In October . . .
The Second Life of Mirielle West by Amanda Skenandore
Set during the 1920s, The Second Life of Mirielle West is inspired by the true story of the Louisiana Leper Home, an institution used to quarantine patients until it closed in 1999. Mirielle West is a mother and socialite in Los Angeles who is diagnosed with leprosy and exiled to rural Louisiana for treatment. Due to the social stigmas surrounding leprosy, patients at the institution are encouraged to take on a new identity, which causes quite a bit of turmoil for Mirielle. Perfect for fans of Ellen Marie Wiseman, Skenandore's novels explore the experiences of marginalized people from America's recent past.
We will meet in The Whisper Room to discuss The Second Life of Mirielle West on Saturday October 23 at 11:30, and we hope to be joined by author Amanda! RSVP for the meeting, so you can get email reminders, and support Beausoleil Books by purchasing in store or through our affiliates Bookshop and Libro.fm.
CW: Substance Abuse; Death
In November . . .
The Final Girls Support Group by Grady Hendrix
In horror movies, the final girl is the one who's left standing when the credits roll. The one who fought back, defeated the killer, and avenged her friends. The one who emerges bloodied but victorious, a victim and a hero. But after the sirens fade and the audience moves on, what happens to her?
Lynnette Tarkington is a real-life final girl who survived a massacre twenty-two years ago, and it has defined every day of her life since. And she’s not alone. For decades she’s been meeting with five other actual final girls and their therapist in a support group for those who survived the unthinkable, putting their lives back together, piece by piece. That is until one of the women misses a meeting and Lynnette’s worst fears are realized—someone knows about the group and is determined to take their lives apart again, piece by piece.
But the thing about these final girls is that they have each other now, and that no matter how bad the odds, how dark the night, how sharp the knife…they will never, ever give up.
We will meet in The Whisper Room to chat about The Final Girls Support Group on Saturday November 20 at 11:30. RSVP for the meeting, so you can get email reminders, and support Beausoleil Books by purchasing in store or through our affiliates Bookshop and Libro.fm.
In December . . .
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive-aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.
Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head, and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job. . . . But the sexual tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.
We will meet in The Whisper Room to discuss The Hating Game on Saturday, December 18 at 11:30. RSVP for the meeting, so you can get email reminders, and support Beausoleil Books by purchasing in store or through our affiliates Bookshop and Libro.fm.
**All In-Person events are contingent on the government-issued mandates related to public health and safety.**
This week, we are so excited to introduce you all to the amazing duo, August Heat. August Heat is made up of talented artists, Kent August and Cookie Salton, and they will be performing Soul, R&B, Jazz, and soft pop from the 60's, 70's, and 80's at Beausoleil Books and the Whisper Room on August 18. This type of soul music is nostalgic and brings us back to a feeling of simplicity and joy. Come enjoy with us!
Growing up in Bristol, Louisiana, under the influence of his uncle, Kent began playing the guitar at age 9. As a teenager, Kent worked with local R&B and top 40 cover bands. A few years later he began touring and recording with local bands such as Buckwheat, Rockin' Sydney, Terrence Simien, Rosie Ledet, Keith Frank, Geno Delafose, Zydeco Force, and Beau Jocque. He has performed at festivals featuring artists such as James Brown, Kool and the Gang, Morris Day and the Time, The Gap Band, and Irma Thomas. Kent has also recorded a jazz CD of his own, JAZZ AT SUNSET, as well as writing and producing a completely original CD with August Heat's Cookie, entitled CLOSER.
Cookie, August Heat's lead vocalist, began singing in the church choir with her father and mother. Throughout the years her voice matured into a powerful and versatile soprano and has touched the hearts of many people. She has shared her vocals with major gospel groups, such as The Five Blind Boys, The Jackson Southerneers, and The Echoes of Heaven. She has also performed R&B and Jazz in cities such as Boston, New Orleans, Atlanta, San Diego, and Washington DC with talents such as The Justice Band, Pizazz, Sometimes Blue, and Freedom Hearts. Cookie was influenced by Aretha Franklin at an early age, and her voice is sure to soothe your soul.
August Heat will be performing at Beausoleil Books and The Whisper Room on Wednesday August 18 at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $10, and we recommend purchasing ahead using our Eventbrite page.
August’s Book du Mois is Sarah Gailey’s The Echo Wife. Evelyn Caldwell’s husband Nathan has been having an affair — with Evelyn Caldwell. Or, to be exact, with a genetically cloned replica. After a morning that begins with a confrontation and ends with Nathan’s body bleeding out on the kitchen floor, the two Caldwell wives will have to think fast—before sharing everything includes sharing a jail cell. The Echo Wife has been described as a page-turning near-future domestic suspense novel, a chilling read combining the eerie family drama of Shirley Jackson with the propulsive pacing of Ruth Ware.
The Echo Wife is a non-stop thrill ride of lies, betrayal, and identity, perfect for fans of Big Little Lies and Killing Eve. We will meet in The Whisper Room to chat about The Echo Wife on Saturday August 28 at 11:30. Readers may like to be warned that this book includes depictions of off-page strangulation, blood & gore, pregnancy & abortion, alcohol, off-page child abuse & domestic violence, cheating, and misogyny.
Support Beausoleil Books by buying a copy of The Echo Wife via our affiliates Bookshop and Libro.fm.
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