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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%

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

January Selection

The Golem and the Jinni
by Helene Wecker

Thursday • January 21 • 5:30pm

Paperback • $15.99

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The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu

February Selection

The Three Body Problem
by Cixin Liu

Thursday • February 18 • 5:30pm

Paperback • $25.99

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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.
Book club members save 20%

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

February Selection

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Tuesday • February 2 • 1pm

Paperback • $15.95

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July's People by Nadine Gordimer

March Selection

July's People
by Nadine Gordimer

Tuesday • March 1 • 1pm

Paperback • $15.00

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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%


Half a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie

February Selection

Half a Yellow Sun
by Chimamanda Adichie

Tuesday • February 9 • 5:30pm

Paperback • $15.95

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The Meaning of Human Existence by Edward O. Wilson

March Selection

The Meaning of Human Existence
by Edward O. Wilson

Tuesday • March 8 • 5:30pm

Paperback • $14.95

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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%


Generation Loss by Elizabeth Hand

February Selection

Generation Loss by Elizabeth Hand

Wednesday • February 10 • 5:30pm

Paperback • $18.95

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The Girl with a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson

March Selection

The Girl with a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson

Wednesday • March 9 • 5:30pm

Paperback • $14.99

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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 • February 16 • 7pm

Breaking Wild by Diane Les Becquets
Diane Les Becquets

Breaking Wild (BERKLEY)

A dramatic thriller about a wife and mother who goes missing in the Colorado wilderness and the female ranger determined to find her, Breaking Wild marks the stunning adult fiction debut by author Diane Les Becquets. In alternating chapters set against a powerful story of survival, Becquets peels back the lives and identities of both women to tell a tale of fractured relationships, tragic pasts, and the human capacity for friendship, love, loyalty, and living and believing against all odds. Flawed, fierce, and passionate, both women mirror the cruel and beautiful nature that surrounds them. Joining us for a reading and signing, Becquets will share their powerful story with us.


Wednesday • February 17 • 6pm

Champion Your Career by Halimah Bellows
Halimah Bellows

Champion Your Career (BOOKBABY)

Whether you're a college student, a professional looking to make a career change, or a retiree, the task of embarking on a new career can be daunting. But with her invaluable new guide, college instructor, counselor, and career coach Halimah Bellows takes the guesswork out of the entire process. Chock full of self-assessment tools, strategies for decision making and goal setting, advice for networking and researching potential employers, and tips on resume writing and interviewing, Bellows takes readers all the way from identifying their dream career to getting it. To pick up your copy of Champion Your Career and get expert tips on career change at any stage in life, join us for this special discussion and signing Bellows.



Friday • February 19 • 6pm

Meeting in the Margins: An Invitation to Encounter Society's Invisible People by Cynthia Trenshaw
Cynthia Trenshaw

Meeting in the Margins: An Invitation to Encounter Society's Invisible People (SHE WRITES PRESS)

For 20 years, Cynthia Trenshaw's workplaces have been one city's infamous slums, another city's hospital corridors, and countless nursing homes, hospices, and county courtrooms. Her mission: to reach out and touch the invisible individuals on the margins of society—from the poor, the homeless, and the mentally ill to the incarcerated, the incapacitated, the elderly, and the dying. In Meeting in the Margins, she shares stories of her encounters and the people she got to know through them, making each individual undeniably real, and challenging readers to step outside of their comfort zones and reach out to the marginalized individuals in their community. Trenshaw will share her story and her challenge with us at this reading and signing of Meeting in the Margins.



Saturday • February 20 • 12pm

Golden Lecture: Acrylics plus so much more! with Barbara De Pirro

Get ready to be dazzled by the incredible versatility of Acrylics, the "ink-like" radiance of High Flow paints, and luscious QoR Watercolors and Williamsburg Oils. At this Golden lecture, Barbara De Pirro will introduce the many paints, gels, mediums, and grounds that Golden carries and show you how to use them to enhance your artwork and open up new possibilities. Whatever your approach as an artist, this lecture will offer the technical knowledge to support your concepts. You'll even be able to test products and take home several samples!

Registration is required. Stop in or call 425.462.4500.



Saturday • February 20 • 5pm

King of Fear by Drew Chapman
Drew Chapman

King of Fear (SIMON & SCHUSTER)

A bond trader turned antihero, numbers savant Garrett Reilly saved the world from global conflict in The Ascendent. In the thrilling sequel, Reilly and the Ascendant team are pulled back into the game when he spots something strange in the country's financial ledger—just before banks begin to fail, stocks start to crash, and the president of the Federal Reserve is murdered. Pegged as the primary suspect, Reilly is hunted by both his own country and other mysterious individuals. And as things worsen, it's up to him to stop the ticking economic time bomb before it's too late for himself and his country. As the complete King of Fear saga comes out in print, we're excited to welcome Drew Chapman to explore its thrilling story at this reading and signing.



Sunday • February 21 • 3pm

Hawking's Hallway by Drew Chapman
Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman

Hawking's Hallway (DISNEY)

Ever since fourteen-year-old Nick discovered strange antiques left behind by Nikola Tesla in his attic, he has been racing against time to find the missing pieces of the Far Range Energy Emitter they're a part of before the Accelerati—a power-hungry society of physicists set on controlling the world's energy. But when his father and younger brother are threatened in the beginning of the series' third book, Nick is forced to help the Accelerati find the final three inventions—capable of shattering time and collapsing space—and must come up with a plan to destroy the organization from the inside. At this reading and signing, authors Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman will share the exciting final adventure in the Accelerati Trilogy with us.



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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