This Friday, November 4th, Stan Salett shall be our guest speaker at the Compleat Bookseller beginning at 6 p.m. Come hear him talk about his new book, The Edge of Poitics: Stories from the Civil Rights Movement, the War of Poverty and the Challenges of School Reform. Stan is a regular visitor to Chestertown, a quick drive from his home in Washington D.C.
In his book he writes about his life in politics and education reform.
Stan was recently interviewed in the Chestertown Spy and talked about his book and the importance of education reform in the American system. For more on the interview, you can find it here.
We hope to see you at the The Compleat Bookseller.
Hello book and Halloween lovers. With Halloween approaching the bookstore is preparing.
We even have local ghost stories right from Kent County.
For the child inside of you or for your own child we have a great selection or children’s Halloween stories.
Learn about the story of Jack O’Lantern, the Irish legend of the Banshee or the after Halloween celebration of The Day of the Dead.
What ever it is, We hope to scare you soon.
As far as I am concerned the only books that deserved to be banned are books that are poorly written and not very interesting. Books with characters that are flat, boring, one dimensional; books that have a predictable plot and a series of events that are cliche and atrocious. These are the books that should be kept out of schools because there are far too many good books to read.
Sadly there are many places that ban books on content, not talent and originality. I shall not point fingers at the banners, but I shall ask you that in celebration of Banned Book Week, which actually is this week (sorry for the late notice), please read a banned book. I plan on reading Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.
“A Geography of Secrets” has the texture and snap of a modern-day Graham Greene novel, painting a world in which even the smallest choices have devastating consequences — and where, as one character tells us, “Secrets don’t keep, they putrefy.”
A stark tragedy unfolds in Watson’s taut, memorable novel, the winner of the publisher’s National Fiction Prize. During the summer of 1948, a solid, middle-class family in a small Montana town is wrenched apart by scandal, murder and suicide. Narrator David Hayden tells the story as an adult looking back at the traumatic events that scarred yet matured him when he was 12. His pious Lutheran mother informs his father, Wesley, the county sheriff, that David’s uncle Frank, a doctor, has been molesting and raping Native American girls during routine medical exams. Uncle Frank’s latest victim is Marie Little Soldier, the Haydens’ Sioux housekeeper. When Marie dies, presumably of pneumonia, David provides key evidence that implicates his uncle in her murder. Frank is arrested by his brother, who locks the confessed sexual abuser in the basement to save him from the embarrassment of jail. David confronts his uncle’s racism and the evasions and denials his family has constructed to cover up the affair. In crisp, restrained prose, Watson ( In a Dark Time ) indelibly portrays the moral dilemma of a family torn between justice and loyalty; by implication, he also illuminates some dark corners of our national history.
~ Publishers Weekly