Carol's Staff Favorites

Carol has been with Annie Bloom's since 1995. A real estate agent by day, she joins forces with Edie every Friday night to sell books to Multnomah Village's rowdy TGIF crowd.   

 

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The Stars Are Fire Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780385350907
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 18th, 2017

Anita Shreve’s 18th novel is set in the fall of 1947 during Maine’s worst natural disaster. After a severe drought, wild fires devour nine coastal towns and over 1,200 homes. One night, twenty-four-year-old Grace Holland finds herself and her two toddlers homeless, huddling overnight in the waves off the shore struggling to stay alive. Her young fire-fighting husband is missing. As she makes a new home for her children in her recently deceased mother-in-law’s home, she discovers a resilience to tragedy and a longing for a better life that is both encouraged and threatened by unexpected forces.


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A Piece of the World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062356260
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Published: William Morrow & Company - February 21st, 2017

Christina Olson never got to see much of the world. Obligated to run the family’s household and suffering from a degenerative muscle condition that cost her the use of her legs by her early 30s, Christina was bound to her coastal Maine farm. At the age of 46 she meet 22-year-old Andrew Wyeth, the soon-to-be husband of Betsy James, a long-time friend who summered nearby. Andrew visits Christina’s home almost daily over the course of the next 20 summers, commandeering an upstairs bedroom as his art studio. In 1948 he paints one of his most famous works, Christina’s World, the haunting image of a young woman reclining on the ground gazing back at a weathered farmhouse. Written by the author of the bestselling Orphan Train, Christina Baker Klein’s latest work of historical fiction shares the story of the forgotten, yet unforgettable Christina Olson.


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The Unseen World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393354416
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 13th, 2017

Ada has not been raised like a typical daughter. David, her single, socially inept father, is a brilliant computer scientist who heads his own prestigious university lab. He home-schools Ada, which consisted largely of bringing her to work with him every day and teaching her overly-advanced subjects in the evenings. When David starts to show signs of dementia, 14-year-old Ada tries to keep their deteriorating household a secret. Inevitably, David is placed into a nursing home leaving Ada to be raised by Liston, one of his colleagues, along with her three sons. No longer able to communicate, it comes to light that David is perhaps not who everyone thought he was. Liz Moore, the author of Heft, brings us unforgettable characters faced with seemingly impossible circumstances.


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Portlandness: A Cultural Atlas Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781632170002
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Published: Sasquatch Books - October 27th, 2015

Portlandness is a compilation of 150 infographics that started as a project in PSU's Department of Geography. Over the course of several years, students and faculty made quirky, creative, and spot-on contributions ranging from the humorous to the shameful. You'll find depictions of Portland breweries etched in the foam of a pint, of independent coffee shops that looks like a stain running down your brand new white shirt, the invisibility of homelessness, our less than honorable history of redlining, the name origins of the alphabet district--Ankeny to York. And my favorite--Putting Our House in Order--a blueprint map of the city where Multnomah Village is the master bedroom, Division is the kitchen, Beaverton is the guest room, and Gresham is the garage. A great study of the city that will appeal to lovers of local history, maps, and graphic design.


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The Children Act Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781101872871
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Published: Anchor Books - April 28th, 2015

Fiona Maye has built a fine reputation for herself as a leading judge, upholding the Children Act of 1989 as she presides over family cases in England's High Court: the secular vs. traditional Haredi education of two young daughters of estranged parents, the separation of Siamese twins in which only one has a chance to survive. Fiona's newest case requires her to decide the fate of Adam Henry, a seventeen-year-old Jehovah's Witness with leukemia who is refusing the blood transfusion that will save his life. The decision she hands down for young Adam has an unexpected effect on both of them, especially in light of her 35-year-old marriage, which is coming apart.


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The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616204518
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Published: Algonquin Books - December 2nd, 2014

AJ Fikry is an independent bookseller. Tragically widowed after his wife is killed in a car accident while escorting a visiting author, AJ is now sole proprietor of Island Books on Alice Island off Hyannis, Massachusetts. The store's motto, "No Man Is an Island, Every Book Is a World," has lost its meaning, and AJ's on a mission to drink himself to death. He can't even be civil to Amelia Loman, the new sales rep for Knightley Books. Then two things happen. First, his rare manuscript of Edgar Allen Poe's teenage poetry is stolen, then two-year-old Maya is abandoned in the bookstore with a note pinned onto her stuffed Elmo. Booksellers will love The Storied Life of AJ Fikry for the familiar and bookstore lovers will love it even more. This is a story of second chances nurtured among the shelves.


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The Invention of Wings Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143121701
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Published: Penguin Books - May 5th, 2015

The author of The Secret Life of Bees has created a remarkable and moving work of historical fiction in her latest novel, The Invention of Wings. Set in Charleston, SC, in the early 1800s, readers follow the 35-year journey of Sarah Grimke, a wealthy southern daughter, and Hetty "Handful" Grimke, the 10-year-old slave Sarah was given as her personal handmaid on her 11th birthday. Sarah is as reluctant to own another human being as Handful is to be owned. Each yearns for her own personal freedom in a changing world where slave revolt is conspired behind closed doors while the end of slavery and the rights of women are promoted by handbill in the streets. Inspired by the life of Sarah Grimke, early abolitionist and women's rights advocate.


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The Free Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062276742
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 4th, 2014

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A Star for Mrs. Blake Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307948809
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Published: Vintage - September 23rd, 2014

A sad, thoughtful historical novel of post WWI.


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ISBN: 9780812979510
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Published: Random House Trade - April 8th, 2014

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge writes about three siblings who are less than lovable, yet utterly human. Bobby, the twin who lives with the guilt of having put the family car into gear as a toddler and killing their father, reminds one of a sad, humorless Bob Newhart. Older brother Jim--small town favorite son, Harvard Law grad--launched his career in a high profile case defending a popular soul singer who most likely did kill his girlfriend. Susan, Bobby's twin and an ophthalmologist at the local mall, never left Shirley Falls, Maine. When Susan's 19-year-old son, Zach, pitches a bloody pig's head into a mosque full of praying Somali refugees, Bobby and Jim reluctantly return home to help contain a troubled young man's impulsive act from sky rocketing into a national hate crime.


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The Bartender's Tale Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594631481
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 6th, 2013

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The Language of Flowers Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345525550
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Published: Ballantine Books - April 3rd, 2012