Dear Reader,   
  Welcome to the fall season! This is when many of the big books by favorite authors are coming out. We're doing our best to get things on order and have what you want when you come in. And if we don't- we'll get it!
   Please join us for two events this week. Friday night at 7 meet Kathleen Archambeau who has put together Pride & Joy, LGBTQ Artists, Icons and Everyday Heroes.
   Then Saturday at 5 meet Jessie Fetterline who has penned 100 Things to Do in Oakland Before You Die. We'll be asking for your suggestions as well so come on down to tell us what you love to do in Oakland.  
  Sometime last night, Wednesday, we had a window smashed. It's really hard for me to comprehend wanting to get into a store's office badly enough to smash a 12 foot window, but it is a reality of doing business apparently. I can't really accept that but don't really know what to make of it. The world I want to live in doesn't include having things like this happen. Call me naive but it's true. We are okay, the window is boarded up now, and we will keep on. 
   This is a great time to come and get the books you've got on hold or have paid for. Also a good time to simply come in or order a book. We appreciate it greatly.

Take care of each other and happy reading,


New and Notable
Please join us to meet Jessie and talk all about the cool stuff we love to do in Oakland!
Learn about some places you have never been!
Meet Jessie on Saturday at 5.

Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown $28 "True belonging doesn't require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are." Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives-experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling, and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping a clear path to true belonging.
The Red Haired Woman by Orhan Pamuk $26.95 On the outskirts of a town thirty miles from Istanbul, a master well digger and his young apprentice are hired to find water on a barren plain. As they struggle in the summer heat, excavating without luck meter by meter, the two will develop a filial bond neither has known before--not the poor middle-aged bachelor nor the middle-class boy whose father disappeared after being arrested for politically subversive activities. The pair will come to depend on each other and exchange stories reflecting disparate views of the world. But in the nearby town, where they buy provisions and take their evening break, the boy will find an irresistible diversion. 
They Can't Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery $16.99     "I'd recommend everyone to read this book because it's not just statistics, it's not just the information, but it's the connective tissue that shows the human story behind it." -- Trevor Noah, The Daily Show

A deeply reported book that brings alive the quest for justice in the deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Freddie Gray, offering both unparalleled insight into the reality of police violence in America and an intimate, moving portrait of those working to end it

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng $27  In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.
Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.
When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town--and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides.  Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

The Four Sacred Gifts by Dr. Anita Sanchez $24  If you're a fan of The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz, this will be a great addition and expansion. I heard Anita Sanchez speak at the Hub this week and she was wonderful. Take the words of many world and community leaders and put them into your bag of community tools. It will be well worth the read and you'll likely keep this book on your shelf to share for years. -Luan
Given the ongoing changes in our economic, social, political, and physical environment, we are often left gulping for air as we ride the powerful waves of change. Modern life overloads us with information yet lacks the true wisdom we seek. In this book, a group of global indigenous elders pass down their four most essential, agreed upon tools to help you fulfill your truest desire for meaning, wisdom, and heartfelt connection.

Princesses Wear Pants by Savannah Guthrie & Allison Oppenheim with illustrations by $17.95In the tradition of Not All Princesses Dress in Pink and Princess in Black, Princesses Wear Pants follows the unflappable Princess Penelope Pineapple, who knows how to get the job done while staying true to herself. Princess Penelope lives in a beautiful palace with a closet full of beautiful dresses. But being a princess is much, much more than beauty. In fact, every morning Princess Penelope runs right past her frilly dresses to choose from her beloved collection of pants!

The Antlered Ship by Dashka Slater and illustrated by Eric and Terry Fan $17.99  An inquisitive fox sets off on a seafaring voyage with a crew of deer and pigeons in this enchanting tale of friendship and adventure. Marco the fox has a lot of questions, like: how deep does the sun go when it sinks into the sea? And why do birds have such lizardy feet? But none of the other foxes share his curiosity. So when a magnificent ship adorned with antlers and with a deer for a captain arrives at the dock looking for a crew, Marco volunteers, hoping to find foxes who are as inquisitive as he is that can answer his questions. The crew finds adventure and intrigue on their journey. And, at last, Marco finds the answer to his most important question of all: What's the best way to find a friend you can talk to?


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.
Friday, September 15 at 7pm
Kathleen Archambeau with Pride & Joy, LGBTQ ARtists, Icons and Everyday Heroes. 
Saturday, September 16 at 5pm
Jessie Fetterline & 100 Things to Do In Oakland Before You Die
Please come and tell us what you love to do in Oakland!
Wednesday, September 20 at 6:15
Book Group to discuss Annie Dillard's  The Living
Saturday, September 23 at 7pm
Kate Raphael author of Murder Under the Fig Tree In Conversation with Carolina de Robertis 
Thursday, September 28 at 7pm
Bonnie Morris author of The Disappearing L, Erasure of Lesbian Spaces and Culture  
Friday, September 29 at 7pm
ACLU and Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi - Authors of Fred Korematsu Speaks Up
Saturday, September 30 at 3pm
Carmen Bogan Author of Where's Rodney? Great picture book that appreciates the outdoors for kids. 
See the website for more of what's coming up!

Book Group 

Third Wednesday of September, then we'll switch to Second Thursday for the rest of the year.
6:15 to 7:30

September 20  

The Living by Annie Dillard
The author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Pilgrim at Tinker Creek delivers her first novel--a stunning and mesmerizing evocation of life in the Pacific Northwest during the late 1800s. The many characters include Indian fishermen, entrepreneurs, and hermits. 
October 12      Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
November 9    God of Small Things by Arundati Roy
December 14  Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
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