A Field Guide to Humans: Enriching Relationships Through the Enneagram
Be present. Be real. Be kind. Successful relationships of all kinds begin with seeing through the other person’s eyes. It’s a simple practice but not that easy, especially with those close to us. A Field Guide to Humans: Enriching Relationships through the Enneagram is a playful, pragmatic guide to understanding the people in your life and improving your relationships with them. Author and therapist Frank De Luca presents the Enneagram, a model of the human psyche presented as nine interrelated personality types, as a lens through which to see others—their strengths, their foibles, and what makes them tick. The title, A Field Guide to Humans, is an invitation to regard people with the same wonder and openness that a wildlife biologist brings to his or her study of the natural world. It is possible to have the same objectivity, curiosity, and respect while looking at human beings. Seeing friends, family, coworkers, and others in this way invites curiosity and compassion rather than criticism—a reminder that whoever you are interacting with, they want the same basic things you do, but they go about it differently.
Monday May 22nd
7 to 8 pm
Jeff LaLande author of
The Jackson County Rebellion: A Populist Uprising in Depression-Era Oregon
Jeff LaLande will be at Bloomsbury Books to read from (and signing copies of) his new book, The Jackson County Rebellion: A Populist Uprising in Depression-Era Oregon (Oregon State University Press, 2023). Jeff’s deeply researched book narrates this dramatic political episode in local history — one that gained national attention, both for its intense turmoil and for its violent outcome. Some readers may be struck by the parallels between this event and more recent developments in American politics.
Wednesday May 31st
7 to 8 pm
PC Cast author of
Earth Called: Tales of a New World
Mari, Nik, their newly formed Pack and the Wind Riders are in danger as the God of Death and his terrifying army march ever closer in Death’s quest to rule the Wind Rider Plains – and to kill or enslave anyone who stands in their way.
The Pack and the Wind Riders must find a way to stop the God of Death before he poisons their world and all is lost.
There is one hope: Ralina, Death’s Storyteller. But will it be enough? Is there any way to truly stop the God of Death?
In this last installment of the Tales of a New World series, love and goodness are put to the ultimate test as gods, humans, and animals come together to save everything they hold dear.
#1 New York Times & #1 USA Today bestselling author P.C. Cast taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. PC is a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, Booksellers’ Best, and many, many more. Ms. Cast is an experienced teacher and talented speaker who lives in Oregon near her fabulous daughter, her adorable pack of dogs, her crazy Maine Coon, and a bunch of horses.
All Events are Free and Open to the Public
The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese
OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK – INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
From the New York Times-bestselling author of Cutting for Stone comes a stunning and magisterial epic of love, faith, and medicine, set in Kerala, South India, following three generations of a family seeking the answers to a strange secret.
The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece
by Tom Hanks
The story of the making of a colossal, star-studded, multimillion-dollar superhero action film … and the humble comic book that inspired it. Part one of this story takes place in 1947. A troubled soldier, returning from the war, meets his talented five-year-old nephew, leaves an indelible impression, and then disappears for 23 years. Cut to 1970: The nephew, now drawing underground comic books in Oakland, California, reconnects with his uncle and, remembering the comic book he saw when he was five, draws a new version with his uncle as a World War II fighting hero. Cut to the present day: A commercially successful director discovers the 1970 comic book and decides to turn it into a contemporary superhero movie. Funny, touching, and wonderfully thought-provoking, this is a novel not only about the making of a movie, but also about the changes in America and American culture since World War II.
Happy Place by Emily Henry
A couple who broke up months ago make a pact to pretend to still be together for their annual weeklong vacation with their best friends in this glittering and wise new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Emily Henry. Harriet and Wyn have been the perfect couple since they met in college-they go together like salt and pepper, honey and tea, lobster and rolls. Except, now-for reasons they’re still not discussing-they don’t. They broke up six months ago. And still haven’t told their best friends. Which is how they find themselves sharing a bedroom at the Maine cottage that has been their friend group’s yearly getaway for the last decade.
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?
In The Midnight Library, Matt Haig’s enchanting blockbuster novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.
The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab
A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.
France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever–and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.
Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.
But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.