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www.fiction-addiction.comFebruary 2012

Eleanor Brown Need a gift for your Valentine? What about a wonderful lunch at The Lazy Goat on Saturday, February 18th from 12-2pm with bestselling debut novelist Eleanor Brown. The cost is $25 . Seats must be reserved in advance by calling Fiction Addiction at 675-0540 or online at

We added the Saturday lunches because many of you who are teachers or other busy professionals told us you are not able to get away during the week. Unfortunately, our signups for the Saturday events have not been as strong as we had hoped. If you'd like us to continue them, please consider attending this event with Eleanor. Here is just a sampling of the abundant praise her book has received: 

This smart, hopeful novel...will be the winter's tale for any book lover...A family drama, gracefully costumed in academic garb and lit with warm comedy, 'tis a consummation devoutly to be wished...get thee to a bookstore...Brown is such a clever writer, and she's written such an endearing story about sisterly affection and the possibilities of redemption, that it's easy to recommend The Weird Sisters. Take Polonius's food advice and 'read on this book.' -- The Washington Post            

"Charming . . . you need not be a Shakespeare scholar to fall in love with this feel-good story-or the bewitching sisters." -Woman's Day

"Genuinely funny . . . buoyant."-The New York Times

February Events
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 or by phone at 864-675-0540. Personalized copies will need to be prepaid.
Back to the GardenThursday, February 9th, 11am-1pm: Jackie Cooper In-Store Signing
South Carolina native Jackie Cooper will be signing copies of Back to the Garden (Mercer University, paperback, $18.00), the 6th book in his Journey series of memoirs, at Fiction Addiction. The stories are memories of his life in the South, each one emphasizing an event in his life and building an overall picture of a man trying to live a life that will get him "back to the garden" where he will be eternally happy and at peace.
The Rebel WifeBook Your Lunch with Taylor M. Polites: Sat., Feb. 11th, 12-2pm @ The Lazy Goat, $25
Dive into the antebellum South in Taylor M. Polites' debut novel, The Rebel Wife (Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $25.00), about a young widow trying to survive in the deep South of the Reconstruction era. You can purchase tickets online at or by calling us at 864-675-0540. A Spring 2012 Okra Pick. Read the first chapter here!
The Weird SistersBook Your Lunch with Eleanor Brown: Saturday, February 18th, 12-2pm @ The Lazy Goat, $45
Eleanor Brown explores the subjects of sisterhood, books, and home in her New York Times bestselling debut novel, The Weird Sisters (Berkley, paperback, $15.00). The $45 ticket price includes one copy of the featured book. You can purchase tickets online at or by calling us at 864-675-0540. A February 2012 Indie Next Pick.


Mighty Be Our PowersTuesday, February 21st, 7pm @ 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 February, come discuss Nobel Peace Prize winner Laymah Gbowee's memoir, Mighty Be Our Powers (Beast, hardcover, $25.99).

On March 20th, we will be discussing Eleanor Brown's Indie Next pick New York Times bestselling novel, The Weird Sisters (Berkley, paperback, $15.00). Meet the author at our Book Your Lunch event!
Southern BiscuitsBook Your Lunch with Nathalie Dupree & Cynthia Graubart: Sat, Feb. 25th, 12-2pm @ Soby's, $25
Renowned Southern cooking show personalities and authors Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart share how to make the perfect Southern Biscuits (Gibbs Smith, hardcover, $21.99) in their latest cookbook. You can purchase tickets online at or by calling us at 864-675-0540.
Asleep in Heaven's NurseryThursday, March 1st, 4-6pm: Tommy Mann In-Store Signing
Upstate South Carolina author and pastor Tommy Mann will be signing copies of his newest book, Asleep in Heaven's Nursery (Tate, paperback, $10.99), at Fiction Addiction. This book includes the author's personal story of losing a child to miscarriage and offers comfort for grieving parents, addressing religious questions about miscarriage, abortion, and adoption. 
Southern BiscuitsThursday, March 1st, 7:00pm @ Palmetto Olive Oil Co.: Fiction Addiction Cookbook Club
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 preparing recipes from and discussing Southern Biscuits by Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart (Gibbs Smith, hardcover, $21.99). Meet the authors at our Book Your Lunch event!
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 or call us at 864-675-0540. You can preview the club membership agreement here.  


Render unto the ValleyBook Your Lunch with Rose Senehi: Thursday, March 8th, 12-2pm @ The Lazy Goat, $25

South Carolina author Rose Senehi brings us the 3rd "stand-alone" novel in her Blue Ridge Mountain series, Render unto the Valley (KIM Publishing, paperback, $15.95, on sale 3/1/12). The novel tells the story of Karen Godwell, a curator for New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, who must make peace with her past when her family's Blue Ridge farm is threatened. You can purchase tickets online at or by calling us at 864-675-0540. A Spring 2012 Okra Pick. Read the first chapter here!

Children's Storytime

Strawberry Shortcake: A Picnic AdventureJoin us each Thursday at 10:30am for children's storytime. We will be reading the following titles during February:

2ndDouble Trouble Groundhog Day by Bethany Roberts (Square Fish, paperback, $6.99)
9thZombie in Love by Kelly DiPucchio (Atheneum, hardcover, $12.95)
16thStrawberry Shortcake: A Picnic Adventure by Lisa Gallo (Grosset & Dunlap, paperback, $3.99)  
23rdThe Princess and the Pig by Jonathan Emmett (Walker & Co., hardcover, $16.99)
Volunteer Picks
Catch MeCatch Me by Lisa Gardner (Dutton, hardcover, $26.95)
Catch Me by Lisa Gardner is the latest installment in the Detective DD Warren series. DD has been an interesting character, especially from a woman's perspective. She really changes in this book, but in ways that are refreshing and do not detract from the way her character was developed in the previous stories. The plot is a good mystery, and I found myself wondering how it would be brought together on more than one occasion. The book is a must-read for Lisa Gardner fans, and a good stand-alone for readers who like suspense. Don't be afraid to let it be your introduction to this author, as the books stand alone quite well.
-Recommended by Jackie, store volunteer
February's Staff Picks
Defending JacobDefending Jacob by William Landay (Delacorte, hardcover, $26.00)
I knew from the first time I read about Defending Jacob by William Landay that it was a book I just had to read. But what I didn't know was that it would be a book that I just couldn't put down. It was one of the most compelling legal thrillers I have read in years. And, while I usually gloss over comparisons to other works or authors, whoever said that reading Defending Jacob was the same incredible experience as reading Presumed Innocent for the first time hit the nail on the head. A February 2012 Indie Next Pick.
-Recommended by Nancy McFarlane, store employee
EverneathEverneath by Brodi Ashton (Balzer+Bray, hardcover, $17.99)
Twilight for mythology lovers! This modern retelling combines elements of the stories of Persephone and Orpheus & Eurydice, set around 17-year-old Nikki Beckett, who's just returned from a century (or 6 months, our time) in the Everneath, only to find out that she has a mere 6 months here before being taken back to the underworld--this time for good. A Spring 2012 Kids' Indie Next Pick.
-Recommended by Melissa Oates, store employee
The Boy on Cinnamon StreetThe Boy on Cinnamon Street by Phoebe Stone (Arthur A. Levine, hardcover, $16.99)
This tween story of first love would melt the hardest heart. Louise's quiet, wounded sadness touches both Henderson and the reader, who can't help but root for the young couple. The Boy on Cinnamon Street will appeal to Bieber fans, but would also be a great read for any mother-daughter bookclub. A Winter '11/'12 Kids' Indie Next Pick.
-Recommended by Jill Hendrix, store owner
The One and Only IvanThe One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (HarperCollins, hardcover, $16.99)
This lyrical novel was inspired by the true story of Ivan, a silverback gorilla who lived for 27 years in a shopping mall cage. But this is not a story of despair--it is about love and the power of one individual to make monumental changes. Ivan is resigned to his sad fate, whiling away his days thinking about art and painting pictures on scraps of paper. All that changes when a baby elephant named Ruby arrives. He soon realizes that he must do something to save her from a lifetime in captivity. Using art as his only tool, he creates a new reality for her, and unwittingly for himself, too. A Winter '11/'12 Kids' Indie Next Pick.
-Recommended by Kathleen Perry, store employee
HelplessHelpless by Daniel Palmer (Kensington, hardcover, $25.00)
Daniel Palmer solidifies his place as a thriller writer with his second novel, Helpless. Illegal activities from twenty years earlier, teenage sexting, and a high-tech scam to ruin reputations via the internet all coincide to make ex-Navy SEAL and single father Tom Hawkins feel totally helpless to protect his teenage daughter and clear his name of serious charges.
-Recommended by Nancy McFarlane, store employee 
The RopeThe Rope by Nevada Barr (Minotaur, hardcover, $25.99) 
Fans have had a long wait to learn about series protagonist Anna Pigeon's first case and how she became a park ranger, but I believe they will find The Rope well worth the wait. This is also a great entry point into the series for mystery fans who have not yet tried Ms. Barr's award-winning work.
-Recommended by Jill Hendrix, store owner

One Cool FriendOne Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo (Dial, hardcover, $16.99)
When Elliot's father takes him to the aquarium, Elliot chooses the penguin display in order to avoid the hoardes of screaming children. With his father's misguided approval and a $20 bill, Elliot takes home one of the penguins and names it Magellan. One Cool Friend is a series of near misses, Elliot's father almost finding Magellan multiple times while regaling his son with tales of his own research about Captain Cook. A fun read for children and parents, with a surprise ending that will make everyone laugh. A Winter '11/'12 Kids' Indie Next Pick.
-Recommended by Melissa Oates, store employee

HallowedHallowed by Cynthia Hand (HarperCollins, hardcover, $17.99)
Fans of Unearthly will love Hallowed, the second installment in the series. Expect to learn more about Clara's purpose, see more of Tucker and Christian, and discover more about what it really means to be part angel. Just when you think you've decided whether you're team Tucker or team Christian and whether you think Clara should fulfill her purpose or follow her gut, Cynthia Hand stirs things up again. Hallowed is tender, sweet, charming, witty, and not to be missed.
-Recommended by Emily, store reader
A Grown-Up Kind of PrettyA Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson (Grand Central, hardcover, $25.99)
In A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty, Joshilyn Jackson has created an amazing family of strong-willed Southern women who have been down but should never be counted out. A must-read for women's bookclubs! A February 2012 Indie Next Pick and a Spring 2012 Okra Pick.
-Recommended by Jill Hendrix, store owner
Upcoming Releases
Please email us at if you would like to reserve a copy of any of the following:


History of SuicideHistory of a Suicide by Jill Bialosky (Washington Square, paperback, $14.00)

For twenty years, Bialosky has lived with the grief, guilt, questions, and confusion unleashed by her sister Kim's suicide. Now, she re-creates her sister's inner life, the events and emotions that led her to take her life. In doing so, she opens a window on the nature of suicide itself, our own reactions and responses to it. Combining Kim's diaries with family history and memoir, drawing on the works of doctors and psychologists as well as writers, Bialosky gives us a stunning exploration of human fragility and strength. This is a book that explores all aspects of our familial relationships, but particularly the tender and enduring bonds between sisters.


Toward the Setting SunToward the Setting Sun by Brian Hicks (Atlantic Monthly, paperback, $16.00)

Son of a Scottish trader and a quarter-Cherokee woman, John Ross was educated in white schools. It was not until he fought alongside "his people" against the Creek Indians that he knew the Cherokees' fate would be his. Cherokee chief for forty years, he would guide the tribe through its most turbulent period, remaining steadfast in his refusal to sign a treaty agreeing to removal. When a group of renegade Cherokees negotiated an agreement with Jackson's men behind Ross's back, he was forced to give way and begin the journey west on the Trail of Tears. A February 2012 Indie Next Pick.

Extreme WeatherExtreme Weather by Bonnie Schneider (Palgrave, paperback, $17.00)

Flash floods, tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, mudslides, thunderstorms, and wildfires--these devastating events are happening around the world at an alarming rate. Bonnie Schneider reports on these natural disasters, explaining when they're likely to strike, and telling her audience how to respond when they do. She interviews experts from a wide variety of agencies to provide a comprehensive understanding of the science behind weather patterns and the latest thinking on how to act in dangerous conditions. Ranging from topics that cover every season and every climate, Schneider introduces the reader to the best course of action during weather emergencies.

Regional Fiction
All Necessary ForceAll Necessary Force by Brad Taylor (Dutton, hardcover, $25.95)

A terrorist hit is coming, and it falls to the Taskforce--a top-secret team that exists outside the bounds of U.S. law--to stop the unknown conspirators. Pike Logan and his partner, Jennifer Cahill, are forced to helm the increasingly convoluted and dangerous mission. Sifting their way through the opposing plots of two terrorist organizations will turn out to be the least of their problems when a weapon of unthinkable power touches American soil . . . the only country in which Taskforce members are forbidden to operate.

The Evening HourThe Evening Hour by Carter Sickels (Bloomsbury, paperback, $16.00)

Most of the wealth in Dove Creek, WV, is in the coal seams that have provided generations with a way of life. 27-year-old Cole Freeman has side-stepped work as a miner to become an aide in a nursing home. He's also a drug dealer, reselling the prescription drugs his older patients give him to a younger crowd. Now, the mining corporation is angling to buy the Freeman family's property. Although he has often dreamed of leaving, Cole has a sense of duty to this land. He spends most of his time with the elderly patients at the home, desperately trying to ignore the decay of everything and everyone around him. Only when a disaster befalls these mountains is Cole forced to confront his fears and, finally, take decisive action--if not to save his world, to at least save himself. A Spring 2012 Okra Pick.



General Fiction  
All That I AmAll That I Am by Anna Funder (HarperCollins, hardcover, $25.99)
When 18-year-old Ruth Becker visits her cousin Dora in Munich in 1923, she meets the love of her life and eagerly joins in the heady activities of the militant political Left in Germany. Ten years later, Hitler is elected chancellor of Germany. Together with Dora and her lover, the four become hunted outlaws overnight and are forced to flee to London, where they risk betrayal and deceit as they dedicate themselves to a dangerous mission: to inform the British government of the very real Nazi threat to which it remains willfully blind. A February 2012 Indie Next Pick.
The Flight of Gemma HardyThe Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey (HarperCollins, hardcover, $26.99)

The death of her doting guardian leaves Gemma Hardy under the care of her resentful aunt, and it soon becomes clear that she is nothing more than an unwelcome guest. Then she receives a scholarship to a private school, but at Claypoole she finds herself treated as an unpaid servant. When the school goes bankrupt, she takes a job as an au pair on the Orkney Islands for Mr. Sinclair, a London businessman, and his eight-year-old niece. Rich, single, flying in from London when he pleases, Hugh Sinclair fills the house with life. An unlikely couple, the two are drawn to each other, but Gemma's biggest trial is about to begin. A February 2012 Indie Next Pick.

The MirageThe Mirage by Matt Ruff (HarperCollins, hardcover, $25.99)

11/9/2001: Christian fundamentalists hijack four jetliners. The United Arab States declares a War on Terror. Arabian and Persian troops invade the Eastern Seaboard and establish a Green Zone in Washington, D.C. . . . Summer, 2009: Arab Homeland Security agent Mustafa al Baghdadi interrogates a captured suicide bomber. The prisoner claims that the world they are living in is a mirage--in the real world, America is a superpower, and the Arab states are just a collection of "backward third-world countries." The president wants answers, the gangster Saddam Hussein is conducting his own investigation, and the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee--a war hero named Osama bin Laden--will stop at nothing to hide the truth. A February 2012 Indie Next Pick.

Three Stages of AmazementThree Stages of Amazement by Carol Edgarian (Scribner, paperback, $16.00)
Many love stories end in marriage; rare is the love story that begins with one--already promised, already worn. Touched by tragedy and by ordinary hopes that have not come true, Lena Rusch and her husband Charlie Pepper must face, for the first time in their lives, real limitation. The compromises and silent promises Lena and Charlie have made are familiar: If we can have one more healthy baby, we'll be done. If he can just earn that much money, we'll remake our life. If I can just get through this, I promise I'll become the person I know I should be. A February 2012 Indie Next Pick.
A Good AmericanA Good American by Alex George (Amy Einhorn, hardcover, $25.95)

When Frederick and Jette must flee her disapproving mother in 1904, where better to go than America? At the last minute, they take a boat destined for New Orleans instead of New York, and later find themselves in the small town of Beatrice, Missouri, where they embark on their new life together. James, telling his grandparents' story, comes to realize he doesn't know his own story at all, though his family is caught up in the sweep of history. Each new generation discovers afresh what it means to be an American. A February 2012 Indie Next Pick.

The OddsThe Odds by Stuart O'Nan (Viking, hardcover, $25.95)
Valentine's weekend, Art and Marion Fowler flee their Cleveland suburb for Niagara Falls, desperate to recoup their losses. Jobless, with their home approaching foreclosure and their marriage on the brink of collapse, Art and Marion liquidate their savings account and book a bridal suite at the Falls' ritziest casino for a second honeymoon. While they sightsee like tourists during the day, at night they risk it all at the roulette wheel to fix their finances--and save their marriage. A February 2012 Indie Next Pick.
The Underside of JoyThe Underside of Joy by Ser Prince Halverson (Dutton, hardcover, $25.95)

To Ella Beene, happiness means living in the northern California river town of Elbow with her husband, Joe, and his two young children, until Joe is drowned in the ocean. For three years, Ella has believed that the children's biological mother, Paige, abandoned them. But when Paige shows up at the funeral, intent on reclaiming the children, Ella soon realizes there may be more to Paige and Joe's story, and Ella's in-laws' devotion quickly falters when the custody fight between mother and stepmother urgently and powerfully collides with Ella's quest for truth.

Three Weeks in DecemberThree Weeks in December by Audrey Schulman (Europa, paperback, $16.00)
In 1899 Jeremy, a young engineer in East Africa, finds himself the reluctant hunter of two lions that are killing his men. Plagued by fear, wracked with malaria, and alienated by a secret he can tell no one, he takes increasing solace in the company of the African who helps him hunt. In 2000 Max, an American ethnobotonist, travels to Rwanda in search of an obscure vine that could become a lifesaving pharmaceutical. Closely shadowing a family of gorillas, she bears a striking gift for understanding the ape's non-verbal communication, but their precarious solidarity is threatened as a violent rebel group from the nearby Congo draws close. A February 2012 Indie Next Pick.
The Weird SistersThe Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown (Berkley, paperback, $15.00)

Three sisters have returned to their childhood home, reuniting the eccentric Andreas family. Here, books are a passion (there is no problem a library card can't solve) and TV is something other people watch. Their father--a professor of Shakespeare who speaks almost exclusively in verse--named them after the Bard's heroines. It's a lot to live up to. The sisters have a hard time communicating with their parents and their lovers, but especially with one another. What can the shy homebody eldest sister, the fast-living middle child, and the bohemian youngest sibling have in common? Only that none has found life to be what was expected; and now, faced with their parents' frailty and their own personal disappointments, not even a book can solve what ails them... A February 2012 Indie Next Pick. Meet the author at our Book Your Lunch event!

ObedienceObedience by Jacqueline Yallop (Penguin, paperback, $15.00)

Forced to confront the community that she betrayed decades ago, Sister Bernard struggles to reconcile her uncertain faith with the passionate, impulsive actions of her youth. The young Sister Bernard is slow-witted, dreamy, and tormented by the voice of a judgmental God. Only when a young Nazi soldier starts showing her attention is she given a reprieve from God's voice. Illicit love leads her into a far worse betrayal, one she fully understands only when it is too late, and a horror that endures in the memories of the villagers in the decades that follow.

A Place of SecretsA Place of Secrets by Rachel Hore (Henry Holt & Co., paperback, $15.00)

Hard times have forced the Wickham family of Starbrough Hall to sell an 18th-century astronomer's work, their land, and with it, the timeworn tower built as an observatory for astronomer Anthony Wickham and his daughter that lies nearby. Auction house appraiser Jude meets Euan, who lives in the gamekeeper's cottage at the foot of the tower where Jude's grandfather once lived. And a nightmare begins to haunt her six-year-old niece, the same nightmare Jude herself had years ago. Is it possible that the dreams are passed down from one generation to the next? What secrets does the tower hold? And will Jude unearth them before it's too late?

History of a Pleasure SeekerHistory of a Pleasure Seeker by Richard Mason (Alfred A. Knopf, hardcover, $25.95)
Piet Barol's father is an austere administrator at Holland's oldest university. His mother, a singing teacher, has died--but not before giving him a thorough grounding in the arts of charm. Piet applies for a job as tutor to the troubled son of Europe's leading hotelier: a child who refuses to leave his family's mansion on Amsterdam's grandest canal. As the young man enters this glittering world, he learns its secrets--and soon, quietly, steadily, finds his life transformed as he in turn transforms the lives of those around him. A February 2012 Indie Next Pick.
Historical Fiction
The Winter GhostsWinter Ghosts by Kate Mosse (Berkley, paperback, $15.00)
The battlefields of World War I took Freddie Watson's beloved brother. In the winter of 1928, his car spins off a mountain road. Freezing and dazed, he emerges in a tiny village, where he finds an inn to wait out the blizzard. There he meets Fabrissa, a lovely young woman also mourning a lost generation. Over the course of one night, Fabrissa and Freddie share their stories. By the time dawn breaks, Freddie will have unearthed a tragic mystery that goes back through the centuries, and discovered his own role in the life of this old remote town.


Anatomy of GhostsAnatomy of Ghosts by Andrew Taylor (Hyperion, paperback, $15.99)

It's 1786, Jerusalem College, Cambridge. Desperate to salvage the reputation of her son, Frank, who has been locked away after seeing the ghost of a deceased woman at Jerusalem College, Lady Anne Oldershaw employs John Holdsworth to investigate. When Holdsworth, the author of a stinging argument on why ghosts are mere delusions, finds himself haunted, he becomes more determined than ever to find the deceased woman's murderer. No one will leave Jerusalem unchanged.



Mysteries & Suspense   

The PreacherThe Preacher by Camilla Lackberg (Free Press, paperback, $15.00)

Foul play was always suspected in the disappearance twenty years ago of two young holidaymakers in Fjallbacka. Now their remains, discovered with those of a fresh victim, send the town into shock. Local detective Patrik Hedstrom can only imagine what it is like to lose a child. When a second young girl goes missing, Hedstrom's attention focuses on the Hults, a feuding clan of misfits, religious fanatics and criminals. The suspect list is long but time is short--which of this family's dark secrets will provide the vital clue?

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Science Fiction & Fantasy  

Shadows in FlightShadows in Flight by Orson Scott Card (Tor, hardcover, $21.99)

At the end of Shadow of the Giant, Bean flees to the stars with the three of his children who share his engineered genes. The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth's scientists generations to seek a cure, to no avail. But the Delphikis are about to make a discovery that will let them save themselves, for before them lies a derelict Formic colony ship. Aboard it, they will find life support, room to grow, and labs in which to explore their own genetic anomaly and the mysterious disease that killed the ship's colony.


Children's & Young Adult    

The Monster ReturnsThe Monster Returns by Peter McCarty (Henry Holt & Co., hardcover, $16.99)

Jeremy thought he'd seen the last of his monster when he sent him away with a one-way bus ticket. But suddenly there's a knock on the door . . . and the monster has returned! Jeremy tries to decide what to do. Is it possible that the monster is in need of a friend?


Carl at the Dog ShowCarl at the Dog Show by Alexandra Day (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, hardcover, $14.99)

Madeleine's mom has to help Carl's Cousin, Gamble, get ready to compete in his event at the dog show, and she tells Carl and Madeleine to meet her by the show ring. Do Carl and Madeleine listen? Of course not! They immediately set off to explore--they help groom other dogs, have a snack, test out dog beds, create an agility test of their own--all with hilarious results and mom none the wiser.


Kindred SoulsKindred Souls by Patricia MacLachlan (Katherine Tegen, hardcover, $15.99)

Jake's grandfather, Billy, hears the talk of birds, is 88 years old, and is going to live forever. Even when Billy gets sick, Jake knows that everything will go on as always. But there's one thing Billy wants: to rebuild the sod house where he grew up. Can Jake give him this one special thing?



Bad Kitty for PresidentBad Kitty for President by Nick Bruel (Roaring Brook, hardcover, $13.99)

It's time to elect a new president of the Neighborhood Cat Coalition! Who will win the election? The candidate chosen by the kitties on the right side of the street or the candidate chosed by the kitties on the left side of the street? When election time rolls around, one candidate (guess who?) will discover that she never bothered to register to vote and the entire election will be decided by a surprise, last minute absentee ballot sent by Old Kitty.


The Hunger Games Movie Tie-In EditionThe Hunger Games Movie Tie-In Edition by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic, paperback, $12.99)

Panem's Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the twelve outlying districts in line by forcing them all to send a boy and girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But for her, survival is second nature, and she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.


In DarknessIn Darkness by Nick Lake (Bloomsbury, hardcover, $17.99)

"Shorty" is a Haitian boy trapped in the ruins of a hospital when the earth explodes around him. Surrounded by lifeless bodies and growing desperately weak from lack of food and water, death seems imminent. Yet as Shorty waits in darkness for a rescue that may never come, he becomes aware of another presence from 200 years ago, that of slave and revolutionary leader Toussaint L'Ouverture. What unites a child of the slums with the man who would shake a troubled country out of slavery? Is it the darkness they share . . . or is it hope?


FractureFracture by Megan Miranda (Walker & Co., hardcover, $17.99)

After 11 minutes in a freezing river, Delaney Maxwell was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine--despite the scans that showed significant brain damage. Now far from normal, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Then she meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she's reassured, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy's motives aren't quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature--or something much more frightening? A Winter '11/'12 Kids' Indie Next Pick.


Daughter of the CentaursDaughter of the Centaurs by Kate Klimo (Random House, hardcover, $17.99)

Malora knows she was born to be a horse wrangler and a hunter. But when her people are massacred by batlike monsters called Leatherwings, Malora will need her horse skills just to survive. The last living human, Malora roams the wilderness at the head of a band of magnificent horses, relying only on her own wits, strength, and courage. When she is captured by a group of centaurs and taken to their city, Malora must decide whether the comforts of her new home and family are worth the parts of herself she must sacrifice to keep them.


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If you came to our Nicholas Sparks event, you may have seen the book cover pendants we had for many of his books. We now have a selection of other titles as well, including Catcher in the Rye, Gone with the Wind, The Help, and The Hunger Games. Stop by the store and see if your favorite book is available. If not, we can special order it for you. Pendants are $19.95

February Is Black History Month

Marching to the Mountaintop


When Grandmama Sings


Malcolm X


Barack Obama

Tuesday, Feb. 7th is Charles Dickens' Birthday
Great Expectations
Watch the trailer for the upcoming PBS Masterpiece film (April 1st & 8th)
The Search Committee
What Happened to Hannah
Same Sun Here
The Healing
A Good American
The Snow Child
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
The Chalk Girl
If you enjoy
Downton Abbey,
try these reads
The House at Tyneford
A Room with a View
Fall of Giants
Howards End
Coming to DirecTV February 15th
The Slap
The Presidents
Bad Kitty for President
Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter
The President's Stuck in the Bathtub
The Battle of the Crater
Who will win the Oscar on February 26th?
The Help

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Descendants

War Horse

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

At the Movies
One for the Money
Big Miracle
The Woman in Black
LEGO Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Ghost Rider: Fear Itself
The Lorax
A Princess of Mars
Celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday on March 2nd by going to see The Lorax!
The Lorax
The Lorax Doodle Book
Look for the Lorax
How to Help the Earth--by the Lorax
Ron Rash News


Speaking of movies, did you hear that Ron Rash's breakthrough novel
Serena will be coming to the big screen! Read the full article here.

Save the date: May 24th!
We have just confirmed a Book Your Lunch event with Ron for Thurs. May 24th at The Lazy Goat. Tickets will be $55 and include a copy of The Cove, which releases April 10th. We haven't yet gotten the listing online, but in the meantime, you can call the store at 864-675-0540 to reserve tickets. 
Seneca Bookstore
 for Sale

The Booksmith, Seneca's independent bookstore, is for sale. The store has been a vital part of the community for 22 years and we'd hate to see it close. If you or anyone you know is interested in purchasing it, click
here for more details.
Info for Readers and Writers

Feb. 11th: The Flatiron Writers present "Creating Your Writing Life" (Asheville) 

Feb. 13th: OLLI Class:

Feb. 20th: Emrys Reading Room with Wayne Cox and Angela Kelly. 

Feb. 28th (9-week class): Works in Progress: Focusing on Your Book-Length Manuscript with Ashley Warlick
Walter Dean Myers is the new Ambassador for Young People's Literature
We Are America

ALA Award Winners


Newbery Medal

Dead End in Norvelt 



Inside Out & Back Again



Breaking Stalin's Nose



Caldecott Medal
A Ball for Daisy
Grandpa Green

Theodore Seuss Geisel Award

Tales for Very Picky Eaters



 Michael C. Printz YA Award Winner

Where Things Come Back



Coretta Scott King

Heart and Soul

Best Author



Best Illustrator

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!
Volunteers Welcome!
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 or call 864-675-0540.
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