Moving through three generations and back and forth in time, The Guest Book asks how we remember and what we choose to forget. It shows the untold secrets we inherit and pass on, unknowingly echoing our parents and grandparents. Sarah Blake's triumphant novel tells the story of a family and a country that buries its past in quiet, until the present calls forth a reckoning.
NEW BOOKS WE LOVE
Hi: This is my brief review of The Inheritance. Love the Play! - Jeff , Bookseller @ East End Books Ptown
This is a brilliant Play! I saw Part I & II in London at the Noel Coward Theatre in November. Remarkable acting from a cast that moves you to tears, laughter, reflection, and back to tears! Read this Play Script as soon as possible!
Matthew Lopez has written a brilliant play that made me feel recognized & valued as a gay man, and part of not only a great LGBTQ family but also a larger community of straight allies and friends.
It also takes a look at those we’ve lost and the way they remain in our hearts. A brilliant theatrical performance! It was difficult to sleep the night I saw Part I & II - it’s so much to think about.
I loved the traces of Howard’s End interspersed throughout the Play and E.M. Forster appearing among the cast of Characters, as they’re trying to “speak their truth.” This is one of those Plays you’ll be re-reading.
The Inheritance has so much to say and I was thrilled by the talk, display and pure love of books and literature that you see throughout this Play! The renewed call to fight for what’s great about our Country as we face some of our darkest times - made me freshly enthused and ready to
Fight to defend to our rights.
And what a powerful look at the many people we lost to AIDS and the beautiful remembrance of the people and trails that were blazed, along with the links between generations of gay men from the past to the present - all tied together to the responsibilities we have to one another - as a community at large. There’s so much to think about and reflect on. This is one of those performances that you want to get on a plane and fly “across the pond” to see!
Upcoming Book Release Recommendation:Christopher Castellani
This book is a remarkable piece of literature!
Were excited about the upcoming release of "Leading Men" by Chris Castellani. This book is impossible to put down. You're drawn into the magical world of Tennessee Williams & his lover Frank Merlo along with a cast of unforgettable characters.The imagery is so rich in this book. You feel as if you're on the journey with the characters. Chris is the Artistic Director of Grub Street. Chris divides his time between Boston & Ptown. You can pre-order the book here. www.eastendbooksptown.com
Hanif is a gifted writer. His latest book connects A Tribe Called Quest & "the music and cultural history to their street- level impact" with a discussion of society and the larger issues we face. Hanif has an original & unique voice!
Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His poetry has been published in Muzzle, Vinyl, PEN American, and various other journals. His essays and music criticism have been published in The FADER, Pitchfork, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. His first full length poetry collection, The Crown Ain't Worth Much, was released in June 2016 from Button Poetry. It was named a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Prize, and was nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. With Big Lucks, he released a limited edition chapbook, Vintage Sadness, in summer 2017 (you cannot get it anymore and he is very sorry.) His first collection of essays, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, was released in winter 2017 by Two Dollar Radio and was named a book of the year by Buzzfeed, Esquire, NPR, Oprah Magazine, Paste, CBC, The Los Angeles Review, Pitchfork, and The Chicago Tribune, among others. He is a Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow, an interviewer at Union Station Magazine, and a poetry editor at Muzzle Magazine. He is a member of the poetry collective Echo Hotel with poet/essayist Eve Ewing.
His next books are Go Ahead In The Rain, a biography of A Tribe Called Quest due out in 2019 by University of Texas Press, and They Don't Dance No' Mo', due out in 2020 by Random House. Yes, he would like to talk to you about your favorite bands and your favorite sneakers.
John Glynn has written a beautiful memoir that brings all of us along to Montauk for a Summer of fun, exploration and drama.... You feel as if you're part of this intimate group of friends, as they take part in the ageless Summer ritual. Go along for the ride with John and his friends. You'll be glad you bought this book!
We love Grants' new book which will be on sale in June. Grant is a terrific writer of books you just can't put down. The humor, pathos and drama captivates you from the beginning. We can all identify with, or know the people who live within the pages of his books. This is book that you'll thoroughly enjoy!
We're excited about this important new book from author Russ Lopez. Russ links LGBTQ history in Boston and Provincetown and gives you an insider window into the community. Meet Russ at East End Books Ptown on June 2nd at 3pm for a special Ptown Pride Event reading and book signing.
Hub of the Gay Universe: An LGBTQ History of Boston, Provincetown, and Beyond
This LGBTQ history of Boston and Provincetown begins with the coming of Europeans to Massachusetts in 1620 and ends with the victory over the referendum to overturn transgender rights in 2018. It includes the many high points of these four hundred years: the torrid romances of nineteenth century actress Charlotte Cushman, the glamorous nightlife of 1950s Boston, the wild times of 1970s Provincetown, and the great outpouring of happiness that accompanied the country’s first same-sex marriages. And it describes the tragedies: murders of trans women and gay men, the terrible waves of repression of the 1920s, and the devastation of the AIDS years. It documents how LGBTQ people have been present in the region at least since the coming of Europeans and how LGBTQ people had developed a political consciousness and were advocating for their rights well over a century before Stonewall. This is an important book for anyone who has lived in or visited this historic city and fabulous resort or anyone who cares about the history of LGBTQ people.
Jamie is one of our favorite authors! She has done several book events at East End Books Ptown. Jamie is the author of a number of best selling books including the national bestseller THE FOREVER SUMMER (Little, Brown). The Forever Summer takes place mainly in our lovely little town of Provincetown! "Drawing Home" is out in May and we couldn't put this book down! An unexpected inheritance, a promise broken, and four lives changed forever: the newest page-turner from USA Today bestselling author Jamie Brenner.
East End Books Is happy to welcome Poet Elizabeth Bradfield to our store for a great evening of Poetry reading & discussion. May 18th at 7pm. She's among our favorite Poets!
Writer/naturalist Elizabeth Bradfield is the author of the poetry collections Once Removed, Approaching Ice, Interpretive Work, and Toward Antarctica. Her poems and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, West Branch, Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, Orion and elsewhere. Winner of the Audre Lorde Prize from the Publishing Triangle, finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, her awards also include a Stegner Fellowship, a Bread Loaf Scholarship, and a residency at the Vermont Studio Center. She lives on Cape Cod with her partner, works as a naturalist/guide locally as well as on expedition ships around the globe, and is Associate Professor and co-director of creative writing at Brandeis University. Follow her at www.ebradfield.com.
We can't wait to sell this great new book from our Summer neighbor, John Waters! Pre-order your book now! Look for signed copies and special appearances. Watch our website & social media for details.
No one knows more about everything--especially everything rude, clever, and offensively compelling--than John Waters. The man in the pencil-thin mustache, auteur of the transgressive movie classics Pink Flamingos, Polyester, the original Hairspray, Cry-Baby, and A Dirty Shame, is one of the world's great sophisticates, and in Mr. Know-It-All he serves it up raw: how to fail upward in Hollywood; how to develop musical taste from Nervous Norvus to Maria Callas; how to build a home so ugly and trendy that no one but you would dare live in it; more important, how to tell someone you love them without emotional risk; and yes, how to cheat death itself. Through it all, Waters swears by one undeniable truth: "Whatever you might have heard, there is absolutely no downside to being famous. None at all."
Studded with cameos of Waters's stars, from Divine and Mink Stole to Johnny Depp, Kathleen Turner, Patricia Hearst, and Tracey Ullman, and illustrated with unseen photos from Waters's personal collection, Mr. Know-It-All is Waters's most hypnotically readable, upsetting, revelatory book--another instant Waters classic.
Cape Cod resident Nick Thorkelson has published a great Graphic Biography of Herbert Marcuse, "Philosopher of Utopia." This striking book is published by the legendary City Lights Press and Publisher Saturday, August 17, 2019 -
Meet Sarah this Summer at East End Books Ptown. The Guest Book This is an epic, complex drama that captures two different worlds and introduces a cast of characters you won't soon forget!
I had dinner with Tim earlier this month and received an advance copy of his brilliant new book, Correspondents. Meet Tim in July at East End Books Ptown. I could not put this book down from the Prologue to the conclusion. The book begins with one of the best Prologues I’ve read and ends in a devastating manner, that guarantees you’ll have difficulty pausing before the conclusion!
Tim Murphy is the author of Christodora, longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal. He has reported on HIV/AIDS for twenty years, for such publications as POZ Magazine, where he was an editor and staff writer, Out, Advocate, and New York. He lives in Brooklyn.
· Correspondents moves from suburban Boston to the Middle East to tell the remarkable and poignant story of the youngest child of a sprawling Irish-Lebanese family, a journalist who is posted to Baghdad during the Iraq War, and the young interpreter who befriends her.
· Correspondents describes an America where immigrants are the foundation of the country and is closely based on Murphy's own Irish-Lebanese family. His depiction of Irish immigrants is reminiscent of Colm Tóibín's Brooklyn, and his deft weaving of a multigenerational story of immigrants, settlers, and refugees evokes Jeffrey Eugenides's Middlesex or Imbolo Mbue's Behold the Dreamers.
· Murphy's previous book, Christodora, was longlisted for the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and widely praised by critics. In the Washington Post, Garth Greenwell praised it as "[A] rich, complicated story." The New York Times called it "[A] thrillingly accomplished novel . . . Christodora sometimes seems the product of spirit possession." It was named an Indie Next Pick as well as a Best Book of the Year by the Guardian
Christodora was optioned by Paramount TV for a limited TV series directed by Ira Sachs and produced by Cary Fukunaga, who produced the award-winning Beasts of No Nation and directed True Detective and Jane Eyre.
We look forward to welcoming Hugh Ryan " When Brooklyn Was Queer" to Ptown on July 20th at 7pm for vibrant discussion & book signing.
East End Books Ptown is happy to welcome Gabriela Herman to Ptown. Her new book "The Kids: The Children of LGBTQ Parents in th USA" is a an incredibly beautiful and moving book.