THIS WEEK IN DECEMBER

  1. Wednesday Jan 22 ANN NAPOLITANO, AUTHOR OF DEAR EDWARD, TO VISIT WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22; 7 PM ANN NAPOLITANO will introduce her stunning new novel, Dear Edward. In it we meet 12-year-old Edward Adler and his brother and parents, along with 183 other passengers, who are on a plane going from Newark...
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    LESSONS FROM LUCY: The Simple Joys of an Old Happy Dog
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ANN NAPOLITANO, AUTHOR OF DEAR EDWARD, TO VISIT

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22; 7 PM

ANN NAPOLITANO will introduce her stunning new novel, Dear Edward. In it we meet 12-year-old Edward Adler and his brother and parents, along with 183 other passengers, who are on a plane going from Newark to Los Angeles. Half-way across the country, the plane crashes, killing everyone on board except Edward. Devastated, he struggles to find a place in a world without his family. In doing so, he makes an unexpected discovery—one that will lead him to the answers of some of life’s most profound questions: When you’ve lost everything, how do you find the strength to put one foot in front of the other? How do you learn to feel safe again: How do you find meaning in your life?

Author Jodi Picoult says: “Dear Edward is that rare book that breaks your heart and stitches it back together during a reading experience that leaves you profoundly altered for the better. Author Emma Donoghue says: “Dear Edward made me think, nod in recognition, care about its characters, and cry, and you can’t ask more of a novel than that.” “ Dear Edward is the Books-A-Million President Terrance G. Finley’s Pick.

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