August 2022

It's travel and tourist season and we've got events to help you keep your out-of-town guests busy or to keep your little ones entertained for a few hours! Need a beach read? Check out our summer reads table up at the front of the shop.

Scroll down for a list of recently released favorites from the staff and a list of our upcoming events!
Books We're Excited About

A compelling fantasy about a community that has lost its kindness and neighborliness to a false narrative of the other. In this case, it's an ogress who only wants to belong. Of course, the orphans can see what's true - especially about the mayor ("I alone can help!") Beautiful!

Recommended by owner Christy
See more of Christy's picks HERE

A novel about awareness and one woman's story of fleeing a portion of her life that isn't fulfilling her in order to embrace the ideals that she is passionate about in her 53-year-old coming-of-age story. About mothers and daughters and waking up.

Recommended by Mary
See more of Mary's picks HERE

Set in Moscow in the late 1990s, the story follows 11-year-old Mitya as he navigates loss, a difficult family life, and his own gender identity. Mitya is such a loveable character. He's become one of my all-time favorite literary characters.

Recommended by Becky
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Set in a recovery clinic for those afflicted by a violent mass delusion, this short tale of who is right and who is wrong is haunting in many ways.

Recommended by Kevin
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I was completely invested in Santi & Suwa's all-consuming love story filled with music and anime topped off with a dose of fate. This lively and bittersweet novel made my own heart beat in the same rhythm as the paths these two forge as they move up and move beyond their family circumstances together.

Recommended by Andrew
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Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of store favorites "Daisy Jones and the Six" and "The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo," has a new book publishing August 30th! We'll have signed copies available while they last. Follow this LINK to preorder your copy today!
Welcome Theresa!
A huge, warm welcome to our newest employee Theresa Burton! Theresa is an experienced bookseller and educator. She works as a freelance editor for Blackstone Publishing. She has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Theresa is a big fan of Fantasy, YA, and Mysteries and she can't say no to a little Romance every once in a while.

We are so excited to have Theresa on board! Click HERE for Theresa's Staff Picks.
A big thank you to everyone who made donations in exchange for Advance Reader Copies this past week. We were able to make a sizeable donation to Planned Parenthood. Your generosity is appreciated.
Upcoming Events
August 3rd, 5pm
It's an all-ages hunt throughout Ballard for Waldo! Stop by a participating store for a map, and get to know the neighborhood haunts by searching for our stripe-clad friend! Waldo hunters are welcome to join us Wednesday, August 3rd at 5pm for a party at the shop during which we'll be handing out prizes and offering photo ops with Waldo himself!
Story Time with Christy
August 6th at 10 am at the Ballard Locks

Bring the kids and join store owner Christy McDanold at the Ballard Locks on Saturday, August 6th at 10 am for a Pacific Northwest Birds and their Habitats themed story time!

August 13th, 5pm
by Harriet Baskas
Join us at the shop to launch Harriet Baskas' new Seattle guidebook that highlights 111 of the places that make Seattle the quirky and fascinating city we all love! This is not your average guidebook - even locals will appreciate having a copy on hand.
Click HERE for more information!

Wednesday, August 17, 4:30-5:30
Welcome to one of our favorite ongoing events at the Garden: our monthly book club for readers ages 8-11. A new generation of Young Readers has been meeting every third Wednesday, from 4:30 - 5:30 and we have space for more book lovers! Please RSVP by emailing bookshop@secretgardenbooks.com; "YRS RSVP" in the subject line. Call Becky at the shop any time with questions. Get ready to talk books with new book friends!
August's book: The List of Things That Will Not Change
The Secret Garden in partnership with Page Ahead will be at the Seattle Mariners' game on Tuesday, August 23rd to "book-raise" for children's literacy. Click HERE to donate to Page Ahead or stop by our booth if you happen to be at the game!
Our shop is open for book browsing every day. Please use a facial covering if needed.

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Weekends 11 - 5

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