Dear Reader,

   We're delighted to have some wonderful new things in stock this week! Plus we have some new local author works to show off.
   Please join us on Saturday to meet Joel Berg, author of America, We Need to Talk, A Self-Help Book for the Nation. Mr. Berg is is CEO of Hunger Free America, which the Nation called "one of the leading direct service and advocacy organizations on hunger and poverty in the nation." He is a nationally and internationally recognized expert on US politics, hunger, poverty, food, volunteerism, and nutrition.
   This new book makes the case for how we need to both stop blaming the nation's problems solely on "the politicians" or "the system" and take some responsibility to solve them. It should be an interesting talk!

   As it turns out, we have a lot of interesting talks and I highly encourage you to join us for any and all of them. We also have a Laurel Book Store channel on You Tube and will be posting video of many of our events sometime after they happen.

   We still have a short stack of pocket Constitutions to give away courtesy of Emily Doskow Attorney and Mediator. Get them while they last!
   Happy last day of February!
   Happy reading and take care of each other,


New and Notable

The Home That Was Our Country by Alia Malek $27.99
At the Arab Spring's hopeful start, Alia Malek returned to Damascus to reclaim her grandmother's apartment, which had been lost to her family since Hafez al-Assad came to power in 1970. Its loss was central to her parent's decision to make their lives in America. In chronicling the people who lived in the Tahaan building, past and present, Alia portrays the Syrians-the Muslims, Christians, Jews, Armenians, and Kurds-who worked, loved, and suffered in close quarters, mirroring the political shifts in their country. Restoring her family's home as the country comes apart, she learns how to speak the coded language of oppression that exists in a dictatorship, while privately confronting her own fears about Syria's future.

Native Believer by Ali Eteraz $15.95   Ali Eteraz's much-anticipated debut novel is the story of M., a millennial dandy, lapsed believer, aesthete, and second-generation immigrant who wants nothing more than to bring children into the world as full-fledged Americans. As M.'s world gradually fragments around him, his military-contractor wife refuses to start a family because of a debilitating illness; he is abandoned by his best friend and mentor; and he loses his respectable job at an ad agency after a politically charged confrontation with his boss, M. spins out into the pulsating underbelly of Philadelphia, where he encounters other young men and women grappling with fallout from the War on Terror.

Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran $27  A heart-wrenching novel that gives voice to two mothers: a young undocumented Mexican woman and an Indian-American wife whose love for one lucky boy will bind their fates together Solimar Castro-Valdez is eighteen and drunk on optimism when she embarks on a perilous journey across the US/Mexican border. Weeks later she arrives on her cousin's doorstep in Berkeley, CA, dazed by first love found then lost, and pregnant. This was not the plan. But amid the uncertainty of new motherhood and her American identity, Soli learns that when you have just one precious possession, you guard it with your life.

We have a new batch of used books that include politics, history, and music.

Local Alert!

10 Plants for Color by Helen Krayenhoff  $10  A simple guide to growing and using natural dye plants. If you have a taste for color, this is the small, easy to use guide. You may know Helen as part of Kassenhoff Growers and if not, you should know that she knows plants. Very handy for any gardener.

Younger Readers 

Do you have an animal lover in your house? Or perhaps a fact lover who wants to know all about animals and wants to tell you everything learned? We have some new animal books for you. These are  $4.99 each, full color and will delight the 8 and up crowd.


Ready for some activities? Writing,chess, cooking, and much more. Whether you want to get through the rainy days or simply start something new, we probably have something for every kid. 

This is Not a Math Book by Anna Weltman $14.99  This is a totally cool and sneaky math book that integrates math concepts into the real world. It's a smart activity book and will be fun for the whole family. No, really.

The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas $17.99  Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, A.C. Thomas's searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. 
If John Green thinks it's 'stunning' I'm in. 

Here are our Laurel Book Store exclusive postcards for sending to
elected officials who might need to hear your concerns.
Flag                                   Constitution

These are the creations of illustrator Eve Aldridge and they fit the bill for anyone who wants a bit more pointed message. .60 each. Limited quantity on hand for now.
Yes, you can order them individually or as a mixed pack. Click here.
JG Quote

Book Club pick for March 16        
To join, read the book and show up. We would love to have you with us.

Thursday, March 16, 6:15

In Strangers in Their Own Land, the renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into the heart of the bayou of Lake Charles, Louisiana, a stronghold of the conservative Right.

Determined to form friendships with people who oppose many of the ideas she famously champions, Hochschild unexpectedly finds common ground and quickly warms to the people she meets-among them a Tea Party supporter whose town has been swallowed by a sinkhole created by a disaster at a gas drilling facility, and a pastor's wife who calls Rush Limbaugh my brave heart"-people whose concerns are actually ones that all Americans share: the desire for community, the embrace of family, and hopes for their children.

Strangers in Their Own Land dismisses the commonplace liberal idea that these voters are being duped into voting against their own interests. Instead, Hochschild finds lives ripped apart by the disappearance of jobs, stagnating wages, an elusive American dream-and political choices no less rational than those of Blue State progressives.

Hochschild draws on her expert knowledge of the sociology of emotion to help us understand what it feels like to live in red" America. Along the way she finds answers to some of the crucial drivers of American politics: why do the people who would seem to benefit most from liberal" government intervention abhor the very idea?


Here is what we have scheduled so far.  
Please join us for any or all of our literary events.  
Click on links for more info. 
March 4 2pm This Saturday! 
Joel Berg 
America, We Need to Talk: A self-help book for the nation. 

Perspectives Series
What's Going On With the Health of Our Oceans?
with Liz Cunningham, author of Ocean Country, One Woman's  
Voyage from Peril to Hope in Her Quest to Save the Seas
Barbara Schoichet 
Don't Think Twice, Adventure and Healing at 100 Miles Per Hour

March 11 2pm 
African American Library (you MUST see this place) 
Sonja Williams, author of Word Warrior: Richard Durham, Radio, and Freedom

March 18
Brook Pessin-Whedbee
author of Who Are You? The Kids Guide to Gender Identity

March 24:  Glori Simmonsauthor of Suffering Fools    
March 25 2pm Kamaria Lofton   My City is Oakland

April 6 Earth Expo on the Plaza

April 7 Janet Dawson and the
launch of her new mystery Water Signs, set in Oakland  (don't miss this!)

April 8 Rita Liberti and Maureen Smith
San Francisco Bay Area Sports: Golden Gate Athletics,  Recreation, and Community

April 11
Meredith May, author of  
April 15 Dick Cluster with Kill the Ampaya & Sandra Tavarez

April 21 6:30
Lei Ming  Life Beyond My Body: A Transgender Journey to Manhood in China
with Willy Wilkinson

April 29

Not yet finalized but in the works:
  • Mindfulness for a New Reality
  • How to Build Stronger Communities
  • How to Read the News So Your Head Doesn't Explode
  • How to Be a Better Ally to Those Potentially in Danger

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