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Big news - we're moving! We have just signed a lease for a larger store space (2000 square feet) at Shops by the Mall, 1175 Woods Crossing Road Suite 5. This is the shopping center with Five Guys, Southern Fried Green Tomatoes, and Jimmy John's. When coming from Haywood, you turn onto Woods Crossing, pass the mall, and then look for the center on the left. If coming from Patewood, turn right onto Congaree, and then look for the center on the right after you pass Verizon. Note that we will be retaining our current phone number.
We will be moving at some point in July, but we haven't picked the exact weekend yet; the earliest would probably be July 13-15th. Please let us know if you'd like to volunteer to help us move.
In preparation for the move, all regularly priced merchandise (new and used) purchased at the store will be 10% off during the month of June. Books sold at offsite events and copies of An American Son by Marco Rubio are excluded from the sale.
Event News


The Other Woman's HouseWe're currently working on our summer and fall event schedules, which will include a new venture we're calling Stories & Sweets, as well as a new venue, Southern Fried Green Tomatoes, which is located in our new shopping center!

The inaugural Stories & Sweets event will feature an overseas author -- British mystery author Sophie Hannah -- and will take place on July 24th at 7:00pm at Southern Fried Green Tomatoes. For $10 per person, partake of a delicious dessert buffet while listening to Ms. Hannah talk about her new novel, The Other Woman's House (Penguin, paperback, $15.00, on sale 6/26/12).  


Nicholas SparksAs we continue confirming events, you may notice one that isn't there. We regret to inform you that Nicholas Sparks will not have a new book releasing this fall and so will not be having a signing with us. His next novel is projected to release in fall of 2013. In the meantime, feel free to browse for Nicholas Sparks books you may be missing from your collection. We also recommend authors Deborah Smith and Jeffrey Stepakoff to any fans who have already read all of Mr. Sparks' books.


Keep an eye on and to keep up with all of our exciting new events. 


Where's Waldo Scavenger Hunt


Where's Waldo? The Complete CollectionThis year Waldo, the iconic children's book character, turns twenty-five. And just where is Waldo after all these years? Well, this July he'll be right here in Greenville, SC!


In conjunction with Waldo's 25th birthday, Fiction Addiction will be hosting an exciting month-long scavenger hunt to find Waldo in several participating local, independent businesses in July


Each business will have a six-inch Waldo standee displayed somewhere in their store starting July 1st -- your job is to find them! Whenever you spot a Waldo standee, the store employee will give you a card that says, "I Found Waldo at ____!" And at your first stop, you'll also get a search list of all participating stores. Throughout the month, there will prizes awarded to the players, and on July 31, there will be a big Waldo shindig at Fiction Addiction from 3-5pm. You can see a list of participating businesses and get more information here.


June 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.


Basic to Brilliant, Y'allFiction Addiction Cookbook Club

Monday, June 4th, 6:30pm @ Wine Styles

Thursday, June 7th, 7:00pm @ Palmetto Olive Oil Co.

Fiction Addiction's cookbook clubs 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 have room available in both clubs, so if you're interested in joining, please email us at or call us at 864-675-0540 for information or to sign up. You can preview the club agreement here.


The Fairytale Keeper: Avenging the QueenFriday, 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), 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 fairy tale, the first in a series.


Spring FeverBook Your Lunch with Mary Kay Andrews: Saturday, June 9th, 12:00pm @ Thornblade Club, $55*

Spring Fever (St. Martin's Griffin, hardcover, $25.99, on sale 6/5/12) is the newest Southern novel from New York Times bestselling author Mary Kay Andrews. Find out what happens when small towns, old flames, and deep secrets come together for Annajane Hudgens. *The $55 ticket price includes one copy of the featured book. You can purchase tickets online at or by calling us at 864-675-0540.


Sea ChangeBook Your Lunch with Karen White: Tuesday, June 12th, 12:00pm @ The Lazy Goat, $25

Reader favorite Karen White returns for another Book Your Lunch event with us. She's a funny and fabulous speaker as well as an award-winning Southern author. Her new book, Sea Change (NAL, paperback, $15.00), releases on June 5th. You can purchase tickets online at or by calling us at 864-675-0540.


Porch LightsBook Your Lunch with Dorothea Benton Frank: Thursday, June 14th, 12:00pm @ Thornblade Club, $55*

Bestselling South Carolina author Dorothea Benton Frank is back with her latest Lowcountry novel, Porch Lights (William Morrow, hardcover, $26.99, on sale 6/12/12). *The $55 ticket price includes one copy of the featured book. You can purchase tickets online at or by calling us at 864-675-0540.


The River WitchSaturday, June 16th, 2-4pm: Kimberly Brock In-Store Signing

Georgia author Kimberly Brock will be signing copies of her debut novel, The River Witch (Belle Bridge Books, paperback, $14.95), at Fiction Addiction. After her dancing career is ended, Roslyn starts a new path in life on Manny's Island, GA, where she meets the Trezevants, a strange family who drags Roslyn into their world of alligators, pumpkins, hoodoo, and secrets - and where she finds a passion for living her new life.


Quick-Fix SouthernBook Your Lunch with Rebecca Lang: Tuesday, June 26th, 12:00pm @ Soby's, $25

A contributing editor for Southern Living magazine, Rebecca Lang shows you how to prepare real Southern food - fast! - in her cookbook, Quick-Fix Southern (Andrews McMeel, paperback, $!6.99). You can purchase tickets online at or by calling us at 864-675-0540.


Southern Living Farms Market CookbookFiction Addiction Cookbook Club

Monday, July 2nd, 6:30pm @ Wine Styles

Thursday, July 5th, 7:00pm @ Palmetto Olive Oil Co.

Fiction Addiction's cookbook clubs 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 July to September, we will be preparing recipes from and discussing Southern Living Farmers Market Cookbook (Oxmoor House, hardcover, $29.95).


We have room available in both clubs, so if you're interested in joining, please email us at or call us at 864-675-0540 for information or to sign up. You can preview the club agreement here.


An American Son Thursday, July 5th, 4:30pm: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio In-Store Signing (*Signing Tickets Required*)

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, who represents the state of Florida, will be signing copies of his new memoir, An American Son (also available in Spanish as Un Hijo Americano; Sentinel, hardcover, $26.95, on sale 6/19/12), at Fiction Addiction. Signing Tickets Required. Books must be purchased at Fiction Addiction in advance or at the signing. Each book purchased, whether the English or Spanish edition, will come with a free signing ticket. Tickets must be presented to enter the signing line. Books can be purchased on-line at or by calling us at 864-675-0540.


Children's Storytime


Join us for storytime every Thursday morning at 10:30am. We will be reading the following titles during June:


7th: Blackout by John Rocco (Hyperion, hardcover, $16.99)

Daddies Do It Different

14th: Daddies Do It Different by Alan Lawrence Sitomer (Disney*Hyperion, hardcover, $16.99)

21st: Gimme Cracked Corn & I Will Share by Kevin O'Malley (Walker, paperback, $7.99)

28th: Red, White, and Boom! by Lee Wardlaw (Henry Holt, hardcover, $16.99)


June Volunteer Picks
The ChaperoneThe Chaperone by Laura Moriarty (Riverhead Books, hardcover, $26.95, on sale 6/5/12, *Signed First Editions Promised*)
The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty tells the story of silent film star-to-be Louise Brooks and her chaperone, Cora, a very early feminist in the most polite way possible. Every one of the main characters is developed so well, you feel like you know them and become vested in their lives. This historical tale of unconventional families and how they have struggled for their place will compel you to keep reading, so be sure your schedule is open before you begin. A June 2012 Indie Next Pick.
-Recommended by Jackie, store volunteer 
Dumb HistoryDumb History by Joey Green (Plume, paperback, $13.00)
Dumb History is sure to please trivia lovers, history aficionados, or anyone who just enjoys a good laugh. Filled with historical anecdotes, scientific missteps, political fowl-ups, advertising slogans that become "lost in translation", and even the occasional unfounded obituary, Dumb History is informative, insightful, and entertaining. Fans of The Book of Useless Information and The Darwin Awards will devour this book.
-Recommended by Gretchen, store volunteer
Can I Get an Amen?Can I Get an Amen? by Sarah Healy (New American Library, paperback, $15.00, on sale 6/5/12)
Can I Get an Amen? is Sarah Healy's debut novel. I had no real idea how this story would unfold and was pleasantly surprised by how compelling and entertaining I found the book. I found the main character, Ellen, to be a very likable and honest character. She has her share of issues but is basically a good person trying to find her place while her life is in transition. The family dynamics are entirely believable and presented well, including the trying situation of an adult child moving home again. The book is a very well-written debut novel, and I will definitely read her next book. I think this book would be a good book club and/or Bible study book; discussion questions are provided, and it is a quick read.
-Recommended by Jackie, store volunteer
The Hero's Guide to Saving Your KingdomThe Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy (Walden Pond Press, hardcover, $16.99)
A beautiful princess is saved by her one true love, her one and only Prince Charming. Thanks to the Grimm Brothers, Hollywood, and of course a certain group of amusement parks, everyone knows these stories, but do we really know the whole story? Is the princess always helplessly waiting for her beloved? What of "Prince Charming"? Are there really princes riding around looking for damsels to save? Are "Princes Charming" always gallant, genteel, and heroic? What of the monsters of old? Are they just lurking in the forbidden forests looking for a lost soul to eat? In this parody of misconceptions, the reader will see beyond what they think they know and find out that there is more to these tales than just Happily Ever After. A Summer 2012 Kids' Indie Next Pick.
-Recommended by Gretchen, store volunteer
Hard CountryHard Country by Michael McGarrity (Dutton, hardcover, $28.95)
Hard Country: a Novel of the Old West by Michael McGarrity (New York Times bestselling author and New Mexico resident) is a realistic tale of three generations of hard men who fight man and nature to establish a livestock ranch in the New Mexico foothills, where death is more common than happiness. This is a compelling read that compares favorably with Larry McMurtry's novels such as Lonesome Dove. I lived in nearby El Paso, Texas, for two years and remember the beautiful but harsh country that is a major character in this novel.
-Recommended by Jim, store reader
The Magician KingThe Magician King by Lev Grossman (Plume, paperback, $16.00)
Lee calls Lev Grossman's first book, The Magicians (Penguin, paperback, $16.00), a dark Harry Potterish tale for adults. If that peaks your interest or you've already read The Magicians and loved it as much as Lee, you won't want to miss its sequel, The Magician King. In the new book, the said Magician King takes on a routine tax collecting/minor adventure at the outskirts of the magical land of Fillory, only to find himself unceremoniously stranded back on Earth with the return to his throne looking bleak.
-Recommended by Lee, store reader
Nancy's Great Summer Mystery Reads
The YardThe Yard by Alex Grecian (Putnam, hardcover, $26.95, *Signed First Editions Available*)
The Yard is a phenomenal debut novel with a fascinating look at the earliest forensics and the beginning of Scotland Yard as we know it today. Dr. Kingsley, the Yard's first forensic pathologist, and Walter Day, one of the newest hires for the Murder Squad, are just two of the cast of fascinating characters that are on the case of a new serial killer - the first since Jack the Ripper introduced London to the concept of murder for murder's sake. I hope we will see much more from the Yard's Murder Squad. June's Signed First Editions Club Pick. A June 2012 Indie Next Pick.
The ReckoningThe Reckoning by Jane Casey (Minotaur Books, hardcover, $24.99)
Police procedural crime fiction at its best! DC Maeve Kerrigan may seem young and naive at times, but she is working hard to be a good police detective and a good member of the team. And she still believes that murder is murder, regardless of how evil the victim might be. Superb characterizations, a complex and intriguing plot, and a believable conclusion are all present in this page turner from a talented new author in the genre.
Playing DeadPlaying Dead by Julia Heaberlin (Ballantine Books, paperback, $15.00)
Tommie is a smart, sassy Texan who suddenly finds everything she thought she knew about herself in question. Her search for the truth, which puts a mob target on her back, is a riveting tale of identity, family, loyalty, love, and trust. This is a hypnotizing, not-to-be-missed thriller from a wonderful new talent.
Hush MoneyHush Money by Chuck Greaves (Minotaur Books, hardcover, $24.99)
Jack MacTaggert, a wise-cracking young lawyer, is a new addition to a prestigious, high-falutin' law firm. Jack, his law firm, and the moneyed players in the grand-prix world of horse jumping become all mixed up in this tale of insurance fraud, dead horses, and murder (of the human kind). Greaves has written a sharp, funny, fast-paced mystery with a smart, sarcastic young hero who I hope we will be seeing more of.
Cliff WalkCliff Walk by Bruce DeSilva (Forge Books, hardcover, $24.99)
Cliff Walk is a terrific hard-boiled mystery starring Liam Mulligan, an old-school investigative reporter at a dying Providence newspaper. It is a witty and intelligent look at Rhode Island's prostitution business, political graft, and vigilantism. Mulligan is a street-smart hero whose cynical humor is part of the book's great appeal. This second book in the series is totally readable as a stand-alone, but I liked Mulligan so much, I will definitely go back to read book one.
Don't Ever Get OldDon't Ever Get Old by Daniel Friedman (Minotaur Books, hardcover, $24.99)
Don't Ever Get Old is a laugh-out-loud clever who-done-it with heart that I couldn't put down. Ex-Memphis Homicide Detective Buck Schatz may be 87 years old, have trouble getting around, and rely on his memory book at times, but that doesn't keep the grouchy, hard-ass ex-cop from trying to find a Nazi SS guard who almost killed him 60 years ago and the gold he is supposed to have. A Summer 2012 SIBA Okra Pick.
The Stranger You SeekThe Stranger You Seek by Amanda Kyle Williams (Bantam, paperback, $7.99)
The Stranger You Seek is a page-turning thriller that introduces us to Keye Street, a disgraced FBI profiler whose normal days are spent chasing bail jumpers and trying to avoid the bottle. Until, that is, a serial killer starts tormenting Atlanta and she is pulled into the investigation by the APD. Keye is a plucky, streetwise, wisecracking, witty, and very different heroine (Chinese American, with an African-American gay brother raised by a very Southern white couple in Atlanta) who you won't be able to forget.
June Store Picks
Ready Player OneReady Player One by Ernest Cline (Broadway, paperback, $14.00, on sale 6/5/12)
Is geek-core a genre? This is my very favorite sci-fi book of last year - a fast, fun read. Everyone I've recommended it to has loved it, especially those old enough to remember the '80s. Great for teens as well as fans of Neal Stephenson, John Scalzi, and Scott Pilgrim. Read a review and an interview with the author. A June 2012 Indie Next Pick.
-Recommended by Jill Hendrix, store owner
Wife 22Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon (Ballantine Books, hardcover, $26.00)
First, this is not a book about polygamy! Second, it was touching and humorous to witness Alice Buckle navigating the self-identity crisis of midlife and the marriage blahs that accompany it. A modern look at life with all its social networking with a nice little throwback to the late '70s. I'll let you figure that one out for yourself. Perfect beach read!
-Recommended by Cyndi Clack, store employee
FreemanFreeman by Leonard Pitts, Jr. (Agate Bolden, paperback, $16.00)
Would you walk a thousand miles to find a loved one? This is precisely what Sam, a freed slave, did during the harrowing months following the end of the Civil War. He left the relative safety of Philadelphia and started walking to where he last saw his wife fifteen years earlier - Buford, MS. Many others were on the move, too, facing overwhelming odds. Some were searching for family like Sam; others were fleeing masters who would rather kill them than set them free. Some, like Tilda, were following their masters, finding the concept of freedom incomprehensible and terrifying. Others still were following their ideals. Prudence, a white woman from a moneyed abolitionist Boston family, decided to move to the Deep South and start a school for the recently freed slaves. This tragic tale is a redemptive love story, a history lesson, and a must read. Read an NPR article about this book here. A June 2012 Indie Next Pick.
-Recommended by Kathleen Perry, store employee
Darth Vader and Son
Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown (Chronicle Books, hardcover, $14.95)
Jeffrey Brown hits the nail on the head with his depiction of a four-year-old little boy - in this case, Luke Skywalker being raised by Darth Vader in "Episode 3-1/2." Anyone who's ever been around a young boy will be able to relate and will find a lot to laugh about in this little book. A great Father's Day present for any Star Wars fan who's raised a boy . . . or who still is a boy.
-Recommended by Melissa Oates, store employee and mom of 2 
Coming Up for AirComing Up for Air by Patti Callahan Henry (St. Martin's Griffin, paperback, $14.99)
Coming Up for Air, an emotional powerhouse of a story, is about Ellie Calvin, a well-to-do Atlanta wife and mother who must confront and make peace with her past, as well as that of her mother, before she can move forward with her life. Ellie's strength is inspiring and will speak to any reader grappling with midlife angst and self-doubt.
-Recommended by Jill Hendrix, store owner
GreenGreen by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (Roaring Brook Press, hardcover, $16.99)
How many colors of green can you think of? With vivid colors and textures, cut-outs, and hidden objects, Seeger takes you on an exploration of a spectrum of greens. Forest green, khaki green, sea green! This is the perfect picture book that can be treasured by many ages (even adults!) and enjoyed over and over again.
-Recommended by Cyndi Clack, store employee and mom of 9
May the Road Rise Up to Meet YouMay the Road Rise Up to Meet You by Peter Troy (Doubleday, hardcover, $26.95)
This epic 19th century American saga follows four different characters - a young Irish immigrant, an early suffragette, and two slaves - and their two intertwining love stories. The novel starts with the potato famine in Ireland and finishes at the end of the Civil War. The author did a marvelous job with the dialects, history, and distinct voices of each character in this debut novel. Fans of Ken Follett and Edward Rutherford will love this book.
-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:

It Worked for MeIt Worked for Me by Colin Powell (Harper, hardcover, $27.99)
At the heart of this book are Powell's "Thirteen Rules" - notes he gathered over the years and that now form the basis of his leadership presentations. Powell's short but sweet rules such as "Get mad, then get over it" and "Share credit" illustrate his emphasis on conviction, hard work, and, above all, respect for others. A natural storyteller, Powell offers warm and engaging parables on succeeding in the workplace and beyond. Taken together, they comprise a powerful portrait of a reflective self-effacing leader.
Hotels, Hospitals, and JailsHotels, Hospitals, and Jails by Anthony Swofford (Twelve, hardcover, $26.99, on sale 6/5/12)
In these searing, courageous pages, Swofford struggles to make sense of what his military service meant, and to decide - after nearly ending it - what his life can and should become. Consumed by drugs, booze, fast cars, and the wrong women, Swofford almost lost everything and everyone that mattered to him. Embarking on a series of RV trips with his dying father, a Vietnam vet, in an attempt to heal their difficult relationship, and meeting a like-minded woman (who will become his wife) in a chance encounter, Swofford begins to grapple with his volatile past and forge a path toward redemption.
How Italian Food Conquered the WorldHow Italian Food Conquered the World by John F. Mariani (Palgrave, paperback, $16.00)
Not so long ago, Italian food was regarded as a poor man's gruel - little more than pizza, macaroni with sauce, and red wines in a box. Here, John Mariani shows how the Italian immigrants to America created, through perseverance and sheer necessity, an Italian-American food culture, and how it became a global obsession. Featuring evil villains such as the Atkins diet and French chefs, this is a rollicking tale of how Italian cuisine rose to its place as the most beloved fare in the world, through the lives of the people who led the charge. Full of savory anecdotes from top chefs and restaurateurs including Mario Batali, Danny Meyer, Tony Mantuan, Nigella Lawson, and many others, the also goes inside famous restaurants such as Da Spiaggia, Piaggia, Union Square Cafe, Rao's and others.
A Battle for the Soul of IslamA Battle for the Soul of Islam by M. Zuhdi Jasser (Threshold Editions, hardcover, $26.00, on sale 6/5/12)
In the wake of 9/11, we in the U.S. became divided between those who believed every Muslim was a potential threat and those who believed no Muslim could do wrong. For conservative Wisconsin native and former U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, these radical times meant facing a need to answer the question, "Can a good Muslim be a good American as well?" He offers non-Muslims a definitive comprehension of the difference between Islam and Islamism, or political Islam, and how violence and extremism run counter to Islam's true teachings.
People Who Eat DarknessPeople Who Eat Darkness by Richard Parry (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, paperback, $16.00)
Richard Lloyd Parry, an award-winning foreign correspondent, covered Lucie Blackman's disappearance in Tokyo in the summer of 2000 and followed the massive search for her, the long investigation when her remains were found the following winter, and the even longer trial. Over ten years, he earned the trust of her family and friends, won unique access to the Japanese detectives and Japan's convoluted legal system, and delved deep into the mind of the man accused of the crime, Joji Obara. The result is a book both thrilling and revelatory.
Regional Fiction
Porch LightsPorch Lights by Dorothea Benton Frank (William Morrow, hardcover, $25.99, on sale 6/12/12)
When fireman Jimmy McMullen is killed in the line of duty, his wife, Jackie, decides to return to her childhood home on Sullivans Island. Crossing the bridge from the mainland, Jackie and her son Charlie enter a world full of wonder and magic. Awaiting them is Jackie's mother, Annie Britt. Thrilled to have her family back again, Annie promises to make their visit perfect - even though relations between mother and daughter have never been what you'd call smooth. But her estranged and wise husband, Buster, and her flamboyant and funny best friend, Deb, are sure to keep Annie in line. She's also got Steven Plofker, the flirtatious and devilishly tasty widowed physician next door, to keep her distracted as well. Meet the author at her Book Your Lunch event on June 14th!
General Fiction
CanadaCanada by Richard Ford (Ecco, hardcover, $27.99, *Signed First Editions Available*)
After 15-year-old Dell Parsons' parents rob a bank, a family friend spirits Dell across the Canadian border, in hopes of delivering him to a better life. There, Dell is taken in by Arthur Remlinger, an enigmatic American whose suave reserve masks a violent nature. Undone by the calamity of his parents' arrest, Dell struggles under the vast prairie sky to remake himself and define the adults he thought he knew and loved. But his search for grace and peace only moves him nearer to a harrowing and murderous collision with Remlinger. A June 2012 Indie Next Pick.
Seating ArrangementsSeating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead (Alfred A. Knopf, hardcover, $25.95, on sale 6/12/12)
Winn van Meter is preparing for the marriage of his daughter Daphne to the affable young scion Greyson Duff, but arrangements are sideswept by a storm of salacious misbehavior and intractable lust: Daphne's sister, Livia, is an eager target for the seductive wiles of Greyson's best man; Winn is tormented by his long-standing crush on Daphne's beguiling bridesmaid Agatha; and the bride and groom find themselves presiding over a spectacle of misplaced desire, marital infidelity, and monumental loss of faith in the rituals of American life. A June 2012 Indie Next Pick.
Little CenturyLittle Century by Anna Keesey (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, hardcover, $26.00, on sale 6/5/12)
In the lawless frontier town of Century, Oregon, Esther Chambers is met by her distant cousin, a cattle rancher named Ferris Pickett, and led to a tiny cabin by a small lake. If she can hold out for five years, the land will join Pick's impressive spread. But Esther discovers that this town on the edge of civilization is in the midst of a range war, and Esther finds her sympathies divided between her cousin and a sheepherder named Ben Cruff. As her feelings for Ben and for her land grow, she begins to see she can't be loyal to both.
A Lady Cyclist's Guide to KashgarA Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar by Suzanne Joinson (Bloomsbury, hardcover, $26.00)
Eva and Lizzie English are missionaries heading for the ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar in 1923. Though Lizzie is on fire with her religious calling, Eva's motives are not quite as noble, but she is ready for adventure. In present day London, Frieda returns from a long trip to find a man sleeping outside her front door. Tayeb, in flight from his Yemeni homeland, befriends Frieda and, when she learns she has inherited the contents of an apartment belonging to a dead woman she has never heard of, they embark on an unexpected journey together. A June 2012 Indie Next Pick.
BoletoBoleto by Alyson Hagy (Graywolf Press, hardcover, $24.00)
Money is tight at the family ranch in Wyoming, where Will Testerman is living again after a disastrous end to his job on the Texas show-horse circuit. He sees his chance with a beautiful quarter horse, a filly that might earn him a reputation, and spends his savings to buy her. Armed with stories and the confidence of youth, he devotes himself to her training - first, in the familiar barns and corrals of home, then on a guest ranch in the rugged Absaroka mountains, and, in the final trial, on the glittering, treacherous polo fields of southern California. A May 2012 Indie Next Pick.
The InnocentsThe Innocents by Francesca Segal (Voice, hardcover, $25.99, on sale 6/5/12)
Adam Newman has been dating Rachel Gilbert since they were both 16, and now they are finally to marry. Rachel is innocent, conventional, and entirely secure in her community. But when Rachel's younger cousin, Ellie Schneider, moves home from New York, she unsettles Adam more than he cares to admit. Ellie offers a liberation that he hadn't known existed: a freedom from the loving interference and frustrating parochialism of North West London. Adam finds himself questioning everything, suddenly torn between security and exhilaration, tradition and independence. A June 2012 Indie Next Pick.
Historical Fiction
The Queen's LoverThe Queen's Lover by Francine du Plessix Gray (The Penguin Press, hardcover, $25.95, on sale 6/14/12)
After meeting Marie Antoinette, Swedish nobleman Count Axel von Fersen quickly becomes a devoted companion to the entire royal family. But the events of the American Revolution tear Fersen away, and when he returns, he finds France on the brink of disintegration and the royal family imprisoned. His failed escape attempt just leads to a more grueling imprisonment before the King and Queen meet the guillotine. Grieving his lost love in his native Sweden, where royalists are now targets, Fersen pays dearly for his naïveté, losing his life at the hands of a savage mob that views him as a pivotal member of the aristocracy.  
Mysteries & Suspense
Into the Darkest CornerInto the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes (Harper, hardcover, $25.99, on sale 6/5/12)
Catherine Bailey soon learns there is a darker side to her new boyfriend, Lee. His behavior becomes frightening, but no one believes her when she shares her fears. Desperate, Catherine plans a meticulous escape. Four years later, Lee is behind bars. But soon after she receives a phone call informing her of Lee's impending release, Cathy begins to return home to find objects subtly rearranged in her apartment. Convinced she is back in her former lover's sights, Cathy prepares to wrestle with the demons of her past for the last time.
The WatchersThe Watchers by Jon Steele (Blue Rider Press, hardcover, $26.95)
Marc Rochat watches over the city at night from the belfry of the Lausanne Cathedral in Switzerland. He lives in a world of shadows and "beforetimes" and imaginary beings. Katherine Taylor, call girl and daydreamer, is about to discover that her real-life fairy tale is too good to be true. Jay Harper, private detective, wakes up in a crummy hotel room with no memory. When the telephone rings and he's offered a job, he knows he has no choice but to accept. Three lives, one purpose: save what's left of paradise before all hell breaks loose. A June 2012 Indie Next Pick.
Strindberg's StarStrindberg's Star by Jan Wallentin (The Viking Press, hardcover, $28.95)
The Arctic, 1897: Nils Strindberg crashes his hydrogen balloon during the mysterious Andrée Expedition to the North Pole. Germany, 1942: Gruesome and inexplicable experiments are performed on concentration camp prisoners. Sweden, present-day: Cave diver Erik Hall finds a dead body wearing an ancient ankh, buried deep in an abandoned mine. Religious symbol expert Don Titelman seeks out Erik to study the ankh - but finds Erik dead. Don is the prime suspect, and soon he's being chased across Europe to escape a secret society that will do anything to get their hands on the ankh. . . .
Bared to YouBared to You by Sylvia Day (Berkley, paperback, $15.00, on sale 6/12/12)
Eva Trammell was drawn to Gideon Cross like she'd never been to anything or anyone in her life. She was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in her so easily. Gideon had demons of his own, and they would become the mirrors that reflected each other's most private wounds . . . and desires. The bonds of his love transformed Eva, even as she prayed that the torment of their pasts didn't tear them apart. . . . Recommended for fans of E. L. James's Fifty Shades series.
Children's & Young Adult
Baby FacesIndestructibles: Baby Faces by Kate Merritt (Workman, paperback, $4.95)
Indestructibles are 100 percent baby-proof, chew-proof, rip-proof, and drool-proof. Printed on a unique nontoxic, paperlike material that holds up to anything babies can throw at it, Indestructibles are the little books that could. And if they get dirty, just throw them in the washing machine or dishwasher. Baby Faces features baby's favorite thing: pictures of other babies. It's a book for parents and children to share together the many moods of a baby.
On My Way to the BathOn My Way to the Bath by Sarah Maizes (Walker & Co., hardcover, $15.99)
Baths are boring. Everything is more fun than baths. But when Livi's mother hollers "Bathtime!" - a call readers and their parents are all familiar with - her imagination takes her on a journey full of daring obstacles and exciting events. She must battle a snake, rule the world, and escape quicksand, all while her mother waits with the bubbles ready. With delay tactics as creative as this, it's a wonder she ever makes it all the way into the tub.
Ollie & Moon: Fuhgeddaboudit!Ollie & Moon: Fuhgeddaboudit! by Diane Kredensor (Random House, hardcover, $15.99)
Moon loves to make her best friend, Ollie, laugh. On this particular day, however, her favorite gags aren't doing the trick! The two make a bet on whether or not Moon's crazy antics will be enough to bring back Ollie's usual ha-ha's, hee-hee's, and ho-ho's. Silliness ensues in the form of a playful day in New York City involving wacky dancing, funny lip sounds, and even a troupe of chicken mimes! Will Moon make Ollie laugh before the last page?
Zoe Gets ReadyZoe Gets Ready by Bethanie Murguia (Arthur A. Levine, hardcover, $16.99)
Each day is full of possibilities, and Zoe wants to be ready for everything this one might bring. But that makes getting dressed really, really hard! Will it be a twirling day, a cartwheeling day, a hiding day, a flying day...? As the clothes pile up and Mama tells her its time to go, there's only one way Zoe can be sure she's prepared for all the adventures ahead - a solution that will have parents laughing in recognition and kids nodding in satisfaction.
Horse CampHorse Camp by Nicole Helget & Nate LeBoutillier (EgmontUSA, hardcover, $15.99)
When their mom said she was sending twins Percy and Penny and their little brother, Pauly, to stay with an uncle they'd never met, she tried to make it sound better by saying that Uncle Stretch's farm was a horse camp. Well, the farm animals are actually chickens and pigs, and the only two horses are mean-tempered. If there is one thing the twins can agree on, it's that between endless chores, no internet or cell phones, and the prospect that their mom might have to stay in jail (even though some people say she's a hero), horse camp is a big, fat joke.
Deadweather and SunriseDeadweather and Sunrise by Geoff Rodkey (Putnam, hardcover, $16.99)
When Egg's father hustles their family off on a mysterious errand, then disappears with Egg's siblings in a freak accident, Egg finds himself a long-term guest of the glamorous Pembroke family and their beautiful, sharp-tongued daughter, Millicent. Suddenly, Egg's running for his life in a bewildering world of cutthroat pirates, villainous businessmen, and strange native legends, and the only people who can help him sort out the mystery of why he's been marked for death are Millicent and a one-handed, possibly deranged cabin boy. Check out the website at A Summer 2012 Kids' Indie Next Pick.


Whatever After: Fairest of AllFairest of All by Sarah Mlynowski (Scholastic, hardcover, $14.99)
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Jill Hendrix, Owner
Fiction Addiction
1020A Woodruff Rd.
Greenville, SC 29607
Signed Copies!
We have been promised signed collector's editions of Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong (Dutton, hardcover, $26.95, on sale 7/24/12), the epic finale to her Otherworld series. This special collector's edition will include an exclusive short story. Reserve yours today!




In the Long Run
Masters of Command




Summer Family Fun from the makers of Bananagrams!



Fruitominoes $13.95

Connect fruit instead of dots! A fresh, fruity, and colorful twist to the classic game of dominoes. 28 beautifully crafted dominoes in a compact pouch make this a great game for young and old.



Appletters $17.95   

The new domino game. You don't connect the dots, you connect the letters! Ages 6+. 2-4 players.
Pairs in Pears 


Pairs in Pears $17.95

A fun word game played with four alphabets, each in a different pattern. Ages 6+. 2-4 players.



Bananagrams $15.95

The award-winning word game that needs no pencil, paper, or bulky board. Fast and fun! One hand can be played in as little as 5 minutes. Play at home, in restaurants, campgrounds, etc. Great for travel!


Bananagrams for Kids

And pick up Bananagrams for Kids (Workman, paperback, $9.95) for kids who want to hone their skill or play solo.

What Are Your Summer Plans?
The Best Places for Everything



Living Beaches of Georgia and the Carolinas
Beach Reads
The Caldecott Medal was first
 awarded June 14th, 1937

A Ball for Daisy 

June 16th, 2012
On Saturday, June 16th, do your part to help save bookstores - buy a real book at a real bookstore. Make plans and spread the word! Click here for more info.
Heading Out to Wonderful
The Watch
Equal of the Sun
Gone Girl
Featured Publisher of the Month:
Just like we're an independent bookstore struggling against the tide, we're pleased to take this opportunity to introduce you to a small independent press you may not know of. Unbridled Books is a literary press that began in 2003, but its founders - Fred Ramey and Greg Michalson - were industry veterans known for successes like The Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland. In May, they had they #1 Indie Next Pick, The Lola Quartet by Emily St. John Mandel:
The Lola Quartet
June releases they are excited about include:
The Bird Saviors
Afterlives of the Saints
Other Unbridled books we recommend include:
Hollywood Boulevard 
and Emily St. John Mandel's earlier works:
Last Night in Montreal
The Singer's Gun
Check out our Unbridled display in the store or order online!
Three Times Lucky
Dragons Love Tacos
The Tiger's Wife
The Art of Fielding
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
Turn of Mind
State of Wonder


Iron House


Praying for Strangers


Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact
Basic to Brilliant, Y'all
As Seen on TV's
The Today Show
Best Ribs Ever
The Truck Food Cookbook
The Cold Dish
Longmire on A&E
Sundays at 10:00pm
The Silent Girl
Tuesdays at 9:00pm
True Blood on HBO
Sundays at 9:00pm
See Pixar's newest film, Brave, in theaters June 22nd!
Brave: The Junior Novelization
Brave: Merida's Wish
Brave: Big Bear, Little Bear
Brave: One Perfect Day
Brave: Magic in the Mist
Also at the Movies
Snow White & the Huntsman
Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter
Ugly Words Summer Writing Workshops
Ugly Words is a new non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging Upstate children to write. This summer, they are hosting three totally free writing workshops for children ages 6-14 and a day-long writing "drop-in".
Hungry Words: Sun., June 3, 10am-1pm @ Swamp Rabbit Cafe, all ages
Blanket Fort Construction: Sat., June 23, 10am-12pm @ Hughes Main Library, ages 6-8
Talking Trash: Sat., July 14, 10am-12pm @ Hughes Main Library, ages 9-11
The 77th Annual Hunger Games: Sat., August 4, 10am-12pm @ Falls Park, ages 12-14
For more information or to register, visit Ugly Words online, or email them at uglywordsgreenville@
The Writer's Plot June Classes and Conference
Writing Fiction that Sells: Mondays, June 4-25, 6:30-8:30pm, $100
Memoir: The Art and Craft of Personal Narrative: Tuesdays, June 5-26, 6:30-8:30pm, $100
Steps to Picture Book Illustration: Tuesdays, June 5-26, 6:30-8:30pm, $100
The Writer's Plot Conference: Saturday, July 21, at Furman University, $100 (discount for early purchase before June 16)
For more info, visit The Writer's Plot online.

ShelfAwareness for Readers Newsletter

If you have been receiving our recent ShelfAwareness newsletter mailing, you may be aware that the "buy" links have not been working correctly. In order to go to the website, you must type a colon after the "http" in the web address bar after clicking the link. We are working on getting this issue fixed for future emails and apologize for any inconvenience.


FREE Book Opportunity!

Spend $50 in one transaction on in-stock merchandise (event tickets excluded), and pick TWO FREE "advance reading copies" from our selection! (Offer of two free books per $50 spent is valid for the month of June only.)


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, and 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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