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Starships & Sorcery
Starships & Sorcery: Our new science fiction and fantasy book club!
Join us on the third Thursday of each month at 5:30pm.
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The Land of Laughs by Jonathan Carroll
Thursday • October 16 • 5:30pm
Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
Thursday • November 20 • 5:30pm
Tails!: For readers of the best in fiction and non-fiction about our furry, feathered, or fishy friends.
Join us on the second Thursday of each month at 4:30pm.
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The Dog Who Rescues Cats: The True Story of Ginny
by Philip Gonzalez
Thursday • October 9 • 4:30pm
Next of Kin: My Conversations with Chimpanzees
by Roger Fouts and Stephen Tukel Mills
Thursday • November 13 • 4:30pm
Tasty Reads: For readers with a taste for books about food.
Meets on the second Monday of every month at 4pm.
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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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The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Tuesday • October 7 • 1pm
Tenth of December by George Saunders
Tuesday • November 4 • 1pm
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.
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A Fool's Disciple by Donald Lee
Tuesday • October 14 • 5:30pm
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.
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The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kersley
Wednesday • October 8 • 5:30pm
Damage Control by Robert Dugoni
Wednesday • November 12 • 5:30pm
The Malice of Fortune
“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.”
Please Bring Balloons
“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!”
The Day the Crayons Quit
“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.”
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?”
House of Hades
“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!”
“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.”
The Light Between Oceans
“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.”
The Big Book of Hacks
“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.”
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.”
“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!”
The Yellow Birds
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
The Bear's Song
“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.”
Why Do I Sing? Animal Songs of the Pacific Northwest
“Native animals raise their voices in song in this beautifully illustrated rhyming celebration of Northwest nature.”
The Cat's Table
“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.”
Children's Books Staff Recommendations
Olivia and the Fairy Princesses
“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).”
Love the Beastie
“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”
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.”
The Red Pyramid
“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.”
Thursday • October 9 • 6pm
The House on Sylvia Street: 30 Years, 300 Medically Fragile Foster Children, and a Whole Lot of Sock Monkeys (SELF)
In The House on Sylvia Street, local author Judy Bordeaux shares the story of a nurse and professional foster mom and the over 300 children she has cared for over the last three decades. While names have been changed, each story Bordeaux tells is real and their collection culminates in an often funny, frequently difficult, and ultimately heartwarming story of invisible and overlooked foster children. With Bordeaux here for a reading and signing of her powerful new book this fall, we look forward to learning even more about both the difficult issues facing children in the foster system and Bordeaux's inspirational story of a woman who took on every hardship of the children she cared for as her own.
Saturday • October 11 • 3pm
Let's Get Lost (HARLEQUIN)
Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost. Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named Leila. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most. Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila's own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth—sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you're looking for is to get lost along the way.
Tuesday • October 14 • 6pm
Under the Salvadoran Sun (SELF)
Author and visual artist Sher Davidson may hail from Portland, but when she began donating to a non-profit that provides assistance to villages in El Salvador, her love for that country was born. With it came the inspiration for her debut novel about love, sex, family, humanitarianism, immigration, and the search for meaning. Set in post-civil war El Salvador, the story draws a Seattle widow into the arms of love and complexity when she reunites with a former flame and joins him in his work at a Salvadoran orphanage. Joining us for a reading and signing, Davidson will present her inspirational and thought-provoking new story of discovery that will leave you wanting write your own.
Davidson is donating a percentage of the sales of her book to EcoViva , an NGO supporting environmental sustainability, social justice, and peace for communities in Central America.
Saturday • October 18 • 11am
The Beekeeper's Ball (HARLEQUIN)
#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs returns to sun-drenched Bella Vista, where the land's bounty yields a rich harvest
and family secrets that have long been buried. Isabel Johansen, a celebrated chef who grew up in the sleepy Sonoma town of Archangel, is transforming her childhood home into a destination cooking school—a unique place for other dreamers to come and learn the culinary arts. Bella Vista's rambling mission-style hacienda, with its working apple orchards, bountiful gardens and beehives, is the idyllic venue for Isabel's project
and the perfect place for her to forget the past. But Isabel's carefully ordered plans begin to go awry when swaggering, war-torn journalist Cormac O'Neill arrives to dig up old history. He's always been better at exposing the lives of others than showing his own closely guarded heart, but the pleasures of small-town life and the searing sensuality of Isabel's kitchen coax him into revealing a few truths of his own.
Saturday • October 18 • 5pm
Rabbit: (A Novel?) (PINK FISH)
A book that blurs the lines between memoir and fiction, the new novel by Jared John Smith tells the story of an author who, after failing to sell his novel, sets off across the country to collect ghost stories for freelance pieces and track down his long-lost father. Driven by a frantic search for meaning and family, its riveting experimental style and story-within-a-story structure captivate from beginning to end. And while the book ultimately leaves you wondering whether the author has completely disappeared, we're excited to welcome Smith for a reading and signing—to introduce his original new work and maybe even shed a light on a few of its many mysteries.
Friday • October 24 • 12pm
Leaving Time (PENGUINRANDOM)
Throughout her blockbuster career, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult has seamlessly blended nuanced characters, riveting plots, and rich prose, brilliantly creating stories that "not only provoke the mind but touch the flawed souls in all of us" (The Boston Globe). Now, in her highly anticipated new book, she has delivered her most affecting novel yet—and one unlike anything she's written before. For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother's whereabouts.
Tuesday • October 28 • 6pm
Child of a Hidden Sea (TOR)
Introducing a magical world of island nations, the first book in A. M. Dellamonica's new fantasy series begins when her adventurous young protagonist sets off in search of her birth mother and falls into a strange and wondrous homeland that wants nothing to do with her. What unfolds is a fascinating journey of investigation and discovery about a world both eerily similar and drastically different from our own, and a young woman determined to both understand it and earn its people's acceptance. For the chance to leap into the world of Stormwrack with its creator, join us as Dellamonica leads us into its magic, mysteries, and adventures at a reading and signing of her enchanting new book.
Thursday • October 30 • 6:30pm
Tales to Disturb Your Sleep
Why should kids have all the storytime fun? Our Short Story Society features dramatic readings of short tales for adults.
This October, we'll read stories with a creepy, Halloween focus. Refreshments will be served.
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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