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Due to astonishing feats of athleticism exhibited by our own dear SF GIANTS (woohoo! go orange!) our upcoming launch party for Lewis Buzbee's HAUNTING OF CHARLES DICKENS has been postponed. We'll all be watching the World Series!

 You can catch Lewis Buzbee twice in the coming weeks:

 MONDAY NOVEMBER 8, 6pm, Books Inc. Palo Alto

The Book Busters Middle Grade Book Club in Palo Alto will be discussing THE HAUNTING OF CHARLES DICKENS, and the author Lewis Buzbee will be on hand to answer questions & sign books.

 SATURDAY DECEMBER 11, 7pm, Books Inc. Opera Plaza

OFFICIAL LAUNCH PARTY for THE HAUNTING OF CHARLES DICKENS, at a new date & time. This is a literary mystery that celebrates the power of books and brings to life one of the world's great authors. 

Thanks to the fans who came out to celebrate Halloween a bit early with our awesome panel of YA authors at the Not Your Mother's Book Club spooktacular bash!

The guests of honor were Stacey Jay, Linda Joy Singleton and Rachel Caine ... thanks for the chills, ladies!

Prepare to be scared, with Rachel Caine (NYT Bestselling Morganville Vampire saga), Stacey Jay (YOU ARE SO UNDEAD TO ME) and Linda Joy Singleton (Seer series, Dead Girl Walking series). Readings, treats, and all kinds of special surprises are in store. Costumes encouraged, but not required!

 Thursday, October 28, 7pm

Not Your Mother's Book Club

Spooktacular Halloween Bash

Books Inc. Palo Alto

 

James Dashner visited the Book Busters book club in Palo Alto to discuss SCORCH TRIALS. He was fabulous! He's a very witty & engaging author who had the group wrapped around his little finger -- and had the remarkable ability of remembering each person’s name who he met. Teach us that trick, please! :-)

 

 

 

Daisy Whitney is not only an awesome local author, and adorable, and talented, she is also a long-time Not Your Mother's Book Club attendee. And we love her lots! Her first book, the brand-new MOCKINGBIRDS, is getting phenomenal reviews, including a coveted STAR in today's Publisher's Weekly. Congrats, Miss Daisy!

The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney *STARRED REVIEW*
First-time author Whitney boldly addresses date rape, vigilantism, and academic politics in an intense and timely novel, set at the elite Themis Academy. The facts about what happened to high school junior Alex after a concert are fuzzy at first. She wakes up naked in a fellow student's bedroom with a hangover and no recollection of how she got there. Bit by bit, the horrors of the previous night come back to her, forcing her to conclude she's had nonconsensual sex with someone she barely knew. Avoiding the boy who took advantage of her during her drunken state doesn't ease her anxiety; neither does the prospect of telling authorities what occurred. Instead of going to the police or to school officials, Alex solicits the aid of the Mockingbirds, a clandestine group of students bent on serving justice. Candid first-person narration expresses Alex's doubts and convictions while raising relevant questions regarding her method of righting a wrong. Besides showing skill in executing suspense and drama, Whitney masterfully evokes the complexity of her protagonist's emotions, particularly her intense longing to feel "normal" again. Ages 15–up.
 

Lemony Snicket has a new book in collaboration with amazing artist Maira Kalman. Check out the very funny (and weird!) book trailer!

CLOCKWORK ANGEL is here at last... this should be the next book on your list! Check out the book trailer on the Not Your Mother's Book Club blog.    

It's the summer of 1968, and three sisters are sent cross-country from Brooklyn to Oakland to spend a month with their mother. Their mother who left them when the youngest was a brand-new baby, their mother who is fierce and angry and doesn't seem to want to have anything to do with any of them, who dresses like a spy and has a strange new name, who pushes them out of the house and sends them to spend their summer days anywhere but in her hair.

She sends the girls to a community summer camp run by Black Panthers, and lets them eat greasy take-out Chinese food for every meal. Clearly the girls will have to fend for themselves and luckily, oldest-sister Delphine is sensible and wiser than her 11 years. Delphine takes care of Vonetta and Fern when their "mom" Nzila won't, or can't.

This is historical fiction, sure, but it isn't a history lesson... it is LIVING history. The voices of each of the three girls, and their poet mother Nzila, and even the smallest side character, are true and infused with their own rhythm. I felt like I was on the streets of Oakland listening to real people. The girls themselves are smart girls, and strong girls, but they've had a very traditional upbringing and they are walking into a completely unknown world. In 28 days, we see them each grow up, to learn to feel the world a bit more like how their poet mother does, and get radicalized in their own ways.  I think that the reader will take some of that rhythm, poetry and revolutionary spirit away from the book as well.

Fingers crossed that this terrific book set in the Bay Area will get a well-deserved nod come awards season! 

To buy ONE CRAZY SUMMER, click here.

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