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Kool Thing: Kim Gordon

Put on your dirty boots and get ready for Kim Gordon, the godmother of grunge and co-founding member of the legendary rock band, Sonic Youth (1981-2011).

Kansas Public Radio’s Laura Lorson will host this year’s 780s Series and visit with Gordon about her life, musical career, and what it was like to witness punk rock enter the music mainstream in the 1990s.

Our 780s Series is an annual event celebrating a notable life in music. In the Dewey Decimal system, 780 marks all things music, a literary reference to tie in our annual library speaker series that brings musicians to Lawrence to tell the stories that influenced their music. The 780s Series is made possible through a generous private donation from the Harrison Family Fund of the Douglas County Community Foundation, and in partnership with Eleven Productions Presents and The Lawrence Public Library Foundation.

Raven Book Store will be selling copies of Kim Gordon’s New York Times best-selling memoir, Girl In A Band, for a book signing at the conclusion of the evening’s event.

TUE | May 17 | 7:30 PM | Liberty Hall
FREE
— DOORS OPEN AT 6:30 PM
NO TICKETS — GENERAL ADMISSION

Who is Kim Gordon?
Interview Magazine
Girl in A Band: A Memoir 
review
Official Sonic Youth website

PHOTO: David Black

Kim Gordon

5 Books for the Ladies You Love

I’m not much for labeling books for Ladies or Dudes. In fact, my husband loved two of these five books quite a lot, and after 23 years of marriage, I can attest to his Dude-ish literary tastes.  But the fact of the matter is that some books seem to appeal to women and I’m willing to bet you’ll score a hit with ladies with one or more of these books.

 

how-to-be-a-womanHow to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran - For that sassy sister or sister–in-law who shares advice on all things womanly. The one you who knows all your embarrassing secrets.  They’ll fall in love with Caitlin Moran’s honest and hilarious recounting of her journey to womanhood and the constant upkeep required in mind and spirit.  This is a salty feminist manifesto for your friends who are too tired to read Shulamith Firestone and who love Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.  Protip:  Have Kleenex handy – you’ll laugh until you cry.

 
 
 
 
outlander-bookThe Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon - Does your best friend need a little romance in her life?  An escape from dirty diapers or that horrid boss?  Give her the gift of James Alexander Malcom Mackenzie Fraser.  She will thank you for it.  Epic historical fiction with a twist of fantasy and generous dollop of true love, as an English nurse from 1945 falls through standing stones to 1743 to confront the Jacobite uprising and the person of Jamie, the Highlander of your dreams.  These books (seven in the series, soon to be eight) inspire a rabid fandom and will give your friend re-read material for the ages.

 
 
eleanor and parkEleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell -  Do you remember that feeling of falling in love, where every aching second of holding someone’s hand is an eternity?  Every glance, song lyric, accidently shoulder rub could sustain or torture you for days?  No?  I didn’t either, but it all came back to me when I read Eleanor and Park, and beautiful (and heartbreaking) tale of first love. Great dialogue and emotional pacing.
 
 
 
 
 

longbournLongbourn by Jo Baker - Does your wife make you watch Pride and Prejudice at least once a year?  Not the wimpy two hour version, but the entire BBC version with a dripping wet Colin Firth?  Call off the hounds – the search for her gift is over.  Many Pride and Prejudice sequels, updates and parodies have been written, but Loungourn stands out as an actual winner.   Jo Baker’s novel follows the life of the “downstairs” inhabitants of the Bennett estate, Mrs. Hill the Housekeeper and especial Sarah, one of the maids.  Austen fans should love this book, but it could also stand alone. 

 

color_purpleThe Color Purple by Alice Walker - Not a new book, but a gorgeous book about the strength of women, the limits of the human spirit and the pain and pleasure of the individual lives of women.  Watching Celie and awaken to herself and claim her voice changed my life, so it always makes it onto my “what to read” list.