|December 2016 Gift Books, Holiday Catalog, and More
Check out these great selections from our Gift Books section. Plus, here are more highlights from our Holiday Catalog! Also, mark your calendars now for our Author Readings in 2017. And we invite you to donate to the Giving Tree!
The Holiday Catalog
|Peruse these highlights from the Holiday Catalog, courtesy of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association:
Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens
by Steve Olson
Powerful economic and historical forces influenced the fates of those around the volcano that sunny Sunday morning, including the construction of the nation's railroads, the harvest of a continent's vast forests, and the protection of America's treasured public lands. The eruption of Mount St. Helens revealed how the past is constantly present in the lives of us all. At the same time, it transformed volcanic science, the study of environmental resilience, and, ultimately, our perceptions of what it will take to survive on an increasingly dangerous planet.
Words Are My Matter: Writings about Life and Books
by Ursula K. Le Guin
Words Are My Matter collects talks, essays, introductions to beloved books, and book reviews by Ursula K. Le Guin, one of our foremost public literary intellectuals.Essential reading, Words Are My Matter is a manual for investigating the depth and breadth of contemporary fiction and, through the lens of deep considerations of contemporary writing, a way of exploring the world we are all living in.
City of Weird: 30 Otherworldly Portland Tales
edited by Gigi Little
City of Weird conjures what we fear: death, darkness, ghosts. Hungry sea monsters and alien slime molds. Blood drinkers and game show hosts. Set in Portland, Oregon, these thirty stories blend imagination, literary writing, and pop culture into a cohesive weirdness that honors the city's personality, its bookstores and bridges and solo volcano, as well as the tradition of sci-fi pulp magazines. Including such authors as Rene Denfeld, Justin Hocking, Leni Zumas, and Kevin Sampsell, editor Gigi Little has curated a collection that is quirky, chilling, often profound, and always perfectly weird.
The Daily Show (the Book): An Oral History
by Jon Stewart
For almost seventeen years, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart brilliantly redefined the borders between television comedy, political satire, and opinionated news coverage. This oral history takes the reader behind the curtain for all the show's highlights, from its origins as Comedy Central's underdog late-night program hosted by Craig Kilborn to Jon Stewart's long reign to Trevor Noah's succession, rising from a scrappy jester in the 24-hour political news cycle to become part of the beating heart of politics--a trusted source for not only comedy but also commentary, with a reputation for calling bullshit and an ability to effect real change in the world.
Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines in Living Color
by Chandler O'Leary, Jessica Spring
This gorgeously illustrated letterpress-inspired book combines feminist history with a vision for a better future. Based on the beloved Dead Feminists letterpress poster series, this illuminating look at 27 women who've changed the world features a foreword by Jill Lepore, author of The Secret History of Wonder Woman. Intricate and beautiful broadside art takes center stage in this richly visual book that ties inspiring women and the challenges they faced to today's most important issues. The book revisits the original posters plus adds new art, archival photographs, and ephemera to tell the stories of feminists such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Gwendolyn Brooks, Rachel Carson, and more. Dead Feminists takes feminist inspiration to a new level of artistry and shows how ordinary and extraordinary women have made a difference throughout history (and how you can too).
Indestructible: One Man's Rescue Mission That Changed the Course of WWII
by John R. Bruning
Paul Irving "Pappy" Gunn was drafted into MacArthur's air force when war came to the Philippines; and while he carried out a top-secret mission to Australia, the Japanese seized his family. Separated from his beloved wife, Polly, and their four children, Pappy carried out rescue missions with an almost suicidal desperation. Taking readers from the blistering skies of the Pacific to the jungles of New Guinea and the Philippines to one of the the war's most notorious prison camps, Indestructible traces one man's bare-knuckle journey to free the people he loved and the aerial revolution he sparked that continues to resonate across America's modern battlefields.
Dinosaurs with Jobs: A Coloring Book Celebrating Our Old-School Coworkers
by Theo Nicole Lorenz
Dinosaurs work hard for a living, and their efforts deserve to be recognized. This coloring book features 20 examples of the dinosaur driving instructors, dog groomers, astronauts, tech support specialists, and more whose work makes our world a better place. Theo Nicole's Lorenz's humorous, offbeat coloring book is perfect for anyone looking to break outside the world of patterns and mandalas, and add some laughter along the way.
China: The Cookbook
by Kei Lum Chan and Diora Fong Chan
In the tradition of bestsellers including Mexico and The Nordic Cookbook, comes the next title in the national cuisine series, China: The Cookbook. Featuring more than 650 recipes for delicious and authentic Chinese dishes for the home kitchen, this impressive and authoritative book showcases the culinary diversity of the world's richest and oldest cuisines with recipes from the 33 regions and sub-regions.
National Geographic Greatest Landscapes
From one majestic nature landscape to the next, this is an iconic collection of National Geographic's photography of the world's most beautiful locations that will immortalize the beauty of the great outdoors, showcasing evocative, and often unseen, images of extraordinary landscapes around the world. With vast deserts in twilight, snowcapped mountain ranges at the brink of dawn, a forest in the height of autumn colors, these indelible images will magnify the beauty, emotion, and depth that can be captured in the split second of a camera flash, taking readers on a spectacular visual journey and offering an elegant conduit to the world around them.
by Lonely Planet
For everyone who loves travel and trying the local delicacies, this beautifully illustrated hardback is the must-have handbook to a year's worth of perfect weekends around the world for food lovers. Featured trails include the an homage to Buenos Aires steak, cozy wintertime French Canadian cuisine, Puglia's distinctive dishes, and Parisian patisserie. Each trail is an itinerary, detailing when and where to indulge in the local specialties. There are 52 trails, each with gorgeous photography, a bespoke map, expert writing and practical details of how to get there and where to stay.
A Celebration of Beatrix Potter
by Beatrix Potter
With illustrious tales of characters like Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin, and Jemima Puddle-Duck, Beatrix Potter established herself as one of the most cherished and influential author-illustrators of children's literature. To mark her 150th birthday, this gorgeous collection features beautiful illustrations of Potter's characters, as interpreted by well-known illustrators. Each illustration is accompanied by text from the artist explaining what that character means to them, making this a true celebration of Beatrix Potter.
by T. C. Boyle
It is 1994, and in the desert near Tillman, Arizona, forty miles from Tucson, a grand experiment involving the future of humanity is underway. As climate change threatens the earth, eight scientists--four men and four women dubbed the "Terranauts"--have been selected to live under glass in E2, a prototype of a possible off-earth colony. The Terranauts
brings to life an electrifying, pressured world in which connected lives are uncontrollably pushed to the breaking point. With characteristic humor and acerbic wit, T.C. Boyle indelibly inhabits the perspectives of the various players in this survivalist game, probing their motivations and illuminating their integrity and fragility to illustrate the inherent fallibility of human nature itself.
by Sharon Cameron
Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person's memories--of parents, children, love, life, and self--are lost. Unless they have been written. Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten. But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence--before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her
Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects
by Jack Challoner
Supporting STEM education initiatives and the maker movement, Maker Lab includes 28 kid-safe projects and crafts that will get young inventors' wheels turning and make science pure fun. Each step-by-step activity is appropriate for kids ages 8 to 12, and ranked easy, medium, or hard, with an estimated time frame for completion. Requiring only household materials, young makers can build an exploding volcano, race balloon rocket cars, construct a solar system, make a lemon battery, and more. Photographs and facts carefully detail the "why" and "how" of each experiment using real-world examples to provide context so kids can gain a deeper understanding of the scientific principles applied.
Thunder Boy Jr.
by Sherman Alexie
Thunder Boy Jr. is named after his dad, but he wants a name that's all his own. Just because people call his dad Big Thunder doesn't mean he wants to be Little Thunder. He wants a name that celebrates something cool he's done, like Touch the Clouds, Not Afraid of Ten Thousand Teeth, or Full of Wonder. But just when Thunder Boy Jr. thinks all hope is lost, he and his dad pick the perfect name...a name that is sure to light up the sky.
January Readings at Annie Blooms:
Bonnie Jo Campbell
Mothers, Tell Your Daughters: Stories
Tuesday, January 10, 7pm
Named by the Guardian as one of our top ten writers of rural noir, Bonnie Jo Campbell is a keen observer of life and trouble in rural America, and her working-class protagonists can be at once vulnerable, wise, cruel, and funny. The strong but flawed women of Mothers, Tell Your Daughters must negotiate a sexually charged atmosphere as they love, honor, and betray one another against the backdrop of all the men in their world. Such richly fraught mother-daughter relationships can be lifelines, anchors, or they can sink a woman like a stone.
Thursday, January 12, 7pm
Portland writer Amy Minato will read from her new poetry collection. Praise for Hermit Thrush: "In these days we can feel orphaned from mother Earth, blocked by digital toys from the old true play of cell and spirit, but by good fortune we have the lens of Amy Minato's poetry to find our way back to right relation. Because her poems are compact and finely tuned, they will fit in your life as jewels of song." -Kim Stafford
Monday, January 16, 7pm
Be-Longing is the fourth anthology by the Woodshop Writers, a group of writers in Portland, Oregon, who study their craft under the guidance of writer and teacher Nancy Woods. In this anthology you will read about home and homelessness, exploration and discovery, identity, growth, change, and understanding of both self and others. Together the pieces describe a wide range of human experience. They underscore how basic and vital a sense of belonging is for everyone, and how many different forms belonging can take.
LeeAnn Elwood McLennan
Tuesday, January 17, 7pm
Portland author McLennan's YA novel Root is the second book in her Dormant Trilogy. It's been four months since Olivia Woodson Brighthall accepted her supernormal heritage. Four months since her cousin Emma went dark side. Four months since Ben was forced into a prison coma. Now Olivia spends her days balancing supernormal life--training, hunting, and improving her fire and ice powers--with normal life--school, family time with Dad, and hiding her secret life from her dwindling group of normal friends. When Portland is flooded with more supernormal beasts than ever before, Olivia and her family are thrust into a fight to keep people safe. A warning from one beast suggests someone is deliberately sending the monsters. But who among the Brighthall's enemies has the power to compel creatures? And then Olivia's visions start.
Closing the Store
Thursday, January 19, 7pm
Oregon author Maren Anderson will read from her novel Closing the Store. Liz didn't mean to start a sex strike... but she'll use it to end a war and win an election. Liz Stratton is running for President of the United States to end the unpopular war in Mesopotamianstan. Everything goes as planned until the first debate when Liz's competitors patronize her. She loses her temper and declares that if every woman in America withheld sex, the war would be over in weeks. So women all over the country actually "close the store." Now what?
Voices in the Stones
Wednesday, January 25, 7pm
Native Americans are lauded for their profound spirituality and deep understanding of the land. Kent Nerburn here draws on his three decades living and working among Native peoples to offer stories and reflections that reveal what the ways of Native Americans have to teach us all about giving, sharing, grieving, and celebrating. Nerburn takes readers inside a Native feast that highlights respect for elders, to a nearly forgotten Nez Perce battlefield, and to both the traditional burial of a young man and the reinterment of the ancient bones of two teen-aged girls. At a dusty roadside cafe he introduces us to an elder who remembers when his ancestors could talk to animals. Whether moving and dramatic, delightfully humorous, or all of the above, these vignettes remind us that as common children of a common land, we have much to learn from each other if only we have the heart to listen.
John Sibley Williams, Annie Lighthart, Jeff Whitney
Thursday, January 26, 7pm
Three Portland poets in one night! Williams's Disinheritance acknowledges loss while celebrating the uncertainty of a world in constant revision. From the concrete consequences of each human gesture to soulful interrogations into "this amalgam of real / and fabled light," these poems inhabit an unsteady betweenness. Lighthart's first collection of poems, Iron String, lives up to the complexities of that sound, that difficult music of living. Written with a mature lyricism, these poems weave the thread of song through destruction and doubt, through quiet rooms and resilient hours. Whitney is the author of The Tree with Lights in It and Note Left Like Silver on the Eyes of the Dead. Along with Philip Schaefer, he co-authored Smoke Tones and Radio Silence.
The Elusive Elixir
Monday, January 30, 7pm
Mystery author Gigi Pandian will be joined by Portland writers Cindy Brown and Lisa Alber. In Pandian's The Elusive Elixir, Dorian Robert-Houdin, the three-and-a-half-foot gargoyle chef who fancies himself a modern-day Poirot, is slowly turning into stone, and it's up to Zoe Faust to unravel the alchemical secrets that can save him. When they discover that a long-lost stone gargoyle with a connection to Dorian has reappeared in Europe, the stakes are even higher. From Portland to Paris, Zoe searches for the hidden knowledge she needs, but a cold case that harkens back to 1942 throws her off course. With an ailing friend desperately trying to discover his own elixir of life and a new romantic interest offering the first chance at love she's had in nearly a century, Zoe is torn between a dangerous form of alchemy and her desire for a safer life. Cindy Brown's third Ivy Meadows novel is Oliver Twisted. Lisa Alber's Whispers in the Mist is her second County Clare Mystery.