Sacramento-based website designer J. Scott Coatsworth is the author of the LBGT-oriented “The River City Chronicles,” which he describes as “a magical realism tale set in my hometown.” Read it for free at www.jscottcoatsworth.com.
If you've been talking to your clothes while folding them lovingly in an attempt to make your life more "tidy," you should take a long, hard look at yourself, according to author Jennifer McCartney. Her new book, "The Joy of Leaving Your Sh(ASTERISK)t All Over the Place: The Art of Being Messy" (Countryman, May 24) is the perfect guide to free yourself from the shackles of over-organization. McCartney encourages you to give in to your messier urges because being too clean is a sure sign of a dreadfully boring and uncreative personality.
The high school library in this tiny town about an hour south of Lassen Volcanic National Park was in terrible shape. Students hadn’t been allowed to check out books in a decade. Now the library is overflowing with books sent from around the world thanks to a blogging campaign by a school volunteer.
Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, July 17, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Nielsen BookScan (c) 2016, The Nielsen Co.
I am not one to wish away the summer, but between the release of the beach blockbusters and the fall literary season, there's a bit of a drought in the fresh-reads category. I'm going to fast-forward the calendar and tell you about 11 fall books I'm looking forward to. Between Bruce Springsteen's new memoir and Maria Semple's latest Seattle sendup, it's going to be hard to wait: