Don’t take my word that the book is wonderful. Google it and read the reviews.
I might also point out that October is usually the most beautiful month on the northern California coast, and a day or weekend trip to Gualala can be a delightful getaway. Gualala is about sixty miles northwest of Santa Rosa, due north of the Gualala River which marks the border between Sonoma and Mendocino counties. In addition to the Frog, a great bookstore and gathering place, the tiny town also has galleries, a Center for the Arts, shops and restaurants.
The real reason to go, of course, is to make a dent in your Christmas gift list by buying people you know personalized, autographed copies of Brian’s book. If you take the time to browse the Frog while you are there, who knows what other treasures you’ll find?