Category Archives: Books

Dog Days of August Are Perfect for a Great Read

    EISENSTOCK’S SELECTS: Writer Alan Eisenstock, who has done a weekly themed playlist for the past two years, is on vacation and was asked what was on his reading list this summer. Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead, is a New … Continue reading

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2022 Summer Youth Writing Contest Underway

The Friends of the Palisades Library organization has launched its annual summer creative writing contest, which is now available for students who attend school (private or public) in Los Angeles. Youth and teens from first grade through high school are … Continue reading

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New Book Features Thomas Mann, the Nobel Laureate of San Remo Drive

By LIBBY MOTIKA Circling the News Contributor When the homeland becomes foreign, the foreign becomes the homeland. This sentence was the blueprint for so many of the German anti-fascists who fled Hitler’s savage despotism to find refuge in the United … Continue reading

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Author Rebecca Rukeyser to Discuss Book

  Author Rebecca Rukeyser will speak about her debut novel, “The Seaplane on Final Approach” via Zoom at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 28, for the Palisades Library. Rukeyser’s book has been listed by TIME Magazine’s as one of “27 … Continue reading

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Joyous Celebration at Public Library

Friends of the Palisades Library hosted a “grand reopening” celebration at the library, 861 Alma Real Drive on May 21. And it was grand. The library had been closed for nearly two years – first because of the pandemic and … Continue reading

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Amazon Is Shutting Stores, Ending Amazon Books in Caruso’s Palisades Village

A reader sent Circling the News a March 2 story that has appeared on Reuters, USA Today and CNBC, noting that Amazon will shut 68 retail stores, including Amazon Books, 4-Star, and Pop-up Shops. The story states that closures will … Continue reading

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Palisades Author Betsy Rosenthal Featured at Diesel

Author Betsy Rosenthal will discuss and sign her latest book “When Lightnin’ Struck” in the courtyard at DIESEL, a Brentwood bookstore, this Sunday, February 27 at 3 p.m. The event is free. Masks are required at the store, located at … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

  Many people, like my husband of 30 years, stress over Valentine’s Day. Here are a couple of easy suggestions for a gift for Monday, February 14. PAJAMAS AND SLEEPWEAR: Belleza owner Olivia Ciania, has “super sexy nightgowns,” in her … Continue reading

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Palisades Branch Library FINALLY Reopens with a Fresh New Look 

When the library doors opened on December 27 at 10 a.m., Palisades Branch Senior Librarian Mary Hopf welcomed two longtime members of the community. “We missed you so much,” she said. The two responded, “Not as much as we missed … Continue reading

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Revisiting My Own “Wonder Years” Moment

By BOB VICKREY   There was something undeniably compelling about the television show “The Wonder Years” that ran from the late 1980s into the early ‘90s. The show was set in a middle-class neighborhood against the turbulent backdrop of the … Continue reading

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