January 3, 2017

As we plunge headfirst into the new year, we can only guess which authors and titles will reach the height of popularity over the next twelve months.  Some of the bestsellers will be from well-known authors, others may be first-time success stories.  And a hundred year...

December 5, 2016

When I was young I read a book called The Prince of Central Park by Evan H. Rhodes.  It told the story of a teenage runaway who ends up living in a tree in New York's Central Park.  It was an engaging young adult novel, and its themes and narrative voice have lingered...

November 18, 2016

It’s getting close to the winter holidays, time to start thinking about gifts. You can give someone a tiny robot from an electronics store or saddle yourself with new car payments, but the best gifts are usually the ones that are personal, and show that you put some th...

November 9, 2016

My parents taught me that you don’t know what another person thinks or feels unless you take the time to listen. It’s incumbent upon each of us to take an interest in the hopes and joys, and yes the complaints and disaffection of those who share this time and space wit...

November 2, 2016

1 year ago today, Mark and I reopened our second location under its new name, Mockingbird Books, Guerneville. I say reopened because we closed the store for a week to list books into our inventory system and to change the way the store was organized. We consider today...

October 31, 2016

The Girl on the Train is one of 2016’s most popular books. If you like twisty thrillers with characters whose observations and revelations you absolutely cannot trust, then Paula Hawkins’s debut novel is the book for you.


The Girl on the Train is set in England. Rachel...

October 23, 2016

This time of year, as the air cools and the scents of autumn remind us that the holiday season is fast approaching, increasing numbers of our customers are finding unexpected treasures, often exclaiming "This is the perfect gift!"  Most of them are not intending to acc...

September 21, 2016

I've always had an affinity for poetry. I'm a huge fan of American Poets. Whitman, Ginsburg, William Carlos Williams and Mary Oliver are some of my favorite writers, ever.

But there's one English poet that I discovered at 16 that spoke to my teen angst. Aside from Poe,...

August 26, 2016

Here we are at the end of August and as we rush headlong into the unofficial end of summer, I find myself staring at the calendar wondering where the year went. It was this time last year that Mark and I decided to make an offer to buy the Guerneville store. I'm incred...

August 7, 2016

It's the height of summer, and Guerneville has come alive.  The river has been revived by the winter rains, and the beaches, trails, and sidewalks are flush with locals and visitors alike.  From the Stumptown Daze Parade and Pride weekend to the Vineman triathlon and t...

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