August 2013 Author Readings, Biographies, and More

In This Issue:
First Friday
Great Gifts for Geeks
Author Readings
Indie Bookseller Picks
New Biographies

First Friday

August 2 is First Friday!


What could be better than a summer stroll down the beautiful new sidewalks of  Multnomah Village? Tomorrow night, you can have all that, and First Friday, too!  


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


This month, our adult prize is an autographed copy of

Breaking Chains 

by Gregory Nokes 


For the kids, we're giving away a copy of the very popular graphic novel:


by Raina Telgemeir 

Great Gifts for Geeks 

In our new Theme Section, you'll find great gift recommendations for all the geeks in your life, from kids to adults. Here are just a few of the books you'll find at the front of the store during the month of August:

ice sabers
Ice Sabers
Star Wars ice pops!

Doctor Who: The Dalek Generation
by Nicholas Briggs

Mad Science
by Theodore Gray

A Feast of Ice & Fire: Game of Thrones Companion Cookbook

William Shakespeare's Star Wars
by Ian Doescher 
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August 2013 Author Readings, Biographies, and More

Read all about our upcoming author events. Check out some great books for geeks. Plus, find out which new books indie booksellers across the country are loving. Discover what's new in Biographies. And drop by and see us on First Friday! 
Upcoming Readings
Upcoming Readings at Annie Blooms:

Tracy Guzeman
The Gravity of Birds
Tuesday, August 20, 7pm
Sisters Natalie and Alice Kessler were close, until adolescence wrenched them apart. Natalie is headstrong, manipulative--and beautiful; Alice is a dreamer who loves books and birds. During their family's summer holiday at the lake, Alice falls under the thrall of a struggling young painter, in whom she finds a kindred spirit. Natalie, however, remains strangely unmoved, sitting for a family portrait with surprising indifference. But by the end of the summer, three lives are shattered. In The Gravity of Birds, histories and memories refuse to stay buried; in the end only the excavation of the past will enable its survivors to love again.

Danea Horn
Chronic Resilience
Wednesday, August 21, 7pm
danea horn Chronic illness comes with stress, and Chronic Resilience provides a complete self-help blueprint for managing the difficulties chronic illness presents. Certified life coach and speaker Danea Horn, who suffers from chronic kidney disease, infertility, and other demanding health challenges due to a birth disorder, offers techniques and ways to rebound from the pressures of having a body that's doing things you wish you could control. Chronic Resilience shows how to: Stop pushing yourself so hard. Use research to empower--not frighten--yourself. Let yourself be pissed. Train your troops in how to care for you. Cultivate focus and flexibility. Find things to be grateful for. Focus on what you can do, not what you can't.

Kelly Davio & Jeannine Hall Gailey
Poetry Reading
Monday, August 26, 7pm
In Kelly Davio's debut poetry collection, Burn This House, she invites the reader into a world where sin is virtue and virtue is vice, where the ominous lingers just beneath the surface, and the everyday is imbued with the fantastic. In these intelligent, compassionate, and harrowing poems, Davio gives a modern voice to metaphysical tradition. At times solemn, at times exuberant, Burn This House is an intense volume, its darkness lit by the flames of wit, intellect, and curiosity.
Jeannine Hall Gailey's third book of poetry, Unexplained Fevers, is a fresh look at fairy tales through the eyes of contemporary women. Gailey frees her fairy tale heroines from their glass coffins and towers while simultaneously looking at the problems modern women encounter--from body image to drug addiction to illness--and how they find powerful ways to break free. Gailey's trademark wit, charm, and energy fill these pages of forests and seascapes, dragons and snow queens, and the allure of the forbidden. 
August 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 August. Here are a few of the selected titles (click on a cover or title to read more on our website):  

by Boris Kachko

Mark at Politics in Prose in Washington, D.C. says this profile of publishing house Farrar, Straus & Giroux "perfectly captures the often uneasy alliance between commerce and culture. Through anecdotes and firsthand reminiscences, Kachka weaves a compelling and sometimes hilarious history of 20th century American publishing, featuring the geniuses, the egoists, and the neurotics--namely the most important voices in writing and publishing--during a golden era of American literature."

The Telling Room
by Michael Paterniti

Nick at Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee calls this quest to find the world's finest cheese a "melange of stories about food, flavor, love, loss, betrayal, and revenge. I got lost in this book!"

These 2012 Indie Next selections are brand new to paperback!:

Dear Life: Stories
by Alice Munro

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
by Susannah Cahalan

Ghostman: A Novel
by Roger Hobbs

The Beautiful Mystery
by Louise Penny

The Bartender's Tale: A Novel
by Ivan Doig

New Biographies 

Here are some of the best new biographies and memoirs:

Yes, Chef
by Marcus Samuelsson
It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother's house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations. Yes, Chef chronicles Samuelsson's journey, from his grandmother's kitchen to his arrival in New York City, and beyond: White House state dinners, career crises, reality show triumphs, and, most important, the opening of Red Rooster in Harlem.

Country Girl
by Edna O'Brien
In 1960, Edna O'Brien published The Country Girls, her first novel, which so scandalized the O'Briens' local parish that the book was burned by its priest. O'Brien, married with two sons, was undeterred and has since created a body of work that bears comparison with the best writing of the twentieth century. Country Girl brings us face to face with a life of high drama and contemplation. It is a rich and heady accounting of the events, people, emotions, and landscape that imprint upon and enliven one lifetime.

Love & Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere
by Poe Ballantine
Before settling with his family in Chadron, Nebraska, Poe published four books about his experiences as a wanderer and his observations of America. Poe had never contemplated writing mystery or true crime. But one day in 2006, his neighbor, Steven Haataja, a math professor from the local state college disappeared. Ninety five days later, the professor was found bound to a tree, burned to death in the hills behind the campus where he had taught. No one, law enforcement included, understood the circumstances. Since Poe knew all the players, the suspects, the sheriff, and the police involved, he and his kindergarten son set out to find out what might have happened.

With or Without You
by Domenica Ruta
Domenica grew up in a working-class, unforgiving town north of Boston, in a trash-filled house on a dead-end road surrounded by a river and a salt marsh. Her mother, Kathi, a notorious local figure, was a drug addict and sometimes dealer. And yet she managed, despite the chaos she created, to instill in her daughter a love of stories. With or Without You is the story of Ruta's unconventional coming of age--a darkly hilarious chronicle of a misfit '90s youth and the necessary and painful act of breaking away, and of overcoming her own addictions and demons in the process. In a brilliant stylistic feat, Ruta has written a powerful, inspiring, compulsively readable, and finally redemptive story about loving and leaving.