August 2015 Readings, Adult Coloring Books, Biographies and More!

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First Friday
Adult Coloring Books
Upcoming Readings
Indie Bookseller Picks
New in Biography

First Friday

August 7 is First Friday!


Come visit us during First Friday in Multnomah Village.


For your browsing enjoyment, we'll be serving wine. Plus, we'll be giving away great prizes for our monthly drawing. Drop by Annie Bloom's anytime after 6:00 on Friday night and register to win!  


One lucky adult will win:

Animal Kingdom: Color Me, Draw Me

by Millie Marotta


And our kids prize is:

Where Are My Books?

by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Adult Coloring Books

Relax, find a creative outlet, or do both at once. Adult coloring books are all the rage. Find these (and many more options) in the Theme section at the front of the store:

Secret Garden 

by Johanna Basford


Just Add Colour: Mandalas 

by Beverly Lawson 


Day of the Dead Coloring Book 

by Thaneeya McArdle


Blossom Magic 

from arsEdition


Creative Therapy: An Anti-Stress Coloring Book 

by Hannah Davies 

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August 2015 Readings, Adult Coloring Books, Biographies and More!
We've got some great readings coming up! Plus, discover the word of adult coloring books, read about the latest biographies and memoirs, and find out which new books indie booksellers across the country are loving. And drop by and see us on First Friday!
Upcoming Readings
Readings for August

Jennifer Bird
Permission Granted
Wednesday, August 12, 7pm

Millions of people around the world look to the Bible as a source of encouragement and faith formation, a reminder that God is love and is in control, and a guide to living one's life the way God desires. But this treasured book has also been misused and manipulated by many, placed on a pedestal of untouchability, and protected from questioning and honest engagement. Bird encourages people of faith to explore the texts on their own, freed from long-held myths and misconceptions; experience the Bible anew; and appreciate this holy book for what it is--not what we think it should be. With the sensitivity of one who has discovered this freedom herself, Bird invites readers to engage what the Bible really says about twelve key issues, including sin, sex, and the role of women.

Wallace J. Nichols
Blue Mind
Monday, August 17, 7pm

Now available in paperback, Blue Mind is a landmark book by marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols on the remarkable effects of water on our health and well-being. Why are we drawn to the ocean each summer? Why does being near water set our minds and bodies at ease? Nichols revolutionizes how we think about these questions, revealing the remarkable truth about the benefits of being in, on, under, or simply near water. Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with compelling personal stories from top athletes, leading scientists, military veterans, and gifted artists, he shows how proximity to water can improve performance, increase calm, diminish anxiety, and increase professional success. Blue Mind not only illustrates the crucial importance of our connection to water--it provides a paradigm shifting "blueprint" for a better life on this Blue Marble we call home.

YA Authors Marni Bates, Livia Blackburne, Robin Herrera & Mary Elizabeth Summer
Thursday, August 20, 7pm

Four great Teen Read authors in one night! In Bates's Awkwardly Ever After, it's prom season, and Melanie is flirting with her best friend's brother, while huge geek Isobel has the attentions of a renowned player, and Corey is dating rockstar Timothy, which might get them both banned from prom. In Blackburne's Midnight Thief, talented thief Kyra joins forces with Palace knight Tristam in acts of survival and vengeance. In Herrera's Hope Is a Ferris Wheel, ten-year-old Star Mackie starts a poetry club at her new school, and, through Emily Dickinson's poetry, learns some important lessons about herself and comes to terms with her hopes for the future. In Summer's Trust Me, I'm Lying, con artist high school sophomore Julep discovers her father missing and struggles to trace his trail of clues through a maze of creepy stalkers, hit attempts, family secrets, and worse, the threat of foster care.

Brian Doyle, Tom Janikowski, and Amy Schutzer
Authors on Red Hen Press
Thursday, August 27, 7pm

Brian Doyle is the author of Martin Marten, The Plover, Mink River, Bin Laden's Bald Spot, A Book of Uncommon Prayer, and many others. In Tom Janikowski's The Crawford County Sketchbook, a series of stories wind their way through the lives of the Switchback and Morgan families, framed by several ponderings of moral philosophy and existence. In Amy Schutzer's Spheres of Disturbance, Helen is choosing to die. Over the course of one day in 1985, those who surround her--among them her daughter, an art thief, a high-strung housewife and crochet artist, a lesbian poet, and a pregnant Vietnamese pot-bellied pig--grapple with her impending end.

Novelists M.J. Rose, Wendy Webb and Cat Winters
Monday, August 31, 7pm

In M.J. Rose's The Witch of Painted Shadows, Sandrine Salome flees New York for her grandmother's Paris mansion to escape her dangerous husband, but what she finds there is even more menacing. In Wendy Webb's The Vanishing, recently widowed and penniless Julia Bishop accepts a stranger's mysterious yet unique job offer: caretaker to his mother, Amaris Sinclair, the famous and rather eccentric horror novelist whom Julia has always admired ... and who the world believes is dead. In Cat Winters's The Uninvited, Ivy Rowan survives the great influenza epidemic of 1918, only to discover that her younger brother and father have killed a young German, and she still sees uninvited ones: ghosts of loved ones who appear to her.
August Indie Next List 
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 August. 

Circling the Sun
by Paula McLain

Rhianna at Powell's Books writes: "McLain imagines the African childhood and early adulthood of pioneering aviator Beryl Markham, who lived a fascinating and uncompromising life filled with danger, ill-fated romance, and stunning bravery. McLain does justice to her memory with this sensitive and beautifully written portrayal."

by Ernest Cline

Heather at Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver, CO, writes: "This new work from Cline definitely will not disappoint the myriad fans of Ready Player One. On the contrary, it is another magical, nerdy romp through science fiction and fantasy pop culture where the thing that happens to the hero is exactly the thing every sci-fi lover secretly--or not so secretly--dreams will happen to them."

The Marriage of Opposites
by Alice Hoffman

Julia at Bookshop Santa Cruz writes: "Hoffman's newest novel is based on the life of Rachel Pomie Petit Pissarro and her favorite son, Camille, who would become the famed 'Father of Impressionism.' Growing up in a Jewish refugee community on tropical St. Thomas in the 1800s, Rachel is forced to marry a widower and later follows forbidden passions. Hoffman fills the pages with the island's magic and color in this unforgettable tale of what it means to walk the tightrope between tradition and independence, love and logic."

Plus, here are some previous Indie Next entries, now out in paperback:

Crooked River
by Valerie Geary

Recommended in hardcover by Liz at The Babbling Brook in Haines, AK.

The Rosie Effect
by Graeme Simsion

Recommended in hardcover by Kate at Penguin Bookshop in Sewickley, PA.

Boston Girl
by Anita Diamant

Recommended in hardcover by Jenny at The Vermont Book Shop in Middlebury, VT.

The Long Way Home
by Louise Penny

Recommended in hardcover by Sharon at Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee, WI. 

New in Biography  

Here are some of the latest Memoirs and Biographies:

A Full Life
by Jimmy Carter
At ninety, Jimmy Carter reflects on his public and private life with a frankness that is disarming. He tells what he is proud of and what he might do differently. He discusses his regret at losing his re-election, but how he and Rosalynn pushed on and made a new life and second and third rewarding careers. He is frank about the presidents who have succeeded him, world leaders, and his passions for the causes he cares most about, particularly the condition of women and the deprived people of the developing world. This is a wise and moving look back from this remarkable man. Jimmy Carter has lived one of our great American lives--from rural obscurity to world fame, universal respect, and contentment.

The Folded Clock
by Heidi Julavits
A raucous, stunningly candid, deliriously smart diary of two years in the life of the incomparable Heidi Julavits. Here, she chronicles her daily life as a forty-something woman, wife, mother, and writer. The dazzling result is The Folded Clock, in which the diary form becomes a meditation on time and self, youth and aging, betrayal and loyalty, friendship and romance, faith and fate, marriage and family, desire and death, gossip and secrets, art and ambition. Concealed beneath the minute obsession with dailiness are sharply observed moments of cultural criticism and emotionally driven philosophical queries. In keeping with the spirit of a diary, the tone is confessional, sometimes shockingly so, as the focus shifts from the woman she wants to be to the woman she may have become.

My Struggle: Book Four
by Karl Ove Knausgaard
At eighteen years, old Karl Ove moves to a tiny fisherman's village in the far north of the arctic circle to work as a school teacher. No interest in the job itself, his intention is to save up enough money to travel while finding the space and time to start his writing career. Initially everything looks fine. He writes his first few short stories, finds himself accepted by the hospitable locals, and receives flattering attention from several beautiful local girls. But as the darkness of the long arctic nights start to consume the landscape, Karl Ove's life takes a darker turn. His writing repeats itself, his drinking escalates to some disturbing blackouts, his attempts at losing his virginity end in humiliation and shame, and to his distress, he also develops romantic feelings towards one of his students. Along the way, there are flashbacks to his high school years and the roots of his current problems. Ever present is the long shadow cast by his father, whose own sharply increasing alcohol consumption serves as an ominous backdrop to the author's lifestyle.

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life
by William Finnegan
This is a memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates, it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life. Raised in California and Hawaii, Finnegan started surfing as a child. He has chased waves all over the world, wandering for years through the South Pacific, Australia, Asia, Africa. A bookish boy, and then an excessively adventurous young man, he went on to become a distinguished writer and war reporter. Barbarian Days takes us deep into unfamiliar worlds, some of them right under our noses off the coasts of New York and San Francisco. Finnegan's memoir is an old-school adventure story, an intellectual autobiography, a social history, a literary road movie, and an extraordinary exploration of the gradual mastering of an exacting, little understood art.