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Just a short intro today, as I have to get the newsletter out before our older son's high school graduation today! In his honor, I asked him to review his favorite book of the past few years, which happens to be a timely one for this month. (It's hard to insert any nonrequired reading between him and his devices these days, but this one did make an impact.) You can enjoy his full endorsement below.

And one note about Liz's review: it's for a novel that's only been published in the UK so far. She liked it so much we brought in a small stack from our British suppliers, and she might convince you to try it. She's also on a mission to find Benjamin Myers an American publisher, so if any publishers are reading this....

Lastly, are you familiar with Make Music Day? I wasn't, but it's been going for over 35 years and has spread to over 120 countries: free music, played everywhere on a single day, the summer solstice. This year, it's arrived in an organized way in our own neighborhood, and it looks like you'll be able to stroll down Greenwood and hear music playing on all sides. For our contribution, we're delighted to have Matthew Benham playing jazz guitar here from 6 to 8 tomorrow evening, and word has it that our own multi-talented Haley might sit in to sing a few songs with him. Pop in, if you're walking by!

 
Thanks—Tom, Laura, Kim, Liz, Haley, Lauren, and Molly
Ridge Readers Book Club: Barbarian Days
Tonight at 7:30 pm at the store, the Ridge Readers book club meets to discuss William Finnegan's (excellent) memoir of a surfing life, Barbarian Days. Can't make it this time? Next month's book is Jenny Erpenbeck's Go, Went, Gone.
The Gallows Pole
New Book of the Week
The Gallows Pole
by Benjamin Myers
The Gallows Pole recounts the rise and fall of the Cragg Vale Coiners who, as the pastoral moorlands of their native Yorkshire were being transformed by the architecture of industry in the 1760s, so tirelessly counterfeited currency that the local economy almost crashed. In spite of a dim sense of social justice, they were less Robin Hood’s Merry Men and more The Sopranos, and demands for loyalty and the impossibility of trust, a neighborhood co-opted through intimidation and largesse, and reputations built on brutality and even more bravado all make for a tale as propulsive as—well—the best gangster stories. And like those, what elevates the familiar plot is the telling. Myers’s just-over-the-top style is the perfect pairing for the harsh yet otherworldly environment and its true-myth-in-the-making. And be sure to read aloud (in your head) the alternating chapters of King David Hartley’s phonetically rendered jail cell confession so you get every last pungent drop. This book is not for those with delicate ears or stomachs. Take that as either warning or added inducement. —Liz
How to Watch Soccer
Old Book of the Week
How to Watch Soccer
by Ruud Gullit
That is a banger of a book! —Peter
The Road to Unfreedom
Audio Book of the Week
The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America
by Timothy Snyder
Perhaps you read Snyder's bracing pamphlet, On Tyranny (or the Facebook post it was based on)—from its title, I had imagined this new, much larger book as an expansion of those ideas, but, while it's written in the same level-headed-but-urgent tone (which Snyder's voice for the audiobook perfectly represents), it's doing something related but different, focusing less on tyranny in the abstract than on the very specific case of Putin's Russia. And while there are many excellent books on that subject, what's most impressive, enlightening, and disturbing is the way he systematically traces the intellectual structure of Putin's regime and his foreign interventions, introducing concepts like "eternity politics" and "implausible deniability" that give some order to the disorder we're living through. —Tom
Stanley Cavell
Links of the Week
Stanley Cavell, 1926-2018
Philosophers, and their deaths, don't make much noise in our culture these days, but I wanted to note the passing, at age 91, of Cavell. The New York Times hasn't yet caught up with the news (I assume they will?), but the NYRB and the New Republic have short, evocative remembrances of his interests and idiosyncrasies. I admit I've read very little of him myself, but he's always seemed tantalizingly approachable: working with straightforward language (without ever settling for its surface meanings), and digging deeply into such subjects as screwball comedies and Thoreau's Walden as well as more traditional philosophical topics. As I mentioned here a few weeks ago, I was delighted to run across a copy of his Senses of Walden in New York recently, which I've been carrying around, hopefully, ever since.
Cover Quiz 102
Cover Crop Quiz #102
The top right corner of this first edition from 1973, which has been reused in at least one paperback edition since then.
Last Week's Answer
Well, I thought I'd get a few more correct replies on this one (I got one!), but it's still worth it for the punchline: it's Taro Gomi's picture-book classic, Everyone Poops.
New to Our 100 Club
 
Pickle
by Kim Baker
(223 weeks to reach 100, thanks in part to two recent school events for our friend and neighbor, Kim)



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New on Our Resist List
(See this week's full list.
20% of sales go to the ACLU.)


Tell Me How It Ends by Valeria Luiselli (back on the list)
How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation, edited by Maureen Johnson
New in the Store


Fiction:
The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
History of Violence by Edouard Louis
The Shepherd's Hut by Tim Winton
The Melody by Jim Crace


Nonfiction:
What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City by Mona Hanna-Attisha
Rendezvous with Oblivion by Thomas Frank
Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over by Nell Painter
Fare Thee Well: The Final Chapter of the Grateful Dead's Long, Strange Trip by Joel Selvin
Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump by Dan Pfeiffer


Kids and Teens:
Worlds Collide (The Land of Stories #6) by Chris Colfer (in paperback)
We Don't Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins
Breakout by Kate Messner
Find Colors by Tamara Shopsin and Jason Fulford


Paperback:
Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford
Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker
Shark Drunk by Martin Stroksnes
The City Always Wins by Omar Robert Hamilton
This Week in David Sedaris's Theft by Finding


June 21, 1992
"A few weeks back, my Interview Magazine mention came out, and this morning I received a postcard reading Dear Mr. Sedaris, You are very cute and I love what you have to say about the world. It is a crazy place, but you make it well worth it. Your admirer, Jean Snyder.
     "The card is just what I needed. It's nutty, sure, but how nice to know that some stranger is thinking of me."

June 24, 1992
"The postcard I received the other day, the one from a stranger, was false. Hugh wrote it, not Jean Snyder. She was someone he went to school with as a child in Beirut. It seems he typed the postcard, attached a used stamp, and extended the cancellation marks with a pencil. I really have to hand it to him sometimes."
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