August 1 is First Friday!
During these dog days of summer, spend a cool First Friday in an air-conditioned bookstore!
be serving wine and giving away great prizes for our drawing. Drop by
Annie Bloom's anytime after 6:00 on Friday night and register to win!
This month, our adult prize is:
by Seth Casteel
For the kids, we're giving away a copy: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
by Jeff Kinney
August 2014 Author Readings, Biographies, and More
all about our upcoming author events. Take a peak at our new computer
system! Plus, find out which new books indie booksellers across the
country are loving. Discover what's new in Biographies. And drop by and
see us on First Friday!
Upcoming Readings at Annie Blooms:
Debra Gordon Zaslow
Bringing Bubbe Home
TONIGHT! Thursday, July 31, 7pm
Zaslow was humming along on baby-boomer autopilot, immersed in her
life as a professional storyteller, wife of a Rabbi, and mother of two
teenagers when she felt compelled to bring her 103-year-old
grandmother, Bubbe, who was dying alone in a nursing facility, home to
live and die with her family. Zaslow had no idea if she would have the
emotional stamina to midwife Bubbe to the other side. When Bubbe
finally dies, something in Debra is born: the possibility to move into
the future without the chains of the past.
Dan Berne & John Jared Smith
Thursday, August 7, 7pm
In Dan Berne's novel The Gods of Second Chances,
family means everything to Alaskan fisherman Ray Bancroft, raising
his granddaughter while battling storms, invasive species, and
lawsuit-happy tourists. Set against a backdrop of ice and mud and loss,
Berne's gripping debut novel explores the unpredictable fissures of
memory, and how families can break apart even in the midst of healing. Jared John Smith's Rabbit
is about J, a male American folklorist, aged twenty-seven, collecting
ghost stories across states for freelance pieces. Along the halfway
point of a 4,000 mile road trip through humid forestry and dry canyons,
J meets with his homeless, mentally-ill father for the first time
since age five. There are musings on sizes of stars and fragile
creatures, the deaths of rabbits; mostly, it is a frantic hunt for
family and its definition.
Gun Metal Heart
Thursday, August 21, 7pm
Gibron, a freelance operative with a long and deadly history, has
been slowly recovering from the injuries sustained from her last case
(in Ice Cold Kill). Hiding out in a town in rural Italy, she
has been staying as far off the map as she can--until she's tracked
down by an old colleague. Diego had been a bodyguard in Florence,
protecting an engineer and her invention, when they were attacked by a
highly trained paramilitary group. At the same time, a small group
of disgraced CIA agents have been waiting for their chance to exact
revenge on the person they blame for their discharge--Daria Gibron.
When they learn she's in contact with Diego, they get the okay from
their former bosses to take her out.
Living Life in Full Bloom
Monday, August 25, 7pm
life in full bloom means living with hope and purpose, with
imagination and vision--in a way that honors the Earth, the spirit, and
one another. Elizabeth Murray encourages and nurtures each person to
explore four personality attributes (Gardener, Artist, Lover, and
Spirit Weaver), or pathways, that create a framework for practicing
mindfulness, unleashing potential, and reviving communities. As
Gardeners, readers will learn to observe and grow; as Artists, they'll
discover creativity and new possibilities; as Lovers, they'll lead with
the heart and commit to things they're passionate about; and as
Spirit Weavers, they'll create rituals and express gratitude.
August Indie Next List
month, the coalition of independent bookstores puts together a list of
titles recommended by booksellers across the country. Come in to browse
all the picks for August. Here are a few of the selected titles (click
on a cover or title to read more on our website):
by Amy Bloom
Carol at Schuler Books in Okemos, MI, writes: "Vivid and satisfying, Lucky Us
is the story of two motherless half-sisters thrown together by fate and
determined to make their way in a world where the cards are stacked
against them. Bloom gives us lively, unforgettable characters who are so
warm, human, and irrepressible that they transcend even the darkest
events of their lives."
The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee
by Marja Mills
at Dragonwings Bookstore in Waupaca, WI, writes: "At long last the
reculsive author Harper Lee and her spirited sister, Alice, decided to
share the story of their lives. Mills has a gift for listening with
respect and retelling with careful observation. Immensely satisfying!"
The Book of Life
by Deborah Harkness
at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, NY, writes: "Surprising
twists and turns make this a delightful conclusion to the All Souls
trilogy. With history, genetics, and morality all playing out, this is
the very best in escapist fantasy for all readers!"
by Robin Black
at Barrett Bookstore in Darien, CT, writes, "In their late 40s and
childless, Owen and Augusta move to an isolated farm house to pursue
their art. When Alison, a divorcée escaping her own demons, unexpectedly
moves in next door, the fault lines in all of their lives threaten to
break open. An extraordinary novel."
Also, check out these former IndieNext picks, now out in paperback:
The Valley of Amazement
by Amy Tan
Recommended in hardcover by Carol at The Bookshelf in Truckee, CA
by Pierre LaMaitre
Recommended in hardcover by Fran at Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington Depot, CT
|Here are some of the best new biographies and memoirs:
My Salinger Year
by Joanna Rakoff
Poignant, keenly observed, and irresistibly funny: a memoir about
literary New York in the late nineties, a pre-digital world on the cusp
of vanishing, where a young woman finds herself entangled with one of
the last great figures of the century. Rakoff paints a vibrant portrait
of a bright, hungry young woman navigating a heady and longed-for
world, trying to square romantic aspirations with burgeoning
self-awareness, the idea of a life with life itself. Charming and
deeply moving, filled with electrifying glimpses of an American
literary icon, My Salinger Year is the coming-of-age story of a
talented writer. Above all, it is a testament to the universal power
of books to shape our lives and awaken our true selves.
The Nixon Tapes: 1971-1972
transcribed and annotated by Douglas Brinkley & Luke Nichter
President Nixon's voice-activated taping system captured every word
spoken in the Oval Office, Cabinet Room, and other key locations in the
White House, and at Camp David--3,700 hours of recordings between 1971
and 1973. The Nixon Tapes offers a selection of fascinating
scenes from the year Nixon opened relations with China, negotiated the
SALT I arms agreement with the Soviet Union, and won a landslide
reelection victory. All the while, the growing shadow of Watergate and
Nixon's political downfall crept ever closer. The Nixon Tapes provides a unique glimpse into a flawed president's hubris, paranoia, and political genius.
by Lynn Sherr
Sally Ride made history as the first American woman in space. A member
of the first astronaut class to include women, she broke through a
quarter-century of white male fighter jocks when NASA chose her for the
seventh shuttle mission, cracking the celestial ceiling and inspiring
several generations of women. This is a rich biography of a fascinating
woman whose life intersected with revolutionary social and scientific
changes in America. Sherr's revealing portrait is warm and admiring but
unsparing. It makes this extraordinarily talented and bold woman, an
inspiration to millions, come alive.
New Technology at Annie Bloom's?!
Thanks to a generous grant from James Patterson, we've upgraded our ancient point-of-sales machines to a spiffy Windows system.
are the sepia-toned monitors and the clunky software. Once we get used
to the new system, we hope to offer better and speedier customer service
than ever before. In the meantime, if we can't figure out how to ring
up a greeting card, please bare with us. We'll be up to speed in no