Dear Reader,
   We want you to be free to read a bunch this Independence Weekend!
We have a bunch (more like a mountain) of new-to-us used books and we want to share!
    For the month of July, buy any two hardcover used books and get a third book free! Yup, free. Cheap and free actually. The lowest priced book of the trio is your freebie. Used books only. For the month of July.
    Can't beat that!

    We'll be closed on July 4 and very likely be celebrating being independent all that day.

    Yes, I'm back from art camp and it was awesome. Just the camp alone, The Feather River Camp owned by the city of Oakland, is an amazing facility. Then put a bunch of grown ups together with awesome art teachers and you get a pretty amazing week of creativity. I love it! If you don't know about the camp or the art camp, feel free to ask me about it.

We're having a great event this evening. All about marriage equality and the amazing work that went into making it law. 7pm, be here.

Happy reading!

New and Notable

Zika, The Emerging Epidemic by Donald G. McNeil Jr. $14.95  Well, some people want to know about the origin, what's happening now, and how to protect yourself from it. So, there's a book.
Until recently, Zika once considered a mild disease was hardly a cause for global panic. But as early as August 2015, doctors in northeast Brazil began to notice a trend: many mothers who had recently experienced symptoms of the Zika virus were giving birth to babies with microcephaly, a serious disorder characterized by unusually small heads and brain damage.
By early 2016, Zika was making headlines as evidence mounted and eventually confirmed that microcephaly is caused by the virus, which can be contracted through mosquito bites or sexually transmitted.

The Complete Zaha Hadid by Aaron Betsky $40 Zaha Hadid is one of the most innovative and celebrated architects working today. Born in Iraq, raised in London, and recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, Hadid has transformed our experience of space and architecture.This comprehensive, updated monograph of more than two hundred projects-from Hadid's earliest experimentations and product design to follies and large-scale built works, including the recently completed London 2012 Aquatics Centre, Guangzhou Opera House in China, and Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum in Michigan-is a testament to her innovative, wide-ranging, and exhilarating vision.

Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen is now in paperback. $14.99 Second installment in the great crossover series for adults and teens. With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.

Bowie Style by Mark Paytress $29.99 This visual examination of a celebrated, multifaceted career documents the impact of David Bowie's 20th century fashion and culture, brilliantly capturing his spatial odyssey from dedicated follower to supreme arbiter of rock chic. With a staggering range of photographs representing everything from Bowie's humble Brixton beginnings to the classy pop icon he was to become, Bowie Style shows a changing glamour gallery of Bowies down the years.

Beaks, Bones & Bird Songs by Roger J. Lederer $24.95 When we see a bird flying from branch to branch happily chirping, it is easy to imagine they lead a simple life of freedom, flight, and feathers. What we don't see is the arduous, life-threatening challenges they face at every moment. InBeaks, Bones, and Bird Songs, ornithologist Roger Lederer guides the reader through the myriad, and often almost miraculous, things that birds do every day to merely stay alive. Like the goldfinch, who manages extreme weather changes by doubling the density of their plumage in winter. Or urban birds who navigate traffic through a keen understanding of posted speed limits.

The 420 Gourmet, The Elevated Art of Cannabis Cuisine by Jeff The 420 Chef $29.99
"The Julia Child of Weed" (Daily Beast) presents a foodie's guide to cannabis: a smart, sophisticated, and inviting lifestyle cookbook, featuring 100 delectable recipes and 75 full-color photos, that teaches at-home chefs how to safely create and experience edibles.
JeffThe420Chef is revolutionizing the world of edibles. He first began cooking with cannabis to help a close friend's mother manage the pain, nausea, and discomfort of cancer treatments. Along the way, he developed an intricate process that effectively neutralizes the taste of cannabis when infusing it into butters and oils-opening the door to a new understanding of edibles.

And if you or someone you know is getting into the business, we have a book and event for you.
The Newbie's Guide to Cannabis and the Industry by Chris Conrad $19.95
We will host the author on September 9. Pot. Weed. Cannabis. Call it whatever you like, but there is an entire new industry revolving around a plant that has been growing on this planet for thousands of years. Author Chris Conrad is an internationally respected authority on cannabis, medical marijuana, industrial hemp, cultivations, processing, dosages, commercial intent, personal use, and marijuana culture. In this book, Chris takes a look at everything going on in the world of marijuana and how you can profit from it! 

Younger Readers

Furquan's First Flat Top by local author/illustrator Robert Liu-Trujillo. $15.95 You may know his illustrations from I Am Sausal Creek.  Furquan is excited to have his first haircut, and his dad's flat top is the coolest! But then he wonders if he'll be laughed at or if his hair will be flat like a lot of other flat things. It's written in both English and Spanish too!
Ages 5 and up. And don't you need a little trim about now?

Real Sisters Pretend by Megan Dowd Lambert with Illustrations by Nicole Tadgell $16.95 In this kid friendly exploration of "the ties that bind" adoptive sisters Mia and Tayja gleefully reflect back to the day that they legally became family to each other. Replete with a discussion of the judge and her gavel, readers of Real Sister Pretend will learn that today many children grow up in families that are made differently - but that what keeps families together is love.

United As One by Pittacus Lore $18.99
The seventh book and epic conclusion to the New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series! The Mogadorian invasion has come to Earth, and they have all but won the battle for our planet. Their warships loom over our most populous cities-like New York City, Tokyo, Moscow, Beijing, and New Delhi-and no army will risk making a move against them. The Garde are all that stand in their way . . . but they are no longer alone in this fight. Human teens from across the globe, like John Smith's best friend, Sam Goode, have begun to develop Legacies of their own.

And don't forget that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 & 2, a play, will be released at midnight on July 31. We'll be having a midnight party with plenty of fun, treats, and ...  well, you have to be here!

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

Next meeting is Thursday, July 21, 6:15. Jenny Offill's novel, Dept. of Speculation.
In the beginning, it was easy to imagine their future. They were young and giddy, sure of themselves and of their love for each other. "Dept. of Speculation" was their code name for all the thrilling uncertainties that lay ahead. Then they got married, had a child and navigated the familiar calamities of family life-a colicky baby, a faltering relationship, stalled ambitions.
When their marriage reaches a sudden breaking point, the wife tries to retrace the steps that have led them to this place, invoking everything from Kafka to the Stoics to doomed Russian cosmonauts as she analyzes what is lost and what remains. In language that shimmers with rage and longing and wit, Offill has created a brilliantly suspenseful love story-a novel to read in one sitting, even as its piercing meditations linger long after the last page. 


Join us to meet authors in person.

June 30
Love Unites Us; Winning Freedom to Marry in America
Meet Kate Kendell, Jenny Pizer and let's talk marriage.

July 8
 Chivvis Moore
First Tie Your Camel, Then Trust In God:
An American Feminist in the Arab World

Meet author Monica Coleman in support of her new book
Bipolar Faith on Saturday July 9 and Sunday July 10 at
Allen Temple Baptist Church.  click here for info

July 14
Armin Brott
FAQ for New Fathers & FAQ for Expectant Fathers

Beast Crawl
Saturday, July 16 6:30 to 7:30

Wednesday, July 20 Latham Square opens for
real after all these months of construction!

Wednesday, July 27 7pm 
Lewis Bundy and Kikanza Nuri-Robins
Authors of Fish Out of Water:
Mentoring, Managing, and
Self-Monitoring People Who Don't Fit In
Put it on your calendar if you work with people of any sort.  

Thursday, July 28 at 6:30pm
Fauzia Burke and her book
Online Marketing for Busy Authors
$20 includes the book

July 30 10pm to midnight
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child parts 1 & 2
Release party! The book will be available at midnight.
Treats, butterbeer, games, a bit of magic, and more!
Preorder the book now!

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