June 2014 Staff Reviews, I Didn't Buy It on Amazon, Cooking & More

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Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn

The Rosie Project
by Graeme Simsion

The Circle
by Dave Eggers

The Tilted World
by Tom Franklin & Beth Ann Fennelly

The Daughters of Mars
by Thomas Keneally

Subtle Bodies
by Norman Rush 

June 2014 Staff Reviews, I Didn't Buy It on Amazon, Cooking & More

Greetings!

"I Didn't Buy It on Amazon" stickers are here! Plus, we've got three new staff reviews for you. Also, see who's reading here soon and check out the latest in Cooking.
"I Didn't Buy It on Amazon"
On a recent episode of The Colbert Report, Hachette author Sherman Alexie and Stephen Colbert
gave national attention to their publisher's pricing battle with Amazon over stocking Hachette titles. To display their dissatisfaction, Alexie and Colbert wore these stickers:

We loved these so much, we had a bunch of them printed! Now you, too, can proudly brandish one of these stickers (while supplies last) by purchasing a book published by Hachette. You can find many of their titles at the front of our store. Below are just a few of the highlights:



The Cuckoo's Calling
by Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling)


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie


Adulting
by Kelly Williams Brown


Bad Monkey
by Carl Hiassen


Where'd You Go, Bernadette
by Maria Semple


Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life
by James Patterson

Watch the video from The Colbert Report
Staff Reviews
Our staff brings you three new favorites. Click on a title or cover image to link to our website, where you can read more about the book or purchase it from our secure webstore.

Citizen Canine

by David Grimm

reviewed by Sandy

I've never been one to read much non-fiction, but lately I find myself drawn to a wide variety of subjects. My latest find was a book about cats and dogs. These animals have become more than pets. They are family. The author traces the origins of these animals from ancient times to the present and discusses how they have evolved from being accepted because they were earning their keep as watchdogs or herders or rat-catchers to their present day privileged status as household members. Various animal rights activist groups throughout history are mentioned, and the author brings the subject up to date by discussing how pets now have lawyers to defend their rights. Grimm raises the question as to whether cats and dogs are filling a void by becoming substitutes in our lives, keeping us from seeking out human companionship instead. This is a book written in a readable style and filled with fascinating tidbits and factual information about our four-legged family members and friends.

 

All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr

reviewed by Michael 

In this beautiful and bittersweet novel set during World War II, Anthony Doerr tells the parallel tales of  Marie Laure, a blind girl living in occupied France, and Werner, a young German radio enthusiast in the Hitler Youth program. Doerr's portrayal of Marie Laure's relationship with her father, the locksmith at Paris's Museum of Natural History, is tender and true. Werner's journey across Europe, where he helps ferret out resistors, is unflinching and richly detailed. Through these characters, Doerr encapsulates the great horrors of war. Moreover, he weaves a deeply compelling story of lives torn asunder and united.  

 

reviewed by Jeff
This month marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Allied advance into Nazi-occupied Europe. By the time of the invasion, U.S. factories were producing massive numbers of weapons for the war effort. In The Arsenal of Democracy,   
Baime takes a close look at how the Ford Motor Company took on the task of producing B-24 bombers and created a production system on a scale that had never been attempted before. The enormous Willow Run factory was built on farmland outside Detroit and brought thousands of new workers to the area. When you watch old films of D-Day and other combat footage from WWII and see all the tanks, trucks, planes and other equipment it's normal to wonder, "How did they MAKE all of that stuff?" The Arsenal Of Democracy gives you an answer.
Readings
Check out our author readings in July. Mark your calendars today!

Jack Hart
Skookum Summer
Thursday, June 19, 7pm

As Skookum Summer begins, the year is 1981, and reporter Tom Dawson slinks back to his tiny Puget Sound hometown after making a disastrous mistake at the LA Times. Working reluctantly at the local weekly, the Big Skookum Echo, Tom is drawn into investigating a powerful logger's murder. As the mystery deepens, the murder exposes the strains on the community as pollution, development, and global change threaten traditional Northwest livelihoods. It also forces Tom to confront his own past and discover what home really means to him. Hart weaves together a gripping and suspenseful plot with richly observed Pacific Northwest history and a vivid picture of a community on the brink of change.

Kate Payne
The Hip Girl's Guide to the Kitchen
Wednesday, June 25, 7pm

Payne shows you how to master basic cooking techniques--boiling, baking, and sauteing--and simplifies the process of fancy ones, like jamming and preserving, dehydrating, braising, roasting, infusing, and pickling. With this straightforward and fun guide, you can stock up your kitchen with the ingredients, tools, and appliances you'll actually use. You'll also learn how to decode recipes and alter them to make them gluten-free, dairy-free, or vegan.

Janet Fisher
A Place of Her Own
Thursday, June 26, 7pm

When Martha Maupin's husband died in 1866, leaving her alone on the frontier with their many children, she was torn between grief and relief after a difficult marriage. Lone mothers had few options in her day, but she took charge of her own dream and bought her own place, which is now one of the few Century Farms in Oregon named for a woman. This is the story of the author's great-great-grandmother's daring decision to buy that farm on the Oregon frontier after the death of her husband--and story of the author's own decision to keep that farm in the family.

Warren Easley
Dead Float
Wednesday, July 16, 7pm

Cal Claxton--a small town lawyer who works to fish--has to pinch himself when his best friend and fishing guide asks him to help guide an upcoming trip with a group of executives from a high-tech firm in Portland. But the trip through the remote Deschutes River Canyon turns ugly when a member of the fishing party is murdered. Everyone in the party is a suspect, including Cal himself. Does the fact that the company's value is about to explode play into the crime? And what about the freight line running along the river? All Cal knows is that he better come up with answers because he's suspect number one.

Liz Prato, Wendy Willis & Bonnie ZoBell
Short Stories & Poetry
Thursday, July 24, 7pm

Join us for this excellent trio of authors from independent publishing house Press 53. Multnomah Village writer Liz Prato is thrilled to announce that her short story collection will be published by Press 53 in May 2015. Liz is the editor of the recently published The Night, and the Rain, and the River, a collection of short stories by Oregon authors. Blood Sisters of the Republic is Portland poet Wendy Willis's first collection. Bonnie ZoBell's linked novella and story collection, What Happened Here, delivers a wildly different cast of characters living on the same block in North Park, San Diego, site of the PSA Flight 182 crash in 1978.
New in Cooking   
Here are some of the latest titles from our Cooking section. As always, click on the title or cover image to link to our website, where you can read more or purchase the book.

A Mouthful of Stars
by Kim Sunee
This is a collection of Kim's interpretation of cherished recipes and cooking discoveries from across the globe. From Tuscan crostini di fegatini and Louisiana dirty rice to the flavors of her birth country, South Korea, and favorites from the ten years she spent eating and cooking in Provence and Paris, you'll find A Mouthful of Stars in the cookbook section. However, this book's breadth also extends to travel and food writing. The author's time in many lands and cooking in many kitchens has inspired this beautiful, unique, exotic, and delicious culinary journey.

The VB6 Cookbook
by Mark Bittman
In VB6, Bittman created an easy-to-follow diet plan for vegan meals for breakfast and lunch, and healthy, vegetable-forward meals for everyday. Now in this tie-in cookbook, Bittman expands on the VB6 diet with a collection of 320 new recipes to keep the diet going and to keep eating better. When you eat lots of fruits and veggies while cutting back on meat and dairy, you can live healthier. Bittman's reliably simple, straightforward approach to cooking, and thoughtful approach to a partially vegan lifestyle, will make this a must-cook book for both VB6 diet converts and for anyone looking to lose weight and cook, eat, and live healthier.

Brassicas
by Laura Russell
The eighty inventive, flavorful recipes presented in Brassicas play to each vegetable's strengths, favoring techniques that celebrate their intrinsic flavors instead of masking them by blanketing under layers of cheese or boiling. The beauty of these "superfoods" is on full display in Brassicas; exquisite photographs of brassica varieties in their raw forms--roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and buds--can be found throughout, helping you identify Lacinato kale from curly kale or mustard greens from collard greens at the farmers' market or grocery store. Equipped with complete selection, storage, washing, and prepping instructions, you can enjoy more of these nutritional powerhouses--from the commonplace kale to the more adventurous bok choy or mizuna--in your everyday meals.

Man Made Meals
by Steven Raichlen
Like a Joy of Cooking for guys, Man Made Meals is everything a man needs to achieve confidence and competence in the kitchen. Man Made Meals is about the tools and techniques (guess what, grillers, you still get to play with knives and fire). It's about adopting secrets from the pros how to multitask, prep before you start cooking, clean as you go. It's about understanding flavor and flavor boosters, like anchovies and miso, and it's about essentials: how to shuck an oyster, truss a chicken, cook a steak to the desired doneness. It's about having a repertoire of great recipes (there are 300 to choose from), breakfast to dessert, to dazzle a date, or be a hero to your family, or simply feed yourself with real pleasure.