Event Manager Heather

Heather is a new recruit to Kepler’s and is in charge of the adult event program. Raised in the North of England she spent her childhood going on field trips to Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage, Haworth Parsonage (home of the Bronte sisters), and Beatrix Potter’s farm. Since moving to California 10 years ago she has enjoyed soaking up the sunshine (which makes a nice change from the English rain) and, after a career in museums, she has landed her dream job at Kepler’s. If she’s not reading then Heather can be found running (while listening to a bookish podcast), finding books for her kids and cats to enjoy, and finding great authors to bring to your doorstep in Menlo Park! 


Favorite Genres: 
Literary Fiction
Book Recommendations: 
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The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating By Elisabeth Tova Bailey Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616206420
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Algonquin Books - September 6th, 2016


Most of us can imagine having a dog, cat, bird or fish for a pet, but how about a mollusk? Well, it turns out the humble snail is the perfect companion. From the moment Tova, who is bedridden from a chronic illness, discovers a woodland snail in a pot of violets from the nearby forest she raptures about the creature’s feeding habits, its sleep rhythms and, yes, even its intelligence. If you’re looking for a birthday present or a tiny book to cheer up a friend look no further. ~Heather

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Forget the Alamo: The Rise and Fall of an American Myth By Bryan Burrough, Chris Tomlinson, Jason Stanford Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984880116
Availability: In Stock at Kepler's Now
Published: Penguin Books - June 7th, 2022


This book kept jumping out at me in bookstores with its glossy cover and catchy title and, boy, it didn't disappoint. The myth of Crockett, Travis and Bowie is quickly dispelled as the authors detail the fatal events in 1836 at a Spanish Mission in San Antonio, Texas, and then chronicle the years since then over what on earth to do with the crumbling site. What the authors describe as the Heroic Anglo Narrative has, sadly, stood the test of time but there may still be time to reclaim the site for the Chicanos, Native Americans and African-Americans. Phil Collins (yes, that Phil Collins) even enters the story as a collector of Alamo artifacts. ~Heather

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Muppets in Moscow: The Unexpected Crazy True Story of Making Sesame Street in Russia By Natasha Lance Rogoff Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538161289
Availability: Usually Arrives at Kepler's in 3-14 Days
Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - October 17th, 2022


Even if you've never watched Sesame Street (which, as a Brit, is true of me) Muppets In Moscow is a truly gripping tale about convincing the Russians to screen the show after the collapse of the USSR. The Russians had their own ideas about what Russian Muppets should look like (pretty sinister looking and not at all colorful and cuddly), and didn't much like the idea of "another distasteful import". But, after a four year saga involving a huge cast of directors, musicians, writers, producers, set designers, puppeteers, animators and actors, the show gets made and - to the delight of everyone involved - the Russians enjoy The Muppets behind the iron curtain. ~Heather

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A Month in the Country By J.L. Carr, Michael Holroyd (Introduction by) Cover Image
By J.L. Carr, Michael Holroyd (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780940322479
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Published: NYRB Classics - October 31st, 2000


On the face of it nothing much happens in this novella but, if you’re willing to let this book wrap itself around you like a cozy blanket, you won’t be disappointed. At the start of the book we find the main protagonist, Tom Birkin, a World War I veteran, in Oxgodby, a remote (and fictional) English village. His mission there is to restore a recently discovered medieval mural in the local church and, as you turn the pages, we watch him slowly reckoning with the trauma of the war. And, once you’ve bought this book and started your collection of New York Review Classics, you won’t want to stop adding to your NYRB collection! ~Heather

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The Bird's Nest By Shirley Jackson, Kevin Wilson (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Shirley Jackson, Kevin Wilson (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780143107033
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Published: Penguin Classics - January 28th, 2014


It’s almost impossible to choose a novel by Shirley Jackson as her novels and memoirs (check out Raising Demons and Life Among the Savages, both about parenting her four children) are all so fabulous. And did you know she was born in San Francisco? The Bird’s Nest was published nearly 70 years ago and is an examination of mental illness. Elizabeth Richmond possesses many personalities and, over the course of this novel, she becomes two people, then three, then four. As we learn of Elizabeth’s desires and behaviors the novel becomes darker and darker, and Jackson takes on a journey to the brink of madness. As with all of Jackon’s novels you will be on the edge of your seat. ~Heather