February 2016 Readings, New Biographies, and More!

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In This Issue:
First Friday
Books in Translation
Upcoming Readings
Indie Bookseller Picks
New Biographies
First Friday
February 5 is First Friday!

Come visit us during First Friday in Multnomah Village.
For your browsing enjoyment, we'll be serving wine. Plus, we'll be giving away great prizes for our monthly drawing.

Drop by Annie Bloom's anytime after 6:00 on Friday night and register to win!

One lover of timeless classics will win:
the 40th Anniversary Special Edition of
Roll of Thunder, Hear Me Cry
by Mildred D. Taylor
with poster and canvas bookbag!

And one lucky child will win:
Strictly No Elephants
by Lisa Mantchev
plus a poster!
Books in Translation
"Reading Is a Window on the World"

Come browse our window of books penned in foreign languages, including:

Submission
by Michel
 Houellebecq


Pedigree
by Patrick Modiano

The Door
by Magda Szabó

The Complete Cosmicomics
by Italo Calvino

The Hour of the Star
by Clarice Lispector 
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February 2016 Readings, New Biographies, and More!
Check out our upcoming readings! Plus, read about the latest Biographies, and find out which new titles indie booksellers across the country are loving. Browse our Books in Translation window. And drop by and see us on First Friday!
Upcoming Readings
February Readings at Annie Blooms:

The Timberline Review
Thursday, February 4, 7pm
at O'Connor's "The Vault"

Portland's literary journal, The Timberline Review, are celebrating their second issue with a reading at "The Vault" at O'Connor's Restaurant. And Annie Bloom's will be selling the journal there. Kim Stafford, Jeanne Krinsley, Gina Ochsner, Jack Estes, Wayne Scott, Jennifer Dorner, and Julie Young will be reading. The Timberline Review is a collage of voices speaking through the written word. Short fiction. Creative nonfiction. Essays. Poetry. Work that has the power to inspire a conversation with the times we live in. We're searching for bold new work from writers everywhere. Our mission is to find these voices, to listen, and to let them resound from the treetops. We proudly support literary freedom.
 
Phillip Margolin
Violent Crimes
Tuesday, February 9, 7pm

Attorney Amanda Jaffe--star of Wild Justice and Ties That Bind--is back. When Dale Masterson, a wealthy lawyer who has built a career representing coal and oil companies, is found beaten to death in his lavish Oregon home, his fanatical eco-warrior son, Brandon, confesses to the murder. Weeks before Dale's death, a colleague at his large law firm was also the victim of a violent killing. Smart, fierce, and unafraid of confronting the truth, even if doing so puts her in danger, Amanda begins to dig deeper. Why would an innocent man confess to such a heinous crime? Is there a connection between the two murders? What she finds will force her to make the hardest professional decision of her life.

Jim McDermott
Bitter Is the Wind
Thursday, February 11, 7pm

From Portland author Jim McDermott, Bitter Is The Wind is a coming of age novel that traces the lives of George Johnson, Jr. and his father from the rural blue collar landscape of upstate New York in the 1970s to the halls of Wharton Business School and the heights of Wall Street. After a family tragedy strengthens their familial bond, the Johnsons contend with assembly line monotony, unfulfilled dreams of baseball stardom, and they learn what it means to be tempted, trapped, jailed and ignored by a seemingly uncaring God.

Polly Campbell
How to Live an Awesome Life
Wednesday, February 17, 7pm

Awe has the ability to awaken us. It can show us beauty and remind us who we are. It brings us closer to our purpose and passion and helps us create meaning. It helps us to live with the mystery in life, to survive the uncertainty of it all. It allows us to sink into the experience of living. When you live in awe of your life you are open to diverse experiences. Some are easy and joyous. Others totally suck. But you are okay because you know that within every experience the possibilities are limitless.
Polly Campbell designed this book to help you engage with the awesome qualities of your life.
February Indie Next List 
Every month, the coalition of independent bookstores puts together a list of titles recommended by booksellers across the country. Come in soon to browse these and other great February Indie Next picks.

The Swans of Fifth Avenue
by Melanie Benjamin

Cindy at The River's End Books in Oswego, NY, writes: "This fictionalized account of the meteoric rise and very public fall of Truman Capote, entwined with his deep friendship with Babe Paley and his ultimate betrayal of her, will slake your thirst for gossipy, breezy, scandalous details. Take off your wrap, pour a highball, and enjoy."

Be Frank With Me
by Julia Claiborne Johnson

Bess at McLean & Eakin Booksellers in Petroskey, MI, writes: "When reclusive novelist Mimi Banning loses her fortune and must quickly write a second novel, her publisher sends a young publicist to oversee the efforts. When Alice arrives, she becomes all-consumed with discovering the parentage of Mimi's eccentric nine-year-old son, Frank. Be Frank With Me is captivating, irresistible, moving, heartbreaking, and utterly unputdownable."

The Portable Veblen
by Elizabeth McKenzie

Rico at Bookshop Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz, CA, writes: "This story of an engaged couple trying to navigate crazy family dynamics, betrayal, and professional dilemmas on their way to getting married is one of the funniest, most unique novels I've ever read. A terrific book!"

All the Birds in the Sky
by Charlie Jane Anders

Sara at Hudson Booksellers in Marietta, GA, writes: "In tackling big questions about what is important in life and how we are all connected, the novel soars through magic and science, good and evil, and all the shades in between. Deep, dark, funny, and wonderful."

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

A Little Life
by Hanya Yanagihara

Recommended in hardcover by Melinda at Bookshop Santa Cruz.
 
Orhan's Inheritance
by Alice Ohanesian

Recommended in hardcover by Doug at Eagle Eye Book Shop in Decatur, GA. 
New Biographies
Here are some great new books from our Biography and Memoir section:
     
Stories I Tell Myself: Growing Up with Hunter S. Thompson
by Juan Thompson
Hunter S. Thompson was the Wild Man of American journalism with a journalistic appetite that touched on subjects that drove his sense of justice and intrigue, from biker gangs and 1960s counterculture to presidential campaigns and psychedelic drugs. He lived larger than life and pulled it up around him in a mad effort to make it as electric, anger-ridden, and drug-fueled as possible. Now Juan Thompson tells the story of his father and of their getting to know each other during their forty-one fraught years together. He writes of the many dark times, of how far they ricocheted away from each other, and of how they found their way back before it was too late.

Dear Mr. You
by Mary-Louise Parker
This memoir renders the singular arc of a woman's life through letters. Mary-Louise Parker composes to the men, real and hypothetical, who have informed the person she is today. Beginning with the grandfather she never knew, the letters range from a missive to the beloved priest from her childhood to remembrances of former lovers to an homage to a firefighter she encountered to a heartfelt communication with the uncle of the infant daughter she adopted. Readers will be amazed by the depth and style of these letters, which reveal the complexity and power to be found in relationships both loving and fraught.

Letters to Vera
by Vladimir Nabokov
From their first encounter in 1923, Vladimir's letters to Vera form a narrative arc that tells a half-century-long love story, one that is playful, romantic, pithy and memorable. At the same time, the letters tell us much about the man and the writer. We see the infectious fascination with which Vladimir observed everything--animals, people, speech, the landscapes and cityscapes he encountered--and learn of the poems, plays, stories, novels, memoirs, screenplays and translations on which he worked ceaselessly. This delicious volume contains twenty-one photographs, as well as facsimiles of the letters themselves and the puzzles and doodles Vladimir often sent to Vera.

The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan
by Rafia Zakaria
In the 1980s, Pakistan's military dictators began an Islamization campaign that particularly affected women's freedom and safety. The political became personal when Rafia Zakaria's uncle did the unthinkable and took a second wife, a humiliating and painful betrayal of kin and custom that shook the foundation of Zakaria's family but was permitted under the country's new laws. The young Rafia grew up in the shadow of her aunt's shame and fury, while the world outside her home turned ever more chaotic and violent. Telling the parallel stories of her aunt and uncle's polygamous marriage and Pakistan's hopes and betrayals, The Upstairs Wife is an intimate exploration of the disjunction between exalted dreams and complicated realities. Now available in paperback.