Thursday, July 2, 2015

Summer reading and July Events

May We Suggest?

Summertime, and the readin' is easy. Books are jumpin', right off of our shelves. In wisdom they're rich, and their covers good lookin'. So come on and browse now, don't be shy. (Apologies to DuBose Heyward and George Gershwin).


Well yes, there is a special pleasure to reading in the summer. Here in Durham at least its often too hot and humid to spend much time outside. What to do? Well, to ruin yet another classic song (The Drifters, "Under the Boardwalk, Down by the Sea")--"Readin a good book, in the A/C, oh yeah; On the sofa in my living room, that's where I'll be.."


But you're going to need a whole stack of good books next to that sofa, or you'll have to get up every time you're ready for a new book! We suggest the following plan of action. Browse first, then get horizontal and read.


It happens that we've just shelved 20 boxes of new sale books in the coolest part of The Regulator, our downstairs "Bargain Basement." So you can be chill and pile up the bargains.


Upstairs, here are a few new paperbacks that have caught our eye:


--Dear Committee Members, a novel by Julie Schumacher. A beleaguered professor of creative writing writes letters of recommendation for his students. You'll be laughing out loud as you read this-which makes it a great book to read in a public space!


--The Vacationers, a novel by Emma Straub. A perfect beach read-a marvelous novel about a quite imperfect family vacation. An wonderfully well-written combination of wit and warmth.


--In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides. An award-winning tale of a harrowing 1879 voyage to the Arctic. Warning: you may find yourself wanting to go out and stand in the hot sun after reading this one.


--Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local-and Helped Save an American Town by Beth Macy. The story of the Basset Furniture Company in southwest Virginia. We sold dozens of copies of this book in hardback, and it made lots of lists of the "Best Books of the Year."

Upcoming Events: including Yoga, Civil Rights, and Moore's Law




Tuesday, July 7, 7:00 p.m.

In Everyday Yoga: At-Home Routines to Enhance Fitness, Build Strength, and Restore Your Body, certified coach and registered yoga teacher Sage Rountree shares Everyday Yoga the yoga positions and exercises she has developed in her own yoga studio and working with active people during her popular yoga clinics around the country. She guides experienced yoga practitioners and yoga beginners on the best ways to design and develop their own at-home yoga routines.


Sage Rountree lives in Chapel Hill and co-owns the Carolina Yoga Company with locations in Carrboro, Durham, and Hillsborough where she heads the 200 and 500-hour yoga teacher training program. She is the author of six books, including The Athlete's Guide to Yogaand Racing Wisely.



Wednesday July 8, 7: 00 p.m.

In Search of the Movement: The Struggle for Civil Rights Then and Now, follows Benjamin Hedin as he set out to look for the Civil Rights movement of the 21st century. "I wanted to find the movement in its contemporary guise," he writes, "which also meant answering the critical question of what happened to it after the 1960s." He profiles legendary figures, like John Lewis, Robert Moses, and Julian Bond, and also visits with contemporary leaders such as William Barber II and the staff of the Dream Defenders. But just as powerful--and instructional--are the stories of those whose work goes unrecorded, the organizers and teachers who make all the rest possible. In these pages the movement is portrayed as never before, as a vibrant tradition of activism that remains in our midst.


Benjamin Hedin has written for The New Yorker, Slate, The Nation, and The Chicago Tribune. He's the editor of Studio A: The Bob Dylan Reader, and the producer and author of a forthcoming documentary film, The Blues House.



Thursday, July 9, 7:00 pm

Featuring Omar Currie reading King and King

Please come out to enjoy Omar's story time and help support Safe Schools NC, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a safe and positive learning environment for all students and educators in North Carolina with an emphasis on actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity. The Regulator will provide books that you may purchase (at a 20% discount) to donate to a local school or teacher to help promote awareness and a diverse inclusive curriculum in schools. The books will be dispersed at the 1st annual SafeSchools conference in November.



Saturday, July 11, 3:00 p.m.

Out of the experience of living in Europe as a youth, a tragic accident, a lengthy hospitalization and loss of a leg, The Cadillac Poems of Steven Forris Kimbrough 1958-2010 offers a collection of the poetry of the late Steven Forris Kimbrough. With a mastery of multiple languages, a deep love of nature, an earnest concern for the poor and marginalized (especially Native Americans), a desire to love and be loved, and a deep faith, his poetry is filled with images, metaphors, and a keen understanding of human nature and emotion with which everyone can identify.



Wednesday, July 15, 7:00 pm

Gordon Moore led nothing short of a revolution. In Moore's Law: The Life of Gordon Moore, Silicon Valley's Quiet Revolutionary, Arnold Thackray, David C. Brock, and Rachel Jones give the authoritative account of Gordon Moore's life and his role in the development both of Silicon Valley and the transformative technologies developed there. Told by a team of writers with unparalleled access to Moore, his family, and his contemporaries, this is the human story of man and a career that have had almost superhuman effects. The history of twentieth-century technology is littered with overblown "revolutions." Moore's Law is essential reading for anyone seeking to learn what a real revolution looks like.


Arnold Thackray is active in the public life of scholarship, serving on a number of boards, including those of the American Council on Education, and the American Council of Learned Societies. He is a fellow of the Royal Societies of Chemistry and of History, and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Chemical Society.



Friday, July 17th, 7:00 p.m.

New York Times bestselling author Jon Acuff has drawn millions of online fans who love his refreshing mix of humor, honesty, and wisdom about the world of work. Now he offers his most important book yet, a guide to making big career changes-by choice or necessity-and escaping the horrible feeling of being trapped in the wrong job. Throughout Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, And Never Get Stuck, Acuff features inspiring and funny true stories-not merely his own, but those of friends who restarted their careers after a layoff, an extended maternity leave, or simply the realization that they were suffering fifty weeks a year just to pay the bills and enjoy two weeks of vacation. Everyone can benefit from Do Over, from new graduates to fiftysomethings and beyond.



Friday, July 17th, 6:00 p.m.

Come one, come all to the greatest book club of all! Do you love YA? Are you interested in discussing or starting to read YA? The we'd love to have you! This is a book club for all ages, the only requirement is that you are interested in the young adult genre. (This is to discuss the book alone, not a writer's group). Hosted by Isabel of Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews. Snacks will be provided. This month we'll be reading The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson.



Saturday, July 18th, 7:00 p.m.

In Tom Young's latest novel The Hunters we find our heros in a Somalia infested with armed clans, pirates, poverty, and, increasingly, terrorism. Parson and Gold are about to face all of them firsthand. An al-Shabaab leader called The Sheikh has declared all aid a sin against God, and he launches attacks against planes and convoys to stop it. If that weren't bad enough, a Hollywood actress and activist has flown into Somalia to make a documentary, and, as far as Parson is concerned, she might as well paint targets on their backs. The mission becomes even more complicated when they encounter a wounded teenage al-Shabaab fighter, who might be seeking asylum--or a chance to kill. Young will be in the store for reading and signing.


As well as being an author and journalist, Tom Young served in Afghanistan and Iraq with the Air National Guard. He has also flown combat missions to Bosnia and Kosovo, and additional missions to Latin America, the horn of Africa, and the Far East. In all, Young logged nearly 5,000 hours as a flight engineer on the C-5 Galaxy and the C-130 Hercules, while flying to almost forty countries.  


Learn more on these and all of our upcoming events  

on the Events Calendar on our web site.  

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