Dear Reader,
      I spent some time on the Oregon coast last weekend. It was overcast, rainy, clear, and also beautiful and soothing. I hope everyone is finding ways to take care of themselves and each other. It's important.

     Thanksgiving is next week! We have some adorable books for the kids all about the holiday so come and see.

     Plaid Friday is in a week, it's the day after Thanksgiving and promotes shopping locally rather than at the big chains. The plaid stands for all the colors and stripes that make up our community and we're really happy to be part of it. Please come by, we'll have treats and we'll show you why it's a great thing to shop at an independent book store. Wait until you see the suggestions we have for the gift giving season!

     Small Business Saturday is the next day and we have more fun in store. Please bring the kids from noon to 2 to meet folks from Know Yourself, a new Oakland publisher of really cool books for kids with science as the focus.  See below for more details, but really, get the kids in here and you won't be sorry. Plus you can do some shopping while they are mesmerized.

     And for the adults we have a treat for you too! At 2 we will be featuring chef, instructor, cookbook author, and all around amazing person Linda Carucci in what we are calling The Chef is In. Do you have questions that you've always wanted to ask a chef? Looking for some tips to make entertaining less of a disaster? Just need to know how to make the next meal better? Drop by and ask her.

     It's no secret that it's been a tough year in downtown Oakland for all of our businesses, so thank you for your continued support. Please bookmark for when you want to order books online. Keep business here in Oakland for a healthier city!
      Happy reading and take care of each other,

For the Younger Reader


The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan $27.99 Wicked stepmothers, traitorous brothers, cunning foxes, lonely princesses: There is no mistaking the world of the Brothers Grimm and the beloved fairy tales that have captured generations of readers. Now internationally acclaimed artist Shaun Tan shows us the beautiful, terrifying, amusing, and downright peculiar heart of these tales as never before seen.
With a foreword by Neil Gaiman and an introduction by renowned fairy-tale expert Jack Zipes, this stunning gallery of sculptural works will thrill and delight art lovers and fairy-tale aficionados alike.

 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
$39.99  The classic second book in the series is now in full color illustration. For those collecting these, they are being released one a year in this format. Start now and your 2 year old can start reading them once the full set is out!

Hogwarts Classics b y JK Rowling $19.99 Inside the Hogwarts Classics boxed set, readers will find a pair of books treasured by students at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry: Quidditch Through the Ages, a comprehensive history of the game and its rules (just try to ignore the doodles of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and other Hogwarts students who couldn't resist); and The Tales of Beedle the Bard, translated from the ancient runes by Hermione Granger, with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J.K. Rowling and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore.
From every sale of Hogwarts Classics, Scholastic will donate a total of twenty percent of the suggested retail sales price of this boxed set to two charities selected by the author J.K. Rowling: Lumos, a charity founded by J.K. Rowling that works to end the institutionalization of children (, and Comic Relief, a UK-based charity that strives to create a just world free from poverty (

 Dog Man by Dav Pilkey $9.99  New from the creator of Captain Underpants, it's Dog Man, the #1 New York Times bestselling, crime-biting canine who is part dog, part man, and ALL HERO!
George and Harold have created a new hero who digs into deception, claws after crooks, and rolls over robbers. When Greg the police dog and his cop companion are injured on the job, a life-saving surgery changes the course of history, and Dog Man is born. With the head of a dog and the body of a human, this heroic hound has a real nose for justice. But can he resist the call of the wild to answer the call of duty?
Perfect for the 8 and up set. 

New and Noteworthy

The Terranauts by TC Boyle $26.99   It is 1994, and in the desert near Tillman, Arizona, forty miles from Tucson, a grand experiment involving the future of humanity is underway. As climate change threatens the earth, eight scientists, four men and four women dubbed the "Terranauts," have been selected to live under glass in E2, a prototype of a possible off-earth colony. Their sealed, three-acre compound comprises five biomes-rainforest, savanna, desert, ocean, and marsh-and enough wildlife, water, and vegetation to sustain them.
Closely monitored by an all-seeing Mission Control, this New Eden is the brainchild of ecovisionary Jeremiah Reed, aka G.C.-"God the Creator"-for whom the project is both an adventure in scientific discovery and a momentous publicity stunt. In addition to their roles as medics, farmers, biologists, and survivalists, his young, strapping Terranauts must impress watchful visitors and a skeptical media curious to see if E2's environment will somehow be compromised, forcing the Ecosphere's seal to be broken-and ending the mission in failure. As the Terranauts face increased scrutiny and a host of disasters, both natural and of their own making, their mantra: "Nothing in, nothing out," becomes a dangerously ferocious rallying cry.
The Gambler's Anatomy by Jonathan Lethem $27.95 Handsome, impeccably tuxedoed Bruno Alexander travels the world winning large sums of money from amateur "whales" who think they can challenge his peerless acumen at backgammon. Fronted by his pasty, vampiric manager, Edgar Falk, Bruno arrives in Berlin after a troubling run of bad luck in Singapore. Perhaps it was the chance encounter with his crass childhood acquaintance Keith Stolarsky and his smoldering girlfriend Tira Harpaz. Or perhaps it was the emergence of a blot that distorts his vision so he has to look at the board sideways.

The Snake by Ken Stabler $27.99 The first in-depth biography of one of the most talented and infamous legends to play in the National Football League-the life and times of pro football's first bad boy, famed Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler.
Ken "The Snake" Stabler was the embodiment of the original Men in Black-the freewheeling, hard-hitting Oakland Raiders. The league's first swashbuckling pass thrower, the mythical southpaw Southerner famous for come-from-behind drives late in the game, Stabler led the Raiders to their first Super Bowl championship in 1977. In an era dominated by gentleman quarterbacks like Roger Staubach and Bob Griese, this 1974 NFL MVP, four-time Pro-bowler, and Super Bowl champion was an iconoclast who partied as hard as he played and lived life unapologetically on his own-not the NFL's-terms.

  Our Revolution by Bernie Sanders $27  Throughout the Presidential campaign, Bernie Sanders galvanized voters with his progressive platform and vision for America. In the book, Sanders shares experiences from the campaign trail and outlines his ideas for continuing a political revolution to fight for a progressive economic, environmental, racial and social justice agenda that creates jobs, raises wages, protects the environment and provides health care for all.

Mary Russell's War & Other Stories of Suspense by Laurie R. King $15.95
Laurie R. King illuminates the hidden corners of her beloved Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series in this dynamic story collection.
In nine previously published short stories and one brand new, never-before-seen Sherlock Holmes mystery-available together for the first time-Laurie R. King blends her long-running brand of crime fiction with historical treats and narrative sleight of hand. At the heart of the collection is a prequel novella that begins with England's declaration of war in 1914. As told in Mary Russell's teenage diaries, the whip-smart girl investigates familial mysteries, tracks German spies through San Francisco, and generally delights with her extraordinary mind-until an unimaginable tragedy strikes.

Faithful by Alice Hoffman $26  What happens when a life is turned inside out? When love is something so distant it may as well be a star in the sky? Faithful is the story of a survivor, filled with emotion-from dark suffering to true happiness-a moving portrait of a young woman finding her way in the modern world. A fan of Chinese food, dogs, bookstores, and men she should stay away from, Shelby has to fight her way back to her own future. In New York City she finds a circle of lost and found souls-including an angel who's been watching over her ever since that fateful icy night.

We are compiling lists of suggestions for all those folks on your lists. Come talk to us now so we can help you find the perfect gift this season.  

Book Club pick for December 15     
To join, read the book and show up. We would love to have you with us.

Next meeting is Thursday, December 15, 6:15.

Cameron's latest demonstrates how the unconditional love received from dogs can make all the difference in human lives A book about dog lovers by an author who understands the canine soul. "Kirkus Reviews"
This sweet story is told with humor and a deep understanding of the transformative value of loving a dog. A perfect holiday read! "Greg Kincaid, New York Times bestselling author of A Dog Named Christmas"

A sweet holiday pick! Join us.

(don't just read and say, that sounds cool, come on in and join the fun!)

Friday, November 18 6pm
The Magic of Memoir, Inspiration for the Writing Journey
with editors
Linda Joy Myers PhD and Brooke Warner

Saturday, November 19
Words of Fire
with Antonia Amprino and Katie Gray

Friday, November 25
Plaid Friday - Shop locally in Oakland!

Saturday, November 26
Small Business Saturday
12 noon, meet nice folks from KnowYourself, a wonderful Oakland publisher of science books for kids.
2pm, meet Linda Carucci, chef and cookbook author for
The Chef Is In
Ask her anything! (about cooking)

November 30, 7pm
Meet and hear the voices of the future at a grad
student reading of students from
Micheline Morcom's writing classes.

December 2, 6pm-8pm First Friday
Artist of the Month
Wendy Walker

December 3
A Reading of The Nutcracker with
dancers from the Oakland Ballet!
Bring the kids for some holiday fun!
Kamaria Lofton and her new children's book
My City is Oakland

December 10 is a Family Day
Two new picture books and time and space to shop!
Lucille Lang Day and Gina Aoay Orosco
The Rainbow Zoo
Meg  Fleming
I Heart You

December 10 at 5pm
Children's Fairyland with Randal Metz
Mark your calendar now!

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