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Wayne Curtis: The Last Great Walk: The True Story of a 1909 Walk from New York to San Francisco, and Why It Matters Today

Oct 21 2014 6:00 pm
Oct 21 2014 7:30 pm

Tuesday, October 21st

6-7:30PM 

 

In 1909, Edward Payson Weston walked from New York to San Francisco, covering around 40 miles a day and greeted by wildly cheering audiences in every city. The New York Times called it the"first bona-fide walk . . . across the American continent," and eagerly chronicled a journey in which Weston was beset by fatigue, mosquitoes, vicious headwinds, and brutal heat. He was 70-years-old.

Using the framework of Weston’s fascinating and surprising story, journalist Wayne Curtis investigates exactly what we lost when we turned away from foot travel, and what we could potentially regain with America’s new embrace of pedestrianism. From how our brains and legs evolved to accommodate our ancient traveling needs to the way that American cities have been designed to cater to cars and discourage pedestrians, Curtis guides readers through an engaging, intelligent exploration of how something as simple as the way we get from one place to another continues to shape our health, our environment, and even our national identity.

Not walking, he argues, may be one of the most radical things humans have ever done.

Wayne Curtis discusses and signs his book, The Last Great Walk: The True Story of a 1909 Walk from New York to San Francisco, and Why It Matters Today.

This book is available in hardcover ($24.99). 

If you are unable to attend, you must call the book shop to order signed books. 

 

 

Location: 
Street:
Garden District Book Shop
Additional:
2727 Prytania Street
City:
New Orleans
,
Province:
Louisiana
Postal Code:
70130-5968
Country:
United States

Susan Morse: The Dog Stays in the Picture

Oct 22 2014 6:00 pm
Oct 22 2014 7:30 pm

Wednesday, October 22nd

6-7:30PM 

 

It is November 2009, and after months of mourning the loss of Arrow, their beloved Australian shepherd mutt, the Morse family is finally ready to adopt a new dog.  David's acting jobs keep him away from home for long stretches of time, Eliza is happily situated at college, and the twin boys are wrapped up in their senior year of high school. This time it's Susan's turn to pick the dog, and she probably should have thought a little more carefully before falling for a retired racing greyhound.

Enter Lilly, who lands like a disoriented neutron bomb in Susan's comfortable suburban home after living the first three years of her life in the rugged and ruthless world of the racetrack. Instantly lovable but hopelessly inept at domesticity, Lilly turns out to be more than Susan bargained for, throwing all the Morses' plans for their long-anticipated, footloose empty-nest years into complete disarray. Lilly imprints on Susan instantly, following her "everywhere," determined not to let her out of sight, threatening mass destruction when left home alone. Despite David's valiant attempts at camaraderie, Lilly absolutely refuses to trust him--or anyone else, for that matter. And as they soon discover, Lilly, like most greyhounds, finds it nearly impossible to climb stairs. In The Dog Stays in the Picture, Susan Morse chronicles Lilly's life at home as she moves from bewildered entrant to adored family stalwart--and tells the hilarious and moving story of how an anxious dog and an anxious woman find tranquility together.

Susan Morse discusses and signs her book, The Dog Stays in the Picture.

This book is available in paperback ($16.99).

If you are unable to attend, you must call the book shop to order signed books.

 

 

Location: 
Street:
Garden District Book Shop
Additional:
2727 Prytania Street
City:
New Orleans
,
Province:
Louisiana
Postal Code:
70130-5968
Country:
United States

Dylan Landis: Rainey Royal

Oct 23 2014 6:00 pm
Oct 23 2014 7:30 pm
Thursday, October 23rd
6-7:30PM

Greenwich Village, 1970s: Rainey Royal, fourteen years old, talented, and troubled, lives in a once-elegant, now decaying brownstone with her father, a jazz musician with a cultish personality. Her mother has abandoned the family, and Rainey fends off advances from her father's best friend while trying desperately to nurture her own creative drives and build a substitute family. She's a rebel, even a criminal, but she's also deeply vulnerable, fighting to figure out how to put back in place the boundaries her life has knocked down, and more than that, struggling to learn how to be an artist and a person in a broken world.

Rainey Royal is told in 14 narratives of scarred and aching beauty that build into a fiercely powerful novel: the harrowing and ultimately affirming story of a young artist.
Dylan Landis discusses and signs her book, Rainey Royal.
This book is available in hardcover ($25.00). 
If you are unable to attend, you must call the book shop to order signed books. 
Location: 
Street:
Garden District Book Shop
Additional:
2727 Prytania Street
City:
New Orleans
,
Province:
Louisiana
Postal Code:
70130-5968
Country:
United States
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