Dear Reader,                                                                             
New books, very cool page markers, and a wish for more time to read.
What more can you want?

Happy Reading,

The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney $26.99 
A warm, funny and acutely perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives.
Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passenger. The ensuing accident has endangered the Plumbs' joint trust fund, "The Nest," which they are months away from finally receiving. Meant by their deceased father to be a modest mid-life supplement, the Plumb siblings have watched The Nest's value soar along with the stock market and have been counting on the money to solve a number of self-inflicted problems.
And Indie Next pick of the month for April.

The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson  $15.99 is now in paperback. 
A provocative and hauntingly powerful debut novel reminiscent of Sliding Doors, The Booksellerfollows a woman in the 1960s who must reconcile her reality with the tantalizing alternate world of her dreams.
Nothing is as permanent as it appears . . .
Denver, 1962: Kitty Miller has come to terms with her unconventional single life. She loves the bookshop she runs with her best friend, Frieda, and enjoys complete control over her day-to-day existence. She can come and go as she pleases, answering to no one. There was a man once, a doctor named Kevin, but it didn't quite work out the way Kitty had hoped. Then the dreams begin.

We Love You, Charlie Freeman by Kaitlyn Greenidge $25.95 Frustrated by the limitations of cross-race communication in her predominantly white town, Laurel, a young African American girl, teaches herself to sign--a skill she later imparts to her two daughters. This ability eventually leads Laurel to uproot her husband and daughters from their overeducated and underpaid life in the South End of Boston for the bucolic Massachusetts countryside, where the Freemans are to take part in an experiment. They've been hired by a private research institute to teach sign language to a chimpanzee who will live as part of their family. Narrated primarily by Laurel's teenage daughter, Charlotte, the story goes back in time to the founding of the institute, in the 1920s, revealing shocking past experiments. This "important debut from an important writer"* is ultimately an exploration of language, race, and history.

Bullies, A Friendship by Alex Abramovich $26
The powerful account of one writer's unlikely friendship with his childhood bully, now the president of a motorcycle club in one of America's most dangerous cities.
Once upon a time, Alex Abramovich and Trevor Latham were mortal enemies: miniature outlaws in a Long Island elementary school, perpetually at each other's throats. Then they lost track of each other. Decades later, when they met again, Abramovich was a writer and Latham had become President of the East Bay Rats, a motorcycle club in Oakland.
In 2010, Abramovich moved to California to immerse himself in Latham's world - one of fight clubs, booze-filled nights, and beat-downs on the city's streets. But dangerous, dysfunctional Oakland was also becoming one of America's most rapidly gentrifying cities, and the questions Abramovich had arrived with were thrown into brutal relief: How do we live with the burden of violence? How do we overcome it? Do we overcome it?

A Great Gift Idea

These are lovely page markers!
An elegant way to mark where you stop reading.
A convenient and beautiful way to mark special pages in books, documents, journals or recipe pages. No damaging adhesive.
Slide the pagecorner onto the corner of your page -
it stays on and protects your page. Plus it looks great! 
15 pagecorners in a tin for $5.50.

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

The next book in the club is The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson and the Discussion is April 19.

An intrepid voyage out to the frontiers of the latest thinking about love, language, and family
Maggie Nelson's "The Argonauts "is a genre-bending memoir, a work of "autotheory" offering fresh, fierce, and timely thinking about desire, identity, and the limitations and possibilities of love and language. At its center is a romance: the story of the author's relationship with the artist Harry Dodge. This story, which includes Nelson's account of falling in love with Dodge, who is fluidly gendered, as well as her journey to and through a pregnancy, offers a firsthand account of the complexities and joys of (queer) family-making.
Writing in the spirit of public intellectuals such as Susan Sontag and Roland Barthes, Nelson binds her personal experience to a rigorous exploration of what iconic theorists have said about sexuality, gender, and the vexed institutions of marriage and child-rearing. Nelson's insistence on radical individual freedom and the value of caretaking becomes the rallying cry of this thoughtful, unabashed, uncompromising book.

Are you a Mama who Writes?
Would you appreciate even just a little dedicated time to do it?
We're going to have a Mama's Writing Retreat each
Tuesday morning in April.
Click here for more information and to sign up!

Art at Laurel Bookstore  
Come and paint with us at the Laurel Bookstore
Saturday afternoons 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us to meet authors in person.

March 24 @ 6pm
Aleta George, author of
Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of
California's First Poet Laureate

Saturday, March 26 @ 6pm
Gene Anderson who has created
Legendary Locals of Oakland

Saturday, April 2 at 2pm 
Mystery authors Janet Dawson and Wendy Hornsbyat the Oakland Main Library

Tuesday, April 5 @ 7pm
Sarah Schulman,
author of the soon to be released
The Cosmopolitans
in conversation with
Lucy Jane Bledsoe

***Just Added***
 Tuesday, April 12 @ 6pm
Local Lawyers and Daunting Documents
Meet three attorneys who will outline the importance of several of the documents that will help protect your family.
Prenups, adoptions, living trusts, wills, and more!
If you don't have your affairs in order, here's a chance to get some questions answered. 

Check the website for more events! 
March's Featured Artists are students
and instructors from Feather River Art Camp 2015
(a week in the woods doing art with cool adults? yep)


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