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Vol. 12, Iss. 10 June 2011 The West’s Oldest Independent Bookseller

Books Inc. Celebrates


June is Gay Pride Month and 2011 marks the 41st anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade. This year’s theme is “In Pride We Trust,” and the parade and celebration are on June 25 and 26, 2011. With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and more than a dozen community-run stages and venues, the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest gathering of LGBT people and allies in the nation. Books Inc. in the Castro opened in 1995 and we have loved being part of the revelry every year since. We celebrate all month and are happy to feature great events like these as part of the fun!

June 9

RICHARD STROM presents Lady of Burlesque: The Career of Gypsy Rose Lee, a well-researched account of the Broadway star and “intellectual stripper.”

June 14

GREG ARCHER presents Shut Up Skinny Bitches! Stop dieting and start loving yourself! If you can’t stomach one more day of being told you’re too fat, then you’re ready to try some delicious new brain candy. Skinny is not the cure! Thin is NOT in. There’s nothing wrong with you! There never was.

June 17

JON-JON GOULIAN shares The Man in the Gray Flannel Skirt, an entertaining and unflinchingly honest memoir about an unforgettable and unique coming-of-age. The first five men to show up in a skirt get a free book!!!’

June 21

Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 19681978, a Shaping San Francisco anthology of first person accounts. Reading and signing will be authors Tommi Avicolli Mecca (emergence of the gay movement), Deborah Gerson (women’s consciousness-raising and growth of lesbian identity), and Matthew Roth (communal living in the City and beyond), along with Chris Carlsson, editor.

June 23

DAVID PRATT, author of Bob the Book and FELICE PICANO author of True Stories in conversation.

June 28

JIM WARD discusses Running the Gauntlet: An Intimate History of the Modern Body Piercing Industry which tells the story of how the author fathered the modern body piercing industry and in so doing gave birth to the larger body piercing movement. He will be signing books for his 70th birthday. All events are at Books Inc. in the Castro, 2275 Market Street and begin at 7:30 PM


the Experience You Can’t Download Lisa See David Anthony Patrick deWitt Carol Edgarian Robin Donovan JulianA Gallin

Lynn Ponton Thor Hanson Andrew Tilin Brian Fagan Ken Mercer Sarah Sentilles • • • And maNy more! • • •

Matt Richtel Kate Payne Simon Rich Anne East Smith Oran Hesterman Carolyn Cooke

One City One Book

The San Francisco Public Library, in partnership with the first annual Bay Area Science Festival, announces the 7th annual One City One Book: San Francisco selection of Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, Mary Roach’s fascinating and funny tribute to space research. Books Inc. joins the Library to encourage everyone to participate in the city wide book club in September, October and November and will donate 10% of the proceeds of every book purchased during that time to the Friends of the San Francisco Library!

This is Teen

June 13 • 7:00pm • Books Inc. in Opera Plaza

Not Your Mother’s Book Club™ presents the only West Coast stop on the This is Teen Tour featuring authors Maggie Stiefvater, Meg Cabot and Libba Bray! Books Inc. in Opera Plaza is the ONLY outlet for tickets to this event. Ticket price is the purchase of one of these ladies’ books. Buy any book by Maggie, Meg or Libba at Books Inc. in Opera Plaza and you’ll get a ticket! Don’t miss an evening with Oscar winning actress, author, comedienne and co-host of The View –


For an unforgettable and hilarious evening call the box office at 1-866449-8118 or go to for tickets. PRESENTED BY UNIQUE LIVES & EXPERIENCES – NORTH AMERICA’S FOREMOST WOMEN’S LECTURE SERIES One Show Only Saturday- June 18 - 7:30 PM San Jose Civic Auditorium 135 West San Carlos Street, San Jose, CA 95113

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June 2011 Before I Go to Sleep

By S. J. Watson S. J. Watson makes his powerful debut with this compelling, fast-paced psychological thriller, reminiscent of Shutter Island and Memento, in which an amnesiac who, following a mysterious accident, cannot remember her past or form new memories, desperately tries to uncover the truth about who she is--and who she can trust. She attempts to reconstruct her past by keeping a journal and discovers the dangerous inconsistencies in the stories of her husband and her secret doctor AVAILABLE June 14th

The State of Wonder

By Ann Patchett Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who has all but disappeared in the Amazon while working on a new drug. Replete with poison arrows, devouring snakes, and a neighboring tribe of cannibals, State of Wonder is a world unto itself, where unlikely beauty stands beside unimaginable loss. It leads the reader into the very heart of darkness, and then shows us what lies on the other side. AVAILABLE June 7th

Ten Thousand Saints

By Eleanor Henderson Adopted by a pair of hippies, restless, marginal Jude Keffy-Horn spends his youth getting high with his best friend, Teddy, in their bucolic and deeply numbing Vermont town. But when Teddy dies of an overdose on the last day of 1987, Jude is sent to live with his pot-dealing father in New York. Jude stumbles upon straight edge, powered by the paradoxical aggression of hardcore punk and a righteous intolerance for drugs, meat, and sex. AVAILABLE June 7th

Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead

By Sara Gran PI Claire DeWitt has brilliant deductive skills and is an ace at discovering evidence. But Claire also uses her dreams, omens, and mind-expanding herbs to help her solve mysteries, and relies on “Detection” -- the only book published by the mysterious French detective Jacques Silette. The tattooed, pot-smoking Claire has just arrived in post-Katrina New Orleans and is investigating the disappearance of Vic Willing, a prosecutor known for winning convictions in a homicide- plagued city. AVAILABLE NOW


Fiction Embassytown

By China Mieville The enigmatic Ariekei are famed for a language unique in the universe that only a few altered human ambassadors can speak. Avice Benner Cho, a human colonist, has returned to Embassytown after years of deep-space adventure.  When the fragile equilibrium between humans and aliens is violently upset. Avice is torn between competing loyalties-to a husband she no longer loves, to a system she no longer trusts, and to her place in a language she cannot speak yet speaks through her. AVAILABLE NOW


By Daniel Wilson In the near future, at a moment no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will unite and turn against us. Taking on the persona of a shy human boy, a childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online and assumes control over the global network of machines that regulate. When the Robot War ignites humankind will be both decimated and, possibly, for the first time in history, united. AVAILABLE June 7th


By Rosamund Lupton When her mom calls to tell her that Tess, her younger sister, is missing, Bee returns home to London on the first flight. But when Tess is found dead, apparently by her own hand, Bee is certain that she didn’t commit suicide. Their family and the police accept the sad reality, but Bee feels sure that Tess has been murdered. Bee moves into Tess’s apartment and throws herself headlong into her sister’s life-and all its secrets. AVAILABLE June 7th

Vaclav & Lena

By Haley Tanner Vaclav and Lena seem destined for each other. They meet as children in an ESL class in Brighton Beach. Vaclav is precocious and verbal. Lena, struggling with English. Vaclav imagines their story unfolding like a fairy tale. One day, Lena disappears as if by a cruel magic trick. For the next seven years, Vaclav says goodnight to Lena, wondering if she is doing the same somewhere. On the eve of Lena’s seventeenth birthday he finds out. AVAILABLE NOW

Children and Fire

By Daniel Orozco In this fantastically original debut collection, Daniel Orozco leads the reader through the secret lives and moral philosophies of bridge painters, men housebound by obesity, office temps, and warehouse workers. Orozco reveals the secret pleasures of late-night supermarket trips for cookie binges, exceptional data entry, and an exiled dictator’s occasional piss on the U.S. embassy. Each story has a gut-punch impact, softened only by lyricism and black humor. AVAILABLE NOW

By Ursula Hegi Set in Burgdorf, Germany, the fictitious village of Stones from the River, Children and Fire tells the story of one day in 1934. How can a teacher--gifted and joyful, passionate and inventive—be seduced by propaganda during the early months of Hitler’s regime and encourage her ten-year-old students to join the “Hitler-Jugend” with its hikes and songs and bonfires. How can a woman we admire choose a direction we don’t? AVAILABLE NOW

Sisterhood Everlasting

By Melissa Marr Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the attention her grandmother Maylene bestowed upon the dead of Claysville. Rebekkah watched as Maylene performed the same unusual ritual: She took three sips from a silver flask and spoke the words “Sleep well, and stay where I put you.” Rebekkah will soon find dark secrets, a centuries-old bargain, a romance that still haunts her, and a frightening new responsibility--to stop a monster and put the dead to rest where they belong. AVAILABLE NOW

By Ann Brashares Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget have grown up, starting their lives on their own. Despite having jobs and men that they love, each knows that something is missing: the closeness that once sustained them. Then Tibby reaches out to bridge the distance, sending the others plane tickets for a reunion that they all breathlessly await. And indeed, it will change their lives forever--but in ways that none of them could ever have expected. AVAILABLE June 14th



By David Ignatius Sophie Marx, an agent hungry to return to the field after a high-level but boring desk job, works for a new intelligence unit disguised as a Los Angeles record company, Hit Parade, whose undercover focus is to control Pakistani organized terrorist cells through bribery. It’s not working. Not only are the terrorist attacks continuing but CIA agents delivering the bribes are being murdered. To make matters worse, Hit Parade’s secret funding source is rapidly becoming public knowledge. AVAILABLE NOW

Centuries of June

By Keith Donohue Centuries of June is a black comedy about a man who is attempting to tell the story of how he ended up on the floor with a hole in his head. But he keeps getting interrupted by a series of suspects--eight women lying in the bedroom just down the hall. Each woman tells a story drawn from five centuries of American myth and legend in a wild medley of styles and voices. AVAILABLE NOW


By J. Courtney Sullivan For the Kellehers, Maine is a place where children run in packs, showers are taken outdoors, and old Irish songs are sung around a piano. Their beachfront property, won on a barroom bet after the war, sits on three acres of sand and pine nestled between stretches of rocky coast, with one tree bearing the initials “A.H.” At the cottage, built by Kelleher hands, cocktail hour follows morning mass and decades-old grudges simmer beneath the surface. AVAILABLE June 14th

A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion

By Ron Hansen Trapped in a loveless marriage, Ruth Snyder is a voluptuous, reckless, and altogether irresistible woman who wishes not only to escape her husband but that he die. No less miserable in his own marriage is Judd Gray, a dapper corset-and-brassiere salesman. He meets Ruth in a Manhattan diner, and soon they are conducting a white-hot affair involving hotel rooms and above all, Ruth’s increasing insistence that Judd kill her husband. Could he do it? Would he? AVAILABLE June 14th

The Secret History of Costaguana

By Juan Gabriel Vasquez In the early twentieth century, a struggling Joseph Conrad wrote his great novel “Nostromo,“ about a South American republic he named Costaguana. On the day of Joseph Conrad’s death in 1924, the Colombian-born Jose Altamirano begins to write and cannot stop. Many years before, he confessed to Conrad his life’s every delicious detail-from his country’s heroic revolutions to his darkest solitary moments. Conrad stole them all. Now Conrad is dead, but the slate is by no means clear. AVAILABLE June 9th


By Cary Groner Fleeing the dissolution of his marriage, cardiologist Peter Scanlon decides to take a risk and move with his seventeenyear-old daughter, Alex, to Kathmandu, where he plans to volunteer in a free health clinic. Soon, father and daughter face an ordeal that threatens not just their beliefs but their very survival. When Peter is summoned to aid a pair of Western climbers injured on Mt. Annapurna, his and Alex’s lives become a nightmare of violence and fear. AVAILABLE June 7th

OUR book groups

for your book club 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.


By Emma Donoghue To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe when Old Nick visits. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it’s the prison where she has been held for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in this eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But with Jack’s curiosity building alongside her own desperation, she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer. Available NOW

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

By Tom Franklin In the 1970s, Larry Ott and Silas Jones were boyhood pals in rural Mississippi. Larry was white lower-middle-class, and Silas the son of a poor, black single mother. Larry took a girl to a drive-in movie and she was never seen or heard from again. For the last 20 years, Larry has never able to rise above suspicion. Silas has become the town constable. Now another girl has disappeared, forcing two men to confront a past they’ve buried. Available NOW


By Miguel Syjuco The battered corpse of Crispin Salvador is pulled from the Hudson River. Gone, too, is the only manuscript of his final book, a work meant to rescue him from obscurity by exposing the crimes of the Filipino ruling families. Miguel, his student and only remaining friend, sets out for Manila to investigate. The result traces one hundred and fifty years of Philippine history forged under the Spanish, the Americans, and the Filipinos themselves. Available NOW

Anthropology of an American Girl

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.

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discuss The Help by KATHRYN STOCKETT.

BOOK CLUB (ages 9-12) will discuss Little Brother by CORY DOCTOROW.

THURSDAY 9 4:00 PM • Our Parent Made Us Do it Book Club 28 Tuesday (ages 10-14) will meet. 7:00 PM • The FOURTH TUESDAY (MARGIE’S) BOOK CLUB will meet. TUESDAY 14 7:00 PM • ALAMEDA’S YOUNG ADULT BOOK CLUB Books Inc. in Laurel Village (ages 13+) will discuss Divergent by VERONICA ROTH. SUNDAY 5 16 thursday 1:00 PM • The ADVENTUROUS READING CLUB 7:00 PM • The BIG YES SOCIETY DISCUSSION

GROUP will discuss Inspiration for a Lifetime by ALLEN KLEIN.


discuss One Amazing Thing by CHITRA DIVAKARUNI.

SUNDAY 26 3:00 PM • SCHOOL DAZE BOOK CLUB will meet.

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wil discuss Traveling at the Speed of Love by SONIA CHOQUET.


STREET will discuss Mediterranean Fresh by JOYCE GOLDSTEIN.

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CLUB will discuss The Long Goodbye by RAYMOND CHANDLER.

Thursday 30 7:00 PM • The HEALTHY LIVES BOOK CLUB will discuss Learning to Breathe by ALISON WRIGHT.

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By Hilary Thayer Hamann This is what it’s like to be a high-schoolage girl. To forsake the boyfriend you once adored. To meet the love of your life, who just happens to be your teacher. This is what it’s like to be a college-age woman. To live through heartbreak. To suffer the consequences of your choices. To depend on others for survival but to have no one to trust but yourself. This is Anthropology of an American Girl. Available June 14th

discuss Misery by Stephen King.

The Lake Shore Limited


By Sue Miller Meet Billy Gertz: a fiercely independent playwright, whose newest drama imagines the story of a man waiting to hear if his estranged wife has survived a cataclysmic event. As her life touches three other unforgettable characters, Billy’s play--the emotion behind its genesis and its powerful performance-forms the thread that binds them all together. A moving love story and a tale of connection and loss, The Lake Shore Limited is Sue Miller at her dazzling best. Available NOW

June 2011 • 3

Monday 6 7:30 PM • The NIGHT OF THE LIVING BOOK CLUB will


BOOKCLUB will discuss The Long Walk by SLAVOMIR RAWICZ.

14 7:00 PM • The POLITICALLY INSPIRED BOOK CLUB will discuss Ill Fares the Land by TONY JUDT.

Monday 27 7:00 PM • The HANDS ON BAY AREA BOOK CLUB will discuss The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by REBECCA SKLOOT.

28 7:30 PM • MR. BOOKCLUB will discuss Matterhorn Tuesday

(ages 9-12) will discuss Around the World in 100 Days by GARY BLACKWOOD.

TUESDAY 7 7:00 PM • The FIRST FICTION BOOK CLUB will discuss Atlas of Unknowns by TANIA JAMES.

TUESDAY 21 7:00 PM • The FOREIGN INTRIGUE BOOK CLUB will discuss The Saturday Morning Murder by BATYA GUR.

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will discuss Two Lives by WILLIAM TREVOR.


CLUB will discuss Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers by ARUNDHATI ROY.

MONDAY 13 7:00 PM • The DOWN TO A SCIENCE BOOK CLUB will meet.


discuss Divergent by VERONICA ROTH.

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WEDNESDAY 8 7:00 PM • The SFLGBT BOOK CLUB will discuss Orlando by VIRGINIA WOOLF.

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SUNday 5 7:00 PM • The SF YOUNG PROFESSIONALS BOOK CLUB will discuss Tales of the City by ARMISTEAD MAUPIN.


BOOKCLUB will discuss Geography of Bliss by ERIK WEINER.

SATURDAY 11 7:00 PM • The SAN FRANCISCO TRAVEL BOOK CLUB will discuss Wanderlust by DON GEORGE.

WEDNESday 29 7:30 PM • CLASSICS I FORGOT TO READ will discuss The Good Soldier by FORD MADOX FORD.


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.

• 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.

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reads Shoes for Me! When she realizes that her feet have grown, a young hippo is allowed to choose which new shoes to buy.

5:00 PM • Tales and Treats Storytime presents SUE FLIESS as she

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presents their Annual Grandparents Tales Writing Contest Awards Ceremony and Reading.

12:30 PM • Stagebridge Grandparents Theater Group in Oakland

4 saturday

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finest accounts of women who have traveled to the ends of the earth to discover new places, peoples—and themselves. Join contributors Eva Tuschman, Erin Van Rheenan and Jacqueline Luckett as they share their traveling tales.

7:00 PM • The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2011 presents the

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7:00 PM • From the creators of, CARA EISNEPRESS and PHOEBE LAPINE comes In The Small Kitchen a voice-driven cookbook filled with delicious and resourceful recipes for daily cooking and entertaining on a budget.

3 friday

Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness, SF

conversation with ADAM SAVAGE.

8:00 PM • City Arts & Lectures presents FRED ARMISEN in

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CHRISTOPHER COAKE, JOSHUA MOHR and DARIA SNADOWSKY as they share Crush: 26 Real-Life Tales of First Love.

7:00 PM • Join editor NICKI RICHESIN and contributors

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Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind, in which she teaches readers how to silence self-criticism and replace it with selfcompassion in order to fulfill their highest potential and live happier, more fulfilled lives.

7:00 PM • DR. KRISTIN NEFF shares Self-Compassion: Stop

2 thursday

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7:00 PM • Alameda Island Poets and Writers, hosted by Nanette Bradley Deetz.

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and a Guitar, a heartfelt memoir of his sojourn in a 35-person Corsican village where he wrote his latest album.

7:00 PM • Local Musician DAVID BERKELEY presents 140 Goats

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Village! Co-hosted by with Literary Mamas!

6:00 PM • Come to the Pajama Party at Books Inc. in Laurel

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Books Inc. is the only West Coast stop on the This is Teen Tour, featuring authors Maggie Stiefvater, Meg Cabot and Libba Bray! The

7:00 PM • Not Your Mother’s Book Club presents This is Teen!



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Natural Miracle, the natural and cultural history of how people, birds, and the feather came together. This event is co-sponsored by The Golden Gate Audubon Society.

5:00 PM • THOR HANSON discusses Feathers: The Evolution of a

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the popular book Feng Shui Your Mind, Jill Lebeau, MFT and Maureen Raytis, L.Ac., for a fun and lively discussion about Sonia Choquette’s latest book, Traveling at the Speed of Love.

3:00 PM • The Live Your Dream Book Group. Join authors of

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1:00 PM • A 2-hour writing workshop for young writers, ages 8-13 with Master Teacher and author Hillary Homzie! Contact Peter Handel

12 sunday

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7:00 PM • LYNN PONTON presents Metis: Mixed Blood Stories, in which four generations of adolescents come of age during their sixteenth year.

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as she reads Buglette the Messy Sleeper.

11:00 AM • Oh My Gosh! Stories! Presents BETHANIE MURGUIA

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Street, the second entry in a highly original and absolutely marvelous series about two brother lawyers who lease offices on London’s Baker Street--and begin receiving mail addressed to Sherlock Holmes.

7:00 PM • MICHAEL ROBERTSON shares The Brothers of Baker

10 friday

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The Career of Gypsy Rose Lee, a well-researched account of the Broadway star and “intellectual stripper.”

7:30 PM • RICHARD STROM presents Lady of Burlesque:

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Lazy Gourmet, with whose recipes, anyone can prepare delicious and sophisticated, yet surprisingly simple dishes that will impress fussy in-laws, placate implacable bosses, and seduce sexy strangers.


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7:00 PM • CAROL EDGARIAN shares the Three Stages of Amazement, a sweeping, richly compassionate novel about marriage, ambition, and the reclaiming of love.


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story of Cecily of York, mother of two kings and one of history’s most intelligent and courageous women.

7:00 PM • ANNE EASTER SMITH discusses Queen by Right--the

World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter Street, Ste 200, SF

HVISTENDAHL author of Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men.

6:00 PM • The World Affairs Council presents MARA

23 THURSday

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7:00 PM • SIMON RICH, former editor of The Harvard Lampoon and youngest-ever writer for Saturday Night Live, will discuss his debut novel, Elliot Allagash, about the evil heir of America’s largest fortune and his pawn, a good-natured sap named Seymour

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author of Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power as part of the Guggenheim Speaker Series

6:30 PM • The World Affairs Council presents DAVID SANGER

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7:30 PM • From City Lights Publishers, Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-1978, a Shaping San Francisco anthology of first person accounts. Reading and signing will be authors Tommi Avicolli Mecca (emergence of the gay movement), Deborah Gerson (women’s consciousness-raising and growth of lesbian identity), and Matthew Roth (communal living in the City and beyond), along with Chris Carlsson, editor.

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Homemaking: Decorating, Dining, and the Gratifying Pleasures of SelfSufficiency--On a Budget!

7:00 PM • KATE PAYNE presents The Hip Girl’s Guide to

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Prize winner, shares his newest thrilling mystery The Devil’s Plaything.

6:30 PM • MATT RICHTEL, author, technology reporter, Pulitzer

21 TUESday

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DAVID DEL BOURGO, SETH HARWOOD, and KEITH RAFFEL discuss their work on themes ranging from Bay Area crime to the Prague Spring to the Mossad.

7:00 PM • A Books Inc. Mystery panel! Local mystery authors

20 monday

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2 Featuring Alameda artist Larry A. Wilson, known as “ A Painter of the Sea.” Mr. Wilson joins us to celebrate the release of his first Jigsaw Puzzle, The Spirit of San Francisco.

7:00 PM • Alameda Puzzle Party ! Conversations with Artists #

7:00 PM • BRIAN FAGAN shares Elixir: A History of Water and

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shares Daughters of the Revolution, an exquisite first novel set at a disintegrating New England prep school in 1968.

7:00 PM • The O. Henry Award-winning author CAROLYN COOKE

29 wednesday

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History of the Modern Body Piercing Industry which tells the story of how the author fathered the modern body piercing industry and in so doing gave birth to the larger body piercing movement. He will be signing books for his 70th birthday.

7:30 PM • JIM WARD discusses Running the Gauntlet: An Intimate

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WAITE CLAYTON for the launch of her newest book The Language of Light.

7:00 PM • Launch Party at 4th Tuesday Book Club. Join MEG

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6:00 PM • Cooks’ Book Club of Fourth Street Presents Joyce Goldstein! Join celebrated chef, author of numerous award winning books, and culinary consultant as she discusses her newest book Mediterranean Fresh as well as Tapas, Solo Suppers and Antipasti.

28 Tuesday

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author of There Are Things I Want You to Know about Stieg Larsson and Me in conversation with ROY EISENHARDT.

8:00 PM • City Arts & Lectures presents EVA GABRIELSSON

27 monday

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5:00 PM • ORAN HESTERMAN shares Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All, an enlightening and inspiring guide to changing not only what people eat, but how food is grown, packaged, delivered, marketed, and sold.

26 sunday

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11:00 AM • Oh My Gosh! Stories presents LESLIE MCGUIRK as she reads from her newest book If Rocks Could Sing.

25 saturday

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7:30 PM • DAVID PRATT, author of Bob the Book and FELICE PICANO author of True Stories in conversation.

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11:00 AM • Oh My Gosh! Stories! presents DEBORAH UNDERWOOD author of The Loud Book!

18 saturday

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7:30 PM • JON-JON GOULIAN shares The Man in the Gray Flannel Skirt, an entertaining and unflinchingly honest memoir about an unforgettable and unique coming-of-age. The first five men to show up in a skirt get a free book!!!’

17 friday

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installment of his “Will Macgowen” crime series, East on Sunset.

7:00 PM • Author KEN MERCER will read from the second

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KLEIN author of Inspiration for a Lifetime.

7:00 PM • The Big Yes Society Discussion Group presents ALLEN

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7:00 PM • The Heart of the Muse Open Mic with Amos White.

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present an English AND French story time and a Room to Read fundraiser. 20% of all sales from the event will go to Room to Read!

4:00 PM • Teatime for Tots in Berkeley and Chronicle Books

9 thursday

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darkly comic novel about the picaresque misadventures of two hired guns, the fabled Sisters brothers, set against the backdrop of the great California Gold Rush.

7:00 PM • PATRICK DEWITT discusses The Sisters Brothers, a

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hovering between reality and fantasy, whimsy and darkness, these linked fables describe a universe both surreal and familiar.

7:00 PM • HELEN PHILLIPS shares And Yet They Were Happy;

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8 wednesday

Love Story, a striking look at how deep our ties to God can go, and how devastating they can be to break.

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7:00 PM • SARAH SENTILLES discusses Breaking Up with God: A

of The Lovers & JENNIFER EGAN, author of A Visit From the Goon Squad in conversation with MICHAEL KRASNY

16 thursday

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Humanity, which spans five millennia, from ancient Mesopotamia to the parched present of the Sun Belt. As Brian Fagan shows, every human society has been shaped by its relationship to our most essential resource.

8:00 PM • City Arts & Lectures presents VENDELLA VIDA, author

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deeply funny and suspenseful novel this is a perfect snapshot of the excesses of American culture.

7:00 PM • DAVID ANTHONY gives us Something for Nothing, a

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author of More Than Good Intentions: How a New Economics Is Helping to Solve Global Poverty.

6:00 PM • The World Affairs Council presents DEAN KARLAN

7:00 PM • TOD DAVIES joins us with her debut novel Snotty Saves

15 wednesday

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7:30 PM • GREG ARCHER presents Shut Up Skinny Bitches! Stop dieting and start loving yourself! Skinny is not the cure! Thin is NOT in. There’s nothing wrong with you! There never was.

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controversial & funny memoir The Doper Next Store, about the underground world of citizen doping and his year long odyssey on performance enhancing drugs.

7:00 PM • Join us to celebrate the launch of ANDREW TILIN’S

14 tuesday

Books Inc. in Opera Plaza

event will be hosted at Books Inc. Opera Plaza, and they are the ONLY outlet for tickets to this event. Tickets are available with the purchase of any book published by Scholastic by Libba, Maggie or Meg. One ticket per book purchased, tickets are available starting May 13th.

the Day. A fairy tale from another world with scholarly footnotes from its scientists. What does it mean?



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Shanghai Girls, as she reads from her newest novel Dreams of Joy.

7:00 PM • LISA SEE continues the saga from her NYT best-selling

6 monday

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her own story of being rescued from Michael Vick’s kennel and her rehabilitation with her new family in California. The folks from Bad Rap will also be on hand.

5:00 PM • Meet Audie to celebrate the release of Saving Audie,

5 Sunday

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Fiction. Violet Grayson author of A Gossamer Cord: A Medley of Short Stories and Mary Ellen Davis author of The Grandparenting Journey: Leading The Way in conversation.

6:00 PM • Conversations with Authors: Fiction meets Non-


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June 2011

Science and Nature Sweetness of Tears

By Nafisa Haji When faith and facts collide, Jo March--a young woman born into an Evangelical Christian dynasty--wrestles with questions about who she is and how she fits into her faithful family. Travelling from California to Chicago, Pakistan to Iraq, she delves into the past, encountering relatives, often for the first time, whose histories are intricately intertwined with her own . . . only to learn that true spiritual devotion is riddled with doubt and that nothing is ever as it seems. Available NOW

Concerto to the Memory of an Angel

By Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt In this vivid collection, Schmitt writes about regret and redemption, about the roles of love and memory in our lives, all with a lightness and compassion that is as rare as it is inspiring. The title story is the tale of two friends with very different personalities— one competitive and aggressive, the other kind and disinterested. They are confronted with circumstances that lead to a catharsis in which both men will move beyond their predetermined roles. Available NOW

Hector and the Secrets of Love

By Francois Lelord Hector the young French psychiatrist continues to explore the mysteries of the human soul. Having found that love seems virtually inseparable from happiness, he begins taking notes on this powerful emotion. But unbeknownst to him, Clara, the doctor’s beloved, is making her own investigations into love. As much a love story as a novel about love, Hector and the Secrets of Love is a feel-good life manual wrapped in a globetrotting adventure. Available NOW

The Murder of Jim Fisk for the Love of Josie Mansfield

By H. W. Brands Even before he was shot dead on the stairway of the tony Grand Central Hotel in 1872, financier James “Jubilee Jim” Fisk, Jr., was a notorious New York City figure. From his audacious attempt to corner the gold market in 1869 to his battle for control of the geographically crucial Erie Railroad, Fisk was a flamboyant exemplar of a new financial era marked by volatile fortunes and unprecedented greed and corruption. But it was his scandalously open affair with a showgirl named Josie Mansfield that ultimately led to his demise. Available NOW

The Most Beautiful Walk in the World

By John Baxter In this enchanting memoir, acclaimed author and long- time Paris resident John Baxter remembers his yearlong experience of giving “literary walking tours” through the city. Baxter sets off with unsuspecting tourists in tow on the trail of Paris’s legendary artists and writers of the past. Paris, by custom and design, is a pedestrian’s city--each block a revelation, every neighborhood a new feast for the senses, a place rich with history and romance at every turn. Available NOW

Miette Bakery Cookbook

By Meg Ray Renowned for beautiful cakes, Miette is among the most beloved of San Francisco’s culinary destinations. Miette’s pretty Parisian aesthetic enchants visitors with tables piled high with beribboned bags of gingersnaps, homemade marshmallows, fleur de sel caramels, and rainbows of gumballs. This cookbook brings the enchantment home, sharing 100 favorite Miette treats from chef and owner Meg Ray. Just like the adorable cakes, cookies, clairs and tarts for sale in Miette’s case, this book is irresistible! Available NOW

The Food Of Spain

By Claudia Roden Claudia Roden, with insight, scope, and authority, explores a cuisine marked by its regionalism and suffused with an unusually particular culinary history. Whether she’s writing about smoky, nutty Catalan Romesco sauce, Cordero a la Miel-sweet and hot lamb stew with honey-or the iconic national dish of Spain, Paella Valenciana, her elegant, humorous, and passionate voice is a reader’s delight, a guide not only to delicious food but to the peoples and cultures that produced it. Available June 7th

The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction

By Alan Jacobs In recent years, cultural commentators have sounded the alarm about the dire state of reading in America. Many have absorbed the puritanical message that reading is, first and foremost, good for you--the intellectual equivalent of eating your Brussels sprouts. For such people, indeed for all readers, Jacobs offers some simple advice: read at whim, read what gives you delight, and do so without shame, whether it be Stephen King or the King James Version of the Bible. Available NOW

See a Little Light

By Bob Mould See a Little Light is an open account of the rich history of Mould, guitarist for Husker Du and one of the most revered figures of punk, whose driving force altered the shape of American music. Revealing the struggles with his homosexuality, as well as his own drug and alcohol addiction, Mould takes us on a whirlwind ride through achieving sobriety, his acclaimed solo career, finally finding his place in the world. Available NOW

Nica’s Dream

By David Kastin It’s a misty night in 1950s New York. A silver Rolls-Royce screeches to a stop at the neon-lit doorway of a 52nd Street jazz club. Behind the wheel is a glamorous brunette, a chinchilla stole draped over her shoulder and a long cigarette holder clinched in her teeth. After taking a pull from a small silver flask, she glides past the bouncer into the murky depths of the Three Deuces. The Jazz Baroness has arrived. Available NOW

Fire and Rain

By David Browne January 1970: the Beatles put the finishing touches on “Let It Be”; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young are wrapping up “Deja Vu”; Simon and Garfunkel are unveiling “Bridge Over Troubled Water”; James Taylor is an upstart who’s just completed “Sweet Baby James.” Over the course of the next twelve months, their lives--and the world around them-will change irrevocably. Browne’s vivid narrative tells the incredible story of how the ‘60s ended and the ‘70s began. Available NOW

Murder of the Century

By Paul Collins On Long Island, a farmer finds a duck pond turned red with blood. On the Lower East Side, two boys discover a human torso wrapped tightly in oilcloth. Blueberry pickers near Harlem stumble upon neatly severed limbs in an overgrown ditch. The grisly finds of June 26, 1897, plunged detectives headlong into the era’s most baffling murder mystery. Seized upon by battling media moguls Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst, the case became a publicity circus. Available June 14th

The Greater Journey

By David McCullough The enthralling, inspiring--and until now, untold--story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work. Nearly all of these Americans, whatever their troubles learning French, their spells of homesickness, and their suffering in the raw cold winters by the Seine, spent many of the happiest days and nights of their lives in Paris. Available NOW

India: A Portrait

By Patrick French In only six decades since independence, India has gone from a place associated with some of the most wretched poverty on Earth to one that, economically, could dominate the 21st century. French examines the cultural foundations that have made possible a stunningly accelerated transformation. With a familiarity and insight few Westerners could approach, Patrick French provides a vital corrective to the many outdated notions about a uniquely dynamic and consequential nation. His India is a thrilling revelation. Available June 7th

The Story of Charlotte’s Web

By Michael Sims Helpless pigs, silly geese, clever spiders, greedy rats-White knew all of these characters in the barns and stables where he spent his favorite hours. Michael Sims shows how White solved what critic Clifton Fadiman once called “the standing problem of the juvenile-fantasy writer: how to find, not another Alice, but another rabbit hole” by mining the raw ore of his childhood friendship with animals, translating his own passions and contradictions, delights and fears, into an all-time classic. Available June 7th

How the Hippies Saved Physics

By David Kaiser Today, quantum information theory is among the most exciting scientific frontiers, attracting billions of dollars in funding and thousands of talented researchers. But as MIT physicist and historian David Kaiser reveals, this cutting-edge field has a surprisingly psychedelic past. A lively, entertaining story that illuminates the relationship between creativity and scientific progress, How the Hippies Saved Physics takes us to a time when only the unlikeliest heroes could break the science world out of its rut. Available NOW

Tolstoy and the Purple Chair

By Nina Sankovitch Nina Sankovitch has always been a reader. When Nina’s eldest sister died at the age of forty-six, Nina turned to books for comfort, escape, and introspection. In her beloved purple chair, she rediscovered the magic of such writers as Toni Morrison, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ian McEwan, Edith Wharton, and, of course, Leo Tolstoy. Through the connections Nina made with books), her life changed profoundly, and in unexpected ways. Reading, it turns out, can be the ultimate therapy. Available June 7th

nd Weddings Genius of Place

By Justin Martin Frederick Law Olmsted is arguably the most important historical figure that the average American knows the least about. Best remembered for his landscape architecture, from New York’s Central Park to Boston’s Emerald Necklace to Stanford University’s campus, Olmsted was also an influential journalist, voice for the environment, and abolitionist credited with helping dissuade England from joining the South in the Civil War. This momentous career was shadowed by a tragic personal life, also fully portrayed here. Available NOW

Age of Greed

By eff Madrick As Jeff Madrick makes clear, the singleminded pursuit of huge personal wealth has been on the rise in the United States since the 1970s, led by a few individuals who have argued that self-interest guides society more effectively than community concerns. These stewards of American capitalism have insisted on the central and essential place of accumulated wealth through the booms, busts, and recessions of the last half century, giving rise to our current woes. Available NOW

The Man in the Rockefeller Suit

By Mark Seal The story of Clark Rockefeller is a stranger-than-fiction twist on the classic American success story because Clark Rockefeller was totally made up. The imposter charmed his way into exclusive clubs and financial institutions until his marriage ended and he was arrested for kidnapping his daughter, which exposed his past of astounding deceptions. This is a probing and cinematic exploration of an audacious imposer-and a man determined to live the American dream by any means necessary. Available June 2nd


By David Eagleman If the conscious mind- -the part you consider to be you--is just the tip of the iceberg, what is the rest doing? Neuroscientist David Eagleman navigates the depths of the subconscious brain: Why can your foot move halfway to the brake pedal before you become consciously aware of danger ahead? Why is it so difficult to keep a secret? And how is it possible to get angry at yourself--who, exactly, is mad at whom? Available NOW

The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices

By Frank Moss If you’ve ever read a book on an e-reader, unleashed your inner rock star playing Guitar Hero, built a robot with LEGO Mindstorms, or ridden in a vehicle with child-safe air bags, then you’ve experienced a few of the astounding innovations that have come out of the Media Lab. In this exhilarating tour of the Media Lab’s inner sanctums, we’ll meet the professors and their students - the Sorcerers and their Apprentices. Available June 7th

Demon Fish

By Juliet Eilperin A group of traders huddles around a pile of dried shark fins in Hong Kong. A Papua New Guinean elder is ready to summon a shark with ancient magic. A scientist finds a rare shark in Indonesia and forges a deal with villagers so it can survive. Juliet Eilperin investigates the ways different cultures relate to the ocean’s top predator. She reminds us why, after millions of years, sharks remain among nature’s most awe-inspiring creatures. Available June 14th

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By Ina Caro In one of the most inventive travel books in years, Ina Caro invites readers on twenty-five one-day train trips that depart from Paris and transport us back through seven hundred years of French history. Caro animates history with her lush descriptions of architectural splendors and tales of court intrigue. Organizing her destinations chronologically from twelfth-century Saint-Denis to the nineteenthcentury Restoration at Chantilly, Paris to the Past promises to become one of the classic guidebooks of our time. Available NOW

Those Guys Have All the Fun

By James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales Miller and Shales present the first complete and never-before revealed history of ESPN--the worldwide leader and the rowdiest frat house in sports TV--is a wild, smart, effervescent look at the triumph, genius, ego, and rise of an empire unlike any television has ever seen. Announcers and analysts as well as sports stars share their stories about the network. Available NOW

The Big Fight

By Sugar Ray Leonard In this unflinching and inspiring autobiography, the boxing legend faces his single greatest competitor: himself. Sugar Ray Leonard’s brutally honest and uplifting memoir reveals the complex man behind the boxer. The Olympic hero, multichampionship winner, and beloved athlete waged his own personal battle with depression, rage, addiction, and greed.  Leonard comes to terms with both triumph and struggle-and presents a gripping portrait of remarkable strength, courage, and resilience, both in and out of the ring. Available June 6th

Killer Stuff and Tons of Money

By Maureen Stanton One dealer’s journey from the populist mayhem of flea markets to the rarefied realm of auctions reveals the rich, often outrageous subculture of antiques and collectibles. Killer Stuff and Tons of Money is many things: an insider’s look at a subculture, an account of a self-made man making his way in a cutthroat field, a treasure trove of tips for those who seek out old things, and a thoroughly fresh, vibrant view of history as blood sport. Available June 9th


By Amy Cortese In Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit from It, Amy Cortese takes us inside the local investing movement, where solutions to some of the nation’s most pressing problems are taking shape. The idea is that, by investing in local businesses, rather than faceless conglomerates, investors can earn profits while building healthy, self-reliant communities. “Local investing” offers a way to rebuild our nest eggs, communities, and, just perhaps, our country. Available June 7th

Reckless Endangerment

By Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner Morgenson and Rosner draw back the curtain on Fannie Mae, the mortgagefinance giant that grew through the 1990s, becoming a major opponent of government oversight even as it was benefiting from public subsidies. They expose the role played by Fannie Mae executives as well as Countrywide Financial, Goldman Sachs, the Federal Reserve, HUD, Congress, the FDIC, and Wall Street, to show how greed, aggression, and fear led countless officials to ignore warning signs of an imminent disaster. Available NOW

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By Carolyn Parkhurst Bestselling novelist Octavia Frost has just completed a revolutionary novel in which she has rewritten the last chapters of all her previous books. But on her way to deliver the manuscript to her editor, Octavia learns that her estranged son, Milo, a famous musician, has been arrested for the murder of his girlfriend. Did she drive her son to violence? Did Milo murder anyone at all? And what exactly happened all those years ago? Available June 14TH

The Passage

By Justin Cronin The Passage is the story of Amy-abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl--and risks everything to save her. And as Amy walks alone into a future dark with violence and despair, only she has the power to save the ruined world. Available NOW

Palo Alto

By James Franco Written with an immediate sense of place--claustrophobic and ominous-James Franco’s collection traces the lives of an extended group of teenagers as they experiment with vices of all kinds, struggle with their families and one another, and succumb to self-destructive, often heartless nihilism. These linked stories, stark, vivid, and disturbing, are a compelling portrait of lives on the rough fringes of youth. Available June 7th

Breaking Night

By Liz Murray Liz Murray was born to loving but drug-addicted parents in the Bronx who at age fifteen was living on the streets. When Liz’s mother died of AIDS, she decided to take control of her own destiny and go back to high school, often completing her assignments in the hallways and subway stations where she slept. Liz squeezed four years of high school into two, while homeless; won a New York Times scholarship; and made it into the Ivy League. Available NOW

Half a Life

By Darin Strauss “Half my life ago, I killed a girl.” Darin Strauss recounts a tragedy and its aftermath. In his last month of high school, just after turning eighteen, Strauss is behind the wheel of his father’s Oldsmobile, driving with friends--having “thoughts of mini-golf, another thought of maybe just going to the beach.” Then out of the blue: a collision that results in the death of a bicycling classmate that shadows the rest of his life. Available NOW

Four Fish

By Paul Greenberg Paul Greenberg examines the four fish that dominate our menus: salmon, sea bass, cod, and tuna. Just three decades ago, nearly everything we ate from the sea was wild. Today, rampant overfishing and an unprecedented biotech revolution have brought us to a point where wild and farmed fish occupy equal parts of a complex marketplace. Four Fish offers a way for us to move toward a future of healthy and sustainable seafood. Available NOW


books inc. for events for kids Thursday, June 9th 4:00 PM

Monday, June 13th at 7:00 PM

Teatime for Tots in Berkeley and Chronicle Books present bilingual storytime and a Room to Read fundraiser. 20% of all sales from the event will go to Room to Read!

Not Your Mother’s Book Club presents This is Teen! Featuring authors Maggie Stiefvater, Meg Cabot and Libba Bray! This is a ticketed event. See website for details.

Friday, June 10th at 5:00 PM

Saturday, June 18th at 11:00 AM

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Book Busters Japanese Relief Bakesale Fundraiser.

Oh My Gosh! Stories! presents DEBORAH UNDERWOOD author of The Loud Book!

Saturday, June 11th at 11:00 AM

Saturday, June 25th at 11:00 AM

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Oh My Gosh! Stories! Presents BETHANIE MURGUIA as she reads Buglette the Messy Sleeper.

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Oh My Gosh! Stories! presents LESLIE MCGUIRK as she reads from her newest book If Rocks Could Sing.

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New books for kids Septimus Heap Book Six: Darke

Blood Red Road

By Angie Sage Don’t you love it when the next book in your favorite series hits the shelves? Catch up with Septimus as he ventures into the Darke to save the Castle and the Wizard Tower from destruction. Haven’t started the series yet? Now’s the time! If you loved Harry Potter, give this a go. For ages 9+. Available June 7TH

The Great Hamster Massacre

By Katie Davies Siblings Anna and Tom are thrilled when their mother finally takes them to the local pet shop and lets them each select a hamster. They are rather less thrilled, when their hamsters are found mysteriously dead in their cage. What ensues is a hilarious, full-scale investigation that is sure to entice even the most reluctant reader. For ages 8+. Available NOW

First Garden: The White House Garden and How it Grew

By Robbin Gourley Healthy eating is much easier when you grown your own vegetables! Get inspired by Michelle Obama’s kitchen garden at the White House, and learn about past White House gardens (such as Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden during WWII) in this light-hearted and entertaining book, complete with recipes! For ages 6+. Available NOW

Should I Share My Ice Cream?

By Mo Willems Get a head start on your reading skills with this tale of moral quandary! Utilizing vocabulary that is perfectly suited for beginning readers (and vetted by an early learning specialist), Mo Willems uses his signature humor and good nature in this newest installment in the Elephant and Piggie series. For ages 4+. Available NOW

By Moira Young Treat yourself to some cage fighting, some revolution and even some romance with this gritty, violent pageturner. Blood Red Road is like a True Grit and Hunger Games mash-up, featuring one of the butt-kickingest heroines we’ve seen in a while, on a quest to save her kidnapped twin brother. For ages 13+. Available June 7th

Beauty Queens

By Libba Bray Evening gown clad beauty queens meet desert island survival in Libba Bray’s newest novel, perfect for those who like a little evil with their funny. Get your copy signed when Libba visits our Opera Plaza store, June 13th, on the This is Teen tour, with Maggie Stiefvater and Meg Cabot. For ages 12+. Available NOW

How I Stole Johnny Depp’s Alien Girlfriend

By Gary Ghislain Ok, so maybe if a girl told you she’s an alien who’s come to Earth to retrieve Johnny Depp your first thought wouldn’t be, “that’s the girl for me.” But David Gershwin’s not your typical guy, and nor is his a typical summer romance. Translated from French, and totally absurd. For ages 12+. Available June 8th

Squish #1: Super Amoeba

By Jennifer L. Holm Single cell organisms, rejoice! There’s a new hero in town. Sorta. Squish the Amoeba wants nothing more than to be a superhero like his idol, Super Amoeba! From the Newbery Honor winner and author of Babymouse comes a brand new graphic novel series perfect for grade schoolers! For ages 7+. Available NOW


By Kevin Henkes A Junonia shell is a rare and exceptional find, providing an apt title for this pitch-perfect coming of age story. Parents and children alike will enjoy protagonist Alice Rice, as she searches for the Junonia shell, and finds that life is not always what she expects. A great choice to read as a family. For ages 8+. Available NOW

Tony Fucile It seems like many of the coolest illustrators these days have a background in animation, and Tony Fucile is a stellar example of this trend. He’s worked on awesome movies like The Iron Giant and The Incredibles, and now he’s turning his attention to kids books. Lucky us! He’s the one who gave Bink her signature crazy hair and infused Gollie’s face with stony disapproval in Bink and Gollie. (If you haven’t read Bink and Gollie, now’s the time; aside from being a perfect transitional book for emerging readers, it’s also hilarious, heartwarming and fabulously illustrated.) Tony also wrote AND illustrated Let’s Do Nothing! a tale of two kids learning the joy of Zen quiescence during summer break. His newest book, Mitchell’s License, is a perfect choice for Fathers’ Day. Join Mitchell and his father/car in a story that highlights a father’s love while still appealing to the high octane imaginations of little ones. In all of his work Tony’s characters are expressive, adorable and engaging. Here at Books Inc., we can’t help but hope that he spends less time with the movies and more with us bookworms.

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June 2011 Newsletter  

June 2011 Newsletter from Books Inc. The West's Oldest Independent Bookseller

June 2011 Newsletter  

June 2011 Newsletter from Books Inc. The West's Oldest Independent Bookseller