We are pleased to offer books in various genres for all ages by local authors. Check out the rotating selection of titles below, available for purchase in-store near the front counter.
You Only Live Once is a comic thriller: a contemporary take on Don Quixote about a mental patient who believes he’s a James Bond-like super spy.
“A brilliant homage to everyone’s favorite super-spy, and a hilarious, action-packed thriller about a man suavely dancing along both sides of the thin line between heroism and madness.” —Matt Forbeck, New York Times bestselling author of Halo: New Blood
Haris Orkin is a novelist, a playwright, a screenwriter, and a game writer. His play, Dada was produced at the La Jolla Playhouse. Sex, Impotence, and International Terrorism was chosen as a critic's choice by the L.A. Weekly and sold as a film script to MGM/UA. His original screenplay, A Saintly Switch, was directed by Peter Bogdanovich and starred David Alan Grier and Vivica Fox. He is a WGA Award and BAFTA Award nominated game writer and narrative designer known for Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3, Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, Tom Clancy's The Division, and Mafia 3.
Emma Clayton’s love life is decidedly passionless and predictable. Following her move from Los Angeles to a quaint English village with her fiancé Ben, all that changes when a violent electrical storm whisks her one hundred and sixty years into the past. Trapped in Victorian England, Emma is determined to find a way home, back to her fiancé and the life he’s mapped out for them. That is until she meets the captivating Lord Henry Drake, son to the Earl of Pembrooke. Handsome and gallant, he quickly challenges her understanding of love and duty. But Emma is hiding a terrible secret. She knows of Lord Henry’s untimely death, a date which is fast approaching. And before long, she will be forced to choose between saving the man she loves and returning to a life that seems so far away.
Jennifer L. Hayes studied Communication Studies and English Literature in Montreal. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three daughters. When not writing, she is either pursuing her other lifelong passion, horses and riding a mare named Jane at Pacific Cove Stables or (less glamorous but equally rewarding) navigating the complicated dynamics of three strong willed and endlessly curious girls.
Praise from BookBub: Fast-paced and suspenseful, the Victorian England backdrop makes for a terrific time-travel setting, and fans will see much of Claire [from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander] in protagonist Emma Clayton.
Despite Mother Bee's constant warnings about leaving the tree without her, Perk and Bing sneak out to play in the rain. As puddles begin to grow, the frightened bees are carried off in an acorn shell. Luckily, Fish and Frog take notice and take action, as Mother frantically searches for her little bees. Join Perk and Bing on their wet and wild adventure as they try to get back home to Mother Bee and their sticky tree.
JENNIFER MARTIN has been a teacher for over twenty-six years and enjoys including educational, entertaining and magical storybooks in her curriculum.
She lives in Southern California with her husband and their two playful pets.
Illustrator CURT WALSTEAD studied at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design. He has worked as an animation storyboard artist for over twenty-five years and has illustrated numerous children's books. His resume includes such shows as Dora the Explorer, Dragon Tales, Baby Looney Tunes, and Clifford's Puppy Days. He lives in Southern California with his wife and works as a freelance illustrator and plush toy designer.
Who hasn’t helped mom or dad around the house?
Children will relate to this delightful bilingual story and learn some French along the way.
When was the last time your children asked to help around the house? Folding laundry, gardening or washing your car? Did you hesitate? Did you picture the worst?
Those little faces, full of confidence and determination, “I can do it!” - it made your heart melt! You want them to help and you love it when they ask... BUT… sometimes helping turns into a bigger mess and more.
Anne-Marie Martens & Marjorie Joys are children's book authors and the recipients of the "Living Now Award
2017" and the "Family Choice Award 2018".
Anne-Marie is a teacher and a mother of four. She has taught French for over 35 years to children of all ages. Marjorie is the mother of a four year old and has taught French through games and books to children for over 10 years. This duo also owns Avenue Petit Lou Organic & Natural Children's Boutiques, an online business.
They are originally from Belgium.
Have you ever been to outer space? Well, it’s a very beautiful place.”
What if you went to sleep one night and realized your bed had turned into a spaceship? Follow the adventures of a young boy who flies off to space, becomes a space cadet and explores the galaxy with old friends and new aliens.
Bryson Reaume is a Los Angeles entrepreneur and president of City Constructors Inc. Bryson and his company have been an integral part of the revitalization and rebuilding of the historic downtown core.
”I started off as an amazing baby then quickly morphed into a wild toddler, funny adolescent, awkward teen, fast-food worker, laundromat attendant, hip-hop rapper, oil change specialist, ditch digger, awkward adult, army medic, airplane pilot, construction worker, business owner, socially conscious entrepreneur, internal monologue comedian, son, brother, husband, father and now... children's book author. Who would've thought?”
Bryson’s Books is an independent publisher that makes children’s picture books and art prints. What sets the company apart from all others is the profit give-back: 25% of all profits are donated to charities that help children and families with literacy education and poverty alleviation.
When Scruffy, a family dog, is left behind by his owners, he is shocked. Not giving up, he embarks on an adventure to find his family. But no adventure is complete without a couple of surprises. Find out what’s awaiting Scruffy in his search for love, family, and a home.
Scruffy and the Egg is a story that Angela M. Sanchez and her dad used to tell back and forth to each other. The funny adventures of a wandering dog and his blank-faced egg helped Angela and her dad get through tough times together. She hopes other families will enjoy these heartwarming characters, too.
When Angela isn’t drawing cartoons or writing stories, she’s exploring her home city of Los Angeles. Angela is a graduate of UCLA. This is her first book.
Read about and listen to Angela Sanchez talk about her book and the difficult but inspiring story behind it. http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-ca-jc-angela-sanchez-20180104-story.html
I AM DIFFERENT is a children’s book about discrimination and true friendship. Tutis is a little frog, ostracized by other frogs because of his orange skin color. He is captured by a young stork who becomes his best friend and shows him that being different isn’t important – that being friendly and sensitive toward each other is what matters. (Ages 3-10)
“This is an inspiring story about kindness and inclusion, whimsically illustrated by the author.” – Gail Mishkin, Flintridge Bookstore
ROLANDAS DABRUKAS was born in Lithuania, where he received his B.A. degree in fine art and taught art before emigrating to the U.S. in 2001. He received his M.F.A. from Western Connecticut State University and served on the faculty there as well as at other colleges in the state. In 2011, he moved to Los Angeles, where he currently teaches art both privately and at the Learning Castle & La Cañada Preparatory School. He has an illustration and design business, is a performance artist, and is very involved in the Los Angeles Lithuanian cultural community.
If you think you’re too old for love or that you’ll never find “the one,” this #1 International Bestseller - aninspiring, engaging, must-read book - will give you hope. An IndieReader Best Reviewed Book, Finding Love After 40 includes dozens of fun, relatable and refreshingly honest stories that reveal how a range of “normal” and famous couples found the most fulfilling love of their lives in midlife and even into their 90s. The book also shares insights and advice from experts, many of whom also found love later in life.
IndieReader approved: “…inspiring anecdotal evidence that love is available to everyone without having to compromise values or settle for someone, merely to avoid being single.”
Belinda Busteed Burum has worked as a writer/editor in journalism, advertising and marketing communications since her first job as a feature writer for the Pasadena Star-News in the mid-70s. She served as San Jose Bureau Chief for Bay City News Service before switching to high-tech in the 80s. Divorced after 25 years of marriage and three children, she taught ESL in Boston and Ecuador before returning to Southern California to be with her mother in Whittier. She is passionate about dancing, traveling, love, and grammar.
A collection of student letters, emails, and texts spanning 125 years, Letters Home from Stanford evokes a sense of the heritage, history, and shared experience common to students across colleges, generations, and the country. Far from being just about Stanford, Letters Home speaks to a time in our lives when many of us leave home for the first time, setting out to discover purpose, meaning, self—and how to do the laundry. Ultimately, the book is about being human.
Prior to his death this year, newspaperman Ron Funk, whose grandfather once owned the Glendale News-Press, called Letters Home from Stanford "a wonderful and important book".
Per Tony Award-winning playwright (M. Butterly, Chinglish) and L.A.-native David Hwang, "Letters Home from Stanford is essential reading for anyone seeking to anticipate or revisit the joys and challenges of the life passage known as college."
Alison Carpenter Davis grew up in Los Angeles, where she attended the then-Westlake School for Girls. She went on to graduate from Stanford in 1979 with degrees in Psychology and Communications. Her essays have appeared in Stanford magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the International Herald Tribune, and The Des Moines Register, among others. She was formerly an editor at Outside magazine and an adjunct professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She believes in the power of stories to connect people across generations and the dinner table.
The Demon Slayer’s Handbook Series—this national award-winning series is the light in dark places and a game changer for those who suffer.
Heal Your Soul History: Activate the True Power of Your Shadow
Is Reincarnation ruining your life? This book will change how you look at your life and the lives of others from now on. Every page will take you on a soul excavation, helping you to cultivate spiritual awareness and fostering the opportunity to resolve deep-seated life patterns that shape your everyday relationships. Learn the spiritual effects of post-traumatic stress, depression, and anxiety: what they mean to you and what to do about them.
“The book is for everyone who is trying to find a new perspective on the mysteries of life, and particularly for people who find human nature fascinating. 5 STARS!” SeriousReading.com
Master Your Inner World: Embrace Your Power with Joy
This book covers many relevant topics such as: spirit guides and other dimensional entities, tools for healing, the spiritual purpose of anger, grief, and depression and how to transform strong emotions.
“An encouraging playbook for would-be demon-slayers.” Kirkus Reviews
Tracee Dunblazier is an award-winning author, spiritual empath and shaman based in Los Angeles. As a multi-sensitive, Tracee’s blend of intuitive information combined with different modalities has been the opportunity for thousands of clients and readers to achieve deep healing and create the success and peace they seek in their daily lives.
TRY is an inspiring children's book with an original song that encourages children to tackle fear or discouragement when taking a chance on dreams or goals. Any accomplishment in life starts with the first step of trying regardless of fear of failure.
TRY is designed as a sing-a-long storybook by notable singer/songwriter and father, Greg Lato, to enhance the belief in oneself through words, pictures and song. The TRY song is upbeat and positive with a beachy vibe and will have you singing along with a smile.
Whether the reader is facing challenges through illness, bullying, exclusion, home life, feelings of helplessness or simply chasing dreams, TRY addresses each one by offering an encouraging solution through the lyrics and illustrations. TRY will leave the reader singing along and smiling; self-assured and ready to try and take on their own challenge.
"As US policy cedes it international climate leadership, California has the expertise and experience to step up and fill the void. This book details California’s move to clean energy, clean air and climate leadership over 40 years in a very readable and colorful style." - Kirkus review
“… CALIFORNIA GOES GREEN is humankind's handbook for a better future. Read it; get all your politicians to read it, and we can change the world." - Bill Nye, Science Guy, CEO The Planetary Society
This green roadmap describes the energy and environmental progress of the state over the past decades and lessons learned that can be transferred anywhere for building long-term environmental policy.
Michael R. Peevey helped found the California Council of Environmental and Economic Balance and later joined Southern California Edison Company, rising to president in 1990. He was president of the California Public Utilities Commission under governors Gray Davis, Arnold Schwarzenneger, and Jerry Brown. He retired in 2014 and turned his attention to writing this insider’s account of California’s storied environmental and energy policies over the last 40 years.
Diane O. Wittenberg was the founding president of California Climate Action Registry, which led the development of greenhouse gas reporting standards. In 2011, she became the first executive director of the PEV Collaborative, created to promote sales of electric vehicles. She was vice president of corporate communications at Southern California Edison and is currently chair of the California State Parks and Recreation Commission appointed by Governor Jerry Brown.
Swords and shields clash with supernatural powers in this post-technological world. Talia - a broken heroine - takes you through dangerous lands, epic battles and unforgettable abilities during her emotional journey. Reflections tells a tale of love, loss and sacrifice as Talia fights for the one thing she cannot give up on...her destiny.
The story of a father’s pursuit of justice for the death of his son, this book details the life and times of an incredible young man who overcame physical issues to achieve success as one of the premier photo-journalists in Los Angeles, until his life was cut short in a violent death.
John Richard Burrows Jr., aka “Jack” was born and raised in Belle Plaine, Iowa. He majored in journalism at the University of Iowa, where he served a stint as editor of The Daily Iowan. After graduating, he served in the army, and then returned to Iowa to earn his J.D. degree. John spent his career as a bank trust officer in Iowa and California. He has lived in La Cañada Flintridge for the past 35 years.
other local titles
Children's - Young Adult
- Erin Mason, Growing Grace (picture book for all ages)
- Michael Mullin, Simon (YA fiction), Talespins (middle grade alternative fairy tales in rhyme)
- Rose Nielsen, Blondie and the Hidden Treasure (children’s picture book)
- Marta Elena Vassilakis, Oliver the Schnoodle (children's picture book)
- JoDee Neathery, Life in a Box
- Joseph Puglia, Girl with the Purple Ribbon
- Bonnie Schroeder, Write My Name on the Sky
- Bernie Van Der Yacht, A Man Walks into a Hardware Store
- Kristen Hansen Brakeman, Is That the Shirt You're Wearing??? A Memoir in Essays
- Tracee Dunblazier, Heal Your Soul History: Activate the True Power of Your Shadow
- Dr. John Lewis, A House Esteemed and Voices from the Field
- Conchita Thornton Marusich, In Search of William Wolfskill
- Trevor Ramos, How to Get Free Money for College: The Ultimate Guide to Sending Your Kids to the Best, Most Expensive Colleges in America for Pennies on the Dollar! (2017 Edition)
- Monique Tallon, Leading Gracefully: A Woman's Guide to Confident, Authentic and Effective Leadership
- Ellie Wildermuth, Prepare! Life Goes On: Be Ready for Life's Unexpected Challenges
- Dr. Don Yeomans, Near-Earth Objects: Finding Them Before They Find Us
- Lynda Cain Hubbard, Loving Dangerously: Journey to Nepal
- Peggy Cochran Spear, Coming to Terms
- Tony Faggioli, The Snow Globe, One in a Million, A Million to One, One Plus One
- Gillian Cameron, Calogrenant: Book the First - Oh! What a Knight! and Calogrenant: Book the Second - Maiden Britannia
- Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin
- Chanel Brenner
- "Uncle" Ruthie Buell
- Lin Nelson Benedek
- Teresa Mei Chuc
- Nicelle Davis
- Kim Dower
- Jawanza Dumisani
- Lois P. Jones
- Elline Lipkin
- Alice Pero
- Thelma Reyna
- Keith Richmond
- Lynne Thompson
- Yun Wang
- Nicola Italia, The Beauty of St. Kilda, The Vaudeville Star
Science Fiction & Fantasy
- Petrea Burchard, Camelot and Vine
- Adam Walker, Ball