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Have you seen WALDO in downtown Los Gatos?

WHERE’S WALDO?  In Los Gatos!
July 1st-31st at participating retailers

waldoBeloved wanderer Waldo and his dog Woof will be hiding in twenty-four local businesses in Los Gatos throughout the month of July.  Will you be able to find him on his travels?  Pick up a WHERE’S WALDO passport at Village House of Books and begin your quest today!

Collect signatures from participating businesses to win prizes and be entered in a drawing for a deluxe set of Waldo books!  Plan to attend the WHERE’S WALDO grand celebration and prize drawing on August 1st from 1-3pm at the store.

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New Releases: June 30th, 2015

Every week, dozens of new books are released in hardcover and paperback editions. We are highlighting just a few that have caught our eye…

NEW RELEASES IN HARDCOVER

THE ENGLISH SPY by Daniel Silva 
She is an iconic member of the British Royal Family, beloved for her beauty and charitable works, resented by her former husband and his mother, the Queen of England. But when a bomb explodes aboard her holiday yacht, British intelligence turns to one man to track down her killer: legendary spy and assassin Gabriel Allon. Gabriel’s target is Eamon Quinn, a master bomb maker and mercenary of death who sells his services to the highest bidder. Thriller /  Adventure

THE MOUNTAIN STORY by Lori Lansens 
Nola has gone up the mountain to commemorate her wedding anniversary, the first since her beloved husband passed. Bridget is training for a triathalon. Vonn is working out her teenage rebellion at 8,000 feet. Still reeling from the tragic accident that robbed him of his best friend, Wolf Truly plans to take his own life. When a series of missteps strands this unusual group together in the wilderness, they soon realize that their only defense against the brutality of nature is one another. Fiction

THE OREGON TRAIL: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck
An epic account of traveling the length of the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way—in a covered wagon with a team of mules, an audacious journey that hasn’t been attempted in a century—which also chronicles the rich history of the trail, the people who made the migration, and its significance to the country. Rinker Buck is no stranger to grand adventures. His first travel narrative, FLIGHT OF PASSAGE, was hailed by The New Yorker as “a funny, cocky gem of a book,” and with THE OREGON TRAIL he brings the most important route in American history back to glorious and vibrant life. Travel / History

THE PHANTOM BULLY (Jedi Academy #3) by Jeffrey Brown
It’s hard to believe this is Roan’s last year at Jedi Academy. He’s been busier than ever learning to fly (and wash) starships, swimming in the Lake Country on Naboo, studying for the Jedi obstacle course exam, and tracking down dozens of vorpak clones–don’t ask. But now, someone is setting him up to get in trouble with everyone at school, including Yoda. If he doesn’t find out who it is, and fast, he may get kicked out of school! Why can’t middle school just be easy. . . Children’s

WINTER TURNING (Wings of Fire #7) by Tui T. Sutherland
The war is over. The false prophecy has been fulfilled. But the dragonets still have enemies. A dark evil, buried for centuries, is stirring. And a young NightWing may have had the first true prophecy in generations…
Something is coming to shake the earth
Something is coming to scorch the ground
Jade Mountain will fall beneath thunder and ice
Unless the lost city of night can be found. Children’s

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THE BOOK OF STRANGE NEW THINGS by Michel Faber
Michel Faber’s latest novel is about the search for comfort in the face of life’s tragedies. Peter Leigh is a Christian missionary recruited by an organization known as USIC to be the pastor on a distant planet called Oasis. He leaves behind his wife to work with both the USIC employees stationed on Oasis and the planet’s natives. THE BOOK OF STRANGE NEW THINGS is a meditation on the meaning of faith and the consequences of devotion. Fiction

HOW TO TELL TOLEDO FROM THE NIGHT SKY by Lydia Netzer 
At the Toledo Institute of Astronomy, cosmologist George Dermont and scientist Irene Sparks are on a collision course with love, destiny and fate. The air seems to hum when they’re together, but their attraction was not written in the stars. Their mothers raised them to become soulmates. When that secret plan triggers unintended consequences, George and Irene must discover the truth about their destinies and find what Toledo holds for them — together or apart. Romance

US by David Nicholls
Douglas and Connie live more or less happily in the suburbs of London with their moody 17-year-old son, Albie. Then Connie tells Douglas she thinks she wants a divorce. Hoping to encourage her son’s artistic interests, Connie had planned a month-long tour of European capitals, a chance to experience the world’s greatest works of art as a family. Douglas is privately convinced that this landmark trip will rekindle the romance in their marriage and might even help him to bond with Albie. Fiction

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Upcoming Event: Disney Book Club

Disney Book Club: Song of the South & Forbidden Disney
June 28th, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Have you ever ridden on Splash Mountain and wondered “Who the heck is Br’er Rabbit anyway?” You aren’t alone! 9780984341559_p0_v1_s260x420Song of the South was a hybrid live-action/animated film released in 1946 by Walt Disney. It was re-released to theaters in the 50s, 70s, and 80s and sold on VHS and Laserdisc before the Walt Disney Company decided to seal the film in the Disney Vault permanently. Why was the film so controversial, and should it be re-released today?

Learn more about the history of Song of the South in Jim Korkis’ Who’s Afraid of the Song of the South? And Other Forbidden Disney Stories and join us on June 28th for a screening of the movie. Afterwards, we’ll discuss the film and other controversial Disney projects highlighted in Korkis’ book.

I’ll also be showcasing new Disney books that have come out in the last few months. If you’ve read a Disney book since our last meeting that you’d like to recommend, bring it along and share it with us!

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1570272899892203/

Or call or e-mail the store!

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Happy Birthday Eric Carle!

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Happy Birthday Eric Carle!

Beloved children’s author Eric Carle turns 86 today.  His beautiful illustrations and fun stories are some of the most recognizable in children’s picture books: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Grouchy Ladybug, Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? (written by Bill Martin), and countless others.

What’s your favorite Eric Carle story?

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New Releases: June 23rd, 2015

Every week, dozens of new books are released in hardcover and paperback editions. We are highlighting just a few that have caught our eye…

NEW RELEASES IN HARDCOVER

TRUTH OR DIE by James Patterson and Howard Roughan
After a serious professional stumble, attorney Trevor Mann has found happiness with his girlfriend Claire Parker, a beautiful, ambitious journalist. But when Claire’s newest story leads to a violent confrontation, Trevor’s newly peaceful life is shattered as he tries to find out why. Chasing Claire’s leads, Trevor unearths evidence of a shocking secret that — if it actually exists — every government and terrorist organization around the world would do anything to possess. Thriller

THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler
One June day, an old book arrives on Simon Watson’s doorstep, sent by an antiquarian bookseller who purchased it on speculation. It is a log from the owner of a traveling carnival in the 1700s, who reports strange and magical things, including the drowning death of a circus mermaid. Since then, generations of “mermaids” in Simon’s family have drowned — always on July 24, which is only weeks away. Could there be a curse on Simon’s family? What does it have to do with the book, and can he get to the heart of the mystery in time to save his sister? Fiction

THE FESTIVAL OF INSIGNIFICANCE by Milan Kundera
Set in Paris today, THE FESTIVAL OF INSIGNIFICANCE follows four friends who run into each other in the Luxembourg Gardens, attend parties, and conduct a long-running exchange on sex, desire, history, art, even the meaning of human existence. Alain, one of the friends, is fascinated by the exposed belly buttons of passing women — the latest fashion — and takes navel-gazing to imaginative, erotic heights. Another, who has just been told that he does not have cancer, tells a friend that his case is terminal. Fiction

THE LITTLE PARIS BOOKSHOP by Nina George
From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, Monsieur Perdu prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can’t seem to heal through literature is himself; he’s still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened. After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Fiction

THE LONG UTOPIA by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
Human society continues to evolve on Datum Earth as the spread of humanity progresses throughout the many Earths beyond. Lobsang suffers a breakdown and attempts to live a “normal” life on one of the millions of Long Earth worlds. His old friend, Joshua, searches for his father and discovers a heretofore unknown family history. But an alien planet has somehow become “entangled” with one of the Long Earth worlds. As Lobsang and Joshua learn, its voracious denizens intend to capture, conquer and colonize the new universe they have inadvertently discovered. Science Fiction

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CLOUDS OF GLORY: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee by Michael Korda
Michael Korda paints a vivid and admiring portrait of Robert E. Lee as a brilliant general, devoted family man, and principled gentleman who disliked slavery and disagreed with secession, yet who refused command of the Union Army in 1861 because he could not “draw his sword” against his beloved Virginia. CLOUDS OF GLORY analyzes Lee’s command during the Civil War and explores his failed strategy for winning the war. Biography

DOLLBABY by Laura Lane McNeal
When Ibby Bell’s father dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1964, her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby with her eccentric grandmother, Fannie. Fannie’s New Orleans house is like no place Ibby has ever been — and Fannie, who has a tendency to end up in the local asylum — is like no one she has ever met. Fortunately, Fannie’s black cook, Queenie, and her smart-mouthed daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South, both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets. Historical Fiction

LISETTE’S LIST by Susan Vreeland
If you are crazy about French painting and picturesque villages, then Susan Vreeland’s latest novel should be right up your cobblestoned street. LISETTE’S LIST focuses on Post-Impressionists Cézanne and Pissarro, as seen through the eyes of a young, art-loving Parisian woman who has come with her husband to a new world: Provence. Historical Fiction

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New Releases: June 16th, 2015

Every week, dozens of new books are released in hardcover and paperback editions. We are highlighting just a few that have caught our eye…

NEW RELEASES IN HARDCOVER

MODERN ROMANCE by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg
For years, Aziz Ansari has been aiming his comic insight at modern romance, but for MODERN ROMANCE, the book, he decided he needed to take things to another level. He teamed up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg and designed a massive research project, including hundreds of interviews and focus groups conducted everywhere from Tokyo to Buenos Aires to Wichita. They analyzed behavioral data and surveys and created their own online research forum on Reddit, which drew thousands of messages. They enlisted the world’s leading social scientists, including Andrew Cherlin, Eli Finkel, Helen Fisher, Sheena Iyengar, Barry Schwartz, Sherry Turkle, and Robb Willer. The result is unlike any social science or humor book we’ve seen before. Humor / Sociology

SICK IN THE HEAD: Conversations About Life and Comedy by Judd Apatow
SICK IN THE HEAD gathers Apatow’s most memorable and revealing conversations into one hilarious, wide-ranging, and incredibly candid collection that spans not only his career but his entire adult life. Here are the comedy legends who inspired and shaped him, from Mel Brooks to Steve Martin. Here are the contemporaries he grew up with in Hollywood, from Spike Jonze to Sarah Silverman. And here, finally, are the brightest stars in comedy today, many of whom Apatow has been fortunate to work with, from Seth Rogen to Amy Schumer. And along the way, something kind of magical happens: What started as a lifetime’s worth of conversations about comedy becomes something else entirely. It becomes an exploration of creativity, ambition, neediness, generosity, spirituality, and the joy that comes from making people laugh. Loaded with the kind of back-of-the-club stories that comics tell one another when no one else is watching, this fascinating, personal (and borderline-obsessive) book is Judd Apatow’s gift to comedy nerds everywhere. Humor

MY GRANDMOTHER ASKED ME TO TELL YOU SHE’S SORRY by Fredrik Backman
Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is 77 years old and crazy. She is also Elsa’s best (and only) friend. When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother’s letters lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs and totally ordinary old crones, but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other. Fiction

PIRATE HUNTERS: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Shipby Robert Kurson
Finding and identifying a pirate ship is the hardest thing to do under the sea. But two men — John Chatterton and John Mattera — are willing to risk everything to find the Golden Fleece, the ship of the infamous pirate Joseph Bannister. Soon, however, they realize that cutting-edge technology and a willingness to lose everything aren’t enough to track down Bannister’s ship. They must travel the globe in search of historic documents and accounts of the great pirate’s exploits, face down dangerous rivals, and battle the tides of nations, governments and experts. History / Adventure

TOM CLANCY UNDER FIRE: A Jack Ryan Jr. Novel by Grant Blackwood
On a routine intelligence gathering mission in Tehran, Jack Ryan, Jr., has lunch with his oldest friend, Seth Gregory, an engineer overseeing a transcontinental railway project. As they part, Seth gives Jack a key, along with a perplexing message. The next day, Jack is summoned to an apartment where two men claim Seth has disappeared — gone to ground with funds for a vital intelligence operation. They leave Jack with a warning: If you hear from Seth Gregory, call us immediately. And do not get involved. But they don’t know Jack. He won’t abandon a friend in need. Thriller

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THE BONE CLOCKS by David Mitchell
Following a terrible fight with her mother over her boyfriend, 15-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her family and her old life. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life. For Holly has caught the attention of a cabal of dangerous mystics — and their enemies. But her lost weekend is merely the prelude to a shocking disappearance that leaves her family irrevocably scarred. Fiction

WHAT IS VISIBLE by Kimberly Elkins
At age two, Laura Bridgman lost four of her five senses to scarlet fever. At age seven, she was taken to Perkins Institute in Boston to determine if a child so terribly afflicted could be taught. At age 12, Charles Dickens declared her his prime interest for visiting America. And by age 20, she was considered the 19th century’s second most famous woman, having mastered language and charmed the world with her brilliance. Historical Fiction

GREY: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian by E L James
Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined and utterly empty — until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her, but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through Christian — past the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to his cold, wounded heart. Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt him every night? Erotica

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New Releases: June 9th, 2015

Every week, dozens of new books are released in hardcover and paperback editions. We are highlighting just a few that have caught our eye…

NEW RELEASES IN HARDCOVER

BLUEPRINTS by Barbara Delinsky
Caroline MacAfee is a skilled carpenter, and her daughter Jamie is a talented architect. Together they are the faces of “Gut It!,” a home renovation series on local public television. But when Caroline is told the network wants her daughter to replace her as host, she is devastated. For Jamie, life changes overnight when, soon after learning of the host shift, her father and his new wife die in a car accident that orphans their two-year-old son. Who am I? Both women ask, as the blueprints they’ve built their lives around suddenly need revising.  Fiction

THE DARKLING CHILD: The Defenders of Shannara by Terry Brooks
In THE DARKLING CHILD, the second stand-alone Shannara novel in the Defenders of Shannara series (following THE HIGH DRUID’S BLADE), Paxon Leah has joined the Druid Order as a paladin, tasked with protecting the Druids with the aid of his magical sword. But Paxon’s toughest assignment will come when he must track down a young musician with newly manifested magic before a rival sorcerer can corrupt the boy.  Fantasy

THE INVASION OF THE TEARLING by Erika Johansen
With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime.  Historical Fantasy

FINDING AUDREY by Sophie Kinsella
An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.  Young Adult

THE TRUTH ACCORDING TO US: A Novel by Annie Barrows
In the summer of 1938, Layla Beck’s father, a United States senator, cuts off her allowance and demands that she find employment on the Federal Writers’ Project, a New Deal jobs program. Within days, Layla finds herself far from her accustomed social whirl, assigned to cover the history of the remote mill town of Macedonia, West Virginia, and destined, in her opinion, to go completely mad with boredom. But once she secures a room in the home of the unconventional Romeyn family, she is drawn into their complex world and soon discovers that the truth of the town is entangled in the thorny past of the Romeyn dynasty. Fiction

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THE MONOGRAM MURDERS: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery by Sophie Hannah
For the first time ever, the guardians of Agatha Christie’s legacy have approved a brand-new novel featuring Dame Agatha’s most beloved creation: Hercule Poirot. In THE MONOGRAM MURDERS, Poirot plunges into a mystery set in 1920s London — a diabolically clever puzzle that will test his brilliant skills while baffling and delighting longtime Christie fans and new generations of readers discovering him for the first time.  Mystery

NEIL ARMSTRONG: A Life of Flight by Jay Barbree
Much has been written about Neil Armstrong, America’s modern hero and history’s most famous space traveler. Yet, shy of fame and never one to steal the spotlight, Armstrong was always reluctant to discuss his personal side of events. Here, for the first time, is the definitive story of Neil’s life of flight he shared for five decades with a trusted friend — Jay Barbree.  Biography

THE MAGICIAN’S LAND by Lev Grossman 
Quentin Coldwater has been cast out of Fillory, the secret magical land of his childhood dreams. But he can’t hide from his past, and it’s not long before it comes looking for him. He uncovers a spell that could create magical utopia, a new Fillory — but casting it will set in motion a chain of events that will bring Earth and Fillory crashing together. To save them, he will have to risk sacrificing everything.  Fantasy

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