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Book Signing/Reading/Listening: 
Sounding Our Depths:
The Music of Morgan Powell
August 30, 2-3:30pm

In Sounding Our Depths: The Music of Morgan Powell, author Ann Starr brings Morgan Powell’s unique power and pleasures home to general and professional readers alike. In non-specialist prose, Starr has written an intuitive yet precise  collection of essays that highlight the fundamental role of improvisation in Powell’s writing; that analyze and interpret his works for solo instruments; explore his youthful development from trombonist to composer. She uses his composition notebooks to plumb his compositional process.

Sounding Our Depths: The Music of Morgan Powell, the book, is accompanied by a 72-minute compact disc of the same name, which includes 9 tracks of Powell’s music spanning 1972 through 2008. Each work is discussed in the text.

Starr writes far beyond the biography, into the heart of an oeuvre that knows no rules. “My music process now involves chance, mistakes, and orderly process not in that order,” he writes of his concern to write beyond ego.

Join us as we meet the author and her subject, legendary local composer, performer, and educator Morgan Powell!

New Used Books
(Books that are new to the store even if they are old in age)
Summer is in full swing but that doesn't stop people from bringing in books! We added 1350 books to our inventory that were brought in for store credit, donated, or we found in sales around town. In addition to those books we also inventoried our entire Art section already in the store! All our inventoried titles are searchable via our website www.janeaddamsbooks.com.

Peter Linebaugh
This remarkable book shines a fierce light on the current state of liberty and shows how longstanding restraints against tyranny-and the rights of habeas corpus, trial by jury, and due process of law, and the prohibition of torture-are being abridged. In providing a sweeping history of Magna Carta, the source of these protections since 1215, this powerful book demonstrates how these ancient rights are repeatedly laid aside when the greed of privatization, the lust for power, and the ambition of empire seize a state. Peter Linebaugh draws on primary sources to construct a wholly original history of the Great Charter and its scarcely-known companion, the Charter of the Forest, which was created at the same time to protect the subsistence rights of the poor.

Kevin Crossley-Holland
Here are thirty-two classic myths that bring the Viking world vividly to life. The mythic legacy of the Scandinavians includes a cycle of stories filled with magnificent images from pre-Christian Europe. Gods, humans, and monstrous beasts engage in prodigious drinking bouts, contests of strength, greedy schemes for gold, and lusty encounters. The Norse pantheon includes Odin, the wisest and most fearsome of the gods; Thor, the thundering powerhouse; and the exquisite, magic-wielding Freyja. Their loves, wars, and adventures take us through worlds both mortal and divine, culminating in a blazing doomsday for gods and humans alike. These stories bear witness to the courage, passion, and boundless spirit that were hallmarks of the Norse world.

Richard Dawkins
A preeminent scientist -- and the world's most prominent atheist -- asserts the irrationality of belief in God and the grievous harm religion has inflicted on society, from the Crusades to 9/11.

With rigor and wit, Dawkins examines God in all his forms, from the sex-obsessed tyrant of the Old Testament to the more benign (but still illogical) Celestial Watchmaker favored by some Enlightenment thinkers. He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the supreme improbability of a supreme being. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry, and abuses children, buttressing his points with historical and contemporary evidence. The God Delusion makes a compelling case that belief in God is not just wrong but potentially deadly. It also offers exhilarating insight into the advantages of atheism to the individual and society, not the least of which is a clearer, truer appreciation of the universe's wonders than any faith could ever muster.

Lawrence M. Krauss
What exactly "warps" when you are traveling at warp speed? What is the difference between the holodeck and a hologram? What happens when you get beamed up? Are time loops really possible, and can I kill my grandmother before I was born? Until now, fans of "Star Trek" were hard pressed to find answers to vital questions such as these. Now Lawrence M. Krauss, an internationally known theoretical physicist and educator, has written the quintessential physics book for Trekkers and non-Trekkers alike.

Simon Sebag Montefiore
Young Stalin tells the story of a charismatic, darkly turbulent boy born into poverty, of doubtful parentage, scarred by his upbringing but possessed of unusual talents. Admired as a romantic poet and trained as a priest - both by the time he was in his early twenties - he found his true mission as a fanatical revolutionary. A mastermind of bank robbery, protection rackets, arson, piracy and murder, he was equal parts terrorist, intellectual and brigand. Here is the dramatic story of his friendships and hatreds, his many love affairs - with women from every social stratum and age group - his illegitimate children and his complicated relationship with the Tsarist secret police. Here is Stalin the arch-conspirator and escape artist whose brutal ingenuity so impressed Lenin that Lenin made him, along with Trotsky, top henchman. Montefiore makes clear how the paranoid criminal underworld was Stalin's natural habitat, and how murderous Caucasian banditry and political gangsterism, combined with pitiless ideology, enabled Stalin to dominate the Kremlin-and create the USSR in his flawed image.

Based on ten years of research in newly opened archives in Russia and Georgia, Young Stalin - companion to the prizewinning Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar - is a brilliant prehistory of the USSR, a chronicle of the Revolution, and an intimate biography. A thrilling work of history, unparalleled in its scope, full of astonishing new evidence and utterly fascinating: this is how Stalin became Stalin

Haruki Murakami
A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 -"Q is for 'question mark.' A world that bears a question." Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled.

A love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a novel of self-discovery, a dystopia to rival George Orwell's - 1Q84 is Haruki Murakami's most ambitious undertaking yet: an instant best seller in his native Japan, and a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writers.

Elsa Petersen-Schepelern
Remember all those irresistible ice cream sundaes, sodas, and milkshakes of your childhood? Then take a trip down memory lane with Soda Fountain Classics from Elsa Petersen-Schepelern. These 30 tempting recipes look as good as they taste, with stunning photography by Debi Treloar. Elsa's delicious basic ice cream recipe can be varied with chocolate, strawberry, pineapple, or butterscotch, and her homemade syrups are far better than the ones you remember. Ideas for toppings provide the perfect finishing touches.

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Donnie's Corner
Mommy has been teaching me all the farm animals and the sounds they make. I like to moo and quack and I find it hilarious when Mommy neighs like a horse! 

Mommy loves the DK Eyewitness Farm Book to teach me about the animals. The book shop doesn't have that DK Eyewitness book but it has others like Dk Eyewitness Mammal.  


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