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One of the joys of bookselling is discovering authors.  Publishers must print galleys for their proofreaders.  They print additional copies called Advance Readers Copies to send to bookstores in hopes that we will read and fall in love with them, so we will order lots of copies to handsell to our customers.  We get hundreds of ARCs each year, most of which we donate to shelters, the women's jail, and the Marine Corps Hospital at Camp Pendleton.

On a recent vacation in Sint Maarten, I was knocked over by an ARC by a new author to me, Robert Dugoni.  Bodily Harm was literally impossible to put down.  It combines legal, business, and political subgenres: think of a Grisham or Turow legal thriller mixed with a Joseph Finder business thriller mixed with a Baldacci political thriller.  Upon returning, I read Dugoni's other three novels, and consider myself a fan.  Two reached the New York Times bestseller list.  Wrongful Death was a particular favorite.
David Sloane is Dugoni's protagonist, "the lawyer who does not lose."  He is complex and has suffered major personal problems.  
In Bodily Harm, Sloane wins a malpractice case though he doubts that the doctor was truly negligent.  When a toy designer confronts Sloane with a confession that he caused the death of the boy and other kids, Sloane sets out to discover the truth, which results in him being pursued by a killer, while at the same time his personal life is turned upside down by a tragedy.

Robert Dugoni is both an attorney and author.  Growing up the middle child in a family of ten siblings, Dugoni has said that he didn't get much of a chance to talk, so he wrote.  He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford and worked briefly as a reporter at the Los Angeles Times before deciding to attend the UCLA law school.  Dugoni practiced law in San Francisco and is currently of counsel for a law firm in Seattle.  He quit full-time work as an attorney in 1999 to write.

Bodily Harm (Touchstone) will reach us on May 25.  My feeling is that it will establish Dugoni on the A-list.  Do yourself a favor and discover Robert Dugoni for yourself.

Bodily Harm

Laguna Beach Book
Images of America ~ Laguna Beach by Claire Marie Vogel

As one of the West Coast's most unique and beautiful resort cities, Laguna Beach has thrived as an enduring enclave of art culture, a destination of hidden beaches, and a coastline rich in natural wonders.  Since its simple beginnings as a small village situated where Laguna Canyon opens onto the Pacific shoreline, this southern Orange County jewel has continued to be a great draw for beachgoers, painters, and nature lovers the world over.

Author Claire Marie Vogel, a photographer and collector of antique photographs (and former Latitude 33 book diva) worked closely with the Laguna Beach Historical Society and local photographer James Nordstrom of Silver Images to compile this captivating visual history of our lovely community.

This book makes a great gift and souvenir, for both locals and visitors, alike.

Laguna Beach Book
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MAY 2010

Mother's DayHappy May Day!

The month of May - the front edge of the summer season, and soon-to-be-arriving hordes of sun worshipers.  But first, there's MOM to celebrate.  Besides a fabulous selection of books we also have some lovely journals and gifty things we think you'll like.  Remember: books feed the mind, without any calories!

Happy Mother's Day.  Happy Reading....

The Wave ~ Author Event
May 8th, 3:00PM

The WaveAuthor Tom Miller will be discussing and signing his new novel The Wave (Sherman Asher Publishing)

Miller is a consummate adventurer. He has completed over 1,000 dives as a recreational scuba diver and over 1,000 hours piloting everything from small Cessnas to Lear jets. He has sailed over 65,000 miles throughout the Pacific, including the Hawaiian Islands. He has also run three marathons. He frequently lectures on cruising the canals of Europe as well as sailing the South Pacific. Miller also has a degree in Geology from the USC.

The Wave is his first novel, and as filled with high tension and thrills as anything you might expect from Nelson DeMille, Michael Crichton, Clive Cussler, or Tom Clancy.  Adrenaline junkies or armchair explorers please join us!

Visit and for more info.
OC's Dead & Famous ~ Author Event
May 15th, 5:00PM

Final Resting PlacesAuthor Michael Thomas Barry will discuss and sign his book Final Resting Places: Orange County's Dead and Famous (Schiffer Publishing)

Barry's book will give you a tour of over twenty graveyards and final resting places, right here in The OC, of over 200 hundred famous people including President Richard Nixon, murder victim Nicole Brown Simpson, famed aviator Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan, Olympic hero Florence Griffith-Joyner, Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Bobby Hatfield and legendary actor John Wayne. Also featured are numerous founders of Orange County, historical figures, victims of true crime, sports stars, politicians, and legends of entertainment.  Along with burial locations Barry includes their "life" stories.  We're "dead" sure that you'll enjoy this evening event!
Regular Program: Dime Stories ~ Open Mic Prose
June 13th, 5:00PM

Dime StoriesDime Stories is taking a break in May, but will be back in June.

We are proud to be hosting the Orange County chapter of Dime StoriesDime Stories are 3 minute stories read by the author.  Equal parts seductive and tiny, Dime Stories are funny.  They're heart-wrenching.  They're fictional or factual but, either way, they're all true.  Sign-ups start at 5:00PM; readings begin at 5:30PM.  If you plan to read, bring 3 minutes of your original work.  Tell us a story in the way that only you can.  And remember our 3 minute limit because - yes - we do use a timer.  Time is strictly enforced, so make sure you read your piece aloud in advance to confirm it will fit inside 3 minutes.  $5 donations are appreciated.  You can find out more information on  Please join us!    
Book Discussion Group

May 25th, 6:00PM  Special Topics in Calamity Physics

This month the  group will be discussing Special Topics in Calamity Physics (Penguin) by Marisha Pessl.  "This skylarking book will leave readers salivating for more. The joys of this shrewdly playful narrative lie not only... in Pessl's tricky plotting, but in her prose, which floats and runs as if by instinct, unpremeditated and unerring."  ~The New York Times Book Review

Next up, for June, is The Testament by Elie Wiesel.

Everyone is welcome to join.  A variety of opinions and perspectives are encouraged.  We meet on the fourth Tuesday of every month.
What We're Reading
In case you're curious...

InstructionsJessica: Instructions (HarperCollins) by Neil Gaiman, illustrations by Charles Vess
Instructions can now join the ranks of Neil Gaiman's other masterpieces. The story is not quite a traditional one. It is more a set of instructions, quite literally. The text can be read as initiatives to act and advice to follow as you, the reader, or the large cat featured in the illustrations, make your way through the fantastical world Gaiman creates. The pictures are splendid. They capture the whimsy and detail such a fantasy requires. While reading, I imagined myself as the three musketeer-like cat, traveling through a strange new world and eventually finding myself home again. This book is perfect for any child and every adult who privileges the imagination and realizes the power of a journey and a story.

Next up in my stack of books I'm looking forward to reading:
Clock without a FaceThe Clock Without a Face: A Gus Twintig Mystery (McSweeney's Books) by Scott Teplin, Mac Barnett, and Eli Horowitz
The call comes in from the shadowy Ternky Tower: 13 robberies, one on each floor, all the way up to the penthouse, where obnoxious importer Bevel Ternky has been relieved of the numbers garlanding his legendary and priceless ancient clock.

You, the reader must conduct your own investigation, scouring detailed illustrations for hidden clues and knotty puzzles. All the answers can be found within the book: whodunit and how... and where the real numbers are buried somewhere in our nation's soil.  If you can find them, they're yours to keep - and only this book can tell you where they are. So read the story carefully, and examine the illustrations closely...

For more really great children's book reviews, check out Jessica's blog at:  Read Schmead: Tales from the Book

World is your OysterKim:The World is Your Oyster (Simply Read Book) by Tamara James and illustrated by Emma SanCartier
his book is such a well crafted delight.  While it is intended for children I think it makes a wonderful gift selection for graduation or for someone who you'd
like to make smile.  The book arranges animal idioms into the great lessons of life.  It is accompanied by beautiful and vibrant watercolored illustrations.

Not the Girl Next DoorNot the Girl Next Door: Joan Crawford, A Personal Biography (Applause Books) by Charlotte Chandler
You think you know her because of that "other book", but you have no idea.  Crawford helped create and define Hollywood's glamorous era.  She was a dancer who started in silent films and transitioned to the talkies.  She was a preeminent star at MGM until she was labeled box office poison.  But then she went on to win an Oscar for Mildred Pierce.  Chandler draws on many interviews, including with Joan and her first husband, to tell her complete story.  She was always dedicated to her career and family.  She adopted children when single women were not allowed to do so.  I found her story fascinating, especially since I thought I already knew her.

Honolulu pbHonolulu (St. Martin's Griffin) by Alan Brennert
Start your escapist summer reading early with the new paperback from Brennert.  He authored one of my all time favorite books, Moloka'i.  Again he weaves the story of an amazing female protagonist against the background of Hawaii while it was experiencing its glamorous period.  His research is extensive and evident as he tells the story of a Korean "picture bride" who has come to make a life for herself. You will get lost in her story.
New Releases 
New Books We Recommend

Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's NestThe Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Random House)
by Stieg Larsson
When we last saw Lisbeth Salander (first introduced to us in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), she was teetering between life and death. And who wouldn't be after having been shot by her father and buried alive by her brother? Salander was rescued, at the end of The Girl Who Played with Fire by journalist Mikael Blomkvist.  She's now in a Swedish hospital, slowly mending and awaiting trial for three murders she didn't commit.  Blomkvist, Salanders loyal friend, sets out to prove her innocence, but to do so he must expose a decades-old conspiracy within the Swedish secret service that has resulted in, among other travesties, a lifetime of abuse heaped upon Salander, whose very life threatens to expose the deadly charade. She spends more than half of this novel in a hospital bed, but orchestrating the action from her Palm computer, she dominates the stage like Lear. There are few characters as formidable as Lisbeth Salander in contemporary fiction of any kind. She will be sorely missed, as this is the final installment in the Millennium trilogy by the late Stieg Larsson.

Angel's Game pb
The Angel's Game
(Random House) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon - Just out in paperback!
A prequel to the author's international phenomenon The Shadow of the Wind, The Angle's Game is a riveting  masterpiece about love, literature, and betrayal. In this powerful, labyrinthian thriller, David Martin is a pulp fiction writer struggling to stay afloat. Holed up in a haunting abandoned mansion in the heart of Barcelona, he furiously taps out story after story, becoming increasingly desperate and frustrated. Thus, when he is approached by a mysterious publisher offering a book deal that seems almost too good to be real, David leaps at the chance. But as he begins the work, and after a visit to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, he realizes that there is a connection between his book and the shadows that surround his dilapidated home and that the publisher may be hiding a few troubling secrets of his own.

A Funny Thing Happened...A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned (Hyperion)by Michael J. Fox
In his new book Michael J. Fox inspires and motivates his readers to work hard, achieve the most they can and maximize their abilities - all with his trademark optimism, warmth and humor.  In the book, Fox talks about how he came to Los Angeles fresh from Canada without a high school degree; the first flush of success and advice on how to handle that as a young person (and also how to cope with failure); the ills of drinking and why he quit. He also writes about how he gained a sense of perspective from having Parkinsons.  This is an inspiring book and makes the perfect for the new Grad!

Whom Not to MarryWhom Not to Marry: Time-Tested Advice from a Higher Authority (Hyperion) by Pat Connor
After yet another celebrity divorce debacle, Maureen Dowd devoted her New York Times column to an unusual expert on marriage: seventy-nine-year-old Catholic priest Father Pat Connor, who has spent decades offering counsel to countless couples. The clear-eyed yet mischievous advice relayed in Dowd's column lit up the internet, and an appearance on the Today show charmed even more of the country. Now, in Whom Not to Marry, Father Connor shares all his wisdom, with myriad ways to weed out the bad seeds before saying "I do."  An indispensable guide for those looking to realize a healthy and committed marriage, Whom Not to Marry is a timeless and timely book that speaks to the heart, mind, and soul of today's women.

Shadow EffectThe Shadow Effect: Illuminating the Hidden Power of Your True Self (HarperOne)by Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, and Debbie Ford
Combining the wisdom of three experts, The Shadow Effect is a practical guide to discovering the gifts of our shadow (the name they give to the fears, inhibitions, and unspoken impulses that impede us and lead to self-destructive behaviors). These three authors powerfully pierce the veil of our unclaimed self, releasing us from the past and propelling us on a journey to wholeness. No longer living a half life, we are capable of achieving our dreams and reclaiming the happiness that is our birthright.  Read the book, then see the documentary film.

Island Beneath the SeaIsland Beneath the Sea (HarperCollins)by Isabel Allende
Allende is back, finally, with another wonderfully wrought historical novel - moving from the sugar plantations of Saint-Domingue to the lavish parlors of New Orleans at the turn of the 19th century.  Spanning four decades, Island Beneath the Sea is the moving story of the intertwined lives of a slave and her master, and of one woman's determination to find love amid loss, to offer humanity though her own has been battered, and to forge her own identity in the cruelest of circumstances.

A Couple of Books for our Younger Readers

Prince of MistThe Prince of Mist (Little Brown)by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Zafon's first novel is now available in the States!  It's war time, and the Carver family decides to leave the capital and move to a small coastal village where they've recently bought a home. But from the minute they cross the threshold, strange things begin to happen. In that mysterious house still lurks the spirit of Jacob, the previous owners' son, who died by drowning.   With the help of their new friend Roland, Max and Alicia Carver begin to explore the strange circumstances of that death and discover the existence of a mysterious being called the Prince of Mist - a diabolical character who has returned from the shadows to collect on a debt from the past. Soon the three friends find themselves caught up in an adventure of sunken ships and an enchanted stone garden - an adventure that will change their lives forever. 

Red PyramidThe Kane Chronicles Book One: Red Pyramid (Hyperion) by illustrated byRick Riordan
Since their mother's death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Kane. One night, Dad brings the siblings together for a "research experiment" at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives. Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them - Set - has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe - a quest which brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.  Riordan delivers another funny yarn with kids in the lead and animal sidekicks that nearly steal the show.
Laguna on the Same Page
Laguna on the Same Page

Don't think we've given up on Laguna on the Same Page because we haven't!   We are hot on the trail of a new book with a great author.  Stay tuned!!!
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Happy Reading!

Tom, Judith, Kathleen, Jessica, Kim, Natalie, Kathryn

P.S.  If you're looking for cardboard boxes for moving or storing - we've got 'em!  Give us a call and we'll put some aside for you.