The Vorrh by Brian Catling Reviewed by Raul When I had a chance to read The Vorrh by Catling, I jumped on it. I love debut novels because sometimes you come across a book that is just unusual enough to grab you. This was no exception, and the way the author plots the story, you … Continue reading Book Review: The Vorrh
ALTHEA Authority, Vol. 2 of The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer "I'm reading the Southern Reach Trilogy, by Jeff Vandermeer. I just started the second book in the trilogy, Authority, and I am about fifty pages in. These books should definitely be read as a trilogy. The first book sets the stage, and the … Continue reading What We’re Reading This Week
When most people think of poetry for kids, Shel Silverstein often comes to mind, and rightly so since his poems are a silly and delightful right-of-passage for any child. April, being National Poetry Month, offers the perfect time to take a look at the variety and scope of poetry for children beyond the Silverstein collections. … Continue reading Kids Poetry Month: Novels & Nonfiction in Verse!
Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan Review by Meghan G. “Your fate is not yet sealed. Even in the darkest night, a star will shine, a bell will chime, a path will be revealed.” In fairy tales, innocents must often venture into the shadows of the forest armed (if they’re lucky) with some breadcrumbs, a magical … Continue reading Top Shelf in May: ECHO by Pam Muñoz Ryan
New in Hardback Early Warning by Jane Smiley From the Pulitzer Prize-winner, the second installment, following Some Luck, of her widely acclaimed, best-selling American trilogy, which brings the journey of a remarkable family with roots in the Iowa heartland into mid-century America. But Early Warning also stands entirely on its own as an engrossing story of the challenges--and rewards--of … Continue reading New Books! 4/28/15
Once again it is the month of May, the time when summer kicks in and the heat in Texas becomes nigh unbearable. It’s the time for tubing and swimming, watering holes and greenbelts. When we’re out, we want shade and patios, cervezas and queso; and when we’re in we want air-conditioning and comfy chairs, iced … Continue reading The Nightmare Factory Loves The Paperback Release of The Girl With All The Gifts!!!!!!!!!
The basic tenets of sketch comedy prescribe a commitment to bizarre choices and the exploration of new worlds from unusual perspectives. In I Don't Care About Your Band, Julie Klausner demonstrates an extraordinary dedication to her comedic craft by applying those same fundamentals of humor to her romantic life. This strategy, like any comedy performance, … Continue reading The Stand Up Sit Down Book Club Still Doesn’t Care About Your Band
Anywhere but Paradise, is a new chapter book by Anne Bustard. It tells the story of Peggy Sue, a girl who has to move from Texas to Hawaii in the 1960s. She is definitely not happy about the move -- she faces a bully at school, her cat is in quarantine, tsunamis threaten her family, … Continue reading Chris Barton talks with Anne Bustard
After the success of the last year's inaugural California Bookstore Day, independent bookstores across the nation will be participating in the First Annual Independent Bookstore Day on May 2nd, and we are thrilled to be one of them! In the words of Independent Bookstore Day Program Director Samantha Schoech, "The entire purpose of Bookstore Day is … Continue reading INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY is May 2nd!
Walking through the store the other day, a stack of books piled high in one arm and ready for reshelving, a bookseller's eye was drawn to the cover of a book that was faced out on a shelf. She set down her stack and pulled the book off the shelf and investigated. It's a story … Continue reading Around the Shop, On the Shelf 4/24/15