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Fall in love – with a good book

“Movement with Meaning” by Barbara Larsen. Barbara has touched the lives of many in our community with her hands-on and advocacy work with seniors. She has turned her “Movement with Meaning” program of exercises and activities into a new book geared to help individuals with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. This program assists patients in finding a new path to connect and communicate with others through a series of movements, breathing exercises and poetry. Come meet this remarkable woman at The Book Seller this Saturday, 3 p.m.

“The Space Between Us” by Thrity Umrigar. This new novel, set in India, details the great differences between the classes and the universal ties that bind women. Sera, a wealthy widow, depends on her slum-dwelling servant for her comforts and friendship. Yet Sera cannot move past her prejudice for the lower classes, even when the two women take their daily tea together. This is a lovely novel full of compassion and hope in a hopeless place.

“The Judgment of Paris” by Ross King. Art lovers rejoice! King, the author of “Michelangelo” and the “Pope’s Ceiling,” has a new book about revolutions in the art world. “The Judgment of Paris” tells the story of the birth of the Impressionist movement. The parallel lives of successful painter Ernest Meissonier and the reviled Edouard Manet give life to this fascinating work on the passion and politics of art.



“The Big Why” by Michael Winter. Historical fiction turns to art in this biographical novel about American artist Rockwell Kent, who fled New York for the peace and quiet of rural Newfoundland. What he found was turmoil with the outbreak of WWI, where every outsider is suspect. Told in the artist’s voice, this is a look inside the socialist painter’s life and mind.

“You’re Wearing That? Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation” by Deborah Tannen. OK, I’ve certainly said this to my daughter, and now she says it to me. The struggle between closeness and intimacy in the mother-daughter relationship is something Tannen understands very well. She explains all the nuances in this complex dynamic and gives hope to breaking down the invisible barriers that both sides erect.




“Reynolds Remembers: 20 Years with the Sacramento Kings” by Jerry Reynolds. I admit it, I’m an unabashed Kings fan, although they’re not making it easy right now. The former coach, general manager and now analyst shares stories and anecdotes from his 20 years with the team. It is a folksy, funny and insightful book.

“The Blue Rose” by Anthony Eglin. An excellent mystery by Sonoma author Eglin tells the story of the impossible: a sapphire blue rose. When discovered in their newly purchased walled garden, Alex and Kate Sheppard are thrust into the world of cutthroat gardeners, coded journals, and murder. A most impressive debut mystery sure to please lovers of Brit lit and gardeners alike.

“Pale as the Dead” by Fiona Mountain. Another fun mystery is this tale about professional genealogist Natasha Blake. Adopted at birth, Natasha helps others search out their familial roots. When an artist’s model disappears, it bears an uncanny resemblance to the life and death of the Pre-Raphaelite beauty who posed for the painter Rosetti a century before. Natasha is drawn into this spellbinding case of deadly obsession.

“Love Walked In” by Marisa de los Santos. Lynda and I both admit to the guilty pleasure of chick-lit in this novel about a young woman who finds love where she least expects it. Cornelia Brown has moved to Philadelphia because “The Philadelphia Story” was her favorite film. There she meets the fabulously handsome and wealthy Martin Grace, who woos her a la Cary Grant. You think you know where this is going? Well, you’re wrong. Read it to find out!

“Duck and Goose” by Tad Hills. Another children’s book that I fell in love with months ago is “Duck and Goose.” When our fowled friends come across a fabulous orange soccer ball, each claims it for her own egg and fights over taking care of it. While perched atop the ball, they discover the joys of sharing and getting along. Not at all preachy and absolutely adorable, this is a wonderful book to share with someone you love.

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Compiled by manager Alison Jones-Pomatto at The Book Seller, 107 Mill St., Grass Valley, 272-2131. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays.


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