Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Intrigued?  Don't be.  I don't have anything that exciting.  Here are a few reminders and some rambling:

1.  Tomorrow night is our April VHOB Book Club meeting (not counting Beth Hoffman's phone-in on April 1).  From 6:30-7:15, we will be discussing Tracy Guzeman's The Gravity of Birds.  At 7:15, Tracy will be coming to VHOB to answer questions and sign books.  Even if you don't make the discussion...and even if you aren't a member of the VHOB Book Club (perish the thought)...you can still come see Tracy.  She was at the store, with Meg Waite Clayton, during our Grand Opening Week, Friday, October 25.  She is delightful, and very interesting.

2.  As I mentioned earlier this month, we have started a book club on Twitter.  It's called...wait for it...The Twitter Book Club (TTBC).  We will read each book over 4 weeks, with the total pages divided equally for each week.  If you want to comment on the pages we have read in a particular week, or the pages we've read to date, you can go to my Twitter account, @LloydRussell5, and click on #booksage1.  We are currently reading Beth Hoffman's Saving CeeCee Honeycutt (our April 1 VHOB Book Club selection).  Last week was week 1, so this week anybody can comment on the 1st 75 pages.  Beth has also promised to weigh in.

3.  Here are the remaining author events for this month (not counting Tracy tomorrow night):

Friday, April 18, 7:00 - Kim Yen Nguyen, Surviving War, Surviving Autism.  Kim will talk about the true story of coming to America from war-torn Vietnam and being the mother of 3 autistic children.
Saturday, April 19, 1-3 - our very own Joni Russell, co-author of the Everything Baby Shower Book, 2nd edition, will be signing her book.
Thursday, April 24, 7:00 - Jenn Castro, Mom Me.  This is a children's book that will appeal to parents.
Tuesday, April 29, 7:00 - Ed Mendez, One Calamitous Spring.  Ed is visiting us from New Mexico and will be talking about his novel, which centers on murder and intrigue for one Santa Fe family.
Wednesday, April 30, 7:00 - Kate Mitchell, Fashioning Women.  This is a look at the conflicting messages women receive about the fashion ideal.

4.  Since my last review (Liane Moriarty's The Husband's Secret), I have read 5 books, 3 by local authors:
Betty Auchard's other book, Dancing in My Nightgown - enjoyed it a lot
T.T. Monday's The Set Up Man - Nick Taylor's 1st novel under a different name - entertaining
Mike DiGregorio's The Ditch Kids - liked it - looking forward to Mike coming to VHOB on May 9 for the equivalent of a book launch

and 2 by authors outside our area:
David Rosenfelt's latest Andy Carpenter adventure, Unleashed - definitely one of his better books - 3.0
Maggie Shipstead's Astonish Me - also very well written - grabbed me about the same as The Husband's Secret - 3.0

I am woefully behind in my reviews.  Will I catch up?  Tough to know.  I'll do what I can.

5.  If you are interested in promoting VHOB, you can go on the enclosed link, scroll down to #52, which says Best New Store in Los Gatos, and enter Village House of Books.  This is totally voluntary, but, really, how can you say no?   https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LGpeopleschoice 

6.  There is no #6.  How relieved are you?

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