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From Sarah:
If you’re a reader, 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List by James Mustich (Workman $35) is a book you will keep handy and pick up when you have a few minutes to spare. Then you’ll end up missing appointments and scribbling lists on whatever scraps of paper you have at hand. Mustich has put together a collection of must-read books, both whimsical and serious, and written a charming description about each book and author. His selections, written with respect, appreciation, and humor, include fiction (from classics to contemporary), nonfiction, and children’s books, and are accompanied by delightful illustrations. It's a great gift for the book lover in your life, and we have signed copies!

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From Anne: The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life by David Quammen (Simon & Schuster $30). I didn't know much about molecular biology until I read this study of life's diversity—and its relatedness via horizontal gene transfer (HGT), which is the movement of genes across species lines, rather than by descent. Starting with Darwin—well really much earlier—Quammen explains how the research and discovery in the field of evolution has progressed to the present. He brings a modern meaning to the ancient symbol of the Tree of Life, and lets us understand how humans are connected to the rest of the living world. This is a delight!
From Bud: Celebrated author Haruki Murakami returns with another novel exploring the mysteries of the human condition. The questions that he explores are difficult ones and the answers are potentially stranger and harder to embrace. A Japanese painter of minor works, recently separated, takes up residence in the home of a master artist, where the chance find of a hidden painting awakens him to a journey of discovery. Fans of Murakami’s earlier works will know that they are in for a treat with Killing Commendatore (Knopf $30). New readers will celebrate the mysteries and delights that are his hallmarks.
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QRB Marketing Manager Jason Jefferies recently sat down with sportswriter John Feinstein to discuss Quarterback: Inside the Most Important Position in the National Football League . Hear that and earlier episodes with authors Therese Fowler, Ben Fountain and David Grann at . Also available at iTunes , Stitcher , Spotify , and other platforms--just search Bookin' !
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Oxford American Magazine 's Winter 2018 Southern Music issue:
North Carolina
Comes with a 28-song sampler CD of recordings from NC legends like Nina Simone, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane, Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson, James Taylor, and Elizabeth Cotten. Among the notable contributors writing for the issue are Jonathan Lethem, Jill McCorkle, and Wiley Cash, as well as musicians Rhiannon Giddens, Tift Merritt and more. Buy here .

Writers of all kinds are encouraged to submit their unpublished fiction manuscripts of less than 3,000 words by January 30th. The contest is sponsored by North Carolina Writers Network and novelist Jill McCorkle, a 2018 inductee of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, will serve as final judge. The winner will receive $1,000 and possible publication of their winning entry in The Thomas Wolfe Review. Find more information at .
NC Bookwatch on UNC-TV , with host D.G. Martin, airs on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. and Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m. This week D.G.'s guest is Joseph Robinson with Long Winded: An Oboist’s Incredible Journey to the New York Philharmonic . Find the full cable schedule and a link to watch online here .
Upcoming Events
Tonight, Dec. 5, 7:00 PM
MARIANNA CRANE, Stories from the Tenth-Floor Clinic: A Nurse Practitioner Remembers

Running a clinic for seniors requires a lot more than simply providing medical care. In this memoir, Crane chases out scam artists and abusive adult children, plans a funeral, signs her own name to social security checks, and butts heads with her staff--even as she deals with a tempestuous relationship with her own mother at home. Writer Philip Gerard says that Crane "writes with compassion and insight about what it’s like to serve on the front lines of the medical profession—treating the most vulnerable among us."
Thursday, Dec. 6, 7:00 PM
CASSANDRA CLARE, Queen of Air and Darkness
In conversation with YA author Carrie Ryan

Dark secrets and forbidden love threaten the survival of the Shadowhunters in the final novel of The Dark Artifices Trilogy . For ages 14+. While tickets last, r eceive one admission and signing line ticket with QRB purchase of Queen of Air and Darkness . This event is co-sponsored by Meredith College Friends of Library.
Friday, Dec. 7, 7:00 PM
JEN SINCERO, You Are a Badass Every Day
Reserved Seats Sold Out
For anyone who has ever had trouble staying motivated while trailblazing towards badassery, this is the companion to keep you fresh, grateful, mighty, and driven.

A small number of general seats will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis, with no purchase required. If you can't attend, you can order a signed and personalized copy of the book here .
Saturday, Dec. 8
10:30 AM and 2:00 PM
Meet the Grinch!

Move over Santa, the Grinch is coming to Quail Ridge! Bring the family and your phone/camera for a fun new holiday tradition: a photo with the green one. The Grinch (costumed character) will visit twice today: 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM.

You will be handed a free ticket to meet the Grinch when you walk into QRB. Feel free to browse in the store while you wait for your turn!
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 7:00 PM
ELIZABETH BERG, Night of Miracles
Seats may be reserved

Set in the same world as her The Story of Arthur Truluv , this is a new novel for these difficult times, that shows how the residents of Mason, Missouri come together and find the true power of community—just when they need it the most.

Seats will be available for the public without any purchase required. Receive a ticket for a reserved seat and priority signing line placement when you prepurchase the book­ from QRB.
Saturday, Dec. 15, 1:00 PM
IRA DAVID WOOD III, The Russian Galatea

On July 16, 1918, the entire Romanov family was supposedly murdered by Russian Bolsheviks. Woven around historical facts, this novel is a detective story about a courageous investigator's obsession with finding out what really happened to Tsar Nicholas II and his family, and his deep relationship with the girl in a faded photograph. Is she alive or dead? Ira David Wood is the founder and current Executive Director of Raleigh's Theatre in the Park.
Tickets are sold out to our event with Bishop Michael Curry at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Raleigh on Dec. 17. However, through Dec. 16, you may order a signed and personalized copy of his new book, The Power of Love here .
Book Clubs and Groups - Everyone Welcome!
Find the schedule for all of our book clubs here .