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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Wednesday, February 28 - Marilyn Reynolds: 'Til Death or Dementia Do Us Part'

Time Tested Books
is proud to present
Marilyn Reynolds
Reading & Discussing
'Til Death or Dementia Do Us Part
Wednesday, February 28th, at 7:00pm

Marilyn Reynolds’s new memoir charts a journey through a husband’s dementia. . . .

River Rock Books is proud to announce publication of ’Til Death or Dementia Do Us Part, a moving memoir by Sacramento author Marilyn Reynolds about the effects of her husband’s dementia on their lives together and separately.

Reynolds’ husband Mike was a musician and choir director in his 60s when signs of degenerative memory loss began to become evident. Over the next few years, not only did his memory begin to fail, but his personality radically changed, and in 2009 he was given a diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia (FTD).

The memoir charts the Reynolds’ heartbreaking journey through the disease, which led to Mike Reynolds’ death in 2014, and offers insight into how a family copes with such a devastating diagnosis that led to losing a home and a life together. Marilyn Reynolds writes with humor and grace about the emotional and practical adjustments that had to be made along the course of her husband’s decline. Her honest, thoughtful book is instructive not only to those coping with the effects of loved ones’ dementia, but also for those who appreciate a good love story.

She hopes that others may gain a degree of insight and understanding through this account of her struggles to meet the financial, physical and emotional challenges that came with her husband’s passage through FTD. The book depicts much that is common to FTD patients, and to the ones who love them.

Marilyn Reynolds had a long career as a high school English teacher, and is the author of 10 young adult novels in the "Hamilton High" series (published by New Wind Publishing), as well as a collection of essays, Over 70 and I Don’t Mean MPH. She is also the author of a book for educators, I Won’t Read and You Can’t Make Me: Reaching Reluctant Teen Readers. She lives in Sacramento and works with young writers, including incarcerated youth, for 916 Ink, a children’s literacy program.

This event is FREE and everyone is invited.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Thursday, March 8 - Joe Rodota reading/signing new book 'The Watergate'

Time Tested Books
is proud to present
Joseph Rodota
Reading & Discussing
The Watergate:
Inside America's Most Infamous Address
Thursday, March 8th, at 7:00pm

A new book by Sacramento author Joseph Rodota reveals the secrets behind the mid-century masterpiece that became synonymous with scandal. The Watergate: Inside America’s Most Infamous Address is an absorbing and meticulously researched history with a remarkable cast of characters, from Monica Lewinsky and Senator Bob Dole to Martha Mitchell and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Please join us for a talk by the author and learn more about the Californians who helped saved the Watergate. Books will be available for purchase.
                                                                         Photo by Steven Ainsworth

The Watergate is one of the most infamous structures in America.  As references to Nixon and impeachment flood the news cycle, the nation is reminded anew of the events that rocked this most exclusive Washington, D.C. address.  But the Watergate complex is so much more than the scandal that shares its name.  For over 50 years, this legendary structure has been an integral part of the Beltway’s daily business. Joseph Rodota unveils its full history for the first time in THE WATERGATE: Inside America’s Most Infamous Address.

This absorbing and meticulously-researched history features a remarkable cast of politicians, journalists, socialites and spies.  Rodota introduces us to these movers and shakers--from Monica Lewinsky and Senator Bob Dole to Martha Mitchell and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg--and presents an entirely new way of looking at the Watergate, one that unpacks its full political, social, and cultural influence. Rodota digs into everything from the building’s fraught design and construction process, the ins and outs of the scandal, and the numerous people of intrigue and import that have called the Watergate their home base. The book is full of Watergate facts and stories that have never before been revealed, including:

*The conflicts over the innovative design for the Watergate -- and why it almost wasn’t built; 

*The role of the Vatican in building the Watergate, and how a scandal in Rome affected the Watergate’s fortunes;

*How the Watergate almost escaped being the site of the 1972 break-in;

*How a Hungarian-born financier and a French chef sought to rescue the Watergate’s reputation; and

*A surprising link between the coal miners of Margaret Thatcher’s Britain and President Ronald Reagan that involves the Watergate.

THE WATERGATE offers an insider’s history of our nation’s capital, through the lens of one of its most famous and consequential buildings.

Joseph Rodota is a writer and consultant who divides his time between California and Washington, DC. He is the author of CHESSMAN, a play about the final days of Caryl Chessman, the “Red Light Bandit,” as seen through the eyes of Governor Pat Brown and his family. Rodota has worked at the highest levels of federal, state, and local politics for more than 30 years. He served as a writer and communications manager in the Reagan White House and as a top campaign and government aide to California Governors Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger. In October 2008, as part of a team of bipartisan political consultants who managed the campaign against Proposition 8, Rodota ran the rapid-response “war room.” He has written columns under his own byline for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post and other publications. He is a graduate in history, with honors and distinction, from Stanford University. He is a member of the board of directors of the Christopher Isherwood Foundation in Santa Monica, California, and a former trustee of the Crocker Museum of Art in Sacramento, California.

This event is FREE and everyone is invited.

Wednesday, March 14: Poets Eileen G'Sell & JoAnna Novak

 Time Tested Books
 is thrilled to present 

  Eileen G'Sell: Life After Rugby  
 JoAnna Novak: Noirmania
               Wednesday, March 14th, 7:00pm

This event is FREE and all are welcome!


Eileen G’Sell received an MA from the University of Rochester and an MFA in creative writing from Washington University in St. Louis. Features Editor of pop culture at The Rumpus, her cultural criticism and poetry can be found in Salon, VICE, BostonReview, Hyperallergic, DIAGRAM, ConduitNinth Letter, and the Denver Quarterly, among other publications. Her chapbooks are available from Dancing Girl and BOAAT Press, and her first full length poetry collection, Life After Rugby, is available from Gold Wake Books early 2018. She currently teaches rhetoric and poetry at Washington University, and creative writing for the Prison Education Project at Missouri Eastern Correctional Center. She lives in St. Louis and New York.

JoAnna Novak is the author of the novel I Must Have You and the book-length poem Noirmania. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, Salon, BOMB, Guernica, and other publications. She is a founding editor of Tammy, a literary journal and chapbook press.

This event is FREE and all are welcome!

Tuesday, March 20 - Sands Hall on Scientology memoir 'Flunk. Start.'

Time Tested Books
is proud to present
Sands Hall
Reading & Discussing
Flunk. Start.
Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology
Tuesday, March 20th, 7:00pm
“It is a triumph, a work of great honesty and insight. It is a necessary book for our time.” —Karen E. Bender, author of Refund, a finalist for the National Book Award

In Flunk. Start., Sands Hall chronicles her slow yet willing absorption into the Church of Scientology. Her time in the Church, the late 1970s, includes the secretive illness and death of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, and the ascension of David Miscavige. Hall compellingly reveals what drew her into the religion—what she found intriguing and useful—and how she came to confront its darker sides.
      As a young woman from a literary family striving to discover her own way as an artist, Hall ricochets between the worlds of Shakespeare, avant-garde theater, and soap opera, until her brilliant elder brother, playwright Oakley Hall III, falls from a bridge and suffers permanent brain damage. In the secluded canyons of Hollywood, she finds herself increasingly drawn toward the certainty that Scientology appears to offer.
      In this candid and nuanced memoir, Hall recounts her spiritual and artistic journey with a visceral affection for language, delighting in the way words can create a shared world. However, as Hall begins to grasp how purposefully Hubbard has created the unique language of Scientology—in the process isolating and indoctrinating its practitioners—she confronts how language can also be used as a tool of authoritarianism.
      Hall is a captivating guide, and Flunk. Start. explores how she has found meaning and purpose within that decade that for so long she thought of as lost; how she has faced the “flunk” represented by those years, and has embraced a way to “start” anew.

SANDS HALL is the author of the novel, Catching Heaven, a Willa Award Finalist for Best Contemporary Fiction, and a Random House Reader’s Circle selection; and of a book of writing essays and exercises, Tools of the Writer’s Craft. She teaches at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, the Community of Writers, Squaw Valley, and is a Teaching Professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. Hall lives in Nevada City.

This event is FREE and everyone is invited.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Looking for a great gift...?

Time Tested Bucks make great gifts! 😉

Time Tested Books is proud to present our unique take on the gift certificate. We call them Time Tested Bucks, and you can put different denominations together in any amount for a clever, individualized gift--suitable for any occasion... (See below to purchsase online.)

Time Tested Bucks can be used to purchase new or used books and records, and can be applied to special orders. They are available in $50$20$10$5$2, and $1 denominations--each featuring an original drawing of a literary legend rendered by Sacramento artist Miriam Davis.

Stuff a stocking, tuck some into a birthday card, or slip them into books when you pass them along... Good book karma 👍

$50 James Joyce

Gift certificates are good for the purchase of 

new or used books and records, and they can be 

applied to special orders.

$20 Joan Didion

$10 Toni Morrison 

You can make your gift certificate purchase in the store, or call us and we can process your order over the phone.

You can also purchase gift certificates using Paypal (see below). We'll mail them directly to whomever you choose....

$5 Emily Dickinson

$2 Mark Twain

$1 Leo Tolstoy


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

20% OFF SALE = 12/26/17 ~ 1/7/18

Tuesday Dec.26 through Sunday Jan.7
= 20% off all new & used books & records! 
It's our way of thanking y'all for your support this past year and years past--and wishing you the best for years to come!

*Sale does NOT apply to trade credit, items on hold, or special orders.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Gina Mulligan reading/signing 'Dear Friend' - October 26th

 Time Tested Books
is proud to present
Gina Mulligan
Reading & Discussing

Dear Friend
 Letters of Encouragement, Humor, and Love for Women with Breast Cancer
Thursday, October 26th at 7 p.m. 

This beautiful collection of handwritten letters offers strength, encouragement, and comfort to women living with breast cancer. Written by compassionate strangers—many of whom have gone through their own health battles—these heartfelt letters were gathered by Girls Love Mail, an organization that provides support to people diagnosed with breast cancer as seen on NBC Nightly News. Presented in an elegant package with metallic end papers, and a ribbon marker, and brimming with warm messages of empathy, inspiration, and humor, Dear Friend delivers words of wisdom when they're needed the most.

About the Charity:
Girls Love Mail, the national charity featured on The NBC Nightly News, The Steve Harvey Show, People.com, and Today.com gives the gift of hand-written letters to women going through breast cancer treatment. Since August 2011, they’ve handed out over 100,000 letters – that’s 100,000 women helped by a kindness anyone can do. People across the country send in their hand-written notes to Girls Love Mail based in Sacramento, and then the organization gets them out through 160 hospital cancer centers across the country.

Book Talk & Letter Writing
Founder Gina L. Mulligan will give 20-minute talk about the charity and the lives they’ve touched. If available, local letter contributors will read their letters. Then the focus shifts to writing letters with the review of guidelines, tips, and samples. For the next 30-40 minutes, attendees will write their own letters, share their letters, and experience. The event is meant to be interactive and inspiring

Girls Love Mail will supply all stationary, pens, and materials. The charity will also bring clip boards for writing.

Gina L. Mulligan began her writing career over twenty years ago as a freelance journalist for national magazines. She is the author of two novels, REMEMBER THE LADIES and FROM ACROSS THE ROOM. She's won awards from the Abilene Writers Guild, San Francisco LitQuake, and the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition.

After her own diagnosis, Gina founded GIRLS LOVE MAIL, a charity that collects handwritten letters of encouragement for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. She has been featured on local and national media including the NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, The Steve Harvey Show, Woman’s Day magazine, Today.com, and People.com.

This event is FREE and everyone is invited.