Kids’ Book Corner: Fresh Books for Spring

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BY JO PERRY New books and classic stories bloom this month for young and emerging readers. Chicks! by Sandra Horning with detailed illustrations by Jon Goodel is a satisfying look at the life-cycle of the chicken for emerging readers.  … [Read more...]

Kids’ Book Corner: Holiday Books (and Cookbooks) for All Ages

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BY JO PERRY "Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." — Emilie Buchwald "Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." — Groucho Marx I hope your children will be sitting on … [Read more...]

Kids’ Book Corner: The Boxcar Children — A Beloved Classic Returns

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BY JO PERRY Seventy years ago a Connecticut schoolteacher wrote a story to entertain her first grade students. Gertrude Chandler Warner’s The Boxcar Children was the story of four brave and resourceful orphans who, before they are united … [Read more...]

Kids’ Book Corner: Mom & Me Books

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BY JO PERRY What better way to share the love on Mother’s Day than by reading with children? I’ve chosen books that will inspire memorable mom & me projects: Visiting farmers’ markets, knitting, baking and sandwich making. For those of … [Read more...]

Kids Book Corner: Summer Afternoon Reading

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BY JO PERRY "Summer afternoon - Summer afternoon... the two most beautiful words in the English language." -- Henry James Studies have established that children will maintain their reading skills, even strengthen them, if they read five books or … [Read more...]

Meet Stacy Kaiser at Barnes and Noble Encino: “How to Be a Grown Up – The 10 Secret Skills Everyone Needs to Know”

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BY JUDITH A. PROFFER She’s appeared on CNN, Tyra Banks, Real Housewives of Orange County, MSNBC and Celebrity Fit Club. She’s remarkably telegenic, clever, compassionate, articulate and engaging – even in front of the most discerning camera. … [Read more...]

Physician co-writers moonlight as mystery writers

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BY ATINA HARTUNIAN The rain clouds were parting just as a crowd was forming at the foyer of the Encino Barnes & Noble on Saturday December 12. Just as you enter the front doors- and before you’re are bombarded by the Christmas gift ideas- … [Read more...]

Rare finds at the Iliad Bookstore in North Hollywood

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BY CAROLE ROSNER Dan Weinstein, owner of The Iliad Bookstore in North Hollywood, grew up with some of the most famous authors in the world. Although he didn’t get drunk with F. Scott Fitzgerald or have high tea with Jane Austen, he might consider … [Read more...]

A Literary Life

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EVENTS   Leslie Gilbert-Lurie Bending Toward the Sun Author Discussion , Author Signing Join us for a very special evening with Leslie Gilbert-Lurie as she discusses her book Bending Toward the Sun, a wrenching and uplifting memoir of Holocaust … [Read more...]