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Jonathan Alter will present The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Jonathan Alter will discuss his life and new novel The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Jonathan Alter, a Chicago native and former senior editor at NEWSWEEK, is an analyst and contributing correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC.  The 2012 campaign marks the ninth Presidential Election that Jonathan has covered.  His previous Books, The Promise: President Obama, Year One and The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope, are Bestsellers.  He lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with his wife and three children.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  The Elections of 2012 will be remembered as a hinge of history.  With huge victories in the 2010 midterm Elections the Republican Party had blocked President Obama at every turn and made plans to wrench the country sharply to the right.  The 2012 contest offered the GOP a clear shot at controlling all three branches of government and repealing much of the social contract that dated back to the New Deal.  Facing free-spending billionaires, Fox News, and a concerted effort in nineteen states to tilt the election by suppressing Democratic votes, Obama repelled the assault and navigated the nation back toward the center.

In The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies, Jonathan Alter uses his unmatched access and deep knowledge of politics and history to produce the first full account of America at the crossroads.  He pierces the bubble of The White House and of the Presidential Campaigns with exclusive reporting and rare historical insight.  More than a campaign Book, this is the epic story of an embattled President facing a historic moment he considered more pivotal than 2008.  Jonathan relates the untold story behind Obama’s highs and lows, from his daring decision to raid Osama bin Laden’s compound to the frustration of the debt ceiling fiasco to his run-ins with black and Latino activists he expected to be his firm allies.

There are fresh details about the Koch brothers, Grover Norquist, Roger Ailes, and the online haters who suffer from “Obama Derangement Syndrome.”  Jonathan takes us inside the GOP “clown car” primaries as well as Obama’s disastrous preparation for the first debate.  We meet Obama’s analytics geeks working out of “The Cave” and the man who secretly videotaped Mitt Romney’s infamous comments on the “47 percent.”

The Center Holds, which follows Jonathan’s acclaimed The Promise, will deepen our understanding of Obama’s Presidency, the 2012 Election stakes, and the future of his second term.

DATE & TIME:  Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

EVENT FORMAT:  Jonathan Alter will discuss his new Book The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies and answer audience questions.  A Booksigning will follow the discussion.  Tickets are sequentially numbered in the order they are purchased.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $30.00 plus Kansas Sales Tax, includes One Hardcover of The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies, One Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket and One Guest Ticket (if needed).  It's your choice, for the same Price.

If you would like to Pick-Up your Admission Package at the Door of this Event, then in the "Shopping cart" go to "Checkout" and in "Store Pick-Up Options" Check the Box to "I would like to pick this Order up at the Store" and at the bottom of the Webpage in the "Order comments:" Field, type that you would like "At-Event Pick-Up."  Your Order will be held by your Name at the Will Call table.  The cut-off time for Online Ordering is 2:00 PM on the Day of the Event.  Admission Packages will be available for Walk-In's at the Door on the Day of this Event beginning at 6:00 PM.

PLEASE NOTE:  The Publication Date of this Book is June 4, 2013.   Orders placed before this Date will be processed and will be available for In-Store Pick-Up on or after June 4, 2013.

 

SPECIAL PRIVATE RECEPTION: Meet & Greet Jonathan Alter at a Special Private Reception supporting Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri.  Patrons will receive Reserved Seating at the 7:00 PM Presentation.

Make Reservations now through Planned Parenthood's Website.

 

YES, WE SHIP AUTOGRAPHED BOOKS WORLDWIDE!  Order an Autographed Book using the link below.  When requested, we ask Authors to inscribe Books.  Please use the "Inscribe To" field below if you would like this option. While we cannot guarantee that the Author will inscribe your Book, we will make every effort to fulfill your request. Your Order will ship within a Day or two of the Author Event.  All Books are packed in bubble wrap and shipped in boxes.  International customers, E-mail Mailbox@RainyDayBooks.com for a shipping quote.  We ship using United States Postal Service International Priority Mail.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Susannah Cahalan will present her Bestselling memoir Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Susannah Cahalan, The New York Times Bestselling Author will present her compelling memoir Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Susannah Cahalan is a news reporter at The New York Post whose Award-Winning work has also been featured in The New York Times.  She lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  The New York Times Bestseller that NPR calls “stunningly brave…a kind of anti-memoir, an out-of-body personal account of a young woman’s fight to survive one of the cruelest diseases imaginable…An unexpected gift of a book from one of America’s most courageous young journalists.”

One day in 2009, twenty-four-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a strange hospital room, strapped to her bed, and wearing a wristband that marked her as a “flight risk.”  Her medical records—chronicling a month-long hospital stay, of which she had no memory at all—showed hallucinations, violence, and dangerous instability.  Only weeks earlier, Susannah had been a healthy, ambitious college grad a few months into her first serious relationship and a promising career as a cub reporter at a major New York newspaper.  Who was the stranger who had taken over her body?  What was happening to her mind?

In this swift and breathtaking narrative, Susannah tells the astonishing story of her inexplicable descent into madness, the period that nearly tore her closest friends and family apart, and the brilliant, lifesaving diagnosis that almost didn’t happen.  A team of doctors would spend a month—and more than a million dollars—searching for a medical explanation before they recognized the symptoms of a newly discovered autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks the brain, a disease now thought to be tied to both schizophrenia and autism, and perhaps the root of “demonic possessions” throughout history.

Praised as “captivating” (The New York Times Book Review) and “a fascinating look at the disease that…could have cost this vibrant, vital young woman her life” (People), Brain on Fire is the account of one woman’s struggle to rediscover herself among the fragments left behind.  Using her considerable journalistic skills, Susannah pieces together the story of her “lost month” to write an unforgettable memoir about memory and identity, faith and love.  It is an important, profoundly compelling tale of survival and perseverance that is destined to become a classic.

DATE & TIME:  Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

EVENT FORMAT:  Susannah Cahalan will present her New Book Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness.  A Booksigning will follow the presentation.  A Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket is required for the Booksigning.   Tickets are sequentially numbered in the order they are purchased.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $16.00 plus Kansas Sales Tax, includes One Softcover (Trade Paperback) of Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, One Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket and One Guest Ticket (if needed).  It's your choice, for the same Price.

If you would like to Pick-Up your Admission Package at the Door of this Event, then in the "Shopping cart" go to "Checkout" and in "Store Pick-Up Options" Check the Box to "I would like to pick this Order up at the Store" and at the bottom of the webpage in the "Order comments:" Field, type that you would like "At-Event Pick-Up."  Your Order will be held by your Name at the Will Call table.  The cut-off time for Online Ordering is 2:00 PM on the Day of the Event.   Admission Packages will be available for Walk-In's at the Sales & Service Table on the Day of this Event beginning at 6:00 PM.

PLEASE NOTE:  The Publication Date of the New Book is August 6, 2013.  Orders placed before this Date will be processed, and will be available for In-Store Pick-Up on or after August 6, 2013.

YES, WE SHIP AUTOGRAPHED BOOKS WORLDWIDE!  Order an Autographed Book using the link below.  When requested, we ask Authors to inscribe Books.  Please use the "Inscribe To" field below if you would like this option.  While we cannot guarantee that the Author will inscribe your Book, we will make every effort to fulfill your request. Your Order will ship within a day or two of the Author Event.  All Books are packed in bubble wrap and shipped in boxes.  International customers, E-mail Mailbox@RainyDayBooks.com for a shipping quote.  We ship using United States Postal Service International Priority Mail.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

James A. Fussell will be In Conversation about Ticked: A Medical Miracle, a Friendship, and the Weird World of Tourette Syndrome

EVENT OVERVIEW:  James A. Fussell will discuss his New Book Ticked: A Medical Miracle, a Friendship, and the Weird World of Tourette Syndrome In Conversation with Vivien Jennings, Founder & President of Rainy Day Books, Inc., and Jeffrey P. Matovic, the subject of Jim's New Book.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  James A. Fussell is a Feature Writer for The Kansas City Star who has struggled with Tourette Syndrome in childhood.  He lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  An inspirational tale of personal struggle with and triumph over Tourette syndrome, this is the story of Jeff Matovic and the radical treatment he sought to cure himself.  After suffering from Tourette Syndrome for years with his tics and outbursts getting progressively worse and with no results coming from drugs or physical or spiritual therapy, Jeff was able to convince his doctors and his insurance company to try a risky deep brain stimulation treatment, a surgery that involves the implantation of a pacemaker for the brain into his skull.  Penned by a journalist who is also afflicted with Tourette Syndrome, this is the incredible story of a friendship that blossomed under their common experiences with this bizarre brain disorder.  A complete discussion of the latest medical research of and treatments for Tourette Syndrome, written in accessible and easy-to-understand terminology, is also included.

DATE & TIME:  Tuesday May 7, 2013 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

EVENT FORMAT:  James A. Fussell will discuss his life and New Book Ticked: A Medical Miracle, a Friendship, and the Weird World of Tourette Syndrome In Conversation with Vivien Jennings, Founder & President of Rainy Day Books, Inc., and Jeffrey P. Matovic, the subject of Jim's New Book.  A Booksigning will follow the Presentation.  A Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket is required for the Booksigning.  Tickets are sequentially numbered in the order they are purchased.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $26.95 plus Kansas Sales Tax, includes One Hardcover of Ticked: A Medical Miracle, a Friendship, and the Weird World of Tourette Syndrome. One Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket and One Guest Ticket (if needed).   It's your choice, for the same Price.

If you would like to Pick-Up your Admission Package at the Door of this Event, then in the "Shopping cart" go to "Checkout" and in "Store Pick-Up Options" Check the Box to "I would like to pick this Order up at the Store" and at the bottom of the webpage in the "Order comments:" Field, type that you would like "At-Event Pick-Up."  Your Order will be held by your Name at the Will Call table.  The cut-off time for Online Ordering is 2:00 PM on the Day of the Event.  Admission Packages will be available for Walk-In's at the Door on the Day of this Event beginning at 6:00 PM.

PLEASE NOTE:  The Publication Date of this Book is May 1, 2013.   Orders placed before this Date will be processed, and will be available for In-Store Pick-Up on or after May 1, 2013.

YES, WE SHIP AUTOGRAPHED BOOKS WORLDWIDE!  Order an Autographed Book using the link below.  When requested, we ask authors to inscribe books. Please use the "Inscribe To" field below if you would like this option. While we cannot guarantee that the author will inscribe your Book, we will make every effort to fulfill your request. Your Order will ship within a Day or two of the Author Event.  All Books are packed in bubble wrap and shipped in boxes.  International customers, E-mail Mailbox@RainyDayBooks.com for a shipping quote.  We ship using United States Postal Service International Priority Mail.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Jim Gaffigan will appear In Conversation about Food: A Love Story

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Jim Gaffigan will Present his New Book Food: A Love Story In Conversation with Vivien Jennings, Founder & President of Rainy Day Books, Inc.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Jim Gaffigan is a stand-up Comedian and Actor with numerous film, television, and stage credits.  He is The New York Times Bestselling Author of Dad Is Fat.  He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Jeannie, and their five children in a two-bedroom apartment.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  "What are my qualifications to write this book?  None really.  So why should you read it?  Here's why: I'm a little fat.  If a thin guy were to write about a love of food and eating I'd highly recommend that you do not read his book."   Bacon.  McDonalds.  Cinnabon.  Hot Pockets.  Kale.  Stand-Up Comedian and Author Jim Gaffigan has made his career rhapsodizing over the most treasured dishes of the American diet ("choking on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover") and decrying the worst offenders ("Kale is the early morning of foods").  Fans flocked to his New York Times Bestselling Book Dad Is Fat to hear him riff on fatherhood but now, in his second Book, he will give them what they really crave--hundreds of pages of his thoughts on all things culinary(ish).  Insights such as: why he believes coconut water was invented to get people to stop drinking coconut water, why pretzel bread is #3 on his most important inventions of humankind (behind the wheel and the computer), and the answer to the age-old question "which animal is more delicious: the pig, the cow, or the bacon cheeseburger?"

DATE & TIME:  Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 1:30 PM.  Doors will OPEN at 12:15 PM.

LOCATION:  Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

EVENT FORMAT:  Jim Gaffigan will discuss his life and Present his New Book Food: A Love Story In Conversation with Vivien Jennings, Founder & President of Rainy Day Books, Inc.  Jim will personalize presigned Books during a Booksigning following the discussion if desired.  Please note, Jim will only personalize your presigned Hardcover of Food: A Love Story.  Other Books and memorabilia will not be allowed in the Booksigning Line.  Tickets are sequentially numbered in the order they are purchased.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $26.00 plus Kansas Sales Tax includes One Autographed Hardcover of Food: A Love Story, One Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket and One Guest Admission Ticket (if needed).  It's your choice for the same price.

ONLINE ORDERING IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT.  DOORS OPEN AT 12:15 PM.  A Limited Number of Admission Packages will be available for Walk-In purchase at the Sales & Service Table of this Event starting a 12:15 PM.  This Event in nearly SOLD OUT.

Completed Orders for Author Autographed Hardcovers and Tickets will be held for Pick-Up at the Will-Call Table of this Event.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

David Sedaris will present his new essay collection Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

EVENT OVERVIEW:  David Sedaris will present his new essay collection Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls: Essays, Etc.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  David Sedaris is the author of the books Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Holidays on Ice, Naked, and Barrel Fever. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and Public Radio International's This American Life. He lives in England.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new book of essays taking his readers on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences. Whether railing against the habits of litterers in the English countryside or marveling over a disembodied human arm in a taxidermist's shop, Sedaris takes us on side-splitting adventures that are not to be forgotten.

DATE & TIME:  Friday, May 24, 2013 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Rainy Day Books in The Fairway Shops, 2706 W 53rd Street, Fairway, KS 66205.

EVENT FORMAT:  David Sedaris will present from his New Book Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls: Essays, Etc.  A Booksigning will follow the presentation.  A Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket is required for the Booksigning.  Tickets are sequentially numbered in the order they are purchased.

David Sedaris Events are an epic experience.  Please take note of the following Event overview to insure your experience is a memorable one.  The presentation portion of this Event will take place in the Parking Lot outside Rainy Day Books (rain or shine).  The parking lot will be closed to all traffic and parking beginning at 5:00 PM.  On-street parking is available throughout the surrounding Parking Lots and neighborhoods Streets. 

Patrons are encouraged to bring blankets, camping chairs, cushions, refreshments, etc. to make themselves more comfortable.  Portable Toilets will be provided for your convenience.  Immediately following the Presentation, the Booksigning will begin inside of Rainy Day Books.  Ticketholders will be admitted in groups of 25 people based on your Stamped Admission Ticket sequential numbers.  You must have a Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket to be admitted into the Bookstore during this Event.  Photography or recording is strictly prohibited.  David Sedaris will Author Autograph Books purchased from Rainy Day Books, and he will remain until the last Customer's Books are Autographed.

ADMISSION PACKAGE PER PERSON:  $27.00 plus Kansas Sales Tax, includes One Hardcover of Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls and One Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket. 

ONLINE ORDERING FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED. WALK-UP PURCHASES MAY BE MADE UNTIL 6:30 PM. 

YES, WE SHIP AUTOGRAPHED BOOKS WORLDWIDE!  Order an Autographed Book using the link below. Your Order will ship within a day or two of the Author Event.  All books are packed in cushioned bubble wrap and shipped in boxes.  International customers, E-mail Mailbox@RainyDayBooks.com for a shipping quote.  We ship using United States Postal Service International Priority Mail.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Vali Nasr will present The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat

EVENT OVERVIEW: Vali Nasr will present his New Book The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat.  This Event is Co-Sponsored by Rainy Day Books and the International Relations Council of Kansas City.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Vali Nasr is Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and the Bestselling Author of The Shia Revival and Forces of Fortune.  From 2009 to 2011, he served as Senior Advisor to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke.  He is a Columnist for Bloomberg View and lives in Washington, D.C.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  In this essential New Book, Vali Nasr argues that the Obama administration had a chance to improve its relations with the Middle East, but instead chose to pursue its predecessor's questionable strategies there.  Nasr takes readers behind the scenes at the State Department and reveals how the new government's fear of political backlash and the specter of terrorism crippled the efforts of diplomatic giants, like Richard Holbrooke and Hillary Clinton, to boost America's foundering credibility with world leaders.  Meanwhile, the true economic threats, China and Russia, were quietly expanding their influence in the region.  And a second Arab Spring is brewing-not a hopeful clamor for democracy but rage at the United States for its foreign policy of drones and assassinations.  Drawing on his in-depth knowledge of the Middle East and firsthand experience in diplomacy, Nasr offers a powerful reassessment of American foreign policy that directs the country away from its failing relationships in the Middle East (such as with Saudi Arabia) toward more productive, and less costly, partnerships with other foreign allies (such as Turkey).  Forcefully persuasive, Vali Nasr's book is a game changer for America as it charts a course in the Muslim world, Asia, and beyond.

DATE & TIME:  Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

EVENT FORMAT:  Vali Nasr will present his New Book The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat.  A Booksigning will follow the presentation.  A Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket is required for the Booksigning.  Tickets are sequentially numbered in the order they are purchased.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $28.95 plus Kansas Sales Tax, includes One Hardcover of The Dispensable Nation, One Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket and One Guest Ticket (if needed).  It's your choice, for the same Price.

If you would like to Pick-Up your Admission Package at the Door of this Event, then in the "Shopping cart" go to "Checkout" and in "Store Pick-Up Options" Check the Box to "I would like to pick this Order up at the Store" and at the bottom of the webpage in the "Order comments:" Field, type that you would like "At-Event Pick-Up."  Your Order will be held by your Name at the Will Call table.  The cut-off time for Online Ordering is 2:00 PM on the Day of the Event.  Admission Packages will be available for Walk-In's at the Door on the Day of this Event beginning at 6:00 PM.

PLEASE NOTE: The Publication Date of the New Book is April 23, 2013. Orders placed before this date will be processed, and will be available for In-Store Pick-Up on or after April 23, 2013.

YES, WE SHIP AUTOGRAPHED BOOKS WORLDWIDE!  Order an Autographed Book using the link below.  When requested, we ask authors to inscribe books. Please use the "Inscribe To" field below if you would like this option. While we cannot guarantee that the author will inscribe your book, we will make every effort to fulfill your request. Your Order will ship within a day or two of the Author Event.  All books are packed in cushioned bubble wrap and shipped in boxes. International customers, E-mail Mailbox@RainyDayBooks.com for a shipping quote.  We ship using United States Postal Service International Priority Mail.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Robert M. Edsel will present Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures from the Nazis

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Robert M. Edsel will present his New Book Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures from the Nazis accompanied by a Multimedia Presentation.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Robert M. Edsel is the Bestselling Author of The Monuments Men and Rescuing da Vinci and Co-Producer of the Award-Winning Documentary Film The Rape of Europa.  Edsel is also the Founder & President of The Monuments Men Foundation, a recipient of the National Humanities Medal, and a trustee at the National WWII Museum.  After living in Florence for 5 Years, he now resides in Dallas, Texas.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  When Hitler's armies occupied Italy in 1943, they also seized control of mankind's greatest cultural treasures.  As they had done throughout Europe, the Nazis could now plunder the masterpieces of the Renaissance, the treasures of the Vatican, and the antiquities of the Roman Empire.  On the eve of the Allied invasion, General Dwight Eisenhower empowered a new kind of soldier to protect these historic riches.   In May 1944 two unlikely American heroes, artist Deane Keller and scholar Fred Hartt, embarked from Naples on the treasure hunt of a lifetime, tracking billions of Dollars of missing art, including works by Michelangelo, Donatello, Titian, Caravaggio and Botticelli.   With the German army retreating up the Italian peninsula, orders came from the highest levels of the Nazi government to transport truckloads of art north across the border into the Reich.  Standing in the way was General Karl Wolff, a top-level Nazi Officer.  As German forces blew up the magnificent bridges of Florence, General Wolff commandeered the great collections of the Uffizi Gallery and Pitti Palace, later risking his life to negotiate a secret Nazi surrender with American spymaster Allen Dulles.  Brilliantly researched and vividly written, Saving Italy brings readers from Milan and the near destruction of The Last Supper to the inner sanctum of the Vatican and behind closed doors with the preeminent Allied and Axis leaders: Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and Churchill; Hitler, Goring, and Himmler.   An memorable story of epic thievery and political intrigue, Saving Italy is a testament to heroism on behalf of art, culture, and history.

DATE & TIME:  Friday, May 3, 2013 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

EVENT FORMAT:  Robert M. Edsel will present his New Book Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures from the Nazis accompanied by a Multimedia Presentation.  A Booksigning will follow the Presentation.  A Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket is required for the Booksigning.  Tickets are sequentially numbered in the order they are purchased.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $28.95 plus Kansas Sales Tax, includes One Hardcover of Saving Italy, One Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket and One Guest Ticket (if needed).  It's your choice, for the same Price.  If you would like to Pick-Up your Admission Package at the Door of this Event, then in the "Shopping cart" go to "Checkout" and in "Store Pick-Up Options" Check the Box to "I would like to pick this Order up at the Store" and at the bottom of the webpage in the "Order comments:" Field, type that you would like "At-Event Pick-Up."  Your Order will be held by your Name at the Will Call table.  The cut-off time for Online Ordering is 2:00 PM on the Day of the Event.   Admission Packages will be available for Walk-In's at the Door on the Day of this Event beginning at 6:00 PM.

PLEASE NOTE:  This Book will be Published and available for Pick-Up in late April. Orders placed Today will be processed and will be ready for Pick-Up in late April.

YES, WE SHIP AUTOGRAPHED BOOKS WORLDWIDE!  Order an Autographed Book using the link below.  When requested, we ask Authors to inscribe Books.  Please use the "Inscribe To" field below if you would like this option.  While we cannot guarantee that the Author will inscribe your Book, we will make every effort to fulfill your request.  Your Order will ship within a Day or two of the Author Event.  All Books are packed in bubble wrap and shipped in boxes. International customers, E-mail Mailbox@RainyDayBooks.com for a shipping quote.  We ship using United States Postal Service International Priority Mail.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Jackson Galaxy, Animal Planet Star will present Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!)

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Jackson Galaxy, AKA, Cat Daddy and Animal Planet Star will present his New Book Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!).  This Event is Co-Sponsored by Rainy Day Books, Great Plains SPCA, Spay & Neuter Kansas City, The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City, Wayside Waifs, KC Pet Project and HELP Humane Society.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Jackson Galaxy has been called everything from a cat trainer to a cat shrink.  Drawing on his years of experience in animal shelters and as a consultant working one-on-one with thousands of cats in their homes, his unique "Cat Mojo" approach offers people a deeper understanding of why their cats act out in the ways they do.  Jackson maintains a private consulting practice in Los Angeles.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  Cat Behaviorist and Star of Animal Planet's hit television show My Cat from Hell, Jackson Galaxy, AKA, Cat Daddy isn't what you might expect for a cat expert (as The New York Times noted, with his goatee and tattoos, he "looks like a Hells Angel").  Yet Galaxy's ability to connect with even the most troubled felines not to mention the stressed-out humans living in their wake is awe-inspiring.  Cat owners know the struggles of creating living spaces that are both functional and stylish for owner and cat. Don’t just go to your local pet shop and adorn your home with unattractive cat towers and kitty beds.  In Catification, Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin, of the popular cat design website Hauspanther.com, walk readers through a step-by-step process of designing an attractive home that is also an optimal environment for cats.  This gorgeously designed, full-color book includes more than twenty fun DIY projects, from kitty beds and litter boxes to catios (cat patios) that will be sure to make readers—and their cats—purr in approval.

DATE & TIME:  Friday, October 17 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

EVENT FORMAT:  Jackson Galaxy will present his New Book Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!).  A Booksigning will follow the discussion.  A Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket is required for the Booksigning.  Tickets are sequentially numbered in the order they are purchased.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $21.95 plus Kansas Sales Tax, includes One Softcover of Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!), One Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket and One Guest Ticket (if needed).  It's your choice, for the same Price.

ONLINE ORDERING IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT.  Doors will OPEN at 6:00 PM.  Admission Packages will be available for purchase at the Sales & Service Table.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Cheryl Strayed will be In Conversation to discuss her Bestselling Memoir, Wild

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Cheryl Strayed will be In Conversation with Vivien Jennings, Founder & President of Rainy Day Books, Inc., to discuss her Bestselling Memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail followed by a Booksigning.

Co-Sponsored by Rainy Day Books and Soroptimist

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Cheryl Strayed is the author of Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar and the novel Torch.  Her stories and essays have appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, Vogue, The Rumpus, Self, The Missouri Review, The Sun, and The Best American Essays.  She lives in Portland, Oregon.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe and built her back up again.

At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything.  In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed.  Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State and to do it alone.  She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.”  But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

Strayed faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail.  Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

DATE & TIME:  Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, MO 64112

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  $15.95 plus Kansas Sales Tax includes One Softcover of Wild, One Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket and One Guest Ticket (if needed).  Online Ordering is now closed for this event. Admission Packages will be available for Walk-In's at the Door on the Day of this Event beginning at 6:00 PM.

EVENT FORMAT:  Cheryl Strayed will be In Conversation with Vivien Jennings, Founder & President of Rainy Day Books, Inc., to discuss her Bestselling Memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail followed by a Booksigning.  A Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket is required for the Booksigning.  Tickets are sequentially numbered in the order they are purchased.

SPECIAL PRE-EVENT BENEFIT RECEPTION!  Soroptimist International of Kansas City (SIKC), the co-sponsor of our Cheryl Strayed Event, will host a special reception at 5:30 PM prior to Cheryl's presentation. Please join them downstairs at Unity Temple at Eden Alley for a cocktail buffet, the 2013 Celebration of Service grant announcements, and special guest Cheryl Strayed. Attendees will receive an autographed softcover of Cheryl's book Wild and are then invited to attend the Rainy Day Books presentation upstairs at 7:00 PM. (SIKC focuses on improving the conditions and opportunities for women and girls in our area. Reservations must be made online, deadline April 19, at https://soroptimist2013.eventbrite.com, at $65.00 per person.)

YES, WE SHIP AUTOGRAPHED AND INSCRIBED BOOKS WORLDWIDE!  Order an Author Autographed Book using the link below.  When requested, we ask Authors to inscribe Books.  Please use the "Inscribe To" field below if you would like this option.  While we cannot guarantee that the Author will inscribe your Book, we will make every effort to fulfill your request.  Your Order will ship within a Day or two of the Author Event.  All Books are packed in bubble wrap and shipped in boxes.  International customers, E-mail Mailbox@RainyDayBooks.com for a shipping quote.  We ship using United States Postal Service International Priority Mail.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Anne Lamott will present her book Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Anne Lamott will present her New Book Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Anne Lamott is the Author of the New York Times Bestsellers: Help, Thanks, Wow; Some Assembly Required; Grace (Eventually); Plan B; Traveling Mercies; and Operating Instructions, as well as several novels, including Imperfect Birds, Rosie and Crooked Little Heart.  A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame, she lives in northern California.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  From the Bestselling Author of Stitches and Help, Thanks, Wow comes her long-awaited collection of new and selected essays on hope, joy, and grace. Anne Lamott writes about faith, family, and community in essays that are both wise and irreverent. It’s an approach that has become her trademark.  Now in Small Victories, Lamott offers a new message of hope that celebrates the triumph of light over the darkness in our lives.  Our victories over hardship and pain may seem small, she writes, but they change us—our perceptions, our perspectives, and our lives.  Lamott writes of forgiveness, restoration, and transformation, how we can turn toward love even in the most hopeless situations, how we find the joy in getting lost and our amazement in finally being found.   Profound and hilarious, honest and unexpected, the stories in Small Victories are proof that the human spirit is irrepressible.

FYI:  Our entire Staff will leave our Bookstore to go to Community Christian Church for our Anne Lamott Author Event on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 5:00 PM.  Community Christian Church Doors will OPEN at 6:00 PM.  The Event will start at 7:00 PM.  So, the Lights will be ON in our Bookstore, but we will be gone and we will return to OPEN our Bookstore the next Day at 10:00 AM. 

DATE & TIME:  Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Community Christian Church, 4601 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

ADMISSION PACKAGE (ADMITS ONE):  $22.95 plus Kansas Sales Tax includes One Hardcover of Small Victories and One Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket.

Online Ordering is now closed for this event. Admission Packages will be available for Walk-In's at the Sales & Service Table beginning at 6:15 PM.

PLEASE NOTE:  We will automatically have your Admission Packages held at the Will-Call Table of this Event if you are unable pick them up ahead of time.  The Publication Date for Small Victories is November 11, 2014.  Your order will be processed immediately, and available for In-Store Pick-Up on or after this Date.

EVENT FORMAT:  Anne Lamott will discuss her Book Small Victories followed by a Booksigning.  A Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket is required for the Booksigning.  Tickets are sequentially numbered in the order they are purchased.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

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