Wednesday, July 29th 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents Maggie Messitt for THE RAINY SEASON: Three Lives in the New South Africa
In-conversation with Andy Kroll
Just across the northern border of a former apartheid-era homeland sits a rural community in the midst of change, caught between a traditional past and a western future, a racially charged history and a pseudo-democratic present. The Rainy Season, a work of engaging literary journalism, introduces readers to the remote bushveld community of Rooiboklaagte and opens a window into the beautifully complicated reality of daily life in South Africa.
Wednesday, August 5th 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents Laura Hankin for SUMMERTIME GIRLS
When two lifelong friends reunite for one more summer in small-town Maine, they must bridge the gap caused by the dreams and secrets that tore them apart...
Ally Morris and Beth Abbott were beyond inseparable. From the very first time they met, the girls knew they'd found a once-in-a-lifetime friendship. But sometimes, life can't help but get in the way.
As time goes by, disappointments and petty resentments begin to alter what they once thought was forever. Ally's boho lifestyle leaves her drowning in confusion and cheap whisky, while a terrible secret threatens to shatter Beth's carefully controlled world. By the time they need each other most, Ally and Beth are nearly strangers to each other.
When a family crisis prompts Beth to contact Ally for help out of the blue, the girls reunite in Maine. But the distance between them is overwhelming. To save their friendship, Ally and Beth will have to confront painful moments in their past and redefine who they are-before their incredible connection fades away for good...
Monday, August 10 from 6pm to 10pm.
DC Beer Week 2015/Beer Tasting
For DC Beer Week, Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe is hosting "An Evening in DelMarVa - Celebration of Breweries from Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia" a beer-tasting event featuring selections from Delaware's Old Dominion Brewing Company, Maryland's Eastern Shore Brewing Company, and Virginia's Bold Rock Cider Company, on Monday, August 10 from 6pm to 10pm. Beer/cider selections will be available as individual tastes and by flights. Representatives from the breweries will be present to talk about their selections and answer any questions. We will be serving 6-oz. beer-tasting pours for $4 each.
Monday, August 10th 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents Saadia Faruqi for BRICK WALLS: Tales of Hope and Courage
Brick Walls: Tales of Hope and Courage from Pakistan is a heartwarming collection of short stories filled with larger-than-life characters and the seemingly impossible challenges they face. You will be captivated by these fictional depictions of everyday Pakistanis who struggle with poverty, violence, corruption and abuse, yet rise from the ashes stronger and more enduring. There is Asma the lackluster seamstress, Faisal the would-be terrorist, Javed Gul the Pushto rock singer, Farzana the cantankerous grandmother, Nida the ten-year-old girl with a cricket obsession, and many more. Together they form a rich mosaic that showcases the beauty of Pakistan, her culture and her people.
Tuesday, August 11th 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents Rachel Hills for THE SEX MYTH
In-conversation with Latoya Peterson
From a bold new feminist voice, a book that will change the way you think about your sex life.
Fifty years after the sexual revolution, we are told that we live in a time of unprecedented sexual freedom; that if anything, we are too free now. But beneath the veneer of glossy hedonism, millennial journalist Rachel Hills argues that we are controlled by a new brand of sexual convention: one which influences all of us - woman or man, straight or gay, liberal or conservative. At the root of this silent code lies the Sex Myth - the defining significance we invest in sexuality that once meant we were dirty if we did have sex, and now means we are defective if we don't do it enough.
Equal parts social commentary, pop culture, and powerful personal anecdotes from people across the English-speaking world, The Sex Myth exposes the invisible norms and unspoken assumptions that shape the way we think about sex today.
Wednesday, August 12th 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents Ruth Galm for INTO THE VALLEY
Ruth Galm's spare, poetic debut novel, set in the American West of early Joan Didion, traces the drifting path of a young woman as she skirts the law and her own oppressive anxiety.
Into the Valley opens on the day in July 1967 when B. decides to pass her first counterfeit check and flee San Francisco for the Central Valley. Caught between generations and unmarried at 30, B. doesn't understand the new counterculture youths. She likes the dresses and kid gloves of her mother's generation, but doesn't fit into that world either.
B. is beset by a disintegrative anxiety she calls "the carsickness," and the only relief comes in handling illicit checks and driving endlessly through the valley. As she travels the bare, anonymous landscape, meeting an array of other characters-an alcoholic professor, a bohemian teenage girl, a criminal admirer - B.'s flight becomes that of a woman unraveling, a person lost between who she is and who she cannot yet be.
Monday, August 17th 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents Asher Price for YEAR OF THE DUNK
By embarking on a quest to dunk a basketball at the age of 34, journalist Asher Price investigates the limits of human potential-starting with his own.
Monday, August 31st 6:30pm
Kramerbooks Presents Helen McClory for ON THE EDGES OF VISION
and Lauri Foos for THE BLUE GIRL
In On the Edges of Vision, unease sounds itself in the language of legend. Images call on memory, on the monstrous self. In Helen McClory's daring debut collection, the skin prickles against sweeps of light or darkness, the fantastic or the frightful; deep water, dark woods, or scattered flesh in desert sand. Whether telling of a boy cyclops or a pretty dead girl, drowned sailors or the devil himself, each story draws the reader towards not bleakness but a tale half-told, a truth half-true: that the monster is human, and only wants to reach out and take you by the hand.
In The Blue Girl, in a small lakeside town, mothers bake their secrets into moon pies they feed to a silent blue girl. Their daughters have secrets too-that they can't sleep, that they might sleep with a neighbor boy, that they know more than they let on. But when the daughters find the blue girl, everyone's carefully held silences shake loose.
A Kramerbooks Favorite at Your Door Each Month
Post Script! (P.S.) is a monthly subscription service. One handpicked book will be delivered to your door each month for six or twelve months.
We love books and it's our mission to bring you the best of what's being published. P.S. is a distillation of what we do every day in the store - connect dedicated readers with our favorite books. If you love books and are looking for new ways to find your next great read, this program is for you.
What comes in each P.S. package?
One handpicked book. Every subscriber gets the same awesome book.
One letter from a bookseller extolling the virtues of said book.
One piece of Kramerbooks swag, i.e. temporary tattoos, vintage bookstore paraphernalia, surprises!
Can I give P.S. as a gift?
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Can I sign myself up?
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6 Month Subscription: $150
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