Best of Manhattan Beach Award

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We are honored to be one of five fine businesses to be nominated for a Best of Manhattan Beach Award!   The category we are up for is Shop MB, which recognizes an outstanding shop-front retail sales business located in Manhattan Beach that demonstrates outstanding customer service and satisfaction in all aspects of their work.   The award will be presented at the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce's Best of Manhattan Awards event on October 2, 2014, at the Manhattan Beach Marriott.

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A.R. Taylor Author Event

09/06/2014 7:00 pm
America/Los Angeles

A.R. Taylor

Author of Sex, Rain, and Cold Fusion

Saturday, September 6 at 7pm

Prepare to meet physicist David Oster, a big thinker, a charming cad who flees Caltech and his three girlfriends for the Pacific Northwest, pastoral fantasy firmly in hand. Whatever will he do with all that rain, yet another beautiful woman, and several crazy physicists intent on his ruin? Obviously he needs to discover some entirely new physics principle, as yet unnamed, but can he deliver? 

A. R. Taylor graduated from Stanford and received her Ph.D. from U. C. Berkeley. Early on, while a teacher of English literature at Oregon State University, she wrote a number of prize-winning essays about American film, and her book Male Novelists and Their Female Voices: Literary Masquerades was nominated for the Henry Murray Award at Harvard.

Later she became head writer on two Emmy award winning series for public television, and until the mid ‘90’s she worked in documentaries and industrial films. At that point she became bi-coastal, performing at the Gotham Comedy Club in New York and writing plays in Los Angeles: Up the Nile, Hell’s Cuisinart, and Bender. In 2006 FX commissioned a television pilot from her book The Good Girl's Revenge.

Her fiction has appeared in Rosebud, Red Rock Review, the Berkeley Insider, Pedantic Monthly, and The Cynic Online Magazine. Individual stories have been performed at the New Short Fiction Series and at the Annenberg Center in Santa Monica. 

ISBN-13: 9780615818443
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Ridgecrest House, 10/2013

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Anthony Marra Author Event

09/19/2014 12:00 pm
America/Los Angeles

Anthony Marra

Author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

Friday, September 19th at 12pm

At last, we are finally hosting wonderful author Anthony Marra at the store.  His debut novel A Constellation of Vital Phenomena has been a store favorite since it came out.  Tony will be visiting the store for a lunchtime event.  We will take pre-orders for boxed lunch specially prepared for us by Lemonade.  All lunch orders must be placed by September 17th.  Read further for more details on the lunch.  To RSVP and/or order lunch either email us at or call 310-318-0900.

About A Constellation of Vital Phenomena:

In a small rural village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night and then set fire to her home. When their lifelong neighbor Akhmed finds Havaa hiding in the forest with a strange blue suitcase, he makes a decision that will forever change their lives. He will seek refuge at the abandoned hospital where the sole remaining doctor, Sonja Rabina, treats the wounded.

For Sonja, the arrival of Akhmed and Havaa is an unwelcome surprise. Weary and overburdened, she has no desire to take on additional risk and responsibility. But over the course of five extraordinary days, Sonja’s world will shift on its axis and reveal the intricate pattern of connections that weaves together the pasts of these three unlikely companions and unexpectedly decides their fate. A story of the transcendent power of love in wartime, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is a work of sweeping breadth, profound compassion, and lasting significance.

About Anthony Mara:

ANTHONY MARRA is the winner of a Whiting Award, Pushcart Prize, and the Narrative Prize. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena won the 2014 National Book Critics Circle’s inaugural John Leonard Prize and the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in fiction, as well as the inaugural 2014 Carla Furstenberg Cohen Fiction Award. Marra’s novel was a National Book Award long list selection as well as a shortlist selection for the Flaherty-Dunnan first novel prize. In addition, his work has been anthologized in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012. He received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where he now teaches as a Jones Lecturer in Fiction. He has lived and studied in Eastern Europe, and now resides in Oakland, CA. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is his first novel. Visit

Those who would like books signed must have purchased at least one copy from the store.  Please save your receipts as we will be checking them in the signing line.

As a courtesy, we will have lunch available to those who pre-order and pay in advance.  The menu options from Lemonade can be viewed here.  The cost for lunch is $15 per person.
ISBN-13: 9780770436421
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hogarth, 2/2014

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Meadows Fundraiser

Meadows School Summer Reading Fundraiser

20 % of sales will be donated back to the Meadows PTA
Books for credit to the fundraiser must be selected from the list below
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Simply note in the comments of the order that this is for the Meadows fundraiser.
All orders must be made by August 22nd to earn credit for Meadows
We may not have titles in stock all of the time and in this case books will be ordered within a few days

The list is a collaborative recommended summer reading list from Meadows teachers, MBUSD and {pages}.  

How to Order Online:

The books are listed below and if you click on the link you can find more information on the book and add it to your cart if you like.  Once you have all the books you want to order in the cart, note in the comments that this order is for Meadows so that we can give credit to your school.

Picture Books:
Little Red Writing, by Joan Holub (K-2)
Building Our House, by Jonathan Bean (K-2)
Charley’s First Night, by Amy Hest (K-2)
Ninja, Arree Chung (K-2)
You are (not) Small, by Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant (K-1)  -out Aug 5, 2014
Best Foot Forward: Exploring Feet, Flippers and Claws, by Ingo Arndt and James Alison - (K-3) non-fiction
Manfish: The Story of Jaques Cousteau, by Jennifer Berne and Eric Puybaret (k-4) non-fiction
This is a Moose, by Richard Morris and Tom Lichtenheld (k-1)
Lindbergh: The Tale of A Flying Mouse, by Torsten Kuhlmann  and Torben Kuhlmann (K-5)
Ben Rides On, by Matt Davies (k-2)
The Matchbox Diary, by Paul Fleischman (K-4)
Locomotive, by Brian Floca (K-5)
Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas, by Lynne Cox (K-3)
Chester, by Melanie Watt (k-3)

Chapter Books:

Fly Guy (series), by Tedd Arnold
Nate the Great (series), by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Marc Simont (1-4)
Emily Windsnap (series), by Liz Kessler and Sarah Gibb (3-5)
Ivy and Bean (series), by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall (1-5)
The Night Gardner, by Jonathan Auxier (4-5)
Another Day as Emily, by Eileen Spinelli (4-5)
The Book of Elsewhere (series), by Jaqueline West (3-5)
A Snicker of Magic, by Natalie Lloyd (3-5)
Wonder, by RJ Palacios (3-5)
Sylo Chronicles (trilogy), by DJ MacHale (4-5)
Belly Up, Spy School, Spy Camp, Poached, by Stuart Gibbs (3-5)
Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen (4-5)
The Black Pearl, by Scott O’Dell (4-5)
The Penderwick’s (series), by Jeanne Birdsall (4-5)
Joshua Dread (series), by Lee Bacon (4-5)
The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao
Harry Potter (series), by JK Rowling (3-5)

Adult Reads:

The Goldfinch, by Donna Tart
The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion
The One and Only, by Emily Giffin
The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown
And the Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini
The Orenda, by Joseph Boyden
The Silkworm, by J.K. Rowling as Robert Galbraith

Click: An Online Love Story, by Lisa Becker

Double Click, by Lisa Becker

Right Click, by Lisa Becker

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