April 2020: Book Shopping Alternatives, Items Not on Our Website, Indie Next Picks, and More!

April 2020: Book Shopping Alternatives, Items Not on Our Website, Indie Next Picks, and More!
Read about our new book shopping options, check out some of the items not listed on our website, and see which new titles indie booksellers are loving.
Book Shopping Alternatives
Thank You for Your Continued Support! We are here daily, 9am to 6pm, to answer phone calls (503-246-0053) and process online orders. During those hours, we offer curbside pickup of prepaid orders.
Here are some ways you can shop at Annie Bloom's without leaving the house:
• When shopping on our website, you may choose to have your books mailed to you! Our secure webstore is managed by American Booksellers Association. We ship special orders directly from Annie Bloom's daily via USPS Priority Mail. Start browsing our Staff Favorites to find your next must-read book!
• If you live within a two-mile radius of the store, we are offering free book delivery of pre-purchased books. When ordering via our website, please pay by credit card, include your home address, and select "Delivery" from the "Calculate shipping cost" menu. You may also pay by credit card over the phone.
• Purchase audiobooks through Libro.fm. Their selection is amazing, and every purchase supports the indie bookstore of your choosing. You can purchase à la carte or by subscription. Switch from Audible for bonus audiobooks!
• Are you an ebook reader? Head over to Kobo, where your ebook purchases also support independent bookstores (including Annie Bloom's, of course).
New Releases
These books are among the biggest new and upcoming releases!
by Hilary Mantel
Out Now!
With The Mirror & the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man's vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion and courage. Eagerly awaited and eight years in the making, The Mirror & the Light completes Cromwell's journey from self-made man to one of the most feared, influential figures of his time. Portrayed by Mantel with pathos and terrific energy, Cromwell is as complex as he is unforgettable: a politician and a fixer, a husband and a father, a man who both defied and defined his age. Order Your Copy!
by Lily King
Out Now!
Blindsided by her mother's sudden death, and wrecked by a recent love affair, Casey Peabody has arrived in Massachusetts in the summer of 1997 without a plan. A former child golf prodigy, she now waits tables in Harvard Square and rents a tiny, moldy room at the side of a garage where she works on the novel she's been writing for six years. At thirty-one, Casey is still clutching onto something nearly all her old friends have let go of: the determination to live a creative life. When she falls for two very different men at the same time, her world fractures even more. Casey's fight to fulfill her creative ambitions and balance the conflicting demands of art and life is challenged in ways that push her to the brink. Order Your Copy!
by Anne Tyler
Out: April 7
Micah Mortimer is a creature of habit. A self-employed tech expert, superintendent of his Baltimore apartment building, cautious to a fault behind the steering wheel, he seems content leading a steady, circumscribed life. But one day his routines are blown apart when his woman friend (he refuses to call anyone in her late thirties a "girlfriend") tells him she's facing eviction, and a teenager shows up at Micah's door claiming to be his son. These surprises, and the ways they throw Micah's meticulously organized life off-kilter, risk changing him forever. An intimate look into the heart and mind of a man who finds those around him just out of reach, and a funny, joyful, deeply compassionate story about seeing the world through new eyes, Redhead by the Side of the Road is a triumph, filled with Anne Tyler's signature wit and gimlet-eyed observation. Preorder Your Copy!
Indie Next Picks
Every month, the coalition of independent bookstores puts together a list of titles recommended by booksellers across the country. Come in to browse the titles below, along with other great new bookseller picks for April 2020.
by Emily St. John Mandel
"In this ghostly story of ignoring what’s right in front of you, a group of characters try to grapple with what seems like inevitable choices. Mandel’s book is like the glass in the title: her language glitters while offering clarity and reflection, and her characters are like broken shards, mesmerizing in one light and dangerously ordinary in another. Combining the humanity and structure of Station Eleven with the brutal realism of her earlier works, The Glass Hotel is an exceptional novel." —Marika McCoola, Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA Order Your Copy!
by N. K. Jemisin
"I love N.K. Jemisin’s books, I love New York City, and I love this book about the soul and personification of New York. The City We Became might just be my favorite book to be published in 2020. This story is filled with tension, humor, and great characters, with a guest appearance near and dear to me. While this book is the beginning of a trilogy, it is completely satisfying as a stand-alone novel. Read it and be happy." —Doug Chase, Powell’s Books, Portland, OR Order Your Copy!
by C Pam Zhang
“In the most inventive and fresh language I’ve seen in a long time, C Pam Zhang’s How Much of These Hills Is Gold, set during the American gold rush, tells the story of siblings Lucy and Sam as they wander the western expanse to give their father a proper burial. Zhang transforms the mythology of the American West and reclaims it through the eyes of first-generation Asian-Americans, tackling themes of race, immigration, and gender and creating a new narrative of a voice and people often left out of this pivotal historical period. Strange and surreal, this is a novel to read with care and gratitude." —Chris Alonso, Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL Preorder Your Copy
These previous Indie Next picks are now available in paperback!
by Elizabeth Gilbert
"City of Girls is a champagne cocktail, a tonic for anything that ails you, and the summer read you can’t miss! Vivian Morris, an upper-class, 19-year-old college dropout, finds herself in the chaotic New York City theater world of the 1940s. What ensues is a story full of sex, glamour, and witty one-liners that spans decades. All those who led a heedless youth or wish they had will fall for this book about growing into the person you’ve always wanted to be. Gilbert has written a glittering piece of fiction that subtly delivers wisdom about the nature of human connection and leaves the reader braver, freer, and, at least for the moment, happier." — Caroline McGregor, Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL Preorder Your Copy!
by Julia Phillips
"Julia Phillips is an author to watch. She beautifully transports us to a region of the world that I had never heard of and now can’t stop thinking about. The stories of the women there—their family dynamics, their hopes and fears, the economic and cultural divide of various communities—tell a moving story about this place in a moment in time, but ultimately about the universal struggle of women living with the expectations placed on them. A remarkable debut." — Casey Coonerty, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA Preorder Your Copy!
Facebook Live Author Readings
We are hosting live-streamed readings by local authors via our Facebook page. Tune in for our two April readings, below:
Treasure of the Blue Whale
Thursday, April 2, 7pm
In this whimsical, often funny, Depression-era tale, young Connor O’Halloran decides to share a treasure he’s discovered on an isolated stretch of Northern California beach. Almost overnight, his sleepy seaside village is comically transformed into a bastion of consumerism, home to a commode with a jeweled seat cover, a pair of genuinely fake rare documents, a mail-order bride, and an organ-grinder’s monkey named Mr. Sprinkles. But when it turns out that the treasure is not real, Connor must conspire with Miss Lizzie Fryberg and a handful of town leaders he’s dubbed The Ambergrisians to save their friends and neighbors from financial ruin. Along the way, he discovers other treasures in the sometimes languid, sometimes exciting days of that long-ago season. He is rich and then he isn’t. He learns to sail a boat and about sex. He meets a real actor. He sneaks into villainous Cyrus Dinkle’s house and steals his letter opener. He almost goes to jail. He loves Fiona Littleleaf. He finds a father. And best of all, he and little brother, Alex, reclaim their mother from the darkness of mental illness.
Shadow Queene
Tuesday, April 28, 7pm
Annie Bloom's welcomes back local author Kate Ristau to read from Shadow Queene, the long-awaited sequel to the enchanting dark fairy young adult novel, Shadow Girl. Just when her dreams are about to come true, Hennessey’s world is torn apart. She is dragged into the Shadowlands, while Áine is forced into the light. But in a world of magic and darkness, where the fae whither and monsters reign, Hennessey finds a power all her own. She embraces the shadows and enters the endless night.
Magazines, Greeting Cards, and More
Many non-book items at Annie Bloom's aren't listed on our website. But you can still order them over the phone! We're glad to help you with your selection of any of these sideline items.
We have greeting cards for many occasions. Here is a sample of our selection:
Cards form local artists (most are blank inside)
Cards for new babies, anniversaries, and bat & bar mitzvahs.
And birthday cards!
We also have games! Bananagrams; Pendleton backgammon, chess & checkers, and playing cards; Punderome; and the classic Authors card game.
An assortment of journals
Decomposition notebooks
Did we forget to mention puppets?
For your small-stage puppet show needs.
Street Books
Street Books is a bicycle-powered mobile library, serving people who live outside. Street Books strives to empower people on the streets through access to literature and create a community of support for people living outside, through a shared love of books. Annie Bloom's Books is partnering with Street Books by offering 10% off books purchased for their wish list. To view that wish list and to find out more about Street Books, please see: Our Street Books Page
Annie Bloom's is now on Bookshop. Bookshop is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support independent bookstores and give back to the book community. Check out Annie Bloom's online storefront at Bookshop!
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