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AFFIRMING OUR PLACE IN THE UNIVERSE

Four new summer reads that will challenge your views, lift your spirits and warm your heart

By Claire Yezbak Fadden
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RETURN TO THE RESERVATION

Sherman Alexie’s stunning memoir of growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, Washington, shares an unflinching and unforgettable tribute told in both prose and poetry. In You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me (Little, Brown and Company, June 13, 2017), Alexie shares a wrenching, moving and sometimes hilarious account of his complicated relationship with living on the “Rez” and his mother, who, as he recalls, both abused and saved him. Meet the author on Friday, July 14. Ticketed event at 7 p.m. at University of San Diego, Shiley Theater.

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BATTLE LINES IN THE AMERICAN WEST

Discover America through the eyes of a young Irish immigrant fighting in the great wars of the mid-nineteenth century in Sebastian Barry’s Days Without End (Viking, January 24, 2017). This powerful literary portrait sweeps readers to a time when Americans were pitted against each other in bloody struggles, fighting to define the borders and the identity of a changing nation. Barry writes of this period as it was experienced by common soldiers: men who did not determine or even necessarily understand the wars they fought, but who fought anyway, merely to survive them. Not just a war novel, Days Without End is also a poignant love story about two men and the unlikely family they form with a young Sioux girl, Winona. Meet the author on Wednesday, September 13.

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SEEING BEYOND THE DREAM OF ROMANCE

Joyce Maynard shares her personal love story in The Best of Us: A Memoir (Macmillan, September 5, 2017). At 59, Joyce marries Jim Barringer on a New Hampshire hillside with friends and children gathered, fireworks exploding as they talked about the trips they would take, the olive trees they would plant and the food they would make together. Just after their one-year anniversary, Jim is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Nineteen months later, having shared a struggle that consumed both their lives, Joyce lay beside him while he took his last breath. Meet the author on Tuesday, September 19. 

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BOUND BY BLOOD

Alexandra Fuller’s Quiet Until the Thaw (Penguin Press, June 27, 2017) is a complex tale spanning generations and the Lakota Oglala Sioux Nation of South Dakota. Two Native American cousins, Rick Overlooking Horse and You Choose Watson, though bound by blood and by land, find themselves at odds as they grapple with the implications of their shared heritage. In her debut novel, Fuller conjures the implications of an oppressed history, how we are bound not just to immediate family but to all who have come before and will come after us, and—most of all—to the notion that everything was always, and is always, connected. Meet the author on Thursday, July 20.

Meet the Authors…

For upcoming “Meet the Author” events scheduled throughout the summer, visit warwicks.com or stop by Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Avenue in La Jolla