We’ve got another great week of New Releases!
We’ll be highlighting a few Children’s & YA releases as well as a TON of new releases that we will be having events for. Be sure to mark your calendars for that one!


X (A Kinsey Millhone Novel)
by Sue Grafton

Of #1 New York Times–bestselling author Sue Grafton, NPR’s Maureen Corrigan said,
Makes me wish there were more than 26 letters.
With only two letters left, Grafton’s many devoted readers will share that sentiment.

The number ten. An unknown quantity. A mistake. A cross. A kiss.

 The shortest entry in Webster’s Unabridged. Derived from Greek and Latin and commonly found in science, medicine, and religion. The most graphically dramatic letter. Notoriously tricky to pronounce: think xylophone.

The twenty-fourth letter in the English alphabet.

Sue Grafton’s X: Perhaps her darkest and most chilling novel, it features a remorseless serial killer who leaves no trace of his crimes. Once again breaking the rules and establishing new paths, Grafton wastes little time identifying this sociopath. The test is whether Kinsey can prove her case against him before she becomes his next victim.

We’re hosting Sue Grafton in conversation with Denise Hamilton on 8/27 at All Saints Church!
Tickets are still available (but are going fast).
Click HERE to get more info and reserve your ticket!!

Ally Hughes Has Sex Sometimes
by Jules Moulin

Jules Moulin will be here on 8/29 to talk about writing and her new book! 

When a buttoned-up professor and her unbuttoned daughter fall for the same irresistible man, a delightful, subversive comedy begins. . . . Life isn t easy for single mother Ally Hughes. Teaching at Brown, her class load is huge and her boss is a menace. At home, she contends with a critical mother, a falling-down house, and a daughter who never misses a beat. Between taking care of the people she loves, teaching full time, and making ends meet, Ally doesn’t have time for a man. She doesn t date. She’s not into flings. But then she meets Jake, an eager student, young in years but old in soul, who challenges his favorite professor to open up her life, and her heart, to love. It doesn’t work. In fact, his urging backfires. Ten years later, Ally’s still single. Jake reappears and surprises her in a brand-new role: He’s dating Ally’s now-grown daughter. In this hilarious, heartrending tale, Ally is finally forced to concede (not only to herself) that an independent, “liberated” woman can still make room in her life for love.

Secondhand Souls
by Christopher Moore

We’re so excited to host Christopher Moore on 9/13 @ 4pm!! 

It seems like only yesterday that Charlie Asher took on a very dirty job collecting souls and keeping the Forces of Darkness at bay. The new gig came with the Big Book of the Dead and a host of other oddities: creatures under the streets, an evil trinity of ravenlike Celtic death goddesses, and one very bad Underworld dude attempting to conquer humanity. Along with a cohort of other oddballs, Charlie faced off against these denizens of darkness and met his own end. But thanks to Audrey, his Buddhist-nun boo, his soul is still alive . . . inside a fourteen-inch-high body made from lunchmeat and spare animal parts. Waiting for Audrey to find him a suitable new body to play host, Charlie has squirreled himself away from everyone, including his adorable seven-year-old daughter, Sophie, who enjoys dressing up like a princess, playing with her glitter ponies, and being the Luminatus spouting off about her power over the Underworld and her dominion over Death.

Just when Charlie and company thought the world was safe, some really freaky stuff hits San Francisco. People are dying, but their souls are not being collected. Someone or something is stealing them and no one knows where they are going, or why, but it has something to do with that big orange bridge. Then there’s the Taser-wielding banshee keening about doom who’s suddenly appeared while Sophie’s guardian hellhounds, Alvin and Mohammed, have mysteriously vanished.

Charlie is just as flummoxed as everyone else. To get to the bottom of this abomination, he and a motley crew of heroes will band together: the seven-foot-tall, two-hundred-and-seventy-five-pounds-of-lean-heartache Death Merchant Minty Fresh; the retired policeman-turned-bookseller Alphonse Rivera; the lunatic Emperor of San Francisco and his dogs, Bummer and Lazarus; Mike Sullivan, a bridge painter in love with a ghost; a gentle French-speaking janitor named Jean-Pierre Baptiste; and former Goth girl Lily Darquewillow Elventhing Severo, now a part-time suicide hotline counselor.

The Orpheus Clock
by Simon Goodman

Author of The Orpehus Clock, Simon Goodman, will be here on 8/25 @ 7pm!

The passionate, gripping, true story of one man’s single-minded quest to reclaim what the Nazis stole from his family, their beloved art collection, and to restore their legacy.
Simon Goodman’s grandparents came from German-Jewish banking dynasties and perished in concentration camps. And that’s almost all he knew about them–his father rarely spoke of their family history or heritage. But when he passed away, and Simon received his father’s old papers, a story began to emerge.

Rising Strong
by Brene Brown

Social scientist Brene Brown has ignited a global conversation on courage, vulnerability, shame, and worthiness. Her pioneering work uncovered a profound truth: Vulnerability the willingness to show up and be seen with no guarantee of outcome is the only path to more love, belonging, creativity, and joy. But living a brave life is not always easy: We are, inevitably, going to stumble and fall. It is the rise from falling that Brown takes as her subject in “Rising Strong.” As a grounded theory researcher, Brown has listened as a range of people from leaders in Fortune 500 companies and the military to artists, couples in long-term relationships, teachers, and parents shared their stories of being brave, falling, and getting back up. She asked herself, “What do these people with strong and loving relationships, leaders nurturing creativity, artists pushing innovation, and clergy walking with people through faith and mystery have in common?” The answer was clear: They recognize the power of emotion and they re not afraid to lean in to discomfort.

Kids’ & YA New Releases

Ladybug Girl & The Best Ever Play Date
by David Soman
Picture Book

This latest hardcover picture book from the New York Times bestselling Ladybug Girl series proves that true friendship is better than any toy Lulu is excited about her playdate with Finny and especially excited about Finny’s Rolly-Roo. In fact, Lulu loves the toy so much that she . . . kind of forgets to play with Finny. So when the girls accidentally break the Rolly-Roo, will Lulu realize her mistake? In this compassionate and charming story about the value of a great friend, Lulu and Finny repair the broken toy, and soon forget all about it, blasting off on new imaginative adventures together as Ladybug Girl and Grasshopper Girl. Great for fans of Fancy Nancy, Olivia, and Knuffle Bunny, this beloved series is celebrated for its gentle and authentic look at kid-truths.

Francine Poulet Meets The Ghost Raccoon
Kate DiCamillo
Early Chapter

Deckawoo Drive’s intrepid animal control officer meets her match or does she? A funny, heartfelt, and fast-paced romp from the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Francine Poulet is the greatest animal control officer in Gizzford County. She hails from a long line of Animal Control Officers. She’s battled snakes, outwitted squirrels, and stared down a bear. “The genuine article,” Francine’s dad always called her. She is never scared until, that is, she’s faced with a screaming raccoon that may or may not be a ghost. Maybe Francine isn t cut out to be an animal control officer after all But the raccoon is still on the loose, and the folks on Deckawoo Drive need Francine back. Can she face her fears, round up the raccoon, and return to the ranks of Animal Control? Join a cast of familiar characters Frank, Stella, Mrs. Watson, and Mercy the porcine wonder for some riotous raccoon wrangling on Deckawoo Drive.

Another Day
by David Levithan
Young Adult

Every day is the same for Rhiannon. She has accepted her life, convinced herself that she deserves her distant, temperamental boyfriend, Justin, even established guidelines by which to live: Don t be too needy. Avoid upsetting him. Never get your hopes up.
Until the morning everything changes. Justin seems to “see” her, to want to be with her for the first time, and they share a perfect day a perfect day Justin doesn t remember the next morning. Confused, depressed, and desperate for another day as great as that one, Rhiannon starts questioning everything. Then, one day, a stranger tells her that the Justin she spent that day with, the one who made her feel like a real person . . . wasn’t Justin at all.

Lair of Dreams
by Libba Bray
YA Sci Fi/Fantasy

After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to “read” objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title, “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners’ abilities…Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer?


Hard As Nails
by Dan Simmons

If you’re going to shoot Joe Kurtz, you’d better shoot to kill.
Ex-PI Joe Kurtz’s survival is on the line when an ambush leaves him badly wounded and his parole officer, Peg O’Toole, clinging to life. Their respective professions have ensured that neither suffers from a shortage of enemies, so narrowing down the suspects isn’t easy. But Kurtz knows who’s at the head of his list: Angelina Farino Ferrara, the lethal beauty who leads the Farino crime family, and her mob rival, Toma Gonzaga. The odd thing is, each would rather hire Joe Kurtz than fire at him. Someone’s causing trouble beneath the gray skies of western New York, and it’s drawn the notice of the mobs “and” the cops. Kurtz is caught in the middle along with the rest of them, and no one knows who’s tightening the vise.

I’ll Drink to That
by Betty Halbreich

The stunning true story of Bergdorf Goodman’s legendary personal shopper
Eighty-six-year-old Betty Halbreich is a true original who could have stepped straight out of Stephen Sondheim’s repertoire. She has spent nearly forty years as the legendary personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman, where she works with socialites, stars, and ordinary women off the street. She has helped many find their true selves through fashion, frank advice, and her own brand of wisdom. She is trusted by the most discriminating persons including Hollywood’s top stylists to tell them what looks best. But Halbreich’s personal transformation from cosseted young girl to fearless truth teller is the greatest makeover of her career.


Living in a left-handed world

by Cara on August 19, 2015

by Becca Johnson

I’m sure you’ve heard the stereotype that left-handed people tend to be more creative. Well, in my experience this is one stereotype that mostly holds true. Many of the people I’ve met who are writers or actors or artists in their own unique way, myself included, are dominant with their left hand. Of course there’s plenty of science that can account for why this is the case, but hey I’m a creative lefty. I’m less interested in the science and more interested in the creative process itself, rather than trying to figure out where it comes from. But here’s something I’ve noticed: considering that writers are typically left-handed, it’s strange that many of the tools of our trade aren’t convenient for left-handed use. So here’s a list of products that I think can help all you left-handed writers out there.


Fountain pens get a lot of hype, and for good reason, but wet ink is the left-handed person’s enemy. If you’re like me and you’ve spent hours writing longhand only to spend the rest of the day with the side of your hand covered with ink, you understand the struggle. Ballpoint pens have the lowest smudge factor of all pen types because the ink is oil based. The Visconti Rembrandt is one of my favorites because you get a variety of color options to fit your taste and they have a classy look.


Maybe you have your heart set on a fountain pen, though. I get it. Their style and look are appealing to us artistic types. But maybe you haven’t found that perfect fountain pen that’s in tune with the particular way the left hand holds a pen. As far as I’m concerned, Pelikan has earned a few bonus points for developing a pen designed with the left-handed writer in mind. What makes this pen perfect for lefties is the way the grip is designed. Fountain pens have to be held at a certain angle to get the best results. This pen takes into account that left-handed people hold their pen differently that right-handed people because they have to push the pen across the page rather than pull. The grip is designed to be held comfortably in the left hand at the proper angle. This item is available by special order.


Of course, what use is a comfortable pen without a comfortable notebook to write in? Paperblanks are perfect for the left-handed person because of their flat open design. Spiral notebooks make writing difficult for lefties and, because of the awkward angle they have to hold the pen, making their handwriting messy. Paperblanks are not only more comfortable to write in, they are also some of the most beautiful notebooks I’ve seen. Whatever inspires you, be it the baroque style of filigree or old manuscripts, there is a Paperblank you’ll love.

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
Okay so I added this for fun, but hey it’s a classic!


Check out Maurice’s L.A. Magazine Piece!

by Jessica on August 17, 2015

Our very own Maurice, who is our IT Consultant, has a write-up in the latest issue of
L.A. Magazine – the Best of L.A. Issue on Horchata.
I’m sure by now you’ve seen it on newsstands everywhere.
But have you seen Maurice’s piece? You can read the full piece below this intro.
I think we can all enjoy this cool treat with this
heat wave we’ve been having!
L.A. Magazine doesn’t have the full 2015 list up on their site yet but to check out past winners or check out more of what L.A. Mag has to offer head to their official site HERE.

Onto Maurice’s piece:


Creamy, icy, and punched up with cinnamon, the rice-based beverage is a bracing antidote to sweltering afternoons. The drink originated in Spain and eventually spread across Latin America, where each region put its own spin on the refreshment. At Monte Alban, try the Oaxacan interpretation, a mix of pink prickly pear sorbet with bits of cantaloupe, lime and nuts. But the premier version of the classic, less-adorned horchata is at GUISADOS, where the rich blend of whole milk and ground rice is so thick, the cinnamon is suspended throughout. Add Stumptown cold-pressed coffee and you’ve got a horchata latte.
>> 2100 E. Cesar Chavex Ave., Boyle Heights, 323264-7201 or guisados.co


A Guest Post by our Summer Intern Kennedy

by Jessica on August 13, 2015

Some of you may or may not know that we had our first ever Summer Intern this year.
In the most simplest terms, Kennedy was amazing!
We’re extremely sad to lose her this week (her last day was Monday 8/10)
but we know she’ll go on to do some pretty great things.
Since we all thought she was the best we asked her to write a guest piece about what her experience was like through her eyes. Here’s a short piece by Kennedy Brown!

The Summer Intern

Being the first intern at Vroman’s Bookstore was, to be honest, a nerve-wracking thought. I had heard word from my teacher that they were offering a summer intern position at Vroman’s and tried to jump on the chance, without completely comprehending that I may be working at one of the biggest independent bookstores in Southern California. Once I had gotten the call that I had been accepted for the spot, and would have to be coming in for an official interview, I remember freezing. I had never had a real interview before, none the less a “job.” To say I was a nervous wreck was the understatement of the century. After a lot of ‘woosah’ moments, the day of my interview had come. I took the trip up to Vroman’s, met with Ms. Jennifer Ramos and had my first ever real interview. And it went . . . GREAT! Ms. Jen was tremendously assuring and I was even introduced to everyone that same day. Everyone was super welcoming and friendly. I couldn’t wait to start working.

Just being at Vroman’s was an amazing experience amongst itself. Every day, something new and exciting would come up for me to do, and I loved doing work in each department. In Kids, I was given tasks like shelving, helping customers, and even worked on a big project during the first couple days of working, organizing and got a behind the scenes look at ARC copies. That was super fun to help out with. The employees who work in Kids seem like they love going to work every day and that was really helpful for me seeing a positive work environment.  In Pen & Stationary, I helped shelve, sort, and count all the merchandise as well as work on another big writing project for the Summer-Winter sales. I had a chuckle at that one, seeing as how early the store set up for the festive season of Christmastime. P & S definitely knows how to have fun during the day by keeping the jokes cracking. Then in Books, I did loads of observing and shelving which allowed me to gain customer service experience as well as learn how to shelve properly. A learning process indeed. And finally in Promo, which is where I reported every day, I met four amazing people who excel at what they do. Being in Promo was probably the place where I was given the best tasks. They all put a lot of trust in me not to screw things up and I took it all in stride by always doing the best I could.

Each and every single employee who works at Vroman’s is a dedicated, amazing person who I am so thankful for meeting, working with, and learning from. Vroman’s bookstore has definitely helped me shape who I am and who I want to be in the future. There wasn’t a day I woke up and wasn’t excited to go into work. To be honest, I can tell you all about how remarkable the bookstore is and how great it is to work there, but the truth is, Vroman’s wouldn’t be half of what it is today without the truly amazing people behind it. Each department is full of staff that are committed to helping out customers to their full ability. Just being able to experience that for 3 months was an eye-opening opportunity that I will cherish forever. They really gave me a chance to shine, and be myself,
while also shaping me to be at my utmost potential.
To all Vroman’s employees and staff, I want to say thank you as a customer, an intern, and a friend.


Everything from Fiction, History and Mystery.
A little something for everyone in the New Releases list for this week!


The Race for Paris
(Historical Fiction)
Meg Waite Clayton

Opening in Normandy on June 29, 1944, The Race for Paris follows two American female war correspondents on their quest to document (and make) history by covering the Allied liberation of Paris. Jane is a young, single journalist for the Nashville Banner. When she’s assigned to cover a field hospital, she meets Olivia, “Liv,” an Associated Press photographer.

However, unlike their male colleagues, Liv and Jane are constantly confronted by red tape and derision because the military believes women cannot handle the rigors of combat journalism. Jane is resigned to making the most of her assignment, but Liv is determined to get to Paris. After failing to win over her commanding officer, she goes AWOL and seizing her chance to make a name for herself, Jane joins her.

Reluctantly accompanied by Fletcher, a male British military reporter, the two women chase their story through the gunfire, carnage, and death scarring the French countryside. Their journey is further complicated by emotional bonds, romantic tensions, and one woman’s secret a secret with the power to end her career and, perhaps, her life.

Inspired by pioneering World War II journalists such as Margaret Bourke-White and Martha Gellhorn who paved the way for Christiane Amanpour, Marie Colvin, and Lynsey Addario The Race for Paris combines riveting storytelling with deft literary craftsmanship and extensive research in a passionate narrative of women driven to transcend the limitations of their time.

*Join us on 8/18 at 7pm for an evening with Meg Waite Clayton!!*

The Beat Goes On
by Ian Rankin

From his beginnings as a young Detective Constable in “Dead and Buried,” right up to his dramatic, but not quite final, retirement in “The Very Last Drop,” Rebus shines in these stories, confirming his status as one of crime fiction’s most compelling, brilliant, and unforgettable characters. In these gripping, fast-paced tales, the legendary Scottish detective investigates the sinister cases that are his specialty, including a gruesome student death, the brutal murder of a woman at the crux of a love triangle, an audacious jewel heist, suspicious happenings at a nursing home, and an ominous email that brings a family’s darkest secrets to light.
THE BEAT GOES ON is the ultimate Ian Rankin treasure trove–a must-have book for crime fiction aficionados and a superb introduction for anyone looking to experience DI John Rebus, and the dark, twist-filled crimes he investigates.

(U.S. History)
by Gary Rivlin

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina made landfall in southeast Louisiana–on August 29, 2005–journalist Gary Rivlin traces the storm’s immediate damage, the city of New Orleans’s efforts to rebuild itself, and the storm’s lasting affects not just on the city’s geography and infrastructure–but on the psychic, racial, and social fabric of one of this nation’s great cities.
Much of New Orleans still sat under water the first time Gary Rivlin glimpsed the city after Hurricane Katrina. Then a staff reporter for “The New York Times,” he was heading into the city to survey the damage. The Interstate was eerily empty. Soldiers in uniform and armed with assault rifles stopped him. Water reached the eaves of houses for as far as the eye could see.

This book traces the stories of New Orleanians of all stripes–politicians and business owners, teachers and bus drivers, poor and wealthy, black and white–as they confront the aftermath of one of the great tragedies of our age and reconstruct, change, and in some cases abandon a city that’s the soul of this nation.

Who Do You Love
by Jennifer Weiner

Rachel Blum and Andy Landis are just eight years old when they meet one night in an ER waiting room. Born with a congenital heart defect, Rachel is a veteran of hospitals, and she’s intrigued by the boy who shows up alone with a broken arm. He tells her his name. She tells him a story. After Andy’s taken back to a doctor and Rachel’s sent back to her bed, they think they’ll never see each other again. Rachel grows up in an affluent Florida suburb, the popular and protected daughter of two doting parents. Andy grows up poor in Philadelphia with a single mom and a rare talent for running.
Yet, over the next three decades, Andy and Rachel will meet again and again–linked by chance, history, and the memory of the first time they met, a night that changed the course of both of their lives.

You’re Never Weird on the Internet
by Felicia Day

The Internet isn’t all cat videos. There’s also Felicia Day–violinist, filmmaker, Internet entrepreneur, compulsive gamer, hoagie specialist, and former lonely homeschooled girl who overcame her isolated childhood to become the ruler of a new world…or at least semi-influential in the world of Internet geeks and Goodreads book clubs.
After growing up in the south where she was “homeschooled for hippie reasons,” Felicia moved to Hollywood to pursue her dream of becoming an actress and was immediately typecast as a crazy cat-lady secretary. But Felicia’s misadventures in Hollywood led her to produce her own web series, own her own production company, and become an Internet star.
Felicia’s short-ish life and her rags-to-riches rise to Internet fame launched her career as one of the most influential creators in new media. Now, Felicia’s strange world is filled with thoughts on creativity, video games, and a dash of mild feminist activism–just like her memoir.


Beyond the First Draft
by John Casey

Through anecdotes about other writers methods and habits (as well as his own) and close readings of literature from Aristotle to Zola, the essays in this collection offer suggestions about things to do, things to think about when your writing has got you lost in the woods. In Dogma and Anti-dogma Casey sets out the tried-and-true advice and then comments on when to apply it and when to ignore it. In What’s Funny he considers the range of comedy from pratfalls to elegant wit. In In Other Words he discusses translations and the surprising effects that translating can have on one’s native language. In Mentors he pays tribute to those who have guided him and other writers. Throughout the fourteen essays there are notes on voice, point of view, structure, and other crucial elements. This book is an invaluable resource for aspiring writers and a revitalizing companion for seasoned ones.

Big Little Lies
by Liane Moriarty

A murder A tragic accident Or just parents behaving badly? What’s indisputable is that someone is dead. Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny, biting, and passionate; she remembers everything and forgives no one. Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare but she is paying a price for the illusion of perfection. New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for a nanny. She comes with a mysterious past and a sadness beyond her years. These three women are at different crossroads, but they will all wind up in the same shocking place.

Invisible Bridge
(U.S. History)
by Rick Perlstein

In January of 1973 Richard Nixon announced the end of the Vietnam War and prepared for a triumphant second term–until televised Watergate hearings revealed his White House as little better than a mafia den. The next president declared upon Nixon’s resignation “our long national nightmare is over”–but then congressional investigators exposed the CIA for assassinating foreign leaders. The collapse of the South Vietnamese government rendered moot the sacrifice of some 58,000 American lives. The economy was in tatters. And as Americans began thinking about their nation in a new way–as one more nation among nations, no more providential than any other–the pundits declared that from now on successful politicians would be the ones who honored this chastened new national mood.

The Second Machine Age
by Erik Brynjolfsson

In The Second Machine Age MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee two thinkers at the forefront of their field reveal the forces driving the reinvention of our lives and our economy. As the full impact of digital technologies is felt, we will realize immense bounty in the form of dazzling personal technology, advanced infrastructure, and near-boundless access to the cultural items that enrich our lives.



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I’m not lying when I say that there are ALOT of New Releases today! So many that I just couldn’t fit them all in so I picked a few that I thought might be of interest. Trust me, I narrowed down the list and there are more where these came from (just ask the book department that’s shelving them all right now!)


by Haruki Murakami

In the spring of 1978, a young Haruki Murakami sat down at his kitchen table and began to write. The result: two remarkable short novels “Hear the Wind Sing“and”Pinball, 1973” that launched the career of one of the most acclaimed authors of our time.
These powerful, at times surreal, works about two young men coming of age, the unnamed narrator and his friend the Rat are stories of loneliness, obsession, and eroticism.
Widely available in English for the first time ever, newly translated, and featuring a new introduction by Murakami himself, “Wind/Pinball”gives us a fascinating insight into a great writer’s beginnings.

Avenue of Spies
by Alex Kershaw

The best-selling author of “The Liberator” brings to life the incredible true story of an American doctor in Paris, and his heroic espionage efforts during World War II. The leafy Avenue Foch, one of the most exclusive residential streets in Nazi-occupied France, was Paris’s hotbed of daring spies, murderous secret police, amoral informers, and Vichy collaborators. So when American physician Sumner Jackson, who lived with his wife and young son Phillip at Number 11, found himself drawn into the Liberation network of the French resistance, he knew the stakes were impossibly high. Just down the road at Number 31 was the “mad sadist” Theodor Dannecker, an Eichmann protege charged with deporting French Jews to concentration camps. And Number 84 housed the Parisian headquarters of the Gestapo, run by the most effective spy hunter in Nazi Germany.

Barbara the Slut
by Lauren Holmes

Fearless, candid, and incredibly funny, Lauren Holmes is a newcomer who writes like a master. She tackles eros and intimacy with a deceptively light touch, a keen awareness of how their nervous systems tangle and sometimes short-circuit, and a genius for revealing our most vulnerable, spirited selves.

In a Dark, Dark Wood
by Ruth Ware

What should be a cozy and fun-filled weekend deep in the English countryside takes a sinister turn in Ruth Ware’s suspenseful, compulsive, and darkly twisted psychological thriller.

Let Me Tell You
by Shirley Jackson

“Let Me Tell You” brings together the deliciously eerie short stories Jackson is best known for, along with frank, inspiring lectures on writing; comic essays about her large, boisterous family; and whimsical drawings. Jackson’s landscape here is most frequently domestic: dinner parties and bridge, household budgets and homeward-bound commutes, children’s games and neighborly gossip. But this familiar setting is also her most subversive: She wields humor, terror, and the uncanny to explore the real challenges of marriage, parenting, and community the pressure of social norms, the veins of distrust in love, the constant lack of time and space.

Voices in the Ocean
by Susan Casey

While swimming off the coast of Maui, Susan Casey was surrounded by a pod of spinner dolphins. It was a profoundly transporting experience, and it inspired her to embark on a two-year global adventure to explore the nature of these remarkable beings and their complex relationship to humanity. Casey examines the career of the controversial John Lilly, the pioneer of modern dolphin studies whose work eventually led him down some very strange paths. She visits a community in Hawaii whose adherents believe dolphins are the key to spiritual enlightenment, travels to Ireland, where a dolphin named as the world’s most loyal animal has delighted tourists and locals for decades with his friendly antics, and consults with the world’s leading marine researchers, whose sense of wonder inspired by the dolphins they study increases the more they discover.



The Secret Place
by Tana French

Detective Stephen Moran has been waiting for his chance to join Dublin’s Murder Squad when sixteen-year-old Holly Mackey arrives in his office with a photo of a popular boy whose body was found at a girls boarding school a year earlier. The photo had been posted at The Secret Place, the school’s anonymous gossip board, and the caption says I KNOW WHO KILLED HIM. Stephen joins with Detective Antoinette Conway to reopen the case beneath the watchful eye of Holly’s father, fellow detective Frank Mackey. With the clues leading back to Holly’s close-knit group of friends, to their rival clique, and to the tangle of relationships that bound them all to the murdered boy, the private underworld of teenage girls turns out to be more mysterious and more dangerous than the detectives imagined.

The Boston Girl
by Anita Diamant

Addie is The Boston Girl, the spirited daughter of an immigrant Jewish family, born in 1900 to parents who were unprepared for America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End of Boston, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood, Addie’s intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can’t imagine–a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture, and new opportunities for women. Addie wants to finish high school and dreams of going to college. She wants a career and to find true love. From the one-room tenement apartment she shared with her parents and two sisters, to the library group for girls she joins at a neighborhood settlement house, to her first, disastrous love affair, to finding the love of her life, eighty-five-year-old Addie recounts her adventures with humor and compassion for the naive girl she once was.

Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good
by Jan Karon

After five hectic years of retirement from Lord’s Chapel, Father Tim Kavanagh returns with his wife, Cynthia, from the land of his Irish ancestors. While he’s glad to be at home in Mitford, something is definitely missing from his life: a pulpit. But when he’s offered one, he decides he doesn t want it.
For years, he believed he had a few answers. Now he has questions. How can he possibly help Dooley’s younger brother, Sammy, make it through the fallout of a disasterous childhood? Could doing a good deed for the town bookstore be the best thing for his befuddled spirit? And who was riding through town in a limo? Not Edith Mallory.

See ya next week, friends! 


Ready for a Space-y Summer

by Cara on August 2, 2015

Article by Rebecca Moreton

I don’t know about you, but I had been on the edge of my seat awaiting July this year. The spacecraft New Horizons flew by Pluto on July 14th, 2015, after a nine year journey into outer space, giving us some of our first glimpses at the far-off planet, located in the Kuiper Belt. NASA has already sent back some views of Pluto and Charon, its largest moon. This image is from April 2015.

If far-off ventures to Pluto don’t interest you as much as something you can see from your backyard (or at least a nearby mountain), the Perseids shower will be visible on August 12th & 13th, and is not to be missed! Traditionally the Perseids are one of the brighter meteor showers, often leaving trails of light behind, giving a “falling star” sort of look.  Here are a few things you can find at Vroman’s to go along with your star-searching lifestyle:






The classic Space Pen by Fisher is a standby in the pen world. The cartridge of this pen was designed in the 50’s by Paul Fisher, and uses nitrogen to pressurize the flow of ink, so that the pen does not depend upon gravity to function. The pen can write over grease, underwater, upside down, in extreme cold and heat because of this innovation. This pen has been used by NASA astronauts in space ever since the Apollo 7 mission in 1968. The style shown is the classic bullet design in Rainbow Titanium, but we do have a full spectrum of colors in the store!

The Universe Within by Neil Shubin is an intellectual journey that takes the reader through the ways human beings have evolved from star stuff, the ways we depend upon the movement of the planets, and our evolving perception of space, from the observations of Copernicus to Carl Sagan. Shubin seamlessly connects human beings to the stars in a style that is easy to read & digest.

The Lenticular Notepad by Mudpuppy is the perfect on-the-go, line-free notepad for when you need to jot down or sketch out your ideas. Each page features a diagram of an asterism or constellation for inspiration. Don’t forget to bring it with you to the next meteor shower!

For a go-anywhere kind of pen, we have the Seven-Year Pen with a diagram of the Big Dipper asterism on the clip. The cartridge of this pen will last for 7 years at a writing rate of 5 1/2 feet per day. This ballpoint pen works perfectly as a go-to pen to keep with you.

Cosmos by Carl Sagan takes an even wider scope than Shubin’s work, going more into depth on the comparisons to be made between Earth and the rest of the planets in our solar system. If you enjoyed the TV program of the same name by Sagan, or the updated miniseries by Neil Degrasse Tyson, this book serves as a reference and a guide to the same concepts touched upon in those series.

The Christian Lacroix Cosmos Journal is the perfect place to write down your celestial reflections as you wander the grounds of the Griffith Observatory.  It features an eclectic design featuring nebulae, jewelry, and molecular diagrams, as well as a built-in bookmark so that you can mark your progress.

Expanding Universe is a coffee table book featuring photography from the Hubble Telescope, the free-floating space telescope that launched in 1990. The telescope has changed the way we think about outer space, and this book features full-color, full-page photographs of nebulae and stars, along with miscellaneous space views.