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|January 2018 Readings, New Mysteries, and More!
Check out our upcoming readings! Plus, read about the latest in Mystery, and find out which new titles indie booksellers across the country are loving. Also, drop by and see us on First Friday!
January Readings at Annie Blooms:
Wednesday, January 17, 7pm
Oregon author and nurse Tracy Calhoun (and her dog, JJ) present JJ's Journey: A Story of Heroes and Heart. In hospice, Tracy's golden retriever lay on the bed of a dying woman. The woman, who had been unresponsive for days, then performed her final, intentional act. She stroked JJ's head. When Tracy's video of that moment went viral, it was a turning point in her mission to explain to a wider audience the joy that therapy dogs provide. Along the way, Tracy's own story has grown and changed through her love of animals, and she's found, in difficult times, she has needed the same comfort her pups offer to patients--for herself.
Your Resonant Self
Thursday, January 18, 7pm
The Vancouver, WA, author Sarah Peyton will read from Your Resonant Self: Guided Meditations and Exercises to Engage Your Brain's Capacity for Healing. Her book synthesizes the latest discoveries in brain science, trauma treatment, and the power of empathy into an effective healing method that literally rewires our brain and restores our capacity for self-love and well-being. Each chapter weaves the core concepts of neurobiology with guided meditations and beautiful illustrations, painting an inspiring picture of the human brain's inherent yearning toward healing and wholeness.
How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t
Monday, January 22, 7pm
North Carolina author and life coach Owen presents, How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t: 14 Habits That Are Holding You Back from Happiness. Owen's book is a straight-shooting approach to self-improvement for women, one that offers no-crap truth-telling about the most common self-destructive behaviors women tend to engage in. From listening to the imposter complex and bitchy inner critic to catastrophizing and people-pleasing, Andrea Owen--a nationally sought-after life coach--crystallizes what's behind these invisible, undermining habits. With each chapter, she kicks women's gears out of autopilot and empowers them to create happier, more fulfilling lives.
Tuesday, January 23, 7pm
Portland woodworker and author Gary Rogowski presents Handmade: Creative Focus in the Age of Distraction. In the tradition of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and Shop Class as Soulcraft, Rogowski's Handmade is a profound meditation on the eternal value of manual work, creativity, human fallibility, and the stubborn pursuit of quality work. Part autobiography, part guide to creativity, and part guide to living, this is a book for craftspeople, artists, and anyone who seeks clarity, purpose, and creativity in their work--and it's the perfect antidote to a modern world that thinks human labor is obsolete.
The Phantom of Oz
Sunday, January 28, 2pm
"The Vault" at O'Connor's Restaurant
The Multnomah Village author presents her fifth Ivy Meadows mystery, The Phantom of Oz. As usual, Cindy's book launch is part party, part theater event, and this year she's partnering with the award-winning Willamette Radio Workshop as part of the Fertile Ground Theatre Festival. Who dropped a chandelier on the Wicked Witch of the East? Was it the ghost who haunts the Grand Phoenician Theatre? A "wicked witch" among the cast of The Wizard: A Space OZpera? Or is it someone--or something--more sinister? Actress and part-time PI Ivy Meadows has been hired to uncover the mystery. It's Ivy's most personal case so far. Her best friend Candy, who's touring with the show, is caught in a downward spiral of self-destruction, and is in more danger than she knows. To save her friend and the show, Ivy must answer some tough questions: Do spirits really exist? What is real beauty? What does friendship mean? Ivy needs to learn the answers, and fast--before Candy reaches the point of no return.
Some Assembly Required
Wednesday, January 31, 7pm
Oregon author Michael Strelow will read from his latest novel, Some Assembly Required. Jake hears voices, always has. They've never been a problem as long as he kept them to himself. While on a writing assignment to cover an A.I. convention, Jake reads the paper of a Dr. Sewall. What he discovers is puzzling, incomprehensible, maybe even impossible. Jake visits Dr. S after the convention and finds his creation, Rex--which looks like a bowl of gray-green oatmeal--whose voice somehow mingles with voices Jake has heard all his life. So begins an affair of impossible science. The world becomes funny right on the edge of fearful, the cosmic goof at large, and growing larger...
January 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 January Indie Next picks.
The Woman in the Window
by A.J. Finn
"The Woman in the Window is being touted as one of the hottest releases of early 2018, and with excellent reason. A modern take on Hitchcock's Rear Window, with many nods to classic noir film, A.J. Finn's debut novel is told through the eyes of a narrator trapped inside her beautiful house by a severe case of agoraphobia and separated from her estranged husband and young daughter. She copes with her condition by spying on her neighbors and living vicariously through their drama, until the night she witnesses what appears to be a murder and finds herself swept up in its wake. Once this story gets rolling, it will bowl you over. Fans of psychological thrillers should take note of this banger of a tale!" -Whitney Spotts, Schuler Books & Music, Grand Rapids, MI
The Stowaway: A Young Man's Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica
by Laurie Gwen Shapiro
"The story of Billy Gawronski, the young man who repeatedly tried to join Richard Byrd's Antarctic expedition, reads like an adventure novel. The reality of his life is beyond the realm of the wildest imagination. Shapiro brings this resilient and resourceful man to life against the changing world of the Roaring Twenties, and his story perfectly reflects a world undergoing vast change. Combining narrative, science, and portraits of outsized personalities, Shapiro treats the reader to a story that is not only relevant but a total joy." -Bill Cusumano, Square Books, Oxford, MS
The Chalk Man
by C.J. Tudor
"The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor is an unusually gripping mystery reminiscent of Arthur Conan Doyle's story 'The Adventure of the Dancing Men.' It is amazingly well-written, and the pace does not let up, from the shocking beginning all the way through to the unsettling ending. This suspenseful page-turner is definitely a cut above and will keep you riveted. Highly recommended!" -Margo Conklin, Brown University Bookstore, Providence, RI
Plus, here are some previous Indie Next entries, now out in paperback:
The Girl Before
by JP Delaney
Recommended in hardcover by Destinee Hodge, East City Bookshop, Washington, DC
by Nickolas Butler
Recommended in hardcover by Daniel Goldin, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI
Recommended in hardcover by Dawn Rennert, The Concord Bookshop, Concord, MA
Here are some great new books from our Mystery section:
Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales
by P.D. James
It's not always a question of "whodunit?" Sometimes there's more mystery in the why or how. And although we usually know the unhealthy fates of both victim and perpetrator, what of those clever few who plan and carry out the perfect crime? The ones who aren't brought down even though they're found out? And what about those who do the finding out who witness a murder or who identify the murderer but keep the information to themselves? These are some of the mysteries that we follow through those six stories as we are drawn into the thinking, the memories, the emotional machinations, the rationalizations, the dreams and desires behind murderous cause and effect.
Dominic: A Hollow Man Novel
by Mark Pryor
Only two other people know that Dominic, a charming Englishman, prosecutor, and musician in Austin, Texas, is also a psychopath. They also know that a year ago he got away with murder. One of those people is his "special lady," and the other is her brother, a teenager and fellow psychopath called Bobby. When a wily homicide detective starts digging up that past murder, little Bobby offers to take care of the problem--permanently. Dominic tries to dissuade him, but as he himself knows, psychopaths aren't good with following instructions. Or impulse control. As Detective Megan Ledsome circles closer, Dominic knows his life depends on keeping his secrets hidden, from her and the rest of the world.
The Midnight Line
by Lee Child
Jack Reacher takes a stroll through a small Wisconsin town and sees a class ring in a pawn shop window: West Point 2005. A tough year to graduate: Iraq, then Afghanistan. The ring is tiny, for a woman, and it has her initials engraved on the inside. Reacher wonders what unlucky circumstance made her give up something she earned over four hard years. He decides to find out. And find the woman. And return her ring. Why not? So begins a harrowing journey that takes Reacher through the upper Midwest. The deeper he digs, and the more he learns, the more dangerous the terrain becomes. Turns out the ring was just a small link in a far darker chain. Powerful forces are guarding a vast criminal enterprise. Some lines should never be crossed. But then, neither should Reacher.
These two mysteries are now available in paperback:
by James Lasdun
It is summer, 2012. Charlie, a wealthy banker with an uneasy conscience, invites his troubled cousin Matthew to visit him and his wife in their idyllic mountaintop house. As the days grow hotter, the friendship between the three begins to reveal its fault lines, and with the arrival of a fourth character, the household finds itself suddenly in the grip of uncontrollable passions. As readers of James Lasdun's acclaimed fiction can expect, The Fall Guy is a complex moral tale as well as a gripping suspense story, probing questions of guilt and betrayal with ruthless incisiveness. Who is the real victim here? Who is the perpetrator? And who, ultimately, is the fall guy? Darkly vivid, with an atmosphere of erotic danger, The Fall Guy is Lasdun's most entertaining novel yet.
I See You
by Clare Mackintosh
It all starts during her commute home one night. Zoe Walker glances through her local paper and sees her own face staring back at her in a classified ad. With the grainy photo is a phone number and a listing for a website called FindTheOne.com. In the following days, she sees other women in the same ad, a different one every day, and nearly all of them show up in the newspapers as victims of increasingly violent crimes--including murder. With the help of a determined cop, Zoe uncovers the ad's twisted purpose. Suddenly, the man on the train sitting across the car--the one smiling at Zoe--could be more than just a friendly stranger. He could be someone who has deliberately chosen her and is ready to make his next move.