Dear Reader,
    We've been feeling the love all month for several reasons. One, we've had quite a few author events (more to come, see below) and had great turnouts for them. There's just nothing like hearing an author read their work and tell us about their process, the story, or how their homeland effects their work. I do love storytellers, and we've had some really good ones.
    Two, we've been featuring the artwork of Page Hodel all month. She has large photos of found object hearts on our walls, and we have the resulting book Monday Hearts for Madalene. For the rest of the month, we are featuring the book at 25% off!
This makes a great gift so stock up before the end of June.
The large prints are only $50, and we now have 8x10 images for $10. These won't last so come by for something good for your heart! Three teasers....

And third, we are feeling the love from all the new customers we are meeting. That's a good thing as we are finding ourselves in an early summer slump. We'd love to see every one of you here! Or online, that works too.

Did you know that we have a fully shop-able and ship-able website?
Did you know that you can download ebooks from the site?
Did you know that now we have audio books that you can download?

We are here, based in Oakland, with employees from Oakland, contributing to Oakland's economy, to find you what you want to read. Without you, we have literally no reason to be here. If you're still shopping on Amazon, you aren't supporting the local economy.

As always, take care of each other and happy reading for a hot Pride weekend.


New and Notable

  No Is Not Enough by Naomi Klein $16.95  Donald Trump's takeover of the White House is a dangerous escalation in a world of cascading crises. His reckless agenda-including a corporate coup in government, aggressive scapegoating and warmongering, and sweeping aside climate science to set off a fossil fuel frenzy-will generate waves of disasters and shocks to the economy, national security, and the environment. Acclaimed journalist, activist, and bestselling author Naomi Klein argues that Trump is not an aberration but a logical extension of the worst, most dangerous trends of the past half-century. It is not enough, she tells us, to merely resist, to say "no." Our historical moment demands more: a credible and inspiring "yes," a road map to reclaiming the populist ground from those who would divide us. This timely, urgent book from one of our most influential thinkers offers a bracing positive shock of its own, helping us understand just how we got here, and how we can, collectively, come together and heal.
A Prayer for Burma
by Kenneth Wong $14.95 After living in the United States for over a decade, Kenneth Wong returns to his native Burma-a country fraught with political upheaval and laden with superstition-to face the cultural specters of his own past and the spirit of a land trapped in time. Sealed off from the outside world, first by an oppressive military regime's isolationism and then by economic sanctions, Burma lives on like a lingering ghost of its colonial past. In the tradition of Orwell, Maugam, and Theroux, Wong shows Burma as an exotic place that invites, frightens, teases, and haunts citizens and visitors alike with its unique mixture of ill-kept Edwardian structures, pockmarked English mansions, and glittering Buddhist temples. And as a former Burmese rediscovering Burma-an outsider who was once an insider-Wong reveals the courage, humor, and perseverance of the Burmese people and their endearing, yet mysterious way of life.
  Two journals that we love carrying!

Lapham's Quarterly $26.00 Lapham's Quarterly embodies the belief that history is the root of all education, scientific and literary as well as political and economic. Each issue addresses a topic of current interest and concern-war, religion, money, medicine, nature, crime-by bringing up to the microphone of the present the advice and counsel of the past. Together with passages from the world's great literature, each issue offers full-color reproductions of paintings and sculpture by the world's great artists. The connecting of the then with the now is further augmented with the testimony found in the letters, speeches, diaries, and photographs, in five-act plays and three-part songs. The Summer 2017 issue of Lapham's Quarterly is about "America's top-selling consumer product," fear.

Sinister Wisdom 105 Passion Fruit and Wet Flowers $12.00 Sinister Wisdom 105: Passion Fruit and Wet Flowers includes the best creative writing by lesbians accepted during the past two years through our open submission process. The creative work in Sinister Wisdom 105: Passion Fruit and Wet Flowers is an eclectic mix of poetry, fiction, a play, and creative non-fiction. Sinister Wisdom 105 continues to celebrate revolutionary lesbian-feminist consciousness.

Oh yeah, more Thug Kitchen!

 Thug Kitchen 101: Fast as F*ck $26.99 The creators of the New York Times bestselling cookbook series Thug Kitchen are back to give you a crash course to help you to take the leap into healthy eating, starting with their signature fresh, California-inspired food. Thug Kitchen 101 includes more than 100 easy, accessible recipes to give you a solid start toward a better diet like sweet potato al pastor tacos, firecracker salad, chickpea and green chili soup, and no-bake cookies. And it serves up food facts along with helpful tips and tricks so you'll feel confident knowing exactly what the f*ck you're making. All recipes in TK 101 are guaranteed to be quicker than take out, so you can cook some tasty meals with simple ingredients regardless of when you stumble home from work. No excuses. It's delicious, healthy, homemade food for all the full-time hustlers out there.

Hogwarts Library Boxed Set $38.97 Inside readers will find books treasured by users of the great library at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Newt Scamander's master work on magical creatures; Quidditch Through the Ages, a comprehensive history of the game and its rules; and The Tales of Beedle the Bard, with an introduction and illustrations by J.K. Rowling and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore. This boxed set is an essential addition to the collection of any Harry Potter fan, and a beautiful gift to cherish. From every sale of the Hogwarts Library, Scholastic will donate twenty percent of the retail sales price less taxes of this boxed set to two charities selected by the author J.K. Rowling: Lumos, a charity founded by J.K. Rowling which works to end the institutionalization of children (, and Comic Relief, a UK-based charity that strives to create a just world free from poverty (

She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World $17.99 Throughout American history, there have always been women who have spoken out for what's right, even when they have to fight to be heard. In early 2017, Senator Elizabeth Warren's refusal to be silenced in the Senate inspired a spontaneous celebration of women who persevered in the face of adversity. In this book, Chelsea Clinton celebrates thirteen American women who helped shape our country through their tenacity, sometimes through speaking out, sometimes by staying seated, sometimes by captivating an audience. With vivid, compelling art by Alexandra Boiger, this book shows readers that no matter what obstacles may be in their paths, they shouldn't give up on their dreams. Persistence is power.

Blue Sky White Stars  $17.99 An inspiring and patriotic tribute to the beauty of the American flag, a symbol of America's history, landscape, and people. Wonderfully spare, deceptively simple verses pair with richly evocative paintings to celebrate the iconic imagery of our nation, beginning with the American flag. Each spread, sumptuously illustrated by award-winning artist Kadir Nelson, depicts a stirring tableau, from the view of the Statue of Library at Ellis Island to civil rights marchers shoulder to shoulder, to a spacecraft at Cape Canaveral blasting off. This book is an ode to America then and now, from sea to shining sea.
From our friends at GridKit, we have a couple of dinosaur kits. They are small, perfect for the car or just hanging around in front of the fan. Cardboard dinosaurs!  
Only $5 each!  We have two dinosaurs now but more animals are coming soon. Plus we have the full size kits too- Robot, Shark, Bat and more! 


The nice folks from Know Yourself Academy (another Oakland company) have created a great window display on the Plaza side. And we've stocked up on their books and comic books that all help you learn about the body's bones and the like in really fun and creative ways. Please stop in to take a look at the most fun way to learn stuff this summer!


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.


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. 
See the website for a whole lot of what's coming up!

Laura Bock
 author of   Red Diaper Daughter
This is a vividly written, revealing, and often funny memoir.

Thursday, June 29  7 pm
Brad Stulberg
author of Peak Performance
Peak Performance uncovers what artists can learn from athletes, what intellectuals
can learn from artists, and what athletes can learn from intellectuals.

Friday, July 7  7pm
Poets Michael Shewmaker and Charif Shanahan
Plus it's First Friday so there will be art!

Wednesday, July 12  7pm
Achy Obejas
author of The Towers of Antilles, a collection of short stories
in conversation with Christina Garcia

Saturday, July 15    5 pm
Brenda Peterson  
 author of Wolf Nation: The Life, Death, and Return of Wild American Wolves
with Amaroq Weiss the West Coast Wolf Advocate for the Center for
Biological Diverstity to share stories and knowledge about wolves and
wolf recovery in Northwest America.
Wednesday, July 19  6:30pm
Bev Scott
author of Sarah's Secret
Follow the paths of Sarah and Sam, the two key protagonists, as they tell their
stories of trust, secrets, and betrayal in the old West. 

Book Group 

Third Thursday of the month, 6:15 to 7:30

July 20  
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson.
Running into a long-ago friend sets memory from the 1970s in motion for August, transporting her to a time and a place where friendship was everything--until it wasn't. For August and her girls, sharing confidences as they ambled through neighborhood streets, Brooklyn was a place where they believed that they were beautiful, talented, brilliant--a part of a future that belonged to them.
But beneath the hopeful veneer, there was another Brooklyn, a dangerous place where grown men reached for innocent girls in dark hallways, where ghosts haunted the night, where mothers disappeared. A world where madness was just a sunset away and fathers found hope in religion.
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