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In This Newsletter:
Julie Otsuka - Thursday, September 15 at 7 PM
Judy Halebsky, Matthew Zapruder and Troy Jollimore - Tuesday, September 20 at 7 PM
Fall Reading Ideas
More Upcoming Events

Dear Friends & Neighbors,

We're sorry if you were unable to reach us during our phone blackout Sunday. AT&T wasn't able to come out until Monday; fortunately the problem has been resolved.

If you encounter problems in the future when trying to contact us, please try (415) 564-7480.

Thank you,

The BookShop West Portal Crew

The Buddha in the Attic JULIE OTSUKA reads from
The Buddha in the Attic
Thursday, September 15 at 7 PM

Meet Julie Otsuka, who will read from her spellbinding new novella, The Buddha in the Attic, the long-awaited follow up to her debut novel When the Emperor was Divine.

Like Emperor, this story is told in a series of linked narratives by Japanese mail-order brides, who marry American men sight unseen and come to live in California. They are farm laborers and maids, laundry women and shop keepers, struggling to master a new language and a new culture. They raise children who will ultimately reject their heritage and history. And then, there's war.

Otsuka's chorus of narrators allows us to see the variety as well as the similarity of these women's attempts to negotiate the maze of immigrant life. - New York Times Book Review

Read from Their Recent Works
Tuesday, September 20 at 7 PM

Sky=EmptyJudy Halebsky teaches at Dominican University in San Rafael. Her first book, Sky=Empty, won the 2009 New Issues Poetry Prize. Her poems have been published in Runes, Five Fingers Review and Ping Pong.

Come On All You GhostsMatthew Zapruder is the author of three collections of poetry. His most recent book, Come On All You Ghosts, was selected as one of the top five poetry books by Publishers Weekly, and was the 2010 Booklist Editors' Choice for Poetry, and the 2010 Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Poetry Book of the Year.

At Lake ScugogTroy Jollimore teaches philosophy at CSU Chico. His most recent collection, At Lake Scugog, was selected by Paul Muldoon as part of the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets. His first book, Tom Thomson in Purgatory, won the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award. Jollimore's poems have appeared in The New Yorker, McSweeney's and The Believer.

Summer is over. But we have lots of GREAT NEW BOOKS coming in! Here's a small sampling...

  • ACleopatra: A Life Cleopatra: A Life
    by Stacy Schiff
    Now in paperback!

    [An] excellent, myth-busting biography....No one will think of Cleopatra in quite the same way after reading this vivid, provocative book. - Washington Examiner

  • Life Itself Life Itself
    by Roger Ebert

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times reviews his life in this warm-hearted, personal book. Although Ebert has had three thyroid cancer surgeries, resulting in the removal of his lower jaw (leaving him unable to eat, drink or speak), he seems at peace as he tells the story only Roger Ebert could tell. Insightful, witty and sharply observed, this book goes beyond memoir; it is a look at life itself.

    Ebert illuminates and assesses his life with the same insight and clarity that mark his acclaimed movie reviews. - Booklist

  • Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life
    by Michael Moore

    The Oscar-winning filmmaker and bestselling author breaks the autobiographical mode, with twenty-four irreverent and stranger-than-fiction vignettes from his early life. Personal and unflinchingly honest, Here Comes Trouble will leave readers with a sense of surprise about the Michael Moore most of us didn't know. Alternately funny, eye-opening and moving.

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