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Reasonable Books is an independent bookstore in the East San Francisco Bay Area located in Lafayette, California. We are here to serve as a general bookstore with an emphasis on thoughtful and important subjects for the interested and discerning reader.

While we strive to make available illuminating materials you may not even realize you want to read, we also believe that the mind benefits from rest and healthy distractions. You will find books that can help you relax or escape for a well-deserved break here.


9 July 2024: Since opening in September of 2020, we at Reasonable Books have considered it a core part of our mission to partner with the community. You most likely already know about our support for local authors. Less obvious is our work with educators and groups supporting our schools and students. We're very happy to continue these efforts at the intersection of these interests by congratulating Oakland resident and English teacher J.R. Rice on his debut novel, Broken Pencils!

Book Cover: Broken Pencils by J.R. Rice with surrealist artwork of a young man in suit with bow tie holding a collage of elements of San Francisco and the Bay Bridge to his head in the manner of a hat or helmet.
Broken Pencils

Jonah Tarver, a troubled Oakland teenager grappling with his parents’ troubled marriage, his own mental disorder, and the weight of his best friend’s death, embarks on a desperate quest to find meaning in life. On his eighteenth birthday, coinciding with his Senior prom, Jonah, along with his girlfriend Taniesha, his best friend Trevon, and a group of peers, spirals into a night of reckless indulgence in drugs and alcohol in the vibrant city of San Francisco. As tensions escalate and emotions run high, Jonah finds himself thrust into a gripping twelve-hour journey through the dark underbelly of San Francisco’s nightlife, forever altering his perception of the world. Will Jonah uncover the purpose he so desperately seeks, or will he discover that life, like broken pencils, may have no point?

J.R. Rice
J.R. Rice

20 June 2024: Have you ever felt like a "reluctant storyteller", the person who doubts anybody cares to know the details of their lives, worries their personal stories don’t deserve to take up time, and yet, has gained invaluable insights whenever they’ve taken a moment to reflect? Local author April Bell has written My Life in Paragraphs: Find and Tell Your Stories for you!

April Bell
April Bell

My Life In Paragraphs is centered on fifty-two thought-provoking story prompts. They’re arranged into four themes.

• Earth: Grounding and Values
• Air: Hopes and Dreams
• Fire: Passions and Motivations
• Water: Emotions

April guides you by the hand through these questions, and her one-paragraph-at-a-time method of storytelling gathers momentum with each gentle step, no writing skills required. For inspiration, you can read essays about the journey of others who overcame reluctance, dug into their stories, and found clarity they didn’t even know was missing. April has also published an accompanying Notebook to help make starting your writing journey even easier!

Book cover: My Life in Paragraphs: Find and Tell Your Stories by April Bell
My Life In Paragraphs

18 June 2024: Our Local Authors bookcase is growing, and we've recently passed 200 titles! It's our pleasure to welcome Joanie Sanches and her two novel duology, The Secret Life of Jasmine Rose:

Joanie Sanches
Joanie Sanches

A Brush With Truth: Jasmine falls under the spell of a voice on the radio, a New Age shaman named Joss. Jasmine meets Joss and falls in love. Joss’s spiritual message inspires her to show her paintings to a critic, who rejects them. When all her efforts for validation unravel, Jasmine quits her job with Talty, and she falls into spiritual and emotional disheartenment. Jasmine recovers from this blow to her spirit through selflessness and service to others. The Emerald Isle reveals itself to Jasmine as a mystical place where worldly—and otherworldly—secrets are revealed, and Jasmine finally finds the spiritual and artistic fulfillment that has eluded her.

Book Cover: A Brush With Truth by Joanie Sanches with a woman's face superimposed over a rocky coastline.
A Brush With Truth by Joanie Sanches

An Uncertain Legacy: Jasmine Rose has been happily married to Sean Murphy, a musician she met in Galway, Ireland, at an International Art Festival over a decade ago. Her two sons are grown, but she must now learn to navigate the boundary between when to help them and when to let go. Sam, her oldest, has run from a life-changing situation he is ill-prepared for. At the same time, Logan, her younger son, still harbors resentment against her for sending him to live in Ireland with his grandfather after getting suspended from high school.

Book Cover: An Uncertain Legacy by Joanie Sanches with a decorative line drawing of a tree including is branches and roots.
An Uncertain Legacy by Joanie Sanches

14 June 2024: Welcome to Andrew Jordan Nance, who joins our local authors bookcase with a delightful picture book for children that encourages them to overcome their fears of taking risks, with the story of Dolly the dolphin and her wise and loving grandmother!

Book Cover: Dolly Dives Deep! by Andrew Jordan Nance with color drawing of a smiling dolphin jumping out of a calm sea.
Dolly Dives Deep!

Scared to try something new? You're not alone! Dolly, a young dolphin, is too. Her family and friends will soon leave the comfort of their beautiful bay to go out into the big blue sea, which means swimming in deep, dark water. In this beautifully illustrated story, Dolly struggles to overcome her fears with the help of her wise grandmother. What will Dolly discover about taking risks? To find out, come along on this ocean adventure!

30 May 2024: Did you know Lafayette has its own poet laureate? This is one of the many ways the city supports its local artists, and we're very pleased to welcome the work of Lafayette's inaugural poet laureate, Amy Glynn, to our Local Authors bookcase! Her collection of poetry, Romance Language, is the winner of the 2022 Able Muse Book Award for Poetry, and we have copies in the store!

Book Cover: Romance Language by Amy Glynn with photo of classical sculpture of a man and woman.
Romance Language

Amy Glynn's Romance Language is a wellspring of culture, nature, natural phenomena, myths, esoterica. A kaleidoscope of sciences and disciplines-spanning archeology, acoustics, botany, zoology, psychology, cosmology, meteorology, mythology-are freely juxtaposed with the bliss of romance gained to longing for the one lost, the celebration of nature and the teeming creatures therein to hope for their enduring sustenance. A logophilic showcase and worthy winner of the 2022 Able Muse Book Award, Romance Language transports the reader into a sensory and cerebral world of the real and imagined, ever reaching for stimulus, wisdom, understanding, and enlightenment.

Amy Glynn
Amy Glynn

15 May 2024: We have two more great reads from a Bay Area author for you to consider on your next visit! Congratulations are first in order to Norah Woodsey on the publication of her latest novel, The States, an "inventive novel about wishes and regret" (Kirkus), The States is a reimagining of Jane Austen's Persuasion—a story of love, obligation, and second chances.

Book cover: The States by Norah Woodsey with black ink image of a woman's partially cropped face.
The States

Norah Woodsey holding a copy of The States
Norah Woodsey

In addition to The States, we also have copies of Norah's 2022 novel The Control Problem, the story of a woman who learns she is less than she thought and more than she realized. "Libraries and readers looking for a blend of women's literature, hard sci-fi, and social examination will find Vera's story in The Control Problem to be enlightening, eerily akin to some forms of modern angst, and impossible to put down." (D. Donovan)

7 May 2024: It looks like this Saturday, May 11th is going to be a beautiful day to spend in Lafayette during the 2024 Lafayette Artisan Walk! This is a great opportunity to visit local businesses in Lafayette who are sharing their spaces to display the work of local artists. In addition to participating with our sizable local authors bookcase, we're looking forward to displaying the photography of Jeff Heyman, whose works have recently been on display at San Francisco's De Young Museum! We're also very pleased to be hosting a book signing with the award-winning author of Wages of Empire, Michael J. Cooper, who will be interviewed by author & Mystery Writers of America NorCal president, Claire Johnson! The interview starts at 3:00 PM. This event is free, with light refreshments, and we're looking forward to seeing you there!

Wages of Empire by Michael J. Cooper
Wages of Empire

Book signing with Michael J. Cooper Saturday 11 May 2024 3 PM

18 April 2024: Come meet AnneMarie Mazotti Gouveia for a book signing in celebration of Mirror Tree, the second book in her award-winning YA/fantasy series Drifters Realm! At the bookstore this Saturday, April 20, 2024 from 2-4 PM.

Drifters Realm by AnneMarie Mazotti Gouveia
Drifters Realm

Mirror Tree by AnneMarie Mazotti Gouveia
Mirror Tree

16 April 2024: Hot off the presses comes the thrilling finale to Glen Dahlgren's "Chronicles of Chaos" series, The Realm of Gods!

Book Cover: The Realm of Gods by Glen Dahlgren with image of a hands touching through a mirror with glowing green aura.
The Realm of Gods

The Realm of Gods is more than just a story; it's a descent into the battle between Order and Chaos, a testament to the enduring power of human connection, and a battle cry for rebellion against tyranny. Join the heroes you love on their final, climatic dance between despair and hope, the last leg in an extraordinary journey that you'll never forget. "The Realm of Gods was a thrilling conclusion to a series that has captured the mind and the heart. The characters throughout the series popped off the page in such a realistic, unique way, and the world is one that deserves to be remembered."—Quill & Pen Society (egswriter)

Rudy with author Glen Dahlgren
Rudy with author Glen Dahlgren

11 April 2024: Congratulations to Joanna Hill on the recent publication of her book on the well-being in all of us, The Well-Being In You: How 3 Simple Principles Can Help You Tune into Your Innate Psychological Health and Thrive!

Book Cover: The Well Being in You by Joanna Hill with image of a hummingbird collecting nectar.
The Well-Being In You

The Well-Being in You: How 3 Simple Principles Can Help You Tune into Your Innate Psychological Health and Thrive is a love letter and a simple manual to manage life’s challenges and thrive in an abundance of opportunity. This book is a conversation that brings out what you already have inside. Personal and client stories and reflection questions give you "ah ha" moments, transforming how you feel day-to-day. By exploring well-being, you’ll be able to experience it more deeply and often, and to know what gets in the way.

Joanna Hill
Joanna Hill

9 April 2024: Since we opened in 2020 we've enjoyed watching Deven Greene's Erica Rosen MD Trilogy grow on the shelves of Reasonable Books, and we're pleased now to share her latest novel with you, Ties That Kill: A Mid-Life Crisis Thriller!

Book Cover: Ties That Kill by Deven Greene with silhouette of man in suit in front of a close up of DNA
Ties That Kill: A Mid-Life Crisis Thriller

"Brush up on your biology and break out your Punnett squares because Ties That Kill is a studied medical thriller with a distinctive genealogic twist. Leveraging the popularity of online ancestry sites, Deven Greene crafts an alarming tale about asking questions we may not appreciate the honest answers to... The narrative includes lightly technical details that give credence to the science, technology, and medicine used to expand the plot. Still, it doesn’t leave anyone feeling bogged down or completely out of their depth. Featuring an endearing family thrust into an extraordinary situation, Ties That Kill is a tense and authoritative medical thriller with a sturdy warmth radiating from its core."—Jennifer Jackson, Indies Today.

3 April 2024: Native Canadian and Lafayette resident Suzy Quenneville-Orpin joins us with two book series for fans of Women's Fiction... and cooking! The first is the five-part Women's Fiction Series Catwalk, and the second accompanies it with five cookbooks in the Cookbook Companions series.

S.Q. Orpin
S.Q. Orpin

The five-part Catwalk Series was inspired by the exciting, yet perilous world of modeling in Los Angeles. The novels encompass a unique and deep examination of characters struggling to find meaning in life and love. The stories touch on the intricate and sometimes dark human existence and tumultuous relationships with intrigue, secrets, and triumphant conclusions.

The Catwalk Series by S.Q. Orpin
The Catwalk Series

The five-part Cookbook Companions were created to showcase the eclectic and engaging characters from the Catwalk Series who prepare meals together, dine at fancy restaurants, and side characters who work in the industry. The cookbooks became a natural transition to introduce the large cast with a unique culinary flair. Every Companion is individually crafted with recipes and chapter highlights to complement the epic saga of the Catwalk Series.

The Catwalk Series Cookbook Companions by S.Q. Orpin
The Catwalk Series Cookbook Companions

26 March 2024: We're looking forward to our event this Saturday at 3:30PM with Jill Hedgecock and Kevin Fisher-Paulson! Some wet weather is looking likely, which makes RSVPing especially important. Please call us at 925-385-3026.

We are also very excited to tell you about a few new books by local authors, as well! The first is The Mirror Tree by AnneMarie Mazotti Gouveia, the second book in the Drifters Realm series.

Book cover: The Mirror Tree by AnneMarie Mazotti Gouveia with young person standing with raised arm beneath a bright object under a night sky.
The Mirror Tree: Drifters Realm Book 2

In The Mirror Tree, Book Two of the Drifters Realm fantasy adventure series, twelve-year-old triplets Ori, Roe, and Tora, along with their older brother Theo, must trust their unpredictable magic and each other. Together, they attempt to stop the Guardians, whose supernatural powers are controlled by their uncle, First City Leader Zane. He is determined to steal Ori’s Sorcerer Obligation and impose his oppressive rule beyond their realm. As peril intensifies, the lines between right and wrong blur and the siblings fight to stay one step ahead of danger. They traverse through forests, deserts, caves, and swamps with the assistance of Ori and Roe’s ancient rings, their friends, and the outcast teenagers known as the Menace.

Local author Michael J. Cooper brings us two novels of historical fiction set in and around Jerusalem both before and after 1948, Wages of Empire and Foxes in the Vineyard.

Book cover: Wages of Empire by Michael J. Cooper with image of The Old City of Jerusalem and framed picture of mounted soldier wearing a Pickelhaube.
Wages of Empire

In the summer of 1914, sixteen-year-old Evan Sinclair leaves home to join the Great War for Civilization. Little does he know that, despite the war raging in Europe, the true source of conflict will emerge in Ottoman Palestine, since it's from Jerusalem where the German Kaiser dreams to rule as Holy Roman Emperor. Filled with such historical figures as Gertrude Bell, T.E. Lawrence, Winston Churchill, Faisal bin Hussein and Chaim Weizmann, Wages of Empire follows Evan through the killing fields of the Western Front where he will help turn the tide of a war that is just beginning, and become part of a story that never ends.

Book cover: Foxes In The Vineyard by Michael J. Cooper with image of the Dome of the Rock and symbol of the all-seeing eye.
Foxes in the Vineyard

In April of 1948, Boston University history professor Evan Sinclair receives a telegram notifying him that his father, Professor Clive Robert Sinclair, has been reported missing from his post at the Palestine Archaeological Museum. Fearing for his father's well-being, Evan and Clive's longtime friend, Mervin Smythe, travel to Palestine on the eve of the first Arab-Israeli War. Evan finds his father and far more—a lost love, a son he never knew he had, and covert elements of the Third Reich positioned in Palestine before the end of World War II. Having infiltrated both Arab and Jewish populations, the Nazis seek to use counter-intelligence and terror to stoke the fires of hatred and fear between Arabs and Jews. The goal is to drive the British from Palestine and to seize Jerusalem as the capital of a reborn Third Reich with the legendary Knights Templar treasure as plunder and the Temple Mount as their fortress.

16 March 2024: As we look forward to our next in-store event with Jill Hedgecock and Kevin Fisher-Paulson (see below!), we are very pleased to welcome two new books by local authors Betsy Streeter and Grant Petersen! Betsy has been publishing her single-panel cartoons since the '90s, and along with collecting her Brainwaves work in four "best of" volumes, she has also teamed up with local bicycle guru Grant Petersen to illustrate his book of single sentence gems of wisdom from his experience in the world bicycles.

Book cover: Best of Brainwaves Volume One: The Fountain of Stuff by Betsy Streeter decorated with pen and ink cartoon images.
Best of Brainwaves Volume One:
The Fountain of Stuff

Brainwaves is a single-panel cartoon about the infinite absurdity of everyday life, whether it's the life of a person, a dog, a giraffe, a toaster, or a yam. Best of Brainwaves Volume One: The Fountain of Stuff covers the first 420 collected cartoons in the series, in the order they were drawn, and starting with the very first panels picked up by King Features in the 1990s. Streeter makes fun of technology, consumer culture, pets, bugs, working, cars, space, and just about anything else.

Book cover: Bicycle Sentences by Grant Petersen Illustrated by Betsy Streeter with watercolor image of green hills and mountain in the distance.
Bicycle Sentences

Bicycle Sentences is 177 sentences about bicycles and riding, stuff you may know or might not know, may believe or might not. It's not a Rule Book, not a Holy Book. I believe them all, they’re all true for me/Grant, and some may be true for you or worth experimenting with, and who knows what else?

12 March 2024: You will want to mark your calendars for our next great in-store event with
Jill Hedgecock and SF Chronicle columnist Kevin Fisher-Paulson, on Saturday March 30th at 3:30 PM! This event will celebrate Jill's latest book In Shadow's Reflection, as well as Kevin's latest, Secrets of the Blue Bungalow.

Book cover: In Shadow's Reflection by Jill Hedgecock with image of Doberman in front of a young woman.
In Shadow's Reflection

Sarah and her Doberman Shadow are back again in this intense series about mystery, discovery, and a young woman’s incredible journey into her past so masterfully captured by author Jill Hedgecock. Sarah’s innocent questions about her family open up an unexpected Pandora’s box. The bond between a girl and her Doberman is so beautifully on full display while the story simultaneously engrosses the reader in a world where the past may be darker, but the future brighter, than you would have guessed. Read this book and take this journey, you won’t forget it. — John Walter

Kevin Fisher-Paulson
Kevin Fisher-Paulson

For eight years, thousands of readers across San Francisco and beyond have laughed, cried, and felt inspired by the true, tender, and hilariously honest tales of a gay-parented, mixed-race, superheroic family growing up together in a Bedlam Blue Bungalow... located somewhere in the Outer, Outer, Outer, Outer Excelsior neighborhood. Told every Wednesday by SF Chronicle columnist Kevin Fisher-Paulson, 65 of these evocative stories were first collected in a 2019 book entitled How We Keep Spinning...! the journey of a family in stories. Four years later Secrets of the Blue Bungalow: More True Tales of Family Life in the Outer, Outer, Outer, Outer Excelsior shares 75 more true tales of family life at the very edge of San Francisco, as experienced by Kevin, Brian, Aidan, Zane and their faithful rescue dogs.

2 March 2024: March is Women's History Month, and we're featuring a selection of books for the occasion at 20% off throughout the month! You can see these books in the shop on shelf 79 (this is the built-in display shelf with the stuffed owl and tiny birdhouse). You can also find them by searching on our website with this link. We're also mirroring the list on, and in audio format at! (Different promotions apply at these online locations.)

Shelf 79
Shelf 79

28 February 2024: Mark your calendars for our next event, a weekday author visit from Nobuko Miyamoto, who will be discussing her book, "Not Yo' Butterfly" here at noon on Thursday, March 7th! RSVPs may be sent to

As people across the country and around the world became antsy while enduring iterations of the pandemic lockdown, Nobuko Miyamoto dug deep into her creative well to find the silver lining—composing and releasing the album 120,000 Stories in December 2020, and writing and delivering her debut memoir, Not Yo’ Butterfly: My Long Story of Relocation, Race, Love, and Revolution, in June 2021. As a child of relocation who was incarcerated in a Japanese internment camp during World War II, a woman who was forced into single parenthood in her early 30s when the father of her biracial son was killed and a lifelong activist, the now-83-year-old Miyamoto has endured things much more difficult than sheltering-in-place. And, as we now readjust to life as we knew it during pre-pandemic times, Miyamoto is excited to share her work with the world. - Sharon K. Sobotta, East Bay Express

Reasonable Books presents... Join us in welcoming Singer, Songwriter, Activist and Survivor of Japanese Internment Camp, Nobuko Miyamoto. Thursday, March 7 12:00-1:30pm Reasonable Books (3645 Mt. Diablo Blvd #C Lafayette, CA) Friday, March 8 Town Hall Theatre 6-8pm Nobuko will also sign books before the screening of 100 Years from Mississippi NOBUKO MIYAMOTO
Nobuko Miyamoto at Reasonable Books

24 February 2024: Women’s leadership expert, writer, speaker and energetic sparkplug Vanessa Loder joins our local authors with The Soul Solution, a nonstrategic, nonlinear—but entirely effective—guide to help you reclaim your feminine, intuitive soul power to fulfill your most meaningful and satisfying desires. Welcome, Vanessa!

Vanessa Loder shares a powerful and practical guide to help women who feel overwhelmed and exhausted to recover our true selves—and our joy in living. Here she presents a road map for coming home to yourself, including:

• The Whispers of Your Soul—the three key steps for tuning out the noise and accessing authenticity
• Your Energetic Bread Crumbs—how the universe signals to you when you’re on the right path
• Discover Your Superpower—why you’ve been ignoring your most valuable gifts, and how to reclaim them
• From Tunnel Vision to Visionary—ways to break out of the “shame cycle” of patriarchal culture and own your destiny
• Quieting the Inner Critic—how to retrain your inner voices to encourage and support you
• The Upward Spiral—using the SAT method (Surrender, Allow, Trust) to get more of what you want with ease.

Book Cover: The Soul Solution: A Guide for Brilliant, Overwhelmed Women to Quiet the Noise, Find Their Superpower, and (Finally) Feel Satisfied by Vanessa Loder
The Soul Solution

Vanessa Loder
Vanessa Loder

21 February 2024: Welcome to William Rooney and his children's board book for future woodworkers, ABCs of Woodworking!

The ABCs of Woodworking cardboard book was designed to mesh your love for woodworking with teaching your young one the Alphabet. Even older childern could enjoy this book, especially if you have many of these tools in your shop/garage. The cartoonized tools are visually appealing to young kids, but are realistic enough for your child to point the tools out in the shop. This book would be a great gift for any woodworker who has a young child in their life, whether it's their own or they are a grandparent or Aunt/Uncle.

Book Cover: ABCs of Woodworking by William Rooney, with cartoon image of wooden rocking horse under construction.
ABCs of Woodworking

Remember, "O" is for Orbital Sander!

6 February 2024: We are starting a new program for book clubs! Since we opened in 2020 we've had the pleasure of getting to know many avid readers from the Lamorinda area, and we've noticed that many of you belong to book clubs. We'd love to learn more about what your club's interests, and how we can help you get the most out of your book reading.

Photograph shows a woman standing on a pile of books speaking into a megaphone for an American Library Association War Service promotion to collect books for soldiers fighting in Europe.
Calling All Book Clubs!

To that end, we're inviting local book clubs to register with us and receive discounts of new copies of the books your clubs are choosing to read. To register, please visit or email us, letting us know the name of your club and the contact information for a club member to whom we can reach out for book club related news.

When your club is registered, you can then let us know what book you have chosen to read for the current month, with a discount on this book of 20% for your club members! This way, we can make sure we have some copies of your book in the store, and of course, we're also happy to order specific quantities of books for your club members to purchase! Please let us know if you have any questions about this program, either in person or by sending us a note at

2 February 2024: The East Bay's own photographer and poet Scott Slocum has recently published his first book, The Trails We Travel: Moments in Amazement, a collection of poems accompanied by poignant images from the scenic hillsides of Northern California. This is a book for literary hikers and other lovers of the natural beauty of the East Bay and beyond!

We wander through a collection of moments and experiences along the trail of life. Through combinations of word and image, this book seeks to discover simple clarity through a presentation of experiential "short short stories." Moments with a message, as we navigate our journey through time.

Book Cover: The Trails We Travel by Scott Slocum, with framed photograph from a trail in Northern California East San Francisco Bay.
The Trails We Travel

Scott Slocum
Scott Slocum

20 January 2024: We are pleased to congratulate Wanda Venters and Mary Rae on the release of their second Finnerty and Liccione Medical Mystery, Breaking Apart!

Dr. Marnie Liccione and Dr. Louise Finnerty team up again to investigate the violent death of a young veteran at a Colorado VA Behavioral Health clinic. Was it suicide or murder? Questions from Josh’s widow, who feels that her world is breaking apart after his death, convince Marnie and Louise there’s more to the story. In their search for answers, they uncover a prescription drug diversion scheme masterminded by those who may be also involved in the illegal sale of krokodil, a deadly and disfiguring opiate. As they move closer to the truth of the circumstances surrounding Josh’s death, sinister forces will threaten their lives. Will they find the answers they need to give his widow solace?

Book Cover: Breaking Apart by Wanda Venters M.D and Mary Rae M.D. with image of VA Medical Center and snowy mountains in the background.
Breaking Apart

13 January 2024: Congratulations to local author Bruce Lewis on the release of his Angel of Mercy series! These mysteries feature Jim Briggs, a veterinary surgeon who volunteers his time helping the unhoused in a most unusual way.

Veterinary surgeon Jim Briggs has helped ten Chicago homeless people commit suicide. To the residents of the Lazy Acres homeless community, Briggs is an angel of mercy. He cares for their dogs for free and provides those in need with a pain-free exit from the city's harsh winters and brutal life on the street.

Book Cover: Angel of Mercy by Bruce Lewis with image of hirsute and tattooed man with dog next to homeless encampment.
Angel of Mercy

Book Cover: Human Strays by Bruce Lewis with woman walking with dog at night down a narrow and rain soaked street.
Human Strays

Book Cover: Family Curse by Bruce Lewis with older man wearing eyepatch in front of a lit fireplace.
Family Curse

Book Cover: The Red Flock by Bruce Lewis with group of robed and hooded people standing in circle around a tanager in a birdcage.
The Red Flock

11 January 2024: 2024 is starting with some exciting news from us here at Reasonable Books, where we are pleased to introduce Linda Grana, the newest member of your Reasonable Books staff!

Many of you will know Linda from her tenure as manager at Lafayette Bookstore. You may also know her from Diesel Books (now East Bay Booksellers), or from her online book reviews and reading groups. Linda’s sage advice since we opened in 2020 can be felt throughout the store. Betty and Linda have some exciting ideas to work on in 2024, including resources and benefits for book clubs and their members, and they are kicking off the new year with their Top 10 lists of books from 2023. With that introduction, I will let Linda tell you more in her own words.


2023: Our Year In Books

2023 was definitely 'one for the books'! As we're just entering the new year, we've been reflecting back on the previous years' bookish gems.

Both Betty and I have painstakingly (so hard to choose!) compiled a list of our Top 10 favorites for 2023. I have made it a New Year’s tradition of mine for the past decade or so, and it's amazing to me that some years it seems difficult to come up with 10 titles that I feel are really worthy of the list; then others, like this past year, we both struggled to sort through our numerous favorites, narrowing it down to just the 10. In fact, Betty ended up having two "runners up", and I found myself having to include an "honorable mention"!

When we got together with our completed lists we were excited to find that we, not only had 3 books in common, but we had both chosen the same novel as our #1 Book Of the Year!

Rudy, Betty and I are anxious to have you drop by the store to see which title earned that number one spot for both of us. We're also excited to announce that we are offering a 20% discount on every book on our list through February 29th! Betty will be working hard to make sure that all have been ordered, and hopefully on hand when you come in.

So stop by when you can, and let's talk books! We'd love to hear about your personal favorites of 2023!



Linda will be working at the shop one day a week, and if you see her behind the counter please feel free free to say hello and welcome her aboard—and of course, to talk books! Thank you so much for your continued support of us here at Reasonable Books :)

Linda Grana in front of shelves with books and Linda's reviews of them.
Linda Grana

9 January 2024: Congratulations to local poet Valerie Sopher on her first chapbook, Day For Night!

Book cover: Day For Night by Valerie Sopher with image of collage made from burnt photographic film.
Day For Night

“Valerie Sopher’s first poetry collection, Day for Night, emerges like a blossom amid the aftermath of pandemic isolation’s ‘endless loop of living…Here are poems of a life richly observed and beautifully rendered, attending to dailiness, nature, healing, a longing to travel, to connect, and perhaps to love…When you read these poems, ‘you realize you are not watching/the sun rise, but the earth turn.’” - Hollie Hardy

Ask about the discount in celebration of Valerie's collection of poetry!

28 December 2023: Welcome to Laurie, Mary, Deborah and Johanna and their collection of poetry, Love's Meditation! In Love’s Meditation, four poets reveal their love for the world and their concerns for its future. Love’s Meditation is a book about families: mothers, grandmothers, fathers, grandfathers, and children, and how our families define us. The poems connect the poets to each other and to the world around them. As Laurie, Mary, Deborah, and Johanna conduct this poetic symphony, one voice emerges from their poetic meditations: a voice that calls for hope, and reminds us to pay attention to this world we share.
Book cover: Love's Meditation by Laurie Hailey, Mary Eichbauer, Deborah Bachels Schmidt, and Johanna Ely with image of stone labyrinth in a grove of trees.
Love's Meditation

Laurie Hailey
Laurie Hailey

26 December 2023: Soon after we opened in 2020 we had the pleasure to meet Jill Hedgecock and carry her books in our Local Authors bookcase, and we are very pleased to offer her congratulations on the third and final book in her Doberman-inspired Shadow the Doberman series, In Shadow's Reflection!

Sarah believes her life is back on track after a thwarted murder attempt ended with her attacker locked in jail. But when her boyfriend gifts her a DNA kit and genetic results awaken the ghosts of her past, questions arise about who she is. After a massive earthquake frees her psychopath assailant and her beloved Doberman goes missing, Sarah once again finds herself fighting to keep her ghost-seeing canine and herself safe.

Book cover: In Shadow's Reflection with image of a Doberman looking forward with perked ears, and blurred image of a girl's face behind him.
In Shadow's Reflection

4 December 2023: Please RSVP for our next in-store event this Saturday, December 9th, at 10:00 AM, where we will host a writing workshop with Sharon Sobotta! You can email your RSVP to

Stories are the part of us that can live on for generations to come. In this storytelling and writing workshop, Sharon will guide us through a series of fun exercises to engage us in the age-old tradition of storytelling. She’ll also explore the idea that with a pencil in hand, we can “write” ourselves into a better place and uncover invaluable life lessons that offer us perspective on our lives and communities and have the capacity to teach and inspire others. All are welcome regardless of writing experience. Join this free workshop and have fun strengthening your story telling muscles or simply taking in the stories of others.

Sharon K. Sobotta is a writer, a journalist, an advocate and an educator. She is a columnist for the East Bay Express based in Oakland, California, a producer for a monthly in- depth news program at Pacifica KPFA and a contributor for a number of other media outlets. Sharon has been recognized for her 2018 screenplay ‘Thank you God, Men and Oprah for Unanswered Prayers,’ her 2008 book The Journey of Life: 100 Lessons from Around the World and is in the process of finding a publisher for her memoir Sidetracked.

Stories Live On Forever, Saturday, December 9, 2023 10AM-12PM, Reasonable Books, 3645 Mt. Diablo Blvd Lafayette. How do we keep our stories alive for generations to come? How can we 'write' ourselves into a better place? Sharon Sobotta will explore this and read excerpts from her forthcoming book 'Sidetracked' at this interactive workshop. All are welcome! Sharon K. Sobotta is a writer, a journalist, a columnist, an educator and an advocate. She resides in the East Bay with her two daughters--Espi and Delilah.

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