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Thursday, June 22, 2017

ARC Review: Toward A Secret Sky by Heather MacLean

Please note:  I received an advance reader's copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  This did not influence the opinions of my review in any way.

Synopsis (From Goodreads):
Shortly after 17-year-old Maren Hamilton is orphaned and sent to live with grandparents she’s never met in Scotland, she receives an encrypted journal from her dead mother that makes her and everyone around her a target. It confirms that her parents were employed by a secret, international organization that’s now intent on recruiting her. As Maren works to unravel the clues left behind by her mother, a murderous madness sweeps through the local population, terrorizing her small town. Maren must decide if she’ll continue her parents’ fight or stay behind to save her friends.

With the help of Gavin, an otherworldly mercenary she’s not supposed to fall in love with, and Graham, a charming aristocrat who is entranced with her, Maren races against the clock and around the country from palatial estates with twisted labyrinths to famous cathedrals with booby-trapped subterranean crypts to stay ahead of the enemy and find a cure. Along the way, she discovers the great truth of love: that laying down your life for another isn’t as hard as watching them sacrifice everything for you.
  


Review:
I am always thrilled to receive advanced readers copies of books, hoping I get to be one of the lucky few who steer others towards their next great read.  Unfortunately, once in a while, I have the unlucky task of writing a poor review.  I know how hard the author must have worked to get a book published, so this is not something I do lightly.  Toward A Secret Sky, by Heather MacLean, is just too full of cliches to be enjoyable, and has a main character who is so focused on a guy's attractiveness, that she seems blind to their faults.  Furthermore, there is a truly offense joke toward the end of the book that I found extremely hurtful.

Cliches:
You already know the formula: a suddenly orphaned girl finds out her parents worked for a secret organization that fights demons.  The girl meets a super hot guy who turns out is a warrior angel.   Will she get into all sorts of dangerous situations where he (or another guy) arrives out of nowhere to save her?  Will one of her new friends  betray her?  Will she and the angel fall in love?  I think you can guess the answers to all of these questions.

Characters:
I found Maren to be extremely superficial when it came to boys.  Even though she knows Anders (another hot guy at school) is a jerk, she seems all to willing to give him a chance because, after all, he is a lord, and rich, and gorgeous.  She also doesn't seem to mind that Gavin is over 200 years old.  Doesn't she find it creepy that he's hitting on her?  Oh, no.  It's okay because he's a hottie.

Although Maren's grandparents did seem like very kind and loving people, it didn't seem to phase them that their son, and his wife (Maren's parents) were secret agents.  If they were so concerned for Maren's safety, I highly doubt they would be so nonchalant talking about it.

Troubling "Joke":
As if there weren't enough problems with this book, there is an extremely hurtful "joke" toward the end of the book. 
"I don't know, " he said.  "At least, I can't put my finger on it.  I adore you, you know, but there's something else.  Something special about you, Maren."
"Yeah, 'Special Ed'" I quipped.

What the heck?

As a special education teacher, I am seriously offended by this.  The students I work with are kind, hard-working, and incredibly brave.  They must face the world with challenges this character couldn't fathom.  Making this joke is why parents often refuse support services for their kids.  They don't want their child to have the 'Special Ed' label.  Why perpetuate this stigma?  This has no place in books, particularly from a main character the reader is supposed to admire.

I have contacted the publisher, and asked that they review this section of the book.  I really hope they listen and take this out of further editions.  It was unnecessary, and cruel.

Rating: 




Release Date:  April 4th, 2017

Genre:  YA Fantasy

Source:  NetGalley

Format:  ARC E-Book

Recommendation:  Even without the offensive line about 'special ed',  I would NOT recommend this book.  The characters were all stereotypes, and the plot was too predictable. 





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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

ARC Review: The People We Hate At The Wedding by Grant Ginder

Please Note:  I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  This did not influence the opinions in my review in any way.

Synopsis (From Goodreads):
Paul and Alice’s half-sister Eloise is getting married! In London! There will be fancy hotels, dinners at “it” restaurants and a reception at a country estate complete with tea lights and embroidered cloth napkins.
They couldn’t hate it more.

The People We Hate at the Wedding is the story of a less than perfect family. Donna, the clan’s mother, is now a widow living in the Chicago suburbs with a penchant for the occasional joint and more than one glass of wine with her best friend while watching House Hunters International. Alice is in her thirties, single, smart, beautiful, stuck in a dead-end job where she is mired in a rather predictable, though enjoyable, affair with her married boss. Her brother Paul lives in Philadelphia with his older, handsomer, tenured track professor boyfriend who’s recently been saying things like “monogamy is an oppressive heteronormative construct,” while eyeing undergrads. And then there’s Eloise. Perfect, gorgeous, cultured Eloise. The product of Donna’s first marriage to a dashing Frenchman, Eloise has spent her school years at the best private boarding schools, her winter holidays in St. John and a post-college life cushioned by a fat, endless trust fund. To top it off, she’s infuriatingly kind and decent.

As this estranged clan gathers together, and Eloise's walk down the aisle approaches, Grant Ginder brings to vivid, hilarious life the power of family, and the complicated ways we hate the ones we love the most in the most bitingly funny, slyly witty and surprisingly tender novel you’ll read this year.


Review:
Family gatherings are ripe fields of conflict in life, and in literature.  Thanksgivings, birthdays, and funerals all have the potential for drama.  The People We Hate At The Wedding, by Grant Ginder, uses the nuptials of a thirty something woman to bring to a head years of animosity between her, her half siblings, and their mother.  At times, I loved this book with it's squabbling relations, outrageous rivalries, and the gripping backstories of the main characters.  Other times, like a guest at a wedding seated next to the drunken uncle, I just wanted to stop the author from oversharing.

What I Liked: 
Characters:
I like the three siblings: Eloise, Alice, and Paul.  Each has their own issues and heartbreaking backstories.  And the dynamic between the three is fascinating.  Alice and Paul always feel that Eloise is their mom's favorite, while Eloise feels like an outsider intruding on the other two's closeness.  All of them are proud and this causes misunderstandings between them.

Donna, their mom, is also a complicated character.  Her attempts to shield Paul from his homophobic father result in Paul hating his mother.  I feel she was treated very poorly by all of her children.

With the exception of Eloise, all the main characters have a preoccupation with how others think of them.  They each are rather inept, socially,  and this causes them be overly concerned with what clothes they wear, what they say, and how others treat them.  It also is the reason they let their romantic partners treat them so badly.

Sibling Interactions:
I think the siblings gossiping about the other was funny.  When one calls another, they share secrets, hang up, and them immediately call the third sibling to tell them what happened.  It doesn't mean they don't love each other, it is just that the characters can't help themselves.

Plot:
I enjoyed the plot of the book and how all three siblings seem to be at a crossroads.  They are each making life-altering decisions.  Even as they are  bickering with each other, they try to help one another.  And by seeing each other's problems, they are able to look at their own problems with more clarity.

What I Didn't Like:
Crude Sex Scenes:
If you read my book reviews with some regularity, you will know that I am not a fan of graphic sex scenes.  Once in a while, they do have a place in a novel, but this book's sexy bits were over the top.  I don't know if it was because it's played as comical, but I really didn't care for the descriptions in the threesome scene.  They are crude, not sexy, and made me want to take a shower afterwards.  I would have given this book a much higher rating, had it not been for this.

If you are looking for a "clean romance" this is NOT IT.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32076675-the-people-we-hate-at-the-wedding?ac=1&from_search=true

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-people-we-hate-at-the-wedding-grant-ginder/1124653907?ean=9781250095206
https://www.amazon.com/People-We-Hate-Wedding-Novel/dp/1250095204/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1497833250&sr=1-1&keywords=the+people+we+hate+at+the+wedding

https://www.bookdepository.com/The-People-We-Hate-at-the-Wedding-Grant-Ginder/9781250095206?ref=grid-view&qid=1497833290655&sr=1-1

Rating: 




Release Date:  June 6th, 2017

Genre:  General Fiction

Source:  NetGalley

Format:  ARC E-Book

Recommendation:  If your looking for catty comments between siblings, you will love this book.  Be warned: there are some extremely crude sex scenes.
 
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Book Review: The Practice House by Laura McNeal


Synopsis (From Goodreads):

Nineteen-year-old Aldine McKenna is stuck at home with her sister and aunt in a Scottish village in 1929 when two Mormon missionaries ring the doorbell. Aldine’s sister converts and moves to America to marry, and Aldine follows, hoping to find the life she’s meant to lead and the person she’s meant to love.
In New York, Aldine answers an ad soliciting a teacher for a one-room schoolhouse in a place she can’t possibly imagine: drought-stricken Kansas. She arrives as farms on the Great Plains have begun to fail and schools are going bankrupt, unable to pay or house new teachers. With no money and too much pride to turn back, she lives uneasily with the family of Ansel Price—the charming, optimistic man who placed the ad—and his family responds to her with kind curiosity, suspicion, and, most dangerously, love. Just as she’s settling into her strange new life, a storm forces unspoken thoughts to the surface that will forever alter the course of their lives.

Review:
The Practice House, by Laura McNeal, is essentially about people creating their sense of home.  For some, the landscape creates that feeling of belonging.  For others, being near family makes them feel safe.  In this book, I got completely immersed in depression-era Kansas, and California, and how differently people lived at that time.  It swept me away!

What I Liked:
Settings:
The book mainly takes place in Kansas and in California in the early 1930's.  I loved the author's details.  Even though, intellectually, I know that there was little technology at that time, it really hit me how differently people lived.  Many people in the 1930's didn't even have telephones!  Letters took weeks, or sometimes months, to be delivered.  Children, especially in rural areas, went to school sporadically.  Medicine was also rather primitive and many never went to a doctor in their entire lives.

I was also struck by how the characters ate.  This was during the depression, so many people in the Midwest went hungry if they didn't have a cellar of preserved food to rely on in the winter.  Contrasting this with California, where food could be grown year-round, and the west coast became a dreamland for many.  Perhaps that is why so many people migrated to the state when America's farmland evolved into the dust bowl.

Characters:
Aldine is a restless teen living in Scotland.  With her parents dead, she and her sister seem stuck to live a dreary life as spinsters with their aunt.  A chance knock on the door by two young Morman missionaries changes everything, and leads Aldine to follow her sister to America.

I liked Aldine but she was certainly no saint.  I think she was so desperate to belong to a family that she willfully ignored how her actions affected others. But I did admire her determination to fix her own problems.  She didn't try to excuse her behavior or willfully try to manipulate the men in her life.

Clare (short for Clarence) is the son in the Kansas family who is infatuated with Aldine.  I liked he could see clearly what was happening in his house (I'm being vague so as not to reveal spoilers).  He was also so stoic when things get difficult.  Through it all, he remained loving to his family.

Charlotte and her mother Ellie are both survivors who find ways to create the lives they want, despite their circumstances.  Although sometimes, they were hard to like (particularly Charlotte's pettiness towards Aldine), each of them made a conscious choice to find a way to get what was important to them.  For Charlotte, it was the need to get married to be an adult.  For Ellie, it was to go to California to be near her sister and find a way to be financially independent.

Themes of Home:
Throughout this book, there was a theme of what home means.  Is it financial security?  The freedom to be your own boss?  Being near family?  I think that is why this book has this name, The Practice House.  Each character is practicing ways to create their own sense of home and belonging.  Since it is different for each person, I can't judge many of their actions.  And while I may not agree with some of their choices,  I can understand the deep need to belong.


What I Didn't Like:
Characters:
I really didn't like Ansel, the father of the family who Aldine lives with.  I found him to be selfish and willfully ignorant of his family's suffering.  He is so tied to the land that he doesn't seem too concerned that his wife and children don't have enough to eat.  And he resents his wife asking her father for money to help them.  As much as I understood that he felt connected to his farm, when you become a parent, everything should become secondary to the well-being of your children.

I am not criticizing the writing of this character.  In fact, I think it was very well written.  I just hated how Ansel treated his family, and Aldine.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31340847-the-practice-house?ac=1&from_search=true


https://www.amazon.com/Practice-House-Laura-McNeal-ebook/dp/B01DIZCV5K/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1496101942&sr=1-1&keywords=the+practice+house

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-practice-house-laura-mcneal/1124403936?ean=9781503937253



Rating:  




Release Date:  April 1st, 2017

Genre:  Historical Fiction

Source:  Borrowed from a friend (thank you, Natasha)

Format:  Paperback book

Recommendation:  A sweeping historical fiction, this would make a fantastic book club selection.


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Monday, June 19, 2017

Bay Area Book Events #51

Due to the enormous size of this list, I only show events about four weeks in advance.  There is also a master calendar that has all listings.

Bookstores in this list may include:  
Barnes & Noble (various Bay Area Locations)
Book Passage (Corte Madera & San Francisco)
The Booksmith (San Francisco)
Books Inc. (various Bay Area Locations)
Pegasus Books (Berkeley & Oakland)
Hicklebee's Children's Books (San Jose)
A Great Good Place For Books (Oakland)
Kepler's Books (Menlo Park) 
Diesel, A Bookstore (Oakland)
   
Orinda Books (Orinda)
Rakestraw Books (Danville) 

Borderlands Books (San Francisco)
Town Center Books (Pleasanton)   
I am attempting to make this a one stop place to find book signings in the San Francisco Bay Area! I will mostly focus on YA books, but I will also include some general fiction if I think it will be of interest.  I do not list non-fiction books (There are simply too many events of those to list).  I think this is an extensive list, but there is always the possibility that I missed an event (Hey, I'm human). If you think there is an event that I should include, please leave me a note in the comments section. Thanks.

All  book graphics have links to GoodReads so you can check them out.

As always, it is a good idea to call the store a day or two before to confirm that the scheduled event is still on.  I have learned that these events change constantly.


Monday, June 19th, at 11:30am
Read It & Eat It
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32889533-the-marsh-king-s-daughter?ac=1&from_search=true
Tickets are
 $15 (lunch only), $35 (lunch & book)
Call the store for reservations 
Book:  The Marsh King's Daughter
Author:  Karen Dionne
Location:  Town Center Books
Address:  555 Main Street, Pleasanton
Tel:  (925) 846-8826
  
Monday, June 19th, at 12:00pm
Literary Luncheon
Tickets:  $55 (Includes meal and signed book)
Book:  The Sunshine Sisters
Author:  Jane Green
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Tel:  (415) 927-0960 
 

Monday, June 19th, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32620352-defectors?from_search=true

Book:  Defectors
Author:  Joseph Kanon
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Tel:  (415) 927-0960 


Tuesday, June 20th at 7:30pm
Presented by The Booksmith


Book:  Kangaroo Too
Author:  Curtis Chen
Location:  The Bindery
Address:  1727 Haight Stree, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 836-8688 (The Booksmith)


Tuesday, June 20th, at 7:00pm

Summer Reading with Wendy & Kathleen

Part 2

"So many of our customers had other commitments and asked us if we'd host a second summer reading night; we had so much fun we said Awesome! We're In!
So...
Join GGP owner Kathleen and Penguin Random House Sales Rep, Wendy Pearl
For an ENTIRE night of reading suggestions"

"FREE COOL "I'd Rather Be Reading" Beach 
Book Bag with purchase of one book.

Drawing for a beach bag full of goodies!

Drawing for a gift certificate!

Wine, Munchies, and great company, how can you beat that?"

Location:  A Great Good Place For Books
Address: 6120 LaSalle Ave., Oakland
Tel (510) 339-8210



Tuesday, June 20th, at 7:00pm

Launch Party


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32620355-the-spy-across-the-table?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  The Spy Across The Table
Author:  Barry Lancet
Location:  Books Inc. (Mountain View)
Address:  301 Castro Street, Mountain View
Tel:  (650) 428-1247
  

Tuesday, June 20th, at 7:30pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32337121-lockdown
Book:  Lockdown
Author:  Laurie R. King
Location:  Kepler's Books
Address:  1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Tel: (650) 324-4321


Tuesday, June 20th, at 7:30pm

Launch Party


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31944956-since-i-laid-my-burden-down?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Since I Laid My Burden Down
Author:  Brontez Purnell
Location:  Pegasus Books - Downtown
Address:  2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
Tel: (510) 649-1320


Wednesday, June 21st, at 6:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30753995-the-lost-history-of-stars?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  The Lost History Of Stars
Author:  David Boling
Location:  Book Passage (San Francisco)
Address:  1 Ferry Building
Tel:  (415) 835-1020

 

Wednesday, June 21st at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34144556-the-glamshack?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  The Glamshack
Author:  Paul Cohen
Location:  Books Inc., (The Marina)
Address:  2251 Chestnut Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 931-3633 


Wednesday, June 21st, at 7:00pm



Book:  Motor Crush
Authors:  Brenden Fletcher, Babs Tarr
Location:  Barnes & Noble (Corte Madera)
Address: 313 Corte Madera Town Center
Tel: (415) 927-9016


Thursday, June 22nd at 7:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29344653-house-of-names?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  House Of Names
Author:  Colm Toibin
Location:  Rakestraw Books (Danville)
Address:  3 Railroad Avenue, Danville
Tel: (925)  837-7337


Thursday, June 22nd at 7:00pm

Book:  The Half-Life of Remorse
Author:  Grand Jarrett
Location:  Books Inc., (The Marina)
Address:  2251 Chestnut Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 931-3633  


Thursday, June 22nd, at 7:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32445637-american-family?from_search=true

Book:  American Family
Author:  Catherine Marshall-Smith
Location:  Books Inc., Santa Clara
Address:  2712 Augustine Drive #120, Santa Clara
Tel:  (408) 727-1500
 

Thursday, June 22nd, at 7:00pm

YA Night


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30653927-the-hidden-memory-of-objects?from_search=true
Book:  What I Lost
Author:  Alexandra Ballard
Book:  The Hidden Memory Of Objects
Author:  Danielle Mages Amato
Location:  A Great Good Place For Books
Address:  6120 LaSalle Ave., Oakland
Tel:  (510) 339-8210


Saturday, June 24th, at 2:00pm



Book:  The Soul of Uncertainty
Author: Mark Susnow
Location:  Barnes & Noble (Corte Madera)
Address:  313 Corte Madera Town Center
Tel: (415) 927-9016 


Saturday, June 24th, at 2:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33632676-inherit-the-flame?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Inherit The Flame
Author:  Megan O'Keefe
Location:  Barnes & Noble (Antioch)
Address:  5709 Lone Tree Way, Antioch
Tel: (925) 978-1031
 

Sunday, June 25th, at 4:00pm


The regular tickets for this event are sold out.  There will be Standing Room Only tickets available.  Go to www.Bookpassage.com to get tickets.

Book:  Theft By Finding
Author:  Davis Sedaris
Location: Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Tel:  (415) 927-0960 


Monday, June 26th, at 7:30pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31451125-isadora?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31450937-the-last-kid-left?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  Isadora
Author:  Amelia Gray
Book:  The Last Kid Left
Author:  Rosecrans Baldwin
Location:  The Booksmith
Address:  1644 Haight Street, San Francisco
Tel: (415) 863-8688


Monday, June 26th, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32051571-everybody-s-son?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  Everybody's Son
Author:  Thrity Umrigar
Location:  Book Passage
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera
Tel (415) 927-0960


Tuesday, June 27th, at 11:30am

Literary Luncheon

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32051571-everybody-s-son?ac=1&from_search=true

Tickets are $10 (call store to make a reservation)

Book:  Everybody's Son
Author:  Thrity Umrigar
Location:  Orinda Books
Address:  276 Orinda Village Square, Orinda
Tel:  (925) 254-7606 


Tuesday, June 27th, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32827398-spoonbenders?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Spoonbenders
Author:  Daryl Gregory
Location:  A Great Good Place For Books
Address:  6120 LaSalle Ave., Oakland
Tel: (510) 339-8210 


Wednesday, June 28th, at 6:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32827398-spoonbenders?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  Spoonbenders
Author:  Daryl Gregory

Location Borderlands Books
Address:  866 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 824-8203
 

Wednesday, June 28th, at 7:30pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31945048-ash-falls?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31944823-empire-of-glass?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  Empire Of Glass
Author:  Kaitlin Solimine
Book:  Ash Falls
Author:  Warren Read
Location:  The Booksmith
Tel: (415) 863- 8688 


Wednesday, June 28th, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32051571-everybody-s-son?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  Everybody's Son
Author:  Thrity Umrigar
Location:  Books Inc., Palo Alto
Address:  855 El Camino Real #74, Palo Alto
Tel: (650) 321-0600



Wednesday, June 28th, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32445432-murder-in-saint-germain?from_search=true
Book:  Murder In Saint-Germaine
Author:  Cara Black
Location:  Books Inc., Mountain View
Address:  301 Castro Street, Mountain View
Tel: (650) 428-1234
 

Thursday, June 29th, at 11:30am

Literary Luncheon

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32811580-unsub?ac=1&from_search=true

Tickets are $10 (call store to make a reservation)

Book:  Unsub
Author:  Meg Gardiner
Location:  Orinda Books
Address:  276 Orinda Village Square, Orinda
Tel: (925) 254-7606


Thursday, June 29th, at 7:30pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33952825-zero-sum?ac=1&from_search=true

Book: Zero Sum
Author:  Barry Eisler
Location:  Kepler's Books
Address:  1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Tel: (650) 324-4321


Thursday, June 29th, at 7:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32739410-the-confusion-of-languages?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  The Confusion Of Languages
Author:  Siobhan Fallon
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Tel: (415) 927-9016 


Friday, June 30th, at 11:00am
Coffee & Conversation
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32739410-the-confusion-of-languages?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  The Confusion Of Languages
Author:  Siobhan Fallon

Location:  Town Center Books
Address:  555 Main Street, Pleasanton
Tel: (925) 846-8826

Friday, June 30th, at 5:30pm
Presented by Town Center Books
&
Pleasanton Public Library

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15809617-the-lost-heir?from_search=true

Book:  Wings of Fire
Author:  Tui T. Sutherland
Location:  Pleasanton Public Library
Address:  400 Old Bernal Avenue, Pleasanton
Tel: (925) 931-3400 ext. 3 (Pleasanton Public Library Children's Services)
 
Friday, June 30th, at 7:00pm

Literary Dinner with Nina George!


Tickets:  (including dinner)  

$30/person $45/couple
 
Book:  The Little French Bistro
Author:  Nina George
Location:  Rakestraw Books
Address:  3 Railroad Ave., Danville
Tel: (925) 837-7337


Saturday, July 1st, at 12:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30228074-the-heart-to-kill?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  The Heart To Kill
Author:  Dorothy M. Place
Location:  Barnes & Noble (Corte Madera)
Address:  313 Corte Madera Town Center
Tel:  (415) 927-9016 


Saturday, July 1st, at 3:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31185918-the-witchwood-crown?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  The Witchwood Crown
Author:  Tad Williams
Location: Borderlands Books
Address:  866 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Tel: (415) 824-8203


Saturday, July 1st at 5:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34500535-welcome-home-katie-gallagher?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Welcome Home Katie Gallagher
Author:  Seana Kelly
Location:  Barnes & Noble (San Jose)
Address:  3600 Stevens Creek Blvd., San Jose
Tel: (408) 984-3495 


Wednesday, July 5th at 7:00pm

In Conversation with

Anna-Marie McLemore


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28220826-when-the-moon-was-ourshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29283884-the-gentleman-s-guide-to-vice-and-virtue?ac=1&from_search=true

Book: The Gentleman's Guide To Vice and Virtue
Author:  Mackenzi Lee
Book:  When The Moon Was Ours
Author:  Anna-Marie Mclemore
Location:  Kepler's Books
Address: 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Tel: (650) 324-4321


Thursday, July 6th, at 7:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28595955-runtime?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  Runtime
Author:  S.B. Divya
Location:  Borderlands Books
Address:  866 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Tel: (415) 824-8203


Saturday, July 8th, at 1:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31944479-a-head-in-cambodia?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  A Head In Cambodia
Author:  Nancy Tingley
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Tel: (415) 927-9016 


Saturday, July 8th, at 3:00pm 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35007994-the-spawn-of-lilith?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  The Spawn Of Lilith
Author: Dana Fredsti
Location:  Borderlands Books
Address:  866 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 824-8203 

Sunday, July 9th, at 1:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21440591-joshua-s-revenge?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Joshua's Revenge
Author:  Richard Wren
Location:  Orinda Books
Address:  276 Village Square, Orinda
Tel:  (925) 254-7606

Sunday, July 9th, at 3:00pm


Book:  Heroine Worship
Author:  Sarah Kuhn
Location:  Borderlands Books
Address:  866 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 824-8203


Sunday, July 9th, at 4:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31324335-one-good-mama-bone?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  One Good Mama Bone
Author:  Bren McClain
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Tel: (415) 927-9016 


Sunday, July 9th, at 4:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25944803-the-unbreakable-code?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  The Unbreakable Code
Author:  Jennifer Bertman

Location:  Books Inc., Burlingame
Address:  1375 Burlingame Ave, Burlingame
Tel: (650) 685-4911


Sunday, July 9th, at 6:30pm
Science Fiction in San Francisco
Borderlands Books Presents:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26114364-waypoint-kangaroo?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33632676-inherit-the-flame?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Waypoint Kangaroo
Author:  Curtis Chen
Book:  Inherit The Flame
Author:  Megan O'Keefe
Location: The American Bookbinders Museum
Address:  355 Clementina Street, San Francisco
Tel: (415) 824-8203 (Borderlands Books)

Sunday, July 9th, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31523129-split-rock?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Split Rock
Author:  Holly Eger
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Tel:  (415) 927-0960 


Tuesday, July 11th, at 7:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34542178-a-rain-of-night-birds?from_search=true

Book:  A Rain Of Night Birds
Author:  Deena Metzger
Location:  Book Passage (San Francisco)
Address:  1 Ferry Building, San Francisco
Tel: (415) 835-1020

Tuesday, July 11th, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32337896-a-house-among-the-trees?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  A House Among The Trees
Author:  Julia Glass
Location:  Books Inc., Palo Alto
Address:  855 El Camino Real #74, Palo Alto
Tel: (650) 321-0600

Tuesday, July 11th, at 7:30pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32926086-give-up-the-dead?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Give Up The Dead
Author:  Joe Clifford
Location:  Pegasus Books - Downtown
Address:  2340 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
Tel: (510) 649-1320 


Tuesday, July 11th, at 7:30pm


Book:  Not Constantinople
Author:  Nicholas Bredie
Location:  The Booksmith
Address:  1644 Haigh Street, San Francisco
Tel: (415) 863-8688 


Wednesday, July 12th, at 12:00pm
Literary Luncheon

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32337896-a-house-among-the-trees?ac=1&from_search=true
Tickets: $65 (includes lunch & signed book)
Book:  A House Among The Trees
Author:  Julia Glass
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Tel: (415)  927-0960


Wednesday, July 12th, at 7:00pm
NYMBC Contemporary YA Panel
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29073707-it-s-not-like-it-s-a-secret?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32332925-the-wonder-of-us?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31213230-the-duke-of-bannerman-prep?ac=1&from_search=true

Books: The Wonder Of Us (Kim Culbertson), It's Not Like It's A Secret ( Misa Sugiura), The Duke Of Bannerman Prep (Katie A. Nelson)
Location:  Books Inc., Opera Plaza
Address:  601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 776-1111


Wednesday, July 12th, at 7:00pm
Launch Party
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33911034-the-fifth-reflection?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  The Fifth Reflection
Author:  Ellen Kirschman
Location:  Books Inc., Palo Alto
Address:  855 El Camino Real #74, Palo Alto
Tel: (650) 321-0600
Wednesday, July 12th, at 7:30pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32191908-vague-tales

Book:  Vague Tales
Author: Eric Haven
Location:  Pegasus Books - Downtown
Address:  2340 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
Tel: (510) 649-1320 


Thursday, July 13th, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31944938-that-crazy-perfect-someday?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  That Crazy Perfect Someday
Author:  Michael Mazza
Location:  Books Inc., Burlingame
Address:  1375 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame
Tel:  (650) 685-4914 


Friday, July 14th, at 6:00pm
Celebrate Bastille Day with
Wine, Cheese, and Murder!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32445432-murder-in-saint-germain?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31450907-love-death-in-burgundy?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Murder in Saint-Germain
Author:  Cara Black
Book:  Love & Death in Burgundy
Author:  Susan C. Shea
Location:  Orinda Books
Address:  276 Village Square, Orinda
Tel: (925) 254-7606 

Friday, July 14th, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31450779-the-last-laugh?from_search=true

Book:  The Last Laugh
Author:  Lynn Freed
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Tel:  (415) 927-0960


Saturday, July 15th 10am to 4pm

Books Inc. Midsummer Warehouse Sale Extravaganza!


Everything 30-80% off of 1000’s of books. Greeting Cards 4 for $1. Toys and gift items marked down to extreme discounts. July 15 open 10am to 4pm, one day only-come early for the best selection. Free swag with purchase! 

  • All items on a first come, first served basis
  • No special orders
  • All sales final
  • Books Inc. Warehouse is located at 1501 Vermont Street @ Cesar Chavez 
  • Limited parking available in the Books Inc. parking lot + street parking 
  • 20 minute walk from 24th St. BART Station 
  • SF MUNI lines 9, 10, 19, 27, 48 
  • Close proximity to 22nd St Caltrain Station
Location: Books Inc., Warehouse
Address:  1501 Vermont Street @ Cesar Chavez, San Francisco


Saturday, July 15th at 2:00pm
Presented by Books Inc.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25110749-vietnameazy?ac=1&from_search=true

Book: Vietnameazy
Author:  Trami Nguyen Cron
Location:  Milpitas Public Library
Address:  160 N. Main Street, Milpitas
Tel:  (408) 262-1171

Saturday, July 15th, at 3:00pm


Book:   The Sumage Solution
Author:  G.L. Carriger
Location:  Borderlands Books
Address:  866 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Tel: (415) 824-8203

Saturday, July 15th, at 4:00pm
A Benefit for The First Responders Support Network
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33911034-the-fifth-reflection?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  The Fifth Reflection
Author:  Ellen Kirschman
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Tel:  (415) 927-0960

Saturday, July 15th, at 4:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32333174-want?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Want
Author:  Cindy Pon
Location:  Books Inc., Opera Plaza
Address:  601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 776-1111 


Saturday, July 15th, at 7:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14740403-elena?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  Elena
Author:  Duncan Lloyd
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Tel: (415) 927-0960


Sunday, July 16th, at 1:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28264701-hum-if-you-don-t-know-the-words?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Hum If You Don't Know The Words
Author:  Bianca Marais
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Tel:  (415) 927-0960


Sunday, July 16th, at 2:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32073074-perish-from-the-earth?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Parish From The Earth
Author:  Jonathan F. Putman
Location:  Book Passage (San Francisco)
Address:  1 Ferry Building, San Francisco
Tel: (415) 835-1020

Sunday, July 16th, at 3:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32661075-the-ragtime-traveler?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  The Ragtime Traveler
Author:  Casey Karp
Location:  Borderlands Books
Address:  866 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Tel: (415) 824-8203

 
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