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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 Daniel Suarez
Thursday • December 17 • 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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Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
Tuesday • December 1 • 1pm
How to Be a Woman
by Caitlin Moran
Tuesday • January 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 Golem and the Jinni
by Helene Wecker
Tuesday • December 8 • 5:30pm
by Jeff Sharlet
Tuesday • January 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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Jackaby by William Ritter
Wednesday • December 9 • 5:30pm
The Blackhouse by Peter May
Wednesday • January 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.”
Sunday • November 8 • 2pm
Roots and Reflections: South Asians in the Pacific Northwest (UW PRESS)
This fall, several Seattle-area communities are exploring the immigrant experience and issues surrounding it by reading Dinaw Mengestu's The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears. One of a number of programs exploring the topic further, this discussion with Seattle University English Professor Dr. Nalini Iyer will reflect on the history of South Asian immigration to the Pacific Northwest from the 1890s through the 1980s—as addressed in her recently published book, Roots and Reflections: South Asians in the Pacific Northwest. In the diverse collection of immigrant stories, Iyer explores how South Asian immigrant experiences were shaped by the region and how they differed over time and across generations. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.
Sunday • November 8 • 4pm
The Hours Count (PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE)
Hidden below the surface, nearly every historical event is alive with untold narratives and personal stories of all involved. In the follow-up to Margot, Jillian Cantor brings to life the story of Millie Stein, a friend and neighbor of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, the only Americans put to death for spying during the Cold War. Initially draw into their lives by their shared parenting difficulties, Stein soon falls for a doctor she meets at a gathering of their Communist sympathizer friends. And as the FBI closes in, she is thrown into a world of lies, intrigue, and spies in which she must decide what she really believes and fight for it. Joining us for a reading and signing, Cantor will share her suspenseful new novel with us.
Thursday • November 12 • 6pm
Being Home: The Art of Belonging Wherever You Are (TURNING STONE PRESS)
A Seattle-area professional organizer, Rebecca Ross works with individuals to restore balance and harmony to their spaces, and in doing so, enhance their well-being. But as Ross asserts in Being Home, the feeling of belonging comes just as much from what is around you as what is within you. An exploration of the relationship between you and the outside world featuring a variety of exercises that can be done anywhere, the book helps readers recognize their roots, their boundaries, and how to connect with any space or setting. To learn more about how to create a feeling of home and belonging wherever you are, join us for this reading and signing with Ross.
November 14 • 10am - 4pm & November 15 • 10am - 1pm
Alphabet Trains (CHARLESBRIDGE)
The Great Train Show is coming to Puyallup this fall, and we'll be there with our favorite train expert Samantha Vamos and her children's picture book Alphabet Trains! Whether chugging up a mountainside, zipping along at super speed, or cruising along the coastline, trains get people and things where they need to be with a rhythm and personality all their own. In Alphabet Trains, Vamos takes readers on a journey from A to Z, bringing 26 different historic and contemporary trains and their unique functions, routes, and characteristics to life through bouncy rhymes and clever illustrations that children love. The best part of visiting Vamos at the Great Train Show? All kids under 12 are FREE!
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.
Address & Phone
990 102nd Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
Toll Free: 1.888.335.7323
- Wednesday, November 25: 9pm – 5pm
- Friday, November 27: 9pm – 7pm
- Saturday, December 5, 12, & 19: 9am – 8pm
- Sunday, December 6, 13, & 20: 11am – 6pm
- Monday – Friday, December 7-11, 14-18, & 21-23: 9am – 9pm
- Christmas Eve, December 24: 9am – 5pm
- Saturday, December 26: 10am – 7pm
- Thursday, December 31: 9am – 5pm
- Thanksgiving Day, November 26: CLOSED
- Christmas Day, December 25: CLOSED
- New Year's Day, January 1: CLOSED
- Martin Luther King Day, January 18: Noon – 5pm
- Monday – Friday: 9am – 7pm
- Saturday: 9am – 6pm
- Sunday: 11am – 5pm
The Essential Baking Company Café
- Monday – Friday: 9am – 6pm
- Saturday: 9am – 5pm
- Sunday: 11am – 5pm