October Movie Releases

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Date: October 2nd
Adapted From: The Martian by Andy Weir
Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristin Wiig
Plot Summary: During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.

Date: October 2nd
Adapted From: The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins by John Pearson
Starring: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton
Plot Summary: The film tells the story of the identical twin gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray, two of the most notorious criminals in British history, and their organised crime empire in the East End of London during the 1960s.

Date: October 9th
Adapted From: Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
Starring: Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund
Plot Summary: 12-year-old orphan Peter is spirited away to the magical world of Neverland, where he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny — to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.

Date: October 9th
Adapted From: Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani
Starring: Ashley Judd, Patrick Wilson, Whoopi Goldberg
Plot Summary: In a small town nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, self-proclaimed spinster Ave Maria Mulligan finds her life shaken up and forever changed after learning a long-buried family secret.

Date: October 16th
Adapted From: R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps series
Starring: Jack Black, Odeya Rush, Halston Sage
Plot Summary: A teenager teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R.L. Stine after the writer’s imaginary demons are set free on the town of Greendale, Maryland.

Date: October 16th
Adapted From: Bridge of Spies by Giles Whittell
Starring:Tom Hanks, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan
Plot Summary: An American lawyer is recruited by the CIA during the Cold War to help rescue a pilot detained in the Soviet Union.



Have you seen the Ellie trailer from Mike Wu on Vimeo?

SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2015, 1:00 PM

The zoo is closing!unnamed

Ellie and her friends want to save their home, but Ellie’s just a baby elephant, and she doesn’t know what she can do to help.

While the other animals are busy working, Ellie finds a brush and some paints, and gives the zoo a big splash of color! Will her bright new talent be enough to keep the zoo’s gates open for good?


Mike Wu will be leading storytime at Village House of Books on Sunday, September 27th. In addition to reading the book, Mike will share the inspiration and the story behind his adorable star, the artistic Ellie.  He’ll also draw and play an interactive game with the kids.

Mike knows how to craft an excellent story that is heartwarming to read and beautiful to see.  He is an animator that has worked on many Disney and Pixar films, including Mulan, Tarzan, Ratatouille, Up and Brave.   We look forward to hosting him at Village House of Books and can’t wait for you to meet him!


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SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2015, 6:30 PM

Norm Matteoni will be sharing his new biography “Prairie Man”, an account of the struggle between Sitting Bull and Indian Agent James McLaughlin. Join us for a fantastic historical presentation and book signing.prairie

One week after the infamous June 1876 Battle of the Little Big Horn, when news of the defeat of General George Armstrong Custer and his 7th Cavalry troops reached the American public, Sitting Bull became the most wanted hostile Indian in America. He had resisted the United States’ intrusions into Lakota prairie land for years, refused to sign treaties, and called for a gathering of tribes at Little Big Horn. He epitomized resistance.

Sitting Bull’s role at Little Big Horn has been the subject of hundreds of historical works, but while Sitting Bull was in fact present, he did not engage in the battle. The conflict with Custer was a benchmark to the subsequent events. There are other battles than those of war, and the conflict between Sitting Bull and Indian Agent James McLaughlin was one of those battles. Theirs was a fight over the hearts and minds of the Lakota.

U.S. Government policy toward Native Americans after Little Big Horn was to give them a makeover as Americans after finally and firmly displacing them from their lands. They were to be reconstituted as Christian, civilized and made farmers. Sitting Bull, when forced to accept reservation life, understood who was in control, but his view of reservation life was very different from that of the Indian Bureau and its agents. His people’s birth right was their native heritage and culture. Although redrawn by the Government, he believed that the prairie land still held a special meaning of place for the Lakota. Those in power dictated a contrary view – with the closing of the frontier, the Indian was challenged to accept the white road or vanish, in the case of the Lakota, that position was given personification in the form of Agent James McLaughlin. This book explores the story within their conflict and offers new perspectives and insights.

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The Doctor Returns to TV and to Bookshelves!

The next season of Doctor Who starts TONIGHT, September 19th, at 9:00 PM on BBC America. We are super-excited to see the new adventures of the Twelfth Doctor and his companion, but sometimes we can’t help but wish we could revisit previous incarnations of the Doctor.  Luckily, several excellent books have been released in the last few years that enable readers to enjoy old favorites while waiting for new TV episodes.
DOCTOR WHO: 12 Doctors, 12 Stories by various authors
This collection of Doctor Who short stories, each written by a different author, now includes an extra, brand-new twelfth adventure.  Offering the perfect addition to the top-selling series, the twelfth story, “Lights Out,” has been penned by self-professed Doctor Who fan and best-selling female sci-fi writer Holly Black.


William Hartnell, The First Doctor
Deep in the heart of a hollowed-out moon the First Doctor finds a chilling secret: ten alien corpses, frozen in time at the moment of their death. They are the empire’s most wanted terrorists, and their discovery could end a war devastating the galaxy. But is the same force that killed them still lurking in the dark? And what are its plans for the people of Earth?


Tom Baker, The Fourth Doctor
FESTIVAL OF DEATH by Jonathan Morris
The Beautiful Death is the ultimate theme-park ride: a sightseeing tour of the afterlife. But something has gone wrong, and when the Fourth Doctor arrives in the aftermath of the disaster, he is congratulated for saving the population from destruction – something he hasn’t actually done yet. He has no choice but to travel back in time and discover how he became a hero. And then he finds out. He did it by sacrificing his life.
Cristopher Eccleston, The Ninth Doctor
ONLY HUMAN by Gareth Roberts
Reports of a time disturbance lead the Ninth Doctor to modern-day London, where he discovers a Neanderthal Man, twenty-eight thousand years after his race became extinct. A trip back to the dawn of humanity only deepens the mystery: who are these strange humans from the far future now living in the distant past? The Doctor must learn the truth about the Osterberg experiment before history is changed forever.

David Tennant, The Tenth Doctor
Wilfred Mott is very happy: his granddaughter, Donna, is back home, catching up with family and gossiping about her journeys, and he has just discovered a new star and had it named after him. He takes the Tenth Doctor with him to the naming ceremony. But the Doctor soon discovers something else new, and worryingly bright, in the heavens – something that is heading for Earth. It’s an ancient force from the Dark Times. And it is very, very angry…

Matt Smith, The Eleventh Doctor
The winter festival is approaching for the hardy colony of Morphans, but no one is in the mood to celebrate. They’re trying to build a new life on a cold new world, but each year gets harder and harder. It’s almost as if some dark force is working against them. Then three mysterious travellers arrive out of the midwinter night, one of them claiming to be a doctor. Are they bringing the gift of salvation or doom? And what else might be lurking out there, about to wake up?
Peter Capaldi, the Twelfth Doctor
Imagine everyone’s surprise when a time portal opens up in Sydney Cove. Imagine their shock as a massive pyramid now sits beside the Harbour Bridge, inconveniently blocking Port Jackson and glowing with energy. Imagine their fear as Cyrrus “the mobster” Globb, Professor Horace Jaanson and an alien assassin called Kik arrive to claim the glowing pyramid. Finally imagine everyone’s dismay when they are followed by a bunch of con artists out to spring their greatest grift yet.
The Phaeron disappeared from the universe over a million years ago. They travelled among the stars using roads made from time and space, but left only relics behind. But what actually happened to the Phaeron? Some believe they were they eradicated by a superior force… Others claim they destroyed themselves.  Or were they in fact the victims of an even more hideous fate? In the far future, humans discover the location of the last Phaeron road – and the Doctor and Clara join the mission to see where the road leads.  Each member of the research team knows exactly what they’re looking for – but only the Doctor knows exactly what they’ll find.  Because only the Doctor knows the true secret of the Phaeron: a monstrous secret so terrible and powerful that it must be buried in the deepest grave imaginable…


And coming on September 29th…


A unique collection of more than 100 never-before-seen letters, notes, and jottings both by and to the Doctor—correspondence by turns entertaining and inspiring, funny and flippant, brilliant and incredible drawn from all fifty-two years of the show.

No one could travel through history—past present and future—as much as the Doctor does without leaving an impression. Much of what we know about this mysterious figure comes from what he does— the planets he saves and the monsters he defeats. But until now we’ve had little knowledge of his writings.

These rich and diverse documents paint an extraordinarily detailed picture of the Doctor and include his plea to the Time Lords to help end the War Games, an extract from the written defense he submitted at his subsequent trial, his application for the post of Caretaker at Coal Hill School, his apology to the Queen for missing dinner, even telepathic messages to the High Council on Gallifrey and his famous letter to Santa Claus. Like the Doctor himself, the mood can change in an instant.

The Time Lord Letters captures the best and most dramatic moments of an impossible life. You’ll never see the Doctor in quite the same way again.



New Releases: September 15th, 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…


Mary Karr’s THE LIARS’ CLUB was credited with sparking the current memoir explosion. For 30 years, Karr has also taught the form, winning graduate teaching prizes for her highly selective seminar at Syracuse, where she mentored such future hit authors as Cheryl Strayed, Keith Gessen and Koren Zailckas. In THE ART OF MEMOIR, she synthesizes her expertise as professor and therapy patient, writer and spiritual seeker, recovered alcoholic and “black belt sinner,” providing a unique window into the mechanics and art of the form. Literary Criticism

THE BLUE GUITAR by John Banville 
Equally self-aggrandizing and self-deprecating, Oliver Otway Orme is a painter of some renown and a petty thief. But as he pushes 50, he has stopped painting, and his last act of thievery has been discovered. The fact that the purloined possession was the wife of the man who, perhaps, was his best friend has compelled him to run away and sequester himself in the house where he was born. There, Olly reveals the very essence of a man who, in some way, has always been waiting to be rescued from himself. Fiction

FATES AND FURIES by Lauren Groff
Every story has two sides. Every relationship has two perspectives. And sometimes, it turns out, the key to a great marriage is not its truths but its secrets. At the core of FATES AND FURIES, Lauren Groff presents the story of one such marriage over the course of 24 years. At age 22, Lotto and Mathilde are tall, glamorous, madly in love and destined for greatness. A decade later, their marriage is still the envy of their friends, but with an electric thrill we understand that things are even more complicated and remarkable than they have seemed. Fiction

Lucien (Lucy) Minor is the resident odd duck in the bucolic hamlet of Bury. Friendless and loveless, young and aimless, Lucy is a compulsive liar, a sickly weakling in a town famous for producing brutish giants. Then Lucy accepts employment assisting the Majordomo of the remote, foreboding Castle Von Aux. While tending to his new post as Undermajordomo, Lucy soon discovers that the place harbors many dark secrets, not least of which is the whereabouts of the castle’s master, Baron Von Aux. Mystery / Fantasy

WHERE THE BODIES WERE BURIED: Whitey Bulger and the World That Made Him by T. J. English
For 16 years, Whitey Bulger eluded the long reach of the law. But finally, in 2011, he was arrested in southern California and returned to Boston, where he was tried and convicted of racketeering and murder. T. J. English covered the trial at close range, interviewing Bulger’s associates as well as lawyers, former federal agents, and even members of the jury in the backyards and barrooms of Whitey’s world. In WHERE THE BODIES ARE BURIED, English offers a startlingly revisionist account of Bulger’s story.  True Crime


EMBATTLED REBEL: Jefferson Davis and the Confederate Civil War by James M. McPherson 
Many Americans in Jefferson Davis’ own time and in later generations considered him an incompetent leader, if not a traitor. Not so, argues James M. McPherson. In EMBATTLED REBEL, McPherson shows us that Davis might have been on the wrong side of history, but it is too easy to diminish him because of his cause’s failure. In order to understand the Civil War and its outcome, it is essential to give Davis his due as a military leader and as the president of an aspiring Confederate nation. History

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris
In this revolutionary, Joycean experiment in light celebrity narrative, Neil Patrick Harris lets you, the reader, live his life. And at each critical juncture of your life, you will choose how to proceed. You will decide whether to try out for “Doogie Howser, M.D.” and whether to spend years struggling with your sexuality. Choose correctly and you’ll find fame, fortune and true love. Choose incorrectly and you’ll find misery, heartbreak and a hideous death by piranhas. Autobiography

A SUDDEN LIGHT by Garth Stein 
In the summer of 1990, 14-year-old Trevor Riddell gets his first glimpse of Riddell House. The legendary mansion is built of giant, whole trees, and Trevor’s father — in a trial separation with his wife — wants to sell it. Trevor soon discovers the ghost burdened by the final wishes of the Riddell patriarch, Elijah: that the mansion is returned to untamed forestland as penance for the trees harvested by the Riddell Timber Company. Trevor’s willingness to face the past holds the key to his family’s future. Mystery 

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Upcoming Events: September

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SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2015, 1:00 PM

The zoo is closing!unnamed

Ellie and her friends want to save their home, but Ellie’s just a baby elephant, and she doesn’t know what she can do to help.

While the other animals are busy working, Ellie finds a brush and some paints, and gives the zoo a big splash of color! Will her bright new talent be enough to keep the zoo’s gates open for good?

Pixar animator Mike Wu will be introducing his picture book Ellie to young readers (and the young at heart!). Come on down for story time with Mike!

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1638189806468161/
Or call or e-mail the store!

SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2015, 6:00 PM

unnamedCarole Bumpus, author of A Cup of Redemption, will be doing an in-store reading for her newest book, Recipes for Redemption: A Companion Cookbook to A Cup of Redemption. After her reading, she’ll answer questions and sign books. If you enjoyed her first novel, don’t miss out on a chance to pick up the companion book!

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Upcoming Event: Steve Hulett talks Disney animation!

SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2015, 6:00 PM

unnamedWe’re so excited to announce that Steve Hulett from the Animation Guild will be visiting the store to share his memories of working at Disney in the 1970s and 80s. In his book Mouse in Transition Hulett takes readers into the sometimes dark Disney heart of power, politics, and the cult of personality as he recalls:

– Helping Ken Anderson on the ill-fated feature Catfish Bend, and how Anderson in return tried to get him fired
– Enduring intense, marathon story meetings with Woolie Reithermann, which Hulett recounts in colorful, unexpurgated detail
– Working on such Disney features as The Fox and the Hound, The Great Mouse Detective, and The Black Cauldron
– Meeting Eisner and Katzenberg for the first time, and the seismic shock their edicts sent through the Disney Studio
– Learning the ropes through candid conversations with such Disney luminaries as Ward Kimball, Claude Coats, and Eric Larson

Join us in welcoming Steve to Los Gatos!

We’ll also be introducing 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!

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