Dear Reader,
  
   The newest Harry Potter book is being released at midnight on Saturday and we're hoping to see many of you! We have ordered only so many books so if you want one please reserve it now. Or now.
   This week is full of cool books and events.

   TONIGHT Wednesday 7-27 7pm We will host Lewis Bundy and Kikanza Nuri-Robins with their book Fish Out of Water; Mentoring, Managing and Self-Monitoring People Who Don't Fit In.  If you work, hire, manage or supervise, this is a book that will help you on a daily basis.

  Thursday 7-28 from 5-8 we will be out on Latham Square for the grand reopening! Come and say hello, we'll have some drawing prizes and great information for you. Plus- hello! Latham Square is beautiful!

   Also Thursday evening is an event for writers/authors- Online Marketing for Busy Authors with Becky Robinson at 6:30. For tickets that include a copy of Fauzia Burke's excellent book, click here.

   Saturday night we will be hosting a Harry Potter release party for the newest Harry Potter book! We'll close at 7 and then reopen at 10 for the festivities. Book release at midnight! It's a stage play that takes place several years after the last novel. And it's Harry Potter!

   So yes, we want to see you here, in the store!
   This is the last week of our July used book sale. Buy two get one free.

   And now, on with the books!


Happy reading!
Luan
PS I met someone who has started a company called Your Local Cousin.
It's a site that draws on residents of the city you want to visit for tips. You can register as someone who can advise others too. Check it out!
                                                         

7-26-16
New and Notable

White Trash, The 400 Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg $28 Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over four hundred years, Isenberg upends assumptions about America's supposedly class-free society where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. Reconstruction pitted poor white trash against newly freed slaves, which factored in the rise of eugenics -a widely popular movement embraced by Theodore Roosevelt that targeted poor whites for sterilization. These poor were at the heart of New Deal reforms and LBJ's Great Society; they haunt us in reality TV shows like "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo "and "Duck Dynasty. "Marginalized as a class, white trash have always been at or near the center of major political debates over the character of the American identity.

The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch $14.99
In a war-torn village in Eastern Europe, an American photographer captures a heart-stopping image: a young girl flying toward the lens, fleeing a fiery explosion that has engulfed her home and family. The image wins acclaim and prizes, becoming an icon for millions and a subject of obsession for one writer, the photographer's best friend, who has suffered a devastating tragedy of her own.
As the writer plunges into a suicidal depression, her filmmaker husband enlists several friends, including a fearless bisexual poet and an ingenuous performance artist, to save her by rescuing the unknown girl and bringing her to the United States. And yet, as their plot unfolds, everything we know about the story comes into question: What does the writer really want? Who is controlling the action? And what will happen when these two worlds east and west, real and virtual collide?



The Muse by Jessie Burton $27.99  England, 1967. Odelle Bastien is a Caribbean emigre trying to make her way in London. When she starts working at the prestigious Skelton Institute of Art, she discovers a painting rumored to be the work of Isaac Robles, a young artist of immense talent and vision whose mysterious death has confounded the art world for decades. The excitement over the painting is matched by the intrigue around the conflicting stories of its discovery. Drawn into a complex web of secrets and deceptions, Odelle does not know what to believe or who she can trust, including her mesmerizing colleague, Marjorie Quick.
Spain, 1936. Olive Schloss, the daughter of a Viennese Jewish art dealer and an English heiress, follows her parents to Arazuelo, a poor, restless village on the southern coast. She grows close to Teresa, a young housekeeper, and Teresa's half-brother, Isaac Robles, an idealistic and ambitious painter newly returned from the Barcelona salons. A dilettante buoyed by the revolutionary fervor that will soon erupt into civil war, Isaac dreams of being a painter as famous as his countryman Picasso.
Raised in poverty, these illegitimate children of the local landowner revel in exploiting the wealthy Anglo-Austrians. Insinuating themselves into the Schloss family's lives, Teresa and Isaac help Olive conceal her artistic talents with devastating consequences that will echo into the decades to come.

All the Stars in the Heavens by Adriana Trigiani $15.99 In this spectacular saga as radiant, thrilling, and beguiling as Hollywood itself, Adriana Trigiani takes us back to Tinsel Town's golden age an era as brutal as it was resplendent and into the complex and glamorous world of a young actress hungry for fame and success. With meticulous, beautiful detail, Trigiani paints a rich, historical landscape of 1930s Los Angeles, where European and American artisans flocked to pursue the ultimate dream: to tell stories on the silver screen.





The Games, A Global History of The Olympics by David Goldblatt $29.95 In The Games Goldblatt delivers a magisterial history of the biggest sporting event of them all: the Olympics. He tells the epic story of the Games from their reinvention in Athens in 1896 to the present day, chronicling classic moments of sporting achievement from Jesse Owens to Nadia Comaneci, the Miracle on Ice to Usain Bolt. He goes beyond the medal counts to explore how international conflicts have played out at the Olympics, including the role of the Games in Fascist Germany and Italy, the Cold War, and the struggles of the postcolonial world for recognition. He also tells the extraordinary story of how women fought to be included on equal terms, how the Paralympics started in the wake of World War II, and how the Olympics reflect changing attitudes to race and ethnicity.

 
Love and Ruin, Tales of Obsession, Danger and Heartbreak from The Atavist Magazine $16.95 Since its founding in 2011, The Atavist has garnered an unprecedented eight National Magazine Award nominations and was the first all-digital publication to win in feature writing. This collection presents the finest examples of a new kind of nonfiction storytelling as practiced by a young generation of longform experts. The collection includes Leslie Jamison's landmark portrait of a lonely whale named 52 Blue, Matthew Shaer's harrowing account of a shipwreck during Hurricane Sandy, and James Verini's prize-winning tale of romance and courage in Afghanistan.



Nolo's Essential Guide to Divorce by Emily Doskow $24.99
Divorce guidance you can count on.
Divorce is never easy for anyone in the family. But with the information and guidance in "Nolo's Essential Guide to Divorce," you can make the process as simple, inexpensive, and conflict-free as possible.
With compassion and expertise, family law attorney Emily Doskow explains how to make divorce less painful by helping you:
understand the divorce process minimize day-to-day conflict with your spouse work with lawyers or mediators without breaking the bank avoid costly, exhausting court battles, and stay calm and make good decisions. You ll learn about your legal rights and options and how to tackle the tough issues, including: child support child custody alimony dividing property, including pensions and real estate, and drafting a marital settlement agreement. The 6th edition is completely updated with the latest state rules on divorce. (PS Emily is Luan's wife and practices in Oakland.)


"What is your biggest pet peeve?" This simple Twitter question posed by John Cleese inspired bookseller Jen Campbell to start a blog collecting all the ridiculous conversations overheard in her bookstore.
This irresistible collection is proof positive that booksellers everywhere are heroes.





 
**Now Confirmed!**
If you or someone you know is getting into the business, we have a book and event for you.
The Newbie's Guide to Cannabis and the Industry by Chris Conrad $19.95
We will host the author on September 9. Pot. Weed. Cannabis. Call it whatever you like, but there is an entire new industry revolving around a plant that has been growing on this planet for thousands of years. Author Chris Conrad is an internationally respected authority on cannabis, medical marijuana, industrial hemp, cultivations, processing, dosages, commercial intent, personal use, and marijuana culture. In this book, Chris takes a look at everything going on in the world of marijuana and how you can profit from it! 


Younger Readers

 
Seasons of the Bear, A Yosemite Story by Ginger Wadsworth and illustrated by Daniel San Souci $15.95  This lovely picture book opens on a mother bear and her newborn cubs in their cozy den as a blanket of snow settles over Yosemite National Park. Her newborn cubs grow quickly and soon three furry, hungry black bears set out to experience their world.
Spring turns to summer, and the bears roam Tuolumne Meadows, munching tall grasses and keeping a safe distance from park visitors. But not all of the bears time is spent searching for food: Mama bear must remain on alert for danger and rush her cubs to safety when a forest fire rages close by or another bear threatens them. In the fall, they will fatten up on acorns before returning to their den for the winter.
I love Wadsworth's writing and have for a long time. I'm also a Dan San Souci fan and believe that this is one of his very best works. It's a must have. ~Luan

The Quantum Realm, Philly the Photon by Mark Montgomery  $14.95 This is a locally written book for the 5th through 8th grade set. Physics based and a good book for that science kid who might get bored easily and you want to hook them!

Book Club pick for August 18 
To join, read the book and show up. We would love to have you with us.

Next meeting is Thursday, August 18, 6:15.
The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.
In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.
This simple act takes old Henry Lee back to the 1940s, at the height of the war, when young Henry's world is a jumble of confusion and excitement, and to his father, who is obsessed with the war in China and having Henry grow up American. While scholarshipping at the exclusive Rainier Elementary, where the white kids ignore him, Henry meets Keiko Okabe, a young Japanese American student. Amid the chaos of blackouts, curfews, and FBI raids, Henry and Keiko forge a bond of friendship and innocent love that transcends the long-standing prejudices of their Old World ancestors. And after Keiko and her family are swept up in the evacuations to the internment camps, she and Henry are left only with the hope that the war will end, and that their promise to each other will be kept.

  

Events
Join us to meet authors in person.
  
Wednesday, July 27 7pm 
Lewis Bundy and Kikanza Nuri-Robins
Authors of Fish Out of Water:
Mentoring, Managing, and
Self-Monitoring People Who Don't Fit In
Put it on your calendar if you work with people of any sort.  

Thursday, July 28 Latham Square opens for
real after all these months of construction!
2pm ribbon cutting, gathering from 5-8pm

Thursday, July 28 at 6:30pm
Fauzia Burke and her book
Online Marketing for Busy Authors
$20 includes the book

July 30 10pm to midnight
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child parts 1 & 2
Release party! The book will be available at midnight.
Treats, butterbeer, games, a bit of magic, and more!
Preorder the book now!

August 11
Janet Chapple talks
about Yellowstone

Check the website for more events! 
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