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News & Resources
July 2020
Dear Cellar Door community,

As a reminder, we're closely monitoring the quickly developing effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are currently open for online orders, phone orders, curbside pickup, and browsing by appointment. Browse-by-appointment slots are 20 minutes. Call or email ahead of time to sign up for an appointment and receive confirmation of your appointment by Cellar Door staff. Walk-ins are permitted only when no one else is in the store, and no one will be allowed inside without a properly worn mask and a healthy administration of hand sanitizer upon entrance. Children must be old enough to keep their masks on, and understand that touching is limited or be held in a parent's arms. Only one party will be in the store at one time. No in-store seating is available at this time. Also, please note that in the event that we'll need to close the storefront again, we will continue to fill online and phone orders. Thank you for your understanding and patience while we all navigate these difficult times!

Linda Sherman-Nurick
Cellar Door Bookstore
(951) 787-7807

Customer service: info@cellardoorbookstore.com
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Still looking for a stylish mask? The American Booksellers Association and Out of Print have collaborated on a new line of book-themed face masks. A portion of each sale is being donated to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc) to assist bookstores impacted by COVID-19.

Seven different styles are available and each mask, made of cotton and polyester, sells for $12. They're available for pre-order online!
July Staff Picks
The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones (available 7/14): The history of these characters reverberates through the story like the history of their tribes echoes through the generations, buried down deep but still there, still very much alive. It haunts them in the most literal way, drives them to do things they would never do without it dancing on the borders of their minds, biding its time until they are ready to fall. If it sounds like I’m personifying the past, I’m only drawing a quick sketch of the masterful mural crafted by Jones, who uses memories of the past as weapons to push his characters towards the brink like a herd of elk to the edge of a cliff. He gives power to nature and forces humankind to reckon with its evil, combining retribution and resignation into a knife that he stabs into the reader with abandon. In turns claustrophobic, heartbreaking, mystical, and defiant, The Only Good Indians is a story that won’t just stay with you, it will shape you. - David
Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson (available 7/21): An assassin who kills for a soulless crime boss, an enigmatic bartender with a big secret, and a snake dancer grappling for control under the guise of naivety all come together to battle against their own fates in pre-World War II Harlem. Johnson’s narration and dialogue land like a jazz brush on a snare drum, with a slick whisper and poetic rhythm. The characters embody familiar noir tropes and the story’s atmosphere is heavy with oppression, menace, and suspicion. Johnson captures the gritty realism and fatalism of the genre; you know their sins will eventually catch up to them, you just don’t know when. Even as our main protagonists harbor certain magical abilities that may seem like advantages, the color of their skin serves as a reminder for them (and for us) of the futility of their fight against the powerful scourge of bigotry. This is a rich, intriguing, and powerful work of art. - Karen
The Good Lord Bird by James McBride: James McBride takes human beings in all their glory and shame, with all their flaws and loveliness painted boldly, and makes you love them. Henry Shackelford, a young slave in the Kansas Territory in 1856, a battleground for abolitionists and pro-slavers, is swept into the controversy by the mythic John Brown, but for Henry and the other slaves and freed Blacks we meet on his journey, the decision to follow the abolitionists is not as simple as it would seem. John Brown, fueled by the immensity of his belief that God could never sanction slavery and therefore would protect and guide he and his followers, reveals that insanity, framed by a brutal system of injustice, is indeed the most sane course of action. A history lesson couched in human love and frailty, there are important lessons here for our own times. Read it before the Showtime series comes out in October because you KNOW the book is better ;) - Linda
Nya's Storytime Picks
Spring 2020
Kids Indie Next List Pick

Cat Dog Dog: The Story of a Blended Family by Nelly Buchet, illustrated by Andrea Zuill: Enjoy the exploits of these two funny dogs and one cat who have to learn to live together in their new family! In memory of my cat, Harry, who lovingly accepted me into this family six years ago.
The Magical Yet by Angela DiTerlizzi, illustrated by Lorena Alvarez: We all fail some first attempts at something new. I constantly have trouble getting my humans to give me treats! I practice my cute face, that just-so tilt of my head, but sometimes it doesn't work. This book is about trying again, not giving up! Yeah!
I Go Quiet by David Quimet: I know you think I'm just a happy puppy all the time, and I am, but sometimes I feel like no one understands me, and that makes me sad. This book is about a little girl who gets quiet when she feels misunderstood, but it's also about how we can find our voices through imagination and... reading! Quiet can lead to beautiful things :)
One of the silver linings of these unusual times is the opportunity for us to view or participate in events that we'd typically never have the chance to. If you've been looking for more literary events to safely partake in, we've partnered with the Sonoma Valley Authors Festival for their 2020 season! View authors and speakers via live video stream during this virtual festival July 13-27 at times posted on the Sonoma Valley Authors Festival website. For more information or to register, click the image above. And if you enjoy this year's virtual festival, consider making the trip to attend the live Festival in August of 2021 at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn!
Book Club Schedule
Book clubs will continue online; you should be receiving information about them the week before your scheduled book club. As there are no fees to join any of our book clubs, we ask that you please order book club selections from us! We've included links in all of our event listings so that you can easily order online.
Book Clubs for Adults
Cellar Door Book Club
Meets the fourth Sun at 2 pm
July 12: The Ten Thousand Doors of January
August 9: Rules for Visiting

Mystery Book Club
Meets the third Thurs at 6 pm
July 16: Leaving Berlin
August 20: Miracle Creek

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Club
Meets the third Sat at 5 pm
July 18: The Light Brigade
August 15: Children of Time

Historical Fiction Book Club
Meets the fourth Sat at 5 pm
July 25: The Abbot's Tale

Agatha Christie Book Club
Meets the third Tues at 6:30 pm
July 21: They Do It With Mirrors
August 18: Taken at the Flood

Philosophical Horror
Meets the third Mon at 6 pm
July 20: The Strain
August 17: The Only Good Indians

Black Lit Book Club
Meets the final Fri at 6 pm
July 24: Real Life
August 28: The Vanishing Half

History Book Club
Meets the first Wed at 6 pm
August 5: Frederick Douglass
Speculative Fiction Book Club
Meets the second Sat at 4 pm
July 11: The Seep
August 8: Riot Baby

LGBTQ Book Club
Meets the fourth Thurs at 6 pm
July 23: Fingersmith
August 27: The Brutal Telling

Bucket List Book Club 
Meets the third Sun at 3 pm
August 16: The Fire Next Time
September 20: Riders of the Purple Sage

Phy-Sci Book Club
Meets the fourth Wed at 6 pm
July 22: Einstein's Shadow
August 26: Rigor Mortis

Current Affairs Book Club
Meets the second Sun at 4 pm
July 12: Assad, Or We Burn the Country
August 9: Superior: The Return of Race Science

Feminist Book Club
Meets the first Tues at 6 pm
July 7: Fed Up

Outdoor Lit 
Meets every other month , first Sun at 2 pm
July 5: The Golden Spruce
September 6: Braiding Sweetgrass
Book Clubs for Kids & Youth

Early Readers Book Club Meets the second Sat at 1 pm
July 11: InvestiGators
August 8: Megabat
September 12: 13th Street: Battle of the Bad-Breath Bats

Kids' Book Club Meets the second Thurs at 6 pm
July 9: No Fixed Address
August 13: Harry Potter #1-3

Young Adult Book Club Contact David at (951) 787-7807 for meeting info
July 17: Wake, Siren
*Starred meetings are not held at their usual date and/or time
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