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  • Virtual Event: Christine Hemp in Conversation with Erica Bauermeister - Wild Ride Home: Love, Loss, & a Little White Horse, A Family Memoir

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    Thu, 08/13/2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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    Village Books is pleased to welcome Christine Hemp to the Virtual Readings Gallery where she will be in conversation with fellow author, Erica Bauermeister! Order your signed copy of Wild Ride Home, or House Lessons exclusively from Village Books.
     
     
    Wild Ride Home invites the reader into the close Hemp family, who believes beauty and humor outshine the most devastating circumstances. Such optimism is challenged when the author suffers a series of blows: a dangerous fiancé, her mother’s dementia, unexpected death and illness. Buddy, a feisty, unforgettable little Arabian horse with his own history to overcome, offers her a chance to look back on her own life and learn to trust again, not only others, but more importantly, herself. Hemp skillfully guides us through a memoir that is, despite devastating loss, above all, an ode to joy.  
     
    Christine Hemp has aired her essays and poems on National Public Radio's Morning Edition. She has received a Harvard University Conway Award for teaching writing and a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship for Literature. She lives on the Olympic Peninsula with two horses, two cats, and one husband.
     
    Erica Bauermeister is the bestselling author of a new memoir, House Lessons, and four novels, including The School of Essential Ingredients and The Scent Keeper. She has a Ph.D. in literature from the University of Washington, and has taught there and at Antioch University. She is a founding member of the Seattle7Writers and currently lives in Port Townsend, Washington, in the house she renovated with her family.
     
     
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    Wild Ride Home: Love, Loss, and a Little White Horse, a Family Memoir Cover Image
    $24.99
    ISBN: 9781950691241
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    Published: Arcade - February 4th, 2020

    House Lessons: Renovating a Life Cover Image
    $24.95
    ISBN: 9781632172440
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    Published: Sasquatch Books - March 24th, 2020

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  • Virtual Event with Gail Noble-Sanderson, The Lavender Bees of Meuse - Fiction!

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    Thu, 08/20/2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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    Village Books is pleased to welcome Gail Noble-Sanderson to the Virtual Readings Gallery!

    Order a copy of The Lavender Bees of Meuse  and get it signed by the author!

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    Join us for an evening with one of our favorite local authors as she presents the third book in her Lavender Meuse trilogy. France, 1939. After many years enjoying her peaceful existence in northern France, Marie Durant Chagall, a rural nurse practitioner, is thrust once again into the conflict of war as the dark days of World War II bring untold challenges to the countryside of Meuse. Beside loss and sacrifice lie courage and ingenuity, and with the help and resilience of her close friends, Marie must decide what she is willing to risk in saving those unable to save themselves. The Lavender Bees of Meuse, the third novel from award-winning author Gail Noble-Sanderson, is an exquisite weave of historical fiction, romance, and suspense.

    "The Lavender Bees of Meuse is a story of deep love, fervent hope, and crushing heartbreak. Like a summer afternoon, it invites you to settle in and stay a while."
    Kelli Estes, USA Today bestselling-author of The Girl Who Wrote in Silk and Today We Go Home.

    "The Lavender Bees of Meuse is a well-researched tale of survival. Noble-Sanderson’s exquisite language opens a portal to the Nazi occupation of France and celebrates the triumph of goodness over tribulation. This story stays behind the battle lines in tiny Meuse, where people hide Jewish orphans, share meager foodstuffs, and quietly resist the German Commandant. Even the lavender bees strike against evil. A lovely read."
    PJ Devlin, Award-winning author of Becoming Jonika and The Chamber.

    Gail Noble-Sanderson is an award-winning author of historical fiction. She lives in Washington State with her husband. The Lavender Bees of Meuse is her third book in the Lavender Meuse Trilogy.

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    The Lavender Bees of Meuse Cover Image
    $17.00
    ISBN: 9780999138649
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    Published: Noble Press - July 1st, 2020

    The Lavender House in Meuse Cover Image
    $16.95
    ISBN: 9780999138625
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    Published: Gail Noble-Sanderson - November 1st, 2017

    The Passage Home to Meuse Cover Image
    $16.95
    ISBN: 9780999138601
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    Published: Gail Noble-Sanderson - August 22nd, 2017

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  • Virtual Kids Event with Beth Bacon, I Hate Reading: How to Read When You'd Rather Not

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    Tue, 08/25/2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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    It's a virtual, hands-on story time with local author Beth Bacon! Ideal for ages 6-10

    Join us in the Virtual Kids Section for a special event for kids for whom reading is NOT a preferred activity. Does sitting down to read make you want to run away? If someone's bugging you to open a book, grab this one. In this book you'll find out how to get through 20 minutes of reading...without really reading! This will be an interactive event as we will do a hands-on activity with Beth!

    CLICK HERE TO ATTEND EVENT

    I Hate Reading is a highly visual paper-over-board chapter book designed to help even the most reluctant reader breeze through reading time, feel successful at reading, and even laugh! Get reluctant readers reading with I Hate Reading!

    OK. So, you have to read for 20 minutes, but you don’t want to. Maybe your mom or dad or teacher even has a timer—yikes! If you have to read, but you don’t like reading, this book is for you! If someone’s bugging you to open a book, grab this one. In this book, you’ll zoom through 20 minutes of reading . . . without really reading!

    Did you know that 65% of 4th graders in the US read below grade level? Learning to read can be frustrating. But it can also be fun. I Hate Reading by Beth Bacon validates the experience of reluctant readers and rewards them with laughter.

    Beth Bacon writes funny books for intermediate reluctant readers. She earned an MFA in writing from children from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She also has a degree in communications from NYU and a degree in literature from Harvard. She previously worked with Apple on communications and marketing, as well as in elementary school education. Beth Bacon's brand new book, COVID-19 Helpers: A Kid-Friendly Story of COVID-19, is the winner of the 2020 Emory Global Health Institute Children's Ebook Competition.

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    I Hate Reading: How to Read When You'd Rather Not Cover Image
    By Beth Bacon, Beth Bacon (Illustrator)
    $12.99
    ISBN: 9780062962522
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    Published: HarperCollins - June 16th, 2020

    COVID-19 Helpers: A kid-friendly story of COVID-19 and the people helping during the pandemic Cover Image
    By Kary Lee (Illustrator), Beth Bacon
    $12.99
    ISBN: 9780999432471
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    Published: Pixel Titles - June 10th, 2020

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  • Virtual Open Mic with Sean Dwyer!

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    Mon, 06/29/2020 - 7:00pm
    Mon, 07/27/2020 - 7:00pm
    Mon, 08/31/2020 - 7:00pm
    Mon, 09/28/2020 - 7:00pm
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    Village Books invites everyone to enjoy local talents as they share their own stories, poems and essays! Published and unpublished writers are encouraged to attend and enjoy a welcoming audience. Our regular emcee and celebrated local author, Sean Dwyer, will host as he does every month. Pre-registration to read is required and spaces are limited so please email Sean at sean@seandwyerauthor.com to secure your spot!

    Open mic is usually held the last Monday of every month at 7pm. 

    CLICK HERE TO ATTEND THE EVENT

    Seán Dwyer teaches Spanish at Western Washington University and his memoir, A Quest for Tears: Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury continues to be a bestseller at Village Books. He is also the author of a number of published short stories. As an advocate for other writers, he hosts the open mic at Village Books. 

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    A Quest for Tears: Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury Cover Image
    $14.95
    ISBN: 9780972496063
    Availability: On Our Shelves Now
    Published: Sidekick Press - September 1st, 2019

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  • Virtual Reading for Writing Together, Rising Together, part of Peoples' Perspectives: Covid-19 in Whatcom County

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    Thu, 09/10/2020 - 6:30pm
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    Please note that the call for submissions has ended. 

    The Chuckanut Writers Conference, produced by Whatcom Community College and Village Books, invites submissions of poetry and creative nonfiction as part of Peoples' Perspectives: Covid-19 in Whatcom County.

    Peoples’ Perspectives: COVID-19 in Whatcom County is a county-wide, multimedia initiative to capture and archive our experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual reading is the conference’s contribution to this project.

    CLICK HERE TO ATTEND EVENT

    *Please note that registration to attend is NOT a reservation to read. Readers will be selected by August 31.

    Call for Submissions:

    The Chuckanut Writers Conference invites submissions of poetry or creative nonfiction for a virtual reading of creative work that responds to the coronavirus pandemic. The virtual reading is scheduled to take place the evening of Thursday, September 10 at 6:30. We will accept submissions until July 31, 2020. We are open to submissions from writers who reside in Whatcom County. Creative work may explore any aspect of the coronavirus pandemic. We also invite submissions from young writers and will include in the reading elementary students, as well as junior high and high school students.

    We expect to make selections by August 31, 2020.

    You may submit your work by emailing a Word document or PDF to comed@whatcom.edu. In addition to the Peoples’ Perspectives permission form which can be found below, please include a short cover letter with biography.

    Poetry
    You may submit one to five poems of any form and length. Please submit multiple poems in a single document, and use page breaks or titles to indicate where one poem ends and the next begins. Total page count should not exceed 10 pages.

    Creative Nonfiction
    Please submit a short essay or memoir with a maximum word count of 400 words. We will accept all forms of creative nonfiction, including lyric essays, hermit crab essays, flash nonfiction, graphic memoir, and hybrid genres.

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  • Virtual Event: Nancy Canyon in Conversation with Cami Ostman, Celia's Heaven - Fiction!

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    Sat, 09/19/2020 - 6:00pm
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    Village Books is pleased to welcome local authors Nancy Canyon and Cami Ostman to the Virtual Readings Gallery! Order your signed copy of Celia's Heaven, exclusively from Village Books.

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    Join us as Nancy Canyon presents her long-awaited novel and winner of the Cygnus Award: Paranormal Fiction from Chanticleer Reviews! She will be in conversation with fellow Bellingham author, Cami Ostman.

    It’s as if a large chunk of her heart was wrenched away in an instant. Celia’s twin sister died suddenly in a terrible accident. Now Celia is haunted by this dear sister who is gone forever. Moreover, the emotional distance between herself and her parents, the only family that’s left behind, is painful. From her hell on earth, she yearns for her own, Celia’s Heaven, where all could be right again. But the road to Heaven is paved with broken promises and a shattering revelation. 

    Set against a backdrop of a nightmarish snowstorm, Canyon’s characters are put to the test, trying to survive the current situation that seems to have supernatural strength and the emotional turmoil they each face. Is peace a possibility? Is happiness and love too much to hope for? Celia’s twin may know something that will change lives forever if only Celia discovers the key to unlock her message.

    A deadly storm, a cryptic secret, and one woman who holds the key - only she's deceased. Will her twin be able to unravel the tale and resolve the storm? That's the question in this beautifully penned, dramatic novel. Highly recommended.” – Chanticleer Reviews

    Nancy Canyon holds the MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific Lutheran University and a Certificate in Fiction from University of Washington. Her writing and art is published in publications like Cirque, Raven Chronicles, Clover: A Literary Rag, Popcorn Farm, and includes a book of poetry, Saltwater.  Ms. Canyon is a creative writing instructor for Whatcom Community College Community Ed and a Writing Coach for "The Narrative Project".  She lives near the lake in Bellingham, Washington with her artist husband and their dog and cat. Currently, she is completing a memoir about two seasons spent working as a fire lookout attendant in the 70s in the Clearwater National Forest. See more at http://nancyloucanyon.blogspot.com and www.nancycanyon.com.

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    Celia's Heaven Cover Image
    $15.95
    ISBN: 9780999804834
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    Published: Penchant Press International - April 30th, 2020

    Saltwater Cover Image
    $15.00
    ISBN: 9780988811522
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    Published: Independent Writers' Studio Press - April 1st, 2014

    True Stories: The Narrative Project Volume I Cover Image
    By Cami Ostman (Editor), Rebeca Mabanglo-Mayor (Editor)
    $14.95
    ISBN: 9780999804803
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    Published: Sidekick Press - November 30th, 2018

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  • Virtual Event: Peter Laufer, Up Against the Wall: The Case for Opening the Mexican-American Border

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    Wed, 09/23/2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
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    Village Books is pleased to welcome Peter Laufer in conversation with Peter B. Collins for discussion of Up Against the Wall: The Case for Opening the Mexican-American Border.

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    Join us in the Virtual Readings Gallery for a discussion on this timely topic.
    Up Against the Wall offers a step-by-step blueprint of radical proposals for the U.S.-Mexican border that go far beyond traditional initiatives to ease restrictions on immigration.The book argues that the border with Mexico should be completely open for Mexicans wishing to travel north. Placing the border in a historical perspective, Laufer shows how circumstances have deteriorated to the present Trump-exacerbated crisis, and why the region and the migration through it cannot be ignored. Laufer has interviewed dozens of authorities and men and women in the street while reporting from Mexico, along the border, and in the United States. Up Against the Wall is sure to provoke a lively debate over the future of Mexican immigration and global migration crises.
    Fearlessly, Peter Laufer steps into the middle of the debate and states his case making points that will leave people shaking their heads. A primary text.” - Luis Urrea, author ofAcross the Wire and The Devil's Highway, professor at University of Illinois-Chicago

    Peter Laufer, PhD holds the inaugural James Wallace Chair in Journalism at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication where he was awarded the Marshall Prize for teaching innovation. A former and longtime global correspondent for NBC News, Laufer reports on borders, identities and migration. He has covered the requisite wars and earthquakes, coups and elections.

    Peter B. Collins is a veteran radio host, based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He's been talking about news and politics since Nixon was president, in Chicago, San Francisco, on satellite radio and in national syndication. He now hosts a daily podcast at peterbcollins.com.

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    Up Against the Wall: The Case for Opening the Mexican-American Border Cover Image
    By Peter Laufer, Vicente Fox (Foreword by)
    $38.00
    ISBN: 9781785275241
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    Published: Anthem Press - September 14th, 2020

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  • Virtual Event with Dick Cathell, The Gift of Becoming

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    Sun, 09/27/2020 - 4:00pm
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    Village Books is pleased to welcome local author Dick Cathell to the Virtual Readings Gallery! Purchase your signed copy of The Gift of Becoming exclusively from Village Books.
     
     
    The life of every human sees hardship at times. A tragedy can spark questions it seems no one can answer. As a hospital chaplain, Dick Cathell’s job required him to be present in circumstances that were unbearable and unfathomable. How does one console the parents of a four-year-old mauled by a dog or the spouse of a recently-retired heart-attack victim? In this, his first book, Mr. Cathell writes a moving collection of stories, poems, and vignettes resulting from nearly four decades of heartbreaking encounters that all came as “part of the job”. Through his experiences, Mr. Cathell discovered nine basic needs essential for coping with others’ grief, as well as his own.
     
    Dick Cathell, Ph.D., M.Div., BCC is President of Resources for Enhanced Living LLC. He has served 37 years as a hospital chaplain in Okinawa and the U.S., with leadership roles in chaplain and ministry associations. Mr. Cathell has also been endorsed and ordained by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He lives with his wife, Karlene, in Bellingham, WA overlooking the San Juan Islands. Visit enhanced-living.org for more information.
     
     
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    The Gift of Becoming: Fulfilling Nine Basic Needs for Enhanced Living Cover Image
    $16.95
    ISBN: 9780578518398
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    Published: Resources for Enhanced Living LLC -

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  • Virtual Open Mic with Sean Dwyer!

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    Mon, 06/29/2020 - 7:00pm
    Mon, 07/27/2020 - 7:00pm
    Mon, 08/31/2020 - 7:00pm
    Mon, 09/28/2020 - 7:00pm
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    Village Books invites everyone to enjoy local talents as they share their own stories, poems and essays! Published and unpublished writers are encouraged to attend and enjoy a welcoming audience. Our regular emcee and celebrated local author, Sean Dwyer, will host as he does every month. Pre-registration to read is required and spaces are limited so please email Sean at sean@seandwyerauthor.com to secure your spot!

    Open mic is usually held the last Monday of every month at 7pm. 

    CLICK HERE TO ATTEND THE EVENT

    Seán Dwyer teaches Spanish at Western Washington University and his memoir, A Quest for Tears: Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury continues to be a bestseller at Village Books. He is also the author of a number of published short stories. As an advocate for other writers, he hosts the open mic at Village Books. 

    Books: 
    A Quest for Tears: Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury Cover Image
    $14.95
    ISBN: 9780972496063
    Availability: On Our Shelves Now
    Published: Sidekick Press - September 1st, 2019

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  • An Evening with David Sedaris - POSTPONED

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    Wed, 05/19/2021 - 7:00pm
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    Mount Baker Theatre
    104 N. Commercial St.
    Bellingham, WA 98225
    An Evening with David Sedaris at Village Books

    Please Note: This performance has been postponed from June 23, 2020 at 7:00 until next year. The performance will now take place on May 19, 2021 at 7:00pm. If you held tickets to the original date, the Box Office will be contacting you.

    With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers. Calypso, his latest collection of essays, is a New York Times best-seller, and the audio version has been nominated for a 2019 Grammy in the Best Spoken Word Album category. There are over ten million copies of his books in print, and in March 2019 he was elected into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


                      “Sedaris belongs on any list of people writing in English at the moment who are revising our ideas about what’s funny.”
    —San Francisco Chronicle

    Village Books is proud to present David Sedaris in partnership with the Mount Baker Theatre, as part of our Booked at the Baker series. Event starts at 7pm, doors open at 6pm. Tickets are available at the Mount Baker Theatre Box Office or online at mountbakertheatre.com.

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    Calypso Cover Image
    $17.99
    ISBN: 9780316392426
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    Published: Back Bay Books - June 4th, 2019

    Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) Cover Image
    $17.99
    ISBN: 9780316154734
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    Published: Back Bay Books - May 29th, 2018

    David Sedaris Diaries: A Visual Compendium Cover Image
    $50.00
    ISBN: 9780316431712
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    Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 10th, 2017

    Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls Cover Image
    $16.99
    ISBN: 9780316154703
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    Published: Back Bay Books - June 3rd, 2014

    Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary Cover Image
    By David Sedaris, Ian Falconer (Illustrator)
    $15.99
    ISBN: 9780316038409
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    Published: Back Bay Books - October 4th, 2011

    Holidays on Ice Cover Image
    $12.99
    ISBN: 9780316078917
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    Published: Back Bay Books - October 20th, 2010

    When You Are Engulfed in Flames Cover Image
    $16.00
    ISBN: 9780316154680
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    Published: Back Bay Books - June 2nd, 2009

    Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim Cover Image
    $16.99
    ISBN: 9780316010795
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    Published: Back Bay Books - May 31st, 2005

    Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules Cover Image
    By David Sedaris (Editor), David Sedaris (Introduction by)
    $17.00
    ISBN: 9780743273947
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    Published: Simon & Schuster - April 4th, 2005

    Me Talk Pretty One Day Cover Image
    $16.99
    ISBN: 9780316776967
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    Published: Back Bay Books - June 5th, 2001

    Naked Cover Image
    $16.00
    ISBN: 9780316777735
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    Published: Back Bay Books - June 1st, 1998

    Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays Cover Image
    $15.99
    ISBN: 9780316779425
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    Published: Back Bay Books - June 1st, 1995

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