July 2018 Staff Favorites, Audio Books, Psychology, Author Readings, and More!

July 2018 Staff Favorites, Audio Books, Psychology, Author Readings, and More!
Check out our new Staff Favorites, discover Libro.fm audiobooks, read about the newest Psychology titles, and see who's reading here this summer.
Staff Favorites
by Scott Thornley
reviewed by Edie
It is always a pleasure to find a new mystery series to introduce to our readers. Canadian writer Scott Thornley has three titles new to the the U.S. audience, and they are terrific. The first, Erasing Memory, finds Detective Superintendent MacNeice enmeshed in the murder of a violinist that stretches back to old Balkan hatreds. The Ambitious City and Raw Bone are equally as fine. MacNeice's team is interesting and well-developed, as is MacNeice himself, who is a widower and has a penchant for watching birds and drinking grappa. A thoughtful, quiet man, he reminds me a bit of Adam Dalgliesh. We have all three titles, so come on in!
by Anne Tyler
by James McLaughlin
by Cindy Baldwin
reviewed by Bobby
Though I am loathe to join a parade, I am going to bang my little drum for three of the best books I've read in ages. Clock Dance is pure Anne Tyler. A woman of a certain age and gentility responds to a call for help from a relatively unknown former girlfriend of her son. She lands in a modest neighborhood in Baltimore and, after having overstepped her bounds, ends up with a whole new family. Bearskin by James McLaughlin took my breath away. A man fleeing a Mexican drug cartel by working in the wilds of Virginia encounters both brutality and beauty in the isolated hills. This is a thriller written with the clear intensity and detail of Cormac McCarthy and it will totally absorb you. Though I usually do not find young adult literature completely satisfying, I make an exception for Portland author Cindy Baldwin's Where the Watermelon Grow. It deals with mental illness and coming of age with so deft a touch, I felt changed by reading it.
by Dorthe Nors
reviewed by Michael
I loved the voice of Sonja, a middle-aged translator in Copenhagen who's learning to drive for the first time. She's neurotic, but very thoughtful in how she navigates her anxieties––about using a stick shift, her bossy instructor, the grisly details of the mystery she's translating, her overly familiar massage therapist, her overly familiar second driving instructor, her estranged sister, homesickness, and loneliness. Despite all these concerns, Sonja is a quick-witted and engaging narrator of her own little life. I was glad to share it, briefly.
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Upcoming Author Readings
Violett Valentine
Tomorrow! 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
Hall's 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.
Local Authors
Thursday, September 6, 7pm
Love and Lechery at Albert Academy is the sequel to Dolores Maggiore's debut YA novel, Death and Love at the Old Summer Camp. In September 1959 Pina’s got only one thing on her mind at the elite Albert Academy: four years of blissful rooming with her heartthrob Katie, pursuing their taboo relationship of the previous summer. Then Pina stumbles over the lecherous Head Mistress Craney, lurking in the hall. Pina and Katie become obsessed with the blood-curdling game of cat and mouse Craney is craftily staging in every nook and cranny. Worth the Wait is the third novel in the Out in Portland series from local author Karelia Stetz-Waters. For fifteen years, Avery Crown tried to forget her best friend Merritt Lessing. Unfortunately, her efforts have not been as successful as her TV career as the queen of home renovation. So when she runs into Merritt at their high school reunion, Avery asks for one night with the woman she's always wanted.
New in Psychology
Check out these great new titles:
by Sallie Tisdale
From the sublime (the faint sound of Mozart as you take your last breath) to the ridiculous (lessons on how to close the sagging jaw of a corpse), Tisdale leads the reader through the peaks and troughs of death with a calm, wise, and humorous hand. More than a how-to manual or a spiritual bible, this is a graceful compilation of honest and intimate anecdotes based on the deaths Tisdale has witnessed in her work and life, as well as stories from cultures, traditions, and literature around the world. Beautifully written and compulsively readable, Advice for Future Corpses offers the resources and reassurance that we all need for planning the ends of our lives, and is essential reading for future corpses everywhere.
by Michael Pollan
When Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. A unique and elegant blend of science, memoir, travel writing, history, and medicine, How to Change Your Mind is a triumph of participatory journalism. The true subject of Pollan's "mental travelogue" is not just psychedelic drugs but also the eternal puzzle of human consciousness and how, in a world that offers us both suffering and joy, we can do our best to be fully present and find meaning in our lives.
by Parker Palmer
Drawing on eight decades of life--and his career as a writer, teacher, and activist--Palmer explores the questions age raises and the promises it holds. "Old," he writes, "is just another word for nothing left to lose, a time to dive deep into life, not withdraw to the shallows." But this book is not for elders only. It was written to encourage adults of all ages to explore the way their lives are unfolding. This book is a set of meditations in prose and poetry that turn the prism on the meaning(s) of one's life, refracting new light at every turn.
by Sarah Wilson
The Chinese believe that before you can conquer a beast, you must first make it beautiful. Wilson first came across this Chinese proverb in psychiatrist Kay Redfield Jamison's memoir An Unquiet Mind, and it became the key to understanding her own lifelong struggle with anxiety. Practical and poetic, wise and funny, First, We Make the Beast Beautiful is a small book with a big heart. It will encourage the myriad souls who dance with this condition to embrace it as a part of who they are, and to explore the possibilities it offers for a richer, fuller life.