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Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 6:00pm

    Join us for a wine and cheese event with Frances de Pontes Peebles for her book, The Air You Breathe on Thursday, August 22nd at 6pm. This is a free event, reservations are requested. To RSVP please call us at 231.347.1180, email us at  events@mcleanandeakin.com or through Facebook or Eventbrite. 

"What a wonderful book. The Air You Breathe was my oxygen supply." --Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street

The story of an intense female friendship fueled by affection, envy and pride--and each woman's fear that she would be nothing without the other.

Some friendships, like romance, have the feeling of fate.

Skinny, nine-year-old orphaned Dores is working in the kitchen of a sugar plantation in 1930s Brazil when in walks a girl who changes everything. Graça, the spoiled daughter of a wealthy sugar baron, is clever, well fed, pretty, and thrillingly ill behaved. Born to wildly different worlds, Dores and Graça quickly bond over shared mischief, and then, on a deeper level, over music. 

One has a voice like a songbird; the other feels melodies in her soul and composes lyrics to match. Music will become their shared passion, the source of their partnership and their rivalry, and for each, the only way out of the life to which each was born. But only one of the two is destined to be a star. Their intimate, volatile bond will determine each of their fortunes--and haunt their memories.

Traveling from Brazil's inland sugar plantations to the rowdy streets of Rio de Janeiro's famous Lapa neighborhood, from Los Angeles during the Golden Age of Hollywood back to the irresistible drumbeat of home, The Air You Breathe unfurls a moving portrait of a lifelong friendship--its unparalleled rewards and lasting losses--and considers what we owe to the relationships that shape our lives. 

Frances de Pontes Peebles is the author of the novel The Seamstress, which was translated into nine languages and won the Elle Grand Prix for fiction, the Friends of American Writers Award, and the James Michener-Copernicus Society of America Fellowship. Born in Pernambuco, Brazil, she is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 6:00pm

On Saturday, September 7th join us for an event with John U. Bacon at the Petoskey Middle School to discuss his latest book, Overtime: Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines at the Crossroads of College Football. This is a ticketed event, tickets are $5 and will go toward $5 off the purchase of the book at the time of the event. Please purchase tickets through our website or by calling us at 231.347.1180. 

From “the poet laureate of Michigan football” and three-time New York Times bestselling chronicler of the Wolverines, a riveting and revealing insider’s account of the Jim Harbaugh era and a deeply reported human portrait of life within a big-time college football program. 

John U. Bacon is the author of five New York Times bestsellers, including Three and Out; Fourth and Long; and Endzone. He appears often on NPR and national television, and teaches at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and the University of Michigan. He lives in Ann Arbor with his wife and son.

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