Dear Reader,

It would appear that spring has arrived with showers, beautiful days to mow the lawn, and showers again. And then there's baseball. Go A's! Go Giants! You can get a lot read between innings at a ball game. Just sayin'.

Are you gardening this year? Are you focusing on new endeavors? Perhaps upping your career, or artistic pursuits? You should know about the Feather River Art Camp for adults. Click that link to find out more and then sign up. I'm going this year, I'd love to see you there.

New releases abound! I want to tell you about several of them below!

There are several more on the front page of the website. Go take a look there too. And please spread the word that we are still here, still locally owned, and still an alternative to the big online concerns.

I'm still happy to list books needed for teachers, schools, and organizations. If you want suggestions, just let me know. Let's get more books into the hands of kids!

On with the books!
   
  
Take care of each other, and stay dry!
        Luan

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                                                       04-02-19
by Meredith May
I loved this book. Meredith and her brother went with their mother to their grandparents when their parents split up. Her grandfather taught her about life most often through the bees and the honey bus that he kept. A parent with mental illness is not easy to cope with for a child, but she had such a supportive and grounded, albeit not always easy, upbringing, that the book overall is incredibly beautiful and hopeful. I highly recommend it and suggest that it would be a wonderful book group book.
She is making appearances now so keep an eye out for opportunities to meet her.

 
by Cherrie Moraga

Moraga's new book is, at its core, a mother-daughter story. The mother, Elvira, was hired out as a child, along with her siblings, by their own father to pick cotton in California's Imperial Valley. The daughter, CherrĂ­e Moraga, is a brilliant, pioneering, queer Latina feminist. The story of these two women, and of their people, is woven together in an intimate memoir of critical reflection and deep personal revelation.

Perhaps I'm on a mother kick at the moment...

by Yiyun Li

I am a big fan of Li's spare and straightforward prose. I had the honor of meeting her at the old store a few times. This book won't be for everyone, but it's beautiful and difficult and honest.
Yiyun Li meets life's deepest sorrows as she imagines a conversation between a mother and child in a timeless world. Composed in the months after she lost a child to suicide, Where Reasons End trespasses into the space between life and death as mother and child talk, free from old images and narratives. Deeply moving, these conversations portray the love and complexity of a relationship.
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by Jenny Odell
 
This is not your average 'hey, relax' book. Nothing is harder to do these days than nothing. But in a world where our value is determined by our 24/7 data productivity . . . doing nothing may be our most important form of resistance.
So argues artist and critic Jenny Odell in this field guide to doing nothing (at least as capitalism defines it). Odell sees our attention as the most precious-and overdrawn-resource we have.
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by Austin Kleon
On the advise of a creative friend, I subscribed to his email blast. Austin Kleon (Steal Like an Artist) is a relentless cheerleader and mentor for being creative and I find something that works in every message he puts out.
The creative life is not a linear journey to a finish line, it's a loop-so find a daily routine, because today is the only day that matters. Disconnect from the world to connect with yourself-sometimes you just have to switch into airplane mode. Keep Going celebrates getting outdoors and taking a walk (as director Ingmar Bergman told his daughter, "The demons hate fresh air").
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by Anna Jones

We know that I am a great lover of cookbooks. I try really hard not to be swayed by photos of gorgeous surroundings and food, but this book had me at the cover.
It's a year of wonderful vegetarian recipes and there are several I want to try soon, or when the main ingredients are in season.
It's also a great way to see what you might want to be growing this year and plan for it.

by Enrique Olvera
Isn't it time to up your Taco Tuesday game?
Enrique Olvera is a leading talent on the gastronomic stage, reinventing the cuisine of his native Mexico to global acclaim - yet his true passion is Mexican home cooking. He shares 100 of the recipes close to his heart - the core collection of basic Mexican dishes - and encourages readers everywhere to incorporate traditional and contemporary Mexican tastes and ingredients into their recipe repertoire, no matter how far they live from Mexico.

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by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Hannah Marks

Every story needs a problem.
But Panda doesn't have a problem.
Unless . . . Panda is the problem. 


by Cindy Derby

Seriously, aren't you curious? And isn't that what makes a great conversation with a kit? That curiosity about things?
This irreverent and quirky picture book follows a young girl as she goes through the process of walking ants, from polite introductions to tragic leash entanglements.

by Kate DiCamillo, illustrations by Chris Van Dusen

Mr. Watson and Mrs. Watson live ordinary lives. Sometimes their lives feel a bit too ordinary. Sometimes they wish something different would happen. And one day it does, when someone unpredictable finds her way to their front door. In a delightful origin story for the star of the Mercy Watson series, a tiny piglet brings love (and chaos) to Deckawoo Drive - and the Watsons' lives will never be the same.
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