Category Archives: Books

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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Palisadian Co-Authors ‘Redeeming Justice’, a Memoir that Explores the Criminal Justice System

By LAUREL BUSBY Special to Circling the News A false accusation of rape sent 17-year-old Jarrett Adams to prison for almost a decade. His odyssey, detailed in his new book, “Redeeming Justice,” covers his trial with an inept defense attorney, … Continue reading

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Discovering a Novel that Helped Define My Love of Books

    By BOB VICKREY Special to Circling the News   Avid readers share a major character flaw in the way we romanticize the world of books. We’re almost like evangelicals who have just discovered religion and feel compelled to … Continue reading

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Palisades Reads to Feature “The Overstory” on September 22 Via Zoom

This is the third year for Palisades Reads, a community-wide book club sponsored by the Friends of the Palisades Library that seeks to foster connections, spark conversations, but above all celebrate reading. This year’s selection, “The Overstory,” was the 2019 … Continue reading

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Book Launch Set for Ernest Marquez’s History of Rancho Boca de Santa Monica

Life-long resident Ernest Marquez, 97, will celebrate the publication of his latest book, “Rancho Boca de Santa Monica: The 1839 California Land Grant – A History,” on Saturday, September 25. A launch party will be held from 9 a.m. to … Continue reading

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