Books

Menlo Park-based author Barry Eisler is launching his latest book, The Killer Collective, at Kepler’s Books on Feb. 7 at 7:30 pm. You can RSVP for this free event here.

Eisler served three years with the CIA’s Directorate of Operations. He worked as a technology lawyer. He has been at various times a startup executive in Silicon Valley and Japan. In his bestselling John Rain series, a lifetime of experience came to a crossroads. He followed with the stories of sharp-shooting assassin Dox; and sex-crimes detective, turned martial arts expert, Livia Lone.

In The Killer Collective, Eisler assembles the most dangerous team yet: John Rain, Livia Lone, Dox, and a cast of his most volatile characters travel across Seattle, Paris, and Japan to confront their most treacherous enemy yet, one who could sit at the highest levels of the U.S. Government.

InMenlo file photo of Eisler at Kepler’s (c) 2016

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Henry Winkler delights Sacred Heart School lower school kids with wit, wisdom – and stories

Henry Winkler visited with Kindergarten through third grade students at Sacred Heart School today, but it was as an author of children’s books, not as an actor. He was there along with co-author Lin Oliver to tell his story, that of being a dyslexic kid growing up in New York public schools, similar to the […]

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Kepler’s Angela Mann receives James Patterson 2018 Holiday Bookstore Bonus

Angela Mann of Kepler’s was one of the just over 300 bookstore employees to receive a James Patterson Holiday Bookstore Bonus in 2018 out of 1,000 nominees. Best-selling author Patterson personally selected winners from bookstores all across the country. Customers, booksellers, publishing industry colleagues, and others were invited to nominate a bookseller by answering the […]

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Friends of the Library holiday book sale set for Dec. 1

The Friends of the Library book sale is back! Stop by and save money on some wonderful books, all while supporting the library. DVDs and music CDs will also be featured. Prices start at $0.50 for mass market paperbacks and $1 for trade and hardcover titles. This is a one day sale on Saturday, Dec. […]

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Kate Hennessy shares memories of her grandmother, Dorothy Day, on Oct. 14

Kate Hennessy will share memories of her grandmother, the activist Dorothy Day, on  Sunday, October 14, at 3:00 pm at the Arrillaga Recreation Center, 700 Alma St. in  Menlo Park. Admission is free. Her memoir about her notable grandmother is titled Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty. Published in 2017, the book illuminates […]

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Author and tennis teaching pro Marcus Cootsona pens a political thriller

Local teaching tennis pro Marcus Cootsona is up to it again. He’s written his third novel, the first not set around tennis. Instead, Initial Force tells the story of Severin Force, a covert operator who goes to work for an “off the book, commando dream team.” “I realized that for a long time I’ve been fascinated […]

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Hear trailblazing lawyer Barbara Babcock talk about the first woman lawyer in the West

Trailblazing lawyer Barbara Babcock will talk about her own career, and that of Clara Foltz, the first woman lawyer in the west on September 24 at from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Menlo Park Library. She will discuss her book Woman Lawyer: The Trials of Clara Foltz as well as her memoir, Fish Raincoats: A […]

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Friends of the Menlo Park Library Book Sale set for Sept 15 & 16

The Friends of the Menlo Park Library book sale is back! The two-day sale will run Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and Sunday, Sept. 16, from Noon to 2:00 pm. On Sunday, you will be able to fill a bag with books for only $5. Stop by and save money on some […]

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Consultant Dan Olsen shares what he’s learned in the Lean Product Playbook

Menlo Park resident Dan Olsen started coding on a Commodore 64 as a teen, but it wasn’t until he landed at Stanford Business School that he discovered there’s a career field called product management. “It fit me because it’s at the intersection of technology and marketing,” he said. “Then I got lucky enough to get […]

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Becky Zeren continues a life filled with books by volunteering at Los Ayudantes

If there’s a thread through Becky Zeren’s life, it’s books. She inherited a library from her father that numbered in the tens of thousands. She worked for 30 years as teacher/librarian at Trinity School in Menlo Park. And among her retirement pursuits, she is volunteering with Los Ayudantes, a Redwood City-based non-profit that provides in-class […]

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Local writer Rebecca Bloom co-authors “The Anti-Cook Book”

Menlo Park resident Rebecca Bloom is a lawyer turned writer. Her writing “partner-in-crime” and one-time college roommate, Shelly Onderdonk, is a veterinarian. It’s natural that the two, neither chef nor food critic, would combine for a new book, The Anti-Cook Book. And not to be mis-understood: They are not against cooks, meaning the people who […]

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