New For Fall October 9, 2018 – Posted in: Books, Fall, Gifts

New For Fall

Dear Friends,

I love fall. Colorful mums and gourds, the crunch of fallen leaves, a hint of wood fire in the air, and best of all: NEW FALL BOOKS! This October some of my favorite writers are on the front table—Haruki Murakami, Gary Shteyngart, Carlos Ruiz Zafon and Susan Orlean—leaving us to sigh wistfully, “so many books, so little time.” We have NEW FALL GIFTS too from School of Life, Areaware, Kikkerland and In2 Design—a preview of our Stocking Stuffer Bar. Get ready to Rock The Sock! ?

With love and thanks,

Becky, Colette and Team Bookstore

Fall Fiction


  • Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart. Deeply stressed by an SEC investigation and his son’s autism diagnosis, hilariously self-deluded hedge-fund manager Barry Cohen flees New York on a Greyhound bus in search of a simpler life with his old college sweetheart. Back in New York his super-smart wife, Seema, has her own demons to face. How these two flawed characters navigate the chaos of their own making is at the heart of this poignant tale of familial longing and unsentimental ode to what really makes America great.
  • Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami. A thirty-something portrait painter in Tokyo is abandoned by his wife and finds himself holed up in the mountain home of a famous artist. When he discovers a previously unseen painting in the attic, he unintentionally opens a circle of mysterious circumstances. A loving homage to The Great Gatsby by the internationally acclaimed author of The Wind-up Bird Chronicle.
  • The Air You Breathe by Frances De Pontes Peebles. Some friendships, like romance, have the feeling of fate. Born into wildly different worlds, Dores and Graça quickly bond over shared mischief, then music. Traveling from Brazil’s inland sugar plantations to the rowdy streets of Rio de Janeiro’s famous Lapa neighborhood, from Los Angeles during the Golden Age of Hollywood back to the irresistible drumbeat of home, The Air You Breathe is a moving portrait of the rewards and losses of a lifelong friendship.
  • The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar. In 1780s London, a prosperous merchant finds his quiet life upended when he unexpectedly receives a most unusual creature—and meets a most extraordinary woman—in this much-lauded, atmospheric debut, an unforgettable confection that explores obsession, wonder, and the deepest desires of the heart with bawdy wit, intrigue, and a touch of magic.

Fall Non-Fiction


  • The Library Book by Susan Orlean. On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. By the time it was extinguished, the fire had consumed 400,000 books and damaged 700,000 more. Investigators descended on the scene, but over thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone deliberately set fire to the library—and if so, who? With her signature wit, insight, compassion, and talent for deep research, Orlean investigates the Los Angeles Public Library fire to showcase the crucial role that libraries play in our lives.
  • Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs. A frank, smart and captivating memoir by the daughter of Apple founder, Steve Jobs. Part portrait of a complex family, part love letter to California in the seventies and eighties, Small Fry is an enthralling story by an insightful new literary voice.
  • Reagan by Bob Spitz. More than five years in the making, based on hundreds of interviews and access to previously unavailable documents, and infused with irresistible storytelling charm, Beatles Biorgrapher, Bob Spitz’s Reagan stands fair to be the first truly post-partisan biography of our 40th President, and thus a balm for our own bitterly divided times.
  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari. In twenty-one accessible chapters that are both provocative and profound, Harari builds on the ideas explored in his previous books, untangling political, technological, social, and existential issues and offering advice on how to prepare for a very different future from the world we now live in: How can we retain freedom of choice when Big Data is watching us? What will the future workforce look like, and how should we ready ourselves for it? How should we deal with the threat of terrorism? Why is liberal democracy in crisis?

Fall Gifts


  • Areaware Gradient Jigsaw Puzzle.  Bryce Wilner’s gradient puzzle is a vibrant way to meditate on color. The act of putting it together is slow and deliberate, where the color of each piece is used to locate its proper position. $20
  • School of Life “Small Pleasures” Card Set.  With beautiful photography and a few well-chosen words, this pack of cards draws us back to an appreciation of the overlooked ordinary, gently prompting us to remember that life is more precious and richer than we generally allow. $18
  • Kikkerland Solar Gnome.  This magical earth-dweller perches and smiles on your windowsill and uses the sun to wave “Hello!” $20
  • In2 Design Baroque Pearl Bracelet.  This stunning blue agate and freshwater baroque pearl bracelet easily rolls onto your wrist. $130
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