Happy New Year!
I'd like to thank everyone for their patronage in 2011. We greatly appreciate those who shop locally, which keeps more money in the Greenville community as well as keeps us in business!
2012 Reward Card
Starting this year, we will be charging a $10 yearly fee for our Reward Card. The rewards will remain at $10 for every $100 spent on merchandise, so if you plan on spending at least $100 with us for the year, the Reward Card will pay for itself! You can keep your old Reward Card and reuse it, and if you renew in January, any current balance you have towards your next $10 reward will roll over to your new Reward Card. If you're interested in renewing or signing up for a 2012 Reward Card and haven't already done so, simply ask us about it the next time you're in the store so you can continue earning your rewards!
If you are unable to make one of our author events, you are welcome to reserve signed copies by contacting us in advance, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 864-675-0540. Personalized copies will need to be prepaid.
Saturday, January 14th, Noon-2pm:
Emery Lee In-Store Signing
Georgia author Emery Lee
will be signing copies of her new romance novel, Fortune's Son
(Sourcebooks Landmark, paperback, $6.99), at Fiction Addiction. Seasoned gambler Philip Drake is facing debtors' prison when Susannah, Lady Messingham, persuades him to teach her how to win at the tables, forming a new partnership that entangles them in terrifying risk and unimaginable rewards.
Tuesday, January 17th, 7:00pm @ Java Jolt:
Fiction Addiction Book Club
The Fiction Addiction Book Club is open to the public and meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at Java Jolt (1099 E. Butler Rd., Mauldin). In January, come discuss E.M. Forster's classic novel, A Room with a View
(Signet, paperback, $6.95).
On February 21st, we will be discussing Laymah Gbowee's memoir, Mighty Be Our Powers
(Beast, hardcover, $25.99).
Friday, January 20th, 3:30-5:30pm:
Kami Kinard In-Store Signing
South Carolina children's author Kami Kinard
will be signing copies of her debut middle-grade novel, The Boy Project
(Scholastic, hardcover, $12.99), at Fiction Addiction. Wildly creative seventh grader Kara McAllister is taking notes on all of the boys in her grade to find out how she can get a boyfriend.
Friday, January 20th, 6:00pm @ St. Giles Presbyterian Church: Beth Webb Hart Talk and Signing, Free (but tickets are required)
Greenville native Beth Webb Hart
, who now lives in Charleston with her family, will be discussing her new Christian fiction novel, Sunrise on the Battery
(Thomas Nelson, paperback, $15.99), at St. Giles Presbyterian Church (1021 Hudson Rd., Greenville). After her talk, she will take questions from the audience and then sign books. The event is free and open to the public, but admission tickets are required. You can reserve your ticket by emailing us at email@example.com
or by calling us at 864-675-0540. Book Your Lunch with Kim Edwards: Saturday, January 21st, 12-2pm @ Thornblade Club, $45
, the #1 New York Times
bestselling author of The Memory Keeper's Daughter
, now brings us the story of a woman's emotional homecoming and newly discovered family history in the paperback release of her newest novel, The Lake of Dreams
(Penguin, paperback, $16.00). The $45 ticket price includes one copy of the featured firstname.lastname@example.org
. You can purchase tickets online at www.bookyourlunch.com
or by calling us at 864-675-0540.
Saturday, January 28th, 1-3pm:
Suzanne Strange In-Store Signing
Upstate South Carolina children's author Suzanne Strange
will be signing copies of her new middle-grade novel, Weavers of the Crystal Domes
(iUniverse, paperback, $11.95), at Fiction Addiction. Set in Greenville County in a future where people live in crowded domed communities because the air is unsafe to breathe, nothing but kudzu will grow naturally, and wars never end, this is the first book in the Kudzu Worlds series.
The Fiction Addiction Cookbook Club
meets the 1st Thursday of every month at Palmetto Olive Oil Co. (2247 Augusta St., Greenville). From January to March, we will be cooking from and discussing Southern Biscuits
by Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart (Gibbs Smith, hardcover, $21.99).
Our first club is full, but we want to start a second cookbook club!
Those interested in leaving their name and contact info for our waiting list can email us at email@example.com
or call us at 864-675-0540. You can preview the club membership agreement here
Book Your Lunch with Anne Clinard Barnhill: Anne Clinard Barnhill
brings her obsession with Tudor England to life in her debut novel, At the Mercy of the Queen
(St. Martin's, paperback, $14.99, on sale 1/3/12), about Lady Margaret Shelton, cousin of Anne Boleyn, torn between her love of a young courtier and becoming mistress to King Henry VIII. You can purchase tickets online at www.bookyourlunch.com
or by calling us at 864-675-0540.
Join us each Thursday at 10:30 am for children's storytime. We will be reading the following titles during January:
by Mac Barnett (Hyperion, hardcover, $16.99)
by Ludwig Bemelmans (Puffin, paperback, $7.99)
The Forgotten Waltz by Ann Enright
(W.W. Norton, hardcover, $25.95)
Man Booker Prize-winner Ann Enright's newest novel is set in modern-day Dublin and is told from the perspective of the main character, Gina, who tells her story of marriage, adultery, and discontent in a very clear voice. Gina is not a likeable character, but she is a very human one. The end of the book is excellent and will make you take notice.
-Recommended by Jackie, store volunteer
The Boy Who Shoots Crows by Randall Silvis
(Berkley, paperback, $15.00)
I picked up this book because I like murder mysteries. I was surprised to find that while there is a murder that needs to be solved, that is secondary to the major characters in the book. The story is one where the person who seems to have everything can see things spiral completely out of control. The ending of the book has a twist I did not anticipate but which wonderfully answered all of my questions. What I enjoyed most is how extremely well the characters are developed. You can see them and feel like you know what they are thinking outside the lines of the book. If you are not a murder mystery fan you will still enjoy the story.
-Recommended by Jackie, store volunteer
Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Feiwel & Friends, hardcover, $17.99)
A retelling of a classic fairy tale--with a twist. This Cinderella is set in a futuristic society. And Cinder is a cyborg, shunned by society and considered less than a person, more property than human. Then she meets the prince and falls for him--but after learning her secrets, will he still give her a chance? Unfortunately, we'll have to wait to find out, as this is the first book in a new quartet by debut author Marissa Meyer. But based on this book, it should be worth the wait. A Winter '11/'12 Kids' Indie Next Pick
. -Recommended by Melissa Oates, store employee
The Invisible Ones by Stef Penney (Putnam, hardcover, $25.95, *Signed copies available!*)
It starts with a mystery: what happened to Rose? But unlike most mysteries, it is not driven by a complicated plot with many twists and turns, but instead is driven by its compelling characters and atmosphere. Though then ending was definitely unexpected, I soon found myself thinking of the book as a story of the gypsy way of life rather than a myster. Penney expertly transports the reader to a world of gypsies/travelers in 1980s England. While it is a search for answers to what happened to Rose, it is really the story of this fascinating family to fringe-dwellers, both physically and literally, who are struggling to keep their traditions and culture in an ever-modernizing world. Having grown up in an area of SC with a large enclave of Travelers, I was especially fascinated with a lot of the superstitions and beliefs that fed their every day actions. The structure of the book was quite different, but I came to like the way it almost started in the middle and then had overlapping narrations draw the story slowly together. A January 2012 Indie Next Pick
. This is the January pick for our Signed First Editions Club
. -Recommended by Nancy McFarlane, store employee
(Tor, paperback, $14.99)
Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and science fiction, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment. The perfect nostalgic read for any bookworm who grew up with their nose in a science fiction or fantasy book, especially those who had no other friends or acquaintances or who were so afflicted.
-Recommended by Jill Hendrix, store owner
You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon (New American Library, paperback, $14.00)
As a military wife herself, Siobhan Fallon gives us an authentic sense of the scenarios, emotional turmoil, and coping mechanisms on a military base when the soldiers are deployed. These are just fictionalized glimpses of real life, but the stories are compelling. Thanks to this book, I see military families with different eyes now. A January 2012 Indie Next Pick
.-Recommended by Cyndi Clack, store employee
(Penguin, paperback, $15.00)
A kidnapped child who has been missing and presumed dead for seven years calls 911 and begs for help. Unlike many recent stories in the news, this is not really about the kidnapped child. Instead, it is about a father who turns his back on all he knows about right and wrong and does whatever it takes to get his daughter back. It is a deadly, violent, and bloody chase that will only end with his death or the rescue of his daughter.
-Recommended by Nancy McFarlane, store employee
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith (Poppy, hardcover, $17.99)
Hadley's father is getting married to a woman she's never met and doesn't want to meet, and she's four minutes late for her flight . . . which actually left on time. Now she's stuck at the airport waiting for a later flight. But then Hadley meets Oliver, who happens to be on that later flight, and who also happens to be perfect. When fate intervenes after they get to London, Hadley is left wondering how she's supposed to feel--about Oliver, about her father, about her new stepmother. This book will make you believe in love like you did when you first discovered what love is.-Recommended by Melissa Oates, store employee
(Penguin, paperback, $16.00)
Amy Chua argues that Western parenting tries to respect on nurture children's individuality, while Chinese parents typically believe that arming children with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence prepares them best for the future. Achingly honest and profoundly challenging, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother chronicles Chua's iron-willed decision to raise her daughters, Sophia and Lulu, the Chinese way--and the remarkable, sometimes heartbreaking results her choice inspires. A January 2012 Indie Next Pick.
(Hyperion, paperback, $14.99)
There was one lap to go in the 2001 Daytona 500. Michael Waltrip had been a race-car driver all his adult life, following in the footsteps of his champion brother Darrell, and his losing streak was getting more painful every race. But this day, he knew, could be different; he was driving for Dale Earnhardt now. Yet as his car roared toward the finish line, Waltrip had no clue that the greatest triumph of his life could get mired in terrible tragedy. This is the story of that fateful afternoon in Daytona; but it begins years earlier, with a boy who was determined to go from go-karts to the highest levels of NASCAR.
(Hyperion, paperback, $13.99)
One recent December, John Kralik found his life at a terrible, frightening low. Inspired by a note his ex-girlfriend had sent, he imagined that he might find a way to feel grateful by writing thank-you notes. One by one, day after day, he began to handwrite thank yous, 365 in a year--for gifts or kindnesses he'd received from anyone who'd done him a good turn. Immediately, benefits began to come John's way. While John wrote his notes, the economy collapsed, but thank-you note by thank-you note, John's whole life turned around.
With more than 50,000 food products in the average supermarket, it's no wonder shoppers feel confused and overwhelmed. Newly revised and updated with all-new nutrition facts and information, this expanded edition steers buyers away from nutritional danger zones and protects them with the power of knowledge. And the book's easy-to-carry format and highly visual design make it a perfect companion for the purse or shopping cart.
(Berkley, paperback, $16.00)It was in 1961 that the Berlin Wall was constructed, which would divide the world for another 28 years. On one side was a young, untested U.S. president still reeling from the Bay of Pigs disaster and a humiliating summit meeting that left him grasping for ways to respond. On the other side, a Soviet premier hemmed in by the Chinese, East Germans, and hardliners in his own government. Neither man really understood the other; both tried cynically to manipulate events. And so, week by week, they crept closer to the brink.
The Obamas by Jodi Kantor (Little, Brown, hardcover, $29.99, on sale 1/10/12)
When Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election, he also won a long-running debate with his wife Michelle. Contrary to her fears, politics now seemed like a worthwhile, even noble pursuit. They planned a White House life that would be as normal and sane as possible. Then they moved in. Jodi Kantor takes us deep inside the White House as the Obamas try to grapple with their new roles, change the country, raise children, maintain friendships, and figure out what it means to be the first black President and First Lady.
Having had a lot of fun with what politicians do, P.J. O'Rourke now has a lot of fun with what we should think about those politicians. Nothing good, to be sure. Bestselling humorist P.J. O'Rourke is back with his latest political masterpiece. Using his signature wit and keen observational skills, O'Rourke reflects on his 40 year career as a political commentator, spanning his addlepated hippie youth to his current state of right-wing grouch maturity.
(Penguin, paperback, $15.00)
A sequel to the bestselling Wish You Were Here, O'Nan's intimate novel follows Emily Maxwell, a widow whose grown children have long departed. She dreams of visits from her grandchildren while mourning the turnover of her quiet Pittsburgh neighborhood. When her sister-in-law and sole companion, Arlene, faints at their favorite breakfast buffet, Emily's life changes in unexpected ways. As she grapples with her new independence, she discovers a hidden strength and realizes that life always offers new possibilities.
(Voice, paperback, $14.99)
Jo's seaside yarn shop has taken off, keeping her busier than ever. And being a single mum to two boys and headstrong toddler Pearl is just as exhausting and enchanting as she thought it would be. On top of all that, celebrity diva Grace has a secret; Jo's firecracker best friend Ellen is launching a new television series; and loveable but hapless Martin continues his oft-misguided attempts to woo Jo. Just when Jo thinks she has about all she can handle, Pearl's globe-trotting dad Daniel turns up out of the blue.
(Black Cat, paperback, $14.00)
It is the Afterlife, when medical care is supplied by open-source nanotechnology, and human nervous systems can be hacked. Abby Fogg is a film archivist with a niggling feeling that her life is not really her own. Al Skinner is a former mercenary for the Boeing Army, who's been dragging his war baggage behind him. Woo-jin Kan is a virtuoso dishwasher. Over them all hovers a mysterious man named Dirk Bickle, who sends all these characters to a full-scale replica of Manhattan under construction in Puget Sound. A January 2012 Indie Next Pick
Glaciers by Alexis Smith (Tin House, paperback, $12.95, on sale 1/10/12)
In Isabel's life, work with damaged books in the basement of a library, unrequited love for the former soldier who fixes her computer, and dreams of the perfect vintage dress move over a backdrop of deteriorating urban architecture and the imminent loss of the glaciers she knew as a young girl in Alaska. While Isabel contemplates loss and the intricate fissures it creates in our lives, she accumulates the stories of those around her, and she begins to tell her own story. A January 2012 Indie Next Pick
Science Fiction & Fantasy
(Penguin, paperback, $16.00)
In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and the descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript deep in Oxford's Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont. Harkness has created a universe to rival those of Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, and Elizabeth Kostova, and she adds a scholar's depth to this riveting story of magic and suspense. A January 2012 Indie Next Pick
Kate Appleton plans to turn her parents' summer house, The Nutshell, into a bed and breakfast. But she needs cash, and the only job she can land is spying on Matt Culhane's brewery employees. Someone has been sabotaging his company, and Kate is just new enough in town that she can insert herself in Culhane's business and snoop around for him. If Kate finds the culprit, Matt will pay her a $20,000 bonus. But several problems present themselves: Kate despises beer; no one seems to trust her; and she is falling hard for her boss.
Children's & Young Adult
(HarperCollins, hardcover, $16.99)
On their first day in Paris, Maya and her little brother James find themselves caught up in some very old magic. What does all that magic want from Maya? Then she discovers magical surprises hidden in her family tree. And now the shimmering glass Cabinet of Earths, at the heart of all these secrets, has chosen Maya to be its new Keeper. As she untangles the ties between all the oddities, Maya realizes that her own brother may be in terrible danger. To save him, Maya must take on the magical underworld of Paris . . . before it is too late. A Winter '11/'12 Kids' Indie Next Pick
(HarperCollins, hardcover, $16.99)
In Artie Kingfisher's world, the Arthurian legend is just that--until the day his videogame Otherworld springs to life. Cryptic clues lead Artie to a strange place called the Invisible Tower, where he discovers that nothing in his life is as it seems. Artie is none other than King Arthur, brought to life in the 21st century. Artie has won the battle in the virtual Otherworld--now the key to saving the real Otherworld lies in his hands as well. With his sister Kay by his side, Artie steps into the Otherworld--straight toward his destiny.
(HarperCollins, hardcover, $16.99)
Fer has always felt that she doesn't belong. Then she saves an injured creature. He looks like a boy, but he isn't. He knows who Fer truly is, and invites her through the Way, a passage to a magical, dangerous land. Fer feels an instant attachment to this realm, but a powerful huntress named the Mór rules here, and Fer can sense that the land is perilously out of balance. Fer must unlock the secrets about the parents she never knew and claim her true place before the worlds on both sides of the Way descend into endless winter. A Winter '11/'12 Kids' Indie Next Pick
(St. Martin's Griffin, paperback, $8.99)
17-year-old Wendy Everly is not the person she's always believed herself to be, and her whole life begins to unravel--all because of Finn Holmes. Finn is a mysterious guy who always seems to be watching her. Every encounter leaves her deeply shaken . . . though it has more to do with her fierce attraction to him than she'd ever admit. But it isn't long before he reveals the truth: Wendy is a changeling who was switched at birth--and he's come to take her home.
(EgmontUSA, hardcover, $17.99)
Every other day, Kali D'Angelo is a normal, human 16-year-old girl. But every 24 hours predatory instincts take over, and Kali becomes a fevered demon-hunter with the undeniable urge to hunt, trap, and kill zombies, hellhounds, and other supernatural creatures. When Kali notices a mark on the lower back of a popular girl at school, she knows instantly that the girl is marked for death. Kali has 24 hours to save her, and unfortunately, she'll have to do it as a human. With the help of a few new friends.
Deza (from Newbery Award-winning novel Bud, Not Buddy) is the smartest girl in her class in Gary, Indiana. But the Great Depression hit Gary hard, and there are no jobs for black men. When her beloved father leaves to find work, Deza, Mother, and her older brother Jimmie go in search of him and end up in a Hooverville outside Flint, Michigan. Jimmie's beautiful voice inspires him to leave the camp to be a performer, while Deza and Mother find a new home and cling to the hope that they will find Father.
With the end of the year comes a slew of "best of" lists. Check out the 2011 Indie Next List Highlights, showcasing books that independent booksellers across the country have loved and recommended throughout the year; and the 2011 Indie Bestsellers, with books that have sold nationwide at independent bookstores, thanks to customers like you. We have many of these books in stock and can order anything you want that we don't already have.
#1 January Indie Next Pick
January's #1 Indie Next pick is Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron (Algonquin, hardcover, $24.95), which follows the life of gifted Rwandan boy Jean Patrick Nkuba during a 10-year span in which his country is undone by the Hutu-Tutsi tensions. In an environment increasingly restrictive for his people, the Tutsi, Jean Patrick holds fast to his dream of becoming Rwanda's first Olympic medal contender in track. When the killing begins, he is forced to flee, leaving behind the woman, the family, and the country he loves. Finding them again is the race of his life. View other January Indie Next recommendations!
Cyndi has decided to go back to school at Converse to study art. Her last day with us will be Saturday, February 4th. We will miss her and wish her well with her studies! You can keep up with her adventures at her blog: http://onevoiceis.blogspot.com/ or via twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/onevoiceis
Kathleen Perry has been volunteering for us for about 6 months and we have now officially hired her on to help fill Cyndi's shoes. Kathleen is the co-author of the science-fiction novel, Earthquest (paperback, $14.95) and is a recent Greenville resident, having moved here from Florida at the end of 2010. Please welcome her to town and to her new role at the store!
I know the traffic on Woodruff Road has been a nightmare for many of you, especially this past holiday season. Our store lease is up at the end of July and we will be exploring other options. As I narrow down the list of available spaces over the next few months, we plan to send you all a short survey to get your thoughts on the likely choices.
Thanks for your patronage in 2011 and we hope to continue to meet your book buying needs in 2012!Sincerely,
Jill Hendrix, Owner
2012 Ticketed Events
Saturday, January 21st
Saturday, February 4th
Saturday, February 11th
Saturday, February 18th
Saturday, February 25th
Thursday, March 8th
Wednesday, April 18th
Tuesday, May 22nd
Tuesday, June 26th
(50% or more off list price)
|Downton Abbey returns to PBS on Sunday, January 8th
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe|
FREE Book Opportunity!
Spend $50 in one transaction on in-stock merchandise (event tickets excluded), and pick a FREE "advance reading copy" from our selection!
We love to have volunteers help out at the store! Our volunteers receive a free "advance reading copy" for every three hours worked, as well as a 20% discount on all merchandise. If you're interested in volunteering at Fiction Addiction, please email Jill at