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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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by John Scalzi
Friday • October 23 • 5:30pm
by Terry Pratchett
Thursday • November 19 • 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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Gone Away World by Nick Harkaway
Tuesday • October 6 • 1pm
Half a Yellow Sun
by Chimamanda Adichie
Tuesday • November 3 • 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 Paying Guest
by Sarah Waters
Tuesday • October 13 • 5:30pm
A Spy Among Friends
by Ben MacIntyre
Tuesday • November 10 • 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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Dry Bones in the Valley by Tome Bowman
Wednesday • October 14 • 5:30pm
Last of the Independents by Sam Wiebe
Wednesday • November 11 • 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.”
Friday • September 25 • 7:30pm
Come Rain or Come Shine (PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE)
Over the course of bestselling author Jan Karon's twelve novel Mitford series, readers have come to see Episcopal priest Father Timothy Kavanagh and his adopted son Dooley Kavanagh as family. First introduced as a barefoot, freckle-faced boy in filthy overalls, Timothy is now hard at work at his own recently opened animal clinic. And in Karon's latest, Come Rain or Come Shine, we get to be a guest at the wedding we've all been waiting for as Timothy and Lace Harper marry in a simple mountain ceremony. At this special discussion with the author, Karon will introduce the highly anticipated new book and talk about her beloved series. Signed copies of Come Rain or Come Shine will be available for purchase.
Please register in advance at the King County Library website.
Sunday • September 27 • 12pm
Milo Speck, Accidental Agent and Pickle (HOUGHTON MIFFLIN) (SQUARE FISH)
Humor, action, and adventure abound in the latest books for middle readers by Linda Urban and Kim Baker. In Urban's first book featuring the diminutive Milo Speck, a magical world of hungry ogres, secret agents, and giant turkeys helps Milo discover that even the smallest of us all can be a hero. In Baker's Pickle, a group of diverse middle-schoolers bond over their shared love of pranks and become fast friends as they use a fake club to hide their role behind increasingly hilarious antics. Joining us for a reading, discussion, and signing, Urban and Baker will share their funny and adventurous stories with us.
Monday • September 28 • 6pm
Raising Lilly Ledbetter (LOST HORSE PRESS)
In 2009, President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law, taking an important step towards closing the wage gap between men and women. Inspired by both the progress of the act and the inequality that still persists, the new anthology compiled by poets Carolyne Wright and Eugenia Toledo brings together poems by 120 women working in over 60 occupations to give voice to working women all around the world. Addressing not just pay and promotion inequity, sexual harassment, and intimidation, the collection reveals the increasing range of women's occupations and employment options as it ventures into workplaces ranging from cotton rows to corner offices. Wright, along with contributors Kathya Alexander, Deborah Woodard, Judith Roche, Erin Fristad, and Mary Ellen Talley, will join us for a reading and signing of the powerful new collection.
Tuesday • September 29 • 6pm
Nowhere Wild (HARPERCOLLINS)
A dark and riveting survival story set in a rugged northern landscape, Joe Beernink's debut novel follows two teens left on their own following a flu pandemic that turns their world upside down. After his entire family dies or disappears during a summer camping trip, sixteen-year-old Jake sets off through the forbidding wilderness to make his way home. No longer safe in her own nearby home, thirteen-year-old Izzy joins him. But even though they have each other, it will take all the courage and resourcefulness they have to survive. Joining us for a discussion and signing, Beernink will share his gripping new coming-of-age story with us.
Thursday • October 1 • 6pm
It's Raining Bats & Frogs (FEIWEL & FRIENDS)
Halloween is just around the corner, and if you have little ones, It's Raining Bats & Frogs, the delightful new picture book by author Rebecca Colby and illustrator Steven Henry, is a must read. When it begins pouring on the day of the annual Witch Parade, a young witch uses magic to change the weather. But when the rain drops turn into everything from cats and dogs to hats and clogs, hilarious complications lead them right back to where they began. A Seattle resident, Henry will join us for a reading and signing of his whimsical new Halloween adventure.
Saturday • October 3 • 5pm
Peek and Feast of Needs (SELF PUBLISHED)
Bring a friend and your short attention spans for this exciting evening of flash fiction! Enjoy snacks, drinks, and small bites of fiction as Paul Beckman and Darcy McMurtery read short pieces from their works of fiction and poetry. Beckman is the author of Peek, his latest collection of ultra-short stories that explore the relationships between the peekers and the peeked at. McMurtery is celebrating the release of her first chapbook Feast of Needs. Copies of Beckman and McMurtery's books will available for purchase and the event will conclude with a signing.
Sunday • October 4 • 3pm
The Robot Scientist's Daughter (MAYAPPLE PRESS)
A mix of poetry, science, and social consciousness brought to life through vivid imagery and arresting juxtapositions, Jeannine Hall Gailey's The Robot Scientist's Daughter is a collection of poetry unlike any other. Part autobiographical reflection, part sci-fi fairy tale, the poems draw on Gailey's experience growing up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, its nuclear history, and her conflicted relationship with her scientist father. Surreal cyborgs and mad scientists merge with serene scenes of rural childhood to reflect both the beauties and dangers of science and nature. Joining us for a reading and signing, Gailey will share her captivating new collection.
Wednesday • October 7 • 6pm
8 Keys for Parenting Children with ADHD (NORTON)
Based on her seven-session workshop, certified ADHD coach Cindy Goldrich's invaluable new guide offers parents science-based insights and solutions to help their ADHD children succeed and thrive. With optimism and understanding, Goldrich digs into the neuroscience behind ADHD, addresses real problems parents of ADHD children face, and provides specific advice and examples for improving communication and dealing with everything from homework and bedtime to transitions and defiance. For your chance to soak up Goldrich's sought-after strategies, join us for a discussion and signing of 8 Keys for Parenting Children with ADHD with Goldrich herself.
Saturday • October 10 • 1pm
Make your own graphic novel with local author and illustrator Dana Sullivan. During this one-hour workshop for all ages, Sullivan will teach participants the basic elements of comics and graphic novels, how good ideas and writing can make drawings of any quality come alive, and how to have fun bringing your hero to life. All necessary supplies will be provided, but if you have a favorite drawing tool, please feel free to bring it.
Monday • October 12 • 6pm
Looking for a great new book for yourself or your book club? Join us at our Bellevue store for fall refreshments and a special presentation of over a dozen recent titles we can't recommend highly enough. Our booksellers Kim and Becky will share their top picks—including both fiction and non-fiction titles appropriate for a wide range of interests. All you have to do is pick out your favorites, and you'll have enough reading material to get you all the way through to next spring!
Wednesday • October 14 • 6pm
Her Final Breath (THOMAS & MERCER)
After the sensational retrial of her sister's killer, Seattle Homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite is back on the job in the riveting second book of Robert Dugonis Tracy Crosswhite series. But with a serial killer nicknamed the Cowboy strangling strippers in North Seattle hotels, a stalker leaving menacing messages for Tracy, and everything pointing to a decades old-case that her colleagues have tried to keep buried, Tracy's return puts both her career and her life on the line. For an inside look at the thrilling new mystery as it unfolds, join us for a reading and signing of Her Final Breath with Dugoni.
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.
Saturday • October 3 • 11am
The Rise and Fall of Oscar the Magician (SASQUATCH)
Mystery, monkeys, and magic abound in the second adventure of children's book illustrator and author Matthew Porter's Monkey World series. When Oscar the monkey magician is nominated for Magician of the year, he's honored. But when Oscar's unscrupulous rival Milton is too, Milton pulls out all his best tricks to try to sabotage Oscar and claim the trophy for himself. To experience the colorful and crazy story in its full glory, join us for this Special StoryTime reading with Porter.
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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