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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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Startide Rising by David Brin
Thursday • September 18 • 5:30pm
The Land of Laughs by Jonathan Carroll
Thursday • October 16 • 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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Wallace: The Underdog Who Conquered a Sport, Saved a Marriage, and Championed Pit Bulls
by Jim Gorant
Thursday • September 11 • 4:30pm
The Dog Who Rescues Cats: The True Story of Ginny
by Philip Gonzalez
Thursday • October 9 • 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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How It All Began by Penelope Lively
Tuesday • September 2 • 1pm
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Tuesday • October 7 • 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 Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Tuesday • September 9 • 5:30pm
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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Wicked Autumn: A Mystery by G.M. Malliet
Wednesday • September 10 • 5:30pm
The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kersley
Wednesday • October 8 • 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 • September 4 • 6pm
Maddi's Fridge (FLASHLIGHT PRESS)
For Lois Brandt, a childhood realization that her friend and her family had no food to eat stuck with her for years. Now, through a children's picture book, she brings the issue of childhood hunger to life through a story of friendship, enabling children to both understand a situation that many around them face and giving them ideas for how they can help. Interested in learning more about how Brandt uses her story to explore themes of perseverance, friendship, interconnectedness and helping others with kids around the country? Join us for a launch party for the empathetic, honest, and original new book for children with the author herself. Guests are asked to bring non-perishable food items to donate to Northwest Harvest as a part of this event.
Saturday • September 6 • 1pm
The Last of the Blacksmiths (COFFEETOWN PRESS)
Inspired by historic family letters and fleshed out with extensive research, a fascinating narrative and compelling characters, Claire Gebben's historical fiction novel about a 19th century blacksmith and his journey to America on the cusp of both the Civil War and the decline of his profession is a captivating and intimate glimpse of the German immigrant experience. For a moving story about dreams and the realities that met them in early America, join us for a reading and signing with Gebben. If we're lucky, she might even share some extra anecdotes that didn't make it into the book.
Monday • September 15 • 6pm
A Caldecott honor recipient with a rapidly growing collection of delightful titles, Mac Barnett is quickly becoming one of our favorite children's authors. In his new book, Barnett delivers yet another story that's sure to become a favorite in classrooms, libraries, and children's bookshelves everywhere. A fun and funny take on the classic children's game, Barnett's Telephone tells a story about a row of birds passing a message down a telephone line and how each of their unique personalities hilariously affects both how they understand and communicate it. Can't wait to get in on the fun? Join us for a reading and signing with Barnett sure to be filled with laughter and smiles for all ages.
Tuesday • September 16 • 6pm
Whidbey Island: Reflections on People & the Land (HISTORY PRESS)
For Elizabeth Guss, Janice C. O'Mahony, and Mary Richardson, Whidbey Island is more than just their home; it is a special place brimming with rich cultural and environmental history. In their compelling anthology, the three local authors capture the island's heritage through stories of 15 different locations and the intimate partnership between the land and its people that has made the island what it is today. For a unique look at Whidbey Island from the time of its early Native American and European settlements through today, join us as Guss, O'Mahony, and Richardson share stories, reflections, and excerpts at a reading and signing of their recently released book. The authors are donating proceeds from the book to the Whidbey Camano Land Trust, a natural preservation organization.
Wednesday • September 17 • 6pm
A Triple Knot (RANDOM HOUSE)
In her critically acclaimed The King's Mistress, Emma Campion proved herself to be a writer who knows how to handle both story and history with skill. In her follow up book, Campion delivers an equally engrossing tale about another fascinating woman from history: Joan, "Fair Maid of Kent." Set in the court of Edward III and punctuated by three marriages surrounded by scandal, the emotionally resonate story reveals a woman who was more than just a beauty and a life of betrayal, love, and intrigue that will leave you captivated. To hear more about the complex story that drew Campion to Joan's life to begin with, join us at a reading and signing with the equally intriguing Campion herself.
Monday • September 22 • 6pm
The Co-Parents' Handbook (SELF)
When it comes to a child's sense of family, what divorce or separation breaks apart, solid co-parenting can rebuild. But what does it really look like to successfully co-parent? And how do separated parents learn to create a nurturing two-home family? In The Co-Parents' Handbook, Karen Bonnell and Kristin Little provide an indispensable "how-to" guide to help parents work through issues, develop strategies, and confidently take on the challenges of raising children in two homes. Joining us for a discussion and signing, Bonnell and Little will be on hand to introduce their valuable new book, answer questions, and address specific issues relevant to families in transition following a divorce or separation. Presented in partnership with King County Collaborative Law.
Tuesday • September 23 • 6pm
So Long, Vietnam (THIRTY SECOND STREET RACCOONS PUBLISHING)
What if a group of infantry soldiers simply refused to fight? That is the question at the center of Brian King's new novel about three young Americans drafted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Based on actual events, experiences, and sentiments of U.S. soldiers who served in Vietnam, it's also a book that ponders a reality that could have been. For a unique look into the Vietnam War and the anti-war movement that existed not only at home, but within the Army's own ranks, join us for a reading and signing with King, the book's author as well as an Army Veteran and a longtime anti-war activist.
Wenesday • September 24 • 6pm
King Dork (RANDOM HOUSE)
Since its release in 2006, King Dork, Frank Portman's original novel about a geeky teenage boy dealing with the tortures and humiliations of high school—all while trying to solve a half a dozen mysteries (including the one surrounding his father's death), track down a mysterious girl he met at a party, and start a rock band—has become a cult classic. What makes King Dork even more fun is that Portman recorded five of the book's original songs, as if he were Tom, the book's main character. If we're lucky, Portman might even perform a few when he joins us for a reading and signing of the hilarious pop culture critique and heartfelt story that put him on the map. Who knows? He might also give us a sneak peek of the King Dork sequel due out later this year!
Thursday • September 25 • 6pm
Harold and Jack (PROMETHEUS)
In Christopher Sandford's new book, the acclaimed biographer draws from personal letters and telegrams, private communications during political crises, and even birthday greetings to give readers a behind-the-scenes look at the unique relationship between British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan and American President John F. Kennedy. Set amid critical events like the Cuban Missile Crisis and the construction of the Berlin Wall, the account is both an intimate portrait of the two men and a fascinating look into the history their relationship helped shape. Joining us for a reading and signing this fall, Sandford will give us an even deeper look into Macmillan and Kennedy's special relationship and how their work together helped bring order out of chaos in an age of precarious balance.
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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