March 2018 Staff Favorites, Gardening Books, and More!

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March 2018 Staff Favorites, Gardening Books, and More!
We present brand new staff reviews. Plus, check out our upcoming author readings, see what's new in kids magazines, and read about the latest Gardening books.  
New Staff Favorites 
Check out these new Staff Reviews:

Points North: Stories
by Howard Frank Mosher
reviewed by Carol
Points North is a collection of stories completed by Howard Frank Mosher shortly before he passed away in January 2017 at the age of 64.While the Army Corp of Engineers, an itinerant preacher, local museum trustees, and the courts try to foil the fly-fishing, baseball playing, classics reading and wilderness loving residents of Kingdom County, they do not get the last word. The storyteller does. Beautifully written without sentimentality, Mosher's final stories of Northern Vermont's Kingdom County are a celebration and a benediction of this fictional place and its people. Howard Frank Mosher was to Vermont what Ivan Doig was to Montana, Kent Haruf was to Colorado, and Ken Kesey was to Oregon--a treasured American writer who will be greatly missed.
 
Katalin Street
by Magda Szabo
reviewed by Erin
When young neighbors Balint, Iren, Blanka, and Henriette meet in the peaceful, ordered world of pre-WWII Hungary, their lives are filled with art and literature, discipline and order, and love for each other. As the events of history penetrate their lives and the decades go by, memories become more vivid than reality, life and death become blurred, what it means to survive becomes something more than just existing, and what binds them becomes a new thing altogether. Szabo's writing is bewitching and unsparing. Readers who loved The Door and Iza's Ballad will not be disappointed.

Baby Monkey, Private Eye
by Brian Selznick and David Serlin
reviewed by Rosanne 
Illustration pioneer Brian Selznick has a new early reader. 3 to 6 year-olds will love Baby Monkey's enthusiasm, his office his rotating cast of clients, and his ongoing struggle to put on pants. Very large print and lots of repetition make Baby Monkey, Private Eye a great choice for beginning readers.  
Upcoming Readings
Readings at Annie Blooms:
                   
Sam Boush
All Systems Down
Thursday, March 22, 7pm

Portland author Sam Boush will read from his debut thriller. Pak Han-Yong, an elite hacker in the North Korean military, has labored for years on a series of deadly viruses set to cripple Imperialist infrastructure. And with one tap of his keyboard, the rewards are immediate. Brendan Chogan isn't a hero. He's an out-of-work parking enforcement officer and one-time collegiate boxer trying to support his wife and children. But now there's a foreign enemy on the shore, a blackout that extends across America, and an unseen menace targeting him. Brendan must do whatever it takes to keep his family safe. In the wake of the cyber attacks, electrical grids fail, satellites crash to earth, and the destinies of nine strangers collide. Strangers whose survival depends upon each other's skills and courage.

Timberline Review
Issue 6 Launch Reading
Tuesday, March 27, 7pm

Join us at Annie Bloom's Books for a reading from contributors to the Winter/Spring 2018 issue of Portland's own literary journal, The Timberline Review. Reading at this event will be: Tim Raphael, Gypsy Martin, Kelli Grinich, Steve Denniston, Rick Attig, and Michael Keefe.

Rick Seifert
In My Time by Paul Pintarich
Thursday, March 29, 7pm

Seifert, the editor of In My Time, presents this collection of essays from longtime Southwest Community Connection columnist Paul Pintarich, who celebrates the "pre-suburbia" of his boyhood. For five years, starting in December 1996, Paul recounted his boyhood adventures in monthly columns for the Connection. Most of those columns, as well as three feature stories by Paul, are here. Also included are original illustrations by Jeff Cook; a foreword by Rick Bella, a colleague of Paul's at The Oregonian, and a preface by Seifert, Paul's Connection editor, who also compiled this collection.

Kim Stafford and Alice Derry
Poetry Reading
Tuesday, April 10, 7pm

Portland author Kim Stafford will be joined by Los Angeles poet Alice Derry. Stafford will read selections from his recently published series of chapbooks. Derry will read from her new poetry collection, Hunger, about which Molly Gloss writes: "Hunger is so beautiful, so dense with layers of meaning and the weight of the unspoken, so rich in its language and rhythm, that the book as a whole just frankly left me breathless. I know I will be returning to this book again and again, peeling back the layers."
New in Gardening
Here are some of the latest books from our Gardening section:  

Gardening in the Pacific Northwest: The Complete Homeowner's Guide
by Paul Bonine and Amy Campion
From regional gardening experts Bonine and Campion, this book is a comprehensive, enthusiastic, and accessible to gardeners of all levels. It features information on site and plant selection, soil preparation and maintenance, and basic design principles. Plant profiles highlight the region's best perennials, shrubs, trees, and vines. Color photographs throughout show wonderful examples of Northwest garden style.

The Less Is More Garden: Big Ideas for Designing Your Small Yard
by Susan Morrison
When it comes to gardens, bigger isn't always better. A smaller space requires fewer plants and less time to design, install, and maintain. The Less Is More Garden shows you how to take advantage of every square foot of space. Designer Susan Morrison offers savvy tips to match your landscape to your lifestyle, draws on years of experience to recommend smart plants with seasonal interest, and suggests hardscape materials to personalize your space. Inspiring photographs highlight a variety of inspiring small-space designs from around the country. With The Less Is More Garden, you'll see how limited space can mean unlimited opportunities for gorgeous garden design.

Martha's Flowers: A Practical Guide to Growing, Gathering, and Enjoying
by Martha Stewart and Kevin Sharkey
Stewart's lifelong love of flowers began at a young age, as she dug in and planted alongside her father in their family garden, growing healthy, beautiful blooms, every year. The indispensable lessons she learned then--and those she has since picked up from master gardeners--form the best practices she applies to her voluminous flower gardens today. For the first time, she compiles the wisdom of a lifetime spent gardening into a practical yet inspired book. Learn how and when to plant, nurture, and at the perfect time, cut from your garden. With lush blooms in hand, discover how to build stunning arrangements. Accompanied by beautiful photographs of displays in Martha's home, bursting with ideas, and covering every step from seed to vase, Martha's Flowers is a must-have handbook for flower gardeners and enthusiasts of all skill levels.

The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady
by Edith Holden
This beautifully packaged facsimile of Edith Holden's original diary is filled with a naturalist's masterful paintings and delightful observations chronicling the English countryside throughout 1906. As one of the few true records of the time in print, the handwritten thoughts and paintings contained in The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady transport readers to a more refined, romantic, and simpler time. this reproduction brings readers back to a time in which propriety, civility, and an appreciation for the natural world reigned. This souvenir of a bygone era serves not only as a calming touchstone, but a reminder that as long as we choose to see it, we are still surrounded by beauty and grace.