November 2014 New Fiction & Nonfiction, Readings, and More

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New Fiction & Nonfiction
Staff Review

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Here Are More Great Picks From Our Staff Reviews Table:

Blue Horses
by Mary Oliver

by Charles D'Ambrosio

The Bird Skinner
by Alice Greenaway

The Dark Road to Mercy
by Wiley Cash 
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November 2014 New Fiction & Nonfiction, Readings, and More

Check out our upcoming author events. Plus, read about the latest Novels and Nonfiction releases. And we present a pair of new Staff Favorites. 
Upcoming Readings
Upcoming Readings at Annie Blooms:

Susan Blackaby
The Twelve Days of Christmas in Oregon
TOMORROW! Saturday, November 15, 2pm

From the rain forest to the desert to the mountains to the beach, cousins Liz and Danny are seeing it all as they spend their Christmas in Oregon. With everything from busy beavers to tumbling waterfalls, Oregon is showcased in this installment of the Twelve Days of Christmas in America series.

Phillip Margolin
Woman with a Gun
Tuesday, December 2, 7pm

This compelling thriller centers on an intriguing photograph that may contain long-hidden answers to the mystery of a millionaire's murder. At a retrospective on the work of acclaimed photographer Kathy Moran, aspiring novelist Stacey Kim is fascinated by the exhibition's centerpiece: the famous Woman with a Gun. She soon discovers the identity of the woman: a suspect in a ten-year-old murder investigation. Convinced that proof of the woman's guilt, or innocence, is somehow connected to the photograph, Stacey embarks on a relentless investigation. But the one person who may know the whole story--Kathy Moran--isn't talking. Stacey must find a way to get to the reclusive photographer, and get her to talk, or the truth about what happened that day will stay forever hidden in the shadows.

New Fiction & Nonfiction 

Here are a few highlights from the fall publishing season:

New Fiction:

Family Furnishings
by Alice Munro
This collection brings us twenty-four of Munro's most accomplished, most powerfully affecting stories, many of them set in the territory she has so brilliantly made her own: the small towns and flatlands of southwestern Ontario. Subtly honed with her hallmark precision, grace, and compassion, these stories illuminate the quotidian yet extraordinary particularity in the lives of men and women, parents and children, friends and lovers as they discover sex, fall in love, part, quarrel, suffer defeat, set off into the unknown, or find a way to be in the world.

A Sudden Light
by Garth Stein
Fourteen-year-old Trevor Riddell gets his first glimpse of Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant whole trees and is set on a huge estate overlooking Seattle's Puget Sound. Trevor's bankrupt parents have begun a trial separation, and his father has brought Trevor to Riddell House with a goal: to join forces with his sister to dispatch the ailing and elderly Grandpa Samuel to a nursing home, sell off the house and property for development, divide up the profits, and live happily ever after. But as Trevor explores the house's secret stairways and hidden rooms, he discovers a spirit lingering in Riddell House whose agenda is at odds with the family plan. Only Trevor's willingness to face the dark past of his forefathers will reveal the key to his family's future.

The Book of Strange New Things
by Michel Faber
It begins with Peter, a devoted man of faith, as he is called to the mission of a lifetime, one that takes him galaxies away from his wife, Bea. Peter becomes immersed in the mysteries of an astonishing new environment, overseen by an enigmatic corporation known only as USIC. His work introduces him to a seemingly friendly native population struggling with a dangerous illness and hungry for Peter's teachings--his Bible is their "book of strange new things." But Peter is rattled when Bea's letters from home become increasingly desperate: typhoons and earthquakes are devastating whole countries, and governments are crumbling. While Peter is reconciling the needs of his congregation with the desires of his strange employer, Bea is struggling for survival. Their trials lay bare a profound meditation on faith, love tested beyond endurance, and our responsibility to those closest to us.

The Secret Place
by Tana French
Detective Stephen Moran has been waiting for his chance to get a foot in the door of Dublin's Murder Squad. One morning, sixteen-year-old Holly Mackey brings him a photo of a boy who was found murdered on the grounds of a girls' boarding school in the leafy suburbs of Dublin. The caption says: I KNOW WHO KILLED HIM.Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway. But the private underworld of teenage girls can be more mysterious and more dangerous than either of the detectives imagined. The Secret Place is a powerful, haunting exploration of friendship and loyalty, and a gripping addition to the Dublin Murder Squad series.

New Nonfiction:

This Changes Everything
by Naomi Klein
Klein argues that climate change isn't just another issue to be neatly filed between taxes and health care. It's an alarm that calls us to fix an economic system that is already failing us in many ways. Klein meticulously builds the case for how massively reducing our greenhouse emissions is our best chance to simultaneously reduce gaping inequalities, re-imagine our broken democracies, and rebuild our gutted local economies. Klein argues that the changes to our relationship with nature and one another that are required to respond to the climate crisis humanely should not be viewed as grim penance, but rather as a kind of gift--a catalyst to transform broken economic and cultural priorities and to heal long-festering historical wounds. Can we pull off these changes in time? Nothing is certain. Nothing except that climate change changes everything. And for a very brief time, the nature of that change is still up to us.

Yes Please
by Amy Poehler
In a perfect world, we'd all be friends with Amy--someone who seems so fun, is full of interesting stories, tells great jokes, and offers plenty of advice and wisdom (the useful kind, not the annoying kind you didn't ask for, anyway). Luckily we have the next best thing: Yes Please, Amy's hilarious and candid book. A collection of stories, thoughts, ideas, lists, and haikus from the mind of one of our most beloved entertainers, Yes Please offers Amy's thoughts on everything from her "too safe" childhood outside of Boston to her early days in New York City, her ideas about Hollywood and "the biz," the demon that looks back at all of us in the mirror, and her joy at being told she has a "face for wigs."

Being Mortal
by Atul Gawande
Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person's last weeks or months may be rich and dignified.

Not That Kind of Girl
by Lena Dunham
Dunham illuminates the experiences that are part of making one's way in the world: falling in love, feeling alone, being ten pounds overweight despite eating only health food, having to prove yourself in a room full of men twice your age, finding true love, and most of all, having the guts to believe that your story is one that deserves to be told. Exuberant, moving, and keenly observed, Not That Kind of Girl is a series of dispatches from the frontlines of the struggle that is growing up.
Staff Reviews
Our staff brings you two new favorites!

Ancillary Justice
by Alice Leckie
reviewed by Ruby
Ancillary Justice follows Breq, the last AI ancillary of the massive Justice of Toren warship, on her final journey back into the empire that betrayed her. Years earlier Justice of Toren was forced to confront her own role in a burgeoning civil war, the results of which leave her ancillary Breq stranded. This is a space opera with all the best tropes: a colonizing empire, a murder mystery, antagonistic clones, mysterious alien republics, gender politics, space stations, and warships. What's impressive is the combination of innocence and callous skepticism with which Leckie writes Breq's narrative, personal in the midst of this science-fiction epic. Genevieve Valentine, writing for NPR, wasn't wrong when she said that this is "a space opera that skillfully handles both choruses and arias." To take the metaphor a step further, Leckie is also a master of the long crescendo. You'll be thrilled the sequel is already out!

by Lily King
reviewed by Mary
If you don't remember the details of Margaret Mead's life and the uproar her observations caused, this riveting novel will send you off in search of Coming of Age in Samoa. Award-winning author Lily King draws the reader into the (over-) heated relationship among three anthropologists, loosely based on Mead, Gregory Bateson, and Mead's first husband, who are all doing research in a remote village in New Guinea. King's evocations of place and people are both vivid and highly illuminating, especially about approaches to the science of anthropology. But it is the intensity of these three, their relationship to each other, and their differing passions for their work that held me spellbound.