A Great Good Place for Books proudly welcomes Harriet Kimble Wrye on Thursday, May 3rd at 7:00 p.m. She'll be reading from her book, Pulling Up Stakes: Stepping Into Freedom.
On a High Sierra packtrip with her husband and their six llamas, psychologist Harriet Wrye felt a millennial call to pull up stakes in her life, as she did with tent stakes and llama stakes each day as they moved along the trail.
Inspired, she closed her Los Angeles psychoanalytic practice of thirty years , they leased their house at the beach, and set out on a journey to the back of beyond.
Creating a sabbatical from the familiar, her journey became a life-changing spiritual pilgrimage that led to a deep practice of letting go of assumptions, habits and patterns, and stepping into freedom.
Our good friend, Joanne Rocklin, will be celebrating the publication of her new book, The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook, on Sunday, May 6th at 11:00 a.m.
In this warmhearted middle-grade novel, Oona and her brother, Fred, love their cat Zook (short for Zucchini), but Zook is sick. As they conspire to break him out of the vet’s office, convinced he can only get better at home with them, Oona tells Fred the story of Zook’s previous lives, ranging in style from fairy tale to grand epic to slice of life.
Each of Zook’s lives has echoes in Oona’s own family life, which is going through a transition she’s not yet ready to face. Her father died two years ago, and her mother has started a relationship with a man named Dylan—whom Oona secretly calls “the villain.” The truth about Dylan, and about Zook’s medical condition, drives the drama in this loving family story.
Loyal customer and friend, Joseph DiPrisco, will be reading from his novel, All For Now, on Wednesday, May 9th at 7:00 p.m.
Brother Stephen dies suddenly. That's when things get more complicated.
Is Stephen's death his wake-up call?
That's a possibility that slowly dawns on him. Soon he is behind the wheel of a Prius, driving through his afterlife, listening to himself being interviewed on NPR. His afterlife feels a lot like high school, he tells Terry, and she questions him about those lawsuits filed by students who claimed to have been molested by pedophile Brothers. As an administrator of his Roman Catholic religious order, he was caught in the middle of these heartbreaking cases. In fact, the lawsuit he was dealing with the moment he died is one that strikes especially close to his heart. He once knew the plaintiff. He once knew her very well. He also knew very well the Brother who is named in the lawsuit.
Now that he is dead, Brother Stephen is more determined than ever to get to the truth. He spends his afterlife solving a terrible mystery or two about the survivor and about the accused. The biggest mystery he faces, however, is the one about himself.
Are you looking for something to do with the kids this summer?
Come meet Helen Olsson on Thursday, May 10th at 7:00 p.m. She'll be discussing her book, The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids: How to Plan Memorable Family Adventures and Connect Kids with Nature.
Plan your family camping adventure!
Whether you’re a first-time camper or a veteran backpacker befuddled by the challenges of carting a brood—and all the requisite gear—into the great outdoors, here you’ll find all the tips and tools you need to plan the perfect nature adventure with your family. Humorous and irreverent, yet always authoritative, this guide to camping with kids, from babies through pre-teens, is filled with checklists, smart tips, recipes, games, activities, and art projects. Helen Olsson, a seasoned camper and mother of three, shares lessons learned over the years of nature outings with her own family. Learn the basics of family camping, from choosing a destination and packing gear to setting up a campsite and keeping little ones safe. Create the perfect camp menu with simple and tasty recipe ideas. Discover foolproof tips and tactics for keeping kids happy and entertained while hiking. Explore nature through clever and creative camp arts and craft projects.
This guide is your game plan to unplugging from the digital world and connecting your kids to nature. Whether it’s roasting marshmallows around a crackling campfire or stretching out on a camp mat to gaze at the stars, the memories you’ll be making will last a lifetime.
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