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

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.

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.

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We're back in the rhythm of our regularly scheduled Staff Picks! Today, from Collee :)

"Henry Henry"
By Allen Bratton

"Happy Pride Month to all! In the spirit of the month, I offer you 'Henry Henry,' a first novel by Allen Bratton. This book is billed as a Queer retelling of Shakespeare's 'Henriad' (a group of plays depicting the rise of the English kings). The story revolves around Hal, the twenty-something son and heir to Henry, Duke of Lancaster. The setting is London in 2014 and Hal is deeply sunk into the party scene. He's out, but the death of a family member from AIDS ten years before casts a shadow over his sexuality in the eyes of his father. His mother died years ago and his many siblings are free agents, unhindered by the title that hangs over Hal's head. What this novel does well is depict the complexity of family relationships, the struggle to feel worthy of love (especially in a family deeply entrenched in Catholic guilt) and the search for a way through years of trauma to a place where one can feel agency of a kind. 'Henry Henry' is a lushly written debut and a powerful read."

- Collee

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