November 2015 Readings, New Science Fiction, and More!

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Brave Enough
by Cheryl Strayed

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Please, Open This Book!
by Adam Lehrhaupt
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November 2015 Readings, New Science Fiction, and More!
Check out our upcoming readings! Plus, read about  the latest in Sci-Fi, and find out which new titles indie booksellers across the country are loving. And drop by and see us on First Friday!
Upcoming Readings
These great authors are appearing soon:

Jeffrey Siger and Timothy Hallinan
Mystery Writers
Monday, November 2, 7pm

In Siger's latest Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis mystery, Devil of Delphi, Young Athenian assassin Kharon chooses modern Delphi to rebuild his life, but a ruthless criminal gives him no choice but to serve her. When Kharon unexpectedly shoots a member of one of Greece's richest, most feared families, he draws Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis into the eye of a political and media firestorm threatening to bring down Greece's government.

The Hot Countries is the seventh thriller in a series from Timothy Hallinan. Back when Poke Rafferty first arrived in Bangkok to write a travel guide, some of the old-timers in the Expat Bar on Patpong Road helped him make sense of the city. When Arthur Varney turns up and demands money Poke doesn't have and a person Poke is unwilling to hand over, the aging men of the Expat Bar discover that they might still be a force to reckon with.

Tess Vigeland
Leap
Wednesday, November 4, 7pm

For the multitude of Americans who change jobs mid-career (by choice or circumstance), the growing legions of freelance workers, and the entrepreneurially-minded who see self-employment as an increasingly more appealing and viable option, Tess Vigeland has created a personal and well-researched account of leaping without a net. With her signature humor, she writes honestly about the fear, uncertainty, and risk involved in leaving the traditional workforce but also the excitement, resources, and possibilities that are on the other side.

Stephanie Gayle, Lisa Alber, Bill Cameron
Mystery Writers
Tuesday, November 10, 7pm

Stephanie Gayle's new mystery is Idyll Threats. In the summer of 1997, Thomas Lynch arrives as the new chief of police in Idyll, Connecticut. He has a secret: he's gay. When Cecilia North is found murdered on a golf course, Lynch must contend with the suspicions of his men, casual homophobia, and difficult memories of his former NYPD partner's recent death. As the case unfolds, Lynch realizes that small-town Idyll isn't safe, especially for a man with secrets that threaten the thing he loves most: his job.

In Lisa Alber's Kilmoon, Californian Merrit Chase travels to Ireland to meet her father, a celebrated matchmaker, in hopes that she can mend her troubled past. Instead, her arrival triggers a rising tide of violence, and Merrit finds herself both suspect and victim, accomplice and pawn, in a manipulative game that began thirty years previously. When she discovers that the matchmaker's treacherous past is at the heart of the chaos, she must decide how far she will go to save him from himself--and to get what she wants, a family.

County Line is the latest mystery form Bill Cameron. When the steadfast Ruby Jane Whittaker drops out of sight, dogged ex-cop Skin Kadash sets out to discover what drove the woman he loves to leave her life behind so suddenly and without explanation. The discovery of a dead man in her apartment, followed by an attack by a mysterious stalker, leads Skin first to California, then across the country on a desperate journey deep into Ruby Jane's haunted past--and toward an explosive confrontation which will determine if either has a future.

Annick Smith
Crossing the Plains With Bruno
Wednesday, November 11, 7pm

Traveling from her rural homestead in Montana to drive her nearly 100-year-old mother to the family's beach house on Lake Michigan, Smith often gets lost in memory and rambling contemplation. The constant companionship and ever present needs of Bruno, her chocolate lab, force her to return to the actual, reminding her that she, too, is an animal whose existence depends on being alert to the scents, sights, hungers, and emotions of the moment. Triggered by random encounters along the way, she's taken back to life as a young mother, her career as a writer and filmmaker who produced the classic "A River Runs Through It," the death of her husband, and the thrill of a late romance. A lifetime of reflection is played out one mile at a time.
November 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 the titles below, along with other great new bookseller picks for November. 

After Alice
by Gregory Maguire

Coleen at BookSmart in Morgan Hill, CA, writes: "Maguire, the fairy tale spin doctor, here takes on Wonderland. Alice's playmate Ada inadvertently follows Alice into Wonderland, and her perceptions and experiences are marvelous and fresh."

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl
by Carrie Brownstein

Zack at Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA, writes: "Brownstein strays from the normal parameters of memoir to give readers an insightful, raw look into the moments that shaped her into the person who would later co-found one of the world's most influential rock bands [Sleater-Kinney]. Brownstein shares the power of rock and roll, both as her catalyst to success and as a cultural barometer of our times."

The Mare
by Mary Gaitskill

Nancy at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, NY, writes: "This novel is the heart-wrenching story of a young inner-city girl in the Fresh Air Fund program who travels to a host family in upstate New York, where she befriends a frightened and abused racehorse at a nearby stable. Readers will be reminded of how our real-life connections with animals can both guide and heal."

Carrying Albert Home
by Homer Hickam

Lori-Jo at Island Bookstore in Kitty Hawk, NC, writes: "This thoroughly delightful story chronicles Hickam's parents' road trip from their coal-mining town in West Virginia to Orlando, Florida, to return Elsie Hickam's pet alligator, Albert, to a home in a more suitable climate. A very enjoyable journey!"

Plus, here is a previous Indie Next entry, now out in paperback:
 
Wait for Signs
by Craig Johnson

Recommended in hardcover by J.B. at Seattle Mystery Bookshop.
New in Sci-Fi 
Here are some of the latest additions to our Science Fiction/Fantasy Section:
     
Ancillary Mercy
by Ann Leckie
Ancillary Mercy is the stunning conclusion to the trilogy that began with the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke award-winning Ancillary Justice. For a moment, things seemed to be under control for Breq, the soldier who used to be a warship. Then a search of Athoek Station's slums turns up someone who shouldn't exist, and a messenger from the mysterious Presger empire arrives, as does Breq's enemy, the divided and quite possibly insane Anaander Mianaai--ruler of an empire at war with itself. Breq refuses to flee with her ship and crew, because that would leave the people of Athoek in terrible danger. The odds aren't good, but that's never stopped her before.

Hell's Foundations Quiver
by David Weber
This is the latest novel in Weber's Safehold series begun with Off Armageddon Reef. Centuries ago, the human race fought its first great war against an alien race--and lost. A tiny population of human beings fled to distant Safehold. Centuries later, their descendants have forgotten their history; for them, life has been an eternal Middle Ages, ruled by the Church of God Awaiting, whose secret purpose is to prevent the re-emergence of industrial civilization. But, now, cybernetic avatar Merlyn Athrawes has been awakened after a thousand years to restart human progress and reclaim our place in the universe.

Shadows of Self
by Brandon Sanderson
Sanderson returns to the world of "Mistborn" with his first novel in the series since The Alloy of Law. Shadows of Self shows Mistborn's society evolving as technology and magic mix, the economy grows, democracy contends with corruption, and religion becomes a growing cultural force, with four faiths competing for converts. This bustling, optimistic, but still shaky society now faces its first instance of terrorism, crimes intended to stir up labor strife and religious conflict. Wax and Wayne, assisted by the lovely, brilliant Marasi, must unravel the conspiracy before civil strife stops Scadrial's progress in its tracks.

Press Start to Play
edited by Daniel H. Wilson and John Joseph Adams
From text-based adventures to first-person shooters, dungeon crawlers to horror games, these twenty-six stories play with our notion of what video games can be and what they can become in smart and singular ways. With a foreword from Ernest Cline, author of Ready Player One, this collection includes work from: Daniel H. Wilson, Charles Yu, Hiroshi Sakurazaka, S.R. Mastrantone, Charlie Jane Anders, Holly Black, Seanan McGuire, Django Wexler, Nicole Feldringer, Chris Avellone, David Barr Kirtley, T.C. Boyle, Marc Laidlaw, Robin Wasserman, Micky Neilson, Cory Doctorow, Jessica Barber, Chris Kluwe, Marguerite K. Bennett, Rhianna Pratchett, Austin Grossman, Yoon Ha Lee, Ken Liu, Catherynne M. Valente, Andy Weir, and Hugh Howey.