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Life Between the Pages

Indulge your palate and your mind with a sensorial Five-course, Dinner Book Club at Evolve Chocolate + Cafe every fourth Thursday at 6:00-8:30pm! This Book Club includes food and cocktail pairings, and introduces a new bartender each month from a local bar or restaurant! Seating is limited so make your reservation today for this book club that hits ALL the senses. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased at the Cafe, (360) 220-1898. Books can be purchased with a %15 discount at Village Books!

Thursday, July 25, 6:00pm

The House of Impossible Beauties: A Novel by Joseph Cassara

It’s 1980 in New York City, and nowhere is the city’s glamour and energy better reflected than in the burgeoning Harlem ball scene, where seventeen-year-old Angel first comes into her own. Burned by her traumatic past, Angel is new to the drag world, new to ball culture, and has a yearning inside of her to help create family for those without. When she falls in love with Hector, a beautiful young man who dreams of becoming a professional dancer, the two decide to form the House of Xtravaganza, the first-ever all-Latino house in the Harlem ball circuit. But when Hector dies of AIDS-related complications, Angel must bear the responsibility of tending to their house alone.

As mother of the house, Angel recruits Venus, a whip-fast trans girl who dreams of finding a rich man to take care of her; Juanito, a quiet boy who loves fabrics and design; and Daniel, a butch queen who accidentally saves Venus’s life. The Xtravaganzas must learn to navigate sex work, addiction, and persistent abuse, leaning on each other as bulwarks against a world that resists them. All are ambitious, resilient, and determined to control their own fates, even as they hurtle toward devastating consequences. 

Told in a voice that brims with wit, rage, tenderness, and fierce yearning, The House of Impossible Beauties is a tragic story of love, family, and the dynamism of the human spirit. 

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780062676993
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - November 6th, 2018

Thursday, August 22, 6:00pm

Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

With only a yellowing photograph in hand, a young man — also named Jonathan Safran Foer — sets out to find the woman who might or might not have saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Accompanied by an old man haunted by memories of the war, an amorous dog named Sammy Davis, Junior, Junior, and the unforgettable Alex, a young Ukrainian translator who speaks in a sublimely butchered English, Jonathan is led on a quixotic journey over a devastated landscape and into an unexpected past.
 
As their adventure unfolds, Jonathan imagines the history of his grandfather’s village, conjuring a magical fable of startling symmetries that unite generations across time. As his search moves back in time, the fantastical history moves forward, until reality collides with fiction in a heart-stopping scene of extraordinary power.

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$15.95
ISBN: 9780544484009
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mariner Books - April 14th, 2015

Thursday, September 26, 6:00pm

The Food of a Younger Land: A portrait of American food from the lost WPA files by Mark Kurlansky

From the New York Times bestselling author who "powerfully demonstrates the defining role food plays in history and culture" (Atlanta Journal-Constitution). 

In the throes of the Great Depression, a make-work initiative for authors-called "America Eats"-was created by the WPA to chronicle the eating habits, traditions, and struggles of local Americans. Mark Kurlansky, author of Salt and Cod, unearths this forgotten literary treasure, chronicling a bygone era when Americans had never heard of fast food or grocery superstores. Kurlansky brings together the WPA contributions-featuring New York automats and Georgia Coca-Cola parties, Maine lobsters and Montana beaver tails-and brilliantly showcases them with authentic recipes, anecdotes, and photographs.

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$17.00
ISBN: 9781594484575
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - April 6th, 2010

Thursday, October 24, 6:00pm

The Drawing of the Dark by Tim Powers

Special Guests Monica + Josh owners of Atwood Ales

What does the famous Herzwesten beer have to do with saving the entire western world from the invading Turkish armies? Brian Duffy, aging soldier of fortune, is the only man who can rescue the world from evil--if only he can figure out why the beer was so important to a mysterious old man called the Fisher King, and why his dreams are plagued with images of a sword and an arm rising from a lake...

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780345430816
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Del Rey - November 16th, 1999