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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
28
PREMIER EVENT: ARMISTEAD MAUPIN (Wednesday, January 28 at 7:30pm)
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PREMIER EVENT: Armistead Maupin in conversation with Kemble Scott

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
CANCELED - ALLYSON HOBBS (Thursday, January 29 at 7:30pm)
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EVENT IS CANCELED!

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. Join the event on Facebook!

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Feb
2
PREMIER EVENT: MICHAEL SHERMER (Monday, February 2 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 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 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 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 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
6
First Friday Book Club (Friday, February 6 at 7:30pm)
Friday, February 6, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

The Short History of Nearly Everything By Bill Bryson

In this book Bryson confronts his greatest challenge: to understand—and, if possible, answer—the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us.

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Feb
9
Spanish Book Club (Monday, February 9 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 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 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
12
Chinese New Year Story Time with OLIVER CHIN (Thursday, February 12 at 10:30am)
Chinese New Year Story Time with Oliver Chin

Thursday, February 12, 10:30 a.m.

The Year of the Sheep 2015 is the Year of the Sheep. Celebrate with us and hear Oliver Chin read from The Year of the Sheep and tell us all about Sydney, a lamb who learns the lay of the land from her parents and that it is important to fit in with the flock. Sydney befriends the shepherd girl Zhi and together they learn what kind of character a sheep possesses. But how can Sydney uniquely help when trouble arises?

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Feb
13
Tony Abbott will be promoting The Copernicus Legacy: The Forbidden Stone (Friday, February 13 at 7pm)
Tony Abbott will be promoting The Copernicus Legacy: The Forbidden Stone (added from HarperCollins)
Feb
18
Jennifer Senior will be promoting All Joy and No Fun (Wednesday, February 18 at 7:30pm)
Jennifer Senior will be promoting All Joy and No Fun (added from HarperCollins)
Feb
19
PAMELA GULLARD in conversation with RICHARD MORAN (Thursday, February 19 at 7pm)
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Pamela K. Gullard in conversation with Menlo College President Richard A. Moran

Thursday, February 19, 7:00 p.m.

Through the Gates: Eighty-Five Years of Menlo College and Its Times

Whether or not you have ever set foot on the Menlo College campus in Atherton, join us on February 19th for a virtual walk through the 85-year history of this hidden gem. Even if you’re familiar with Menlo College, learn more as Pam Gullard, author of Through the Gates, discusses the college’s past, present, and future with the new president, Dr. Richard Moran.

The event will begin with a 7 p.m. reception where all community members are invited to partake in food and drink and mingle with alumni to hear their Menlo College stories. At 7:30, Pam will share some of the most interesting stories from Menlo College over the decades, accompanied by previously unseen, historical photographs. For instance, did you know the first two members of the Kingston Trio met in class while one slept behind a textbook?

President Richard Moran will speak about the exciting and far-ranging research that faculty members are conducting. Examples of the breadth of research pursued by Menlo faculty include a history of U.S. immigration policies, corporate acquisition practices in India, Super Bowl advertisement strategies, moral development in corporations, and more. President Moran will also discuss future plans for the college, which will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2027.

What was originally created as a steppingstone for all-male, mostly wealthy students, is now a four-year, coed college that offers business and psychology education programs grounded in the liberal arts. Come learn more about the remarkable institution you probably didn't know is in your own backyard.

Pamela Gullard has written three histories of California towns, showing in microcosm how the booming California economy of the 19th century led to the development of Silicon Valley. The latest history is Under the Oaks: Two Hundred Years in Atherton. She teaches personal narrative and a class looking at the short story as literature at Menlo College.

Richard A. Moran was named the 10th president of Menlo College in July 2014. His career includes serving as a venture capitalist and consultant to Fortune 500 companies, as well as taking an active role in the education community in the Silicon Valley and beyond. His most recent book is titled Navigating Tweets, Feats and Deletes. He is a frequent speaker on workplace issues and hosts a weekend radio show on KCBS called “In the Workplace.”

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Feb
20
T. GERONIMO JOHNSON (Friday, February 20 at 7:30pm)
T. Geronimo Johnson in conversation with Tess Taylor

Friday, February 20, 7:30 p.m.

Welcome to Braggsville

Join us for an evening with one of the most promising and exciting emerging writers of 2015. T. Geronimo Johnson’s novel, Welcome to Braggsville, was recently selected as one of Huffington Post’s most eagerly-awaited novels for 2015, and he’s in good company with Nick Hornby, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Jonathan Lethem.

Fierce, funny, and tragic, this is the story of four UC Berkeley students – D’aron, Louis, Candice, and Charlie - who stage a performative intervention during an annual Civil War reenactment in D’aron’s hometown of in the heart of old Dixie. Meaning to protest the reenactment and armed with youthful self-importance, makeshift slave costumes, righteous zeal, and their own misguided ideas about the South, the four friends descend on Braggsville. Their journey through backwoods churches, backroom politics, Waffle Houses, and drunken family barbecues is uproarious at first but has devastating consequences.

It is not an exaggeration to label T. Geronimo as a brilliant and bold new writer. A writer who reminds you what language is capable of, and a book that will surely change you, incite you, teach you, move you, and show you a world that both is and isn’t your own.

Born and raised in New Orleans, T. Geronimo Johnson received his M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and his M.A. in language, literacy, and culture from UC Berkeley. His first novel, Hold It ‘Til It Hurts, was a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction.

Tess Taylor's work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Threepenny Review, The Boston Review, The New York Times and The New Yorker. Her first collection of poems, The Misremembered World, was selected by Eavan Boland for the Poetry Society of America’s New York chapbook fellowship. The San Francisco Chronicle called her first book, The Forage House, “stunning” and it was a finalist for the Believer Poetry Award. Tess serves on the board of the National Book Critics Circle, is currently a book reviewer for NPR’s All Things Considered. She is also a professor of English and creative writing at Whittier College.

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Feb
21
Issa Rae (Saturday, February 21 at 7:30pm)
With her unique flare and infectious sense of humor, Issa Rae’s content has garnered over 20 million views and over 150,000 YouTube subscribers (and counting). In addition to making Glamour magazine’s “35 Under 35” list as well as Forbes’s “30 Under 30” list and winning the Shorty Award for Best Web Show for her hit series “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” Issa Rae has worked on web content for Pharrell Williams, Tracey Edmonds, and numerous others. She developed a television series with Shonda Rhimes for ABC and is currently developing a half-hour comedy for HBO with Larry Wilmore. Issa has received national attention with major media outlets including The New York Times, CNN, Elle, Seventeen, Rolling Stone, VIBE, Fast Company, MSNBC, Essence, Fader, and more. (added from Simon & Schuster)… (more)
Feb
24
ELIZABETH COLLISON - LAUNCH (Tuesday, February 24 at 7:30pm)
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Elizabeth Collison

Tuesday, February 24, 7:30 p.m.

Some Other Town

Channeling the emotional intensity of Susan Minot and Amy Bloom—and infused with a witty, dream-like surrealism reminiscent of Margaret Atwood—this mesmerizing debut takes us inside the unsettling world of Margaret Lydia Benning, which turns upside down when she falls in love…and then unravels before our eyes.

Margaret's smart and funny way of viewing the world will keep you reading until the end, and Elizabeth's distinct and beautiful sentence style will have you wishing the book were longer.

Told through intertwined perspectives, by turns incandescent and haunting, Some Other Town is an unforgettable tale, with a heart-breaking twist...

Elizabeth Collison received her MFA in Creative Writing from Iowa, but is not a typical graduate. Not wanting to rush the maturation of her talent, she pursued "real life" after graduating, writing primarily for her own pleasure. Collison has worked as an editor, graphic artist, bartender, and technical writer.

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Feb
25
Laurie R. King (Wednesday, February 25 at 7:30pm)
Laurie R. King (The hound of the Baskervilles, A Darker Place, Folly, Justice Hall, Keeping watch, Locked Rooms, Night Work, O Jerusalem, The Art of Detection, The Game, The Language of Bees, Touchstone, The God of the Hive, Califia's daughters, Pirate King (with bonus short story Beekeeping for Beginners))

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Feb
26
Youth: PAM MUÑOZ RYAN (Thursday, February 26 at 7pm)
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Youth: Pam Muñoz Ryan

Thursday, February 26, 7:00 p.m.

Echo A new novel from Pam Muñoz Ryan is something to celebrate. We love everything she has written from the modern classic, Esperanza Rising to the inspired Pura Belpré award-winning The Dreamer. Join us to hear Pam discuss her highly anticipated new novel, Echo. We couldn't be more excited! Lost and alone in a forbidden forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica. Decades later, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California, each, in turn, become interwoven when the very same harmonica lands in their lives. All face daunting challenges: rescuing a father, protecting a brother, holding a family together. And ultimately, pulled by the invisible thread of destiny, their stories converge in an orchestral crescendo.

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Mar
3
ANN HAMILTON (Tuesday, March 3 at 7:30pm)
Ann Hamilton

Tuesday, March 3, 7:30 p.m.

Expecting

Expecting is the funny and uplifting debut novel from the screenwriter of thirtysomething, Grey's Anatomy, and Party of Five, that captures the drama of family life in a voice both witty and absorbing.

After years of trying, Laurie and Alan are thrilled to find out that they'll finally be having a baby, until they discover the unthinkable: the doctor has impregnated Laurie with the wrong man's "donation."

Infertility affects over 7 million women in the U.S., and it was Hamilton's personal experience that made her write Expecting: "It was cathartic to look back at how my miscarriages affected my life and my marriage... Having children is supposed to be something women just do. But when it goes wrong, it's very difficult - the sense of failure was overwhelming at times."

Ann Hamilton is an award-winning writer and producer of TV and film. Her TV credits include, among others, "Haven," "The Dead Zone," "Grey's Anatomy," "Saved," Providence," "Party of Five," and "thirtysomething." She was twice nominated for an Emmy award, and was the winner of a WGA Award and the Humanitas Prize.

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Mar
4
IRVIN D. YALOM (Wednesday, March 4 at 7:30pm)
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Irvin D. Yalom

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

Creatures of a Day: And Other Tales of Psychotherapy

The newest from eminent psychotherapist and leading author of late-20th century writing on psychotherapy, Irvin D. Yalom, is an absorbing collection of ten tales of psychotherapy that uncover the mysteries, frustrations, pathos, and humor at the heart not only of the therapeutic encounter but of life itself. Yalom grapples with two of the biggest challenges everyone faces: how to live a life worth living, and how to deal with its inevitable end.

Never maudlin or cheap, Yalom's writing is funny, earthy, and often shocking, an act of radical honesty about the facts and ultimate destiny of human life that most of us spend too much time trying to avoid recognizing.

Irvin D. Yalom is an emeritus professor of psychiatry at Stanford and a psychiatrist in private practice in San Francisco. He is the author of many books, including Love's Executioner, Theory and Practice in Group Psychotherapy, and When Nietzsche Wept.

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Mar
6
First Friday Book Club (Friday, March 6 at 7:30pm)
Friday, March 6, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick

In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than 90 days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival.

Nathaniel Philbrick uses little-known documents-including a long-lost account written by the ship's cabin boy-and penetrating details about whaling and the Nantucket community to reveal the chilling events surrounding this epic maritime disaster. An intense and mesmerizing read.

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Mar
7
Book Swap featuring ELIZABETH ROSNER (Saturday, March 7 at 6:30pm)
EAT, DRINK, TALK AND SWAP BOOKS: An Evening at Kepler's

Saturday, March 7, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

If you're interested in spending an evening with fun, smart, creative and lit-minded souls, Kepler's has put together an event for you: a Book Swap. If not tempted by the good company and great atmosphere, be tempted by delicious food and free-flowing wine. Bring a book you love, one you can talk about all night and are willing to part with at the end of the evening.

You'll go home with a book highly recommended by another BookSwapper, a free Advanced Reader's Edition of a book from Kepler's, and some great suggestions to add to your never-ending 'Must Read' list. There are also rumors of surprise giveaways.

AND THAT'S NOT ALL! Because we're featuring ELIZABETH ROSNER with her novel Electric City. Yes, Elizabeth will be joining us to discuss her book about which Booklist said "Rosner's richly imagined historical novel richly conveys an abiding sense of time and place. A deeply evocative paean to the wonders of science, the perils of technology, and the sacrifices of people in thrall to their power."

Come at 6:30 to mingle over drinks and munchies. We'll start the book discussions at 7pm and we'll wrap up the Book Swap festivities around 9pm.

Tickets are $25 and are now on sale in the store or from Brown Paper Tickets. "Think cocktail party, with a bookish twist." - Litquake

Location: Street: 1010 El Camino Real City: Menlo Park, Province: California Postal Code: 94025-4349 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Spanish Book Club (Monday, March 9 at 7pm)
Monday, March 9, 7:00 p.m.

Sangre en el ojo by Lina Meruane

At a party, Lucina leans down to pick up her insulin syringe when she notices a thin thread of blood invading her eye. These hemorrhages will leave her blind, permanently or temporarily it is not known. She will be faced with darkness, helplesness and a return to Chile from New York and to her parents house, to everything she had fled, and this will lead her down the path of cruelty, and finally hatred.

Location: Street: 1010 El Camino Real City: Menlo Park, Province: California Postal Code: 94025-4349 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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