And the Winners Are…

Our first ever Labor Day Raffle was a smashing success by all measures! We received 20 generous donations from local businesses and residents, and hundreds of people—year rounders, summer residents, and visitors—bought nearly 2,000 tickets. Two dozen volunteers logged over 100 hours selling raffle tickets on the library porch, and we raised a grand total of $11,742!

In short, WOW! So without further delay, here are the winning ticket numbers:

$10 Raffle Prizes Winning Ticket Number
At Home Chinese Dinner 832164
Chef La Mason Dinner 832595
Family Beachfront Vacation 832220
Lynn Duryea Ceramic Sculpture 832355
Three-Night Getaway for Two 832380

Wait! There’s more…

$5 Raffle Prizes Winning Ticket Number
44 North, $50 Gift Certificate 889630
Acadia House Provisions, Dinner for Two 361086
Aragosta, Dinner for Two 889487
Blue Hill Books, Late Summer Reading Book Bundle 889486
Blue Hill Wine Shop, $100 Gift Certificate 889702
Burnt Cove Boil, Dinner for Two 889987
Fin & Fern, Dinner for Two 889698
Greenhead Lobster, Frozen Lobster Tails 361126
Klemenz Family, 10 Fresh Lobsters 889796
L.L. Bean, $75 Gift Card (1 of 2) 889178
L.L. Bean, $75 Gift Card (2 of 2) 889746
Long Cove Sea Farm, Two Dozen Oysters 889933
Oceanville Flowers, Seasonal Flower Arrangement 361092
Scott Goldberg, Stoneware Bowl 361300
Sea Kayak Stonington, Evening Kayak Trip 889333

Congratulations to all the winning ticket holders! Winners can contact the library at stonington.public.library@gmail.com to claim their prizes. In your email, provide proof of purchase, such as a clear photograph showing your ticket number or an email receipt with ticket numbers for online purchases. Winners can also present proof of purchase in person during library hours to claim their prizes. Prizes must be claimed by 11:59pm EDT on Wednesday, October 6, 2021.

Thank YOU to each and every individual who pitched in and helped us raise a record amount of money! Together, we have ensured a free community resource open to all year round. Our success is a collective success with so many contributing what they can. That means more to us than any dollar amount, and we heard your overwhelmingly positive feedback each day we were out there selling tickets. It bears repeating: THANK YOU!

Family Beachfront Vacation — SPL Labor Day Raffle

Three-Night Beachfront Vacation for up to 8 ($1500 value)

A memorable vacation for the whole family or two couples! Get away from the hustle and bustle, and enjoy the best that Maine has to offer. Tucked away at the tip of Indian Point, the house sits just steps from the beach and overlooks Webb Cove, Grog Island, and Deer Island Thorofare. Go for a hike, take a dip, relax in the sauna…or just soak up the sun and breath in the sea air. Downtown Stonington and the rest of the island are easily accessible by car. Available from May through September 2022. Pool your resources with friends and increase your odds!

Purchase raffle ticket(s) for the Family Beachfront Vacation below. If you purchase multiple tickets and wish to split them between raffles, please make a note when making your purchase or follow up by email at stonington.public.library@gmail.com. All purchases must be completed by 8pm EDT on Sunday, September 5, 2021. A volunteer will contact you with your ticket number(s) within 12 hours of your purchase. (There is a surcharge on all tickets purchased online.)

Register with a valid email address to receive the Zoom link for our live raffle drawing on Monday, September 6 at 11am EDT. You do not have to attend the live drawing to be eligible to win. Winning ticket numbers will be posted online after the drawing concludes; winners will be responsible for claiming their prize(s) with proof of purchase.

View more prizes:

Chef La Mason Dinner ($10/ticket)
At Home Chinese Dinner ($10/ticket)
Three-Night Getaway for Two ($10/ticket)
Lynn Duryea Ceramic Sculpture ($10/ticket)

15+ prizes valued between $40-$300 ($5/ticket)

Lynn Duryea Ceramic Sculpture — SPL Labor Day Raffle

Slant #10 Ceramic Sculpture by Deer Isle Artist, Lynn Duryea ($900 value)

This handsome slab-constructed sculpture stands 24” high and will be a stunning addition to your home. Lynn Duryea’s sculpture is widely published, exhibited, and collected throughout the U.S. and abroad. Locally her work can be seen at the Turtle Gallery. For more information on Lynn and her work, go to her website lynnduryea.com

Purchase raffle ticket(s) for the Lynn Duryea Ceramic Sculpture below. If you purchase multiple tickets and wish to split them between raffles, please make a note when making your purchase or follow up by email at stonington.public.library@gmail.com. All purchases must be completed by 8pm EDT on Sunday, September 5, 2021. We will contact you with your ticket number(s) within 12 hours of your purchase. (There is a surcharge on all tickets purchased online.)

Register with a valid email address to receive the Zoom link for our live raffle drawing on Monday, September 6 at 11am EDT. You do not have to attend the live drawing to be eligible to win. Winning ticket numbers will be posted online after the drawing concludes; winners will be responsible for claiming their prize(s) with proof of purchase.

View more prizes:

Chef La Mason Dinner ($10/ticket)
At Home Chinese Dinner ($10/ticket)
Three-Night Getaway for Two ($10/ticket)
Family Beachfront Vacation ($10/ticket)

15+ prizes valued between $40-$300 ($5/ticket)

At Home Chinese Dinner — SPL Labor Day Raffle

At Home Chinese Dinner with Wine Pairing ($450 value)

Christopher Ross, the Stonington Public Library director, will draw on his years of experience living in and eating his way across China to prepare a dinner for four at your home. He can work with the winner to prepare a menu that gives a taste of China while meeting any dietary requirements. The dinner will be paired with a selection of wines from Blue Hill Wine Shop and can be arranged with Chris between October 2021 and September 2022. Food and wine are generous donations by anonymous donors. Pool your resources with friends and increase your odds!

Purchase raffle ticket(s) for the At Home Chinese Dinner below. If you purchase multiple tickets and wish to split them between raffles, please make a note when making your purchase or follow up by email at stonington.public.library@gmail.com. All purchases must be completed by 8pm EDT on Sunday, September 5, 2021. We will contact you with your ticket number(s) within 12 hours of your purchase. (There is a surcharge on all tickets purchased online.)

Register with a valid email address to receive the Zoom link for our live raffle drawing on Monday, September 6 at 11am EDT. You do not have to attend the live drawing to be eligible to win. Winning ticket numbers will be posted online after the drawing concludes; winners will be responsible for claiming their prize(s) with proof of purchase.

View more prizes:

Chef La Mason Dinner ($10/ticket)
Three-Night Getaway for Two ($10/ticket)
Lynn Duryea Ceramic Sculpture ($10/ticket)
Family Beachfront Vacation ($10/ticket)

15+ prizes valued between $40-$300 ($5/ticket)

Three-Night Getaway for Two — SPL Labor Day Raffle

Three-Night Stay at Secluded Apartment with Beach Access ($600 value)

A weekend–or midweek–getaway for two! Stay in the library director’s treetop apartment for three nights. A little more than a stone’s throw from downtown Stonington, the open floorplan apartment sits in a private location among the trees with private access to the beach. There is a balcony for alfresco dining, and there are hiking trails throughout the property. Pet friendly, smoke-free. Full kitchen and bath, plus outdoor shower. Available between October 2021 and September 2022. Team up with a friend and increase your odds!

Purchase raffle ticket(s) for the Three-Night Getaway for Two below. If you purchase multiple tickets and wish to split them between raffles, please make a note when making your purchase or follow up by email at stonington.public.library@gmail.com. All purchases must be completed by 8pm EDT on Sunday, September 5, 2021. We will contact you with your ticket number(s) within 12 hours of your purchase. (There is a surcharge on all tickets purchased online.)

Register with a valid email address to receive the Zoom link for our live raffle drawing on Monday, September 6 at 11am EDT. You do not have to attend the live drawing to be eligible to win. Winning ticket numbers will be posted online after the drawing concludes; winners will be responsible for claiming their prize(s) with proof of purchase.

View more prizes:

Chef La Mason Dinner ($10/ticket)
At Home Chinese Dinner ($10/ticket)
Lynn Duryea Ceramic Sculpture ($10/ticket)
Family Beachfront Vacation ($10/ticket)

15+ prizes valued between $40-$300 ($5/ticket)

Chef La Mason Dinner — SPL Labor Day Raffle

At Home Catered Dinner Party for Eight by Chef La Mason ($400 value)

Acclaimed Chef La Mason will cater and serve a complete dinner party for five to eight people at your home or place of your choice at locations throughout Deer Isle, Stonington, or the Peninsula. Her repertoire spans a wide range of world cuisines, and she will work with you to choose the menu to fit you and your guests tastes. Chef La will donate $400 toward the total cost. Should you be the winner, contact Chef La to arrange the dinner at a time after mid-September 2021 and before September 1, 2022. To learn more, visit her website at: bonfetecuisine.com. Pool your resources with friends and increase your odds of winning an evening with great food and company!

Purchase raffle ticket(s) for the Chef La Mason Dinner below. If you purchase multiple tickets and wish to split them between raffles, please make a note when making your purchase or follow up by email at stonington.public.library@gmail.com. All purchases must be completed by 8pm EDT on Sunday, September 5, 2021. We will contact you with your ticket number(s) within 12 hours of your purchase. (There is a surcharge on all tickets purchased online.)

Register with a valid email address to receive the Zoom link for our live raffle drawing on Monday, September 6 at 11am EDT. You do not have to attend the live drawing to be eligible to win. Winning ticket numbers will be posted online after the drawing concludes; winners will be responsible for claiming their prize(s) with proof of purchase.

View more prizes:

At Home Chinese Dinner ($10/ticket)
Three-Night Getaway for Two ($10/ticket)
Lynn Duryea Ceramic Sculpture ($10/ticket)
Family Beachfront Vacation ($10/ticket)

15+ prizes valued between $40-$300 ($5/ticket)

Prizes for $5 Tickets — SPL Labor Day Raffle

Prizes will be updated as more are confirmed. Complete list will be available at least 48 hours before the raffle drawing.

Prizes and winning tickets drawn at random.

Two Dozen Whole Oysters ($41 value)

Two dozen whole (unshucked) oysters and mignonette from Long Cove Sea Farm in Deer Isle, Maine. To learn more, visit longcoveseafarm.com

44 North Gift Certificate ($50 value)

This certificate is redeemable for coffee or any 44 North labeled merchandise, online or at either the Deer Isle or Stonington location. Shipping charges will be extra. To learn more, visit 44northcoffee.com
Custom Arrangement of Seasonal Flowers ($60 value)

Oceanville Flowers provides bouquets for both local businesses and subscribers and will consult with the winner on your favorite color and style. Garden blooms grown organically and sustainably right here in Stonington. Good until October 1, 2021 or from June 1 through October 1, 2022. To learn more, visit oceanvilleflowers.com

2 L.L.Bean Gift Cards ($75 value each)

The perfect clothing, gear and home goods for the Maine lifestyle. Whether you’re looking for a down jacket, a dog bed, hiking boots or anything in between, L.L.Bean has you covered! (Two winners will be drawn. One card per winner.)

Burnt Cove Boil Downeast Dinner for Two ($75 value)

Enjoy an evening for two on Fifield Point – home to  one of Stonington’s most majestic sunsets! Redeemable until August 2022. To learn more, visit burntcoveboil.com

Blue Hill Wine Shop Gift Certificate ($100 value)

This certificate may be used toward any purchase of wine, cheese or other foods at the Blue Hill Wine Shop, 193 Main St., Blue Hill. Choose among an outstanding selection of wines, cheeses and specialty foods from around the world at a variety of price levels with help from the shop’s expert staff. To learn more, visit bluehillwineshop.com

Dinner for Two at Acadia House Provisions ($120 value)

Three-starred Michelin chef Ryan McCaskey invites you to dinner overlooking the Stonington Harbor and Deer Isle Thorofare. Gourmet dinner for two in this premiere Stonington restaurant, including a glass of wine (tax and tip excluded). Valid until September 15, 2022. To learn more, visit acadiahouseprovisions.com

Dinner for Two at Fin & Fern ($120 value)

Enjoy the flavors of modern Maine at Fin & Fern. Three-course dinner with a glass of wine for two, excluding tip. Valid until October 2022. To learn more, visit finandfernme.com

Scott Goldberg Stoneware Bowl ($125 value)

Add a beautiful 12″ stoneware bowl to your collection. Wheel-thrown with wax relief decoration by Scott Goldberg of Brooksville.

Evening Kayak Trip with Sea Kayak Stonington ($140 value)

Enjoy a 2.5-hour guided kayak paddle for two around Crotch Island, with views of the current and historic quarrying operations and a stop on the beach at Sand Island. Experience the spectacular sunset over Penobscot Bay before returning to Stonington through the Deer Isle Thoroughfare.  Additional paddlers may be added at additional cost. This certificate is good from now through mid-October 2022. To learn more, visit seakayakstonington.org

Family Pack of Frozen Lobster Tails ($146 value)

Each  family pack box contains  between 10 and 12 5 -to 6oz. flash frozen lobster tails, shipped to your home. A treat for the family and friends from the waters off Stonington, donated by Greenhead Lobster. To learn more, visit greenheadlobster.com

10 lobsters from Chris & Eryn Klemenz ($150 value)

From sea to table. Throw a dinner party for friends with 10 lobsters caught by Chris and Eryn Klemenz. Seafood at its freshest!

 

Late Summer Reading Book Bundle from Blue Hill Books ($179 value)

Put your feet up and savor a few contemporary novels, a literary anthology of wine writing, an episodic travelogue of our southern neighbor, and an inspiring read on addressing climate change. To learn more, visit bluehillbooks.com

Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami
With Teeth by Kristen Arnett
Leading Men by Christopher Castellani
Wine Reads ed. by Jay McInerney
Horizontal Vertigo by Juan Villoro
All We Can Save ed. by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson & Katharine K. Wilkinson

Dinner for Two at Aragosta ($275 value)

Dinner for two at Aragosta at Goose Cove, Deer Isle. Gratuity and beverages not included. To learn more, visit aragostamaine.com

View more prizes:

Chef La Mason Dinner ($10/ticket)
At Home Chinese Dinner ($10/ticket)
Three-Night Getaway for Two ($10/ticket)
Lynn Duryea Ceramic Sculpture ($10/ticket)
Family Beachfront Vacation ($10/ticket)

August Story Hour & Craft for Kids

Chris reads Whale in a Fishbowl by Troy Howell and illustrated by Richard Jones. No whale belongs in a fishbowl, but you can have a whale marking your place in a book. Drop into the library for a craft kit to make a whale bookmark.

July Story Hour & Craft for Kids

Chris reads Memory Jars by Vera Brosgol. A perfect picture book for a picture perfect summer day. It has blueberries, sunshine, rainbows, and more. Stop in the library to make a memory jar. Preserve something you don’t want to forget. We’ve got lots of jars and art supplies for you to make a beautiful memory.

🏳️‍🌈Celebrate Pride Month @ SPL

Celebrate Pride Month by reading a book about LGBTQIA+ experience. We have great titles in fiction and non-fiction, plus we are always adding new ones. Celebrate our diversity in all its forms. Love is love!

Every Body: An Honest and Open Look at Sex from Every Angle
by Julia Rothman & Shaina Feinberg & Everybody

Have you ever had a question about sex—whether out of curiosity, desire, or the sneaking suspicion you’re, somehow, different? Every Body will help you feel less alone. It’s a huge collection of anonymous stories, essays, artwork, and expert tell-alls on myriad subjects, all rolled into one. Really, it’s the conversations most of us are too scared to start.

Thanks to talented duo Julia Rothman and Shaina Feinberg, we don’t have to. The stories, essays, and interviews they’ve compiled touch on a wide array of topics, including first times, open relationships, body acceptance, accidental pregnancies, sex toys, pleasure, fear and trauma, sexual discovery, and more.

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
by Fannie Flagg

It’s first the story of two women in the 1980s, of gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode telling her life story to Evelyn, who is in the sad slump of middle age. The tale she tells is also of two women-of the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth, who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, a Southern kind of Cafe Wobegon offering good barbecue and good coffee and all kinds of love and laughter, even an occasional murder.

The Great Believers
by Rebecca Makkai

In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying and after his friend Nico’s funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico’s little sister.

Thirty years later, Fiona is in Paris tracking down her estranged daughter who disappeared into a cult. While staying with an old friend, a famous photographer who documented the Chicago crisis, she finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways AIDS affected her life and her relationship with her daughter. The two intertwining stories take us through the heartbreak of the eighties and the chaos of the modern world, as both Yale and Fiona struggle to find goodness in the midst of disaster.

The Man Who Ate Too Much: The Life of James Beard
by John Birdsall

After World War II, a newly affluent United States reached for its own gourmet culture, one at ease with the French international style of Escoffier, but also distinctly American. Enter James Beard, authority on cooking and eating, his larger-than-life presence and collection of whimsical bow ties synonymous with the nation’s food for decades, even after his death in 1985.

In the first biography of Beard in twenty-five years, acclaimed writer John Birdsall argues that Beard’s struggles as a closeted gay man directly influenced his creation of an American cuisine. Starting in the 1920s, Beard escaped loneliness and banishment by traveling abroad to places where people ate for pleasure, not utility, and found acceptance at home by crafting an American ethos of food likewise built on passion and delight. Informed by never-before-tapped correspondence and lush with details of a golden age of home cooking, The Man Who Ate Too Much is a commanding portrait of a towering figure who still represents the best in food.

Middlesex
by Jeffrey Eugenides

Middlesex tells the breathtaking story of Calliope Stephanides, and three generations of the Greek-American Stephanides family, who travel from a tiny village overlooking Mount Olympus in Asia Minor to Prohibition-era Detroit, witnessing its glory days as the Motor City and the race riots of 1967 before moving out to the tree-lined streets of suburban Grosse Pointe, Michigan. To understand why Calliope is not like other girls, she has to uncover a guilty family secret, and the astonishing genetic history that turns Callie into Cal, one of the most audacious and wondrous narrators in contemporary fiction. Lyrical and thrilling, Middlesex is an exhilarating reinvention of the American epic.

Milk Fed
by Melissa Broder

Rachel is twenty-four, a lapsed Jew who has made calorie restriction her religion. By day, she maintains an illusion of existential control, by way of obsessive food rituals, while working as an underling at a Los Angeles talent management agency. At night, she pedals nowhere on the elliptical machine. Rachel is content to carry on subsisting—until her therapist encourages her to take a ninety-day communication detox from her mother, who raised her in the tradition of calorie counting.

Early in the detox, Rachel meets Miriam, a zaftig young Orthodox Jewish woman who works at her favorite frozen yogurt shop and is intent upon feeding her. Rachel is suddenly and powerfully entranced by Miriam—by her sundaes and her body, her faith and her family—and as the two grow closer, Rachel embarks on a journey marked by mirrors, mysticism, mothers, milk, and honey.

One Life
by Megan Rapinoe

In One Life, Rapinoe embarks on a thoughtful and unapologetic discussion of social justice and politics. Raised in a conservative small town in northern California, the youngest of six, Rapinoe was four years old when she kicked her first soccer ball. Her parents encouraged her love for the game, but also urged her to volunteer at homeless shelters and food banks. Her passion for community engagement never wavered through high school or college, all the way up to 2016, when she took a knee during the national anthem in solidarity with former NFL player Colin Kaepernick, to protest racial injustice and police brutality – the first high-profile white athlete to do so. The backlash was immediate, but it couldn’t compare to the overwhelming support. Rapinoe became a force of social change, both on and off the field.

Peaces
by Helen Oyeyemi

When Otto and Xavier Shin declare their love, an aunt gifts them a trip on a sleeper train to mark their new commitment–and to get them out of her house. Setting off with their pet mongoose, Otto and Xavier arrive at their sleepy local train station, but quickly deduce that The Lucky Day is no ordinary locomotive. Their trip on this former tea-smuggling train has been curated beyond their wildest imaginations, complete with mysterious and welcoming touches, like ingredients for their favorite breakfast. They seem to be the only people onboard, until Otto discovers a secretive woman who issues a surprising message. As further clues and questions pile up, and the trip upends everything they thought they knew, Otto and Xavier begin to see connections to their own pasts, connections that now bind them together.

The Prophets
by Robert Jones, Jr.

Isaiah was Samuel’s and Samuel was Isaiah’s. That was the way it was since the beginning, and the way it was to be until the end. In the barn they tended to the animals, but also to each other, transforming the hollowed-out shed into a place of human refuge, a source of intimacy and hope in a world ruled by vicious masters. But when an older man—a fellow slave—seeks to gain favor by preaching the master’s gospel on the plantation, the enslaved begin to turn on their own. Isaiah and Samuel’s love, which was once so simple, is seen as sinful and a clear danger to the plantation’s harmony.

The Queen’s English: The LGBTQIA+ Dictionary of Lingo and Colloquial Phrases
by Chloe O. Davis

The Queens’ English is a comprehensive guide to modern gay slang, queer theory terms, and playful colloquialisms that define and celebrate LGBTQIA+ culture. This modern dictionary provides an in-depth look at queer language, from terms influenced by celebrated lesbian poet Sappho and from New York’s underground queer ball culture in the 1980s to today’s celebration of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

The glossary of terms is supported by full-color illustrations and photography throughout, as well as real-life usage examples for those who don’t quite know how to use kiki, polysexual, or transmasculine in a sentence. A series of educational lessons highlight key people and events that shaped queer language; readers will learn the linguistic importance of pronouns, gender identity, Stonewall, the Harlem Renaissance, and more.

Rainbow Milk
by Paul Mendez

In the 1950s, ex-boxer Norman Alonso is a determined and humble Jamaican who has immigrated to Britain with his wife and children to secure a brighter future. Blighted with unexpected illness and racism, Norman and his family are resilient, but are all too aware that their family will need more than just hope to survive in their new country.

At the turn of the millennium, Jesse seeks a fresh start in London, escaping a broken immediate family, a repressive religious community and his depressed hometown in the industrial Black Country. But once he arrives he finds himself at a loss for a new center of gravity, and turns to sex work, music and art to create his own notions of love, masculinity and spirituality.

The Secret to Superhuman Strength
by Alison Bechdel

Comics and cultural superstar Alison Bechdel delivers a deeply layered story of her fascination, from childhood to adulthood, with every fitness craze to come down the pike: from Jack LaLanne in the 60s (“Outlandish jumpsuit! Cantaloupe-sized guns!”) to the existential oddness of present-day spin class. Readers will see their athletic or semi-active pasts flash before their eyes through an ever-evolving panoply of running shoes, bicycles, skis, and sundry other gear. But the more Bechdel tries to improve herself, the more her self appears to be the thing in her way. She turns for enlightenment to Eastern philosophers and literary figures, including Beat writer Jack Kerouac, whose search for self-transcendence in the great outdoors appears in moving conversation with the author’s own. This gifted artist and not-getting-any-younger exerciser comes to a soulful conclusion. The secret to superhuman strength lies not in six-pack abs, but in something much less clearly defined: facing her own non-transcendent but all-important interdependence with others.

Shuggie Bain
by Douglas Stuart

Shuggie Bain is the unforgettable story of young Hugh “Shuggie” Bain, a sweet and lonely boy who spends his 1980s childhood in run-down public housing in Glasgow, Scotland. Thatcher’s policies have put husbands and sons out of work, and the city’s notorious drugs epidemic is waiting in the wings. Shuggie’s mother Agnes walks a wayward path: she is Shuggie’s guiding light but a burden for him and his siblings. She dreams of a house with its own front door while she flicks through the pages of the Freemans catalogue, ordering a little happiness on credit, anything to brighten up her grey life. Married to a philandering taxi-driver husband, Agnes keeps her pride by looking good–her beehive, make-up, and pearly-white false teeth offer a glamourous image of a Glaswegian Elizabeth Taylor. But under the surface, Agnes finds increasing solace in drink, and she drains away the lion’s share of each week’s benefits–all the family has to live on–on cans of extra-strong lager hidden in handbags and poured into tea mugs. Agnes’s older children find their own ways to get a safe distance from their mother, abandoning Shuggie to care for her as she swings between alcoholic binges and sobriety. Shuggie is meanwhile struggling to somehow become the normal boy he desperately longs to be, but everyone has realized that he is “no right,” a boy with a secret that all but him can see. Agnes is supportive of her son, but her addiction has the power to eclipse everyone close to her–even her beloved Shuggie.

Untamed
by Glennon Doyle

Soulful and uproarious, forceful and tender, Untamed is both an intimate memoir and a galvanizing wake-up call. It is the story of how one woman learned that a responsible mother is not one who slowly dies for her children, but one who shows them how to fully live. It is the story of navigating divorce, forming a new blended family, and discovering that the brokenness or wholeness of a family depends not on its structure but on each member’s ability to bring her full self to the table. And it is the story of how each of us can begin to trust ourselves enough to set boundaries, make peace with our bodies, honor our anger and heartbreak, and unleash our truest, wildest instincts so that we become women who can finally look at ourselves and say: There She Is.

We Play Ourselves
by Jen Silverman

Not too long ago, Cass was a promising young playwright in New York, hailed as “a fierce new voice” and “queer, feminist, and ready to spill the tea.” But at the height of all this attention, Cass finds herself at the center of a searing public shaming, and flees to Los Angeles to escape–and reinvent herself. There she meets her next-door neighbor Caroline, a magnetic filmmaker on the rise, as well as the pack of teenage girls who hang around her house. They are the subjects of Caroline’s next semidocumentary movie, which follows the girls’ clandestine after-school activity: a Fight Club inspired by the violent classic.

As Cass is drawn into the film’s orbit, she is awed by Caroline’s drive and confidence. But over time, she becomes troubled by how deeply Caroline is manipulating the teens in the name of art–especially as the consequences become increasingly disturbing. With her past proving hard to shake and her future one she’s no longer sure she wants, Cass is forced to reckon with her own ambitions and confront what she has come to believe about the steep price of success.