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News from The Frog
March 2018
Greetings, Friends of the Frog!

Hop on over to your friendly community-owned bookstore and check out all the new books the Frog has selected for your reading pleasure. Our used book section also has some special treasures that await. This month we were pleased to have Connie King once again offering free publishing consultations for local writers. If you missed this one, she'll be offering this service monthly, so stay tuned for the next date. On March 31st the Frog will host an exciting author event with Glenda Carroll, author of Drop Dead Red. We look forward to seeing you all at the bookstore soon!
Saturday, March 31st @ 4pm

Author Glenda Carroll Comes to the Frog

Carroll's new book,  Drop Dead Red , is a gripping whodunit set against the backdrop of the tree-lined streets of Marin County, AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants and the swimmable lakes in the East Bay parks.  Drop Dead Red  is the second book in the Trisha Carson series, following the widely praised,  Dead in the Water . The mystery series is based on Carroll's personal experience as a veteran open water swimmer.

Praise for Drop Dead Red:
" I've always enjoyed murder mysteries and yours was so well written. I kept thinking I knew who the culprit was, but I Ioved the surprise ending." - Lynne Cox, New York Times b est selling a uthor, Swimming to Antarctica 

Carroll combines a skill for mystery writing, with her sports journalism and Masters swimming background by nailing the details ..." -  Swimmer Magazine
New Books to Love

An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones
Jones offers the perspective of three characters to tell the complete story of a marriage torn apart by wrongful incarceration. It is heartbreaking, enlightening, and worth every bit of Oprah's recent praise. "Compelling . . . spun with tender patience by Jones, who cradles each of these characters in a story that pulls our sympathies in different directions. She never ignores their flaws, their perfectly human tendency toward self-justification, but she also captures their longing to be kind, to be just, to somehow behave well despite the contradictory desires of the heart." Fiction--Ron Charles, Washington Post - (Fiction)

Feel Free, by Zadie Smith

Feel Free reads like a conversation with Zadie Smith over coffee. These essays cover topics from parenting, to race, to the Facebook Generation with as much humor and insight as her fiction. "There are few better places to go for a stroll than inside Zadie Smith's mind...In everything to do with books, language and family experiences, she's funny, intuitive, spry and sharp...The book is filled with lines that seem destined for the next edition of Bartlett's...Other passages may transform the way you watch someone mosey down the street."-Seattle Times - (Autobiography)
When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
by Daniel H. Pink 

Stories and tips on how to seize the moment - the right moment, that is. Not a how-to, but when-to guide for work and life. Pink delivers the bad news about our time-based weaknesses with some good news about how to compensate for them. More delightful still, many of these tips involve simply slowing down, taking breaks and stealing naps. Alas, none of this advice will prevent time from flying by, but at least there are proven ways to fill our hours a bit better. (NonFiction)

Alternate Side,  by Anna Quindlen 

The tensions in a tight-knit neighborhood-and a seemingly happy marriage-are exposed by an unexpected act of violence. A provocative novel about money, class, and self-discovery, from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Miller's Valley and Still Life with Bread Crumbs.  (Fiction)

Death Comes in Through the Kitchen, by Teresa Dovalpage 

"A lively murder mystery with a Cuban culinary twist. Teresa Dovalpage brings Havana--with its rampant shortages, schemes, and sensuality--to vivid life. Studded with food blogs by a murdered Cuban chef and the efforts of her hapless American fiancé, this is a dark comedy bursting with cultural history and recipes." -- Cristina García, New York Times bestselling author of Dreaming in Cuban  (Fiction/Mystery)
The Frog's Book Recommendations

Recommended by Max

Max, the Frog's youngest community owner, highly recommends  A Series of Unfortunate Events,  by Lemony Snicket. He just finished the entire series (13 books) and says it's great for readers age 9+. The series is about the adventures of three orphaned siblings who must rely on each other and their wits to keep a greedy distant relative from stealing their fortune. The  Baudelaire orphans are kindhearted and quick-witted, but their lives are filled with bad luck, tragedy and misadventures that keep you coming back for more.


Recommended by Rachel

How to Stop Time, by Matt Haig

A crazy-original story with a big, beating heart at its center, Haig introduces us to Tom Hazard. A seemingly ordinary history teacher in modern-day London, Tom has a secret; he's actually 439 years old. Tom has lived history: performed withShakespeare, sailed with Captain Cook, and had drinks with Fitzgerald. He ages about a year every decade, and due to this condition, he must move and change lives and identities about every 8 years. Tom also belongs to the Albatross Society, a secretive group that protects people like him and helps them start over. They have one rule: never fall in love. But as painful memories of his past and the Society's demands become overwhelming, Tom will have to decide if he will remain mired in the past or finally step out and begin living in the present.  A wonderful story of love, loss, change, and how, with enough time, we just might find happiness; it can take lifetimes to learn how to live. I have a sneaking feeling this will become a modern-day classic.

Kidnapped: The Tragic Life of J. Paul Getty III
by Charles Fox 
J. Paul Getty III, also known as "Little Paul", the grandson of the founder of Getty Oil, was a child of privilege but lived the life of a drifting artist. Catapulted into the news in 1973 when he was kidnapped and held for ransom in Italy as a teenager, the case grew even stranger when his famous family - his very rich grandfather, mainly - refused to pay the ransom. This high-profile kidnapping defined the decade and was particularly memorable for the fact his kidnapper's cut off his ear and mailed it to his mother as evidence of their intentions. Though eventually released by his captors the young Getty's life was forever altered.  This richly reported book includes some new angles about the case, as well as many interviews with family, friends, staff, club owners, drug dealers, gangsters and the man himself. This is an intriguing and dark glimpse into a glittering world of money and privilege. 
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