Room's November Recommended Reads!

In the wake of the election, we at Room are turning to thoughtful recent work by local and internationally respected voices on addressing problems in our political system. While by no means an exhaustive list, we think these books provoke thoughtful discussion and we hope to make them a bit more accessible to our customers by offering them at a 15% discount through the end of November. You can order online and use the coupon code HEALDEMOCRACY, or just stop by the store.

The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker Cover Image
ISBN: 9780226349114
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Published: University of Chicago Press - March 23rd, 2016

Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit Cover Image
ISBN: 9781118907504
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Published: Jossey-Bass - August 25th, 2014

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501126345
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Published: Scribner Book Company - August 2nd, 2016

Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553418811
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - September 6th, 2016

SKU: 9780989978408

Enough Said: What's Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics? Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250059574
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Published: St. Martin's Press - September 6th, 2016

Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250094728
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Published: Picador USA - August 2nd, 2016

Harriet Brown, author of Body of Truth: How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession with Weight—and What We Can Do about It

Harriet Brown, author of Body of Truth

A Room of One's Own welcomes Harriet Brown for a reading from her important new book about our culture's unhealthy obsession with weight loss. Please join us for a reading, Q&A, and book signing on May 28th!

We hear all the time about weight gain, weight loss, how Americans are the heaviest we’ve ever been, and myriad plans for remedying our egregious fatness. And yet…what if a lot of what we’re told and what we believe simply isn’t true? Award-winning writer Harriet Brown set out to explore our relentless obsession with weight and thinness—with surprising results.

Body of Truth: How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession with Weight--And What We Can Do about It Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780738217697
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Published: Da Capo Lifelong Books - March 24th, 2015

Book Party for 6 Local Professors!

Professors Casid, Curtis, Gill, Ipsen, Johnson, and Levine book launch

A Room of One's Own is delighted to welcome six local professors from across the Humanities for a celebration of the recent releases of their books!

Kate Lebo, author of Pie School

A Room of One's Own is happy to welcome baker of delectable pies Kate Lebo for a reading from her new book Pie School. Learn great tips from a baking pro!

Kate Lebo is the author of A Commonplace Book of Pie and The Pie Lady's Manifesto, a zine republished by The Rumpus in 2014. She founded Pie School, her roaming pastry academy, after graduating from the University of Washington's MFA program. Her poems have appeared in Best New Poets, Gastronomica, Willow Springs, and AGNI, among other journals, and she teaches creative writing workshops nationally. For more, visit

Welcome to Kate Lebo’s Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour, and Butter! Come in, tie on an apron, and prepare for a thorough schooling in the delightful art of all things pie. Roll call: all the usual suspects are here as well as deliciously unique pies in chapters on rhubarb, blueberry, cherry, peach, plum, blackberry, apple, preserved fruits, and chiffon.

Here you’ll find no-nonsense techniques for creating that perfect flakey pie crust (Lebo has a best-in-show ribbon to prove it), tricks for choosing the best fruit for swoon-worthy fillings, and much more. Bring people together with Black Cherry Chiffon Pie with Chocolate Cookie Crust, Marionberry Pie with Hazlenut Crumble, Cheddar-Crusted Apple Pie, or Whiskey Maple Pecan Pie and watch the slices disappear.

Besides baking dreamy pies of all varieties, Lebo is an award-winning poet, and colorful diction creeps into her descriptions. Blueberries are “like the note taker in the group project, recording louder fruits’ flights of fancy and bringing them down to earth long enough to make something actually happen, so it’s not just pie in the sky.” Each bite of Peach Bourbon Pie is “like a long talk on a summer porch, crackling with sugar, spinning with alcohol.” Photos by Rina Jordan are as luscious as Lebo’s writing.

Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour, and Butter Cover Image
By Kate Lebo, Rina Jordan (Photographer), Jenn Elliott Blake (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9781570619106
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Published: Sasquatch Books - September 30th, 2014

Doctors Without Borders Fundraising Reading by Sandy Althomsons

A Room of One's Own is honored to host Sandy Althomson for a reading and signing from her book Inside A Refugee Crisis: My Time in South Sudan. All proceeds from sales of this book go directly to Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières , or MSF).

Sandy Althomsons has been an epidemiologist with Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières , or MSF) since 2008 and has worked in Malawi, Uzbekistan and South Sudan. Sandy is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and when not on mission, works for the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Jen Rudin, author of Confessions of a Casting Director

A Room of One's Own is looking forward to welcoming film industry professional Jen Rudin to our store for a reading, book-signing, and--most exciting for those aspiring actors out there--Q&A! She will be discussing her new book Confessions of a Casting Director: Help Actors Land Any Role with Secrets from Inside the Audition Room.


Jen Rudin began acting professionally at age 8 following her childhood obsession with The Brady Bunch. Now, as an award-winning Casting Director with over 30 years in show business, she is often asked the same questions from aspiring actors:


Do I need an agent?

How do I nail an audition?

Are classes or degrees important?

How do I build my performing arts resume?


For the first time, Rudin answers these questions and many more in Confessions of a Casting Director: Help Actors Land Any Role with Secrets from Inside the Audition Room (It Books; trade paperback original; $19.99; on-sale: December 17, 2013). Rudin’s first book is an informative, comprehensive guide on how to succeed in the film, television, and theatre businesses, as well as commercials and voiceovers, reality television, and the growing trend of web series and instant YouTube fame.


Confessions of a Casting Director is packed with information that aspiring actors clamor for. This up-to-the-minute advice from an expert who has worked in every facet of the entertainment industry is essential for anyone pursuing an acting career, or for stage parents with children who are interested in acting. The book covers such topics as:


·         finding an agent or manager and the difference between the two

·         detailed audition preparation with tips for musical theater, television (including commercials and reality TV) and film, voiceovers, animated movies, and web series

·         using technology and social media to your advantage

·         the demanding world of child acting and how parents can help their children thrive

·         the pros and cons of living in New York versus LA

·         and how to turn a call-back into an offer for the role.


Every actor should walk into an audition room feeling confident and prepared, and Rudin’s book is full of the dos and don’ts and insider secrets to help turn rejection into that first big break. Complete with checklists, easy-to-follow game plans, and advice from real actors, agents, and industry professionals, Confessions of a Casting Director is like having a private audition coach in your back pocket.

Confessions of a Casting Director: Help Actors Land Any Role with Secrets from Inside the Audition Room Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062292094
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Published: It Books - December 17th, 2013

Offsite: Erinn Batykefer and Laura Damon-Moore, authors of The Artist's Library, at Madison Public Library-Central

A Room of One's Own is happy to participate in the launch party for Erinn Batykefer and Laura Damon-Moore for their new book The Artist's Library. Presented by the Wisconsin Book Festival and held at the Madison Public LIbrary - Central Library, don't miss your chance to learn more about the Library as Incubator project and meet Erinn and Laura, the Bubbler's Artists in Residence for May & June!

Creativity, like information, is free to everyone who steps into a library. An offshoot of the Library as Incubator Project, The Artist’s Library offers that an artist is any person who uses creative tools to make new things, and provides the guidance and resources to make libraries come alive as spaces for art-making and cultural engagement. The book draws attention to the physical and digital collections and resources that may be of particular use to artists and writers, provides ideas for art education opportunities within libraries, and offers practical how-tos for artists and libraries alike. From the crafty (pop-up books) to the community-minded (library galleries); the documentary (photo projects) to the technically complex (“listening” to libraries via Dewey decimal frequencies), the case studies included in the book feature artists, writers, performers, and libraries that embody the “library as incubator” spirit.


Find out more at the Madison Public Library's website

The Artist's Library: A Field Guide Cover Image
ISBN: 9781566893534
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Published: Coffee House Press - May 13th, 2014

Debby & Michael Smith, authors of Imagine: Living In A Socialist USA

Sure to be one of the most provocative and timely books you’ll read all year, IMAGINE: Living In a Socialist USA is a ground-breaking anthology of original essays that seek to right the misconceptions and fears about socialism by describing what it would look like in the USA and the better, more just society that could accompany it. This topic couldn’t be more urgent.

Capitalism is clearly broken, perhaps even on the brink of collapse. This is the right book at what is clearly the right time. The book paints a portrait of the many facets of life in a socialist society through a series of ruminations by prominent thinkers, activists, and artists, including Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore’s proposal for how to effectively continue the Occupy Wall Street movement; incarcerated journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal’s look at alternative systems to capitalist injustice; New York Daily News columnist Juan Gonzalez’s argument that immigrant workers have already proven that socialism provides a better life; and attorney Michael Ratner, who is representing Julian Assange and WikiLeaks in the United States, explaining the steps he would take as attorney general, which include refusing to enforce criminal prosecution of undocumented immigrants and Internet activists like Assange, as well as ending all FBI surveillance measures. Other essays touch on the topics of gender equality in the workplace, an end to the war on drugs, how the arts and education would thrive in a socialist system, and, above all, make a case for how and why a socialist U.S.A could lead to a better world.

Author Bio FRANCES GOLDIN heard the word “socialist” when she was 18 and met her husband-to-be, Morris Goldin. It sounded like a great idea! She got married at 20, her activism started, and it hasn’t stopped yet, at age 89. She founded a literary agency almost 40 years ago, and it’s still going strong, favoring books that help change the world. She is not just a living legend, but an American institution.

DEBBY SMITH has worked full-time for the anti-Vietnam War movement, the Kent State Legal Defense Fund, and in the feminist, union, and socialist movements. She participates in the anti-
capitalist and pro-democracy movements that are growing so rapidly in the United States and worldwide.

MICHAEL STEVEN SMITH is a New York City attorney and author. His most recent book, written with Michael Ratner, is Who Killed Che? How the CIA Got Away with Murder. He cohosts the radio show “Law and Disorder” on WBAI-FM with Michael Ratner and Heidi Boghosian. He lives with his wife, Debby, and talking parrot, Charlie Parker.

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ISBN: 9780062305572
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 21st, 2014

Book Launch! Erika Janik: Author of Marketplace of the Marvelous

A Room of One's Own is proud to welcome Erika Janik for the launch of her new book, Marketplace of the Marvelous!

An entertaining introduction to the quacks, snake-oil salesmen, and charlatans, who often had a point.

Marketplace of the Marvelous: The Strange Origins of Modern Medicine Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807022085
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Published: Beacon Press (MA) - January 7th, 2014

The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero

This book is necessary reading to anyone who has ever seen the cult classic trainwreck of a movie The Room (dubbed by many to be the worst ever made.) This book, written by "Mark" of Room fame, documents his experiences working on-set, and attempts to delve into the psychology of Tommy Wiseau and the plot-hole-ridden script.

The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside the Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451661194
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Simon & Schuster - October 1st, 2013


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