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Fiction Addiction Newsletter

www.fiction-addiction.comSeptember 2011
Greetings! ,

Summer is winding down and we're gearing back up for fall, which means new classes as well as football. I'm sure everyone is looking forward to cooler weather. I'll be attending our annual regional trade show this month and should come back with some great fall reads to recommend. But until then, check out the following books and authors that we are already excited about...

Upcoming Events


You Don't Sweat Much for a Fat GirlBook Your Lunch with Celia Rivenbark:
Thurs., September 8th, 12-2pm @ The Lazy Goat, $45

Celia Rivenbark fills her 6th humor collection, You Don't Sweat Much for a Fat Girl: Observations on Life from the Shallow End of the Pool (St. Martin's, paperback, $14.99), with thoughts on everything from terrorists to "The Real Housewives of New Jersey." Join us for lunch, and Celia's trademark Southern snark and sass will have you laughing hard enough to split your yoga pants. The $45 ticket price includes one copy of the featured book. You can purchase tickets by calling us at 864-675-0540.


The Middle-Age of AquariusSat., September 10th, 12-2pm:

Barry Parham In-Store Signing

South Carolina online humor columnist Barry Parham will be signing copies of his new collection, The Middle-Age of Aquarius (CreateSpace, paperback, $14.99), at Fiction Addiction. Hop on for Barry's fourth collection of looks at play, work, art, TV, cultural norms, ads, fads, politics, the internet, anti-social networking, and why the end of the world might be late. If you can't make the signing, just give us a call at 864-675-0540 to reserve a copy.


The Son: Silas RisingSat., September 10th, 2:30-4:30pm:

Doug Dahlgren In-Store Signing

Atlanta author Doug Dahlgren will be signing copies of the first book in his Son trilogy, The Son: Silas Rising (Ridge House, paperback, $16.95) at Fiction Addiction. Four members of Congress are dead, each death appearing to be due to accident or natural causes. Then mysterious messages begin to show up, and a reporter sets out to track down the serial killer. The sequel, The Only Constant, is also available. If you can't make the signing, just give us a call at 864-675-0540 to reserve a copy.


Silver GirlBook Your Lunch with Elin Hilderbrand:

Thurs., September 15th, 12-2pm @ Thornblade Club, $55

The "Queen of the Summer Novel" (Kirkus Reviews), New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand is back with another Nantucket-based novel, Silver Girl (Reagan Arthur, hardcover, $26.99). The $55 ticket price includes one copy of the featured book. You can purchase tickets online at or by calling us at 864-675-0540.


Keiko the KoalaSat., September 17th, 10am-12pm:

Jill Ann Storti In-Store Signing

Greenville author Jill Ann Storti will be signing copies of her debut children's picture book, Keiko the Koala (AuthorHouse, paperback, $12.95), at Fiction Addiction. As Keiko meets other animals, he quickly learns that he is different from other bears. While searching for a way out of the forest, he meets a young boy named Cody, who is sad because he is different from other kids. Keiko teaches him that being different is what makes us special. If you can't make the signing, just give us a call at 864-675-0540 to reserve a copy.


A Tree Grows in BrooklynTues., September 20th, 7pm @ Java Jolt (1099 E. Butler Rd.):

Fiction Addiction Book Club

The Fiction Addiction Book Club is open to the public and meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month. In September, come discuss Betty Smith's classic novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (HarperCollins, paperback, $14.95).


On October 18th, we will be discussing The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (Three Rivers, paperback, $16.00). *Please note: Due to Fiction Addiction's Book Club Party, October's meeting will take place at 7:45pm @ Panera in the Shops at Greenridge on Woodruff Rd.


Louisiana BurnBook Your Lunch with Carl T. Smith:

Tues., September 27th, 12-2pm @ The Lazy Goat, $25

South Carolina author Carl T. Smith brings back former environmental law officer and ex-con Sam Larkin in Louisiana Burn (River City, paperback, $17.00), the sequel to Lowcountry Boil. You can purchase tickets online at or by calling us at 864-675-0540.


Yankee Doodle DixieBook Your Lunch with Lisa Patton:

Mon., October 3rd, 12-2pm @ The Lazy Goat, $25

Tennessee native Lisa Patton follows up her successful debut novel, Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter, with a sequel, Yankee Doodle Dixie (Thomas Dunne, hardcover, $24.99, on sale 9/13/11), which Fannie Flagg calls "Southern to the core...funny to the bone." You can purchase tickets online at or by calling us at 864-675-0540.


Collaborating for Inquiry-Based LearningThurs., October 6th, 4-6pm: Educator Appreciation In-Store Event

Join us at Fiction Addiction where educators, media specialists, and home school parents will receive 25% off their entire purchase during the event (proof of employment or a home school association card is required). Light refreshments will be served.


Virginia L. Wallace and Whitney Norwood Husid will be signing copies of their new professional book, Collaborating for Inquiry-Based Learning: School Librarians and Teachers Partner for Student Achievement (Libraries Unlimited, paperback, $35.00), a step-by-step guide to collaborative lesson planning that promotes inquiry-based learning among students of various ages and abilities.


The Best of MeNicholas Sparks signing:

Wed., Oct. 12th, 5-8pm* @ The Embassy Suites

Note: Signing tickets required

We will be hosting an event with Nicholas Sparks to celebrate the release of his newest novel, The Best of Me (Hachette, hardcover, $25.99, on sale 10/11/11). We will be holding the event off-site at The Embassy Suites (670 Verdae Blvd.) from 5-8pm* on Wednesday, October 12th. (*Preferred ticket holders will be eligible for early admission starting at 2pm.)


Mr. Sparks will only sign book and audio copies of The Best of Me (no other material will be allowed into the signing room), and he will not personalize his signatures. Cameras are welcome.


Note: A signing ticket is required for each copy of The Best of Me you wish signed. Each copy of The Best of Me purchased from Fiction Addiction in advance or at the event will come with one free "preferred" signing ticket. If you choose to purchase your books elsewhere, you will need to buy a $5.00 "general" signing ticket at the event for each copy of The Best of Me you wish to have signed (general signing tickets will not be sold prior to the event). Preferred ticket holders will enjoy early admission into the signing line starting at 2pm. General ticket holders will be admitted into the signing line between 4:30 and 5pm.


Since The Best of Me is releasing only the day before the event, we encourage you to pre-order your copies today to guarantee availability!

Pat Scales' Picks


Pat ScalesPat Scales was a Greenville County middle-school librarian for over 30 years and later the Director of Library and Information Services at the South Carolina Governor' s School for the Arts and Humanities. Even though retired, she still actively works with the ALA to defend students' rights to read and with publishers to write teacher guides for children's books. Here are several books she's passionate about:  


Dead End in NorveltDead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, hardcover, $15.99, on sale 9/13/11)

During the summer of his twelfth year, Jack Gantos is "grounded for life" by his quarreling parents until his mom loans him to an elderly neighbor for a very odd chore. Miss Volker, the town medical examiner and obituary writer, needs a typist. Old ladies are dying like flies, and the Volker and Gantos team work overtime to meet the newspaper deadlines. What once seemed like a summer of doom for Jack turns into an adventure involving dead bodies, cooked hands, poisoned rats, a homemade airplane, Hells Angels, a man on a tricycle, and murder. Jack, a nose bleeder, spews blood with each anxious moment, but through it all, he learns what it takes to be a man.


Lucky for GoodLucky for Good by Susan Patron

(Atheneum, hardcover, $16.99)

Lucky Trimble is ten years old in The Higher Power of Lucky, and the only thing wrong with her life in Hard Pan, California (population 43), is she doesn't have an actual mother. When she becomes convinced that Brigitte, her guardian, is planning to return to France, she packs a survival kit and runs away. Her plans go awry, and two friends, the entire town, and one almost actual mother help her discover what she has been searching for all along--Her Personal Higher Power. In Lucky Breaks, Lucky discovers that at age eleven she needs a girlfriend. She meets Paloma Wellborne, who comes to Hard Pan with her uncle to do geological research. The girls hit it off, but it is up to Brigitte to convince Mrs. Wellborne that Hard Pan is a safe environment for her daughter. Old and new friendships are tested and celebrated as the girls embark on an adventure that turns dangerous and causes them to think about the meaning of trust and responsibility. Lucky is a little older and wiser in Lucky for Good, the final book in the trilogy. She now has a mother to answer some of her questions; but there are just so many questions. Does her father really hate her? Is she really going to hell for being interested in Charles Darwin? Will the health department ruin everything for Brigitte's Hard Pan Café? Some of her questions have easy answers, and some have no answers at all. But as always, Lucky knows how to chart her own course. 


Moon over ManifestMoon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

(Delacorte, hardcover, $16.99)

Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker, the daughter of a drifter, feels abandoned when her father puts her on a train and sends her to live with a Shady Howard, part-time preacher and saloon operator, in the small town of Manifest, Kansas. Armed with her most prized possession, a broken compass that belonged to her father, Abilene sets out to discover her father's connection to this worn out town. What she learns is that Manifest is a town with a history of colorful and eccentric characters, and very deep secrets. As stories are told, and secrets revealed, Abilene starts to understand the meaning of community, the power of friendship, and most importantly, she begins to weave her own story.

Volunteer Picks


Saint's GateSaint's Gate by Carla Neggers

(MIRA, hardcover, $24.95)

If you enjoy Carla Neggers' FBI series, you will not be disappointed.  The setting on the Maine coast is the perfect backdrop for the plot.  The characters are well developed, and you will be captured by their unique personalities and personal and professional challenges. The very strong secondary characters add interesting layers to the story. Saint's Gate is a fast read that will leave you eager to see the release date of the next book in the series.

- Recommended by Jackie, store volunteer


Tales from the Yoga StudioTales from the Yoga Studio by Rain Mitchell

(Plume, paperback, $15.00)

A pleasure to read; serious enough to be relevant, but injected with enough humor to keep this reader engaged and turning the pages. The "tales" revolve around five women who, at pivotal junctures in their lives, have started practicing yoga. Their sometimes reluctant participation eventually brings the women together as friends and changes their lives. Set in the Los Angeles scene, Mitchell makes a playful jab at the way yoga has been co-opted by big business; the studios turned into trendy venues to see and be seen, by both the practitioners and their teachers--and to make a lot of money. She juxtaposes the incorporated studio experience with that of a small independent studio, whose owner offers up her teaching skills and the art of yoga as a healing gift to her clients. According to the publisher, Mitchell is already working on the second novel in the series. I will be looking for it.

- Recommended by Kathleen, store volunteer

Store Picks


Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easterWhistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter by Lisa Patton

(St. Martin's Griffin, paperback, $13.99)

It is not until Leelee's husband drags her and her two small girls to Vermont to buy and run a B&B (which they have no experience doing) that this Memphis belle discovers the steel underneath her magnolia beauty. Leelee's catalog of things the Vermont tourist bureau doesn't think to tell you is an absolute hoot! Meet the author at our Book Your Lunch event on 10/3/11.

- Recommended by Jill Hendrix, store owner


The Keeper of Lost CausesThe Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen

(Dutton, hardcover, $25.95)

The Keeper of Lost Causes is the beginning of a riveting new detective series. Department Q is supposed to be a dead-end department for unsolvable cases headed by a burned-out detective who the homicide department can't fire but can't work with either. Instead it becomes a department that questions everything (even cases they aren't working on) headed by flawed but determined detective Carl Mock and his mysterious but surprisingly able assistant Assad. Read a review here, read an interview with the author here, and view the book trailer here.

- Recommended by Nancy McFarlane, store employee


PerfectPerfect by Ellen Hopkins

(McElderry, hardcover, $18.99, on sale 9/13/11)

Perfection is a term that's not easily defined by anyone, but high school can be perhaps the most difficult time. Have to be popular, have to catch the eye of the cute boy, have to be noticed by the college scouts, have to ace that test...have to be everything everyone else wants you to be. Ellen Hopkins, using her trademark poetic style, has broached the subject of perfection--and the lengths some teenagers will go to attain it--in her latest YA novel.

- Recommended by Melissa Oates, store employee


WildwoodWildwood by Colin Meloy

(Balzer+Bray, hardcover, $17.99)

The adventure begins when Prue and her friend Curtis set off to rescue Prue's baby brother...who has been abducted by a murder of crows. Their mission into the Impassable Wilderness reveal and involve them in a society of warring animals, evil schemes, wise leadership and the epic battles between good and evil. Wildwood is a blend of imaginative fantasy, grand adventure storytelling and charming ilustrations. Recommended for the mature middle reader and for fans of Redwall or Chronicles of Narnia.

- Recommended by Cynthia Clack, store employee


The Stranger You SeekThe Stranger You Seek by Amanda Kyle Williams

(Bantam, hardcover, $25.00)

The Stranger You Seek is a page-turning thriller that introduces us to Keye Street, a disgraced FBI profiler whose normal days are spent chasing bail jumpers and trying to avoid the bottle. Until, that is, a serial killer starts tormenting Atlanta and she is pulled into the investigation by the APD. Keye is a plucky, streetwise, wisecracking, witty, and very different heroine (Chinese American, with an African-American gay brother raised by a very southern white couple in Atlanta) who you won't be able to forget.

- Recommended by Nancy McFarlane, store employee


It's a Little BookIt's a Little Book by Lane Smith

(Roaring Brook, board book, $7.99)

A board book companion to Lane Smith's bestselling picture book, It's a Book. Monkey and Donkey are back in this simplified version--this time in diapers! Donkey is curious about Monkey's book: Is it for chewing? For wearing? For emailing? Of course not! "It's a book, silly!" My 2- and 4-year-olds LOVE "reading" this book, and I have to admit that even though I feel a bit silly myself wearing a book on my head, it's one of my favorites, too. ;-)

- Recommended by Melissa Oates, store employee and mother of two


Down the Mysterly RiverDown the Mysterly River by Bill Willingham

(Starscape, hardcover, $15.99, on sale 9/13/11)

This fantastic adventure for middle readers features Max the Wolf, Boy Scout and mystery-solver extraordinaire, who finds himself transported to a strange wood. There his scouting skills keep him alive long enough to befriend several talking animals. Together they must find a safe haven, while avoiding the evil Cutters who are stalking them. Perfect for a family read-aloud!

- Recommended by Jill Hendrix, store owner


SanctusSanctus by Simon Toyne

(William Morrow, hardcover, $25.99)

A surprising religious mystery, a secret society of monks, unforgettable characters, and a foreign setting that is perfect for the confrontation of what we think is true and the facts hidden by an ancient conspiracy all come together to create an extraordinary debut thriller that will leave you wanting more.

- Recommended by Nancy McFarlane, store employee

Upcoming Releases


Please email us at if you would like to reserve a copy of any of the following:




A Time to PlantA Time to Plant by James T. Farmer III

(Gibbs Smith, hardcover, $40.00)

Whether you are a novice dirt dabbler or a well-seasoned gardener, timing is crucial in gardening. And with proper timing, nature provides us with not only sustenance but trimmings for the home and table, provisions for a garden lifestyle. A Time to Plant is a guide to garden living. With photographs, tips, and methods, it will become your guide to a successful gardening way of life. From holidays to every day, the garden can be your source of all things fresh and elegant.


View more September gardening releases 



Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of ForgetfulnessCocktail Hour under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller (Penguin, hardcover, $25.95)

Born on the Scottish Isle of Skye and raised in Kenya, Fuller's mother Nicola holds dear the kinds of values most likely to get you hurt or killed in Africa. We see Nicola and Tim Fuller in their lavender-colored honeymoon period. But in short order, an accumulation of mishaps and tragedies bump up against history until the couple finds themselves in a world they hardly recognize. We follow the Fullers as they hopscotch the continent, running from war and unspeakable heartbreak. But just when it seems that Nicola has been broken entirely by Africa, it is the African earth itself that revives her. In the end we find Nicola and Tim at a coffee table under their Tree of Forgetfulness on the banana and fish farm where they plan to spend their final days.


View more September biography and autobiography releases 



Grand PursuitGrand Pursuit by Sylvia Nasar (Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $32.00, on sale 9/13/11)

The epic story of the making of modern economics, and of how economics rescued mankind from squalor and deprivation by placing its material fate in its own hands rather than in Fate. Nasar's account begins with the observation and publishing of the condition of the poor majority in mid-19th-century London. She describes the often heroic efforts to put those insights into action--with revolutionary consequences for the world. She shows how the insights of activist thinkers transformed the world. 


View more September business and economics releases



Literary BrooklynLiterary Brooklyn by Evan Hughes

(Henry Holt, paperback, $17.00)

Brooklyn today is experiencing an extraordinary cultural boom. In recent years, writers of all stripes have flocked to its patchwork of distinctive neighborhoods. But the rich literary life now flourishing in Brooklyn is part of a larger, fascinating history. With a dynamic mix of literary biography and urban history, Hughes takes us on a tour of Brooklyn past and present and reveals that hiding in Literary Brooklyn is the story of more than a century of life in America's cities.


View more September literary criticism releases 

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All Together Singing in the KitchenAll Together Singing in the Kitchen by Nerissa Nields (Shambhala, paperback, $22.95, on sale 9/13/11)

Music is not only fun, but it can be the all-purpose, go-to tool for any family. Making music a larger part of your family's life can be hugely rewarding. If you're new to singing or playing an instrument, this book offers tips and guidelines to get you started. Or you might be a classical violinist or a teacher of elementary school music; this book provides songs, games, and ideas to inspire every family. This book is a celebration of the connections that music can make.


View more September music releases 



Why We Hate the Oil CompaniesWhy We Hate the Oil Companies by John Hofmeister (Palgrave, paperback, $16.00)

Former president of Shell Oil, John Hofmeister is a man on a mission, the founder of Citizens for Affordable Energy, crisscrossing the country in a grassroots campaign to change the way we look at energy in this country. Hofmeister offers an insider's view of what's behind the energy companies' posturing, and how politicians use energy misinformation, disinformation, and lack of information to get and stay elected. He tackles the energy controversy head-on, without regard for political correctness.


The Next American Civil WarThe Next American Civil War by Lee Harris

(Palgrave, paperback, $16.00)

Today's populist revolt is only the latest installment of an ongoing cultural war that began long before the current economic crisis. It is a rebellion against a self-appointed intellectual elite whose attitude to the average American is "Don't worry, we know what is best for you." Throughout our history, Americans have always challenged the definition of liberty, and this has allowed us to progress as a society. Harris argues that this debate is good and necessary, and that we must take this new populist uprising seriously if we are to defend our founding principles.


The Unexpected PatriotThe Unexpected Patriot by Shannen Rossmiller

(Palgrave, hardcover, $25.00)

After 9/11, Shannen Rossmiller was formulating a plan. Soon she was preparing to infiltrate the central nervous system of global terror: online networks. Her efforts succeeded beyond imagination. Posing as an Islamic terrorist under dozens of screen aliases, she joined forces with the FBI and started trolling jihadist chat rooms, amassing evidence against an array of suspected terrorists both at home and abroad. Her work laid the foundation for the online searches so crucial to law enforcement's fight against terror today.


View more September political releases 



MoneyballMoneyball by Michael Lewis

(W.W. Norton, paperback, $15.95)

In major league baseball the biggest wallet is supposed to win. But over the past four years, the Oakland Athletics, a major league team with a minor league payroll, have had one of the best records. General manager Billy Beane is putting into practice on the field revolutionary principles garnered from geek statisticians and college professors. Michael Lewis takes us from the dugouts and locker rooms--where coaches and players struggle to unlearn most of what they know about pitching and hitting--to the boardrooms, where owners spend enormous sums without a clue what they are doing.


View more September sports & recreation releases



Fail HarderFail Harder by

(Andrews & McMeel, paperback, $12.99)

FAIL Harder follows the hilarious best-seller Fail Nation to showcase 200 original full-color photos of world-wide FAILS based on the popular website So what qualifies as a FAIL? How about a nursery outfitted with a gun rack hanging over the baby's crib? Perhaps the equation, "E=MC3" written on a classroom's write/erase board. What about a trifecta of beauty parlor, chain saw repair, and nightclub housed inside an all-in-one-stop shop? Classic FAILs like these are presented in more than 15 different categories.


View more September humor releases 



Regional Authors


You Don't Sweat Much for a Fat GirlYou Don't Sweat Much for a Fat Girl by Celia Rivenbark (St. Martin's, paperback, $14.99)

You Don't Sweat Much for a Fat Girl is the 6th hilarious collection of funny stuff from the woman USA Today calls "Dave Barry with a female point of view". Celia's take on humor is the result of growing up in rural Eastern North Carolina listening to, and absorbing, stories, jokes and tall tales at the country store. Her humor blends this country tradition with her love of all things pop culture for a unique take on the ever-changing South. Meet the author at our Book Your Lunch event on Sept. 8th!



General Fiction


Salvage the BonesSalvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

(Bloomsbury, hardcover, $24.00)

A hurricane is building over the Gulf of Mexico, and Esch's father is growing concerned, though he doesn't show concern for much else. Esch and her three brothers are stocking food, but there isn't much to save. Esch, 14 and pregnant, can't keep down what food she gets. Skeetah is sneaking scraps for his prized pitbull's new litter. Randall and Junior try to stake their claim in a family long on child's play and short on parenting. As the twelve days that make up the novel's framework yield to their dramatic conclusion, this unforgettable family pulls itself up to face another day.


Skippy DiesSkippy Dies by Paul Murray

(Faber & Faber, paperback, $16.00)

Why does Skippy, a 14-year-old boy at Dublin's venerable Seabrook College, end up dead on the floor of the local doughnut shop? Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the subject of this dazzling and uproarious novel, unraveling a mystery that links the boys of Seabrook College to their parents and teachers in ways nobody could have imagined. Skippy Dies is a heartfelt, hilarious portrait of the pain, joy, and occasional beauty of adolescence, and a tragic depiction of a world always happy to sacrifice its weakest members.


The LeftoversThe Leftovers by Tom Perrotta

(St. Martin's Griffin, hardcover, $25.99)

What if a number of us simply vanished with no explanation? That's what the bewildered citizens of Mapleton have to figure out after the event known as the Sudden Departure, including the new mayor, Kevin Garvey, whose own family has fallen apart in the wake of the disaster. Only his teenaged daughter remains, and she's not the girl she used to be. Kevin wants to help her, but he's distracted by his growing relationship with Nora Durst, a woman who lost her entire family and is still reeling from the tragedy.


LambLamb by Bonnie Nadzam (Other Press, paperback, $15.95, on sale 9/13/11)

Hoping to regain some faith in his own goodness following the disintegration of his marriage and the death of his father, David Lamb turns his attention to Tommie, an awkward and unpopular eleven-year-old girl. Lamb is convinced that he can help her avoid a destiny of apathy and emptiness, and even comes to believe that his devotion to Tommie is in her best interest. But when Lamb decides to abduct a willing Tommie for a road trip from Chicago to the Rockies, they are both shaken in ways neither of them expects.


The Night CircusThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

(Doubleday, hardcover, $26.95, on sale 9/13/11)

It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. Behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway--a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose--a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love. But true love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.


Duty FreeDuty Free by Moni Mohsin

(Broadway, paperback, $13.00)

Jonkers has been dumped by his low-class, slutty secretary, and our heroine has been charged with finding him a suitable wife--quickly. As our heroine social-climbs her way through trying to find a suitable girl from the right background, she discovers to her dismay that her cousin has his own ideas about his perfect mate. And secretly, she may even agree. Even as it makes you cry with laughter, it makes you wince at the gulf between our heroine's glitteringly shallow life and the country that is falling apart, day by day, around her Louboutin-clad feet.


The Grief of OthersThe Grief of Others by Leah Hager Cohen

(Riverhead, hardcover, $26.95, on sale 9/15/11)

Without words to express their grief over the death of their newborn baby, parents John and Ricky Ryrie struggle to regain a semblance of normalcy for themselves and their two older children. In the aftermath of the baby's death, long-suppressed uncertainties about their relationship come roiling to the surface. A dreadful secret emerges with reverberations that reach far into their past and threaten their future. Then an unexpected visitor arrives, and they all find themselves growing more alert to the sadness and burdens of others.


On Canaan's SideOn Canaan's Side by Sebastian Barry

(Viking, hardcover, $24.95)

On Canaan's Side opens as Lilly Bere mourns the loss of her grandson, Bill. Lilly revisits her past, going back to the moment she was forced to flee Ireland, at the end of the First World War, and continues her tale in America, a world filled with both hope and danger. Spanning nearly seven decades, from the Great Depression to World War II and the Vietnam War, it is the heartbreaking story of a woman whose capability to love is enormous, and whose compassion, even for those who have wronged her, is astonishing.


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Mystery & Suspense


Kill Me If You CanKill Me If You Can by James Patterson

(Little, Brown and Co., harcover, $27.99)

 Matthew Bannon finds a duffel bag filled with diamonds during a chaotic attack at Grand Central Station. Plans for a worry-free life with his gorgeous girlfriend Katherine fill his thoughts--until he realizes that he is being hunted. Trailing him is the Ghost, the world's greatest assassin, who has just pulled off his most high-profile hit. There's only one small problem: the diamonds he was supposed to retrieve from Zelvas are missing. Now, the Ghost is on Bannon's trail--but so is a rival assassin who would like nothing more than to make the Ghost disappear forever.


Calling Mr. KingCalling Mr. King by Ronald De Feo

(Other Press, paperback, $14.95)

Long considered cool, distant, and absolutely reliable, an American-born hit man, working throughout Europe, grows increasingly distracted and begins to develop an unexpected passion for architecture and art while engaged in his deadly profession. Although he welcomes this energizing break from his routine, he comes to realize that it is an unwise trajectory for a man in his business, particularly when he is sent on the most difficult job of his career.


The Ballad of Tom DooleyThe Ballad of Tom Dooley by Sharyn McCrumb

(St. Martin's, hardcover, $24.99)

Laura Foster, a simple country girl, was murdered and her lover Tom Dula was hanged for the crime. The sensational elements in the case attracted national attention: a man and his beautiful, married lover accused of murdering the other-woman; the former governor of North Carolina spearheading the defense; and a noble gesture from the prisoner on the eve of his execution, saving the woman he really loved. With the help of historians, lawyers, and researchers, Sharyn McCrumb visited the actual sites, studied the legal evidence, and uncovered a missing piece of the story that will shock those who think they already know what happened--and may also bring belated justice to an innocent man. Tom Dula and Ann Melton had a profound romance spoiled by the machinations of their servant, Pauline Foster. Meet the author at our Book Your Lunch event on Oct. 11th! 


Children of ParanoiaChildren of Paranoia by Trevor Shane

(Dutton, hardcover, $25.95)

The War is ageless, hidden in the shadows, governed by a rigid set of rules, and fought by two distinct sides--one good, one evil. The only unknown is which side is which. Killing people is the only life Joseph has ever known, and he's one of the best at it. But when a job goes wrong and he's sent away to complete a punishingly dangerous assignment, Joseph meets a girl named Maria. Before Maria, Joseph's only responsibility was dealing death to the anonymous targets fingered by his superiors. Now he must run from the people who have fought by his side to save what he loves most in this world.


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Science Fiction & Fantasy


Countdown: M DayCountdown: M Day by Tom Kratman

(Baen, paperback, $7.99)

Colonel Wes Stauer was once one of war's most brutal practitioners--not to mention one of its most effective and least bloody. Now, not only must Stauer command his crack outfit of former comrades and pull off yet another miracle mission, he must also destroy an intelligent enemy who is almost as implacable as Stauer himself. There will be war. And there will be warriors like Wes Stauer who have the know-how and, once set in motion, the unstoppable professional drive, to see the bad guys to their graves and destroy every last earthly piece of their nasty legacies.


RagnarokRagnarok by Patrick A. Vanner

(Baen, paperback, $7.99)

Book one in a pulse-pounding new military science fiction epic. After near disaster, Earth's young space fleet has survived to fight again. What the Fleet needs is a breathing space to rebuild. What it gets is a traitor in its midst. Liberty or alien domination: for battle-seasoned starship captain Alexandria McLaughlin and gutsy Marine officer Stewart Optika there's no choice. It's victory or death, damn the torpedoes and semper fi. The fight for Earth's freedom is on.


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Children's and Young Adult


A Family of ReadersA Family of Readers by Roger Sutton

(Candlewick, paperback, $14.99, on sale 9/13/11)

Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book, knows how and why children read. But for many parents, selecting books for their children can make them feel lost. Now, this essential resource offers thoughtful essays that consider how books are read to (and then by) young people. Leading authors and artists, as well as a selection of top critics, are invited to add their voices about the genres they know best. The result is an indispensable readers' companion to everything from wordless board books to the most complex and daring young adult novels.


1010 by Marion Bataille

(Roaring Brook, hardcover, $14.99)

A sensationally attractive package (chunky and substantial, with a bright red slipcase and cover) sets the stage for an inventive exploration of counting--from one to ten and back again, simultaneously. As the reader turns the pages, one becomes two and then three, as ten becomes nine and then eight. The numbers unfold and transform with breathtaking ingenuity. 10 is a beautiful book that belongs in all design and gift departments.


At the FarmAt the Farm by Salina Yoon (Feiwel & Friends, board book, $5.99, on sale 9/13/11)

In Yoon's newest board book, At the Farm, babies will find an orange pumpkin, a shiny silver milk can, and a bright red apple. Salina Yoon has produced another adorable first words book that features die-cuts and eye-catching foil. A beautiful way to bring scenes from every day activities to life!


When a Monster is BornWhen a Monster Is Born by Sean Taylor

(Square Fish, paperback, $6.99)

When a monster is born, there are two possibilities--either it's a faraway-in-the-forests monster,'s an under-your-bed monster. If it's a faraway-in-the-forests monster, that's that. But if it's an under-your-bed monster all sorts of comical things can happen. This subversive monster story explores the hilarious possibilities of what if... Read it at bedtime and laugh your pajamas off...or read it during the day and laugh your socks off!


Good Little WolfGood Little Wolf by Nadia Shireen

(Knopf, hardcover, $16.99, on sale 9/13/11)

Rolf lives with Mrs. Boggins, who tells him he is a good little wolf. But when he meets up with a large, ferocious wolf, he is told that he isn't a real wolf. Wolves aren't little and good--they are big and bad. To prove he is a real wolf, the old wolf tells Rolf he must perform certain tasks, such as blowing down a little pig's house. Rolf is a total failure...until the big bad wolf urges him to do something unspeakable to old Mrs. Boggins. Then the good little wolf proves that he can stand up to the big bad bully. Or so it seems. More mature readers may find a different ending that could lead to a great discussion!


King Jack and the DragonKing Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bentley

(Dial, hardcover,$17.99)

Jack, Zack, and baby Caspar spend all day fighting dragons in their homemade fort. But when Sir Zack and Caspar are taken inside for bed, King Jack--alone on his throne--finds himself feeling a bit less brave...especially when he hears a thing approaching, a thing with four legs. A rollicking read-aloud with a charming surprise ending and Helen Oxenbury's spare, expressive illustrations, this kid-pleaser is a classic in the making.


The Wizard of Oz ScanimationThe Wizard of Oz Scanimation by Rufus Butler Seder (Workman, board book, $14.95)

Like Star Wars before it, The Wizard of Oz is a marriage of phenomenal Scanimation and one of the most beloved movies of all time. It also continues to be a vital icon: Warner's 2009 release of the 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition won DVD critics' and numerous other awards; Warner Brothers Kids just launched; and in 2011, Andrew Lloyd Webber is staging The Wizard of Oz on Broadway. Now it's found yet new life through Rufus Butler Seder, who has created 10 compelling Scanimations, taking us over the rainbow.


Ultimate Weird but TrueNational Geographic Kids Ultimate Weird but True (National Geographic, hardcover, $24.95, on sale 9/13/11)

Did you know that a great white shark can weigh as much as 15 gorillas, that it can really rain frogs, or that some people can hear their eyeballs moving? Ultimate Weird But True is packed with wacky facts and snack-size stories that prove truth really is stranger than fiction. With a bold, colorful design and a heavy dose of visual humor, this book will give kids a winning combination of smarts and fun.


The Dragon's ToothThe Dragon's Tooth by N. D. Wilson

(Random House, hardcover, $16.99)

For two years, Cyrus and Antigone Smith have run a sagging roadside motel with their older brother, Daniel. Nothing ever seems to happen. Then a strange old man arrives, demanding a specific room. Less than 24 hours later, the old man is dead. The motel has burned, and Daniel is missing. And Cyrus and Antigone are kneeling in a crowded hall, swearing an oath to an order of explorers who have long served as caretakers of the world's secrets, keepers of powerful relics from lost civilizations, and jailers to unkillable criminals.


Vordak the Incomprehensible: Rule the SchoolVordak the Incomprehensible: Rule the School by Scott Seegert

(EgmontUSA, hardcover, $13.99)

Greetings, goobers! After my latest experiment worked a little too well--transforming my rather fetching figure into something significantly smaller--I've been forced to return to those halls of horror better known But going back to junior high may be my greatest opportunity for mayhem in many a month! Fortunately for you, I have recorded every mischievous moment within these carefully crafted covers so that you may bask in my brilliance as I plot to RULE THE SCHOOL...and, eventually, THE WORLD! MUAHAHAHAHA!!!


WonderstruckWonderstruck by Brian Selznick

(Scholastic, hardcover, $29.99, on sale 9/13/11)

Ben and Rose secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known. Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his mother's room and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out alone on desperate quests to find what they are missing. Set fifty years apart, these two independent stories--Ben's told in words, Rose's in pictures--weave back and forth with mesmerizing symmetry.


HaloHalo by Alexandra Adornetto

(Square Fish, paperback, $9.99)

Three angels are sent by Heaven to bring good to a world falling under the influence of darkness: Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, the youngest and most human. They work hard to conceal their luminous glow, their superhuman powers, and their wings. Then Bethany meets Xavier Woods, and they are unable to resist their attraction to each other. But the angels' mission is urgent, and dark forces are threatening. Will love ruin Bethany or save her? 


HadesHades by Alexandra Adornetto

(Feiwel & Friends, hardcover, $17.99)

Bethany Church is an angel sent to Earth to keep dark forces at bay. Falling in love was never part of her mission, but the bond between Beth and her mortal boyfriend, Xavier Woods, is undeniably strong. But even Xavier's love, and the care of her archangel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, can't keep Beth from being tricked into a motorcycle ride that ends up in Hell. There, the demon Jake Thorn bargains for Beth's release back to Earth. But what he asks of her will destroy her, and quite possibly, her loved ones, as well.


The ProjectThe Project by Brian Falkner

(Random House, hardcover, $17.99)

It begins with the most boring book in the world, a book so boring no one could ever read it--the perfect place to hide a dangerous secret. When best friends Luke and Tommy volunteer to help move books from their library's basement to higher ground during a quick rising flood, they discover the only surviving copy of this book in the world: Leonardo's River, lost for over 100 years. The book is connected to Leonardo da Vinci and is worth millions, so they return that night to steal it. Unfortunately, they're not the only ones with that plan....


ModellandModelland by Tyra Banks

(Delacorte, hardcover, $17.99, on sale 9/13/11)

With her untamable hair, large forehead, and gawky body, Tookie De La Crème isn't expecting an invitation to Modelland, the exclusive, mysterious place on top of the mountain. But before she can blink her mismatched eyes, Tookie finds herself in the very place every girl in the world obsesses about. Thrown into a world where she doesn't seem to belong, Tookie glimpses a future that could be hers. Or could it? Dark rumors swirl around the question of why Tookie and her new friends were selected...and the shadows around Modelland hide sinister secrets.


You Against MeYou Against Me by Jenny Downham

(David Fickling, hardcover, $16.99, on sale 9/13/11)

When Mikey's sister claims a boy assaulted her, his world begins to fall apart. When Ellie's brother is charged with the offense, her world begins to unravel. When Mikey and Ellie meet, two worlds collide.

This is a brave and unflinching novel from the bestselling author of Before I Die. It's a book about loyalty and the choices that come with it. But above all, it's a book about love.


AshesAshes by Ilsa J. Bick

(EgmontUSA, hardcover, $17.99, on sale 9/13/11)

While 17-year-old Alex is camping in the woods, an electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushed her to the ground, Alex meets up with a young soldier named Tom and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP. For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it's now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.


All These Things I've DoneAll These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin

(Farrar, Straus & Giroux, hardcover, $16.99)

In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the 16-year-old daughter of the city's most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine. That is, until her ex is accidently poisoned by the chocolate her family manufactures and the police think she's to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight--at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family.


The Eleventh PlagueThe Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch

(Scholastic, hardcover, $17.99)

Fifteen-year-old Stephen Quinn and his family are among the few that survived a vicious strain of influenze that ravaged America's landscape. But when Stephen's grandfather dies and his father falls into a coma after an accident, Stephen finds his way to Settler's Landing, where there are real houses, barbecues, a school, and even baseball games. Then Stephen meets Jenny, who refuses to accept things as they are. And when they play a prank that goes horribly wrong, chaos erupts, and they find themselves in the midst of a battle that will change Settler's Landing forever.


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Monster ChristmasMonster Christmas by Lewis Trondheim

(Papercutz, hardcover, $9.99, on sale 9/13/11)

Peter and Jean love to draw monsters. Chris, with three legs, four arms and ten mouths, becomes the family's new pet monster when the need to create a nice monster that eats bad ones. Chris tags along on Jean and Peter's Christmas vacation, when suddenly an avalanche blocks the road, caused by a monster in hot pursuit of... Santa Claus! It's up to the kids and their pet monster to save Santa and Christmas! But it looks like this monster can have Chris for breakfast!


(Papercutz, hardcover, $7.99)
It's Halloween and Garfield has dressed up as Catzilla, a fierce wild cat, to go out trick or treating. But what he doesn't know is that the real Catzilla has escaped from the zoo, and police are looking for him, leading to a wild case of mistaken identity! Will Garfield end up in a zoo, and will Jon and Odie be trapped with the real Catzilla? Also featuring the stories "Underwater World" and "Perfect Pizza".


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Book Club Party Tues., October 18th, 6-7:30pm!
Come join us for our 4th annual Book Club Party! Limited space available, so please RSVP! Partake of some wine and cheese and browse Algonquin's book-and-wine-pairing catalog, which pairs great book club picks, like the following, with an appropriate wine to enjoy while reading them:
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
A Reliable WIfe
Blind Your Ponies
On Agate Hill
Join us for children's storytime every Thursday @ 10:30am


Sept. 1st:
 Skippyjon Jones, Class Action
 Sept. 8th:
Grandpa Green


Sept. 15th:
 Pirates Go to School


Sept. 22nd:
The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man

Sept. 29th:
Bradley McGogg, the Very Fine Frog
Don't forget to study for the SAT!
Outsmarting the SAT


The Official Study Guide for All SAT Subject Tests


Stop by and fill out your own peach with your favorite Dahl book.




Danny Champion of the World


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Sept. 7th is Constitution Day
In Our Defense

Emrys Writing Room's Second Sunday $5 Writing Workshop has returned!


No prior registration is required.


The Sunday Workshops use a series of short in-class writing exercises to explore craft elements--such as dialogue and point of view--to deepen your writing. Come prepared to write in class, to share your exercises without fear or self-judgment, and above all, have some fun. All levels, beginner to experienced.


Time: 2:00-4:00pm.

Cost: $5 cash. Please pay at the door.

Location: Bobby Pearse Community Center.


Second Sunday workshops continue this fall: September 11, October 9, and November 13.

 Grandpa Green

Your Moon, My Moon


My Grandmother's Knitting

 Llama Llama Red Pajama

To support early education and literacy, millions of people will be reading Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney (Viking, hardcover, $16.99) on the same day, October 6th! Learn how you can help!

 Reluctant Hero

A Place of Remembrance

9-11: Was There an Alternative?

Unmeasured Strength

Memory Remains

How to Be a Gentleman debuts Sept. 29th on CBS

 How to Be a Gentleman



Dots here, dots there, you can see dots everywhere! Some are loud, and some are quiet. Some are happy, and some are sad. Some dots even taste yummy, while others taste bad. Graphic designer Patricia Intriago sets bold, circular shapes against a stark white background to emphasize opposite dot relationships.
(FSG, hardcover, $14.99)
New authors you should know about, chosen by a committee of independent children's booksellers from around the country.


 Aliens on Vacation 

Wild Wings


Between Shades of Gray



How I Became a Pirate


Pirate Puzzle


Pirate Hunter of the Caribbean
and more!

 The Night Circus

The Language of Flowers

The Art of Fielding

The Most Dangerous Thing

We the Animals

Banned Books Week Is Sept. 24th-Oct. 1st

Proclaim your support for free speech on the internet by joining a worldwide read-out of banned and challenged books! Just post a video, up to two minutes long, of yourself reading your favorite banned book in the special YouTube channel.


Americus by MK Reed (First Second, paperback, $14.99), is a great reading choice:


Neal Barton just wants to read in peace. Unluckily for him, some local Christian activists are trying to get his favorite fantasy series banned from the Americus public library on grounds of immoral content and heresy. Something has to be done, and it looks like quiet, shy Neal is going to have to do it. With youth services librarian Charlotte Murphy at his back, Neal finds himself leading the charge to defend the mega-bestselling fantasy series that makes his life worth living.

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