October 2018: Staff Reviews, Anniversary Party, New in Performing Arts, and More

October 2018: Staff Reviews, Anniversary Party, New in Performing Arts, and More
We're here to let you know about some great upcoming releases, author readings, and what's new in Performing Arts. But first...
Join us for a party to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Annie Bloom's Books!
Sunday, October 28, 2-5pm
We first opened our doors in Multnomah Village in October 1978. Forty years later, we're still thriving! We'd like to show our thanks by inviting you to an afternoon party. We'll be serving cake, sparkling beverages, and coffee. Plus, we'll have raffles for prizes, and a special weekend sale on select titles.
At 2pm, we'll have a toast to Annie Bloom's owner Bobby Tichenor (seen here sometime in the early 1980s).
We're collecting stories about Annie Bloom's to display at the anniversary party. Do you have a favorite memory, story, or moment involving Annie Bloom's Books that you'd like to share? You can email us at books@annieblooms.com with the subject line "40th Anniversary Story" (50-200 words). We look forward to hearing from you!
Upcoming Releases
These three soon-to-be-released books are gonna be big! Click on a cover or title to pre-order from our website.
by Barbara Kingsolver
Out: October 16, 2018
This is the compulsively readable story of two families, in two centuries, who live at the corner of Sixth and Plum in Vineland, New Jersey, navigating what seems to be the end of the world as they know it. Willa Knox and her husband followed all the rules as responsible parents and professionals, and have nothing to show for it but debts and an inherited brick house that is falling apart. In another time, a science teacher is forbidden to speak of the exciting work just published by Charles Darwin. His young bride and social-climbing mother-in-law bristle at the risk of scandal. This troubled husband and public servant asks, How can a man tell the truth, and be reviled for it? These characters paint a startlingly relevant portrait of life in precarious times when the foundations of the past have failed to prepare us for the future.
by Pete Souza
Out: October 16th, 2018
From Barack Obama's Official White House Photographer, Shade is a portrait in Presidential contrasts, telling the tale of the Obama and Trump administrations through a series of visual juxtapositions. Here, more than one hundred of Souza's unforgettable images of President Obama deliver new power and meaning when framed by the tweets, news headlines, and quotes that defined the first 500 days of the Trump White House. Souza's photographs are more than a rejoinder to the chaos, abuses of power, and destructive policies that now define our nation's highest office. They are a reminder of a President we could believe in, and a courageous defense of American values.
by Michelle Obama
Out: November 13th, 2018
In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.
Staff Reviews
Here are some new reviews from our staff:
by Sarah Perry
reviewed by Sharon
If you are looking for a good contemporary novel with a touch of Gothic horror, then this book is for you. As in her first novel, The Essex Serpent, Perry's tale revolves around an old legend which seemingly comes to life. Helen's life is forever changed at a coffee shop in Prague, when her friend Karel hands her a mysterious bundle of papers. She is distressed to find him in a state of disarray and fear, but it is unclear why. He points to the papers as explanation. They contain his research: accounts of encounters with Melmoth, the Witness. Legend has it that Melmoth was condemned to wander the earth eternally and bear witness to mankind's worst atrocities. Sometimes she appears as a woman shrouded in flowing black cloth, or a shadow one catches out of the side of one's eye, or the feeling that one is being watched, or even just a prickling at the back of the neck. Helen soon begins to suspect that she is being stalked… either by Melmoth or perhaps by her own guilt. While enjoying Perry's masterful storytelling, I found myself contemplating the nature of one's conscience, and at times even wondered if Melmoth was watching me!
by Anand Giridharadas
reviewed by Andy
This is a wonderfully unrelenting critique of the myopic do-gooding of the moneyed elite. The ruthless business practices of "winners"—think financiers, Silicon Valley CEOs, globalizers—cause and perpetuate inequality. These same winners then try to change the world for the better with their ill-begotten wealth by employing the same market-based strategies that caused the inequality in the first place, while "keeping the social order largely as is." Giridharadas shows how this tack fails by interviewing thought leaders, a former president, entrepreneurs and others and by chronicling their incestuous meetings. He also details how this "philanthropy" undermines democracy by allowing anti-government elites to dictate which problems are addressed and the form of the solutions on an extra-governmental level. Threaded through the book is a documentation of the elite corruption of the intellectual public sphere and, quite often, words themselves. Fascinating and infuriating, Winners Take All provides another perspective on the corrosive effects of gross economic inequality.
by Neal Shusterman
reviewed by Nick
If you're looking for inspiration to start hoarding water in your home and vehicle, look no further. in Dry, Southern California devolves into chaos as tap water suddenly ceases to flow. Stores are stripped bare of all bottled drinks, and within days lawlessness abounds. The book follows a cast of teenage characters as they first struggle to come to terms with what's happening and ultimately struggle to survive. The unlikely group bands together to overcome violent outlaws, "water zombies", and martial law and ultimately learns that humanity can be thrown out quite quickly when the most basic needs go unmet. Dry is a thrilling page turner that strikes a note of realism in the growing water shortages in the Southwest.
Upcoming Author Readings
The Emotionally Healthy Child
Tuesday, October 16, 7pm
While growing up has never been easy, today's world presents kids and their parents with unprecedented challenges. The upside, posits Maureen Healy, is a widespread acknowledgment that emotional health, resilience, and equilibrium can be learned and strengthened. Healy is an expert on teaching skills that address the high sensitivity, big emotions, and hyper energy she herself experienced growing up. Three simple steps are key -- Stop, Calm, and Make Smarter Choices. While not always easy, these steps are powerful, and Healy shows readers exactly how to implement them. Children move from acting out or shutting down, experiencing frequent physical symptoms such as head- and stomachaches, or hurting themselves or others, to recognizing they are being triggered, feeling their emotions, and using mindfulness strategies to respond from a calmer place.
When Spirit Calls
Thursday, October 18, 7pm
Spiritual healer and former "First Lady" of Reed College Joan Diver's book, When Spirit Calls, is at once an adventure story and meditation on the healing journey that traces Diver's odyssey from Boston foundation executive to spiritual healer. Imbued with the wisdom of great spiritual teachers from both East and West, Joan Diver shares a remarkable journey through urban violence, family crisis, physical pain and spiritual awakening. As Boston's Hyams Foundation's first executive director, Joan Diver was nationally recognized for her creative leadership. A student of diverse spiritual paths and speaker from the heart, Joan has since offered healing to seekers, led contemplative and healing church ministries and partnered with her husband, Colin, in his role as President of Reed College.
The Burn Zone
Tuesday, October 23, 7pm
After seven years of faithfully following her spiritual teacher, Renee Linnell finally realized she was in a cult and had been severely brainwashed. But how did that happen to someone like her? She had graduated magna cum laude with a double degree, had started five different companies, and had an MBA from NYU. The Burn Zone is an exploration of how we give up our power―how what started out as a need to heal from the loss of her parents and to understand the big questions in life could leave a young woman fighting for her sanity and her sense of self. In the years following her departure from the cult, Linnell struggled to reclaim herself, to stand in her truth, and to rebuild her life.
Courageous Pursuits
Thursday, October 25, 7pm
In Donna Cameron's A Year of Living Kindly--using stories, observation, humor, and summaries of expert research--she shares her experience committing to 365 days of practicing kindness. A Year of Living Kindly shines a light on how we can create a better, safer, and more just world--and how you can be part of that transformation. In Lisa Reddick's novel The Same River, a childhood tragedy bonded Jessica Jensen to Oregon's mighty Nesika River. Ever since, she has seen herself as its guardian. Now a courageous field biologist, she has just finished gathering scientific evidence that could bring about the dismantling of the massive hydro dam that threatens to destroy her river. But then she discovers that her boss is suppressing her evidence. In Barbara Stark-Nemon's novel Hard Cider, Abbie Rose Stone is realizing her dream: producing hard apple cider along the northern shores of Lake Michigan. When a lovely young stranger exposes a long-held secret, Abbie must overcome circumstances that severely test her self-determination, her loyalties, and her understanding of what constitutes true family. In Cathy Zane's novel Better Than This, sometimes the most enviable life is really a private hell. Sarah Jenkins's "perfect" life--a handsome, wealthy and successful husband, a precocious five-year-old daughter, and a beautiful home in an affluent Seattle neighborhood--has begun to crumble. But just when it seems all is lost, a long forgotten, unopened letter changes everything, and with the support of friends, Sarah begins to rebuild her life. Can she quiet the critical voice in her head and learn to value herself instead?
She-Thing and Other Righteous Tales
Monday, October 29, 7pm
For a Halloween week treat, the local feminist horror author will read from her story collection. She-Thing offers fanciful storytelling proof that there is justice for every slight you ever endured, in an assortment of stories set in the parallel universe that resides within and without you, parables of the heart that beat closer than the memory of your worst enemy. That is where your not-so-imaginary monsters are born--the primordial that prevails within. Knowing we all wear the bone of a tail, this compelling new short story collection will transport your imagination into this fraught space.
From Critique to Publication
Thursday, November 1, 7pm
Annie Bloom's welcomes these four Portland children's and YA writing group authors to present From Critique to Publication: The Secrets of One Critique Group's Success. Barbara Kerley will be discussing her middle grade book Following Baxter and children's picture book Tigers & Tea With Toppy. Elizabeth Rusch will present her nonfiction picture books Avalanche Dog Heroes and The Music of Life: Bartolomeo Cristofori & the Invention of the Piano. Emily Whitman will discuss her middle grade novel The Turning. Ellen Howard's early reader books include Murphy and Kate and The Gate in the Wall.
The Good Monarchs
Monday, November 5, 7pm
Annie Bloom's Books welcomes back local author Gregg Coodley to read from his latest book. The Good Monarchs: History's Best Kings, Queens, Emperors, Sultans and Caliphs tells the stories of 18 of the best royal rulers in the last 2600 years. The rulers profiled come from 4 continents and 18 different nation states. From Mali to Poland, Cambodia to Brazil, these monarchs set a standard for rule far above the average. The Good Monarchs tells who these men and women were and what made them special as people and as sovereigns.
Ever Wild: A Lifetime on Mount Adams
Tuesday, November 6, 7pm
The Hood River author and photographer presents his book, including a slideshow. What binds a man’s soul to a mountain? Through a personal journey spanning seven decades, Darryl Lloyd cemented his place in the sweeping story of Washington state’s Mount Adams. Growing up on a ranch at the mountain’s base, Lloyd devoted his life to learning the mountain, observing the ebb and flow of its glaciers, photographing the play of light, wandering lush meadows and old-growth forests, hiking boulder-strewn slopes and scaling icefalls…and showing the way for those who’ve followed.
Vegan Christmas
Tuesday, November 13, 7pm
The UK chef presents his alternatives to the traditional turkey and trimmings. Gaz is an expert in bold flavors and textures, so everyone can enjoy a spectacular centerpiece and amazing food throughout the festive season. Gaz talks you through the menus and the planning, from Christmas morning breakfast through to a show-stopping lunch. Packed with suggestions for the festivities and advice on how to keep cool in the kitchen if you're cooking on the big day, Vegan Christmas offers every solution you'll ever need for what to cook for vegans and vegetarians at Christmas.
Wednesday, November 14, 7pm
Local author Cindy Brown will read from her sixth Ivy Meadows mystery. When Ivy is hired to investigate the killing of a Renaissance faire jouster, she goes undercover as a Cockney belly dancer at the faire and finagles her way into a playwright's Kennedy-inspired version of Camelot--as Marilyn Monroe, no less. Then, in the midst of her toughest case ever, Ivy has to solve another dilemma: Will she follow her lifelong dream of being an actor or settle down with the love of her life? The murder investigation, the play, and real life come together in a twist that begs the question: Is there a happily-ever-after for anyone?
New in Performing Arts
by Leonard Cohen
This final work from Cohen features poems, excerpts from his private notebooks, lyrics, and hand-drawn self-portraits. The Flame offers an unprecedentedly intimate look inside the life and mind of a singular artist. "This volume contains my father's final efforts as a poet," writes Leonard's son, Adam Cohen, in his foreword. "It was what he was staying alive to do, his sole breathing purpose at the end." A reckoning with a life lived deeply and passionately, with wit and panache, The Flame is a valedictory work.
by Sally Field
In this intimate, haunting literary memoir, an American icon tells her story for the first time, and in her own gorgeous words--about a challenging and lonely childhood, the craft that helped her find her voice, and a powerful emotional legacy that shaped her journey as a daughter and a mother. Field brings readers behind the scenes for not only the highs and lows of her star-studded early career in Hollywood, but deep into the truth of her lifelong relationships--including her complicated love for her own mother. Powerful and unforgettable, In Pieces is an inspiring and important account of life as a woman in the second half of the twentieth century.
by John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Imagine John Yoko tells the story of John & Yoko's life, work and relationship during this intensely creative period. It transports readers to home and working environments showcasing Yoko's closely guarded archive of photos and artifacts, using artfully compiled narrative film stills, and featuring digitally rendered maps, floorplans and panoramas that recreate the interiors in evocative detail. John & Yoko introduce each chapter and song; Yoko also provides invaluable additional commentary and a preface. All the minutiae is examined: the locations, the key players, the music and lyrics, the production techniques and the artworks-including the creative process behind the double exposure polaroids used on the album cover. With a message as universal and pertinent today as it was when the album was created, this landmark publication is a fitting tribute to John & Yoko and their place in cultural history.
by Adam Nayman
From such cult hits as Raising Arizona and The Big Lebowski to major critical darlings Fargo, No Country for Old Men, and Inside Llewyn Davis, Ethan and Joel Coen have cultivated a bleakly comical, instantly recognizable voice in modern American cinema. In The Coen Brothers: This Book Really Ties the Films Together, film critic Adam Nayman carefully sifts through their complex cinematic universe in an effort to plot, as he puts it, "some Grand Unified Theory of Coen-ness." The book combines critical text—biography, close film analysis, and enlightening interviews with key Coen collaborators—with a visual aesthetic that honors the Coens' singular mix of darkness and levity. Featuring film stills, beautiful and evocative illustrations, punchy infographics, and hard insight, this book will be the definitive exploration of the Coen brothers' oeuvre.