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This week’s bookstore: BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St., Denver
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By Lauren Groff
September 7, 2021
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From the publisher: Driven from the royal court by Eleanor of Aquitaine, deemed too coarse and roughly cut for marriage or court life, Marie de France, 17, is sent to England to be the new prioress of an impoverished abbey, its nuns on the verge of starvation and disease. First taken aback by the severity of her new life, Marie finds concentration and love in collective life with her unique and changing sisters. In this crucible, Mary gradually supplants her desire for family, for her homeland, for the passions of her youth with something new for her: devotion to her sisters, and a conviction in her own divine visions.
The book brings together currents of violence, sensuality and religious ecstasy in a fascinating portrayal of all-consuming passion, aberrant faith, and a woman through and around whom history moves. A provocative and timely exploration of the raw power of female creativity in a corrupt world.
From Bess Maher, Event Liaison Officer: ‘Fates and Furies’ author Lauren Groff has released a stunning new novel, also a National Book Award finalist. For fans of literary fiction and historical fiction, Matrix delves into the life of Marie de France, who was forced to become the new prioress of a declining abbey.Set in the 12th century, the timeless novel explores what it means to be an ambitious woman and to create a feminine utopia.
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Are you Borg now?
By Saïd Shaiye
Really serious literature
May 22, 2021
From Donald Quist, author of “Harbors & For Other Ghosts:” This book announces the arrival of a bold and important voice. Shaiye’s deeply personal self-interrogation blurs gender and form to examine how the intersections between culture, race, class, gender, and nationality shape a person’s identity. Vulnerable, touching, humorous and haunting, I have so often squeezed my chest and nodded to Shaiye’s insightful observations. The thoughts collected in these pages will benefit all who read this book.
From Hillary Leftwich, Event Coordinator: “A necessary Afrofuturist memoir superimposed on Shaiye’s self-examination through the lenses of ‘Star Trek: Voyager’ and dismissing Victim into Vulnerability through a poetic interview. A call to oneself to face the mirrors that do not point only to ourselves, but to all of humanity.
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After all day
By Kelley Epstein
August 3, 2021
From the publisher: For ski enthusiasts and non-skiers who love snow, here is a cozy winter cookbook of over 65 hearty recipes, plus beautiful photographs that capture après-ski culture and the lives of the mountain towns. Après-ski is more than just an afternoon beer at the lodge. This is an opportunity to get together with friends and family over delicious food and drinks during the cold winter months. This hearty cookbook invites home cooks of all skill levels to embrace the after-culture throughout the season, whether they’re the first skier on the slopes in the morning or a non-skier who prefers to snuggle around the corner. fire.
From Becky LeJeune, Assistant Buyer: “An absolute must for anyone who lives in a snowy state (and even if you don’t!). Hearty and cozy recipes include breakfasts to energize you for a day in the snow, snacks for the slopes, and dinners to get you through the cold nights! Best of all, the recipes are a mix of vegetarians and non-vegetarians, and there are subs and suggestions for making dishes to suit a number of palates. Epstein has an approachable and engaging style, and has included in his book additional details and lists such as his favorite tracks (including Colorado) and game night ideas, among others. This one is a new favorite in my kitchen!
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