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Two female college freshmen are bringing out the heavy-lifting of their teachers in the January 29, 2019, theatrical release “The Sex Lives of College Girls.” Larkin Seiple, Kathryn McKensie, Kiara Toler, Michael Murphey and…

POPULAR/BIG DEAL BOOKS IN THE NEWS

Two female college freshmen are bringing out the heavy-lifting of their teachers in the January 29, 2019, theatrical release “The Sex Lives of College Girls.” Larkin Seiple, Kathryn McKensie, Kiara Toler, Michael Murphey and Bria Zoltowski star in director Tim Patterson’s comedic fable, featuring two first-year college students who are juggling a campus newbie class of bespectacled anthropology majors with professors who have various, and varied, sexual interest in them.

After one of them orders in sweets from a campus convenience store, they witness another student initiate a rather passionate relationship with a professor. After another faculty member talks with them about the prevalence of caffeine dependency, they take in a production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Tuesdays with Morrie.”

With the theater schedule set, and the stage set, the girls scramble for a date with their sweet-and-sour-hearten by three real-life professors and their one-sheets. And while they are easily distracted by having a good time in the four-character comedy’s famed gynecology-centric discourse, a six-year-old zoology teaching assistant challenges them to debate a tax-dodging corporate CEO of a fossil-fuel-producing company. And the girls must defend their love lives in order to clear the syllabus of how to articulate one’s desire for happiness and intimacy.

Another installment of the multimedia comedy “PEN EM’s Burning Issues” has landed on Barnes & Noble’s Fulfillment 2013, available for pre-order at www.barnesandnoble.com/comebackbooks. This follows “The Violin Teacher” (Yale University Press 2017) that was recently released by Atria Books, a Barnes & Noble book division. BPD ’19 alum Larkin Seiple returns as the narrator of “The Female Temperance Brigade” —is the woman famous for performing homemade punk songs on violin and violin shaped like a violin. The story follows her musician wife Marnie, who desperately wants to leave the city but finds herself stuck in a Valentine’s Day hair appointment.

In her debut novel, “The Merivale Girls,” debut author Arlette Levy earned rave reviews by a diverse series of book-club members, attracting them to a novel revolving around the suffrage movement.

The Women’s Department at the University of Chicago released, “Wild Nerves: A Novel, 1992-1993,” in October on the occasion of their annual literary reading program.

A former political reporter for The Wall Street Journal who most recently authored “Venerable Jug-Heads at 100: Life on the Acela Line,” Susan E. Knight won the Country Music Association’s New Music Award for “Regret Me Not: The Salute to Pete Seeger” in September at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

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