|Dear Fiction Addiction customer, |
This Monday, May 7th, marks Fiction Addiction's 11th anniversary! Please join us as we celebrate both our store anniversary and our exciting upcoming events schedule! Mary Alice Monroe will be speaking at a Book Your Lunch
event the following day, May 8th, about her new book, Beach House Memories
(Gallery, hardcover, $26.00), the sequel to The Beach House
And let's not forget Mother's Day! Moms love lunch (especially when they don't have to make it!), so consider getting the special lady in your life a ticket to one of our great Book Your Lunch
events. She will get to meet an excellent author, have a delicious lunch, and gain some new insight into what could very well be her next favorite read.
And while you're out shopping for mom this month, be sure to stop by our store on Saturday, May 12th - the day before Mother's Day - where if you spend $25 or more, you will be entered to win
a free copy of the fabulous debut novel, A Land More Kind than Home
(William Morrow, hardcover, $24.99), and a ticket to our Book Your Lunch
event with the author, Wiley Cash. So come out and buy a last-minute Mother's Day gift or a treat for yourself.
Please note that we will be closed Monday, May 28th for Memorial Day.
Signed First Editions Club
|May 2012, hardcover, $27.95|
Are you interested in collecting signed books? Know someone who is? Fiction Addiction has a Signed First Editions Club! Members receive a new signed first edition book each month (must purchase at least 10 of the 12 books offered; preview the club agreement here), as well as first notice of any other signed first editions we receive from publishers. We also accept gift subscriptions! This makes the perfect gift for the moms, dads, and grads on your list who are book lovers and collectors. These are the picks for the next several months (prices subject to change by publisher):
|June 2012, hardcover, $26.95|
|July 2012, hardcover, $25.99|
|August 2012, hardcover, $24.99|
Browse our entire selection of signed books.
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 email@example.com or by phone at 864-675-0540. Personalized copies will need to be prepaid.
Book Your Lunch with Mary Alice Monroe: Tues., May 8th, 12-2pm @ The Lazy Goat, $55*
New York Times bestselling Southern author Mary Alice Monroe returns to Primrose Cottage on Isle of Palms with Beach House Memories (Gallery Books, hardcover, $26.00, on sale 5/8/12), which tells the story of Lovie and her choices during the summer of 1974, choices that made her who she is when you met her in Mary Alice's first beloved Southern novel, The Beach House. A Summer 2012 SIBA Okra Pick. View the book trailer. *The $55 ticket price includes one copy of the featured book. You can purchase tickets online at www.bookyourlunch.com or by calling us at 864-675-0540.
Thursday, May 10th, 12-2pm: Aletia DuPree In-Store Signing
Georgia cookbook author Aletia DuPree will be signing copies of her new cookbook, Deliciously Southern (Aletia DuPree Moon, hardcover, $24.99), at Fiction Addiction. This book celebrates all that is Southern, containing recipes reminiscent of Sunday Dinner, others from some of the finest restaurants in the country, and still more popular Southern staples.
Book Your Lunch with Jim Minick: Friday, May 11th, 12-2pm @ Thornblade Club, $25
Appalachian author and poet Jim Minick celebrates the paperback release of his memoir, The Blueberry Years (St. Martin's Griffin, paperback, $15.99, on sale 5/8/12), in which he writes about his and wife's experiences as organic blueberry farmers. You can purchase tickets online at www.bookyourlunch.com or by calling us at 864-675-0540.
Fiction Addiction Book Club: Tuesday, May 15th, 7:00pm @ Java Jolt
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.). In May, come discuss Madeleine L'Engle's classic children's novel, A Wrinkle in Time (Square Fish, paperback, $6.99).
We will be taking a temporary hiatus during the summer. Book club meetings will resume on September 18th, when we will be discussing New York Times bestselling author Jonah Lehrer's new book, Imagine: How Creativity Works (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, hardcover, $26.00).
Book Your Lunch with Wiley Cash: Tuesday, May 22nd, 12-2pm @ The Lazy Goat, $25
Western North Carolina native Wiley Cash writes about his homeland in his debut novel, A Land More Kind than Home (William Morrow, hardcover, $24.99), a story about a child who witnesses the unthinkable during a church healing service, forcing him to question his ideas about family and faith. A May 2012 Indie Next Pick. A Summer 2012 SIBA Okra Pick. Mr. Cash will be donating a portion of his proceeds from this event to the Greenville Literacy Association. You can purchase tickets online at www.bookyourlunch.com or by calling us at 864-675-0540.
Book Your Lunch with Ron Rash: Thursday, May 24th, 12-2pm @ The Lazy Goat, $55*
Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling Southern author of Serena, returns to Appalachia at the height of World War I with his new novel, The Cove (Ecco, hardcover, $26.99), the story of a blazing but doomed love affair caught in the turmoil of a nation at war. A Summer 2012 SIBA Okra Pick. *The $55 ticket price includes one copy of the featured book. You can purchase tickets online at www.bookyourlunch.com or by calling us at 864-675-0540.
Fiction Addiction Cookbook Club
Monday, June 4th, 6:30pm @ Wine Styles
Thursday, June 7th, 7:00pm @ Palmetto Olive Oil Co.
Fiction Addiction now has two cookbook clubs! We meet the first week of every month, on Monday at Wine Styles (3935 Pelham Rd. Ste. F) and on Thursday at Palmetto Olive Oil Co. (2247 Augusta St.). From April to June, we will be preparing recipes from and discussing Basic to Brilliant, Y'all by Virginia Willis (Ten Speed Press, hardcover, $35.00), a 2012 SIBA Cookbook Award finalist.
We still have room in both clubs, so if you're interested in joining, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 864-675-0540 for more information or to sign up. You can preview the club agreement here.
Friday, June 8th, 4-6pm: Andrea Cefalo In-Store Signing
Greenville, SC, author Andrea Cefalo will be signing copies of her debut young adult novel, The Fairytale Keeper: Avenging the Queen (Scarlet Primrose Press, paperback, $11.99, on sale 6/1/12), at Fiction Addiction. Adelaide, called Snow White by her deceased mother, must decide between risking everything to stop the corruption that she sees around her or keeping her friends and family safe in this retelling of a classic fairytale, the first in a series.
Join us for storytime every Thursday morning at 10:30am. We will be reading the following titles during May:
3rd: Stars by Mary Lyn Ray (Beach Lane Books, hardcover, $16.99)
10th: Because Your Mommy Loves You by Andrew Clements (Clarion, hardcover, $16.99)
17th: The Family Tree by David McPhail (Henry Holt, hardcover, $16.99)
24th: Tweak Tweak by Eve Bunting (Clarion, hardcover, $14.99)
31st: Silly Doggy! by Adam Stower (Orchard, hardcover, $16.99)
May's Volunteer Picks
A Land More Kind than Home by Wiley Cash (William Morrow, hardcover, $24.99)
Three voices tell the story of A Land More Kind Than Home. Each one uses a strong and believable narrative to draw us deeper and deeper into the story. Through their eyes we experience the love between brothers, how death and hate can have an impact for years to come, and how powerful and scary religion can be in many rural areas. This is a powerful novel which builds and builds to its inevitable ending and new beginning. A May 2012 Indie Next Pick. A Summer 2012 SIBA Okra Pick. Meet the author at our Book Your Lunch event on May 22nd!
-Recommended by Nancy, store volunteer
Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke (Little, Brown & Co., hardcover, $16.99, *Signed Copies Available*)
Jon Whitcroft feels abandoned by everything. After being sent to boarding school in Salisbury, Jon thinks the only things he will have to worry about are fitting in and homesickness. Yet shortly after arriving, he discovers an ancient family curse and four vengeful spirits set on sending him to meet his ancestors. Only with the help of his friend Ella and a noble ghost named William Longspee will Jon be able to survive. Filled with murder, betrayal, lies, loyalty, and of course true friendship, this book will satisfy the noble knight in all of us. A must-read for any Cornelia Funke fan!
-Recommended by Gretchen, store volunteer
South of Superior by Ellen Airgood (Riverhead Books, paperback, $16.00)
I have never visited the upper peninsula of Michigan, and still have no desire to do so in the winter. The vivid image of the winters painted in South of Superior by Ellen Airgood make you feel as if you are there. The characters all have their own quirks and the interactions are entertaining and believable. I know Madeline Stone is the main character and narrator of the book, but I felt deeply drawn to Gladys who was either Madeline's biggest supporter or protagonist. I was pleased with the depth the author took to let us understand Gladys and how tragedies in her life had shaped her. The characters are all such hard workers and so independent, or trying to be, I feel it could almost be a lesson for the younger generation today. While the book is clearly focused on the northern part of the country, any fan of Appalachia would enjoy the story. A good option for book clubs as there is plenty to discuss. Don't be afraid to try a debut novel as it is very well written.
-Recommended by Jacki, store volunteer
The Innocent by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing, hardcover, $27.99)
Sometimes you just have to say NO. That is what secret operative sniper Will Robie did when faced with killing a woman and her child. Now he is being hunted . . . or is he? Is he the cause of all of the killing, or is he the one to stop it? Why are seemingly innocent people being gunned down? Who can be trusted? None of the answers are obvious in this thrilling new novel by David Baldacci.
-Recommended by Nancy, store volunteer
Don't Die Under the Apple Tree by Amy Patricia Meade (Kensington, paperback, $7.99)
When Rosie Keefe's husband enlists in the war, she suddenly finds herself thrust from the comfortable life of a housewife into the hard life of a shipyard worker in order to make ends meet. When her foreman is found murdered, after an altercation with Rosie, she finds herself the primary suspect. Now Rosie must return to the shipyard to try and find the real killer. Soon she discovers that Finch, the foreman, had more enemies than she expected. As she traces the trail of the killer, Rosie will find herself on a path that will change her life . . . if it doesn't kill her first. Filled with suspense, conspiracy, and murder, this book is sure to make your heart race.
-Recommended by Gretchen, store volunteer
May's Store Picks
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty (Berkley, paperback, 15.00)
Alice falls in the gym and hits her head. When she wakes up, she's lost 10 years of her life and thinks she's madly in love with her husband and pregnant with her first child, when in reality she's the mom of 3 and in the midst of a bitter divorce. We all wish we could have a do-over in life sometimes, and Alice's injury gives her the perfect opportunity. This unputdownable read is recommended to fans of Sophie Kinsella, but don't write it off as just a light chick-lit read; it's got wonderful substance as well as great style. I'm the one reviewing this title, but it's really a family pick. Mom read it first and handed it to me; I devoured it, then gave it to my sister Emily, who also fell in love.
-Recommended by Jill Hendrix, store owner
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore (Penguin, hardcover, $19.99)
In this eagerly anticipated sequel to Graceling, Kristin Cashore's wonderful mix of characterization and action allows readers to watch Bitterblue grow into both a woman and a queen as she struggles to get a hold of the hurting kingdom her father left to her 8 years ago.
-Recommended by Melissa Oates, store employee
Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson (Amy Einhorn Books, hardcover, $25.95, *Signed Copies Available*)
You know how they say that a great storyteller exaggerates just enough? Well, Jenny Lawson takes her life stories over the top, and the result is probably the funniest book I have ever read. I was wiping tears from my face as I read her account of being stabbed in the face by a serial killer. I know, it doesn't sound funny . . . but trust me on this. By the time you finish this book, Jenny will be your best and funniest friend, and your conversations will be full of references to Beyonce, the metal chicken, and James Garfield, a taxidermied wild boar - it's that contagious. A May 2012 Indie Next Pick.
-Recommended by Cynthia Clack, store employee
True (. . . Sort Of) by Katherine Hannigan (Greenwillow Books, paperback, $6.99)
Fast-talking trouble-maker Delly draws you in with all her Dellylicious words and stunts, but that is just window-dressing for the utterly moving story Hannigan sneaks up and hits you over the head with. For ages 9 and up. A 2012-13 SC Children's Book Award nominee.
-Recommended by Jill Hendrix, store owner
The Selection by Kiera Cass (HarperTeen, hardcover, $17.99)
Cinderella meets The Hunger Games meets "The Bachelor" in this debut dystopian romance. The Selection involves 35 teenage girls representing their country while living at the palace, where Prince Maxon will choose one of them to be his princess -- while TV cameras film the whole saga. America Singer is one of the 35, and the only one who doesn't want to be there, since she's already in love with a boy back home, a boy who broke her heart. But if she can't have Aspen, would it be so bad to let in someone who does care for her, even if he is a prince? A great read for hopeless romantics, whether teenagers or grown-ups. A Spring 2012 Kids' Indie Next Pick.
-Recommended by Melissa Oates, store employee
Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth by Jane O'Connor (HarperCollins, hardcover, $9.99)
I was happy to find that Jane O'Connor has written a chapter book for girls who have outgrown the Fancy Nancy picture books. Although Nancy is growing up, she hasn't outgrown her love of sharing "fancy" new words and her love of adventure. In this book, Nancy and her best friend Bree decide to form a detective agency and are looking for a mystery to solve. When a blue marble goes missing from their classroom, they set out to solve the high-profile crime. Readers who loved Fancy Nancy will enjoy growing up with Nancy Clancy.
-Recommended by Kathleen Perry, store employee
Surfer Chick by Kristy Dempsey (Harry N. Abrams, hardcover, $16.95)
A fabulous rhyming summer beach read about about a chick who wants to learn to surf just like her dad. After a few fowl-ups, she persists, and finally triumphs!
-Recommended by Jill Hendrix, store owner
When Deresiewicz was assigned to read Emma
as a graduate student at Columbia, Austen's devotion to the everyday, and her belief in the value of ordinary lives, ignited something in him. He began viewing the world through Austen's eyes. He was amazed to discover that the people in his life developed the depth and richness of literary characters - that his own life had suddenly acquired all the fascination of a novel. Weaving his and Austen's stories around the ones her novels tell, Deresiewicz shows how her books are both about education and themselves an education. A May 2012 Indie Next
Service by Marcus Luttrell (Little, Brown & Co., hardcover, $27.99)
Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell returned from his star-crossed mission in Afghanistan with his bones shattered and his heart broken. So many had given their lives to save him - and he would have readily done the same for them. As he recuperated, he wondered why he and the others, from America's founding to today,
This memoir is told in a straightforward and conversational manner so that you hear the journalist's distinctive voice on every page. Rather discusses all the big stories from his decades of reporting. This very personal accounting includes his dismissal from CBS, the Abu Ghraib story, the George W. Bush Air National Guard controversy, his coverage of the JFK assassination, the origin of "Hurrican Dan" as well as inside stories about all the top personalities Dan has either interviewed or worked with over his remarkable career.
Before she turned twelve, Madeleine Albright's life was shaken by the Nazi invasion of her native Czechoslovakia, the Battle of Britain, the attempted destruction of European Jewry, the Allied victory in World War II, the rise of communism, and the onset of the Cold War. Drawing on her memory, her parents' written reflections, interviews with contemporaries, and newly-available documents, Albright recounts a tale of these years that is by turns harrowing and inspiring.
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Grill This, Not That! by David Zinczenko (Rodale Press, paperback, $19.99, on sale 5/8/12)
This newest weight-loss weapon teaches readers how to strip hundreds of calories from their diets using healthy grilling techniques, mouth-watering marinades, and savvy strategies to recreate their favorite foods. There are more than 125 recipes for everyone's indulgent yet low-calorie favorites (yes, even ribs and cheeseburgers!). Packed with cool tips, industry secrets, and essential nutrition information, this is a must-have for anyone looking to save money, time, and calories and become the ultimate boss of their barbecue.
View more May Health & Fitness releases
What Money Can't Buy by Michael J. Sandel (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, hardcover, $27.00)
Michael J. Sandel takes up one of the biggest ethical questions of our time: Isn't there something wrong with a world in which everything is for sale? If so, how can we prevent market values from reaching into spheres of life where they don't belong? What are the moral limits of markets? In recent decades, market values have crowded out nonmarket norms in almost every aspect of life. Without quite realizing it, Sandel argues, we have drifted from having a market economy to being a market society.
View more May Business & Economics releases
Midnight in Peking by Paul French (Penguin, hardcover, $26.00)
The Japanese are encircling the Peking in 1937, and the discovery of Pamela Werner's body sends a shiver through already nervous Peking. Is it the work of a madman? One of the ruthless Japanese soldiers now surrounding the city? Or perhaps the dreaded fox spirits? With the suspect list growing and the clues sparse, two detectives - one British and one Chinese - race against the clock to solve the crime before the Japanese invade and Peking as they know it is gone forever. Can they find the killer in time, before the Japanese invade?
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Shelter by Frances Greenslade (Free Press, paperback, $15.00, on sale 5/15/12)
For sisters Maggie and Jenny growing up in the Pacific mountains in the early 1970s, life felt nearly perfect. But at night, Maggie - a born worrier - would count the freckles on her father's weathered arms, listening for the peal of her mother's laughter in the kitchen, and never stop praying to keep them all safe from harm. Then her worst fears came true: Not long after Maggie's tenth birthday, their father is killed in a logging accident, and a few months later, their mother abruptly drops the girls at a neighbor's house, promising to return. She never does. A May 2012 Indie Next Pick. View the book trailer.
Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale by Lynda Rutledge (Amy Einhorn Books, hardcover, $25.95)
Why is the richest lady in Bass, Texas, a recluse for twenty years, suddenly selling off her worldy possessions? As the townspeople grab up the heirlooms, and the antiques reveal their own secret stories, a cast of characters appears to witness the sale or try to stop it. They'll all examine their roles in the Bass family saga, as well as some of life's most imponderable questions: Do our possessions possess us? What are we without our memories? Is there life after death or second chances here on earth? And is Faith really selling that Tiffany lamp for $1? A May 2012 Indie Next Pick.
Overseas by Beatriz Williams (Putnam, hardcover, $25.95, on sale 5/10/12)
Captain Julian Ashford, a British officer in the trenches of the Western Front in 1916, is waylaid in the town square by Kate, a beautiful young American. She has information about the reconnaissance mission he's about to embark on. Who is she? And why did she track him down in Amiens? A young Wall Street analyst in 2007 New York, Kate Wilson learned to rely on logic and cynicism. So why does she fall so desperately in love with Julian Laurence, a billionaire with a mysterious past?
The First Husband by Laura Dave (Penguin, paperback, $15.00)
Los Angeles-based travel writer Annie Adams thinks she has it all. Nick, her longtime film director boyfriend, has finally hit the big time, her column is syndicated, and they've got a great dog. Then Nick moves out. Three months later, Annie is married to Griffin, a down-to-earth chef with a restaurant in the Berkshires. When Nick asks for a second chance, Annie is torn between her husband and the man she might have been meant to marry.
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett (Harper Perennial, paperback, $15.99, on sale 5/8/12)
Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who disappeared while working on a valuable new drug. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past. Once found, Dr. Swenson is as imperious and uncompromising as ever. But the greatest sacrifices to be made are the ones Dr. Swenson asks of herself, and will ultimately ask of Marina. A May 2012 Indie Next Pick.
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach (Back Bay Books, paperback, $14.99)
College baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league until a routine throw goes disastrously off course. In the aftermath of his error, Henry's fight against self-doubt threatens to ruin his future. College president Guert Affenlight has fallen in love. Owen Dunne becomes caught up in a dangerous affair. Mike Schwartz realizes he has guided Henry's career at the expense of his own. And Pella Affenlight returns after escaping an ill-fated marriage. As the season's climactic final game approaches, these five are forced to confront their deepest hopes, anxieties, and secrets. A May 2012 Indie Next Pick.
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Helen Keller in Love by Rosie Sultan (The Viking Press, hardcover, $26.95)
We all know the story of Helen Keller's childhood and her miraculous road to being able to communicate. Rosie Sultan's novel imagines a part of Helen Keller's life rarely mentioned: the man she once loved. When Helen is in her thirties and Annie Sullivan is diagnosed with tuberculosis, a young man steps in as a private secretary, opening a new, sensual world to Helen.
22 Britannia Road by Amanda Hodgkinson (Penguin, paperback, $16.00)
With World War II finally over, Silvana and her seven-year-old son, Aurek, board the ship that will take them to England, where Silvana's husband, Janusz - determined to forget his ghosts - has rented a little house at 22 Britannia Road. But after years spent hiding in the forests of Poland, Aurek is wild, almost feral. And for Silvana, who cannot escape the painful memory of a shattering wartime act, forgetting is not a possibility.
Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks (Penguin, paperback, $16.00)
Bethia Mayfield is a restless and curious young woman growing up in Martha's Vineyard in the 1660s amid a small band of pioneering English Puritans. At age twelve, she meets Caleb, the young son of a chieftain, and the two forge a secret bond that draws each into the alien world of the other. Bethia's father is a Calvinist minister who seeks to convert the native Wampanoag, and Caleb becomes a prize in the contest between old ways and new, eventually becoming the first Native American graduate of Harvard College. A May 2012 Indie Next Pick.
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Mysteries & Suspense
Operation Napoleon by Arnaldur Indridason (Picador, paperback, $15.00, on sale 5/8/12)
Why is the US Army trying to secretively remove a plane from an Icelandic glacier, and why are they threatened by a young Icelandic rescue volunteer who manages to contact his sister Kristin before disappearing off the face of the earth? Kristin soon is in great danger herself, leading her on a long and hazardous journey in search of the key to the riddle about Operation Napoleon. Flashback to 1945, when a German bomber crew have lost their way and crash on a glacier. Puzzlingly, there are both German and American officers on board. One of the senior German officers claims that their best chance of survival is to try to walk to the nearest farm and sets off, a briefcase handcuffed to his wrist, only to disappear into the white vastness.
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Creatures of the Night by Gregory L. Reece (I.B. Taurius, paperback, $17.00, on sale 5/8/12)
Intrigued by some of the most sinister legends of Western civilization, Gregory Reece wonders: why is our culture so obsessed by the eerie and the macabre? Why have the Twilight and True Blood series skyrocketed in popularity? Whether tracking night-stalking werewolves, chanting black magic mantras with Satanists, or interviewing a modern-day Count Dracula, Reece is determined to uncover the truth in this bold and startling journey into a world that has so often seemed to lie beyond the limits of rational comprehension.
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Children's & Young Adult
A Giraffe Did One by Jerry Pallotta (Sleeping Bear Press, hardcover, $15.95)
A worm did it underground. A bird did it in the air. A bear did it on a hilltop. A whale did it deep in the water. Walking, running, skipping, or jumping. Sometimes . . . somewhere . . . someone around the world is doing this. Maybe even you! What can it be? Young readers will giggle and smirk as they try to guess just exactly what it is that these animals are doing. And the ending may surprise them! Illustrated by SC artist Tatjana Mai-Wyss.
Eggs 1, 2, 3 by Janet Halfmann (Blue Apple Books, hardcover, $17.99)
Ten spreads with gatefolds and a culminating dramatic fold-out lead young readers from a single penguin egg to an ostrich's clutch of 10 eggs. Song-like, non-rhyming verse gives clues as to who might hatch. The answer to the repeated refrain, "Who will the babies be?" is found beneath a flap. Besides discovering the animal baby or babies, kids will also pick up a lot of nature terminology and interesting facts about animals, their birthing environments, and habitats.
Dinosaurs by Simms Taback (Blue Apple Books, hardcover, $13.99)
Uses the same signature format and style as the series' previous titles. The question, "Who am I?" and a linked written clue invites kids to lift the first portion of the folded page to reveal another clue and more of the animal, and then a final fold-out shows the whole dino. The featured dinosaurs are: quetzalcoatlus, diplodocus, stegosaurus, Tyrannosaurus Rex, ankylosaurus, triceratops.
The Little Secret by Kate Saunders (Square Fish, paperback, $6.99)
Jane is spending the summer with her odd new friend Staffa. Staffa's slightly scary mother tells crazy stories, drinks a vile-smelling tea, and never strays far from a glowing painted box that the girls are under strict orders never, ever to open. But Jane can't resist; upon opening it, she is sucked into an amazing and terrifying new world so small that insects are the size of horses. Jane knows she must escape immediately or be trapped forever. But first, she has to wrangle a flying bumblebee, rescue the king, and free the people of Eck.
Planet Tad by Tim Carvell (HarperCollins, hardcover, $12.99, on sale 5/8/12)
Tad has an agenda: Survive seventh grade. He also wants to: grow a mustache, get girls to notice him, and do a kickflip on his skateboard. But those are not the main reasons he started a blog. Tad just has a lot of important thoughts he wants to share with the world, like: Here is the first thing I have learned about having a dog in your house: Don't feed them nachos. Not ever.
Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker (Balzer + Bray, hardcover, $15.99)
Great-aunt Louise likes routine as much as Stella does, something Stella appreciates since her mom is, well, kind-of unreliable. So while Mom "finds herself," Stella fantasizes that someday she'll come back to Cape Cod and settle down. The only obstacle to her plan? Angel, the foster kid Louise has taken in. But when tragedy unexpectedly strikes, Stella and Angel are forced to rely on each other to survive. And over the course of the summer they discover the one thing they do have in common: dreams of finally belonging to a real family. A Spring 2012 Kids' Indie Next Pick.
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente (Square Fish, paperback, $6.99, on sale 5/8/12)
12-year-old September lives in Omaha, and had an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn't . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland.
Rebel Fire by Andrew Lane (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, hardcover, $16.99)
14-year-old Sherlock Holmes knows that Amyus Crowe, his mysterious American tutor, has some dark secrets. But he didn't expect to find John Wilkes Booth, the notorious assassin, apparently alive and well in England - and Crowe somehow mixed up in it. When no one will tell you the truth, sometimes you have to risk all to discover it for yourself. And so begins an adventure that will take Sherlock across the Atlantic, to the center of a deadly web - where a friend is in peril and a defeated army threatens to rise again.
Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books, hardcover, $17.99)
Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction. But war now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable - and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.
The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan (Hyperion, hardcover, $19.99)
The Chaos snake Apophis is loose and threatening to destroy the earth in three days' time. The magicians are divided. The gods are disappearing, and those who remain are weak. Walt is doomed and can already feel his life force ebbing. Zia is too busy babysitting the senile sun god, Ra, to be of much help. The one way to stop Apophis is so difficult that it might cost Carter and Sadie their lives. It involves trusting the ghost of a psychopathic magician not to betray them, or kill them. They'd have to be crazy to try it. Well, call them crazy.
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride (Square Fish, paperback, $9.99, on sale 5/8/12)
Sam leads a pretty normal life - until a fast food prank brings him to the attention of a necromancer named Douglas who raises the dead for cash and sees potential in Sam. Then Sam discovers he's a necromancer too, but with strangely latent powers. And his worst nightmare wants to join forces . . . or else. With only a week to figure things out, Sam needs all the help he can get. Luckily he lives in Seattle, which has nearly as many paranormal types as it does coffee places. But even with newfound friends, will Sam be able to save his skin? A 2012-13 SC Young Adult Book Award nominee.
2012 SIBA Book Award Finalists
May 2012 Indie Next Picks
See the full list of May Indie Next Picks. We have many of them in stock and can order any that we don't.
As you may have noticed from our Store Picks, Cyndi has returned. She's decided that school is not what she wanted to do after all, and has resumed her work at the store. We're glad to have her back, and we hope you'll all give her a warm welcome back!
Thanks for your continued patronage!
Jill Hendrix, Owner
1020A Woodruff Rd.
Greenville, SC 29607
Our popular Kid Quips greeting cards have been restocked!
And check out our new Paws for Thought cards
SC Book Festival
May 18-20th in Columbia, SC
Events include over 70 award-winning national, regional, and South Carolina authors, book signings and book sales, presentations by authors, children's pavilion with performances and storytelling for kids of all ages, summer reading station for children, over 90 exhibitors including community organizations, libraries, booksellers, authors, and an antiquarian book fair.
The festival is free, but there are some special ticketed events:
Master classes in writing: Friday, May 18th, $35
Opening night reception:
Friday, May 18th, 7:00-10:00pm, $65
The Literary Vine:
Saturday, May 19th, 7:30-9:30pm, $40
Get Fit for Physical Fitness Month
May is Hemingway Month on HBO
Sundays at 9:00pm
Parts 1 & 2 May 14, 8:00pm
Parts 3 & 4 May 15, 8:00pm
Sundays at 10:00pm
premiering June 3rd
Tuesdays at 9:00pm
Season 2 starts June 5th
Dark Shadows Comes to the Big Screen
Suryia Swims! by Bhagavan "Doc" Antle (Henry Holt & Co., hardcover, $16.99, on sale 5/8/12)
Emrys invites you to "Come Write with Us"
When: Every Friday, from 11:30am-1:30pm
Where: Spill the Beans in downtown Greenville
Why: To provide a permanent day, time, and place for writers to write
No sign-up or registration necessary!
May Workshops at
Sat., May 12th, 1-3pm, $25: Writing and Illustrating Picture Books
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, and a 20% discount on all merchandise.