July 2012 Staff Reviews & More

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In This Issue:
More Staff Favorites
NW Book Lovers Essay
Shadow of Night Drawing
Staff Reviews
Readings
Psychology
Changes in the Village
More Staff Faves
jamrach's menagerie
Jamrach's Menagerie
by Carol Birch

night circus
The Night Circus
(now in paperback!)
by Erin Morgenstern

cleaning nabokov's house
Cleaning Nabokov's House
by Leslie Daniels

stone arabia
Stone Arabia
by Dana Spiotta  
NW Book Lovers
northwest book loversAnnie Bloom's own Jeff Shaffer has a great new essay up at NW Book Lovers. Click that link to read why we like noisy kids.  
Shadow of NightDrawing
shadow of nightDrop by Annie Bloom's anytime before 9pm on Sunday, July 22, and enter to win one of two autographed"advance uncorrected proof" paperback copies of Deborah Harness's new novel, Shadow of Night, the sequel to A Discovery of Witches.
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July 2012Staff Reviews & More

Greetings!

We have a trio of new staff reviews for you! Also, we have two author readings this week! Plus, check out what's new in Psychology. Check out the changes in Multnomah Village, too. 
Staff Reviews
Our staff brings you four new favorites:

To Be Sung Underwater
by Tom McNeal
reviewed by Edie

Yes, yes, this is a great love story. Everyone has said so and done it eloquently (Packer, Ford, etc.), but my favorite part of this really well written story is the relationship between father and daughter in a small town in Nebraska. It feels real, sounds real, and leaves a very nice feeling in one's heart. Do not miss the opportunity to enjoy every word in this book.

A Brilliant Novel in the Works
by Yuvi Zalkow
reviewed by Matt
stone arabiaYuvi's life is an open book. He is smart and neurotic and witty and has lots of baggage and a lovely memory and fascinating parents and an ailing brother-in-law and a wife who tolerates his eccentricities. And his editor is hounding him for a novel which he can't seem to get off the ground. Welcome to the headspace of Yuvi as he grants us an intimate peek into his unique problematic self. I can't wait until Yuvi Zalkow comes to the bookstore to do a reading [on Sept. 20] and I can ask him more about the Yuvi in his book.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
by Rachel Joyce
reviewed by Bobby
100 great poemsThis  funny, poignant, wise book is gracefully written. Though there is a savage twist, it never feels manipulative or cloying. Recent retiree Harold Fry receives a note from Queenie Hennessy, a woman he hasn't seen in twenty years. She is in hospice, six hundred miles to the north of Harold's small English village, and she has written to say goodbye. To his wife's distress (just another annoying thing Harold is up to, like buttering his toast wrong), he sets out to post a reply. As he walks, he keeps going to more remote mailboxes. After a chance encounter with a young woman at a garage, he comes to believe that, if he walks to Queenie, his pilgrimagewill save her life. He meets many other people with hearts as battered as his own, and the reader is drawn in as if on his remarkable journey with him. I could not stop reading; I had to know what would happen to this hapless gentle soul.

A Hologram for the King
by Dave Eggers
review by Michael
hologram for the kingDay after day, middle-aged American consultant Alan Clay and his young IT team sit in a tent in the Saudi Arabian desert, waiting for King Abdullah to show. Their company has prepared a holographic presentation in hopes of winning the bid to supply technological infrastructure to the King's un-built city. This is the backdrop for Dave Eggers's novel about a man undergoing a midlife crisis. Alan is deeply in debt, can't pay his daughter's college tuition, and he has discovered a growth perilously near his spine. Alan wants, once again, to be an impressive businessman: to close the deal. But an elusive King, strange customs, and his pent-up emotions all conspire to derail his plans. A Hologram for the King is a meditation on one's usefulness in life.

Readings
This week at Annie Blooms:

 

Michael Houck & M. J. Cody

Wild in the City

Wednesday, July 18, 7pm

Co-editors Michael Houck and M.J. Cody present the second edition of the highly acclaimed Wild in the City, which brings more than one hundred of the best parks, trails and natural areas to your fingertips. This comprehensive "must-have" reference will be the go-to field guide for hikers, cyclists, paddlers, bird watchers, and nature enthusiasts.

 

Mark Ellis

Ladder Memory

Thursday, July 19, 7pm

ladder memoryIn Ladder Memory, Stories from the Painting Trade, freelance journalist and writer Mark Ellis recalls his 30 year journey from apprentice painter to successful painting contractor. These stories scrape the knuckles and get under the fingernails. Ellis brings authenticity and discovery to his exploration of the experiences of a housepainter, and the entrapments, frailties, and indomitable spirits of those living and working in the structures he paints.

 

August Readings at Annie Bloom's:

 

Barbara Roberts

Up the Capitol Steps

Tuesday, August 7, 7pm

barbara robertsUp the Capitol Steps is a personal and political memoir by Oregon's first (and only) woman governor, one of only thirty-four women who have served as state chief executives in the history of the United States. Barbara Roberts offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of a woman's life in politics and aims to "demystify" leadership by telling the story of her own unlikely rise to power.  

 

Lewel Lansing & Fred Leeson

Multnomah

Monday, August 13, 7pm

multnomahCovering people and events from 1854 to the present day, this definitive reference on the history, politics, and policy of Multnomah County provides compelling details about public works undertakings and political scandals. Historian Jewel Lansing and journalist Fred Leeson make effective use of archival sources, oral histories, newspaper articles, and personal interviews. History buffs and informed Portland citizens will be particularly engaged by the regional trivia and narrative details.     

New in Psychology  
The Tools
by Phil Stutz and Barry Michels
toolsThe Tools offers a solution to the biggest complaint patients have about therapy: the interminable wait for change to begin. The traditional therapeutic model sets its sights on the past, but Stutz and Michels employ an arsenal of techniques--"the tools"--that allow patients to use their problems as levers that access the power of the unconscious and propel them into action. Suddenly, through this transformative approach, obstacles become opportunities--to find courage, embrace discipline, develop self-expression, deepen creativity.

Rethinking Depression
by Eric Maisel
rethinking depressionIn recent decades, much of the unhappiness inherent in the human condition has been monetized into the disease of depression and related "disorders." In this provocative and path-breaking distillation of a career spent working with individuals seeking help with mood and motivation, Maisel persuasively critiques this sickness model and prescribes a potent new approach that updates the best ideas of modern psychology. The result is a revolutionary reimagining of life's difficulties and a liberating model of self-care that optimizes our innate human ability to create meaning and seize opportunity--in any circumstance.

The Creativity Cure
by Carrie and Alton Barron
creativity cureWife-and-husband physicians Carrie and Alton Barron present an innovative, highly achievable five-part plan to unleash happiness and alleviate depression and anxiety by tapping into creative potential. The perfect self-help book for our handmade, homemade, crafting culture, The Creativity Cure has a simple yet profoundly inspirational message: that you can find the authentic, contented life you crave by taking happiness into your own two hands.

Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain
by Elaine Fox
rainy brainFox describes a range of techniques--from traditional cognitive behavioral therapy to innovative cognitive-retraining exercises--that can actually alter our brains' circuitry, strengthening specific thought processes by exercising the neural systems that control them. The implications are enormous:  lifelong pessimists can train themselves to think positively and find happiness, while pleasure-seekers inclined toward risky or destructive behavior can take control of their lives.
Changes in the Village  
 
We're sorry to say goodbye to Birdie'sKnack, and Post-Hip, all of which shut up shop in June. Along with the 2012closures of Pagenwood and Fibers in Motion, that's a lot of change in our little neighborhood! We'll all miss what they brought to Multnomah Village over the years.
medley tea house
Fortunately, we have new business to welcome, too. Zoom Care recently opened at the corner of Capitol and 36th. AndMedley Tea House started serving on July 1.