September 2016

Banned Books Week is September 25-October 1

From The Great Gatsby to the Harry Potter series, you may be surprised to see many of your favorite novels on our Banned Books tables this month. Since September 25 through October 1 is Banned Books Week, we’re allaying the slippery slope of censorship by exercising our right to read books that have been challenged throughout history. 

Commonwealth Review

In her latest novel, New York Times bestselling author Ann Patchett searingly reveals what happens to six kids and their four parents over five decades after an unexpected romance blows two families apart. 

“Commonwealth,” Patchett’s eighth novel, opens with a John-Updike-like tease. “The christening party took a turn when Albert Cousins arrived with gin.” By evening’s end, Albert has kissed the baby’s mom, Beverly. Soon Albert and Beverly are hitched and their respective children, six in all, begin to forge new bonds as step-siblings. 

Because who doesn't love Ann Patchett?

"If what a bookstore offers matters to you, then shop at a bookstore. If you feel that the experience of reading a book is valuable, then read a book. This is how we change the world: We grab hold of it. We change ourselves." These wise words come from Ann Patchett, whom you may know as the byline on many of your favorite novels and books of nonfiction: Commonwealth (her latest), as well as Bel Canto, State of Wonder, and my personal favorite Truth & Beauty, just to name a few.

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