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Natasha Trethewey - MEMORIAL DRIVE: A Daughter's Memoir

Event date: 

Monday, August 3, 2020 - 5:00pm

Event address: 

Online via Zoom. Please order the book below and we will email the credentials to attend the presentation.

Join us for a very special early evening online with Natasha Trethewey, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and former Poet Laureate of the United States, featuring her new book, MEMORIAL DRIVE - a chillingly personal and exquisitely wrought memoir of a daughter reckoning with the brutal murder of her mother at the hands of her former stepfather, and the moving, intimate story of a poet coming into her own in the wake of a tragedy. She will appear in conversation with UNO English Professor Randy Bates.

This presentation is being offered exclusively by New Orleans independent bookstore Octavia Books on August 3 at 5:00 pm Central Daylight Time and will be hosted by us live via Zoom.

Sandy Rosenthal - WORDS WHISPERED IN WATER book launch

Event date: 

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 10:00am to 6:00pm

Event address: 

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

Please join us between 10:00am and 6:00pm when Sandy Rosenthat, founder of Levees.org, will be at Octavia Books throughout the day to sign her important and compelling new book, WORDS WHISPERED IN WATER: Why the Levees Broke in Hurricane Katrina.

To celebrate the book launch in a Covid-safe way during this viral time, this will be a signing only with no sit-down presentation. Please come to greet Sandy Rosenthal and get a signed book anytime during the day; and wear a mask. If you cannot attend the signing, please use the ordering buttons below and we will be happy to ship you a signed edition

Octavia Books Bestsellers - Week Ending JuLy 25, 2020

Here are thIs week's bestsellers at Octavia Books (including pre-orders):

Words Whispered in Water: Why the Levees Broke in Hurricane Katrina Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781642503272
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Mango Media Inc - August 11th, 2020

#1 New Release in Civil Engineering & Environmental ─ The New Orleans Flood, U.S. Corruption, and Other Types of Disasters

In the aftermath of one of the worst disasters in U.S. history, Words Whispered in Water tells the story of one woman's fight--against all odds--to expose a mammoth federal agency--and win.


Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982141462
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - July 14th, 2020

In this revelatory, authoritative portrait of Donald J. Trump and the toxic family that made him, Mary L.


The Vanishing Half: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525536291
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - June 2nd, 2020

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A GOOD MORNING AMERICA Book Club Pick! 

“Bennett’s tone and style recalls James Baldwin and Jacqueline Woodson, but it’s especially reminiscent of Toni Morrison’s 1970 debut novel, The Bluest Eye.” —Kiley Reid, Wall Street Journal 


The Yellow House: A Memoir (2019 National Book Award Winner) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802149039
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - June 30th, 2020

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Winner of the 2019 National Book Award in Nonfiction

A brilliant, haunting and unforgettable memoir from a stunning new talent about the inexorable pull of home and family, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans East.


Such a Fun Age Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525541905
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - December 31st, 2019

LONGLISTED FOR THE 2020 BOOKER PRIZE

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A REESE'S BOOK CLUB x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK PICK

"The most provocative page-turner of the year." --Entertainment Weekly

"A great way to kick off 2020." --Washington Post

"I urge you to read Such a Fun Age." --NPR


Mosquito Supper Club: Cajun Recipes from a Disappearing Bayou Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781579658472
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Artisan - April 21st, 2020

Named a Best New Cookbook of Spring 2020 by Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, NPR’s The Splendid Table, Eater, Epicurious, and more

“Sometimes you find a restaurant cookbook that pulls you out of your cooking rut without frustrating you with miles long ingredient lists and tricky techniques. Mosquito Supper Club is one such book.


How to Be an Antiracist Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525509288
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: One World - August 13th, 2019

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the National Book Award–winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a “groundbreaking” (Time) approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves.


White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807047415
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Beacon Press - June 26th, 2018

The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.


March (Trilogy Slipcase Set) Cover Image
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (Illustrator)
$49.99
ISBN: 9781603093958
Availability: Backordered
Published: Top Shelf Productions - September 6th, 2016

The award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling trilogy is complete! Celebrate with this commemorative set containing all three volumes of March in a stunning new slipcase designed by Nate Powell and Chris Ross and colored by José Villarrubia.


Poesy the Monster Slayer Cover Image
By Cory Doctorow, Matt Rockefeller (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781626723627
Availability: Not in stock. Usually arrives in 2-5 Days
Published: First Second - July 14th, 2020

New York Times bestselling author Cory Doctorow and illustrator Matt Rockefeller present a sweetly scary picture book about a girl whose monster-catching activities delay her bedtime in Poesy the Monster Slayer.

A monster slayer needs no bedtime!


Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062248572
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - July 28th, 2020

A chillingly personal and exquisitely wrought memoir of a daughter reckoning with the brutal murder of her mother at the hands of her former stepfather, and the moving, intimate story of a poet coming into her own in the wake of a tragedy

At age nineteen, Natasha Trethewey had her world turned upside down when her former stepfather shot and killed her mother.


The Order: A Novel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062834843
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper - July 14th, 2020

#1 New York Times Bestseller • #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller

From Daniel Silva, the internationally acclaimed #1 New York Times bestselling author, comes a riveting new thriller featuring art restorer and legendary spy Gabriel Allon.


The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780679763888
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - October 4th, 2011

In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER

MARK LYNTON HISTORY PRIZE WINNER


Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735213616
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - May 26th, 2020

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

No matter what you eat, how much you exercise, how skinny or young or wise you are, none of it matters if you’re not breathing properly.


Last Call on Decatur Street Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780778308164
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Park Row - August 11th, 2020

Set in Pre-Katrina New Orleans, LAST CALL ON DECATUR STREET is an electrifying tale of friendship and betrayal, an exploration of racism and white privilege, and one woman's journey to find herself in the seedy, glamorous world of burlesque.


Cityscapes of New Orleans Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780807168332
Availability: Not in stock. Usually arrives in 2-5 Days
Published: LSU Press - October 10th, 2017

Exploring the Crescent City from the ground up, Richard Campanella takes us on a winding journey toward explaining the city's distinct urbanism and eccentricities.


Parable of the Sower Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781538732182
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 30th, 2019

This acclaimed post-apocalyptic novel of hope and terror from an award-winning author "pairs well with 1984 or The Handmaid's Tale" and includes a foreword by N. K. Jemisin (John Green, New York Times).


Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781568585987
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bold Type Books - August 15th, 2017

The National Book Award winning history of how racist ideas were created, spread, and deeply rooted in American society.


The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781631494536
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Liveright - May 1st, 2018

New York Times Bestseller • Notable Book of the Year • Editors' Choice Selection
One of Bill Gates’ “Amazing Books” of the Year
One of Publishers Weekly’s 10 Best Books of the Year
Longlisted for the National Book Award for Nonfiction
An NPR Best Book of the Year
Winner of the Hillman Prize for Nonfiction
Gold Winner • California Book Award (Nonfi


Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781982111908
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - July 14th, 2020

A close friendship is one of the most influential and important relationships a human life can contain. Anyone will tell you that!


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