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Elif Batuman - EITHER / OR - in conversation with Jami Attenberg

Event date: 

Monday, September 12, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

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Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street - New Orleans, LA 70115

Please join us for a very special evening with Pulitzer Prize finalist Elif Batuman presenting her new novel, EITHER/OR, and appearing in conversation with author Jami Attenberg.

From the acclaimed and bestselling author of The Idiot, the continuation of beloved protagonist Selin’s quest for self-knowledge, as she travels abroad and tests the limits of her newfound adulthood

Octavia Books Bestseller List

Check out our Octavia Books bestsellers for the 6 weeks ended July 18, 2022 (including pre-orders):

You Are Enough: A Book About Inclusion By Margaret O'Hair, Sofia Cardoso (Illustrator), Sofia Sanchez Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338630749
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - March 2nd, 2021

A beautiful and inclusive picture book all about celebrating being yourself from Down syndrome advocate and viral sensation Sofia Sanchez!

It can be hard to be different -- whether because of how you look, where you live, or what you can or can't do. But wouldn't it be boring if we were all the same? Being different is great!


The Catch Me If You Can: One Woman's Journey to Every Country in the World By Jessica Nabongo Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781426222269
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Published: National Geographic - June 14th, 2022


In this inspiring travelogue, celebrated traveler and photographer Jessica Nabongo—the first Black woman on record to visit all 195 countries in the world—shares her journey around the globe with fascinating stories of adventure, culture, travel musts, and human connections.


Love, Daddy: Letters from My Father By David Rae Morris, Willie Morris, Kaylie Jones (Foreword by) Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781496838575
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Published: University Press of Mississippi - April 29th, 2022

Love, Daddy: Letters from My Father examines the complexities of father-and-son relationships through letters and photographs. Willie Morris wrote scores of letters to his only son, David Rae Morris, from the mid-1970s until Willie's death in 1999.


The story of the Cottage on Tchoupitoulas is a microcosm of the human experience in New Orleans — in all its manifestations, triumphant and tragic, good and bad, exceptional and quotidian — and its relationship to this subtropical deltaic environment. This book tells the history of the site and environs of this historical house — that is, the historical geography of how this space and this structure came into its current form. Placing the story of this building within the history of New Orleans entails some nuance, because the structure does not have one clear, documented construction date. It was built in at least three increments and moved at least three times. The exterior wings, galleries and ornamental façade date to the 1850s; the structural core, floor, roof, and chimneys date mostly to the early 1830s; and parts of the timber wall frames and other “bones” of the building date to the late 1700s, hewn from cypress trees probably already growing when Pierre Le Moyne, sieur d'Iberville, who was responsible for establishing a French colony in Louisiana, sailed by.

 To visit the Cottage on Tchoupitoulas is to connect materially with a silent witness of centuries of history in what is now Uptown New Orleans, where it stands as the sole remaining structural landmark of the area’s plantation era, and the oldest building in the vicinity.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Richard Campanella, associate dean for research with the Tulane University School of Architecture, is the author of 13 books and hundreds of articles on New Orleans-area geography, history, architecture, culture, and related topics. The only two-time winner of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Book of the Year Award, Campanella has also received the Louisiana Literary Award, the Historic New Orleans Collection Williams Prize, the Malcolm Heard Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Hannah Arendt Prize for Scholarship in the Public Interest, the Tulane Honors Professor of the Year Award, and the Association of American Geographers’ Media Achievement Award. In 2016, the Government of France named Campanella as Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques, and in 2019, the State of Louisiana awarded him the 20th annual Louisiana Writer Award. Campanella lives in New Orleans with his wife Marina and son Jason.


 


Where the Crawdads Sing By Delia Owens Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780735219106
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 30th, 2021

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE—The #1 New York Times bestselling worldwide sensation with more than 15 million copies sold, hailed by The New York Times Book Review as “a painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature.”


Mosquito Supper Club: Cajun Recipes from a Disappearing Bayou By Melissa M. Martin Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781579658472
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Published: Artisan - April 21st, 2020

Winner, James Beard Award for Best Book in U.S.


Happy-Go-Lucky By David Sedaris Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316392457
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 31st, 2022

David Sedaris, the “champion storyteller,” (Los Angeles Times) returns with his first new collection of personal essays since the bestselling Calypso.

Back when restaurant menus were still printed on paper, and wearing a mask—or not—was a decision made mostly on Halloween, David Sedaris spent his time doing normal things.


Turkey and the Wolf: Flavor Trippin' in New Orleans [A Cookbook] By Mason Hereford, JJ Goode (With) Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781984858993
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ten Speed Press - June 21st, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A fun, flavorful cookbook with more than 95 recipes and Power-Ups featuring chef Mason Hereford’s irreverent take on Southern food, from his awarding-winning New Orleans restaurant Turkey and the Wolf
 


Animal, Vegetable, Miracle - Tenth Anniversary Edition: A Year of Food Life By Barbara Kingsolver, Camille Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp, Lily Hopp Kingsolver Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062653055
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 2nd, 2017

“Cogent and illuminating...Without sentimentality, this book captures the pulse of the farm and the deep gratification it provides, as well as the intrinsic humor of the situation.”—Janet Maslin, New York Times


Nana's Creole Italian Table: Recipes and Stories from Sicilian New Orleans (Southern Table) By Elizabeth M. Williams, Cynthia Lejeune Nobles (Editor) Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780807177136
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Published: LSU Press - March 30th, 2022

From meatball po'boys to Creole red gravy, the influence of Sicilian foodways permeates New Orleans, one of America's greatest food cities.


Book Lovers By Emily Henry Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593334836
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Published: Berkley - May 3rd, 2022

“One of my favorite authors.”—Colleen Hoover

An insightful, delightful, instant #1 New York Times bestseller from the author of Beach Read and People We Meet on Vacation.


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel By Taylor Jenkins Reid Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501161933
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Published: Washington Square Press - May 29th, 2018

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“If youre looking for a book to take on holiday this summer, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo has got all the glitz and glamour to make it a perfect beach read.” —Bustle

From the New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & the Six—an entrancing and &ldq


The Paper Palace: A Novel By Miranda Cowley Heller Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593329832
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 19th, 2022

REESE'S BOOK CLUB PICK

INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

THE PAPER PALACE IS:


“Filled with secrets, love, lies and a summer beach house. What more could you ask?”—Parade


The Dot (Creatrilogy) By Peter H. Reynolds, Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780763619619
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Published: Candlewick - September 15th, 2003

With a simple, witty story and free-spirited illustrations, Peter H. Reynolds entices even the stubbornly uncreative among us to make a mark — and follow where it takes us.

Her teacher smiled. "Just make a mark and see where it takes you."


NEW ORLEANS A TO Z By Jennifer Zdon, Mark Waller Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780615272757
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Published: Stellabooks - April 1st, 2009

New Orleans A to Z is an alphabet book of Crescent City icons, traditions and culinary favorites, using high-end photography of figurines and toys to illustrate each letter. Created by local photographer Jennifer Zdon, the book celebrates the unique, beautiful and festive world that is New Orleans.


Lapvona: A Novel By Ottessa Moshfegh Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593300268
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Press - June 21st, 2022

An Instant New York Times Bestseller!


Sea of Tranquility: A novel By Emily St. John Mandel Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780593321447
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Published: Knopf - April 5th, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • The award-winning, best-selling author of Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel returns with a novel of art, time travel, love, and plague that takes the reader from Vancouver Island in 1912 to a dark colony on the moon five hundred years later, unfurling a story of humanity across centuries and space.


T-Rex Goes to Rex: A Dinosaur at Mardi Gras By Ryan Murphy, Danny Marin (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ryan Murphy, Danny Marin (Illustrator)
$21.95
ISBN: 9780990409335
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Millfree Mursaps, LLC - January 1st, 2022

Join T-Rex as he travels to New Orleans for his very first Mardi Gras! See the traditions and spectacles of the carnival season through the eyes of a seven-ton reptile. Admire a dinosaur’s insatiable appetite for king cake. Marvel at the behemoth’s inability to catch beads. It’s almost as good as being there!


Pretty Perfect Kitty-Corn By Shannon Hale, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Shannon Hale, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419750939
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 8th, 2022

From the bestselling superstar duo Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham, creators of Itty-Bitty Kitty-Corn, comes another positively delightful kitty and unicorn story that celebrates the magic of friendship—and the beauty of imperfection

Unicorn is perfect.
Everybody thinks so.
He yearns to look the way everyone thinks he should.


Malibu Rising: A Novel By Taylor Jenkins Reid Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781524798673
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 17th, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Read with Jenna Book Club Pick as Featured on Today • From the author of Daisy Jones & The Six and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo . . .


The Paris Apartment: A Novel By Lucy Foley Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780063003057
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Published: William Morrow - February 22nd, 2022

THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"As you patiently await season two of Only Murders in the Building, cozy up with Lucy Foley’s latest whodunnit." -- Parade

"Exceedingly clever." -- Booklist


The Ballad of Perilous Graves By Alex Jennings Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780759557192
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Published: Redhook - June 21st, 2022

"A wild and wonderful debut, teeming with music, family and art...This book is gorgeously written, with prose I wanted to eat off the page." New York Times 

Music is magic in this vibrant and imaginative debut novel set in a fantastical version of New Orleans where a battle for the city's soul brews between two young mages, a venge


Snippets of New Orleans By Emma Fick Cover Image
$29.25
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ISBN: 9781935754992
Published: University of Louisiana - April 11th, 2017

Snippets of New Orleans is a whimsical 248 pages of witty text and wonderful illustrations all about New Orleans: its music, food, architecture, people, eccentricities, and traditions.


What the Sleepy Animals Do at the Audubon Zoo By Grace Millsaps, Ryan Murphy, John Clark IV (Illustrator), Alyson Kilday (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Grace Millsaps, Ryan Murphy, John Clark IV (Illustrator), Alyson Kilday (Illustrator)
$22.17
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ISBN: 9780988760318
Published: The Sleepy Animals, LLC - May 1st, 2014

Rhinos rock out. Alligators stroll under limbo polls. Elephants pound the piano. Pelicans cater.

Ever wonder why the animals at the zoo are always so sleepy? When Renee asks her father why the zoo animals are snoozing all day, he dreams up an elaborate answer.


The Ones Who Don't Say They Love You: Stories By Maurice Carlos Ruffin Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593133415
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Published: One World - June 21st, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS’ CHOICE • A collection of raucous stories that offer a “vibrant and true mosaic” (The New York Times) of New Orleans, from the critically acclaimed author of We Cast a Shadow
 


The Hotel Nantucket By Elin Hilderbrand Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316258678
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 14th, 2022

“The queen of beach reads” (New York Magazine) delivers an immensely satisfying page-turner in this tale about a summer of scandal at a storied Nantucket hotel.

Fresh off a bad breakup with a longtime boyfriend, Nantucket sweetheart Lizbet Keaton is desperately seeking a second act.


Lessons in Chemistry: A Novel By Bonnie Garmus Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780385547345
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Published: Doubleday - April 5th, 2022

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK • A must-read debut!


The Murder of Mr. Wickham By Claudia Gray Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593313817
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Published: Vintage - May 3rd, 2022

A summer house party turns into a thrilling whodunit when Jane Austen's Mr. Wickham—one of literature’s most notorious villains—meets a sudden and suspicious end in this brilliantly imagined mystery featuring Austen’s leading literary characters.


Mexican Gothic By Silvia Moreno-Garcia Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525620808
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Published: Del Rey - June 15th, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “It’s Lovecraft meets the Brontës in Latin America, and after a slow-burn start Mexican Gothic gets seriously weird.”—The Guardian
 


Normal People: A Novel By Sally Rooney Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781984822185
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Published: Hogarth - February 18th, 2020

NOW AN EMMY-NOMINATED HULU ORIGINAL SERIES • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A stunning novel about the transformative power of relationships” (People) from the author of Conversations with Friends, “a master of the literary page-turner” (J. Courtney Sullivan).
 


Snowball Rainbow: A New Orleans Color Book By Grace Millsaps Cover Image
$13.98
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ISBN: 9780990409311
Published: Millfree Mursaps Media - October 1st, 2016

This bright and sturdy board book introduces all the colors (and flavors!) with New Orleans' favorite summer treat. Perfect for any NOLA baby, toddler, or preschooler.


Horse: A Novel By Geraldine Brooks Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399562969
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Published: Viking - June 14th, 2022

“Brooks’ chronological and cross-disciplinary leaps are thrilling.” —The New York Times Book Review

Horse isn’t just an animal story—it’s a moving narrative about race and art.” —TIME


This Time Tomorrow: A Novel By Emma Straub Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525539001
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 17th, 2022

#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER

“The pages brim with tenderness and an appreciation for what we had and who we were. I could not have loved it more."—Ann Patchett

“The kind of book that will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you call the people you love. Exceptional."—Emily Henry

"Delightful"Boston Globe


Nightcrawling: A novel By Leila Mottley Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593318935
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Published: Knopf - June 7th, 2022

BOOKER PRIZE NOMINEE • NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • A dazzling novel about a young Black woman who walks the streets of Oakland and stumbles headlong into the failure of its justice system—the debut of a blazingly original voice and "a soul-searching portrait of survival and hope" (Oprah Winfrey)


Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel By Taylor Jenkins Reid Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781524798642
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 4th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • OVER ONE MILLION COPIES SOLD! A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, revealing the mystery behind their infamous breakup—from the author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Malibu Rising


It Ends with Us: A Novel By Colleen Hoover Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781501110368
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Published: Atria Books - August 2nd, 2016

In this “brave and heartbreaking novel that digs its claws into you and doesn’t let go, long after you’ve finished it” (Anna Todd, New York Times bestselling author) from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of All Your Perfects, a workaholic with a too-good-to-be-true romance can’t stop thinking about her first love.

Lily hasn&r


A Confederacy of Dunces (Evergreen Book) By John Kennedy Toole, Walker Percy (Foreword by) Cover Image
By John Kennedy Toole, Walker Percy (Foreword by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802130204
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Published: Grove Press - January 21st, 1994

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

"A masterwork . . . the novel astonishes with its inventiveness . . . it is nothing less than a grand comic fugue."--The New York Times Book Review


The Italian Prisoner By Elisa M. Speranza Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781662924132
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Published: Burgundy Bend Press - April 11th, 2022

1943. New Orleans. Rose Marino lives with her Sicilian immigrant parents and helps in the family grocery store. Her older brother and sister both joined the Army, and Rose prays for their safety as World War II rages overseas. Her parents expect Rose to marry a local boy and start a family. But she secretly dreams of being more like her fiercely independent widowed godmother.


The Immortalists By Chloe Benjamin Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735215092
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 5th, 2019

A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR:
The Washington Post, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, Real Simple, Marie Claire, New York Public Library, LibraryReads, The Skimm, Lit Hub, Lit Reactor

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"A captivating family saga."--The New York Times Book Review


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