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Café Happenings!

Click here for a guide to the stimulating “Nooner” cultural programs we offer in that relaxed, comfortable, sunlit space. “Book Talk” “Music With Sandy” “The Art Scene” The programs are informal and brief, typically 45 minutes long. And the coffee and tea are on the house.


by Michelle Obama Former First Lady Michelle opens up about her upbringing on the South Side of Chicago, her marriage to Barack Obama, struggles with motherhood, and her eight years in the White House. An engrossing memoir written with grace and frankness.

The Grapes of Wrath

by John Steinbeck Got an opinion on what’s THE GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL? If you do, I’d love to hear it…email me at Early on, mid-19th century, Hawthorne’s poetic Scarlet Letter was the consensus pick, followed in later decades by Moby Dick or Huck Finn depending on readers’ preference for psycho drama or humor. During [...]

Churchill: Walking with Destiny

by Andrew Roberts There are lots of books written about Churchill and you may be wondering why we need another.  This book is the best single volume biography of Winston Churchill to date. The author was able to draw upon previously unavailable historical records such as the diaries of King George VI.    

Where the Crawdads Sing

by Delia Owens A young girl who virtually grows up by herself in the marshlands of the North Carolina coast  becomes a murder suspects in a nature-infused lyrical fiction book.  A phenomenal debut book that is sure to become a book club favorite.

Nine Perfect Strangers

by Liane Moriarty Nine strangers come for ten days to a remote health resort.   This book discusses issues such as our quest for self-improvement.  But as  the strangers delve into their treatments the reader is wondering should they stay or run for the hills.  Another page-turner from Moriarty.  

One Day in December

by Josie Silver A perfect romance novel about a woman who spots a man from a bus window and searches for him in London.  She eventually meets him as her friend's boyfriend.  More that just a romance book it is also a coming-of-age novel.  A respite from the cares of the world.  Try this one [...]

The Point of It All

by Charles Krauthammer The late Charles Krauthammer compiled this collection of his most important writings before his death.  One of our most celebrated columnists, this collection includes writings on the personal, political, and philosophical.  

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

by  Heather Morris Based loosely  on true events, this historical fiction tells the story of a Slovakian Jew who was imprisoned at Auschwitz and forced to tattoo the numbers onto incoming prisoners arms.  It is a tale of survival and romance and will become a book club favorite.  

The Library Book

by Susan Orlean In 1986 the Los Angeles Central Library suffered a devastating fire.  Susan Orlean has written a captivating book about the fire itself (arson or accident?) and the place of libraries in society.  For book and library lovers everywhere (we have several copies!).