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19 Dec 18
The book review café

I thought I had my top reads of 2018 post finally sorted, but then along came Skin Deep by Liz Nugent who has well and truly put a spanner in the works. Read on for my thoughts but as always here’s the book description first….. It is not difficult to pretend to be somebody else. I […]

19 Dec 18
Bookidote

Title: All-Star Superman. Writer(s): Grant Morrison. Illustrator(s): Frank Quitely. Colourist(s): Jamie Grant. Publisher: DC Black Label. Format: Paperback. Release Date: December 4th 2018 (first published January 2006). Pages: 304. Genre(s): Comics, Science-Fiction. ISBN13: 9781401290832. My Overall Rating: ★★★★☆. To add to DC’s prestigious new imprint of standalone graphic novels, Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s masterpiece known as All-Star Superman finds itself […]

19 Dec 18
Bj Medios

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19 Dec 18
random thoughts about life

Pauly Shore and Shakespeare Comparing two works so vastly different such as Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors and the 1992 Blockbuster film Encino Man can be quite a feat. The use of language alone presents many challenges. William Shakespeare is known as the father of the English language because he broke so many of the rules […]

19 Dec 18
Ledong G. Cui

before death does upon us apart   i have found her the passion is too violent our love lies on the grave of the forest beauty is reborn; conceived in a broken heart before death does upon us apart halo of fantasy strangles us in the full moon seven colours of petals shines in the womb… that is the bleeding edge of a narrative of sex violence, industrial chaos the code was rifle. bored skills and unswerving motivations form our chaos’ ideas expression couple with the Creatures of horrors spaces of a home Now a road travels through the wild landscape In the afternoon As the sun sets in The cloud rolls over and over into The blue horizon… The bags of sorrow were tuned into The moonlight of a melody – Pietas… Underground noise is irregular With the wild lines curve the escape Abstract are the light blue paints Abstract are the crimson taints Abstract are the vertical faints Now a road travels through the wild landscape IscreamintotheVoid: In the darkness of some asthetics of Saxphone I screamed into the Void and discovered the […]

19 Dec 18
I Wanna F5 My Life

The Grand Inquisitor on Liberty   John Stuart Mill in writing the essay On Liberty celebrated freedom in society while clearly demonstrating strong dislike for conformity, justifying his points through Utilitarian arguments. According to Mill, liberty has a beneficial effect on each individual and thusly on the whole of society: he connects the freedom to act and […]

19 Dec 18
I Wanna F5 My Life

Oppositional postmodernist literature is associated with the Beat movement and came about after the terrible, unforeseen destruction of World War II. While the modernists were positive about the human spirit and mankind’s ability to progress to an ever better future, postmodernists posited that there is creative power in negativity and opposition as well as destructive […]

19 Dec 18

One of the things I’ve done for the past few years is offer, on facebook, to make suggestions of books for friends and family to purchase for the younger ones in their lives.* I’ve made suggestions for babies as young as 2 months up through YA, and I absolutely LOVE it. Seriously, sharing and recommending […]

19 Dec 18
cigarette burns and missed changeovers

UK/US Box Office December 14th-16th week 50 and UK BO Predictions Top 5 Breakdown 1.      Aquaman –  £5,230,285  – NE Took £1.4m from previews on Wednesday £842k and Thursday £552k Had the 14th biggest opening of 2018 and Warner Bros second biggest of the year after Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Was Warner Bros […]

18 Dec 18
The Ultimate Reconciliationist

Posted, Cited and Arranged By Thomas Perez. I should not be posting this public as of yet. Especially since I haven’t finished my series on this whole flat Earth “stuff.” So naturally it will be updated when I am finished. But thus far, there are 279 citations. But I suspect that people are not believing that I […]

18 Dec 18
Tubikids

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18 Dec 18
Press Telegram
If you’re a reader, you probably have a stack of books – your to-be-read (or TBR) pile – by your bed or on your desk. But you’re probably also on the prowl for other books you want to pick up. (We know we are.) So with so much to choose from, we went to some of our local experts. We asked local bookstore owners and their employees what their favorite reads were this year (even if some weren’t published this year – or this century). #gallery-2048620-2 { margin: auto; } #gallery-2048620-2 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-2048620-2 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-2048620-2 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Cellar Door Bookstore in Canyon Crest Towne Centre owner Linda Sherman-Nurick leads a book club in the children’s section on Tuesday, September 24, 2013. Sherman-Nurick recommends Jewell Parker Rhodes’ 2018 book, “Ghost Boys,” for 4-6 graders. (File photo by Kurt Miller). Gene Berkman, owner of Renaissance Book Shop in Riverside poses in his store on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. He read Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” in 2018 and found it insightful. (File photo by Kurt MIller). A crowd gathers around book publisher Jay Fox as he talks about and promotes the book “Endless Summer” at Pages Bookstore in Manhattan Beach Saturday, November 25, 2017. John Larison’s “Whiskey When We’re Dry” was a favorite book here in 2018. (File photo by Thomas R. Cordova Daily Breeze/SCNG) Ron Chalmers, owner of Cameron Books Hemet, said “Churchill Walking with Destiny” by Andrew Roberts was his favorite read in 2018. (File photo by DeeAnn Bradley/PE) Chris Tyndall, from Pasadena, looks at a book at Vroman’s Bookstore on Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena on Friday July 21, 2017. Walter Isaacson’s “Leonardo Da Vinci” was a favorite book here in 2018. (File photo by Keith Durflinger, Pasadena Star News/SCNG) “This Body’s Not Big Enough for Both of Us” by Edgar Cantero was a favorite book at Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse in La Canada in 2018.. (File photo courtesy of Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse). Check out what they had to say, and after looking over their answers you may want to add a few more to your list. LOS ANGELES COUNTY “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” by Jonas Jonasson Why you should read them: “A Man Called Ove” is heartwarming while “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” is simply a riot. Both books give you a sense of Sweden and the pace of life there. Recommended by: Brad Johnson, owner, The Book Shop, 134 N Citrus Ave., Covina, 626-967-1888, www.johnsonrarebooks.com. “She Wants It: Desire, Power and Toppling the Patriarchy” by Jill Soloway Why you should read it: It’s a personal account of gender transition. Both raw and entertaining, it makes you think. It’s a really beautiful book with a message of self-empowerment. Recommended by: Sarah Nivala, supervisor and consignment program manager, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-659-3110, www.booksoup.com. Jill Soloway’s She Wants It (courtesy of Penguin Random House) “There, There” by Tommy Orange Why you should read it: This book presents and represents an utterly neglected and virtually unknown American people – urban Native Americans – and does so with such beauty and artistry it’s hard to believe it’s his first novel. Recommended by: John Evans, owner, Diesel Brentwood-Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th St., Suite #33, Santa Monica, 310-576-9960, www.dieselbookstore.com. “This Body’s Not Big Enough for Both of Us” by Edgar Cantero Why you should read it: “It’s quirky and fun and it’s an entertaining read from beginning to end,” Wannier said. “It’s something different than most books.” Recommended by: Jenny Wannier, buyer, Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Canada, 818-790-0717, www.flintridgebooks.com. [cq comment=”The following content will display as an info box.”] Related links Books: There was so much to read and remember in 2018 that it’s time to slow down and reflect Fall Book Preview: 10 top reading picks from Southern California booksellers 5 wonderful new books for Southern California readers Rocking and talking: Musical memoirs from Jeff Tweedy and Beastie Boys put words to music How a list of Hollywood actresses led to Karina Longworth’s new book on Howard Hughes [cq comment=”This is the end of the info box.”] “Killing Commendatore” by Haruki Murakami Why you should read it: Although Murakami seems to be writing the same book over and over, he’s probably Japan’s best novelist. And like a jazz musician, he riffs off of other literature, for example, “Killing Commendatore” borrows its cues from “The Great Gatsby.” and “The Woman in the Window” by  A.J. Finn Why you should read it: My wife can’t put it down and she doesn’t read a lot of mysteries and thrillers. Recommended by: Sean Moor, owner, Gatsby Books, 5535 E. Spring St., Long Beach, 562-208-5862, www.gatsbybooks.com. There There by Tommy Orange (courtesy of publisher) “There There” by Tommy Orange Why you should read it: The book centers around a group of Native Americans in Oakland and explores the issues they face today. It was so beautifully told and heartbreaking. Recommended by: Katie Orphan, buyer, Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, 213-488-0599, www.lastbookstorela.com. “Saving Winslow” by  Sharon Creech Why you should read it: This tale of a boy determined to help an ailing baby donkey reminds you of “Charlotte’s Web.” It could be a great read-aloud book, but it’s also a simple and sweet story. Recommended by: Jessica Palacios, manager and buyer, Once Upon a Time, 2207 Honolulu Ave., Montrose, 818-248-9668, www.shoponceuponatime.com. MaddAddam trilogy: “Oryx and Crake,” “The Year of the Flood” and “MaddAddam” by Margaret Atwood Why you should read it: Set in the late 21st century with a dystopian theme, this unique series jumps back and forth between two timelines, before and after a major event, and each book explores the situations from a different character’s viewpoint. It’s a very good trilogy and it’s got humor in it. Recommended by: Colin Corrough, employee, Sandpiper Books, 4665 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, 310-371-2002, www.sandpiperbooks.net. “Upgrade Soul” by Ezra Claytan Daniels Why you should read it: A beautifully and emotionally drawn book about an elderly couple trying to take their love (and life) beyond their natural expiration date, “Upgrade Soul” is a powerful and unique story. Remember the first time you saw a great episode of “The Twilight Zone”? You have not read anything quite like this book. I knew as soon as I finished it that I would return to it throughout my life. Recommended by: Steven Salardino, manager, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, 323-660-1175, www.skylightbooks.com. “Leonardo Da Vinci” by Walter Isaacson Why you should read it: It was pretty thorough and not boring. The way that Isaacson writes pulled me in and was really intriguing. Recommended by: Guy Lopez, supervisor in book department, Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626-449-5320, www.vromansbookstore.com. ORANGE COUNTY “The Banker’s Wife” by Cristina Alger. Why you should read it: It’s a thriller without the usual blowing up and shoot ‘em up type of thing, but very suspenseful. It’s made me go back and read her other books. and By Madeline Miller (courtesy of Little Brown) “Button Man” by Andrew Gross. Why you should read it: Set in the New York City garment district in the 1930s, it tells the story of a Jewish hit man. It was fascinating. Recommended by: Anne Saller, owner, Book Carnival, 348 S. Tustin St., Orange, 714-538-3210, www.annesbookcarnival.com. “Unsheltered’ by Barbara Kingsolver Why you should read it: Telling twin tales of courage, the story, which follows two sets of people living in the same house in 2016 and 1871, has everything a well-written novel should have. I found it very timely. “Circe” by Madeline Miller Why you should read it: While she wasn’t a big fan of mythology in high school and college, this bookseller found this book interesting and Circe was a great female character. Recommended by: Lisa Childers, manager, Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949-494-4779, www.lagunabeachbooks.com. “The Immortalists” by Chloe Benjamin Why you should read it: The book is about how one family’s children are told the dates of their deaths by a psychic and how it affects their lives. This novel thoughtfully challenges us to question whether we want to truly live or merely survive. Recommended by: Linda Schmenk, co-owner, Lido Village Books, 3424 Via Oporto, Suite 102, Newport Beach, 949-673-2549, www.lidovillagebooks.com. “Whiskey When We’re Dry” by John Larison. Why you should read it: It was a very original telling of a post-Civil War war story with a female protagonist. Recommended by: Linda McLoughlin Figel, owner, {pages} a bookstore, 904 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310-318-0900, www.pagesabookstore.com. RIVERSIDE COUNTY “Churchill Walking with Destiny” by Andrew Roberts. Why you should read it: It’s well-written. It gives you a good history of Churchill’s life and it keeps moving. You get a sense of what he went through, the obstacles he faced, and still made history. “Neverwhere.” Author: Neil Gaiman. Why you should read it: I don’t read a lot of fantasy, but this one caught my eye. It’s imaginative and has characters you can identify with and they stay with you. Gaiman creates a world hidden from the world we live in. Recommended by: Ron Chalmers, owner, Cameron Books, 2920 E Florida Ave # 108, Hemet, 951-925-6477, www.facebook.com/cameronbooks. Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver (courtesy of Harper Collins) “Unsheltered” by Barbara Kingsolver. Why you should read it: It’s about right now. It’s about a woman who has worked her whole life and is now feeling as if she has no shelter. The idea of being unsheltered is both scary and freeing. I think think that’s a really good message right now. and “Ghost Boys” by Jewell Parker Rhodes. Why you should read it: Geared to readers grades 4-6, this is a book that deals with the issue of black children getting killed because of racism, because of hatred, because of fear and how things need to change. Recommended by: Linda Sherman-Nurick, owner, Cellar Door Bookstore, 5225 Canyon Crest Drive, #30A, Riverside, 951-787-7807, www.cellardoorbookstore.com. “Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of America” by Rick Perlstein. Why you should read it: It’s a really in-depth overview of the period of politics from the late 1950s through the 1990s. I found out a lot of things I didn’t know before. and “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” by Michael Wolff. Why you should read it: The book details the actions of Donald Trump and his staff during his campaign and had interesting insight. Recommended by: Gene Berkman, owner, Renaissance Book Shop, 3772 Elizabeth St, Riverside, 951-369-8843., www.renbook.com. SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY “Nightbooks” by J. A. White. Why you should read it: “Nightbooks” is about a boy imprisoned by a witch and forced to tell her a new scary story each night just to stay alive. This thrilling contemporary fantasy from J. A. White, a Frugal Frigate favorite of the Thickety series, brings to life the magic and craft of storytelling. Recommended by: Scott Winn, manager, The Frugal Frigate, A Children’s Bookstore, 9 N. Sixth St., Redlands, 909-793-0740, www.frugalfrigate.com. “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost. Why you should read it: A friend mentioned that some of Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” was used in Quentin Tarantino’s film, “Death Proof,” which piqued this bookseller’s interest. She read the poem, was inspired to read more of his works, and now encourages others to check out Frost’s poetry as well. Recommended by: C.Scrivener, book shelver and pricer, Magic Door IV, 155 W 2nd St, Pomona, 909-472-2991. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]
18 Dec 18
Redlands Daily Facts
If you’re a reader, you probably have a stack of books – your to-be-read (or TBR) pile – by your bed or on your desk. But you’re probably also on the prowl for other books you want to pick up. (We know we are.) So with so much to choose from, we went to some of our local experts. We asked local bookstore owners and their employees what their favorite reads were this year (even if some weren’t published this year – or this century). #gallery-1678534-3 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1678534-3 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1678534-3 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1678534-3 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Cellar Door Bookstore in Canyon Crest Towne Centre owner Linda Sherman-Nurick leads a book club in the children’s section on Tuesday, September 24, 2013. Sherman-Nurick recommends Jewell Parker Rhodes’ 2018 book, “Ghost Boys,” for 4-6 graders. (File photo by Kurt Miller). Gene Berkman, owner of Renaissance Book Shop in Riverside poses in his store on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. He read Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” in 2018 and found it insightful. (File photo by Kurt MIller). A crowd gathers around book publisher Jay Fox as he talks about and promotes the book “Endless Summer” at Pages Bookstore in Manhattan Beach Saturday, November 25, 2017. John Larison’s “Whiskey When We’re Dry” was a favorite book here in 2018. (File photo by Thomas R. Cordova Daily Breeze/SCNG) Ron Chalmers, owner of Cameron Books Hemet, said “Churchill Walking with Destiny” by Andrew Roberts was his favorite read in 2018. (File photo by DeeAnn Bradley/PE) Chris Tyndall, from Pasadena, looks at a book at Vroman’s Bookstore on Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena on Friday July 21, 2017. Walter Isaacson’s “Leonardo Da Vinci” was a favorite book here in 2018. (File photo by Keith Durflinger, Pasadena Star News/SCNG) “This Body’s Not Big Enough for Both of Us” by Edgar Cantero was a favorite book at Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse in La Canada in 2018.. (File photo courtesy of Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse). Check out what they had to say, and after looking over their answers you may want to add a few more to your list. LOS ANGELES COUNTY “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” by Jonas Jonasson Why you should read them: “A Man Called Ove” is heartwarming while “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” is simply a riot. Both books give you a sense of Sweden and the pace of life there. Recommended by: Brad Johnson, owner, The Book Shop, 134 N Citrus Ave., Covina, 626-967-1888, www.johnsonrarebooks.com. “She Wants It: Desire, Power and Toppling the Patriarchy” by Jill Soloway Why you should read it: It’s a personal account of gender transition. Both raw and entertaining, it makes you think. It’s a really beautiful book with a message of self-empowerment. Recommended by: Sarah Nivala, supervisor and consignment program manager, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-659-3110, www.booksoup.com. Jill Soloway’s She Wants It (courtesy of Penguin Random House) “There, There” by Tommy Orange Why you should read it: This book presents and represents an utterly neglected and virtually unknown American people – urban Native Americans – and does so with such beauty and artistry it’s hard to believe it’s his first novel. Recommended by: John Evans, owner, Diesel Brentwood-Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th St., Suite #33, Santa Monica, 310-576-9960, www.dieselbookstore.com. “This Body’s Not Big Enough for Both of Us” by Edgar Cantero Why you should read it: “It’s quirky and fun and it’s an entertaining read from beginning to end,” Wannier said. “It’s something different than most books.” Recommended by: Jenny Wannier, buyer, Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Canada, 818-790-0717, www.flintridgebooks.com. [cq comment=”The following content will display as an info box.”] Related links Books: There was so much to read and remember in 2018 that it’s time to slow down and reflect Fall Book Preview: 10 top reading picks from Southern California booksellers 5 wonderful new books for Southern California readers Rocking and talking: Musical memoirs from Jeff Tweedy and Beastie Boys put words to music How a list of Hollywood actresses led to Karina Longworth’s new book on Howard Hughes [cq comment=”This is the end of the info box.”] “Killing Commendatore” by Haruki Murakami Why you should read it: Although Murakami seems to be writing the same book over and over, he’s probably Japan’s best novelist. And like a jazz musician, he riffs off of other literature, for example, “Killing Commendatore” borrows its cues from “The Great Gatsby.” and “The Woman in the Window” by  A.J. Finn Why you should read it: My wife can’t put it down and she doesn’t read a lot of mysteries and thrillers. Recommended by: Sean Moor, owner, Gatsby Books, 5535 E. Spring St., Long Beach, 562-208-5862, www.gatsbybooks.com. There There by Tommy Orange (courtesy of publisher) “There There” by Tommy Orange Why you should read it: The book centers around a group of Native Americans in Oakland and explores the issues they face today. It was so beautifully told and heartbreaking. Recommended by: Katie Orphan, buyer, Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, 213-488-0599, www.lastbookstorela.com. “Saving Winslow” by  Sharon Creech Why you should read it: This tale of a boy determined to help an ailing baby donkey reminds you of “Charlotte’s Web.” It could be a great read-aloud book, but it’s also a simple and sweet story. Recommended by: Jessica Palacios, manager and buyer, Once Upon a Time, 2207 Honolulu Ave., Montrose, 818-248-9668, www.shoponceuponatime.com. MaddAddam trilogy: “Oryx and Crake,” “The Year of the Flood” and “MaddAddam” by Margaret Atwood Why you should read it: Set in the late 21st century with a dystopian theme, this unique series jumps back and forth between two timelines, before and after a major event, and each book explores the situations from a different character’s viewpoint. It’s a very good trilogy and it’s got humor in it. Recommended by: Colin Corrough, employee, Sandpiper Books, 4665 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, 310-371-2002, www.sandpiperbooks.net. “Upgrade Soul” by Ezra Claytan Daniels Why you should read it: A beautifully and emotionally drawn book about an elderly couple trying to take their love (and life) beyond their natural expiration date, “Upgrade Soul” is a powerful and unique story. Remember the first time you saw a great episode of “The Twilight Zone”? You have not read anything quite like this book. I knew as soon as I finished it that I would return to it throughout my life. Recommended by: Steven Salardino, manager, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, 323-660-1175, www.skylightbooks.com. “Leonardo Da Vinci” by Walter Isaacson Why you should read it: It was pretty thorough and not boring. The way that Isaacson writes pulled me in and was really intriguing. Recommended by: Guy Lopez, supervisor in book department, Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626-449-5320, www.vromansbookstore.com. ORANGE COUNTY “The Banker’s Wife” by Cristina Alger. Why you should read it: It’s a thriller without the usual blowing up and shoot ‘em up type of thing, but very suspenseful. It’s made me go back and read her other books. and By Madeline Miller (courtesy of Little Brown) “Button Man” by Andrew Gross. Why you should read it: Set in the New York City garment district in the 1930s, it tells the story of a Jewish hit man. It was fascinating. Recommended by: Anne Saller, owner, Book Carnival, 348 S. Tustin St., Orange, 714-538-3210, www.annesbookcarnival.com. “Unsheltered’ by Barbara Kingsolver Why you should read it: Telling twin tales of courage, the story, which follows two sets of people living in the same house in 2016 and 1871, has everything a well-written novel should have. I found it very timely. “Circe” by Madeline Miller Why you should read it: While she wasn’t a big fan of mythology in high school and college, this bookseller found this book interesting and Circe was a great female character. Recommended by: Lisa Childers, manager, Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949-494-4779, www.lagunabeachbooks.com. “The Immortalists” by Chloe Benjamin Why you should read it: The book is about how one family’s children are told the dates of their deaths by a psychic and how it affects their lives. This novel thoughtfully challenges us to question whether we want to truly live or merely survive. Recommended by: Linda Schmenk, co-owner, Lido Village Books, 3424 Via Oporto, Suite 102, Newport Beach, 949-673-2549, www.lidovillagebooks.com. “Whiskey When We’re Dry” by John Larison. Why you should read it: It was a very original telling of a post-Civil War war story with a female protagonist. Recommended by: Linda McLoughlin Figel, owner, {pages} a bookstore, 904 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310-318-0900, www.pagesabookstore.com. RIVERSIDE COUNTY “Churchill Walking with Destiny” by Andrew Roberts. Why you should read it: It’s well-written. It gives you a good history of Churchill’s life and it keeps moving. You get a sense of what he went through, the obstacles he faced, and still made history. “Neverwhere.” Author: Neil Gaiman. Why you should read it: I don’t read a lot of fantasy, but this one caught my eye. It’s imaginative and has characters you can identify with and they stay with you. Gaiman creates a world hidden from the world we live in. Recommended by: Ron Chalmers, owner, Cameron Books, 2920 E Florida Ave # 108, Hemet, 951-925-6477, www.facebook.com/cameronbooks. Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver (courtesy of Harper Collins) “Unsheltered” by Barbara Kingsolver. Why you should read it: It’s about right now. It’s about a woman who has worked her whole life and is now feeling as if she has no shelter. The idea of being unsheltered is both scary and freeing. I think think that’s a really good message right now. and “Ghost Boys” by Jewell Parker Rhodes. Why you should read it: Geared to readers grades 4-6, this is a book that deals with the issue of black children getting killed because of racism, because of hatred, because of fear and how things need to change. Recommended by: Linda Sherman-Nurick, owner, Cellar Door Bookstore, 5225 Canyon Crest Drive, #30A, Riverside, 951-787-7807, www.cellardoorbookstore.com. “Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of America” by Rick Perlstein. Why you should read it: It’s a really in-depth overview of the period of politics from the late 1950s through the 1990s. I found out a lot of things I didn’t know before. and “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” by Michael Wolff. Why you should read it: The book details the actions of Donald Trump and his staff during his campaign and had interesting insight. Recommended by: Gene Berkman, owner, Renaissance Book Shop, 3772 Elizabeth St, Riverside, 951-369-8843., www.renbook.com. SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY “Nightbooks” by J. A. White. Why you should read it: “Nightbooks” is about a boy imprisoned by a witch and forced to tell her a new scary story each night just to stay alive. This thrilling contemporary fantasy from J. A. White, a Frugal Frigate favorite of the Thickety series, brings to life the magic and craft of storytelling. Recommended by: Scott Winn, manager, The Frugal Frigate, A Children’s Bookstore, 9 N. Sixth St., Redlands, 909-793-0740, www.frugalfrigate.com. “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost. Why you should read it: A friend mentioned that some of Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” was used in Quentin Tarantino’s film, “Death Proof,” which piqued this bookseller’s interest. She read the poem, was inspired to read more of his works, and now encourages others to check out Frost’s poetry as well. Recommended by: C.Scrivener, book shelver and pricer, Magic Door IV, 155 W 2nd St, Pomona, 909-472-2991. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]
18 Dec 18
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
If you’re a reader, you probably have a stack of books – your to-be-read (or TBR) pile – by your bed or on your desk. But you’re probably also on the prowl for other books you want to pick up. (We know we are.) So with so much to choose from, we went to some of our local experts. We asked local bookstore owners and their employees what their favorite reads were this year (even if some weren’t published this year – or this century). #gallery-1814899-4 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1814899-4 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1814899-4 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1814899-4 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Cellar Door Bookstore in Canyon Crest Towne Centre owner Linda Sherman-Nurick leads a book club in the children’s section on Tuesday, September 24, 2013. Sherman-Nurick recommends Jewell Parker Rhodes’ 2018 book, “Ghost Boys,” for 4-6 graders. (File photo by Kurt Miller). Gene Berkman, owner of Renaissance Book Shop in Riverside poses in his store on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. He read Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” in 2018 and found it insightful. (File photo by Kurt MIller). A crowd gathers around book publisher Jay Fox as he talks about and promotes the book “Endless Summer” at Pages Bookstore in Manhattan Beach Saturday, November 25, 2017. John Larison’s “Whiskey When We’re Dry” was a favorite book here in 2018. (File photo by Thomas R. Cordova Daily Breeze/SCNG) Ron Chalmers, owner of Cameron Books Hemet, said “Churchill Walking with Destiny” by Andrew Roberts was his favorite read in 2018. (File photo by DeeAnn Bradley/PE) Chris Tyndall, from Pasadena, looks at a book at Vroman’s Bookstore on Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena on Friday July 21, 2017. Walter Isaacson’s “Leonardo Da Vinci” was a favorite book here in 2018. (File photo by Keith Durflinger, Pasadena Star News/SCNG) “This Body’s Not Big Enough for Both of Us” by Edgar Cantero was a favorite book at Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse in La Canada in 2018.. (File photo courtesy of Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse). Check out what they had to say, and after looking over their answers you may want to add a few more to your list. LOS ANGELES COUNTY “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” by Jonas Jonasson Why you should read them: “A Man Called Ove” is heartwarming while “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” is simply a riot. Both books give you a sense of Sweden and the pace of life there. Recommended by: Brad Johnson, owner, The Book Shop, 134 N Citrus Ave., Covina, 626-967-1888, www.johnsonrarebooks.com. “She Wants It: Desire, Power and Toppling the Patriarchy” by Jill Soloway Why you should read it: It’s a personal account of gender transition. Both raw and entertaining, it makes you think. It’s a really beautiful book with a message of self-empowerment. Recommended by: Sarah Nivala, supervisor and consignment program manager, Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-659-3110, www.booksoup.com. Jill Soloway’s She Wants It (courtesy of Penguin Random House) “There, There” by Tommy Orange Why you should read it: This book presents and represents an utterly neglected and virtually unknown American people – urban Native Americans – and does so with such beauty and artistry it’s hard to believe it’s his first novel. Recommended by: John Evans, owner, Diesel Brentwood-Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th St., Suite #33, Santa Monica, 310-576-9960, www.dieselbookstore.com. “This Body’s Not Big Enough for Both of Us” by Edgar Cantero Why you should read it: “It’s quirky and fun and it’s an entertaining read from beginning to end,” Wannier said. “It’s something different than most books.” Recommended by: Jenny Wannier, buyer, Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Canada, 818-790-0717, www.flintridgebooks.com. [cq comment=”The following content will display as an info box.”] Related links Books: There was so much to read and remember in 2018 that it’s time to slow down and reflect Fall Book Preview: 10 top reading picks from Southern California booksellers 5 wonderful new books for Southern California readers Rocking and talking: Musical memoirs from Jeff Tweedy and Beastie Boys put words to music How a list of Hollywood actresses led to Karina Longworth’s new book on Howard Hughes [cq comment=”This is the end of the info box.”] “Killing Commendatore” by Haruki Murakami Why you should read it: Although Murakami seems to be writing the same book over and over, he’s probably Japan’s best novelist. And like a jazz musician, he riffs off of other literature, for example, “Killing Commendatore” borrows its cues from “The Great Gatsby.” and “The Woman in the Window” by  A.J. Finn Why you should read it: My wife can’t put it down and she doesn’t read a lot of mysteries and thrillers. Recommended by: Sean Moor, owner, Gatsby Books, 5535 E. Spring St., Long Beach, 562-208-5862, www.gatsbybooks.com. There There by Tommy Orange (courtesy of publisher) “There There” by Tommy Orange Why you should read it: The book centers around a group of Native Americans in Oakland and explores the issues they face today. It was so beautifully told and heartbreaking. Recommended by: Katie Orphan, buyer, Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, 213-488-0599, www.lastbookstorela.com. “Saving Winslow” by  Sharon Creech Why you should read it: This tale of a boy determined to help an ailing baby donkey reminds you of “Charlotte’s Web.” It could be a great read-aloud book, but it’s also a simple and sweet story. Recommended by: Jessica Palacios, manager and buyer, Once Upon a Time, 2207 Honolulu Ave., Montrose, 818-248-9668, www.shoponceuponatime.com. MaddAddam trilogy: “Oryx and Crake,” “The Year of the Flood” and “MaddAddam” by Margaret Atwood Why you should read it: Set in the late 21st century with a dystopian theme, this unique series jumps back and forth between two timelines, before and after a major event, and each book explores the situations from a different character’s viewpoint. It’s a very good trilogy and it’s got humor in it. Recommended by: Colin Corrough, employee, Sandpiper Books, 4665 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, 310-371-2002, www.sandpiperbooks.net. “Upgrade Soul” by Ezra Claytan Daniels Why you should read it: A beautifully and emotionally drawn book about an elderly couple trying to take their love (and life) beyond their natural expiration date, “Upgrade Soul” is a powerful and unique story. Remember the first time you saw a great episode of “The Twilight Zone”? You have not read anything quite like this book. I knew as soon as I finished it that I would return to it throughout my life. Recommended by: Steven Salardino, manager, Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, 323-660-1175, www.skylightbooks.com. “Leonardo Da Vinci” by Walter Isaacson Why you should read it: It was pretty thorough and not boring. The way that Isaacson writes pulled me in and was really intriguing. Recommended by: Guy Lopez, supervisor in book department, Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626-449-5320, www.vromansbookstore.com. ORANGE COUNTY “The Banker’s Wife” by Cristina Alger. Why you should read it: It’s a thriller without the usual blowing up and shoot ‘em up type of thing, but very suspenseful. It’s made me go back and read her other books. and By Madeline Miller (courtesy of Little Brown) “Button Man” by Andrew Gross. Why you should read it: Set in the New York City garment district in the 1930s, it tells the story of a Jewish hit man. It was fascinating. Recommended by: Anne Saller, owner, Book Carnival, 348 S. Tustin St., Orange, 714-538-3210, www.annesbookcarnival.com. “Unsheltered’ by Barbara Kingsolver Why you should read it: Telling twin tales of courage, the story, which follows two sets of people living in the same house in 2016 and 1871, has everything a well-written novel should have. I found it very timely. “Circe” by Madeline Miller Why you should read it: While she wasn’t a big fan of mythology in high school and college, this bookseller found this book interesting and Circe was a great female character. Recommended by: Lisa Childers, manager, Laguna Beach Books, 1200 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949-494-4779, www.lagunabeachbooks.com. “The Immortalists” by Chloe Benjamin Why you should read it: The book is about how one family’s children are told the dates of their deaths by a psychic and how it affects their lives. This novel thoughtfully challenges us to question whether we want to truly live or merely survive. Recommended by: Linda Schmenk, co-owner, Lido Village Books, 3424 Via Oporto, Suite 102, Newport Beach, 949-673-2549, www.lidovillagebooks.com. “Whiskey When We’re Dry” by John Larison. Why you should read it: It was a very original telling of a post-Civil War war story with a female protagonist. Recommended by: Linda McLoughlin Figel, owner, {pages} a bookstore, 904 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310-318-0900, www.pagesabookstore.com. RIVERSIDE COUNTY “Churchill Walking with Destiny” by Andrew Roberts. Why you should read it: It’s well-written. It gives you a good history of Churchill’s life and it keeps moving. You get a sense of what he went through, the obstacles he faced, and still made history. “Neverwhere.” Author: Neil Gaiman. Why you should read it: I don’t read a lot of fantasy, but this one caught my eye. It’s imaginative and has characters you can identify with and they stay with you. Gaiman creates a world hidden from the world we live in. Recommended by: Ron Chalmers, owner, Cameron Books, 2920 E Florida Ave # 108, Hemet, 951-925-6477, www.facebook.com/cameronbooks. Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver (courtesy of Harper Collins) “Unsheltered” by Barbara Kingsolver. Why you should read it: It’s about right now. It’s about a woman who has worked her whole life and is now feeling as if she has no shelter. The idea of being unsheltered is both scary and freeing. I think think that’s a really good message right now. and “Ghost Boys” by Jewell Parker Rhodes. Why you should read it: Geared to readers grades 4-6, this is a book that deals with the issue of black children getting killed because of racism, because of hatred, because of fear and how things need to change. Recommended by: Linda Sherman-Nurick, owner, Cellar Door Bookstore, 5225 Canyon Crest Drive, #30A, Riverside, 951-787-7807, www.cellardoorbookstore.com. “Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of America” by Rick Perlstein. Why you should read it: It’s a really in-depth overview of the period of politics from the late 1950s through the 1990s. I found out a lot of things I didn’t know before. and “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” by Michael Wolff. Why you should read it: The book details the actions of Donald Trump and his staff during his campaign and had interesting insight. Recommended by: Gene Berkman, owner, Renaissance Book Shop, 3772 Elizabeth St, Riverside, 951-369-8843., www.renbook.com. SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY “Nightbooks” by J. A. White. Why you should read it: “Nightbooks” is about a boy imprisoned by a witch and forced to tell her a new scary story each night just to stay alive. This thrilling contemporary fantasy from J. A. White, a Frugal Frigate favorite of the Thickety series, brings to life the magic and craft of storytelling. Recommended by: Scott Winn, manager, The Frugal Frigate, A Children’s Bookstore, 9 N. Sixth St., Redlands, 909-793-0740, www.frugalfrigate.com. “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost. Why you should read it: A friend mentioned that some of Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” was used in Quentin Tarantino’s film, “Death Proof,” which piqued this bookseller’s interest. She read the poem, was inspired to read more of his works, and now encourages others to check out Frost’s poetry as well. Recommended by: C.Scrivener, book shelver and pricer, Magic Door IV, 155 W 2nd St, Pomona, 909-472-2991. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]