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Saving Lucas Biggs

Browseabout welcomes Marisa de los Santos and David Teague to sign copies of their middle grade adventure, Saving Lucas Biggs.

Marisa de los Santos has published three New York Times bestselling novels for adults, including staff favorites Love Walked In and Belong to Me, while David Teague is the author of the picture books Franklin's Big Dreams and Billy Hightower. Saving Lucas Biggs is their first joint venture.

In Saving Lucas Biggs, thirteen-year-old Margaret knows her father is innocent, but that doesn't stop the cruel Judge Biggs from sentencing him to death. Margaret is determined to save her dad, even if it means using her family's secret - and forbidden - ability to time travel. With the help of her best friend, Charlie, and his grandpa Josh, Margaret goes back to a time when Judge Biggs was a young boy and tries to prevent the chain of events that transformed him into a corrupt, jaded man. But with the forces of history working against her, will Margaret be able to change the past? Or will she be pushed back to a present in which her father is still doomed?

Told in alternating voices between Margaret and Josh, this heartwarming story shows that sometimes the forces of good need a little extra help to triumph over the forces of evil.

The signing will take place on Sunday, August 17th at 3:00 PM. If you are unable to attend, we are always happy to have a copy personalized for you.

Elizabeth Gaffney will be appearing at Browseabout to read an excerpt from her new novel and answer questions from the audience.

When Gaffney’s debut novel, Metropolis, was first published in 2005, Vanity Fair praised it as a “literary page-turner,” while the New York Times referred to Gaffney as “a debut novelist of unusual distinction.” Now, Gaffney offers the follow up to her critically-acclaimed novel with When the World Was Young.

Spunky, smart, and full of life, Wally Baker is no ordinary girl. She doesn’t like dresses, needlepoint, or manners. Growing up in her grandparents’ Brooklyn Heights brownstone in the days of food rations, blackouts, and absent fathers, Wally’s love of Wonder Woman comics and digging up ants makes her feel like a misfit—especially in the shadow of her dazzling but unstable mother, Stella. Then, a sudden tragedy on V-J Day alters the course of Wally's life forever, raising questions about her mother's past, and family secrets.

When the World Was Young is full of great period detail and authenticity; drawing from her experiences as a life-long Brooklynite – Gaffney and her family have owned and lived in the same Brooklyn Heights brownstone since she was born – Gaffney used this setting as the inspiration for her protagonist’s home. To evoke the period of her native Brooklyn Heights, Gaffney researched photographs of Brooklyn and Brooklynites from the 1940s, consulted subway and street maps, read correspondence between Lucy, a young mother who worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, with her husband, who worked at a shipyard in California.

For details in the lives of several of the characters, Gaffney drew from contemporary scrapbooks she found in the archives of the Brooklyn Historical Society, and conducted interviews with people who grew up in Brooklyn at the time of the story for details on everyday life. Spanning post World War II Brooklyn to the Greenwich Village folk scene of the late 50s, When the World Was Young is an immersive, beautiful, coming-of-age novel about mothers and daughters, the secrets that divide and the love that keeps families together.

This free event will take place on Saturday, August 16th at 5:00 PM; all are welcome and no registration is required. Light refreshments will also be served.

Nixon's Secrets

Browseabout welcomes Roger Stone as he signs copies of his latest release, Nixon's Secrets.

Described by the New York Times’s Maureen Dowd as “The Keeper of the Nixon flame,” Stone was the youngest member of the Nixon staff in 1972 and was credited with Nixon’s rehabilitation in his post-presidential years. Stone has been a Washington Insider for the last forty years and played a key role in the election of Republican presidents Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush. In addition to his books, Stone has a regular column with the Huffington Post.

Nixon's Secrets (to be released on August 11) gives us the inside scoop on Nixon’s rise and fall in Watergate. Stone charts Nixon’s rise from election to Congress in 1946 to the White House in 1968 following his razor-thin loss to John F. Kennedy in 1960. He goes on to explore Nixon’s disastrous campaign for Governor of California in 1962 and the greatest comeback in American presidential history.

Stone reveals how the Kennedys wiretapped Nixon’s hotel room the night before the historically infamous 1960 Nixon-Kennedy debate, and stole Nixon’s medical records from his psychiatrist’s office. Stone lays out how Kennedy running mate Lyndon Johnson claimed Texas for JFK through vote fraud, while Mayor Richard Daley took Illinois, and how JFK actually lost the popular vote.

Copies of his previous book, The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ, will also be available to be purchased and autographed.

The signing will take place on Friday, August 15th at 7:00 PM. If you're not able to make it, we are happy to have a copy personalized for you.

While supplies last, Browseabout is handing out copies of The Miseducation of Cameron Post to interested teens. After this title was removed from the summer reading list for incoming freshman at Cape Henlopen High School, we partnered with AfterEllen.com to make this happen.

Set in rural Montana in the early 1990s, emily m. danforth’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a powerful and widely acclaimed YA coming-of-age novel in the tradition of the classic Annie on My Mind.

Cameron Post feels a mix of guilt and relief when her parents die in a car accident. Their deaths mean they will never learn the truth she eventually comes to—that she's gay. Orphaned, Cameron comes to live with her old-fashioned grandmother and ultraconservative aunt Ruth. There she falls in love with her best friend, a beautiful cowgirl. When she’s eventually outed, her aunt sends her to God’s Promise, a religious conversion camp that is supposed to “cure” her homosexuality. At the camp, Cameron comes face to face with the cost of denying her true identity.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a stunning and provocative literary debut that was a finalist for the YALSA Morris Award and was named to numerous “best” lists.

Interested teens may come and pick up a copy for free, courtesy of generous donors, both from our community and across the nation. Those who have read the book are also invited to enter this essay contest. If you are interested in donating a copy, call the store at 302-226-2665.