THE SEASON: A History of the Debutante, the new book from author Kristen Richardson, explores the history and evolution of the debutante ritual. From the “withdrawing rooms” of Queen Elizabeth I to the marriage market of Almack’s, in London, from the cotillions of the American South to the modern International Debutante Ball, the presentation of young women has survived for centuries. Generations of women in Richardson’s family debuted, but when it was her turn, she chose not to. Still, her friends and family did debut, piquing her curiosity about the ritual and its staying power. How did the ritual start, and why has it survived in an age of feminism and women choosing their own husbands?
Everything has been hidden from Roxanne G.—her birth name, her sister, her family history—until her “boyfriend” tries to ingratiate himself by flying in her estranged mother from Tel Aviv. That visit is the start of a tumultuous journey, in which she first learns about a profoundly disabled sister who lives in a residential community in the Galilee and later begins to unearth disturbing long-held family secrets.
This year’s book features a return to Zagat’s classic style, featuring the brand’s original bold, white logo, burgundy coloring, and 30-point rating system. Each review in the book is created specifically from commentary shared by participants in this year’s survey. The book features more than 350 pages of New York City restaurant intel and was edited by Nell Potter, John Rambow, and Hillary Reinsberg, with coordination support by Katie Cohen.
Should we be concerned for our country when young, unaccustomed politicians assume office, like 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? Or, should we look forward to our brilliant socialist future?
Bruce Weber has devoted this nineteenth edition of the “All-American” journal series to individuals whose creativity, fearlessness or endurance in the face of adversity exemplify some shared human impulse for expression, for freedom, for life. He shares photography duties in this issue with Consuelo Kanaga, a lesser-known contemporary of Weston, Lange and Stieglitz whose work reflects her deep commitment to social justice—and with John Dugdale, who employs 19th century photography techniques in a practice informed by his experience with and survival of the AIDS crisis. All-American XIX: No Small Thing, Desire also features portraits and a testimonial by Auschwitz survivor Magda Bader, and texts by Lucille Clifton, William Carpenter, Rachel Carson and Joni Mitchell.
Memoir Monday is a collaboration between Narratively, Catapult, Tin House, The Rumpus, Granta, Guernica, and Longreads to bring the very best first-person writing together in a weekly newsletter and a monthly reading series!
Join us in the Dumbo Lit Book Club, where we’ll be reading and discussing the acclaimed novel THE TESTAMENTS by Margaret Atwood.
With our cozy, swanky new lounge area, catching up on the latest books with your neighbors has never been so fun or easy.
Members get a 15% discount for purchase of the book club book at POWERHOUSE ARENA.
Archway Editions is the new literary imprint of powerHouse Books. Archways is the accompanying reading series, which aims to bring that into practice. Each event will be accompanied by a zine of texts read at the event, which will then be compiled into annual anthologies of the same name. They will showcase authors published through Archway Editions and elsewhere.
Acclaimed novelist and memoirist Ann Hood grew up eating. A lot. Her culinary life began in her Italian American childhood, expanded when she traveled the world as a TWA flight attendant, and grew sophisticated as she threw dinner parties for friends and cooked for her three beloved children. Today, Hood is married to the food writer Michael Ruhlman, who wooed her with his foolproof chicken stock. She has found that food can comfort and uplift, bring people together (she fell in love, after all, with a food writer), and offer hope in dark times.
In POLITICS IS FOR POWER, Hersh tells the stories of several normal-people-turned-activists and how they became involved in their communities – approaching change on a local level and advocating for political candidates in face-to-face interactions.
Part magical realism, part feminist ars poetica, part history of fashion, part bibliophilic anthem, The Baudelaire Fractal is the long-awaited debut novel by the inimitable Lisa Robertson.
OLD SCHOOL LOVE is a book to help you find the kind of soul-filling love you desire, written by a couple who has built a strong and joyful relationship amid the pressures, pitfalls, and temptations of the entertainment industry. Rev Run and his wife, Justine, have been blessed with a devoted partnership that has inspired others. In this homage to classic courtship, Rev and Justine reveal the secrets to their marriage’s longevity and happiness.
You must come to Powerhouse for the exciting launch of TWO new Ander Monson books from Graywolf Press. It will be unconventional, unprecedented, and unconditionally amazing.
Explore the creative possibilities of the artist’s most accessible tool with Pencil Workshop: Develop Your Sketching Skills in 50 Experiments, where the humble pencil—the most readily available and affordable of art supplies—produces such exciting and sophisticated effects. In Pencil Workshop, author and artist, Sasha Prood brings a sense of experimentation and fun to sketching with graphite, colored, and watercolor pencils.
It’s New Year’s Eve 1982, and as the ball is about to drop and excited partygoers count down, Oona Lockhart is seconds away from turning nineteen years old. Only, when the clock strikes midnight, instead of going from eighteen to nineteen, Oona faints, and awakens in the future as her fifty-one year self. So begins Margarita Montimore’s daring, slyly heartbreaking, and whimsical novel, OONA OUT OF ORDER.
With DEMO, award-winning poet Charlie Smith moves through shades of darkness and light to capture a refracted view of a disturbed, disintegrating world. Smith’s new collection explores landscapes both natural and urban, probing the spaces where the two interact. Its narrator is at once wanderer and witness, living among streets where flowers are covered with dust, and smells of Mexican food and Chinese cooking fill the air.
THE GOLDEN FLEA is the magical story of Michael Rips’ ten-year obsession with the legendary Chelsea Flea Market and its intoxicating world of antiques that are both immensely valuable and utterly worthless. Join us for a fun event with the Brooklyn Flea just outside!