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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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Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
Thursday • November 20 • 5:30pm
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Thursday • December 18 • 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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Next of Kin: My Conversations with Chimpanzees
by Roger Fouts and Stephen Tukel Mills
Thursday • November 13 • 4:30pm
Weekends with Daisy
by Sharron Kahn Luttrell
Thursday • December 11 • 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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Tenth of December by George Saunders
Tuesday • November 4 • 1pm
The Bonobo and the Atheist by Frans De Waal
Tuesday • December 2 • 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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Life Among Giants by Bill Roorbach
Tuesday • November 11 • 5:30pm
The Tenth of December by George Saunders
Tuesday • December 9 • 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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Damage Control by Robert Dugoni
Wednesday • November 12 • 5:30pm
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Wednesday • December 10 • 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 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.
Tuesday • November 4 • 6pm
The Good News Chair (SELF)
From childhood into adulthood, getting called into the office is something we never look forward to. But what if being summoned by adults or authorities wasn't always a bad thing? In her book The Good News Chair, retired elementary school principle Harriet Arkley shares how she used one special chair to turn her office into a place of positive reinforcement, recognition of good behavior, and celebration of accomplishments, and transformed the lives and behavior of many of her students in the process. To learn how to make a "Good News Chair" and use it to transform your classroom or home, join us for a reading and signing with Arkley. Who knows? She might even let us try out the chair ourselves!
Tuesday • November 4 • 7pm
The Woman Who Changed Her Brain: How I Left My Learning Disability Behind and Other Stories of Cognitive Transformation (SIMON & SCHUSTER)
7401 164th Ave NE Redmond, Washington 98052
From a child diagnosed with multiple learning disabilities to a pioneer in developing cognitive programs to address learning disabilities, Barbara Arrowsmith Young proved that not only do our brains shape us, we can shape them as well. In her bestselling book, The Woman Who Changed Her Brain, she chronicles her journey of discovery and transformation and presents overwhelming evidence for the brain's ability to overcome learning disabilities. In this special presentation, Young will her share about her work as a researcher and educator, what her innovative ideas have achieved, and how her discoveries specifically impact a number of different learning disorders that affect many children both in school and in life.
To register for this free event, click here. Donations to the Arrowsmith Program Brain Imaging Study will be accepted online and at the door.
Presented by the Eaton Arrowsmith Academy, Eaton Cognitive Improvement Centre Redmond, and University Book Store.
Saturday • November 8 • 10am
Rethinking Khayyaamism: His Controversial Poems and Vision (HAMILTON BOOKS)
Through his poetry, Iranian mathematician, scientist, and philosopher Omar Khayyaam gave birth to a worldview that challenges many established religious beliefs and practices that are contrary to reason. In his new book, Khodadad Kaviani, Ph.D., uses the context of Khayyaam's philosophies to explain and promote reflection on the meaning and sentiments behind his poetry. Joining us for a reading, discussion, and signing, Kaviani will further explore Khayyaam's poems, his beliefs about death, his promotion of life lived in the moment, and his challenge to approach all beliefs and values with a more critical mindset.
Tuesday • November 11 • 6pm
The Remedy for Love (ALGONQUIN)
A moving and often humorous new novel that finds two strangers reluctantly stuck together when they are trapped in a mountain cabin during a monster snowstorm, Bill Roorbach's The Remedy for Love is a story about the truths we reveal when there is no space for artifice and the bonds that unfurl as we let that artifice go. Joining us for a reading and signing, Roorbach will present his new book, introduce us to the small town lawyer and distressed young woman at its center, and share about his experience bringing their story to life.
Wednesday • November 12 • 6pm
My Sister's Grave (AMAZON)
Twenty years ago, when Tracy Crosswhite's sister disappeared, she quit her job as a teacher, joined the Seattle Police Department, and dedicated her life to tracking down killers. In My Sister's Grave, the latest book by Robert Dugoni, Tracy returns to her hometown when her sister's remains are finally uncovered, determined to track down the real killer even if it means unearthing long-held secrets and catastrophic truths about what really happened. Joining us for a reading and signing, Dugoni will introduce his exciting new thriller and its suspenseful and moving story about murder, secrets, and family.
Tuesday • November 18 • 6pm
Imagine the Life You'd Love to Live, Then Live It (VIVA EDITIONS)
For Peg Conley, artist, writer, and founder of Words and Watercolors, everything changed when she decided to imagine the life she wanted, and then live it. In her new book, Conley shares anecdotes from her own journey and offers practical ideas, exercises, and questions to help you unlock your own inner desires and turn your dreams into reality. Joining us for a discussion and signing, Conley will share from her inspiring new book and introduce some of the many ways to change your life for the better by nurturing your imagination and following your dreams.
Saturday • November 22 • 5pm
Elementals: The Seven Spheres (STAR GEN PRESS)
Inspired by writers like Christopher Paolini who published bestselling books at a young age, 21 year-old WSU student Jared Files decided there was nothing stopping him from turning a story that had been in his head for years into a book for everyone to read. Already receiving rave reviews from readers, his debut science fiction novel—about a near future world in which three young adults harness the ability to control natural elements and must learn how to use their powers responsibly, defeat their alien enemies, and protect those they love—is now a reality. Join us as we celebrate the exciting new book and the talented local author behind it at a reading and signing with Files.
Sunday • November 23 • 4:30pm
Split: A Child, A Priest, and the Catholic Church (NA)
A former nun, author and activist Mary Dispenza now serves as the Puget Sound representative for Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP). In her poignant and powerful new memoir, she shares her journey to becoming the advocate she is today, beginning with the childhood abuse by her parish priest that remained buried in her memory for decades, offering an inside look at the church during her years as a nun and teacher, and chronicling her search for understanding, her journey of healing, and her involvement in legal proceedings to hold the church accountable after the memory resurfaced. As her influential new book hits shelves this fall, were excited to celebrate its release and the brave and important journey it depicts at launch party with Dispenza herself.
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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