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2019-10-22Oct 22, 2019

These two books by doctors could not be more disparate. Medicine and Miracles in the High Desert by Erica M. Elliot is a memoir of a woman in search of herself and her life's purpose. The second, Nefertiti's Secret by noted local plastic surgeon, Stanley Jacobs, is a quickie memoir, an adventure, a history, a mystery, a treatise on the physiology of the skin and ultimately an infomercial. Both books are brief and to the point, no romantic meanderings. Doctors are busy people. 

2019-06-19Jun 19, 2019

Author, recovering addict and subject of the film Beautiful Boy Nic Sheff will be speaking at Healdsburg Library on Saturday, June 29, at 2 p.m. as part of Sonoma County Library’s Distinguished Speaker Series. Community members are invited to attend the free event.

2019-10-20Oct 20, 2019

Pat Nolan's new release - Volume II of So Much, a collection of his poems from 1990-2010 The first volume covered the previous twenty years. Nolan is working with   “the mass and mess of my accumulated writing”  which once filled boxes and cabinets before being electronically compacted to his computer. He calls the  process “the Schumpeterian creative destruction (elsewhere defined as the dismantling of long-standing practices in order to make way for innovation) of the past thirty years.” Over forty years ago, Nolan settled in a neighborhood close to the Russian River, almost an island. Peace prevails -  “out of the mist duck call rises from the shrouded river”...  

2019-10-20Oct 20, 2019

'Not Tonight' By Sarah Van Mantgem - Poem Inspired while laying in bed, trying to sleep through the wind and fear, during red flag warnings and power outages ... October 10, 2019

2019-10-15Oct 15, 2019

A new captivating nature photo book titled "Beyond the View" will be available in November. The book is collaboration by photographer Tracy Rose, and his father and writer Fred Rose. It is a dual dialog of photographs and poetic reflections that delve into the solace that nature brings. Tracy's nature photos have been shown at the Green Music Center, River Front Art Galley, and local art festivals. His father, Fred Rose, worked as a freelance writer in the early 1970s, providing feature articles for regional publications and several national magazines.


2019-09-19Sep 19, 2019

Some writers just have the knack. It's not just intelligence or talent. Some very profound authors are interminably dull. Eldonna Edwards is the type of scribe who draws one in. In Clover Blue, Her characters become flesh and blood.


2019-08-21Aug 21, 2019

Dr. Edward Abramson's book It's Not Just Baby Fat! is a gentle directive with specific guidelines for steering kids in the right direction. Abramson was a fat kid so he knows the bullying and the cruelty that some overweight people must endure. Society has attached certain negative stereotypes to heavy set people in that they are weak-willed, lazy, unattractive. He cites studies that indicate obesity is established before age eleven. 

2019-07-22Jul 22, 2019

The title of a book oftentimes is a major factor in attracting a person to delve into its pages. The title is a come-on like the aroma emanating from a delicious dinner. The appellation, Ashes in a Coconut promises mystery, exotic locals and maybe a little danger.Jack and Laura are beautiful people: young, educated, childless, upwardly mobile. In New York Laura is a successful fashion designer and Jack is a financier. He is offered a job to turn around the fortunes of a troubled bank in Indonesia. On arriving and settling in at their destination the clash of cultures is stark.

2019-06-27Jun 27, 2019

"Our language is languishing; In the Land of Lies: losing its nuance, closing its eyes," writes local poet Magick.

2019-06-25Jun 25, 2019

The Author of 'Red Sky at Night', Deborah Taylor-French, has presented us with a heroine who is 12. She is right on the cusp of adolescence, but her story has appeal for not only those a little younger but for senior citizens as well. Having been born right on the dividing line between California and Nevada, Nevada California Cimino is precocious and curious and like many other 12 year olds she does not always do as she is told. There have been many suspicious fires in her rural California area, a theme very close to our own reality.

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