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Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich: The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir

Tuesday, May 23rd

6-7:30PM

Before Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich begins a summer job at a law firm in Louisiana, working to help defend men accused of murder, she thinks her position is clear. The child of two lawyers, she is staunchly anti-death penalty. But the moment convicted murderer Ricky Langley's face flashes on the screen as she reviews old tapes--the moment she hears him speak of his crimes -- she is overcome with the feeling of wanting him to die. Shocked by her reaction, she digs deeper and deeper into the case. Despite their vastly different circumstances, something in his story is unsettlingly, uncannily familiar.

Crime, even the darkest and most unsayable acts, can happen to any one of us. As Alexandria pores over the facts of the murder, she finds herself thrust into the complicated narrative of Ricky's childhood. And by examining the details of Ricky's case, she is forced to face her own story, to unearth long-buried family secrets, and reckon with a past that colors her view of Ricky's crime.

This book is available in hardcover ($26.99).

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich discusses and signs her book, The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir.

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

John T. Edge in Conversation with Brett Anderson: The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South

Thursday, May 25th

6-7:30PM

Join us with John T. Edge in conversation, Brett Anderson. Afterward, John signs his book, The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South.

A people's history that reveals how Southerners shaped American culinary identity and how race relations impacted Southern food culture over six revolutionary decades. 


Like great provincial dishes around the world, potlikker is a salvage food. During the antebellum era, slave owners ate the greens from the pot and set aside the leftover potlikker broth for the enslaved, unaware that the broth, not the greens, was nutrient rich. After slavery, potlikker sustained the working poor, both black and white. In the South of today, potlikker has taken on new meanings as chefs have reclaimed it. Potlikker is a quintessential Southern dish, and The Potlikker Papers is a people's history of the modern South, told through its food. Beginning with the pivotal role cooks and waiters played in the civil rights movement, noted authority John T. Edge narrates the South's fitful journey from a hive of racism to a hotbed of American immigration. He shows why working-class Southern food has become a vital driver of contemporary American cuisine.

This book is available in hardcover ($28.00).

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

Dorothea Benton Frank: Same Beach, Next Year

Friday, May 26th

6-7:30PM

A chance meeting on the Isle of Palms, one of Charleston’s most stunning barrier islands, brings former sweethearts, Adam Stanley and Eve Landers together again. Their respective spouses, Eliza and Carl, fight sparks of jealousy flaring from their imagined rekindling of old flames. As Adam and Eve get caught up on their lives, their partners strike up a deep friendship—and flirt with an unexpected attraction—of their own.

Year after year, Adam, Eliza, Eve, and Carl eagerly await their reunion at Wild Dunes, a condominium complex at the island’s tip end, where they grow closer with each passing day, building a friendship that will withstand financial catastrophe, family tragedy, and devastating heartbreak. The devotion and love they share will help them weather the vagaries of time and enrich their lives as circumstances change, their children grow up and leave home, and their twilight years approach.

This book is available in hardcover ($27.99).

Dorothea Benton Frank discusses and signs her book, Same Beach, Next Year.

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

 

Jessica B. Harris: My Soul Looks Back: A Memoir

Thursday, June 1st

6-7:30PM

In the Technicolor glow of the early seventies, Jessica B. Harris debated, celebrated, and danced her way from the jazz clubs of the Manhattan's West Side to the restaurants of the Village, living out her buoyant youth alongside the great minds of the day--luminaries like Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, and Toni Morrison. My Soul Looks Back is her paean to that fascinating social circle and the depth of their shared commitment to activism, intellectual engagement, and each other.


Harris paints evocative portraits of her illustrious friends: Baldwin as he read aloud an early draft of If Beale Street Could Talk, Angelou cooking in her California kitchen, and Morrison relaxing at Baldwin's house in Provence. Harris describes her role as theater critic for the New York Amsterdam News and editor at then burgeoning Essence magazine; star-studded parties in the South of France; drinks at Mikell's, a hip West Side club; and the simple joy these extraordinary people took in each other's company. The book is framed by Harris's relationship with Sam Floyd, a fellow professor at Queens College, who introduced her to Baldwin.

This book is available in hardcover ($25.00).

Jessica B. Harris discusses and signs her book, My Soul Looks Back: A Memoir.

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

C. D. (Cheri) Collins: Arise and Call her Blessed: A Daughter's Memoir

Sunday, June 4th

2-3:30PM

More than just a simple chronology of dates and facts, this touching biography about the author’s beloved mother, Kakki, captures both her spirit and her heart and demonstrates how any person is really an extraordinary person. It presents a lively account of a warmly human woman living an ordinary life with its good times and bad times and dealing with whatever life gives her. These remarkable stories span five decades of life shared by mother and daughter. The retelling of the mother/daughter role reversal that occurred after Kakki’s manifestation of Alzheimer’s is handled with grace and dignity. A woman with both a strong moral compass and firm Christian beliefs, Kakki leaves an incredible legacy for her child. A fluid and natural storyteller, C.D. Collins shares what she has learned about the human heart and its resilience in this unique memoir of a well-loved mother, whose example made a strong case for motherhood being the highest calling of all.

This book is available in hardcover ($24.99) and paperback ($14.99).

C. D. (Cheri) Collins discusses and signs her book, Arise and Call Her Blessed: A Daughter's Memoir

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

Laura Cayouette: The Hidden Huntsman: A Charlotte Reade Mystery

Tuesday, June 6th

6-7:30PM

In this second installment of the local best-seller Charlotte Reade Mystery series, Charlotte helps her costar, Mad Men’s Bryan Batt, track down a stalker. Leaving the “glamour” of eighteen years in Los Angeles behind, actor/producer Charlotte Reade is making a fresh start in her family home of New Orleans. As she settles into her new life, Charlotte experiences vivid moments at French Quarter Fest, Jazz Fest and the spectacular Mardi Gras Indians’ Super Sunday.

But not all is well as the shock and despair of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent BP oil spill settle over the region and local police search for a missing Production Assistant who came to “Hollywood South” with big dreams. Charlotte lands a part working with Mad Men’s Bryan Batt and stumbles onto a potential stalker. While researching her role, Charlotte finds clues to her own family mystery and the eerie chandelier with a habit of moving on its own. Working with Bryan, Charlotte finds herself helping to track down the stalker while meeting colorful local characters and hoping to finally find her match.

This book is available in paperback ($14.95).

Laura Cayouette signs her book, The Hidden Huntsman: A Charlotte Reade Mystery.

 

Lucy Buffett and the "Meet and Eat" for: Gumbo Love: Recipes for Gulf Coast Cooking, Entertaining, and Savoring the Good Life

Thursday, June 8th

6-8PM

Meet and Eat!

New Orleans, LA, June 8, 2017, 6-8:00PM: Join Garden District Book Shop and Lucy “LuLu” Buffett for a true Southern Coastal-style “Meet & Eat.” We will serve up tastings of LuLu's famous seafood gumbo, raw oysters and a signature cocktail. She will also discuss and sign her book, Gumbo Love: Recipes for Gulf Coast Cooking, Entertaining, and Savoring the Good Life.

Since she was a young girl, Lucy Buffett has believed in the power of gumbo-the stirring, the transformation of the roux, the simple ingredients cooking up into something much better than just the sum of its parts. It's only fitting that she signs her name with "Gumbo Love" and that she makes a living feeding people the most delicious, soul-satisfying food.

Lucy combines over one hundred new recipes with old favorites. She lives by her mother's philosophy: "Life is short-eat dessert first," so the very first chapter is filled with delectable sweets like Classic Southern Pound Cake with Strawberries, Buttermilk Orange Chess Pie, and Salted Butterscotch Blondies.

Since you can't live on dessert alone, you'll find Gulf Coast favorites from Tailgate Shrimp and Crab Dip to Lucy's Signature Summer Seafood Gumbo, and Crab and Corn Fritters, along with dozens of other seafood appetizers and main dishes. And if you tire of seafood, Lucy shares her family favorites like Daddy's Fried Chicken, Beer-Braised Beef Brisket, Southern Fried Creamed Corn, and Greens and Grits.

This book is available in hardcover ($30.00).

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

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