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October 2017

reading from Manhattan Beach, the long-awaited, daring, and magnificent novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 7:30pm
Manhattan Beach Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781476716732
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or avaialble within 1-2 days
Published: Scribner Book Company - October 3rd, 2017

Manhattan Beach opens in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to the house of Dexter Styles, a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family.

Presenting A Taste of Paris: A History of the Parisian Love Affair with Food.

"A joyous romp through time . . . The streets and tables of Paris will never be the same and I could not be more grateful."--Alice Waters

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Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 5:30pm
A Taste of Paris: A History of the Parisian Love Affair with Food Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250082930
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Published: St. Martin's Press - September 26th, 2017

In his trademark witty and informative style, Downie embarks on a quest to discover "What is it about the history of Paris that has made it a food lover's paradise?" Long before Marie Antoinette said, "Let them eat cake!" (actually, it was brioche), the Romans of Paris devoured foie gras, and live oysters rushed in from the Atlantic; one Medieval cookbook describes a thirty-two part meal featuring hare stew, eel soup, and honeyed wine; during the last great banquet at Versailles a year before the Revolution the gourmand Louis XVI savored thirty-two main dishes and sixteen desserts; yet, in

celebrating two books published this year: The Romance of Elsewhere and The Last Laugh.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 7:30pm
The Romance of Elsewhere: Essays Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781619029279
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 10th, 2017

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The Last Laugh Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780374286651
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - July 3rd, 2017

Lynn Freed's deeply personal essays in The Romance of Elsewhere explore our most quintessential question: What makes a home? From very early on she had imagined for herself an ideal life: a stranger in a strange place: someone just arrived, just about to leave, and always with a home to return to. As a teenager on an exchange program to the U.S., she had made up fantastic reasons to escape high school in the suburbs and spend her time in New York City.

reading from Slow Medicine: The Way to Healing.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 2:00pm
Slow Medicine: The Way to Healing Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781594633591
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 17th, 2017

Over the years that Victoria Sweet has been a physician, "healthcare" has replaced medicine, "providers" look at their laptops more than at their patients, and costs keep soaring, all in the ruthless pursuit of efficiency. Yet the remedy that economists and policy makers continue to miss is also miraculously simple. Good medicine takes more than amazing technology; it takes time--time to respond to bodies as well as data, time to arrive at the right diagnosis and the right treatment.

Present Who Reads Poetry: 50 Views from "Poetry" Magazine.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 7:00pm
Who Reads Poetry: 50 Views from
By Fred Sasaki (Editor), Don Share (Editor)
$24.00
ISBN: 9780226504766
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: University of Chicago Press - October 20th, 2017

Who reads poetry? We know that poets do, but what about the rest of us? When and why do we turn to verse? Seeking the answer, Poetry Magazine since 2005 has published a column called "The View From Here," which has invited readers "from outside the world of poetry" to describe what has drawn them to poetry. Over the years, the incredibly diverse set of contributors have included philosophers, journalists, musicians, and artists, as well as doctors and soldiers, an iron-worker, an anthropologist, and an economist.

Presenting The Wolf, the Duck & the Mouse.

 "A rare treasure of a story, the kind that seems to have been around forever."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Friday, October 27, 2017 - 4:00pm
The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763677541
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - October 10th, 2017

With a nod to traditional fables and a wink to the reader, the award-winning creators of Extra Yarn and Triangle offer a story of cooperation and creative cuisine about a mouse and a duck who get swallowed by a wolf. With full color illustrations by Jon Klassen.

Present Private Gardens of the Bay Area.

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In Private Gardens of the Bay Area (October 2017, The Monacelli Press), seasoned garden writers Susan Lowry and Nancy Berner and landscape photographer Marion Brenner celebrate the different approaches to gardening in the Bay Area and illuminate the unrivalled beauty of Northern California.

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 4:00pm
Private Gardens of the Bay Area Cover Image
$60.00
ISBN: 9781580934763
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Published: Monacelli Press - October 17th, 2017

In this wonderful new volume we get the breadth of the sky, the quality of the light, the sparkle of the Bay, the shapes of the hills—that has beckoned landscape designers and gardeners for generations.

November 2017

presents the never-before-published, previously unfinished Mark Twain children's story, The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine.

"Completing a story penned by arguably America's greatest author is no easy feat, but the Caldecott-winning author-illustrator (and husband-wife) team proves more than equal to the task. . . . A pensive and whimsical work that Twain would applaud."-- Kirkus, starred review

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 7:30pm
The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780553523225
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Published: Doubleday Books for Young Readers - September 26th, 2017

In a hotel in Paris one evening in 1879, Mark Twain sat with his young daughters, who begged their father for a story. Twain began telling them the tale of Johnny, a poor boy in possession of some magical seeds. Later, Twain would jot down some rough notes about the story, but the tale was left unfinished . . . until now. 

It's not too early to be making summer plans for kids! Meet Kent Collard, Director, see a slideshow about one of California's oldest summer camps located in the Trinity Alps. 

Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

presents Dining In: Highly Cookable Recipes, with tastes from the book.

"This is not a cookbook. It's a treasure map. Alison Roman joyously leads you to the promised land of extraordinary home cooking. Into every one of her stunningly beautiful recipes she's tucked the clues that will invariably lead you to deliciousness: keep it simple, have fun with your food, pack in the flavor, and, most importantly, share it with the people you love."-- Samin Nosrat, author of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 7:30pm
Dining in: Highly Cookable Recipes Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780451496997
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - October 24th, 2017

Alison Roman is known as much for her keeper recipes as her wry Instagram voice and effortless style. Her debut cookbook features 125 recipes for simple, of-the-moment dishes that are full of quickie techniques (think slathering roast chicken in anchovy butter, roasting citrus to bring out new flavors, and keeping boiled potatoes in your fridge for instant crispy smashed potatoes).

Once again we are holding a 3-day shopping spree to benefit our partnership schools. Get a head start on your holiday shopping, in person or online. We donate 20% of pretax sales back to the individual schools. Everything in the store qualifies for the benefit: kids' books, adult books, cook books, gardening books, merchandise, plants, gift certificates ... everything! So, encourage your friends, neighbors, and out-of-town family members to shop for your school during the benefit weekend. 

 

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 10:00am to Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 5:00pm

December 2017

Truman Capote's classic story is read by Thomas Lynch the first week of December in a Mrs. Dalloway's tradition. Join us in celebrating the holiday season.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 7:30pm
A Christmas Memory Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780385392761
Availability: Most titles are on our shelves or avaialble within 1-2 days
Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 28th, 2014

Originally published in 1956, this short story based on Capote's childhood tells of a young boy who lovingly makes fruitcakes from scratch at Christmastime with his elderly cousin. This American holiday classic includes an audio CD.

Thomas Lynch is an actor, neighbor, and friend of the bookstore. 

January 2018

Launching Shames's new Samuel Craddock mystery, A Reckoning in the Back Country.

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 7:30pm
A Reckoning in the Back Country: A Samuel Craddock Mystery Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781633883673
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Seventh Street Books - January 9th, 2018

When Lewis Wilkins, a physician with a vacation home in Jarrett Creek, is attacked by vicious dogs, and several pet dogs in the area around Jarrett Creek disappear, Police Chief Samuel Craddock suspects that a dog fighting ring is operating in his territory. He has to tread carefully in his investigation, as lawmen who meddle in dog fighting put their lives at risk. The investigation is hampered because Wilkins is not a local.

Craddock's focus on the investigation is thrown off by the appearance of a new woman in his life, as well as his accidental acquisition of a puppy. 

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