March 2020: Staff Favorites, Book Shopping Alternatives, and Puzzles, Activities & Workbooks!

March 2020: Staff Favorites, Book Shopping Alternatives, and Puzzles, Activities & Workbooks!
Read our latest Staff Favorites reviews and check out some of our puzzles, games, activities and workbooks. But first....
Book Shopping Alternatives
Thank You for Your Continued Support!
During these sad and challenging times, we appreciate your dedication to local businesses more than ever. We're doing our best to keep the bookstore clean and safe by disinfecting surfaces and washing our hands frequently. While we love seeing you in person at the shop, we understand that many aren't able to risk their health in order to visit retailers.
Here are some ways you can support Annie Bloom's without leaving the house:
• When shopping on our website, you may choose to have your book mailed to you! Our secure webstore is managed by American Booksellers Association. We ship special orders directly from Annie Bloom's via daily USPS Priority Mail pickups. Start browsing Annie Bloom's Bestsellers to find your next must-read book!
• Purchase audiobooks through 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).
• If you live near the store and are housebound, we are offering free book delivery. At least twice a week, Annie Bloom's staff members will deliver pre-purchased books to neighborhood customers (within roughly a two-mile radius). When ordering via our website, please pay by credit card, include your home address, and select "Delivery" from the "Calculate shipping cost" menu. You may also pay by credit card over the phone.
New Releases
These books are among the biggest new and upcoming releases!
by Hilary Mantel
Out Now!
With The Mirror & the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man's vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion and courage. Eagerly awaited and eight years in the making, The Mirror & the Light completes Cromwell's journey from self-made man to one of the most feared, influential figures of his time. Portrayed by Mantel with pathos and terrific energy, Cromwell is as complex as he is unforgettable: a politician and a fixer, a husband and a father, a man who both defied and defined his age. Order Your Copy!
by N. K. Jemisin
Out: March 24
Five New Yorkers must come together to defend their city from an ancient evil in this stunning new novel. Every great city has a soul. Some are as ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York City? She's got six. But every city also has a dark side. A roiling, ancient evil stirs in the halls of power, threatening to destroy the city and her six newborn avatars unless they can come together and stop it once and for all. Preorder Your Copy!
by Emily St. John Mandel
Out: March 24
An exhilarating novel set at the glittering intersection of two seemingly disparate events: a massive Ponzi scheme collapse and the mysterious disappearance of a woman from a ship at sea. In this captivating story of crisis and survival, Mandel takes readers through often hidden landscapes: campgrounds for the near-homeless, underground electronica clubs, the business of international shipping, service in luxury hotels, and life in a federal prison. Rife with unexpected beauty, The Glass Hotel is a captivating portrait of greed and guilt, love and delusion, ghosts and unintended consequences, and the infinite ways we search for meaning in our lives.
Staff Favorites
Here are the latest reviews from the staff:
by Lily King
reviewed by Carol
Casey has been working on her first novel for six years. She gets up early and writes every day even though her grief over the recent death of her mother nearly consumes her. At the same time, she is suffering from a crushing amount of student debt, a heartbreaking break up, the indignities of being a server at an upscale restaurant, and her depressing living situation in a rental that used to be a potting shed with a toaster oven and a hotplate on a shelf over the toilet. Things couldn’t get much worse. Then they do. Your heart will go out to Casey as she struggles to become a published writer. This girl has heart and you will want to be there to see her through.
by Magda Szabó
reviewed by Erin
Gina Vitay, the fourteen-year-old daughter of a high ranking Hungarian general finds her bright life of luxury suddenly dimmed when she is sent away to the Matula, an onerous boarding school in the country renowned for strict governance. As the world outside erupts with the tensions of WWII, life inside the heavy cement fortress of the Matula is filled with eccentric students and teachers and a mystery that fills the reader with a sense of deep intrigue. It's no wonder Abigail is Szabo's most famous novel in her native Hungary. Readers who enjoyed The Door will not be disappointed.
by Linda Sue Park
reviewed by Rosanne
The Newbery Award-winning author’s newest book bears a strong resemblance to the Little House books which inspired it. But this time the main character is a 14-year-old Chinese American girl who sees her town with an outsider's point of view. Her attempts to secure an education in the face of racial prejudice and her desire to understand the lives of the Sioux who live on a reservation not far from town will be a springboard for families to deeper conversations about American history. Laura Ingalls Wilder fans and anyone who appreciates historical fiction will love this.
Plus, Rosanne recommends books for kids about voting and elections:
Vote for Our Future by Margaret McNamara & Micha Player
Equality's Call: The Story of Voting Rights in America by Deborah Diesen & Magdalena Mora
Sofia Valdez, Future Prez by Andrea Beaty & David Roberts
Author Readings Postponed
In order to promote public health, we have postponed all readings scheduled through April 26. For all events scheduled beyond that date, we'll know more in the coming weeks. We're very sorry to do this. We hope to eventually reschedule with as many postponed authors as possible. Thanks for your understanding!
Puzzles, Activities & Workbooks
We have many fun and educational activities for kids on the purple pillar, including Llamanoes: Dominoes with Llamas, Mighty Dinosaurs Mini Memory Match Game, Constellations Locked Diary, Star Wars Workbooks, and plenty of other fun things to do!
Speaking of workbooks, we have plenty more to keep kids learning during school closures: the Everything You Need to Ace series, Brain Quest flashcards, TinkerActive Workbooks, and more!
Jigsaw puzzles are fun for everyone!
We also have plenty of crossword puzzle and sudoku collections, brain teasers, humor books for adults, and comics compilations for kids.
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
Annie Bloom's is now on Bookshop. Bookshop is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support independent bookstores and give back to the book community. Check out Annie Bloom's online storefront at Bookshop!
Switch to Audiobooks!
Support Annie Bloom's by switching to audiobooks. New members get 3 audiobooks for the price of 1! Just use the promo code "SWITCH" when signing up. Click to visit our store.