What surrounds you, inspires you.


There’s a feeling I get being in a room with books. Some kind of comfort. I love turning pages. I love a great story.

We’ve starting to build our library at The Indie Alley because we believe that what surrounds you inspires you. So you’ll see books and periodicals come and go. We’re open to hearing your favorites, or even just what you’re reading right now.

Here’s what’s on my nightstand now:


This Bridge Will Not Be Gray

When I first crossed the Golden Gate Bridge I thought “I’ve got to live here.” Like most of us, I’m still in awe of that bridge and the beauty around us every time I cross it. It’s written by Dave Eggers and illustrated by Tucker Nichols, both Marin residents. Great, fun history of the Golden Gate Bridge - for kids and their grown-ups. We read it over and over in our house.


Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

I just started this book the other day. But it’s been on my list for a long time. I’m a writer and I find myself often questioning my comma placement.


The New Yorker

Yes, so I’m a few months behind and I have them stacked in date order. But I make it through a few issues a week and don’t pressure myself to read articles that don’t interest me.


Harry Potter Book 3: The Prisoner of Azkaban

2nd grader. Bedtime reading. Enough said.


Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

JD Vance’s family story woven through the history of the working-class population of Appalachia.


The New Basics Cookbook

Okay – not on my nightstand but this book lives on my kitchen counter. Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins have a series of books you’ve seen including The New Basics and the Silver Palate. Some nights we just have to order burritos because I’m out of time and energy. But as often as I can I cook a meal from scratch and this is my go-to guide.


Let us know those books you think need sharing and circulating in our space. Maybe soon we might even have our own book group…


By Jen