January 2013: Staff Reviews & More
Here are three new staff reviews for you! We also have some great events coming up. Plus, check out what's new in Psychology.
Our staff brings you three new favorites:
by Lois Lowry
Reviewed by Sandy
tells the story of Claire, a young girl assigned the job of being a
birth-mother in a society far different from our own. Various elements
combine to make Claire different from the other girls in that she
remembers giving birth to a son and feels a mother's love for her child.
She discovers which family he was given to and begins to bond with him.
When her child is taken from the village because his life is in danger,
she attempts to follow but becomes stranded on an isolated shore. Many
years later she manages to find a way out and continues her search. Will
she find him before evil forces cause her to lose her own life?
Lois Lowry won the Newbery Medal for The Giver, the first book in what has come to be known as The Giver Quartet. Son
concludes the series. All 4 books, written for ages 12 and up, received
starred reviews. While each book can stand alone and is seemingly
unrelated to the others, Lowry succeeds in magically drawing the
different tales and characters together to form a most satisfying
conclusion. I avidly re-read the first 3 titles before reading this
final title and thoroughly enjoyed them all.
by Clyde Curley
Reviewed by Bobby
I picked up this lovely paperback, drawn by its evocative cover; but
with trepidation (first novel, Northwest author, small press, appearing
at Annie Blooms). What if I loathed it or was even cool toward
it? Fortunately, I was rewarded with a fabulous, well written, gripping
tale. I can't wait for more Detective Toussaint. He is a character with
a back story worthy of Henning Mankel or Michael Connelly, and one
feels the development is just beginning. There are in fact several
interesting characters whose stories I want to know more about. The
Portland locale adds a piquant layer with political and social
implications; but this fine novel could be enjoyed on so many levels
that that intrigue is just icing.
Tenth of December
by George Saunders
Reviewed by Michael
One of today's very best story writers returns with Tenth of December,
his fourth collection of short fiction. George Saunders builds off the
minimalism of Raymond Chandler, but wields far more vibrant and darkly
comic tools. The litrtle worlds he creates are vivid, as are the
characters who populate them. Whether writing of ordinary suburban
pre-teens or convicts in a bizarre psychiatric research facility,
Saunders digs into both the pathos and the joy of life.
We have great readings scheduled for January and February:
Susan Jackson Rodgers & Wendy Willis
Two Wonderful Oregon Writers
TONIGHT! - January 16, 7:00 PM
Rodgers is the author of the short story collection Ex-Boyfriend on Aisle 6
She lives in Corvallis and teaches at Oregon State University.
"Flannery O'Connor meets Desperate Housewives. A poetic, hilarious and
haunting collection." Willis is the author of the poetry collection Blood Sisters of the Republic
She is an adjunct fellow in poetry at Portland writing workshop, the
Attic Institute. "With a voice as uptown as it is down-home, Willis'
splendid poems make one astonishing yet satisfying leap after another."
William Stafford Birthday Celebration
Wednesday, January 23, 7:00 PM
Friends of William Stafford Board Member Susan McKee Reese hosts this
annual tribute to Oregon's great Poet Laureate. Featured readers
include Barbara Drake, Valentine Freeman, Lisa Galloway, Tom Hogan,
and Anmarie Trimble. Please come to a celebration of what would have
been the 99th birthday of William Stafford and bring a favorite
William Stafford poem to share.
Thursday, January 31, 7:00 PM
From Portland author E.F. Lewins, loyalty is tested against romantic
love and sexual desire in this modern version of a Gothic tale. 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.
Chloe's Vegan Desserts
Monday, February 25, 7:00 PM
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.
New in Psychology
|Here are some of the latest titles from our Psychology & Self-Help section:
by Andrew Weil
Dr. Weil redefines the notion of happiness and demonstrates the
limitations of the biomedical model of mental health. He presents a
vast, scientifically proven array of integrative treatment strategies
for low mood and depression, drawing on techniques from Ayurveda,
Buddhism, acupuncture, psychotherapy, mindfulness training, and much
more. Whether suffering from mild to moderate depression, or simply
seeking greater contentment, readers can use Dr. Weil's science-based
integrative approach to achieve their goals.
Use Your Brain to Change Your Age
by Daniel Amen
From the bestselling author and PBS star, a brain healthy program to
turn back the clock, and keep your mind sharp and your body fit. For
more than 20 years, Dr. Daniel Amen has been helping people look and
feel young, healthy, and vibrant with his brain healthy strategies.
Now, he shares his complete anti-aging program, to improve memory,
focus, and energy; keep your heart and immune system strong; and reduce
the outward signs of aging.
by Sam Sommers
Every day we overlook the enormous power of situations in our lives. We
fail to appreciate that life's basic details--where we are, whom we're
with, and even whether we're in a hurry--affect how we think and act.
Sommers argues that understanding the powerful influence of context
forces us to rethink how we see ourselves and makes us more effective at
work, at home, and in our daily lives. He describes the pitfalls that
we should avoid and offers compelling suggestions on how we can make
better decisions and smarter observations about the world around us.
Pursuing the Good Life
by Christopher Peterson
One of the founders of positive psychology offers one hundred
bite-sized reflections exploring the many sides of this exciting new
field. With the humor, warmth, and wisdom that has made him an
award-winning teacher, Peterson takes readers on a lively tour of the
sunny side of the psychological street. He shows that happiness is not
simply the result of a fortunate spin of the genetic wheel. There are
things that people can learn to do to lead happier lives. Pursuing the Good Life is both an enjoyable read and an invaluable guide to making the good life part of your everyday existence.
World Book Night
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