December 2018: The Holiday Catalog, New in Gift Books, and More!

December 2018: The Holiday Catalog, New in Gift Books, and More!
 
Looking for some great gift ideas? The PNBA Holiday Catalog is here to help. Also, learn about First Friday, Golden Tickets, and the Giving Tree Kids Book Drive. Plus, check out what's new in our Gift Books section. But first.....
 
New and Upcoming Releases
 
These three books are gonna be big! Click on a cover or title to order from our website.
by Louise Penny
Out Now!
 
A peculiar letter arrives inviting Armand Gamache to an abandoned farmhouse, and the former head of the Sûreté du Québec discovers that a complete stranger has named him one of the executors of her will. When a body is found, the terms of the bizarre will suddenly seem far more menacing. But it isn't the only menace Gamache is facing. Enough narcotic to kill thousands has disappeared into inner city Montreal. With the deadly drug about to hit the streets, Gamache races for answers. As he uses increasingly audacious, even desperate, measures to retrieve the drug, Gamache begins to see his own blind spots. And the terrible things hiding there.
by Anna Burns
Out: December 11th
 
The novel that won the 2018 Man Booker Prize is soon to be released in the U.S. In an unnamed city, middle sister stands out for the wrong reasons. She reads while walking, for one. And she has been taking French night classes downtown. So when a local paramilitary known as the milkman begins pursuing her, she suddenly becomes "interesting," the last thing she ever wanted to be. Despite middle sister's attempts to avoid him—and to keep her mother from finding out about her maybe-boyfriend—rumors spread and the threat of violence lingers. Milkman is a story of the way inaction can have enormous repercussions, in a time when the wrong flag, wrong religion, or even a sunset can be subversive. Told with ferocious energy and sly, wicked humor, Milkman establishes Anna Burns as one of the most consequential voices of our day.
by Dav Pilkey
Out: December 24th
 
Is Dog Man bad to the bone? In this sixth book in the Dog Man series, the heroic hound is sent to the pound for a crime he didn't commit! While his pals work to prove his innocence, Dog Man struggles to find his place among dogs and people. Being a part of both worlds, will he ever fully fit in with one?
 
First Friday
December 7 is First Friday!
 
It's also the Holiday Gala in Multnomah Village. Enjoy tree lighting, carriage rides, and more! 
 
For your browsing pleasure, we'll be serving wine. Plus, we'll be giving away great prizes for our adult and children's drawings. Drop by Annie Bloom's anytime after 6:00 on Friday night and register to win! 
 
The adult prize this month is a signed copy of:
by Jonathan Lethem
 
In Lethem's first detective novel since Motherless Brooklyn, Phoebe Siegler meets Charles Heist in a shabby trailer on the eastern edge of Los Angeles. She’s looking for her friend's missing daughter, Arabella, and hires Heist to help. A laconic loner who keeps his pet opossum in a desk drawer, Heist intrigues the sarcastic and garrulous Phoebe. Reluctantly, he agrees to help. The unlikely pair navigate the enclaves of desert-dwelling vagabonds and find that Arabella is in serious trouble—caught in the middle of a violent standoff that only Heist, mysteriously, can end. Phoebe's trip to the desert was always going to be strange, but it was never supposed to be dangerous.
 
And the kid's prize is:
by Sherri Duskey Rinker
 
The trucks are gearing up for Christmas by building a special gift! But, there's a surprise waiting for each of them, too! Presents await for Excavator, Bulldozer, Crane, Dump Truck, and Cement Mixer as each finishes their part of this big, important job and rolls off to a sweet and sleepy goodnight. Playful rhyming text from the bestselling author of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and vibrant illustrations from the acclaimed artist AG Ford make this a perfect gift for young construction fans everywhere.
 
Golden Tickets
Multnomah Village's annual shop local campaign is in full swing! Bring in a Golden Ticket from any other business and receive 10% off one item. If you spend $20 or more at Annie Bloom's, we'll give you a Golden Ticket to redeem elsewhere. Good through the end of 2018!
 
Giving Tree Kids Book Drive
Annie Bloom's Books is hosting its annual Giving Tree book drive this holiday season for children served by several local non-profit organizations:
 
 
 
 
(Start Making a Reader Today) 
 
You are invited to stop by the store to make a donation today. There are three ways you can contribute:
 
  • Purchase and donate a book at a 10% discount.
 
  • Make a cash donation. A donation of $5.00 helps buy one book for a participating child.
 
  • Donate your Reader Rewards coupon.
 
The PNBA Holiday Catalog
 
The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Holiday Catalog is here! Look for it in recent issues of The Oregonian and Southwest Community Connection, and in person at Annie Bloom's. The catalog is full of great gift-giving selections for all. Come in to browse the books at the front of the store. Below are a few of the highlights:
by Jamie Camplin and Maria Ranauro
 
"Why do artists love books?" This volume takes this tantalizingly simple question as a starting point to reveal centuries of symbiosis between the visual and literary arts. First looking at the development of printed books and the simultaneous emergence of the modern figure of the artist, The Art of Reading appraises works by the many great masters who took inspiration from the printed word. Bringing together more than one hundred paintings that include books as part of their subject matter, this lively and companionable survey examines how the book became the single most ubiquitous feature of our cultural lives and, in large measure, of everyday existence.
by Susan Orlean
 
Orlean chronicles the Los Angeles Public Library of 1986 fire and its aftermath to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives; delves into the evolution of libraries across the country and around the world, from their humble beginnings as a metropolitan charitable initiative to their current status as a cornerstone of national identity; brings each department of the library to vivid life through on-the-ground reporting; studies arson and attempts to burn a copy of a book herself; reflects on her own experiences in libraries; and reexamines the case of Harry Peak, the blond-haired actor long suspected of setting fire to the LAPL more than thirty years ago. Brimming with her signature wit, insight, compassion, and talent for deep research, The Library Book is Susan Orlean's thrilling journey through the stacks that reveals how these beloved institutions provide much more than just books—and why they remain an essential part of the heart, mind, and soul of our country. It is also a master journalist's reminder that, perhaps especially in the digital era, they are more necessary than ever.
by Liane Moriarty
 
Frances Welty, the formerly best-selling romantic novelist, arrives at Tranquillum House nursing a bad back, a broken heart, and an exquisitely painful paper cut. She's immediately intrigued by her fellow guests. Most of them don't look to be in need of a health resort at all. But the person that intrigues her most is the strange and charismatic owner/director of Tranquillum House. Could this person really have the answers Frances didn't even know she was seeking? Should Frances put aside her doubts and immerse herself in everything Tranquillum House has to offer–or should she run while she still can? Combining all of the hallmarks that have made her writing a go-to for anyone looking for wickedly smart, page-turning fiction that will make you laugh and gasp, Liane Moriarty's Nine Perfect Strangers once again shows why she is a master of her craft.
by Stevan Allred
 
When a fisherman receives a mysterious letter about his beloved's demise, he sets off in his skiff to find her on the Isle of the Dead. The Alehouse at the End of the World is an epic comedy set in the sixteenth century, where bawdy Shakespearean love triangles play out with shapeshifting avian demigods and a fertility goddess, drunken revelry, bio-dynamic gardening, and a narcissistic, bullying crow, who may have colluded with a foreign power. A raucous, aw-aw-aw-awe-inspiring romp, Portland author Stevan Allred's second book is a juicy fable for adults, and a hopeful tale for out troubled times.
by Danielle Centoni
 
Portland Cooks presents 80 recipes from 40 of Stumptown's most popular restaurants and bars. From the most modest and unassuming cafes to eclectic neighborhood joints to late-night cocktail bars, the book celebrates the pioneers, game-changers, upstarts, and torch-bearers who help put Portland on the culinary map. Some recipes are an adventure, requiring a trip to the Asian market, while others are a snap to pull off on any given weeknight. But above all, they're designed with the home cook in mind.
by Collin Varner
 
Collin Varner is a horticulturist and arboriculturalist, and the head of the Horticulture Department at the University of British Columbia. He is also a keen hiker, photographer, and illustrator who spends much of his time scouring the coastal forests of Cascadia, examining, photographing, and drawing the flora and fauna. He lives in Vancouver, BC.
edited by Lisa Yaszek
 
SF expert Yaszek presents the biggest and best survey of the female tradition in American science fiction ever published, a thrilling collection of twenty-five classic tales. From Pulp Era pioneers to New Wave experimentalists, here are over two dozen brilliant writers ripe for discovery and rediscovery, including Leslie F. Stone, Judith Merril, Leigh Brackett, Kit Reed, Joanna Russ, James Tiptree Jr., and Ursula K. Le Guin. Imagining strange worlds and unexpected futures, looking into and beyond new technologies and scientific discoveries, in utopian fantasies and tales of cosmic horror, these women created and shaped speculative fiction as surely as their male counterparts. Their provocative, mind-blowing stories combine to form a thrilling multidimensional voyage of literary-feminist exploration and recovery.
by Tomi Adeyemi
 
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.
by Sarah Dees
 
Use science and engineering to transform your bin of LEGO bricks into amazing, movable toys, machines and gadgets. Author Sarah Dees is back with an all-new collection of projects featuring ingenious designs and simple scientific principles that real engineers use every day. Make yourself a robot pal whose legs move as he rolls along, or a drummer who really plays the drums. Build a wind-up car complete with a flywheel that’ll send your minifigures zooming. Or challenge your friends to a game of pinball on a LEGO pinball machine you built from scratch. Each project is cooler than the next!
by Elizabeth Rusch
 
Follow along with Piper, a friendly border collie who came to the mountain as a smart but timid shelter dog, terrified by everything, as she confidently heads off to school on a chairlift to meet her canine classmates. Over a season they romp together through the snow, learning and practicing the skills they need to be avalanche rescue dogs and earn their rescue certification. You'll also learn the warning signs and conditions that cause an avalanche, the four types of avalanches, and the basics of avalanche safety.
by Alison Oliver
 
Celebrate Michelle Obama's most motivational and powerful moments, with quotes from the former First Lady, and vibrant illustrations by Alison Oliver. Be encouraging. Be brilliant. Be you. The book ends with a mirror! Oliver is the author-illustrator of Moon and the illustrator of more than 30 BabyLit board books, including, most recently, Anne of Green Gables.
 
New in Gift Books
by Leah Tinari
 
These stunning, spellbinding portraits honor the groundbreaking achievements and indelible impact of twenty-four extraordinary American women. Their dreams were without boundaries; their accomplishments limitless in their reach and lasting power. These women include Louisa May Alcott, Rachel Carson, Julia Child, Shirley Chisholm, Ellen Degeneres, Ray Eames, Eve Ensler, Carrie Fisher, Dian Fossey, Aretha Franklin, Betsey Johnson, Carol Kaye, Yuri Kochiyama, Liz Lambert, Lozen, Shirley Muldowney, Tracey Norman, Annie Oakley, Georgia O’Keefe, Dolly Parton, Kimberly Pierce, Gilda Radner, Sojourner Truth, and Abby Wambach. Their contributions to the arts, education, science, politics, civil rights, fashion, design, technology, and sports are enduring and noteworthy. Courage, perseverance, brilliance, and passion were the guiding, groundbreaking principles for these diverse women who span the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries.
by Lin-Manuel Miranda
 
Before he inspired the world with Hamilton and was catapulted to international fame, Lin-Manuel Miranda was inspiring his Twitter followers with words of encouragement at the beginning and end of each day. He wrote these original sayings, aphorisms, and poetry for himself as much as for others. But as Miranda's audience grew, these messages took on a life on their own. Now Miranda has gathered the best of his daily greetings into a beautiful collection illustrated by acclaimed artist (and fellow Twitter favorite) Jonny Sun. Full of comfort and motivation, Gmorning, Gnight! is a touchstone for anyone who needs a quick lift.
by Jordan Matter
 
In one dazzling photograph after another, Jordan Matter portrays dancers—ages 2 through 18—in ordinary and extraordinary pursuits, from hanging with friends to taking selfies, from leaping for joy to feeling left out. The subjects include TV and internet stars like Chloé Lukasiak, Kalani Hilliker, Nia Sioux, and Kendall Vertes, as well as boys and girls from around the neighborhood. What they all share is the skill to elevate their hopes and dreams with beauty, humor, grace, and surprise. Paired with empowering words from the dancers themselves, the photographs convey each child's declaration that they were born to dance.
by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris
 
In 2007, when a new edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary was published, a sharp-eyed reader soon noticed that around forty common words concerning nature had been dropped. Apparently they were no longer being used enough by children to merit their place in the dictionary. Ten years later, Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris set out to make a "spell book" that will conjure back twenty of these lost words, and the beings they name, from acorn to wren. By the magic of word and paint, they sought to summon these words again into the voices, stories, and dreams of children and adults alike, and to celebrate the wonder and importance of everyday nature. The Lost Words is that book--a work that has already cast its extraordinary spell on hundreds of thousands of people and begun a grass-roots movement to re-wild childhood across Britain, Europe, and North America.