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An Evening with Bill Rancic
Tuesday, November 1 – 7:00pm
Please join the Newtown Bookshop and the Free Library of Northampton Township as we welcome Bill Rancic to Bucks County on November 1st at 7pm! Bill will be featuring his new debut novel “First Light” which has a publication date of November 1st! Bill will be talking about “First Light” followed by an audience Q&A and signing. We are so excited to celebrate with Bill and his newly launched novel!
Tickets are $28.00 each and that includes a copy of “First Light”.
About First Light:
From New York Times bestselling author, beloved entrepreneur, and reality television star Bill Rancic comes a moving tale of love, family, and survival against all odds set amid the deep, wild woods of the Yukon Territory. Inspired by his own love story with wife and television personality Giuliana Rancic, FIRST LIGHT (G. P. Putnam’s Sons; Publication Date: November 1, 2016) recounts the story of a young couple as told to their 10-year-old son during a family road trip. Ten years earlier, Daniel and Kerry are leaving a work trip in Alaska to plan their wedding back home in Chicago when their plane is sent careening into a mountainside in the middle of the Yukon during a terrible snowstorm, seriously injuring Kerry in the accident. It soon becomes clear that search-and-rescue teams aren’t going to find the survivors in time to save her. Daniel, the one passenger with survival experience, determines to find help and bring it back to the rest of the passengers, hoping against hope he might save the woman he loves. But Daniel’s choices are made all the more difficult by the presence of his boss, a stubborn man more interested in results than taking care of people, as he leaves Kerry in the care of their co-worker, Phil. Only one man will come out of their trek alive, but it still may not be in time to save Kerry and the other critically injured survivors at the crash site. As the parents’ story draws to a close, the truth about their son’s life will at last be revealed.
“FIRST LIGHT pulls from my own life experiences to tell a fictional story of love, survival and hope,” says Rancic. “My desire is that people finish this book feeling empowered to tackle life’s countless challenges and obstacles. I believe through determination and faith anything can be achieved no matter how insurmountable the odds may appear. It was an incredible, cathartic experience writing my first novel, and I hope everyone finds the same inspiration and thrill while reading it that I had while putting it together.”
About the Author:
Bill Rancic burst onto the national scene as the first-ever winner of the NBC hit series The Apprentice. More than ten years later, he continues to wear many hats as a television producer, bestselling author, television personality, and restaurateur. Rancic currently spends his time speaking to corporations and organizations around the world on motivational and business topics; developing real estate as part of his multi-million-dollar enterprise in Chicago; co-owning RPM restaurant group, whose restaurants currently include RPM Steak in Chicago and RPM Italian with locations in Chicago and Washington, D.C.; and producing and appearing in several television programs, including those produced by him and Giuliana as part of You and I Productions, the production company they established in 2008. In addition, Rancic’s numerous philanthropic activities include building homes for victims of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and serving as an active board member for the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls in Chicago.
Rancic’s previous books include the New York Times-bestselling business book You’re Hired: How To Succeed in Business and Life, which chronicles his successes, experiences, and proven advice, and the co-author with wife Giuliana of I Do, Now What? in which the two share their secrets to everlasting love. He is also the author of a young readers’ book, Beyond the Lemonade Stand, which seeks to educate and motivate young people worldwide about the value of money and how to leverage skills, talents, and abilities at an early age, with all proceeds from the book’s sale going to charity.
Bill and Giuliana, who married in 2007, live in Chicago and Los Angeles with their four-year-old son, Duke.
Monthly Poetry Club
Thursday, November 10- 6:30-7:30pm
Welcome Poetry Lovers! All are Invited!!
The first half of the monthly meeting is devoted to a reading by a featured poet from the group or by a published poet. The second half hour allows open mike time for group members to share a few poems they’ve written, or they may choose to read poems written by their favorite poets. In the future, we may include poetry workshops to the group’s activities. If you are interested in sharing a collection of poems, please email Lynn at email@example.com .
The meeting will be facilitated by Lynn Fanok, who has written a collection of poems about her experiences as a survivor’s daughter examining her family, memory, and history. Her poetry has appeared in Burnt Bridge and other journals. Lynn holds degrees in English from The Pennsylvania State University and Arcadia University. You’ll find some of her poetry at lynnfanok.weebly.com.
All are invited and welcome to join us!
Cookbook Club “Literate Epicures”
Tuesday, November 15 – 7:00pm
Choose a recipe out of Cooking for Jeffrey by Ina Garten. Please let us know what recipe you will be bringing! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-968-2400 to get on our cookbook contact list. We are meeting on the third Thursday in November due to the fact that the election is the week before.
Daytime Book Club
Thursday, November 17 – 11:15am
We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride
Avis thought her marriage had hit a temporary rut. But with a single confession in the middle of the night, her carefully constructed life comes undone. After escaping a tumultuous childhood and raising a son, she now faces a future without the security of the home and family she has spent decades building.
Luis only wants to make the grandmother who raised him proud. As a soldier, he was on his way to being the man she taught him to be until he woke up in Walter Reed Hospital with vague and troubling memories of how he got there. Now he must find a new way to live a life of honor.
Every day, young Bashkim looks forward to the quiet order of school and the kind instruction of his third grade teacher. His family relocated to Las Vegas after fleeing political persecution in their homeland. Now their ice cream truck provides just enough extra income to keep them afloat. With his family under constant stress, Bashkim opens his heart to his pen pal, a US soldier.
When these lives come together in a single, shocking moment, each character is called upon to rise.
Book Talk with Jean Baur and Bella, a Therapy Dog
Saturday, November 19 – 2:00pm
Jean Baur, former Yardley resident and author, will be sharing stories from her new book, “Joy Unleashed: The Story of Bella, the Unlikely Therapy Dog” on Saturday, November 19th at 2PM at the Newtown Bookshop. Meet Bella, have a chance to ask Jean questions, enjoy free refreshments and a free raffle for some fun prizes. Ten percent of all book sales will be donated to Nor’Wester Therapy Dogs, a local organization that sends dogs into the schools to encourage children to read. Jean will be signing books after her talk, and Bella is excited to meet everyone.
About the Book:
In 2007, Mary Eldergill, a volunteer member of Amigos de Los Animales (Friends of the Animals), discovered a group of newborn puppies on Dead Dog Beach in Puerto Rico. Mary rescued and rehabilitated them and, three months later, they flew to Newark, New Jersey, to be placed in their forever homes.
Jean Baur and her husband adopted one of Mary’s rescues, a dog named Bella and opened her Pennsylvania home to her new best friend. Just as Jean enrolled Bella in certified therapy-dog classes, she lost her job at the age of sixty-five. This new work, visiting hospital patients with her therapy job, gave Jean hope and a new purpose in life.
After moving to Connecticut, Bella s work expanded to nursing homes and elementary schools, as well as local hospitals and cancer centers. She met an Alzheimer s patient who learned to smile again after Bella took a treat from her hand. She also befriended a six-year-old boy with autism (who previously held a deep fear of dogs) along with a disabled hospital patient who was withdrawn and uncommunicative until Bella jumped into the bed with him and coaxed him to open up again.
Jean and Bella s journey into the world of therapy-dog work gave them a bright, new outlookand has helped countless others overcome their own struggles while proving to all that broken souls can, indeed, be healed.
About the Author:
Jean Baur and her therapy dog Bella, volunteer in Connecticut, and have wonderful adventures together.They visit special needs children in local schools, go to rehab facilities, hospitals and a local cancer center. As Jean writes in her new book, “Joy Unleashed: The Story of Bella, the Unlikely Therapy Dogs,” these dogs are “ambassadors of exuberance.”
Jean and Bella lived in Yardley until 2012, and Bella’s training, best friends and certification all happened here. Her first work as a therapy dog was at St. Mary Medical Center. This is Jean’s third book and she’s thrilled to support organizations that help dogs in need, as well as those who expand the work of therapy dogs. You can learn more about the book and Bella and Jean’s events at www.joyunleashed.org.
Evening Book Club
Tuesday, November 29 – 7:00pm
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
Fates and Furiesis a literary masterpiece that defies expectation. A dazzling examination of a marriage, it is also a portrait of creative partnership written by one of the best writers of her generation.
Every story has two sides. Every relationship has two perspectives. And sometimes, it turns out, the key to a great marriage is not its truths but its secrets. At the core of this rich, expansive, layered novel, Lauren Groff presents the story of one such marriage over the course of twenty-four years.
At age twenty-two, Lotto and Mathilde are tall, glamorous, madly in love, and destined for greatness. A decade later, their marriage is still the envy of their friends, but with an electric thrill we understand that things are even more complicated and remarkable than they have seemed. With stunning revelations and multiple threads, and in prose that is vibrantly alive and original, Groff delivers a deeply satisfying novel about love, art, creativity, and power that is unlike anything that has come before it. Profound, surprising, propulsive, and emotionally riveting, it stirs both the mind and the heart.