Taking Gifts from Square Books Into the Wider World

This time of year we find ourselves asked about gifts for graduates, some of which we have been recommending successively for years, like Eudora Welty's timeless memoir One Writer's Beginnings (Harvard University Press, $18, pb) whose three parts, "Listening," "Learning to See," and "Finding a Voice," offer wisdom for writers or anyone else embarking upon a voyage toward independence (we also have the 3 - CD version of this in her own voice, $32.00); North Toward Home (Vintage, $15.95 pb), by Willie Morris, in which the writer explains how leaving Mississippi for Texas and New York was part of becoming fully adult. (Willie's My Two Oxfords, ($20, U. Press of Miss.) also makes a nice gift on this occasion); David Foster Wallace's This Is Water ($15, Little Brown), his commencement address of "some thoughts, delivered on a significant occasion, about living a compassionate life"; and The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (Hyperion, $21.99). 



  There are four new books just published (or about to be) that are quality suggestions, two of which seem especially good for those entering a business career -- Young Money ($27, Grand Central) by Kevin Roose, who spent three years shadowing eight post-2008 crash entry-level Wall Street recruits, an excellent account of what to expect in the financial world today, and the ever-reliable Michael Lewis on Wall Street revolt, Flash Boys ($27.95, Norton). Facebook CEO's Sheryl Sandberg has been atop the bestseller list for months now with Lean In, and she now has written a book tailor-made for a graduation gift, Lean In For Graduates ($24.95, Knopf), with new chapters by experts, including Find Your First Job, Negotiate Your Salary, and Own Who You Are.
 

  We expect to have in stock soon two graduation gift tomes to be published April 22 -- You Are Not Special: ...and Other Encouragements (Ecco, $21.99) by David McCullough, Jr, the schoolteacher son of the historian of the same name, and Congratulations, by the Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness ($14, also as a CD, $20), a graduation address by George Saunders, one of our favorite writers. Finally, there is The Opposite of Loneliness, Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan (Scribner, $23.00, with an introduction by Anne Fadiman), the 2012 Yale Magna Cum Laude graduate who was tragically killed in a car accident just five days after commencement. Even though she was only 22, she left behind a trove of writings that address the hope, uncertainty, and possibility of her generation.


Drop in to talk with us about these and get your free gift wrapping, or give us a call or an email.  - RH

 

Michael Pollan comes to Oxford

MEET THE AUTHOR

WEDNESDAY, MAY 21st
AT NUTT AUDITORIUM, 6:30 p.m.

In partnership with the Southern Foodways Alliance, Square Books is pleased to announce an evening with Michael Pollan on May 21 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Nutt Auditorium on the University of Mississippi campus. On tour for the paperback release of Cooked (Penguin, $17.00), tickets are free with the purchase of this title at Square Books. A limited number of student tickets are available through the Southern Foodways Alliance at info@southernfoodways.org.

For the past twenty-five years, Michael Pollan has been writing books and articles about the places where nature and culture intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens, and in the built environment. He is the author of  Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation (available in paperback April 29) and of New York Times bestsellers: Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual (2010); In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto (2008); The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (2006) and The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World (2001). The Omnivore’s Dilemma was named one of the ten best books of 2006 by both the New York Times and the Washington Post. It also won the California Book Award, the Northern California Book Award, the James Beard Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Pollan was named to the 2010 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people. In 2009 he was named by Newsweek as one of the top 10 “New Thought Leaders.” A contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine since 1987, his writing has received numerous awards. In addition to publishing regularly in The New York Times Magazine, his articles have appeared in Harper’s Magazine (where he served as executive editor from 1984 to 1994), National Geographic, Mother Jones, The Nation, The New York Review of Books, Vogue, Travel + Leisure, Gourmet, House & Garden and Gardens Illustrated, among others. In 2009, he appeared in a two-hour PBS special based on The Botany of Desire as well as in the documentary, "Food Inc.," which received an Academy Award nomination.

*EVENT GUIDELINES*
- Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Event begins at 6:30 p.m.
- This is a ticketed event. Tickets are free with a purchase of the paperback edition of COOKED from Square Books (limit two per individual).
- Michael Pollan will sign immediately following the event at Nutt Auditorium. Books will not be sold at Nutt Auditorium.

On Loan to Square Books

City Grocery has its guest chef series (most recently hosting Donald Link), the University has a visiting writer in residence why not a guest bookseller? So we invited Bill Cusumano to visit us. A buyer and veteran bookseller at Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Bill might hold the record for most Indie Next blurbs. Bill says that there is a rule at the ABA that if an author lives in Columbus, MS his blurb will be selected for the monthly Indie picks (Michael Farris Smith, RIVERS and Deborah Johnson THE SECRET OF MAGIC) He is a truly voracious reader and knowledgeable bookseller. Drop by in the next two weeks and see what Bill is recommending now.

2014 Book Conference Feature, Mar. 26-28



More than a murder mystery, Laura Lippman’s After I’m Gone explores what it means to be “blinded by love:” the wife whose adoring husband is unfaithful, the mistress who believes he’ll choose her, the daughters who love their father and thus ignore his crimes. Set against the backdrop of a cold case investigation, these characters are so striking that by the end, you won’t want to know which one of them is responsible. There’s no question about it: Laura Lippman is one of the best in the business. --Kaitlyn

Big Books and Authors Coming to Square Books



We have begun taking orders for signed copies of a number of books coming later this year.  Susan Minot and Lorrie Moore, both of whom have grown steadily into the status of contemporary great American writers, will be here for the Oxford Conference for the Book, March 26 - 28Susan Minot's new book, Thirty Girls, is a brilliant novel based on the true story of the abduction of girls from a Ugandan convent, and her first book in ten years. 

We have lost count of the number of times over the past few years that we have been asked, "When is Greg Iles' new book coming?"  Natchez Burning (800 pages and the first of a trilogy!) will be out April 29, and Greg Iles will be at Square Books the next day, April 30.  And we can't wait.  You can pre-order now from our site or from his http://www.gregiles.com/ -- where he has included Square Books and Lemuria among the likes of Amazon, an example we wish more authors would follow.

Many familiar characters from the stories of Ellen Gilchrist return to print in her book to be published in April by Algonquin, Acts of God, in which "the South is alive and vibrant," according to Publishers Weekly. The new book features eleven new stories by the National Book Award winner for Victory Over Japan.  Ellen Gilchrist will return to Square Books for an event April 28, two days prior to Greg Iles' visit.   

Finally, we continue to get questions about the forthcoming novel by a certain local writer.  Lisa Howorth's first novel, Flying Shoes, will be out June 17, and the book party (and a party it will be) for her at Square Books is on the same date.  The story is told by Mary Byrd Thornton, and, according to Bobbie Ann Mason, "It is a scream - also heartbreaking, saucy, sassy, poignant, and triumphant.  Mary Byrd is a bold, kooky, quirky character I won't forget."  And we agree with Ann Patchett, who said, "Those of us who have waited a long time for this book celebrate its arrival.”

New Dear Reader

WINTER 2014 NEWSLETTER



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