Dear Reader,                                                                             
    Each day we receive more fun books! This week it seems spring has hit with a force! It's been quiet in the store so I'm quite sure people are finishing up holiday gift books and are now itching for something new.
     We can certainly give you some suggestions!
     Don't forget that we have a planning gathering on Saturday to establish a book club. 5pm and if you can't make it, watch this newsletter for details that we come up with.
     And then we have the First Annual Great Cook Book Swap on Sunday from noon to 3. We have quite a stack now and look forward to seeing what people bring. Ideally we'd have them all before Sunday but if you can only get here once, get here right at noon!

     We have seen an uptick in online orders so if you're a computer shopper, please bookmark the store and order to your heart's content. You can have it shipped directly to you (or anyone else) or pick up at the store. (Store pick up retains your sales for the frequent buyer program!)

    The weather is great, people are reading out on the plaza at lunch, and new books are coming in every day. Life is good!
    (With apologies to our east coast friends in the thick of Weather.)

Happy Reading,

New and Notable

A Life in Pictures by Keith Richards $37.95 What an extraordinary book! It's a wonderful look at a well-known performer on stage as well as off. A really striking image for me is the one of him on his wedding day in a tux and looking relaxed and happy. Worth a look for Stones as well as music and celebrity fans.

Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee  $28  From a ferociously talented writer, praised as "the fire, in my opinion. And the light," by Junot Diaz, comes a blazing portrait of one woman's rise from courtesan to world-renowned diva.
Lilliet Berne is a sensation of the Paris Opera, a legendary soprano with every accolade except an original role, every singer's chance at immortality. When one is finally offered to her, she realizes with alarm that the libretto is based on a hidden piece of her past. Only four could have betrayed her: one is dead, one loves her, one wants to own her. And one, she hopes, never thinks of her at all.

Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving $28  Embarking on a trip to the Philippines, senior-aged Juan Diego reflects on dreams and memories of his childhood in Mexico before his past and present intersect in unexpected ways. Did you miss this in the holiday rush? Here you go.

Liar, A Memoir by Rob Roberge $26  Embarking on a trip to the Philippines, senior-aged Juan Diego reflects on dreams and memories of his childhood in Mexico before his past and present intersect in unexpected ways.

Leon & Louise by Alex Capus $15  Longlisted for the German Book Prize.
A life-long love affair that survives the tribulations of two World Wars, Léon and Louise tells the story of Alex Capus' French grandfather. It charmed readers in Germany, where it sold nearly two hundred thousand copies and, in the year following publication, never left the Der Spiegel bestseller list.
Summer 1918. The First World War is drawing to a close when Léon falls in love with Louise Janvier. Both are severely wounded by German artillery fire, are separated, and believe each other to be dead. Briefly reunited two decades later, the lovers are torn apart again by Louise's refusal to destroy Léon's marriage and the German invasion of France. Through occupied Paris during the Second World War, where Léon struggles against the abhorrent tasks imposed on him by the SS, and the wilds of Africa, where Louise confronts the hardships of her primitive environment, they battle the vicissitudes of history and the passage of time for the survival of their love.

These two books contain short stories that the Word for Word theater company is performing. Plus, good short stories are fabulous!
The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits by Emma Donoghue $19.95
The Empty Family by Colm Toibin $15

13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad $16  Growing up in the suburban hell of Misery Saga (a.k.a. Mississauga), Lizzie has never liked the way she looks-even though her best friend Mel says she's the pretty one. She starts dating guys online, but she's afraid to send pictures, even when her skinny friend China does her makeup: she knows no one would want her if they could really see her. So she starts to lose. With punishing drive, she counts almonds consumed, miles logged, pounds dropped. She fights her way into coveted dresses.She grows up and gets thin, navigating double-edged validation from her mother, her friends, her husband, her reflection in the mirror. But no matter how much she loses, will she ever see herself as anything other than a fat girl?

A Dangerous Place by Jacqueline Winspear $15.99
Four years after she set sail from England, leaving everything she most loved behind, Maisie Dobbs at last returns, only to find herself in a dangerous place . . .  
In Jacqueline Winspear's  powerful story of political intrigue and personal tragedy, a brutal murder in the British garrison town of Gibraltar leads Maisie into a web of lies, deceit, and peril. Spring 1937. In the four years since she left England, Maisie Dobbs has experienced love, contentment, stability-and the deepest tragedy a woman can endure. Now, all she wants is the peace she believes she might find by returning to India. But her sojourn in the hills of Darjeeling is cut short when her stepmother summons her home to England; her aging father Frankie Dobbs is not getting any younger.
But on a ship bound for England, Maisie realizes she isn't ready to return. Against the wishes of the captain who warns her, "You will be alone in a most dangerous place," she disembarks in Gibraltar. Though she is on her own, Maisie is far from alone: the British garrison town is teeming with refugees fleeing a brutal civil war across the border in Spain. Ahhhh, another Maisie Dobbs. Great spring reading.

Younger Readers

Frankencrayon by Michael Hall $17.99 
If the crayons can't stop the scribble monster, this picture book and the play "Frankencrayon" may have to be canceled.

Total fun for reading aloud to the 4 to 8 set.

Amulet: Firelight by Kazu Kibuishi $12.99 Emily, Trellis, and Vigo visit Algos Island, where they can access and enter lost memories. They're hoping to uncover the events of Trellis's mysterious childhood -- knowledge they can use against the Elf King. What they discover is a dark secret that changes everything. Meanwhile, the Voice of Emily's Amulet is getting stronger, and threatens to overtake her completely.  The seventh in a great and favorite graphic novel series for the 9 and up set.

The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale with illustrations by LeUyen Pham.  The third one in a wildly popular, strong girl series for 6 and up early readers has come out! The first is in paperback at $6.99, the other two are in hardcover for $14.99.

Book Group Forming
Planning Meeting THIS Saturday 

Meet other like minded book group hopefuls on Saturday, February 27 at 5pm for a meet and greet to for a group. Here at the store.
We'll be choosing our theme, day of the month to meet, and other logisticals. If you can't make it on Saturday, please feel free to let us know that you'd like to participate and we'll make sure you know what gets decided.

The First Annual Great Cook Book Swap
Sunday, February 28, 12-3 pm**
(time moved up because- Oscars!)

1. Cull your cookbooks and say goodbye to those that no longer need to live with you.
2. Bring them to the store between now and Thursday, February 25.
3. You'll get a ticket for each cookbook you bring in, those allow you entry to the swap and you can take as many cookbooks as you have tickets for on Sunday.
4. Any books left will go into our used section or be donated after the swap is over.


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

Click here for more information.

Join us to meet authors in person.

Planning gathering for a book group.
Saturday, February 27 at 5pm

First Annual Great Cookbook Swap
Sunday, February 28, 12-3pm
(bring cookbooks to the store no later than Friday, Feb. 25)

Tuesday, March 1 @5pm 

Meet dessert expert and cookbook author
Alice Medrich
More details to come.

Art Reception and Information Session
for Feather River Art Camp for adults. Come and see art made by last year's camp attendees and find out more about why this is an amazing week to explore your creativity.
Saturday, March 5 from 1-3

Saturday, March 5 @ 4pm
Jeri Westerson and the latest Crispin novel
The Silence of the Stones
**medieval noir**

Wednesday, March 9 @ 7pm

Kim Fowler
All Will Be Well

Thursday, March 10 @ 6pm
Jack London: A Writer's Life for a Better America
(On the 9th she'll be at the Main Library as well.)

Saturday March 12 @ 2pm

Pamela S. Turner
Samurai Rising, The Epic Life of
Minamoto Yoshitsune
**Great younger reader story!**

Saturday March 19 @ 6pm
Shobha Rao
An Unrestored Woman
**literary short stories**

Check the website for more events! 
February's Featured Artist is
Marlene Tobias
Please join us for a
Reception for the Artist on
Friday, February 5 from 6-8 


For more information
please click here. 
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