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Vol. 12, Iss. 6 February 2011 The West’s Oldest Independent Bookseller

A Spelling Bee for Cheaters (A Fierce Competition for the Benefit of 826 Valencia and co-sponsored by the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and City Arts & Lectures)

Thursday February 17, 2011 7:30–9:30 PM

Herbst Theater San Francisco Civic Center On Thursday, February 17, 2011, 826 Valencia will present their firstever Spelling Bee for Cheaters at the Herbst Theater. Hosted in conjunction with the creators of the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and City Arts & Lectures, this Spelling Bee is a tournament that tests not only the contestants’ vocabulary, but also their ability cravenly and shamelessly to cheat. Why would we encourage such loathsome and pusillanimous behavior? Because it’s a fundraiser. Contestants will solicit donations from friends, colleagues, relatives, and perhaps even total strangers to enable them to purchase “cheats” to use during the competition. Best of all, every penny you raise is a tax-deductible donation to 826 Valencia enabling them to continue their work helping students all over the Bay Area master their homework, write their first books, publish their first short stories, and become more confident writers.   To enter the Spelling Bee or to make a contribution to 826 Valencia, please contact Anne Farrah: or (415) 6425623 ext. 210. For more information, contact Margaret McCarthy: or (415) 642-5623 ext. 210.





Cooks’ Book Club of Fourth Street, Berkeley, a collaboration with Books

Inc., Café Rouge, and The Pasta Shop meets the fourth Tuesday evening of every month. The evenings are interactive in  conversation with the authors, featuring  recipes and ingredient samples provided by Café Rouge and The Pasta Shop. Wine and food will be served. Books and ingredients will be available for purchase that evening.

February 22 @ 6:00 PM

Meeting will be at The Pasta Shop with Gordon Edgar, Cheesemonger, A Life on the  Wedge. Reservations needed, space is  limited! Call Café Rouge directly at (510) 525-1440 after 10 a.m. or

Silicon Valley Reads…Michelle Richmond’s The Year of Fog

Students, friends, families, co-workers, neighbors, book lovers - literally all who live, work or learn in Silicon Valley are invited to participate in Silicon Valley Reads programs. Presented by the Santa Clara County Office of Education, the Santa Clara County Library and the San Jose Public Library Foundation.

Not Your Mother’s Book Club™ Valentine’s Bash!!!

With Elizabeth Eulberg author of Prom & Prejudice, Cathleen Daly author of Flirt Club, and Suzanne Selfors author of Mad Love.

February 9 @ 7:00 PM Books Inc in Opera Plaza

Event highlights February 8th February 8th 7:00 PM 7:00 PM SUSAN VREELAND REE DRUMMOND Clara and Mr. Tiffany The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels Books Inc. in the Marina Books Inc. in Opera Plaza

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13 Rue Therese

By Elena Shapiro American academic Trevor Stratton discovers a box full of artifacts from World War I as he settles into his new office in Paris. The pictures, letters, and objects in the box relate to the life of Louise Brunet, a feisty, charming Frenchwoman who lived through both World Wars. The more time he spends with the objects, the more he notices another alluring Frenchwoman: Josianne, his clerk, with whom he finds he is falling in love. Available in Google eBook™ at On Sale NOW

Evolution of Bruno Littlemore

By Benjamin Hale Bruno Littlemore is quite unlike any chimpanzee in the world. Learning of Bruno’s ability to speak, a university primatologist named Lydia takes him into her home to oversee his education and nurture his passion for painting. But for all of his gifts, the chimpanzee has a rough time caging his more primal urges. His untimely outbursts cost Lydia her job, and send the pair on the road in what proves to be an unforgettable journey. Available in Google eBook™ at On Sale NOW

The Fates Will Find Their Way

By Hannah Pittard Sixteen-year-old Nora Lindell is missing. And the neighborhood boys she’s left behind are caught forever in the heady current of her absence. As the days and years pile up, the mystery of her disappearance grows kaleidoscopically. A collection of rumors, divergent suspicions, and tantalizing what-ifs, Nora Lindell’s story is a shadowy projection of teenage lust, friendship, reverence, and regret, captured magically in the disembodied plural voice of the boys who still long for her. On Sale NOW

We, the Drowned

By Carsten Jensen Ships are wrecked at sea and blown up during wars, they are places of terror and violence, yet they continue to lure each generation of Marstal men--fathers and sons--away. Strong, resilient, women raise families alone and sometimes take history into their own hands. There are cannibals here, shrunken heads, prophetic dreams, forbidden passions, cowards, heroes, devastating tragedies, and miraculous survivals--everything that a town like Marstal has actually experienced. On Sale NOW

Among Others

By Jo Walton Morwenna grew up in Wales, playing among the spirits who made their homes in industrial ruins. But science fiction novels were her closest companions. When her mother tried to bend the spirits to dark ends, Mori confronted her in a magical battle. Now in England–a place all but devoid of true magic, she tempted fate by doing magic herself, but her magic drew the attention of her mother, bringing about a reckoning. On Sale NOW

Ghost Light

By Joseph O’Connor 1907 Edwardian Dublin: a city of whispers and rumors. At the Abbey Theatre, playwright John Synge will meet an actress still in her teens named Molly Allgood. Rebellious, irreverent, beautiful, flirtatious, Molly is a girl of the inner-city tenements, dreaming of stardom in America. Witty and watchful, she has dozens of admirers, but it is the damaged older playwright who is her secret passion despite the barriers of age, class, education, and religion. On Sale february 1st

Fiction OUR book groups

Fiction Discovery of Witches

By Deborah Harkness Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, Diana Bishop, descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell. On Sale February 8th

I Think I Love You

By Allison Pearson In 1974 Wales, 13-year-old Petra and her friend, Sharon, are obsessed with a contest whose winners will be flown to America to meet their teen idol, David Cassidy. Now Petra is pushing 40 and on the brink of divorce. While cleaning out her mother’s closet, she finds a letter her mother had intercepted declaring her the winner of the contest. The girls reunite for an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas to meet their teen idol at last. Available in Google eBook™ at On Sale February 8th

Open City

By Teju Cole Along the streets of Manhattan, a young Nigerian doctor doing his residency wanders aimlessly. Though he is navigating the busy parts of town, the impression of countless faces does nothing to assuage his feelings of isolation. Julius crisscrosses social territory as well, encountering people from different cultures and classes who will provide insight on his journey--which takes him to Brussels, to the Nigeria of his youth, and into the most unrecognizable facets of his own soul. Available in Google eBook™ at On Sale February 8th


By Karen Russell The Bigtree alligator wrestling dynasty is in decline, and Swamplandia!, its island home and gator-wrestling theme park, is swiftly being encroached upon by a competitor. Ava’s mother has just died; her sister has fallen in love with a spooky character and her brother, Kiwi, defected, and Ava’s father is AWOL. That leaves Ava, a resourceful but terrified thirteen, to manage ninety-eight gators and the vast, inscrutable landscape of her own grief. Available in Google eBook™ at On Sale february 1st

West of Here

By Jonathan Evison Set in the fictional town of Port Bonita, on Washington State’s coast, West of Here is a story that both re-creates and celebrates the American experience. With one segment of the narrative focused on the town’s founders circa 1890 and another showing the lives of their descendants in 2006, the novel develops as a conversation between two epochs, one rushing blindly toward the future and the other struggling to undo the damage of the past. On Sale NOW

Curse Maker

By Kelli Stanley When Roman physician Arcturus and his wife Gwyna arrive at Bath for a holiday, a dead body is floating in the sacred spring. It turns out that the murdered man is a curse maker whose curses actually come true, and as murder follows murder, it looks like there’s now a curse on Arcturus. An exciting look at the world of fake healers, ghost-raisers and medicine men, and the twisted mind of a killer bent on revenge. On Sale february 1st

Psychiatric Tales

By Darryl Cunningham Psychiatric Tales draws on Darryl Cunningham’s time working in a psychiatric ward. In each chapter, Cunningham explores a different mental health problem, using evocative imagery to describe the experience of mental illness, both from the point of view of those beset by illness and their friends and relatives. Concluding with a reflection on how mental illness has affected his own life, this is a moving examination of what is, at its root, the human condition. On Sale February 1st

The Devotion of Suspect X

By Keigo Higashino Yasuko Hanaoka thought she had escaped her abusive ex-husband Togashi. When he shows up one day, the situation quickly escalates and Togashi ends up dead. Yasuko’s next-door-neighbor Ishigami offers his help, not only disposing of the body, but plotting the cover-up as well. What ensues is a high level battle of wits, as Ishigami tries to protect Yasuko by outmaneuvering and outthinking Yukawa, who faces his most clever and determined opponent yet. On Sale february 1st

Fadeaway Girl

By Martha Grimes Martha Grimes returns to her twelveyear-old heroine, Emma Graham, who continues her investigation into the strange disappearance of the four- monthold Slade baby from the Belle Ruin Hotel more than twenty years before. The sudden appearance of the baby’s father, Morris Slade, makes her even more determined to learn the truth. Then a mysterious drifter named Ralph Diggs appears at the Hotel Paradise, looking for work, ingratiating himself with everyone there. Everyone, that is, except Emma. On Sale february 3rd

Journal of a UFO Investigator

By David Halperin In troubled 1960s, Danny is an isolated teenager, living with a dying mother and hostile father. To cope with these circumstances, Danny forges a reality of his own, but his fictional world blends so seamlessly with his day-to-day life that profound questions about what is real and what is not begin to arise. As the hero in his alien landscape, he finds the strength to deal with his own life and to stand up to demons both real and imagined. On Sale february 3rd

The Secret Soldier

By Alex Berenson John Wells may have left the CIA, but it hasn’t left him. A mysterious call brings a surprise meeting with the aged monarch of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah. But the more he learns, the more complicated things become, and soon John, too, is unsure whom to trust. One thing, however, is clear: If the conspirators prevail, it will mean more than the fall of a monarch-it may be the beginning of the final conflagration between America and Islam. On Sale february 8th

The Death Instinct

By Jed Rubenfeld Under a clear blue September sky, America’s financial center in lower Manhattan became the site of the largest, deadliest terrorist attack in the nation’s history. It was September 16, 1920. Four hundred people were killed or injured. This is a thrilling international and psychological journey-from Paris to Prague, from the Vienna home of Dr. Sigmund Freud to the corridors of power in Washington, D.C., and ultimately to the hidden depths of our most savage instincts. On Sale NOW

TUESday 1 7:00 PM • The FIRST FICTION BOOK CLUB will discuss The Invisible Mountain by CAROLINA DE ROBERTIS.

Books Inc. in-store book groups are always welcoming new members. Here’s the schedule for current book goups meeting in our stores across the bay. Call the store for more info. February

SATURday 12 10:00 AM • The SECOND SATURDAY BOOK CLUB will discuss The Inhabited World by DAVID LONG.

Books Inc. in Opera Plaza

MONday 14 SUNday 6 7:30 PM • The BROKEN COMPASS ADVENTURE 9:30 AM • The FIRST SATURDAY BOOK CLUB will BOOKCLUB will discuss Annapura by MAURICE Books Inc. in Laurel Village

discuss Restless by WILLIAM BOYD.

Books Inc. in Berkeley


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7:30 PM • MR. BOOKCLUB will discuss The Strain by GUILLERMO DEL TORO.

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WEDNESday 23 12:30 PM • The NOONER BOOK CLUB will discuss The Pig Did It by JOSEPH CALDWELL.

Books Inc. in Berkeley

7:00 PM • The DESERT ISLAND BOOK CLUB will discuss The Bottom by JOE R. LANSDALE.


Books Inc. in Alameda


Books Inc. in Laurel Village


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will discuss The Disappearing Spoon by SAM KEAN.

7:30 PM • The NIGHT OF THE LIVING BOOK CLUB will discuss Heart-Shaped Box by JOE HILL.

Books Inc. in Opera Plaza

TUESday 8 6:00 PM • The BOOK BUSTERS MIDDLE READER BOOK CLUB (ages 9-12) will discuss Catching Fire by SUZANNE COLLINS and bookswap!

Books Inc. in Palo Alto

WEDNESday 9 7:00 PM • The SFLGBT BOOK CLUB will discuss Brooklyn by COLM TOIBIN.

Books Inc. in The Castro

THURSday 10 4:00 PM • Our Parent Made Us Do it

Book Club (ages 10-14) ill discuss Golem’s Eye by JONATHAN STROUD.

discuss A Beautiful Place to Die by MALLA NUNN.

7:00 PM • ALAMEDA’S YOUNG ADULT BOOK CLUB (ages 13+) will discuss If I Stay by GAYLE FORMAN.



7:30 PM • CLASSICS I FORGOT TO READ will discuss My Antonia by WILLA CATHER.

Books Inc. in The Marina

discuss The Consolations of Philosophy by ALAIN DE BOTTON.

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CLUB will discuss Idiot America by CHARLES PIERCEI.




will discuss How They Met & Other Stories by DAVID LEVITHAN.

Books Inc. in Opera Plaza


BOOK CLUB will discuss the SVR selection The Year of Fog by MICHELLE RICHMOND.

Books Inc. in Palo Alto

Books Inc. in Opera Plaza

will discuss The Greatest Trade Ever by GREGORY ZUCKERMAN.

Books Inc. in Mountain View

LitVoyeur will feature Parrot and Olivier in America by PETER CAREY.

LitVoyeur is Books Inc.’s Online Book Club at

Books Inc. in Alameda

for your book club Ordinary Thunderstorms

By William Boyd One May evening in London, Adam Kindred, a young climatologist in town for a job interview, sits down for a meal at a little Italian bistro. He strikes up a conversation with a solitary diner at the next table, who leaves soon afterward. With horrifying speed, this chance encounter leads to a series of malign accidents, through which Adam loses everything--home, family, friends, job, reputation, passport, credit cards, cell phone--never to get them back. Available in Google eBook™ at www. On Sale February 1st

The Invisible Bridge

By Julie Orringer Paris, 1937. Andras Levi, a HungarianJewish architecture student, arrives from Budapest with a scholarship, a single suitcase, and a mysterious letter he promised to deliver. From a small Hungarian town to the grand opera houses Paris to an unimaginable life in labor camps, this is the story of a family shattered and remade in history’s darkest hour. Available in Google eBook™ at On Sale NOW

Here ARE this month’s trade paper releases, hot off the presses, that may work for your book group’s 2011 selections. Remember to register your book group with your neighborhood Books Inc. store and receive 15% off each month’s selection for everyone in your book group.

Three Weissmanns of Westport

By Cathleen Schine Betty Weissmann has just been dumped by her husband of forty-eight years. Exiled from her elegant New York apartment by her husband’s mistress, she and her two middleaged daughters, Miranda and Annie, regroup in a run-down Westport, Connecticut, beach cottage. Jane Austen’s beloved Sense and Sensibility has moved to Westport, Connecticut. Available in Google eBook™ at On Sale February 1st

Shadow Tag

By Louise Erdrich When Irene America discovers that her artist husband, Gil, has been reading her diary, she begins a secret Blue Notebook, stashed securely in a safedeposit box. There she records the truth about her life and marriage, while turning her Red Diary-hidden where Gil will find it--into a manipulative charade. As Irene and Gil fight to keep up appearances for their three children, their home becomes a place of increasing violence and secrecy. On Sale february 1st

BOOKS INC. BOOK CLUB REGISTRATION • Registered Members receive 15% discount on monthly selections. • Registered Book Clubs are eligible for book talks that are tailored to their group. • Registered Book Clubs are eligible to reserve meeting space at Books Inc. locations when available.

36 Argument for the Existence of God

By Rebecca Goldstein Cass Seltzer is a professor of psychology whose book, The Varieties of Religious Illusion, has become a surprise best seller. Dubbed “the atheist with a soul,” he wins over the stunning Lucinda Mandelbaum--”the goddess of game theory.” But he is haunted by reminders of two people who ignited his passion to understand religion. Available in Google eBook™ at On Sale February 1st

Union Atlanitc

By Adam Haslett At the heart of Union Atlantic lies a test of wills between a retired history teacher, Charlotte Graves--who has suddenly begun to hear her two dogs speaking to her in the voices of Cotton Mather and Malcolm X--and an ambitious young banker, Doug Fanning, who is building an ostentatious mansion on what was once Charlotte’s family land. Available in Google eBook™ at www. On Sale FEBRUARY 8th

• Registered Book Clubs get early notice of author appearances when subscribed to the email newsletter. • Books Inc. is also offers a series of drop in book clubs that vary with each store location a perfect solution for those that want to try out a book club or anyone not ready for a fulltime book club commitment.


February 9 wednesday

6:00 PM • The World Affairs Council presents MARK HERTSGAARD

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1 TUESday

8:00 PM • City Arts & Lectures presents BELVA DAVIS author of

Never in My Wildest Dreams in conversation with JUDY WOODRUFF.

Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness, SF

2 WEDNEsday

7:00 PM • DAVID LEVITHAN shares A Lover’s Dictionary, a sweet and touching modern love story, told through dictionary entries.

Books Inc. in Opera Plaza

3 Thursday

7:30 PM • Educator, Lisa Miller joins us along with members of

P.O.I.S.E. (Parents of Orinda Individuals in Special Education ) for their support group monthly meeting.

Books Inc. in Alameda

7:30 PM • ADAH BAKALINSKY author of Stairway Walks of San

Francisco, and TOM DOWNS, author of Walking San Francisco, will offer a wealth of possibilities for exploring our beautiful city up close and in person.

Books Inc. in The Castro

5 Saturday

3:00 PM •Join CHERYL KILODAVIS as she shares her children’s

book My Princess Boy -- Dyson loves pink, sparkly things. Sometimes he wears dresses. Sometimes he wears jeans. He likes to wear his princess tiara, even when climbing trees. He’s a Princess Boy.

Books Inc. in The Castro

6 sunday

author of Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth.

7:00 PM • ADAH BAKALINSKY author of Stairway Walks of San

7:00 PM • MIRA BARTOK shares The Memory Palace a gorgeous

Francisco, and TOM DOWNS, author of Walking San Francisco, will offer a wealth of possibilities for exploring our beautiful city up close and in person.

Books Inc. in Laurel Village

7:00 PM • Not Your Mother’s Book Club™ Valentine’s Bash!! With

Elizabeth Eulberg author of Prom & Prejudice, Cathleen Daly author of Flirt Club and Suzanne Selfors author of Mad Love.

Books Inc. in Opera Plaza

10 Thursday

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8 tuesday

7:00 PM • DAVID VANN discusses his debut novel Caribou Island. Set against the backdrop of Alaska’s unforgiving wilderness, Caribou Island is a dark and captivating tale of a marriage pulled apart by rage and regret.

Books Inc. in Berkeley

7:00 PM • REE DRUMMOND shres Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels, her real-life storybook romance, set on a historic Oklahoma cattle ranch.

Books Inc. in Opera Plaza

7:00 PM • SUSAN VREELAND presents Clara and Mr. Tiffany, a

dynamic portrait of Clara Driscoll: lead designer for Louis Comfort Tiffany (famous for Tiffany lamps) and a woman conflicted between her desires for artistic recognition and romantic love.

Books Inc. in The Marina

7:00 PM • Silicon Valley Reads MICHELLE RICHMOND’S The Year of Fog.

Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos

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19 SATURday

2:00 PM • Meet the members of Turning Pages Book Club as they hold their annual Black History Month Book Club Discussion with us. Various topics and African American books will be discussed and celebrated.

author of The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom.

20 Sunday

7:00 PM • Launch Party! Join ANDREW F. ALTSCHUL in launching

RICHMOND and features an appearance and discussion by the author!

WAC, 312 Sutter Street, Ste 200, SF

his novel Deus Ex Machina:. In an age when people will seemingly do anything to be on television, it asks what is the true nature of “reality,” and what is its cost?

Books Inc. in Opera Plaza

7:00 PM • PATRICK HUNT presents Cloud Shadows of Olympus, his

most recent collection of poetry.

1:00 PM • Silicon Valley Reads The Year of Fog by MICHELLE

Books Inc. in Mountain View

22 TUESday

6:00 PM • The Cooks’ Book Club presents Gordon Edgar,

Cheesemonger, A Life on the Wedge. Reservations needed, space is limited! Call Café Rouge at (510) 525-1440.

Books Inc. in Burlingame

Pasta Shop, 1786 4th Street, Berkeley

7:30 PM • JEAN HANER shares The Wisdom of Your Face: Change

6:00 PM • The World Affairs Council presents ANYA SCHIFFRIN

your Life with Chinese Face Reading, which shows you how to live your life in alignment with your own natural flow and enables you to feel compassion for yourself and others.

Books Inc. in The Castro


WAC, 312 Sutter Street, Ste 200, SF Tonight No Poetry Will Serve.

3:00 PM • DAYNA MACY discusses her debut memoir, Ravenous: A Food Lover’s Journey from Obsession to Freedom.

Books Inc. in Palo Alto


editor of Bad News: How America’s Business Press Missed the Story of the Century.

8:00 PM • City Arts & Lectures presents ADRIENNE RICH author of


Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness, SF

23 Wednesday

6:00 PM • The World Affairs Council presents MICHAEL SCHEUER author of Osama Bin Laden.


1:00 PM • MAX FALLON shares Couples: An Eclectic View, ninety-

WAC, 312 Sutter Street, Ste 200, SF

four intriguing, radiant couples from various parts of the world, revealing their affection and passion for each other.

24 THURSday

3:00 PM • A Thrilling Conversation in Berkeley! MICHAEL KORTYA,

Books Inc. in Berkeley

7:00 PM • EDWARD GLAESER discusses The Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier, fascinating, even inspiring proof that the city is humanity’s greatest invention and our best hope for the future.

Books Inc. in Mountain View

author of The Cypress House and URBAN WAITE, author of The Terror of Living, in conversation with DAVID CORBETT (Do They Know I’m Running).

15 TUESday

6:00 PM • The Asia Society presents CHRISTOPHER CORBET author of The Poker Bride.

Books Inc. in Berkeley

8:00 PM • City Arts & Lectures presents A.O. Scott, NYT’s Film Critic and author of Sanctuary in conversation with STEVEN WINN.

6:30 PM • Launch Party!! ANDREA ALBAN shares her debut novel

History, her ferociously smart and electrifying debut novel that tells a tale of obsessive love, family ruptures, and a nation’s grief.

memoir about the 17-year estrangement of the author and her homeless schizophrenic mother, and their reunion.

Books Inc. in Alameda

6:00 PM • The World Affairs Council presents EVGENY MOROZOV

Books Inc. in The Marina

7:00 PM • IDA HATTEMER-HIGGINS discusses The History of

Finally Sat Down: 50 Years of Memories, Musings, and Melodrama.

Books Inc. in Opera Plaza

Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness, SF

7 monday

7:00 PM • MARIBETH SOUTHWORTH talks about her memoir She

WAC, 312 Sutter Street, Ste 200, SF

7:00 PM • MAX FALLON shares Couples: An Eclectic View, ninety-

four intriguing, radiant couples from various parts of the world, revealing their affection and passion for each other.

18 FRIday

7:00 PM • SUSAN CONLEY presents The Foremost Good Fortune, her wry and poignant memoir that is a candid look at mortality and belonging as well as a celebration of family.

16 WEDNESday

Books Inc. in Opera Plaza

Anya’s War, based on a true story, this novel follows a young Jewish girl and her family during World War II as they flee from their home in Odessa to Shanghai.

7:30 PM • Authors in Conversation… Benjamin Bac Sierra

author of Barrio Bushido and Stephen Gutierrez author of Live from Fresno y Los.

7:30 PM • Silicon Valley Reads MICHELLE RICHMOND’S The Year of

27 SUNday

Books Inc. in Laurel Village Fog.

25 FRIday

Books Inc. in Alameda

8:00 PM • City Arts & Lectures presents GARY SNYDER author of

3:00 PM • Photographer, Deanne Fitzmaurice and Joan Ryan present Freak Season: Behind the Scenes with SF Giants Pitcher Tim Lincecum from Spring Training to the World Series.

Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness, SF

4:00 PM • Live Your Dreams Book Group presents Professional Life

Milpitas Public Library, 160 N. Main Street, Milpitas The Practice of the Wild in conversation with WILL HEARST.



7:00 PM • ELIZABETH ANDOH presents Kansha: Celebrating Japan’s Vegan & Vegetarian Traditions, the first book to introduce Japanese vegetarian and vegan cooking to Western cooks written by an authority on Japanese cuisine.

Books Inc. in Berkeley

Books Inc. in Alameda

Coach EVE SIEGEL as she leads a discussion on William Bridges book Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes.

Books Inc. in Berkeley

4:00 PM • JASMIN DARZNIK talks about The Good Daughter: A

Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life, the stories of three generations of Iranian women’s battles with husbands and poverty into a unique tale of one family’s twisted path to freedom.

7:00 PM • ERIN MCKEAN shares The Secret Lives of Dresses: Dora

Books Inc. in Opera Plaza

Books Inc. in Burlingame

6:00 PM • The World Affairs Council presents BING WEST author of

can trade her boring clothes for vintage glamor, but can she trade her boring life for one she actually wants?

7:30 PM • A Spelling Bee for Cheaters: A Fierce Competition for the Benefit of 826 Valencia and co-sponsored by the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and City Arts & Lectures.

28 MONday

The Wrong War: Grit, Strategy, and the Way Out of Afghanistan.

Marines Memorial, 609 Sutter Street, SF

Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness, SF


Alameda 1344 Park Street, Alameda, CA 94501 • (510) 522-2226 Berkeley 1760 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710 • (510) 525-7777 Burlingame 1375 Burlingame Avenue, Burlingame, CA 94010 • (650) 685-4911 Mountain View 301 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041 • (650) 428-1234 Palo Alto Town & Country Village 855 El Camino Real #74, Palo Alto,CA 94301 • (650) 321-0600 Laurel Village 3515 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94118 • (415) 221-3666

Opera Plaza 601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102 • (415) 776-1111 The Castro 2275 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94114 • (415) 864-6777 The Marina 2251 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA 94123 • (415) 931-3633 Compass Books/Bzinc San Francisco Int’l Airport, San Francisco, CA 94128 • (650) 244-0616 Compass Books & Cafe 1565 S. Disneyland Dr. #102, Anaheim, CA 92802 • (714) 502-9999 Coming Soon! A new Compass Books at SFO Terminal 2 in Spring of 2011


6 • February 2011

CoMING IN PapeRBACK Devil’s Star

By Jo Nesbo A young woman is found murdered in her flat--with one of her fingers cut off and a tiny red star-shaped diamond placed under her eyelid., Detective Harry Hole is assigned the case with Tom Waaler, a hated colleague whom Harry believes is responsible for the murder of his partner. Hole’s determination to capture a fiend and to expose Waaler’s crimes is leading him into shadowy places where both investigations merge in unexpected ways. On Sale February 1st

Women Food and God

By Geneen Roth After three decades of studying, teaching and writing about our compulsions with food, Geneen Roth adds a powerful new dimension to her work. She begins with her most basic concept: The way you eat is inseparable from your core beliefs about being alive. Your relationship with food is an exact mirror of your feelings about love, fear, anger, meaning, transformation and, yes, even God. On Sale February 8th

The Poisoner’s Handbook

By Deborah Blum In early twentieth-century New York, poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime. Science had no place in the Tammany Hall-controlled coroner’s office, and corruption ran rampant. However, with the appointment of chief medical examiner Charles Norris in 1918, the poison game changed forever. Together with toxicologist Alexander Gettler, the duo set the justice system on fire with their trailblazing scientific detective work, triumphing over seemingly unbeatable odds to become the pioneers of forensic chemistry. On Sale NOW


By Elizabeth Gilbert At the end of her memoir Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert fell in love with Felipe, a Brazilian living in Indonesia. The couple swore eternal love, but also swore (as skittish divorce survivors) never to marry. However, providence intervened in the form of a U.S. government ultimatum: get married, or Felipe could never enter America again. This fascinating meditation on compatibility and fidelity chronicles Gilbert’s complex and sometimes frightening journey into second marriage. On Sale February 1st

You Are Not a Gadget

By Jaron Lanier A programmer, musician, and father of virtual reality technology, Jaron Lanier was a pioneer in digital media, and among the first to predict the revolutionary changes it would bring to our commerce and culture. Now, with the Web influencing virtually every aspect of our lives, he offers this provocative critique of how digital design is shaping society, for better and for worse. And his message has never been more urgent. Available in Google eBook™ at www. On Sale February 8th

The Big Short

By Michael Lewis The real story of the crash began in bizarre feeder markets where the sun doesn’t shine and the SEC doesn’t dare, or bother, to tread: the bond and real estate derivative markets where geeks invent impenetrable securities to profit from the misery of lower- and middle-class Americans who can’t pay their debts. The smart people who understood what was or might be happening were paralyzed by hope and fear; in any case, they weren’t talking. Google eBook™ at www. On Sale February 1st

Hemlock Cup

By Bettany Hughes We think the way we do because Socrates thought the way he did; he set the standard for all subsequent Western philosophy. And yet, for twenty-five centuries, he has remained an enigma: a man who left no written legacy and about whom everything we know is hearsay. Now Bettany Hughes gives us an unprecedented, brilliantly vivid portrait of Socrates and of his homeland, Athens in its Golden Age. Available in Google eBook™ at www.booksinc. net. On Sale FEBruARY 8TH

Never Say Die

By Susan Jacoby Susan Jacoby offers an impassioned, tough-minded critique of the myth that a radically new old age--unmarred by physical or mental deterioration, financial problems, or intimate loneliness--awaits the huge baby boom generation. Jacoby raises the fundamental question of whether living longer is a good thing unless it means living better. Her book speaks to Americans, whatever their age, who draw courage and hope from facing reality instead of embracing that oldest of delusions, the fountain of youth. Available in Google eBook™ at www. On Sale February 1st

The Next Decade

By George Friedman The next ten years will be a time of massive transition. The wars in the Islamic world will be subsiding, and terrorism will become something we learn to live with. We will be moving from a time when financial crises dominate to a time when labor shortages will. The new century will be taking shape in the next decade. George Friedman offers readers a provocative and endlessly fascinating prognosis for the immediate future. Available in Google eBook™ at On Sale NOW

Cinderella Ate My Daughter

By Peggy Orenstein Pink and pretty or predatory and hardened, sexualized girlhood influences our daughters from infancy onward, telling them that how a girl looks matters more than who she is. Somewhere between the exhilarating rise of Girl Power in the 1990s and today, the pursuit of physical perfection has been recast as a source--”the” source--of female empowerment. And commercialization has spread the message faster and farther, reaching girls at ever-younger ages, On Sale NOW

American Idol

By Richard Rushfield The never-before-told story of the fascinating 10-year history of America’s most popular television show, from a veteran journalist with deep access to the judges, contestants, and crew of “American Idol,” revealing the stories readers can’t find elsewhere. On Sale NOW


By Tobias Moskowitz & L. Jon Wertheim Tobias Moskowitz teams up with L. Jon Wertheim to overturn some of the most cherished truisms of sports, and reveal the hidden forces that shape how basketball, baseball, football, and hockey games are played, won and lost. Taking us from the putting greens of Augusta to the grid iron of a small parochial high school in Arkansas, Scorecasting will forever change how you view the game, whatever your favorite sport might be. Available in Google eBook™ at Sale NOW

Virtually You

By Elias Aboujaoude Many of us spend a shocking amount of time online. The Internet allows us to act with exaggerated confidence, sexiness, and charisma. Too potent to be confined online, however, e-personality traits seep offline, too, making us impatient, unfocused, and urgedriven even after we log off. Virtually You shows us how real life is being reconfigured in the image of a chat room, and how our identity increasingly resembles that of our avatar. On Sale Now

Reality is Broken

By Jane McGonigal Visionary game designer Jane McGonigal persuasively argues that those who continue to dismiss games will be at a major disadvantage in the coming years. Gamers, on the other hand, will be able to leverage the collaborative and motivational power of games in their own lives, communities, and businesses. Written for gamers and nongamers alike, Reality Is Broken shows us that the future will belong to those who can understand, design, and play games. On Sale NOW

Split-Second Persuasion

By Kevin Dutton How many times a day do you think someone tries to persuade you? Twenty? Thirty? Actually it’s more like “400.” When you imagine a society based on coercion you start to see how important persuasion is; it literally keeps us alive. Now psychologist Kevin Dutton has identified a powerful strain of immediate, instinctual persuasion, an elixir of influence that can immediately help you disarm skeptics, win arguments, close the deal, get the guy. On Sale NOW

Quiet World

By Douglas Brinkley A riveting history of America’s most beautiful natural resources, The Quiet World documents the heroic fight waged by the U.S. federal government from 1879 to 1960 to save wild Alaska from the extraction industries. Award-winning historian Douglas Brinkley traces the wilderness movement in Alaska with narrative verve. Brinkley shows how a colorful band of determined environmentalists created the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge just before John F. Kennedy became president. On Sale NOW

Ugly Beauty

By Ruth Brandon Helena Rubinstein and L’Oreal’s Eugene Schueller both started out in the beauty business during the first years of the twentieth century, and, by the time World War II broke out, had come to dominate it. However, their motivations could not have been more different. Filled with remarkable twists, turns, and larger-than-life characters, Ugly Beauty is a riveting true story about what lies beneath the flawless exterior of the cosmetics industry. On Sale february 1st

33 Men

By Jonathan Franklin 33 Men: Inside the Miraculous Survival and Dramatic Rescue of the Chilean Miners is the riveting and authoritative account of the 2010 mine rescue in Chile-after one of the longest human entrapments in history. Franklin tells of the improbable survival of the miners, trapped some 2,200 feet underground for sixty-nine days. The death-defying rescue demanded endurance, ingenuity, and most of all, unified fronts above and below ground. On Sale February 8th

Biography I Love a Broad Margin to My Life

By Maxine Hong Kingston In her singular voice--humble, elegiac, practical--Maxine Hong Kingston sets out to reflect on aging as she turns sixty-five. Kingston’s swift, effortlessly flowing verse lines in this fresh approach to the art of memoir circles from present to past and back. Kingston embraces Thoreau’s notion of a “broad margin,” hoping to expand her vista. This book gives a sense of doors opening onto an American life of great purpose and joy. Available in Google eBook™ at www.booksinc. net. On Sale NOW


By Andre Dubus After their parents divorced in the 1970s, Andre Dubus III and his three siblings grew up with their exhausted working mother in a depressed Massachusetts mill town saturated with drugs and crime. His father, an eminent author, taught on a college campus and took the kids out on Sundays. The clash of worlds couldn’t have been more stark. His memoir is a riveting, visceral, profound meditation on physical violence and the failures and triumphs of love. On Sale february 28th

J.D. Salinger

By Kenneth Slawenski One of the most popular and mysterious figures in American literary history, J. D. Salinger eluded fans and journalists for most of his life. Whether it’s revealing the facts of his hasty, short-lived first marriage or his lifelong commitment to Eastern religion, which would dictate his attitudes toward sex, nutrition, solitude, and creativity, J. D. Salinger is this unique author’s unforgettable story in full--one that no lover of literature can afford to miss. On Sale NOW

Box of Darkness

By Sally Ryder Brady Upton and Sally Brady were a rare breed: cultivated and elegant, they lived a life of literary glamour and high expectations. When Upton died suddenly, Sally discovered that her husband of forty-six years had desired the love of other men. A year of mourning became for Sally a time to unravel the dark and unexpected web he had left behind. Hers is a moving and powerful story of coming to terms with what cannot be changed. On Sale NOW

My Father at 100

By Ron Reagan February 6, 2011, is the one hundredth anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth. Since his death in 2004, President Reagan has been a galvanizing force that personifies the values of an older America and represents an important era in national history. Ron Reagan traces the sources of these values in his father’s early years and offers a heartfelt portrait of a man and his country-and his personal memories of the president he knew as “Dad.” On sale Now

Under the Sun

By Bruce Chatwin Bruce Chatwin was a nomad whose desire for adventure and enlightenment was made wholly evident by his writing. A man of intense energy and chameleonlike complexity, he was, in his life as in his art, forever in quest of the exotic and the unexpected. This marvelous selection of letters reveals a passionate man and a storyteller par excellence, spinning the narrative of his life from his first week of school to his untimely death. On Sale NOW

Extravagant Hunger

By Anne Zimmerman In An Extravagant Hunger, the turning points and casual strolls of M.F.K. Fisher’s life are unwrapped and savored. Exploring Fisher’s lonely and formative time in Europe with her first husband; her subsequent divorce and re-marriage to her creative sparkplug, Dillwyn Parrish, and his tragic suicide; and the child she carried from an unnamed father, the story of M.F.K. Fisher’s life becomes as vibrant and passionate as her prolific words on wine and cuisine. On Sale NOW

Radio Shangri-La

By Lisa Napoli Lisa Napoli was dissatisfied with her life and her work as a radio journalist. When a chance encounter with a handsome stranger presented her with an opportunity to move halfway around the world, Lisa left behind LA for a new adventure in Bhutan-said to be one of the happiest places on earth. Napoli discovers that the world is a beautiful and complicated place--and comes to appreciate her life for the adventure it is. Available in Google eBook™ at On Sale February 8th

Tough Without a Gun

By Stefan Kanfer Humphrey Bogart: it’s hard to think of anyone who’s had the same lasting impact on the culture of movies. What is it about Bogart, with his unconventional looks and noticeable speech impediment, that has captured our collective imagination for so long? In this definitive biography, Stefan Kanfer answers that question, along the way illuminating the private man Bogart was and shining the spotlight on some of the greatest performances ever captured on celluloid. Available in Google eBook™ at www. On Sale February 1st

Henry’s Demons

By Patrick and Henry Cockburn On a February day, Henry Cockburn waded into the Newhaven estuary outside Brighton, England, and nearly drowned. Voices, he said, had urged him to do it. Ten days later, Henry was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Parallel stories reveal the complex intersections of sanity, madness, and identity and a family’s steadfast response to a bewildering condition. Haunting, intimate, and profoundly moving, their unique narrative will resonate with every parent and anyone who has been touched by mental illness. On Sale NOW

True You

By Janet Jackson From the age of ten, when she made her acting debut on “Good Times“, Janet was told by Hollywood that she needed to slim down until she began to believe that who she was wasn’t good enough. It was an idea that no amount of critical acclaim in television and film or, later, international platinum success in music could change. With candor and courage, Janet shares her painful journey to loving herself. On Sale February 8th

Little Princes

By Conor Grennan In search of adventure, twenty-nine-yearold Conor Grennan traded his day job for a year-long trip around the globe, a journey that began with a three-month stint volunteering at the Little Princes Children’s Home, an orphanage in war-torn Nepal. At turns tragic, joyful, and hilarious, Little Princes is a testament to the power of faith and the ability of love to carry us beyond our wildest expectations. On Sale NoW

February 2011 • 7

PaperBACK ORIGINALS Secret Lives of Dresses

By Erin McKean Dora has always taken the path of least resistance. Mimi, the grandmother who raised her, suffers a stroke. Dora rushes back home to and finds herself running her grandmother’s vintage clothing store. While working there, Dora befriends Mimi’s adorable contractor, Conrad. Is he after Dora, or is working from a different blueprint? Dora can trade her boring clothes for vintage glamour, but can she trade her boring life for one she actually wants? On Sale now

Deep Down True

By Juliette Fay Newly divorced Dana Stellgarten has always been unfailingly nice- even to telemarketers-but now her temper is wearing thin. As she enters the slipstream of post-divorce romance and is befriended by the town queen bee, Dana finds that the tension between being true to yourself and being liked doesn’t end in middle school... and that sometimes it takes a real friend to help you embrace adulthood in all its flawed complexity. On Sale NOW

Enough About Love

By Herve Le Tellier Anna and Louise could be sisters, but they don’t know each other. They are both married with children, and for the most part, they are happy. On almost the same day, Anna, a psychiatrist, crosses paths with Yves, a writer, while Louise, a lawyer, meets Anna’s analyst, Thomas. Love at first sight is still possible. But when you have already mapped out a life path, a passionate affair can come at a high price. On Sale february 8th

The Inevitable

Edited By David Shields Birth is not inevitable. Life certainly isn’t. The sole inevitability of existence, the only sure consequence of being alive, is death. In these eloquent and surprising essays, twenty writers face this fact: Among these are Geoff Dyer, who describes the ghost bikes memorializing those who die in biking accidents; Jonathan Safran Foer, proposing a new way of punctuating dialogue; and Joyce Carol Oates, who writes about the loss of her husband and faces her own mortality. On Sale now

Reading Women

By Stephanie Staal From the banishment of Eve to Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble, Staal explores the significance of classic tales by and of women. This process leads Staal to find the self she thought she had lost--curious and ambitious, zany and critical--and inspires new understandings of her relationships with her husband, her mother, and her daughter. A spirited guide to the classics of feminism, examining how well the canon holds up to the realities of marriage and motherhood. On Sale February 1st

Tiger in the Kitchen

By Cheryl Tan After growing up in the most foodobsessed city in the world, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan left home and family at eighteen for America—proof of the rebelliousness of daughters born in the Year of the Tiger. But she felt the Singaporean dishes that defined her childhood beginning to call her back. In her quest to recreate the dishes of her native Singapore by cooking with her family, Tan learned not only cherished recipes but long-buried stories of past generations. On Sale NOW


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New books for kids The Secret River

By Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings There’s just not enough...not enough money, not enough food, not enough fish for her daddy to sell at the market. Calpurnia finds a secret river catches enough catfish to feed the whole swamp land --with some left over for Daddy to sell. When she tries to find the river again, Mother Albirtha tells her, “Child, sometimes a thing happens once...You caught catfish when catfish were will not find the river again. On Sale NOW

Cryer’s Cross

By Lisa McMann The small town of Cryer’s Cross is rocked by tragedy when an unassuming freshman disappears without a trace. Kendall Fletcher wasn’t that friendly with the missing girl, but the angst wreaks havoc on her OCD-addled brain. When a second student goes missing--someone close to Kendall’s heart--the community is in an uproar. Something’s not right in Cryer’s Cross--and Kendall’s about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried. On Sale February 8th

Dr. Proctor’s Fart Powder: Bubble in the Bathtub

By Jo Nesbo Lisa and Nilly travel from Oslo to Paris and from the Middle Ages to Napoleon’s tent on the eve of Waterloo to rescue Dr. Victor Proctor and the love of his youth, Juliette Margarine. With help from the puissant blasting powder of the title and a bathtub time machine, they save the Doctor from the guillotine, call off the battle of Waterloo, trick Columbus into thinking he’s landed in India and other historical feats. On Sale Now

A Pet for Petunia

By Paul Schmid Meet Petunia. More than anything, Petunia wants a pet. “I’ll feed my pet every day,” she promises her parents. “I’ll take her for walks. I’ll read stories to her and draw her pictures.” Petunia knows she can take care of a pet, but what happens when the pet she most desires is a skunk? On Sale February 1st

No Passengers Beyond This Point

By Gennifer Choldenko With their house in foreclosure, sisters India and Mouse and brother Finn are sent to stay with an uncle in Colorado until their mother can join them, but when the plane lands, the children are welcomed by cheering crowds to a strange place where each of them has a perfect house and a clock that is ticking down the time. On Sale February 8th

Where’s Walrus

By Stephen Savage Bored with life at the zoo, an adventurous walrus escapes to the outside world. With the zookeeper in hot pursuit, Walrus cleverly tries on all sorts of hats to disguise himself. Will a yellow hardhat point to a new life as a construction worker? Or will a red swimming cap reveal his true talents? Follow this happygo-lucky runaway and find the surprising answer as he hides amongst firefighters, street painters, businessmen, and even high-stepping dancers! On Sale February 1st

Words in the Dust

By Trent Reedy Zulaikha hopes. She hopes for peace, now that the Taliban have been driven from Afghanistan; a good relationship with her hard stepmother; and one day even to go to school, or to have her cleft palate fixed. Zulaikha knows all will be provided for her-”Inshallah,” God willing. Changes could mean a whole new life for Zulaikha--but can she dare to hope they’ll come true? On Sale NOW


By Victoria Kann When Pinkalicious loses a tooth, it’s not just any tooth--it’s her sweet tooth! Suddenly candy no longer tastes sweet! With her pinkatastic pen, Pinkalicious writes a note to the Tooth Fairy and tucks it under her pillow . . . only to hear from Cupid, the Easter Bunny, and a Christmas elf instead. It is not until the Tooth Fairy finally responds--and works some magic-that Pinkalicious discovers where sweetness really comes from. On Sale February 1st

Young Fredle

By Cynthia Voigt Fredle is cast out of his cozy home behind the kitchen cabinets--into the outside. It’s a new world of color and texture and grass and sky. But with all that comes snakes and rain and lawnmowers and raccoons. Do the dangers outweigh the thrill of discovery? Fredle’s quest to get back inside becomes a wild adventure of predators and allies, of discovery and nostalgia. And, as Fredle himself will come to understand, of “freedom.” On Sale Now

P.D. Eastman? Eastman, a writer, illustrator and animator, was one of the pioneers of the Beginning Reader. He has written and illustrated some of the most well-known and beloved children’s stories. Classics like Are You My Mother and Big Dog... Little Dog have delighted generations of early readers. In 2011 we are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Go, Dog. Go!  This hilarious story of all different kinds of dogs on their way to a big dog party will delight both fans of dogs and things that go!  For a limited time only, you can get the special Go, Dog. Go! Party Book, complete with party hats, posters, games, stickers and more!

The Running Dream

By Wendelin Van Draanen Jessica thinks her life is over when she loses a leg in a car accident. She’s not comforted by the news that she’ll be able to walk with the help of a prosthetic leg. Who cares about walking when you live to run? As she struggles to cope with crutches and a first cyborg-like prosthetic, Jessica feels oddly both in the spotlight and invisible. People who don’t know what to say, act like she’s not there. On Sale Now

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