February 2017 Readings, New Memoirs, and More!

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First Friday
Upcoming Readings
Indie Bookseller Picks
New Memoirs
First Friday
February 3 is First Friday!

Come visit us during First Friday in Multnomah Village. For your browsing enjoyment, we'll be serving wine. Plus, we'll be giving away great prizes for our monthly drawing.

Drop by Annie Bloom's anytime after 6:00 on Friday night and register to win!

One adult will win:
Silence
by Shusaku Endo
plus a canvas book bag from the publisher, Picador Books

And one lucky kid will win:
Short
by Holly Goldberg Sloan, plus a matching book bag! 
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February 2017 Readings, New Memoirs, and More!
Check out our upcoming readings! Plus, read about the latest Biographies, and find out which new titles indie booksellers across the country are loving. And drop by and see us on First Friday!
Upcoming Readings
February Readings at Annie Blooms:
     
Val Bruech
Judicious Murder
Thursday, February 2, 7pm

Beaverton author Val Bruech will read from her debut mystery. Judicious Murder introduces Susan Marshfield, a criminal defense attorney in Joliet, Illinois. Her trial partner, mentor, and close friend, Sam Kendall, is found bludgeoned to death in his chambers. She discovers Sam was covertly working on the last case they tried together and lost. Their client, Ellen Righetti, is in the penitentiary, but it seems Sam had a passionate belief in her innocence and was seeking evidence to exonerate her. Susan suspects that the real killer in the old case felt Sam closing in and hunted him down. Susan is up against a killer who has a plan for every contingency, and to survive their final confrontation she'll need wits and cunning not found in a courtroom and an emotional resolve she hopes she possesses.

Timberline Review Reading
Monday, February 6, 7pm

The readers for this night's event will include: Kristin Berger, Kim Stafford, Robin Schauffler, Evan Morgan Williams, Mike Francis, John Shirley, and Lois Rosen. The Timberline Review is a Portland, Oregon, literary journal, a collage of voices speaking through the written word. Short fiction. Creative nonfiction. Essays. Poetry. Work that has the power to inspire a conversation with the times we live in. They're searching for bold new work from writers everywhere. Their mission is to find these voices, and to let them resound from the treetops. They proudly support literary freedom.

Brett Webb-Mitchell
Practicing Pilgrimage
Tuesday, February 7, 7pm

Local author Brett Webb-Mitchell's Practicing Pilgrimage: On Being and Becoming God's Pilgrim People explores both the theological, cultural, and spiritual roots of Christian pilgrimage, and is a "how-to" book on doing pilgrimage in our suburban backyards, city streets, rural roads, churches, retreat centers, and our everyday life. Brett Webb-Mitchell takes the ancient practice of Christian pilgrimage and applies it to our contemporary lives.

Marilynne Eichinger
Lives of Museum Junkies
Thursday, February 9, 7pm

Portland author Marilynne Eichinger will read from her book, Lives of Museum Junkies. Peer into the political and educational climate of the 1960s to discover factors that propelled the hands-on education movement into prominence. Follow the missteps and breakthroughs of Marilynne Eichinger and 11 other naive but dedicated museum directors, board volunteers, and National Science Foundation managers as they strove to change the way science was taught. Their oft humorous stories are revealed with candor and clarity. Responding to the latest research in learning and child development, they created engaging, self-teaching displays that impacted the landscape of 2,900 centers worldwide while serving 98 million people in the U.S.

Edward Hershey
The Scorekeeper
Wednesday, February 15, 7pm

Portland author Edward Hershey will read from his memoir, The Scorekeeper. Striking out at bat spurred a Brooklyn Little Leaguer to strike out on a path to stadium press boxes, newspaper city rooms, halls of government, and offices in academe. Edward Hershey describes a poignant Jewish-American childhood in America's "borough of dreams," vivid accounts of years as a sportswriter, and the drama of stories he broke on the Attica Prison revolt, the Son of Sam case, and a high-level New York election scam. The Scorekeeper is an irreverent coming-of-age tale, a perceptive take on reporting from the stadium to the statehouse, and an unsparing reflection on an era of urban tension and suburban sprawl, anti-war activism and a war on poverty, rampant crime and imperfect justice, political chicanery and prosecutorial abuse.

R. J. Noonan
Where the Lost Girls Go
Thursday, February 16, 7pm

Portland author R.J. Noonan will be reading from her latest Laura Mori Mystery, Where the Lost Girls Go. When the car of a celebrity author explodes in rural Oregon town Sunrise Lake, everyone assumes that the burned body inside belongs to the author's teenage daughter. When lab reports reveal that the body was actually a teen runaway whose disappearance has been linked with other missing Portland girls, the investigation takes a drastic turn. Just when Laura is making progress in the case, she comes across a suspicious lane in the forest that uncovers new evidence that will once again alter the course of the investigation and rock Sunrise Lake to its core.

Jane Sobel Klonsky
Unconditional: Older Dogs, Deeper Love
Monday, February 20, 7pm

Experience the deeper, sweeter love of senior dogs with Unconditional. This captivating collection of photographs and anecdotes is a one-of-a-kind celebration of humans special bond with, and love for, their senior dogs. Since 2012, photographer Jane Sobel Klonsky has traveled the United States with one mission: to capture images and stories that focus on the powerful relationship between dogs in the twilight of their lives and the people they share their life with. A book for any dog lover who appreciates the connection, unconditional love, and bond that can only be provided by a canine companion.

A.V. Crofts
Meet Me at the Bamboo Table
Tuesday, February 21, 7pm

Seattle writer A.V. Crofts will read from Meet Me at the Bamboo Table: Everyday Meals Everywhere. Crofts has spent decades eating (and learning) her way around the world. She's studied in China, taught in Italy, and conducted humanitarian communications trainings in war-torn Sudan. Here, she traces a lifetime of meals across states and continents for the ways that food ties us together. This full-color visual tour-de-force will delight foodies, armchair travelers, and anyone who's ever learned a little something from a special meal. Photos, "sketchnotes," and other ephemera from Crofts's globetrotting coalesce into a truly beautiful meditation on how food nourishes community.

Tim Schell
Road to the Sea
Monday, February 27, 7pm

In this poignant story of new found love and love discarded, reminiscent of Graham Greene's novels, local author Tim Schell takes us to Central Africa where a young American, an African prostitute and the seventeen-year-old daughter of American Baptist missionaries are on the run from the police and other threats. The American, Jack Burke, has stabbed to death a Frenchman in the act of raping Mari, the prostitute and Jack's former lover. She is the one arrested, but Jack confesses, then flees because of extreme fear of confinement, the result of childhood trauma. The daughter, Faith, joins their flight in her love for Jack. While the novel dramatizes a suspenseful adventure of danger, escape and death, the intense action engages questions of love, loyalty and belief.
February Indie Next List 
Every month, the coalition of independent bookstores puts together a list of titles recommended by booksellers across the country. Come in soon to browse these and other great February Indie Next picks.

The Girl Before
by J. P. Delaney

"Immediate guarantee: You will NOT be able to put this book down. The Girl Before unfolds through the perspectives of two women: Emma (then) and Jane (now). It chronicles their lives in the stunningly and scarily minimalist home One Folgate Street and its aloof yet magnetic owner. J.P. Delaney spins a masterful story that epitomizes the notion that you never really know everything about anyone. Fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train will realize that there's not only more where that came from, but it's also more thrilling." -Destinee Hodge, East City Bookshop, Washington, DC

Perfect Little World
by Kevin Wilson

"Izzy Poole is 18, pregnant with her erratic art teacher's baby, and without any family or money to help her raise her child. Dr. Preston Grind is tragically widowered and estranged from his parents, who raised him using unconventional and unhealthy methods in the name of science. Dr. Grind invites Izzy and nine other couples also expecting their first child to join the Infinite Family Project, an experiment in communal parenting and an attempt to rebuild Dr. Grind's broken family. This is a fascinating and touching exploration of what makes or breaks a family." -Marisa Langlois, Northshire Bookstore, Saratoga Springs, NY

The Fifth Petal
by Brunonia Barry

"Brunonia Barry's newest witchy tale, set in Salem, follows the threads of three mysteries that all ended in murder. Callie, who carries the scars of murders past, is joined by detectives Rafferty and Towner from Barry's The Lace Reader in a race to stop yet more killings and collective town wounds. Barry's prose excels at keeping readers chasing threads and second-guessing theories about the crimes depicted. Her research and experience of Salem are evident, and her witches make me want to become one. History and folklore are woven like lace in this mystery as new characters and old favorites attempt to solve puzzles from as far back as the witch trials that made Salem famous." -Jessica Hahl, Country Bookshelf, Bozeman, MT

4 3 2 1: A Novel
by Paul Auster

"I celebrate whenever there's something new by Paul Auster. I wasn't prepared, though, for just how moved, awed, and astonished I found myself while immersed in his inventive and grand novel, 4 3 2 1. About a life lived fully, about possibility in love and finding a path to take that's the right one, this is a large novel in all respects, but, most importantly, in spirit. In its writing, Paul Auster has created nothing short of a masterpiece." -Mitchell Kaplan, Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL

Pachinko
by Min Jin Lee

"A father's gentle nature, a mother's sacrifice, a daughter's trust, and a son's determination are the cornerstones of this grand, multilayered saga. Pachinko follows one family through an ever-changing cultural landscape, from 1910 Korea to 1989 Japan. As the bonds of family are put to the test in the harsh realities of their world, Sunja and those she holds dear manage to carve themselves a place to call home with hard work, self sacrifice, and a little kimchi. Through it all is a message about love, faith, and the deep-rooted bonds of family. Min Jin Lee gives us a phenomenal story about one family's struggle that resonates with us today. It will take hold of you and not let go!" -Jennifer Steele, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI

Plus, here are some previous Indie Next entries, now out in paperback:

Britt-Marie Was Here
by Fredrik Backman

Recommended in hardcover by Carol Schneck Varner, Schuler Books, Grand Rapids, MI
 
Sleeping Giants
by Sylvain Neuvel

Recommended in hardcover by Linda Bond, Auntie's Bookstore, Spokane, WA
New Memoirs
Life stories, straight from the source:
     
My Life, My Love, My Legacy
by Coretta Scott King
Born in 1927 to daringly enterprising parents in the Deep South, Coretta Scott had always felt called to a special purpose. As a graduate student at the New England Conservatory of Music, determined to pursue her own career as a concert singer, she met Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist minister insistent that his wife stay home with the children. But in love and devoted to shared Christian beliefs as well as shared racial and economic justice goals, she married Dr. King, and events promptly thrust her into a maelstrom of history throughout which she was a strategic partner, a standard bearer, and so much more.

Marrow: A Love Story
by Elizabeth Lesser
A mesmerizing and courageous memoir: the story of two sisters uncovering the depth of their love through the life-and-death experience of a bone marrow transplant. Told with suspense and humor, Marrow is joyous and heartbreaking, incandescent and profound. The story reveals how even our most difficult experiences can offer unexpected spiritual growth. Reflecting on the multifaceted nature of love love of other, love of self, love of the world Marrow is an unflinching and beautiful memoir about getting to the very center of ourselves.

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
by Trevor Noah
Noah's unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa's tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle. The stories collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty.

Talking as Fast as I Can
by Lauren Graham
Graham hits pause for a moment and looks back on her life, sharing laugh-out-loud stories about growing up, starting out as an actress, and, years later, sitting in her trailer on the Parenthood set and asking herself, "Did you, um, make it?" She opens up about the challenges of being single in Hollywood ("Strangers were worried about me; that's how long I was single"), the time she was asked to audition her butt for a role, and her experience being a judge on Project Runway. Including photos and excerpts from the diary Graham kept during the filming of the recent Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, this book is like a cozy night in, catching up with your best friend, laughing and swapping stories, and--of course--talking as fast as you can.