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RAVENNA - The Mathematician's Shiva by Stuart Rojstaczer

Sep 6 2014 7:00 pm



High math, Eastern European history, and American culture converge in this hugely entertaining debut from geophysicist Rojstaczer. After Rachela Karnokovitch, a Polish emigre and University of Wisconsin professor regarded as her generation's leading mathematician, dies from cancer in 2001, her middle-aged son, Alexander, a meteorologist also known as Sasha, is tasked with organizing the shiva for her. Though his family is challenging enough, Sasha's real difficulties begin when dozens of his mother's colleagues descend on Madison to pay their respects. Brilliant, awkward, lovable, and selfish, these superstar mathematicians prove to be less interested in mourning Rachela than in uncovering her secrets particularly her rumored solution to one of math's most famous enigmas, the Navier-Stokes problem. A multilayered story of family, genius, and loss.

Praise for The Mathematician's Shiva:

“Here is the rare book that invites us into the romance of pure
mathematics and the very human company of those who spend their decades
unknotting the abstractions that describe our reality.”

Lore Segal, author of Half the Kingdom

“I love The Mathematician’s Shiva. Who else will love it?
Anyone who knows the manic world of the intellectually obsessed that
Rojstaczer so perfectly captures, and anyone who loves dialogue that
sparkles with wit, characters full of quirks and pathos, and a plot that
twists between hilarity and heartbreak.”

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away

The Mathematician’s Shiva is a brilliant and compelling
family saga full of warmth, pathos, history, and humor, not to mention a
cast of delightfully quirky characters, and a math lesson or two; all
together, a winning equation! When Rojstaczer writes about mathematics,
you’d think he was writing about poetry.”

Jonathan Evison, New York Times bestselling author of West of Here and The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving




ISBN-13: 9780143126317
Availability: Not in Stock- Coming Soon, Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Penguin Books, 9/2014

RAVENNA LUNCHEON - The Human Age by Diane Ackerman

Sep 16 2014 1:00 pm
Sep 16 2014 2:30 pm

We're very pleased to resume our author luncheon series this fall,
starting with acclaimed author, poet and naturalist Diane Ackerman.
These luncheon events feature a reading and Q&A by a notable author
in the relaxed and intimate setting of Ravenna Third Place Pub, with
lunch provided by Vios Cafe. Previous authors have included Ann
Patchett, Ishmael Beah, and Anthony Doerr.

Diane Ackerman is justly celebrated for her unique insight into the natural world and
our place in it. In this landmark book, she confronts the unprecedented
reality that one prodigiously intelligent and meddlesome creature, Homo
sapiens, is now the dominant force shaping the future of planet Earth.

Humans have "subdued 75 percent of the land surface, concocted a wizardry of
industrial and medical marvels, strung lights all across the darkness."
We tinker with nature at every opportunity; we garden the planet with
our preferred species of plants and animals, many of them invasive; and
we have even altered the climate, threatening our own extinction. Yet we
reckon with our own destructive capabilities in extraordinary acts of
hope-filled creativity: we collect the DNA of vanishing species in a
"frozen ark," equip orangutans with iPads, and create wearable
technologies and synthetic species that might one day outsmart us. With
her distinctive gift for making scientific discovery intelligible to the
layperson, Ackerman takes us on an exhilarating journey through our new
reality, introducing us to many of the people and ideas now
creating--perhaps saving--our future and that of our fellow creatures.

A beguiling, optimistic engagement with the changes affecting every part of our lives, The Human Age is a wise and beautiful book that will astound, delight, and inform intelligent life for a long time to come.

TICKETS REQUIRED - $40 Each ticket includes a copy of The Human Age and lunch provided by Vios Café. Tickets can be purchased in-store or by phone at (206) 525-2347.

ISBN-13: 9780393240740
Availability: Not in Stock- Coming Soon, Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 9/2014

RAVENNA - Raising John by Jennifer Lesher

Sep 17 2014 7:00 pm



How do you go on living when you have done the unforgivable? Robert Lewis isn’t surprised to wake up in the drunk tank. He assumes that, as usual, he’ll sleep it off, then return to the routine of golf games, broker meetings, symphony dates and nightcaps that make up his life. Then his lawyer delivers the news: Robert is responsible for an accident that has killed a young mother and orphaned her young son, John.

Spanning three generations, Raising John tells the story of John’s bittersweet childhood, the history of the mother he never knew, and of Robert’s collapse and redemption.

Jennifer Lesher is an author, blogger, mountain biker, travel junkie and armchair philosopher.


RAVENNA - Book Club Meeting

Sep 24 2014 7:00 pm

Every last Wednesday of the month our book club meets to discuss a book and eat cookies. Each month the selected title is 20% off for all, and everyone is welcome to attend the discussion. 

ISBN-13: 9780393326093
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 9/2004

RAVENNA LUNCHEON - The Dog by Joseph O’Neill

Oct 1 2014 1:00 pm
Oct 1 2014 2:30 pm

The author of the best-selling and award-winning "Netherland" now gives us his eagerly awaited, stunningly different new novel: a tale of alienation and heartbreak in Dubai. 
Distraught by a breakup with his long-term girlfriend, our unnamed hero leaves New York to take an unusual job in a strange desert metropolis. In Dubai at the height of its self-invention as a futuristic Shangri-la, he struggles with his new position as the "family officer" of the capricious and very rich Batros family. And he struggles, even more helplessly, with the "doghouse," a seemingly inescapable condition of culpability in which he feels himself constantly trapped--even if he's just going to the bathroom, or reading e-mail, or scuba diving. A comic and philosophically profound exploration of what has become of humankind's moral progress, "The Dog" is told with Joseph O'Neill's hallmark eloquence, empathy, and storytelling mastery. It is a brilliantly original, achingly funny fable for our globalized times.

The Dog (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780307378231
Availability: Not in Stock- Coming Soon, Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Pantheon, 9/2014

RAVENNA - Time is Cows by Tanya Pergola

Oct 7 2014 7:00 pm



When American sociologist and wellness expert Tanya Pergola first visited Tanzania and Maasailand, she became startlingly aware that she was in a place and with people who could teach her something profound. She sensed that lodged within the colorful and beautiful rituals and ceremonies of the indigenous Maasai people were gems of wisdom that could be harvested and shared as antidotes for our increasingly complex, stressful, and often enigmatic modern lives.

Dr. Pergola undertook a ten-year apprenticeship with Maasai traditional healers, led by her guide Lekoko Ole Sululu, in exchange for implementing sustainable development projects in Tanzania. InTime is Cows she shares the mind-body-spirit medicine of the Maasai, the proud pastoral people of East Africa.

In a voice that is at once crystal clear and spiritually alive - one that thousands around the world have already come to know in her talks and classes on wellness, yoga, and nature healing - her insight, inspiration, and empathy are present on every page as she shares her own knowledge and the wisdom of the Maasai compassionately and wholly.

Enriched with photographs, stories and suggested practice tips, Time is Cows is a handbook to help you simplify your life as you uncover its profound meaning.


About the author:

Born in the United States, Tanya holds a PhD in Sociology and Social Psychology. She is a Chopra Certified Vedic Master and has apprenticed with traditional Maasai healers in East Africa for over ten years.