December 2019: Gift Ideas, Golden Tickets, The Giving Tree, and Author Readings!

December 2019: Gift Ideas, Golden Tickets, The Giving Tree, and Author Readings!
 
Discover some great gift books, read about Golden Tickets and the Giving Tree, and find out which authors will be reading here in January. But first....
 
New Releases
 
These books are among the most biggest new releases. Click on a cover or title to order from our website.
by Brian Doyle
Out Now!
 
When Brian Doyle passed away at the age of sixty after a bout with brain cancer, he left behind a cult-like following of devoted readers who regard his writing as one of the best-kept secrets of the twenty-first century. Doyle writes with a delightful sense of wonder about the sanctity of everyday things, and about love and connection in all their forms: spiritual love, brotherly love, romantic love, and even the love of a nine-foot sturgeon. At a moment when the world can sometimes feel darker than ever, Doyle's writing, which constantly evokes the humor and even bliss that life affords, is a balm. His essays manage to find, again and again, exquisite beauty in the quotidian, whether it's the awe of a child the first time she hears a river, or a husband's whiskers that a grieving widow misses seeing in her sink every morning. Through Doyle's eyes, nothing is dull.
by Dav Pilkey
Out Now!
 
In this eighth book in the Dog Man series, Petey the Cat is out of jail, and he has a brand-new lease on life. While Petey's reevaluated what matters most, Li'l Petey is struggling to find the good in the world. Can Petey and Dog Man stop fighting like cats and dogs long enough to put their paws together and work as a team? They need each other now more than ever--Li'l Petey (and the world) is counting on them!
by Toni Morrison
Out Now!
 
This inspirational book juxtaposes quotations, one to a page, drawn from Toni Morrison's entire body of work, both fiction and nonfiction--from The Bluest Eye to God Help the Child, from Playing in the Dark to The Source of Self-Regard--to tell a story of self-actualization. It aims to evoke the totality of Toni Morrison's literary vision. Its compelling sequence of flashes of revelation--stunning for their linguistic originality, keenness of psychological observation, and philosophical profundity--addresses issues of abiding interest in Morrison's work: the reach of language for the ineffable; transcendence through imagination; the self and its discontents; the vicissitudes of love; the whirligig of memory; the singular power of women; the original American sin of slavery; the bankruptcy of racial oppression; the complex humanity and art of black people. The Measure of Our Lives brims with elegance of style and mind and moral authority.
by Brooke Barker and Boaz Frankel
Out Now!
 
Weird meets weird—and the rest is history! This is a book about weird couples and the tiny two-person universes they create. It’s about accidentally wearing the exact same outfit. It’s about made-up songs. It’s about your rules for the thermostat. It’s about breakfast rituals, and funny nicknames, and long hugs, and that voice you pretend the cat has. If you’re half of a weird couple, or if you have a favorite weird couple, or if you just love love, this book is for you. Includes 1 sheet of temporary tattoos!
 
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.
 
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 2019!
 
Great Gift Books
 
All of these wonderful books are featured in the PNBA Holiday Catalog and are available to browse at the front of the store!
by Maxwell King
 
As the creator and star of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Fred Rogers was a champion of compassion, equality, and kindness, fiercely devoted to children and taking their questions about the world seriously. The Good Neighbor is the first full-length biography of Fred Rogers. Based on original interviews, oral histories, and archival documents, The Good Neighbor traces Rogers’s personal, professional, and artistic life through decades of work. It includes his surprising decision to walk away from the show in 1976 to make television for adults, only to return to the neighborhood to help children face complex issues such as divorce, discipline, mistakes, anger, and competition. The Good Neighbor is the definitive portrait of a beloved figure.
by Naomi Tomky
 
For thousands of years, the abundance of fish and shellfish in the Pacific Northwest created a seafood paradise for the Indigenous peoples hunting and gathering along the region’s pristine waterways, and, later, for the Chinese, Scandinavian, Filipino, and Japanese immigrants (along with many others), who have made this region home. Drawing on these diverse influences, the region fostered a cuisine that is as varied as its people, yet which remains specifically Northwestern. From the first cut of salmon, prized for its rich flavor and versatility, to the last crack of the sweet Dungeness crab, food writer Naomi Tomky covers grilling, curing, and baking, and shares secrets for tricky tasks like removing pin bones and mussel beards. She explains how flavor-packed spot prawns put other shrimp to shame and why the region’s razor clams are unparalleled. For curious seafood rookies in search of the perfect fool-proof salmon and barnacled fish-cooking veterans looking for a new way to enjoy their favorite catch, The Pacific Northwest Seafood Cookbook is a must-have guide to cooking, and eating, the region.
by Jackie Shannon Hollis
 
Knowing where your scars come from doesn't make them go away. When Portland writer Jackie Shannon Hollis marries Bill, a man who does not want children, she joyfully commits to a childless life. But soon after the wedding, she returns to the family ranch in rural Oregon and holds her newborn niece. Jackie falls deep into baby love and longing and begins to question her decision. As she navigates the overlapping roles of wife, daughter, aunt, sister, survivor, counselor, and friend, she explores what it really means to choose a different path. This Particular Happiness delves into the messy and beautiful territory of what we keep and what we abandon to make the space for love.
by Shannon Hale
 
Sixth grade is supposed to be perfect. Shannon’s got a sure spot in the in-crowd called The Group, and her best friend is their leader, Jen, the most popular girl in school. But the rules are always changing, and Shannon has to scramble to keep up. She never knows which TV shows are cool, what songs to listen to, and who she’s allowed to talk to. Who makes these rules, anyway? And does Shannon have to follow them?
by America's Test Kitchen
 
Want to make your own soft pretzels? Or wow your friends with homemade empanadas? What about creating a showstopping pie? Maybe some chewy brownies after school? From breakfast to breads, from cookies to cakes (yes, even cupcakes ), learn to bake it all here. You can do this, and it's fun. Recipes were thoroughly tested by more than 5,000 kids to get them just right for cooks of all skill levels--including recipes for breakfast, breads, pizzas, cookies, cupcakes, and more. Step-by-step photos of tips and techniques will help young chefs feel like pros in their own kitchen. Testimonials from kid test cooks who worked alongside America's Test Kitchen test cooks will encourage young chefs that they truly are learning the best recipes from the best cooks. By empowering young chefs to make their own choices in the kitchen, America's Test Kitchen is building a new generation of confident cooks, engaged eaters, and curious experimenters.
 
Upcoming Author Readings
What She Was Wearing
Wednesday, January 8, 7pm
 
How long can you keep a dark secret before you become completely unraveled? In What She Was Wearing, Portland writer Sanders uses poetry, prose, and letters to tell her #MeToo story—one that has taken over 30 years to reveal. In this collection, Shawn shares her nightmare of being raped at a fraternity toga party, and examines the event from a variety of perspectives, including poems written from the viewpoint of her attackers; the toga she was wearing; homecoming years later; and even the moment she told her college-aged children. As Shawn’s story unfolds, the reader will come to understand how significant the aftermath of rape can be. For decades, she was "triggered" in the most unexpected ways and is just now recognizing how those triggers impacted her self-worth. Get More Info on Our Website.
The Offline Dating Method
Thursday, January 9, 7pm
 
The modern dating process is a mess—but it hasn't changed your innate desire for love and human connection. So rather than add to the exhausting narrative about the perils of digital dating, author Camille Virginia created a refreshing and powerful solution for it. Portland author Camille Virginia draws upon her transformation from a shy girl with social anxiety to a confident woman who's been asked out by nearly 300 men (from the Denver airport to the greeting card aisle of a drug store) without ever going online or using a dating app. Get More Info on Our Website.
Oregon Mystery Authors
Tuesday, January 14, 7pm
 
Crossroad is W.H. Cameron's latest mystery. In the Oregon high desert, Melisende Dulac's life takes an ominous turn when she comes upon a grisly multiple car wreck and three shattered bodies on an isolated road outside of town. Near the scene, Melisende trips over a fourth body, that of a newborn girl. When the victims' bodies are stolen from her family's mortuary, Melisende is branded suspect number one. As the shadows gather and the mystery deepens, she must race to find the truth—or be swallowed by the darkness. River Run is the latest mystery from J.S. James. Newly promoted sheriff's deputy Delia Chavez has worked hard to get where she is. But just a few days into her new job, Delia finds the body of a hunter washed up on the bank of the Willamette River missing his trigger finger. Soon, more bodies are found—all hunters without their trigger fingers. What starts off looking like a simple case of a ruthless vigilante quickly devolves into something much more complex. Facing evasive killers who stop at nothing to conceal their crimes, Delia must bring the criminals to justice because everyone knows, if you're not the predator, you're prey. Get More Info on Our Website.
Poetry Reading
Wednesday, January 15, 7pm
 
The Hardy Tree is Washington poet Linda Bierds's latest collection. Focusing on figures such as Thomas Hardy, Alan Turing, Virginia Woolf, and the World War One poets, The Hardy Tree examines power, oppression and individual rights in ways that reverberate through our lives today. Uniting these themes is the issue of communication—the various methods and codes we use to reach one another. Backed by Bierds' intensive research and woven with scientific evidence, she pushes us to consider our futures in direct conversation with the past. Republic Cafe is the latest collection from Portland poet David Biespiel. This is a meditative, poetic journal about love during a time of violence. The book is a tally of what appears and disappears in every moment. Mindful of epigenetic experience as our bodies become living vessels for history's tragedies, David Biespiel praises not only the essentialness of human memory, but also the sanctity of our flawed, human forgetting. Get More Info on Our Website.
Brian Doyle's One Long River of Song
Monday, January 20, 7pm
 
Join us for Mary Miller Doyle's reading from her late husband's essay collection. When Brian Doyle passed away at the age of sixty after a bout with brain cancer, he left behind a cult-like following of devoted readers who regard his writing as one of the best-kept secrets of the twenty-first century. Doyle writes with a delightful sense of wonder about the sanctity of everyday things, and about love and connection in all their forms: spiritual love, brotherly love, romantic love, and even the love of a nine-foot sturgeon. At a moment when the world can sometimes feel darker than ever, Doyle's writing, which constantly evokes the humor and even bliss that life affords, is a balm. His essays manage to find, again and again, exquisite beauty in the quotidian, whether it's the awe of a child the first time she hears a river, or a husband's whiskers that a grieving widow misses seeing in her sink every morning. Through Doyle's eyes, nothing is dull. Get More Info on Our Website.
Poetry Reading
Thursday, January 23, 7pm
 
Emmett Wheatfall presents his latest poetry collection, Our Scarlet Blue Wounds. He shows us how the roots of love grow deep in the soil of sacrifice. He illustrates the intensely complex relationship between idealism and realism. His poems hurt in just the right way. And it's no small feat opening one's own racial and cultural wounds for the world to see. It takes courage. It takes trust that a country will recognize itself, and its complicity, in those wounds. And Wheatfall trusts us to witness along with him. He proves himself ready and willing, even eager, to, as the titular poem in this collection demands, "build a new world" together. John Sibley Williams's latest collection is Skin Memory. He will also read from 2019's As One Fire Consumes Another. A stark, visceral collection of free verse and prose poetry, Skin Memory scours a wild landscape haunted by personal tragedy and the cruel consequences of human acts in search of tenderness and regeneration. In this book of daring and introspection, Williams considers the capriciousness of youth, the terrifying loss of cultural identity and self-identity, and what it means to live in an imperfect world. He reveals each body as made up of all bodies, histories, and shared dreams of the future. Get More Info on Our Website.
A Generous Nature
Wednesday, January 29, 7pm
 
Portland author Marcy Houle's A Generous Nature: Lives Transformed by Oregon offers profiles of twenty-one conservationists and activists who have made enduring contributions to the preservation of Oregon’s wild and natural places and its high quality of life. These stories speak to their courage, foresight, and actions—at times against great odds—to save places, enact legislation, and motivate others to cherish and protect the places that make Oregon unique. A Generous Nature is a crucial reminder of our individual and collective responsibility to stand for and defend the places, ideals, and laws that make Oregon a progressive model for the rest of the nation. Get More Info on Our Website.
Northwest Memoirists
Thursday, January 30, 7pm
 
How do you live when all you can feel is pain? Rachel Carter lived a picture-perfect life—then Multiple Sclerosis caught up with her. After two years of rapid decline, Rachel found herself lying on the floor, writhing in agony, hoping to die. In Enduring the Cure, Rachel Carter shares how she overcame her struggle with the debilitating disease. It’s a story of pain, decline, an experimental treatment, and healing. In Sarah Coomber's memoir The Same Moon, the recently wed—and quickly divorced—twenty-four-year-old escapes the disappointments of her Minnesota life for a job teaching English in Japan. Her plan is to use the year to reflect, heal and figure out what to do with her wrecked life. The reality? Sarah finds herself the lone English speaker in an isolated rural area, where she is drawn into serving tea to her male coworkers, performing with a koto (zither) group, advocating for her female students and colleagues, and embarking on a controversial romance with a local salaryman. This isn't the Japan Sarah was seeking, but it just might be the Japan she needs. Get More Info on Our Website.
 
Wish Lists!
You can now create wish lists on our website! When you look up a book at annieblooms.com, you will now see an "Add to Wish List" button. You'll need to have a user account on our website; if you don't, you'll be prompted to create one. Users can create multiple wish lists under one account. Wish lists can be made public for ease of sharing or made private for personal reference.
 
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