Maria Olsen: 50 After 50: Reframing the Next Chapter of Your Life

Monday, November 12


At age 50, Maria Leonard Olsen drank her way out of her 25-year marriage. She had, against advice, put all her eggs in the motherhood basket, willfully derailing her successful law career. As teenagers, her precious children did not need her in the hands-on way they previously had. Her husband and she had grown apart because, among other things, they failed to nurture that important relationship. She was depressed and stuck.

When she turned 50, she had the distinct feeling that she was on the downward slope of her life. Actually speaking, she was. So when she turned 50, her gift to herself was to go on a crusade to make the most of whatever time she had left. She set out to do 50 new things that were significant, at least to her. The list spanned physical challenges, adventure travel, and lifestyle changes. Each taught her something about herself and about how she wanted to lead the next years of her life to come.

This book is available in hardcover ($34.00).

Maria Leonard Olsen discusses and signs her book, 50 After 50: Reframing the Next Chapter of Your Life.

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Jason Berry: City of a Million Dreams: A History of New Orleans at Year 300

Tuesday, November 13th


In 2015, the beautiful jazz funeral in New Orleans for composer Allen Toussaint coincided with a debate over removing four Confederate monuments. Mayor Mitch Landrieu led the ceremony, attended by living legends of jazz, music aficionados, politicians, and everyday people. The scene captured the history and culture of the city in microcosm--a city legendary for its noisy, complicated, tradition-rich splendor. In City of a Million Dreams, Jason Berry delivers a character-driven history of New Orleans at its tricentennial. Chronicling cycles of invention, struggle, death, and rebirth, Berry reveals the city's survival as a triumph of diversity, its map-of-the-world neighborhoods marked by resilience despite hurricanes, epidemics, fires, and floods.

Berry orchestrates a parade of vibrant personalities, from the founder Bienville, a warrior emblazoned with snake tattoos; to Governor William C. C. Claiborne, General Andrew Jackson, and Pere Antoine, an influential priest and secret agent of the Inquisition; Sister Gertrude Morgan, a street evangelist and visionary artist of the 1960s; and Michael White, the famous clarinetist who remade his life after losing everything in Hurricane Katrina. The textured profiles of this extraordinary cast furnish a dramatic narrative of the beloved city, famous the world over for mysterious rituals as people dance when they bury their dead.

This book is available in hardcover ($30.00).

Jason Berry discusses and signs his book, City of a Million Dreams: A History of New Orleans at Year 300.

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


Julia Turshen @ Marjie's Grill, 320 South Broad, NOLA : Now & Again

Tuesday, November 13th

At Marjie's Grill, 320 South Broad Avenue


Come celebrate the release of Now & Again, Julia Turshen's newest cookbook with a night of food, fun & good people all for a good cause!

Tickets are $25 for a buffet cooked by great chefs including Danny Atlas, Kelly Fields, Kristin Essig, Rebecca Wilcomb, and Marcus Jacobs.

Books will be available for purchase from Garden District Books at the party. There will also be a cash bar. A portion of the proceeds will be going to Dress for Success.

                                                      Click here to purchase a ticket.

Now & Again, contains more than 125 delicious and doable recipes and 20 creative menu ideas help cooks of any skill level to gather friends and family around the table to share a meal (or many!) together.

This cookbook comes to life with Julia's funny and encouraging voice and is brimming with good stuff, including:

• can't-get-enough-of-it recipes
• inspiring menus for social gatherings, holidays and more
• helpful timelines for flawlessly throwing a party
• oh-so-helpful "It's Me Again" recipes, which show how to use leftovers in new and delicious ways
• tips on how to be smartly thrifty with food choices

Now & Again will change the way we gather, eat, and think about leftovers, and, like the name suggests, you'll find yourself reaching for its pages time and time again.

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

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