June 2018 Staff Favorites, Book Bingo, Cooking, Readings and More!

June 2018 Staff Favorites, Book Bingo, Cooking, Readings and More!
Read new reviews from our staff, see which authors are appearing here soon, play Book Bingo, and check out the latest releases from our Cooking section.
New Staff Reviews
Here are three new staff reviews for you!
by Anthony Horowitz
reviewed by Sandy
A woman crosses a London street, walks into a funeral parlor and plans her own service. Six hours later she is strangled to death in her home. Did she know she was going to die? Did she plan her own murder? Was it suicide? Was it merely fate? Bad luck? Horowitz (Magpie Murders, PBS's Midsomer Murders) has written himself as narrator into his latest work. He is approached by Hawthorne, a cantankerous, disgraced police detective who is silently working with the authorities to solve the woman’s murder. Hawthorne wants Horowitz to write a book about how Hawthorne will eventually solve the case. Against his better judgment, Horowitz agrees to follow Hawthorne around and take notes as the detective follows the clues to the surprising ending. Readers will find themselves chuckling as they and Horowitz navigate the many twists and turns before arriving at a satisfying conclusion.   
by Rebecca Makkai
reviewed by Michael
Makkai's lovely third novel is about two close friends, their stories told 30 years apart. In 1985, Yale Tishman is an art gallery development director and a proudly monogamous resident of Boystown, a largely gay neighborhood of Chicago. On the verge of acquiring a set of rare sketches, Yale discovers that his partner is HIV-positive, sending his life into a tailspin. In 2015, Fiona flies to Paris in search of her estranged adult daughter, Claire, who disappeared into a cult years before. Can Fiona ever repair their broken trust? Makkai has woven a rich tapestry of interconnected lives. These characters are so very real, you'll find yourself bereft at the conclusion of this beautiful and bittersweet novel.
by Arundhati Roy
reviewed by Matt
This novel is not like The God of Small Things. It sprawls far beyond small Kerala. We encounter Kashmir and Dehli and the Dandakaranya Forest. I found myself jotting down names and places and events to look up to learn more about. And when I was finished, I read all of the nonfiction Roy has published in the 20 years between her two novels. So much of what she has written about makes its way into these pages. And, this novel is like The God of Small Things in the richness of language and the frequent perfect and unexpected details. This is like The God of Small Things in the aliveness and variety of characters herein.
More Staff Favorites
Here are more great new titles, all new in paperback, from our Staff Favorites table (with publisher descriptions):
by China Miéville
In February of 1917 Russia was a backwards, autocratic monarchy, mired in an unpopular war; by October, after not one but two revolutions, it had become the world's first workers' state, straining to be at the vanguard of global revolution. How did this unimaginable transformation take place? In a panoramic sweep, stretching from St Petersburg and Moscow to the remotest villages of a sprawling empire, Miéville uncovers the catastrophes, intrigues and inspirations of 1917, in all their passion, drama and strangeness. Intervening in long-standing historical debates, but told with the reader new to the topic especially in mind, here is a breathtaking story of humanity at its greatest and most desperate; of a turning point for civilization that still resonates loudly today.
by Haruki Murakami
Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and the Beatles, woven together to tell stories that speak to us all.
by Laini Taylor
The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around--and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old, he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the form of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.
by Karen Dionne
This is the mesmerizing tale of a woman who must risk everything to hunt down the dangerous man who shaped her past and threatens to steal her future: her father. Helena Pelletier has buried her past so soundly that even her husband doesn't know the truth. But now her father has killed two guards, escaped from prison, and disappeared into the marsh. The police begin a manhunt, but Helena knows they don't stand a chance. Knows that only one person has the skills to find the survivalist the world calls the Marsh King--because only one person was ever trained by him: his daughter.
Upcoming Author Readings
Differently Wired
Monday, June 18, 7pm
Today millions of kids are stuck in a world that doesn't respect, support, or embrace who they really are--these are what Deborah Reber is calling the "differently wired" kids, the one in five children with ADHD, dyslexia, Asperger's, giftedness, anxiety, sensory processing disorder, and other neurodifferences. Their challenges are many. But for the parents who love them, the challenges are just as hard. Differently Wired is a how-to, a manifesto, a book of wise advice, and the best kind of been-there, done-that companion. By offering 18 paradigm shifts--what she calls "tilts"-- Reber shows how to change everything.
A Wilder Time
Wednesday, June 20, 7pm
Greenland, one of the last truly wild places, contains a treasure trove of information on Earth's early history embedded in its pristine landscape. While researching plate tectonics there, UC Davis geologist William E. Glassley encountered wondrous creatures and natural phenomena that gave him unexpected insight into the origins of myth, the virtues and boundaries of science, and the importance of seeking the wilderness within. An invitation to experience a breathtaking place and the fascinating science behind its creation, A Wilder Time is nature writing at its best.
Northwest Novelists
Thursday, June 21, 7pm
In Joe Ponepinto's Mr. Neutron, veteran political operative Gray Davenport isn't faring much better than his corrupt and polluted hometown of Grand River. When he notices that mayoral candidate Reason Wilder may not be human, Gray embarks on a quest to uncover the truth about Reason's mysterious origins, and the truth promises to change Grand River and Gray forever. A satirical mashup of Frankenstein and Veep, Mr. Neutron is a hilarious genre-bender that speaks to the unpredictable nature of American politics today. Connie Hampton Connally's The Songs We Hide is set in 1951 Budapest, Hungary. Péter Benedek meets Katalin Varga, an unwed mother whose baby's father has vanished, most likely at the hands of the secret police. The two have something in common besides fear: they are singers whose very natures make the silence unbearable. When Katalin starts giving Péter voice lessons, they take an intrepid step out of hiding by making music together. Facing their hardest trials yet, Péter and Katalin learn to carve dignity and beauty out of pain.
The Rat Tree
Monday, June 25, 7pm
The Seattle author's book is an illustrated coming of age novella set in 1950's Portland. On the grounds of the family's woolen mill a big family of grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles and cousins gather for their annual summer pool party. As the sun shines on the family, two young cousins explore the attic of the mill where their grandfather stores his tools, trunks and secrets. In a locked trunk they find clues to his hidden Nazi past and generations of abuse. They decide to tell the story. Will they find salvation for all?
In Conversation
Tuesday, June 26, 7pm
These three Portland authors all workshopped their writing in Portland critique group The Pinewood Table. They will discuss their books and the writing process. Parts per Million, Julia Stoops's socially conscious, fast-paced debut novel, is set in Portland in 2002. A household is shared by a scrappy band of activists. The arrival of a guest sets off a page-turning chain of events that threatens to destroy the activists' friendship even as they're trying to hold the world together, one radio show at a time. Sheila Hamilton's memoir, All the Things We Never Knew, details her and her deceased husband's unsettling spiral from ordinary life into the world of his mental illness, examines the fragile line between reality and madness, and reveals the true power of love and forgiveness. Scott Sparling's Wire to Wire assembles a cast of train-hopping, drug-dealing, glue-huffing lowlifes, in a stunning homage to one of our most popular enduring genres--the American crime novel.
Thursday, June 28, 7pm
Raised as a Jehovah's Witness, Curtis was discouraged from pursuing a career, higher education, or even voting, and her friendships were limited to the Witness community. Ultimately, unable to reconcile her incredulity, she leaves her religion and divorces her Witness husband--a choice for which she is shunned by the entire community, including all members of her immediate family. Shunned follows Linda as she steps into a world she was taught to fear and discovers what is possible when we stay true to our hearts, even when it means disappointing those we love.
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)?
Book Bingo Is Back!
How many books can you read between now and Labor Day? Play Annie Bloom's Book Bingo for the chance to win gift cards of $25 and $50! Complete rows of five books in a number of categories ("Epistolary Novel," "Banned Book," "Set Somewhere You've Never Been," etc.). Everyone who turns in a Book Bingo form with at least one row completed will get a coupon for 10% off any one book, plus entry into the gift card raffle. Bingo forms are available at the front counter.
New in Cooking
Check out these great new titles:
by Joanna Gaines
Jo believes there's no better way to celebrate family and friendship than through the art of togetherness, celebrating tradition, and sharing a great meal. Magnolia Table includes 125 classic recipes—from breakfast, lunch, and dinner to small plates, snacks, and desserts—presenting a modern selection of American classics and personal family favorites. Complemented by her love for her garden, these dishes also incorporate homegrown, seasonal produce at the peak of its flavor. Inside Magnolia Table, you'll find recipes the whole family will enjoy.
by Giada de Laurentiis
In her newest cookbook, de Laurentiis invites fans and home cooks to get to know the flavors and stories that have inspired her life's work. Here, she shares recipes for authentic Italian dishes as her family has prepared them for years while infusing them with her signature fresh flavors to make them her own, like in her Grilled Swordfish with Candied Lemon Salad; Spaghetti with Chianti and Fava Beans; Asparagus with Grilled Melon Salad; Bruschetta with Burrata and Kale Salsa Verde; and Fennel Upside Down Cake. Filled with gorgeous photography of Italy, peppered with family stories, and complete with more of Giada's tips and advice for cooking up fabulous meals with ease, Giada's Italy is a stunning celebration of Italy's flavors as only Giada could present them.
by Maira Kalman
In Cake, renowned artist and author Maira Kalman and food writer Barbara Scott-Goodman bring us a beautifully illustrated book dedicated to their mutual love of cakes. Kalman's enchanting illustrations, in her inimitable style, and Scott-Goodman's mouthwatering recipes complement each other perfectly, making Cake a joyful whimsical celebration of a timeless dessert.
by Nigella Lawson
Warm, comforting, and inspiring, this collection of recipes are simple to prepare, giving you an opportunity to enhance your culinary skills and create a variety of delicious dishes--featuring a host of new ingredients to enrich classic flavors and tastes. From main courses including Chicken Fricassee, Hake with Bacon, Peas and Cider, and Chili Mint Lamb Cutlets through colorful vegetable dishes such as Eastern Mediterranean Chopped Salad and Carrots and Fennel with Harissa to treats of Emergency Brownies, Sticky Toffee Pudding, and White Chocolate Cheesecake, Nigella will help you serve up savory and sweet foods for a fine dining experience straight from your own kitchen.