April 17, 5:30-7pm at Back of Beyond Books. Brianna Madia signing from her second memoir: Never Leave the Dogs Behind

Note: Brianna will be available to sign books from 5:30 – 7 pm. There will not be a formal reading.

Dogs are welcome.

The author of the New York Times bestseller Nowhere for Very Long continues her story with
this deeply honest, moving account of a woman walking the line between independence and
isolation when she moves to the Southwest desert with nothing and no one but her four dogs.
In her debut memoir, Nowhere for Very Long, Brianna Madia reflected on her life as a nomad,
free to roam some of the most beautiful land in America. Now, in NEVER LEAVE THE DOGS
BEHIND (on sale April 2, 2024; HarperOne; $28.99), the van life adherent faces the
unfathomable darkness that comes from a life blown apart, her only solace the support of her
dogs.

Moving from her pared-down van into a pared-down trailer, Brianna reckons with her decision
to be alone in the desert, living on a nine-acre plot of undeveloped land on the dusty outskirts
of a small town in Utah, accompanied only by her four precious dogs: Bucket, Dagwood, Birdie,
and Banjo. As she grapples with the anger, despair, and delicious freedom that comes from
being wholly on her own, Brianna wonders where, exactly, the road less traveled has led her.
A powerful and poignant portrait of rebuilding and surviving, Never Leave the Dogs Behind is
about finding the courage to start over when the dream life you thought you were living
collapses around your feet.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brianna Madia has lived a life of relentless intention, traveling the
deserts of the American West in an old Ford van. She made a name for
herself on social media with her inspiring captions-cum-essays about
bravery, identity, nature, and subverting expectations. She lives in
Utah with her four dogs. Her first book, Nowhere for Very Long, was
a New York Times bestseller. Never Leave the Dogs Behind is her
second book.

February has absolutely flown by! What are your favorite books you've read this month??

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We know, we know. You're on the edge of your seat for this week's staff pick. Well, here it is! This week, a review of Marian Engel's "Bear," from Matthew!

"Bear"
By Marian Engels

"Lou is a young librarian commissioned with inventorying an old colonel's estate. Upon her arrival at the family's island, she's prepared for a quiet summer, perhaps unearthing family secrets. She's not prepared for a bear. In the shed & on a leash, but that doesn't last long as Lou develops a connection, first with "it," then "him." And then, her own leash loosens. Everyone tells you "Bear" is that controversial 1976 Canadian novel with bestiality. What surprised me was how many other things it's about. How someone learns to love solitude, as something different from loneliness. How to love yourself, tenderly, after being taught (or forced to learn) love as an aggressive force. It's also about legacies, and settler colonialism, and deploys irony to explore it in the most fascinating ways. It's very funny, too within its 122 pages. And in its short time, it never renders any easy metaphor about the wilderness, which is brilliant."

- Matthew
 
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