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.
Cox is an internationally known, award-winning Exotic Animal Trainer, 2nd Unit Director, Stunt Coordinator; and Stuntman. His book is a collection of true stories in which he shares how exotic animals - lions, tigers, bears, and more - are trained for film, television, and live acts. His exotic animal work includes action scenes, fights, and stunt-attacks with exotics in Apocalypse Now, Gambler 2, Bird on a Wire, Gentle Ben, Daktari, and Cowboy in Africa. His career also includes live shows, most notably, Siegfried and Roy in Las Vegas. He owned/trained the Exxon Tigers and created other animal commercials for Kal-Kan, Lincoln-Mercury, and Faberge. Monty continues to work in the entertainment business and is still involved with animals. He resides in Sunland, California.
This book offers strategies all parents can use to build relationships with their children. One of the most important things parents can give their children is time, and cooking with them is a creative and meaningful way to use this precious time. Includes recipes and parenting tips. Surdam lives in Chino Hills, CA.
An ancient alien civilization makes contact with an unlikely representative of the human race – Dicky, an antisocial hermit living in Arizona’s Sonora Desert. After recruiting him to be mankind’s representative, they share all of Earth’s secrets from Atlantis to Big Foot. They also reveal who they are and why they are on Earth. This novel contains links to videos as well as transcripts of Dicky’s weekly reports on his discoveries. Paul Ali was nine years old when he watched a formation of saucer shaped UFOs fly over his family’s farm outside of Yuma, Arizona. This novel explores his life long musings of who were in those saucers.
Whether corporate managers, administrative assistants earning middle-class wages, stay-at-home grandmas, or international travelers, those in their 50s and 60s need – and deserve – something to lighten their lives after a long, demanding day. This semi-fictional memoir with sassy humor deals with self-esteem, dating, "revirgination," conflict, finances, family, friendship and more.
Seaborn is twice-divorced, a mother-in-law, and a grandma. Just like many of her lady boomer sisters, she has started over emotionally and financially. With an M.A. in Speech Communication from the University of Minnesota, she has taught community college courses in Interpersonal Communication. Writing and public speaking have also been at the core of her “other” career as a Director of Development/PR/Fundraising/Special Events/Volunteers for various nonprofits.
Emma Robinson works for Nobel Prize winner Ray West who lives in Bungalow Heaven Pasadena. Ray calls to say that their neighbor has been killed. Because they found a blonde hair next to the body and Emma was the last one to be with her and has no alibi, she is taken into custody. The case is taken on by Pasadena’s very best homicide detective Peter McGinnis, whose personal history has left him an embittered sexist who keeps having to solve mysteries involving blonde women.
Faye Duncan is a screenwriter and novelist. She has a special eye for mysteries and architecture. She reports about her unusual findings on www.examiner.com. She also works as a script judge for an international screenwriting competition. Faye Duncan lives with her son in Altadena, CA.
Nick and Evie Landry weather the challenges in their marriage until Evie’s Alzheimer’s disease tips Nick over the edge. Feeling overwhelmed with pressure to put her in a nursing home, he instead takes her on a thousand-mile journey from Central California to Canada in an attempt to keep them together.
Aird spent the first part of her life moving around and eventually settled in Altadena, where she is a free-lance writer. Much of what she learned along the way inspired this novel. Ali live in Sunland, CA.
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.
Molly & Monet provides a touching and original way of looking at grief – seeing two people who have lost their partners through the eyes of their pets, and watching them come to life again as they find comfort in each other. Dr. Isaacs has succeeded in capturing the essence of grief recovery in a way that is appealing to adults and children alike.
Diane Isaacs has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has degrees from Pasadena City College, Pacific Oaks College, and Phillips Graduate Institute and is trained and certified in grief counseling. She was on the faculty at Pasadena City College in the Early Childhood Development department.
Isaacs is a professional speaker and has presented on such topics as stress, human sexuality and chronic illness. She has facilitated workshops on self-esteem as well as for the Southern California Arthritis Association on Fibromyalgia, a disease for which she is a national advocate.
Isaacs was born in Los Angeles and lives with her husband Jim in La Cañada Flintridge. She currently spends her time in private practice and writing.
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.
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.
"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.
This is the fourth book in the Jenny Adventure Series. Soon it will be Halloween, and it’s time for Fall Festivals in the country area where Jenny and Jonathan live. But bags full of horse feed are disappearing and the town is becoming uneasy about continued theft. Who is taking them? Why haven’t the dogs warned the farms? During a walk in the woods, Jenny and Jonathan are thrown into a new adventure as they discover a hidden graveyard and the mysterious thief who lives there.
TAWNEY ANDERSON grew up in a wooded area in Oregon. Although she has lived in different places, she has always lived surrounded by the outdoors with unexpected animal guests that have needed shelter and love. The Jenny series is based on those experiences and that of her daughter, Michelle, and her love of nature.
other local titles
Children's - Young Adult
- Erin Mason, Growing Grace (picture book for all ages)
- Diane Mautner, Prisoner 147 (children's picture book)
- Michael Mullin, Simon (YA fiction), Talespins (middle grade alternative fairy tales in rhyme)
- Rose Nielsen, Blondie and the Hidden Treasure (children’s picture book)
- JoDee Neathery, Life in a Box
- Bonnie Schroeder, Write My Name on the Sky
- Peter Bachmann, Advancing Confidently
- Kristen Hansen Brakeman, Is That the Shirt You're Wearing??? A Memoir in Essays
- Petrea Burchard, Act as If: Stumbling Through Hollywood with Headshot in Hand
- Diane Isaacs, Ph.D., Molly & Monet: A Story About Surviving the Loss of a Loved One
- 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
- Vera Teller, Check It Off! Pave Your Way Through Career to College
- Marc Yablonka, Tears Across the Mekong
- 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
- Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin
- Chanel Brenner
- 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 Boston Girl, The Beauty of St. Kilda, The Sheik & the Slave, The Sheik’s Son, The Vaudeville Star
Science Fiction & Fantasy
- Petrea Burchard, Camelot and Vine
- Adam Walker, Ball