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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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Thursday • April 16 • 5:30pm
by Gail Carriger
Thursday • May 21 • 5:30pm
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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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand
Tuesday • April 7 • 1pm
Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
Tuesday • May 5 • 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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The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
Tuesday • April 14 • 5:30pm
Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire
by Peter Stark
Tuesday • May 12 • 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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This is the Water by Yannick Murphy
Wednesday • April 8 • 5:30pm
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
Wednesday • May 13 • 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.”
Wednesday • March 25 • 6pm
Various Titles (VARIOUS)
Not only is the Northwest home to many readers, it's also home to many talented authors. And this March we're delighted to host a discussion and signing with nearly a dozen Northwest writers whose books include everything from sci fi, fantasy, and YA fiction to thrillers, romances, and historical sagas. Whether you can't wait to meet your favorite local author or you're looking for an exciting new series to read, this jam-packed, author-filled event will have you covered.
Participating authors include:
Martina Dalton author of The Sixth Sense of Jenny Crumb
Angela Darling author of The Last of the Delacroixs
David A. Davies author of The Potential
Thomas W. Everson author of R.E.birth
T.M. Franklin author of The More Trilogy
Billie Grable author of The Weeping Willow Sings
Maren Higbee author of Lana Fray and the Grand Plan
David Alan Morrison author of Guild of Immortal Women
Ava O'Shay author of Serenity
Rori Shay author of The Elected Series.
Saturday • March 28 • 2pm
Alive & Thankful: Life is a Gift (A & T)
After inspiring countless readers with his first collection of poetry, Puyallup poet Lon Cole is back with even more deeply felt and encouraging verses in his latest volume, Alive & Thankful: Life is a Gift. Filled with over 200 poems, the collection's overarching message is one of positivity and hope in the face of physical, emotional, and psychological burdens—like the early-onset Alzheimer's Cole faces himself. Joining us for a reading and signing of the new volume, Cole will share his inspiring poems and his unique perspective on learning to celebrate life and live it to the fullest even in the midst of its darkest moments.
Monday • March 30 • 12pm
Cold Betrayal (SIMON & SCHUSTER)
Ali Reynolds may have just gotten married, but rest and relaxation aren't in the cards when an old friend and Ali's new family call for assistance. In J.A. Jance's latest book, Ali is called back to the job when Taser-carrying nun, Sister Anselm, pulls her into the investigation of a polygamist cult after she rescues a young pregnant woman injured while making her escape. At the same time, her daughter-in-law's grandmother finds police unresponsive to the threats and break-ins that have been happening at her home, and Ali agrees to look into what's going on. Joining us for a reading and signing, Jance will introduce Ali's exciting new adventure and its story inspired by real life evils that exist right in our own backyards.
Friday • April 3 • 6pm
Did You Know That I Love You? (HARPER COLLINS)
Featuring brightly colored cartoon illustrations and sweet sentiments of love, Did You Know That I Love You?, the debut children's book by illustrator, author, and SPU alum Christa Pierce, is as beautiful as it is delightful. In it, Pierce tells a story made of simple expressions of love—from kisses and hugs to a comforting cup of tea—shared between a small blue bird and a friendly fox. What the story gives us is a heartwarming illustration of unconditional love and the joy it brings. Joining us for a reading and signing, Pierce will share her precious story and its assuring message with us.
Tuesday • April 7 • 6pm
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.
Sunday • April 12 • 1pm
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 (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.
Monday • April 13 • 6pm
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.
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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Bellevue, WA 98004
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