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Tuesday, September 9

Michaela Carter presents and signs Further Out Than You Thought

Book Soup LA

8818 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, 60069

7:00pm

Combining the eloquence and raw sensuality of Jeanette Winterson with the romantic, renegade spirit of Patti Smith, Further Out Than You Thought is a taut and erotically charged literary debut, set against the chaos of the 1992 L.A. riots, about three people searching for identity and meaning from award-winning poet and indie bookshop co-founder Michaela Carter.

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Friday, September 12

Clone of Ramita Navai presents and signs City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death, and the Search for Truth in Tehran

Book Soup LA

8818 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, 60069

7:00pm

Drawn from conversations whispered across tables in the cafes that line Vali Asr, Tehran's pulsing central thoroughfare, Ramita Navai gives voice to the unforgettable lives of ordinary people forced to live extraordinary lives in modern Tehran: the porn star, the ageing socialite, the assassin and enemy of the state who ends up working for the Republic, the religious militiaman who undergoes a sex change, the dutiful housewife who files for divorce, and the old-time thug running a gambling den.

Rich, absorbing and exotic, this is an insider's glimpse into the local personalities, the unremarkable busy bodies and hysterical intrigues buzzing about the city like you've never seen before. This is a place where Mullahs visit prostitutes, cosmetic surgeons restore girls' virginity and homemade porn is bought and sold in the bazaars. Here, survival depends on an intricate network of lies and falsehoods. Far removed from the picture of Tehran we glimpse in news stories, we are shown another city--a hidden city--but a far more honest one. (PublicAffairs)

 

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Ramita Navai presents and signs City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death, and the Search for Truth in Tehran

Book Soup LA

8818 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, 60069

7:00pm

Drawn from conversations whispered across tables in the cafes that line Vali Asr, Tehran's pulsing central thoroughfare, Ramita Navai gives voice to the unforgettable lives of ordinary people forced to live extraordinary lives in modern Tehran: the porn star, the ageing socialite, the assassin and enemy of the state who ends up working for the Republic, the religious militiaman who undergoes a sex change, the dutiful housewife who files for divorce, and the old-time thug running a gambling den.

Rich, absorbing and exotic, this is an insider's glimpse into the local personalities, the unremarkable busy bodies and hysterical intrigues buzzing about the city like you've never seen before. This is a place where Mullahs visit prostitutes, cosmetic surgeons restore girls' virginity and homemade porn is bought and sold in the bazaars. Here, survival depends on an intricate network of lies and falsehoods. Far removed from the picture of Tehran we glimpse in news stories, we are shown another city--a hidden city--but a far more honest one. (PublicAffairs)

 

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Saturday, September 13

Daisy Hernandez presents and signs A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir

Book Soup LA

8818 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, 60069

4:00pm

 

In this lyrical, coming-of-age memoir, Daisy Hernandez chronicles what the women in her Cuban-Colombian family taught her about love, money, and race. Her mother warns her about "envidia "and men who seduce you with pastries, while one tia bemoans that her niece is turning out to be ""una india"" instead of an American. Another auntie instructs that when two people are close, they are bound to become like "una y mugre," fingernails and dirt, and that no, Daisy's father is not godless. He's simply praying to a candy dish that can be traced back to Africa.   These lessons--rooted in women's experiences of migration, colonization, "y carino"--define in evocative detail what it means to grow up female in an immigrant home.

 

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