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Thursday, January 18, 2018

ARC Review: The Maze at Windermere by Gregory Blake Smith

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0735221928/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=onderherose-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=0735221928&linkId=7474f0be95ce2cfb8f8f7f696a5370c1
Please Note:  I received an advance copy of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.  This did not influence the content of my review in any way.  Also, I participate in the Amazon Affiliate program.  If you buy this book through the links on this page I will get a small fee.

Synopsis (From Goodreads):

A richly layered novel of love, ambition, and duplicity, set against the storied seascape of Newport, Rhode Island

A reckless wager between a tennis pro with a fading career and a drunken party guest--the stakes are an antique motorcycle and an heiress's diamond necklace--launches a narrative odyssey that braids together three centuries of aspiration and adversity. A witty and urbane bachelor of the Gilded Age embarks on a high-risk scheme to marry into a fortune; a young writer soon to make his mark turns himself to his craft with harrowing social consequences; an aristocratic British officer during the American Revolution carries on a courtship that leads to murder; and, in Newport's earliest days, a tragically orphaned Quaker girl imagines a way forward for herself and the slave girl she has inherited.

In The Maze at Windermere Gregory Blake Smith weaves these intersecting worlds into a brilliant tapestry, charting a voyage across the ages into the maze of the human heart.


Review:
It took me a long time to get into reading this book.  At first I just didn't understand what was happening.  The format of this book is a challenge, with changing timelines and five different stories happening at once.  Like a maze, I was often lost at first.  But as I ventured further in, I became immersed in these stories and loved it!

What I Liked:
Format:
As I said, the format is very challenging.  Often, the reader is plopped right into the middle of a scene with no reference as to what is happening.  But I later found this to be exciting, and fun.  As the book progresses, the boundaries of the different stories blur, and jump around paragraph by paragraph.  This heightens the tension as each story comes to it's dramatic conclusion.

Characters:
There are so many characters to love in this book.  I particularly enjoyed the modern character of Alice, the crippled heiress who can never know if anyone will love her for herself, or for her money.  Her raw emotions are filled with passion, longing, and desperation as she pursues Sandy, a handsome tennis pro.  

Sandy is repulsed by her, at first.  I liked how complicated is character was.  He is both an opportunist, and sincerely interested in Alice.  He sees that he is used by the rich people of Newport, but still seeks the access to the good life they can provide.  How much is he willing to compromise to get what he wants?

Not all the characters are people I could root for.  In the revolutionary war story, a British soldier schemes to bed the beautiful Jewish daughter of the richest merchant in town.  What starts out as a simple grudge against the merchant turns into an obsession with the girl.  He becomes the epitome of the entitled male.  It was infuriating, but I also followed this story with great interest.  I did not want him to succeed.

Setting:
I have never been to Newport, Rhode Island but now I would love to visit.  All the stories take place there.  Through the ages it transforms from small, prosperous village into a playground for the ultra rich.  I loved how each of the stories added a new layer to the town itself.  One character even walks the streets and points out all many of the events that take place over hundreds of years.  It was eerie and beautiful.


What I was mixed about:
Ending:
I have mixed feelings about the ending of the various stories.  On the one hand, it was frustrating as a reader to not get firm resolutions to each story.  However, I think the point of it all is that the stories never truly end.  I could have followed several of the characters much further on in their stories, as they were really fascinating.  But I have to respect the author for ending it as he did.

                                                             


Rating: 




Release Date:  January 9th, 2018

Genre:  General Fiction/Historical Fiction

Publisher: Viking

Page Length:  352 pages

Source:  Edelweiss

Format:  E-Book

Recommendation:  This is a haunting story of how similar our struggles are throughout the ages.  Challenging, but satisfying.  This would be an interesting choice for a book club to tackle.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

ARC Review: Nice Try, Jane Sinner, by Lianne Oelke

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0544867858/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=onderherose-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=0544867858&linkId=e14ee8a81f76196ecc9caa746c10f1f7
Please Note:  I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  This did not influence the opinions of my review in any way.  Also, I am part of the Amazon Affiliate program.  If you buy the book using the links on this page, I will get a small fee.

Synopsis (From Goodreads):
The only thing 17-year-old Jane Sinner hates more than failure is pity. After a personal crisis and her subsequent expulsion from high school, she’s going nowhere fast. Jane’s well-meaning parents push her to attend a high school completion program at the nearby Elbow River Community College, and she agrees, on one condition: she gets to move out.

Jane tackles her housing problem by signing up for House of Orange, a student-run reality show that is basically Big Brother, but for Elbow River Students. Living away from home, the chance to win a car (used, but whatever), and a campus full of people who don't know what she did in high school… what more could she want? Okay, maybe a family that understands why she’d rather turn to Freud than Jesus to make sense of her life, but she'll settle for fifteen minutes in the proverbial spotlight.

As House of Orange grows from a low-budget web series to a local TV show with fans and shoddy T-shirts, Jane finally has the chance to let her cynical, competitive nature thrive. She'll use her growing fan base, and whatever Intro to Psychology can teach her, to prove to the world—or at least viewers of substandard TV—that she has what it takes to win.


Review:
Even though I am not one to watch a lot of TV, I would have to be hiding in a cave not to know how popular reality television is right now.  One of the shows that started the current trend is Big Brother, which has nearly fifty versions of the program running world-wide.   But why do people want to be on such a show?  Are they seeking fame or fortune?  Are they just looking for attention?  The main character in Nice Try, Jane Sinner, by Lianne Oelke, seems to be looking for a fresh start, and some independence, after a disastrous incident at her high school.  


What I Liked:
Characters:
Jane is smart, funny, and also suffers from depression.  She feels oppressed by her ultra religious family, and so seeks to be independent.  I can really identify with her predicament.   I liked that she had this conflict with her parents, yet still loved and respected them.

I rooted for Jane throughout the story.  As she stumbles upon what she thinks is a great idea (trading privacy for cheap rent in the House of Orange), you just know, this will lead to disaster.  And it does.  Jane, fragile from a mental health event, puts herself in a place where her emotional stability will be constantly challenged.

The other characters each have a desperate desire they are yearning for as they participate in the contest.  The student producer of the show is looking for redemption after being kicked out of a prestigious college.  Other contestants are looking for notoriety, or are participating as a way to propel them onto a national stage.  These characters were fun to follow, and I enjoyed the strategies they employed to gain advantages in the contest.  It also illustrates how difficult it is to trust people, and their motives.

Setting:
Many people discount the community college experience.  They talk about it like it isn't really legitimate higher education.  As someone who started out at a community college, I couldn't disagree more.  I loved how the book showed that it's all about what the individual student puts into it that determines what they get out of it.  While some students don't take these classes seriously, others jump in wholeheartedly.  And not just with the classes.  As Jane progresses through the school year, she is slowly drawn into extracurricular activities.  If one tries, a person can really find their tribe in college.

I also loved the Canadian setting. While there are many similarities to America, Canada has it's own character and charm.  The wildness of the open wilderness just outside of town emphasizes how close we are to our essential selves, if we will only seek it out.

Story:
The competition itself was very entertaining.  As with actual Big Brother types of shows, there were alliances to be made, and challenges to compete in.  Many of them were very creative, such as when the contestants had to get in a van and see who could remain there the longest.  The students had to figure out how they would handle things such as bodily needs without leaving the van.  It was gross, but also hilarious!

What I Didn't Like: 
I wish the author would have been a little more serious about Jane's mental health issue.  With all the stress of the game, I was surprised that Jane wasn't more on the edge, especially since she cut herself off from her support system.  I would have liked for Jane to realize that it is okay to rely on others such as a counselor, friends, or family.  Instead she rejects these and tries to go it alone.  I think she does, in the end, finally accept some of her problems.  But I think in real life she would  have been at risk for serious harm given that she rejected any help.

                                                                  

Rating: 




Release Date:  January 9th, 2018

Genre:  YA Contemporary

Publisher:  Clarion Books

Page Length:  416 pages

Source:  NetGalley

Format:  PDF

Recommendation:  An enjoyable, if at times too light, read.  Canada , redemption, and the community college system are the highlights of this book.
 
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Audio ARC Review: Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1484758056/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=onderherose-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=1484758056&linkId=aa433583466867d34db297c5bdd32caf
Please Note:  I received a copy of this audio book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  This did not influence the opinions of my review in any way.  Also, I participate in the Amazon Affiliates program.  If you buy the book through the links on this page, I will get a small fee.

Synopsis (From Goodreads):
When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying's advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered.

For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study... as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don't loot everything first. Mia and Jules' different reasons for smuggling themselves onto Gaia put them immediately at odds, but after escaping a dangerous confrontation with other scavvers, they form a fragile alliance.

In order to penetrate the Undying temple and reach the tech and information hidden within, the two must decode the ancient race's secrets and survive their traps. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more their presence in the temple seems to be part of a grand design that could spell the end of the human race...


Review: 
I have been a fan of Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner for a while now, having read both the books they have written together, and the books they have done on their own.  They are most famously associated with the Starbound series.  This book, Unearthed, explores similar themes of rich versus poor, and survival on an alien planet, but goes way beyond for an entertaining romp through space.

What I Liked:
Setting:
The planet of Gaia is home to the ironically named Undying, a long-extinct race of beings that have been sending transmissions to Earth and seem to hold technological secrets that will save humanity.  The authors did a splendid job of showing how this planet would be set up and how humans could realistically explore it (portals, my friends).  I liked all the details that ground this book in a probable reality.  For instance, the atmosphere is just slightly different from Earth's so that the characters must use breathers for part of the day to add more oxygen to their bodies. 

The characters also try to enter structures they are calling temples to see if they can find any of that wonderful alien technology.  I loved the thought process behind how everything was set up.  Would we expect an alien race to think with the same logic as us?  Would they have similar concepts such as time, numbers, and spacial orientation?  I loved how the reader becomes an archeologist along with the characters. 

Narration:
As usual, Steve West does an amazing job of inhabiting Jules, the privileged Oxford boy.  His crisp British accent contrasts sharply with his attempts at Mia's American accent.  For the most part, it is successful, but I did find it a little strange. 

Alex McKenna has a tough, raspy voice that fits perfectly with Mia's character.  She also has to do a British accent when she is speaking as Jules.  I thought she did well being the posh academic.

Puzzles: 
As the Jules and Mia enter each room of the temple, they are put through a series of puzzles that they must solve or risk certain death.  Why would an alien race do this?  The characters are told the Undying want to see that whoever stumbles upon their world are worthy of their secrets.  But is there another reason?  The puzzles themselves run the gamut from logic and mathematics, to music and lock-picking.  It was fun to see how they solved them.

Characters:
I loved Mia and Jules.  Similar to the Starbound series, one of the characters, Mia, comes from poverty, while Jules has enjoys wealth and privilege throughout his life.  This dynamic illustrates what is happening on Earth.  With climate change, there are too many people and not enough resources such as water.  While Mia deals with water rationing in America, Jules plays water polo in his native England!

They also both have very different reasons to be on Gaia.  Mia is racing to find usable technology to get enough money for a family situation.  Meanwhile Jules, an aspiring archeologist, is trying to preserve the artifacts in order to study what this culture must have been like.  It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for each character.  So there is instant dislike and mistrust between them.  

I also appreciated that some of the secondary characters were well developed, and not just thrown in as caricatures.  Each has a believable motive for being there, whether it is saving mankind, or helping their families. 

Mystery:
There are a lot of plots and double dealings going on in this story!  It seems every time Mia and Jules start to trust one another,  a betrayal occurs that has them questioning each other's loyalties!  Who are they working for?  Why is an alien culture even able to be understood by humans at all?  Who sent the warnings they start to see?

Cliff-hanger Ending:
I am usually NOT a fan of cliff-hangers, but I will make an exception in this case.  I LOVED the surprise twist at the end of this book.  I will say that I did suspect some of the twist beforehand.  But it was executed in such a way that had me reeling (in a good way!).  Please tell me the sequel will come out in less than a year!
                
via GIPHY



What I Didn't Like:
Insta-Love:
While they never said the word "love", Mia and Jules got pretty close, pretty quickly.  Yes, of course I understood they would be attracted to each other, but I thought their bond grew too quickly to be believable.  I wish the authors had tempered this with hesitation that the characters still had a lot to learn about each other.


                                                              

Rating: 





Release Date: January 9th, 2018

Publisher:  Listening Library

Genre:  YA Science Fiction

Narrated by:  Steve West and Alex McKenna

Listening Length:  12 Hours, 43 Minutes

Page Length:  384 Pages

Source:  Publisher (Listening Library)

Format:  Audio Book

Recommendation:  A fun, action-packed adventure in outer space.  
 


 
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Monday, January 15, 2018

Bay Ara Book Events #80

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

Bookstores in this list may include:  
A Great Good Place For Books (Oakland) 
Barnes & Noble (various Bay Area Locations)
Books Inc. (various Bay Area Locations)
Book Passage (Corte Madera & San Francisco) 
Borderlands Books (San Francisco) 
Copperfield's Books (Various Locations) 
East Bay Booksellers (Oakland)   
Green Apple Books (San Francisco) 
Hicklebee's Children's Books (San Jose) 
Kepler's Books (Menlo Park)   
Mrs. Dalloway's (Berkeley) 
Orinda Books (Orinda)   
Pegasus Books (Berkeley & Oakland)   
Point Reyes Bookstore (Point Reyes) 
Rakestraw Books (Danville)
The Booksmith (San Francisco)
Town Center Books (Pleasanton)  

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

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

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


Tuesday, January 16th, at 7:00pm



Book:  The Wanted
Author:  Robert Crais
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Tel: (415) 927-0960


Wednesday, January 17th, at 7:00pm

Book Launch


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35520811-hilo-book-4?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Hilo Book 4:  Waking The Monsters
Author:  Judd Winnick
Location:  Books Inc. (Opera Plaza)
Address:  601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
Tel:  (415)  776-1111 


Wednesday, January 17th, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33257757-iron-gold?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Iron Gold
Author:  Pierce Brown
Location:  Books Inc., (Mountain View)
Address:  302 Castro Street, Mountain View
Tel:  (650) 428-1247


Wednesday, January 17th, at 7:30pm

In Conversation with Louise Gluck


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23213841-why-poetry?from_search=true

Book:  Why Poetry
Author:  Matthew Zapruder
Location:  Kepler's Books
Address:  1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Tel: (650) 324-4321


Thursday, January 18th, at 4:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35520811-hilo-book-4?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Hilo Book 4:  Waking The Monsters
Author:  Judd Winnick
Location:  Hicklebee's Children's Books
Address:  1378 Lincoln Ave., San Jose
Tel:  (408) 929-8880
 

Thursday, January 18th, at 7:00pm



Book:  I Never
Author:  Laura Hopper
Location:  Books Inc., Palo Alto
Address:  855 El Camino Real #74, Palo Alto
Tel:  (650) 321-6069


Thursday, January 18th, at 7:30pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35099035-red-clocks?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Red Clocks
Author:  Leni Zumas
Location:  The Booksmith
Address:  1644 Haight Street, San Francisco
 Tel:  (415) 863-8688


Friday, January 19th, at 6:30pm

Burlingame Library Presents:



Location:  Burlingame Public Library
Address:  480 Primrose Road, Burlingame
Tel: (650) 558-7400


Saturday, January, 20th, at 7:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35661506-velvet-on-a-tuesday-afternoon-eddie-collins-mystery-3?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Velvet on a Tuesday Afternoon
Author:  Clive Rosengren
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Tel:  (415) 927-0960 


Sunday, January 21st, at 1:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36140198-bury-the-past?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Bury The Past
Author:  James L'Etoile
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Tel:  (415)  927-0960


Sunday, January 21st, at 2:00pm


Book:  Pashmina
Author:  Nadhi Chanani
Location:  Books Inc.,  (Laurel Village)
Address:  3515 California Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 221-3633


Sunday, January 21st, at 4:00pm



Book:  Drop Dead Red
Author:  Glenda Carroll
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Tel:  (415) 927-0960


Sunday, January, 21st, at 7:00pm



Book:  Aegean April
Author:  Jeffrey Siger
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Tel:  (415) 927-0960


Monday, January 22nd, at 7:00pm


Book:  Green
Author:  Sam Grahan-Felsen
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Tel:  (415) 927-0960


Tuesday, January 23th, at  4:00pm

Pizza Party


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35520811-hilo-book-4?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  Hilo Book 4:  Waking The Monsters
Author:  Judd Winnick
Location:  Copperfield's Books (Petaluma)
Address:  140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma
Tel:  (707)  762-0563


Thursday, January 25th, at 3:30pm


Book:  Dad and the Dinosaur
Author:  Gennifer Choldenko
Location:  Burlingame Public Library (Easton Branch)
Address:  1800 Easton Drive, Burlingame
Tel:  (650) 340-6180


Thursday, January 25th, at 7:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35481848-sightwitch?ac=1&from_search=true


Book:  Zenith
Author:  Sasha Alsberg & Lindsey Cummings
Book:  Sightwitch
Author:  Susan Dennard
Location:  Books Inc., (Opera Plaza)
Address:  601 Van Ness, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 776-1111


Thursday, January 25th, at 7:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33799449-brooding-ya-hero?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Brooding YA Hero
Author:  Carrie DiRisio
Location:  Kepler's Books
Address:  1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Tel: (650) 324-4321
 

Saturday, January 27th, at 10am

The 4th Annual LumaCon

Comics Convention



For more information click Here
Location:  Lucchesi Center (Petaluma)
Address:  320 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma
Tel:  (707) 763-9801


Saturday, January, 27th, at 1:00pm

YANovCon at Carlmont High School


Authors:  Kati Bartkowski, Kim Culbertson, Carrie DiRisio, Kristin Clark, Zetta Elliot, Tim Floreen, Lamar Giles, Hillary Homzie, Ellen Hopkins, Abigail Johnson, Stephanie Kuehn, Heidi Lang, Gretchen McNeil,  Greg Neri, Robin Roe, Meredith Russo, Dashka Slater, Andrew Smith, Tamara Ireland Stone, Jessica Taylor, Laurie Ann Thompson, Na'amen Gobert Tilahun,  Jeff Zentner

Location:  Carlmont High School, Belmont
Address:  1400 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont
Register Here


Sunday, January 28th, at 2:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31213256-the-tree?from_search=true

Book:  The Tree
Author:  Na'amen Gobert Tilahun
Location:  Borderlands Cafe
Address:  870 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 824-8203 


Sunday, January 28th, at 4:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36510885-new-york?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  New York:  Stories
Author:  Terence Clarke
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Tel:  (415)  927-0960


Tuesday, January 30th, at 7:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33815781-the-wedding-date?from_search=true

Book:  The Wedding Date
Author:  Jasmine Guillory
Location:  East Bay Books
Address:  5433 College Avenue, Oakland
Tel:  (510)  653-9965


Wednesday, January 31st, at 7:00pm



Book:  The Job Of The Wasp
Author:  Colin Winnette
Location:  East Bay Books
Address:  5433 College Avenue, Oakland
Tel:  (510)  653-9965


Thursday, February 1st, at 11:30am

Read It & Eat It:


Arrive at 11:30 AM for refreshments and mingling, lunch to be served at 12 PM.
Tickets are $15.00 for lunch only, $25.00 for lunch and book. Call the store or purchase tickets through the store's website.
Book:  Ginny Moon
Author:  Benjamin Ludwig
Location:  Towne Center Books
Address:  555 Main Street, Pleasanton
Tel:  (925) 846-8826


Friday, February 2nd, at 6:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35520811-hilo-book-4?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  Hilo Book 4:  Waking The Monsters
Author:  Judd Winnick
Location:  Kepler's Books
Address:  1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Tel: (650) 324-4321


Saturday, February 3rd, at 10:00am

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20454490-how-much-do-you-love-me?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  How Much Do You Love Me?
Author:  Paul Mark Tag
Location:  Barnes & Noble (San Jose)
Address:  3600 Stevens Creek Blvd., San Jose
Tel:  (408) 984-3495 

Saturday, February 3rd, at 3:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35082019-time-shards?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Time Shards
Authors:  David Fitzgerald & Dana Fredsti
Location:  Borderlands Cafe
Address:  870 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 824-8203

Monday, February 5th, at 7:00pm
Book Passage Presents:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29906980-lincoln-in-the-bardo?ac=1&from_search=true

This is a ticketed event.  Tickets are $40 (includes signed book).  Get tickets here

Book:  Lincoln on The Bardo
Author:  George Saunders
Location:  Dominican University (Angelico Hall)
Address:  20 Olive Avenue, San Rafael
Tel:  (415) 927-0960 (Book Passage)

Tuesday, February 6th, at 7:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36133904-stones?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Stones
Author:  Jeanie Kortum
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Tel:  (415) 927-0960

Tuesday, February 6th, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34953104-hellbent?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Hellbent
Author:  Gregg Hurwitz 
Location:  Barnes & Noble (San Jose)
Address:  3600 Stevens Creek Blvd., San Jose
Tel:  (408) 984-3495

Tuesday, February 6th, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33918883-before-i-let-go?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Before I Let Go
Author:  Marieke Nijkamp
Location:  Books Inc. (Alameda)
Address:  1344 Park Street, Alameda
Tel:  (510) 522-2226 

Tuesday, February 6th, at 7:00pm
In Conversation with Stephanie Garber

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34275232-the-hazel-wood?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  The Hazel Wood
Author:  Melissa Albert 
Location:  Kepler's Books
Address:  1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Tel:  (650) 324-4321


Wednesday, February 7th, at 6:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35390279-the-night-child?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  The Night Child
Author:  Anna Quinn
Location:  Book Passage (Sausalito)
Address:  100 Bay Street, Sausalito
Tel:  (415) 339-1300

Wednesday, February 7th, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33918883-before-i-let-go?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23197837-the-belles?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Before I Let Go
Author:  Marieke Nijkamp
Book:  The Belles
Author:  Dhonielle Clayton
Location:  Hicklebee's Children's Books
Address:  1378 Lincoln Ave., San Jose
Tel:  (408) 292-8880

Wednesday, February 7th, at 7:00pm


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34953104-hellbent?ac=1&from_search=true
Book:  Hellbent
Author:  Gregg Hurwitz 
Location:  Books Inc. (Palo Alto)
Address:  855 El Camino Real #74, Palo Alto
Tel:  (650) 321-0600

Wednesday, February 7th, at 7:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36201367-shu-wei-s-revenge?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Shu Wei's Revenge
Author:  Jackson Fahnestock
Location:  Books Inc. (Opera Plaza)
Address:  601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
Tel:  (415) 776-1111

Thursday, February 8th, at 4:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28954113-checked?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Checked
Author:  Cynthia Kadohata
Location:  Hicklebee's Children's Books
Address:  1378 Lincoln Ave., San Jose
Tel:  (408) 292-8880 


Thursday, February 8th, at 7:00pm
In Conversation with SabaaTahir
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23197837-the-belles?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  The Belles
Author:  Dhonielle Clayton
Location:  Kepler's Books
Address:  1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Tel:  (650) 324-4321


Friday, February 9th, at 7:00pm

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32333259-a-fiery-friendship?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Ages of Oz: A Fiery Friendship
Author:  Gabriel Gale
Location:  Hicklebee's Children's Books
Address:  1378 Lincoln Ave., San Jose
Tel:  (408) 292-8880


Friday, February 9th, at 7:00pm
An Evening in Conversation

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36712357-the-clubhouse-thief?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23184738-tree-line?ac=1&from_search=true


Book:  The Clubhouse Thief
Author:  James Janko
Book:  Tree Line
Author:  Judy Halebsky
Location:  Book Passage (Corte Madera)
Address:  51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
Tel:  (415)  927-0960


Sunday, February 11th, at 4:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32333259-a-fiery-friendship?ac=1&from_search=true

Book:  Ages of Oz: A Fiery Friendship
Author:  Gabriel Gale
Location:  Books Inc. (Burlingame)
Address:  1375 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame
Tel: (650) 685-4914


Monday, March 19th, at 7:00pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34912895-the-great-alone?ac=1&from_search=true
Tickets ($29.45 includes signed copy of the book).
 Get your tickets here
 I would highly recommend getting your tickets early, as I am certain this will sell out quickly.

Book:  The Great Alone
Author:  Kristin Hannah
Location:  Books Inc. (Opera Plaza)
Address:  601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco
Tel:  (415)  776-1111
 
 
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