New Entry in Mom-oir World


Strasser Shares All in Mommy Memoir

Teresa Strasser, Emmy-winning television writer, television and radio host, and now author of “Exploiting My Baby: A Memoir of Pregnancy & Childbirth” will attend a special book-signing event at Laguna Beach Books from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 13.

Strasser’s collection of essays is a comic, poignant and no-holds-barred revelation of her anxiety-strewn road to motherhood, from her significant “mommy” issues with her own mother and “stepmonster,” to the physical toll that comes from carrying around a growing human being for nine months, to her nagging doubts about her ability to be a good mother.

Laguna Beach Books is located in the Old Pottery Place at 1200 S. Coast Highway. For more information, call 494-4779.

subhed: Library Book Shop Slashes Prices

The Friends of the Library Book Shop will offer all books (excluding art books) at half price next week, Monday, Jan. 10, through Saturday, Jan. 15.

Patrons are urged to stop by to browse for great deals at their leisure and enjoy a little post-holiday rest and relaxation.

Allie: last week, the spaces were lost between the number and the listing.  plez double check. ok?




Tunes & Tomes

Top sales/rentals for the week ending Jan. 2:

SOUND SPECTRUM, 1264 S. Coast Highway

1.     Elton John & Leon Russell, The Union (G)

2.     Herbie Hancock, Imagine Project (G)

3.     Bruce Springsteen, The Promise

4.     Florence & The Machine, Lungs (G)

5.     Black Eyed Peas, The Beginning

6.     Arcade Fire, The Suburbs (G)

7.     Michael Jackson, Michael

8.     Ray LaMontagne, God Willing & The Creek Don’t Rise (G)

9.     Doors, Live in Vancouver 1970

10.   Eric Clapton, Clapton (G)

(G)=Grammy Nominee



The Old Pottery Place, 1200 S. Coast Highway

1.     The Companion by Lorcan Roche

2.     A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

3.     An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin

4.     Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

5.     One Day by David Nicholls

6.     Room by Emma Donoghue

7.     The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson

8.     Secret Kept by Tatiana De Rosnay

9.     The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall

10.   Someone at a Distance by Dorothy Whipple


LATITUDE 33 BOOKSHOP, 311 Ocean Avenue

1.     Autobiography of Mark Twain: The Complete and Authoritative Edition, Volume 1 by Mark Twain

2.     Just Kids by Patti Smith

3.     I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections by Nora Ephron

4.     The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

5.     Orange Sunshine by Nicholas Schou

6.     Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama

7.     Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier

8.     Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

9.     Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle

10.   It’s a Book by Lane Smith


BARNABY RUDGE VIDEOS, 1445 Glenneyre Street

1.     Knight and Day

2.     Salt

3.     The Kids Are All Right

4.     Easy A

5.     The Other Guys

6.     The Town

7.     Inception

8.     Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps

9.     The A-Team

10.   Despicable Me


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