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April 2015

"Ink runs from the corners of my mouth.
There is no happiness like mine.
I have been eating poetry."
-- from Mark Strand's Eating Poetry






Illustrated by Roz Chast




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It's Raining Poetry in April!

In honor of National Poetry Month, we're going to make it rain poetry! Children young and old (or even young at heart) are invited to our children's sections teardrop_icon.gif to write scraps of their favorite poems on our colorful raindrops.  We'll hang them from our ceilings and walls, and make it rain!


A few words from our booksellers as we say goodbye to our Highlands Ranch store:

The enthusiasm of the HR kids and teens: for the Harry Potter Parties; the Twilight releases; Family Fun Nights, our Annual Paper Airplane Contest. I hope all the kids that have grown up near us in the last ten years have as many wonderful memories as I do. And I hope they all come visit us at the new store to start building new memories. -- Michael

It is with mixed emotion that we here at the Ranch say goodbye to our store. The past ten years have been remarkable, and uniquely Tattered Cover in style. Thank you to our Highlands Ranch family, we hope to see you at our new home! And to our new Aspen Grove community: Greetings! -- Erica

Highlands Ranch has been very good to us. This move is bittersweet having been here the whole time. It's been a wonderful run. So many new friends. -- Jinx

These are a few of my favorite things (and ones that will be missed): smell of the coffee shop; light from the skylight windows above the history and children's sections; sunsets from the front windows that perfectly frame the mountains; and 2nd nature awareness of where everything is. -- Gwen

I am grateful for the opportunity to have discussed so many fine books with the wonderful customers of the last ten years here in Highlands Ranch - and I hope to see everyone at our new Aspen Grove location. -- Mark

The Highlands Ranch store was a delightful place to work -- all that sunlight, big windows, little kids racing from the front door to the back of the history section, easy parking.  The dependable deliveries from the other stores that never failed to surprise and delight customers. The pleasure of working with such a friendly, smart, and thoughtful staff. I look forward to continuing at Aspen Grove! -- Lizzie

Friday, April 10, 7:00 pm
Sturm Hall, University of Denver

The University of Denver's Enrichment Program joins us in presenting bestselling author and master storyteller Erik Larson discussing and signing his new book Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, written to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania.
Tickets are $35.00 per person and include a copy of Dead Wake. Click here for more information and a registration link.

Tattered Cover Aspen Grove Grand Opening Celebrations

Friday, April 10 & Saturday, April 11

We're celebrating our new store with author appearances, storytime, games and giveaways, and a chance to win some great prizes -- including a $100 shopping spree!



Thursday, April 23, beginning at 9:00 am
All Tattered Cover Locations
(Excluding the airport stores.)

Every year on April 23rd, Barcelona erupts in a celebration of chivalry and romance. It all began in the Middle Ages with an annual Festival of Roses to honor St. George, Patron Saint of Catalonia. In 1923, the traditional Rose Festival merged with UNESCO's World Book Day, established to celebrate the lives of Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare, both of whom died on April 23rd in 1616.

The Tattered Cover is delighted to honor this springtime celebration of culture, beauty, intelligence, and love. Complimentary roses and bookmarks will be available on April 23 with the purchase of a book; while supplies last. As always, we'll be happy to turn your purchases into lovely wrapped gifts at no extra charge.

 

 

Thursday, April 23, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue


Colorado Public Radio joins us in presenting Scott Sampson --  vice president of research and collections at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and, as "Dr. Scott the Paleontologist," host of the PBS KIDS television series Dinosaur Train -- in conversation with  Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner, to discuss his new book  How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature ($25.00 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).



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April 2015

 

Young Children's Storytimes

Tuesdays at 10:30 am, Colfax Avenue

Tuesdays at 10:30 am & Saturdays at 10:30 am, Aspen Grove


 
James Anderson

Wednesday, April 1, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

James Anderson will read from and sign his highly praised debut novel The Never-Open Desert Diner ($25.00 Caravel Mystery), a unique blend of literary mystery and noir fiction that evokes a strong sense of place.

 

Francine Mathews

Thursday, April 2, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Bestselling Colorado author Francine Mathews will read from and sign her new novel Too Bad to Die ($27.95 Riverhead), a tense and enthralling historical thriller in which British Naval Intelligence officer Ian Fleming attempts to foil a Nazi plot to assassinate FDR, Churchill, and Stalin.

 

America Hart

Thursday, April 2, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo

America Hart will read from and sign Into the Silence: the fishing story ($15.95 Red Hen Press), her genre-bending, time-warping debut novel.

 

Blaine Harden

Friday, April 3, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Journalist Blaine Harden will discuss and sign his new book The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Tyrant Who Created North Korea and The Young Lieutenant Who Stole His Way to Freedom ($27.95 Viking).

 

Tattered Cover Film Series

Sunday, April 5, 2:00 pm, Sie FilmCenter

This month we'll screen the 1970 Louis Malle classic Murmur of the Heart.

Tickets are $1.00, and are available one hour before the screening from the box office.

 

Page to the Stage: One Night in Miami

Tuesday, April 7 12:00 noon, Colfax Avenue

 

Ian Caldwell

Tuesday, April 7, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Ian Caldwell, coauthor of the bestselling debut novel The Rule of Four, will read from and sign his long-awaited new book The Fifth Gospel ($25.99 Simon & Schuster).

 

Hannah Nordhaus

Wednesday, April 8, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Hannah Nordhaus, the award-winning journalist and author of The Beekeeper's Lament, will join us in conversation with local author Mark Stevens to discuss and sign her new book American Ghost: A Family's Haunted Past in the Desert Southwest ($25.99 HarperCollins).

 

Carole Bumpus

Wednesday, April 8, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Retired family therapist and food and travel writer Carole Bumpus will read from and sign her debut novel A Cup of Redemption ($16.95 She Write's Press), an historical novel based on three women's compelling stories of love and loss during times of war.

 

Manuel Ramos

Thursday, April 9, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Multiple award-winning Colorado author Manuel Ramos will read from and sign his new collection The Skull of Pancho Villa and Other Stories ($17.95 Arte Publico Press).

 

An Evening with Erik Larson

Friday, April 10, 7:00 pm, University of Denver, Sturm Hall

The University of Denver's Enrichment Program joins us in welcoming bestselling author and master storyteller Erik Larson to celebrate the publication of his latest work of narrative nonfiction Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania ($28.00 Crown).

Tickets are $35.00 per person and include a copy of Dead Wake. Visit our website for a registration link.

 

David Morrell

Friday, April 10, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Award-winning mystery and thriller writer David Morrell will read from and sign his new historical thriller Inspector of the Dead ($26.00 Mulholland Books), which transports readers to the fogbound streets of London, where a killer plots to assassinate Queen Victoria.

 

Aspen Grove Grand Opening Kick-off Event

Jessica Brody

Friday, April 10, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Bestselling author Jessica Brody will read from and sign Unchanged ($17.99 FS&G), the stunning conclusion to her acclaimed Unremembered Trilogy. We'll have Unchanged book posters for everyone at the event, sampler chapters and Grilled Cheese Bites provided by Panera Bread.

 

Aspen Grove Grand Opening Celebration

Saturday, April 11, All Day, Aspen Grove

Join us for a full day of festivities -- author appearances, drawings, games, food and fun -- as we celebrate our new location in the Aspen Grove Shopping Center. Visit our website for more information and a schedule of events.

 

Colorado Author's League Writing Awards Reading & Signing

Poetry & Features/Essay Finalists

Monday, April 13, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

 

Dick Katte & Mark Wolf

Monday, April 13, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Accomplished and acclaimed Colorado basketball coach Dick Katte and local journalist Mark Wolf will discuss and sign their new book Over Time: Coach Katte on Basketball and Life ($22.95 Blue River Press).

 

Active Minds Lecture: Putin's Russia

Tuesday, April 14, 12:30 pm, Aspen Grove

 

Sarah E. Schantz

Tuesday, April 14, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Boulder, Colorado author Sarah Elizabeth Schantz will read from and sign her new novel Fig ($17.99 Margaret K. McElderry Books), a brilliant and provocative debut of rare beauty about a girl dealing with her mother's schizophrenia and her own mental illness.

 

Betsy Schwarm

Tuesday, April 14, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Betsy Schwarm, a familiar voice from the vintage KVOD "The Classical Voice of Denver," will read from and sign her fourth book of music history and commentary Classical Music Insights: If All Else Fails, Play Mozart ($22.00).

 

David Roberts

Wednesday, April 15, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Award-winning author and veteran mountain climber David Roberts will discuss and sign his new book The Lost World of the Old Ones: Discoveries in the Ancient Southwest ($27.95 W.W. Norton).

 

Carol Weston

Wednesday, April 15, 6:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Carol Weston will read from and sign her new book for young readers Ava and Taco Cat ($15.99 Jabberwocky), a diary-style novel about word-loving Ava, this time dealing with her new pet Taco Cat (a perfect palindromic name, T A C O C A T) who only wants to hide.

 

Jean Reagan

Thursday, April 16, 6:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Jean Reagan, the author behind the New York Times bestsellers How to Babysit a Grandpa and How to Babysit a Grandma, will discuss and sign her new book How to Surprise a Dad ($16.99 Knopf), an adorable, funny, surprising celebration of dads.

 

Benjamin Percy

Thursday, April 16, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Benjamin Percy, the author of Red Moon and The Wilding, will read from and sign his critically acclaimed new post-apocalyptic thriller The Dead Lands ($26.00 Grand Central).

 

Ryan Gattis

Thursday, April 16, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Ryan Gattis will read from and sign his new novel All Involved ($27.99 Ecco Press), an ambitious, brutal and mesmerizing epic of crime and opportunity, race, revenge, and loyalty, set in the chaotic streets of South Central L.A.

 

Dan Simmons

Saturday, April 18, 2:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Multiple award-winning Colorado author Dan Simmons, whose bestselling books include the Hyperion science fiction series, The Terror, and Drood, will read from and sign his new novel featuring Sherlock Holmes and Henry James The Fifth Heart ($28.00 Little, Brown).

 

Nancy Atherton

Sunday, April 19, 2:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Colorado Springs author Nancy Atherton, the bestselling author of the Aunt Dimity mysteries, will read from and sign Aunt Dimity and the Summer King ($25.95 Viking), in which everyone's favorite paranormal sleuth is back with her twentieth otherworldly adventure!

 

Colorado Author's League Writing Awards Reading & Signing

Non-Fiction Finalists

Monday, April 20, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

 

David Kramer

Monday, April 20, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Denver software business entrepreneur turned university educator, David Kramer will discuss and sign his new book Entering the Real World: Timeless Ideas Not Learned in School ($35.00 Rowman & Littlefield).

 

Tuesday, April 21, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

 

Mike Butler

Tuesday, April 21, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Littleton, Colorado author Mike Butler will present his new book Littleton: Images of America ($21.99 Arcadia).

 

Ann Packer

Wednesday, April 22, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Ann Packer, the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of The Dive From Clausen's Pier, will join us in conversation with bestselling local author Eleanor Brown, to discuss and sign Packer's new novel The Children's Crusade ($26.99 Scribner).

 

Book & Lover's Day

Thursday, April 23, beginning at 9:00 am

All Tattered Cover Locations

 

Colorado Matters at the Tattered

Scott Sampson

Thursday, April 23, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Colorado Public Radio joins us in presenting paleontologist Scott Sampson, in conversation with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner, to discuss his new book How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature ($25.00 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

 

Christian Kiefer

Thursday, April 23, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Christian Kiefer will read from and sign his critically acclaimed new novel The Animals ($25.95 Liveright), a literary thriller from one of the most exciting voices in American fiction.

 

Doann Houghton

Thursday, April 23, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Colorado author Doann Houghton will discuss and sign her travel memoir Voice of a Voyage: Rediscovering the World During a Ten-year Circumnavigation ($24.95).

 

Musical Family Friday Night

Friday, April 24, 6:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

 

Family Friday Night

Friday, April 24, 6:00 pm, Aspen Grove

 

John C. Hampsey

Friday, April 24, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

John Hampsey will read from and sign his new book Kaufman's Hill: A Memoir ($25.00 Bancroft Press), the tale of his coming of age in the suburbs of Pittsburgh in the early 1960s.

 

Colorado Author's League Writing Awards Reading & Signing

Mainstream, Genre and Young Adult Fiction

Monday, April 27, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

 

Matt Kepnes

Monday, April 27, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Matt Kepnes (a.k.a. Nomadic Matt) will discuss and sign his new book How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter ($15.00 Perigee Books).

 

Andrew Gross

Monday, April 27, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

New York Times bestselling author Andrew Gross will read from and sign his new novel One Mile Under ($26.99 William Morrow), a propulsive thriller set amid the drought-stricken oil country of Colorado's beautiful high plains.

 

Active Minds Lecture: Tibet

Tuesday, April 28, 5:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

 

Richard Martin

Tuesday, April 28, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Boulder author Richard Martin will discuss and sign his new book Coal Wars: The Future of Energy and the Fate of the Planet ($28.00 Palgrave Macmillan).

 

John Marshall

Tuesday, April 28, 7:00 pm, Aspen Grove

Emmy Award-winning writer, producer, and director John Marshall will discuss and sign his new book Wide-Open World: How Volunteering Around the Globe Changed One Family's Lives Forever ($26.00 Ballantine).

 

Christian Hageseth

Wednesday, April 29, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Denver author and seasoned entrepreneur Christian Hageseth will discuss and sign his new book Big Weed: An Entrepreneur's High-Stakes Adventures in the Budding Legal Marijuana Business ($26.00 Palgrave Macmillan).

 

Cara Swanson

Wednesday, April 29, 7:00 pm, Historic LoDo

Colorado author Cara Swanson will read from and sign her new book The Long Journey: Tales of a World Yet to Come ($12.99).

 

T. C. Boyle

Thursday, April 30, 7:00 pm, Colfax Avenue

Critically-acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author T. C. Boyle will read from and sign his eagerly anticipated new novel The Harder They Come ($27.99 Ecco).


(R)evolve Records Presents

"Reading into the Music," a new monthly concert series that aims to dig deep into the stories that inspire the sounds through an intimate acoustic performance and conversation.

Sunday, April 19, 2:00 pm
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Stand-up comedienne Paula Poundstone is coming to Denver to put her own unique spin on life in a special benefit for Colorado Public Television.

Saturday, April 25,  8:00 pm
The Paramount Theatre







Fort Lyon Writer-in-Residence

Writers Workshop has partnered with the Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community to offer professional writers the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline in a scenic, natural environment while providing hands-on creative writing instruction to homeless veterans in Colorado. Writers will be invited to stay at the Fort Lyon campus, in the Arkansas Valley in southeastern Colorado, for four weeks, and will be provided a $2,000 stipend, as well as meals and transportation from the Denver area.

Application and more information.
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The V.I.B. -- books for adults and kids that our staff members love, and feel are true stand-outs in a season of many excellent and compelling new books.

Our new Adult VIB selection is The World Before Us by Aislinn Hunter, and our new Kids' VIB selection selection is Otto the Owl Who Loved Poetry  by Vern Kousky.

 
Dom's Book Club
Mention Dom's Book Club when making your purchase in-store to receive 20% off  this month's selection:

  

 

A Wrinkle In Time: The Graphic Novel

by Madeleine L'Engle, adapted and illustrated by Hope Larson

 

Visit Dom's Blog for his review of the book.


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7News Book Club

with Lisa Hildago

Mention the 7News Book Club when making your purchase in-store to receive 20% off  this month's selection: 

 

 

Someone

by Alice McDermott

 

Visit Lisa's FaceBook page for her review of the book!


A utographed Book

Collectors' Club 

April Pick

  

The Harder They Come

by T. C. Boyle

 

Membership in the club is free and members receive many valuable signed first editions! You can even sign someone up as a gift! Check it out here.


 
Entries must be postmarked by Friday, April 3!
27th Annual Children's Bookmark Contest
The contest asks children to create a colorful bookmark on the theme of reading. The winning entries are printed and distributed to customers throughout the year.


Announcing the Reading the West Shortlist! The winners will be announced May 30, 2015. (Though we think they're ALL winners!)

Adult Fiction Shortlist:
Stars Go Blueby Laura Pritchett
Fourth of July Creekby Smith Henderson
The Ploughmenby Kim Zupan
The Painterby Peter Heller
The High Divideby Lin Enger

Adult Nonfiction Shortlist:

Children's Shortlist:
Evidence of Things Not Seen, by Lindsey Lane
Skies Like Theseby Tess Hilmo
Beauty of the Brokenby Tawni Waters

  

April 2014

 

Orhan's Inheritance

by Aline Ohanesian
(Algonquin Books, $25.95)
"Debut author Ohanesian's historical novel relives the nearly forgotten tragedy of the Armenian Genocide during and after WWI. Through deportations, massacres, and executions of Christian and Jewish Armenians, the Ottoman Empire and its successors eliminated 1.5 million citizens. Ohanesian's beautifully written book shares a tale of passionate love, unspeakable horror, incredible strength, and the hidden stories that haunt a family. Highly recommended." -Doug Robinson, Eagle Eye Book Shop, Decatur, GA


The Witch of Painted Sorrows

by M.J. Rose
(Atria Books, $25)
"Set in Belle Époque Paris, The Witch of Painted Sorrows features an American socialite fleeing from her husband in New York to the home of her courtesan grandmother in Paris. There, she uncovers family secrets, discovers both her talent as an artist and her own erotic nature, and confronts the witch La Lune, an ancestor who threatens to possess her. Rose proves herself once again to be a consummate storyteller in this provocative and entertaining novel." - Fran Keilty, The Hickory Stick Bookshop, Washington Depot, CT


At the Water's Edge

by Sara Gruen
(Spiegel & Grau, $28)
"A trio of privileged Philadelphia socialites - Maddie, her husband, Ellis, and their friend, Hank - travel to the Scottish Highlands during WWII to prove the existence of the Loch Ness Monster. There, they find themselves among villagers dealing with the atrocities of a war that they have blithely ignored, and Maddie discovers that both the world and her life are not at all what she had imagined. Full of great period detail and richly drawn settings, At the Water's Edge is another spellbinding tale from the author of Water for Elephants." -Jill Miner, Saturn Booksellers, Gaylord, MI


World Gone By

by Dennis Lehane
(William Morrow, $27.99)
"In the prologue of World Gone By, Lehane describes his main character but certainly captures his own abilities as well: 'Joe Coughlin had a gift for bringing the beacons of the city into contact with her demons and making it all seem like a lark.' This is Lehane's great gift: creating characters with the full scope of human dimensions - our inner angels and devils, our passions and our crimes - and immersing them in the timeless trials of our world while disguising his feat as the entertainment of a 'good read.' Lehane is a magician, a maestro, and a master of the written word." -J.B. Dickey, Seattle Mystery Bookshop, Seattle, WA


What Comes Next and How to Like It: A Memoir

by Abigail Thomas
(Scribner, $24)
"Like an honest talk with your wittiest friend, Thomas' new memoir will have you both laughing out loud and on the verge of tears. Examining a life that has changed dramatically over the years and the friendship that has endured it all, What Comes Next and How to Like It reveals simple truths we can all recognize in our own lives. Thomas' gentle humor is evident in every passage as she writes of struggling with aging, loyalty, and drinking after the death of her loving husband. What makes this all the more brilliant are the sparkling moments of insight, full of depth and emotion, that Thomas so beautifully shares with the reader." - Luisa Smith, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA


Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen

by Mary Norris
(W.W. Norton, $24.95)
"I was feeling pretty smug about my word skills until I learned something right there on page 26 of Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen. I have been mispronouncing 'elegiac.' Even so, I didn't begrudge Norris for taking me on a delightful tour of the offices of The New Yorker, the history of Noah Webster and his dictionary descendents, the city of Cleveland, and the hyphen in Moby-Dick. Between You and Me is a sprightly - not 'spritely,' thank you - gambol in the fields of grammar, and I enjoyed every step." -David Enyeart, Common Good Books, St. Paul, MN


Hausfrau

by Jill Alexander Essbaum
(Random House, $26)
"In this powerful, affecting novel, Essbaum has written an ode to desire and the destructive choices we make. There is a grace in Essbaum's writing that leads the reader to love Anna, to befriend her, and to be endlessly protective of her. Whatever it is that a poet does with words - the arranging, the building of something that is more than the sum of its parts - Essbaum, an accomplished poet, does with the emotions and the honesty in this work. It is brave, vulnerable, and filled with love, passion, and the kind of lust that one never speaks about. This is something special." -Kenny Coble, The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA


Inside the O'Briens

by Lisa Genova
(Gallery Books, $26)
"Haunted by Huntington's disease, the O'Brien family members watch as their patriarch slowly loses his physical abilities. Stripped of his policeman's badge, Joe struggles to find meaning in his life while his children wonder if they, too, will eventually succumb to the degenerative disease that has no cure. Should they get the blood test that will either give them relief or lead to fear and despair? What would you do? This is Genova at her best and a story that will provoke many discussions." -Linda Bond, Auntie's Bookstore, Spokane, WA


A Desperate Fortune

by Susanna Kearsley
(Sourcebooks, $14.95)
"Kearsley's latest novel is a thoroughly enjoyable tale of two women brought together by a mysterious journal. Sarah travels to France to break the code of a journal written nearly 300 years ago by Mary Dundas, a young woman unwittingly caught up in the political exile of the Jacobites. As the story shifts between past and present, similar challenges and strengths of character in the two women emerge. A Desperate Fortune provides a satisfying read through a captivating blend of history, intrigue, and romance." -Laura Schiller, MacDonald Book Shop, Estes Park, CO


After Birth

by Elisa Albert
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $23)
"Ari is the profane, generous, poetic, desperate, loving, and terrified best friend we all hope for. Sleep-deprived and thrumming with the electricity of new motherhood, Ari stumbles upon pockets of community support in places both expected and unexpected that cut through her small-town isolation and the clutch of postpartum depression. Albert wields humor like a blade in relaying Ari's thoughts, and she is a master of conveying the gorgeous struggle of birth and all that comes after." -Katie Presley, BookPeople, Austin, TX


The Children's Crusade

by Ann Packer
(Scribner, $26.99)

Meet the Author!
"Doctor Bill Blair and his wife, Penny, built a home in a wooded area of California that would later be known as Silicon Valley. It was a time full of hope for the future, but 10 years and four children later Penny has grown resentful of her role as a wife and mother. She finds solace in art, but at a great cost to her family. Thirty years later, the lives of the three oldest Blair children are in upheaval yet again when their youngest brother, the black sheep of the family, returns to the family home and forces them all to confront their past and face their future. Packer's emotionally gripping story asks just how much our adult lives are determined by the events of our childhood." -Carson Evans, Country Bookshelf, Bozeman, MT


The Precious One

by Marisa de los Santos
(William Morrow, $25.99)
"In The Precious One, de los Santos offers a tale of family secrets, love, rejection, and forgiveness. The point of view shifts between two half-sisters who have met only once in 16 years: Taisy Cleary, now 35, and 16-year-old Willow. Why would their father bring his daughters together now, after he has kept them apart for all these years? The story is both warmly funny and heartbreaking as the two sisters share their perceptions and insights into the man who abandoned his first family. This is a thoroughly enjoyable read!" -Fran Duke, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Chatham, MA


The Sympathizer

by Viet Thanh Nguyen
(Grove Press, $26)
"The Sympathizer is a fascinating and highly original novel about the Vietnam War and its aftermath. The unnamed narrator, a South Vietnamese captain, works for the Americans while spying for the Viet Cong. After the evacuation of Saigon, he follows an American general to the U.S. and finds himself torn between two worlds: his new life in the West among his fellow political refugees and his sympathies for the Communists back home. Nguyen injects much dark humor into this tragic story, and the narrator's voice is both subversive and unforgettable. The Sympathizer will be one of the most talked-about novels of the year." -Pierre Camy, Schuler Books & Music, Grand Rapids, MI


The Harder They Come

by T.C. Boyle
(Ecco, $27.99)

Meet the Author!

ABC Club Selection
"If you were up all night reading Lionel Shriver's We Need to Talk About Kevin, take a nap before starting T.C. Boyle's new book, The Harder They Come. The novel addresses two difficult and timely topics: gun violence and society's treatment of the mentally ill. Parents Sten and Carolee Stenson are faced with balancing their love for their unstable adult son, Adam, and the safety of others as his behavior becomes increasingly erratic and threatening. Boyle is a masterful storyteller and this is his best book yet." -Mamie Potter, Quail Ridge Books & Music, Raleigh, NC


A Reunion of Ghosts

by Judith Claire Mitchell
(Harper, $26.99)
"'The sins of the fathers are visited upon the children to the third and fourth generations.' These are the words that the Alter sisters live by and the reason they have chosen to die at their own hands. Lady, Vee, and Delph Alter have written a suicide note that turns out to be a family history. The sisters are descendants of Lenz, a chemist and the creator of the poison gas that was first used in WWI, and his wife, Iris, the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry and the first in the family to commit suicide. A Reunion of Ghosts is a captivating chronicle of a family and the weight of consequences that grow heavier with time." -Jen Steele, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI


Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter

by Nina McLaughlin
(W.W. Norton, $25.95)
"After 10 years working as a journalist in front of a computer screen, Nina knew she needed a career change. An ad on Craigslist caught her eye: 'Carpenter's Assistant sought: Women strongly encouraged to apply.' So begins Nina's journey, as Mary, her mentor, transforms her from desk sitter to desk maker. Hammer Head not only shows readers how Nina became a carpenter, but also that she can still work wonders with her words." -Barbara Theroux, Fact & Fiction, Missoula, MT


Our Endless Numbered Days

by Claire Fuller
(Tin House Books, $15.95)
"Peggy, a highly imaginative and clever eight-year-old, lives in London with her famous pianist mother and survivalist father. Something is a little strange about her parents' marriage, and Peggy observes the grownups in her life behaving in ways that often perplex and sometimes scare her. When her mother leaves to go on an extended tour, Peggy is left at home with her father who, without warning, changes the course of their lives irrevocably. This is a beautifully written novel that defies categorization, and the ending will knock your socks off!" -Pam Cady, University Book Store, Seattle, WA


So You've Been Publicly Shamed

by Jon Ronson
(Riverhead, $27.95)
"This book both fascinated and terrified me with its insights into the increasing outrage to be found on social media and how careers and even lives can be quickly ruined by public forums. Ronson takes the concept further, exploring the history of public shaming, the nature of crowd 'madness,' why some people are unaffected by the process while others are devastated, and how Google searches make it hard to recover from the trauma. Not only will I recommend this book, but I will also ask people to come back and tell me what they think about the questions that are raised. This is a dialogue that needs to happen!" -Ann Carlson, Waterfront Books, Georgetown, SC


The Last Days of Video

by Jeremy Hawkins
(Soft Skull Press, $15.95)
"For film geeks and lovers of all things going out of style, reading this book feels like sharing an inside joke with the author. Each quirky character fights in their own way to save the independent store they love - Star Video - from both the Blockbuster moving into the neighborhood and a town eager for change. This book hilariously takes on today's culture, both embracing and mocking its often conflicting ideals of nostalgia and progress." -Rebekah Arwood, The Bookshelf, Thomasville, GA


Whisper Hollow

by Chris Cander
(Other Press, $17.95)
"Set in a small coal mining town, Whisper Hollow explores the complex lives of three very different women: Myrthen harbors a cold heart behind a face of piety; Alta is torn between duty to her family and the man she truly loves; and Lidia is a loving young mother who harbors a dark secret. When town scandals that have been buried as deep as the mines threaten to come to light, each woman must test her courage. This compelling story with its explosive ending makes for a riveting read." -Pamela Klinger-Horn, Magers & Quinn Booksellers, Minneapolis, MN


 

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