July 2018 New Mysteries, Readings, and Indie Next Picks

July 2018 New Mysteries, Readings, and Indie Next Picks
Read about the newest Mystery titles, see who's reading here this summer, and check out the latest Indie Next picks.
Upcoming Author Readings
The Life of Umberto Cavallo and Other Matters
Thursday, July 12, 7pm
The Portland author's debut novel is the story of an immigrant's struggles. It begins in northern Italy in 1885, where Berto, as a small boy, secretly visits his demented grandfather, and upon hearing the old man's far-fetched anxieties, must decide whether to protect him from his fears. In a world teeming with poverty, desperation and sacrifice, the story tumbles across oceans and lives. It crosses paths with murderous gauchos and lonely farmers, and culminates in one man's attempt to decipher a destructive individualism boring through the family tree, and answer the question: what is the psychological cost of emigration (and which generation shall pay it)?
Violett Valentine
Sunday, July 15, 3pm
In local author and designer Heidi Herschbach's debut children's book, an adventurous young girl travels the world with her Gramma Marge and her best buddy, Jerry the sloth. On her first journey of the series she learns to stand up for herself and others. She also finds out how rewarding it can be to try new things. Violett Valentine and Gramma Marge are always in search of ideas for their clothing designs and find inspiration everywhere they go. Come and join their adventures in this instant classic that encourages young girls and boys to be kind, adventurous, brave and to follow their dreams. Don't forget your passports, kids.
Remind Me Again What Happened
Thursday, August 2, 7pm
Denver writer, professor, and literary journal editor Joanna Luloff presents her debut novel. Claire wakes in a hospital room in the Florida Keys. She has no idea how she got there or why. The loss of so many memories is paralyzing. Some things she can piece together by looking at old photos saved by her husband, Charlie, and her best friend, Rachel, and by combing through boxes of letters and casual jottings. But she senses a mystery at the center of all these fragments. Is Charlie still her husband? Is Rachel still her friend? Told from alternating points of view that pull the reader into the minds of the three characters, the story unfolds as the smudge that covers Claire's memory is gradually, steadily wiped away.
Children's Book Reading
Thursday, August 9, 7pm
Jane Kurtz's new book is What Do They Do with All That Poo?. There are so many different kinds of animals at the zoo, and they each make lots and lots (and sometimes LOTS ) of poo. In Trudy Ludwig's Quiet Please, Owen McPhee!, Owen doesn't just like to talk, he LOVES to talk. When Owen wakes up with a bad case of laryngitis, it gives him a much-needed opportunity to hear what others have to say. Cate Berry's latest is Penguin and Tiny Shrimp Don't Do Bedtime. They DO NOT have a bedtime story to share with you. This book will never make you sleepy. Not at all. Not even a little.
The Silver Shoes
Tuesday, August 21, 7pm
Halls' novel is the dual tale of two dynamic women from two very different eras searching for fulfillment. San Francisco artist Anne McFarland has been distracted by a cross-country romance with sexy Sergio and has veered from her creative path. While visiting him in New York, she buys a pair of rhinestone shoes in an antique shop. Almost ninety years earlier, Clair Deveraux, a sheltered 1929 New York debutante, tries to reside within the bounds of polite society and please her father. But when she meets Winnie, a carefree Macy's shop girl, Clair's true desires explode wide open.
Thriving through Transitions
Tuesday, August 28, 7pm
Have you ever wondered why some people seem to thrive as they experience change while others seem to crumble at even the idea of it? And is it even possible for a person expand their ability to adapt? Local author Kuhn's Thriving through Transitions offers an insightful perspective, along with an easy to follow 5 Step Process for turning life’s greatest obstacles into opportunities to thrive.
First Friday
On July 6, 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 drawings. Drop by Annie Bloom's anytime after 6:00 on Friday night to sign up.
One lucky adult will win:
by Rick Bragg
A delectable, rollicking food memoir, cookbook, and loving tribute to a region, a vanishing history, a family, and, especially, to his mother.
And our kids prize is:
by J. K. Rowling
A special new edition in celebration of the 20th anniversary, with a new cover illustration by Brian Selznick.
City Mouse, Country Mouse Diorama
by Maggie Rudy
Annie Bloom's is thrilled to be hosting a diorama from local author Maggie Rudy's beautiful children's book, City Mouse, Country Mouse. In this modern twist on the classic tale of the city mouse and the country mouse, Will and Tansy meet and become friends. But Will loves the bustling city and Tansy loves the quiet country. Will these two friends find a way to live mousily ever after?
New in Mystery
Check out these great new titles:
by Jessica Knoll
When five hyper-successful women agree to appear on a reality series set in New York City called Goal Diggers, the producers never expect the season will end in murder. The Favorite Sister explores the invisible barriers that prevent women from rising up the ranks in today's America--and offers a scathing take on the oft-lionized bonds of sisterhood, and the relentless pressure to stay young, relevant, and salable.
by Fuminori Nakamura
When Toru Narazaki's girlfriend, Ryoko Tachibana, disappears, he tries to track her down, despite the warnings of the private detective he's hired to find her. Ryoko's past is shrouded in mystery, but the one concrete clue to her whereabouts is a previous address in the heart of Tokyo. Inspired by the 1995 sarin gas terrorist attack on the Tokyo subway, Cult X is an exploration of what draws individuals into extremism. It is a tour de force that captures the connections between astrophysics, neuroscience, and religion; an invective against predatory corporate consumerism and exploitative geopolitics; and a love story about compassion in the face of nihilism.
by David Lagercrantz
Brand new in paperback! Lisbeth Salander is serving time in Flodberga Prison. When a sadistic gang leader nicknamed Benito starts to torture Faria, Salander finds it impossible not to intervene. Then Salander receives news that she may have been a subject in a secret experiment known as the Registry. She enlists her friend Mikael Blomkvist, crusading editor of Millennium magazine, to help her look into it. Once Salander is released, she devotes her time to uncovering the truth in the case that landed Faria in prison, and Blomkvist continues his search into Salander's background. But when the two cases start to dovetail, Salander and Blomkvist must join together to fight for justice and their lives.
by Robert Crais
When single-mother Devon Connor hires private investigator Elvis Cole, it's because her troubled teenage son Tyson is flashing cash and she's afraid he's dealing drugs. But the truth is devastatingly different. With two other partners in crime, he's been responsible for a string of high-end burglaries, a crime spree that takes a deadly turn when one of them is murdered and Tyson and his girlfriend disappear. Now out in paperback.
July Indie Next Picks
Every month, the coalition of independent bookstores puts together a list of titles recommended by booksellers across the country. Come in to browse the titles below, along with other great new bookseller picks for July.
by Anne Tyler
[to be released July 10]
"Anne Tyler's extraordinary ability to tell a story in the simplest language has helped her become one of our most beloved authors. In Clock Dance, she brings us Willa Drake, who has been seeking something all her life, it seems. It’s not until she's reached middle age that she finally opens a new door in her heart and welcomes in the most unusual group of people: an entire neighborhood, ready to bring her a new perspective and an understanding of life that will change her forever. Tyler's newest is one for book groups, one for book lovers, and one for you, too."
—Linda Bond, Auntie’s Bookstore, Spokane, WA
by Thrity Umrigar
"This wonderful novel—loosely a sequel to The Spaces Between Us—is the rich, moving story of an amazing friendship, one that would never have occurred under the old restrictions of India and in the new India feels its tentative way. The lives of Bhima and Parvati are ones of unbelievable poverty and struggle, but the dignity and richness their friendship manifests took my breath away. A bit Dickensian in the best ways, this novel had me in tears several times. These women are two I will not soon forget."
—Michael Coy, Third Place Books (Ravenna), Seattle, WA
by James McLaughlin
"This powerful debut is a novel of terrible beauty. Using evocative prose, the author perfectly describes the lush landscape of the Virginia Appalachians while juxtaposing them against a world of primal violence. The caretaker at a private preserve is hiding from a Mexican drug cartel but finds himself drawn back into a life of conflict when he encounters bear poachers. A world of pristine beauty is altered by the intrusion of man-made violence, and the caretaker has no choice but to become part of it himself. The clash of nature and humanity is portrayed brilliantly."
—Bill Cusumano, Square Books, Oxford, MS
Plus, check out these newly released paperback editions of former Indie Next picks:
by S.A. Chakraborty
“S.A. Chakraborty introduces a fantasy set in the Middle East that thrusts us into the magical world of Daevabad. The City of Brass follows, in parallel, Nahri, a con artist and naturally gifted healer, and Ali, prince of Daevabad and fiercely trained soldier. Nahri and Ali find themselves learning new lessons on how to survive changing environments and difficult challenges, while trying to figure out the complexities of their lives. I found myself turning page after page, following Nahri's and Ali's story while deciphering the fantastic terminology and the world that is Daevabad. The City of Brass is a wonderfully written, mystical adventure that keeps you guessing about what will happen next." —Barry Nelipowitz, Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI
by Andy Weir
"Jazz is a porter on Artemis, the only city on the moon, and her job is supplemented by smuggling minor contraband into the city. When she gets involved in a bigger game with a much bigger payout, she is not ready for the lengths to which others will go to get their own payday. Amidst murder, corporate sabotage, and the Brazilian mafia, the moon’s crisis brings Jazz to a new perspective: She must be a better person than she has ever been if she and Artemis' society are to survive. Weir has created a great, sarcastic character who will be loved by fans the world over, and a cool and engaging book that is a worthy successor to The Martian." —Raul Chapa, BookPeople, Austin, TX