Dear Reader,
     We will be open until 6 on Saturday, July 1.

     We will be open Monday, July 3 from 10 to 3. We'll be giving away copies of the Constitution, and will have space set aside for anyone who wants to write postcards to elected officials. We'll have pre-printed labels for the White House and our two Senators and perhaps a few other key people. Come by and buy and card and stamp- we'll make sure it gets sent.
     We will be closed on Tuesday, July 4. All next week shop only at independently owned businesses and see how easy it is!

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?

For those who are regular visitors to our website, you've noticed that the monthly Indie Next list of recommended books is on the left for adults, and on the right for children's. I've arranged for them to be sent out once a month (less frequently for children's) to our subscribers. Please note that you can unsubscribe from these lists at the bottom of each if you choose to and will still get this newsletter. I hope that you'll read through these choices by other booksellers across the country and let us know which of them piques your interest. 

Fourth of July deal for you!  Spend $50 before tax and we'll give you a to go mug! We want you to stay hydrated so come on in! 

As always, take care of each other and happy reading.


New and Notable

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland $35 
From bestselling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller combining history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure that questions the very foundations of the modern world.
When Melisande Stokes, an expert in linguistics and languages, accidently meets military intelligence operator Tristan Lyons in a hallway at Harvard University, it is the beginning of a chain of events that will alter their lives and human history itself. The young man from a shadowy government entity approaches Mel, a low-level faculty member, with an incredible offer. The only condition: she must sign a nondisclosure agreement in return for the rather large sum of money.
Tristan needs Mel to translate some very old documents, which, if authentic, are earth-shattering. They prove that magic actually existed and was practiced for centuries. But the arrival of the scientific revolution and the Age of Enlightenment weakened its power and endangered its practitioners. Sheesh, if that doesn't grab you, what will??

Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud, The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman by Anne Helen Petersen $25  From celebrity gossip expert and BuzzFeed culture writer Anne Helen Petersen comes an accessible, analytical look at how female celebrities are pushing boundaries of what it means to be an "acceptable" woman. 
  You know the type: the woman who won't shut up, who's too brazen, too opinionated-too much. She's the unruly woman, and she embodies one of the most provocative and powerful forms of womanhood today. In Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud, Anne Helen Petersen uses the lens of "unruliness" to explore the ascension of pop culture powerhouses like Lena Dunham, Nicki Minaj, and Kim Kardashian, exploring why the public loves to love (and hate) these controversial figures. With its brisk, incisive analysis, Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud will be a conversation-starting book on what makes and breaks celebrity today.

Modern Tarot; Connecting with Your Higher Self Through the Wisdom of the Cards by Michelle Tea  $22.99 
The beloved literary iconoclast delivers a fresh twenty-first century primer on tarot that can be used with any deck. While tarot has gone mainstream with a diverse range of tarot decks widely available, there has been no equally mainstream guide to the tarot-one that can be applied to any deck-until now. Infused with beloved iconoclastic author Michelle Tea's unique insight, inviting pop sensibility, and wicked humor, Modern Tarot is a fascinating journey through the cards that teaches how to use this tradition to connect with our higher selves.
Whether you're a committed seeker or a digital-age skeptic-or perhaps a little of both-Tea's essential guide opens the power of tarot to you. Modern Tarot doesn't require you to believe in the supernatural or narrowly focus on the tarot as a divination tool. Tea instead provides incisive descriptions of each of the 78 cards in the tarot system-each illustrated in the charmingly offbeat style of cartoonist Amanda Verwey-and introduces specially designed card-based rituals that can be used with any deck to guide you on a path toward radical growth and self-improvement.

Mega Tech, Technology in 2050 edited by Daniel Franklin $18.99 In the not-too-distant future, we'll be plugging our brains into the internet, replacing our worn-out body parts, and eating meat grown in a lab. If we're lucky, we'll be living in a world of more productivity, more energy, and more equality-and if we're not, we'll be facing the profound threat of nonexistent privacy, ecological collapse, and nuclear proliferation. Of course, we can't know the future, but Megatech: Technology in 2050 is a mind-clearing guide to the possibilities.

When You Look Out the Window; How Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin Built a Community by Gayle E. Pitman with illustrations by Christopher Lyles  $15.95  This is an easy-reader biography about Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, one of San Francisco's most well-known and politically active lesbian couples. In this story, Phyllis and Del point out landmarks through the city that can be seen out their window, each being one they left their mark on. This is a unique way to introduce children to untold stories in history while also being a clever tribute to two notable women.


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.


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!

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.

 Thursday, July 6  7pm 
Wayne Goodman and Richard May
A Publication Party of both of their new books
and some readings with friends! 

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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