Dear Reader,

   Yes, the Peeps Diorama Contest is happening! Please head over to the website to see the rules and guidelines. And get your entry ready! It's going to be a fun project and what better thing to do than attend the announcement on Saturday, April 15 at noon? Tax day should always be this fun!

Look what we found in the music section!

    This Saturday there's going to be a women's history walk conducted by Gene Anderson and Annalee Allen and if you're interested, it will be going right by the store. Information here.
    Also on Saturday we have a wonderful event with Brook Pessin-Whedbee and her new picture book for young kids Who Are You? The Kid's Guide to Gender Identity.  Very basic and wonderful explanation of gender in a way kids will understand. I think every teacher and parent should read it to be ready for the inevitable questions that will arise on this topic.
   Still thinking of gardening? Me too. And check out some new dreamy travel books below! Have a wonderful rest of the week.
   Happy reading and take care of each other,



New and Notable

How to Kill a City : Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood by
Peter Moskowitz $26.99  As journalist Peter Moskowitz shows in How to Kill a City, gentrification is not a fad or a trend. Hipsters and yuppies have more buying power than the neighbors they often displace, but individual actors cannot control housing markets and remake cities on their own. Nor can gentrification be fully explained by developers either: while they might have similar interests, the part-time house flipper who owns five houses in New Orleans and the condo owner in Detroit do not coordinate policy with each other. There's a losing side and a winning side in gentrification, but both sides are playing the same game-they are not its designers. Moskowitz writes about four cities-New Orleans, Detroit, San Francisco, and New York-and captures the lives that have been altered by gentrification. He also identifies the policies and policymakers who paved the way for the remaking of these cities. When we think of gentrification of some mysterious, inevitable process, we accept its consequences: the displacement of countless thousands of families, the destruction of cultures, the decreased affordability of life for everyone.  

In This Grave Hour by Jacqueline Winspear $27.99
As Britain becomes engulfed in a second World War, the indomitable Maisie Dobbs is plunged into a treacherous battle of her own when she stumbles on the deaths of refugees who may have been more than ordinary people seeking sanctuary on English soil, in this enthralling chapter in Jacqueline Winspear's enormously popular New York Times bestselling series.
Critics have long sung the praises of Jacqueline Winspear and her bestselling Maisie Dobbs series. In the thirteenth installment, Maisie-"one of the great fictional heroines, equal parts haunted and haunting." (Parade)-is back with more mystery, adventure, and psychological insight.

The World's Best Spicy Food: Where to Find It & How to Make It: Authentic Recipes from Around the World by Lonely Planet $14.99  Hey hot stuff! Here's a book for you!  Explore the cultures behind the planet's spiciest dishes, from Thai som tom, Indian dahl, and Korean kimchi, to Peruvian ceviche, Caribbean curries, and Nashville hot chicken. And it doesn't stop with chilies-there are pungent, nose-clearing recipes with wasabi, mustard, horseradish, cinnamon, paprika, mace, piccalilli, and black, white, pink, and Sichuan pepper. These are dishes to make your tongue punch the air with elation, loaded with flavors that kick-start the palate and infuse every sense with joy.

Here are some other new books by Lonely Planet. These are great for keeping in the car or bedside so you can always be ready to plan a trip! Each is $11.99 and beautifully illustrated with photographs.

50 Places to Stay to Blow Your Mind by Lonely Planet. This book will make your trip unforgettable: stay in a mountainside capsule, a 15th-century fort, or a glass igloo beneath the Northern Lights. With this collection of the world's most luxurious, extraordinary and spectacular accommodation offerings, even sleeping will be an adventure on your next trip.

50 Natural Wonders to Blow Your Mind by Kalya Ryan & Kate Turvey Walk over a bridge of living tree roots in India. Take a boat cruise through New Zealand's dark caves magically lit by thousands of glowworms. Marvel at the sheer scale and beauty of the USA's Grand Canyon. Let Lonely Planet take you on a tour of the world's most mind-boggling wild places, and discover how extraordinary our planet really is.

50 Festivals to Blow Your Mind by Kalya Ryan.  Join the world's biggest water fight in Thailand, become a reveller on Mexico's Day of the Dead, and party at Rio's world-famous carnival. Whatever you like to celebrate, you'll find a gathering somewhere on the planet to suit. Lonely Planet collects the greatest, weirdest and most jaw-dropping festivals around the world to set your sights on.

The Honeymoon Handbook by Lonely Planet. $17.99  Are you planning a honeymoon anytime soon? Just dreaming? Here's a great book for just that purpose. It contains a selection of the most exciting locations for the perfect honeymoon. Discover ideas for out-of-the-ordinary trips and experiences. Pick up tips for making the trip a success and setting your life together off to a magical start.

Young Adult

American Street by Ibi Zoboi $17.99
On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie-a good life. But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola's mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit's west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.
Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream? Teen and up. 


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.

Book Club pick for March 16        
To join, read the book and show up. We would love to have you with us.

Thursday, March 16, 6:15

In Strangers in Their Own Land, the renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into the heart of the bayou of Lake Charles, Louisiana, a stronghold of the conservative Right.

Determined to form friendships with people who oppose many of the ideas she famously champions, Hochschild unexpectedly finds common ground and quickly warms to the people she meets-among them a Tea Party supporter whose town has been swallowed by a sinkhole created by a disaster at a gas drilling facility, and a pastor's wife who calls Rush Limbaugh my brave heart"-people whose concerns are actually ones that all Americans share: the desire for community, the embrace of family, and hopes for their children.

Strangers in Their Own Land dismisses the commonplace liberal idea that these voters are being duped into voting against their own interests. Instead, Hochschild finds lives ripped apart by the disappearance of jobs, stagnating wages, an elusive American dream-and political choices no less rational than those of Blue State progressives.

Hochschild draws on her expert knowledge of the sociology of emotion to help us understand what it feels like to live in red" America. Along the way she finds answers to some of the crucial drivers of American politics: why do the people who would seem to benefit most from liberal" government intervention abhor the very idea?


Here is what we have scheduled so far.  
Please join us for any or all of our literary events.  
Click on links for more info. 
Brook Pessin-Whedbee
author of Who Are You? The Kids Guide to Gender Identity

March 24:  Glori Simmons  author of Suffering Fools      
March 25 2pm Kamaria Lofton   My City is Oakland

April 6 Earth Expo on the Plaza
Please come by our booth and meet Liz Cunningham
author of Ocean Country 

April 7 Janet Dawson and the
launch of her new mystery Water Signs, set in Oakland  (don't miss this!)

April 8 Rita Liberti and Maureen Smith
San Francisco Bay Area Sports: Golden Gate Athletics,  Recreation, and Community

April 11
Meredith May, author of 
I, Who Did Not Die
An epic story of war, redemption, and hope. It tells the incredible story of two men-one from Iraq, the other from Iran-who were destined to be mortal enemies, but instead found in each other mercy, kindness, and hope. 
April 15 Dick Cluster with Kill the Ampaya & Sandra Tavarez

April 21 6:30
Lei Ming  Life Beyond My Body: A Transgender Journey to Manhood in China
with Willy Wilkinson

April 29

Not yet finalized but in the works:
  • Mindfulness for a New Reality
  • How to Build Stronger Communities
  • How to Read the News So Your Head Doesn't Explode
  • How to Be a Better Ally to Those Potentially in Danger

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