Dear Reader,
  If you've come into the store this week and noticed something different, it's because Laurel's owner is out this week! Luan is at the Feather River Art Camp getting her art on! But she'll be back next week. Don't forget to bug her and asked what she worked on!

  While she's been away, the rest of the crew has been holding it down at the store. Come on by and say hi to us!

  This Saturday, we're so excited to welcome debut scifi and fantasy novelists Curtis C. Chen and Claire Humphrey to read from their books, talk about the stories, a sign a copy for you! Hope you'll come by! The event starts at 6pm and there's more information the books below!

  Summer is a great time for reading! And we have some suggestions for both kids and adults. Come by the bookstore and check out the summer reading bundles we've made. We've marked them with tags and if you take the package home, we will take your email and the tag an enter you in a drawing for prizes in August.

  And of course, Happy Pride! If you can't make it out to San Francisco this weekend for the celebration and solidarity, come check out the table of books we have dedicated to exploring the full spectrum of genders and sexualities. We're happy to make recommendations as well, as always :)

Happy reading!
The Staff of Laurel Book Store

New and Notable

In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi $32.00
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author of "Backlash," comes "In the Darkroom," an astonishing confrontation with the enigma of her father and the larger riddle of identity consuming our age. Susan Faludi's extraordinary inquiry into the meaning of identity in the modern world and in her own haunted family saga. When the feminist writer learned that her 76-year-old father long estranged and living in Hungary had undergone sex reassignment surgery, that investigation would turn personal and urgent. How was this new parent who identified as a complete woman now connected to the silent, explosive, and ultimately violent father she had known, the photographer who d built his career on the alteration of images?

Finding the Flavors We Lost by Patric Kuh $26.99
The multiple-James Beard Award winning restaurant critic for Los Angeles Magazine delivers an arresting exploration of our cultural demand for artisanal foods in a world dominated by corporate agribusiness. We hear the word artisanal all the time attached to cheese, chocolate, coffee, even fast-food chain sandwiches but what does it actually mean? We take farm to table and handcrafted food for granted now but how did we get here? In Finding the Flavors We Lost, acclaimed food writer Patric Kuh profiles major figures in the so-called artisanal food movement who brought exceptional taste back to food and inspired chefs and restaurateurs to redefine and rethink the way we eat.

Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn $26.95 In this radiant, highly anticipated debut, a cast of unforgettable women battle for independence while a maelstrom of change threatens their Jamaican village. Capturing the distinct rhythms of Jamaican life and dialect, Nicole Dennis- Benn pens a tender hymn to a world hidden among pristine beaches and the wide expanse of turquoise seas. At an opulent resort in Montego Bay, Margot hustles to send her younger sister, Thandi, to school. Taught as a girl to trade her sexuality for survival, Margot is ruthlessly determined to shield Thandi from the same fate. When plans for a new hotel threaten their village, Margot sees not only an opportunity for her own financial independence but also perhaps a chance to admit a shocking secret: her forbidden love for another woman. As they face the impending destruction of their community, each woman--fighting to balance the burdens she shoulders with the freedom she craves--must confront long-hidden scars. From a much-heralded new writer, Here Comes the Sun offers a dramatic glimpse into a vibrant, passionate world most outsiders see simply as paradise.

Waypoint Kangaroo by Curtis C. Chen $25.99
Kangaroo isn t your typical spy. Sure, he has extensive agency training, access to bleeding-edge technology, and a ready supply of clever (to him) quips and retorts. But what sets him apart is the pocket. It s a portal that opens into an empty, seemingly infinite, parallel universe, and Kangaroo is the only person in the world who can use it. But he's pretty sure the agency only keeps him around to exploit his superpower.
After he bungles yet another mission, Kangaroo gets sent away on a mandatory vacation: an interplanetary cruise to Mars. While he tries to make the most of his exile, two passengers are found dead, and Kangaroo has to risk blowing his cover. It turns out he isn t the only spy on the ship and he s just starting to unravel a massive conspiracy which threatens the entire Solar System.
Now, Kangaroo has to stop a disaster which would shatter the delicate peace that s existed between Earth and Mars ever since the brutal Martian Independence War. A new interplanetary conflict would be devastating for both sides. Millions of lives are at stake.
Weren t vacations supposed to be relaxing?
With "Waypoint Kangaroo," Chen makes his debut with this outer space thriller. Chen has an extensive network of connections to prominent science fiction authors, and has studied under John Scalzi, James Patrick Kelly, and Ursula K. LeGuin."
Curtis C. Chen will be here this Saturday, June 24th at 6pm to read from his exciting debut!

Spells of Blood and Kin by Claire Humphrey $25.99
Some families hand down wealth through generations; some hand down wisdom. Some families, whether they want to or not, hand down the secret burdens they carry and the dangerous debts they owe. Lissa Nevsky's grandmother leaves her a big, empty house, and a legacy of magic: folk magic, old magic, brought with Baba when she fled the Gulag. In the wake of her passing, the Russian community of Toronto will depend on Lissa now, to give them their remedies and be their koldun'ia. But Lissa hasn't had time to learn everything Baba wanted to teach her let alone the things Baba kept hidden. Maksim Volkov's birth family is long dead, anything they bestowed on him long turned to dust. What Maksim carries now is a legacy of violence, and he does not have to die to pass it on. When Maksim feels his protective spell fail, he returns to the witch he rescued from the Gulag, only to find his spell has died along with the one who cast it. Without the spell, it is only a matter of time before Maksim's violent nature slips its leash and he infects someone else if he hasn't done so already.Nick Kaisaris is just a normal dude who likes to party. He doesn't worry about family drama. He doesn't have any secrets. All he wants is for things to stay like they are right now, tonight: Nick and his best buddy Jonathan, out on the town. Only Nick is on a collision course with Maksim Volkov, and what he takes away from this night is going to crack open Nick's nature until all of his worst self comes to light. Lissa's legacy of magic might hold the key to Maksim's salvation, if she can unravel it in time. But it's a legacy that comes at a price. And Maksim might not want to be saved.
Claire Humphrey will be here on Saturday, June 25th at 6pm with Curtis Chen to read from her debut as well!

Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick DeWitt $15.99Friendless and loveless, young and aimless, Lucien (Lucy) Minor is the resident odd duck in his bucolic hamlet of Bury, a weakling and compulsive liar in a town famous for producing brutish giants. When Lucy finds employment as Undermajordomo, assisting the Majordomo of a remote, foreboding castle he soon discovers the place harbors many dark secrets, not least of which is the whereabouts of the castle's master, Baron Von Aux. Along the way, he encounters thieves, madmen, aristocrats, and Klara, a delicate beauty for whose love he must compete. Thus begins a tale of theft, heartbreak, mystery, and cold-blooded murder in which every aspect of humanity is laid bare for our hero to observe. Undermajordomo Minor is an adventure story, a fable without a moral, an ink-black comedy of manners, and a love story and Lucy must be careful, for love is a violent thing.

Love May Fail
by Matthew Quick $15.99  Portia Kane is having a meltdown. After escaping her ritzy Florida life and her cheating pornographer husband, she finds herself back in South Jersey, a place that remains largely unchanged from the years of her unhappy youth. Lost and alone, looking for the goodness she believes still exists in the world, Portia sets off on a quest to save the one man who always believed in her and in all of his students: her beloved high school English teacher, Mr. Vernon, who has retired broken and alone after a traumatic classroom incident.

Younger Readers

Wings of Fire Legends: Darkstalker by Tui T. Sutherland  $17.99

Three dragons. One unavoidable, unpredictable destiny. This is the beginning... of the end.
In the SeaWing kingdom, a young prince learns he is an animus -- capable of wonderful magic that comes with a terrible price.  In the mind of a NightWing dragonet, a thousand futures unfold -- and almost all of them, she knows, lead to disaster and destruction.
And under three full moons and the watchful eyes of his NightWing mother and IceWing father, the most powerful dragon Pyrhhia will ever know is clawing his way out of his egg. Darkstalker, the dragon who will change the world forever.  Long before the SandWing war, lifetimes before the Dragonet Prophecy... darkness is born.

Grades 4-6

Winnie & Waldorf Disobedience School $17.99 Written & Illustrated by Kati Hites
Waldorf has been misbehaving Winnie decides it is time he enrolls in Winnie's school for disobedient dogs. Waldorf learns his lessons quickly his favorite subject is nap time; naturally he excels at it. But when it is time for gym class, something terrible happens. The neighbor's dog is in trouble Will Waldorf know just what to do to save the day?In this delightful follow-up to Winnie and Waldorf, Waldorf shows how heroic he can be, especially when he is just being himself. Young readers will love following the charming relationship between Winnie and her best friend, Waldorf.

Hardcover picture book by a local!

And don't forget that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 & 2, a play, will be released at midnight on July 31. We'll be having a midnight party with plenty of fun, treats, and ...  well, you have to be here!

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

Next meeting is Thursday, July 21, 6:15. Jenny Offill's novel, Dept. of Speculation.
In the beginning, it was easy to imagine their future. They were young and giddy, sure of themselves and of their love for each other. "Dept. of Speculation" was their code name for all the thrilling uncertainties that lay ahead. Then they got married, had a child and navigated the familiar calamities of family life-a colicky baby, a faltering relationship, stalled ambitions.
When their marriage reaches a sudden breaking point, the wife tries to retrace the steps that have led them to this place, invoking everything from Kafka to the Stoics to doomed Russian cosmonauts as she analyzes what is lost and what remains. In language that shimmers with rage and longing and wit, Offill has created a brilliantly suspenseful love story-a novel to read in one sitting, even as its piercing meditations linger long after the last page. 


Join us to meet authors in person.

June 25
Curtis Chen and Claire Humphrey
An evening of sci fi / fantasy

June 26
Closing reception for June's artist
Lynn Prather

June 30
Love Unites Us; Winning Freedom to Marry in America
Meet Kate Kendell, Jenny Pizer and let's talk marriage.

July 8
 Chivvis Moore
First Tie Your Camel, Then Trust In God: An American Feminist in the Arab World

July 14
Armin Brott
FAQ for New Fathers & FAQ for Expectant Fathers

Check the website for more events! 
June's Featured Artist
will be
Closing reception on Sunday, June 26 from 2-4pm

Hand Made Books Workshop June 11 from 1-3 pm so drop in! 


My first creative area was ceramics, followed by calligraphy and bookmaking and painting. These last three endeavors have kept circling around in various
combinations since 1977. Last year I studied Printmaking at Laney College which presented me with yet another way to combine words and images.
When I began studying calligraphy, I often warmed up by making gestural marks across a page. This pleasure in movement continues in much of what I do today.
The movement of the pen or brush across the paper of the paper when it is
folded of the pages of a book when they are turned of a mobile in the air.

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