February 2013 Dave Eggers Signing, New Biographies, First Friday, and More

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First Friday
New Paperbacks Spinner
Author Events
Indie Bookseller Picks
New Biography/Memoir

First Friday

February 1 is First Friday!


We'll be serving wine and juice. Plus, we'll be giving away great prizes for our adult and children's drawings. Drop by Annie Bloom's anytime after 6:00 on Friday night and register to win! 


The adult prize is:


by Haruki Murakami


The kids' book prize is:

Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox

by Susan Blackaby

New Paperbacks Spinner 

Here are some of the great books you can find in the New Paperbacks Spinner at the front of our store:

Queen of America
by Luis Alberto Urrea

Call the Midwife
by Jennifer Worth

Gods Without Men
by Hari Kunzru

Death Comes to Pemberley
by P.D. James

by Thomas Mallon 
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February 2013: Dave Eggers Signing, New Biographies, First Friday, and More!

We have some great author events coming up! Plus, find out which new books indie booksellers across the country are loving. And read about the latest biographies and memoirs. Drop by and see us on First Friday! 
Author Events
Upcoming Events at Annie Blooms:

E.F. Lewins
Christabel's Escape
Thursday, January 31, 7:00 P.M.
Loyalty is tested against romantic love and sexual desire in this modern version of a Gothic tale. Set in two historical time periods separated by four-hundred years, and based on the 1799 unfinished poem by Coleridge, Christabel's Escape draws on authentic women's narratives from the twelfth century to discover a story of healing and renewal underlying this genre classic.

Dave Eggers
Meet 'n' Greet & Book Signing
Tuesday, February 5, 1:00 P.M.
We're very excited to host this afternoon meet 'n' greet and book signing with Dave Eggers. He is the founder of McSweeney's Publishing and the author of A Hologram for the King, Zeitoun, What Is the What, How We Are Hungry: Stories, You Shall Know Our Velocity, and the memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.

Chloe Coscarelli
Chloe's Vegan Desserts
Monday, February 25, 7:00 P.M.
Chef Chloe's first all-dessert cookbook will satisfy your sweet tooth from morning to night with more than 100 recipes for cakes and cupcakes, ice cream and doughnuts and pies-oh my! And you just will not believe these delicious dishes are vegan. Go ahead and lick that spoon--there are no worries when you bake vegan! With gorgeous color photography, clever tips, and a comprehensive section on vegan baking basics to get you started, Chloe's Vegan Desserts will be your new vegan dessert bible.
February Indie Next List 
Every month, the coalition of independent bookstores puts together a list of titles recommended by booksellers across the country. Come in to browse all the picks for February. Here are a few of the selected titles (click on a cover or title to read more on our website): 

The Dinner
by Herman Koch
Sheila at Barrett Bookstore in Darien, CT, writes: "In this brilliant novel, two brothers and their wives meet for dinner in an upscale restaurant. Structured around the courses of the meal, what starts out as a hilarious riff on the pretentious meal takes on an increasingly ominous tone as the reason for the meeting gradually unfolds. Psychologically taut and beautifully constructed, this tale hooks the reader from the first page to the hair-raising conclusion. A literary page-turner that explores the lengths to which families will go to protect their own."

The Aviator's Wife
by Melanie Benjamin
Vicki at main Street Books in Saint Charles, MO, writes of this novel about Charles Lindbergh and his wife, Anne: "Benjamin offers a vivid portrait of the private side of the man and his family. From Anne's growing self-confidence as Charles's co-pilot to the tragic kidnapping of their firstborn son to Lindbergh's extra-marital affairs, we share the joys and sadness of the aviator's wife in this poignant novel."

The House of Peril
by Daniel Stashower
Jim at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC, writes that this Lincoln history interweaves "four strands of American history: the rise of Allan Pinkerton, America's original 'private eye; the critical period between Lincoln's election and his inauguration, when the country teetered on the precipice; how Lincoln dealt with the crisis before he had the power of office; and the plot to assassinate him before he took office on March 4, 1861."

A Good American
by Alex George
Leslie at Inkwood Books in Tampa, FL writes of this novel: "In these crazy, sad times, when fear and greed seem to be defining our responses, it was wonderful to be reminded of the irreplaceable role immigration has played in making our country great and of the various ways of being 'a good American.' Carrying the reader across the generations with music and food, religion and prohibition, racism and patriotism, A Good American makes this unique family's story seem familiar in the best of ways." Now out in paperback!

by Richard Ford
Tova at Brown University Bookstore in Providence, RI, writes of this novel: "While the plot sounds sensational--robbery, murders, a flight across the Canadian border--Ford's laconic, measured prose forces the reader to slow the pace and savor the story. This is a novel about actions, intentions, and consequences, as well as about belonging, introspection, and the solitary nature of life. Powerful and atmospheric, Canada will excite and gratify Ford's fans and introduce newcomers to a masterful American writer." Now out in paperback!

New Biographies & Memoirs 

Here are some of the best new Biographies and Memoirs:  

My Beloved World
by Sonia Sotomayor
The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.

The Last Lion: William Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965
by William Manchester & Paul Reid
This third volume picks up shortly after Winston Churchill became Prime Minister--when his tiny island nation stood alone against the overwhelming might of Nazi Germany. The Last Lion brilliantly recounts how Churchill organized his nation's military response and defense; compelled FDR into supporting America's beleaguered cousins, and personified the "never surrender" ethos that helped the Allies win the war, while at the same time adapting himself and his country to the inevitable shift of world power from the British Empire to the United States.

She Matters: A Life in Friendships
by Susanna Sonnenberg
This memoir illuminates the friendships that have influenced, nourished, inspired, and haunted Sonnenberg--and sometimes torn her apart. Each has its own lessons that she seeks to understand. Her method is investigative and ruminative; her result, fearlessly observed portraits of friendships that will inspire all readers to consider the complexities of their own relationships. This electric book is testimony to the emotional significance of the intense bonds between women, whether shattered, shaky, or unbreakable.

Kurt Vonnegut: Letters
edited by Dan Wakefield
This extraordinary collection of personal correspondence has all the hallmarks of Kurt Vonnegut's fiction. Written over a sixty-year period, these letters, the vast majority of them never before published, are funny, moving, and full of the same uncanny wisdom that has endeared his work to readers worldwide. Sometimes biting and ironical, sometimes achingly sweet, and always alive with the unique point of view that made him the true cultural heir to Mark Twain, these letters comprise the autobiography Kurt Vonnegut never wrote.

Brain on Fire
by Susannah Cahalan
Far more than simply a riveting read and a crackling medical mystery, this is the powerful account of one woman's struggle to recapture her identity and to rediscover herself among the fragments left behind. Using all her considerable journalistic skills, and building from hospital records and surveillance video, interviews with family and friends, and excerpts from the deeply moving journal her father kept during her illness, Susannah pieces together the story of her "lost month" to write an unforgettable memoir about memory and identity, faith, and love.