Mar
4
2:00 pm14:00

"The Surprising Scary Day" By Judy Ann Pierce

The Surprising Scary Day

By Judy Ann Pierce

ISBN: 1483460630 $17.99

ISBN: 1483460630

$17.99

Albert the horse and his diverse group of friends are surprised by a dangerous bully. They use teamwork to find a peaceful solution to this new problem. The friends realize that how they treat each other is a choice and words and actions can either hurt or help others. They choose kindness.

This illustrated storybook for children shows that bullying can take many forms, and it’s best to be kind and loving to all.

The Surprising Scary Day includes a discussion guide for adults and children.

Mar
4
5:00 pm17:00

"Birdbrain" by Virginia Arthur

Birdbrain

By Virginia Arthur

A chronicle of the American environmental movement circa late 1970’s-80’s as seen through the eyes of an innocent but partying young country girl, Ellie, whose narrow worldview cracks one day while accidentally gazing at an eastern bluebird. The more interested she becomes in nature, political causes, maybe attending college--in other words, adventuring beyond her rural Michigan home--the more maligned she feels from her family and friends. Will her relationships survive all the changes Ellie is going through? Will she successfully defend the causes she holds so dear...or is it already too late?

Mar
11
5:00 pm17:00

"Justice My Ass" by Fred Grant

Justice My Ass!

By Fred Grant

From organized crime in Baltimore, to bank robbery gangs, to the riots following Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, to representation of two Idaho governors, to defense of capital punishment cases in rural Idaho and the defense of ranchers who find themselves on the “hit list” of radical environmentalists--discover a trove of insight into the criminal justice process from a range of trial experiences. Although not a “how-to” manual, "JMA!" provides proven trial strategies and techniques that will help lawyers young and old improve their courtroom presence and avoid the dangers of overzealous tactics.

 

LAW AND PARALEGAL STUDENTS: Author will give you a stipend of $8.50 toward your purchase at the store on March 11.

Mar
18
4:00 pm16:00

"Setting Donegal on Fire" by Diane Lovegrove Bader

Setting Donegal on Fire

 By Diane Lovegrove Bader

ISBN: 9781518895920 $15.00

ISBN: 9781518895920

$15.00

In 1877, Daniel Sweeney, who has become a wealthy Irish immigrant, leaves San Francisco and returns to Ireland with his wife and eight children. Appalled at the miserable conditions of the uneducated peasants of his native land, he challenges what he believes to be a policy of neglect by both the landlords and the authorities. He gives fiery speeches that stir thousands into resistance against their unjust landlords. Find out what happens as a result.

Mar
23
7:00 pm19:00

Speak Up! An evening of spoken word performance

Speak Up!

An evening of spoken word performance

 

Inviting all poets, writers, and storytellers to speak or read original work written in the first person. Each artist is allowed 5 minutes for their performance.

Featured speakers TBD.

 

For more information, email Mary at storytellermcgrath@yahoo.com

Mar
25
2:00 pm14:00

"Nostalgic Blood" by J. Crockett

Nostalgic Blood

 By J. Crockett

ISBN: 1517272238                        $13.99

ISBN: 1517272238

                       $13.99

Kalargo escaped civil war and genocide at the age of nine years old. He traveled as a stowaway on an American cargo ship going to the United States, but woke up in South Korea; with a twist of fate, he was adopted by a Korean American. Many years later, he became an international arms dealer for the North Koreans. His last trip to Africa changed everything when the North Koreans discovered untouched natural resources and his only living relative is murdered.

 

They want to colonize the Gambia--and they need him to cooperate. Facing life changing events, he has to choose. The North Koreans want him, his fiancé has not heard from him, people are dying, and his country needs him. Every tentacle is being pulled, secrets are being revealed, and time is running out. The Gambia is under pressure...what will Kalargo do?

Mar
25
4:00 pm16:00

"Citizen Cohn" by Steve Cohn

Citizen Cohn:

Memoir of Sacramento City Councilman Steve Cohn

By Steve Cohn

ISBN: 1539373479 $19.95

ISBN: 1539373479

$19.95

Facing surgery to remove a brain tumor, former Sacramento City Councilman Steve Cohn wrote this memoir chronicling his life’s story: from his grandfather’s daring escape from the Russian Army in Ukraine during World War I and Cohn’s childhood growing up in mid-century Missouri, to his adult life in Northern California, where he raised a family and began a long career as an attorney for the nation’s most progressive electric utility and a civic leader for “America’s Most Livable City.” Cohn was one of the longest serving City Council members in the history of Sacramento. Cohn’s memoir shines a light on how local politics was played, for better or worse, during some of the Capital’s most controversial battles over the last 25 years, including the saga of the Sacramento Kings NBA basketball team and the building of a new Downtown arena. Cohn’s memoir also tells the inside story of some of the Council’s toughest decisions to change the City’s development pattern from its post-war suburban, automobile-oriented past to a more sustainable vision of Sacramento as “America’s Most Livable City.”


Feb
25
5:00 pm17:00

"The Exile's Song" by Sally McKee

The Exile’s Song

Edmond Dédé and the Unfinished Revolutions of the Atlantic World

By Sally McKee

ISBN:  978-0300221367                $35.00

ISBN:  978-0300221367

               $35.00

In 1855, Edmond Dédé, a free black composer from New Orleans, emigrated to Paris. There he trained with France’s best classical musicians and went on to spend thirty-six years in Bordeaux leading the city’s most popular orchestras. How did this African American, raised in the biggest slave market in the United States, come to compose ballets for one of the best theaters outside of Paris and gain recognition as one of Bordeaux’s most popular orchestra leaders? Beginning with his birth in antebellum New Orleans in 1827 and ending with his death in Paris in 1901, Sally McKee vividly recounts the life of this extraordinary man. From the Crescent City to the City of Light and on to the raucous music halls of Bordeaux, this intimate narrative history brings to life the lost world of exiles and travelers in a rapidly modernizing world that threatened to leave the most vulnerable behind.

Sally McKee teaches history at the University of California, Davis, where she lives.

Feb
25
2:00 pm14:00

"Searching for the City of Love" by Anna Maguire

Searching for the City of Love

 By Anna Maguire

ISBN: 978-1524649371                             $13.99

ISBN: 978-1524649371

                            $13.99

Searching for the City of Love recounts the author’s captivating journey to find love while exploring the world. The poems reflect on the lonely feelings that come with travelling alone, the joy of falling in love with people or places, and how it’s possible to have loved and lost even when the voyage is beautiful. In the end, the city of love is in the eye of the beholder. It can be anywhere.

Anna Quimpo Maguire is a from the Northern California and is known for her poetry blog “Three States of Mind”. She is an avid traveler at her expense whilst being a college student as well.  Maguire is also the founder of the Quimpo-Maguire foundation, a charity that grants scholarships to students at a Philippine public high school located in Quezon City.

Feb
18
5:00 pm17:00

"The Long Silence" by Wanda Arnold

The Long Silence:

Finding My Voice Again After Childhood Sexual Abuse

 By Wanda Arnold

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It’s never too late to reveal a perpetrator and tell about the anguish of childhood assault. Wanda Arnold’s story reveals how an adventurous and independent childhood provided the author with the strength to survive molestation and, over time, break free of it to live a creative life.

Feb
18
2:00 pm14:00

"Eye from the Edge" by Ruben Llamas

Eye from the Edge:

A Memoir of West Oakland

 By Ruben Llamas

Author Ruben Llamas is a first generation American born of parents who immigrated from Mexico and became successful in West Oakland, California. This richly detailed memoir revisits a precious segment of history during and after World War II. Whether for nostalgia or for enjoying the multicultural experiences, the reader will learn of life in mid-20th century California.

Feb
11
5:00 pm17:00

"I Don't Look Like What I've Been Through" by Angela Holmes

I Don’t Look Like What I’ve Been Through

By Angela Holmes

Danielle is sexy and ambitious. Overcoming heartache and abandonment, a prison term, and a near-death experience, she flees to Georgia, desperate to leave her past behind her while still searching for the perfect cookie cutter family.


Brian, Preston, Brandon...the procession of lovers continues, but Danielle fears she is losing sight of God’s promises as she continues to seek self-fulfillment. Travel down her road to lost loves. She definitely doesn’t look like what she’s been through!

Feb
11
2:00 pm14:00

"Madam of My Heart" by Gini Grossenbacher

Madam of My Heart

By Gini Grossenbacher

 

 

1850's Baltimore, New Orleans, and San Francisco…

A seasoned gambler tosses a coin to win the attention of an abandoned seamstress. She knows nothing of his world, but she will soon find out-- whether she likes it or not.

Madam of My Heart is the first in the historical fiction series, "The American Madams," based on the adventures of infamous madams who rise from poverty to power and influence in the 19th century.

 

Feb
11
2:00 pm14:00

"Wordstruck" by Susanna Janssen

Wordstruck!

The Fun and Fascination of Language

By Susanna Janssen

ISBN: 0998304808 $17.95

ISBN: 0998304808

$17.95

Welcome to Susanna Janssen’s wondrous world of words. In Wordstruck! you’ll find a wealth of entertaining reflections on language full of humor, imagination, and insight.

Anything goes, from the genius of Shakespeare to the unintentional hilarity of linguistic faux pas; from musings on the bilingual brain to the poignant humor of her “Life in Words”; from translations gone riotously bad to English learners tortured by our mother tongue’s inconstant consonants and sudden vowel movements.

In this fun and fascinating look at language and the cultures that create it, you’ll find a new love for metaphor, a fabulous arsenal of fascinating word origins, a surprising cure for earworms, a joyful romp with everyone’s favorite grammar errors, and a way to spot liars by listening to their words. You’ll learn that color can be a language as foreign as Farsi, and that there are countless words in other languages that don’t exist in English.

Join her in this love affair with the lexicon. Please smile, do laugh, and if you cry, it might be at the very last page.

Feb
4
5:00 pm17:00

"Sibling Rivalry" by Dave Todd

Sibling Rivalry

By Dave Todd

ISBN 9780998263205                            $24.95

ISBN 9780998263205

                           $24.95

They were just a couple of teenagers looking for someone to kill. Their parents and relatives were dead or missing. The adults in authority told them it was best for everyone if they complied with the Nazi’s demands or their actions would put the lives of everyone in the Ghetto at risk. Anna and her brother Levi had to choose: resistance or the death camps.

“Sibling Rivalry” is the story of their choice--and the consequences that follow.

Feb
4
2:00 pm14:00

"Blooming in Winter" by Jennifer O’Neill Pickering

Blooming in Winter

By Jennifer O’Neill Pickering

                  ISBN: 1941125514                         $15.00

                  ISBN: 1941125514

                        $15.00

Blooming In Winter, by literary and visual artist Jennifer O’Neill Pickering, is a collection of lyrical poetry celebrating the sense of place: rural and urban and important passages: birth, love, loss, exploration, maturity, and death. Jennifer’s poetry is both accessible and thought provoking; often humorous, it reflects an interest in nature and the nature of human relationships. Her voice honors beginnings in rural northern California writing of the loss of habitat, farmland and wilderness, and a longing for simpler living. Her writing has been described by Sacramento Poet Laureate Emeritus Bob Stanley, “Sweet and painful pulling the reader close with a clear lyrical voice.” Julia Connor, Sacramento Poet Laureate Emeritus described her poetry as “A lyric voice alive to the environment and as awake to the interior weathers.” The book includes ten of Jennifer’s visual art works.

Jan
28
5:00 pm17:00

"Water: More or Less" by Rita Schmidt Sudman & Stephanie Taylor

Water More or Less

By Rita Schmidt Sudman & Stephanie Taylor

ISBN: 978-0997238204                                          $50.00

ISBN: 978-0997238204

                                         $50.00

Droughts, floods and water quality issues cast harsh light on how we use water in our lives, our agriculture and our environment. California's water policy and use are changing in dramatic ways. Water: More or Less provides intriguing insight as to how we got to this point, and proposes options for solutions and answers. Presented as an anthology in three dimensions--art, history, and story-- it captures moments of change both visually and verbally. Artist and essayist Stephanie Taylor captures images of people and places in paintings and words, portraying a slice of the daily lives of fishermen, farmers, biologists and others. Journalist Rita Schmidt Sudman, long-time observer of the California water scene who also led the Water Education Foundation, follows the history of geographic water conflict and provides context for the past while suggesting options for the future. Twenty top water policy leaders add their diverse voices with personal essays written just for this book, and tell why they care so passionately about water.

Jan
28
2:00 pm14:00

"Two Rivers" by Stephen P. Cook

Two Rivers: Lieutenant John Bullis and His Days Commanding the Seminole Negro Indian Scouts

(An Imagined Narrative)

By Stephen P. Cook

ISBN: 978-1515029250                                $11.99

ISBN: 978-1515029250

                               $11.99

Two Rivers tells a story like no other in American history. Two Rivers is written like a wheel within a wheel, the inner wheel a narrative telling the story of Lieutenant John Bullis, his wife Alicia Rodriguez, and his lover Creola Payne. Bullis is a white man who commanded the Seminole Negro Indian Scouts for eight years, and their epic story is the outer wheel, which tells of a Devil's bargain made with the U.S. Army and the eventual betrayal of the Seminole-Negroes by the very people the Scouts protected. Two Rivers is a compelling story drawn from the backwaters of American history.

Jan
25
7:00 pm19:00

Avid Reader Book Club

Avid Reader Book Club

 

Join the Avid Reader Book Club for a lively discussion of January’s book, West with the Night by Beryl Markham.

Jan
21
5:00 pm17:00

"The Heart to Kill" by Dorothy M. Place

The Heart to Kill

By Dorothy M. Place

ISBN: 978-62288-129-1                                $18.00

ISBN: 978-62288-129-1

                               $18.00

Savvy law student Sarah Wasser returns to her apartment to find two telephone messages: she has not been chosen for a coveted summer internship, and her best friend from high school has just murdered her two children. Unwilling to admit the internship failure to family and friends, the quick-thinking Sarah secures a position on JoBeth’s defense team and returns to her sleepy hometown in South Carolina.

But Sarah is not well prepared for working in a community rife with duplicity and betrayal, and her efforts are met with the benevolent amusement of the senior law partner, the resentment of the trial attorney, the rush to judgement by the folks of Eight Mile Junction--and the discovery of her father’s role in the degradation of JoBeth.

Jan
21
2:00 pm14:00

"No More Dancing the Jig" By Michael Haley

No More Dancing the Jig

By Michael Haley

ISBN: 978-1-4917-7118-1                      $14.95

ISBN: 978-1-4917-7118-1

                     $14.95

Margaret Matlin is a thirty-something woman who dares to pursue the ultimate goal of womanhood: absolute happiness. Spurred on by a prophetic dream and blessed with beauty, a secure intelligence, and an avaricious drive, she chooses to go after what will satisfy her maximum sensibility.

Leaving behind the restrictive profession of teaching English--which she feels has sapped her creativity--Margaret decides to expand her horizons and let a more conscious fate be her guide. She pledges to find her truth in the world, setting out to build a brand new life for herself with the help of those around her. Along the way, she befriends many, finding infinite wisdom and insight into how our individual destinies can be suppressed for so long and yet be uplifting and rewarding once discovered.

An intriguing character study, this novel follows the path of one woman as she re-creates herself in the pursuit of a "happiness too good for words.

Jan
7
5:00 pm17:00

"Birdbrain" by Virginia Arthur

Birdbrain

By Virginia Arthur

                ISBN: 978-1-4675-9099-0

                ISBN: 978-1-4675-9099-0

A chronicle of the American environmental movement circa late 1970’s-80’s as seen through the eyes of an innocent but partying young country girl, Ellie, whose narrow worldview cracks one day while accidentally gazing at an eastern bluebird. The more interested she becomes in nature, political causes, maybe attending college--in other words, adventuring beyond her rural Michigan home--the more maligned she feels from her family and friends. Will her relationships survive all the changes Ellie is going through? Will she successfully defend the causes she holds so dear...or is it already too late?

Jan
7
1:00 pm13:00

"Awful Bosses Coloring Book" by Susan M. Osborn, Ph.D.

Awful Bosses Coloring Book

By Susan M. Osborn, Ph.D.

ISBN: 1532822197                             $9.95

ISBN: 1532822197

                            $9.95

If you’re among the millions of people who work for a difficult or abusive boss you might: A) Find a new job (not easy). B) Get a new boss (not likely). C) Hope your boss retires (not soon enough). D) Directly confront the source of your frustration (you didn’t really want that job, did you?). Meanwhile, you’re probably not smiling a lot or getting much sleep.

This book contains 26 images and limericks depicting bad bosses – one page for every letter of the alphabet. It provides a way to release feelings of frustration and anger by laughing at the limericks, coloring the images, then throwing darts at them.

Susan M. Osborn earned a Ph.D. in organizational systems from Fielding Graduate University, an M.S.W. from U.C. Berkeley, and a B.A. in psychology from the University of Colorado. She has 25 years of experience as a management consultant, has served as a manager in the private and public sector, has taught leadership courses at 20 universities and colleges, and is the author of The System Made Me Do It! I Life Changing Approach to Office Politics and Assertive Training for Women.

Join Susan for a lively exchange about awful bosses and how to deal with them.

Dec
19
6:00 pm18:00

"Food52 Genius Recipes" by Kristen Miglore

Food52 Genius Recipes

100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook

By Kristen Miglore

Foreword by Amanda Hesser & Merrill Stubbs

ISBN: 1607747979 $35.00

ISBN: 1607747979

$35.00

Marcella Hazan’s tomato sauce with onion and butter. Jim Lahey’s no-knead bread. Yotam Ottolenghi’s hummus. Nigella Lawson’s dense chocolate cake. These are what Food52 executive editor Kristen Miglore calls genius recipes. Passed down from the cookbook authors, chefs and bloggers who made them legendary, these foolproof recipes make us rethink the way we cook.

Here, Miglore has compiled 100 of the most essential ones—nearly half of which have never been featured on Food52. They might involve an unexpectedly simple technique, debunk a kitchen myth, or apply a familiar ingredient in a new way. Genius Recipes is destined to become every home cook’s go-to resource for smart, memorable cooking—because no one cook could have taught us so much.

KRISTEN MIGLORE is the executive editor at Food52.com. Her writing has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Saveur, and The Atlantic, and she was nominated for a James Beard Award for the Genius Recipes column in 2014. This year, Kristen is a finalist for an IACP Award for Best Culinary-Based Column, and Food52 is an IACP finalist for Best Culinary Website.   

Dec
17
4:00 pm16:00

Christmas Crime Night, featuring Catriona McPherson and the Sisters of Crime

Christmas Crime Night!

Featuring Catriona McPherson

& the Sisters in Crime (Sacramento Chapter)

Join us for a special night of Christmas-infused crime stories featuring award-winning mystery writer Catriona McPherson--who will be on hand reading from and signing her new Dandy Gilver novel, The Reek of Red Herrings--and the Sacramento Chapter of Sisters in Crime, who will be reading from the 2017 Capitol Crimes Anthology.

The Reek of Red Herrings

A Dandy Gilver Mystery

By Catriona McPherson

ISBN: 1250090989                          $26.99

ISBN: 1250090989

                         $26.99

On the rain-drenched, wave-lashed, wind-battered Banffshire coast, tiny fishing villages perch on ledges which would make a seagull think twice and crumbly mansions cling to crumblier cliff tops, while out in the bay the herring drifters brave the storms to catch their silver darlings. It's nowhere for a child of gentle Northamptonshire to spend Christmas.

But when odd things start to turn up in barrels of fish - with a strong whiff of murder most foul - that's exactly where Dandy Gilver finds herself. Enlisted to investigate, she and her trusty cohort, Alec Osborne, are soon swept up in the fisherfolk's wedding season as well as the mystery. Between age-old traditions and brand-new horrors, Dandy must think the unthinkable to solve her grisliest case yet.

Also Featuring

Sisters in Crime

(Sacramento Chapter)

 

Dec
10
4:00 pm16:00

"Hoopty Time Machines" by Christopher DeWan

Hoopty Time Machines

Fairy Tales for Grown Ups

By Christopher DeWan

ISBN: 0991546962                          $14.95

ISBN: 0991546962

                         $14.95

This collection of micro fiction will open up a hundred little forgotten pockets inside your imagination. Each story is a rapid journey to a fantastical place, with at least as many origin myths as there are stories--45 stories in all that spring out of the author’s lifelong obsession with fairy tales.

Hoopty Time Machines recreates some of the feelings you may have had as a young reader, where anything’s possible in a story, where anything might be lurking under the bed. A lot of these stories are about disillusioned people desiring escape. People who wish for more magic in their lives. People who actually want to find monsters under their bed.

Dec
8
6:00 pm18:00

"Marbled, Swirled, and Layered" by Irvin Lin

Marbled, Swirled, and Layered

150 Recipes and Variations for Artful Bars, Cookies, Pies, Cakes, and More

By Irvin Lin

ISBN: 0544453735         $30.00

ISBN: 0544453735

        $30.00

When you marble, layer, and swirl doughs, batters, toppings, or frostings, good looks and good taste come together in one total package. Irvin Lin, creator of the popular blog Eat the Love, shows how these techniques open the door to inventive flavor combinations that look as fantastic as they taste. Bakers of all levels will enjoy recipes ranging from easy brownies and bars to brunch worthy muffins and morning buns to show-stopping cakes and tarts: cinnamon spiral icebox cookies, pistachio swirl brownies, triple chocolate pie, multicolored Neapolitan layer cake, and more. Lin offers variations to suit any taste (more than 150 recipes total) plus baking and decorating tips throughout on topics like making your own all natural food coloring, rolling up jelly roll style cakes, and discovering the magic of browned butter. Readers (and eaters) are sure to ooh and ahh over every dazzling dessert at first glance and then again at first bite.

Dec
3
6:00 pm18:00

"Snowed" by Maria Alexander

Snowed

By Maria Alexander

ISBN: 1935738895                               $14.95

ISBN: 1935738895

                              $14.95

Charity Jones is a 16-year-old engineering genius who’s much-bullied for being biracial and a skeptic at her conservative school in Oak County, California. Everything changes when Charity’s social worker mother brings home a sweet teen runaway named Aidan to foster for the holidays. Matched in every way, Charity and Aidan quickly fall in love. But it seems he’s not the only new arrival: Charity soon finds the brutally slain corpse of her worst bully and she gets hard, haunting evidence that the killer is stalking Oak County. As she and her Skeptics Club investigate this death and others, they find at every turn the mystery only grows darker and more deadly. One thing’s for certain: there’s a bloody battle coming this holiday season that will change their lives – and human history – forever.

Will they be ready?

Find out this 2016 holiday season how Charity, you, me, everyone…has been Snowed.

Dec
1
7:00 pm19:00

Speak Up! (Avid Reader's Storytelling Series)

Speak Up!

An evening of storytelling and poetry

Hosted by Mary McGrath

Our new monthly storytelling series, "Speak Up," got off to a great start in October--every chair was taken! December’s theme is “Home Grown” and will include 5-minute pieces from:

Storytellers Judy Davis, Ralph Montano, Judy Moise, Robin Aurelius

Poets Sue Daly, Michelle Beyer, Carlos Alcala, Nancy Wallace

Open mic segment (time permitting)

For more information, email Mary at storytellermcgrath@yahoo.com

Nov
30
7:00 pm19:00

Avid Reader Book Club

Avid Reader Book Club

 

Join the Avid Reader Book Club for a lively discussion of November’s book, “All the Pretty Horses,” by Cormac McCarthy.

Nov
19
6:00 pm18:00

"Let There Be Laughter" by Mike Krasny

Let There Be Laughter

By Michael Krasny, host of NPR affiliate’s Forum with Michael Krasny

ISBN: 978-0062422040                             Price: $19.99

ISBN: 978-0062422040

                            Price: $19.99

"Isn’t Jewish humor masochistic?"

"No. And if I hear that one more time I am going to kill myself."

From the host of NPR affiliate’s Forum with Michael Krasny comes a compendium of Jewish jokes that delivers riff after hilarious riff and also offers a window into Jewish culture. With his background as a scholar and public-radio host--and the fact that he’s been telling Jewish jokes since his bar mitzvah--Krasny delves deeply into the themes, topics, and form of Jewish humor: chauvinism undercut by irony and self-mockery, the fear of losing cultural identity through assimilation, the importance of vocal inflection in joke-telling, and calls to communal memory, including the use of Yiddish.

Borrowing from traditional humor and such Jewish comedy legends as Jackie Mason, Mel Brooks, and Joan Rivers, Larry David, Sarah Silverman, Jerry Seinfeld and Amy Schumer, Let There Be Laughter is an absolute pleasure for the chosen and goyim alike.

Nov
19
4:00 pm16:00

"The Boundary Stone" by Gail Avery Halverson

The Boundary Stone

By Gail Avery Halverson

ISBN:  978-0-9969057-4-9            $14.95

ISBN:  978-0-9969057-4-9

           $14.95

"The Boundary Stone" is a historical fiction romance novel set in 1660's England at the time of the Great Plague. Lady Catherine Abbott, bound to an arranged marriage, longs to use her love of science and the natural world and her singular talent for illustration to accomplish something larger than the life that is planned for her, something much larger than the life expected of women during the 17th Century. Dr. Simon McKensie, banished from London during his final year of medical school for pushing harder on the boundaries of scientific knowledge than any other student, has blurred the lines between research and criminality and must choose between exile to the rural country village of Wells--or the hangman's noose. When the plague spreads from London to Wells and the town's very existence is threatened, Catherine and Simon must confront their own fears and work together to save the village--and each other.

GAIL AVERY HALVERSON is the playwright and composer of musical plays that have been performed for over 250,000 Sacramento area children since 2004. Writing for both theater and television, she holds a degree in English Literature and Communications from the University of California, Davis; and is currently at work on a television pilot for Double Trouble Productions, Inc. She lives in Folsom with her husband and son. The Boundary Stone is her first novel.