Laurel Book Store
1423 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
Mon-Th 10-6 Fri-Sat 10-7
We have wonderful art on the walls created by folks who were at Feather River Art Camp for adults last year. Come by and take a look.
It's been a challenge this week in staying dry out there. You should all be in here where the books are warm. We can help you get the escape synapses firing.
Tomorrow we host Pamela S Turner. If you have seen the beautiful wedding kimono in our window, complete with the sheathed sword hanging with it, you may have wondered why we have them.
They belong to Pam and the book she has just released is about the samurai Morimoto Yoshitsune. Perfect for the preteen or teen samurai fan. See more below.
This being Friday, we hope you have a good book to curl up with this weekend and if you need a new one (or a used one) we are here to help.
Writing My Wrongs; Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison by Shaka Senghor $26
Shaka Senghor was raised in a middle class neighborhood on Detroit's eastside during the height of the 1980s crack epidemic. An honor roll student and a natural leader, he dreamed of becoming a doctor--but at age 11, his parents' marriage began to unravel and the beatings from his mother worsened, sending him on a downward spiral that saw him run away from home, turn to drug dealing to survive, and end up in prison for murder at the age of 19, fuming with anger and despair.
Writing My Wrongs is the story of what came next.
Naked Money; A Revealing Look at What It Is and Why It Matters by Charles Wheelan $27.95 We use money every day, from dollars to rupees to bitcoin to (for some of us) prison pouches of mackerel. Yet the practice of exchanging paper or bytes for goods and services seems absurd if you take a minute to think about it. Why does money actually exist, and why does it so often get entire nations in trouble?In Naked Money, best-selling author Charles Wheelan explains with his trademark wit and refreshing clarity how our banks and monetary systems should work in ideal situations, and he reveals the havoc and suffer- ing caused in real situations by inflation, deflation, illiquidity, and other monetary effects.
Patience by Daniel Clowes $29.99
Patience is a psychedelic science-fiction love story, veering with uncanny precision from violent destruction to deeply personal tenderness in a way that is both quintessentially "Clowesian" and utterly unique in the author's body of work. This 180-page, full-color original graphic novel affords Clowes the opportunity to draw some of the most exuberant and breathtaking pages of his life, and to tell his most suspenseful, surprising and affecting story yet.
Hammer Head; The Making of a Carpenter by Nina MacLaughlin $15.95 Nina MacLaughlin spent her twenties working at a Boston newspaper, sitting behind a desk and staring at a screen. Yearning for more tangible work, she applied for a job she saw on Craigslist-Carpenter's Assistant: Women strongly encouraged to apply-despite being a Classics major who couldn't tell a Phillips from a flathead screwdriver. She got the job, and in Hammer Head she tells the rich and entertaining story of becoming a carpenter.Writing with infectious curiosity, MacLaughlin describes the joys and frustrations of making things by hand, reveals the challenges of working as a woman in an occupation that is 99 percent male, and explains how manual labor changed the way she sees the world.
Egg: Recipes by Blanche Vaughan $29.99
A collection of ninety fabulous recipes inspired by one of the most simple, versatile, nutritious, and convenient natural foods-the egg-packaged in a colorful and innovative die-cut cookbook.
Rich in protein, low in fat, and essential for baking, the egg is the starting point for some of the most delicious and inspiring dishes. WithEgg, Blanche Vaughan shows us how tasty and adaptable eggs can be in a variety of mouthwatering recipes for every meal of the day.
Doctor Who; 365 Days of Memorable Moments and Impossible Things $19.99
Do you remember the first time you saw the TARDIS?
For more than half a century, Doctor Who has entertained and enthralled fans with the time-traveling adventures of the Doctor. From the first glimpse of a police telephone box in a Totter's Lane junkyard to the fall of the Time Lords' home planet, Gallifrey, Doctor Who has provided a near-inexhaustible list of indelible memories.
This is a unique and captivating chronicle of those moments-flashes of drama or humor, terror or joy, for each and every day of the year.
The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder edited by William Anderson $26.99 Available for the first time and collected in one volume, the letters of one of America's most beloved authors, Laura Ingalls Wilder-a treasure trove that offers new and unexpected understanding of her life and work.
This is a fresh look at the adult life of the author in her own words.
A Little Lumpen Novelita by Roberto Bolano $13.95
"Now I am a mother and a married woman, but not long ago I led a life of crime": so Bianca begins her tale of growing up the hard way in Rome. Orphaned overnight as a teenager-"our parents died in a car crash on their first vacation without us"-she drops out of school, gets a crappy job, and drifts into bad company. Her younger brother brings home two petty criminals who need a place to stay. As the four of them share the family apartment and plot a strange crime, Bianca learns how low she can fall. Electric, tense with foreboding, and written in jagged, propulsive chapters, A Little Lumpen Novelita delivers a surprising, fractured fable of seizing control of one's fate.
retelling by Laura Driscoll and illustrated by Migy Blanco
Mowgli s story comes to life in this classic retelling of Rudyard Kipling s The Jungle Book, featuring beautiful, vibrant illustrations by Migy Blanco.
Mowgli loves living in the jungle with his wolf family and his friends Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther. He s been learning the ways of the jungle ever since he was a little boy. But when the tiger Shere Khan tries to turn the pack against Mowgli, making him feel unwelcome, Mowgli realizes he may not belong here after all. But what will happen when it s time for the boy to leave the wolf pack that raised him to go live with his people?"
Book Club Details!
We had a very productive planning meeting for the newly minted Laurel Book Store Book Club.
We will be meeting on the Third Thursday of each month, with a few moves to Tuesday when necessary.
6:15 to no later than 7:30.
The first meeting is on March 17 and we will talk about Bel Canto by Ann Patchett since most have already read it so that we can practice talking about a book in
getting to know each other. As long as you've read something by her, it will qualify. If you haven't read her and still want to come, please do.
The intent is to read predominantly fiction, in paperback, with an occasional nonfiction book. Recommendations will come from members and perhaps each person will choose
one for a month's selection. We plan to choose books 3 months out so that we know what's on the horizon.
Won't you join us? Please drop us an email if you want to be informed as we go forward.
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.
for more information and to sign up!
Join us to meet authors in person.
Saturday March 12 @ 2pm
Pamela S. Turner
Samurai Rising, The Epic Life of
**Great younger reader story!**
March 17 6:15 to 7:30
Discussing Bel Canto or anything by Ann Patchett this time.
We will choose the next three at this meeting.
Saturday March 19 @ 6pm
An Unrestored Woman
**literary short stories**
The Main Library Youth Room will host Alex Gino and the book
on Saturday, March 19 at 3pm.
March 24 @ 6pm
, author of
Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of
California's First Poet Laureate
March 26 @ 6pm
Gene Anderson who has created
Legendary Locals of Oakland
April 5 @ 7pm
Sarah Schulman, author of the soon to be released
in conversation with
Lucy Jane Bledsoe
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.
for more events!
March's Featured Artists are students
and instructors from Feather River Art Camp 2015
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