TUESDAY

action

Amy Rose Spiegel’s Action Launch
May 17 at 7 pm at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby Street
Ever wondered how to manage a threesome? How to actually pick someone up at an IRL bar (without resorting to creepy pick-up lines)? What about that weird thing you Googled last week (well, at least you remembered to close your porn tabs before screenshotting)? Finally, there’s a sex book for our current Swipe-Right Age, and one that you won’t be  embarrassed to tote on the subway (there’s no provocatively shaped fruit on the cover).

Amy Rose Spiegel’s debut book, Action: A Book About Sex, is her personal sexual autobiography. Even better, Spiegel’s sexcapades are interwoven with tons of actually-useful advice, from consent and celibacy as a display of autonomy, to group sex and more. Writers Julianne Escobedo Shepherd, Jenny Zhang, Mychal Denzel Smith, and Doreen St. Félix, will also read about sex and love.

mobMoby’s Porcelain 
May 17 at 7 pm at Barnes and Noble, Union Square, 33 East 17 Street.
Step back into the club scene of the 1990s and meet a young pre-fame Moby. Back then he was a poor, struggling, vegan, teetotaler, Christian musician living on nothing and trying to make some magic in the underground dance music scene. Just as he felt ready to leave it all behind, the immense success of Play in 1999 propelled him into the spotlight.

With humor and tenderness, Porcelain chronicles both the making of a masterpiece and the unexpected downsides of success during what was (perhaps) the last good time for artists to make it from nothing in the big city.

WEDNESDAY

shrillLindy West Presents Shrill
May 18 at 7 pm at WORD Bookstore, 126 Franklin Street

“Feminism is really just the long slow realization that the things you love hate you.” So says Lindy West, the Seattle-based writer (Jezebel, GQ, the Guardian), editor, performer and self-proclaimed “loud woman.” Her new memoir, Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman charts her course from a self-loathing teenager to one of the most important (and often comedic) voices regularly speaking out about body image, social justice, harassment and culture.

THURSDAY

the nestVulture Insiders Book Club Meeting with Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
May 19 at 7:30 pm at The Strand, 828 Broadway
Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney will join New York‘s Vulture Book editor Boris Kachka to discuss her debut novel, The Nest.

The bittersweet story of family dysfunction explores what happens when money and relationships mix, and how our ambitions evolve over time. The story follows four siblings dealing with the fall out of from their trust fund (poor them!) that has grown immensely. Each of the siblings depends on the windfall to fix their self-inflicted problems– but now it’s endangered by one brother’s recklessness. The fractious crew must learn to come together to save it, or reimagine their lives without it.