The highly awaited new novel from the international bestselling author of The German Midwife (also published as A Woman of War). In 1943, Stella leads a double life as a typist for the Third Reich by day and as a messenger for the Italian resistance by night. In 2017, Luisa discovers a mysterious old typewriter and, determined to discover its owner, uncovers a decades-old story of love and devastating betrayal… “Powerful, haunting” (Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Huntress).

PRE-ORDER (JUN 23, 2020)

This atlas depicting the environmental crisis of plastic pollution focused on our oceans should be part of every school curriculum to arouse awareness of this global problem and to rouse this coming generation to explore and generate possible solutions, to resolve the current damage inflicted by technology, and to discover means to avoid further environmental contamination.

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The story takes fans back to the early days in this fan-favorite couple’s relationship, with new adventures and exciting surprises that continue to expand this vibrant world. The humor is spot-on with snark and quirkiness that includes two warlocks battling over a stolen party, a notable vampire named Peng Fang, and an epic demon chase in a hot air balloon. The Red Scrolls of Magic has humor and heart with romance and demon hunting, mystery, and chaos, which are blended together to breathe life into a delightful love story.

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This book manages to take a highly stigmatized topic and bring it into the light, and in the process create a story that is both hilarious and beautiful. Veronica is a high school girl many of us can identify with on some level, living her dream years and perhaps being just a bit cruel in the process of attaining her goals. Bailey is a perfect anti-hero; we all knew someone like her in high school, or maybe embodied some of her qualities ourselves. Their adventure is the stuff movies are made of, and readers will enjoy every page!

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New Daughters of Africa is not only for people of African descent; it is for everyone. It is for any person who wants to understand women who descend from Africans. It is for people eager to begin a new tradition that does not penalize a woman born with dark skin and kinky hair. Poet Zena Edwards writes about Sara Reed, a black woman who succumbed to mental illness and took her own life after her baby died. Reed ended up beaten by London police and imprisoned before her demise. I believe the most important reader of this work will be girls; girls who need to know who they are. There may be girls in the world like Nawal El Saadawi who grew up in Egypt, not knowing that she was an African woman. This work was assembled for a time such as this, and it will echo the unified voice of women of African descent for generations to come.

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The Nanny is a fantastic read for fans of thrillers and suspense novels with a twist. The book alternates narration between Jo and Virginia as well as some chapters that give us some backstory into Hannah’s past. This book was creatively written and is the perfect mystery.

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Dual Citizens is a long flashback narrated by Lark, who is happy and settled in her present life, but still grappling with the fraught path she traveled to get there and the even more lurching path Robin traveled to find a place by her side. Alix Ohlin’s gorgeous prose and deeply drawn characters pull readers easily through the decades, creating an unforgettable portrait of two women who find that the bonds of sisterhood transcend even the most conflicting definitions of happiness.

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It’s been six years since a pandemic rocked the world, wiping out most of the people on Earth. Those who survived are now living in a multitude of communities and doing their best to pick up the pieces of their lives. Among this population, however, there’s a group of four people who will band together, face the ghosts from their pasts and prepare themselves for a rumored second outbreak.

PRE-ORDER (JAN 14, 2020)

An intimate portrayal, Alicia Keys shares her private story. From her relationship with her father, romantic revelations, her career and the difficult expectations of ‘female perfection,’ she bares it all in this exploration of who she really is. She candidly recounts her story and shares how she rediscovered herself and found her truth.

PRE-ORDER (MAR 31, 2020)

Have you read a book you’d love to recommend? We’d love to feature a shelf-talker in the store and on our website.

Why not display books from the New York Times Best Sellers list? Well, we believe that displaying books in our store that are a direct representation of what our neighbors — the San Francisco Bay Area — are reading is a more accurate depiction of our area. You’ll find many of these books in the front of our store shelves and also here on our website that are available for purchase.
Inspiring Women to Read About

Inspiring Women to Read About

Roundup by Holly Scudero December is traditionally a time for looking back, hopefully with fondness, on what the previous year has brought. We think of what we’ve accomplished, the state of the world, the good and the bad, and analyze. And December is also a time for...

Hot Graphic Novels Roundup

Hot Graphic Novels Roundup

Roundup by Thomas Rojek The last few months brought us some wonderful graphic novels. I've taken the liberty of creating this roundup of my favorites and providing a summary of each book and why I loved each of them. Midnight RadioBy Iolanda ZanfardinoLion Forge,...

Cooking With Spices

Cooking With Spices

By Thomas Rojek With summer officially coming to a close, we're taking a look at cookbooks that embody robust spices, which invite Fall cooking.  One Dish - Four SeasonsBy Jordan ZuckerPublisher: Home Sauce Publications$44.00, 208 pages One Dish - Four Seasons...

Nothing beats the experience of coming into our bookstore. We’d love to help you find the perfect book, but if you simply cannot make it in, we make it easy to find everything we’re carrying in the shop in our online store. You can even reserve your copy or have us order it for you right from our online store. We’ll message you when the book arrives.

FRI, JAN 31

Opening Night of Stories on Stage Sacramento’s 2020 Season:
Memoirists Pam Houston and Dorothy Rice

7:30 – 9:30 pm

CLARA (E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts)

SAT, FEB 1

Craft Spirits Magazine Editor in Chief Jeff Cioletti

3:00 pm

Cioletti’s tenure in liquid literacy has exposed him to some of the best libations the world has to offer and given him access to the producers and purveyors of such fine refreshments. Join us as he launches his book DRINK LIKE A GEEK.

SAT, FEB 11

Children’s Storytime
(Ages 0-5)

11:00 am

Join us every Saturday morning for children’s storytime. We’ll select books from our picture book section to read to the kids.
 
Convenient parking in Capitol Garage on 10th & L Streets. We validate parking. Lightrail also lets out right in front of the store.

SUN, FEB 23

NYT Best-Selling Author Lisa McMann Launches new book in The Unwanteds Quest series, Dragon Fire

1:00 pm

We’re excited to host Lisa McMann again for the launch of her next book.

SAT, MAR 14

916 Ink Student Anthology Readings

6:00 pm

At the end of every creative writing program, 916 Ink publishes an anthology of student work–young writers become young authors. We have published over 100 anthologies over the years and are excited to share the diverse stories and experiences with the public.

FRI, MAY 8

Neil Gaimen at the Sacramento Central Library

Capital Books is proud to be the bookseller for the Sacramento Central Public Library’s event with Neil Gaimen. Details to come soon.
There is no parking on K Street, but there is a parking garage located just a half-block away from the store at 133 10th St Sacramento, CA 95814.

Weekends are $5 all day parking
Weekday rate is $1.50 per half hour

Consult the City of Sacramento parking map for street parking and rates.

We validate parking at Capitol Garage (up to $5)!

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It’s like moving twice a month

It’s like moving twice a month

I realized it's been many, many months since I blogged about our journey of opening, and now running, a bookstore. January will mark the one-year anniversary since we signed the lease. About this time last year, Ross and I were scouting locations to do this little...

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8 Weeks In…And We’re Still Alive!

8 Weeks In…And We’re Still Alive!

Wow! It really has been quite a while since I last wrote a blog post. I actually feel like I'm crawling out of the hole that sucked me in when we started renovating the store space 6 months ago. Yeah, we realized this evening that it's been half a year since we...

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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

It's amazing how many times this one children's book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, can be applied to real life. Starting on one project, which leads to a whole new, unplanned-for, project, happens to all of us. Despite our meticulous planning for renovating the space...

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Putting Lipstick on a Pig

Putting Lipstick on a Pig

We're starting to feel the pressure now that March is nearly halfway over. When we started renovating the space two months ago, April seemed so far away. Now, it's right around the corner. When we're there tearing things apart, many people poke their heads in the open...

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Dust…everywhere!

Dust…everywhere!

Today, Presidents' Day, there was a marked shift in how renovation felt at the bookstore. The professional construction crew arrived. It was like the Cavalry coming in, and that felt pretty presidential — and LOUD — to me. (Be sure to turn your sound on.)...

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Back to Square One

Back to Square One

Usually, the phrase "back to square one" means something fell through, but, in our case, it means we're able to move FORWARD. After we signed the store lease about a month ago, we kicked into high gear in demolishing interior (non-load-bearing) walls that we didn't...

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