REP Production: JQAThese Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore
REP Production: 57 Chevy
Tales from La Vida: A Latinx Comix Anthology by Frederick Luis Aldama
An anthology celebrating over 80 of today’s extraordinary Latinx comic book and visual storytellers. Whether it’s detailing the complexities of growing up – mono- or multilingual, bicultural, straight, queer, or feminist Latinx – or focusing on aspects of pop culture, these graphic vignettes demonstrate the expansive complexity of Latinx identities. As we travel from one story to the next and experience the unique ways that each creator chooses to visually craft their autobiographical tale, our hearts and minds wake to the complex ways that Latinx people live within, and actively transform, the world.
Online discussion rescheduled for February 1, 2021 at 7 PM Pacific, lead by The Library Shop at SD Downtown Library.
REP Production: Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Fall Down 7 Times to Get Up 8: A Young Man's Voice from the Silence of Autism by Naoki Higashida
Translated by KA Yoshida and David Mitchell
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Reason I Jump comes another extraordinary self-portrait of a young adult with autism. Naoki Higashida was only thirteen when he wrote his first account of autism from the inside by a nonverbal Japanese child. In short, powerful chapters, Higashida now continues to explore school memories, family relationships, the exhilaration of travel, and the difficulties of speech. Acutely aware of how strange his behavior can appear to others, he aims throughout to foster a better understanding of autism and to encourage society to see people with disabilities as people, not as problems. This book opens a window into the mind of an inspiring young man who meets every challenge with tenacity and good humor.
Online discussion at a date TBD, lead by The Book Catapult.
REP Production: Mother Road
Retablos by Octavio Solis
Recommended three times by the New York Times and called one of year's Best Books by Buzzfeed. In this uniquely framed memoir, playwright Octavio Solis channels his youth in El Paso, Texas. Like traditional retablos – a traditional painting that dates back to the Spanish Conquest – the rituals of childhood and rites of passage are remembered as singular, dramatic events, self-contained episodes with life-changing reverberations. Living in a home just a mile from the Rio Grande, Octavio is a skinny brown kid on the border, growing up among those who live there, and those passing through on their way north. From the first terrible self-awareness of racism to inspired afternoons playing air trumpet with Herb Alpert, from an innocent game of hide-and-seek to the discovery of a Mexican girl hiding in the cotton fields, Solis reflects on the moments of trauma and transformation that shaped him into a man.
Online discussion TBD, lead by The Book Catapult.
REP Production: The Second City’s She The People
Feminasty: The Complicated Woman’s Guide to Surviving the Patriarchy without Drinking Herself to Death by Erin Gibson
From the wickedly funny and feminist creator and host of the Throwing Shade podcast, a collection of hilarious personal essays and political commentary perfect for fans of Lindy West and Roxane Gay. Erin Gibson’s singular goal is to create a utopian future where women are recognized as humans. In Feminasty – titled after her nickname on the hit podcast Throwing Shade – she has written a collection of laugh-til-you-cry essays exposing the hidden rules that make life as a woman unnecessarily hard and deconstructs them in a way that's bold, provocative and hilarious.
Online discussion TBD lead by The Library Shop at SD Downtown Library.
About Warwick’s Bookstore
Located in the Village of La Jolla, Warwick's is the country's oldest continuously family-owned and operated bookstore. In addition to a highly curated selection of books, Warwick's regularly hosts author events and signings. Beyond books, Warwick's is also well known for its extensive, beautiful and unusual selection of gifts, jewelry, stationery, fine pens, leather, office and art supplies.
About Library Shop
The Library Shop is a well-curated nonprofit book & gift shop catering to librarians, library lovers, literary obsessives and book nerds inside the Downtown Central Library. Proceeds support the entire San Diego Public Library System.
About Book Catapult
The Book Catapult began as a blog about books in 2006, written by Seth Marko. In October 2017, The Book Catapult entered a new era, opening as a physical, brick-and-mortar bookstore owned by Seth and his wife, Jennifer Powell. The shop is a general bookstore somewhat specializing in fiction, local interest, and children’s books, located in the South Park neighborhood of San Diego.