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Jean Hargadon Wehner: Walking with Aletheia

Join us as Jean Hargadon Wehner presents her memoir, Walking with Aletheia on Saturday, June 4th at 3 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore.  Walking with Aletheia relates the author’s experiences of sexual abuse by, at first, a great-uncle, then by a network of priests and others who worked at her Catholic high school in Baltimore, MD. Walking with Aletheia is also about hope and survival. 

“An astonishingly vivid “survival document” by a courageous writer who spent several decades healing from numerous rapes by Catholic priests and cops at a Catholic girl’s high school in Baltimore. This shocking memoir is a “must-read” for all those who are determined to stop the sexual abuse of children.”      — Tom Nugent, author of Death at Buffalo Creek, and a reporter on the Emmy-nominated docuseries The Keepers.

Jean Hargadon Wehner, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, is an advocate for sexual abuse survivors, their families, and the people who work with them. Jean has experience working, educating, and communicating with diverse populations, including faith groups, student groups, and professional associations. She is also a contributor to the Emmy-nominated Netflix documentary series The Keepers. In addition to her advocacy work, Jean, originally trained as a Spiritual Director, is now a Nationally Certified Reflexologist, Certified Life Coach, and Reiki Practitioner.  

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ISBN: 9781735043241
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Logosophia - March 1st, 2022

How to Be Perfect: A Book Discussion

Join us at the Jackson County Public Library on Tuesday, May 31st at 6 p.m. for a discussion of the book How to Be Perfect by Michael Schur.  Many know Schur’s work as a  writer and producer who has worked on television shows like The Office, Master of None, The Comeback, and Hacks, and created or co-created Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn 99, The Good Place, and Rutherford FallsThe Wall Street Journal said of the book, “Schur distills what he has learned about ethics into How to Be Perfect, an enjoyable next step for anyone who watched the series and for anyone else who wants to learn about moral philosophy while avoiding the usual dry earnestness...The narrative voice is not that of a gentle professor but of a slightly manic bar-room joker who is actually funny and genuinely excited to share his passion with anyone who will of the most accessible entry points to philosophical ethics available--in short, a very good place to start."

Todd May, who served as the philosophical advisor for How to Be Perfect and hit show The Good Place, will lead the discussion. May recently retired as Class of 1941 Memorial Professor of Humanities at Clemson University. He is the author of many books, including, A Fragile Life, A Significant Life, and most recently, A Decent Life. He now lives in Asheville.

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ISBN: 9781982159313
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - January 25th, 2022

A Decent Life: Morality for the Rest of Us Cover Image
ISBN: 9780226609744
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Chicago Press - March 22nd, 2019

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ISBN: 9780226786346
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Chicago Press - May 7th, 2021

Pre-Order Melanie McGee Bianchi's Debut Collection

This debut short story collection will be available on June 24th. Pre-order your copy today.

A young maid at an upscale resort hides her banjo-playing freight hopper brother. An unlikely romance bridges a quarter-century age gap and a 150-year-old murder. A man tries to turn his sheltered mother’s backyard shed into a pricey vacation rental. A gig worker must shake off her darker identity to become a professional baby namer. This mesmeric debut collection of stories set in the Appalachian mountains weaves together the curious and the sublime, with Bianchi’s lyrical style cutting straight to the heart of the matter.

"Bianchi has created worlds that seem simultaneously magical and rooted in the grit of rural reality – a vexing combination that dares the reader at every turn. Her rich charac-ters grow within us in uncomfortable and compelling ways that force the next page turn."
-Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, author of Even As We Breathe

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ISBN: 9781735774749
Availability: Coming Soon: available for pre-order now
Published: Blackwater Press - June 24th, 2022

City Lights Bookstore T-Shirt


Support the bookstore, buy our t-shirts!  The initial print-run is limited to white and burnt orange on a soft, black cotton shirt. 

We're tickled to have connected with Macon County artist, Matt Gauck who created the "reading by lightning bug" drawing to highlight the southern Appalachian setting of this City Lights Bookstore.

Price: $20.00

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