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Tuesday, May 1st
Shopping locally just makes
“Cents!” Studies have shown that
a typical big box store spends
14.1% of its revenue within the
local and state economy, mostly,
in the form of payroll. The rest
leaves the state, shifting to out of
state suppliers or back to corporate
headquarters. Locally owned and
operated businesses contribute
substantially more.
So, Think Fairhope First;
it pays off for everyone.
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The Lyons Share Gallery - Featured Artists
Fairhope First Friday Artwalk • 6-8pm
April 6
330 De La Mare Avenue - Fairhope
Stephen Strickland creates landscape paintings with oil or
acrylic paint. His interest lies in capturing the landscape in
different atmospheric conditions, times of day, and seasons.
Stephen looks for different types of lighting in a landscape,
and wholeness in his design. Most of the paintings for the
show are from local farmland.
Artist Statement:
I was born.
I print.
I will die.
I am a printer; not an artist.
I am a Negro; not an african american.
May 4
Weekly “American Idol” Viewing Party
- Every Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Beginning in May - Announcing the American Idol Contest for party
attendees! “Who’s Going Home? Who’s Going to Chicago?
Every Tuesday,receive one ballot for every $20 spent at Lulu’s. Each
ballot allows you to cast one vote for the contestant that will be
voted OFF that night. Each successful ballot makes you eligible for
the Grand Prize Drawing - Trip for Two to see Jimmy Buffett in concert
on July 21st in Chicago.
Mayer, Coral Reefer Band
k Jim
- a.k.a. “Uncle Jim”
May 20th • 12-2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.
A favorite with kids & adults alike!
Annual Lulu’s Palooza k 3rd
Will Kimbrough returns to Lulu’s for one night
Saturday, May 26th
Friday,June 1st • 6-10 p.m.
Native of son of Mobile and a favorite all across the Gulf Coast
– don’t miss your chance to catch Will Kimbrough on the banks of the ICW
at LuLu’s.
Clear Talk
Listen up, sun lovers!
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month.
Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Heather Haley of Haley Dermatology Group and Clear
MedSpa clears the air concerning skin damage caused by the sun. So before you dive headfirst
into swim-suit season, take a few moments to get sun-savvy. You just might save your skin!
Myth #1
Myth #4:
I should go to the tanning bed to get a “base” tan
before summer.
Achieving a nice golden tan doesn’t hurt my skin.
Only sunburns damage my skin.
No way! This encourages more sun damage by giving
the false belief that you can stay out longer in the sun
because you aren’t getting burned. Tanning beds damage the skin just as much as the sun. And once you get
outside in the sun, the UVB rays cause burn, while the
UVA rays cause premature aging, wrinkles and contribute to the formation of skin cancer. Be smart: no
tanning beds at all, and sunscreen of SPF 30+ outside.
Anytime your skin is exposed to the sun without sunscreen, damage is done. Over time, tanning shows up
on the skin as freckles, sun spots and (here’s the worst
part!) wrinkles. You should apply a sunscreen daily that
protects against both UVA and UVB with a SPF 30.
Myth #5
If I wear a shirt or ball cap, I don’t need sunscreen.
Myth #2
I look better when I’m tan – it helps cover up the
freckles and sun spots I already have.
You can’t cover up sun damage with more sun damage!
This only makes it worse. Over time, your skin’s cells
lose their ability to tan, instead developing spots in
response to time spent in the sun. Your skin cells only
produce a certain amount of pigment/color in their lifetime. As you age and those cells have reached their
limit, they start producing spots and freckles. It’s only a
matter of time before your skin ceases tanning and
begins developing the dreaded sun-spots. It costs much
less to prevent them than it does to remove them down
the road.
Myth #3:
If I use a self-tanning cream or bronzer, I don’t
need to be as vigilant about using sunscreen.
Surprise! A typical white shirt has an SPF of only 6!
And a colored shirt provides an SPF of just 8. SO, you
still need sunscreen. You can also consider clothing and
caps that have sunscreen woven into the fabric.
Myth #6
All sunscreens are created equally.
To ensure your sunscreen provides UVA and UVB ray
protection, check the ingredients label. Make sure your
sunscreen has one of the following UVA blockers: titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, avobenzone (parsol 1789) or
a new one recently FDA-approved: Mexoryl. If you
have sensitive skin or are applying the sunscreen to
infants/children, stick with either the Titanium Dioxide
or Zinc Oxide, because they are physical blockers with
no irritating chemicals. At Haley Dermatology Group,
we recommend a sunscreen called Elta MD that is great
for sensitive skin. You can purchase Elta MD from our
practice or MedSpa.
Self-tanning creams and bronzers are wonderful for
giving your skin a luminous glow. However, you must,
must, must continue to use sunscreen! Don’t think that
your skin is safe from sun damage just because the
bronzer has given you a golden tan. You still need to
protect your skin from the sun with a sunscreen of SPF
30+. Be sure to apply sunscreen 30 minutes BEFORE
you go outside, and re-apply every 2 hours.
Myth #7
No one in my family has a history of skin cancer, so
I don’t need a skin screening.
Everyone should have an annual skin screening performed by a dermatologist beginning around age 35. If
you have a considerable amount of sun damage (freckles, sun spots, hyper pigmentation) or a propensity
toward moles, you should begin having annual screenings sooner, around age 30.
It’s Not too Late!
When it comes to sun damage to the skin,
prevention is the key. There is simply no
substitute for protecting your skin, not only
from the appearance of sun damage, but also
the more serious formation of skin cancer.
But if you have been less-than-vigilant
about sunscreen in the past, it’s never too late
to start. And, if you’re dissatisfied with the
appearance of sun damage on your skin, new
medical technologies have made it possible to
minimize the damage. At Clear MedSpa, we
have several different treatments utilizing
state-of-the-art lasers to reverse the signs of
photo-aging. IPL photo rejuvenation produces
excellent results for removing sun spots,
freckles, hyper pigmentation; reducing fine
lines/wrinkles; and improving the skin’s tone
and texture. IPL can be done just about
anywhere on your body, including your face,
chest, shoulders, back, hands and legs.
Join Dr. Heather Haley and Dr. Jenny Sobera
for a FREE Skin Cancer Screening
Saturday, May 12
Opening Soon in Rock Creek - Fairhope
10 am to 12 noon
At Clear MedSpa
202 Rock Creek Pkwy • Fairhope
No Reservation Required
Living Room
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B o o k s t o r e
Christopher Cunningham
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Author Offers Inspiration
for Sales Professionals
“The Salesman’s Little Blue Book”
with Christopher Cunningham, Author
Saturday, April 7th at 2-4 p.m.
here does a sales person turn
when the sales order doesn’t
come through; when the special event doesn’t go as planned; when
the forecast was too high; when the customer says “no”? Christopher
Cunningham, author of The Salesman’s
Little Blue Book of Daily Inspiration,
has created 21 daily exercises to encourage you when sales are down and tensions are high. Cunningham will be
signing his book, Saturday, April 7, from
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Page & Palette
Bookstore in Fairhope.
Everyone is in the field of sales in
some way. The Salesman’s Little Blue
Book of Daily Inspiration offers people
a daily guide to find motivation and a
greater faith in themselves. Cunningham
takes readers on a 21-day journey to discover a better way to sell, and indeed, a
better way to live. Each daily exercise
consists of reading, meditation, prayer,
and deep reflection to help develop the
talent to sell.
Cunningham is a
salesman, trainer,
and motivational
speaker. He has
worked with a variety of clients from
professional sports
teams to clothing manufacturers
and can attest to
the demands of a
sales career.
Cunningham is a graduate of the
University of Tennessee with a degree in
Communications. He lives with
his family in Fairhope, AL. The
Salesman’s Little Blue Book of Daily
Inspiration is his first book.
The Ultimate Gift
By Jim Stovall
The Ultimate Gift, written by Jim Stovall, is a story of Red Stevens, an
accomplished man, who learned too late that giving material things is more like
taking than giving. He learned too late for all except his nephew Jason.
The Ultimate Gift takes the reader through Jason’s incredible work to gain his
Uncle Red’s inheritance, “the ultimate gift.”
“Probably the most valuable present you can give a graduate.” ~Karin Wilson
As technology continues to saturate our lives in new and different ways,
more and more people ask us whether books and reading will remain relevant.
After a considerable amount of reflection, we’re better prepared than ever to
address this vital issue.
Even though how we read and what we read may change over time, the
reasons we read remain the same. Why do you read? Here are just some of
our most immediate thoughts …
We read to understand because as we grow older, we seem to have
more questions than answers.
We read to feel connected, especially when technology has us spending
so much time in solitude.
We read to know that others are like us — as we struggle with making
important decisions, learn from our mistakes, and search for meaning.
We read to laugh when the world around us feels too heavy.
We read to escape when our minds and hearts need rest.
We read to learn new skills since change is one of the only constants in
our lives.
We read to expand our lives because it is a big, wide world.
We read so that we can have quiet time, to escape from the incessant
noise and chatter in our environment.
We also want children to know the joy of reading. So they will learn that
reading allows them to engage their imaginations about people and places.
They experience what it is like to be quiet, that the world doesn’t always
require us to be perpetually busy, racing in all directions. They learn to think
critically since not everything in print should be accepted as truth. The more
they read and explore, the more they realize that learning can be fun when
there’s so much to be curious about. We want them to know the joy of reading
and become readers for life.
We readers are kindred spirits, regardless of what we read or why we read.
If you’re looking for something good to read or need a gift for someone you
love, we’ve presented some of the newest books in this issue of Views & News
and you’ll find so many more in the store we can recommend.
Please come visit us at Page and Palette, where so many good books are
waiting. When you arrive, you’ll notice some changes in our store. We feel it’s
time to get back to the heart of our business—art supplies and books. Fairhope
is a town rich in literature and the arts, so we have decided to expand our art
department to accommodate the numerous artists in our area. You will still
find beautiful Crane stationery and boxed notes in our stationery department.
And we will still have the best greeting card department on the Eastern Shore selling original cards for just over $2. So, stop by for a visit. We look forward
to seeing you soon.
Karin Wilson
Calendar of Events
26 Tony Meyers
“I Heard It On the Mountain”
1 Paula Deen Event
16 Gayden Metcalfe
22 Earth Day
29 6:30 p.m.
Baldwin Pops Sunset
Concert on the Bluff
in Fairhope
TV Turn Off Week
See page 9
Author of Somebody’s
Going to Die”
See page 9
7Cunningham Signing
2 Passover begins
6 Good Friday
1 Do a Good Deed
Contest Forms
Charles Shields’
Read It and Eat
See page 26
Read-a-thon - See page 9
Mobile Convention
See page 31
Carolyn Haines
“ Fever Moon” See page 9
First Friday Art Walk
Theatre 98 "Fuddy Meers" Opens
Music Under the Stars at the
Daphne Civic Center Plaza
5 p.m.
The Salesman’s Little Blue
Book of Daily Inspirations
See page 4
4 First Friday
Art Walk
The Haven The Haven Maddie's Fund Coalition Maddie's Fund Coalition
6 Archbishop
13 Mother’s Day
24 Last Day of School 25
28 Memorial Day
George Carey
speaking & signing
his books
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The Haven - Pet Adoption
Cinderella Ballet
F’hope Civic Center 3pm
George Carey
speaking & signing
his books
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The Haven Pet Adoption
George Carey
speaking & signing
his books
Music Festival
See page 10
Gulf Coast Zydeco
Music & Crawfish
Cinderella Ballet
F’hope Civic Center
Learning Success at Huntington
The Center
will officially
on May 1
and is located at
Jubilee Square
in Daphne.
skills, confidence and motivation to attain better
grades. Whether your child is struggling in school
or simply seeking a more enriching academic experience, the individual, personalized programs will
make a difference. Huntington’s exam prep instruction for college-bound students offers personalized,
private tutoring that gives students test-taking
strategies and shows them how to apply their
knowledge to questions that involve problem-solving, analytical thinking, reasoning, drawing conclusions, interpreting facts and essay writing.
Dotson’s goal is to help every child that walks in
Huntington’s doors gain the skills they need, so that
they can do better in school. “When children improve in school, it
not only helps them, but it helps the whole family,” she comments.
She also hopes that Huntington’s SAT/ACT exam prep program
will help high school students score well enough to get into college
and even win scholarships.
eth Dotson has tutored students in math and
science since she was in high school. After
working as an engineer for 14 years, she
could no longer deny that it was time for a change
and was confident that education was her calling.
Dotson, always passionate about
giving back to her community, is
pleased to announce the opening
of the nationally- recognized,
Huntington Learning Center.
The Center will officially open
on May 1 and is located at
Beth Dotson
Jubilee Square in Daphne.
“Education is critical for success in life, but everyone learns differently. Sometimes children need a little more than what they get in
the classroom. It is our goal at Huntington Learning Center to give
every child the best education possible,” Dotson states.
Huntington Learning Centers help students of all ages build the
If you are interested in finding out more about what Huntington Learning Center has to offer call 625-1717.
ummertime - the living is easy. Beth Dotson,
Owner of Huntington Learning Center in
Daphne also thinks it’s an excellent occasion
for children to take advantage of the down
time and read. She also believes that vacations
and family time offer the ideal opportunity for parents to
encourage learning. “Let children pick the things they are
interested in learning. The casual summer season provides a great time to allow them to dictate the learning,”
she comments.
How does planning a vacation or baking a cake with
your child teach valuable skills necessary for proper
learning? Working with your child, performing tasks and
doing chores are great opportunities to teach the process
of learning. With an objective to meet and a sense of
responsibility, most children will find the challenge irresistible. "Parents should find jobs which are fun and
encourage family togetherness," says Dr. Raymond J.
Huntington, founder and President of Huntington
Learning Centers, Inc. He recommends taking advantage
of these opportunities to promote learning:
"Activities such as cooking, baking and setting the
table require following step-by-step directions,"
explains Huntington. "When complex tasks can be bro-
ken down into simple steps, a child's self-confidence is
enhanced. Accomplishing something encourages a child
to move on to the next challenge."
Summer vacation from school offers a unique opportunity for parents to keep their children learning
while enjoying close family experiences. Huntington
suggests including your child when planning outings and
vacations. "Planning the route teaches geography.
Figuring the number of miles and when to stop teaches a
time/distance relationship," he says.
"Holidays give us the time to do the things we enjoy.
Parents can read stories with their children, asking
questions and encouraging them to think”. Huntington
notes that “holidays are more than just days off from
school or work. Use these experiences to strengthen a
child's attitude toward learning."
"Try to make reading rewards for the child," advises
the noted education expert. "Remember that magazines and newspapers - even the television schedule - are
good reading practice tools. All these activities help your
child to improve skills and increase learning potential."
Huntington cautions parents to remember that learning is
progressive and that all children develop at different levels. "Climbing the ladder step-by-step is the best way to
insure success," he says. Completing one thing at a time
is crucial for children trying to reach their academic
The Huntington Learning Center is a nationally recognized leader in the field of improving a child's basic study
skills through remediation and enrichment programs.
Students are given individual attention by certified teachers using personalized programs tailored to improve
skills in a child's trouble areas. Huntington offers individual testing and tutoring in reading, math, study skills,
writing and SAT/ACT preparation to students of all ages.
The Huntington Learning Center, located in Jubilee
Square in Daphne is ready to help your child learn new
and exciting things this summer. For further information
on summer programs, call 625-1717.
Here Comes
the Sun
• Apparel
• Accents
• Accessories
What Wine Goes with Gumbo?
Last “First” Friday we decided to do a tasting of various
wines with 2 types of Gumbo. Our Chef, Jed Davis, did a
classic Mobile style, seafood gumbo and Chef Will
Hughes did a fantastic chicken and sausage. We taste 3
whites and 3 reds of various styles. Here are the results.
Ladies, get ready to don that sunscreen!
(Dr.s Haley and Sobera say so, too!)
It’s about to sizzle, not just in the kitchen
with Paula Deen, but right here in Fairhope.
Here’s how to look hot and stay cool
in the latest trends for Spring.
#1 by far. Gruet Sparkling Brut, New Mexico $15.95.
Always one of my favorite values it really backed up both
gumbos well.
#2 Yalumba Riesling, Australia. $10.95 Just off dry with
refreshing lime qualities. Was best with seafood.
#3 and #1 Red Sattler Zweigelt, Austria $17.95 OK
probably never heard of this one unless you spent time
there. A racy, fruity red that has enough back bone to
stand out. Excelled with the chicken.
#4 Pillar Box Red $10.95 One of those great red blends
that Australia does so well. Fruity but good depth. Really
good value if you like this style.
#5 Mauritson Sauvignon Blanc Dry Creek CA $15.95
A very aromatic wine that did well but didn’t shine.
#6 Domaine de Couron Cotes du Rhone, France $10.95
A really good Grenache based blend that worked better
with the chicken than the seafood. Didn’t win but not a
bad pairing.
Flip Flop your shorts and dresses.
Shorts aren’t just for day; dresses aren’t just for night. Dresses burst into the
forefront as the alternative to shorts or denim for everyday wear. You will see
dresses everywhere. Throw one on instead of capris or shorts, and look feminine
and pulled together with minimal effort while beating the
heat. Then, slip into this season’s newest eveningwear—
shorts! for cocktails with the girls or a romantic dinner
with your honey. This season’s shorts range from short
shorts to City shorts (shorter and more tapered than last
season’s Bermudas) with more refined details (cuffs,
buttons, etc.) and dressier fabrications. Wear these as you
would a dress pant or skirt, paired with a fabulous top for
an evening out. Important: don’t be afraid to wear a high
heel! Wedges and stacked-heels are perfect with this
trend, but don’t hesitate to get feisty in a strappy sandal
or pointy stiletto or sling-back.
In the Navy
Nautical-inspired trends are everywhere! Navy and white
are the must-have colors this season. Accent this tried and
true combination with splashes of red. Never-out-of-style black and white is
also a strong forerunner this season, nipping at Navy’s heels. Solid white dresses
in cotton, eyelet, and silk make a girl feel like a goddess, and luckily will be easy
to find. Also, look crisp and cool in white denim. Pair with this summer’s
favorite colors: red, yellow and of course, black.
Interestingly all wines did receive a first place vote from
our 50 participants. Look forward to seeing everyone at
the next tasting. If you’re not on the email list please go to
our new website and sign up for the
Print it y
Very feminine prints: florals and polka-dots abound this Spring. Enjoy the bold
variety of patterns and colors. Also to be appreciated, volume! Leave those
clingy clothes in your closet till it cools off, and breeze on out in full, flowy
skirts, voluminous tops and wide-legged pants. Of course you want to
strategically nip these pieces in at the waist (true or empire), but keep the feel
simple, sexy, summer.
323-A De La Mare Ave, Downtown Fairhope
P: 251-990-0003
Store House Monday 10:30-5 Tues-Sat 10:30- 8
Wine Bar House Tues – Sat 2-8
Slip into
this season’s
- shorts!
for cocktails
with the girls
or a romantic
dinner with
your honey.
Here comes the sun…and we’re ready!
Upcoming Events
page & palette and
The Fairhope Public Library
Read It & Eat
Mockingbird Author,
Charles Shields,
Gayden Metcalfe
to be featured at
First Read It and Eat
Tuesday, April 24th
at Page and Palette Bookstore
Co-author of
“Somebody’s Going to Die”
“Being Dead Is No Excuse”
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Fairhope Public Library
April 16th
Lunch (subject to change)
A Free Event
with author, Carolyn Haines
Sharing the Deep Dark Secrets of the Deep South
Writers Salon - the inner workings of a critique
Thursday, April 26th
6-8 p.m.
I Heard It on the Mountain
with Toni Meyers,
Thursday, April 26th
Noon – 3 p.m.
6 – 8 p.m.
Pirates Don’t
Change Diapers
Carolyn Haines will read from and sign FEVER
MOON, and members of the Deep South Writers
Salon (DSWS) will join her to discuss the benefits
and problems of critique groups. Funny and
outrageous, that’s what the group is all about –
working to help each other, but also having fun.
A “must-do” for booklovers and writers, in
with Melinda Long,
Saturday, June 16th
1 – 3 p.m.
Page and Palette Read-a-thon
April 23rd-27th
TV Turn Off
Tuesday, April 24th from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
he first complete book by J.R.R. Tolkien in three
decades-since the publication of The Silmarillion in
1977-The Children of Húrin reunites fans of The Hobbit
and The Lord of the Rings with Elves and Men, dragons and
Dwarves, Eagles and Orcs. Presented for the first time as a
complete, standalone story, this stirring narrative will
appeal to casual fans and expert readers alike, returning
them to the rich landscape and characters unique to
Tolkien. I think this is pretty significant literary milestone in
the publishing industry and I want to try to build a fun
community event around this. We’re going to have a
Read-a-Thon outside our store on Tuesday, April 24th from
8am-6pm. People can sign up in the store for different 15minute increments to read the book in full starting at 8am.
We’ll have a stage set outside with a microphone. After
each person reads for 15-minutes the next person will be
waiting in the wing for their turn. But before the next person reads the one who has just completed their reading will
sign the title page. (We’re actually going to have each reader sign two books.) After the full book has been read a loud
all day, we’ll take the book with the 39 signatures and begin
the silent bidding in the store until 5/1 where we’ll auction
it off at the Paula Deen event. The money raised for the
book will be donated to The Center for the Book. The second book that will be signed by all the readers we’re shipping back to Mr. Tolkien himself to thank him for all the
years he’s dedicated to writing for our enjoyment. So
everyone come in and sign up and be a part of this tribute.
Mr. Jay
A Review by Jay Qualey
Carry My Bones
It’s okay to be dazzled by the fact that J. Wes Yoder, the author of Carry My Bones,
is not yet 28 years old. But it is a huge mistake to fail to grasp the fact that this
wonder-filled novel, no matter how easy it is to read, no matter how devastatingly
funny, no matter how intensely sad, is as deeply and movingly wise as if it had been
penned by, well,…. pick a guru,….any guru!
Yoder’s quintessentially unique voice delights, charms and seduces the reader. It
might also inadvertently contribute to his being under appreciated. Clearly the novel
was not written in a vacuum! There is the fruition of a variety of literary traditions to
be found in this book.
To the widely divergent population of the marginalized in fiction--think Faulkner,
Steinbeck, McCullers, Bragg, Hudson, for example--Yoder adds a highly unlikely, yet
completely credible trio, at least one of whom, Gid, pretty much defies being reduced
to a thumbnail sketch. Gid’s adopted son Merit--you just won’t believe why he is so
named--is something of an idiot savant and the tale’s narrator. John Frederick, Merit’s
best friend, a seventy-four year old turnip farmer, turns into Moses by the novel’s
conclusion. The three are rather bizarrely on a largely unnecessary lam and they are
supported by a cast of fascinating bit players, Patty Berry being my favorite.
Yoder’s writing resonates with overtones and even undertones of Scripture. The
epigram is from St. Paul- “Meanwhile we groan.”- and even the unexplained title has a
Biblical source. John Frederick’s final words are a masterpiece of lyrical black preaching that brings Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech to mind. But other
significant works of literature surfaced too, as I read Carry My Bones. I heard F. Scott
Fitzgerald, Flannery O’Conner, Judith Richards, Watt Key, and Everett Capps. (Now
there’s a guru!) Inevitably, other readers will add other names to this list, I am sure!
A review of this novel would be incomplete without saying something about the various forms of
humor to be relished in it. There are incisively funny send-ups of politics, education and even of football
being of greater import than the War on Terror throughout our great state. There are also various forms of
humor in the dialogue. Merit can speak at times with the flat affect of the afflicted and/or country
bumpkin! But he is also something of a stand-up comic, and an absolute wizard when it comes to what I
can only refer to as “gallows humor.” And this trio has an unerring penchant for falling into some of the
most hysterically funny situations not found in A Confederacy of Dunces. Not to even mention the
situations they themselves create!
Do I like this book? Let me make a confession. I liked it the first time I read it! I’ve loved it every
other time I’ve read it!
Is it flawless? Well of course not! But I attribute the errors in it to the publisher, one of the most
prestigious publishers I know of that apparently disavows the use of proofreaders and/or spell check!
(C’mon, guys, how else explain “peneapple” on page 220!)
As for the author, please know that J. Wes Yoder is this year’s Writer-in-Residence for The Fairhope
Center for the Writing Arts. He will be living at the Wolff Cottage right behind the library throughout the
coming year as he works on his second novel. Let’s welcome him and nurture him in that endeavor, and,
in that regard, the paperback edition of Carry My Bones will be published in June. I think it would be
wonderful to schedule an all day outdoor reading to celebrate the event with and for him. What do you
think, Karin?
by J. Wes Yoder
Mac Adam/Cage
Grayson Capps • Lisa Mills • Dog River Boys • Willie King • Michael Warren
Music = Brain Power
We offer a great
variety of fun
summer classes.
Available private
music lessons at
Bass Guitar
to Music
(for little ones)
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Studies have proven that children who
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The Why of Writing
by Charlotte Hayes
Co-author of “Somebody’s Going to Die” & “Being Dead is No Excuse”
hen my parents divorced, my great aunt Sometimes I think that people who
made a bee line to our house to take me for died before I was born in Virginia are
a ride in her Buick and discuss my altered future. as real as if they’d lived across the
Now that all was changed, she informed the fifteen- street like Mr. Foote. There is a word
year-old me, I could no longer indulge this fantasy for the kind of talk southerners do: it
about being a writer. “Shelby,” she said, referring to a is called gossip. Ellen Douglas, the
friend’s father—who would later become world famous as pen name for Greenville novelist
the mellifluous voice of Ken Burns’ Civil War series on TV but was still Ellen Douglas, once said that gossip is the lifeblood of literature. Jane
remembered in our neighborhood as a struggling writer and curmud- Austen loved it, too. I define gossip as a love of an interest in your
geonly owner of bad dog Beau, destroyer of azalea beds—
fellow human being—with perhaps just a soupcon of malice.
“nearly starved to death trying to write.”
I suppose I have told you about wanting to be a writer. But
And, of course, there was the notion that I should have
did I become one? I became a journalist—and gossip columGayden
wanted something more, well, normal. Like being a Chi
nist—and wrote for magazines. But for some reason I
Omega. That is something everybody could have undercould never tap into the Greenville vein. It was off limits.
stood and supported. But I didn’t want to be a Chi at Page and Palette I’d tell myself, Dickens had a lot more overpowering
Omega (good thing), and I did want to write. I feel
childhood than you, Charlotte, and he made it into
certain—know—that I would have wanted to write,
novels. I am particularly addicted to the English writer H.
even if I had not grown up in Greenville, Mississippi, a
H. Munro, who wrote under the name Saki. He gained
town celebrated for the unusual number of writers it has
the distance to turn his terrifying aunts, no doubt
produced. But it certainly didn’t hurt to grow up in Going to Die” well-intentioned but ill-suited to raising a small child, into
lapidary and hilarious (in a juvenile sort of way, I admit)
As a child, I devoured Lanterns on the Levee, the quintes- April 16th short stories.
sential book on how to be a southern aristocrat; a fond memAlthough I made my living as a reporter, I made it a rule
6-8 pm
ory is reading it, hidden on the back row in the band room at E.
never to write about Greenville or my family. Then Gayden
E. Bass Jr. High. (Before you ask, I played the drums. Badly.) Adding to Metcalfe, whom I have known all my life and who lives in Greenville,
the magnolia scent of childhood, my mother and I (and a bachelor uncle) called me. Gayden said she had an idea for a book—about Greenville
lived in my grandfather’s house even before the divorce. My grandfa- and funerals. I knew it was a brilliant idea. But I was far too busy. Or
ther was a white manned personage—he was offered the role of so I said, knowing the book would mean writing about Greenville.
mayor or some such in the movie Baby Doll but was irate at the very Fortunately, I mentioned it to a friend, who mentioned it to a friend,
idea of being in a movie- was born in Petersburg, Va., during who happened to work at Miramax. Gayden and I soon found ourselves
Reconstruction. He nearly fainted when a friend of mine used the word sitting in a roomful of Yankees who were enthralled by Gayden and her
commode in conversation, and the blood drained from his face, and he lively talk about death. Reader, the fools gave us a contract to do the
almost ran out of the room when my bachelor uncle came perilously book.
close to actually sayingthat Mama was pregnant with me.
I once told our agent that I wanted to write a piece on how an old
Along with the strange family came, I must admit, something very friend had saved my literary life. In a way, this is that piece. Working
helpful to becoming a writer: a good library, composed of many now together, Gayden and I wrote about both our families—and all our
seldom-read masters such as my beloved Lord Macauley, dear Lothrop friends’ families, too. In the end, I think my family came out a lot nicer
Motley, and naughty Mr. Gibbon, whom Papa was constantly trying to than the H. H. Munro aunt who got whacked by Sredni Vashtar, an
banish to the back hall on the grounds that those Roman emperors imaginary god. (You must read “Shredni Vashtar.”)
weren’t a bit like stuffy southern gentlemen. Mama, not an avid
Gayden has an inimitable way of expressing herself, learned at the
reader, nevertheless fought for their position in the living room—the feet of Anne Gayden Call, her mother and Greenville’s greatest congold and leather binding was quite handsome.
versationalist, and I am hoping that some of her flare rubbed off on me.
We also did in our atypical little family something else that is very And, without giving anything away, I devoutly hope that my mother,
helpful for an aspiring writer—we talked. And talked and talked. Julia Morgan Hays, would like Olivia Morgan Gilliam in the book.
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Webkinz Workshop
Saturday, April 14th from 1 - 3 p.m.
Saturday, May 12th from 1 - 3 p.m.
Teachers will be Miss Baley Firlus,
Miss Mary Helene Hall,
Miss Claire Stewart. Please
sign up prior to event.
with Melinda Long, Author
Saturday, June 16th
1 – 3 p.m.
Shiver me timbers! Braid Beard and his
crew from the bestselling How I Became a
Pirate are back for a second adventure with
their landlubber friend, young Jeremy
Jacob. But this time they’ve taken on a task
more fraught with peril than walking the
plank during a hearty gale—they’re babysitting Jeremy’s little sister!,
Kid Review
Brandon Killian, 10 years old, 4th Grade at Fairhope Intermediate School
Brandon reads, on average, three books a week
the date
Harry Potter
July 20, 2007
10 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
If you like magical, action adventure stories, then this is
the perfect book for you. Twelve year old Stephanie will
inherit her uncle’s property, possessions, assets, and royalties the day she turns eighteen. Little did Stephanie know
what undiscovered adventures came with the inheritance.
When Stephanie spent the night in her late Uncle’s house,
she had an unexpected visitor who just managed to get
there in time to save Stephanie from a certain death at the
hands of a thief. Skulduggery Pleasant is an unusual
hero. It turns out Skulduggery Pleasant is a skeleton.
This is a wonderful, funny book that is full of adventure
and magic. In my opinion this is a wonderful book.
If you are a Charlie Bone fan, then you’ll love this book.
Children s Department
To the P
Things that Make You
Go Hmmmm.. .
"If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure." - George W. Bush
43% of all statistics are worthless.
Chicago law prohibits eating in a place that is on fire.
I doubt, therefore I might be.
If ignorance is bliss, why aren't more people happy?
It has recently been discovered that research causes cancer in rats.
Smoking is one of the leading causes of statistics.
This sentence contradicts itself -- no actually it doesn't.
To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.
Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.
What happens if you get scared half to death twice?
What we anticipate seldom occurs; what we least expect generally happens.
page & palette and
The Fairhope Public Library
Read It & Eat
Mockingbird Author,
Charles Shields,
to be featured at First
Read It and Eat
Page & Palette Bookstore and the Fairhope Public Library Board of Trustees will
kick off a new monthly event, Read It and Eat, with author, Charles Shields reading
and signing his latest novel, Mockingbird. The program will be held Tuesday, April
24th, from 12:00-1:30 p.m. in the Giddon’s Room in the new Fairhope Public Library—
located at the NE corner of Fairhope Avenue and Bancroft Streets.
Charles Shields’ wildly successfully biography of Harper Lee, Mockingbird,
is the first book ever written about the Pulitzer-prize winning author. To Kill A
Mockingbird, the twentieth-century’s most widely read American novel, has sold
thirty million copies and still sells a million yearly. Yet despite the book’s perennial
popularity, its creator has become a somewhat mysterious figure. Shields’ tantalizing
biography draws on interviews with 600 of Lee’s acquaintances but was compiled
without cooperation from its subject; Lee stopped granting interviews in the mid-60’s.
Tuesday, April 24th
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch (subject to change)
A Free Event
After years of research, Shields has brought to life the warmhearted,
high-spirited, and occasionally hardheaded woman who gave us two of American
literature’s most unforgettable characters—Atticus Finch and his daughter, Scout—and
who contributed to the success of her lifelong friend Truman Capote’s masterpiece,
In Cold Blood. At the center of Mockingbird is the story of Lee’s struggle to create her
famous novel. But her life contains many other highlights as well; her girlhood as a
tomboy in overalls in tiny Monroeville, Alabama; the murder trial that made her
beloved father’s reputation and inspired her great work; her journey to Kansas as
Capote’s ally and research assistant to help report the story of the Clutter murders;
the surrogate family she found in New York City.
Invite a friend and meet at the Fairhope Public Library for a nice lunch and great
literature. Read It and Eat is a free event, open to the public. For more information
contact Page & Palette at 928-5295 or visit online at
The paperback has just released for only $15. We will have hardbacks available for purchase for those who like signed hardbacks.
A Search for
New Beginnings
Coming of Age
The Unnatural History of
Cypress Parish
The Year of Fog
Life can change in an instant. Abby Mason – photographer, fiancée, soon-to-be-stepmother – looks away
from six-year-old Emma to take a picture, and when
she looks up, Emma has disappeared. The resulting
search causes Abby to unearth memories of her own
childhood and eventually leads her on a journey of
discovery both physical and emotional. Michelle
Richmond’s The Year of Fog ($20, Bantam, 978-0385-34011-3) is a moving novel of family, loss, and hope, dealing with
both the choices we make and the choices made for us.
Based on historical events, Elise Blackwell’s The
Unnatural History of Cypress Parish ($23.95,
Unbridled Books, 978-1-932961-31-7) is the story of
Louis Proby, son of Cypress Parish’s superintendent,
on the eve of the great floods that devastated his
Louisiana hometown in 1927. Narrated nearly 80
years later on the eve of another catastrophe, Louis’s tale of sacrifice,
both physical and emotional, resonates beyond geography to reveal the
complexities of our relationship to the past and the price of guilt carried
over decades.
If You Lived Here
So Many Ways to Begin
Desperate to become a mother, but unable to have a
child of her own, Shelley seeks to adopt a Vietnamese
boy. When her husband, already the father of two
grown children, withdraws his support of her efforts,
Shelley turns to Mai, who still struggles with assimilation after her emigration from Vietnam two decades
earlier. When Mai agrees to help Shelley and travel
back to her home country, each woman is faced with
decisions that will reverberate for the rest of their lives in If You Lived
Here by Dana Sachs ($24.95, William Morrow, 978-0-06-113048-9).
It is the intimate details that ultimately shape a life, or
so thinks David Carter, collector, curator, calculator
of the minutia of the day-to-day. When, at age 22, he
learns that he was adopted, David embarks on a voyage of self-discovery that colors the next decades of
his life – his marriage, the birth of his daughter, a tragic affair – until at last he finds meaning where he least
expects it. So Many Ways to Begin ($23.95,
Bloomsbury, 978-1-59691-222-9), by award-winning author Jon
McGregor, shines a different light on what it means to be connected to
The Secret of Lost Things
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Rosemary Savage arrives in New York from Tasmania
with little more than her love of books, eager for
adventure. Hired to work at the labyrinthine Arcade
bookstore, she builds a home populated with the modern equivalent of Dickensian characters who work
with her. An anonymous letter referring to the existence of a “lost” Melville manuscript brings the ambitions and rivalries of the Arcade staff to a head, and
serves to place Rosemary in the center of The Secret of Lost Things by
Sheridan Hay ($23.95, Doubleday, 978-0-385-51848-2).
On the brink of a brilliant career with a prestigious
New York firm, Pakistani native Changez finds his
life overturned by the events of 9/11. A few years
later, at a café table in Lahore, Changez relates his
American experiences to an American visitor whose
presence may have to do with his recent antiAmerican activities. Presented in the form of a monologue, Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist ($22, Harcourt,
978-0-15-101304-3) is an illuminating portrait of a man whose allegiances prove more powerful than money, power, or even love.
Winterton Blue
American Youth
Lewis, a sullen loner, is on a quest to avenge his twin
brother’s death 20 years ago. Anna is the maiden
daughter of vivacious Rita, who at 76 is beginning to
show her age despite her loud, carefree ways and
retired actor boyfriend. As Lewis follows the trail of
the person he believes to be responsible for his brother’s death, his path crosses with Anna’s, and each recognizes a kindred spirit. At once a touching love story
and an intricately plotted mystery, Trezza Azzopardi’s Winterton Blue
($24, Grove Press, 978-0-8021-1841-7) will both entice and entertain.
While showing off his .22 to a schoolmate, Ted
LeClare loads the gun. When Ted’s back is turned, his
friend accidentally kills his own younger brother. The
tragedy earns Ted the admiration of a vigilante group
in the high school and serves to further sharpen the
conflict in a town where old values are clashing with
new money. American Youth by Phil LaMarche
($21.95, Random House, 978-1-4000-6605-6) redefines the coming-of-age novel for a new generation in different times.
Around the World
in 80 Ways
Mysterious Doings
Pig Island
Jaded and world-weary, journalist Joe Oakes makes a
living by exposing hoaxes. When his latest case takes
him to a remote Scottish island in search of a strange
creature caught briefly on film, even his own definitions of evil and reality are challenged. Pig Island
($24, Atlantic Monthly, 978-0-87113-952-8) by Mo
Hayder is a convincing thriller that deftly explores the
degree to which skepticism can become its own sort of blind faith.
God’s Spy
The search is on for Pope John Paul II’s successor, but
so too is the search for a serial killer attacking cardinals arriving in Vatican City for the conclave. Italian
police inspector Paola Dicanti finds an unusual ally in
Anthony Fowler, a former U.S. intelligence office
turned priest as they seek the whereabouts of Victor
Karosky, a sexually abused child who has become a
deeply dysfunctional adult – a priest and murderer.
God’s Spy ($24.95, Dutton, 978-0-525-94994-7) by Juan Gomez-Jurado
is a thriller worthy to stand with those of Thomas Harris and Dan Brown.
The Blackest Bird: A Novel of
Murder in Nineteenth-Century
New York
Based on one of the most celebrated unsolved murders
in New York City history, The Blackest Bird ($24.95,
Norton, 978-0-393-06231-1), by Joel Rose, brings
new perspective to the death of cigar girl Mary Rogers
in the sweltering summer of 1841. High Constable
Jacob Hays, John Colt, scion of the firearm fortune, and a young romantic poet named Edgar Allan Poe each play a pivotal role in this intriguing historical whodunit.
The Bad Quarto:
An Imogen Quy Mystery
Jill Paton Walsh has been labeled the new queen of
academic mysteries after her praise-winning completion of two posthumous works of Dorothy Sayers.
Walsh, author of several previous books featuring
nurse-sleuth Imogen Quy, now brings us the latest in
the series, The Bad Quarto ($23.95, St. Martin’s
Minotaur, 978-0-312-35409-1). Imogen, a nurse at St. Agatha’s College,
snoops into the death of a research fellow at Cambridge University,
whose “accidental” death from a fall off a campus tower is challenged in
an unorthodox production of the “bad quarto” – a shortened version of
Shakespeare’s Hamlet. This one is a great read for lovers of old-fashioned British mysteries.
The Best Travel Writing 2007
No need to pack your bags or worry about who will
water the plants when you can travel to 28 different
destinations with experienced travel writers as your
guide. Funny and profound, life-affirming and enlightening, the stories in The Best Travel Writing 2007:
True Stories from Around the World ($16.95,
Travelers’ Tales, 978-1-9323-6146-9) allow us to
explore both exotic and familiar places around the
world where writers have been transformed by their experiences.
The Best Women's Travel Writing
Women who travel often find their lives profoundly and
deeply affected by their experience. Sit down with the
newest volume of The Best Women’s Travel Writing:
True Stories from Around the World ($16.95, Travelers’
Tales, 978-1-9323-6149-0) for lively storytelling and
engrossing narratives that take you from dancing the
tango in Argentina to riding a horse from Senegal to Mali with hilarity
and misadventure, romance, spiritual growth, service to humanity and
exotic cuisine – all told from a woman’s perspective.
Cucina del Sole
It’s simply not possible for someone to travel to Italy
and not fall in love with the food. Just the thought of
fresh pastas, focaccias, savory olive oils and all those
lovely vegetables at the open-air markets are reminders
of living the sweet life. Southern Italy, with its own
culinary traditions, is the inspiration for Cucina del
Sole (Apr. $29.95, Morrow, 978-0-0607-2343-9). Travel with Nancy
Harmon Jenkins, author of The Essential Mediterranean and contributor
to Food & Wine, for local folklore and recipes of the magnificent region
from Naples to Sicily.
World Grilling
There’s something special about the sizzle and smells
from a grill. If you enjoy the flavors of cuisines around
the world, browse through the more than 100 recipes in
the second edition of World Grilling (Apr. $18.95,
Sasquatch Books, 978-1-5706-1519-1). From meats
and seafood to vegetarian dishes, you’ll find easy-to-do
recipes that will reinvigorate your creations from the grill.
“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.”
~ Margaret Fuller
Talking to God
It’s possible that if we focused on what unites us rather
than what divides us, the world would be a more
peaceful place. The experience prayer shows how all
parts of the human family are interconnected. With its
breathtaking beauty and affirmation of life, Talking to
God: Portrait of a World at Prayer ($39.95, Stone
Creek, 978-0-9656-3383-3) gives us new insights into
the practices of the world's many faiths. This lovely volume features
more than 100 photos taken in 50 countries as well as essays by Karen
Armstrong, The Dalai Lama, Mohandas K. Gandhi, Thich Nhat Hanh,
Kathleen Norris, Harold Kushner, C.S. Lewis, Thomas Merton and others. A gift to be revered and treasured.
Katie Brown's Outdoor
If you feel right at home with a casual, relaxed style
of entertaining, don’t miss “Katie Brown’s
Workshop” to premiere on PBS this May. She’s
already on TV more than 12 times a week and in
dozens of newspapers across the country weekly
with her tips for enjoying life in the company of others. The PBS segments will be tied to Katie Brown’s Outdoor
Entertaining: Taking the Party Outside (Apr. $30, Little Brown, 978-03161-1306-9) and will fill you with ideas for food, crafts, and your garden.
Kabul Beauty School
If you enjoyed Reading Lolita in Tehran, we think
you’ll enjoy the story of how Deborah Rodriguez, an
American volunteering as a nurse’s aid after the fall of
the Taliban, finds that her skills as a hairdresser were
far more in demand. Kabul Beauty School: An
American Woman Goes Behind the Veil (Apr. $24.95,
Random House, 978-1-4000-6559-2) tells how
Rodriguez negotiated a donation of 10,000 beauty
products and supplies from U.S. companies, then dealt with political
problems and cultural misunderstandings in this witty, colorful adventure.
You’ll Find Me Outside
Rightsizing Your Life
You’ve hung on to so much stuff for so long, it’s finally time to keep what truly matters and forget the rest.
Whether you want to clear the clutter, are down-sizing
to a new home, helping a parent transition to a smaller
space, or wanting a nostalgic spouse to finally move
on, look to Rightsizing Your Life: Simplifying Your
Surroundings ($15.99, Springborad Press, 978-0-82125813-2). Author Ciji Ware knows it’s not as easy as it
looks and provides helpful guidance to ease the emotional attachment to
stuff and get ready for our next chapter in life.
Wake-Up Calls
On the Porch
There is simply something magical about a
porch. It tells you to slow down, take some
time, delve into a book, sip a glass of iced tea,
watch the weather roll in. If you’re ready to
add a porch onto your home or add some comfort to the one you have, you’ll find tips from
construction and maintenance to lighting and
rockers in On the Porch: Creating Your Place
to Watch the World Go By (Apr. $30, Taunton Press, 978-1-5615-88497), your invitation to spend more time out on the porch.
Pots in the Garden
Container gardening is no longer just for apartment dwellers! Today you’ll find ornamental
containers on decks, patios, terraces, and in the
garden itself to add dimension and beauty, save
space and even save time and money. Award-winning horticulturist Ray Rogers shows us how to
incorporate containers into our outdoor living
spaces in his new book, Pots in the Garden
($29.95, Timber Press, 978-0-8819-2834-1). From creating focal points
to adding texture, finding new uses for empty containers to using the
techniques of line and repetition, you’ll enjoy the results of this creative
and fresh approach.
Living an Authentic Life
You feel it. Something is “off” and calling you to take
action. Throughout life, there are reasons and opportunities to change directions. Whether it’s a big U-turn or
simply taking a fork in the road, these are times that
help define who we really are. If you’re feeling
prompted by a nagging force that just won’t quit, pick
up a copy of Wake-Up Calls (Apr. $24.95, Bloomsbury,
978-1-5823-4584-0) by Bruce Grierson for a greater
understanding of your epiphany and what it offers you about life choices and identity.
The Gospel According to Dogs
Robert Short reveals what man's best friend can
teach us about life. Dogs do much more than just
keep us company and give us love and attention –
they are models for how we can live better lives as
humans. From humility and obedience to singleness of purpose and unconditional love, Short
shows us how we can learn from the remarkable
qualities of dogs in The Gospel According to
Dogs ($11.95, HarperSanFrancisco, 978-0-0611-9874-8), a delightfully
entertaining book of comic strips and photos with wisdom about living
a good life.
A Long Way Gone
Historic Moments,
Heart-Rending Memoirs
American Spy
E. Howard Hunt had a storied career in the CIA and
with the White House during the Watergate years.
Now in his late eighties, Hunt addresses his exploits in
the CIA, clarifies the accusations that have linked him
to the JFK assassination and the George Wallace
shooting, explains why he agreed to participate in the
Watergate burglary and sheds new light on the breakin aftermath in American Spy ($25.95, Wiley, 978-04717-8982-6). An important memoir from one whose life shaped history.
A Man Without a Country
You’ll find Kurt Vonnegut's (Slaughterhouse Five,
Cat’s Cradle) hilarious and razor-sharp look at life, art,
politics and the condition of the soul of America today
in his first book since 1999, A Man Without A Country
($13.95, Random House, 978-0-8129-7736-3), now in
paperback. Filled with short essays and speeches composed over the last five years, this book is also illustrated throughout with artwork by the author, a grandmaster of American letters. USA Today says, “…this is Vonnegut doing
what he does best: being himself."
More and more, wars are now fought by children,
hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. In the more
than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated
that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Ishmael
Beah used to be one of them. Now twenty-five years
old, Beah tells his unforgettable story of being a child
fighting a war in Siera Leone, capable of truly terrible
acts in A Long Way Gone ($22, Farrar Straus Giroux,
978-0-3741-0523-5). A rare and mesmerizing account told with literary
force and heartbreaking honesty.
Fowl Weather
In Bob Tarte’s home, pandemonium is the order of the
day, and animals literally rule the roost – thirty-nine of
them at last count. But not until this modern-day
Noah’s Ark hits stormy weather does Bob realize that
this exuberant gaggle of animals provides his spiritual
anchor. He writes about their alien presence, their
sense of humor, and their impulsive behavior in Fowl
Weather: How Thirty-Nine Animals and One Sock
Monkey Took Over My Life ($23.95, Algonquin, 978-1-56512-502-5),
a hilarious, heart-warming and utterly delightful read.
America’s Place
in the World
A Guest in My Own Country
George Konrad, one of Eastern Europe’s most accomplished modern writers, was a young man living in
Budapest at the end of World War II and one of the
only Jewish children to escape the Holocaust. He
played a role in the unsuccessful Hungarian Uprising
and refused to leave the Eastern Bloc under socialism.
He writes of the dangers, hopes, betrayals and courageous acts of the period in A Guest in My Own
Country ($15.95, Other Press, 978-1-5905-1139-8), a powerful literary
memoir and reflection on national and individual identity.
When A Crocodile Eats the Sun
After his father’s heart attack in 1984, Peter Godwin
began a series of pilgrimages back to Zimbabwe, the
land of his birth, from Manhattan where he now lives.
During his visits he witnessed Zimbabwe’s dramatic
spiral downwards. The question remained, why did his
parents remain loyal to the failing state? When A
Crocodile Eats The Sun ($23.99, Little Brown, 978-0316-15894-7) is the revelation of a family secret and a
portrait of the profound strength of the human spirit and the enduring
power of love.
Second Chance
Former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski
offers an assessment of the last three presidential
administrations' foreign policy and how a country with
once unprecedented power and prestige managed to
squander both in such a short period of time. In Second
Chance: Three Presidents and the Crisis of American
Superpower ($26.95, Perseus, 978-0-4650-0252-8),
Brzezinski traces the tale of decline and concludes with
how America can regain its lost prestige.
The Real Wealth of Nations
Eminent social scientist Riane Eisler, author of the
mega-bestseller The Chalice and the Blade, shows that
the great problems of our time — poverty, inequality,
war, terrorism, and environmental degradation — are
due largely to flawed economic systems that set the
wrong priorities and misallocate resources. In The Real
Wealth of Nations ($24.95, Berrett-Kohler, 978-15767-5388-0), Eisler suggests that we need to adopt
innovative economic indicators and new practices for government and
business alike in this bold look at how to recreate society so that all may
participate and benefit.
Live From Jordan
Despite having a degree in Middle Eastern studies,
Ben Orbach was completely unprepared for what he
discovered. Beyond the anti-American sentiment he
experienced, he found a complex, curious people
whose lives were made even more difficult by an overwhelming feeling of powerlessness. Travel through
Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Palestine and Turkey in Live
from Jordan (Apr. $22, AMACOM, 978-0-8144-74273), an engaging myth-breaking book about a misunderstood region and
the welcoming people who inhabit it.
Righteous Among the Nations
While most of history focuses on difficulties of our
past, Yad Vashem’s quest – which began in 1963 – to
find people who had risked their lives to save Jews
during the Holocaust has brought forth fascinating
stories of heroism in what was an unthinkable period
in world history. Righteous Among the Nations
($59.95, Collins, 978-0-0611-5112-5) presents the
findings of the public commission that meticulously studied all documents and evidence by survivors and other eyewitnesses, offering
important stories of those who stood with courage and conviction for the
sake of others.
More Effective,
More Productive
Time Power
If you’d like to discover the five tools and techniques
that will help you find two more productive hours each
day, learn to make better decisions faster or focus on
higher-value activities, look to Brian Tracy’s Time
Power ($16, AMACOM, 978-0-8144-7470-9). You’ll
discover what you could be doing that would help you
relieve stress and get even more crossed off your ToDo list.
The Dream Manager
Today’s manager is pressed on all levels. If you’re in
the driver’s seat and would like to reduce turnover,
engage your staff and increase productivity, look to
Matthew Kelly’s The Dream Manager ($22.95,
Jossey-Bass, 978-0-7879-8701-5). When Business
Week reports that 21% of top management and 24% of
middle management positions become vacant each
year, this story of one company and one leader will
show that transformation is possible, and can happen with an unorthodox, but highly effective approach to relationships.
Brilliantly Told Tales
Over a century ago, Mark Twain left Huckleberry
Finn’s father dead in a room amid such puzzling oddities as a wooden leg, women’s underclothing, and two
black cloth masks. In his remarkable new novel, Jon
Clinch takes the reader on a journey into the history
and heart of one of America’s most brutal and mysterious figures, and offers a haunting look at Pap Finn’s
appalling life and ruinous death, while revealing the
secret of his remarkable son’s birth. Populated with a cast of characters
as unforgettable as Twain’s own novel, Finn ($23.95, Random House,
978-1-4000-6591-2) dares to recreate Huck for a new generation, and
succeeds. A tale handed down from generation to generation about the
damage done, about the indelible stain of slavery, and about the triumph
of a young spirit with vast possibilities, this is a story based on a classic
and destined to become one itself.
The Book of Air and Shadows
“Tap-tapping the keys and out come the words on this
little screen, and who will read them I hardly know. I
could be dead by the time anyone actually gets to read
them, as dead as, say, Tolstoy. Or Shakespeare. Does it
matter, when you read, if the person who wrote still
lives?” Such are the thoughts of Jake Mishkin, whose
seemingly innocent job as an intellectual property
attorney has placed him in the center of a deadly conspiracy in which no one is who they seem. A distinguished
Shakespearean scholar found tortured to death. A lost manuscript and its
secrets buried for centuries. An encrypted map that could lead to incalculable wealth. These are the elements of a brilliantly layered plot found
in the pages of The Book of Air and Shadows ($24.95, William Morrow,
978-0-06-087446-9), Michael Gruber’s most intricate and rewarding
novel yet.
Then We Came to the End
No one knows us better than the men and women who
share office space – and office gossip – with us. Every
workplace becomes a family of sorts, and the Chicago
ad agency that Joshua Ferris hilariously depicts in Then
We Came to the End ($23.99, Little, Brown, 978-0316-01638-4) is certainly family at its strangest and
best. As business trends irrevocably downward, these
colleagues cope in time-honored fashion: through elaborate pranks, secret romances, and increasingly frequent coffee breaks.
As one after another of their members is fired, the survivors spend their
energies parsing their bosses’ decisions while competing for the best
office furniture left behind and trying to make sense of what little
“work” there remains. Ferris has a searingly accurate eye for detail and
emotion, and has captured the modern workplace – and its inhabitants –
in both raucous and moving fashion.
The Camel Bookmobile
Librarian Fiona Sweeney has a comfortable job, a
comfortable boyfriend, and a comfortable life. But at
age thirty-six, she longs to make a difference, and
inspired by the memory of her single mother who
raised four children, she leaves the security and
sophistication of New York behind to run a mobile
library, powered by camel, in Kenya. Assured that her
good works will bring the joy of reading to poor farming villages, Fi is unprepared to deal with the regulations of her boss,
who dictates that if one volume goes missing, the library will stop visiting the village. When a villager refuses to return a book, a feud erupts
that leads Fiona to question her motives, her ideals, and the consequences of the Western values that she holds dear. The Camel
Bookmobile ($24.95, HarperCollins, 978-0-06-117348-6) is based on a
true story, and Masha Hamilton brings this inspiring tale to life in a
novel both entertaining and thought-provoking.
Poetry You’ll Love
Love Poetry Out Loud
Looking for a little gift book that will help say "I
love you?” In the realm of love, the power of
words is far better to convey exactly what we're
feeling, whether we want to seduce, plead, flatter,
or convince; proclaim the depth of our devotion;
or even reveal a broken heart. Robert Rubin,
whose perennially popular Poetry Out Loud
helped give voice to our inner poet, now guides
us through a medley of love poems old and new in Love Poetry Out
Loud ($14.95, Algonquin, 978-1-5651-2459-2).
The Thief of Time
From John Boyne, the acclaimed author of Crippen
and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, comes the ingenious tale of Matthieu Zela, who in 1999 is 256 years
old, but doesn’t look a day over 50. Moving from his
current position as a satellite television mogul in
London back to his coming-of-age in the 1750s when
he fled Paris with his young half-brother Tomas after
witnessing his mother’s murder and his stepfather’s
execution, Matthieu’s story mirrors great world events from the French
Revolution to the 1929 Stock Market crash, as well as brushes with
famous people from Charlie Chaplin to accused spies Ethel and Julius
Rosenberg. Suddenly, at the end of the twentieth century, Matthieu is
forced to answer an uncomfortable question: what is the worth of
immortality without the comfort of love? The Thief of Time ($24.95, St.
Martin’s Press, 978-0-312-35480-0) tells a story of a life more than fully
lived and redemption that arrives not a moment too soon.
The Trouble with Poetry
Playfulness, spare elegance, and wit epitomize
the poetry of Billy Collins, America's two-term
Poet Laureate, opening the door to poetry for
countless people. Like the book's title, The
Trouble with Poetry ($13.95, Random House,
978-0-3757-5521-7), Collins's poems are filled
with mischief, humor, and irony, Through simple
language, Collins shows that good poetry doesn't have to be obscure or
incomprehensible, qualities that are perhaps the real trouble with most
"serious" poetry. Gorgeous, funny, and deeply empathetic, Billy
Collins's poetry is a window through which we see our lives as if for the
first time.
Dancing with Joy
If you still find yourself rereading poems in Roger
Houseden’s collection, Risking Everything, get ready
to savor the many colors of joy in his latest, Dancing
with Joy ($20, Harmony, 978-0-3073-4195-2). From
Italian classical and romantic works and early
Chinese and Persian verse to contemporary works,
you’ll discover 99 poems from 69 poets who write
about looking for sheer happiness.
April is National
Poetry Month
– a perfect time to rediscover
the lyrical language of poetry
Old Turtle
Douglas Wood’s beloved tale of Old Turtle
($17.99, Scholastic, 978-0-439-30908-0) is now
available in a beautifully redesigned edition. The
story begins with the animals, rocks, waters, and
trees arguing about God. To the fish, God is a
swimmer deep in the sea. To the lion, God is a
hunter. To the stone, God is a rock that never
moves. Their argument ends when Old Turtle
states his belief that God is all of those things, and more. Old Turtle is a
wisdom tale about the interconnectedness of our world, with a message
of hope that will touch readers of any age. It’s the perfect gift for graduations and other milestones. All ages.
Fix-It Duck
One mishap leads to another in Jez
Alborough’s Fix-It Duck ($7.99, Kane/Miller,
978-1-93305-30-2), a board book featuring
the ever-determined but not always handy-tohave-around Duck. When rain drips through
the roof into Duck’s tea, Duck goes to see
Sheep to borrow a ladder so he can fix the
roof. At Sheep’s, he gets sidetracked by a stuck window — another job
for Fix-It Duck! While fixing the window, Duck breaks the glass, pops
a tire, and ends up driving Sheep’s mobile home into a pond. Too bad
Duck’s results aren’t as good as his intentions! Little ones will love this
board book with its bright illustrations and rhyming text. Ages 2-6.
Mahalia Mouse Goes to
College (Book and CD)
Mahalia Mouse and her family live in the basement of a Harvard dorm. In desperate need of
food, Mahalia makes the long journey to the
cafeteria — only to be swept up in a backpack
and carried off to an advanced physics class!
Separated from her family, Mahalia is sad for
awhile but soon discovers how exciting learning
can be. Bestselling author John Lithgow first read this story as part of a
commencement address he gave at Harvard in 2005. Now it’s available
as a beautifully illustrated picture book that includes a live reading by
Lithgow on CD. Mahalia Mouse Goes to College ($17.99, Simon &
Schuster, 978-1-4169-2715-0) will have you cheering for its tiny heroine. Ages 4-8.
What Are You So Grumpy
Everybody gets grumpy sometimes, but it’s
hard to stay grouchy when you’re reading Tom
Lichtenheld’s What Are You So Grumpy
About? ($6.99, Little, Brown, 978-0-31606589-4). In this boldly illustrated picture
book, life’s grumpy moments get turned around
until the humor shows. Buy a copy of the book for those days when
someone you love needs a little cheering up. Pretty soon even the biggest
pout will dissolve into giggles and grins. Now available in paperback.
Ages 3-6.
Animal Poems
The late poet Valerie Worth was acclaimed for
her children’s books and we’re delighted to have
a new collection of her work. Animal Poems
($17, Farar, Straus and Giroux, 978-0-37438057-1) features 23 of Worth’s poems, each
one capturing with her poet’s eye the uniqueness
of a different animal. Her elegant free verse will
charm young listeners, as will the breathtaking cut-paper illustrations by
Caldecott Honor winner Steve Jenkins. Ages 4-8.
If: A Father’s Advice
to His Son
Bee Frog
She’s a little frog with a big personality. Bee
Frog thinks of herself more like a dragon than a
frog, actually, especially when she’s feeling a
little left out. But even scary dragons get lonely
sometimes and Bee Frog soon learns that being
yourself is the best way to get the attention and
affection you need. Bee Frog ($14.99,
Candlewick, 978-0-7636-3310-3) is by Martin Waddell, author of more
than 100 children’s books including favorites like Can’t You Sleep,
Little Bear? and Owl Babies. Ages 3-7.
Pirates Don’t Change Diapers
If you can keep your head when all about you /
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; / If you
can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But
make allowance for their doubting too… So
begins the classic poem “If” by Rudyard
Kipling, a list of suggestions from a father to his
son on what it takes to be a man. In If: A Father’s Advice to His Son
($14.99, Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, 978-0-689-87799-5), Kipling’s
poem is uniquely paired with Charles R. Smith’s stunning photographs
of young people playing sports. It’s a lovely option for Poetry Month or
for a gift for a special boy in your life. Ages 6 & up.
In this funny follow-up to Melinda Long’s bestselling How I Became a Pirate, the swashbuckling pirate crew of Braid Beard faces their scariest challenge yet: babysitting! When they return
to Jeremy Jacob’s house, young Jeremy extracts a
high price from the pirates — to get to the buried
treasure in the back yard, the pirates first have to
calm down Jeremy’s screaming baby sister.
Pirates Don’t Change Diapers ($16, Harcourt, 978-0-15-205353-6) is
another rollicking read from Melinda Long, with illustrations by David
Shannon. Argh! Ages 3-7.
The Jumbo Book of Space
Explore the mysteries of the universe in this kidfriendly guide to the galaxy! In The Jumbo Book
of Space ($17.95, Kids Can Press, 978-1-55453020-5), authors Cynthia Pratt Nicolson, Paulette
Bourgeois, and Bill Slavin offer answers to the
many questions kids have about the sun, moon, stars, and planets. The
book includes a history of space exploration as well as the latest scientific information. Kids will enjoy hands-on experiments like making a
telescope, building a two-stage rocket, or cooking with the sun’s rays.
This is a great gift for young people who are fascinated by outer space,
and a terrific reference for the family or classroom library. Ages 8-12.
Barnstormers: Tales of the
Travelin’ Nine, Game 1
Set in 1899, during the early days of baseball,
Barnstormers: Tales of the Travelin’ Nine
($10.99, Simon & Schuster, 978-1-4169-18639) is the first in a new series of sports stories by
the outstanding team of Loren Long and Phil
Bildner. In this first installment, the three Payne
children — Griffith, Graham, and Ruby — are
trying to get over the death of their father. The family’s deep in debt and
hoping that their traveling baseball team, The Travelin’ Nine, can raise
enough money to save the day. The adults aren’t telling the children
much about what happened, though it all seems tied up with a baseball
that once belonged to their father. Strange things happen when the children hold the ball in their hands. Will the ball give them the answers they
need? Ages 7-10.
The Penderwicks
Jeanne Birdsall’s National Book Award-winner The
Penderwicks ($6.50, Random House/Yearling, 9780-440-42047-1) is now available in paperback.
Subtitled “A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two
Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy,” The
Penderwicks is the nostalgic tale of a magical summer vacation spent in a cottage on a Massachusetts
estate called Arundel Hall. The son of the owners,
Jeffrey, is the perfect companion for the four
Penderwick girls’ adventures, but his mother is not nearly as pleased to
have the girls around. Is there any chance the kids will stay out of trouble? This is a sweet story, very well written. Ages 8-12.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
In his new book, award-winning and best-selling
author/illustrator Brian Selznick combines outstanding storytelling with hundreds of his vivid illustrations. Hugo Cabret is an orphan, and a collector of
clocks, who lives in the walls of a Paris train station.
His life clicks into a new path after he meets an
eccentric little girl and the bitter old man who runs
the toy shop in the train station. Soon Hugo’s secrets
are in jeopardy. He must find a way to decode a cryptic drawing and a
hidden message from his dead father in order to solve a mystery which
will change his life forever. Don’t miss The Invention of Hugo Cabret
($21.99, Scholastic, 978-0-439-813785). Ages 9-12.
“Hope is the thing with feathers” starts the poem
Frannie is reading in school. Frannie hasn’t thought
much about hope. There are so many other things to
think about including her brother’s deafness and her
mother’s sadness. When Frannie’s all-black sixthgrade classroom gets a new student, a boy who looks
white but says he isn’t, life as she knew it gets shaken up. In Feathers ($15.99, Putnam, 978-0-399-23989-2), set in 1971
during racial segregation and the Vietnam War, award-winning author
Jacqueline Woodson paints a compelling picture of a group of young
people learning to look beneath the surface to find faith and hope in difficult times. Starred review in Publishers Weekly. Ages 9-12.
Cracker! The Best Dog in
Her novel Kira-Kira received the 2005 Newbery
Medal and now author Cynthia Kadohata is back
with a uniquely captivating story of a dog and a soldier. In Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam ($16.99,
Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, 978-1-4169-0637-7),
we meet young Rick MacBride, a soldier who is
filled with doubts about whether he’s tough enough
to survive the war in Vietnam. After he arrives there, he’s paired with
Cracker, a highly trained German shepherd whose job is to sniff out
bombs, traps, and the enemy. Though initially wary of each other, the
two soon realize they’ll have to be friends as well as teammates in order
to survive. Ages 10 & up.
The Mysterious Benedict Society
“Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?” asked the newspaper ad. Reynie and three other
children who respond to the ad are selected for a secret
mission. To accomplish it they will have to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very
Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no
rules. They’ll have to solve puzzle after puzzle — and
you, dear reader, will get to help them! Grab a pencil
and join in the twisting, turning fun of Trenton Stewart Lee’s debut
novel, The Mysterious Benedict Society ($16.99, Little, Brown, 978-0316-05777-6). Ages 8-12.
Children of the Lamp #3: The
Cobra King of Kathmandu
Good news for Children of the Lamp fans — the
3rd installment has arrived! In The Cobra King of
Kathmandu ($16.99, Scholastic, 978-0-439-670234), by P.B. Kerr, djinn twins John and Philippa
Gaunt attempt to help a friend solve a murder mystery, only to find themselves in danger from a
creepy cobra cult. Can they find the priceless Cobra
King talisman in time to stop the cult’s deadly plan? You may want to
read the series in order starting with The Akhenaten Adventure (#1) and
The Blue Djinn of Babylon (#2). Ages 9-12.
Ruthie compete with a perfect girl? Ruthie’s life goes in interesting new
directions in this funny and touching new novel by Mary Hogan: Perfect
Girl ($16.99, HarperCollins, 978-0-06-084108-9). Ages 12 & up.
The New Policeman
Heart of a Champion
When fifteen-year-old J.J. Liddy asks his mother what
she wants for her birthday, she tells him that she wants
more time. That’s a problem J.J.’s all too familiar with
as he struggles to find time for his music as well as his
schoolwork and friends. So when a neighbor tells him
there’s a place where time stands still, J.J. sets off to
find it. His disappearance brings the new policeman to
town, even as J.J. discovers some secrets not just about
time but about his family, too. Irish author Kate Thompson won the
Whitbread Award and the Guardian Award for this enthralling novel with
touches of mystery and fantasy: The New Policeman ($16.99,
Greenwillow, 978-0-06-117427-8). Ages 12 & up.
Wildwood Dancing
In her first novel for teens, Wildwood Dancing
($16.99, Random House/Knopf, 978-0-375-83364-9),
popular fantasy author Juliet Marillier creates an
enchanted world you’ll never want to leave. Jena is one
of five daughters who lives in the castle Piscul Draculi
in the woods of Transylvania. The castle hides a portal
through which the sisters can enter the Other Kingdom,
where they dance the nights away with magical creatures. But when their father falls ill, a mysterious cousin arrives who
threatens the peace of both Jena’s family and the Other Kingdom. Can
Jena handle the tests she must face in order to save everything she loves?
Ages 12 & up.
Author Carl Deuker has a gift for combining high
action sports stories with characters who seem as real
to you as your friends and family. One of his classic
stories, Heart of A Champion ($7.99, Little, Brown,
978-0-316-06726-3), will be released this spring in a
new paperback edition. It’s the story of two boys who
come together as friends through their shared love of
baseball. Jimmy is a natural on the field and Seth
learns from him the kind of self-confidence he needs to handle both the
wins and the losses that life inevitably brings. Ages 12 & up.
The Day My Mother Left
Based on author James Prosek’s own experiences,
The Day My Mother Left ($15.99, Simon &
Schuster, 978-1-4169-0770-1) is a compelling story
of grief, growth, and redemption. Abandoned by his
mother, young Jeremy tries to make sense of his life
without her. He begins by trying to re-create a book
of his drawings which his mother took with her
when she left. This fictionalized memoir will resonate with teen readers as they watch Jeremy triumph over his loss by
looking inside himself to see the kind of man he will become. Ages 12
& up.
Paperback Originals
At last, Christopher Paolini’s second novel is available
in paperback. In Eldest ($12.99, Random
House/Knopf, 978-0-375-84040-1), the tale of Eragon
continues. Eragon and his dragon Saphira travel to the
land of the elves for training in the essential skills of
the dragon rider. Meanwhile, for Eragon’s cousin
Roran and the people of Carvahall, it’s a time of testing as the king’s forces attempt to crush the seeds of
rebellion. If you loved Eragon in book or movie form, don’t miss the
action in Eldest! Ages 12 & up.
Veronika, a young Swedish writer, rents a home in a
remote village, intent on finishing her second novel.
Her only neighbor for miles is Astrid, an older, reclusive woman thought by the villagers to be a witch. A
relationship, ultimately based on loss, grows between
the women as they gradually share their most closely
guarded secrets. The landscape of true friendship is
revealed in Linda Olsson’s powerful novel Astrid &
Veronika ($14, Penguin Books, 978-0-14-303807-8).
Perfect Girl
Ruthie Bayer falls in love with her best friend, Perry,
who is literally the boy next door. Ruthie knows how
to be a good friend, but the transition to being a girlfriend is confusing. If that doesn’t make freshman year
complicated enough, there’s a new girl at school who’s
got it all. If Ruthie’s not careful, the perfect girl may
just get Perry, too. How does an ordinary girl like
Astrid & Veronika
A mysterious accident causes the nameless British
narrator of Tom McCarthy’s Remainder (($13.95,
Vintage, 978-0-307-27835-7) to lose his memory, but
gains him an enormous sum in legal compensation.
One evening at a friend’s party, an ordinary sight sets
off a series of visions he can’t place. How he goes
about bringing those memories to life, and what the
ultimate consequences of his “re-enactments” are result in one of the
most complex and memorable novels of recent years.
Goldberg: Variations
Inspired by Bach’s masterpiece, this collection of
interlocking stories comprising a novel is set in 1800
when a German–Jewish writer named Goldberg is
hired to read to a wealthy insomniac who claims to
have read everything. The result is a nightly story
invention – the thirty pieces in this book – that weave
past and present into a bizarre and illuminating whole
in Goldberg: Variations by Gabriel Josipovici ($13.95, Harper Perennial,
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Second Honeymoon
Now that her third and last child has left the nest, Edie
longs for the days when motherhood was in full bloom.
In an extreme case of “be careful what you wish for
…,” one by one all three of Edie’s offspring return
home, delighting her and perplexing husband-andfather Russell. With humor and insight, Joanna
Trollope paints a moving portrait of extended parenthood in Second Honeymoon ($14.95, Bloomsbury,
Philosophy Made Simple
Rudy Harrington is ready for a new life. A widower
with three grown daughters, the time is right to move
to that dream of an avocado grove in Texas. Finding
solace in a volume entitled Philosophy Made
Simple, Rudy learns that no amount of Plato,
Socrates or Schopenhauer can prepare him for the
surprises that await as he arranges for his daughter’s
Hindu wedding, and encounters a woman who just
might lead him to new love. We think you’ll find
Philosophy Made Simple by Robert Hellenga ($13.99, Back Bay, 978-0316-01334-5) touching, humorous, and enlightening,
Set in the late 18th century, this novel offers the story
of an ambitious young woman with an eye to the
future. Prue Winship inherits an enormously successful gin distillery and becomes obsessed with bridging
the East River between the loose settlements of her
“Brookland” home and the city of Manhattan. While
the dream literally collapses, the story of a time and
place when one woman’s vision fired the imagination
of so many makes Brookland by Emily Barton ($15, Picador, 978-0-31242580-7) an engaging and satisfying read.
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Sufficient Grace
One quiet spring day, Gracie Hollaman hears voices in
her head that tell her to get in her car and leave her
entire life behind – her home, her husband, her daughter, her very identity. Gracie's subsequent journey
releases her genius for painting and effects profound
changes in the lives of everyone around her. In
Sufficient Grace ($14, Free Press, 978-0-7432-8448-6),
Darnell Arnault explores the power of personal transformation and redemption, and the many ordinary and extraordinary
ways they come to pass through faith, love, motherhood, art, even food.
We meet unforgettable characters and are reminded that spirit and
belonging have a vital role in every inner life – and in the everyday
Once Upon a Day
Nineteen years ago, a famous filmmaker disappeared
from Los Angeles, taking his two children, Dorothea
and Jimmy, to a desolate corner of New Mexico. There
he raised them in complete isolation. Now, at twentythree, Dorothea leaves in search of her missing brother
– and ventures into the outside world for the first time.
Her search becomes an odyssey of discovery when
Dorothea meets Stephen Spaulding, a cab driver dealing with his own mysterious history. With him as her guide, Dorothea
uncovers the truth of her family's past and the terrifying day that
changed her father forever. Together, they have a chance to discover that
although a heart can be broken by the tragic events of a day, a day can
also bring a new chance at love and a deeper understanding of life's infinite possibilities in Once Upon a Day (May $14, Washington Square, 07434-9278-1) by Lisa Tucker.
The Red Tent
Her name is Dinah. In the Bible, her life is only hinted at in a brief and violent detour within the more
familiar chapters of the Book of Genesis that are
about her father, Jacob, and his dozen sons. Told in
Dinah's voice, The Red Tent ($14.95, Picador, 978-03121-9551-9) by Anita Diamant (a favorite author
with book groups), reveals the traditions and turmoils
of ancient womanhood. The novel begins with the
story of her mothers, the four wives of Jacob. They love Dinah and give
her gifts that sustain her through a hard-working youth, a calling to midwifery, and a new home in a foreign land. Dinah's story reaches out from
a remarkable period of early history and creates an intimate connection
with the past.
Skinner’s Drift
What to give mom
for Mother’s Day?
Ten years after leaving South Africa, Eva van
Rensburg returns to her dying father, a violent stuttering man whose terrible secret Eva has kept since
she was a child, and to the family farm on a tough
stretch of land on the Limpopo River where jackals
and leopards still roam. In Skinner’s Drift ($15,
Scribner, 978-0-7432-7333-6), Lisa Fugard paints a
haunting portrait of a young woman coming to terms
with her family's violent past as her homeland, South
Africa, confronts its own bloody history.
recommendations for something she’ll just love.
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glory, and gumption of being a mother. This
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heartwarming testimonial to the special bond between mother and child.
Great With Child
If you know a new mother or someone who is expecting, pick up a copy of Great With Child: Letters to a
Young Mother ($13.95, Norton, 978-0-3933-2978-0)
by Beth Ann Fennelly. In this collection of modern letters written in an old-fashioned way, she’ll find advice
and perspective on the role that transforms life. The
letters range in tone from serious to sisterly, from lighthearted to downright funny. Some answer practical questions while others muse about the identity shift a woman encounters when she enters
Mommyland. Remember this one when you receive another invitation to
a baby shower!
inspiration, we’ve got something for every woman. Let us
I Love You Mom
If you have a pre-teen or teenage daughter, you’ve
likely heard of the common and ongoing challenges to
help her build self-esteem and lead a healthy life.
During this important time of your daughter’s development, consider starting (or joining) a MotherDaughter book club. You’ll find step-by-step guidelines, reading lists, themes and activities, and stories in
the newly updated edition of The Mother-Daughter
Book Club: How Ten Busy Mothers and Daughters Came Together to
Talk, Laugh, and Learn Through Their Love of Reading ($13.95,
HarperCollins, 978-0-0608-9034-6). Now is the time to reinforce the
bond that will help her through all the life stages yet to come.
crossword puzzle books to lovely books filled with daily
Mother’s Day
Sunday, May 13th
The Mother-Daughter Book Club
Friends for Life
Can you and your Mom be friends for life? The relationship between a mother and her grown daughter is
complex, but one that can be rewarding if both women
get beyond the emotional matters that can get in the
way. Susan Jonas and Marilyn Nisseson rely on their
expertise in the field of psychology and more than one
hundred interviews to offer valuable insights and
enlightening personal stories in Friends for Life:
Enriching the Bond Between Mothers and Their Adult Daughters
($14.95, HarperCollins, 978-0-0611-3819-5), a nonjudgmental guide to
help you enjoy a healthy and satisfying friendship. If it’s time to work
together on this quest, consider picking up two copies.
Minimally-Invasive Surgeries:
Advanced Technology Makes a Difference
in Everyday Lives of Women
This special report is the first in a series focusing on women’s gynecological health. In each issue,
we will focus on a different condition women face today, as well as options for treatment. Topics in the series
will include conditions that are extremely common yet rarely receive media attention, including stress urinary
incontinence, pelvic-floor prolapse, excessive menstrual bleeding, and hysterectomy options.
End the Embarrassment of
Stress Urinary
Fairhope OB/GYN Dr. Angie McCool. “But
once we start talking and we discuss treatment options, it’s like a weight is lifted off
their shoulder,” McCool continues.
Today, women have options for eliminating
stress urinary incontinence that previous
generations did not have available. The first
step is for your doctor to discern which type
of urinary incontinence is involved. A series
of diagnostic tests called Urodynamics can tell
Accidental urine leakage is no laughing
matter. And yet it happens every single day
to countless women simply by laughing. Or
coughing. Or through the action of simply
picking up a child. All of these symptoms
describe stress incontinence which
occurs when sphincter or pelvic muscles have been damaged (common with
women following multiple childbirth
or menopause).
Many women are surprised to learn
that urinary incontinence affects more
than 13 million American women. The
problem is so common, occurring in
women as young as age 25; yet no one
Do you experience unplanned, sudden urine
wants to talk about it. In fact, many
loss while laughing, sneezing, coughing, or
women change their entire lives to
avoid activities in which they might
have an accident. They live each day
Do you wear pads to absorb urine leakage?
fearing the next accident.
Sadly, only about half the women
Do you limit or avoid any activities to
who endure persistent urinary incontiprevent leakage?
nence will seek medical help for it.
Many of them believe accidental urine
When planning a trip, does the availability
leakage is a normal part of aging,
of restroom facilities affect your decision?
something they just have to accept. Or
they believe it’s “not that big a deal.”
If you answered “yes” to even one of these questions,
That it will resolve itself. Others believe
take the next step and talk to your doctor.
there is simply no effective treatment
option. And still some women are
uncertain about what kind of doctor
can help them.
your doctor if you have stress urinary incontinence (SUI). The simple tests last only about
30 minutes. Most women with SUI are candiTalking is
dates for a revolutionary surgery called TVT.
Taking Charge.
“TVT is changing women’s lives,” explains
Bobby Brown, a partner in the OB/GYN
Urinary incontinence does not resolve itself.
In fact, it usually worsens with time. The first practice Brown & McCool. “TVT is performed
on an outpatient basis, recovery time is just 2
step is to talk to your doctor.
to 3 days, and its success rate is greater than
“So many women suffer in silence. They
90%,” Dr. Brown adds.
can’t bear to open up and share with me that
they’re having these problems,” explains
Continued on page 30
Accidental urine leakage
is no laughing matter.
And yet it happens
every single day
to countless women
simply by laughing.
to Ask Yourself:
Art Department
Page and Palette,
When you arrive
art supplies
expand art department
Please come visit us at
where so many
good books are waiting.
, you’will notice
in our store. We feel that it’is time to get back to
the heart of our business—and books.
Fairhope is a town rich in literature and the arts, so we have decided
to accommodate
the numerous
in our area.
All canvases and brushes
are off 30% off every day.
Art Takes Flight
Pelican's Ink - the name chosen by
Page and Palette and artist, Bill Harrison
for our pelican.
Literary theme features covers of books on the
wings and signatures of local artists.
Come by and see our Pelican outside the store
before it’s auctioned off later this year and all
of the different pelicans across downtown!
For more information about Art Takes Flight
benefit go to or call
the ESAC at 928-2228.
Pictured left to right:
Hope Lamber, Jennifer Birge and Bill Harrison
(all helped in the creative process)
Latte Da
What is the difference
between caffe latte and
Come by a
nd see
why we we
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y Monthly
in 2006
Collector’s Club
Both caffe latte and cappuccino are made from espresso. Espresso
is coffee brewed by forcing steam through finely ground darkly
roasted coffee beans. When espresso is mixed with steamed milk,
it is called caffe latte. When espresso is mixed with frothed hot
milk or cream and flavored with cinnamon, it is called cappuccino.
You can’t go wrong with a gift
that keeps on giving.
Whether you need a special Mother’s Day gift
or the perfect graduation present, membership in
our Collector’s Club is perfect for anyone who enjoys reading.
Each month, members receive an author-signed,
first edition copy of a New York Times Best Seller.
Membership is free—
you only pay the cost of the book.
Books can be shipped anywhere
and membership may be cancelled at any time.
Don’t miss out on upcoming selections
from these authors:
There are many variations of these drinks such as mocha latte,
which contains chocolate syrup, granite latte, which is frozen
espresso topped with whipped cream, and flavored lattes such as
raspberry latte. If you want to try an original, try our Latte Da
which is the Milkyway Latte Da.
To read more interesting questions and answers like this one,
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May—David Baldacci
June—Ian McEwan
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Women’s Health Special Report
Continued from p. 24
How does it work? TVT stops urine leakage the way your body was designed to – by
supporting your urethra. TVT can be performed under general or local anesthesia. The
outpatient procedure is minimally invasive,
requiring two tiny incisions near the groin.
Most women experience very little or no
discomfort after the procedure, and are able
to return to normal activity the next day.
Good News
Close to Home
Just how effective is TVT long-term?
Clinical studies indicate that 98% of women
treated with TVT are still dry or report
significantly less leakage seven years after
“The statistics for TVT are very encouraging. But on a personal, doctor-to-patient level,
it’s just so rewarding to be able to help
change these women’s lives for the better.
They can laugh again, jump on the trampoline with their children again, and enjoy
being with friends again,” Dr. McCool says.
As it turns out, Dr. McCool is in a unique
position to advise women about TVT. After
having two children of her own, she suffered
persistent urinary incontinence. She underwent the TVT procedure in 2005 and has been
accident-free since.
“I can actually speak first-hand about it
(TVT),” McCool says. “I know the encouraging statistics, but more importantly I know
what it’s like to get your life back, to end the
embarrassment,” she explains. Dr. Brown
performed her surgery.
In an interesting twist of fate, women
living in Baldwin County who suffer from
stress urinary incontinence are actually quite
fortunate. Since 2004, Dr. Brown and Dr.
McCool have been National Preceptors for
the TVT procedure. Physicians from around
the country come to Fairhope to be taught the
TVT procedure by Drs. Brown & McCool.
“It’s just a fancy way of saying we’re
clinical educators,” jokes Dr. Brown about
having been named a National Preceptor.
But in fact, because of their work instructing other physicians, Thomas Hospital in
Fairhope performed more uro-gynecological
surgeries (including TVT) in 2006 than 95% of
the hospitals in the United States. Not bad for
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“This is one of the most exciting procedures I’ve
seen in years,” states Hubley. “I see hip resurfacing
as the ideal solution for many of my young, active
patients who suffer from hip pain. As my patients
are getting younger and younger, and are staying
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a community
Dr. Brown
is quick to
add that he
and Dr.
McCool’s affiliation with the Bladder Health
Network is an important component of his
patients’ success in ending stress urinary
incontinence. The country’s foremost
uro-gynecologists, Dr. Bob Harris and Dr.
Steven Speights, founded the Bladder Health
Network in 2004 to assist physicians with
diagnosing and treating stress urinary
incontinence. Both Dr. Brown and Dr. McCool
trained with Dr. Harris and Dr. Speights.
All Urodynamics test results (to diagnose
SUI) are sent to the Bladder Health Network,
ensuring a timely and correct diagnosis for
patients of Drs. Brown and McCool.
have the opportunity to gain a Rock
Solid Education at Analece/Bayside Beads.
Beginning Saturday, April 7th,
the store (specializing in custom jewelry design &
fabrication, beads, minerals and gemstones) will offer one-hour
workshops where students will “travel” to exotic places around the world
to learn about rocks, minerals, fossils and gemstones. Each class will be
held on the first Saturday of every month from 10 – 11 a.m. This
hands-on program will be presented by the store’s resident Rock Hounds
(lapidaries who specialize in the art of stone-cutting).
There are three levels of participation, beginning with a basic registration
fee of $10 per session. Package plans include special products and
discounted registration fees. All proceeds from the Rock Solid Education
classes will be contributed to Baldwin County Schools. Analece/Bayside
Beads is an approved field trip site for Baldwin County Schools.
Classes are popular in demand and space is limited – register now. For more information
or to register, stop by the store (395-A Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope),
give us a call (251-929-3620) or visit us at
Overwhelming Response from Paula Deen Fans Leads to
Change in Venue to Mobile Convention Center:
Page & Palette Bookstore announces Food Network Star,
and Best-selling Author, Paula Deen, as She Shares Her Personal Story,
It Ain’t All About the Cookin’
Sponsored by:
“Worth the Weight” Level
Naman’s Catering
Butter Level
Brown & McCool
Encore Azaleas
Scrumptious Level
Stephen Savage
Hartman Blackman
& Kilgore
First National Bank
Lite Mix 99.9
Grand Hotel
“Elbow Licking Good”
Self Center
Remax by the Bay
Inside Out
designs by Elizabeth Smith
oin Page & Palette Bookstore for one of their most exciting
events of the year, an evening with Paula Deen, Tuesday, May
1st, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Mobile Convention Center. The
event, originally set for the Marriott Grand Hotel, was close to
sellout seven weeks out from the event’s date. Page & Palette
organizers, along with the Grand Hotel together made the decision,
in the interest of better serving her multiple fans, to move it to a
venue with four times the capacity.
Just a few years ago, Southern food sensation Paula Deen seemed
to arrive out of nowhere to become one of Food Network’s biggest
stars. With her plain-spoken Southern charm and talent for sharing
the secrets of down home comfort food, Ms. Deen has been
embraced by millions of fans. But as she reveals in her new memoir,
Paula Deen: It Ain’t All About the Cookin’, her road to success as
restaurateur, TV personality, and best-selling cookbook author has
been anything but straight and smooth. As candid, warm, and
unpretentious as Paula herself, Paula Deen: It Ain’t All About the
Cookin’, is the warts-and-all story of how a girl from Albany, Georgia
weathered personal hardships, took matters into her own hands,
and transformed herself into a savvy business woman who has
never lost touch with her humble roots. Of course, no Paula Deen
book would be complete without recipes, and she closes each chapter with one of her favorites.
From down-to-earth Georgia girlhood to appearances with
Oprah Winfrey and President Jimmy Carter, Paula Deen has lived
the American dream, built with equal parts luck, hard work, talent,
and inspiration. Hear her tell her story as she’s never told it before.
Why was the venue changed from
the Grand Hotel Ballroom to the
Mobile Convention Center?
The event, originally set for the
Marriott Grand Hotel, was close to sellout seven
weeks out from the event’s date. Page & Palette
organizers, along with the Grand Hotel together made
the decision, in the interest of better serving her multiple fans, to move it to a venue with four times the
Will there be reserved seating? There is reserved
seating only for a limited number of Corporate
Sponsors. You may contact Karin Wilson at
[email protected] for more information
about this.
What time does the event start and what to expect?
The doors open at 5pm and you can enjoy Hors d'œuvres and pick up your book (if you have not already
done so at the Page & Palette). The event will start
promptly at 6pm. David Holloway, the food editor for
the Mobile Register, will be introducing Paula Deen
and conduct an interview. Paula Deen will then take
questions from the audience.
Tickets are $65 and include the event, a hardcover copy of her
book, Paula Deen: It Ain’t All About the Cookin’, and scrumptious
hors d’oeuvres from her cookbooks prepared by local gourmet chefs
in conjunction with the Gourmet Chef Challenge – a benefit for the
Bay Area Food Bank. This special event will also benefit the Bay
Area Food Bank.
Major Sponsorship is provided by Naman’s Catering,
Brown/McCool OBGYN and Encore. The event will not include an
author signing, however, all of Ms. Deen’s other books will be
available for purchase at Page and Palette and the event.
General seating is assured for all ticket holders. Doors open at
5:00 p.m. and attendees are invited to savor the delicious hors
d’oeuvres (straight from her wonderful cookbooks), sip a drink
from the cash bar and browse Paula’s cookbooks available for
purchase. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. with David Holloway,
Food Editor of the Mobile Press-Register serving as emcee. Ms. Deen
will speak, answer questions from Holloway, and then take questions from the audience.
Tickets for the event may be purchased online at or at Page & Palette located at 32 S.
Section Street in Fairhope, AL. Tickets purchased online may be
picked up at Will Call at the event, mailed to your directly or picked
up at the bookstore.
For more information contact Page & Palette at (251) 928-5295
or visit their website at
What does the ticket include? The $65 ticket includes
the event, a copy of Paula Deen's new biography ($25
value) and Hors d'oeuvres from Paula Deen's cookbooks.
What will be the dress? Just come to have fun. As
with all of our events we will have a range from
semi-dressy to casual.
What is money going towards? A portion of the
money will go to the Page & Palette Foundation
which raises money for community enrichment. But
this is not being advertised as a foundation event.
What about Dinner? here will be a buffet served at
that Riverview (across the street from the Convention
Center) serving recipes from Paula Deen's cookbooks.
This is a separate ticket that can be purchased directly
through Riverview (reservations are needed). Hors
d'eouvres will be served at the event from her cookbook as well that is included with your event ticket.
For buffet tickets call 251.415.3092
Is there a children's ticket? All tickets are $65, it is
geared for adults. We anticipate a full sell out.
How do I get to the Mobile Convention Center and
parking? Directions here. here will be a buffet served
at that Riverview (across the street from the
Convention Center) serving recipes from Paula
Deen's cookbooks. This is a separate ticket that can
be purchased directly through Riverview (reservations are needed). Hors d'eouvres will be served at
the event from her cookbook as well that is included
with your event ticket. For buffet tickets call
Will Paula Deen sign my book? There will not be an
author signing but all of her books will be available
for purchase.
Where can I purchase tickets? Tickets for the Paula
Deen event can be purchased on line HERE or at the
store. If you purchase the tickets online you may pick
them up at Will Call at the event. The dinner tickets
for after the event can be purchased at the Grand
Hotel 1-251-990-6316. Please indicate if you would
like to pick up your tickets at the store, have them
mailed to you or pick them up at Will Call in the
comments section when ordering tickets online.
For sponsorship
sponsorship opportunities
opportunities contact
contact Karin
Karin Wilson
Wilson at
at [email protected]
[email protected]
Treat yourself to a Grand Dining Experience
at the Grand Hotel Marriott
where sunsets and relaxation are complimentary
and priceless memories are made.
You will find no other local dining experience this incredible.
Valet Parking Complimentary
Grand Gourmet Deli Lunch Buffet
Enjoy lunch in the casual atmosphere of The Dining Room, nestled among the majestic live oaks
on beautiful Mobile Bay. Feast on our Grand Gourmet Deli Buffet featuring fresh soup of the day,
a variety of salads, homemade Panini and Signature Grand Hotel Bread Pudding. This delicious
buffet is served Monday - Saturday, from 11:45 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
$13.95 includes
freshly brewed tea or coffee.
Entertain the kids with a game of croquet before unwinding to
the sounds of Zydeco music in our family-friendly Saltwater Grill.
Sip your favorite signature drink and dine on the freshest Gulf
seafood served by a team who has perfected the art of fun and efficient service. Dinner is served from 5:30 until 9:30 p.m. nightly.
Come early and enjoy the sunset.
Culinary Academy
Whether you’re just starting or have been cooking
for years, indulge your inner chef at the Grand Hotel
Culinary Academy. Classes are hosted by The Grand’s
Executive Chef, Mike Wallace, who boasts over 25
years of culinary experience. Chef Mike has worked
with various restaurants and resorts throughout the
United States and Switzerland including The Waldorf
Astoria in New York and The Regent Beverly Wilshire
Hotel in Beverly Hills. Join him as he features new
cooking courses each month which include a two-hour
cooking demonstration, recipes, food tasting, and a
culinary academy diploma.
Call now to reserve your Grand Dining Experience.