2014 Holiday Catalog, Giving Tree, First Friday, and More!

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In This Issue:
First Friday
Giving Tree
Holiday Catalog
New in Cooking

First Friday

December 5 is First Friday!

 

It's also the Holiday Gala in Multnomah Village. Tree lighting, carriage rides, and more! 

 

For your browsing pleasure, we'll be serving wine. 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 this month is:

1,339 Quite Interesting Facts to Make Your Jaw Drop  

 

The kid's prize is:

Star Wars Light Saber Thumb Wrestling

Holiday Giving Tree 


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

Neighborhood House

Raphael House of Portland

SMART
(Start Making a Reader Today)  

You are invited to stop by the store to make a donation today! 
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2014 Holiday Catalog, Giving Tree, First Friday, and More!

The Holiday Catalog is here! Also, read about our Giving Tree children's book drive. Check out the latest titles in Cooking. And drop by and see on First Friday! 
The Holiday Catalog
The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Holiday Catalog is here! And it's full of great gift-giving selections for all. Come in to browse the books at the front of the store. Below are but a handful of catalog highlights:

Falling from Horses
by Molly Gloss
In 1938, nineteen-year-old ranch hand Bud Frazer sets out for Hollywood, his sights set on becoming a stunt rider in the movies--and rubbing shoulders with the great screen cowboys of his youth. On the long bus ride south, Bud meets a young woman who also harbors dreams of making it in the movies, though not as a starlet but as a writer, a "real" writer. Lily Shaw is bold and outspoken, confident in ways out of proportion with her small frame and bookish looks. But the two strike up an unlikely kinship that will carry them through their tumultuous days in Hollywood--and, as it happens, for the rest of their lives.

The Portlandia Cookbook
by Fred Arnison and Carrie Brownstein
Food plays a very special role in Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's award-winning satire Portlandia. Here are recipes for the dishes that define the show, from cult-raised chicken and Stu's stews to pickled veggies and foraged green salads. Complete with new full-color finished food photographs and illustrations, humorous stories and sidebars from the loveable food-obsessed Portlandia characters (such as Mr. Mayor, Peter and Nance, and Colin the chicken), and advice on how to choose a bed and breakfast and behave at a communal table, this is a funny cookbook--with serious recipes--for anyone who loves food. And yes, the chicken's local.

The Year of Reading Dangerously
by Andy Miller
This book is Andy's inspirational and very funny account of his expedition through literature: classic, cult, and everything in between. Beginning with a copy of Bulgakov's Master and Margarita that he happens to find one day in a bookstore, he embarks on a literary odyssey. From Middlemarch to Anna Karenina to A Confederacy of Dunces, this is a heartfelt, humorous, and honest examination of what it means to be a reader, and a witty and insightful journey of discovery and soul-searching that celebrates the abiding miracle of the book and the power of reading.

The World of Ice & Fire
by George R.R. Martin
This lavishly illustrated volume is a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms, providing vividly constructed accounts of the epic battles, bitter rivalries, and daring rebellions that lead to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO's Game of Thrones. In a collaboration that's been years in the making, Martin has teamed with Elio M. García, Jr., and Linda Antonsson, the founders of the renowned fan site Westeros.org--perhaps the only people who know this world almost as well as its visionary creator. The definitive companion piece to George R. R. Martin's dazzlingly conceived universe, The World of Ice & Fire is indeed proof that the pen is mightier than a storm of swords.

Fermented Vegetables
by Kirsten and Christopher Shockey
Fermented foods are a delicious, healthy addition to any diet, including the Paleo diet. They're full of nutritious bacteria and probiotics that aid in digestion and boost the immune system. A classic preserving method, the laco-fermentation process yields nutrient-dense live foods packed with vitamins, minerals, enzymes--and flavor--and is easy enough for complete beginners. This guide includes in-depth instruction for making kimchi, sauerkraut, and pickles and then offers more than 120 recipes, using the same basic methods, for fermenting 64 different vegetables and herbs. You'll discover how easy it is to make dozens of exciting dishes, including pickled Brussels sprouts, curried golden beets, carrot kraut, and pickled green coriander. The recipes are creative, delicious, and healthful, and many of them can be made in small batches--even just a single pint.

LEGO Architecture: The Visual Guide
by DK Press
Stunning images and in-depth exploration of the real buildings like the Guggenheim or the Empire State Building, on which the LEGO Architecture series is based, provide you with a comprehensive look at the creation of these intricate sets. Learn why the LEGO team chose certain pieces and what particular challenges they faced. Read about the inspiration behind the creative processes and what designing and building techniques were used on various sets. Featuring profiles of the LEGO artists and builders who created the series and packaged in a sleek protective slipcase, LEGO Architecture: The Visual Guide is the ultimate illustrated tour of the LEGO Architecture series in all its micro-scale detail.

Shake Puppies
by Carli Davidson
This highly anticipated follow-up to the bestselling book Shake features more than 130 photographs of adorable puppies. This brilliant, brightly colored collection truly captures the squishy cuteness of a puppy--its tousled fur, floppy ears, and endearing expression--in the moment when our tiny, wide-eyed companion is mid-shake. In addition to its vibrant photographs, Shake Puppies includes a message of support for animal rescue and creating an environment in which all dogs, young or old, can succeed in their new homes. Training tips are included to help dog owners achieve this goal. There is also a roster listing the names and ages of all the dogs featured, as well as a peek into Carli Davidson's studio.

Craftfail
by Heather Mann
The publisher of craftfail.com celebrates the creative process, but from the other side. This is the stuff that gets the A for Effort and LOL for outcome. But once the laughter dies down, it also inspires a warm feel-good respect for crafters who aren't afraid to fail. After all, even if there's not a mortal alive except Martha who can make a Waxed Heart worthy of hanging in your window to catch the sun, why shouldn't many try? When it goes wrong, why shouldn't the rest of us enjoy this Epic Fail? And then look at all the full-color photos that document it. Home decor fails, fashion fails, holiday fails, food fails, kid crafting fails. As one anonymous crafter said: "It wasn't supposed to end this way." Luckily for us, it did.

Ocean: A Photicular Book
by Dan Kainen & Carol Kaufmann
Ocean is like being on a dive. Open the book, and the reader is swept into the magic of an underwater world, face-to-face with a floating Yellow-Banded Sweetlips; with a glow-in-the-dark Deep-Sea Anglerfish; with a Sea Horse swaying in balletic motion; with a Sand Tiger Shark gliding along the ocean floor, its gaze haunting, its hook-toothed mouth gulping open and closed. The text by Carol Kaufmann enchants with its descriptions of coral reefs; a journey on "Alvin," the 17-ton submersible; and a meditation on our oceans. Then, for each creature, she writes a lively and informative essay, along with vital statistics: size, habitat, range, diet, and more. Dan Kainen's Photicular process uses an innovative lenticular technology, sliding lenses, and original four-color video imagery. The result is like a movie in your hands, the dance of life in a book.

A Path Appears
by Nicholas D. Kristoff & Sheryl WuDunn
With scrupulous research and on-the-ground reporting, the authors assay the art and science of giving, identify successful local and global initia­tives, and share astonishing stories from the front lines of social progress. We see the compelling, in­spiring truth of how real people have changed the world, upending the idea that one person can't make a difference. A Path Appears offers practical, results-driven advice on how best each of us can give and reveals the lasting benefits we gain in return. Authors of Half the Sky, Kristof and WuDunn know better than most how many urgent challenges communities around the world face to­day. Here they offer a timely beacon of hope for our collective future.

Edge of Eternity
by Ken Follett
The finale of the Century Trilogy covers one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the 1960s through the 1980s, encompassing civil rights, assassinations, Vietnam, the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution--and rock and roll. From the opulent offices of the most powerful world leaders to the shabby apartments of those trying to begin a new empire, from the elite clubs of the wealthy and highborn to the passionate protests of a country's most marginalized citizens, this is truly a drama for the ages. In this climactic and concluding saga, Follett brings us into a world we thought we knew, but now will never seem the same again.

Minecraft: The Complete Handbook Collection
by Scholastic Books
Minecraft--the indie sandbox video game that took the world by storm--has been hailed as one of the greatest phenomena amongst gamers and educators for both its simplicity and its brilliance. Allowing players to build, explore, create, collaborate, and even survive, Minecraft has created a brave new world of gameplay. Each handbook contains helpful tips and information from the creators themselves, all of which will prove vital to your survival and creativity as you learn to mine, craft, and build in a world that you control. Minecraft's four handbooks are available in this stunning, gold-foiled boxed set.

I'll Give You the Sun
by Jandy Nelson
Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways ... until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else--an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they'd have a chance to remake their world.

Little Elliot, Big City
by Mike Curato
Amid the hustle and bustle of the big city, the big crowds and bigger buildings, Little Elliot leads a quiet life. In spite of the challenges he faces, Elliot finds many wonderful things to enjoy--like cupcakes! And when his problems seem insurmountable, Elliot discovers something even sweeter--a friend. Author Mike Curato has the fortune of possessing a designer's brain, an illustrator's heart, and an artist's vision. You can find him on any given day walking around the city eating a cupcake (or thinking about it).

James Herriot's Treasury for Children
by James Herriot
The author's stories for young readers bring the farmyard world of Herriot's Yorkshire to vibrant life. Featuring a host of adorable animals and colorful townsfolk, each of the stories is narrated by the country vet himself, with all of the warmth, caring, and good humor that have made James Herriot beloved the world over. Here we find all of his books for children collected in one beautiful volume. From the springtime frolic of Oscar, Cat-About-Town to the yuletide warmth of The Christmas Day Kitten, these stories--radiantly illustrated by Peter Barrett and Ruth Brown--are perennial favorites, and this new complete edition will make a wonderful gift for all readers, great and small. 

New Cookbooks   

Here are some of the best new titles from our Cooking section:  

Make It Ahead
by Ina Garten
If you've ever found yourself stuck in front of the stove at your own party, scrambling to get everything to the table at just the right moment, Ina is here to let you in on her secrets. She has learned exactly which dishes you can prep, assemble, or cook ahead of time. Whether you're hosting a party or simply making dinner on a hectic weeknight, Ina gives you lots of amazing recipes that taste just as good--or even better--when they're made in advance. With beautiful photographs and hundreds of invaluable make-ahead tips, this is your new go-to guide for preparing meals that are stress-free yet filled with those fabulously satisfying flavors that you have come to expect from the Barefoot Contessa.

Prune
by Gabrielle Hamilton
A self-trained cook turned James Beard Award-winning chef, Hamilton opened Prune on New York's Lower East Side fifteen years ago to great acclaim. Highly original in concept, execution, look, and feel, the Prune cookbook is an inspired replica of the restaurant's kitchen binders. It is written to Gabrielle's cooks in her distinctive voice, with as much instruction, encouragement, information, and scolding as you would find if you actually came to work at Prune as a line cook. Featured here are the recipes, approach, philosophy, evolution, and nuances that make them distinctively Prune's. Unconventional and honest, in both tone and content, this book is a welcome expression of the cookbook as we know it.

How to Cook Everything Fast
by Mark Bittman
This book provides a game plan for becoming a better, more intuitive cook while you wake up your weekly meal routine with 2,000 main dishes and accompaniments that are simple to make, globally inspired, and bursting with flavor. Bittman overhauls hundreds of classics through clever (even unorthodox) use of equipment and techniques--encouraging what he calls "naturally fast cooking"--and the results are revelatory. Throughout, Bittman's commonsense advice and plentiful variations provide cooks with freedom and flexibility, with tips for squeezing in further shortcuts, streamlined kitchen notes, and illustrations to help you prep faster or cook without a recipe.

The Pollan Family Table
by Corky, Lori, Dana, and Tracy Pollan
The Pollan family invite you into their warm, inspiring kitchens, sharing more than 100 of their family's best recipes. For generations, the Pollans have used fresh, local ingredients to cook healthy, irresistible meals. Michael Pollan, whose bestselling books have changed our culture and the way we think about food, writes in his foreword about how the family meals he ate growing up shaped his worldview. This stunning and practical cookbook gives readers the tools they need to implement the Pollan food philosophy in their everyday lives and to make great, nourishing, delectable meals that bring families back to the table.