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Sacramento, CA 95811 // USA
Phone: 916-447-5696
Email: info@timetestedbooks.net

Store Hours:
11am - 7pm Monday-Saturday
11am - 3pm Sunday
(We're usually open late for 2nd Saturday)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Monday February 13: Ben Ehrenreich reading/discussing 'The Way to the Spring'

Time Tested Books
is pleased to present
Ben Ehrenreich
reading & signing his new book
The Way to the Spring:
Life and Death in Palestine
Monday, February 13th, 7:00pm


From 2011-2013, American journalist Ben Ehrenreich lived in different cities of the West Bank, staying with Palestinian families and writing major stories for American outlets including a cover story for The New York Times Magazine. During that time he was also gathering material for his book, The Way to the Spring, which chronicles what he witnessed and experienced there, and places Palestine in the same terrain as the war genre associated with courageous journalism. Ehrenreich’s writing unflinchingly describes how Palestinians in the West Bank live under occupation, how they are ruled by the Israeli military, and how they are constantly harassed by Israeli settlers who admit they are trying to drive them from the land. He shows the ways in which they are forced to negotiate an ever more elaborate and more suffocating series of fences, checkpoints, and barriers that have sundered home from field, and home from home. His writing places us in the footsteps of ordinary Palestinians, transmitting their stories with consummate literary power, making it impossible for readers to turn away.

(For a review of the book click here.)

"Captures events unfolding on the West Bank with sympathy and restraint."
--Colm Tóibín, Irish Times

"I'm gripped by it. Ehrenreich lived with many of those he writes about, and so his story is wonderfully intimate. A mother reading Dan Brown in Arabic. A settler tangled in razor wire. The black socks on a dead man’s feet. For all its politics – and its author is extremely attentive to the way things work (and don’t work) in Palestine – I feel more like I’m involved in a pacy novel than struggling to swallow yet more unpalatable truths."
--Rachel Cooke, The Guardian

"Ehrenreich reveals a Palestine that is defined not by loss, but by 'semi-magical' defiance and vitality. Despite their land 'vanishing beneath their feet,' life continues and, as one young resident puts it, remains 'beautiful.'"
--Claire Hazelton, Financial Times

“An elegant and moving account . . . [Ehrenreich] brings a novelist’s eye to his subject . . .  It should be read by friends and foes of Israel alike.”
--The Economist

Ben Ehrenreich is the author of two novels, Ether and The Suitors. His writing has appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, and the London Review of Books, among other outlets. A recipient of the National Magazine Award, Ehrenreich lives in Los Angeles.

Copies of The Way to the Spring will be available for purchase at the event.

This event is FREE & all are welcome.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

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...

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


Thursday, November 17, 2016

John Freeman presents FREEMAN'S: 'Family' - December 2nd

Time Tested Books
is very pleased to welcome back
John Freeman
with Naomi Williams & Garnette Cadogan
Friday, December 2nd, 7:00pm

Freeman’s: Family is the second literary anthology in the series reviewers are calling “bold” (Minneapolis Star-Tribune) and “refreshing” (Chicago Literati). Following a debut issue on the theme of “Arrival,” Freeman circles a new topic whose definition is constantly challenged by the best of our writers: family.

With outstanding, never-before-published pieces of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from literary heavyweights and up-and-coming writers alike, Freeman’s collects the most amusing, heartbreaking, and probing stories emerging today, grouped loosely around a single theme, and announces the arrival of an essential map to the best new writing in the world.

*John will appear in conversation with Naomi Williams and Garnette Cadogan. Join us for an evening of thoughtful discussion about writers, writing, books and more!

John Freeman is an award-winning writer and book critic. The former editor of Granta and onetime president of the National Book Critics Circle, he has written about books for more than two hundred publications worldwide, including The New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, la Repubblica, and La Vanguardia. His books include How to Read a Novelist; Tales of Two Cities: the Best and Worst of Times in Today's New York; and The Tyranny of Email. His poetry has been published in The New Yorker, ZYZZYVA, and The Paris Review. He is an executive editor at the Literary Hub and teaches at the New School in New York City. (JF photo by Deborah Treisman)

This event is free & all are welcome .

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Lois Ann Abraham reading/signing 'Tina Goes to Heaven' - November 17th

Time Tested Books
is pleased to welcome back
Lois Ann Abraham 
reading & signing her debut novel
Tina Goes to Heaven
Thursday, November 17th, 7:00pm

After a successful robbery to bankroll her escape from a life of prostitution, Tina Martin finds herself stranded — and flat broke — in the most unlikely place, a rustic fishing resort and campground nestled in the Sierra Nevada. And though it's difficult to shake off the curious habits and natural mistrust of others that she learned in her past life, Tina comes to rely on her good intentions, keen intelligence, and her willingness to take on unpleasant tasks to make herself indispensable to the camp's proprietor, Bill — and his desperately fractured family.

Called "a crazy cocktail, mixed with mayhem and laughs and a dash of oddball noir" (-Joshua Mohr) and "an emotional treasure" (-Lydia Netzer), TINA GOES TO HEAVEN is an irreverent and madcap coming of age story about a resilient woman's journey to find a place to finally call home and a debut novel with an uncommonly strong and mature voice.

(Published by Ad Lumen Press from American River College in Sacramento.)

Lois Ann Abraham is a professor of English at American River College. Originally from Texas, Abraham currently lives in California with her husband. She is also the author of CIRCUS GIRL & OTHER STORIES (Ad Lumen Press).

This event is FREE & all are welcome.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Mary Mackey presents 'The Village of Bones: Sabalah's Tale' - November 9th

Time Tested Books
is pleased to welcome back
Mary Mackey
reading & signing her new novel
The Village of Bones: Sabalah's Tale
Wednesday, November 9th, 7:00pm 

A perilous journey, a stunning prophecy, a dangerous love that could destroy humankind: In 4386 B.C., a young priestess named Sabalah conceives a magical child with a mysterious stranger named Arash. Sabalah names the child Marrah. This child will save the Goddess-worshiping people of Europe from marauding nomad invaders called Beastmen, but only if her mother can keep her alive long enough to grow up. Warned by the Goddess in a vision of the coming invasion, Sabalah flees west with Arash to save her baby daughter, only to discover that she is running into the arms of her worst enemies. In the dark forests of northern Europe, other human-like species left over from the Ice Age still exist.

"Mary Mackey’s The Village of Bones gives us the vivid adventures of The Clan of the Cave Bear, the magic of The Mists of Avalon and Lord of the Rings, and the beauty of Avatar. Filled with the belief that love drives out fear, it contains stunning twists that will leave you wanting more."
--Dorothy Hearst, author of the Wolf Chronicles

Mary Mackey is a retired professor from the Sacramento State English Department where she taught creative writing and film for over 30 years. She is the author of fourteen novels, several of which have appeared on the New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller Lists. She has also written seven volumes of poetry, including Sugar Zone, winner of the 2012 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence. Mackey’s novels have been translated into twelve languages including Japanese, Russian, Hebrew, Greek, and Finnish. Also a screenwriter, she has sold feature-length scripts to Warner Brothers as well as independent film companies.

This event is FREE and everyone is invited.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Arturo Mantecón & Gilberto Rodriguez - October 26th

Time Tested Books
is proud to present
Poets Arturo Mantecón
& Gilberto Rodriguez
with musical accompaniment by Arturo Balderrama
 Wednesday, October 26th, 7:00pm

Arturo Mantecón

Local poets Arturo Mantecón and Gilberto Rodriguez will be reading the work of two renowned Spanish poets, Leopoldo María Panero and Francisco Ferrer Lerín.

Francisco Ferrer Lerín (Barcelona, 1942) is undoubtedly one of the most original and "problematic" poets of the second half of the twentieth century. His literary ability was manifest at an early age, and he was marked as serious poetic talent.

Then began a period of silence starting in 1971--only broken in 1987 by the publication of his third and last book of poems and in 2005 by the publication of his novel "Níquel". He departed from the literary world to pursue the study of ornithology becoming, in the process one of the world's great experts on the subject of the vultures, ravens, and magpies.

Leopoldo María Panero (1948-2014) was arguably the greatest Spanish poet after García Lorca. Confined to insane asylums for the greater part of his life, he believed himself to be the reincarnation of Charles Baudelaire. He was, in his own words, as intelligent as Nietzche, and he wrote with the same sort of prophetic vehemence as did that great German philosopher.

Rodríguez and Mantecón will also present their own work in addition to reading the translated poems of Panero and Ferrer Lerín.

This event is FREE and everyone is invited.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Scholarshare Children's Book Festival at Fairytale Town - September 24th-25th

Time Tested Books
is proud to be the official bookseller for the
16th Annual
ScholarShare Children's Book Festival
@ Fairytale Town
Saturday & Sunday
September 24 & 25
10AM - 4PM

Guests receive FREE admission both days
thanks to generous support from ScholarShare College Savings Plan.

More info here & on facebook

Be sure to stop by our table:
we'll be selling books by featured authors/illustrators
as well as other new & used kids' books.

Fairytale Town
3901 Land Park Drive,
Sacramento, CA 95822