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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Book Review: Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28186273-our-chemical-hearts?ac=1&from_search=true


Synopsis (From GoodReads):
Henry Page has never been in love. He fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the slo-mo, heart palpitating, can't-eat-can't-sleep kind of love that he's been hoping for just hasn't been in the cards for him—at least not yet. Instead, he's been happy to focus on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything's about to change.

Grace isn't who Henry pictured as his dream girl—she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys' clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But when Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her. It's obvious there's something broken about Grace, but it seems to make her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back together again. And yet, this isn't your average story of boy meets girl. Krystal Sutherland's brilliant debut is equal parts wit and heartbreak, a potent reminder of the bittersweet bliss that is first love.


Review:
I heard about Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland  as a book similar in tone to All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.  As dark as the Jennifer Niven novel was, I enjoyed it due to the strong relationship between Finch and Violet.  I was not as thrilled with this book.  To say that this was not a romance for the ages is a gross understatement.  While there were some nice elements to the story, I found the central character of Grace to be problematic.

What I Liked:
Humor:
This was written from the point of view of seventeen year-old Henry and is told, at times, with lots of humor.  With self-depreciating charm, Henry explains why everyone thinks he is NOT a chick magnet, why Grace should date him, and how his other friends can be annoying.  His friend Murry is also a fun character and it was great fun to listen to the audio book and hear the actor's version of Murry's Australian accent.

Characters:
I enjoyed Henry, and his friends.  They had a kind of life-long friendship that I see with my own daughter and her friends.  They are always together and help each other through relationships, and school assignments.  They don't judge each other, but also push each other to do their best. 

I liked Henry's parents too.  There was more to them then I originally believed, which I found refreshing.  They weren't just there as drop in characters.  I appreciated small things like Henry needing to check in with them, his having dinner at home, and their trying to balance acting like cool parents and actually being good parents.

Message:
It took until the end of the book to understand its title.  But I finally understood that the author was trying to say that we are all compelled by biology to fall in love and that any love, however short is valid.  I liked that very much.  Too often, adults to brush off love between young adults as infatuation or hormones.  But the love one feels at seventeen can be just as strong as that of a person later in life.  

The book also shows that you don't have to have a "love of a lifetime" kind of romance in order to be in love.  Henry sees love as an ideal, finding a life-long soulmate.  When he finally falls in love, it is messy and imperfect, and he finds this confusing.   I think many people romanticize love and can't understand when things aren't perfect.  They feel very let down, and may even feel the problems is not with their expectations, but with themselves.

What I Was Mixed About:
Considering the timeline of the story (from the beginning of Senior year to Winter break) I was surprised there wasn't more about the pressure of college application deadlines, recommendations, and that all important personal essay.  There was talk about college in passing (as in "I need this activity so I will look good on college apps"), but very little about the process itself.  This is a huge part of the first part of Senior year.  The book felt inauthentic without this.

What I Didn't Like:
Grace:
When one half of the main couple in a book is annoying and humorless, this is a problem.  I found Grace to be clinically depressed, even with her insistence that she was just really angry.  The girl is hanging on to her old boyfriend in a very strange, unhealthy way.  How is it that the adults in her life are not intervening?  She needed some serious counseling to get through her problems, but the adults just seem oblivious.

Plus, I didn't like that she treated Henry so badly.  Time and time again, she is neglectful and rude to him.  Henry was a great guy who deserved better.  he even says this, himself.  But the author seems to give Grace a pass because she is going through something (I can't say what).  I don't care what your problem is, it is no excuse to treat people like disposable tissue!  This made me so mad, and I don't see how anyone could excuse this.

There is also the issue of Grace's excessive drinking, which I felt was glossed over in the book.  It was obvious that she was using alcohol to escape her problems, and was drinking to the point that she was doing, and saying, things that she regretted the next day.  She needed some intervention but no one seemed to think it was that big of a deal.



Rating: 




Release Date:  October 4th, 2016

Genre:  YA Romance

Source:  Public Library

Format:  Audio Book

Recommendation:   While I would definitely recommend getting this book for free at a library (as I did), I wouldn't spend money on this book.  It was just too problematic for me.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

ARC Review and Giveaway! The Blue Moon Narthex by N.J. Donner

Please Note:  I received an advanced reader's copy (ARC) of this book from Irish Banana Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review.  This did not influence the opinions of my review in any way.

Synopsis:
The balance of good and evil has been left in the hands of a thirteen year old...

Since the beginning of time, Karmanic matter worked silently and unassisted keeping good and evil in balance, until growing greed in the world meant Karma couldn’t keep up. As World War I rages, the secret Karmanic Sovereign Legion works behind the scenes to help Karma.

A suspicious train accident and an odd stone-shaped object that belonged to his father thrust Cole McCarthy and two schoolmates into the middle of this battle to keep dark forces in check.

With only the powerful stone, a letter, and grandfatherly Norm to guide them, the trio must unravel clues and tap into unknown strengths to discover who Cole’s father really was and keep themselves and those they love safe.

Includes chapter 1 of book 2 in the Karmanic Sovereign Legion series!


Review:
I truly love fantasy books and there have been plenty of them for middle grade readers over the years.  But, as much as I love J.K. Rowling and Rick Riordan, I am always on the lookout for a new, fun series.  The Blue Moon Narthex, by N.J. Donner, is entertaining and a promising start to a fantasy series for middle grade readers.

What I Liked:
The Narthex Lore:
I thought the explanation of Karma and the KSL (Karmanic Sovereign Legion) was really fun.  A secret society helps the world by trying to keep Karma in balance.  People in the society use a Narthex to move from place to place on missions. 

The Narthexes themselves were intriguing and kind of like the wands in Harry Potter.  Each Narthex is unique and seems to be meant for only one person.  But they can be stolen and used (somewhat less effectively) by others, so a Narthex is guarded fiecely.

There is also a good explanation of the concept of karma that I think is accessible to younger readers.  This book does not go into any religion's theology, so I think the reader will understand karma without it being associated with religion. 

Characters:
I really liked Cole, the main character.  He is thirteen years old and just trying to figure out who he is when he is left without his father (his mother died years ago).  I thought the author found just the right balance for Cole between awkward child and emerging young teen.  Cole is angry about his relationship with his father and feels dad put work in front of his family.  That is something I think many kids can identify with.

Norman (a friend of Cole's dad) is also a great character.  There is more to Norman than meets the eye, and as the book progresses we see why he was Richard's best friend.  

I also appreciated that Cole's stepmother was not the stereotype "evil" stepmom.  She is a complicated person who emerges as someone who loves Cole as a mother would, even when it is not reciprocal. 

Themes:
I think one of the main themes in this book is the transition from child to teen.  Children usually see the world only in terms of themselves.  They have a hard time getting the big picture.  I think, as Cole learns how his parents were involved in the KSL, he comes to understand that his parents were working to make the world a better place.  Sometimes, that meant they couldn't be doting parents.  But they still loved him.


What I Was Mixed About:
Historical Setting:
The story is set during WWI in 1917, yet I never really got a sense that this was happening in that time.  I wish there had been more details about the war and how people lived at that time.  It would have provided a contrast and added to the wonder the characters felt at all the secret technology being used by the KSL.

I also felt that Sophie's character should have been put in an historical context.  In the book, Sophie is given immense opportunities to learn and participate in the KSL.   At a time when many girls did not even go to high school, Sophie being allowed to learn, work, and contribute, would have been astonishing.  I wish that Sophie's role as a trailblazer would have been acknowledged and explored.   I feel it was a missed opportunity.

Confusing, At Times:
With the vast amount of information presented to the reader, the book became confusing in parts.  There are many characters that make very brief appearances and then are gone for long stretches.  This left me thumbing through my copy, trying to figure out who they were.

Overall, I enjoyed this book.  With lots of action, a cool mythology, and an engaging main character, this novel is a fun introduction to the Karmanic Sovereign Legion series. 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31429077-the-blue-moon-narthex?ac=1&from_search=true

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0997476311/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2&linkCode=sl1&tag=theiribanrev-20&linkId=c5bb454b111c74a01d15ec8048fdff55
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-blue-moon-narthex-nj-donner/1125553120;jsessionid=0B3F7F2F366A0F8FC2084D55641834BF.prodny_store02-atgap02?ean=9780997476316&st=AFF&2sid=Goodreads,%20Inc_2227948_NA&sourceId=AFFGoodreads,%20IncM000004

Rating: 





Release Date:  February 7th, 2017

Genre:  Middle Grade Fantasy

Source:  Irish Banana Blog Tours

Format:  Hardcover book

Recommendation:  A promising start to this series, this should be entertaining for middle grade readers.

Giveaway Time:
Blue Moon Narthex Swag Box (US Only)

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About The Author:

N.J. Donner is the author of the new Karmanic Sovereign Legion books. N.J. loves to explore. The world fascinates him and he wants to figure out why and how things work, including Karma.

College adventures took N.J. far from his small Nebraska hometown to the southern hemisphere and the inner city. This was the beginning of his wanderlust and today he loves to travel with his wife, Amanda, and their three children.

N.J. became the first person to graduate with a minor in international affairs from Nebraska Wesleyan University and spent the years right out of college building a successful steel company.




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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

ARC Review: What Playwrights Talk About When They Talk About Writing by Jeffrey Sweet

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31143046-what-playwrights-talk-about-when-they-talk-about-writing?ac=1&from_search=true
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 of my review in any way.

Synopsis (From GoodReads):
The art and craft of playwriting as explored in candid conversations with some of the most important contemporary dramatists

Edward Albee, Lanford Wilson, Lynn Nottage, A. R. Gurney, and a host of other major creative voices of the theater discuss the art of playwriting, from inspiration to production, in a volume that marks the tenth anniversary of the Yale Drama Series and the David Charles Horn Foundation Prize for emerging playwrights.

Jeffrey Sweet, himself an award-winning dramatist, hosts a virtual roundtable of perspectives on how to tell stories onstage featuring extensive interviews with a gallery of gifted contemporary dramatists. In their own words, Arthur Kopit, Marsha Norman, Christopher Durang, David Hare, and many others offer insights into all aspects of the creative writing process as well as their personal views on the business, politics, and fraternity of professional theater. This essential work will give playwrights and playgoers alike a deeper and more profound appreciation of the art form they love.


Review:
I was a total theatre geek in high school.  I did every show in school, and saw many plays and musicals as well.  I even met my future husband in a show in college.  I continue to attend many shows now.  And yet, reading this book made me realize how much I need to learn.  This was a wonderful introduction to some of the most celebrated playwrights of our time.  Reading about their approach to writing was exhilarating and made me want to learn more about each playwright and their work.  

What I Liked:
No assumptions:
I appreciated that the author did not take for granted that the reader would know each playwright.  He took the time to give a proper introduction to each person and to list a few of their works.  I never felt stupid for not immediately recognizing each name.  After reviewing the plays, I found I did know some of their work (or had at least heard of them).

Interview Style:
After each introduction, the author does a very conversational type of interview with each playwright.  They discuss their creative processes, education, and how American theatre differs from British theatre. This made the book very accessible to read and get very involved in what each playwright had to say.

Representation:
There was a good diversity of playwrights presented in this book.  Most of the older writers were white men, but before the 1960's plays by women, LGBTQ, and people of color were seldom produced.  That has changed and we get to hear from a good mix of writers in the second half of this book.  There is also a mix of playwrights who write different types of plays and musicals, and between self-taught and MFA graduates.


What I Was Mixed About:
Limited Audience:
I think this is an excellent book for people who love theatre or for students.  But I wonder if it would appeal to those who only go to the theater occasionally.  I think the audience for this book is a bit limited to those who already have an interest in the subject.  This book is not designed as a theatre appreciation book.  It is narrowed in scope to look at the writing process.  I think if you are interested in how one writes a play, you will find it fascinating.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31143046-what-playwrights-talk-about-when-they-talk-about-writing?ac=1&from_search=true

https://www.amazon.com/What-Playwrights-Talk-About-Writing/dp/0300211449/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1487619370&sr=1-1&keywords=what+playwrights+talk+about+when+they+talk+about+writing
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/what-playwrights-talk-about-when-they-talk-about-writing-jeffrey-sweet/1124513380?ean=9780300211443
https://www.bookdepository.com/What-Playwrights-Talk-About-When-They-Talk-About-Writing/9780300211443

Rating: 



Release Date:  February 16th, 2017

Genre:  Non-fiction

Source:  NetGalley

Format:  ARC E-Book

Recommendation:  Although limited in scope this is an insightful look at the writing process of playwrights.  













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Monday, February 20, 2017

Bay Area Book Events #35

Due to the enormous size of this list, I only show events about four weeks in advance.  The master calendar will continue to show all the events I can find that are listed on each bookstore's site.

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) 

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, February 20th, at 7:30pm

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30142011-rather-be-the-devil

Book:  Rather Be The Devil      
Author:  Ian Rankin
Location:  The Booksmith

Address:  1644 Haight Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 863-8688 


Monday, February 20th, at 7:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30183198-history-of-wolves?from_search=true

 

Book:  History Of Wolves
Author:  Emily Fridlund

Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Tel: (415) 927-0960 or (800) 999-7909


Tuesday, February 21st, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31015379-music-for-love-or-war


Book:  Music For Love Or War
Author:  Martyn Burke

Location:  Books Inc., Palo Alto
Address 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto  
Tel: (650) 321-0600


Tuesday, February 21st, at 7:30pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30838556-journeyman


Book:  Journeymen
Author:  Marc Bojanowski

Location:  The BookSmith
Address:  1644 Haight Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 863-8688 
 
Wednesday, February 22nd at 7:00pm
 Thriller Night
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29938372-this-is-not-over?from_search=true
 
Book:  The Garden Of Lamentations
Author:  Deborah Crombie
Book:  This Is Not Over
Author:  Holly Brown
Location:  A Great Good Place For Books
Address:  6120 LaSalle Avenue, Oakland
Tel:  (510) 339-8210 
 
Wednesday, February 22nd, at 7:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29939268-universal-harvester?from_search=true
 
Book:  Universal Harvester
Author:  John Darnielle
Location:  The Booksmith
Address:  1644 Haight Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 863-8688 
 
Wednesday, February 22nd, at 7:00pm
  Launch Party
 
Book:  A Short Time To Die
Author:  Susan Alice Bickford
Location:  Books Inc., Mountain View
Address:  301 Castro Street, Mountain View
Tel:  (650) 428-1234


Wednesday, February 22nd, at 6:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28114543-on-turpentine-lane?ac=1&from_search=true


Book:  On Turpentine Lane
Author:  Elinor Lipman 
Location:  Book Passage (San Francisco)
Address:  1 Ferry Building, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 835-1020 


Wednesday, February 22nd, at 7:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29939242-the-weight-of-him?ac=1&from_search=true


Book:  The Weight Of Him
Author:  Ethel Rohan

Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Tel: (415) 927-0960 or (800) 999-7909

 

Thursday, February 23rd, at 5:00pm




Book:  Garden Of Lamentations

Author:  Deborah Crombie
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)

Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Tel: (415) 927-0960 or (800) 999-7909



Thursday, February 23rd, at 7:30pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31849925-the-book-of-etta?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  The Book Of Etta  
Author:  Meg Elison  
Location:  Pegasus Books (Downtown)    
Address:  2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley Tel:(510) 649 1320 

 

Thursday, February 23rd, at 7:30pm
 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33787901-one-way-down?ac=1&from_search=true
 
Book:  One Way Down (Or Another)
Author:  Calder G. Lorenz
Location:  The Booksmith
Address:  1644 Haight Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 863-8688
 

Friday, February 24th, at 7:00pm



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30107381-clownfish-blues?ac=1&from_search=true

 

Book:  Clownfish Blues

Author:  Tim Dorsey
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)

Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Tel: (415) 927-0960 or (800) 999-7909

 

Friday, February 24th at 7:30pm

 In Conversation With Tara Sim



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29939230-a-conjuring-of-light?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25760792-timekeeper?ac=1&from_search=true

 Book:  A Conjuring Of Light
Author:  V.E. Schwab

Book:  Timekeeper

Author:  Tara Sim

Location:  Kepler's Books
Address:  1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA
Tel: (650) 324-4321
  
Saturday, February 25th, at 4:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30763898-setting-free-the-kites?from_search=true

 

Book:  Setting Free The Kites

Author:  Alex George
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)

Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Tel: (415) 927-0960 or (800) 999-7909

 

Sunday, February 26th, at 5:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30763898-setting-free-the-kites?from_search=true

 

Book:  Setting Free The Kites

Author:  Alex George

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



Tuesday, February 28th, at 7:00pm
Launch Party


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31491762-scheduled-to-death?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Scheduled To Death    
Author:  Mary Feliz
Location:  Books Inc., Mountain View
Address:  301 Castro Street, Mountain View
Tel:  (650) 428-1234


Tuesday, February 28th, at 7:30pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31849925-the-book-of-etta?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  The Book Of Etta  
Author:  Meg Elison   
Location:  The Booksmith
Address:  1644 Haight Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 863-8688
 
   
Saturday, March 4th at 2:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22060619-enter-title-here?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25760792-timekeeper?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  Enter Title Here
Author:  Rahul Kanakia
Book: Timekeeper
Author:  Tara Sim
Location:  Books Inc. (Santa Clara)
Address:  2712 Augustine Drive, Santa Clara
Tel:  (408) 727-1500
Wednesday, March 8th, at 7:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30687236-celine?from_search=true
Book:  Celine
Author:  Peter Heller
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Tel: (415) 927-0960 or (800) 999-7909
Friday, March 10th, at 7:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25893693-lilac-girls?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  Lilac Girls
Author:  Martha Hall Kelly
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Tel: (415) 927-0960 or (800) 999-7909
Monday, March 13th, at 7:00pm

Book: The Lost Sketchbook of Edgar Degas
Author:  Harriet Scott Chessman
Location:  Books Inc., Palo Alto  
Address 855 El Camino Real #74 , Palo Alto    
Tel: (650) 321-0600
 
Monday, March 13th, at 7:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30687788-ill-will?from_search=true
Book:  Ill Will
Author:  Dan Chaon
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Tel: (415) 927-0960 or (800) 999-7909
Tuesday, March 14th, at 7:00pm
Launch Party

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30531531-every-wild-heart?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  Every Wild Heart
Author:  Meg Donohue
Location:  Books Inc, (Laurel Village)
Address:  3515 California Street, San Francisco
Tel: (415) 221-3666
Tuesday, March 14th, at 7:00pm
Launch Party

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31213521-the-hour-of-daydreams?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  The Hour Of Daydreams
Author:  Renee Rutledge
Location:  Books Inc., (Alameda)
Address:  1344 Park Street, Alameda
Tel: (510) 522-2226
Tuesday, March 14th, at 7:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30255942-a-piece-of-the-world?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  A Piece Of The World
Author:  Christina Baker Kline
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Tel: (415) 927-0960 or (800) 999-7909
Wednesday, March 15th, at 6:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30688143-the-one-eyed-man?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  The One-Eyed Man
Author:  Ron Currie
Location:  Book Passage (San Francisco)
Address:  1 Ferry Building, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 835-1020
Wednesday, March 15th, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25893693-lilac-girls?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  Lilac Girls
Author:  Martha Hall Kelly
Location:  A Great Good Place For Books
Address:  6120 LaSalle Avenue, Oakland
Tel:  (510) 339-8210
 
 

Wednesday, March 15th at 7:00pm
Molotov Editions Launch Event

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32284809-the-death-of-teddy-ballgame?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31851888-the-white-devil?from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18767107-peace?ac=1&from_search=true

Books:  The White Devil, The Death Of Teddy Ballgame, Peace
Authors:  Domenic Stansberry, Robert Mailer Anderson, Gillian Conoley
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)

Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Tel: (415) 927-0960 or (800) 999-7909
Thursday, March 16th, at 6:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30688435-exit-west?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Exit West
Author:  Mohsin Hamid
Location:  Book Passage (San Francisco)
Address:  1 Ferry Building, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 835-1020
Thursday, March 16th, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30256105-the-last-of-august?from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22752127-the-serpent-king?from_search=true
Books:  The Last Of August, The Serpent King
Authors:  Brittany Cavallaro, Jeff Zentner
Location:  Kepler's Books
Address:  1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA
Tel: (650) 324-4321
 
Thursday, March 16th, at 7:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30655763-in-this-grave-hour?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  In This Grave Hour
Author:  Jacqueline Winspear
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)

Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Tel: (415) 927-0960 or (800) 999-7909
Thursday, March 16th, at 7:00pm

Book:  Renegade Red Book Two
Author:  Lauren Bird Horowitz
Location:  Books Inc. (Mountain View)
Address:  301 Castro Street, Mountain View
Tel: ( 650) 428-1234

Friday, March 17th, at 7:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33282947-see-you-in-the-cosmos?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  See You In The Cosmos
Author:  Jack Cheng
Location:  Books Inc., Opera Plaza
Address:  601 Van Ness Street, San Francisco
Tel:   (415) 776-1111
Saturday, March 18th, at 1:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30531531-every-wild-heart?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  Every Wild Heart
Author:  Meg Donohue
Location:  Book Passage (Sausalito)
Address:  100 Bay Street, Sausalito
Tel: (415) 339-1300
Saturday, March 18th at 2:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30259131-when-tides-turn?from_search=true
Book:  When Tides Turn
Author:  Sarah Sundin
Location:  Barnes & Noble (Antioch)
Address:  5709 Lone Tree Way, Antioch
Tel:  (925) 978-1031 
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The Hummingbird's Daughter
Joseph Anton: A Memoir
The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris
The Help
The Fry Chronicles
A Clash of Kings
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
A Game of Thrones
The Hunger Games
Catching Fire
Mockingjay
The Giver
Savvy
The Red Pyramid
Anne of Green Gables
The Complete Novels
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Hatchet
Scorpions


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