THE ONLY STREET IN PARIS, by Sciolino

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Tuesday, June 5, 7:00 pm
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The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue des Martyrs (Paperback)

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A New York Times Bestseller



"Sciolino’s sharply observed account serves as a testament to…Paris—the city of light, of literature, of life itself." —The New Yorker


Elaine Sciolino, the former Paris Bureau Chief of the New York Times, invites us on a tour of her favorite Parisian street, offering an homage to street life and the pleasures of Parisian living. "I can never be sad on the rue des Martyrs," Sciolino explains, as she celebrates the neighborhood’s rich history and vibrant lives. While many cities suffer from the leveling effects of globalization, the rue des Martyrs maintains its distinct allure. On this street, the patron saint of France was beheaded and the Jesuits took their first vows. It was here that Edgar Degas and Pierre-Auguste Renoir painted circus acrobats, Emile Zola situated a lesbian dinner club in his novel Nana, and François Truffaut filmed scenes from The 400 Blows. Sciolino reveals the charms and idiosyncrasies of this street and its longtime residents—the Tunisian greengrocer, the husband-and-wife cheesemongers, the showman who’s been running a transvestite cabaret for more than half a century, the owner of a 100-year-old bookstore, the woman who repairs eighteenth-century mercury barometers—bringing Paris alive in all of its unique majesty. The Only Street in Paris will make readers hungry for Paris, for cheese and wine, and for the kind of street life that is all too quickly disappearing.



Elaine Sciolino is a contributing writer and former Paris bureau chief for the New York Times. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Only Street in Paris. She has lived in Paris since 2002.
Product Details ISBN: 9780393353402
ISBN-10: 0393353400
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: November 1st, 2016
Pages: 320
Language: English
Anyone who loves Paris’s remaining quirky ‘villages’ will revel in Sciolino’s meticulously reported accounts…Sciolino doesn’t lack for inspiration; she has Paris at her feet.
— New York Times

The narrative takes the form of a ramble through shops, courtyards, cabarets, and time…Sciolino’s sharply observed account serves as a testament to the persistence of old Paris—the city of light, of literature, of life itself.
— The New Yorker

Sciolino is a keen and tireless observer of this ancient little market street…She has written her love letter with such ingenuous passion it’s hard not to cheer up.
— Washington Post

A sublime stroll…The magic of the street is not only its scope—it’s about half a mile—but also its history.
— Wall Street Journal

The former Paris bureau chief of the New York Times shares her love for her adopted working-class neighborhood in this delicious and detailed look at the rue des Martyrs. Her knack for making friends and her reporter’s instincts keep this tour fascinating.

— BBC

Countless authors have used a city as their muse…A blend of memoir and research, as Sciolino mixes her personal memories of expat life with the stories of artists and luminaries who walked rue des Martyrs before her.
— New Republic

Something interesting for everyone: If you like food, architecture, history, art or simply human stories, you will not be disappointed.
— Christian Science Monitor

Sciolino is a storyteller at heart. She loves to listen to and share other people’s stories…This is a lovely and intimate look at a magical corner of Paris.
— Chicago Tribune

FAST TIMES IN PALESTINE, by Olson

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Tuesday, May 1, 7:00 pm
Fast Times in Palestine: A Love Affair with a Homeless Homeland By Pamela j. Olson Cover Image

Fast Times in Palestine: A Love Affair with a Homeless Homeland (Paperback)

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For much of her life—like many Westerners—most of what Pamela Olson knew of the Middle East was informed by headlines and stereotypes. But when she traveled to Palestine in 2003, she found herself thrown with dizzying speed into the realities of Palestinian life. 

Fast Times in Palestine is Olson's powerful, deeply moving account of life in Palestine-both the daily events that are universal to us all (house parties, concerts, barbecues, and weddings) as well as the violence, trauma, and political tensions that are particular to the country.

From idyllic olive groves to Palestinian beer gardens, from Passover in Tel Aviv to Ramadan in a Hamas village, readers will find Olson's narrative both suspenseful and discerning. Her irresistible story offers a multi-faceted understanding of the Palestinian perspective on the Israel-Palestine conflict, filling a gap in the West's understanding of the difficult relationship between the two nations. At turns funny, shocking, and galvanizing, Fast Times in Palestine is a gripping narrative that challenges our ways of thinking-not only about the Middle East, but about human nature, cultural identity, and our place in the world.

Pamela Olson lived in Ramallah for two years, during which she served as head writer and editor for the Palestine Monitor and foreign press coordinator for Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi’s 2005 presidential campaign. She’s published stories and articles in CounterPunch, Electronic Intifada, Mondoweiss, Israel’s Occupation Magazine, and The Stanford Magazine, and she also wrote an essay about disputed holy sites for the Encyclopedia of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. She lives in New York City.
Product Details ISBN: 9781580054829
ISBN-10: 158005482X
Publisher: Seal Press
Publication Date: March 12th, 2013
Pages: 320
Language: English

"Pamela Olson's insightful, sometimes shocking, but always deeply human account of the Palestinian reality should be read by anyone who wants to get beyond the myths and misconceptions around the Palestinian struggle. The effortless narrative is driven by encounters with ordinary, and sometimes extraordinary, people sometimes as confused as the rest of the world about their reality. But Olson is clear in laying out the stark truth of dispossession, oppression, and outright racism imposed on the Palestiniansinsights all too lacking in news reports and political debate." Chris McGreal, The Guardian

"A moving, inspiring account of life in Palestine that's enormously informative yet reads like a novel!" Rebecca Vilkomerson, Executive Director of Jewish Voice for Peace

"It's love in the time of occupation as Pamela Olson . . . takes us on the emotional roller-coaster of her very personal experience of life in Ramallah. . . A charming book brimming with tension and tragedy, but also with the humor, warmth, everyday foibles and irrepressible hopes of a people determined to live free." Tony Karon, senior editor of TIME Magazine

"Part adventure story, part searing reportage, part love story, and wholly absorbing." Dr. Kenneth Ring, co-author of Letters from Palestine

"Pamela Olson leads the reader on an exciting, funny, at times heart-wrenching journey, carefully deciphering complex political and historical issues. Olson is a talented writer, intelligent and exceptional in her ability to convey both tragedy and hope, remaining morally grounded and refreshingly honest." Ramzy Baroud, author of My Father was a Freedom Fighter

"As an Israeli whose life was shaped by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I found Fast Times in Palestine moving and refreshing. Pamela Olson comes to the Middle East with a blank slate and is therefore able to hold up an undistorted mirror to the reality she encounters." Miko Peled, author of The General's Son



ABRAHAM: A JOURNEY TO THE HEART OF THREE FAITHS, by Feiler

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Tuesday, April 3, 7:00 pm
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Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths (Paperback)

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In this timely, provocative, and uplifting journey, the bestselling author of Walking the Bible searches for the man at the heart of the world’s three monotheistic religions—and today’s deadliest conflicts.

At a moment when the world is asking “can the religions get along?” one figure stands out as the shared ancestor of Jews, Muslims, and Christians. One man holds the key to our deepest fears—and our possible reconciliation. Abraham is that man.

Bruce Feiler set out on a personal quest to better understand our common patriarch. Traveling in war zones, climbing through caves and ancient shrines, and sitting down with the world’s leading religious minds, Feiler uncovers fascinating, little known details of the man who defines faith for half the world.

Both immediate and timeless, Abraham is a powerful, universal story, the first-ever interfaith portrait of the man God chose to be his partner. Thoughtful and inspiring, it offers a rare vision of hope that will redefine what we think about our neighbors, our future, and ourselves.

Bruce Feiler is the author of six consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including Abraham, Where God Was Born, America's Prophet, The Council of Dads, and The Secrets of Happy Families. He is a columnist for the New York Times, a popular lecturer, and a frequent commentator on radio and television. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and twin daughters.

Product Details ISBN: 9780060838669
ISBN-10: 0060838663
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2005
Pages: 272
Language: English

“A winning mix of insight, passion, and historical research...provides a basis for fostering genuine communication.” — Christian Science Monitor

“Fascinating...an intriguing page turner.” — St. Petersburg Times

“This is a joy to read.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

”A vivid and discerning tour through a land that reflects this epochal figure’s life of exile, questioning...and faith.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Quietly brilliant. . . passionate and prayerful.” — Booklist

“A compelling read.” — St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“An exquisitely written journey...100 percent engaging.”-- — Boston Globe

“Feiler’s pluralistic view of this pivotal figure is intriguing.” — Washington Post Book World

“Engaging, accessible.” — Miami Herald

“A thoughtful combination of theology, history and travel writing.” — Austin American-Statesman

“An engaging, timely book.” — Book Magazine

“A heartrending journey...fascinating.” — Colorado Springs Gazette

“Feiler’s book probably couldn’t have come at a better time.” — Raleigh News & Observer

“Scrupulously fair in reporting the thinking of all of the traditions...appealing.” — Nashville Tennessean

“Captures the beauty and desolation of the landscape, the tension of its shared holy places...” — Oregonian

“Compelling.” — Arizona Republic

“Feiler’s combination of journalism, commentary and self-discovery tells the reader volumes about humankind.” — Atlanta Journal-Constitution



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