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|March 2016 Readings, New Music Books, and More!
Check out our upcoming readings! Plus, read about the latest books on Music, and find out which new titles indie booksellers across the country are loving. Browse our Cooking window. And drop by and see us on First Friday!
March and April Readings at Annie Blooms:
Marcy Houle and Elizabeth Eckstrom
The Gift of Caring
In a powerful blending of memoir and practical strategies from a medical doctor's perspective, this ground-breaking book sheds new light on aging by showing it from twin perspectives: the story of a daughter desperately seeking help for the parents she loves, and a geriatrician who offers life-changing strategies that can protect our loved ones and ourselves. Marcy Houle is also the author of One City's Wilderness: Portland's Forest Park
. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Elizabeth Eckstrom is the director of geriatrics at OHSU.
The Shifting Winds
Tuesday, March 15, 7pm
From local author Janet Fisher comes her latest, The Shifting Winds
, a historical novel set in and around the area where Portland eventually grew up. It's the story of reluctant pioneer Jennie Haviland, whose father takes the family west over the Oregon Trail in 1842, tearing Jennie away from her prestigious academy in New York and forcing her to face a lonely wilderness across the continent. In Oregon she meets two young men, a handsome Hudson's Bay Company clerk, Alan Radford, and brash American mountain man, Jake Johnston. The two vie for her as their nations vie for this rich contested territory, but Jennie wants choices of her own.
Ursula K. Le Guin
Poetry Group Reading
Monday, March 21, 7pm
Late in the Day, Le Guin's new collection of poems (2010-2014), seeks meaning in an ever-connected world. In part evocative of Neruda's "Odes to Common Things" and Mary Oliver's poetic guides to the natural world, Le Guin's latest give voice to objects that may not speak a human language but communicate with us nevertheless through and about the seasonal rhythms of the earth, the minute and the vast, the ordinary and the mythological. Ursula will be joined in reading by members of her poetry group: Noel Hanlon, Caroline Le Guin, Molly Gloss, Barbara Drake, and Bette Husted.
Linda Yoshida, Kristina McMorris, and Cathy Lamb
Reading and Conversation
Tuesday, April 5, 7pm
Banished Threads is the latest novel from Portland author Linda Yoshida, writing under the pen name Kaylin McFarren. A valuable art collection disappears turning a treasure-hunting duo into crime-stopping sleuths in this action-packed suspense novel. Reading with Yoshida will be her daughter, Kristina McMorris, author of The Edge of Lost, an ambitious and heartrending story of immigrants, deception, and second chances. They will be joined in conversation by local writer Cathy Lamb, author of My Very Best Friend.
Danielle Dutton and Alexis Smith
Reading and Conversation
Wednesday, April 6, 7pm
Danielle Dutton's Margaret the First dramatizes the life of Margaret Cavendish, the shy, gifted, and wildly unconventional 17th-century Duchess. Written with lucid precision and sharp cuts through narrative time, this novel is a gorgeous and wholly new approach to imagining the life of a historical woman. Alexis Smith's Glaciers follows Isabel through a day in her life in which work with damaged books in the basement of a library, unrequited love for the former soldier who fixes her computer, and dreams of the perfect vintage dress move over a backdrop of deteriorating urban architecture and the imminent loss of the glaciers she knew as a young girl in Alaska.
March 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 March Indie Next picks.
A Doubter's Almanac
by Ethan Canin
Sarah at Watermark Books in Wichita, KS, writes: "Milo Andret's mathematical genius is as much a burden as it is a gift. He makes a series of choices--damaging to both himself and his family--that would seem to unravel any empathy readers might have for him, but Canin's eloquent prose brings out the humanity in even the most flawed individuals."
by Fiona Barton
Annie at The Bookshelf in Thomasville, GA, writes: "Readers on the hunt for the newest, hottest thriller can take heart: Barton's debut novel is impeccably paced and quietly terrifying. Jean Taylor is reeling over the loss of her husband, but the man she knows and the man the police know are two very different people."
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
by Carlo Rovelli
Robin at St. John's College Bookstore in Annapolis, MD, writes: "With a deft sensibility associated more often with poetry than theoretical physics, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics not only makes understandable the transcendent physical discoveries of the past century, but also reveals their powerful relevance to the human spirit."
13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl: Fiction
by Mona Awad
Susan at Penguin Bookshop in Sewickley, PA, writes: "For anyone who has ever, at any moment of her life, felt inadequate, insecure, inferior, or inept, this book will resonate, rattle, and inspire. Mona Aswad is an exciting new voice, both honest and hilarious, with the ability to face, with head held high, all of the obstacles we throw at ourselves that often stand in the way of our own happiness."
Plus, here are some previous Indie Next entries, now out in paperback:
The Harder They Come
by T.C. Boyle
Recommended in hardcover by Mamie at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC.
H Is for Hawk
by Helen Macdonald
Recommended in hardcover by Karen at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, VT.
New Music Books
Here are some great new books from our Performing Arts section:
This Is All a Dream We Dreamed
by Blair Jackson and David Gans
Here, the story of the Grateful Dead is revealed through the words of its members, their creative collaborators and peers, and a number of diverse fans, stitching together a multitude of voices into a seamless oral tapestry. Whether you're part of the new generation of Deadheads who are just discovering their music or a devoted fan who has traded Dead tapes for decades, you will want to listen in on the irresistible conversations and anecdotes shared in these pages. You'll hear stories you haven't heard before, and the tales that unfold will shed a whole new light on a long and inspiring musical odyssey.
by Rashod Ollison
In this coming-of-age memoir, a young boy in rural Arkansas searches for himself and his distant father through soul music. Growing up in rural Arkansas, young Rashod Ollison turned to music to make sense of his life. The dysfunction, sadness, and steely resilience of his family and neighbors was reflected in the R&B songs that played on 45s in smoky rooms. In textured and evocative language, and peppered with unexpected humor, Soul Serenade
is an original and captivating coming-of-age story set to an original beat.
Girl in a Band
by Kim Gordon
The famously reserved former bass player for Sonic Youth speaks candidly about her past and the future. From her childhood in the sunbaked suburbs of Southern California, growing up with a mentally ill sibling, to New York's downtown art and music scene in the eighties and nineties and the birth of a band that would pave the way for acts like Nirvana, as well as help inspire the Riot Grrl generation, here is an edgy and evocative portrait of a life in art. Exploring the artists, musicians, and writers who influenced her, and the relationship that defined her life for so long, Girl in a Band
is filled with the sights and sounds of a pre-Internet world and is a deeply personal portrait of a woman who has become an icon. Now out in paperback.
by Peter Guralnick
The music that Phillips shaped in his tiny Memphis studio with artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, Ike Turner, Howlin' Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash, introduced a sound that had never been heard before. He brought forth a singular mix of black and white voices passionately proclaiming the vitality of the American vernacular tradition while at the same time declaring, once and for all, a new, "integrated" musical day. With extensive interviews and firsthand personal observations extending over a 25-year period with Phillips, along with wide-ranging interviews with nearly all the legendary Sun Records artists, Guralnick gives us an ardent, unrestrained portrait of an American original as compelling in his own right as Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, or Thomas Edison.