We are having a "Where's Waldo in Irvington?" Scavenger Hunt this month. Pick up a scavenger hunt form during store hours in July and search for the "Waldo" statuettes at the designated Irvington locations. After completing the form, return it to Bookmamas and receive a token prize. Then you are eligible to place your entry in the larger prize drawing which will be held in August.
My Father Before Me: A Memoir (Hardcover)
A Library Journal Best Memoir of 2016
An award-winning poet offers a multi-generational portrait of an American family--weaving together the lives of his ancestors, his parents, and his own coming of age in the 60s and 70s in the wake of his father's suicide, in this superbly written, "fiercely honest" (Nick Flynn) memoir.
The fifth of eight children, Chris Forhan was born into a family of silence. He and his siblings learned, without being told, that certain thoughts and feelings were not to be shared. On the evenings his father didn't come home, the rest of the family would eat dinner without him, his whereabouts unknown, his absence pronounced but not mentioned. And on a cold night in 1973, just before Christmas, Forhan's father killed himself in the carport.
Forty years later, Forhan "bravely considers the way he is and is not his father's son" (Larry Watson), digging into his family's past and finding within each generation the same abandonment, loss, and silence in which he was raised. Like Ian Frazier in Family or Frank McCourt in Angela's Ashes, Forhan shows his family members as both a part and a product of their time. My Father Before Me is a family history, an investigation into a death, and a stirring portrait of growing up in an Irish Catholic childhood, all set against a backdrop of America from the Great Depression to the Ramones.
Marrying the literary scope of memoirists Geoffrey Wolff and J.R. Moehringer with the intensity of family novels like The Corrections and We Are Not Ourselves, My Father Before Me is the kind of epic, immersive memoir that comes along once in a decade.
Bookmamas' Upcoming Events
07/01/2017 - 11:00amEvent address:9 Johnson AveIndianapolis, IN 46219
07/02/2017 - 1:00pm to 07/04/2017 - 7:00pmEvent address:9 Johnson AveIndianapolis, IN 46219
Our store will be CLOSED from Sunday, July 2 through Tuesday, July 4. Regular Hours will resume Wednesday, July 5.
07/09/2017 - 12:00pm to 3:00pmEvent address:5301 E. St. Clair StreetIndianapolis, IN 46219
Join us at the Farmers' Market @ Ellenberger Park as we host author Fred Minnick who will be signing his latest books, Bourbon: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of an American Whiskey and Rum Curious: The Indispensable Tasting Guide to the World's Spirit.$25.00ISBN: 9780760351727Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Voyageur Press (MN) - October 2016
,$25.00ISBN: 9780760351734Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Voyageur Press (MN) - June 2017
07/26/2017 - 7:00pmEvent address:9 Johnson AveIndianapolis, IN 46219
We will be discussing The Yellow Envelope: One Gift, Three Rules, and A Life-Changing Journey Around the World with author Kim Dinan. Everyone is welcome to attend.$15.99ISBN: 9781492635383Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Sourcebooks - April 4th, 2017