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Starships & Sorcery Book Club.  Join us on the third Thursday of each month at 5:30pm.

Starships & Sorcery

Starships & Sorcery: Our new science fiction and fantasy book club!
Join us on the third Thursday of each month at 5:30pm.
Book club members save 20%

Soulless by Gail Carriger

May Selection

Soulless
by Gail Carriger

Thursday • May 21 • 5:30pm

Paperback • $15.00

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Robopocalypse by Daniel Wilson

June Selection

Robopocalypse
by Daniel Wilson

Thursday • June 18 • 5:30pm

Paperback • $15.95

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Book Bites Book Club - 1st Tuesday of each month at 1pm

Book Bites Book Club

Join us on the first Tuesday of each month at 1pm. Bring your lunch and talk books with us.
Feed your body and your mind.
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Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

May Selection

Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

Tuesday • May 5 • 1pm

Paperback • $11.95

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Zealot by Reza Aslan

June Selection

Zealot
by Reza Aslan

Tuesday • June 2 • 1pm

Paperback • $18.00

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Bellevue Books Reading Group - 2nd Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm.

Bellevue Books Reading Group

Join us on the second Tuesday of the month at 5:30pm to discuss fiction and non-fiction,
classics and modern literature, history and contemporary culture, philosophy, biography,
and just about everything in between.
Book club members save 20%


Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire by Peter Stark

May Selection

Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire
by Peter Stark

Tuesday • May 12 • 5:30pm

Paperback • $15.99

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''The Bear'' from Go Down Moses by William Faulkner

June Selection

"The Bear" from Go Down Moses by William Faulkner

Tuesday • June 9 • 5:30pm

Paperback • $15.00

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An Evening's Alibi - second Wednesday of each month

An Evening's Alibi

Join us on the second Wednesday of the month at 5:30pm for a discussion
of the mystery genre's gems. You bring the book and we'll provide the alibi.
Book club members save 20%


Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

May Selection

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

Wednesday • May 13 • 5:30pm

Paperback • $16.00

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Star Island by Carl Hiaasen

June Selection

Star Island by Carl Hiaasen

Wednesday • June 10 • 5:30pm

Paperback • $8.00

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Staff Recommendations


The Malice of Fortune by Michael Ennis

The Malice of Fortune

Michael Ennis

“Part forensic murder mystery, part political thriller, and an unforgettable love story, The Malice of Fortune reveals the stunning secret Machiavelli concealed within the The Prince. Based entirely on historical fact, The Malice of Fortune vividly recreates the moment when the minds of men–and their methods of murder–entered the modern age. Ennis brilliantly recreates the complex politics of early 16th-century Italy in this absorbing and intelligent thriller that teams Leonardo da Vinci with Niccolo Machiavelli...What could have come across as a contrived partnership is anything but in Ennis' skilled hands, and he seamlessly integrates the search for the murderer with the power struggles of the day. Fans of superior historical mysteries will be enthralled.”

– Jerry

Paperback • Paperback Fiction • $15.95

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Please Bring Balloons by Lindsay Ward

Please Bring Balloons

Lindsay Ward

“One day, as little Emma is walking home from school, she stops at one of her favorite places to visit her animal-carousel friends. She finds a simple note attached to one of her best friends, the Polar Bear, that reads "please bring balloons." Emma obliges and brings the Polar Bear a shiny red balloon the very next day. The day after, Polar Bear leaves another note, "please bring more balloons!" Upon this request, Polar Bear takes Emma with him on a wonderful adventure, to a land filled with his Polar Bear friends. A wonderful adventure story for all ages, with beautiful, original illustrations made by the writer herself, using paper cutouts. Very reminiscent of Roald Dahl!”

– Gretchen

Hardcover • Kids Picture Books • $16.99

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The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

The Day the Crayons Quit

Drew Daywalt

“Each crayon has written Duncan a letter, describing how they are tired, overworked, not being used enough, or within the lines! The crayons have some different ideas, and Duncan learns creative ways to color.”

– Olivia

Hardcover • Kids Picture Books • $14.39

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Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender's Game

Orson Scott Card

“Earth has been invaded, the humans almost annihilated. The International Fleet look to super geniuses for their next commander; one who will stop the buggers from coming back. Is Ender Wiggin the one they are looking for? Can he save the planet?”

– Olivia

Paperback • SF/Fantasy Paperback • $7.99

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House of Hades by Rick Riordan

House of Hades

Rick Riordan

“The ground is made of glass, the air is a poisonous gas, the river is made of fire. That is just the beginning of Percy and Annabeth's journey Tartarus. Riordan does an excellent job of bringing humor to the spirit of the Abyss in the forth book of the Heroes of Olympus!”

– Olivia

Hardcover • Kids Fiction/ages 10-14 • $15.99

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The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

The Hobbit

JRR Tolkien

“This literary classic is a must read for all ages. The epic tale of Bilbo Baggins' first adventure away from the Shire and into the lair of Smaug the Magnificent is both heart warming and breath taking.”

– Olivia

Paperback • SF/Fantasy Paperback • $17.95

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The Light Between Oceans by Rebecca Stedman

The Light Between Oceans

Rebecca Stedman

“The safe and righteous presence of an island lighthouse sets the tone of this poignant Australian novel. When a lighthouse keeper and his wife discover a small boat washed upon their shore, the tiny infant inside the craft is an impossibly strong draw for the barren childless young woman. Her very moral husband will do almost anything to secure her happiness. The author expertly leads us to empathize with every character's conflict, desires and choices.”

– Becky

Paperback • Paperback Fiction • $16.00

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The Big Book of Hacks by Doug Cantor

The Big Book of Hacks

Doug Cantor

“A geeky crafty wonderland is this book. Electronics projects including wind and solar power, ways to alter you electronics to better fit you, boost signals and more are found within. Projects to do with your kids and grandkids abound, many using discarded items. But for me perhaps the niftiest things are the stories of inventors who decided to try things just to see if could be done. Too much fun.”

– Kiki

Paperback • Science • $25.00

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The Witness Wore Red: the 19th Wife who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice by Rebecca Musser with M. Bridget Cook

The Witness Wore Red: the 19th Wife who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice

Rebecca Musser with M. Bridget Cook

“"Breed 'em and Break 'em," is the motto in the FLDS (Fundamentalist Chirch of Jesus Christ for Latter Day Saints,) for any young woman who is at all rebellious; a woman like Rebecca Musser. Rebecca refuses to be married off at the tender age of 15, especially to an older man, but as a young girl in the ultra-conservative world of the FLDS, she must obey any man, especially Warren Jeffs. Right before her 16th birthday Rebecca is married off to Warren Jeff's father, Rulon (known at that time as The Prophet) a man who has 18 wives already, and is nearly 85 years old. After leaving the FLDS, Rebecca becomes known as the "Witness Who Wore Red," red being forbidden color, who's testimony helped put Warren Jeffs behind bars for good. Very, very powerful and tragic, Rebecca's experience is one everyone should read, especially if you are interested in the FLDS; this biography will give you a will give you a first-hand look into their inner workings and theologies.”

– Gretchen

Hardcover • Biography • $26.00

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House Girl by Tara Conklin

House Girl

Tara Conklin

“This is a beautifully written, fabulous story. I couldn't put it down! The author uses parallel narratives to draw the reader into life as a slave in the South in the mid-1800s and a young female lawyer in present day NYC. These 2 narratives weave together into an amazing, personal and mysterious story. Oh, the melting pot of US history! This is a wonderful book!”

– Kim

Paperback • Paperback Fiction • $14.99

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The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers

The Yellow Birds

Kevin Powers

“With musical sentences and shining details this poet author tells of the emotional recoil of helplessly resolved soldiers fighting in Iraq. Before his deployment 17-year-old Bartle promised his best friend's mother that he would bring her son back alive, but from the beginning we are led to understand that this will not be the outcome. Kevin Power's story is told through the eyes of Bartle in dazzling language that is alone worth picking up this book. A war story–yes, and a wonderful revelation of human character.”

– Becky

Paperback • Paperback Fiction • $14.99

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The Son by Philipp Meyer

The Son

Philipp Meyer

“An epic Texas family saga spanning 150 years. This is the story of the McCullough family beginning with Eli, the first baby born in the new Republic of Texas in 1849, to his great-granddaughter Jeannie in present day as they build a cattle and oil empire. Gritty and violent like its setting, The Son is a compelling read with themes of empire-building and the intersection (or collision) of loyalty to self and loyalty to family.”

– Andrea

Hardcover • Fiction Hardcover • $27.99

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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch

Donna Tartt

“Wow! Wow! Wow! 771 pages and not a bit too long. With a bit of a modern Dickensian feel, Donna Tartt brings us a fantastic novel that explores loss, obsession, and self-preservation through the eyes of Theo Decker, a 13 year old boy who miraculously survives the accident that takes his mother. Tartt writes with vivid (yet not overly drawn out) detail for her characters emotions and their settings. Her descriptions of her fictional world are better than any I could provide of my own real world. I couldn't wait to find out what happens in the end, but found myself slowing down a little because I didn't want to finish.”

– Andrea

Hardcover • Fiction Hardcover • $24.00

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Little Santa by Jon Agee

Little Santa

Jon Agee

“Ever wonder what Santa was like as a kid? And how he became the big guy we all know and love? Head to the North Pole to meet Santa, a little boy who loves decorating pine trees, making snow angels and most of all sliding down the chimney! Little Santa is a fun Santa Claus origin story for your entire family to read year after year.”

– Andrea

Hardcover • Kids Holidays/Christmas • $17.99

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The Bear's Song by Benjamin Chaud

The Bear's Song

Benjamin Chaud

“A delightful journey of incredible imagery blends magically with the story. The sweet, happy ending will be enjoyed by little people and big people . The Bear's Song is a treat for the entire family and groups of friends.”

– Don

Hardcover • Kids Picture Books • $17.99

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Why Do I Sing? Animal Songs of the Pacific Northwest by Jennifer Blomgren

Why Do I Sing? Animal Songs of the Pacific Northwest

Jennifer Blomgren

“Native animals raise their voices in song in this beautifully illustrated rhyming celebration of Northwest nature.”

– Jenny

Hardcover • Kids Pacific Northwest Culture • $16.99

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The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje

The Cat's Table

Michael Ondaatje

“With luminous detail and delightful hilarity Michael Ondaatje places his 11 year-old protagonist on an ocean liner traveling from Sri Lanka to London in 1954. Unlike the prominent passengers to sit at the Captain's table, young Michael and the two boys he befriends are relegated to what is disparigingly called the "cat's table", where a rainbow of dubious characters sit. Unsupervised, the boys determine to do something forbidden each day. The wonderful characters and adventures lead to the unveiling of a shipboard mystery, and ultimately lead Michael from his past to his future self.”

– Becky

Paperback • Paperback Fiction • $15.00

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Children's Books Staff Recommendations


Olivia and the Fairy Princesses by Ian Falconer

Olivia and the Fairy Princesses

Ian Falconer

“Olivia is quite upset: all of the other piglets only want to be Fairy Princesses, and nothing more! She decides that there is always an alternative...maybe she could be a warthog (like she was last Halloween to great effect) or maybe a nurse, or Little Red Riding Hood? She finally decides, that she will just have to be something better – a Queen! Everyone should know who Olivia is (because she'll kindly explain it to you).”

– Gretchen

Hardcover • Kids • $14.39

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Love the Beastie! by Henrik Drescher

Love the Beastie

Henrik Drescher

“Beastie has two Best Friends – Paul and Judy. But sometimes being a Big Beastie is not all its cracked up to be, and we need a little help from our friends. A truly creative, charming, and completely interactive book! Great for the very smallest of child, to the biggest Beastie”

– Gretchen

Hardcover • Kids – Popups • $12.95

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Forever Young by Bob Dyan and Paul Rodgers

Forever Young

Bob Dyan and Paul Rodgers

“ A perfect gift for any new parent. This book beautifully voices the hopes and dreams all parents have for their children. With wonderful illustrations by Paul Rodgers, Forever Young will be a forever favorite.”

– Andrea

Hardcover • Kids – Picture Books • $17.99

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The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

The Red Pyramid

Rick Riordan

“Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series, does it again with an exciting adventure into the Egyptian Mythology. Brother and sister duo work together to fight the agent of evil, Set. The Red Pyramid takes the origins of the ancient Cult of Osiris and blends it with a modern day world to form an incredible journey worthy of the Gods.”

– Olivia

Paperback • Kids – Ages 10-14 • $9.99

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Author Events


Tuesday • April 7 • 6pm

The Alpine Zen by Mary Daheim
Mary Daheim

The Alpine Zen (PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE)

After making her way through the entire alphabet in her series of small-town mysteries featuring newspaper-woman and amateur sleuth Emma Lord, Mary Daheim has arrived at the letter Z. And while this may not be the final book in the series, when a colleague goes missing, an unidentified body turns up at the dump, and a peculiar young woman arrives claiming her parents were murdered and she's next on the killer's list, The Alpine Zen unravels more than enough suspense for any grand finale. Joining us for a reading and signing, Daheim will introduce her thrilling new mystery. If we're lucky, maybe she'll even tells us what's next for Emma Lord now that she's out of letters.

$26.00  Add to Bookbag

Sunday • April 12 • 1pm

Middle Grade Mania Featuring: Steven Arntson, Faith Harkey, Marcia Wells, and Greg Trine

The Trap, Genuine Sweet, Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery in Mayan Mexico, Willy Maykit in Space (HOUGHTON MIFFLIN)

When it comes to middle grade reading, it doesn't get much more exciting than the latest books by Steven Arntson, Faith Harkey, Marcia Wells, and Greg Trine. In local author Steven Arntson's The Trap, missing persons, first crushes, and out of body experiences come together for one creepy cool new read. In Faith Harkey's Genuine Sweet, a young girl embarks on a journey of complication and excitement when she discovers her ability to grant anyone's wish—except her own. In Marcia Wells' latest, Eddie Red, NYPD's youngest crime-solving hero, returns for another adventure when a trip to Mexico turns into a mystery with more threads to unravel than an ugly sweater. And in Greg Trine's Willy Maykit in Space, a school field trip turns into an epic outer-space adventure full of monsters, aliens, and lots of knock-knock jokes.


Sunday • April 12 • 2pm

Wherever You Go by Joan Leegant
Joan Leegant

Wherever You Go (NORTON)

The National Council of Jewish Women, Seattle Section, and University Book Store are excited to welcome award-winning author Joan Leegant to speak about Jewish American literature and her latest novel, Wherever You Go. Named one of the Significant Jewish Books of 2010 by the Union for Reform Judaism, the stunning work tells the story of three young Jewish Americans in Jerusalem, the radical religious and nationalistic groups that surround them, and their struggle to respond to their passions—for God, for art, for love, and for a land—in a way that creates a life of meaning. Leegant's presentation, titled "Jewish-American Literature is Alive and Well: Four Subjects We're (still) Writing About," will be followed by a signing with books available for purchase.

$23.95  Add to Bookbag

Monday • April 13 • 6pm

Rad American Women A to Z by Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl
Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl

Rad American Women A to Z (CITY LIGHTS)

In most alphabet books, "A" stands for "Apple." In the boldly illustrated and powerful new A to Z book by Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl, "A" is for Angela Davis, the iconic political activist. And as the alphabet unfolds, so does a list of history-making American women spanning several centuries, multiple professions, and 26 diverse individuals—including "X" for "the women whose names we don't know." Joining us for a reading and signing of their inspiring book for middle readers and beyond, Schatz and Stahl will share the stories of some of those brave women, explore a meaning of "radical" that goes beyond just political and social activism, and offer a few of their 26 suggestions for how you can be "rad" too.

$14.95  Add to Bookbag

Just for Kids

Join Carolyn each Thursday morning at 11am for a lively hour of stories and art. Animated readings will entertain your children and help them form positive reading habits. Painting and drawing will stimulate their creative minds. Juice and cookies to follow. Call 425.462.4500 for details.  Ages 3 – 7.


The Benefits of a Book Fair

Our different Book Fair packages offer you some fantastic benefits.


With a Book Fair at one of our stores, you can showcase student artwork and performers in our space, making your Book Fair a destination event for your school. This allows your community to shop our great selection of new, used, or bargain books; Husky Gear; supplies for school, art, or office AND have a percentage of those purchases go right back to you. (And they can take advantage of our FREE parking, FREE gift wrapping, and awesome customer service.)


With a book fair at your school, we can customize the selection of books we deliver to you, pick them up when the fair ends, and even provide a bookseller.


We even offer a hybrid store/school book fair package, so that busy families, faculty, and friends can have even more flexibility to shop during the school day, in the evening, and on weekends, which gives them even more opportunities to support your school.


And through our website, friends and family near and far can participate, supporting your school by shopping ubookstore.com. We keep track of their purchases with a unique book fair code entered at checkout.

Want to know more?

Call or email Mary Jo Huelsemann to learn how to schedule a Book Fair at your school. 1.800.335.READ x617.

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