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Boswell Presents Barbara Ehrenreich at Alverno College

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Alverno College’s Pitman Theatre, which has played host to the likes of writers Chuck Palahniuk and Jodi Picoult, will welcome best-selling author Barbara Ehrenreich on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m., in an event sponsored by Boswell Book Co. Ehrenreich, who has penned more than 15 books, including Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America and Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream, will discuss her newest work, Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America.

This big title lives up to its name as Ehrenreich traces America’s preoccupation with looking on “the bright side.” The sociological investigations explored in her newest book are filled with sharp humor and stories that challenge conventional wisdom. Similar to Ehrenreich’s other books that provide invaluable social commentary, her latest book takes on the idea that positive thinking is the best thinking. Ehrenreich’s frank personal accounts and sarcastic witticisms will leave you thinking.

The provocative Ehrenreich again raises topical issues that provide insight into current U.S. culture and economic times. Her humor, skepticism and common sense will make you open your eyes to the America we sometimes miss because we’re looking on “the bright side.”

Ehrenreich’s Nov. 4 appearance at Alverno’s Pitman Theatre costs $25 to attend. The price includes Ehrenreich’s talk, a book signing, and a voucher for Bright-Sided. Tickets are available online at www.alvernopresents.alverno.edu.

North Shore residents who felt a loss with the closing of Schwartz Bookshop on Oakland Avenue earlier this year will be happy to hear about the opening of a new bookstore. Open Book, which will be housed in the former Schwartz location (4093 N. Oakland Ave.), is scheduled to open Nov. 1, with the goal of creating a comfortable atmosphere that promotes browsing and community involvement.

Open Book will run on a cooperative model like Outpost Natural Foods. Cooperative memberships, which are now for sale, will help to provide start-up capital and store inventory. Members will receive discounts on purchases and an annual dividend when possible, plus invitations to special events.

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