December 2020: Great Gift Books, Calendars, Livestream Readings, and More!

December 2020: Great Gift Books, Calendars, Livestream Readings, and More!
 
Last-Minute Gifts!
 
We have many copies of all the books and calendars in this newsletter. We hope you'll find the perfect gift below. Bring your shopping list to one of our curbside attendants, and we'll be happy to help! Every day, 10am to 6pm. 7834 SW Capitol Hwy.
 
Need It for Christmas?
 
Walk-up Orders:
Walk-up curbside orders at our front door are welcome through Christmas Eve until 6pm. We have plenty of excellent titles to choose from! We appreciate everyone observing safe social distancing guidelines while using this service. Our curbside attendants will be happy to check available stock and make recommendations. We have speedy, complimentary wrapping available as well!
 
Phone Orders:
We will be taking calls as long as our store is open (10am-6pm each day). Our phone line is currently very busy. We will do our best to reply to every voice mail, but we recommend coming to our store during walk-up curbside hours when possible or emailing us with questions about availability and online orders. This will also allow us to help anyone over the phones for whom that is the only option. 503-246-0053.
We close at 6pm on Christmas Eve and we are closed Christmas Day 12/25.  
 
Online Orders:
Unfortunately, we can no longer guarantee that online orders will be processed by 12/24. We are also dependent upon the fluctuating availability at publishers and distributors. As always, we will provide you with an estimated arrival date when we process your order.
The exception is E-Gift Cards (see below), which can be placed on order until 12/24 at 6pm for e-delivery by Christmas.
 
Thank you all for your amazing support!
 
We are working hard to fill orders and to reply to email and voice mail in a timely manner. Alas, we are running a few days behind. Please know that we haven't forgotten about you. Thanks so much for your patience!
 
E-Gift Cards
We now offer an alternative to physical gift cards. E-gift cards are available in any amount, from $5 to $200. The e-gift card will be emailed to the recipient and can be used online at our website. Of course, our good ol' Molly Bloom physical gift cards are still available, too.
 
New Releases
by Rachel Maddow and Michael Yarvitz
Out Now!

Is it possible for a sitting vice president to direct a vast criminal enterprise within the halls of the White House? To have one of the most brazen corruption scandals in American history play out while nobody's paying attention? And for that scandal to be all but forgotten decades later? The year was 1973, and Spiro T. Agnew, the former governor of Maryland, was Richard Nixon's second-in-command. Long on firebrand rhetoric and short on political experience, Agnew had carried out a bribery and extortion ring in office for years, when—at the height of Watergate—three young federal prosecutors discovered his crimes and launched a mission to take him down before it was too late, before Nixon's impending downfall elevated Agnew to the presidency. In this blockbuster account, Maddow and Yarvitz detail the investigation that exposed Agnew's crimes, the attempts at a cover-up—which involved future president George H. W. Bush—and the backroom bargain that forced Agnew's resignation but also spared him years in federal prison. Based on the award-winning hit podcast, Bag Man expands and deepens the story of Spiro Agnew's scandal and its lasting influence on our politics, our media, and our understanding of what it takes to confront a criminal in the White House.
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 Barack Obama
 
In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency—a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil. This beautifully written and powerful book captures Barack Obama's conviction that democracy is not a gift from on high but something founded on empathy and common understanding and built together, day by day.
by Dav Pilkey
Out Now!
 
A pioneering new graphic novel series by the author and illustrator of the Dog Man and Captain Underpants series. In Cat Kid Comic Club, Li'l Petey, Flippy, and Molly introduce twenty-one rambunctious, funny, and talented baby frogs to the art of comic making. As the story unwinds with mishaps and hilarity, readers get to see the progress, mistakes, and improvements that come with practice and persistence. Squid Kid and Katydid, Baby Frog Squad, Monster Cheese Sandwich, and Birds Flowers Trees: A Haiku Photo Comic are just some of the mini-comics that are included as stories-within-the-story, each done in a different style, utilizing humor and drama, prose and poetry, illustrated in different media including acrylics, pastels, colored pencils, felt-tip markers, clay, hand-made cardboard sculptures, photographs, pipe cleaners, construction paper collages, and cookies. Readers of all ages will be inspired to dream up their own stories and unleash their own creativity as they dive into this new graphic novel adventure from Dav Pilkey and his heartfelt, humorous, and amazing cast of characters in the Cat Kid Comic Club.
by Ijeoma Oluo
Out Now!
 
From the author of So You Want to Talk About Race, a subversive history of white male American identity. What happens to a country that tells generation after generation of white men that they deserve power? What happens when success is defined by status over women and people of color, instead of by actual accomplishments? Through the last 150 years of American history––from the post-reconstruction South and the mythic stories of cowboys in the West, to the present-day controversy over NFL protests and the backlash against the rise of women in politics––Ijeoma Oluo exposes the devastating consequences of white male supremacy on women, people of color, and white men themselves. Mediocre investigates the real costs of this phenomenon in order to imagine a new white male identity, one free from racism and sexism. As provocative as it is essential, this book will upend everything you thought you knew about American identity and offers a bold new vision of American greatness.
by Ernest Cline
 
Days after winning OASIS founder James Halliday's contest, Wade Watts makes a discovery that changes everything. Hidden within Halliday's vaults, waiting for his heir to find, lies a technological advancement that will once again change the world and make the OASIS a thousand times more wondrous—and addictive—than even Wade dreamed possible. With it comes a new riddle, and a new quest—a last Easter egg from Halliday, hinting at a mysterious prize. And an unexpected, impossibly powerful, and dangerous new rival awaits, one who'll kill millions to get what he wants. Wade's life and the future of the OASIS are again at stake, but this time the fate of humanity also hangs in the balance.
by Rachel Bloom
Out Now!
 
From the charming and wickedly funny co-creator and star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a collection of hilarious personal essays, poems and even amusement park maps on the subjects of insecurity, fame, anxiety, and much more. Rachel Bloom has felt abnormal and out of place her whole life. In this exploration of what she thinks makes her "different," she's come to realize that a lot of people also feel this way; even people who she otherwise thought were "normal." In a collection of laugh-out-loud funny essays, all told in the unique voice (sometimes singing voice) that made her a star; Rachel writes about everything from her love of Disney, OCD and depression, weirdness, and Spanx to the story of how she didn't poop in the toilet until she was four years old; Rachel's pieces are hilarious, smart, and infinitely relatable (except for the pooping thing).
by Shana Corey and Margeaux Lucas
Out Now!
 
Help your little one dream big with a Little Golden Book biography all about the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg! The perfect introduction to nonfiction for preschoolers! This Little Golden Book is a compelling introduction to an inspiring woman, written for the youngest readers. From a young age, Ruth Bader Ginsburg knew that she wanted to fight for girls and women to have equal rights. She studied and worked very hard and became just the second woman--and the first Jewish woman--to be a United States Supreme Court Justice. This is a terrific read for future trailblazers and their parents!
by Lisa Schroeder
Out Now!
Signed Copies Available!
 
Inspired by a true story of girl empowerment, acclaimed author Lisa Schroeder's new novel explores trust, self-worth, and speaking up––especially when you're told to keep quiet. Hazel doesn't like to make waves. Middle school is hard enough without causing more trouble, right? She's happy just eating lunch in the library with her BFF, writing secret haikus, and taking care of an adorable rescue tortoise. But then Hazel discovers a list that rates the girls at her middle school based on their looks––started by her best friend's older brother. She knows she has to do something, and she can't do it alone. The wave she'll be making might turn into a tsunami, but if Hazel can find the courage to speak up, she might just change everything.
 
Upcoming Releases
by Marie Benedict
Out: December 29
 
In December 1926, Agatha Christie goes missing. Investigators find her empty car on the edge of a deep, gloomy pond, the only clues some tire tracks nearby and a fur coat left in the car––strange for a frigid night. Her World War I veteran husband and her daughter have no knowledge of her whereabouts, and England unleashes an unprecedented manhunt to find the up-and-coming mystery author. Eleven days later, she reappears, just as mysteriously as she disappeared, claiming amnesia and providing no explanations for her time away. The puzzle of those missing eleven days has persisted. With her trademark historical fiction exploration into the shadows of the past, acclaimed author Marie Benedict brings us into the world of Agatha Christie, imagining why such a brilliant woman would find herself at the center of such murky historical mysteries. What is real, and what is mystery? What role did her unfaithful husband play, and what was he not telling investigators? Agatha Christie novels have withstood the test of time, due in no small part to Christie's masterful storytelling and clever mind that may never be matched, but Agatha Christie's untold history offers perhaps her greatest mystery of all.
by Robert Jones, Jr.
Out: January 5
 
A singular and stunning debut novel about the forbidden union between two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation, the refuge they find in each other, and a betrayal that threatens their existence. Isaiah was Samuel's and Samuel was Isaiah's. That was the way it was since the beginning, and the way it was to be until the end. In the barn they tended to the animals, but also to each other, transforming the hollowed-out shed into a place of human refuge, a source of intimacy and hope in a world ruled by vicious masters. But when an older man––a fellow slave––seeks to gain favor by preaching the master's gospel on the plantation, the enslaved begin to turn on their own. Isaiah and Samuel's love, which was once so simple, is seen as sinful and a clear danger to the plantation's harmony. With a lyricism reminiscent of Toni Morrison, Robert Jones, Jr., fiercely summons the voices of slaver and enslaved alike, from Isaiah and Samuel to the calculating slave master to the long line of women that surround them, women who have carried the soul of the plantation on their shoulders. As tensions build and the weight of centuries––of ancestors and future generations to come––culminates in a climactic reckoning, The Prophets masterfully reveals the pain and suffering of inheritance, but is also shot through with hope, beauty, and truth, portraying the enormous, heroic power of love.
by Eley Williams
Out: January 5
 
An exhilarating and laugh-out-loud debut novel from a prize-winning new talent which chronicles the misadventures of a lovelorn Victorian lexicographer and the young woman put on his trail a century later to root out his misdeeds while confronting questions of her own sexuality and place in the world.
 
Mountweazel n. the phenomenon of false entries within dictionaries and works of reference. Often used as a safeguard against copyright infringement. Peter Winceworth, Victorian lexicographer, is toiling away at the letter S for Swansby's multivolume Encyclopaedic Dictionary. His disaffection compels him to insert unauthorized fictitious entries into the dictionary in an attempt to assert some sense of individual purpose and artistic freedom. In the present day, Mallory, a young intern employed by the publisher, is tasked with uncovering these mountweazels before the work is digitized. She also has to contend with threatening phone calls from an anonymous caller. Is the change in the definition of marriage really that upsetting? And does the caller really intend for the Swansby's staff to 'burn in hell'? As these two narratives combine, both Winceworth and Mallory discover how they might negotiate the complexities of the often nonsensical, relentless, untrustworthy, hoax-strewn, and undefinable path we call life. An exhilarating debut novel from a formidably brilliant young writer, The Liar's Dictionary celebrates the rigidity, fragility, absurdity, and joy of language.
by Melanie Benjamin
Out: January 12
 
From the author of The Aviator’s Wife comes a story of courage on the prairie, inspired by the devastating storm that struck the Great Plains in 1888, threatening the lives of hundreds of immigrant homesteaders, especially schoolchildren. At the hour when most prairie schools were letting out for the day, a terrifying, fast-moving blizzard blew in without warning. Schoolteachers as young as sixteen were suddenly faced with life and death decisions: Keep the children inside, to risk freezing to death when fuel ran out, or send them home, praying they wouldn’t get lost in the storm? Based on actual oral histories of survivors, this gripping novel follows the stories of Raina and Gerda Olsen, two sisters, both schoolteachers—one becomes a hero of the storm and the other finds herself ostracized in the aftermath. It’s also the story of Anette Pedersen, a servant girl whose miraculous survival serves as a turning point in her life and touches the heart of Gavin Woodson, a newspaperman seeking redemption. This is a story of love taking root in the hard prairie ground, and of families being torn asunder by a ferocious storm that is little remembered today—because so many of its victims were immigrants to this country.
by George Saunders
Out: January 12
 
For the last twenty years, George Saunders has been teaching a class on the Russian short story to his MFA students at Syracuse University. In A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, he shares a version of that class with us, offering some of what he and his students have discovered together over the years. Paired with iconic short stories by Chekhov, Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Gogol, the seven essays in this book are intended for anyone interested in how fiction works and why it’s more relevant than ever in these turbulent times. Saunders approaches the stories technically yet accessibly, and through them explains how narrative functions; why we stay immersed in a story and why we resist it; and the bedrock virtues a writer must foster. The process of writing, Saunders reminds us, is a technical craft, but also a way of training oneself to see the world with new openness and curiosity. A Swim in a Pond in the Rain is a deep exploration not just of how great writing works but of how the mind itself works while reading, and of how the reading and writing of stories make genuine connection possible.
 
Great Gift Books
by David Sedaris
 
For more than twenty-five years, David Sedaris has been carving out a unique literary space, virtually creating his own genre. A Sedaris story may seem confessional, but is also highly attuned to the world outside. It opens our eyes to what is at absurd and moving about our daily existence. And it is almost impossible to read without laughing. Full of joy, generosity, and the incisive humor that has led David Sedaris to be called "the funniest man alive" (Time Out New York), The Best of Me spans a career spent watching and learning and laughing—quite often at himself—and invites readers deep into the world of one of the most brilliant and original writers of our time.
by Robin Wall Kimmerer
 
Updated with a new introduction from the author, the special edition of Braiding Sweetgrass celebrates the book as an object of meaning that will last the ages. In increasingly dark times, we honor the experience that more than 350,000 readers in North America have cherished about the book––gentle, simple, tactile, beautiful, even sacred––and offer an edition that will inspire readers to gift it again and again, spreading the word about scientific knowledge, indigenous wisdom, and the teachings of plants. Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings––asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass––offer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices. In reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learn to give our own gifts in return.
by Rosanne Parry and Lindsay Moore
Signed Copies Available!
 
A young orca whale must lead her brother on a tumultuous journey to be reunited with their pod. This gorgeously illustrated animal adventure novel explores family bonds, survival, global warming, and a changing seascape. Includes information about orcas and their habitats. For Vega and her family, salmon is life. And Vega is learning to be a salmon finder, preparing for the day when she will be her family’s matriarch. But then she and her brother Deneb are separated from their pod when a devastating earthquake and tsunami render the seascape unrecognizable. Vega must use every skill she has to lead her brother back to their family. The young orcas face a shark attack, hunger, the deep ocean, and polluted waters on their journey. Will Vega become the leader she’s destined to be? A Whale of the Wild weaves a heart-stopping tale of survival with impeccable research on a delicate ecosystem and threats to marine life. Rosanne Parry's fluid writing and Lindsay Moore's stunning artwork bring the Salish Sea and its inhabitants to vivid life. An excellent read-aloud and read-alone, this companion to A Wolf Called Wander will captivate fans of The One and Only Ivan and Pax.
by Ruby Bridges
 
Written as a letter from civil rights activist and icon Ruby Bridges to the reader, This Is Your Time is both a recounting of Ruby's experience as a child who had to be escorted to class by federal marshals when she was chosen to be one of the first black students to integrate into New Orleans' all-white public school system and an appeal to generations to come to effect change. This beautifully designed volume features photographs from the 1960s and from today, as well as stunning jacket art from The Problem We All Live With, the 1964 painting by Norman Rockwell depicting Ruby's walk to school. Ruby's honest and impassioned words, imbued with love and grace, serve as a moving reminder that "what can inspire tomorrow often lies in our past." This Is Your Time will electrify people of all ages as the struggle for liberty and justice for all continues and the powerful legacy of Ruby Bridges endures.
by Glennon Doyle
Signed Copies Available!
 
For many years, Glennon Doyle denied her own discontent. Then, while speaking at a conference, she looked at a woman across the room and fell instantly in love. Three words flooded her mind: There She Is. At first, Glennon assumed these words came to her from on high. But she soon realized they had come to her from within. This was her own voice—the one she had buried beneath decades of numbing addictions, cultural conditioning, and institutional allegiances. This was the voice of the girl she had been before the world told her who to be. Glennon decided to quit abandoning herself and to instead abandon the world’s expectations of her. She quit being good so she could be free. She quit pleasing and started living. Soulful and uproarious, forceful and tender, Untamed is both an intimate memoir and a galvanizing wake-up call. It is the story of how one woman learned that a responsible mother is not one who slowly dies for her children, but one who shows them how to fully live. It is the story of navigating divorce, forming a new blended family, and discovering that the brokenness or wholeness of a family depends not on its structure but on each member’s ability to bring her full self to the table. And it is the story of how each of us can begin to trust ourselves enough to set boundaries, make peace with our bodies, honor our anger and heartbreak, and unleash our truest, wildest instincts so that we become women who can finally look at ourselves and say: There She Is. Untamed shows us how to be brave. As Glennon insists: The braver we are, the luckier we get.
by Kate McDermott
 
Readers fell in love with Kate McDermott and her story-filled cookbook, Art of the Pie. In this new book, McDermott takes her teaching to the next level. Here, she’s focused more on technique: how to decorate pastry with braided crusts, troubleshoot a custard that won’t set, create beautiful layered pies, and perfectly thicken your fruit filling. Once you have the foundations down, it’s time to mix and match crusts, fillings, and toppings. The dozen “master” recipes—from flaky to tender to cookie crumb crusts, and fruit to cream to chiffon pies—will become part of every pie maker’s repertoire and will open the door for bakers everywhere to conjure pies with self-assurance. There are gluten-free crust options for every pie, including Apple Ginger Maple Bourbon, Raspberry Peach Sunset Chiffon, Double Chocolate Banana... plus recipes for easy homemade ice cream and pie-lets for one or two. Gorgeous color photography by Andrew Scrivani brings Pie Camp to vivid life.
by David Sibley
 
"Can birds smell?" "Is this the same cardinal that was at my feeder last year?" "Do robins 'hear' worms?" In What It's Like to Be a Bird, David Sibley answers the most frequently asked questions about the birds we see most often. This special, large-format volume is geared as much to nonbirders as it is to the out-and-out obsessed, covering more than two hundred species and including more than 330 new illustrations by the author. While its focus is on familiar backyard birds––blue jays, nuthatches, chickadees––it also examines certain species that can be fairly easily observed, such as the seashore-dwelling Atlantic puffin. David Sibley's exacting artwork and wide-ranging expertise bring observed behaviors vividly to life. (For most species, the primary illustration is reproduced life-sized.) And while the text is aimed at adults––including fascinating new scientific research on the myriad ways birds have adapted to environmental changes––it is nontechnical, making it the perfect occasion for parents and grandparents to share their love of birds with young children, who will delight in the big, full-color illustrations of birds in action. Unlike any other book he has written, What It's Like to Be a Bird is poised to bring a whole new audience to David Sibley's world of birds.
by Beth Hughes and Thomas Nelson
 
This silly interactive holiday story features a grumpy dog who is not ready for Christmas. Follow the directions to clap, sing, and find the doggy cookies to try to cheer up Cocoa in time for Christmas Eve in this funny board book. With a glittered cover, zany minimalist art by Beth Hughes, and a good helping of silly antics, this delightful Christmas book for 2 to 6-year-olds will capture your littlest readers' imaginations and put them in the Christmas spirit.
 
Calendars
 
Every week, enjoy a welcome reminder to celebrate the earth's natural beauty. Combining a practical week-at-a-glance write-in grid with spectacular nature photography, the Audubon Engagement Calendar captures both awe-inspiring wonders and pristine scenes of quiet beauty. Raindrops cling to the bright petals of a California Poppy. Glaucous Gulls rest on a Greenland iceberg. Golden Hillside Daisies blanket California's Carrizo Plain National Monument. And Venezuela's Angel Falls--the world's highest free-falling waterfall--plunges 3,212 feet. It's a celebration of nature, its power, and its glorious diversity. Printed on FSC-certified paper.
 
The most popular nature calendar ever published, this Sierra Club classic lets you track your daily activities and appointments and enjoy stunning photographs of North American flora and fauna at the same time! As much at home on your desk as in your briefcase, bag, or daypack, the Sierra Club's week-by-week engagement calendar is all about variety! In addition to featuring spectacular wild landscapes from all across the continent, this 120-page planner includes delightful images of wildlife, as well as amazing close-ups of nature's most vibrant colors and intricate patterns.
 
This week-at-a-glance datebook evokes the diversity, beauty, and immensity of the Smithsonian Institution's collections, offering weekly treasures for the person who finds wonder and beauty in the world. Features 57 full-color images, wire binding, and a week-by-week format with room for appointments, birthdays, tasks, and other notes.
 
Oregon is a state of quiet serenity that cherishes its natural beauty. From the rugged seacoast, down lush valleys, over the mountain passes of the Cascades, past wildlife, and through the peaceful Painted Hills, Oregon has long stoked America's imagination. Explore this wild and scenic Pacific Northwest state through the gorgeous photography in this square wall calendar. Our 16-month wall calendars include 13 stunning images and even clearer grids and text. Each of these 12" x 12" calendars features an opening spread with a beautiful four-month (September-December 2020) calendar to plan the last four months of the year and rev up for 2021. Filled with an abundance of holidays, each month's grid is large enough for daily tasks and appointments.
 
It's a dogs life . . . and this is the calendar to prove it! Nationally recognized photographer Ron Schmidt's popular line of witty dog images. Each month, dog lovers are treated to one of Schmidt's endearing photographs paired with a lighthearted proverb that perfectly captures the personality of man's best friend. This calendar's gone completely to the dogs and you're sure to love every minute of it!
 
Claude Monet's splendid gardens in Giverny abound with dazzling blossoms and graceful greenery, set off by the flash and dapple of his lily pond. Famous in their day but then seen by only a few, the gardens—like the gracious house they surround—were restored and opened to the public in 1980. An expert gardener herself, photographer Elizabeth Murray participated in the restoration and returns regularly to record the ever-changing beauty that inspired Monet. Concise descriptions accompany each of Murray's photographs in this calendar.
 
Livestream Readings
Thursday, January 7, 7pm
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Annie Bloom's welcomes Portland author Jason Tanamor for a livestream reading from his latest novel, Vampires of Portlandia. He will be in conversation with Grace Talusan, author of the memoir The Body Papers. In Vampires of Portlandia, when Marcella Leones relocates her family of aswang vampires from the Philippines to Portland, Oregon, she raises her grandchildren under strict rules so humans will not expose them. However, when the aswang covenant is broken, the murder rate in Portland rises drastically. Based on Filipino folklore, Vampires of Portlandia is a fantastical tale of different monsters coexisting in the weirdest city in America. In The Body Papers, Grace Talusan powerfully explores the fraught contours of her own life as a Filipino immigrant and survivor of cancer and childhood abuse.
Monday, January 11, 7pm
Please visit this event page to register using the calendar provided.
 
Join West Linn Public Library for Let's Dish with Carly Knowles MS, RDN, LD: a Local Cookbook Author Talk featuring guest interviewer Grant Butler from the Oregonian food section! This is a live Zoom cookbook author talk that will not be recorded. Annie Bloom's is proud to be the official bookseller for this event. The Nutritionist's Kitchen is both an approachable, science based guide to support optimal health and wellness through everyday meals and a cookbook filled with mouthwatering recipes. This book is for everyone who aspires to live a healthy, balanced life without depriving themselves of the joy that comes with eating sweet, savory, salty, crunchy, creamy flavorful food.
Thursday, January 14, 7pm
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Annie Bloom's welcomes Oregon author Lori Tobias for a livestream reading from her new book, Storm Beat: A Journalist Reports from the Oregon Coast. She will be in conversation with Portland writer and publisher Laura Stanfill, author of Sad House: Parenting, Grief, and Creativity in the Coronavirus Crisis. Journalist Lori Tobias was the Oregonian's staff writer responsible for the entire coast—one person for more than three hundred miles. Many of the stories Tobias covered were tragedies: car crashes, falls, drownings, capsizings. And those were just the accidents; Tobias covered plenty of violent crimes as well, such as the infamous Christian Longo murders of 2001. Storm Beat tells a compelling story of a land that many visit but few truly know. Laura Stanfill's Sad House is one mother's guide to stumbling through a season of loss with humor, creativity, and hope.
Searching for Gurney
Tuesday, January 19, 7pm
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Annie Bloom's welcomes back Portland author Jack Estes for a livestream readings from his latest novel. Searching for Gurney explores the damaged lives of three U.S. Marines and one North Vietnamese soldier in the late 1960s and '70s. Each character's story begins at a different place: JT, home and struggling with flashbacks; Coop, on leave and getting drunk at his grandfather's funeral; Hawkeye, at the moment a judge gives him the choice of jail or boot camp; and Vuong, leaving his small village to join the NVA with patriotic fervor. Sent home after a horrific ambush, the Marines face new battles with PTSD and a hostile American public that treats them as criminals. Nightmares, anger, and substance abuse destroy family relationships and, ultimately, one character's life. For all of them, making sense of life after war requires the utmost courage. "Searching for Gurney is a tender, convincing, sometimes harrowing, and wonderfully written novel that explores the psychological aftershocks of the American war in Vietnam." —Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried
Thursday, January 21, 7pm
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The Hellenic-American Cultural Center & Museum (HACCM) is pleased to welcome award-winning writer, filmmaker and Olympic athlete Alexi Pappas to a virtual interview about her new book, Bravey: Chasing Dreams, Befriending Pain, and Other Big Ideas. Annie Bloom's is proud to be the official bookseller for this event. Alexi Pappas is an award-winning writer, filmmaker, and Olympic athlete. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Runner’s World, Women’s Running, Sports Illustrated, The Atlantic, and Outside, among other publications, and she has been profiled in The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, New York, and Rolling Stone. Pappas co-wrote, co-directed, and starred in the feature film Tracktown with Rachel Dratch and Andy Buckley. Most recently, she co-wrote and starred alongside Nick Kroll in Olympic Dreams, the first non-documentary-style movie to ever be filmed at the Olympic Games. A Greek American, Pappas holds the Greek national record in the 10,000-meters and competed for Greece in the 2016 Olympics. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
While I Was Away
Tuesday, January 26, 7pm
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Annie Bloom's welcomes Portland author Waka T. Brown for a livestream reading from her debut book, Middle Grade memoir While I Was Away. Waka will be joined in conversation by Rebecca Petruck, author of Boy Bites Bug. About While I Was Away: When twelve-year-old Waka's parents suspect she can’t understand the basic Japanese they speak to her, they make a drastic decision to send her to Tokyo to live for several months with her strict grandmother. Forced to say goodbye to her friends and what would have been her summer vacation, Waka is plucked from her straight-A-student life in rural Kansas and flown across the globe, where she faces the culture shock of a lifetime. In Japan, Waka struggles with reading and writing in kanji, doesn't quite mesh with her complicated and distant Obaasama, and gets made fun of by the students in her Japanese public-school classes. Even though this is the country her parents came from, Waka has never felt more like an outsider. If she's always been the "smart Japanese girl" in America but is now the "dumb foreigner" in Japan, where is home...and who will Waka be when she finds it?
Sirocco
Thursday, January 28, 7pm
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Annie Bloom's welcomes back Portland author Dana Haynes for a livestream reading from his new thriller, Sirocco, the follow-up to St. Nicholas Salvage & Wrecking. A serial bomber is wreaking havoc throughout Europe. Former New York City cop Michael Finnigan and former Spanish assassin Katalin Fiero––the brains behind St. Nicholas Salvage & Wrecking, a covert bounty-hunting operation based in Cyprus––may be the only ones who can stop the carnage. The partners have a reputation for tracking down the worst of the worst in international crime, all while staying firmly under the radar. But as they draw ever closer to the bombers, and as the terrorism sweeps up Katalin's own family, Finnigan and Fiero have to decide if they can continue to operate in the shadows. As the partners learn who they can––and can't––trust, they come face-to-face with shocking secrets at the highest echelons of the world's intelligence communities. Nonstop action and whip-smart dialogue power this compelling thriller to its final, heart-stopping conclusion.
 
In Case You Missed it
Check out Annie Bloom's YouTube channel! This is where you can watch previous livestream author events that you might have missed, like Kim Johnson, Joanna Rose, David Biespiel and Vanessa Veselka, Lois Melina with Paulann Peterson, Ellen Michaelson with Natalie Serber, and more!
 
Community Giving
 
Annie Bloom's Holiday Giving Tree is our annual book drive for youth literary organizations Community Transitional School, Neighborhood House, Raphael House of Portland, and SMART (Start Making A Reader Today). You can make a donation or purchase a book from the wish list!
 
Donate to the Book Drive for Kids Oregon Wildfire Relief. You can purchase books from this wish list, or order additional books that you would like to donate. Any books donated will be given 10% off.
 
Street Books is a bicycle-powered mobile library, serving people who live outside. Street Books strives to empower people on the streets through access to literature and create a community of support for people living outside, through a shared love of books. Annie Bloom's Books is partnering with Street Books by offering 10% off books purchased for their wish list. To view that wish list and to find out more about Street Books, please see: Our Street Books Page
 
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Thank You for Your Continued Support!
 
 
While our store remains closed to browsing, our website is always open! We offer curbside pickup on prepaid orders, in addition to several shipping and delivery options. (See our website for more details.)
 
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Libro.fm Audiobooks
Support Annie Bloom's by purchasing audiobooks through Libro.fm, an indie vendor dedicated to indie bookstores. They offer the same deep catalog of audiobooks as Audible at the same prices. You can choose various membership options or shop à la carte. Click to visit our Libro.fm store.
 
Kobo eBooks
Are you an ebook reader? Head over to Annie Bloom's Kobo store, where your ebook purchases also support independent bookstores (including Annie Bloom's, of course).
 
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