Dear Reader,
      As we cruise through the fall offerings, it's fun to try and match books with customers. We are starting to know what many of you like and it's fun to see what we will have to show you next time you're in.
     If your favorite author has a new book coming out, be sure to preorder it from out website. We'll make sure you get it or you can have it sent to you.
Yes, 25/7 shopping from home. Who knew? Well, we did, but we still keep getting people asking if we had thought about making things simpler and created a shopable website. Yep, we did, about 15 years ago.
  
    This week please come to meet Risa Nye who has written There Was a Fire Here, her memoir of the Oakland fire. Riveting. Thursday night at 7.
Saturday bring the kids and any artists you know to meet illustrator Sara Kahn at noon. The Three Lucys is a lovely and thought provoking book for young kids with war as a theme. Please come.
   Then you really have to come to the store on Tuesday the 27th at 6 for the Oakland launch of Rad Women Worldwide! Let's launch this book properly with a full house to honor Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl and their second radfabulous book!
   Please mark your calendar for October 8 when we will host 8 children's book illustrators who will be showing original art work from their books, will tell you all about their art, and you can get autographed books as well as buy artwork. They will be showing for all of October but please bring the kids to meet these wonderful artists at the reception.

   Take a look below to see what else we have going on. I want to see every one of you here soon!

Happy reading!
Luan

09-21-16

NEW AND NOTEWORTHY 

Jerusalem by Alan Moore $35   Ten years in the making, comes a literary work Like no other, from the legendary author of Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and From Hell. In the half a square mile of decay and demolition that was England's Saxon capital, eternity is loitering between the firetrap housing projects. Embedded in the grubby amber of the district's narrative among its saints, kings, prostitutes, and derelicts a different kind of human time is happening, a soiled simultaneity that does not differentiate between the petrolcolored puddles and the fractured dreams of those who navigate them. Fiends last mentioned in the second-century Book of Tobit wait in urine-scented stairwells, the delinquent specters of unlucky children undermine a century with tunnels, and in upstairs parlors laborers with golden blood reduce fate to a snooker tournament. An opulent mythology for those without a pot to piss in, through the labyrinthine streets and pages of Jerusalem tread ghosts that sing of wealth and poverty; of Africa, and hymns, and our threadbare millennium. 
 
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue $27 In Emma Donoghue's latest masterpiece, an English nurse brought to a small Irish village to observe what appears to be a miracle-a girl said to have survived without food for months-soon finds herself fighting to save the child's life. Tourists flock to the cabin of eleven-year-old Anna O'Donnell, who believes herself to be living off manna from heaven, and a journalist is sent to cover the sensation. Lib Wright, a veteran of Florence Nightingale's Crimean campaign, is hired to keep watch over the girl.
Written with all the propulsive tension that made Room a huge bestseller, THE WONDER works beautifully on many levels--a tale of two strangers who transform each other's lives, a powerful psychological thriller, and a story of love pitted against evil.

The Witches by Stacy Schiff, now in paperback $18.99  The panic began early in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's niece began to writhe and roar. It spread quickly, confounding the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony. Neighbors accused neighbors, husbands accused wives, parents and children one another. It ended less than a year later, but not before nineteen men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death. 
 
Nonfiction

 
The Past, by Tessa Hadley $15.99 now in paperback.
A novel in which three sisters, a brother, and their children assemble at their country house.
These three weeks may be their last time there; the upkeep is prohibitive, and they may be forced to sell this beloved house filled with memories of their shared past (their mother took them there to live when she left their father). Yet beneath the idyllic pastoral surface, hidden passions, devastating secrets, and dangerous hostilities threaten to consume them.

Perhaps you need a little escapism right now? Hmm?


Soul at the White Heat by Joyce Carol Oates $27.99
"Why do we write?"
With this question, Oates begins an imaginative exploration of the writing life, and all its attendant anxieties, joys, and futilities, in this collection of seminal essays and criticism. Leading her quest is a desire to understand the source of the writer s inspiration do subjects haunt those that might bring them back to life until the writer submits? Or does something "happen" to us, a sudden ignition of a burning flame? Can the appearance of a muse-like Other bring about a writer s best work?


Now, The Physics of Time by Richard A. Muller $27.95 "Now" is a simple concept--you're reading this sentence now. Yet a real definition of "now" has eluded even the great Einstein. We know that time stretches and is affected by gravity and velocity. Yet, as eminent physicist Richard A. Muller points out, it is only today that we have all the physics at hand--relativity, entropy, entanglement, antimatter, and the Big Bang--to explain the flow of time. With these building blocks in place, Muller reaches a startling conclusion: our expanding universe is continuously creating not only new space but also new time. The front edge of this new time is what we call "now," and this moment is truly unique--it is the only moment in which we can exercise our free will. Muller's thought-provoking vision is a powerful counter to established theories in science and philosophy, and his arguments will spark major debate about the most fundamental assumptions of our universe 

Art of Pie by Kate McDermott & Andrew Scrivani $35 Pie-making should be simple and fun. Kate McDermott has taught this and made pies with thousands of people across the country at her Pie Camps. Her confidence comes through in every recipe, and will inspire readers to don an apron, grab a rolling pin, and get cooking. (The stunning photographs in this book won't hurt either.) Over the years, McDermott developed more than a dozen crusts, half of which are gluten-free, and in this book she gives detailed instructions for making, rolling, and baking crusts. A pie needs filling, too, and she does not neglect a single detail when describing her ingredients, methods, and tricks for making the filling and finishing off the pie. Art of the Pie is more than a cookbook. Kate's rules extend well beyond pie baking: keep everything chilled, respect the boundaries, and remember to vent. This is a book to keep close at hand.
Protect from drool while reading- just a friendly warning. 
Younger Readers

This Book Thinks You're a Scientist by Thames and Hudson with illustrations by Harriet Russell $14.95  This Book Thinks You're a Scientist, developed by the Science Museum, London, as a complement to their new interactive gallery for children, explores seven key scientific areas: force and motion, electricity and magnetism, earth and space, light, matter, sound, and mathematics. Each spread centers on an open-ended question or activity, with space on the page for the child to write, draw, or interact with the book. Bend water with static power. Pack a suitcase for a trip to space. Design a new musical instrument. At the end of the book, there is a section for children to record their own guided independent investigations, including surveys and space to log the results of their experiments.Hand-drawn illustrations and a collage-style photographs encourage creativity and help children to think like a scientist by noticing details, questioning everything, and dreaming up new ideas.

Book Club pick for October 20   
To join, read the book and show up. We would love to have you with us.

Next meeting is Thursday,
October 20, 6:15.


The Race for Paris  by Meg Waite Clayton Normandy, 1944. To cover the fighting in France, Jane, a reporter for the Nashville Banner, and Liv, an Associated Press photographer, have endured enormous danger and frustrating obstacles-including strict military regulations limiting what women correspondents can. Even so, Liv wants more.
Encouraged by her husband, the editor of a New York newspaper, she's determined to be the first photographer to reach Paris with the Allies, and capture its freedom from the Nazis.
However, her Commanding Officer has other ideas about the role of women in the press corps. To fulfill her ambitions, Liv must go AWOL. She persuades Jane to join her, and the two women find a guardian angel in Fletcher, a British military photographer who reluctantly agrees to escort them. As they race for Paris across the perilous French countryside, Liv, Jane, and Fletcher forge an indelible emotional bond that will transform them and reverberate long after the war is over.
Based on daring, real-life female reporters on the front lines of history like Margaret Bourke-White, Lee Miller, and Martha Gellhorn-and with cameos by other famous faces of the time-The Race for Paris is an absorbing, atmospheric saga full of drama, adventure, and passion. Combining riveting storytelling with expert literary craftsmanship and thorough research, Meg Waite Clayton crafts a compelling, resonant read.

November   The Sympathizer
December   Dogs of Christmas

  
EVENTS

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Thursday, Sept. 22, 7pm
Risa Nye
There Was a Fire Here: A Memoir
Her account of living through the Oakland fire




Saturday, Sept. 24, noon
A Launch Party for
Sara Kahn and The Three Lucys
children's illustrated picture book


Tuesday, September 27
A Launch Party for
Kate Schatz & Miriam Klein Stahl
Rad Women Worldwide 


Wednesday, Sept. 28, 7pm
The Art of Community, 7 Principles for Belonging
**Special invitation for NCPC leaders**




Our very special artists for October are some of our favorite children's book illustrators. Please come by all month to see and purchase original artwork, buy books they came from and get a start on amazing and original holiday shopping.
We will have a reception for the artists on Saturday, October 8 at 5pm where you can meet, greet, and get autographs! Kid friendly.

More events here!


 
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