August 2016 Readings,Indie Next Picks, Memoirs, and More!

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August 2016 Readings,Indie Next Picks, Memoirs, and More!
We've got some great readings coming up! Plus, read about the latest memoirs, find out which new books indie booksellers across the country are loving, and check out our new provider for downloadable audio books and e-books. Also, drop by and see us on First Friday!
Upcoming Readings
Authors Coming in August & September
Jack Estes
A Soldier's Son
Thursday, August 4, 7pm
Local author Jack Estes's new novel, A Soldier's Son, is the powerful and redeeming story of a father's haunting memories of war, and his desperate attempt to save his son. "Estes skillfully presents the effect of war on families both in the moment and decades later. His characters are rich and complex. Battle scenes are vividly drawn, keeping the reader caught up in the action. A complex novel of the past and future, fathers and sons, and war and redemption, and the devastating impact of large-scale violence on both the perpetrators and the victims." - Kirkus Review

Lisa Alber
Whispers in the Mist
Friday, August 12, 6:30pm
"The Vault" at O'Connor's

Whispers in the Mist is the second County Clare Mystery from Portland author Lisa Alber. In Lisfenora, Ireland, a strange fog has rolled in off the Atlantic. Along with the fog comes tales of Grey Man, a predatory faery of local lore who snatches innocent souls into his deadly gloom. When a teenage boy dies in Detective Sergeant Danny Ahern's arms, Danny finds himself pursuing his own grey man, a killer who becomes more elusive the closer Danny gets to the truth. A mute woman may be the key to solving the murder and helping Danny heal his own broken life, but first she must unlock the memories from her past.

Tim Applegate
Fever Tree
Thursday, September 8, 7pm

The local author reads from his novel, Fever Tree. When a handsome and mysterious stranger arrives in Crooked River, the town is consumed by rumors. Although a deeply private young man, Dieter befriends everyone from deckhands to shopkeepers. On the rebound from a disastrous relationship, the charming but hesitant Maggie Paterson falls in love.Teddy Mink, the town's notorious, paranoid drug lord, convinced that Dieter's a narc, formulates a plan to silence him. Maggie's recently estranged ex, who moonlights as a drug runner for Teddy, jealously agrees that Dieter must be handled no matter the cost. From the moonlit beaches of Quintana Roo to the waterfront docks of Crooked River, Florida, Fever Tree is a beautifully written story that charts the surprising journey of a deeply troubled young man zealously guarding the secrets of his past.

Julia Claiborne Johnson
Be Frank with Me
Monday, September 19, 7pm

In Johnson's debut novel, reclusive literary legend M. M. "Mimi" Banning has been holed up in her Bel Air mansion for years. But after falling prey to a Bernie Madoff-style ponzi scheme, she's flat broke. Now Mimi must write a new book for the first time in decades, and to ensure the timely delivery of her manuscript, her New York publisher sends an assistant to monitor her progress. When Alice Whitley arrives at the Banning mansion, she's put to work right away--as a full-time companion to Frank, the writer's eccentric nine-year-old. As she slowly gets to know Frank, Alice becomes consumed with finding out who Frank's father is, how his gorgeous "piano teacher and itinerant male role model" Xander fits into the Banning family equation-and whether Mimi will ever finish that book.

Marianne Monson
Frontier Grit
Thursday, September 22, 7pm

The Multnomah Village author reads from her history of frontier women. Discover the stories of twelve women who heard the call to settle the west and who came from all points of the globe to begin their journey. These are gripping miniature dramas of good-hearted women, selfless providers, courageous immigrants and migrants, and women with skills too innumerable to list. Many were crusaders for social justice and women's rights. All endured hardships, overcame obstacles, broke barriers, and changed the world. Monson ties the stories of these pioneer women to the experiences of women today with the hope that they will be inspired to live boldly and bravely and to fill their own lives with vision, faith, and fortitude. To live with grit.

Bill Merritt
Crackers: A Southern Memoir
Tuesday, September 27, 7pm

The Portland author returns to Annie Bloom's to read form his memoir. Merritt grew up in Atlanta, Georgia during the turbulent years between the end of World War II and the Vietnam War. A joyously unreconstructed Southerner, he looks on with amazement as Atlanta changes from a sleepy Southern town into the City Too Busy to Hate. Merritt's family is eccentric and colorful, occasionally courageous, often self-centered. This is the story of how the family was caught up in the Orly Air Crash, the Vietnam War, and the emotional fallout from a Cuban whose family had been murdered by Che Guevara. It is the story of the way the Civil Rights Revolution looked to Southerners.  
This is the story the way Southerners remember it--and tell each other.
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. 

The Woman in Cabin 10
by Ruth Ware

Linda Bond at Auntie's Bookstore in Spokane, WA, writes: "When journalist Lo Blacklock sees someone throw a woman's body over the side of a small cruise ship, it should be clear that a crime has been committed. The problem? No one is missing. This is far from the travel magazine assignment that brought Lo on board, but she can't just give up. Something happened and she must find the answer. But can she do so without losing her own life? This is a fun read full of psychological thrills and twists that readers absolutely will not see coming."

Dark Matter: A Novel
by Blake Crouch

Ed White at Hudson Booksellers in Marietta, GA, writes: "Dark Matter is equal parts science fiction, thriller, and theoretical self-examination, complete with an overarching love story. Crouch does a fantastic job of keeping readers grounded while traveling through multiple dimensions, and he offers introspection on how each of the life choices a person makes recreates that person in a new and profound way. I tore through this, waiting for--and finding--a spectacular conclusion. A must-read!"

The Muse: A Novel
by Jessie Burton

Susan Taylor at Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza in Albany, NY, writes: "Burton's follow-up to The Miniaturist also takes place in the art world, but this time the settings alternate between London in the 1960s and pre-Civil War Spain in the 1930s. In 1967, a long-lost work by a dead Spanish painter turns up in London. Is it really an original Isaac Robles? Or is there a more complicated story behind the intriguing painting? A fun read with interesting meditations on the purpose and making of art."

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

City on Fire
by Garth Risk Hallberg

Recommended in hardcover by Melinda Powers at Bookshop Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz, CA.

by Vu Tran

Recommended in hardcover by Sherri Gallentine at Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena, CA.

The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories
by Anthony Marra

Recommended in hardcover by Cody Morrison at Square Books in Oxford, MS.

The Nature of the Beast
by Louise Penny

Recommended in hardcover by Sarah Pease at Buttonwood Books & Toys in Cohasset, MA. 
New in Memoir
Here are some of the latest Memoirs:

Shoe Dog
by Phil Knight
Young, searching, fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed fifty dollars from his father and launched a company with one simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost running shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the trunk of his Plymouth Valiant, Knight grossed eight thousand dollars that first year, 1963. Today, Nike's annual sales top $30 billion. In this age of start-ups, Knight's Nike is the gold standard, and its swoosh is more than a logo. A symbol of grace and greatness, it's one of the few icons instantly recognized in every corner of the world.

I'm Just a Person
by Tig Notaro
One of America's most original comedic voices delivers a darkly funny, wryly observed, and emotionally raw account of her year of death, cancer, and epiphany. In the span of four months in 2012, Tig Notaro was hospitalized for a debilitating intestinal disease called C. diff, her mother unexpectedly died, she went through a breakup, and then she was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer. An inspired combination of the deadpan silliness of her comedy and the openhearted vulnerability that has emerged in the wake of that dire time, I'm Just a Person is a moving and often hilarious look at this very brave, very funny woman's journey into the darkness and her thrilling return from it.

The Drone Eats with Me
by Atef Abu Saif
An ordinary Gazan's chronicle of the struggle to survive, this memoir is an unforgettable rendering of everyday civilian life shattered by the realities of twenty-first-century warfare. Israel's 2014 invasion of Gaza lasted 51 days, killed 2,145 Palestinians (578 of them children), injured over 11,000 people, and demolished more than 17,000 homes. Atef Abu Saif, a young father and novelist, puts an indelibly human face on these statistics, providing a rare window into the texture of a community and the realities of a conflict that is too often obscured by politics..

Look at You Now: My Journey from Shame to Strength
by Liz Prior
In 1979, Liz is a seventeen-year-old girl from a good family in the wealthy Chicago suburbs. Halfway through her senior year of high school, she discovers that she is pregnant--a fact her parents are determined to keep a secret. One snowy January day, her mother drops her off at what Liz thinks is a Catholic home for unwed mothers but which is, in truth, a locked government-run facility for delinquent and impoverished pregnant teenage girls. In the cement-block residence, Liz is alone and terrified--a girl from a privileged background living amid street-savvy girls. But over the next six months, Liz develops a surprising bond with the other girls and begins to question everything she once held true. Told with tenderness, humor, and an open heart, Look at You Now is a deeply moving story about the most vulnerable moments in our lives and how a willingness to trust ourselves can permanently change who we are and how we see the world.