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Smart Summer Reads in Manhattan Beach

For tickets please visit the event page on Brown Paper Tickets by clicking here!

 

Your favorite summer event is back! Smart Summer Reads (SSR) is fast, fun, and guaranteed to supply you with some great reading this summer.

Here's who's coming to SSR:

Elyssa Friedland and her new novel, The Intermission, which pulls back the curtain on a seemingly happy marriage

Aja Gabel and her addictive debut about four friends and their musical bond, The Ensemble

Nova Jacobs and her dazzling literary mystery, The Last Equation of Isaac Severny

Amy Meyerson and her poignant debut novel, The Bookshop of Yesterdays

Adam Walker Phillips and his entertaining look at corporate life, The Big Con: A Chuck Restic Mystery

Tatjana Soli and her thrilling Wild West novel, The Removes


Here's how Smart Summer Reads works:

Our authors will join us on July 22 at 3:00pm. We will mix and chat from 3:00pm to 3:15pm and then the fun begins!

There will be six stations set up in a private home in Manhattan Beach. One for each author. Readers will move from station to station in 10 minute intervals giving each author approximately 7 minutes to tell you about their latest book and answer questions.

It is tons of fun and you will have an opportunity to visit with authors you want to know more about and get your books signed.

The program will wrap up at 4:45pm so you can go home and read a good book!


This not-for-women-only event promises something for everyone!

 

Make your reservation today: Log in to Brown Paper Tickets or call 310.542.6000. The address for SSR will be provided when your reservation is confirmed.

Event Date: 
Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 3:00pm
Address: 
The address will be provided when you make your reservation
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Books: 
The Intermission Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399586866
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Berkley - July 3rd, 2018

After five long years, the unshakable confidence Cass Coyne felt as a bride is gone. Her husband, Jonathan, on the other hand, is still smitten. It's true that the quirks he once found charming in his wife--her high standards, her refusal to clean the dishes--are beginning to grate. But for him, these are minor challenges in a healthy relationship.

 

So it comes as a complete shock to Jonathan when Cass suddenly requests a marital "intermission": a six-month separation during which they'll decide if the comfortable life they've built is still the one they both want.

 

Aside from a monthly custodial exchange of their beloved dog, contact will be limited. But as the months pass, they begin to see that calculated silences just like these have helped to drive them apart--and that it may finally be time to confront the blistering secrets they've been avoiding.


The Ensemble: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735214767
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - May 15th, 2018

Forging a familial bond over their shared artistic talents and secrets, four young people navigate a cutthroat world and their complex relationships with each other, as ambition, passion, and love reinforce and divide them throughout the course of their lives.


The Last Equation of Isaac Severy: A Novel in Clues Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781501175121
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atria Books - March 6th, 2018

Just days after mathematician and family patriarch Isaac Severy dies of an apparent suicide, his adopted granddaughter Hazel, owner of a struggling Seattle bookstore, receives a letter from him by mail. In it, Isaac alludes to a secretive organization that is after his final bombshell equation, and he charges Hazel with safely delivering it to a trusted colleague. But first, she must find where the equation is hidden. While in Los Angeles for Isaac's funeral, Hazel realizes she's not the only one searching for his life's work, and that the equation's implications have potentially disastrous consequences for the extended Severy family, a group of dysfunctional geniuses unmoored by the sudden death of their patriarch.


The Bookshop of Yesterdays Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780778319849
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Park Row - June 12th, 2018

A woman inherits a beloved bookstore and sets forth on a journey of self-discovery in this poignant debut about family, forgiveness and a love of reading. Miranda Brooks grew up in the stacks of her eccentric uncle Billy's bookstore, solving the inventive scavenger hunts he created just for her. But on Miranda's twelfth birthday, Billy has a mysterious falling-out with her mother and suddenly disappears from Miranda's life. She doesn't hear about him again until sixteen years later when she receives unexpected news: Billy has died and left her Prospero Books, which is teetering on bankruptcy, and one final scavenger hunt. When Miranda returns home to Los Angeles and to Prospero Books--now as its owner--she finds clues that Billy has hidden for her inside novels on the store's shelves, in locked drawers of his apartment upstairs, in the name of the store itself. Miranda becomes determined to save Prospero Books and to solve Billy's last scavenger hunt. She soon finds herself drawn into a journey where she meets people from Billy's past, people whose stories reveal a history that Miranda's mother has kept hidden--and the terrible secret that tore her family apart. Bighearted and trenchantly observant, The Bookshop of Yesterdays is a lyrical story of family, love and the healing power of community. It's a love letter to reading and bookstores, and a testament to how our histories shape who we become.


The Big Con: A Chuck Restic Mystery (Chuck Restic Mysteries #3) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781945551260
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Prospect Park Books - August 14th, 2018

Chuck Restic, HR manager and part-time private investigator, has a problem: the consultant guru Julie St. Jean is the bane of his existence. Over his twenty-year HR career, he's been forced to partner with her on inane employee engagement programs whose only value has been to Julie's sizable bank account. When Julie is suddenly wanted for the murder of an associate, Chuck sees his chance to rid himself of her forever, until the corporate tables are turned on him and he must find the elusive figure or risk losing his job. The search uncovers a dark past of murder and stolen identity. And what begins as a search to save his corporate neck soon turns into one a lot more literal.


The Removes: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374249311
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sarah Crichton Books - June 12th, 2018

Spanning the years of the first great settlement of the West, The Removes tells the intertwining stories of fifteen-year-old Anne Cummins, frontierswoman Libbie Custer, and Libbie's husband, the Civil War hero George Armstrong Custer. When Anne survives a surprise attack on her family's homestead, she is thrust into a difficult life she never anticipated--living among the Cheyenne as both a captive and, eventually, a member of the tribe. Libbie, too, is thrown into a brutal, unexpected life when she marries Custer. They move to the territories with the U.S. Army, where Libbie is challenged daily and her worldview expanded: the pampered daughter of a small-town judge, she transforms into a daring camp follower. But when what Anne and Libbie have come to know--self-reliance, freedom, danger--is suddenly altered through tragedy and loss, they realize how indelibly shaped they are by life on the treacherous, extraordinary American plains.

With taut, suspenseful writing, Tatjana Soli tells the exhilarating stories of Libbie and Anne, who have grown like weeds into women unwilling to be restrained by the strictures governing nineteenth-century society. The Removes is a powerful, transporting novel about the addictive intensity and freedom of the American frontier.