October 2020: Staff Favorites, New in Paperback, More Halloween Books, and More!

October 2020: Staff Favorites, New in Paperback, More Halloween Books, and More!
 
See which new titles our staff is loving, check out the latest paperbacks, find the perfect Halloween book, and read about our upcoming Author Readings. But first....
 
A Promised Land Pre-Orders
 
Demand is high for Barack Obama's memoir. To meet that demand, the publisher is shipping the book in stages. Only the first 125 pre-orders for A Promised Land will be available to pick up at Annie Bloom's on its November 17 publication date, with more copies due to arrive the following week. At the risk of sounding like an infomercial: order now!
by Barack Obama
Out: November 17
 
In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency—a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil. A Promised Land is extraordinarily intimate and introspective—the story of one man's bet with history, the faith of a community organizer tested on the world stage. Obama is candid about the balancing act of running for office as a Black American, bearing the expectations of a generation buoyed by messages of "hope and change," and meeting the moral challenges of high-stakes decision-making. He is frank about the forces that opposed him at home and abroad, open about how living in the White House affected his wife and daughters, and unafraid to reveal self-doubt and disappointment. Yet he never wavers from his belief that inside the great, ongoing American experiment, progress is always possible. This beautifully written and powerful book captures Barack Obama's conviction that democracy is not a gift from on high but something founded on empathy and common understanding and built together, day by day.
 
New & Upcoming Releases
by John Grisham
Out Now!
 
Clanton, Mississippi. 1990. Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a deeply divisive trial when the court appoints him attorney for Drew Gamble, a timid sixteen-year-old boy accused of murdering a local deputy. Many in Clanton want a swift trial and the death penalty, but Brigance digs in and discovers that there is more to the story than meets the eye. Jake's fierce commitment to saving Drew from the gas chamber puts his career, his financial security, and the safety of his family on the line. In what may be the most personal and accomplished legal thriller of John Grisham's storied career, we deepen our acquaintance with the iconic Southern town of Clanton and the vivid cast of characters that so many readers know and cherish. The result is a richly rewarding novel that is both timely and timeless, full of wit, drama, and—most of all—heart.
by Jason Reynolds
Out Now!
 
Jason Reynolds's Newbery Honor, Printz Honor, and Coretta Scott King Honor–winning novel Long Way Down is now a gripping, galvanizing graphic novel, with haunting artwork by Danica Novgorodoff.
 
Will's older brother, Shawn, has been shot. Dead. Will feels a sadness so great, he can’t explain it. But in his neighborhood, there are THE RULES: No.
 
1: Crying. Don't. No matter what.
 
No. 2: Snitching Don't. No matter what.
 
No. 3: Revenge. Do. No matter what.
 
But bullets miss. You can get the wrong guy. And there's always someone else who knows to follow the rules.
by Jerry Seinfeld
Out Now!
 
The first book in twenty-five years from Jerry Seinfeld features his best work across five decades in comedy. Since his first performance at the legendary New York nightclub "Catch a Rising Star" as a twenty-one-year-old college student in fall of 1975, Jerry Seinfeld has written his own material and saved everything. "Whenever I came up with a funny bit, whether it happened on a stage, in a conversation, or working it out on my preferred canvas, the big yellow legal pad, I kept it in one of those old school accordion folders," Seinfeld writes. "So I have everything I thought was worth saving from forty-five years of hacking away at this for all I was worth." For this book, Jerry Seinfeld has selected his favorite material, organized decade by decade. In page after hilarious page, one brilliantly crafted observation after another, readers will witness the evolution of one of the great comedians of our time and gain new insights into the thrilling but unforgiving art of writing stand-up comedy.
by Tana French
Out Now!
 
Cal Hooper thought a fixer-upper in a bucolic Irish village would be the perfect escape. After twenty-five years in the Chicago police force and a bruising divorce, he just wants to build a new life in a pretty spot with a good pub where nothing much happens. But when a local kid whose brother has gone missing arm-twists him into investigating, Cal uncovers layers of darkness beneath his picturesque retreat, and starts to realize that even small towns shelter dangerous secrets.
by Rick Riordan
Out Now!
 
This is book number 5 in the Trials of Apollo series. Will the Greek god Apollo, cast down to earth in the pathetic mortal form of a teenager named Lester Papadopoulos, finally regain his place on Mount Olympus? Lester's demigod friends at Camp Jupiter just helped him survive attacks from bloodthirsty ghouls, an evil Roman king and his army of the undead, and the lethal emperors Caligula and Commodus. Now the former god and his demigod master Meg must follow a prophecy uncovered by Ella the harpy. Lester's final challenge will be at the Tower of Nero, back in New York. Will Meg have a last showdown with her father? Will this helpless form of Apollo have to face his arch nemesis, Python? Who will be on hand at Camp Half-Blood to assist? These questions and more will be answered in this book that all demigods are eagerly awaiting.
by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Out Now!
 
Updated with a new introduction from Robin Wall Kimmerer, the special edition of Braiding Sweetgrass celebrates the book as an object of meaning that will last the ages. Beautifully bound in stamped linen cloth with a bookmark ribbon and a deckled edge, this edition features five brilliantly colored illustrations by artist Nate Christopherson. Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings––asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass––offer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learn to give our own gifts in return.
by Carson Ellis
Out Now!
 
From the Caldecott Honor–winning creator of Home and Du Iz Tak? comes a striking tale of a wholly extraordinary room where everything is a half.
 
The light of the half moon
Shines down on the half room . . .
 
The half room is full of half things. A half chair, a half cat, even half shoes—all just as nice as whole things. When half a knock comes on half a door, who in the world could it be? With inventive flair, Ellis explores halves and wholes in an ingenious and thought-provoking picture book. Ink and gouache illustrations featuring wry detail and velvety textures conjure a dreamlike mood while leaving space for imagining. A celebration of the surreal and the serendipitous and the beauty of the two together, this brilliant picture book will have readers seeing halves with whole new eyes.
by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage
Out Now!
 
Level up your vegetables. In this groundbreaking cookbook, Ottolenghi and Belfrage offer a next-level approach to vegetables that breaks down the fundamentals of cooking into three key elements: process, pairing, and produce. For process, Yotam and Ixta show how easy techniques such as charring and infusing can change the way you think about cooking. Discover how to unlock new depths of flavor by pairing vegetables with sweetness, fat, acidity, or chile heat, and learn to identify the produce that has the innate ability to make dishes shine. Chock-full of low-effort, high-impact dishes that pack a punch and standout meals for the relaxed cook, Ottolenghi Flavor is a revolutionary approach to vegetable cooking.
by Philip Pullman and Tom Duxbury
Out Now!
 
This companion to His Dark Materials and The Book of Dust offers a tantalizing new glimpse of Lyra and her dæmon, Pantalaimon. The world-changing events of The Amber Spyglass are behind them, and Lyra and Pan find themselves utterly changed as well. In Serpentine, they journey to the far North once more, hoping to ask the Consul of Witches a most urgent question. This brand-new story is a beguiling must-read for Pullman fans old and new.
by Les Payne & Tamara Payne
Out: October 20
 
An epic biography of Malcolm X finally emerges, drawing on hundreds of hours of the author’s interviews, rewriting much of the known narrative. Les Payne, the renowned Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative journalist, embarked in 1990 on a nearly thirty-year-long quest to interview anyone he could find who had actually known Malcolm X—all living siblings of the Malcolm Little family, classmates, street friends, cellmates, Nation of Islam figures, FBI moles and cops, and political leaders around the world. The result is this historic biography that conjures a never-before-seen world of its protagonist, tracing the life of one of the twentieth century’s most politically relevant figures "from street criminal to devoted moralist and revolutionary." Introduced by Payne's daughter and primary researcher, Tamara Payne, who, following her father’s death, heroically completed the biography, The Dead Are Arising is a penetrating and riveting work that affirms the centrality of Malcolm X to the African American freedom struggle.
by Jeff Kinney
Out: October 27
 
In The Deep End, Greg Heffley and his family hit the road for a cross-country camping trip, ​ready for the adventure of a lifetime. But things take an unexpected turn, and they find themselves stranded at an RV park that’s not exactly a summertime paradise. When the skies open up and the water starts to rise, the Heffleys wonder if they can save their vacation—or if they're already in too deep.
by Lee & Andrew Child
Out: October 27
 
Jack Reacher is back! The series continues as Lee Child teams up with his brother, Andrew Child, fellow thriller writer extraordinaire. In a town near Pleasantville, Tennessee, Reacher spots a hapless soul walking into an ambush. "It was four against one" So Reacher intervenes, with his own trademark brand of conflict resolution. The man he saves is Rusty Rutherford, an unassuming IT manager, recently fired after a cyberattack locked up the town's data, records, information, and secrets. Rutherford wants to stay put, look innocent, and clear his name. Reacher is intrigued. There's more to the story. The bad guys who jumped Rutherford are part of something serious and deadly, involving a conspiracy, a cover-up, and murder—all centered on a mousy little guy in a coffee-stained shirt who has no idea what he's up against. Rule one: if you don’t know the trouble you're in, keep Reacher by your side.
by David Sedaris
Out: November 3
 
David Sedaris's best stories and essays, spanning his remarkable career—as selected by the author himself. In these stories, Sedaris shops for rare taxidermy, hitchhikes with a lady quadriplegic, and spits a lozenge into a fellow traveler’s lap. He drowns a mouse in a bucket, struggles to say "give it to me" in five languages, and hand-feeds a carnivorous bird. Full of joy, generosity, and the incisive humor that has led David Sedaris to be called "the funniest man alive" (Time Out New York), The Best of Me spans a career spent watching and learning and laughing—quite often at himself—and invites readers deep into the world of one of the most brilliant and original writers of our time.
by Jacqueline Winspear
Out: November 10
 
After sixteen novels, Jacqueline Winspear has taken the bold step of turning to memoir, revealing the hardships and joys of her family history. Both shockingly frank and deftly restrained, her story tackles the difficult, poignant, and fascinating family accounts of her paternal grandfather's shellshock; her mother's evacuation from London during the Blitz; her soft-spoken animal-loving father's torturous assignment to an explosives team during WWII; her parents' years living with Romany Gypsies; and Winspear's own childhood picking hops and fruit on farms in rural Kent, capturing her ties to the land and her dream of being a writer at its very inception. An eye-opening and heartfelt portrayal of a post-War England we rarely see, This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing chronicles a childhood in the English countryside, of working class indomitability and family secrets, of artistic inspiration and the price of memory.
by Ernest Cline
Out: November 24
 
The highly anticipated sequel to the beloved worldwide bestseller Ready Player One, the "ridiculously fun and large-hearted" (NPR) near-future adventure that inspired the blockbuster Steven Spielberg film.
 
Staff Favorites
by Susanna Clarke
reviewed by Sharon
 
If you are looking for something delightfully different, go into the intriguing and mysterious world of Piranesi. Piranesi's journal does not mark the years by numbers, but rather by happenings—and it takes place in The Year the Albatross Came to the South-Western Halls. Piranesi delights in exploring and documenting every detail of The House he lives in, a labyrinth of seemingly endless vestibules and halls, with a lower level that is periodically flooded by torrential tides. Every room is filled with unique statues, and he is determined to travel and discover them all. His child-like inquisitiveness and love for The House make him an endearing protagonist. He is intelligent too. Twice a week, Piranesi meets with The Other human in The House, and shares his knowledge. The strange thing is that The Other seems to experience The House differently, and The Other knows things that make Piranesi uneasy. Soon, his happiness is threatened as he must face the terrifying truth that The House—and his existence within it— is not what it seems.
by Carl Hiaasen
reviewed by Sandy
 
Hiaasen is at it again. Whether writing for adults or children, his weird take on life, people and events can make even the most jaded chuckle if not laugh out loud. As usual, his setting is Florida, and this time he is dealing with a people-eating python. His satire is right on as he relates the 'goings on' centering around the residents of the Winter White House. There is no space here to list or describe Hiaasen's many ludicrous depictions of people and events. Just think of the First Lady's affair with a Muslim Secret Service agent, the adoring socialite hard-drinking Trump-loving Potussies (use your imagination here), the malfunctioning tanning bed which you knew was coming eventually, an unlucky Honduran asylum-seeker falsely condemned by the president as a terrorist and murderer of the afore-mentioned python victim. (This part too close to the truth to be funny, but it's resolved satisfactorily. You just need to have a little black-mail involved.) The one bit of sanity is Angie, the wildlife ranger who corrals the culprit python and others. Her clear-thinking and logic are refreshing in the midst of the rest of the insanity. Hiaasen has taken advantage here of the times and put it to good use.
by Jim Baggott
reviewed by Andy
 
Mass is imbued with a surprising amount of philosophy for a popular science book as it doggedly pursues the alterations of exactly what we're referring to when we use the word "mass" from ancient Greece to the present. Baggott shows philosophers and theoretical physicists guessing, estimating, simplifying and often ignoring problems in their own theories in their pursuit of better explanations and how their progress ultimately results in more conundrums and a lack of certainty. He does misstep when he omits many interpretations of quantum mechanics, especially, for his purposes, the de Broglie-Bohm theory. The main text is not peppered with equations—those are in the endnotes and in the texts in the extensive bibliography. Perfect for the specialist and non-specialist alike, Mass engenders some powerful shifts in perspective not only about mass but about the nature of scientific knowledge itself.
by Angie Cruz
reviewed by Michael
 
Turning to her mother's immigration story for inspiration for her latest novel, Angie Cruz has created a tender-hearted and inspiring character in Ana, the fifteen-year-old narrator of Dominicana. In 1965, when Ana is fifteen, her poor parents in rural Dominican Republic push her into marrying Juan Ruiz, an older man with ambitions. A contract is understood: in exchange for Ana, Juan will develop her parents' land and help the rest of her family immigrate to America. In an instant, teenage Ana is whisked off to a tiny apartment in New York City. She doesn't speak English and doesn't know a single person aside from Juan, who is controlling, abusive, frequently absent, and probably having an affair. In another author's hands, Juan could become a caricature, purely monstrous. But Cruz has created a fully realized human––an unlikable human, yet one whose deep flaws can be understood. His moods are realistically volatile, which makes him all the more terrifying to Ana. When she becomes pregnant, the walls close even more tightly around her. It's only when Juan is trapped in the DR during a military coup that Ana has the freedom to begin forging a life for herself. She explores her Washington Heights neighborhood and takes English lessons at the church across the street. But she also falls in love with Juan's kid brother, Cesar, who is watching over Ana while Juan is away. Throughout the novel, her already complicated life becomes more and more complicated. Cruz is a superb writer on every level: plot, character, backstory, setting, mood, psychology. You will find yourself utterly immersed in the wonderful Dominicana.
 
New in Paperback
by Tracy Chevalier
 
1932. After the Great War took both her beloved brother and her fiancé, Violet Speedwell has become a "surplus woman," one of a generation doomed to a life of spinsterhood after the war killed so many young men. Yet Violet cannot reconcile herself to a life spent caring for her grieving, embittered mother. After countless meals of boiled eggs and dry toast, she saves enough to move out of her mother's place and into the town of Winchester, home to one of England's grandest cathedrals. There, Violet is drawn into a society of broderers––women who embroider kneelers for the Cathedral, carrying on a centuries-long tradition of bringing comfort to worshippers. Violet finds support and community in the group, fulfillment in the work they create, and even a growing friendship with the vivacious Gilda. But when forces threaten her new independence and another war appears on the horizon, Violet must fight to put down roots in a place where women aren't expected to grow. Told in Chevalier's glorious prose, A Single Thread is a timeless story of friendship, love, and a woman crafting her own life.
by Casey Cep
 
This "superbly written true-crime story" (Michael Lewis) masterfully brings together the tales of a serial killer in 1970s Alabama and of Harper Lee, the beloved author of To Kill a Mockingbird, who tried to write his story. Reverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members, but with the help of a savvy lawyer, he escaped justice for years until a relative assassinated him at the funeral of his last victim. Despite hundreds of witnesses, Maxwell's murderer was acquitted—thanks to the same attorney who had previously defended the reverend himself. Sitting in the audience during the vigilante's trial was Harper Lee, who spent a year in town reporting on the Maxwell case and many more trying to finish the book she called The Reverend. Cep brings this remarkable story to life, from the horrifying murders to the courtroom drama to the racial politics of the Deep South, while offering a deeply moving portrait of one of our most revered writers.
by Ben Lerner
 
From the award-winning author of 10:04 and Leaving the Atocha Station, a tender and expansive family drama set in the American Midwest at the turn of the century. Adam Gordon is a senior at Topeka High School, class of '97. His mother, Jane, is a famous feminist author; his father, Jonathan, is an expert at getting "lost boys" to open up. They both work at a psychiatric clinic that has attracted staff and patients from around the world. Adam is a renowned debater, expected to win a national championship before he heads to college. Deftly shifting perspectives and time periods, Ben Lerner's The Topeka School is the story of a family, its struggles and its strengths: Jane’s reckoning with the legacy of an abusive father, Jonathan's marital transgressions, the challenge of raising a good son in a culture of toxic masculinity. It is also a riveting prehistory of the present: the collapse of public speech, the trolls and tyrants of the New Right, and the ongoing crisis of identity among white men.
by Ali Wong
 
In her hit Netflix comedy special Baby Cobra, an eight-month pregnant Ali Wong told the world her remarkably unfiltered thoughts on marriage, sex, Asian culture, working women, and why you never see new mom comics on stage but you sure see plenty of new dads. The sharp insights and humor are even more personal in this completely original collection. She shares the wisdom she's learned from a life in comedy and reveals stories from her life off stage, including the brutal single life in New York (i.e., the inevitable confrontation with erectile dysfunction), reconnecting with her roots (and drinking snake blood) in Vietnam, tales of being a wild child growing up in San Francisco, and parenting war stories. Though addressed to her daughters, Ali Wong's letters are absurdly funny, surprisingly moving, and enlightening (and gross) for all.
by Zadie Smith
 
Smith has established herself as one of the most iconic, critically respected, and popular writers of her generation. In her first short story collection, she combines her power of observation and her inimitable voice to mine the fraught and complex experience of life in the modern world. Interleaving eleven completely new and unpublished stories with some of her best-loved pieces from The New Yorker and elsewhere, Smith presents a dizzyingly rich and varied collection of fiction. Moving exhilaratingly across genres and perspectives, from the historic to the vividly current to the slyly dystopian, Grand Union is a sharply alert and prescient collection about time and place, identity and rebirth, the persistent legacies that haunt our present selves and the uncanny futures that rush up to meet us" Nothing is off limits, and everything—when captured by Smith's brilliant gaze—feels fresh and relevant. Perfectly paced and utterly original, Grand Union highlights the wonders Zadie Smith can do.
by Leigh Bardugo
Out: October 20
 
Galaxy “Alex" Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale's freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug-dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. In fact, by age twenty, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she's thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world's most prestigious universities on a full ride. What's the catch, and why her? Still searching for answers, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale's secret societies. Their eight windowless "tombs" are the well-known haunts of the rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street's biggest players. But their occult activities are more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive. They tamper with forbidden magic. They raise the dead. And, sometimes, they prey on the living.
 
Halloween Books
by Julia Donaldson
 
This fun family read-aloud is perfect for the changing seasons and a great way to celebrate Halloween! The witch and her cat are happily flying through the sky on a broomstick when the wind picks up and blows away the witch's hat, then her bow, and then her wand! Luckily, three helpful animals find the missing items, and all they want in return is a ride on the broom. But is there room on the broom for so many friends? And when disaster strikes, will they be able to save the witch from a hungry dragon?
by Michael Rex
 
We're going on a goon hunt.
We're going to catch a green one.
What a spooky night! We're not scared.
 
A goon hunt is no easy task. A twisted tangled pumpkin patch, murky bubbling swamp, and foggy crumbling graveyard are just a few of the obstacles these kids will have to go through, skulking monsters included. And when the Goon finally makes an appearance--under the covers they go! Except one brave child who finds monsters more fun than scary. The beloved classic We're Going on a Bear Hunt gets a ghoulish twist in this goon-infused parody that perfectly plays with the rhythm and sound effects of the original. Mike Rex's creepy settings and hilarious text will have kids demanding to giggle and shiver through the story again and again.
by Chuck Whelon
 
A mad scientist is ready to create his latest monster––and you can help. This set features a spooky background scene and 48 reusable stickers of eyes, legs, arms, heads, horns, and other monstrous body parts. The stickers can be applied and removed to make dozens of different creature combinations.
 
Have you been hearing strange footsteps and knocks, whispers and rattling chains? Perhaps the early-twentieth-century author of this newly discovered tome has some secrets to share. Within the book’s weathered pages you’ll hear of a headless French pirate in search of his missing noggin, a vanishing pair of young trickster twins, a ghostly woman who screams for attention, and other communications from the “fun side.” Readers who wish to plumb the mysteries of the paranormal will find some hands-on challenges to lift their spirits, along with tips on a range of spectral subjects, such as what to pack in a ghostologist’s field kit, how to distinguish the types of ghosts, the best ways to hunt them, and spotting the unfortunate fakes and frauds. Too bad the late author never got to see her guide find its way into the world! But wait—what are those strange and scratchy asides that appear in odd places throughout the book?
by Roger Priddy
 
Roger Priddy's See, Touch, Feel: Halloween is a fun first sensory book, especially designed for very young children. It features tactile pages for babies to touch and feel and spooky artwork created from handprints and footprints, which parents can then create together with their own child.
by Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell
 
his is a new edition of the complete original book. Stephen Gammell’s artwork from the original Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark appears in all its spooky glory. Read if you dare! Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a timeless collection of chillingly scary tales and legends, in which folklorist Alvin Schwartz offers up some of the most alarming tales of horror, dark revenge, and supernatural events of all time. And don't miss More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and Scary Stories 3!
 
Portland Book Festival
 
Annie Bloom's is thrilled to be partnering with Literary Arts for this year's Portland Book Festival. We're the official booksellers for a terrific lineup of authors, including Veronica Roth, Jonathan Lethem, Raven Leilani, Rumann Alam, Claire Messud, Lydia Millet, and more! Click the link to our website for the full listing and more details.
 
Livestream Author Readings
One of Us: Stories
Tuesday, October 20, 7pm
Register here!
 
Annie Bloom's welcomes Oregon author Scott Nadelson for a livestream reading from his new story collection, One of Us. The stories in One Of Us explore the tension between groups and individuals, the allure of tribalism, the claustrophobia of belonging, and the alienation that comes with separation. They range from autobiographical to historical and roam temporally and geographically, chronicling, among others, an encounter between the sculptor Louise Nevelson and the anti-Semitic French writer Louis-Ferdinand C line; a synagogue congregation facing ongoing public scandal; a comedy improv troupe trying to cross the threshold from amateur to professional; and a young man navigating the competing pulls of adventure and domestic bliss at the cusp of the new millennium.
Reading and Conversation
Tuesday, October 27, 7pm
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Annie Bloom's welcomes Portland authors David Biespiel and Vanessa Veselka for a livestream reading and conversation about their new books. Biespiel's A Place of Exodus tells the story of the rise and fall of his Jewish boyhood in Texas, and his search for the answer to his life's central riddle. After a near-forty-year exile, Biespiel returns for a day to the world he left behind as a different person. In Vanessa Veselka's The Great Offshore Grounds, when half sisters Cheyenne and Livy meet with their estranged father, he gives them a name––a stunning family secret. They each set out on journeys that will test their faith in one another, as well as their definitions of freedom.
The Grammar of Untold Stories
Friday, October 30, 7pm
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Annie Bloom's Books welcomes Portland author Lois Ruskai Melina for a livestream reading from her new book, The Grammar of Untold Stories. She will be in conversation with local poet Paulann Petersen. Melina's sixteen essays––ranging from lyric essays to narrative journalism––address how we make sense of what we cannot know, how we make change in the world, how we heal, and how we know when we are home. Collectively, these essays convey the longing for agency and connection, particularly among women. They will resonate with readers of all ages, but perhaps especially with women in the second half of life, those dealing with aging parents, retirement, illness, and accompanying vulnerabilities. Here readers will find comfort within keen reflection upon life's ambiguities.
Answer Creek
Thursday, November 5, 7pm
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Annie Bloom's Books welcomes Washington author Ashley Sweeney for a livestream reading from her new novel, Answer Creek. Ashley will be in conversation with Portland author Ellen Notbohm, who previously read at Annie Bloom's from her novel The River by Starlight. About Sweeney's Answer Creek: From the award-winning author of Eliza Waite comes a gripping tale of adventure and survival based on the true story of the ill-fated Donner Party on their 2,200-mile trek on the Oregon-California Trail from 1846 to '47. About Notbohm's The River by Starlight: Based on true events, this sweeping novel weaves a century-old story, timeless in its telling of love, heartbreak, healing, and redemption embodied in one woman's tenacious quest for control over her own destiny in the face of devastating misfortune and social injustice.
The Care of Strangers
Tuesday, November 10, 7pm
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Annie Bloom's welcomes Portland author Ellen Michaelson for a livestream reading from her debut novel, The Care of Strangers. She will be in conversation with fellow Portland writer Natalie Serber, author of Community Chest. Michaelson's The Care of Strangers is a moving story about friendship set in a gritty Brooklyn hospital, where a young woman learns to take charge of her life by taking care of others. About Community Chest: Diagnosed with breast cancer, Natalie Serber did the only thing she could: she wrote her way through the confusion and fear. In this fierce and good-humored memoir, she maintains her sense of gratitude and grace.
Celebrating World Kindness Day
Thursday, November 12, 7pm
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Choosing Compassion over Fear: Celebrating World Kindness Day. Annie Bloom's welcomes Marlena Fiol and Dawna Markova for a conversation and readings from their new books. We all have an equal capacity to harm or to heal. Confronted by our current challenges, will we choose to shut down in fear and anger, or will we reach out with kindness and compassion? Marlena Fiol shares an up close & personal look into one person’s journey from fear and anger to compassion. Her book, Nothing Bad Between Us, reveals her deeply personal story about growing up on a leprosy compound in Paraguay, South America, with a father who was both a generous, dedicated healer and a brutal disciplinarian. Dawna Markova's Living A Loved Life is an uplifting collection of stories woven from Dr. Markova's own experience as well as those of her clients.
 
In Case You Missed it
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