Cyclist Phil Gaimon in Conversation with Seth Davidson

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Phil Gaimon

Author of Draft Animals

In Conversation with Seth Davidson

Friday, January 5th at  7pm - Ticketed Event

{pages} is delighted to present former pro cyclist Phil Gaimon in conversation with local cycling guru Seth Davidson.  Tickets can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets.  Each ticket includes a copy of Draft Animals.  There will be cookies served at this event!

Like countless other kids, Phil Gaimon grew up dreaming of being a professional athlete. But unlike countless other kids, he actually pulled it off. After years of amateur races, hard training, living out of a suitcase, and never taking "no" for an answer, he finally achieved his goal and signed a contract to race professionally on one of the best teams in the world.

Now, Gaimon pulls back the curtain on the WorldTour, cycling's highest level. He takes readers along for his seasons in Europe, covering everything from rabid, water-bottle-stealing Belgian fans, to contract renewals, to riding in poisonous smog, to making friends in a sport plagued by doping. Draft Animals reveals a story as much about bike racing as it is about the never-ending ladder of achieving goals, failure, and finding happiness if you land somewhere in-between.

Jessica Shattuck Author Event

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Jessica Shattuck

Author of The Women in the Castle

Tuesday, January 9th 

6:30 pm - Reception for Book Clubs

7:00 pm - Author Talk followed by book signing

Join us for an evening with New York Times bestselling author Jessica Shattuck, who will be discussing The Women in the Castle, which will be available in paperback beginning  January 2nd.  Purchase of the new paperback edition is required for this event.

Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined--an affecting, shocking, and ultimately redemptive novel from the author of the New York Times Notable Book The Hazards of Good Breeding.

Amid the ashes of Nazi Germany's defeat, Marianne von Lingenfels returns to the once-grand castle of her husband's ancestors, an imposing stone fortress now fallen into ruin following years of war. The widow of a resister murdered in the failed July 20, 1944, plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, Marianne plans to uphold the promise she made to her husband's brave conspirators: to find and protect their wives, her fellow resistance widows.

First Marianne rescues six-year-old Martin, the son of her dearest childhood friend, from a Nazi reeducation home. Together, they make their way across the smoldering wreckage of their homeland to Berlin, where Martin's mother, the beautiful and naive Benita, has fallen into the hands of occupying Red Army soldiers. Then she locates Ania, another resister's wife, and her two boys, now refugees languishing in one of the many camps that house the millions displaced by the war.

As Marianne assembles this makeshift family from the ruins of her husband's resistance movement, she is certain their shared pain and circumstances will hold them together. But she quickly discovers that the black-and-white, highly principled world of her privileged past has become infinitely more complicated, filled with secrets and dark passions that threaten to tear them apart. Eventually, all three women must come to terms with the choices that have defined their lives before, during, and after the war--each with their own unique share of challenges.

Written with the devastating emotional power of The Nightingale, Sarah's Key, and The Light Between Oceans, Jessica Shattuck's evocative and utterly enthralling novel offers a fresh perspective on one of the most tumultuous periods in history. Combining piercing social insight and vivid historical atmosphere, The Women in the Castle is a dramatic yet nuanced portrait of war and its repercussions that explores what it means to survive, love, and, ultimately, to forgive in the wake of unimaginable hardship.

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$26.99
ISBN: 9780062563668
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow & Company - March 28th, 2017

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

GoodReads Choice Awards Semifinalist

"Moving . . . a plot that surprises and devastates."--New York Times Book Review

"A masterful epic."--People magazine