Dear Reader,
      Congratulations to the World Champion Golden State Warriors!
     We are all so proud of our Oakland team and psyched to be o the parade route. Just like we did for the Women's March, we'll have our bathrooms open and will be collecting donations for Girls Inc. for that delight.
     We have new Beast Oakland shirts for sale and as many Warriors books as we can find!
     We'll open at 9am if you want to come in early and get a good spot to watch either from our windows or from the sidewalk outside on Broadway.
    There are some great books that came in this week that you should know about. And if you're looking for something, let us know. We won't order today as we normally would because of the inability of our delivery folks to get here tomorrow, but we will order tomorrow by 11:30 to arrive Friday so order away today!

    Celebrate our city's win! And come on in to see Page Hodel's amazing photography of hearts made of found objects. Only $50 per print this month!

    Teachers! We have a large number of books right now that were dropped off by a teacher who retired from teaching teachers. Plus some music books. Come ask for them and they're free through the weekend. After that we'll donate or price them and put them in our used section.

As always, take care of each other and happy reading


Beast Oakland shirts, $25. Few blue ones left but all sizes of the yellow for now.                                                                                              
New and Notable

Hunger, A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay $25.99  New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and bodies, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as "wildly undisciplined," Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she casts an insightful and critical eye on her childhood, teens, and twenties-including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life-and brings readers into the present and the realities, pains, and joys of her daily life.

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy $28.95 The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes us on an intimate journey of many years across the Indian subcontinent-from the cramped neighborhoods of Old Delhi and the roads of the new city to the mountains and valleys of Kashmir and beyond, where war is peace and peace is war.
It is an aching love story and a decisive remonstration, a story told in a whisper, in a shout, through unsentimental tears and sometimes with a bitter laugh. Each of its characters is indelibly, tenderly rendered. Its heroes are people who have been broken by the world they live in and then rescued, patched together by acts of love-and by hope.

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil De Grasse Tyson $18.95 What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.While you wait for your morning coffee to brew, for the bus, the train, or a plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.

The Thirst by Jo Nesbo $26.95 n this electrifying new thriller from the author of Police and The Snowman, Inspector Harry Hole hunts down a serial murderer who targets his victims . . . on Tinder.
The murder victim, a self-declared Tinder addict. The one solid clue-fragments of rust and paint in her wounds-leaves the investigating team baffled.
        Two days later, there's a second murder: a woman of the same age, a Tinder user, an eerily similar scene. 
        The chief of police knows there's only one man for this case. But Harry Hole is no longer with the force. He promised the woman he loves, and he promised himself, that he'd never go back: not after his last case, which put the people closest to him in grave danger.

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley $27 Samuel Hawley isn't like the other fathers in Olympus, Massachusetts. A loner who spent years living on the run, he raised his beloved daughter, Loo, on the road, moving from motel to motel, always watching his back. Now that Loo's a teenager, Hawley wants only to give her a normal life. In his late wife's hometown, he finds work as a fisherman, while Loo struggles to fit in at the local high school.
Growing more and more curious about the mother she never knew, Loo begins to investigate. Soon, everywhere she turns, she encounters the mysteries of her parents' lives before she was born.

Kingdom of Olives and Ash; Writers Confront the Occupation edited by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman $16.99
A groundbreaking collection of essays by celebrated international writers bears witness to the human cost of fifty years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.
In Kingdom of Olives and Ash, Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, two of today's most renowned novelists and essayists, have teamed up with the Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence-an organization comprised of former Israeli soldiers who served in the occupied territories and saw firsthand the injustice there-and a host of illustrious writers to tell the stories of the people on the ground in the contested territories.

Lockdown by Laurie R. King $28 A community comes together when threatened by someone with a thirst for revenge in this stunningly intricate, tautly plotted novel of rich psychological suspense from the New York Times bestselling author of the Mary Russell mysteries. Career Day at Guadalupe Middle School: A day given to innocent hopes and youthful dreams. A day no one in attendance will ever forget.
 A principal with a secret. A husband with a murky past. A cop with too many questions. A kid under pressure to prove himself. A girl struggling to escape a mother's history. A young basketball player with an affection for guns. Even the school janitor has a story he dare not reveal.
But no one at the gathering anticipates the shocking turn of events that will transform a day of possibilities into an explosive confrontation.

Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life by Yiyun Li $27 In her first nonfiction book, award-winning novelist Yiyun Li explores a question we ask ourselves: How does one make life livable? Startlingly original and shining with quiet wisdom, this is a luminous account of a life lived with books. Written over two years while the author battled suicidal depression, Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life is a painful and yet richly affirming examination of what makes life worth living.

I adore Li's writing, give her a try whether it's this one or her fiction.  Luan

Super Team, The Warriors' Quest for the Next NBA Dynasty $15.95

The Story of the Golden State Warriors by Nate Frisch $12.00

Kevin Durant, Basketball Superstar by Matt Doeden $7.29 (Thunder jersey, only one in stock)  


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.


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. 
See the website for a whole lot of what's coming up!

June 5  6pm
Becoming Ms Burton with Susan Burton
Did you hear her on NPR?

June 6  6pm
Bilingual Reading and Death Match with Achy Obejas & others
(not a typo, be here)

June 8  7pm
Aya de Leon and her new novel The Boss

June 9   7pm
Emily Hobson with Lavender and Red
sponsored by the Bay Area Lesbian Archives

June 10  5pm
Dispatches from Lesbian America
with editor Giovanna Capone and others

June 17  4pm
Anne-Christine d'Adesky author of The Pox Lover, An
Activist's Decade in New York and Paris 
In conversation with Keiko Lane

June 22  7pm
Helen Klonaris author of the collection of short stories


Not yet finalized but in the works:

Would you be interested in a cookbook club
that would meet for a lunchtime gathering once a month?
Or would you rather is be after work? 

Book Group 

Third Thursday of the month, 6:15 to 7:30

June 15 
Deserts are environments that can be inhospitable even to seasoned explorers. Craig Childs has spent years in the deserts of the American West, and his treks through arid lands in search of water reveal the natural world at its most extreme. 
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