Dear Reader,

   The winners of the Peeps Diorama Contest have been chosen and will be on display for another week. What a great outpouring of creativity! Thanks all for participating.
   There are a whole bunch of great books coming out now as spring is upon us. Here are a few that we think you'll like.
   Friday we have a very special event with Lei Ming, a trans man from China with local author Willy Wilkinson. If you know anyone who might appreciate this event, please spread the word.
 
    Happy reading and take care of each other,

Luan 

    I'm starting to put more videos up from our events, so go the the website and take a look. Or take a look at our channel on Youtube.
4-19-17
New and Notable



Tartine All Day by Elisabeth Prueitt $40   Why not start with a cookbook with all the great produce int eh farmer's markets now?
Tartine All Day is Tartine cofounder Elisabeth Prueitt's gift to home cooks everywhere who crave an all-in-one repertoire of wholesome, straight-forward recipes for the way they want to eat morning, noon, and night. As the family cook in her own household, Prueitt understands the challenge of making daily home cooking healthy, delicious, and enticing for all-without wearing out the cook. Through concise instruction Prueitt translates professional expertise into home cooking that effortlessly adds variety and brings everyone to the table. With 200 recipes for everything from the best-ever salad dressings to genius gluten-free pancakes (and 45 other gluten-free options), the greatest potato gratin, fool-proof salmon and roasted chicken, do-able gathering-size meals, and dreamy desserts, Tartine All Day is the hard-working cookbook that will guide and inspire home cooks in new and enduring ways.


Fantasy Life: Baseball and the American Dream by Tabitha Soren $45 In 2002, Tabitha Soren first began photographing a group of minor league draft picks for the Oakland A's-young men coming into the major league farm system straight from high school or college. Since then, she has followed the players through their baseball lives, an alternate reality of long bus rides, on-field injuries, friendships and marriages entered and exited, constant motion, and very hard work, often for very little return. Some of the subjects, like Nick Swisher and Joe Blanton, have gone on to become well-known, respected players at the highest level of the game. Some left baseball to pursue other lines of work, such as selling insurance and coal mining. Others have struggled with poverty and even homelessness. Fifteen years after that first shoot, Fantasy Life portrays a selection of these stories, gathering together a richly textured series of photographs taken on the field and behind the scenes at games, along with commentaries by each of the players and memorabilia from their lives-from kindergarten-age baseball cards to x-rays of player injuries. Dave Eggers contributes a five-part short story that compellingly condenses the roller-coaster ride of the minor-league everyman, from youthful pursuit of stardom through the slog of endless hardscrabble games, to that moment of realization that success may not be just around the corner after all.

This Fight is Our Fight by Elizabeth Warren $28
**Signed copies now in stock while they last.** 
Senator Elizabeth Warren has long been an outspoken champion of America's middle class, and by the time the people of Massachusetts elected her in 2012, she had become one of the country's leading progressive voices. Now, at a perilous moment for our nation, she has written a book that is at once an illuminating account of how we built the strongest middle class in history, a scathing indictment of those who have spent the past thirty-five years undermining working families, and a rousing call to action.






Drawdown edited by Paul Hawken $22  The 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming, based on meticulous research by leading scientists and policymakers around the world.
In the face of widespread fear and apathy, an international coalition of researchers, professionals, and scientists have come together to offer a set of realistic and bold solutions to climate change. One hundred techniques and practices are described here-some are well known; some you may have never heard of. They range from clean energy to educating girls in lower-income countries to land use practices that pull carbon out of the air. The solutions exist, are economically viable, and communities throughout the world are currently enacting them with skill and determination. If deployed collectively on a global scale over the next thirty years, they represent a credible path forward, not just to slow the earth's warming but to reach drawdown, that point in time when greenhouse gases in the atmosphere peak and begin to decline. These measures promise cascading benefits to human health, security, prosperity, and well-being-giving us every reason to see this planetary crisis as an opportunity to create a just and livable world.
~I was fortunate enough to hear Mr Hawken speak at the Hub last Saturday night and was blown away by his real world solution based talk about what can be done. Must be done- if we want to preserve our planet and resources. Luan

Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromanaco $27 
If your funny older sister were the former deputy chief of staff to President Barack Obama, her behind-the-scenes political memoir would look something like this. WHO THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA? is an intimate and admiring portrait of a president, a candid book of advice for young women, and a promising debut from a savvy political star.

Did you catch her on Teri Gross yesterday? She was terribly funny and insightful.






  **We are finalizing plans to have contributors to Oakland Noir for an event in May. Stay tuned!**

Oakland Noir edited by Jerry Thompson & Eddie Muller $15.95
Featuring stories by Kim Addonizio, Katie Gilmartin, Nayomi Munaweera, Harry Louis Williams III, Dorothy Lazard and many more, this is a great addition to your all too small shelf of Oakland books.







Coming out next week- reserve now!

Option B by Sheryl Sandberg.  From Facebook's COO and Wharton's top-rated professor, the #1 New York Times best-selling authors of Lean In and Originals: a powerful, inspiring, and practical book about building resilience and moving forward after life's inevitable setbacks.

Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout.  Recalling Olive Kitteridge in its richness, structure, and complexity, Anything Is Possible explores the whole range of human emotion through the intimate dramas of people struggling to understand themselves and others.

Mind over Meds: Know When Drugs Are Necessary, When Alternatives Are Better - and When to Let Your Body Heal on Its Own by Dr. Andrew Weil. Prescription drug use in America has increased tenfold in the past 50 years, and over-the-counter drug use has risen just as dramatically. In addition to the dozens of medications we take to treat serious illnesses, we take drugs to help us sleep, to keep us awake, to keep our noses from running, our backs from aching, and our minds from racing. Name a symptom, there's a pill to suppress it.

Two Paths: America Divided or United by John Kasich. Two paths. One choice--the path that exploits anger, encourages resentment, turns fear into hatred and divides people. This path solves nothing, demeans our history, weakens our country and cheapens each of us. It has but one beneficiary and that is to the politician who speaks of it
The other path is the one America has been down before. It is well-trod, it is at times steep, but it is solid. It is the same path our forebears took together.

Food Swings: 125+ Recipes to Enjoy Your Life of Virtue & Vice by Jessica Seinfeld. Food Swings offers a range of simple and satisfying recipes that speak to both sides of your food brain. Here you'll find the perfect go-to dish for when you want to eat light or for when you are in the mood for something more indulgent.

Postcards

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


The creations of illustrator Eve Aldridge are on our website 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.



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


Thursday, April 20, 6:15

Eleanor Roosevelt, The War Years and After by Blanche Wiesen Cook

Historians, politicians, critics, and readers everywhere have praised Blanche Wiesen Cook's biography of Eleanor Roosevelt as the essential portrait of a woman who towers over the twentieth century. The long-awaited third and final volume takes us through World War II, FDR's death, the founding of the UN, and Eleanor Roosevelt's death in 1962. It follows the arc of war and the evolution of a marriage, as the first lady realized the cost of maintaining her principles even as the country and her husband were not prepared to adopt them. Eleanor Roosevelt continued to struggle for her core issues-economic security, New Deal reforms, racial equality, and rescue-when they were sidelined by FDR while he marshaled the country through war. The chasm between Eleanor and Franklin grew, and the strains on their relationship were as political as they were personal. She also had to negotiate the fractures in the close circle of influential women around her at Val-Kill, but through it she gained confidence in her own vision, even when forced to amend her agenda when her beliefs clashed with government policies on such issues as neutrality, refugees, and eventually the threat of communism. These years-the war years-made Eleanor Roosevelt the woman she became: leader, visionary, guiding light. FDR's death in 1945 changed her world, but she was far from finished, returning to the spotlight as a crucial player in the founding of the United Nations.



EVENTS

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. 





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

April 29
INDIE BOOK STORE DAY! 
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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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