2017 Holiday Catalog, Giving Tree, First Friday, and More!

In This Issue:
First Friday
Giving Tree
Golden Tickets
Holiday Catalog
Storytellers Telling Stories
First Friday
December 1 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:
 The kid's prize is:

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

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You are invited to stop by the store to make a donation today! 
It's that Golden Ticket time of year! Bring in a Golden Ticket from any other business and receive 10% off one item. If you spend $20 or more at Annie Bloom's, we'll give you a Golden Ticket to redeem elsewhere. Good through the end of 2017!
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2017 Holiday Catalog, Giving Tree, First Friday, and More!
The Holiday Catalog is here! Also, read about our Giving Tree children's book drive, join the Golden Ticket fun, 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:

Snow & Rose
by Emily Winfield Martin
Snow and Rose didn't know they were in a fairy tale. People never do. Once, they lived in a big house with spectacular gardens and an army of servants. Once, they had a father and mother who loved them more than the sun and moon. But that was before their father disappeared into the woods and their mother disappeared into sorrow. This is the story of two sisters and the enchanted woods that have been waiting for them to break a set of terrible spells. Emily Winfield Martin is the author and illustrator of Dream Animals and The Wonderful Things You Will Be.

Colors of the West: An Artist's Guide to Nature's Palette
by Molly Hashimoto
Colors of the West explores wild places through the lens of watercolor "en plein air" painting, a French term meaning literally "in the open air." Steeped in the natural world, award-winning artist Molly Hashimoto has sketched in the outdoors and worked as a plein air artist and teacher for more than 20 years. In that time she has filled more than 40 sketchbooks with landscapes, vignettes, studies of flora and fauna, and natural history notes--all created while visiting some of the West's most stunning landscapes. From the green hues found on Cascade Head on the Oregon Coast and in Yellowstone's quaking aspens, to the reds that highlight the rocks in Arches National Park and the Redwoods of California, readers and artists of all levels will learn a new appreciation for the colors of the West--and how the details of natural beauty can be revealed when we stop, observe, and pay attention to the outdoor world.

Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables
by Joshua McFadden
McFadden, chef and owner of renowned trattoria Ava Gene's in Portland, Oregon, is a vegetable whisperer. In Six Seasons, McFadden channels both farmer and chef, highlighting the evolving attributes of vegetables throughout their growing seasons--an arc from spring to early summer to midsummer to the bursting harvest of late summer, then ebbing into autumn and, finally, the earthy, mellow sweetness of winter. Each chapter begins with recipes featuring raw vegetables at the start of their season. As weeks progress, McFadden turns up the heat--grilling and steaming, then moving on to sautes, pan roasts, braises, and stews. His ingenuity is on display in 225 revelatory recipes that celebrate flavor at its peak.

Hello! My Name Is Tasty: Global Diner Favorites from Portland's Tasty Restaurants
by John Gorham and Liz Crain
From the authors of the Toro Bravo cookbook, here are recipes from Portland's favorites, Tasty n Sons and Tasty n Alder. Hello My Name Is Tasty is going to heat up your home kitchen with these satisfy-all-cravings global diner favorites like Bim Bop Bacon and Eggs and Monk's Carolina Cheesesteak. The food has strong roots in the American Southeast, where Gorham earned his culinary stripes but tastes from Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America also have a strong standing. Welcome to the ever-expanding world of John Gorham's appetites. If you get thirsty, stir up something adventurous like a Dim Summore Bloody Mary or a Grown-Ass Milkshake.

Queen of Spades
by Michael Shou-Yung Shum
This debut novel, from local publisher Forest Avenue Press, revamps the classic Pushkin fable of the same name, transplanted to a mysterious Seattle-area casino populated by a pit boss with six months to live, a dealer obsessing over the mysterious methods of an elderly customer known as the Countess, and a recovering gambler who finds herself trapped in a cultish twelve-step program. With a breathtaking climax that rivals the best Hong Kong gambling movies, Queen of Spades delivers the thrilling highs and lows that come when we cede control of our futures to the roll of the dice and the turn of a card.

The Child Finder
by Rene Denfeld
A haunting, richly atmospheric, and deeply suspenseful novel from the author of The Enchanted. Three years ago, Madison Culver disappeared when her family was choosing a Christmas tree in Oregon's Skookum National Forest. Desperate to find their beloved daughter, certain someone took her, the Culvers turn to Naomi, a private investigator with an uncanny talent for locating the lost and missing. Told in the alternating voices of Naomi and a deeply imaginative child, The Child Finder is a breathtaking, exquisitely rendered literary page-turner about redemption, the line between reality and memories and dreams, and the human capacity to survive.

The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve
by Stephen Greenblatt
Comprising only a few ancient verses, the story of Adam and Eve has served as a mirror in which we seem to glimpse the whole, long history of our fears and desires, as both a hymn to human responsibility and a dark fable about human wretchedness. The biblical origin story, Greenblatt argues, is a model for what the humanities still have to offer: not the scientific nature of things, but rather a deep encounter with problems that have gripped our species for as long as we can recall and that continue to fascinate and trouble us today.
Walking with Peety: The Dog Who Saved My Life
by Eric O'Grey
Eric was 150 pounds overweight, depressed, and sick. After a lifetime of failed diet attempts, and the onset of type 2 diabetes due to his weight, he went to a new doctor, who surprisingly prescribed a shelter dog. And that's when Eric met Peety: an overweight, middle-aged, and forgotten dog who, like Eric, had seen better days. The two adopted each other and began an incredible journey together, forming a bond of unconditional love that forever changed their lives. Over the next year, just by going on walks, playing together, and eating plant-based foods, Eric lost 150 pounds, and Peety lost 25. Walking With Peety is for anyone who is ready to make a change in his or her life, and for everyone who knows the joy, love, and hope that dogs can bring.

200 Women Who Will Change the Way You See the World
by Geoff Blackwell, Ruth Hobday, and Kieran Scott
Interviews with 200 women from a variety of backgrounds provide a snapshot of female life around the globe. Interviewees include: Jane Goodall, Margaret Atwood, Roxane Gay, Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza, labor activist Dolores Huerta, Alice Waters, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and many others. Each woman shares her unique reply to the same five questions: What really matters to you?, What brings you happiness?, What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?, What would you change if you could?, and Which single word do you most identify with? Each interview is accompanied by a photographic portrait, resulting in a volume that is compelling in word and image--and global in its scope and resonance.

Leonardo Da Vinci
by Walter Isaacson
Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo's astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo's genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy. Leonardo's delight at combining diverse passions remains the ultimate recipe for creativity. So, too, does his ease at being a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted, and at times heretical. His life should remind us of the importance of instilling, both in ourselves and our children, not just received knowledge but a willingness to question it--to be imaginative and, like talented misfits and rebels in any era, to think different.

The Inner Life of Animals
by Peter Wohlleben
Through vivid stories of devoted pigs, two-timing magpies, and scheming roosters, The Inner Life of Animals weaves the latest scientific research into how animals interact with the world with Peter Wohlleben's personal experiences in forests and fields. Horses feel shame, deer grieve, and goats discipline their kids. Ravens call their friends by name, rats regret bad choices, and butterflies choose the very best places for their children to grow up. Animals are different from us in ways that amaze us--and they are also much closer to us than we ever would have thought.

The Wisdom of Sundays
by Oprah Winfrey
The aha moments of inspiration and soul-expanding insight that have enlightened millions on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday talk show are collected in The Wisdom of Sundays. The book features selections from conversations between Oprah and some of today's most-admired thought-leaders, like Tony Robbins, Arianna Huffington, Eckhart Tolle, Thich Nhat Hahn, Cheryl Strayed, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Elizabeth Lesser. Paired with beautiful photographs, The Wisdom of Sundays promises to help readers awaken to life's wondrous possibilities and discover a deeper connection to the natural world around them.

The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid
by Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis
From the creators of the Wildwood Chronicles comes an original, humorous, and fast-paced middle grade novel about a band of child pickpockets--imagine The Invention of Hugo Cabret meets Oliver Twist. When Charlie Fisher, son of an American diplomat living in France, witnesses a group of pickpockets pull off an amazing robbery, he wrangles an invitation to join the secret world of the whiz mob, an international band of child thieves who trained at the mysterious School of Seven Bells. But what at first seemed like a (relatively) harmless new pastime draws him into a dangerous adventure with global stakes greater than he could have ever imagined.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The Illustrated Edition
by J. K. Rowling and Jim Kay
The third book in the Harry Potter series is now illustrated in glorious full color by award-winning artist Jim Kay. For twelve long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Convicted of killing thirteen people with a single curse, he was said to be the heir apparent to the Dark Lord, Voldemort. Harry Potter isn't safe, not even within the walls of his magical school, surrounded by his friends. Because on top of it all, there may well be a traitor in their midst. 
The author offers a rare personal look inside his own hopes and wishes for his child--and in doing so gifts children and parents everywhere with a gently sweet and humorous missive about our world and those who call it home. Be it a complex view of our planet's terrain (bumpy, sharp, wet), a deep look at our place in space (it's big), or a guide to all of humanity (don't be fooled, we are all people), Oliver's signature wit and humor combine with a value system of kindness and tolerance to create a must-have book for parents. 
Storytellers Telling Stories
Storytellers Telling Stories is a literary "radio theatre" podcast with new episodes every Tuesday. Annie Bloom's is a proud sponsor.
Storytellers Telling Stories was created to focus on what shapes our constructive discourse: point of view, narrative, community, and culture. Stories are how we jump into others' lives and feel what they're feeling. Our stories tell of raising children, falling in love, talking to the dead, protesting hatred, being objectified, falling out of love, and playing music in front of strangers.
For new episodes and teaser trailers, subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or any smartphone podcast app by searching for "Storytellers Telling Stories". You may also visit http://sttspodcast.buzzsprout.com.

Here's the schedule of episodes through the end of January 2018:
December 5
Season 1, Ep.11 - Kate Gray
December 12
Season 1, Ep.12 - Reema Zaman (part 1)
December 14
Season 1, Ep.13 - Reema Zaman (part 2)
December 19
Season 1, Ep.14 - Davis Slater (part 1)
December 21
Season 1, Ep.15 - Davis Slater (part 2)
December 26
Season 1, Ep.16 - Daniel Elder
January 2
Season 1, Ep.17 - Geronimo Tagatac
January 9
Season 1, Ep.18 - Gina Oschner
January 16
Season 1, Ep.19 - Sean Davis
January 23
Season 1, Ep.20 - Sam Snoek-Brown