Books – Zoo Book Sales Tue, 14 Jun 2022 23:01:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Books – Zoo Book Sales 32 32 The Coconut Grove Playhouse, 40 Years of Books and Books, Miami Father of the Bride Tue, 14 Jun 2022 23:01:00 +0000

On this Tuesday, June 14, edition of Cadran Solaire:

The Coconut Grove Theater

The story of the majestic old building of the Coconut Grove Playhouse began in 1927 as a movie theater and then about 30 years later opened as a live theater.

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Since the late 1950s, it has hosted performances such as Neil Simon’s “The Sunshine Boys” and “Fame,” the musical.

It has been closed since 2006. Since then, the building has been at the center of a legal fight between the city of Miami and Miami-Dade County.

The city has just lowered its efforts in this fight. This means the county’s plans have been given the green light.

County Commissioner Raquel Regalado joined Sundial to talk about the future of the Playhouse, located in her district.

The Coconut Grove Theater

40 years of Books&Books

If you can believe it – Books & Books in Miami is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

It’s a great place for author events, and Sundial even hosted a discussion there for the Sundial Book Club. with author Craig Pittman.

It’s become one of those places in South Florida where the community really comes together. Creatives can go write in the courtyard – or people go there to see live bands or eat at the cafe on a first date.

So how did founder Mitchell Kaplan create a place like this, which has lasted so long in a city with a reputation for change? He joined Sundial on Tuesday to share his thoughts on four decades.

“The very first Books & Books opened in 1982… Over the past 40 years, watching Miami go through its growing pains and then become more mature and make some of the same mistakes… It’s been so fascinating and so interesting,” he said. . “Miami wasn’t really seen as a very serious reading city…the sophistication of the Miami community was still there. We just didn’t have very good public relations.”

Kaplan said a special moment for him was the return of one of his former high school students as an author:

“One of my students came into 10th grade with a fully formed novel. Her name was Tananarive Due. And Tananarive, after leaving high school and college, continued to write for the Miami Herald. But then she had this incredible career in books, so I was able to showcase it a couple of times at the bookstore. It was really rewarding.”


Miami’s father of the bride

Miami is the setting for a new movie starring Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan.

It’s Father of the Bride, a remake of two other films – 1991’s Father of the Bride starring Steve Martin and Diane Keaton and the 1950 original starring Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor.

This new version comes with a Latin touch. The main family is Cuban. The groom’s family is Mexican.

But the story is almost the same. A young woman comes home from college and surprises her family with her engagement. Now the father must come to terms with the reality that his daughter has grown up and is moving on.

The film’s director, Gary “Gaz” Alazraki, joined Sundial to talk about the stories behind the making of this film. It will start streaming on HBO Max June 16.

Miami’s father of the bride


How to get engraving books Sun, 12 Jun 2022 22:00:00 +0000

With all the new classes that have been added to lost ark Through the April/May updates and all the content coming in June and July, players are back to farming Engraving Books and Skill Point Potions to prepare as much as possible for over 1415 pieces of content.

Related: Lost Ark: Rules For PvP That Will Help You Win More Often

First of all, how are combat and class engravings even obtained in Smilegate’s MMORPG lost ark? Well, let’s look at all the ways they are acquired, as well as the best methods.


How to get them

The main method of getting Engraving Books is from rewards for quests (also a great method of farming money). These can be story quests, side quests, roster quests, or even world quests, and players probably received a lot of them when they upgraded their first character from 1 to 50. And , just as there are two types of Engravings (Combat and Class), there are also two types of bags/chests that contain these Engraving Books.

One type allows the player to choose the exact combat/class engraving they want, while the other is completely random when used. Keep an eye on the description of these bags/chests, as they will always state whether the player “chooses” or receives “the engraving books”, indicating whether it is random or not.

But getting back on topic, quests aren’t the only way to get these engraving books. Printmaking books can also be obtained from a variety of other sources, such as these (listed from best to worst):

  1. Buy from the game market
  2. Island Side Quests
  3. Event shops
  4. Chaos Dungeon Shard Exchange
  5. Cube Dungeons
  6. Island Merchants
  7. Chaos Dungeon clears
  8. Secret Dungeons Found On Chaos Gate Maps
  9. Abyssal Dungeon Completion Rewards
  10. Guardian Raid Rewards
  11. Clearing some Shadespire/Fatespire floors

But by far the most reliable and convenient methods are to farm certain quests across multiple characters or simply buy them from the market.

Should they be grown?

There is a bit of an argument to be had when it comes to farming both combat and class engravings on multiple characters using the knowledge transfer system. The main concern is that knowledge transfer is limited in lost arkand can only be used nine times in total, so players may not want to randomly use their knowledge transfers for farming until all known classes are equal.

That said, it depends on the current state of the market in Lost Ark. This farming method, although mostly in East Luterra and not very time consuming, is still not worth it if the blue and green engraving books are selling really cheap. But, if they’re currently overpriced (and still selling out), it’s definitely worth it and even a decent way to farm some extra gold. Fortunately, the lost ark has made mining Burning Books as easy as possible, even creating a handy spreadsheet that covers the best quests to look for when mining them, where they are located, and how many books they reward.

What about epic and legendary engravings?

Almost all of these methods are mostly geared towards uncommon (green) and rare (blue) burning books, since epic (purple) and legendary (orange) books don’t really have a reliable farming method. That makes sense, because they wouldn’t really feel “rare” or “special” if they were easy to get.

That said, most fans agree they received the highest burn books by clearing secret dungeons accessed via Chaos Gate Maps, with Abyssal Dungeon Rewards and Cube Dungeon Rewards taking a close and shared second place. .

lost ark is now available on PC.

More: Best Games To Play If You Liked Lost Ark

Historical books, documents in danger as Marcos family returns to power Sat, 11 Jun 2022 06:41:40 +0000

As the late dictator’s son Ferdinand Marcos Sr., infamous for his massive corruption and human rights abuses, regains control of the Philippines, historians, scholars, book publishers and authors have vowed to “protect the truth”.

When 31 million Filipinos elected Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. as president in the May elections, they also voted for the powerful and influential Marcos family’s narrative surrounding the brutal and corrupt regime of Marcos senior.

Marcos and his wife, Imelda, whose name has become synonymous with extravagance, plunged the country into debt and deep misery while their family and cronies amassed billions of dollars in wealth.

The Marcos regime also saw the murder, arrest, torture and disappearance of thousands of victims, according to records of human rights organizations. But these facts matter little to supporters of the Marcos family.

Critics say the election victory for Marcos Jr., who is officially due to take office on June 30, is partly attributed to his family’s decades-long distortion efforts. Now that the family is back in power, they fear they will use their overwhelming mandate to erase historical truths about the period of martial law under Elder Marcos.

Martial law books sold out quickly in the weeks after Marcos Jr. was elected president, fearing they would be banned or purged. Some titles, including the popular “The Marital Dictatorship of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos” by Primitivo Mijares, have been sold.

Journalist Raissa Robles, author of the 2016 book that examined events during martial law from the perspective of victims and military officials, worries that the government is already “red-flagging” or putting blacklisting books critical of the Marcos.

“It is possible that there is a purge. Will my book be banned? It’s possible,” Robles told VOA in an interview.

“In fact, Marcos supporters have already tried to ban my book. They claim online that my book is banned, that there was a court order made in 2016 banning my book. I wouldn’t be surprised,” she added.

Robles released his book titled “Marcos Martial Law: Never Again” in 2016 and has since sold thousands of copies. Interest in his book increased after the election of Marcos Jr. and his publisher is planning a sixth edition of the book.

Robles said she delivered copies of her book to the offices of vice presidential candidates in 2016, including Marcos Jr. In a chance encounter with him during the campaign trail later that year, she asked him if he had received and read his book.

“Oh, yes, thank you very much. But you know, I couldn’t read it because I was very busy,” Marcos told her.

Labeled in red

During March’s stormy presidential campaign, independent bookstores with a rare selection of Filipino historical books were spray-painted red. The finger of blame was pointed at the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), a heavily funded government agency created by President Rodrigo Duterte in 2018 to respond to a communist rebellion.

The door to the People’s Bookstore, known as the Intellectuals’ Bookstore, was spray-painted with “NPA Terrorista,” a common phrase designating an individual or organization as a communist and terrorist.

“With previous incidents [in mind]after red-tagging violence follows,” Geraldine Po, managing director of Popular Bookstore, told VOA when asked what her reaction was when she saw the vandalism.

“It is important to know and preserve the truth because from history we have to learn our lessons,” Po said. “They say we should move on because Bongbong is now president. If we do that, we will only be going backwards instead of forwards. »

In May, the head of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency tagged children’s book publisher Adarna House about books about the martial law era that were said to “subtly radicalize” children against the government.

preserve the truth

Michael Pante, a history professor at Ateneo de Manila University, believes the books will not be physically burned or banned, but he warned of a climate of fear that will prevent Filipinos from seeking the truth.

“I’m not thinking of actual book burning, or forcibly removing books from library shelves, but rather creating this atmosphere of fear – fearing for your life that just holding a copy of certain books would deserve your conviction,” Pante told VOA.

“It’s a more insidious form of quote book burning,” he added.

Last month, about 1,700 historians and scholars issued a manifesto calling for the defense of historical truth and academic freedom amid fears of increased historical distortion and misinformation now that the Marcos are back in power. .

Marcos Jr.’s choice of Education Secretary, incoming Vice President Sara Duterte, has also raised fears that the whitewashed version of the story will be legitimized in schools.

In 2020, Marcos Jr. called for the revision of history textbooks, saying they teach children “lies”. But historians like Pante believe history education has been inadequate since the country adopted the K-12 curriculum.

“We won’t revise anything, all we will do is also publicize, publicize what we know, our side of the story, which we may have missed telling just because we were afraid of the media. traditional, of all the insult, the diatribe, the insult”, declared the senator Imee Marcos, sister of the new president, in a televised interview.

A group of young people are working full-time to digitize documents and materials, including thousands of newspaper pages chronicling the abuses of the Marcos.

Ahead of another Marcos presidency, Pante stressed the need for historians and scholars like him to think of creative ways to seek out the truth and preserve it.

“We need to break out of this academic stereotype and engage with popular media, speak using the language of the ordinary Filipino so that we can bridge this gap, this very big gap that we see these days,” he said. .

Del Valle ISD Book Bus is bringing free books to families this summer Wed, 08 Jun 2022 22:45:05 +0000

The Del Valle ISD Book Bus is back to bring books and family resources to DVISD families.

Books for elementary, middle and high school students will be available on the bus.

The bus will visit the locations listed below on select Thursdays this summer and is free for all families to visit and receive books and more.

The dates of the reservation bus will be: June 9, June 16, June 23, June 30 and July 14.


Area Baty ES

  • 10:45 a.m. 1500 FARO DR
  • 11:30 a.m. 6118 FAIRWAY ST (PED GATE)

Area Collins ES / Ojeda MS

  • 10:30 a.m. RD ALPINE & RD CHALET
  • 11:15 a.m. MCKINNEY FALLS APTS

Area Creedmoor ES


  • 10:30 a.m. COULVER RD & COULVER CV


  • 10:30 a.m. MAN-O-WAR AVE & CITATION AVE

Area Del Valle ES, DVMS, DVHS


Gilbert ES/Dailey MS area


  • 10:20 a.m. 6013 JFK DR


  • 10:40 a.m. 9400 PETRICHOR BLVD – Whisper Valley Community Pool

Hillcrest ES/Ojeda MS Area

  • 10:30 a.m. 2717 HOEKE LN

Hornsby-Dunlap ES/Dailey MS area

  • 10:30 a.m. AUSTIN COLONY POOL

Popham Area ES

  • 10:30 a.m. SUN CHASE ESTATE @ POOL

Area Smith ES / Ojeda MS

  • 10:25 a.m. CAYENNE LN & POPPY LN
  • 11:35 a.m. PEACH GROVE & CLEMENTINE LN (Field)

]]> ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ has been turned into an ‘imburnable’ book Tue, 07 Jun 2022 07:09:44 +0000

Written by Megan C. Hills

Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” has often sparked controversy, facing book bans in the decades since its release in 1985.

Now, in an effort to raise awareness of rising censorship and the resurgence of book banning efforts in American schools, Atwood and publisher Penguin Random House have released a single “unburnable” copy of the seminal novel, a dystopian tale about a theocracy that forces fertile women to bear children for the privileged.

And it was tested by Atwood with a real flamethrower.

“Never thought I would try to burn one of my own books…and fail,” she wrote on Twitter, adding that it was her “first time” using the ‘device.

Margaret Atwood using a flamethrower on the “unburnable” version of “The Handmaid’s Tale”. Credit: Sotheby’s

The fireproof version is being auctioned by Sotheby’s New York on Wednesday with a high estimate of $100,000. Proceeds will go to PEN America, an advocacy organization for literature and free speech, which recently released a report indicating that 1,586 books were banned from US schools over a nine-month period from July 1, 2021. as of March 31, 2022.
Texas leads the nation with the most book bans — 713 — affecting 16 school districts, according to the report. Last year, state governor Greg Abbott called on school boards to remove books he called “pornography.” Pennsylvania and Florida had 456 and 204 bans, respectively. PEN America defines a book ban as “any action taken against a book based on its content” that leads to the removal or restriction of a previously accessible title.
‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ was among titles targeted for sexual or health-related content, while a ‘disproportionate’ number of bans focused on stories relating to LGBTQ+ people and people of color, according to PEN America . Such bans reflect a broader conservative movement to restrict how topics such as race, gender and sexual orientation are taught in public schools.

At first glance, the Special Edition looks like any other paper-and-ink printed work, but it’s made with nickel wire, stainless steel, aluminum, and fire-resistant inks. It was created by graphic arts studio The Gas Company Inc. and creative agency Rethink.

“‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ has been banned multiple times,” Atwood said in a press release announcing the sale. “Let’s hope we don’t reach the stage of mass book burning, like in ‘Fahrenheit 451,'” she added, referring to the acclaimed 1953 novel in which books are destroyed to preserve a version America’s totalitarian. “But if we do, let’s hope some books turn out to be non-flammable – that they travel underground, like banned books did in the Soviet Union.”

Suzanne Nossel, CEO of PEN America, added, “In the face of a determined effort at censorship and silence, this unwritable book is an emblem of our collective determination to protect books, stories and ideas from those who fear and insult. We are grateful to be able to deploy proceeds from this auction to bolster this unprecedented fight for books.”

In short: The Ballast Seed; Miss Aldridge regrets; Dinner – the review | Books Sun, 05 Jun 2022 15:00:00 +0000

Rosie Kinchen
Weidenfeld and Nicolson, £18.99, pp208

When reporter Kinchen realized she was pregnant with her second child when the first had barely reached infancy, she felt “ambushed.” The anxiety of keeping her job as her family’s highest earner and the unshakable feeling that she wasn’t motherly enough became crippling once she gave birth. Medication helped her, but it was horticultural therapy that she really responded to, and this intelligent, thoughtful memoir combines her discovery of rambling urban green spaces with reflections on the life of Marianne North, an adventurous aristocrat of the 19th century and botanical artist who “preferred vegetables”. to the idea of ​​marriage. “It’s not a self-help guide,” says Kinchen; even so, its stories of plants, friendship, and the immense comfort of plunging your hands into the ground will resonate with many.

Louise Hare
HQ, £14.99, pp432

Hare’s well-crafted second novel oozes glamour. It takes place in 1936 aboard a luxury liner bound for New York. When a member of a wealthy American family is murdered, it sounds horribly familiar to a Lena Aldridge, a young nightclub singer from Soho who hits Broadway. Lena has her own secrets. Not only does she “pass” for a white woman, but she also had to leave London quickly after a murder at the club, the victim of which is none other than the womanizing husband of her childhood best friend. Did anyone mention Agatha Christie? Yes, but with the welcome bonus of subtle musings on race and class.

Sarah Gilmartin
One, £8.99, pp270 (paperback)

There will always be room for another novel about toxic family dysfunction, and Gilmartin’s first bestseller enlivens this inherently claustrophobic material with dark, humorous settings and a page-turning beat. It opened in 2018, as 30-something Kate put the finishing touches on a dinner party. Soon his family will start arriving, coming together to mark the 16th anniversary of his twin’s death. As the tale travels back in time and looks forward to determine if there can be healing, it is galvanized by the tension between the pull of home and the urge to escape.

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]]> FL’s prolific book challengers explain why they do it Fri, 03 Jun 2022 20:35:00 +0000

TAMPA, Fla. — From a pandemic to politics, from masked mandates to the bill critically dubbed “Don’t Say Gay,” this school year in Florida, student rights and what’s happening in their classrooms have become battles for the history books.

Amid these battles, the books fueled some of the most heated fights.

In data we obtained from dozens of districts that responded to our requests, Florida school districts received, in total, about 300 official library book challenges during the past school year.

Most of the challenges accused the books in question of being too sexually explicit for students. In one, the plaintiff said a book dealing with LGBTQ issues found in a fifth grade senior classroom promoted “social justice propaganda on a religious level.”

In another, the book aimed to “ultimately push homosexuality,” Dale Galiano described in his challenge to the St. Lucie County School District in January.

“I don’t think an 8-year-old needs to know about sodomy, rape and incest,” Galiano said.

Of the 17 book challenges submitted to St. Lucie County schools last year, Galiano was behind each one, records show.

“I am a widow,” said the 69-year-old pensioner. “Why I care is because these children are my future and this is the future of this country.”

Galiano admitted that she had not read all the pages of the 17 books she challenged.

“I read them in part,” she said, adding that she had reviewed the disputed books with three of her friends.

Although it has been widely reported that parents, including many from the conservative group Moms for Liberty, have issued dozens of formal challenges to districts, Galiano is among the prolific challengers who have filed complaints about the books available at school. without having children enrolled in a .

“I think the Lord needs his children to be cared for,” Gailiano said. “I was chosen because I took it seriously.”

According to Galiano, she was also “chosen” after attending a meeting hosted by the Florida Citizens’ Alliance, a conservative nonprofit that believes America’s public education system is failing.

On its website, the group claims Florida children “are indoctrinated into a school system that infringes on their individual rights and destroys the nation’s founding principles and family values.”

Keith Flaugh is co-founder. He and his wife never had children.

Flaugh, who admits he hasn’t read all the books his group has challenged, said he started questioning the age appropriateness of some novels available in school four years ago. He is described as a US Army veteran who worked at IBM for nearly 30 years in marketing and finance.

When the I-Team asked Flaugh if he had any particular expertise that makes him qualified to make decisions about what books are available to students in school libraries, he replied, “I consider myself a constitutional person. “

His group has been another prolific book challenger in Florida. Records show the Florida Citizens’ Alliance has filed formal complaints in at least a dozen districts across the state, including the 16 challenges submitted to the Polk County School District earlier this year. The group used a model form member also submitted to other county districts.

“We are accused of wanting to ban the books,” Flaugh said. “My typical response to that is we don’t want to ban anything, we want to provide a safe environment for our children.”

Despite all the challenges with school books this year, only a fraction led districts to permanently remove books from school libraries.

Still, the challengers have had an impact as more school districts are now adjusting library policies to give parents control over what their children can and cannot access.

In Indian River County, which received the most book challenges of any district in Florida, school leaders let parents choose the level of books their children could access. However, according to a district spokesperson, few parents have taken advantage of the option.

Other districts have apps that let parents see what their child is looking at in the school library, while some districts, including Sarasota, Polk, and Orange County school districts, are revising their library policies for students this summer.

As for the challengers we spoke with, they have no intention of backing down.

“We think we’re waking up parents and giving them tools to get a better education for their kids,” Flaugh said.

“I am here, I stay,” Galiano said.

Starting in July, a new Florida law takes effect that will make it easier for people to challenge books available at school. Critics have expressed concern that the law will cause more challenges next year or leave districts reluctant to make certain books available to students in the first place.

]]> 4 new books from Colorado authors to inspire your summer bucket list Wed, 01 Jun 2022 23:16:21 +0000

We’ve paired four new readings from Colorado authors with the perfect companion experiences to bring the light to life.

Lily: Crazy in the woods by Jamie Gehring
Growing up in Montana, Gehring lived next door to Theodore J. Kaczynski, aka the Unabomber. The Littleton resident’s memoir, published in April, tries to reconcile childhood memories of a ‘kind but eccentric’ neighbor who used to have dinner with her family with the man who would kill three innocent people and injure some dozens more.

So: Experience the thrills at Bank Campground, a Bureau of Land Management property near Cañon City. Its 33 sites overlook the limestone cliffs of Shelf Road, a popular rock climbing spot that’s only an hour hitchhiking, uh, drive from ADX Florence, the prison Kaczynski called home until his transfer at the end of last year.

Photo courtesy of Flatiron Books

Lily: Tell me everything by Erika Krouse
In 2002, this Boulder native worked as a private investigator investigating sexual assault allegations against members of the University of Colorado Boulder football team, which essentially condoned the rape as “a bonding experiment team,” writes Krouse. Released in March, the memoir weaves Krouse’s emotional struggle with past sexual abuse with developments in the case.

So: Dive deep into the evolving history of reproductive rights at the Molly Brown House Museum’s June 2 fair: “Women’s Autonomy: My Body, My Choice?”

Lily: Immortal King Rao by Vauhini Vara
Published in May, the Fort Collins author’s debut novel is a mythical family story set in a dystopian alternate reality. the old the wall street journal journalist uses the Rao clan – whose patriarch rose from India’s lowest caste to become king of a Silicon Valley-based global empire – to explore issues of climate change, race, class, politics and power. Think: Successionbut with more technology.

So: Clear your carbon conscience at Pad Silverthorne, a hotel made from 18 recycled shipping containers that opened in January. Immerse yourself in the Rao family drama in your room (there are private suites and dorms, from $50 a night), in the coworking space, or with a local beer at the bar called, aptly, A- Bar.

Photo courtesy of HarperCollins

Lily: Being Mary Bennet by JC Peterson
Peterson riffs on one of the most beloved characters of all time, Elizabeth Bennet’s Pride and Prejudice, in this young adult page-turner. When teenager Marnie Barnes concludes she’s not a Lizzie but a tragic version of middle sister Mary – clumsy and overly studious – she enlists a best friend to help turn her image into something cooler.

So: Mr. Darcy takes great pleasure in having a great pair of eyes, so why not amp up your look at Lashology in the Highlands, where you can get semi-permanent eyelash extensions for $84?

Joan Didion’s 9 Best Books Tue, 31 May 2022 06:57:00 +0000

No one has watched the explosion of American counterculture and its ultimate demise quite like Joan Didion. Here are 9 of Joan Didion’s best books.

Born in 1934, Joan Didion grew up in devout postwar conservatism and was ready with her pen as America convulsed throughout the 1960s. She was a journalistic reformer, tracking down the chaos of the counter- Californian culture with sharp, tongue-in-cheek observations. So if you’re new to Joan Didion’s books, where do you start?

Moving from fiction to memoir, his work traverses politics, relationships and the tragedy of loss, unfolding in easily readable elegance. Read on as we list Joan Didion’s best books.

Joan Didion with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and daughter Quintana (Photo: Julian Wasser/Netflix)

Run the River (1963)

Starting at the top, we have Didion’s fictional debut. By this point, she was already an established writer, becoming editor at Vogue in New York. In Run the river, Didion draws from her Californian roots to paint a history of the state through disaffected and wealthy characters. She was critical of her debut later in her career, but it nevertheless sets the stage for her lifelong exploration of her home country.

Run the river



Advanced to Bethlehem (1968)

However Run the river attracted the attention of Joan Didion on the literary scene, Advance to Bethlehem cemented her reputation as a journalistic innovator. A pioneering work of the non-fiction creative genre, it takes a critical but non-didactic look at the dominant culture and the madness-tinged malaise that accompanies the excesses of the time. A revolutionary work that reads as freshly today as when it was published.

Advance to Bethlehem



Play It As It Is (1970)

In Play it as it is, Didion continues to view the 60s with skepticism. This time, however, she finds the freedom in fiction to follow the trail of destruction to the end. The protagonist, Maria Wyeth, finds herself increasingly detached from reality, having suffered the hard knocks of relationship dysfunction, a faltering career and the trials of motherhood.

Play it as it is



A Book of Common Prayer (1977)

Perhaps Didion’s most adventurous fictional sojourn, A common prayer book takes readers to Boca Grande: a fictional state in Central America. Although its locality is imaginary, it is subject to the real tumult of the time, much of it inflicted by America. Complex, violent and dramatic, this novel gave birth to some of Didion’s most memorable characters.

A common prayer book



The White Album (1979)

Pillar of the journalistic production of Joan Didion, The white album chronicles the dark excesses of the 1960s and its impact on the following decade. It reads like a compendium of the era, but Didion’s cool detachment imbues these episodes with timelessness. In an age that lends itself to fetishization, her unwavering ability to render observations faithfully helps readers see her for what she was.

The white album



Miami (1987)

In Miami, Didion sheds new light on the tropical metropolis of Florida. The Cuban diaspora that has contributed so much to its identity has a story to tell about everything from the Bay of Pigs debacle to the Watergate scandal.




Where I Came From (2003)

Written as she approaches her 70th birthday, Joan Didion approaches the California of her childhood from new perspectives, but with the same style. A masterful collection that spans memoir, criticism, art and politics, it’s an often overlooked gem in the Didion canon.

where i came from



The Year of Magical Thinking (2005)

Written in response to the death of her husband, The Year of Magical Thinking is a rare personal reflection. Innovative in its holistic approach to grief, it dwells far beyond typical grief panels, delving into thought processes that support survival while honoring the past.

The Year of Magical Thinking



Blue Nights (2011)

Faced again with a monumental family tragedy, blue nights sees Didion write about the loss of her daughter, Quintana, who died at the age of 39. As Didion nears the end of her own life, she poignantly navigates her loneliness on the page.

blue nights



Best Oklahoma sales of May 29, 2022 | Books Sun, 29 May 2022 05:00:00 +0000


1. “In the Blood” by Jack Carr (Atria Books)

2. “Houses” by Moheb Suleiman (Coffee House Press)

3. “Three guys in a Grunt bar” by Richard Rennels (self-published)

4. “A Touch of Darkness” by Scarlett St. Clair (Bloom Books)

5. “His Reading: A Graphic Poem” by Jennifer Sperry Steinorth (Texas Review Press)

6. “A Game of Fate” by Scarlett St. Clair (Bloom Books)

7. “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Washington Square Press)

8. “A Touch of Ruin” by Scarlett St. Clair (Bloom Books)

9. “Book Lover” by Emily Henry (Berkley Books)

People also read…

10. “Truth” by Colleen Hoover (Grand Central Publishing)


1. “Phil: The Heartbreaking (and Unauthorized!) Biography of Golf’s Most Colorful Superstar” by Alan Shipnuck (Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster)

2. “River of the gods: genius, courage and betrayal in the search for the source of the Nile” by Candice Millard (Doubleday Books)

3. “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” by David Grann (Vintage)

4. “It Won’t Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future” by Jonathan Martin (Simon & Schuster)

5. “The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse” by Charlie Mackesy (Harper One)

6. “The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story” by Nikole Hannah-Jones and The New York Times Magazine (One World)

7. “Warrior Poet: A Memoir” by Joy Harjo (WW Norton & Company)

8. “Make your bed: little things that can change your life…and maybe the world” by William H. McRaven (Grand Central Publishing)

9. “Oklahoma’s Great Swindle: Race, Religion, and Lies in America’s Weirdest State” by Russell Cobb (Bison Books)

10. “Life on Fire: Kate Barnard from Oklahoma” by Connie Cronley (University of Oklahoma Press)


1. “Baa, Baa, Tap Sheep” by Kenda Henthorn (Sleeping Bear Press)

2. “The Prophecy Problem” by Scott Reintgen (Aladdin Paperbacks)

3. “Powwow Day” by Traci Sorrell (Charlesbridge Publishing)

4. “Wild Seed Witch” by Marti Dumas (Harry N. Abrams)

5. “The Peaches Rebellion” by Wendelin Van Draanen (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers)

6. “Goodnight Tulsa” by The Tulsa Schools Foundation (The Tulsa Schools Foundation)

7. “Nana loves you more” by Jimmy Fallon (Feiwell & Friends)

8. “Oh, the places you’ll go!” » by Dr. Seuss (Random House Books for Young Readers)

9. “The Strangers” by SE Hinton (Penguin Books)

10. “Legend” by Tracy Deonn (Margaret K. McElderry Books)