April 2016 Staff Favorites, Sports, Readings, and More!

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Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms
by Gerald Russell

Listen, Liberal
by Thomas Frank

The Water Knife
by Paolo Bacigalupi

A Fearless Heart
by Thupten Jinpa 

Beverly Cleary Turns 100!  

The author of the Ramona Quimby books celebrated her 100th birthday on April 12. Check out Laura Foster's new Portland walking guide, which charts Cleary's most beloved character's adventures across our city:
Walking With Ramona: Exploring Beverly Cleary's Portland
by Laura O. Foster 
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April 2016 Staff Favorites, Sports, Readings, and More!
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My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry
by Fredrik Backman
reviewed by Karen
Almost eight-year-old Elsa is different--a misfit who disappoints her parents and is tormented at school. Her only friend is an outlandish grandmother who has managed to alienate the cast of characters that populate their apartment building. When Granny dies, Elsa learns she is expected to convey a string of apologies on her Granny's behalf. Somewhat unwillingly, Elsa finds and delivers letters via a treasure hunt, following clues that lead her to realize there are others worthy of love who will love her in return. (Be sure to pay attention to the fairy tales as you read.) Recommended for fans of Roald Dahl and Neil Gaiman. Now out in paperback!

Poetry Roundup
reviewed by Kathy
In that time of year when the earth speaks to me of death and resurrection, my imagination has been particularly engaged by poets exploring themes of sorrow and loss, memory and meaning. Time of Grief: Mourning Poems, edited by Jeffrey Yang, is a fascinating collection from all over the world, divided into forty-nine days of grief, echoing both ancient Buddhist and Jewish periods of mourning. This poetry plumbs all facets of loss and sadness, yet ends with renewal and the flowering of spring.
Judith Barrington, in The Conversation, forms poetry into memoir. In discursive detail she sings of her birth in the rubble of London, growing up in the Fifties of distant fathers, old dogs under the table and horses in the field.  She travels oceans, joins a commune, falls in love and grows old. This is the rich humus of a long and engaged life. And be sure to pick up Ursula K. LeGuin's new book, Late in the Day. Her poetic attention roams from the old spoons in her kitchen to the griefs and gods of classical Greece, journeying along the way around our own beautiful Oregon.

The Wisest One in the Room
by Thomas Gilovich and Lee Ross
reviewed by Andy
If you have not read a book on cognitive biases this is a great place to start. Psychology has become very skilled at showing how bad we all are at thinking carefully and logically and how much we misestimate our inabilities in everyday life. Our intuitions fail us regularly and this often has dire social consequences. The aim of the book is to correct this--to make the reader "wiser" and better able to live with others. I kept saying to myself that the book was written too simply. It's easy to read, easy to understand, but it kept providing more and more little epiphanies. The fantastic first chapter delineates how our staunch adherence to our own viewpoints can ensnare us in many unnecessary conflicts. The following chapters highlight strategies to un-entrench ourselves. Much of the reported research has to do with personal psychology and then gets tied in with larger social problems near the end of the book; conflicts between nation states, underperformance in the classroom (specifically "stereotype threat"), and climate change. The only thing missing was an authorial self-critique. How many of the cited studies were done in contrived laboratory settings with college students as subjects? This omission by no means invalidates the plethora of insights in this enlightening work.  
Upcoming Readings & Events
Independent Bookstore Day and Author Readings

Independent Bookstore Day
Saturday, April 30

Saturday, April 30, 2016 marks the second annual Independent Bookstore Day. Annie Bloom's will be celebrating all day long with scavenger hunts, a kids books recommendation station, and a poster where you can let us know which books have changed the way you see the world. Plus, you can join a national "tattoo chain" with free temporary literary tattoos. Annie Bloom's will also be selling unique items created exclusively for IBD, including literary tea towels, a signed limited edition pressing of Kate DiCamillo's new novel, Raymie Nightingale, and more!

Paul Engler
This Is an Uprising
Tuesday, May 3, 7pm

From protests around climate change and immigrant rights, to Occupy, the Arab Spring, and #BlackLivesMatter, a new generation is unleashing strategic nonviolent action to shape public debate and force political change. Nonviolence is usually seen simply as a philosophy or moral code. This Is an Uprising shows how it can instead be deployed as a method of political conflict, disruption, and escalation. It argues that if we are always taken by surprise by dramatic outbreaks of revolt, we pass up the chance to truly understand how social transformation happens.

Julie Christine Johnson
In Another Life
Thursday, May 5, 7pm

Historian Lia Carrer has finally returned to southern France, determined to rebuild her life after the death of her husband. But instead of finding solace in the region's quiet hills and medieval ruins, she falls in love with Raoul, a man whose very existence challenges everything she knows about life--and about her husband's death. As Raoul reveals the story of his past to Lia, she becomes entangled in the echoes of an ancient murder, resulting in a haunting and suspenseful journey that reminds Lia that the dead may not be as far from us as we think. Steeped in the rich history and romantic landscape of rural France, In Another Life is a story of love that conquers time, and the lost loves that haunt us all.

Beth Everett
Dead on the Dock
Thursday, May 12, 7pm
Take a Trip to Lake Montego with Lee Harding, everyone's favorite stoner sleuth. Lee is worried that her marriage is falling apart and runs away to the Montego Paddling Club, where her trusty canoe, Red, sits in the lake-spotted mountains of upstate New York. Time away turns lethal when camp malcontent Emily English is found dead on the dock below Lee's cabin. With the help of small-town detective, Lee is on the case. Dead on the Dock is a star filled night of deception. It's a sunny paddle across a lake full of buried secrets that will keep you guessing until the end.
New in Sports
Check out these great new titles from our Sports section:

On the Origins of Sports
by Gary Belsky and Neil Fine
This illustrated book is built around the original rules of 21 of the world's most popular sports, from football and soccer to wrestling and mixed martial arts. Never before have the original rules for these sports coexisted in one volume. Each sport's chapter includes a short history, the sport's original rules, and a deeper look into an element of the sport, such as the evolution of the baseball glove; sports with war roots; a compendium of sports balls; and iconic sports trophies. Filled with period-style line drawings in a handsome package, On the Origins of Sports is a book that sports fans and history buffs alike will want to display on their coffee tables, showcase on their bookshelves, and treasure for generations.

The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports
by Jeff Passan
Yahoo's lead baseball columnist offers an in-depth look at the most valuable commodity in sports--the pitching arm--and how its vulnerability to injury is hurting players and the game, from Little League to the majors. Jeff Passan traveled the world for three years to explore in-depth the past, present, and future of the arm, and how its evolution left baseball struggling to wrangle its Tommy John surgery epidemic. The Arm is essential reading for everyone who loves the game, wants to keep their children healthy, or relishes a look into how a large, complex institution can fail so spectacularly.

Rise and Fire: The Origins, Science, and Evolution of the Jump Shot
by Shawn Fury
When the first jump shooting pioneers left the ground, they rose not only above their defenders, but also above the sport's conventions. The jump shot created a soaring offense, infectious excitement, loyal fans, and legends. Basketball would never be the same. Analyzing the techniques and reliving some of the most unforgettable plays from the greats, Shawn Fury creates a technical, personal, historical, and even spiritual examination of the shot. This is not a dry how-to textbook of basketball mechanics; it is a lively tour of basketball history and a love letter to the sport and the shot that changed it forever.

Chasing Perfection
by Andy Glockner
This book goes behind the scenes of the multi-million dollar, high-stakes world of basketball player development, research and analysis, and the often secretive, cutting-edge methods that NBA franchises use to turn less-expensive, supporting players into vital parts of championship teams. Glockner offers detailed perspective from NBA players, coaches, team management, and media, offering a comprehensive insider's view of how analytics are shaping the basketball we watch, and how those who are lagging behind in the technology race already are feeling the competitive hit.