A Great Good Place - The Book Which Inspired Our Name

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ISBN-13: 9781569246818
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Published: Da Capo Press, 7/1999

BORIS FISHMAN, "A Replacement Life"

Oct 19 2014 7:00 pm

Back in March of 2012, a writer named Boris Fishman accompanied his friend Meredith Maran to her reading at A Great Good Place For Books. Meredith mentioned that Boris was about to leave for an author's retreat to continue work on his first book.  None of us knew then that the debut novel "A Replacement Life" would land on the cover of The New York Time's Book Review in June of 2014 and be hailed as "bold, ambitious and wickedly smart". We're delighted to bring Boris to GGP for his very own reading and signing on Sunday October 19th at 7pm. 

"A Replacement LIfe" is the provocative, soulful, and sometimes hilarious story of a failed journalist asked to do the unthinkable: forge Holocaust-restitution claims for old Russian Jews in Brooklyn, New York.

Yevgeny Gelman, grandfather of Slava Gelman, “didn’t suffer in the exact way” he needs to have suffered to qualify for the restitution the German government has been paying out to Holocaust survivors. But suffer he has – as a Jew in the war; as a second-class citizen in the USSR; as an immigrant to America. So? Isn’t his grandson a “writer”?

High-minded Slava wants to put all this immigrant scraping behind him. Only the American Dream is not panning out for him – Century, the legendary magazine where he works as a researcher, wants nothing greater from him. Slava wants to be a correct, blameless American – but he wants to be a lionized writer even more.

Slava’s turn as the Forger of South Brooklyn teaches him that not every fact is the truth, and not every lie a falsehood. It takes more than law-abiding to become an American; it takes the same self-reinvention in which his people excel. Intoxicated and unmoored by his inventions, Slava risks exposure. Cornered, he commits an irrevocable act that finally grants him a sense of home in America, but not before collecting a lasting price from his family.

A Replacement Life is a dark, moving, and beautifully written novel about family, honor, and justice.

A Replacement Life (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780062287878
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Published: Harper, 6/2014

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Michael Chabon at GGP - October 16, 2013

Michael Chabon reading for GGP

 

On October 16, 2013, GGP welcomed Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon at a reading at Montclair Presbyterian Church. Michael read from his latest book, "Telegraph Avenue." After the reading, Michael answered questions from the audience. In the video clip below, Michael answers a question about writing his Sherlock Holmes book "The Final Solution: A Story of Detection," and his love of language and writing.

 

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ISBN-13: 9780060777104
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Published: Harper Perennial, 11/2005

Telegraph Avenue (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780061493355
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Published: Harper Perennial, 9/2013

Gayle Forman Reading at GGP - October 9, 2013

Just One YearWelcome sign for Gayle Forman On October 8, 2013, GGP welcomed Gayle Forman to read from her new book, Just One Year. Ms. Forman was introduced by Nina LaCour, author of The Disenchantments. The evening included a hard-fought trivia contest testing knowledge of Ms. Forman's writing! A fun evening!

For descriptions of Ms. Forman's wonderful books, click on the links in the book list below.Gayle Forman and Nina LaCour at GGPGayle Forman at GGP

Just One Year (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780525425922
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Published: Dutton Juvenile, 10/2013

If I Stay (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780142415436
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Published: Speak, 4/2010

Just One Day (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780142422953
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Published: Speak, 8/2013

Where She Went (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9780142420898
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Published: Speak, 4/2012

Alice McDermott Reading - October 8, 2013

SomeoneOn Tuesday evening, October 8th, National Book Award winning author Alice McDermott read for an appreciative GGP crowd at Montclair Presbyterian Church. Ms. McDermott discussed and read from her new book, Someone. "Someone" chronicles an ordinary life lived by an ordinary woman —its sharp pains and unexpected joys, its bursts of clarity and moments of confusion.  

Ms. McDermott selected for her reading a section of the novel recounting the first meeting of a young couple, and how she brings him home to meet her family.  In the section read by Ms. McDermott, the young man tells the story of how he was captured in World War II by the Germans, and how he survived his capture.

After the reading, Ms. McDermott answered questions for the audience.  She told how she creates her characters by understanding how they would feel in a given situation.  On a character named Fagan, she told the story of how the character's knowledge of his Dickens' namesake and the tradition of professional mourners shaped the character.

Ms. McDermott closed with praise of independent bookstores like Great Good Place for Books, and the communities these stores foster. 

We have some video from the event that we hope to post excerpts from soon, but until then, here are a couple of photos, and a link to her book should you want to read more about it or order a copy.  

Alice McDermott Alice McDermott answering questions at GGP reading

Someone (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780374281090
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 9/2013

Three of Kathleen's Favorite Books

Three of Kathleen's favorite books arrived this week: "Two Boys Kissing" by David Levithan, "The Beginning of Everything" by Robyn Schneider, and "Counting by 7s" by Holly Goldberg Sloan. If you'd like us to hold a copy of one of these books for you just let us know, or you can order online from our website at the links below.

Two Boys Kissing (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780307931900
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers, 10/2013

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ISBN-13: 9780062217134
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books, 8/2013

Counting by 7s (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780803738553
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Published: Dial, 8/2013

Eleanor & Park - A Staff Pick from Krystle

As Krystle put it, "This book is for anyone who wants to experience or relive first love."

Eleanor & Park (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9781250012579
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin, 2/2013

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