June 2020: Gifts for Grads, Father's Day, Indie Next, and More!

 
June 2020: Gifts for Grads, Father's Day, Indie Next, and More!
 
We have gift ideas for Graduation and Father's Day! Plus, pick out your August to August Organizer, and find out which new titles indie booksellers are loving. But first....
 
New Releases
 
These books are among the biggest new and upcoming releases!
by Suzanne Collins
Out Now!
 
It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute. The odds are against him. He's been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined—every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute . . . and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes. Purchase Your Copy Here!
by Michael Connelly
Out Now!
 
Veteran reporter Jack McEvoy has taken down killers before, but when a woman he had a one-night stand with is murdered in a particularly brutal way, McEvoy realizes he might be facing a criminal mind unlike any he's ever encountered. Jack investigates--against the warnings of the police and his own editor--and makes a shocking discovery that connects the crime to other mysterious deaths across the country. Undetected by law enforcement, a vicious killer has been hunting women, using genetic data to select and stalk his targets. Uncovering the murkiest corners of the dark web, Jack races to find and protect the last source who can lead him to his quarry. But the killer has already chosen his next target, and he's ready to strike. Purchase Your Copy Here!
by Brit Bennett
Out Tomorrow! (June 2)
 
The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it's not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it's everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Many years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters' storylines intersect? Purchase Your Copy Here!
by Rutger Bregman
Out Tomorrow! (June 2)
 
If there is one belief that has united the left and the right, psychologists and philosophers, ancient thinkers and modern ones, it is the tacit assumption that humans are bad. But what if it isn't true? Rutger Bregman provides new perspective on the past 200,000 years of human history, setting out to prove that we are hardwired for kindness, geared toward cooperation rather than competition, and more inclined to trust rather than distrust one another. In fact this instinct has a firm evolutionary basis going back to the beginning of Homo sapiens. Bregman shows us that believing in human generosity and collaboration isn't merely optimistic-––it's realistic. Moreover, it has huge implications for how society functions. When we think the worst of people, it brings out the worst in our politics and economics. But if we believe in the reality of humanity's kindness and altruism, it will form the foundation for achieving true change in society, a case that Bregman makes convincingly with his signature wit, refreshing frankness, and memorable storytelling. Purchase Your Copy Here!
 
Books for Grads
by Lauren Graham
 
In this expansion of the 2017 commencement speech she gave at her hometown Langley High, Lauren Graham, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, reflects on growing up, pursuing your dreams, and living in the here and now. "Whatever path you choose, whatever career you decide to go after, the important thing is that you keep finding joy in what you're doing, especially when the joy isn’t finding you." In her hilarious, relatable voice, Graham reminds us to be curious and compassionate, no matter where life takes us or what we've yet to achieve. Grounded and inspiring—and illustrated throughout with drawings by Graham herself—here is a comforting road map to a happy life. Purchase Your Copy Here!
by Alexandra Nimetz, Jason Stanley, and Emeline Starr
 
If the pizza-delivery guy is in your apartment more often than your roommate, The Healthy College Cookbook is exactly what you need. Whether you’re a meat lover, vegetarian, or vegan, you’ll find simple and adaptable recipes for quick breakfasts, portable snacks, fresh lunches, and satisfying dinners. Busy students will love these tasty, nutritious recipes. Nimetz, Stanley, and Starr were all Williams College students in Williamstown, Massachusetts, during the production of the first edition. Self-taught cooks who enjoy cooking and eating healthfully. they researched the numerous recipes passed on to them by family and friends, taste-tested each dish, and judged them all according to preparation time, effort, taste, and expense. Purchase Your Copy Here!
by Lin-Manuel Miranda
 
Before he inspired the world with Hamilton and was catapulted to international fame, Lin-Manuel Miranda was inspiring his Twitter followers with words of encouragement at the beginning and end of each day. He wrote these original sayings, aphorisms, and poetry for himself as much as for others. But as Miranda’s audience grew, these messages took on a life on their own. Now Miranda has gathered the best of his daily greetings into a beautiful collection illustrated by acclaimed artist (and fellow Twitter favorite) Jonny Sun. Full of comfort and motivation, Gmorning, Gnight! is a touchstone for anyone who needs a quick lift. Purchase Your Copy Here!
by Charlie Mackesy
 
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” asked the mole. “Kind,” said the boy. Charlie Mackesy offers inspiration and hope in uncertain times in this beautiful book based on his famous quartet of characters. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse explores their unlikely friendship and the poignant, universal lessons they learn together. Radiant with Mackesy’s warmth and gentle wit, this book blends hand-written narrative with dozens of drawings, including some of his best-loved illustrations (including “Help,” which has been shared over one million times) and new, never-before-seen material. A modern classic in the vein of The Tao of Pooh, The Alchemist, and The Giving Tree, this charmingly designed keepsake will be treasured for generations to come. Purchase Your Copy Here!
by J.K. Rowling
 
In 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered a deeply affecting commencement speech at Harvard University. Now published for the first time in book form, VERY GOOD LIVES presents J.K. Rowling's words of wisdom for anyone at a turning point in life. How can we embrace failure? And how can we use our imagination to better both ourselves and others? Drawing from stories of her own post-graduate years, the world famous author addresses some of life's most important questions with acuity and emotional force. Purchase Your Copy Here!
by Emily Winfield Martin
 
From brave and bold to creative and clever, Emily Winfield Martin's rhythmic rhyme expresses all the loving things that parents think of when they look at their children. With beautiful, and sometimes humorous, illustrations, and a clever gatefold with kids in costumes, this is a book grown-ups will love reading over and over to kids-both young and old. The Wonderful Things You Will Be has a loving and truthful message that will endure for lifetimes and makes a great gift for any occasion, but a special stand-out for baby showers, birthdays, Easter, and graduation. Purchase Your Copy Here!
 
August to August Calendars Are Here!
We have August to August 2020-2021 Calendar Organizers in five fun colors: Licorice, Butter, Sage, Orchid, and Slate.
 
When ordering, please specify your color choice in the comments section of your order. Purchase Your Organizer Here!
 
Father's Day Gift Ideas
 
Check out these books for Dad! Also, you can add a greeting card to your delivery order!
by Gary Greenberg & Jeannie Hayden
 
An indispensable survival manual for guys entering the trenches of fatherhood, Be Prepared is loaded with one-of-a-kind insights, MacGyver-esque tips and tricks, and no-nonsense advice for mastering the first year as a dad. Finally, a book that teaches men all the things they really need to know about fatherhood...including how to: change a baby at a packed sports stadium; create a decoy drawer full of old wallets, remote controls, and cell phones to throw baby off the scent of your real gear; stay awake (or at least upright) at work; babyproof a hotel room in four minutes flat; construct an emergency diaper out of a towel, a sock, and duct tape. Packed with helpful diagrams and detailed instructions, and delivered with a wry sense of humor, Be Prepared is the ultimate guide for sleep-deprived, applesauce-covered fathers everywhere. Purchase Your Copy Here!
by Bill Buford
 
Here, Buford turns his inimitable attention from Italian cuisine to the food of France. Baffled by the language, but convinced that he can master the art of French cooking––or at least get to the bottom of why it is so revered––he begins what becomes a five-year odyssey by shadowing the esteemed French chef Michel Richard, in Washington, D.C. But when Buford (quickly) realizes that a stage in France is necessary, he goes––this time with his wife and three-year-old twin sons in tow––to Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France. Studying at L'Institut Bocuse, cooking at the storied, Michelin-starred La Mère Brazier, enduring the endless hours and exacting rigeur of the kitchen, Buford becomes a man obsessed––with proving himself on the line, proving that he is worthy of the gastronomic secrets he's learning, proving that French cooking actually derives from (mon dieu!) the Italian. With his signature humor, sense of adventure, and masterly ability to immerse himself––and us––in his surroundings, Bill Buford has written what is sure to be the food-lover's book of the year. Purchase Your Copy Here!
by Lars Mytting
 
The latest Scandinavian publishing phenomenon is not a Stieg Larsson–like thriller; it's a book about chopping, stacking, and burning wood that has sold more than 200,000 copies in Norway and Sweden and has been a fixture on the bestseller lists there for more than a year. Norwegian Wood provides useful advice on the rustic hows and whys of taking care of your heating needs, but it's also a thoughtful attempt to understand man's age-old predilection for stacking wood and passion for open fires. An intriguing window into the exoticism of Scandinavian culture, the book also features enough inherently interesting facts and anecdotes and inspired prose to make it universally appealing. The U.S. edition is a fully updated version of the Norwegian original, and includes an appendix of U.S.-based resources and contacts. Purchase Your Copy Here!
by Jimmy Fallon & Miguel Ordóñez
 
Your baby's first word will be . . . "Dada!" Right? Everyone knows that fathers wage a secret campaign to ensure that their babies' first word is "Dada!" But how does it work? Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon shows you how. Illustrator Miguel Ordóñez lives in Madrid with his wife Lucia and their two daughters, Carla and Vera, whose first word was "Mama." Purchase Your Copy Here!
by Hole & Corner
 
Tools make our lives better. They help us to measure, plan, create, maintain, repair, and make our ideas a reality. Divided into three beautifully photographed chapters––Wood and Stone; Earth, Metal, and Glass; and Material, Cloth, and Decoration––this book tells the story of its 25 featured tools through the eyes of those whose craft and livelihood depend on them. It seeks to explore our relationship with these most fundamental of objects. Many are rightfully considered as design icons, while others reveal the improvisational skills of their owners, tweaked and adjusted to suit specific jobs through trial-and-error. Celebrating culture, skill, time, and dedication, this is the perfect read for anyone with a penchant for tools, crafts, and beautiful design. Purchase Your Copy Here!
by Justin Halpern
 
At the age of 29, comedy writer Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his 73-year-old father after being dumped by his longtime girlfriend. Sam Halpern had never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he was smart enough to write down all the ridiculous things his dad said to him, like "The worst thing you can be is a liar....Okay fine, yes, the worst thing you can be is a Nazi, but THEN, number two is liar. Nazi 1, Liar 2," and "Everybody loves that Da Vinci code book. Bullshit, it sucks. I read it. It’s for all the dummies." These quotes, or philosophies, have become "Shit My Dad Says," a Twitter page that in less than a month was being followed by over 500,000 people, had spawned articles in newspapers and magazines, as well as inspiring calls from movie and television producers, celebrities, and just about everyone else who heard about the site. Purchase Your Copy Here!
by Nick Offerman
 
Nestled among the glitz and glitter of Tinseltown is a testament to American elbow grease and an honest-to-god hard day’s work: Offerman Woodshop. Captained by hirsute woodworker, actor, comedian, and writer Nick Offerman, the shop produces not only fine handcrafted furniture, but also fun stuff—kazoos, baseball bats, ukuleles, mustache combs, even cedar-strip canoes. Now Nick and his ragtag crew of champions want to share their experience of working at the Woodshop, tell you all about their passion for the discipline of woodworking, and teach you how to make a handful of their most popular projects along the way. Whether you've been working in your own shop for years, or if holding this stack of compressed wood pulp is as close as you've ever come to milling lumber, or even if you just love Nick Offerman's brand of bucolic yet worldly wisdom, you’ll find Good Clean Fun full of useful, illuminating, and entertaining information. Purchase Your Copy Here!
 
Book Shopping Alternatives
 
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Here are some ways you can shop at Annie Bloom's:
 
• Order books through www.annieblooms.com. We offer curbside pickup on prepaid orders, in addition to several shipping and delivery options. While our store remains closed to browsing, our website is always open!
 
• Purchase audiobooks through Libro.fm. Their selection is amazing, and every purchase supports the indie bookstore of your choosing. You can purchase à la carte or by subscription. Switch from Audible for bonus audiobooks!
 
• Are you an ebook reader? Head over to Kobo, where your ebook purchases also support independent bookstores (including Annie Bloom's, of course).
 
Bookshop.org lets you order physical books online and have them shipped directly to you. A portion of all proceeds go to support indie bookstores, and you can choose to support Annie Bloom's specifically!
 
Live Stream Reading & Book Group Invite
In Time’s Shadow
Tuesday, June 2, 7pm
 
Annie Bloom's welcomes back Portland author Marilyn Sewell for a live stream reading from her latest book, In Time's Shadow. Minister, author, and activist Marilyn Sewell reflects on the everyday, the places we live and work, the thoughts we all have but hardly ever share, though they may carry the most profound of our human concerns. Using a variety of short literary forms—dramatic monologues, vignettes, letters, prose poems, lists, surrealistic tales—Sewell presents quirky, ironic, and compassionate slices of life that will bring laughter and at the same time take you deeper into the mysteries of existence. We love, we lose, we die, and through it all, we ask, "What’s it all about?" Register for the Reading Here!
Katey Schultz
Online Reading Group Invitation
 
Katey Schultz, author of Still Come Home, would be delighted to visit your Reading Group. Please contact her at katey.schultz@gmail.com to make arrangements for a video chat, and include the following in your email: (1) The date and time that your group usually meets, along with one or two alternative dates and times that might work. (2) How many members you expect to attend. (3) A list of member names and email addresses (for additional instructions). Katey will reply to your email and include instructions on how to use Zoom, a free livestreaming service she uses to host virtual book club gatherings. About Still Come Home: When the odds are stacked against you, doing everything right still might not be enough to protect yourself and the ones you love. The three characters in Katey Schultz's novel are each searching for the best way to be, the best way to live-all the while fighting cultural, societal, and political forces far beyond their control. As their paths intersect over the span of three days, Still Come Home explores how their decisions will forever alter each other's lives. A former Portlander, Katey now lives in Celo, North Carolina with her husband and son. Purchase Your Copy Here!
 
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 June 2020.
by Megha Majumdar
 
"Majumdar's suspenseful narrative holds a mirror up to society at large, reflecting the lies people tell themselves to rationalize sacrificing morality for personal gain. Unintended consequences from an impulsive social media post explode against a backdrop of deep economic insecurities and centuries-old prejudices. A searing debut, this novel is timely and timeless. It packs a punch way above its weight. Brilliant." —Lisa Johnson, Penguin Bookshop, Sewickley, PA Purchase Your Copy Here!
by Natalie Jenner
 
"Utterly and wonderfully charming! The residents of Chawton, England, who seem to have nothing in common, come together by their love for the writings of Jane Austen. They quickly come to realize that true friendship depends on nothing but a caring heart and the willingness and courage to be open to others. This is a book to read again and again whenever your faith in humanity is threatened." —Sandi Madore, Magnolia’s Bookstore, Seattle, WA Purchase Your Copy Here!
by Christopher Moore
 
"This is a crazy funny new take on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream that will have you laughing out loud and getting goofy looks from the other people in the coffee shop. Christopher Moore is always entertaining, and this book is no exception—you will enjoy it from the first sentence to the very last. And, yes, there are squirrels in the story!" —Julie Cameron, Beach Books, Seaside, OR Purchase Your Copy Here!
by Wayétu Moore
 
"At the age of five, Wayetu Moore and her family were forced to flee Liberia on foot in the midst of a brutal civil war. As Wayetu's father and elders attempt to get her and her sisters to safety by traversing a deadly and unforgiving landscape, Wayetu's mother, who is attending college in New York, waits to hear from her family—until she can wait no longer. Moore makes brilliant creative choices with structure, voice, and point of view in this deeply moving, lovingly crafted, and unique memoir. Her story is both a thoughtful examination of the emigrant experience and an inspiring testament to the incredible power of familial love." —Brian Wraight, Wesleyan R.J. Julia Bookstore, Middletown, CT Purchase Your Copy Here!
 
These previous Indie Next picks are now available in paperback!
by Anthony Horowitz
 
"I really love this series by Anthony Horowitz. The mystery behind the murders is so expertly plotted and layered that you could make a case for any suspect. In this book, a divorce lawyer is found dead in his home after being beaten over the head with a VERY expensive bottle of wine, and the number 182 is painted on his wall. When Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne drives onto the set of Horowitz’s TV show shoot, Horowitz has no choice but to follow his lead and write about the case. As always, I'm anxiously awaiting the next in this series." —Nichole Cousins, White Birch Books, North Conway, NH Purchase Your Copy Here!
by Mona Awad
 
"Mona Awad tells a harrowing story of a writer trying to overcome her writer's block while simultaneously refusing to look deeper into herself or acknowledge her own needs or desires. This lack of self-knowledge leads her to a friendship with a group of young MFA students who are always 'workshopping'…with disastrous consequences. The writing feels cinematic at times, moody and illustrative. Home, identity, love (both romantic and platonic), inner (and outer) demons, and academic elitism all play a part in this spectacle of creation and destruction. Awad creates a kind of magic that changes with the wind, a contemporary Prometheus tale." —Katrina Feraco, The Toadstool Bookshop - Keene, NH Purchase Your Copy Here!
by Linda Holmes
 
"Evvie Drake is young and newly widowed, but no one knows that on the day her husband died, she had finally worked up the nerve to leave him. Dean Tenney is a major league baseball pitcher who has inexplicably lost the talent that made him a star. When Dean moves to Evvie's small town to escape the humiliating sports headlines, their friendship proves to be just what both of them need. This is an absolute treasure of a novel—big-hearted, funny, sweet, and utterly satisfying. I cannot wait to sell this charming gem." —Emilie Sommer, East City Bookshop, Washington, DC Purchase Your Copy Here!
by Téa Obreht
 
"Man, I could live my whole life inside this novel and be perfectly happy. Téa Obreht is the real thing. Inland has the stern gorgeousness of Blood Meridian, the cinematic perfection of Station Eleven, the fantasia-like atmosphere of Cloud Atlas, and the deep-heartedness of The Winter Soldier. This is the sort of novel that makes people want to get up and soldier on. I really loved this book." —Erica Eisdorfer, Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC
 
Libro.fm Audiobooks
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Kobo eBooks
Are you an ebook reader? Head over to Annie Bloom's Kobo store, where your ebook purchases also support independent bookstores (including Annie Bloom's, of course).
 
Bookshop.org
Bookshop.org lets you order physical books online and have them shipped directly to you. A portion of all proceeds go to support indie bookstores, and you can choose to support Annie Bloom's specifically!
 
Street Books
 
Street Books is a bicycle-powered mobile library, serving people who live outside. Street Books strives to empower people on the streets through access to literature and create a community of support for people living outside, through a shared love of books. Annie Bloom's Books is partnering with Street Books by offering 10% off books purchased for their wish list. To view that wish list and to find out more about Street Books, please see: Our Street Books Page
 
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