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Authors in Real Life: Lisa Ko and Weike Wang

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(L-R: Lisa Ko and Weike Wang)

On the surface, The Leavers by Lisa Ko and Chemistry by Weike Wang are two very different books. The Leavers takes place over a decade, telling the story of a young man searching for his mother after being separated from her as a child in New York and raised by adoptive parents. It won the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Award for Socially Engaged Fiction, a prize created and selected by Barbara Kingsolver. Chemistry gives us two years in the life of a high-achieving young scientist trying to make sense of all the parts of her life that don’t follow a formula: love, family, friendship, and career. It’s a coming-of-age romantic comedy that’s also deeply intelligent. Read the rest of this entry »

Spring Preview: 5 Guest Authors Pick 10 Upcoming Favorites

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Generally, we don’t post about books that aren’t out yet. This is a bookstore, after all, and if you get excited about a book, we want you to be able to walk right in and get it. But over the weekend, Nashville experienced a nasty cold snap. After weeks of temps in the 70s, blue skies, and budding flowers, Mother Nature came along and snowed on our parade, plunging us back into winter. You can understand why we’d feel the need to think ahead to sunnier times. Read the rest of this entry »