Evening Book Club Discussion

03/02/2015 7:00 pm
America/Los Angeles

Evening Book Club Discussion 

Outline, by Rachel Cusk

Monday, March 2nd

7pm - 8:00pm

A luminous, powerful novel that establishes Rachel Cusk as one of the finest writers in the English language

A man and a woman are seated next to each other on a plane. They get to talking—about their destination, their careers, their families. Grievances are aired, family tragedies discussed, marriages and divorces analyzed. An intimacy is established as two strangers contrast their own fictions about their lives.
Rachel Cusk’s Outline is a novel in ten conversations. Spare and stark, it follows a novelist teaching a course in creative writing during one oppressively hot summer in Athens. She leads her students in storytelling exercises. She meets other visiting writers for dinner and discourse. She goes swimming in the Ionian Sea with her neighbor from the plane. The people she encounters speak volubly about themselves: their fantasies, anxieties, pet theories, regrets, and longings. And through these disclosures, a portrait of the narrator is drawn by contrast, a portrait of a woman learning to face a great loss.
Outline takes a hard look at the things that are hardest to speak about. It brilliantly captures conversations, investigates people’s motivations for storytelling, and questions their ability to ever do so honestly or unselfishly. In doing so it bares the deepest impulses behind the craft of fiction writing. This is Rachel Cusk’s finest work yet, and one of the most startling, brilliant, original novels of recent years.

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Outline (Hardcover)

$26.00
ISBN-13: 9780374228347
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1/2015

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Karen Russo Author Event

03/05/2015 7:00 pm
America/Los Angeles

Karen King Russo

Author of Costs of Creativity

Thursday, March 5th at 7pm

Karen King Russo grew up with an endearing but troubled father. The co-founder of Travelodge Corporation, he was often referred to by neighbors as the “most unforgettable character I ever met!” While other dads fished, camped golfed, watched football and read Sports Illustrated, Russo’s dad wrote poetry, read Aristotle, crashed airplanes, and walked across their living room on his hands. They were the only family in Brentwood with an airplane in their back yard. As a creative maverick and entrepreneur he thought outside the box, bringing color and fun to their home, but also pain and damage caused by his addiction to alcohol.  Russo writes about and recognizes in her new book Costs of Creativity,  that creative people and addicts often share the same characteristics.  This poignant memoir of one daughter’s life with a generous, artistic father who left a legacy of wisdom, will resonate with other adult children of alcoholics.

 

A 25-year resident of Manhattan Beach, Karen King Russo spent 15 years writing features covering news, non-profit organizations and anecdotal stories for many publications including The Beach Reporter, Easy Reader, Manhattan Beach Sun. She is a 10-year member of the Neptunian Woman’s Club and serves on the Board of the Cultural Heritage Conservancy. Prior to that, she lived in Palos Verdes and owned and managed Discovery Travel in Riviera Village.

 

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Mystery Book Club Discussion

03/17/2015 7:00 pm
America/Los Angeles

Mystery Book Club Discussion

The Unquiet Dead, by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Tuesday,March 17th

7pm - 8:30pm

Our new Mystery/Thriller Book Club is led by Bobby McCue.   

Christopher Drayton’s fall from the Scarborough Cliffs of E. Toronto doesn't seem to warrant a police investigation. Under tight-lipped secrecy, it is referred to the Community Policing Section, which handles minority-sensitive cases. Why the secrecy and who exactly is Drayton? Did he simply take a wrong step and fall?  Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty find out Drayton may have been living under an assumed name; that he may have ties to the Bosnian war and possibly be a war criminal. A lot is at stake.
 
Khan has written a tale where each character has a unique and compelling voice. It is a complex and riveting story of loss and justice that will stay with you long after the last page is read. This will be one of my favorite books at year's end. ~Bobby
 

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The Unquiet Dead (Hardcover)

$25.99
ISBN-13: 9781250055118
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Minotaur Books, 1/2015

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Coffee Time Book Club Discussion

03/18/2015 10:30 am
America/Los Angeles

  

The Whites, by Richard Price

Wednesday, March 18th

10:30am - RSVP's appreciated and everyone is welcome

The electrifying tale of a New York City police detective under siege—by an unsolved murder, by his own dark past, and by a violent stalker seeking revenge.

Back in the run-and-gun days of the mid-1990s, when a young Billy Graves worked in the South Bronx as part of an aggressive anti-crime unit known as the Wild Geese, he made headlines by accidentally shooting a ten-year-old boy while struggling with an angel-dusted berserker on a crowded street. Branded as a loose cannon by his higher-ups, Billy spent years enduring one dead-end posting after another. Now in his early forties, he has somehow survived and become a sergeant in Manhattan Night Watch, a small team of detectives charged with responding to all post-midnight felonies from Wall Street to Harlem. Mostly, his unit acts as little more than a set-up crew for the incoming shift, but after years in police purgatory, Billy is content simply to do his job.

Then comes a call that changes everything: Night Watch is summoned to the four a.m. fatal slashing of a man in Penn Station, and this time Billy’s investigation moves beyond the usual handoff to the day tour. And when he discovers that the victim was once a suspect in the unsolved murder of a twelve-year-old boy, a savage case with connections to the former members of the Wild Geese, the bad old days are back in Billy's life with a vengeance, tearing apart enduring friendships forged in the urban trenches and even threatening the safety of his family.

Razor-sharp and propulsively written, The Whites introduces Harry Brandt—a new master of American crime fiction.

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Save the Date for April's book club - Wednesday, April 22nd.  We will be reading The Last Flight of Poxl West, by Daniel Torday.

 

The Whites (Hardcover)

$28.00
ISBN-13: 9780805093995
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co., 2/2015

$25.99
ISBN-13: 9781250051684
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: St. Martin's Press, 3/2015

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Alexis Landau Author Event

03/26/2015 7:00 pm
America/Los Angeles

Alexis Landau

Author of The Empire of the Senses

Thursday, March 26 at 7pm

A sweeping, gorgeously written debut novel of duty to family and country, passion, and blood ties that unravel in the charged political climate of Berlin between the wars.

Lev Pearlmutter, an assimilated, cultured German Jew, enlists to fight in World War I, leaving behind his gentile wife Josephine and their children, Franz and Vicki. Moving between Lev's and Josephine's viewpoints, Part I of the novel focuses on Lev's experiences on the Eastern Front, both in war and in love, which render his life at home a pale aftermath by comparison. Part II picks up in Berlin in 1927–1928: the Pearlmutter children, now young adults, grapple with their own questions: Franz, drawn into the Brown Shirt movement, struggling with his unexpressed homosexuality; and Vicki, seduced by jazz, bobbed hair, and falling in love with a young man who wants to take her to Palestine. Unlike most historical novels of this kind, The Empire of the Senses is not about the Holocaust but rather about the brew that led to it, and about why it was unimaginable to ordinary people like Lev and his wife. Plotted with meticulous precision and populated by characters who feel and dream to the fullest, it holds us rapt as cultural loss and ethnic hatred come to coexist with love, passion, and the power of the human spirit.

$27.95
ISBN-13: 9781101870075
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Pantheon, 3/2015

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Mark Nicholas Author Event

04/02/2015 7:00 pm
America/Los Angeles

Mark H. Nicholas

Author of It's Not Just Business

Thursday, April 2nd at 7pm

Mark Nicholas has been in the business trenches for more than twenty years.  His work with major corporations as a negotiator, compliance professional and privacy officer, and oversight of employment and human resource issues, exposed daily the full range of human psychology, group dynamics and politics providing a tremendous foundation (including his own personal foibles) for his book: It's (Not) Just Business / the Employee's Survival Guide.
 
Throughout his career, Mark has embraced the study of human behavior and those interactions that create allegiances and animosities, studying the resulting business decisions large and small (and ultimately assessing business success and failure). He has embraced and taught the art and craft of negotiating and speaks regularly at national conferences on estate preparation, crisis management, social media, privacy and regulatory matters.
 
Originally from the New Jersey shore, Mark is a graduate of Susquehanna University and Syracuse University College of Law. He has worked as an to prosecute child abuse and neglect and later represented prominent collegiate athletics in a variety of capacities. His diverse career has included the practice of law in capacities such as Chief Legal Officer, Chief Privacy Officer and Chief Compliance Officer. He continues to practice law in Los Angeles and works as founder and president of a technology company.

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$19.95
ISBN-13: 9780982688830
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Barely Lit Publications, 2/2014

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Claire Bidwell Smith Author Event

05/14/2015 7:00 pm
America/Los Angeles

Claire Bidwell Smith

Author of After This

Thursday, May 14 at 7pm

In After This, acclaimed author, and therapist Claire Bidwell Smith confronts the question she encounters every day in private practice—what happens after we die? 

In an exploration of the afterlife that is part personal, part prescriptive, Smith invites us on her journey into the unknown. She wonders: How do we grieve our loved ones without proof that they live on? Will we ever see them again? Can they see us now, even though they are gone
Chronicling our steps along the path that bridges this world and the next, Smith undergoes past-life regressions and sessions with mediums and psychics and immerses herself in the ceremonies of organized religion and the rigor of scientific experiments to try and find the answers.
 
Drawing on both her personal losses, recounted in her memoir The Rules of Inheritance, as well as her background working in hospice as a bereavement counselor, Smith attempts to show how exploring the afterlife can have a positive impact on the grief process.

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$25.95
ISBN-13: 9781594633065
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Hudson Street Press, 4/2015

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780452298873
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Plume, 12/2012

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Gwendolyn Womack Author Event

05/28/2015 7:00 pm
America/Los Angeles

Gwendolyn Womack

Author of The Memory Painter

Thursday, May 28th at 7pm

Two lovers who have traveled across time. A team of scientists at the cutting edge of memory research. A miracle drug that unlocks an ancient mystery.

Bryan Pierce is an internationally famous artist whose paintings have dazzled the world. But there’s a secret to his success: Every canvas is inspired by an unusually vivid dream. When Bryan awakes, he possesses extraordinary new skills...like the ability to speak obscure languages and an inexplicable genius for chess. All his life, he has wondered if his dreams are recollections, if he is re-experiencing other people’s lives.

Linz Jacobs is a brilliant neurogeneticist, absorbed in decoding the genes that help the brain make memories, until she is confronted with an exact rendering of a recurring nightmare at one of Bryan’s shows. She tracks down the elusive artist, and their meeting triggers Bryan’s most powerful dream yet: visions of a team of scientists who, on the verge of discovering a cure for Alzheimer’s, died in a lab explosion decades ago.

As Bryan becomes obsessed with the mysterious circumstances surrounding the scientists’ deaths, his dreams begin to reveal what happened at the lab, as well as a deeper mystery that may lead all the way to ancient Egypt. Together, Bryan and Linz start to discern a pattern. But a deadly enemy watches their every move, and he will stop at nothing to ensure that the past stays buried.

A taut thriller and a timeless love story spanning six continents and 10,000 years of history, The Memory Painter by Gwendolyn Womack is a riveting debut novel unlike any you’ve ever read.

• For readers of Diana Gabaldon, Katherine Neville, and Jason Mott’s The Returned

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The Memory Painter (Hardcover)

$26.00
ISBN-13: 9781250053039
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Picador, 4/2015

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