irish Restaurant for the Bloomsday Feast with a special menu and prices. Plenty of free parking is available in the City Garage behind John Martin’s Restaurant on Aragon Avenue. For further information, please call 305-273-0118. Starts at 6:30pm.