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 January 2020
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Store Hours: Mon - Sat 10 am-8pm | Sun 10 am-6 pm

 Jan. 1-3     CLOSED
Upcoming Events
Kids and Young Adult
Friday, January 3 at 6 pm
Teen Advisory Board Meeting
Friday, March 13
In Conversation with Patrice Caldwell
Friday, March 13
In Conversation with Patrice Caldwell

December Best "Cellars"

1. Dog Man: Fetch-22, Dav Pilkey
     Graphix  |  9781338323214
2.  On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, Ocean Vuong
     Penguin Press |  9780525562023
3.  The Dutch House, Ann Patchet
     Harper |  9780062963673
4. Black Leopard, Red Wolf, Marlon James
      Riverhead Books |  9780735220171
5.  The Overstory, Richard Powers
     W. W. Norton & Co. |  9780393356687
6.  Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA, and More Can Tell Us About Crime, Val McDermid
     Grove Press |  9780802125156
7. Whose Body, Dorothy Sayers
     Vintage |  9780525565116
8.  Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
     Putnam |  9780735219090
9. My Sister, the Serial Killer, Oyinkan Braithwaite
     Anchor  |  9780525564201
10. Water Dancer, Ta-Nehisi Coates
     One World |  9780399590597
January Staff Picks
When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller (1/28 release): 
"Lily can turn invisible, or at least that's how she sees the impression she makes upon her surroundings. Only her Halmoni, her grandmother, actually sees her; through her grandmother's stories of brave sisters, powerful tigers, and magic, Lily finds alternatives to being invisible. Powerful, beautiful story for all of us!"  - Linda
Pre-order your copy here.
Clean Getaway by Nic Stone  (1/7 release): Stone takes the great white savior myth and twists it up in a family complicated by race, the ugly realities of the Jim Crow laws of the 60s, family stories untold, and the loves so deep and powerful they'll make you cry through your smile. Mind you, this is also a hilarious book. Brilliant weaving of historical realities into a funny, heartbreaking coming of age. Welcome to middle-grade, Nic! - Linda

Save the Date: In Conversation with Patrice Caldwell for A Phoenix First Must Burn
Friday, March 13

Join us in celebrating the release of the short story collection  A Phoenix First Must Burn: Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope! Local author Nalo Hopkinson will be in conversation with the anthology's editor, Patrice Caldwell.

Linda says of Phoenix, " If story is the ground in which we plant the seeds of our stronger, prouder selves, more comfortable in our skins no matter what shade, what gender or non-conforming gender, then give Caldwell's collection to every teen you know and watch the blooms."

More information to come!

A Word on American Dirt

American Dirt, highlighted in last month's newsletter, is a book I hoped would spark myriad discussions on the Latin American refugees coming up along our southern border. Now, it has birthed another discussion that's related, but not the one I anticipated. For those unfamiliar, writer Myriam Gurba gave a response to Cummins's novel which stirred heated conversation in and out of the Latinx literary community. The crux of the debate is whether American Dirt is, as I thought, a book that gives flesh and countenance to the issue at the border, or an "appropriating, inaccurate" book about Mexico. And Cummins, who has long claimed to be culturally white, has indeed written the stories of Latinx people. Her work is being published and promoted in the place of (for example) a Chicana who hasn't been and may never be afforded the same opportunity. Are Cummins's portrayals of Latinx people realistic? Should writers write within the domain of just their own experiences? Does the publishing industry give white authors a much better chance than authors of color? (This last question is, at least historically, a resounding yes. There is much more work to be done there.)

Since Gurba's piece, there have been many articles written about American Dirt and I strongly suggest you read them - all of them. Have these discussions. They're important and they should not be answered without struggle. And I still suggest you read American Dirt; while it was certainly incepted within broader issues about race, culture, and the state of the publishing industry, the work itself has merit. It is good. I don't see some flaws in it that others have, but read it and decide for yourself.

And then read books written about the immigrant experience from Latinx writers. We've provided a list below. Contemplate these issues. Discuss them - it is important that we continue these conversations.

- Linda
  1. Children of the Land by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo (out 1/28): This memoir distills the trauma of displacement, illuminates the human lives behind the headlines, and serves as a stunning meditation on what it means to be a man and a citizen. Pre-order your copy here.
  2. Spirit Run: A 6,000 Mile Marathon Through North America's Stolen Land by Noé Álvarez (out 3/3): The electrifying debut memoir of a son of working-class Mexican 
    immigrants who fled a life of labor in fruit-packing plants to run in anIndigenous marathon from Canada to Guatemala, re-imagining North America and his place in it. Pre-order your copy here.
  3. Efrén Divided by Ernesto Cisneros (out 3/31): A children's book which Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street, calls "a book doing work of the spirit in a time of darkness." Pre-order your copy here. Pre-order your copy here.
  4. We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez (out
    5/20): In this powerful young adult novel inspired by current events, the plight of immigrants at the U.S. Southern border is brought to painful, poignant, vivid life. An epic journey of danger, resilience, heartache, and hope. Pre-order your copy here.
  5. American Immigration: Our History, Our Stories by Kathleen Krull (out 6/16): Award-winning author Kathleen Krull takes a captivating, historical look at immigration in America over the years. Pre-order your copy here.
  6. America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States by Erika Lee     Purchase here.
  7. The Devil's Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea     Purchase here.
  8. Unaccompanied by Javier Zamora     Purchase here.
  9. In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero     Purchase here.
  10. The Book of Unknown Americans by Christina Henríquez  Purchase here.
  11. Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli     Purchase here.
  12. The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande     Purchase here.
  13. Ordinary Girls by Jaquira Díaz     Purchase here.
  14. Sabrina & Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine     Purchase here.
  15. Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement     Purchase here.
  16. Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras  Purchase here.
  17. Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea     Purchase here.
  18. It Occurs to Me That I Am America edited by Jonathan Santlofer    Purchase here.
Book Clubs for Adults

Cellar Door Book Club (Meets the fourth Sunday of the month at 2 pm)
*Sunday, January 26 at 3pm: Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson
Sunday, February 9: Flights by Olga Tokarczuk

Mystery Book Club  (Meets the third Thursday of the month at 6 pm)
Thursday, January 16: Dissolution by C.J. Sansom
Thursday, February 20: Whose Body? by Dorothy Sayers

Science-Fiction & Fantasy  (Meets the third Saturday of the month at 5 pm)
Saturday, January 18: The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
Saturday, February 15: The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

Historical Fiction Book Club  (Meets the fourth Saturday of the month at 5 pm)
Saturday, January 25: The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish
Saturday, February 22: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Sciety by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Agatha Christie Book Club  (Meets the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm)
Tuesday, January 21: The Clocks
Tuesday, February 18: Postern of Fate

Philosophical Horror  (Meets the third Monday of the month at 6 pm)
Monday, January 20: Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King & Owen King
Monday, February 17: Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

Black Lit Book Club  (Meets the final Friday of the month at 6 pm)
*Friday, January 31: My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite*
Friday, February 28: The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Speculative Fiction Book Club  (Meets the second Saturday of the month at 4 pm)
Saturday, January 11: The Deep by River Solomon

LGBTQ Book Club  (Meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 6 pm)
Thursday, January 23: Looking for Lorraine by Iman Perry
Thursday, February 27: Over the Top by Jonathan Van Ness

Bucket List Book Club  (Meets the third Sunday of the month at 3 pm)
Sunday, January 19: Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges
Sunday, February 16: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

Phy-Sci Book Club  (Meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6 pm)
Wednesday, January 22: Forensics by Val McDermid
Wednesday, February 26: Sex on the Kitchen Table by Norm Ellstrand

Current Affairs Book Club  (Meets the second Sunday of the month at 4 pm)
Sunday, January 12: LikeWar: The Weaponization of Soicial Media by P.W. Singer
Sunday, February 9: The Curse of Bigness by Tim Wu

Feminist Book Club  (Meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6 pm)
Tuesday, January 7: The Hard Tomorrow by Eleanor Davis
Tuesday, February 4: The Lost Daughter by Elena Ferrante

Graphic Novel Book Club  (Meets the first Monday of the month at 6:30 pm)
Monday, January 6: The Prince and the Dressmaker by: Jen Wang
Monday, February 3: The Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan, ill. by Cliff Chiang

History Book Club  (Meets the first Wednesday of the month at 6 pm)
Wednesday, February 5: The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Wednesday, March 4: Joan of Arc by Helen Castor

NEW!  Outdoor Lit ( Meets  every other month the first Sunday at 2:00 pm)
Sunday, January 5: Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter by Ben Goldfarb
Sunday, March 1: The Dreamt Land: Chasing Water and Dust Across California by Mark Arax

Book Clubs for Kids and Youth

Early Readers Book Club (Meets the second Saturday of the month at 1 pm)
Saturday, January 11: Ra the Mighty: Cat Detective by B.A. Greenfield
Saturday, February 8: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney

Spanish Reader Book Club (Meets the 3rd Saturday at 1pm)
Saturday, January 18: Mi papi tiene uno moto by Isabel Quintero

Kid's Book Club (Meets the second Thursday of the month at 6 pm)
Thursday, January 9: When Friendship Followed Me Home by Paul Griffin 
Thrusday, February 13: Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Banned Books Book Club (Meets the first Monday of the month at 5 pm)
Monday, January 6: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Monday, February 3: Ulysses by James Joyce

NEW! Teen Book Club (Meets the first Friday of the month at 7 pm)
Friday, January 3: I, Lucifer by Glen Duncan
Friday, February 7: Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Ellison

Visit our Book Clubs page here for more info.