Dear Reader,

   Reminder! The Peeps Diorama Contest is happening! Please head over to the website to see the rules and guidelines. And get your entry ready and here by April 12! 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!

   It's been a tough start to the year. We need your support more than ever, and especially in the run up to tax time, which is historically slow. Birthday presents? Anniversary, bat mitzvah, new baby, just-because-day, or you just need to escape into something yummy? We can help.

   We have been madly reviewing catalogs and ordering new books for spring so watch for some awesome reading material coming out soon.

   I hope to see a whole bunch of you for our event Friday night with Glori Simmons and her book of stories and you and the kids on Saturday for Kamaria Lofton and her children's book My City is Oakland.
    Happy reading and take care of each other,


New and Notable

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See  $27  Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate-the first automobile any of them have seen-and a stranger arrives.
In this remote Yunnan village, the stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking and a reticent Akha people. In her biggest seller, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, See introduced the Yao people to her readers. Here she shares the customs of another Chinese ethnic minority, the Akha, whose world will soon change. Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, translates for the stranger and is among the first to reject the rules that have shaped her existence. When she has a baby outside of wedlock, rather than stand by tradition, she wraps her daughter in a blanket, with a tea cake hidden in her swaddling, and abandons her in the nearest city.

The Idiot by Elif Batuman $27  The year is 1995, and email is new. Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, arrives for her freshman year at Harvard. She signs up for classes in subjects she has never heard of, befriends her charismatic and worldly Serbian classmate Svetlana, and, almost by accident, begins corresponding with Ivan, an older mathematics student from Hungary. Selin may have barely spoken to Ivan, but with each email they exchange, the act of writing seems to take on new and increasingly mysterious meanings.

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman $16 Looking for something after A Man Called Ove? Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy--as in standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-strangers crazy. She is also Elsa's best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother's stories, in the Land-of-Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.
When Elsa's grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa's greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother's instructions lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and old crones but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.

What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi $16 Now in paperback.  Playful, ambitious, and exquisitely imagined, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours is cleverly built around the idea of keys, literal and metaphorical. The key to a house, the key to a heart, the key to a secret-Oyeyemi's keys not only unlock elements of her characters' lives, they promise further labyrinths on the other side. In "Books and Roses" one special key opens a library, a garden, and clues to at least two lovers' fates.

Lapham's Quarterly literary journal Spring 2017 $18  Lapham's Quarterly embodies the belief that history is the root of all education, scientific and literary as well as political and economic. Each issue addresses a topic of current interest and concern-war, religion, money, medicine, nature, crime-by bringing up to the microphone of the present the advice and counsel of the past. This issue is all about Discovery and contains pieces on an amazing array of places in time. If you're a history buff, this is the journal for you.


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, April 20, 6:15

Eleanor Roosevelt, The War Years and After by Blanche Wiesen Cook

Historians, politicians, critics, and readers everywhere have praised Blanche Wiesen Cook's biography of Eleanor Roosevelt as the essential portrait of a woman who towers over the twentieth century. The long-awaited third and final volume takes us through World War II, FDR's death, the founding of the UN, and Eleanor Roosevelt's death in 1962. It follows the arc of war and the evolution of a marriage, as the first lady realized the cost of maintaining her principles even as the country and her husband were not prepared to adopt them. Eleanor Roosevelt continued to struggle for her core issues-economic security, New Deal reforms, racial equality, and rescue-when they were sidelined by FDR while he marshaled the country through war. The chasm between Eleanor and Franklin grew, and the strains on their relationship were as political as they were personal. She also had to negotiate the fractures in the close circle of influential women around her at Val-Kill, but through it she gained confidence in her own vision, even when forced to amend her agenda when her beliefs clashed with government policies on such issues as neutrality, refugees, and eventually the threat of communism. These years-the war years-made Eleanor Roosevelt the woman she became: leader, visionary, guiding light. FDR's death in 1945 changed her world, but she was far from finished, returning to the spotlight as a crucial player in the founding of the United Nations.


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. 

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 15 at the Impact Hub
Paul Hawken,
a pre-book launch of his new book
Drawdown:The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming.
Preorders for the book will be taken at the event.

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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