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Book Club Pick From the Ivy Bookshop – Book Worms Book Club

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 11:00am

A little known fact: There are over 80 book clubs throughout the city of Baltimore (and beyond) that are registered with The Ivy Bookshop. Starting this week, Baltimore Fishbowl will feature a current read from a local book club that is currently registered with the Ivy. Lucky for us, their pics are noted online at Club Ivy.

This week’s pick from the Book Worms Book Club:

When Britain Burned the White House: The 1814 Invasion of Washington (Hardcover)

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In August 1814, the United States army was defeated just outside Washington, D.C., by the world’s greatest military power. President James Madison and his wife had just enough time to flee the White House before the British invaders entered. British troops stopped to feast on the meal still sitting on the Madisons’ dining-room table before setting the White House on fire. The extent of the destruction was massive; finished in wood rather than marble, everything inside the mansion was combustible. Only the outer stone walls would withstand the fire.

The tide of the War of 1812 would quickly turn, however. Less than a month later, American troops would stand victorious at the Battle of Fort McHenry. Poet Francis Scott Key, struck by the sight of the American flag waving over Fort McHenry, jotted down the beginnings of a poem that would be set to music and become the U.S. national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.”

In his compelling narrative style, Peter Snow recounts the fast-changing fortunes of that summer’s extraordinary confrontations. Drawing from a wealth of material, including eyewitness accounts, Snow describes the colorful personalities on both sides of those spectacular events: including the beleaguered President James Madison and First Lady Dolley, American heroes such as Joshua Barney and Sam Smith, and flawed military leaders like Army Chief William Winder and War Secretary John Armstrong. On the British side, Snow re-creates the fiery Admiral George Cockburn, the cautious but immensely popular Major General Robert Ross, and sharp-eyed diarists James Scott and George Gleig.

When Britain Burned the White House highlights this unparalleled moment in British and American history, the courageous, successful defense of Fort McHenry and the American triumph that would follow, and America’s and Britain’s decision to never again fight each other.

About the Author


PETER SNOW is a highly respected British journalist, author, and broadcaster. He was ITN’s diplomatic and defence correspondent from 1966 to 1979 and presented Newsnight from 1980 to 1997. An indispensable part of election nights, he has also covered military matters on and off the world’s battlefields for forty years. Peter is married and has six children.

Praise for When Britain Burned the White House: The 1814 Invasion of Washington…


“[An] excellent account…Snow, an experienced British journalist, has told the story of those engagements with brio and a fine gift for making sense of the complexities of battle… a fine example of serious and literate popular history… It ranks with Anthony S. Pitch’s fine “The Burning of Washington” (2000) as among the best accounts of a war that hardly deserves to be forgotten.”—Washington Post

“With ample quotes from English letters and diaries, Snow ably brings out the humanity of his subjects.”—Kirkus Reviews

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The Ivy Bookshop is Baltimore’s literary bookstore.We actively support book clubs and their members throughout the city.

As a registered Club Ivy member, you are entitled to a number of benefits:

1 Club Ivy participants will receive a 10% discount on all book club purchases.
2 Upon request, The Ivy will host catered book club meetings for its registered clubs.
3 Registered Club Ivy members will be invited to participate in publisher-sponsored receptions and other book events, some of them invitation-only.

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Tomorrow at The Ivy Bookshop – Keith Donohue: The Boy Who Drew Monsters

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 4:00pm

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Keith Donohue: The Boy Who Drew Monsters

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 – 7:00pm

Celebrate Halloween early with Keith Donohue and a hair-raising discussion of his newest novel.

By The Author

Ever since he nearly drowned in the ocean three years earlier, ten-year-old Jack Peter Keenan has been deathly afraid to venture outdoors. Refusing to leave his home in a small coastal town in Maine, Jack Peter spends his time drawing monsters. When those drawings take on a life of their own, no one is safe from the terror they inspire. His mother, Holly, begins to hear strange sounds in the night coming from the ocean, and she seeks answers from the local Catholic priest and his Japanese housekeeper, who fill her head with stories of shipwrecks and ghosts. His father, Tim, wanders the beach, frantically searching for a strange apparition running wild in the dunes. And the boy’s only friend, Nick, becomes helplessly entangled in the eerie power of the drawings. While those around Jack Peter are haunted by what they think they see, only he knows the truth behind the frightful occurrences as the outside world encroaches upon them all.

In the tradition of The Turn of the Screw, Keith Donohue’s The Boy Who Drew Monsters is a mesmerizing tale of psychological terror and imagination run wild, a perfectly creepy read for a dark night.

Keith Donohue is an American novelist, the author of the national bestseller The Stolen Child, Centuries of June and Angels of Destruction. He has also written reviews for The Washington Post. Donohue has a Ph.D. in English with a specialization in modern Irish literature and wrote the introduction to the Complete Novels of Flann O’Brien.


 

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MMAE Women’s Book Club Pick From The Ivy Bookshop – An Officer And A Spy

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 9:15am

A little known fact: There are over 80 book clubs throughout the city of Baltimore (and beyond) that are registered with The Ivy Bookshop. Baltimore Fishbowl features weekly a current read from a local book club registered with the Ivy. Lucky for us, the clubs’ picks are noted online at Club Ivy.

This week’s pick from the MMAE Women’s Book Club:

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An Officer And A Spy: A Novel (Hardcover)

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Tomorrow at The Ivy Bookshop – Maud Casey: The Man Who Walked Away

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Oct 08, 2014 10:30am

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Maud Casey: The Man Who Walked Away

THE IVY BOOKSHOP

Thursday, October 9, 2014 – 7:00pm

Join us at The Ivy Bookshop to hear Maud Casey discuss her newest novel.

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The Man Who Walked Away, loosely based on the case history of Albert Dadas, a psychiatric patient in the hospital of St. Andre in Bordeaux in the nineteenth century. The Man Who Walked Away imagines Albert’s wanderings and the anguish that caused him to seek treatment with a doctor who would create a diagnosis for him, a narrative for his pain.

In a trance-like state, Albert walks — from Bordeaux to Poitiers, from Chaumont to Macon, and farther afield to Turkey, Austria, Russia — all over Europe. When he walks, he is called a vagrant, a mad man. He is chased out of towns and villages, ridiculed and imprisoned. When the reverie of his walking ends, he’s left wondering where he is, with no memory of how he got there. His past exists only in fleeting images.

Maud Casey is the author of two previous novels, The Shape of Things to Come, a New York Times Notable Book, andGeneaology; and a collection of stories, Drastic. She is the recipient of the Calvino Prize and has received fellowships from the Fundacion Valparaiso, Hawthornden International Writers Retreat, Chateau de Lavigny, Dora Maar, and the Passa Porta residency at Villa Hellebosch. Casey teaches at the University of Maryland and lives in Washington, D.C.

 

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Town and Country Book Club Pick From The Ivy Bookshop: The Coffee Trader

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Oct 08, 2014 10:00am

A little known fact: There are over 80 book clubs throughout the city of Baltimore (and beyond) that are registered with The Ivy Bookshop. Baltimore Fishbowl features weekly a current read from a local book club registered with the Ivy. Lucky for us, the clubs’ picks are noted online at Club Ivy.

This week’s pick from the Town and Country Book Club:

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The Coffee Trader (Paperback)

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Amsterdam, 1659: On the world’s first commodities exchange, fortunes are won and lost in an instant. Miguel Lienzo, a sharp-witted trader in the city’s close-knit community of Portuguese Jews, knows this only too well. Once among the city’s most envied merchants, Miguel has suddenly lost everything. Now, impoverished and humiliated, living in his younger brother’s canal-flooded basement, Miguel must find a way to restore his wealth and reputation.

Miguel enters into a partnership with a seductive Dutchwoman who offers him one last chance at success—a daring plot to corner the market of an astonishing new commodity called “coffee.” To succeed, Miguel must risk everything he values and face a powerful enemy who will stop at nothing to see him ruined. Miguel will learn that among Amsterdam’s ruthless businessmen, betrayal lurks everywhere, and even friends hide secret agendas.

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The Ivy Bookshop is Baltimore’s literary bookstore.We actively support book clubs and their members throughout the city.

As a registered Club Ivy member, you are entitled to a number of benefits:

1 Club Ivy participants will receive a 10% discount on all book club purchases.
2 Upon request, The Ivy will host catered book club meetings for its registered clubs.
3 Registered Club Ivy members will be invited to participate in publisher-sponsored receptions and other book events, some of them invitation-only.

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Tomorrow at The Ivy Bookshop- Mikita Brottman Launch Party

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Oct 07, 2014 12:30pm

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Mikita Brottman Launch Party

THE IVY BOOKSHOP

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 – 7:00pm

Mikita Brottman launches her new book, an exploration of exceptional dogs and their human companions.

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Inspired by her seven-year love affair with her French bulldog, Grisby, Mikita Brottman ruminates on the special bond between dogs and humans in The Great Grisby: Two Thousand Years of Literary, Royal, Philosophical and Artistic Dog Lovers and Their Exceptional Animals. Is her relationship with Grisby nourishing or dysfunctional? Commonplace or unique? As she ponders these questions, she draws support and inspiration from history, art, philosophy, and literature. In The Great Grisby, Brottman assembles a charming literary banquet of canine personalities. Through quirky anecdotes and personal reflections, with side-trips into psychoanalysis and animal studies, The Great Grisby shows us the many ways in which dog is the mirror of man.

Mikita Brottman is an Oxford-educated scholar, critic and psychoanalyst. Her previous books include Hyena andThirteen Girls. She is a professor for the Department of Humanistic Studies and co-director of the MA Program of Critical Studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

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Tomorrow at The Ivy Bookshop – Felix Francis Lunch Hour Book Signing

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Oct 07, 2014 10:00am

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FELIX FRANCIS BOOK LUNCH HOUR SIGNING

THE IVY BOOKSHOP

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 – 1:00pm

Felix Francis gallops to The Ivy for a midday book signing.

Undercover investigator Jeff Hinkley is assigned by the British Horseracing Authority to look into the activities of a suspicious racehorse trainer, but as he’s tailing his quarry through the Cheltenham Racing Festival, the last thing he expects to witness is a gruesome murder. Could it have something to do with the reason the trainer was banned in the first place — the administration of illegal drugs to his horses? Read More →

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Book Club Pick From the Ivy Bookshop – Nine Teachers Book Club

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Oct 01, 2014 3:00pm

A little known fact: There are over 80 book clubs throughout the city of Baltimore (and beyond) that are registered with The Ivy Bookshop. Starting this week, Baltimore Fishbowl will feature a current read from a local book club that is currently registered with the Ivy. Lucky for us, their pics are noted online at Club Ivy.

This week’s pick from the Nine Teachers Book Club:

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Crossing To Safety (Paperback)

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Introduction by Terry Tempest Williams
Afterword by T. H. Watkins

Called a “magnificently crafted story . . . brimming with wisdom” by Howard Frank Mosher in The Washington Post Book World, Crossing to Safety has, since its publication in 1987, established itself as one of the greatest and most cherished American novels of the twentieth century. Tracing the lives, loves, and aspirations of two couples who move between Vermont and Wisconsin, it is a work of quiet majesty, deep compassion, and powerful insight into the alchemy of friendship and marriage.


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The Ivy Bookshop is Baltimore’s literary bookstore.We actively support book clubs and their members throughout the city.

As a registered Club Ivy member, you are entitled to a number of benefits:

1 Club Ivy participants will receive a 10% discount on all book club purchases.
2 Upon request, The Ivy will host catered book club meetings for its registered clubs.
3 Registered Club Ivy members will be invited to participate in publisher-sponsored receptions and other book events, some of them invitation-only.

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Tonight at The Ivy Bookshop – STEVEN KASSELS: ADDICTION ON TRIAL

0 Written by: | Monday, Sep 29, 2014 10:00am

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STEVEN KASSELS: ADDICTION ON TRIAL

THE IVY BOOKSHOP

Monday, September 29, 2014 – 7:00pm

 

Steven Kassels reads from his new legal thriller, set in Downeast Maine.

 

When Downeast local Annette Fiorno is found at the bottom of a ravine, outsider and relapsed drug addict Jimmy Sedwick is accused of murder. Unassuming Marine lawyer Rob Hanston and big shot attorney Shawn Marks form an unlikely legal team as they attempt to discredit the overwhelming evidence.Addiction on Trial sends a powerful message of societal discrimination toward drug addicts and explores common misperceptions about what drug addiction really is — a chronic illness requiring a treatment approach similar to other chronic diseases. Medical and behavioral aspects of addiction are woven into the intrigue of this thriller, which culminates in a riveting murder trial.

Steven Kassels, M.D., attended Milton Academy and Lake Forest College prior to receiving his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit Michigan. After earning board certification in addiction medicine, Dr. Kassels was appointed Medical Director of the inpatient and outpatient addiction service at Providence Hospital, Holyoke, Massachusetts, providing polysubstance abuse treatment to both adults and adolescents. He is currently the Medical Director and a founding member of Community Substance Abuse Centers, which specializes in the treatment of opiate addicted patients throughout New England.

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Tonight at The Ivy Bookshop: FREE STATE REVIEW LAUNCH PARTY

0 Written by: | Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 10:00am

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FREE STATE REVIEW LAUNCH PARTY

THE IVY BOOKSHOP AND FREE STATE REVIEW

Thursday, September 18, 2014 – 7:00pm

Join us for a night of some snazzy lit by Free State Review Issue 4 contributors Jenny Keith, Timmy Reed and The Ivy Bookshop’s very own Kyle Solomon.

 BY THE AUTHOR

Jenny Keith’s fiction, poems, essays and reviews have appeared in City Paper, The Pearl, Swanee Theological Review, the Patuxent Review, and The Nebraska Review. Jenny lives in Baltimore where she collects estate tea, and plays bass guitar for Batworth Stone.

Timmy Reed is the author of the short story collection Tell God I Don’t Exist, and has a novel forthcoming from Dig That Book Co. The Marylander’s recent work has appeared in Akashic Books, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Everyday Genius, Atticus Review, and Necessary Fiction.

Kyle Solomon is a puzzle of sorts. The lifelong Baltimore native has yet to taste crab. Trying to make sense of this, he majored in Philosophy at Towson University. He subsequently applied his existentialism to running the light-board op/tech for a handful of shows with Run of the Mill Theater Company. His only other poem was published in The New Poet.

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