February 1 is First Friday!
be serving wine and juice. Plus, we'll be giving away great prizes for
our adult and children's drawings. Drop by Annie Bloom's anytime after
6:00 on Friday night and register to win!
The adult prize is:
by Haruki Murakami
The kids' book prize is:
Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox
by Susan Blackaby
February 2013: Dave Eggers Signing, New Biographies, First Friday, and More!
have some great author events coming up! Plus, find out which new books
indie booksellers across the country are loving. And read about the
latest biographies and memoirs. Drop by and see us on First Friday!
Upcoming Events at Annie Blooms:
Thursday, January 31, 7:00 P.M.
Loyalty is tested against romantic love and sexual desire in this
modern version of a Gothic tale. Set in two historical time periods
separated by four-hundred years, and based on the 1799 unfinished poem
by Coleridge, Christabel's Escape draws on authentic women's
narratives from the twelfth century to discover a story of healing and
renewal underlying this genre classic.
Meet 'n' Greet & Book Signing
Tuesday, February 5, 1:00 P.M.
We're very excited to host this afternoon meet 'n' greet and book signing with Dave Eggers. He is the founder of McSweeney's Publishing and the author of A Hologram for the King, Zeitoun, What Is the What, How We Are Hungry: Stories, You Shall Know Our Velocity, and the memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.
Chloe's Vegan Desserts
Monday, February 25, 7:00 P.M.
Chef Chloe's first all-dessert cookbook will satisfy your sweet tooth
from morning to night with more than 100 recipes for cakes and
cupcakes, ice cream and doughnuts and pies-oh my! And you just will not
believe these delicious dishes are vegan. Go ahead and lick that
spoon--there are no worries when you bake vegan! With gorgeous color
photography, clever tips, and a comprehensive section on vegan baking
basics to get you started, Chloe's Vegan Desserts will be your new vegan dessert bible.
February Indie Next List
month, the coalition of independent bookstores puts together a list of
titles recommended by booksellers across the country. Come in to browse
all the picks for February. Here are a few of the selected titles (click on a cover or title to read more on our website):
by Herman Koch
Sheila at Barrett Bookstore in Darien, CT, writes: "In this brilliant
novel, two brothers and their wives meet for dinner in an upscale
restaurant. Structured around the courses of the meal, what starts out
as a hilarious riff on the pretentious meal takes on an increasingly
ominous tone as the reason for the meeting gradually unfolds.
Psychologically taut and beautifully constructed, this tale hooks the
reader from the first page to the hair-raising conclusion. A literary
page-turner that explores the lengths to which families will go to
protect their own."
The Aviator's Wife
by Melanie Benjamin
Vicki at main Street Books in Saint Charles, MO, writes of this novel
about Charles Lindbergh and his wife, Anne: "Benjamin offers a vivid
portrait of the private side of the man and his family. From Anne's
growing self-confidence as Charles's co-pilot to the tragic kidnapping
of their firstborn son to Lindbergh's extra-marital affairs, we share
the joys and sadness of the aviator's wife in this poignant novel."
The House of Peril
by Daniel Stashower
Jim at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC, writes that this Lincoln
history interweaves "four strands of American history: the rise of Allan
Pinkerton, America's original 'private eye; the critical period between
Lincoln's election and his inauguration, when the country teetered on
the precipice; how Lincoln dealt with the crisis before he had the power
of office; and the plot to assassinate him before he took office on
March 4, 1861."
A Good American
by Alex George
Leslie at Inkwood Books in Tampa, FL writes of this novel: "In these
crazy, sad times, when fear and greed seem to be defining our
responses, it was wonderful to be reminded of the irreplaceable role
immigration has played in making our country great and of the various
ways of being 'a good American.' Carrying the reader across the
generations with music and food, religion and prohibition, racism and
patriotism, A Good American makes this unique family's story seem familiar in the best of ways." Now out in paperback!
by Richard Ford
Tova at Brown University Bookstore
in Providence, RI, writes of this novel: "While the plot sounds
sensational--robbery, murders, a flight across the Canadian
border--Ford's laconic, measured prose forces the reader to slow the
pace and savor the story. This is a novel about actions, intentions,
and consequences, as well as about belonging, introspection, and the
solitary nature of life. Powerful and atmospheric, Canada will excite and gratify Ford's fans and introduce newcomers to a masterful American writer." Now out in paperback!
New Biographies & Memoirs
Here are some of the best new Biographies and Memoirs:
My Beloved World
by Sonia Sotomayor
The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States
Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now,
with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she
recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a
journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary
determination and the power of believing in oneself.
The Last Lion: William Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965
by William Manchester & Paul Reid
This third volume picks up shortly after Winston Churchill became
Prime Minister--when his tiny island nation stood alone against the
overwhelming might of Nazi Germany. The Last Lion brilliantly
recounts how Churchill organized his nation's military response and
defense; compelled FDR into supporting America's beleaguered cousins,
and personified the "never surrender" ethos that helped the Allies win
the war, while at the same time adapting himself and his country to the
inevitable shift of world power from the British Empire to the United
She Matters: A Life in Friendships
by Susanna Sonnenberg
This memoir illuminates the friendships that have influenced,
nourished, inspired, and haunted Sonnenberg--and sometimes torn her
apart. Each has its own lessons that she seeks to understand. Her method
is investigative and ruminative; her result, fearlessly observed
portraits of friendships that will inspire all readers to consider the
complexities of their own relationships. This electric book is
testimony to the emotional significance of the intense bonds between
women, whether shattered, shaky, or unbreakable.
Kurt Vonnegut: Letters
edited by Dan Wakefield
This extraordinary collection of personal correspondence has all the
hallmarks of Kurt Vonnegut's fiction. Written over a sixty-year period,
these letters, the vast majority of them never before published, are
funny, moving, and full of the same uncanny wisdom that has endeared his
work to readers worldwide. Sometimes biting and ironical, sometimes
achingly sweet, and always alive with the unique point of view that
made him the true cultural heir to Mark Twain, these letters comprise
the autobiography Kurt Vonnegut never wrote.
Brain on Fire
by Susannah Cahalan
Far more than simply a riveting read and a crackling medical mystery,
this is the powerful account of one woman's struggle to recapture her
identity and to rediscover herself among the fragments left behind.
Using all her considerable journalistic skills, and building from
hospital records and surveillance video, interviews with family and
friends, and excerpts from the deeply moving journal her father kept
during her illness, Susannah pieces together the story of her "lost
month" to write an unforgettable memoir about memory and identity,
faith, and love.