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Porter Square Books

25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02140

United States

(617) 491-2220; infoportersquarebooks.com

Type: Bookstore — new books

Web site: http://portersquarebooks.com/

Events: http://www.portersquarebooks.com/event

Twitter account: @PorterSqBooks

Amenities: wifi, food/drink

Description: We love to talk about books and have plenty of perfect gift and great read suggestions. If you can't find the right book we also sell gift cards. We are happy to order books for you. We also offer shipping, complementary gift wrapping and audio book rental.

Porter Square Books also sells ebooks in a number of formats for a wide variety of reading devices. Read more here.

Cafe Zing inside Porter Square Books features products from local bakeries served alongside fair-trade coffee and organic espresso from Equal Exchange, as well as a free hour of wifi with every purchase!

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Upcoming events

Feb
2
The Roundtable at Porter Square Books: Journal of the Month (Monday, February 2 at 7pm)
Join Porter Square Books for a monthly reading series curated by Boston area literary magazines and journals.

This month's event is hosted by Journal of the Month.

Location: Street: Porter Square Shopping Center Additional: 25 White Street City: Cambridge, Province: Massachusetts Postal Code: 02140 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Feb
3
Martha McManamy, The Big Trip (Tuesday, February 3 at 7pm)
Taking a year off from the rat race is an idle dream for many, but the McManamy family, including their three teenagers, decided to make it happen. The Big Trip: A Family Gap Year tells how they put high school, college and work on hold while they learned Spanish in Spain and volunteered in Bolivia, Guatemala, and Kenya. Choosing home stays and local transportation over hotels and rental cars, they undertook a deeply immersive journey of "slow travel," living simply and experiencing life as the locals do. The teenagers contributed their own creative poems and stories to The Big Trip. A vivid account full of adventures and lively observations, the story also offers a template for anyone yearning to undertake an intellectual, emotional and spiritual journey of discovery. It is possible for families to take a Big Trip and enrich their lives without breaking the bank, losing a job, or falling behind in school. This compelling travel memoir motivates us all to follow even the wildest of our dreams.

Martha McManamy is a multi-lingual Quaker activist with a serious travel bug and a desire to make a difference in this troubled world. She planned and carried out the Big Trip, bringing to life a long-held dream. Martha lives with her husband and children in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

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Feb
4
Cokie Roberts will be promoting Founding Mothers (Wednesday, February 4 at 4:30pm)
Cokie Roberts will be promoting Founding Mothers (added from HarperCollins)
Feb
4
Michael Greenburg, The Court-Martial of Paul Revere (Wednesday, February 4 at 7pm)
"Michael Greenburg’s account of Paul Revere’s entanglement with the Penobscot Expedition is brilliant! Beautifully written, exhaustively researched, and judiciously fair, the book is an impressive and indispensable addition to literature on the American Revolution."—Bernard Cornwell, author of The Fort

At the height of the American Revolution in 1779, Massachusetts launched the Penobscot Expedition, a massive military and naval undertaking designed to force the British from the strategically important coast of Maine. What should have been an easy victory for the larger American force quickly descended into a quagmire of arguing, disobedience, and failed strategy. In the end, not only did the British retain their stronghold, but the entire flotilla of American vessels was lost in what became the worst American naval disaster prior to Pearl Harbor.

In the inevitable finger-pointing that followed the debacle, the already-famous Lieutenant Colonel Paul Revere, commissioned as the expedition’s artillery commander, was shockingly charged by fellow officers with neglect of duty, disobeying orders, and cowardice. Though he was not formally condemned by the court of inquiry, rumors still swirled around Boston concerning his role in the disaster, and so the fiery Revere spent the next several years of his life actively pursuing a court-martial, in an effort to resuscitate the one thing he valued above all—his reputation.

The single event defining Revere to this day is his ride from Charlestown to Lexington on the night of April 18, 1775, made famous by Longfellow’s poem of 1860. Greenburg’s is the first book to give a full account of Revere’s conduct before, during, and after the disastrous Penobscot Expedition, and of his questionable reputation at the time, which only Longfellow’s poem eighty years later could rehabilitate. Thanks to extensive research and a riveting narrative that brings the battles and courtroom drama to life, The court-martial of Paul Revere strips away the myths that surround the Sons of Liberty and reveals the humanity beneath. It is a must-read for anyone who yearns to understand the early days of our country.

Michael M. Greenburg is the author of Peaches and Daddy: A Story of the Roaring 20s, the Birth of Tabloid Media, and the Courtship That Captured the Heart and Imagination of the American Public, and The Mad Bomber of New York: The Extraordinary True Story of the Manhunt That Paralyzed a City. He lives outside Boston.

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Feb
5
Sarah Gerard, Binary Star, and Elizabeth Moore, The Truth and the Life (Thursday, February 5 at 7pm)
"A bold, beautiful novel about wanting to disappear and almost succeeding. Sarah Gerard writes about love and loneliness in a new and brilliantly visceral way." -- Jenny Offill

"I felt a breathless intensity the whole time I read Sarah Gerard's brilliant "Binary Star." I sped through it, dizzy, devastated, loving all of it." -- Kate Zambreno

The language of the stars is the language of the body. Like a star, the anorexic burns fuel that isn't replenished; she is held together by her own gravity.

With luminous, lyrical prose, Binary Star is an impassioned account of a young woman struggling with anorexia and her long-distance, alcoholic boyfriend. On a road trip circumnavigating the United States, they stumble into a book on veganarchism, and believe they've found a direction.

Binary Star is an intense, fast-moving saga of two young lovers and the culture that keeps them sick (or at least inundated with quick-fix solutions); a society that sells diet pills, sleeping pills, magazines that profile celebrities who lose weight or too much weight or put on weight, and books that pimp diet secrets or recipes for success.

Sarah Gerard's work has appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine's "The Cut," Paris Review Daily, Slice Magazine, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Bookforum, and other journals. She is the author of the chapbook Things I Told My Mother and a graduate of The New School's MFA program for fiction.

Welcome to Cedar Mill, a late-nineteenth century industrial town in the heart of the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Rachel Morris—young, outspoken, and impulsive—becomes involved in a consuming relationship with David Cranmer, her long-time friend and partner-in-crime. Set against the backdrop of a vividly-imagined historical town that is itself in the throes of major change, this relationship comes to affect Rachel and David (and all who know them) in ways that are simultaneously deeply-felt, heartbreaking and revealing.

Meanwhile, in present-day Boston, twenty-something Emma Harris is reeling from the recent death of her mother. Teetering on the edge of depression and yearning for the certainty of knowledge, Emma undertakes a journey of discovery that ultimately leads her to the ruins of a Pine Barrens ghost town, where she might come to encounter the curious interplay between what is known and what is not, between truth and life—and, in so doing, find closure.

Beth Moore holds a BA in English from Drew University and an MA in Celtic Languages and Literatures from Harvard, and currently lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Nathan, where she works in academic publishing.

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Feb
6
Gershon Ben Keren, Krav Maga (Friday, February 6 at 7pm)
A no-nonsense approach to neutralizing attackers in close quarters. Author Gershon Ben Keren explains the philosophy behind the Krav Maga method, which is the basis of the Israel Defense Force's (IDF) devastating close-combat system. This book lays out a systematic approach to self-defense and provides illustrated confrontation scenarios paired with tailored practical responses.

Accompanied by clear, easy-to-follow photographs, practical combat skills are described in step-by-step detail, along with the movement patterns needed to make them effective in real-life settings. All of the photos in the book were shot in real-time, demonstrating what realistic movements -- both from the attacker's and defender's perspective -- look like. The situational components of such violent incidents are explained, so the reader can learn to identify, predict, and avoid violence before it occurs.

Gershon Ben Keren, the lead instructor at Krav Maga Yashir in Charlestown, is a third-degree black belt.

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Feb
8
Book Club (Sunday, February 8 at 11am)
Location: Street: Porter Square Shopping Center Additional: 25 White Street City: Cambridge, Province: Massachusetts Postal Code: 02140 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Feb
9
Book Club (Monday, February 9 at 4pm)
Location: Street: Porter Square Shopping Center Additional: 25 White Street City: Cambridge, Province: Massachusetts Postal Code: 02140 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
Feb
9
N. Griffin, Smashie McPerter and the Mystery of Room 11 (Monday, February 9 at 7pm)
Join us for the launch of local author N. Griffin's new middle-grade novel!

Who stole the hamster from Room 11? A once-happy class is set on edge in this humorous, highly relatable mystery perfect for middle-grade readers.

The day the hamster disappears from Smashie McPerter’s class begins like any other. Well, except for the fact that the teacher is out sick and Smashie’s class is stuck with Mr. Carper, the worst substitute in the world. And except for the mysterious business with the glue. And except for the fact that Smashie is wrestling with a terrible problem, which only partly stems from her extreme aversion to hamster feet. As the peaceable and productive days of Room 11 turn into paranoia-fueled chaos, as natural suspects produce natural alibis and motives remain unmotivated, Smashie and her best friend, Dontel, are forced to the limits of their parlor-room detecting to set things right.

N. Griffin is the author of The Whole Stupid Way We Are, for which she was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Flying Start Authors of 2013. She received her MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives outside Boston.

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Feb
10
Keren McGinity, Marrying Out (Tuesday, February 10 at 7pm)
When American Jewish men intermarry, goes the common assumption, they and their families are lost to the Jewish religion. In this provocative book, Keren R. McGinity shows that it is not necessarily so. She looks at intermarriage and parenthood through the eyes of a post-World War II cohort of Jewish men and discovers what intermarriage has meant to them and their families. She finds that these husbands strive to bring up their children as Jewish without losing their heritage.

Marrying Out argues that the gendered ethnicity of intermarried Jewish men, growing out of their religious and cultural background, enables them to raise Jewish children. McGinity's book is a major breakthrough in understanding Jewish men's experiences as husbands and fathers, how Christian women navigate their roles and identities while married to them, and what needs to change for American Jewry to flourish. Marrying Out is a must read for Jewish men and all the women who love them.

Keren R. McGinity is an educator and agent of change who specializes in Jewish intermarriage.

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Feb
11
Denise Bergman, A Woman in Pieces Crossed a Sea, and Tino Villanueva, So Spoke Penelope (Wednesday, February 11 at 7pm)
A Woman in Pieces Crossed a Sea is a collection of poems about one of the most iconic sculptures n the U.S. Bergman’s poems assemble the pieces of the Statue of Liberty as she begins her ourney from idea to Bedloe’s Island. As the sculptor/poet creates each piece and reassembles he statue, the poems come together with economy of language and striking images that bears witness to a broader and newer story of the U.S. — Laura Tohe, Arizona State University

Denise Bergman is the author of The Telling (Cervena Barva, 2014) and Seeing Annie Sullivan, poems based on the early life of Helen Keller’s teacher. She conceived and edited City River of Voices, an anthology of urban poetry. Her poems have been widely published. She was a Split This Rock Poet of the Week, and an excerpt of her poem "Red," about a neighborhood slaughterhouse, is installed as public art in Cambridge, MA.

So Spoke Penelope attempts to capture the psychodrama of patient queen Penelope, one of the most fascinating female figures from Greek mythology and our Western literary canon, as she waits for her husband to return from the Trojan War, all according to The Odyssey by Homer. Over the course of thirty-two poems of So Spoke Penelope, we hear her inner thoughts, laments, hopes—all the agony of enduring love as she faithfully, for twenty years, waits for Odysseus, without neglecting her art of weaving, for she is much an artist as well, something Homer does not expand on.

Tino Villanueva writes in English and Spanish. He also paints. He is the author of seven books of poetry, including Shaking Off the Dark (1984), Scene from the Movie GIANT (1993), winner of a 1994 American Book Award, and So Spoke Penelope (2013). His poems appear in many high school and college textbooks, and his paintings on the covers and inside pages of U.S. and international cultural journals: Nexos (Mexico City), Green Mountains Review, TriQuarterly, Parnassus, MELUS, and Connecticut Review. Six of his poems have been anthologized in The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature (2011). He teaches at Boston University.

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Feb
12
Daniel Williman & Karen Corsano, John Singer Sargent and His Muse (Thursday, February 12 at 7pm)
This event will now take place on February 12.

This sensitive and compelling biography sheds new light on John Singer Sargent’s art through an intimate history of his family. Karen Corsano and Daniel Williman focus especially on his niece and muse, Rose-Marie Ormond, telling her story for the first time.

In a score of paintings created between 1906 and 1912, John Singer Sargent documented the idyllic teenage summers of Rose-Marie and his own deepening affection for her serene beauty and good-hearted, candid charm. Rose-Marie married Robert, the only son of André Michel, the foremost art historian of his day, who had known Sargent and reviewed his paintings in the Paris Salons of the 1880s. Robert was a promising historian as well, until the Great War claimed him first as an infantry sergeant, then a victim, in 1914. His widow Rose-Marie served as a nurse in a rehabilitation hospital for blinded French soldiers until she too was killed, crushed under a bombed church vault, in 1918. Sargent expressed his grief, as he expressed all his emotions, on canvas: He painted ruined French churches and, in Gassed, blinded soldiers; he made his last murals for the Boston Public Library a cryptic memorial to Rose-Marie and her beloved Robert.

Braiding together the lives and families of Rose-Marie, Robert, and John Sargent, the book spans their many worlds—Paris, the Alps, London, the Soissons front, and Boston. Drawing on a rich trove of letters, diaries, and journals, this beautifully illustrated history brings Sargent and his times to vivid life.

Daniel Williman and Karen Corsano are historians who have collaborated on studies of the Latin archives of the Middle Ages. Now they have turned their attention to a more contemporary subject, whose secrets they have uncovered in archives and eyewitness journals and letters.

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Feb
13
Gareth Hinds, Macbeth (Friday, February 13 at 7pm)
Shakespeare's classic story of dark ambitions, madness, and murder springs to life in a masterful new graphic novel by Gareth Hinds.

Set against the moody backdrop of eleventh-century Scotland, Gareth Hinds’s captivating, richly illustrated interpretation takes readers into the claustrophobic mind of a man driven mad by ambition. An evil seed takes root in the mind of Macbeth, a general in the king’s army, when three witches tell him he will one day be king. At the urging of his wife, he resolves to take the throne by the most direct path: a dagger in the heart of King Duncan. But "blood will have blood," and when others grow suspicious of his sudden rise to power, is Macbeth prepared to commit more murders to keep the crown? Gareth Hinds is the acclaimed creator of the graphic novels The Odyssey, Beowulf, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, and King Lear. He lives near Washington, D.C.

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Feb
16
PSB at the 'Stand: R.C. Binstock, Swift River, and P.D. Callahan, Door in Dark Water (Monday, February 16 at 6pm)
Swift River is the intimate yet far-reaching tale of Polly McPhee, a native of Greenwich, a small central Massachusetts town condemned with three others in 1927 to create a permanent supply of clean water for the people of Boston. One of the most successful and cost-effective civil engineering projects in history, the Quabbin Reservoir secured fresh water for millions by drowning the Swift River Valley, once home to the Nipmuc and then to generations of farmers, merchants, artisans, and mill workers. As the novel unfolds, Polly matures from a girl who sees the water project as a particularly unfair phenomenon of an adult world that rarely makes sense to her anyway to a woman who understands that ultimately all of our pasts and memories must be drowned and erased from sight. As she discovers new sources of joy and suffers a series of profound losses, the project assumes an ever more complex and far more significant role in Polly’s life and universe, ultimately becoming a dangerous but powerful ally in her path to survival and redemption.

R.C. Binstock is the author of The Light of Home, Tree of Heaven, and The Soldier.

Door in Dark Water chronicles ten years in the life of P. D. Callahan, a college boy from the suburbs of Boston, who jumps straight into the hardscrabble world of Maine herring fishing in 1972. As he dives deep into the darkness and cruelty of fishing to make money, he realizes that he has walked through a secret doorway, a portal to another reality, a place where knowledge stems from the physical world, the corrosive and creative force of the sea, the emotional act of catching something alive and selling it for food and money, and living to the next day and the next day.

But tension strains his recent marriage as his girlfriend-turned-wife struggles with the harshness of their everyday existence. The shared burden of building a house with their own hands, and her job teaching art to 550 students from their dilapidated car, combine to sap her spirit and leave her with little or no energy to create her own art—the paintings that sustain her. Frustrated with harshness of survival and the strictures of small town life, she begins to look elsewhere.

Door in Dark Water tells the vivid story of a powerful and enduring culture that keeps this boy from harm, but also reaches deep into the growing conflict between the author's two loves: his wife and the sea. Throughout the book, the reader feels the beating heart of this conflict through a riveting narrative of hilarious, and often terrifying, real events—each of which teaches this boy-becoming-man about the limits of endurance, love, and the difference between real and imagined fears.

P.D. Callahan is a former fisherman, analyst, and entrepreneur.

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Feb
17
MarcyKate Connolly, Monstrous (Tuesday, February 17 at 7pm)
The city of Bryre suffers under the magic of an evil wizard. Because of his curse, girls sicken and disappear without a trace, and Bryre's inhabitants live in fear. No one is allowed outside after dark.

Yet night is the only time that Kymera can enter this dangerous city, for she must not be seen by humans. Her father says they would not understand her wings, the bolts in her neck, or her spiky tail—they would kill her. They would not understand that she was created for a purpose: to rescue the girls of Bryre.

Despite her caution, a boy named Ren sees Kym and begins to leave a perfect red rose for her every evening. As they become friends, Kym learns that Ren knows about the missing girls, the wizard, and the evil magic that haunts Bryre.

And what he knows will change Kym's life.

Reminiscent of Frankenstein and the tales of the Brothers Grimm, this debut novel by MarcyKate Connolly stands out as a compelling, original story that has the feel of a classic.

MarcyKate Connolly is an author and arts administrator living in New England with her husband and pugs.

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Feb
18
Amir Aczel, Finding Zero (Wednesday, February 18 at 7pm)
The invention of numerals is perhaps the greatest abstraction the human mind has ever created. Virtually everything in our lives is digital, numerical, or quantified. The story of how and where we got these numerals, which we so depend on, has for thousands of years been shrouded in mystery. Finding zero is an adventure filled saga of Amir Aczel’s lifelong obsession: to find the original sources of our numerals. Aczel has doggedly crisscrossed the ancient world, scouring dusty, moldy texts, cross examining so-called scholars who offered wildly differing sets of facts, and ultimately penetrating deep into a Cambodian jungle to find a definitive proof. Here, he takes the reader along for the ride.

The history begins with the early Babylonian cuneiform numbers, followed by the later Greek and Roman letter numerals. Then Aczel asks the key question: where do the numbers we use today, the so-called Hindu-Arabic numerals, come from? It is this search that leads him to explore uncharted territory, to go on a grand quest into India, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and ultimately into the wilds of Cambodia. There he is blown away to find the earliest zero—the keystone of our entire system of numbers—on a crumbling, vine-covered wall of a seventh-century temple adorned with eaten-away erotic sculptures. While on this odyssey, Aczel meets a host of fascinating characters: academics in search of truth, jungle trekkers looking for adventure, surprisingly honest politicians, shameless smugglers, and treacherous archaeological thieves—who finally reveal where our numbers come from.

Amir D. Aczel is the author of fifteen books, including The Riddle of the Compass, The Mystery of the Aleph, and the international bestseller Fermat’s Last Theorem. An internationally known writer of mathematics and science, he is a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He lives in Brookline, MA.

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Feb
19
Stephen McGarva, The Rescue at Dead Dog Beach (Thursday, February 19 at 7pm)
When Stephen McGarva and his wife moved to Puerto Rico, they hoped to find inspiration and adventure, and a break from the ordinary routine that their lives in the States had become. McGarva, an artist and adventure sportsman, was excited to pursue the boundary-pushing, adrenaline-rush activities he loved -- hang gliding, scuba diving, kite surfing. One day he visited Playa Lucia, a postcard-perfect beach with shimmering white sand, palm trees, and dazzling blue water. There, instead of relaxation and fun, he found a sick and abandoned dog. This dog, and the quest to save him, transformed McGarva and gave him a new purpose in Puerto Rico. He soon learned that this slice of paradise was known to locals as Dead Dog Beach, a notorious dumping ground for the island's unwanted canines, and McGarva knew he had to act.

In The Rescue at Dead Dog Beach, McGarva shares the story of his time in Puerto Rico working to help the satos, or unwanted dogs, of the island. Often considered a threat to the area's lucrative tourism industry, these defenseless animals were in constant danger of brutality and death. Enraged, and refusing to accept such cruelty, McGarva began pro-tecting these helpless animals in any way he could, soon discovering that there were many people working to do the same -- but just as many, if not more, determined to stop him. In the process, McGarva's friendships, marriage, personal safety, and even sanity were in jeopardy. Stephen McGarva is the founder of the Achates Legacy Foundation, a nonprofit orga-nization that works to end the abuse of strays and build animal-friendly communities in Mexico and Puerto Rico. Stephen first came to prominence as the Dog-Rescuer for his work saving hundreds of dogs in Puerto Rico. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with his wife and daughters, and is currently pursuing a teaching degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University.

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Feb
21
Christine McKinley, Physics for Rock Stars (Saturday, February 21 at 7pm)
"In Physics for Rock Stars, Christine McKinley presents science as performance art. She shows us how to use physics to perform fancy microphone throws, escape from a sinking car with outfit intact, discover your true identity, stop pointlessly spinning your wheels, handle chaos, keep secrets. Yes, there are equations, but they add to the fun as well as the understanding; even the quizzes make you laugh out loud. It's the real deal, and a wild ride to boot." — K.C. Cole, author of Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens: Frank Oppenheimer and his Astonishing Exploratorium

From the host of the History channel's Brad Meltzer's Decoded: the laws of the universe like you've never experienced them before.

This approachable book explains the world of physics with clarity, humor, and a dash of adventure. Physics for Rock Stars is not a weighty treatise on science, but a personal tour of physics from a quirky friend.

Anyone who's ever wondered why nature abhors a vacuum, what causes magnetic attraction, or how to jump off a moving train or do a perfect stage dive will find answers and a few laughs too. No equations, numbers, or tricky concepts — just an inspiring and comical romp through the basics of physics and the beauty of the organized universe.

Christine McKinley is a licensed mechanical engineer and hosts the History channel's series Brad Meltzer's Decoded. Her twenty-year engineering career has included projects in power generation, industrial facilities, and commercial construction. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Feb
22
Show and Tell for Grown-Ups (Sunday, February 22 at 4pm)
Remember show and tell from your kindergarten days? Leah Abrahams, of Mixed Media Memors, and Pam Pacelli Cooper, of Verissima Productions, invite you to a grown-up version at the bookstore.

You're invited to bring photos, letters, family mementos, or other objects, and share their stories with the audience.

Why? Because memories fade, and people and stories die out. Because special objects and the stories behind them can be fun and fascinating.

This event is held in partnership with the Association of Personal Historians.

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Feb
23
Vladimir Pistalo, Tesla (Monday, February 23 at 7pm)
"Beautifully written, immensely entertaining, and astonishingly original in the way it tells the story of a man who they used to say 'invented the twentieth century,' but whose life is still an enigma, Tesla: A Portrait with Masks has the richness, the high jinks and the originality of such modern classics as Günter Grass’s The Tin Drum and Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude." —Charles Simic

"Much has been written about Nikolai Tesla, but Vladimir Pistalo's extraordinary and profoundly original novel manages to tell us something entirely new—not only about the brilliant 'mad-genius' inventor but also about the ways in which literature and the imagination can transform biography into great art." — Francine Prose

Nikola Tesla was a man forever misunderstood. From his boyhood in what is present-day Croatia, where his father, a Serbian Orthodox priest, dismissed his talents, to his tumultuous years in New York City, where his heated rivalry with Thomas Edison yielded triumphs and failures, Tesla was both demonized and lionized. Tesla captures the whirlwind years of the dawn of the electrical age, when his flair for showmanship kept him in the public eye. For every successful invention—the alternating current electrical system and wireless communication among them—there were hundreds of others. But what of the man behind the image? Vladimir Pistalo reveals the inner life of a man haunted by the loss of his older brother, a man who struggled with flashes of madness and brilliance whose mistrust of institutional support led him to financial ruin. Tesla: A Portrait with Masks is an impassioned account of a visionary whose influence is still felt today.

Vladimir Pistalo has published eleven books of fiction. Tesla, his first book to be translated into English, won the 2008 NIN Literary Award, the most prestigious award in Serbia, and has appeared in ten languages. He teaches at Becker College in Massachusetts.

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Feb
24
Anne Fishel, Home for Dinner (Tuesday, February 24 at 7pm)
Sports, activities, long hours, and commutes -- with so much to do, dinner has been bumped to the back burner. But research shows that family dinners offer more than just nutrition. Studies have tied shared meals to increased resiliency and self-esteem in children, higher academic achievement, a healthier relationship to food, and even reduced risk of substance abuse and eating disorders. Written by a Harvard Medical School professor and mother, Home for Dinner makes a passionate and informed plea to put mealtime back at the center of family life and supplies compelling evidence and realistic tips for getting even the busiest of families back to the table.

Chock full of stories, new research, recipes, and friendly advice, the book explains how to whip up quick, healthy, and tasty dinners, get kids to lend a hand (without any grief), adapt meals to the needs of everyone from toddlers to teens, inspire picky eaters to explore new foods - Keep dinnertime conversation stimulating, add an element of fun, reduce tension at the table, explore other cultures and spark curiosity about the world, and more.

Anne Fishel is an associate clinical professor of psychology at the Harvard Medical School and the director of the Family and Couples Therapy Program at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Feb
25
Cammy Thomas, Inscriptions (Wednesday, February 25 at 7pm)
A meditation in the face of impermanence, Inscriptions is a book about a family in crisis. Three strong women -- a mother, an aunt, and a sister-in-law -- serve as focus for the collection as these compressed lyric poems wrestle with illness and "death, / tangy as copper" and the ways in which they reshape a family. Thomas seeks consolation in what endures, discovering a sense of what's sacred in the ordinary.

Cammy Thomas’ first book of poems, Cathedral of Wish, received the 2006 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. Her second book, Inscriptions, has just come out. Both are published by Four Way Books. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Appalachia, Bateau, The Classical Outlook, The Healing Muse, and Spillway. A fellowship from the Ragdale Foundation helped her complete her new book. Cammy lives in Lexington, Massachusetts, and teaches literature and creative writing at Concord Academy.

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Feb
26
James McGregor, Back to the Garden (Thursday, February 26 at 7pm)
"A fascinating reappraisal of the ecological history of the cradle of Western traditions. Its conclusions are hopeful — perhaps our war with nature is less deeply rooted than we thought." — Bill McKibben

"James McGregor's work on Mediterranean deep history is an exhaustive and highly convincing presentation of the sophistication and sustainability of our old Neolithic European cultures before the 'disaster' that civilization proved to be, overwhelmed them all." — Gary Snyder

The garden was the cultural foundation of the early Mediterranean peoples; they acknowledged their reliance on and kinship to the land, and they understood nature through the lens of their diversely cultivated landscape. Their image of the garden underwrote the biblical book of Genesis and the region's three major religions.

In this important melding of cultural and ecological histories, James H. S. McGregor suggests that the environmental crisis the world faces today is a result of Western society's abandonment of the "First Nature" principle -- of the harmonious interrelationship of human communities and the natural world. The author demonstrates how this relationship, which persisted for millennia, effectively came to an end in the late eighteenth century, when "nature" came to be equated with untamed landscape devoid of human intervention. McGregor's essential work offers a new understanding of environmental accountability while proposing that recovering the original vision of ourselves, not as antagonists of nature but as cultivators of a biological world to which we innately belong, is possible through proven techniques of the past.

James H. S. McGregor is the author of five books on world cities. He is emeritus professor of comparative literature at the University of Georgia and lives in Cambridge, MA.

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Feb
27
Matt Tavares, Growing Up Pedro (Friday, February 27 at 7pm)
The love between brothers is key to Matt Tavares's tale of Dominican pitcher Pedro Martínez, from his days of throwing rocks at mangoes to his years as a major-league star.

Before Pedro Martínez pitched the Red Sox to a World Series championship, before he was named to the All-Star team eight times, before he won the Cy Young three times, he was a kid from a place called Manoguayabo in the Dominican Republic. Pedro loved baseball more than anything, and his older brother Ramon was the best pitcher he'd ever seen. He’d dream of the day he and his brother could play together in the major leagues—and here, Matt Tavares tells the story of how that dream came true. In a fitting homage to a modern day baseball star, the acclaimed author-illustrator examines both Pedro Martínez's improbable rise to the top of his game and the power that comes from the deep bond between brothers. Matt Tavares is the author-illustrator of Henry Aaron's Dream, There Goes Ted Williams, and Becoming Babe Ruth as well as Zachary's Ball, Oliver’s Game, and Mudball. He is also the illustrator of Doreen Rappaport's Lady Liberty and Alicia Potter’s Jubilee!, among others. Matt Tavares lives in Ogunquit, Maine.

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Mar
2
The Roundtable at Porter Square Books: Printer's Devil Review (Monday, March 2 at 7pm)
Join Porter Square Books for a monthly reading series curated by Boston area literary magazines and journals.

This month's event is hosted by Printer's Devil Review. Sam Cha and Gemma Cooper-Novack will be reading from their latest works.

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