Dear Reader,
  
   Please check out the website where we have a link to a list of books that are needed by Oakland Unified Schools. There is a scarcity of librarians in our schools, and that can mean that fewer people are making sure current, popular books are in school libraries. While the store can't make sure there's a credentialed, devoted librarian in each school (oh that I could!) we can ask you to donate one or more. We'll make sure they get to the Managing Librarian who will distribute them. And if you want to donate school supplies, we'll take those too and get them to where they need to go. Thank you.
 
  We have a number of interesting authors for you to meet this month.
Check out our events below and we hope to see you here for one or more of them.
   I want to remind those who work downtown that we encourage our neighboring businesses to come on in on Mondays. Sure every day we love to see you, but to entice you, we offer a small discount to employees of businesses that have registered with us. That means that we take the name and email of a point person who we can tell about fascinating things we have going on. Plus you get to be in our frequent buyer plan and more.
   And then there's Government Tuesdays. Are you a government employee, whether city, county, state, or Federal? Tuesday is your day.

   Art and Soul is coming up and we'll be open both days, although just outside the fence that is the party boundary. August 20 and 21 dance your way in to do a little shopping!

   We'll be open from 11 to 4 the next two Sundays as we have wonderful authors coming in and for your shopping pleasure.

   And now, on with the books! It's an eclectic group this week for sure.


Happy reading!
Luan


8-10-16
Sully by Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger III $15.99 
On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed a remarkable emergency landing when Captain "Sully" Sullenberger skillfully glided US Airways Flight 1549 onto the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 passengers and crew. His cool actions not only averted tragedy but made him a hero and an inspiration worldwide. His story is now a major motion picture and stars Tom Hanks. Sully's story is one of dedication, hope, and preparedness, revealing the important lessons he learned through his life, in his military service, and in his work as an airline pilot. It reminds us all that, even in these days of conflict, tragedy and uncertainty, there are values still worth fighting for that life's challenges can be met if we're ready for them."


Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson $22.99
The acclaimed New York Times bestselling and National Book Award winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming delivers her first adult novel in twenty years.
Running into a long-ago friend sets memory from the 1970s in motion for August, transporting her to a time and a place where friendship was everything until it wasn t. For August and her girls, sharing confidences as they ambled through neighborhood streets, Brooklyn was a place where they believed that they were beautiful, talented, brilliant a part of a future that belonged to them.
But beneath the hopeful veneer, there was another Brooklyn, a dangerous place where grown men reached for innocent girls in dark hallways, where ghosts haunted the night, where mothers disappeared. A world where madness was just a sunset away and fathers found hope in religion.


The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer $28.00 The Emmy Award-winning comedian, actress, writer, and star of "Inside Amy Schumer" and the acclaimed film "Trainwreck" has taken the entertainment world by storm with her winning blend of smart, satirical humor. Now, Amy Schumer has written a refreshingly candid and uproariously funny collection of ("extremely") personal and observational essays.
In "The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo," Amy mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationships, and sex and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is a woman with the courage to bare her soul to stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh.

I Contain Multitudes, The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong  $27.99 
Joining the ranks of popular science classics like The Botany of Desire and The Selfish Gene, a groundbreaking, wondrously informative, and vastly entertaining examination of the most significant revolution in biology since Darwin a microbe s-eye view of the world that reveals a marvelous, radically reconceived picture of life on earth.
Every animal, whether human, squid, or wasp, is home to millions of bacteria and other microbes. Ed Yong, whose humor is as evident as his erudition, prompts us to look at ourselves and our animal companions in a new light less as individuals and more as the interconnected, interdependent multitudes we assuredly are.


American Heiress, The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin  $28.95  From "New Yorker" staff writer and bestselling author of "The Nine "and "The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson," the definitive account of the kidnapping and trial that defined an insane era in American history
OnFebruary 4, 1974, Patty Hearst, a sophomore in college and heiress to the Hearst family fortune, was kidnapped by a ragtag group of self-styled revolutionaries calling itself the Symbionese Liberation Army. The already sensational story took the first of many incredible twists on April 3, when the group released a tape of Patty saying she had joined the SLA and had adopted the nom de guerre Tania.
The weird turns of the tale are truly astonishing the Hearst family trying to secure Patty s release by feeding all the people of Oakland and San Francisco for free; the bank security cameras capturing Tania wielding a machine gun during a robbery; a cast of characters including everyone from Bill Walton to the Black Panthers to Ronald Reagan to F. Lee Bailey; the largest police shoot-out in American history; the first breaking news event to be broadcast live on television stations across the country; Patty s year on the lam, running from authorities; and her circuslike trial, filled with theatrical courtroom confrontations and a dramatic last-minute reversal, after which the term Stockholm syndrome entered the lexicon. History buff heaven.

Powerhouse CAA, The Untold Story of Hollywood's Creative Artists Agency by James Andrew Miller  $32.50
An astonishing and astonishingly entertaining history of Hollywood s transformation over the past five decades as seen through the agency at the heart of it all, from the #1 bestselling co-author of Live from New York and Those Guys Have All the Fun.
The movies you watch, the TV shows you adore, the concerts and sporting events you attend behind the curtain of nearly all of these is an immensely powerful and secretive corporation known as Creative Artists Agency. Startedin 1975, whenfive bright and brash employees of a creaky William Morris office left toopentheir own, strikingly innovative talent agency, CAAwouldcometorevolutionize the entertainment industry, andover the next several decadesits tentacles would spread aggressively throughout the worlds of movies, television, music, advertising, and investment banking.


Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead $26.95 Oprah's pick for the new book group. Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.
In Whitehead s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar s first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city s placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.

Hamilton: the Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda Hardcover $45, CD of the book $35.  This is a great book all about the musical so if you have a fan who loves it, this is the gift for them! Beautiful color photos throughout and how it all happened! The cd is the reading of the book with some bonus pdf  material. Not to be missed for fans.
(This is not the soundtrack recording.)
Younger Readers

Writer's Wor kshop with Marissa Moss! Author of many books for young people, please bring your budding writer for a not to be missed hour long writing workshop. Grades 4-8 ideal but older is good too!
Saturday, August 13 at noon.





Makoons by Louise Erdrich $16.99
In the sequel to Chickadee, acclaimed author Louise Erdrich continues her award-winning Birchbark House series with the story of an Ojibwe family in nineteenth-century America.
Named for the Ojibwe word for little bear, Makoons and his twin, Chickadee, have traveled with their family to the Great Plains of Dakota Territory. There they must learn to become buffalo hunters and once again help their people make a home in a new land. But Makoons has had a vision that foretells great challenges challenges that his family may not be able to overcome.  Ages 8-12



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

Janet Chapple talks about all things Yellowstone!

Kids Writing Workshop with
Marissa Moss

Alina Chau and Nancy Ling
present their picture book
Double Happiness



Lunch Time Event
Chain of Title by David Dayen
How 3 regular people uncovered the
foreclosure debacle.



Launch party for Elisa Kleven's newest book 
The Horribly Hungry Gingerbread Boy:
A San Francisco Story




Meditation Master Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche  
on Our Pristine Mind

Thursday, August 25 7pm
Book Launch for Kathrine LaFleur's
Moonlight Hunting
with Juma Ventures

Where Are You On Your Writer's Journey? 
A workshop for serious writers with Teresa Le Yung Ryan, Valerie Haynes Perry and Luan Stauss 
Tickets $25 
 
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