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May 2017

The Other Side of Impossible: Ordinary People Who Faced Daunting Medical Challenges & Refused to Give Up

May 24, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
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In The Other Side of Impossible, Susannah Meadows tells the real-life stories of seven families who were determined to solve the unsolvable. Their adventures take us to the outer frontiers of medical science and cutting-edge complementary therapies, as Meadows explores research into the mind's potential to heal the body, the possible role food may play in reversing disease, the power of agency, perseverance, and hope--and more.

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Pirate Women: The Princesses, Prostitutes, & Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas

May 25, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
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History has largely ignored these female swashbucklers, until now. Here are their stories, from ancient Norse princess Alfhild and warrior Rusla to Sayyida al-Hurra of the Barbary corsairs; from Grace O'Malley, who terrorized shipping operations around the British Isles during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I; to Cheng I Sao, who commanded a fleet of four hundred ships off China in the early nineteenth century. This event is free and open to the public.

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Wolf Hunt: Fiction, Translation: Translator Angela Rodel in conversation with Claire Messud

May 26, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street
Cambridge, MA 02140 United States
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Published in 1986, three years before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Wolf Hunt was the first novel to portray the human cost of Communist policies on Bulgarian villagers, forced by the government to abandon their land and traditional way of life. Darkly comic and tragic, the novel centers on an ill-fated winter hunting expedition of six neighbors whose long and interwoven shared history comes to light in a voyage of shifting perspectives.

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