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The weather is changing and many of us want to curl up under a blanket with a good book. If you’re looking for your next read, Mitch Albom’s latest novel, “The Stranger in the Lifeboat,” is timely.

On November 5, University Book Store, along with several other independent bookstores, such as Books & Books in Miami, Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver, and Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, Vermont, hosted an event with author Mitch Albom and Jim Axelrod, chief investigator and senior national correspondent for CBS News.

Best-selling author known for his memoir, “Tuesdays with Morrie”, Albom presented his new book, “The Stranger in the Lifeboat”.

A story of hope and healing, this book aims to bring comfort to its readers.

“This book, ultimately, is about belief, but not belief in religion and not belief in a particular dogma, but the belief that there is order in the universe,” said Albom. “And in the end, your life will have meaning.”

Pam Cady, head of the college bookstore department, expressed her thoughts after reading portions of the book.

“I thought it was really interesting,” Cady said. “[Albom is] still very spiritual and uplifting, and I think in an atmosphere where there’s so much division and argument, it’s really good to have these books where you can just go and know it’s just going to be uplifting, and it’s one of those people who does this. “

This book became a way for Albom to cope with his grief after losing Chika, a little girl he was caring for. Instead of focusing on the seemingly cruel way Chika was taken from her life, Albom attempted to turn her pain into acceptance and relief.

“It was as much me writing to myself as to anyone reading the book,” Albom said. “Don’t ask, ‘Why was Chika taken from us?’ Ask yourself what did we do to deserve, in the late 1950s, the chance to be parents? … Yes, we cry because we miss her, but she does not cry.

Albom concluded the book’s talk by discussing his relationship to failure. Although he is a best-selling author, he still worries that his new ventures will not be well received.

“Failure is absolutely there, and it motivates me and scares me,” Albom said.

The past two years have forced many of us to recognize the failures of the past, but also to overcome them and imagine new ways of staying in the present. According to Grace Rajendran, event producer at the University Bookstore, when she sought to reach readers during the pandemic, that is exactly what the bookstore also had to do.

“The Zoom events have been absolutely wonderful… and during the early stages of the pandemic, it is enough to be able to come together as a community on a global scale and share this beauty and comfort of loving great books and great. authors together, ”Rajendran said. “It was lovely to see how we were all coping rightly with the pandemic around the world and how the books really brought us all together.”

Going forward, the University Book Store hopes to be able to host a mix of in-person and online events, as well as continue its partnership with UW. Several upcoming events are a book launch with Brené Brown, Emerald City Comic Con and a visit by internationally renowned author Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai.

Contact contributing writer Lea Wilson at Twitter: @leaswilson

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