Discover 5 Enchanting Books by Locals

Summer book nook.

Help! We Can’t Stop Aging: Wit and Wisdom on the Art of Aging 

by Laurie Raskin and Joyce King Heyraud 

Mixed-media artist Laurie Raskin and psychotherapist and poet Joyce King Heyraud collaborate on this gift book, hoping to inspire and illuminate the multifaceted aspects of aging. It combines art and poetry while adding inspirational quotes and humor.  For more on the book, go here.

To the Temple of Tranquility…and Step On It!

by Ed Begley Jr.

Actor and environmental activist Ed Begley Jr. shares funny and poignant stories of his improbable life, including his relationship with his Oscar-winning actor father, adventures with Hollywood icons, addiction and recovery, and his lifelong search for wisdom and common ground.

Stay Golden, Girls: Friendship Is the New Marriage

by Rachel Steinman and Rachel Winter

Two close friends collaborated on this colorful gift book that celebrates women’s friendship with essays, quotes and vibrant illustrations. Part of the proceeds go to Girls Inc., an organization that offers mentorship for girls and young women.

Remember Me As Human 

by Lucy Walsh

Singer-songwriter and actress Lucy Walsh grew up in a musical family. Her father is Joe Walsh of the Eagles, and her uncle is Ringo Starr. Yet her journey of self-discovery comes via her grandparents, as she examines the love letters they exchanged during World War II. 

Acting Is Your Business: How to Take Charge of Your Career 

by Wendy Kurtzman

OK, so you graduated from a performing arts school. Now what? Casting director and Chapman University professor Wendy Kurtzman provides the tools needed to connect with industry professionals and an action plan for building and sustaining a career.

The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music

By Dave Grohl

This 2021 memoir by the Foo Fighters founder has recently been released as a paperback. Dave recounts his journey from being a skinny Virginia teenager drumming for the punk band Scream to living through the explosion of Nirvana to his life now as a devoted husband and father of two girls in the Valley.