December 2017 Gift Books, Holiday Catalog, and More

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Annie Bloom's Books is hosting its annual  Giving Tree book drive this holiday season for children served by several local non-profit organizations:

Community Transitional School

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Raphael House of Portland

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December 2017 Gift Books, Holiday Catalog, and More
Check out these great selections from our Gift Books section. Plus, here are more highlights from our Holiday Catalog! Also, mark your calendars now for our Author Readings in 2018. And we invite you to donate to the Giving Tree! 
The Holiday Catalog 
Peruse these highlights from the Holiday Catalog, courtesy of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association:

The Art of Flora Forager
by Bridget Beth Collins
Flower fans and nature enthusiasts will fall in love with this charming art book from Instagram sensation Flora Forager featuring the best of her unique floral compositions created with botanical materials. Flora Forager creates images out of flower petals, leaves, stones, twigs, and other natural materials that she finds in her garden and in urban wild areas in her neighborhood. This intimate, lovely book collects her best pieces, including new, exclusive art, along with a peek into her unique creative process. Featured pieces include scenes, mandalas, animals, birds, fish, insects, mythical creatures, iconic women, old masters, and more. Each artwork is accompanied by explanatory text on a facing page including piece name, materials used, and a short, evocative description of the artist's process and inspiration.

Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter & Booze
edited by Kate Lebo and Samuel Ligon
Pie & Whiskey, the book, is a literary collection of readings presented over the past six years in Spokane, WA, and Missoula, MT, at Pie & Whiskey, the event, run by editors Lebo and Ligon. Writers like Jess Walter, J Robert Lennon, Kim Barnes, and ML Smoker were invited to generate new work based on prompts that involve pie or whiskey or both. Sam and Kate figured that good writing served with a slice of pie and a shot of whiskey would create an energized atmosphere uncommon at literary events. The contributors, drawn mainly from the west, but not exclusively, responded with surprising, funny, heartbreaking, fantastically written stories and poems. The book will include a smattering of pie recipes and whiskey-centric cocktails. Look here for tasty literary servings.

Drawn to Color: A Pacific Northwest Coloring Book
edited by Ben Clanton
Color with critically acclaimed and up-and-coming artists in this unique Pacific Northwest-themed coloring book that features original art from over 20 children's book illustrators. With over 50 pages to color of subjects ranging from farmers' markets to food carts and coffee culture, to otters, wolves, and bears, to sea serpents, UFOs, and the Space Needle, this coloring book will appeal to both children and adults. The variety of art ranges from simple to highly detailed, offering a range of coloring challenges.

Portland Cooks
by Danielle Centoni
Portland is synonymous with DIY scrappiness, rule-breaking creativity, and a die-hard collaborative spirit, and it also happens to be America's favorite foodie destination. Portland Cooks presents 80 recipes from 40 of Stumptown's most popular restaurants and bars. From the most modest and unassuming cafes to eclectic neighborhood joints to late-night cocktail bars, the book celebrates the pioneers, game-changers, upstarts, and torch-bearers who help put Portland on the culinary map. Some recipes are an adventure, requiring a trip to the Asian market while others are a snap to pull off on any given weeknight. But above all, they're all designed with the home cook in mind.

A Sideways Look at Clouds
by Maria Ruth
Ruth fell in love with clouds the same way she stumbles into most passions: madly and unexpectedly. A Sideways Look at Clouds is the story of her quite accidental infatuation with and education about the clouds above. The book acknowledges the challenges of understanding clouds and so uses a very steep and bumpy learning curve--the author's--as its plot line. A Sideways Look at Clouds is structured around the ten words used in most definitions of a cloud: "a visible mass of water droplets or ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere above the earth." A captivating story teller, Maria blends science, wonder, and humor to take the scenic route through the clouds and encourages readers to chart their own rambling, idiosyncratic course.

All She Left Behind
by Jane Kirkpatrick
Already well-versed in the natural healing properties of herbs and oils, Jennie Pickett longs to become a doctor. But the Oregon frontier of the 1870s doesn't approve of such innovations as women attending medical school. To leave grief and guilt behind, as well as support herself and her challenging young son, Jennie cares for an elderly woman using skills she's developed on her own. When her patient dies, Jennie discovers that her heart has become entangled with the woman's widowed husband, a man many years her senior. Their unlikely romance may lead her to her ultimate goal--but the road will be winding and the way forward will not always be clear. Will Jennie find shelter in life's storms? Will she discover where healing truly lives?

Star Wars Made Easy
by Christian Blauvelt
Don't know your Wookiees from your Wampas? If the Star Wars saga has you stumped, we've got your back. Star Wars Made Easy gives you everything you need to get you around the galaxy. Star Wars is a global phenomenon and the Force has truly reawakened. So where to start if you have never actually gotten around to watching the movies? Or if you find yourself dating an avid Star Wars fan? Or your kids keep asking you tricky questions about the dark side? Don't worry We have you covered. Star Wars Made Easy is aimed at Star Wars novices who want to get up to speed and make sense of the Star Wars references that permeate modern culture. This book will answer questions about the movies, the Star Wars universe, and much more.

My Miniature Library: 30 Tiny Books to Make, Read and Treasure
by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini
This is a kit to make a complete collection of tiny books that you can really read. With stories ranging from illustrated fairy tales to well-loved nonsense rhymes and books of butterflies, birds and flowers, plus blank books for you to complete yourself, you'll have everything you need to make a little library of beautifully illustrated books. The books are simple to make--just cut, fold, and glue. The kit comes with a miniature bookshelf to press out and make, and easy-to-follow, fully illustrated instructions. Plus the box transforms into a beautiful library scene.

Women Who Dared
by Linda Skeers and Livi Gosling
Women have been doing amazing, daring, and dangerous things for years, but they're rarely mentioned in our history books as adventurers, daredevils, or rebels. This new compilation of 52 brief biographies features women throughout history who have risked their lives for adventure--many of whom you may not know, but all of whom you'll want to know, such as: Annie Edson Taylor, the first person who dared to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel; Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman who dared to fly in space; Helen Gibson, the first woman who dared to be a professional stunt person. This is the perfect read for anyone who wants to know what it means to explore, discover, play, climb, and fight like a girl.

Grant
by Ron Chernow
Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman, or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don't come close to capturing him, as Chernow shows in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency. Grant is a grand synthesis of painstaking research and literary brilliance that makes sense of all sides of Grant's life, explaining how this simple Midwesterner could at once be so ordinary and so extraordinary.

Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery
by Scott Kelly 
The veteran of four spaceflights and the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space, Scott Kelly has experienced things very few have. Now, he takes us inside a sphere utterly hostile to human life. He describes navigating the extreme challenge of long-term spaceflight, both life-threatening and mundane. Kelly's humanity, compassion, humor, and determination resonate throughout, as he recalls his rough-and-tumble New Jersey childhood and the youthful inspiration that sparked his astounding career, and as he makes clear his belief that Mars will be the next, ultimately challenging, step in spaceflight. In Endurance, we see the triumph of the human imagination, the strength of the human will, and the infinite wonder of the galaxy.

The Revolution of Marina M.
by Janet Fitch
St. Petersburg, New Year's Eve, 1916. Marina Makarova is a young woman of privilege who aches to break free of the constraints of her genteel life, a life about to be violently upended by the vast forces of history. Swept up on these tides, Marina will join the marches for workers' rights, fall in love with a radical young poet, and betray everything she holds dear, before being betrayed in turn. As her country goes through almost unimaginable upheaval, Marina's own coming-of-age unfolds, marked by deep passion and devastating loss, and the private heroism of an ordinary woman living through extraordinary times. This is the epic, mesmerizing story of one indomitable woman's journey through some of the most dramatic events of the last century.

It Devours!: A Welcome to Night Vale Novel
by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
Here is a mystery that explores the intersections of faith and science, the growing relationship between two young people who want desperately to trust each other, and the terrifying, toothy power of the Smiling God. Nilanjana Sikdar's investigation of a mysterious rumbling in the desert wasteland outside of town leads her to the Joyous Congregation of the Smiling God, and to Darryl, one of its most committed members. Caught between her beliefs in the ultimate power of science and her growing attraction to Darryl, she begins to suspect the Congregation is planning a ritual that could threaten the lives of everyone in town.   
 
The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine
by Mark Twain, Philip C. Stead, and Erin Stead
In a hotel in Paris one evening in 1879, Mark Twain sat with his young daughters, who begged their father for a story. Twain began telling them the tale of Johnny, a poor boy in possession of some magical seeds. Later, Twain would jot down some rough notes about the story, but the tale was left unfinished ... until now. With only Twain's fragmentary script and a story that stops partway as his guide, author Philip Stead has written a tale that imagines what might have been if Twain had fully realized this work. In the face of a bullying tyrant king, Johnny and his animal friends come to understand that generosity, empathy, and quiet courage are gifts more precious in this world than power and gold.

Good Day, Good Night
by Margaret Wise Brown and Loren Long
When the sun comes up and the day begins, the little bunny says good day to all the familiar things outside. To the birds in the skies and the bees in their hives, to everything one by one. And as the sun starts to set, it's time for the little bunny to say goodnight. Goodnight, kitty. Goodnight, bear. Goodnight, people everywhere. This previously unpublished picture book by beloved children's book author Margaret Wise Brown uses her signature word pattern from the classic Goodnight Moon that has soothed generations of children to sleep. Paired with Loren Long's gorgeous illustrations, readers will take comfort in the reassuring world of the little bunny and delight at the attention to detail and hidden surprises on every page.
Upcoming Readings
January Readings at Annie Blooms:
 
Tracy Calhoun
JJ's Journey
Wednesday, January 17, 7pm

Oregon author and nurse Tracy Calhoun (and her dog, JJ) present JJ's Journey: A Story of Heroes and Heart. In hospice, Tracy's golden retriever lay on the bed of a dying woman. The woman, who had been unresponsive for days, then performed her final, intentional act. She stroked JJ's head. When Tracy's video of that moment went viral, it was a turning point in her mission to explain to a wider audience the joy that therapy dogs provide. Along the way, Tracy's own story has grown and changed through her love of animals, and she's found, in difficult times, she has needed the same comfort her pups offer to patients--for herself.

Sarah Peyton
Your Resonant Self
Thursday, January 18, 7pm

The Vancouver, WA, author Sarah Peyton will read from Your Resonant Self: Guided Meditations and Exercises to Engage Your Brain's Capacity for Healing. Her book synthesizes the latest discoveries in brain science, trauma treatment, and the power of empathy into an effective healing method that literally rewires our brain and restores our capacity for self-love and well-being. Each chapter weaves the core concepts of neurobiology with guided meditations and beautiful illustrations, painting an inspiring picture of the human brain's inherent yearning toward healing and wholeness.

Andrea Owen
How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t
Monday, January 22, 7pm

North Carolina author and life coach Owen presents, How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t: 14 Habits That Are Holding You Back from Happiness. Owen's book is a straight-shooting approach to self-improvement for women, one that offers no-crap truth-telling about the most common self-destructive behaviors women tend to engage in. From listening to the imposter complex and bitchy inner critic to catastrophizing and people-pleasing, Andrea Owen--a nationally sought-after life coach--crystallizes what's behind these invisible, undermining habits. With each chapter, she kicks women's gears out of autopilot and empowers them to create happier, more fulfilling lives.

Gary Rogowski
Handmade
Tuesday, January 23, 7pm

Portland woodworker and author Gary Rogowski presents Handmade: Creative Focus in the Age of Distraction. In the tradition of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and Shop Class as Soulcraft, Rogowski's Handmade is a profound meditation on the eternal value of manual work, creativity, human fallibility, and the stubborn pursuit of quality work. Part autobiography, part guide to creativity, and part guide to living, this is a book for craftspeople, artists, and anyone who seeks clarity, purpose, and creativity in their work--and it's the perfect antidote to a modern world that thinks human labor is obsolete.

Cindy Brown
The Phantom of Oz
Sunday, January 28, 2pm
"The Vault" at O'Connor's Restaurant


The Multnomah Village author presents her fifth Ivy Meadows mystery, The Phantom of Oz. As usual, Cindy's book launch is part party, part theater event, and this year she's partnering with the award-winning Willamette Radio Workshop as part of the Fertile Ground Theatre Festival. Who dropped a chandelier on the Wicked Witch of the East? Was it the ghost who haunts the Grand Phoenician Theatre? A "wicked witch" among the cast of The Wizard: A Space OZpera? Or is it someone--or something--more sinister? Actress and part-time PI Ivy Meadows has been hired to uncover the mystery. It's Ivy's most personal case so far. Her best friend Candy, who's touring with the show, is caught in a downward spiral of self-destruction, and is in more danger than she knows. To save her friend and the show, Ivy must answer some tough questions: Do spirits really exist? What is real beauty? What does friendship mean? Ivy needs to learn the answers, and fast--before Candy reaches the point of no return.

Michael Strelow
Some Assembly Required
Wednesday, January 31, 7pm

Oregon author Michael Strelow will read from his latest novel, Some Assembly Required. Jake hears voices, always has. They've never been a problem as long as he kept them to himself. While on a writing assignment to cover an A.I. convention, Jake reads the paper of a Dr. Sewall. What he discovers is puzzling, incomprehensible, maybe even impossible. Jake visits Dr. S after the convention and finds his creation, Rex--which looks like a bowl of gray-green oatmeal--whose voice somehow mingles with voices Jake has heard all his life. So begins an affair of impossible science. The world becomes funny right on the edge of fearful, the cosmic goof at large, and growing larger...
Storytellers Telling Stories
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Storytellers Telling Stories was created to focus on what shapes our constructive discourse: point of view, narrative, community, and culture. Stories are how we jump into others' lives and feel what they're feeling. Our stories tell of raising children, falling in love, talking to the dead, protesting hatred, being objectified, falling out of love, and playing music in front of strangers.
 
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Here's the schedule of episodes through the end of January 2018:
 
December 19
Season 1, Ep.14 - Davis Slater (part 1)
 
December 21
Season 1, Ep.15 - Davis Slater (part 2)
 
December 26
Season 1, Ep.16 - Daniel Elder
 
January 2
Season 1, Ep.17 - Geronimo Tagatac
 
January 9
Season 1, Ep.18 - Gina Oschner
 
January 16
Season 1, Ep.19 - Sean Davis
 
January 23
Season 1, Ep.20 - Sam Snoek-Brown