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Kepler's Books

1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, California 94025

United States

(650) 324-4321; bookskeplers.com

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Web site: http://www.keplers.com/

Events: http://www.keplers.com/event

Description: Located in Menlo Center, downtown Menlo Park, Kepler’s Books has 10,000 square feet of books and space for author signings and events. With an expansive layout of books, an extensive selection of magazines, a thoughtful collection of gifts, an award winning children’s department, and comfortable seating, you can spends hours leisurely browsing or engaging in lively conversations.



We are located on El Camino Real between Santa Cruz Avenue and Ravenswood, one mile north of Stanford University in Menlo Park. An underground parking garage off Santa Cruz Avenue provides free parking. The Menlo Park Cal Train station is located behind the bookstore, making for convenient, green travel.

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Jan
8
MANDY AFTEL (Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 7pm)
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Mandy Aftel

Thursday, January 8, 7:00 p.m.

Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent

The “Alice Waters of American natural perfume” celebrates our most potent sense, through five rock stars of the Fragrant world.

Mandy Aftel is a world-renowned artisan perfumer and a wizard with aromatic essences. Vanity Fair has called her the “Angel of Alchemy,” Vogue has praised her as “one of the fragrance industry’s most creative thinkers, not to mention one of its most prolific talents,” and Forbes has named her one of the top bespoke perfumers in the world.

Aftel scours the world for the most exquisite ingredients and has developed scents for celebrities like David Lynch and Leonard Cohen. Her edible essences have been used at Michelin-starred restaurants like Jean-Georges and Blue Hill, and her unique expertise brings extraordinary projects her way, like recreating the perfume with which an Egyptian mummy was entombed. The “Mother of Natural Perfumery,” she pioneered and passionately advocates for working with natural materials, in a world dominated by mass-produced, synthetic aroma.

Telling the story of scent through five stars of the Fragrant world—cinnamon, mint, frankincense, ambergris, and jasmine—Aftel blends history, culture, science, poetry and philosophy with essentials of scent literacy. Laced with astonishing anecdotes and electrifying details (the Chinese cat clock!) and supplemented with recipes for easy-to-make fragrances and edible and drinkable concoctions, Fragrant is pure delight to read on every page. The epigraph reads “Aesthetics cures us of anesthesia. It awakens us.” (philosopher Michel Serres); we invite you to have your own senses awakened by Aftel’s fascinating, impassioned, and evocative work.

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Jan
9
Friday Night Book Club (Friday, January 9, 2015 at 7:30pm)
Friday, January 9, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers Katherine Boo

In this brilliant, breathtaking book by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human through the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport.

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Jan
10
Big Ideas Reading Group (Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 4pm)
Saturday, January 10, 2015, 4:00 p.m.

The Map and the Territory: Risk, Human Nature, and the Future of Forecasting by Alan Greenspan

Like all of us, though few so visibly, Alan Greenspan was forced by the financial crisis of 2008 to question some fundamental assumptions about risk management and economic forecasting. No one with any meaningful role in economic decision making in the world saw beforehand the storm for what it was. How had our models so utterly failed us?

To answer this question, Alan Greenspan embarked on a rigorous and far-reaching multiyear examination of how Homo economicus predicts the economic future, and how it can predict it better.

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Jan
12
Fiction Book Club (Monday, January 12, 2015 at 7pm)
Monday, January 12, 7:00 p.m.

Mr. Penumbra's 24 hour bookstore by Robin Sloane

The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The customers are few, and they never seem to buy anything...

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Jan
13
PREMIER EVENT: JOSHUA DAVIS in conversation with Wired magazine's MARK ROBINSON (Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 7:30pm)
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Joshua Davis in conversation with Wired magazine's Mark Robinson

Tuesday, January 13, 7:30pm

Spare parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream Tickets are available at Kepler's and online at Brown Paper Tickets

Student tickets are available!

Join us for an evening with Joshua Davis, the author of Spare parts, the book that tells the incredible story of a team of undocumented Mexican American students who win a national robotics competition against all odds.

From Carl Hayden High, a scrappy, underfunded public school in West Phoenix, the newly formed robotics team, under the guidance of two unconventional teachers, took part in a national, NASA-sponsored underwater robotics competition. A seemingly classic underdog story, the Carl Hayden team beat out not only other better funded high schools with top-notch robotics programs, but also college teams, including a team of students from MIT.

Set against the backdrop of urban desert decay, a faltering school system, and our country’s cutthroat immigration policies, this becomes more than a book about triumph, it reveals the startling truth about what it means to be an American and where we will find the next generation of talent.

The book is soon to be adapted into a major motion picture starring George Lopez, Marisa Tomei, Jamie Lee Curtis, and others. We will be holding an exclusive screening of a clip from the movie. Click HERE to view the trailer.

Joshua Davis is an SF-based contributing editor for Wired magazine, a Stanford alum, and the cofounder of Epic magazine (www.epicmagazine.com). He is the author of The Underdog: How I Survived the World’s Most Outlandish Competitions, a memoir about his experiences as an arm wrestler, backward runner, and matador. In 2014, his work for Wired was nominated for a National Magazine Award for feature writing. He has also written for The New Yorker and other periodicals, and his writing is anthologized in the 2012 edition of Best American Science and Nature Writing, as well as in the 2006, 2007, and 2009 editions of Best Technology Writing.

In more than a decade at Wired, Mark Robinson has served as a senior editor, articles editor, and, now, features editor. Robinson attended Stanford’s master’s program in communication.

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Jan
14
MARY STREET ALINDER (Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 7:30pm)
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Mary Street Alinder

Wednesday, January 14, 7:30 p.m.

Group f.64: Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, and the Community of Artists Who Revolutionized American Photography

Join us for an evening of photography and history with Mary Street Alinder, the author of Ansel Adams: A Biography, as she discusses perhaps the most famous movement in the history of photography, and shares her favorite photographs.

Revolutionary in its day, Group f.64 was one of the first modern art movements defined by women and men working as equals and contributed significantly to the recognition of photography as fine art. The group - first identified as such in a 1932 exhibition - was comprised of strongly individualistic artists brought together by a common philosophy and held together in a tangle of dynamic relationships. Their name, f.64, they took from a very small lens aperture used with their large-format cameras, a pinprick that allowed them to capture the greatest possible depth of field in their lustrous, sharply detailed prints.

The book contains over 100 different photographs (included a special 16 page insert), as well as chapters on individual artists such as Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, and Sonya Noskowiak, and more. Mary is an wonderful storyteller, expertly rooting the reader in the lives and thoughts of these famous photographers.

As a former assistant to Ansel Adams from 1979 until his death in 1984, Alinder personally knew most of the featured artists, and is perfectly situated to write this narrative. In addition to her writings, Alinder has curated exhibitions worldwide, including the 1987 Adams blockbuster at the de Young Museum and a 2002 Adams centennial exhibition.

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Jan
15
Untitled event (Thursday, January 15, 2015 at unknown time)
Jan
15
ANITA DIAMANT in conversation with ALICE LAPLANTE (Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 7:30pm)
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Anita Diamant in conversation with Alice LaPlante

Thursday, January 15, 7:30 p.m.

The Boston girl

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Red Tent and Day After Night, comes a character written with such powerful emotional resonance that you will hurt when she hurts and rejoice when she rejoices. That character is Addie Baum, born in 1900 to immigrant parents. The novel is framed as 85-year-old Addie telling her life story to her 22-year-old granddaughter, Ava, who has asked her, "How did you get to be the woman you are today?"

As a young Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century, Addie's intelligence and curiosity take her to a world that would've shocked her parents - a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture and new opportunities for women. Addie's controversial desires (for the times) complements and contrasts to Ava's own life desires, including her wish to become a rabbi.

The Boston girl, written with the same historical detail as Diamant's previous books, is a moving portrait of one woman’s complicated life in twentieth century America, and a fascinating look at a generation of women finding their places in a changing world.

Anita Diamant is the bestselling author of the novels The Red Tent, Good Harbor, The Last Days of Dogtown, and Day After Night. An award-winning jouranlist whose work has appeared in The Boston Globe magazine and Parenting, she is the author of six nonfiction guides to contemporary Jewish life.

Alice LaPlante is the author of five books, including Turn of Mind, a New York Times, NPR, and American Independent Booksellers Association bestseller. She teaches creative writing at both Stanford and San Francisco State.

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Jan
17
Bad Kitty Story Time (Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 2pm)
Bad Kitty Story Time

Saturday, January 17, 2:00 p.m.

Bad Kitty - Puppy's Big Day Bad Kitty, our favorite, stubborn, feline friend, is coming to Kepler's for a special story time! Your favorite Bad Kitty books will be read aloud and Bad Kitty herself will appear to stamp copies of her books and take photos with all her biggest fans. Join us to celebrate all things Bad Kitty.

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Jan
21
JOHN MCQUAID (Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 7:30pm)
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John McQuaid

Wednesday, January 21, 7:30 p.m.

Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat

Join us for an investigation into the mysteries of flavor - through kitchens, supermarkets, farms, restaurants, massive food corporations, and science labs - from the first bite taken by our ancestors to scientific advances in taste and the foodie revolution.

Tasty explains the scientific research taking place on multiple fronts and explores the most intoxicating taste-related questions: How do genes shape our tastes? How does the mind assemble flavors from the five senses and signals from the body's metabolic systems? How can we better understand the dangerous addictive properties of sweet tasting things? Why do some things disgust one person and delight another? For example, I know someone who is disgusted by the flavor of most pizzas, but the majority of people love it! What does today's obsessions with extreme tastes tell us about the brain?

A graduate of Yale, John McQuaid's journalism has appeared in Smithsonian magazine, the Washington Post, Wired, Forbes.com and Eating Well magazine. His science and environment reporting for The Times-Picayune anticipated Hurricane Katrina, explored the global fisheries crisis, and the problems of invasive species. His work has won a Pulitzer Prize, as well as awards from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute for Biological Sciences, and the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

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Jan
22
NIR EYAL (Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 7:30pm)
Nir Eyal

Thursday, January 22, 7:30 p.m.

Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products

79% of smartphone owners check their phone within 15 minutes of waking up every morning. One-third of Americans say they would rather give up sex than lose their cell phones. And as of 2013, more than 500 million people have downloaded Candy Crush Saga, which nets the game's maker nearly a million dollars a day using the "freemium" model.

Called the essential crib sheet for any start-up looking to understand user psychology, Hooked is a how-to guide for building better products. The don't-miss event of the New Year for product managers, designers, marketers, start-up founders, and anyone who seeks to understand how products influence our behavior.

This is not a book full of abstract theory; Eyal's years of research, consulting, and practice experience, provides readers with: Practical insights to create user habits that stick. Actionable steps for building products people love. Fascinating examples from the iPhone to Twitter, Pinterest to the Bible App, and many other habit-forming products.

Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. He spent years in the video gaming and advertising industries, where he learned and tested the techniques described in Hooked to motivate and influence users. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and Fortune 500 companies, and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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Jan
25
Daytime Fiction Book Club (Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 2pm)
Sunday, January 25, 2:00 p.m.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant "New York Times" bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

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Jan
26
ELIZABETH SVOBODA (Monday, January 26, 2015 at 7:30pm)
Elizabeth Svoboda

Monday, January 26, 7:30 p.m.

What makes a hero? The Surprising Science of Selflessness

Recent breakthroughs in biology and neuroscience reveal that the human brain is primed for selflessness. But how do biology, upbringing, and outside influences intersect to produce altruistic and heroic behavior? And how can we encourage selflessness in corporations, classrooms, and individuals?

Using dozens of fascinating real-life examples, science journalist Elizabeth Svoboda explains how our genes compel us to do good for others, how going through suffering is linked to altruism, and how acting generously can greatly improve our mental health.

Svoboda argues that it’s a common misconception that heroes are innately destined to be that way. In fact, anyone can be a hero if they’re committed to developing their heroic potential.

“The world would be a better place if everyone read Elizabeth Svoboda’s fun, fascinating, and deeply researched book.” —Joshua Foer, author of Moonwalking with Einstein

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Jan
27
LAUNCH: JAN ELLISON in conversation with ANN PACKER (Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 7:30pm)
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LAUNCH: Jan Ellison in conversation with Ann Packer

Wednesday, January 27, 7:30 p.m.

A Small Indiscretion

With a stunning combination of tension - "The scarf I was wearing had been hand-colored a blunt red. It was tied around my neck like a choker, like a noose. But it wasn't me who was about to hang" - and eloquence - "It was a photograph innocent enough to anyone unacquainted with its history, its treacherous biological imperatives, its call for reparations left unpaid," Ellison has written a riveting debut novel that fixes an unflinching eye on the power of desire and the danger of obsession. What happens when our youthful mistakes come back to haunt us? When our indiscretions come to light and violently interfere with the success of our established careers and our families?

At nineteen, Annie Black trades a bleak future in her washed-out hometown for a London winter of drinking and abandon. Decades later, living in San Francisco with a family and a career, she receives a photograph in the mail, setting off a chain of events that threaten to overturn her family's hard-won happiness. Annie returns to London seeking answers, but she must first piece together the mystery of her past. This debut novel is sure to have you reading through the night, reminding you of your own intense youthful desires and secrets.

Jan Ellison is a graduate of Stanford and San Francisco State’s MFA Program. She has published award-winning short fiction and was the recipient of a 2007 O. Henry Prize for her first story to appear in print. Her work has also been shortlisted for Best American Short Stories and the Pushcart Prize.

Ann Packer is the author of two national bestsellers, the novels Songs Without Words and The Dive from Clausen’s Pier, which won a Great Lakes Book Award, an American Library Association Award and the Kate Chopin Literary Award. Her first book, Mendocino and Other Stories, included stories published in The New Yorker and featured in the annual O. Henry Awards prize stories anthology, and her essays have appeared in Vogue, Real Simple, and the Washington Post. Her most recent book is Swim Back to Me, a novella and five short stories.

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Jan
28
PREMIER EVENT: ARMISTEAD MAUPIN (Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 7:30pm)
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PREMIER EVENT: Armistead Maupin

Wednesday, January 28, 7:30pm

The Days of Anna Madrigal (Tales of the City ) Tickets are available at Kepler's and online at Brown Paper Tickets

Think you have to make the trek all the way up to San Francisco to see Armistead Maupin? Think again!! Peninsula Arts and Letters is honored to host Armistead Maupin at Kepler’s books on Wednesday, January 28 at 7:30 p.m.

It's a rare thing for a book to capture a time and place as beautifully as Armistead Maupin's original Tales of the City series did for 1970's San Francisco. In the era of mood rings and discos, Maupin created a cast of characters he lovingly calls the Logical Family (as opposed to the biological family).

Originally a newspaper serial in the San Francisco Chronicle, Maupin's series started in 1976 and ends in 2013 with his final book, The Days of Anna Madrigal. Whether you are a child of the '70s who wants to reconnect with a bygone era or a first-time reader who wants to experience how the ties of love and friendship transcend decades, you will not be disappointed by tales of Mary Ann Singleton, Michael Tolliver, Mrs. Madrigal, and the rest of the groovy crew that populates Maupin's San Francisco. Gay, straight, bi, or anything else, you will feel like a member of the Logical Family by the end.

The timelessness and popularity of the series lives on in a stage-musical version in May 2011 and Armistead’s continued recognition, including the Lamdba Literary Foundation’s Pioneer Award that he received in 2012 and the Visionary Award at the Legacy Gala he received in November 2014 for the first adaptation of the novels. Featuring Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Chloe Webb, Marcus D’Amico and Donald Moffat, the show garnered the highest ratings ever for a dramatic program on PBS.

Come help us celebrate the ninth and final novel in Armistead’s classic Tales of the City series, a triumphant resolution to a saga of urban family life that has enchanted and enlightened readers around the world.

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Jan
29
ALLYSON HOBBS (Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 7:30pm)
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Allyson Hobbs

Thursday, January 29, 7:30 p.m.

A chosen exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life

Join us for a look back at the history of racial passing, and a topical discussion of race and identity problems in America today.

For centuries, countless African Americans passed as white, leaving behind families and friends, roots and community, almost always for the benefits of expanded opportunity and mobility. But along with these brighter possibilities came grief, loneliness, and isolation that often outweighed the rewards. A chosen exile is a beautiful, extensively researched book, with historical photographs and over 82 pages of notes.

As racial relations in america have evolved so has the significance of passing. To pass as white in the antebellum South was to escape the shackles of slavery. After emancipation, many African Americans came to regard passing as a form of betrayal, a selling of one's birthright. When the initially hopeful period of Reconstruction proved short-lived, passing became an opportunity to defy Jim Crow and strike out on one's own.

Allyson Hobbs is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Stanford. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and she received a Ph.D. with distinction from the University of Chicago. Hobbs teaches courses on African American history, African American women’s history and 20th century American history. Her research interests include American social and cultural history, racial mixture, identity formation, migration and urbanization, and the intersections of race, class and gender.

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Feb
2
PREMIER EVENT: MICHAEL SHERMER (Monday, February 2, 2015 at 7:30pm)
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PREMIER EVENT: Michael Shermer

Monday, February 2, 7:30 p.m.

The moral arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom Tickets are available at Kepler's and online at Brown Paper Tickets

In The moral arc, Shermer shows us how science and reason move humanity toward a more just world. This provocative and compelling book has been praised by Jared Diamond, Steven Pinker, and Lawrence M. Krauss as an important work of skepticism, science, and reason, both thrilling and fascinating, which will forever change your view of the history and destiny of humankind. This ambitious and thoroughly researched tome is a remarkably accessible work of scholarship that explains that the fabric of modern morality derives not from religion, but in large part from secular notions of rational empiricism.

The Age of Reason and the Enlightenment led theorists to apply scientific reasoning to the non-scientific disciplines of politics, economics, and moral philosophy. Instead of relying on the woodcuts of dissected bodies in old medical texts, physicians opened bodies themselves to see what was there; instead of divining truth through the authority of an ancient holy book or philosophical treatise, people began to explore the book of nature for themselves through travel and exploration; instead of the supernatural belief in the divine right of kings, people employed a natural belief in the right of democracy.

Learn how abstract reasoning, rationality, empiricism, skepticism--scientific ways of thinking--have profoundly changed the way we perceive morality and, indeed, move us ever closer to a more just world.

Dr. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, a regular contributor to Time.com, and Presidential Fellow at Chapman University. He is also the author of The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies; The Mind of the Market, on evolutionary economics, and Why Darwin Matters: Evolution and the Case Against Intelligent Design. He has been a college professor since 1979.

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Feb
3
PREMIER EVENT: YA: MARISSA MEYER (Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 7pm)
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PREMIER EVENT: Marissa Meyer

Tuesday, February 3, 7:00 p.m.

Fairest Tickets are available at Kepler's and online at Brown Paper Tickets

You're cordially invited to join Marissa Meyer for a very special Lunar Ball to celebrate the release of Fairest: Levana’s Story, the prequel to her New York Times bestselling Lunar Chronicles (Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress).

We'll have a talk and booksigning with the author, light refreshments, a costume contest, activities, giveaways, and more!

Fans of The Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her "glamour" to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story — a story that has never been told... until now. Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in The Lunar Chronicles series.

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Feb
4
SANDIP ROY in conversation with RICHARD RODRIGUEZ (Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 7:30pm)
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Sandip Roy in conversation with Richard Rodriguez

Wednesday, February 4, 7:30 p.m.

Don't Let Him Know

Roy’s mesmerizing debut explores the inner lives of a family of Indian immigrants who can never reveal their secrets. Booklist calls Don't Let Him Know “poignant, resonant…Told in 12 discrete chapters, each having the integrity of a short story, Roy’s is a quiet but piercing tale of immigrant domestic life…Roy’s is a warm, articulate voice speaking authentically about family influence on how we carry out our own lives.”

When Romola Mitra, a young Indian bride in the United States, stumbles upon a letter she was not meant to open, it changes her life. Decades later, her son, Amit, finds that letter among Romola’s possessions and thinks he has discovered a secret about her.

Traveling back and forth in time, crisscrossing between India and the United States, the stories follow Romola, her husband Avinash, and their son Amit, immigrants twice over, from childhood to adulthood to old age—through their struggles to bridge the chasms of geography, generation, and culture.

Sandip Roy was born in India, spent many years in San Francisco, and writes for mainstream and ethnic media outlets in both the U.S. and India, including regularly for The Huffington Post. He is the culture editor at Firstpost.com, a contributor to New American Media, and a commentator for Morning Edition on NPR. He has also been a radio host on KALW San Francisco.

Richard Rodriguez, the print and television journalist over many years, is the author of four collections of literary essays. His most recent, Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography, is concerned with “the desert religions” of the Middle East after September 11th. It ranges in its appraisal of religion from Jerusalem to Las Vegas, from Liberace to Mother Teresa.

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Feb
5
YA: COURTNEY ALAMEDA - LAUNCH (Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 7pm)
YA: Courtney Alameda

Thursday, February 5, 7:00 p.m.

Shutter

Micheline Helsing can see the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual: the corporeal undead go down by the bullet; the spiritual undead by the lens.

With an analog SLR camera as her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their spiritual energy on film. She's aided by her crew. When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn't exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die.

Now pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she's faced before - or die trying. Lock, stock, and lens, she’s in for one hell of a week.

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Feb
6
YA: LISA MCMANN (Friday, February 6, 2015 at 7pm)
YA: Lisa McMann

Friday, February 6, 7:00 p.m.

Unwanteds 5: The Island of Shipwrecks A risky decision endangers both Artimé and Quill in book five of the New York Times bestselling Unwanteds series, which Kirkus Reviews called “The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter.” Alex and his friends from Artimé are stranded on a newly discovered island after barely surviving a storm that destroys their ship. And it turns out they’re not alone… Back in Quill, Aaron’s power base grows as he aligns himself with an unlikely ally. Together, the two enact a drastic, risky plan to finally conquer Artimé—a plan that could ultimately leave everyone in both Artimé and Quill in far more danger than Aaron realizes.

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Feb
9
Spanish Book Club (Monday, February 9, 2015 at 7pm)
Monday, February 9, 7:00 p.m.

Cien años de soledad by Gabriel García Márquez

Con estas palabras empieza una novela ya legendaria en los anales de la literatura universal, una de las aventuras literarias más fascinantes del siglo xx. Millones de ejemplares de Cien años de soledad leídos en todas las lenguas y el Premio Nobel de Literatura coronando una obra que se había abierto paso a “boca a boca” —como gusta decir el escritor— son la más palpable demostración de que la aventura fabulosa de la familia Buendía-Iguarán, con sus milagros, fantasías, obsesiones, tragedias, incestos, adulterios, rebeldías, descubrimientos y condenas, representaba al mismo tiempo el mito y la historia, la tragedia y el amor del mundo entero.

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Feb
10
PREMIER EVENT: YA: RICHELLE MEAD (Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 7pm)
PREMIER EVENT: YA: Richelle Mead

Tuesday, February 10, 7:00 p.m.

The Ruby Circle: A Bloodlines Novel Tickets are available at Kepler's and online at Brown Paper Tickets

Please join us to celebrate the epic conclusion to Richelle Mead's New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, The Ruby Circle.

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives. After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series.

When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world.

Please note that Richelle will sign up to three (3) books per customer. One (1) book can be personalized.

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Feb
11
ERIC TOPOL, M.D. (Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 7:30pm)
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Eric Topol, M.D.

Wednesday, February 11, 7:30 p.m.

The Patient Will See You Now

Topol's "personal voice, his ability to explain the most complex developments in science in a simple and engaging manner, and the clarity of his vision of the future make this compelling reading. I couldn’t put this book down and I learned so much. It has changed my perspective of what is to come." -Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting for Stone

Eric Topol, one of the nation’s top physicians, examines what he calls medicine’s “Gutenberg moment.” Much as the printing press liberated knowledge from the control of an elite class, new technology—from the smartphone to machine learning—is poised to democratize medicine.

In this new era, patients will control their data and be emancipated from a paternalistic medical regime. Mobile phones, apps, and attachments will literally put the lab and the ICU in our pockets. Computers will replace physicians for many diagnostic tasks, and enormous data sets will give us new means to attack conditions that have long been incurable. In spite of these benefits, the path forward will be complicated.

"Eric Topol has written a must-read manifesto for patients who feel helpless. Filled with knowledge and engaging stories, this book shows how you can harness technology to be the master of your medical care—or at least, a better partner for your doctor. I want Dr. Topol for my doctor.” -Elisabeth Rosenthal, M.D., The New York Times

Eric J. Topol, M.D., is a practicing cardiologist, professor of genomics and director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute in La Jolla. He started a medical school, is one of the top 10 most-cited researchers in medicine, and was elected in a Modern Healthcare national poll to be the #1 most influential physician executive in the United States. The author of The creative destruction of medicine and in GQ as a “rock star of science," he works on digital innovative technologies to reshape the future of medicine.

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Feb
13
Tony Abbott will be promoting The Copernicus Legacy: The Forbidden Stone (Friday, February 13, 2015 at 7pm)
Tony Abbott will be promoting The Copernicus Legacy: The Forbidden Stone (added from HarperCollins)

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