Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Discount Club Sale! Thursday through Sunday

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All books in the store will be 20% off for members of our discount club--tomorrow (Thursday) through Sunday       
We'll also be "giving away" (for a mere $2.00) an assortment of cloth book bags. (Which you will need to help you carry all the books you're going to buy...). Cheaper still, we'll have a big selection of snazzy book posters available for only $1.00 each.

The sale discount applies to most special orders placed or picked up during the sale as well. If you can't make it to the store, the sale terms will be available for orders placed through our website.

Shop early and often! And come by the store Thursday evening to hear our former staffer, Emily Colin, now a best-selling author, read from her new book. (See below).

Thank you for your support of The Regulator, Durham's all-inclusive, open, welcoming, safe community gathering place for more than 40 years.
 
Emily Colin Thursday night
EMILY COLIN
Thursday, August 17, 7:00PM
The Regulator welcomes NYTimes bestselling author and former Regulator staffer Emily Colin (The Memory Thief) for a reading and signing of her new book, The Dream Keeper's Daughter, about an extraordinary time-bending journey from present-day South Carolina to historical 19th-century Barbados. Dream keeper

Eight years after the unsolved disappearance of her boyfriend Max Adair, archaeologist Isabel Griffin has managed to rebuild with her young daughter, Finn -- her last tie to Max. But after a series of strange incidents, Isabel begins to wonder if Max might still be alive somewhere, trying to communicate with her. Max has slipped through time and place, landing on his ancestral family plantation in 1816 Barbados, on the eve of a historic slave uprising. As Isabel searches for answers, Max must figure out not only how to survive the violence to come, but how to get back to his own century, the woman he loves, and the daughter he has only met in his dreams.

Emily Colin's debut novel, The Memory Thief was been a New York Times bestseller and a Target Emerging Authors Pick. Besides working for The Regulator, Colin's diverse life experience includes organizing a Coney Island tattoo and piercing show, hauling fish at the Dolphin Research Center in the Florida Keys, roaming New York City as an itinerant teenage violinist, helping launch two small publishing companies, and serving as the associate director of DREAMS of Wilmington, a nonprofit dedicated to immersing youth in need in the arts. Originally from Brooklyn, she lives in Wilmington with her family.


Shop Independent Durham
Tom Campbell
Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth St.
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 286-2700
http://www.regulatorbookshop.com/

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Book Therapy. Live Longer (and better) when you Read Books!

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Get lost in a book. Pay (a little?) less attention to the news. You'll be more empathetic and you'll likely live longer as well.    
I started out today to write about the therapeutic effects of "getting lost in a book" in this time of stressful political and social events. Then I stumbled on some published research that proved my case. To wit:
 
When researchers at Yale looked at 12 years of survey data about the reading habits and health of more than 3,600 men and women, those who read books for up to three and a half hours a week were 17 percent less likely to die over 12 years of follow-up than those who didn't read at all, and those who read more than that were 23 percent less likely to die. Book readers lived an average of almost two years longer than those who did not read at all. The researchers found a similar association among those who read newspapers and periodicals, but it was weaker.
https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/08/03/read-books-live-longer/?_r=0

And then there was the 2013 Dutch study in which students asked to read an Arthur Conan Doyle mystery showed a marked increase in empathy one week later, while students tasked with reading a sampling of news articles showed a decline. And a second study showed that reading literary fiction especially increased empathy. 
 
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So take a break from obsessing about the news and get lost in a good book. For lots of reasons, you'll be glad you did.
Trigger Warning: What follows is an anti-Amazon rant!
The research doesn't mention this, but we're pretty sure the positive effects of reading books are especially strong when the books have been purchased at an independent bookstore. Books purchased from Amazon likely come freighted with the negative after-effects of the inhumane working conditions in Amazon's warehouses--a "Darwinian culture" that was approvingly described as "like being in a slave camp" by Britain's Financial Times (hardly a raging leftist publication).https://www.ft.com/content/ed6a985c-70bd-11e2-85d0-00144feab49a

But if you want a raging leftist confirmation of the Financial Times report, see Jim Hightower's "Thinking of Amazon Workers This Holiday Season," which has details of actual working conditions in an Amazon warehouse. Who knew that Jeff Bezos was named the "World's Worst Boss" by the International Trade Union Confederation?

So how do we feel about doing business with a company that treats people the way Amazon does?
Good Reading
From the looks of our bestseller list, our customers are of two minds about what they want to read these days: books about the current goings-on in our fair nation, or Anything But books about the current the current goings-on. I fall more into the "Anything But" category myself, though I am drawn sometimes to other side (see Nancy MacLean's book, below).

In the Anything But category, our customers are reading:
--Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
--All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
--Today Will be Different by Maria Semple
--The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
--Theft by Finding by David Sedaris
 
Our Current Goings-On bestsellers include:
--Democracy in Chains by Nancy MacLean
--On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder
--No is Not Enough by Naomi Klein

If you want to read some great novels that can enlarge your understanding of small town, working-class America, I highly recommend the work of Richard Russo and Elizabeth Strout, especially
--Nobody's Fool and Everybody's Fool by Richard Russo
 Nordic
Finally, the book I am reading right now is The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life by Anu Partanen, and I am finding it truly fascinating. Partanen is Finnish, but she moved to the U.S. in 2008, when she was in her early 30's. Her book is a thoughtful, judicious comparison of American and Nordic life and societies, and she makes a strong case that the Nordic approach allows their citizens to enjoy more individual freedom and independence than we have here in America.

Upcoming Events
You can see our complete events calendar on our website
 
PRESCHOOL STORY TIME IS CANCELLED FOR TODAY
Wednesday, August 9
SORRY! Story Time is CANCELLED for today. Our Storyteller is visiting Rapunzel... Don't worry, she will be back next week!

SAVOR THE SOUTH with NANCIE MCDERMOTT and TEMA FLANAGAN
Thursday, August 10, 7:00PM
Critically-acclaimed cookbook authors Nancie McDermott (Fruit) and Tema Flanagan (Corn) come to The Regulator for a reading and signing of their newest cookbooks, part of UNC's Press's Savor the South® Cookbook series. With gorgeous photographs and expert recipes and commentary, these books make lovely gifts for the foodie, cookbook lover, new groom, or host in your life.
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Fruit collects a dozen of the South's bountiful locally sourced fruits in a cook's basket of 54 luscious dishes, savory and sweet -- from old-school Grape Hull Pie to Mayhaw Jelly-Glazed Shrimp, Fresh Fig Pie and Thai-Inspired Watermelon-Pineapple Salad. McDermott also illuminates how the South encompasses diverse subregional culinary traditions when it comes to fruit. Her recipes, including a favorite piecrust, provide a treasury of ways to relish southern fruits at their ephemeral peak and to preserve them for enjoyment throughout the year.

corn Flanagan's treasury of 51 recipes in Corn emphasize seasonality. High summer calls for fresh corn eaten on the cob or shaved into salads, sautés, and soups. When fall and winter come, it's time to make cornmeal biscuits, muffins, cobblers, and hotcakes, along with silky spoonbread and sausage-studded cornbread stuffing. Flanagan's Corn also surveys corn's culinary history--its place in Native American culture, its traditional role on the southerner's table, and the exciting new ways it is enjoyed in southern kitchens today; dishes range from Southern classic, contemporary, to globally influenced. Without Corn--or Zea Mays-- Flanagan writes, the South would cease to taste like the South.

Nancie McDermott (Fruit) is a North Carolina native, cooking teacher, and author of thirteen cookbooks, including her latest, Southern Soups and Stews: From Burgoo and Gumbo to Etouffee and Fricassee.
Tema Flanagan (Corn) is a farmer at The Farm at Windy Hill, a sustainable production and teaching farm in Alabama. She cowrote, with Sara Foster, Sara Foster's Southern Kitchen.

APS CAT ADOPTION EVENT
Sunday, August 13, 2:00PM
Durham Animal Protection Society will hold a monthly cat adoption event at the Regulator. Come visit our furry friends from 2:00 - 3:30. Note the time and date.

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME
Wednesday, August 16, 10:15AM
Join us for Preschool Storytime at The Regulator with Amy Godfrey. Free!
Amy Godfrey loves telling stories. With 10 years of experience as a Children's Librarian, Amy Godfrey is known for her energetic musical story times and is bringing that fun to The Regulator every Wednesday! 
 
NONFICTION AUTHORS ASSOCIATION (NFAA)
Wednesday, August 16, 6:15PM -- 7:45PM

EMILY COLIN
Thursday, August 17, 7:00PM
The Regulator welcomes NYTimes bestselling author and former Regulator staffer Emily Colin (The Memory Thief) for a reading and signing of her new book, The Dream Keeper's Daughter, about an extraordinary time-bending journey from present-day South Carolina to historical 19th-century Barbados. Dream keeper

Eight years after the unsolved disappearance of her boyfriend Max Adair, archaeologist Isabel Griffin has managed to rebuild with her young daughter, Finn -- her last tie to Max. But after a series of strange incidents, Isabel begins to wonder if Max might still be alive somewhere, trying to communicate with her. Max has slipped through time and place, landing on his ancestral family plantation in 1816 Barbados, on the eve of a historic slave uprising. As Isabel searches for answers, Max must figure out not only how to survive the violence to come, but how to get back to his own century, the woman he loves, and the daughter he has only met in his dreams.

Emily Colin's debut novel, The Memory Thief was been a New York Times bestseller and a Target Emerging Authors Pick. Besides working for The Regulator, Colin's diverse life experience includes organizing a Coney Island tattoo and piercing show, hauling fish at the Dolphin Research Center in the Florida Keys, roaming New York City as an itinerant teenage violinist, helping launch two small publishing companies, and serving as the associate director of DREAMS of Wilmington, a nonprofit dedicated to immersing youth in need in the arts. Originally from Brooklyn, she lives in Wilmington with her family.

HEATHER HARPHAM in conversation with BOBBIE, RN
Tuesday, August 22, 7:00PM
The Regulator welcomes Heather Harpham in conversation with Bobbie, the Duke pediatric nurse featured in Harpham's new memoir, Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After. Durham and Duke Children's Hospital figure prominently in this shirt-grabbing, page-turning love story Happiness that follows a one-of-a-kind family through twists of fate that require nearly unimaginable choices.

At first glance, Happiness is a wry, honest, captivating story about parenting a (desperately) sick child and that would be enough. But it turns out that Harpham is up to something even more interesting here, exploring the complexities of love. Told with abundant charm and insight, this book is a beautifully drawn portrait of one family--its comforts, disappointments and, on the very best days, moments of grace." -Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, bestselling author of The Nest

"An extraordinary and bewitching book, Happiness has staked a claim among the most beautiful and moving portraits of parenthood and partnership." -Susan Cheever, bestselling author of Treetops: A Memoir and Home Before Dark

Heather Harpham has written six solo plays, including Happiness and BURNING which toured nationally. Her fiction, essays and reviews have appeared in MORE Magazine and Water~Stone Review. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and SUNY Purchase and lives along the Hudson River with her family.


Shop Independent Durham
Tom Campbell
Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth St.
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 286-2700
http://www.regulatorbookshop.com/

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The most important political book of the year?

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Duke professor Nancy MacLean comes to The Regulator Wednesday evening to talk about her stunning new book, Democracy in Chains   
I'll cut to the chase. In all of our 40 years, The Regulator has never hosted an event for a more important book about American politics than this one.

Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America tells the story of a little-known economist named James McGill Buchanan, whose ideas and strategic vision, dating back to the 1950's, lie at the heart of today's hard-right, libertarian conservatism. The Democracy in Chains Koch brothers may be bankrolling this effort, but it was Buchanan who supplied the ideas and strategies (like the spreading of misinformation, radically gerrymandering state legislative districts, etc.) that has made their money effective. Buchanan began his work at the University of Virginia in 1956, then moved to George Mason University in 1983. He died in 2013.

In recent interviews, Nancy MacLean summed up Buchanan's work by saying:

"In a nutshell, he studied the workings of the political process to figure out what was needed to deny ordinary people -- white and Black -- the ability to make claims on government at the expense of private property rights and the wishes of capitalists. And then he identified how to rejigger that political process not only to reverse the gains but also to prevent the system from ever reverting back. He sought, in his words, to "enchain Leviathan," which is why I titled the book Democracy in Chains."

"Buchanan gave the advice to others on the right and to his corporate funders and donors that for capitalism of a kind they wanted to thrive, democracy must be enchained. Democracy must be, in effect, shackled, to prevent the majority will from being expressed, because it would take too much from people of great wealth, and that would be a problem for them."

And Sam Tanenhaus, reviewing Democracy in Chains in the July/August issue of The Atlantic, says:
"What we think of as dysfunction is the result of years of strategic effort....To see all this as simple obstructionism, perversity for its own sake, is a mistake. A cause lies behind it: upholding the sanctity of an ideology against the sins of the majority."

Come hear Nancy MacLean Wednesday night at 7:00. I assure you you'll come away with a better understanding of what is going on in our beloved country.

Here are links to just a few of the recent articles and interviews with Nancy MacLean:
Upcoming Events for the rest of the month
You can see our complete events calendar on our website
 
PRESCHOOL STORY TIME
Wednesday, July 19, 10:15AM
Join us for Preschool Storytime at The Regulator with Amy Godfrey. Free!
 
NANCY MACLEAN
Wednesday, July 19, 7:00PM
Duke professor Nancy MacLean comes to The Regulator for a reading and signing of her important new book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America --an explosive exposé of the right's relentless campaign to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatize public education, and change the Constitution.
 
"Perhaps the best explanation to date of the roots of the political divide that threatens to irrevocably alter American government."-Booklist (starred review)
 
Behind today's headlines of billionaires taking over our government is a secretive political establishment with long, deep, and troubling roots. The capitalist radical right has been working not simply to change who rules, but to fundamentally alter the rules of democratic governance. But billionaires did not launch this movement; a white intellectual in the embattled Jim Crow South did. Democracy in Chains names its true architect-the Nobel Prize-winning political economist James McGill Buchanan-and dissects the operation he and his colleagues designed over six decades to alter every branch of government to disempower the majority.
 
In a brilliant and engrossing narrative, Nancy MacLean shows how Buchanan forged his ideas about government in a last gasp attempt to preserve the white elite's power in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education and taught others how to divide America into "makers" and "takers." Based on ten years of unique research, Democracy in Chains tells a chilling story of right-wing academics and big money run amok. This revelatory work of scholarship is a call to assembly to protect the MacLean achievements of twentieth-century American self-government.
 
Nancy MacLean is the award-winning author of Behind the Mask of Chivalry (a New York Times "noteworthy" book of the year) and Freedom is Not Enough, which was called by the Chicago Tribune "contemporary history at its best." The William Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University, she lives in Durham.

MONICA HESSE
Thursday, July 20, 7:00PM
The Regulator welcomes Washington Post reporter Monica Hesse, author of American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land, for a reading and book signing. In October 2013 Monica Hesse drove to Virginia to cover the trials of Charlie Smith, the culprit behind an arson spree terrorizing Accomack County. American Fire is the incredible story of what she discovered while covering the case: a once-thriving coastal retreat gutted by a punishing economy, a community buttressed by fierce loyalties, and the twisted love story that sparked it all.
 "A true-crime saga that works in every respect." -Kirkus Reviews
". . . A page-turning story of love gone off the rails." -Publishers Weekly
 
Monica Hesse is a feature writer for the Washington Post. A finalist for a Livingston and James Beard Award, she is also the author of Girl in the Blue Coat. She lives in Washington, D.C

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME
Wednesday, July 26, 10:15AM
Join us for Preschool Storytime at The Regulator with Amy Godfrey. Free!
 
ODIE LINDSEY
Wednesday, July 26, 7:00PM
Odie Lindsey, author of We Come to Our Senses: Stories, comes to The Regulator for a reading and book signing. For readers of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk and Redeployment, Lindsey has written a searing debut exploring the lives of veterans returning to their homes in the South.
After serving in Operation Desert Storm, Odie Lindsey did not mention his deployment for 12 years.When he watched a new generation of soldiers deploy to the same battlefield in 2003, his repressed memories and experiences came flooding back. Lindsey's debut collection is the product of this reckoning. In 15 stories, the effects of war manifest on an intimate, everyday level-in obsessive behavior to be clean, in drug-fueled binges in Nashville honky-tonk bars, in predilections for reckless driving or compulsive sitcom watching.

We Come to Our Senses highlights the struggles to reconcile the traditional war narrative with the senselessness of combat and the inability to readjust to life at home. The result is virtuosic in style and commanding in message.

"This is almost a novel in stories, thematically linked like Phil Klay's Redeployment, but more particular in its examination of the new American veteran." --New York Times Book Review

Odie Lindsey's stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, the Iowa Review, Columbia, and the anthology Forty Stories, among others. A veteran, he lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
 
WHERE'S WALDO PRIZE PARTY
Sunday, July 30, 3:00PM -- -- Sponsored by The Regulator Bookshop and Sustain-a-Bull
Waldo returns to support Durham's Shop Local Movement!
 
The WALDO SCAVENGER HUNT starts in Durham on July 1 and culminates in a big PRIZE PARTY at The Regulator on Sunday, July 30 at 3PM. Stop by The Regulator to pick up your FIND WALDO LOCAL Passport and go find Waldo at local participating Durham businesses to qualify for prizes! Visit participating businesses through the end of July and get your passport stamped or signed for each Waldo you spot. Then bring your stamped passport on July 30 to The Regulator Bookshop for a party! We'll have a big Waldo shindig with snacks, prizes, family-friendly activities, and a raffle for the GRAND PRIZE. Come dressed as Waldo and join the fun! Remember to bring your "Where's Waldo" passports!
 
 
Shop Independent Durham
Tom Campbell
Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth St.
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 286-2700
http://www.regulatorbookshop.com/