Fiction Addiction

1175 Woods Crossing Rd. #5
Greenville, SC 29607
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Fiction Addiction Newsletter Like us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFind us on PinterestSeptember 2012
Greetings! ,

Summer is winding down and we're gearing back up for fall, which means new classes as well as football. I'm sure everyone is looking forward to cooler weather. I'll be attending our annual regional trade show this month and should come back with some great fall reads to recommend. But until then, check out the books and authors that we are already excited about. We will be open on Sundays from 1-6pm from September 9th through the 30th as a test to see whether we should change our hours. So, take advantage and stop by!


We also have some changes in store for next year. Starting in January, we will only be accepting trade-ins from Reward Card customers. Our trade-in policy will otherwise remain the same: We will look at one grocery bag of books per customer per day, and credit will be given in store credit which does not expire and can be used on anything in the store. Our Reward Card costs $10 per year and includes some great benefits, such as a $10 reward coupon for every $100 spent on merchandise, as well as being able to take advantage of our book trade-in system.
Looking for Creative People


Keri Smith is one of Cynthia's favorite creative authors. Last year, she recommended Keri's book, Wreck This Journal (Perigee, paperback, $15.00), with this review:
"Why would you buy a journal just to purposefully spill your coffee on it, poke holes in it, run a page through the washer? It is liberating! Find the freedom not only to color outside the lines but to  destroy the limitations of the creative do's and don'ts. If there's a rule, this book will break it."
Wreck This Journal, BlackWreck This Journal, RedWreck This Journal, Duct TapeWreck This Journal, Paper Bag
We are beyond excited that Keri has released an expanded edition of Wreck This Journal with four fun covers. (The paper bag cover is Cynthia's favorite!) All this creative juice got us thinking that we'd love to have a guided journaling workshop in October using Wreck this Journal, led by Cynthia. This would be a 1 ½ hour class where we would play, rip, color, stamp, and generally set our creative spirits free.
Cost for the workshop will be $20 and would include a copy of Wreck This Journal (please specify your cover choice) and all the supplies needed. The activities would be suitable for ages 9 to adult. If you're interested, please let us know what day of the week (Monday-Saturday) and times (morning, afternoon, or evening) works best for you. You can email us at or call us at 864-675-0540.      
Book Club News


What Alice Forgot Our revamped Fiction Addiction Book Club will have its first meeting of the fall on Monday, September 17th, at 7:00pm at Fiction Addiction. We will be discussing What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty (Berkley, paperback, $15.00). Book club members will enjoy perks like a FREE Reward Card (regularly $10 per year) and a FREE "advance reader copy" from our selection at every meeting attended. Members must agree to purchase all book club books from Fiction Addiction; you can preview the club agreement here.


We also want to start a new Mystery Book Club! This new book club would start in January 2013 and would meet monthly at Fiction Addiction. If you're interested in joining or know someone who is, please email us at or call us at 864-675-0540 to let us know you're interested and the days and times that you cannot meet.


Heading Out to WonderfulSilver SparrowAll Woman and Springtime When She WokeWater for Elephants


Our Annual Book Club Party will be on Thursday, October 18th, from 6:30-8pm! Tickets are $5 and are redeemable toward any purchase that evening. We will be serving wine and cheese and will be giving away "advance reader copies." Our Algonquin sales rep (this is the house that published Water for Elephants) will talk about upcoming books and will have giveaways as well. Everyone is welcome -- book club members as well as those who are not in a book club but like to read book club-type books!

Upcoming Events


Southern Living Farmer's Market Cookbook Fiction Addiction Cookbook Club: Thursday, September 6th, 7pm @ Fiction Addiction

Fiction Addiction's cookbook clubs meet the first week of every month, on Monday at 6:30pm at Wine Styles (3935 Pelham Rd. Ste. F) and on Thursday at 7pm at Fiction Addiction (1175 Woods Crossing Rd.). Due to the Labor Day holiday, both of Fiction Addiction's cookbook clubs will meet jointly at Fiction Addiction for their September dinner and recipe discussion. 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.


Greenville's Augusta Road Saturday, September 8th, 2-4pm: Kelly Lee Odom In-Store Signing

Greenville author Kelly Lee Odom will be signing copies of his new book,  Greenville's Augusta Road (Arcadia, paperback, $21.99), at Fiction Addiction. Originally constructed as a trade
route between Greenville, SC, and Augusta, GA, Augusta Road was transformed through Greenville's textile boom into the city's first
suburb and home to the South's first retail shopping center. Today,
its unique shopping district and appeal to families continue to attract people.


The Simple & Sassy Guide to Financial Empowerment Thursday, September 13th, 7pm: Holli Rovenger In-Store Talk & Signing, Free (but RSVPs requested)

Empowerment coach, speaker, and author Holli Rovenger will be discussing and signing her best-selling book, The Simple & Sassy Guide to Financial Empowerment (CreateSpace, paperback, $22.97), at Fiction Addiction. With its step-by-step directions and checklists to follow and use as a guide for all the important things you need to do, this book will help women become financially savvy, prepared, and in the know instead of feeling overwhelmed. You can reserve your spot by emailing us at or by calling us at 864-675-0540. 


Palmetto Blood Friday, September 14th, 7pm: Reed Bunzel In-Store Talk & Signing, Free (but RSVPs requested)

Charleston, SC, mystery author Reed Bunzel will be discussing and signing his new novel,  Palmetto Blood (Ingalls Publishing Group, paperback, $16.95), at Fiction Addiction. Still dealing with the emotional and physical scars from the battlefield, Jack Connor takes it upon himself to find his ex-lover's real killer -- a search that leads him to scratch the underbelly of the South Carolina Lowcountry. You can reserve your spot by emailing us at or by calling us at 864-675-0540.


A Killer's Grace Saturday, September 15th, 3-5pm: Ronald Chapman In-Store Launch Party & Signing

South Carolina author Ronald Chapman will be signing copies of his New Mexico mystery novel, A Killer's Grace (Seeing True Press, paperback, $12.95), at his launch party at Fiction Addiction. When journalist Kevin Pitcairn receives a disturbing letter from a serial killer, he is drawn into a compelling journey with profound psychological and spiritual implications for the murderer, himself, and society as a whole.


Cruel Harvest Book Talk with Fran Elizabeth Grubb: Monday, September 17th, 7pm, $5

South Carolina Christian author Fran Elizabeth Grubb will be discussing and signing her new memoir, Cruel Harvest (Thomas Nelson, hardcover, $22.99), at Fiction Addiction. When faced with her daddy's violence, a girl learns to become invisible, to look the other way. When she is fourteen and weary, a girl begins to wish she was dead. Cruel Harvest is the compelling story of how she lived instead. Tickets are $5 but can be redeemed for $5 off any merchandise purchased that evening. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling us at 864-675-0540.


What Alice Forgot Monday, September 17th, 7pm: Fiction Addiction Book Club

The Fiction Addiction Book Club meets on the 3rd Monday* of each month at Fiction Addiction. On September 17th, come discuss Liane Moriarty's contemporary novel, What Alice Forgot (Berkley, paperback, $15.00).


On October 15th, we will be discussing the much talked about children's book, Wonder by R.J. Palacio (Alfred A. Knopf, hardcover, $15.99).


*Please note that we will be meeting on the 3rd Monday of each month, NOT the 3rd Tuesday.


Our members will enjoy FREE Reward Card as long as you're a member (regularly $10 per year), a FREE "advance reader copy" from our selection at every meeting you attend, and more benefits. Members must agree to purchase all book club books from Fiction Addiction; you can preview the club agreement here. For more information, visit our Book Club web page, email us at, or call us at 864-675-0540.


Lowcountry Boil Tuesday, September 18th, 6-8pm: Susan M. Boyer In-Store Launch Party and Signing

South Carolina mystery author Susan M. Boyer will be signing copies of her debut mystery novel, Lowcountry Boil (Henery Press, paperback, $14.95, on sale 9/18/12), at her launch party at Fiction Addiction. When her grandmother is murdered, Southern belle and private investigator Liz Talbot high-tails it back to her South Carolina island home to find the killer. This event is open to the public, and we will be serving light refreshments.


How I Became a Pirate Wednesday, September 19th, 4-6pm: Talk Like a Pirate Day In-Store Event with Melinda Long Signing

Aarrrrgh! Talk Like a Pirate Day be September 19th! Come celebrate at Fiction Addiction! Greenville's own Melinda Long will be at the store signing copies of her best-selling pirate picture books, How I Became a Pirate and Pirates Don't Change Diapers (Harcourt, hardcover, $16.99 each), and the companion book, Pirates Activity Book (Harcourt, paperback, $6.99). Everyone dressed as a pirate will receive 10% off their purchase, and we will be serving pirate-themed refreshments and hosting pirate activities.


The Curse Book Talk with Dianna Love: Saturday, September 22nd, 6pm, $5

New York Times bestselling Atlanta author Dianna Love will be discussing and signing the newest novel in the Belador urban fantasy series, The Curse (Pocket, paperback, $7.99, on sale 9/18/12), co-authored with Sherrilyn Kenyon, at Fiction Addiction. When Evalle discovers she's the number one target in the Medb coven's ruthless plan to destroy all Beladors, the deadly Alterant is forced to make a game-changing decision with no time left on the clock. Tickets are $5 but can be redeemed for $5 off any merchandise purchased that evening. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling us at 864-675-0540. The first 20 customers who purchased tickets will also receive a free ALTERANT t-shirt!


Stray Decorum Book Talk with George Singleton: Tuesday, September 25th, 7pm, $5

South Carolina author George Singleton will be discussing and signing his newest short story collection, Stray Decorum (Dzanc Books, paperback, $15.95, on sale 9/11/12), at Fiction Addiction. Eleven stories, all previously published, in which Mr. Singleton brings small-town South Carolina alive. Tickets are $5 but can be redeemed for $5 off any merchandise purchased that evening. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling us at 864-675-0540.


The Master of Whitehall Saturday, September 29th, 11am-1pm: Rick Veal In-Store Signing

Upstate South Carolina author Rick Veal will be signing copies of his debut paranormal romance novel,  The Master of Whitehall (paperback, $19.99), at Fiction Addiction. 21-year-old college senior Katelyn Corbin faces the prospect of restarting her life after the brutal murder of her parents. She soon finds love, healing, and a brand new life with James Dubois, a wealthy patron of the arts at her school. But James is not the man Katelyn thinks he is.


The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier Fiction Addiction Cookbook Club

Monday, October 1st, 6:30pm @ Wine Styles

Thursday, October 4th, 7pm @ Fiction Addiction*

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 Fiction Addiction* (1175 Woods Crossing Rd.). From October to December, we will be preparing recipes from and discussing The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier  (William Morrow, hardcover, $29.99).


*Please note the change in venue for the Thursday club. We are no longer meeting at Palmetto Olive Oil Co. We are now meeting at Fiction Addiction's new store location at 1175 Woods Crossing Rd.


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.


There's a Better Day a-Comin' Book Talk with Ronda Rich: Tuesday, October 2nd, 7pm, $5

Bestselling Southern author Ronda Rich will be discussing and signing her newest collection of stories, There's a Better Day A-Comin' (Running Press, hardcover, $20.00), at Fiction Addiction. For those in the thick of troubling times, Ms. Rich offers heaping helpings of comfort and sound advice. Tickets are $5 but can be redeemed for $5 off any merchandise purchased that evening. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling us at 864-675-0540.


The Mermaid Collector Book Your Lunch with Erika Marks: Friday, October 5th, 12pm @ Southern Fried Green Tomatoes, $20

Hopeless romantic Tess Patterson and newcomer to Cradle Harbor, Maine, Tom Grace may find a love worthy of legend in The Mermaid Collector (New American Library, paperback, $15.00, on sale 10/2/12), a new novel by North Carolina author Erika Marks. You can purchase tickets online at or by calling us at 864-675-0540. 


Star Wars Reads Day Saturday, October 6th, 12-2pm: Star Wars Reads Day

Can't get enough Star Wars? Come celebrate Star Wars Reads Day at Fiction Addiction! We will have a Star Wars story time, a costume contest, and other activities, plus Star Wars-themed refreshments. Boardwalk Games will also be participating, so be sure to check them out while you're here. May the Force be with you!


Of Giants and Ice Saturday, October 6th, 2-4pm: Shelby Bach In-Store Signing

North Carolina author Shelby Bach will be signing copies of her new children's book, Of Giants and Ice (Simon & Schuster, hardcover, $15.99), at Fiction Addiction. When Rory Landon begins a new after-school program where no one knows her famous mom and dad, she realizes something is different. It turns out that the only fame that matters at Ever After School is the kind earned from fairy tales -- like fighting a fire-breathing dragon. But as Rory soon learns, fairy tales are very real -- and she is destined to star in one of her own.


Children's Storytime

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


6th: How to Babysit a Grandpa by Jean Reagan (Alfred A. Knopf, hardcover, $16.99)

13th: Pirate Princess by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen (HarperCollins, hardcover, $17.99)

20th: Little Nelly's Big Book by Pippa Goodhart (Bloomsbury, hardcover, $16.99)

27th: Flabbersmashed about You by Rachel Vail (Feiwel & Friends, hardcover, $16.99)


What Local Authors Are Reading


If you're a local author, and you would like to let our readers know what you've enjoyed reading lately, please email us your recommendation at


Fobbit Fobbit by David Abrams (Grove, paperback, $15.00)

During Operation Iraqi Freedom, a Fobbit was a cubicle-dwelling resident of a Forward Operating Base who adamantly avoided combat. Karl Marlantes, Vietnam veteran and author, says, "Fobbit is hilarious, but the subject matter is deadly serious. It is the rare writer who can step outside himself and see with cold clarity the humor and pathos of his situation and then bring the reader to the same understanding. David Abrams is such a writer." I recommend Fobbit for anyone who's experienced military service, whether from a cubicle or a foxhole. A September 2012 Indie Next Pick.

-Recommended by Jim McFarlane, author of Penelope


Wilderness Wilderness by Lance Weller (Bloomsbury, hardcover, $25.00)

According to author Jonathan Evison, "Wilderness is a masterful novel of incident and redemption, hugely entertaining, full of pathos and humanity -- frankly, it's hard to believe that it's a debut. Fans of Charles Frazier and Cormac McCarthy alike will thrill at Weller's luminous prose and clear-eyed moral vision." Personally, I can't remember the last time I read an entire novel in a single day, but I did this one.

-Recommended by Jim McFarlane, author of Penelope 


Volunteer Picks


Love's Winning Plays Love's Winning Plays by Inman Majors (W.W. Norton, hardcover, $25.95)

Disclaimer: I am a huge football fan and firmly believe that the SEC is the heart of college football and where all teams aspire to play. Given this, I was inclined to like this book but, in fact, I loved it! The journey through preparation for the upcoming season is simply hilarious. The author, Inman Majors, as Johnny Majors' nephew, has a closer perspective than most. His MFA and experience teaching creative writing at James Madison University certainly qualified him to tell a great story. Buy this book for when your team has a bye week this fall!

-Recommended by Jackie, store volunteer 


The Other Woman The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge, hardcover, $24.99)

A thrilling roller coaster ride full of ups and downs and twists and turns, and a totally believable look into the world of investigative reporting, political machines, police procedures and how they collide. Investigative reporter Jane Ryland is trying to resurrect her career, which was destroyed when she refused to reveal a source. She has no idea that her determination to find out who the 'other' woman is in random pictures of a senatorial campaign will turn out to be a convoluted story of seduction, betrayal and murder involving several 'other' women. A September 2012 Indie Next Pick.

-Recommended by Nancy, store volunteer


Heaven Heaven by Alexandra Adornetto (Feiwel & Friends, hardcover, $17.99)

In this epic finale to the Halo trilogy, Bethany and Xavier decide that they cannot be without each other and decide to wed. From the moment of their union, it appears that the heavens will rain down on them. Now they are in a race for their lives to escape the Sevens, the military-like force of angels sent to bring Bethany to justice. As the race for survival intensifies, questions arise and the lines between good and evil become shadowed. One thing is clear -- only heaven can save you.

-Recommended by Gretchen, store volunteer 


A Killing in the Hills A Killing in the Hills by Julia Keller (Minotaur, hardcover, $24.99)

I don't often stop while reading a mystery to re-read a sentence or paragraph because it is so beautifully written and so descriptive that I want to remember it. But I found myself doing that quite frequently while reading A Killing in the Hills. On top of being beautifully written, it is a tension filled suspense novel and murder mystery with characters so well developed I felt like I really knew them, and the sense of place so vivid I felt like I had been there. A September 2012 Indie Next Pick.

-Recommended by Nancy, store volunteer 


The Roots of the Olive Tree The Roots of the Olive Tree by Courtney Miller Santo (William Morrow, hardcover, $25.99, *Signed First Editions Available*)

This amazing debut novel engaged me from the first page and never lost my attention. The story is about five generations of first born daughters and the amazing longevity of the family. The public interest due to the matriarch's age of 112 brings generations-old secrets into the open that will shake the women's bonds to each other. A September 2012 Indie Next Pick.

-Recommended by Jackie, store volunteer 


The Pigeon Pie Mystery The Pigeon Pie Mystery by Julia Stuart (Doubleday, hardcover, $24.95)

After her father's death, Mink and her maid Pooki move into the palace. When Major-General Bagshot suddenly dies after eating Pooki's Pigeon Pie, everyone assumes that it is just an unfortunate incident. But when it is discovered that the Major-General was poisoned with arsenic, all eyes turn toward Pooki. Now Mink must unravel the clues to discover who actually killed the Major-General before Pooki is charged with the crime. Chock full of unusual characters, this is a tale sure to keep you guessing till the very end.

-Recommended by Gretchen, store volunteer 


Caravan of Thieves Caravan of Thieves by David Rich (Dutton, hardcover, $25.95)

Rollie Waters is a reluctant but very compelling hero who leads us and the Caravan of Thieves (government officials and military personnel) on a spectacular adventure. There are great action scenes, endless surprises, and most interesting of all, a look at how the mind of a true genius and consummate con artist works.

-Recommended by Nancy, store volunteer 


The Midwife of Hope River The Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman (William Morrow, paperback, $14.99)

We loved this novel that tells the story of the midwife profession in Appalachia during the Great Depression through the life of a remarkable character: Patience Murphy has faced more tragedy in 35 years than most people would face in several lifetimes. When she finds herself alone in Hope River, a novice midwife who is still unsure of her skill, she thinks no one will take her seriously. But when the stock market crashes and the coal mines begin to fall into disrepair, Patience's skills become more valuable than gold, and the woman who emerges from hardship is strong, feeling, daring, extremely adaptable, and amazingly compassionate. A Fall 2012 SIBA Okra Pick.

-Recommended by Jackie and Gretchen, store volunteers 


The Double Game The Double Game by Dan Fesperman (Alfred A. Knopf, hardcover, $26.95, *Signed Copies Available*)

For those who grew up reading cold war spy novels as I did, The Double Game is a wonderful romp down espionage memory lane. For those new to the genre, it is a great introduction to the puzzles, intrigues, and characters that make up a great espionage novel. A unique premise for a book which intrigued me from the beginning, The Double Game delivers with an intriguing, suspenseful, intelligent, funny, espionage novel.

-Recommended by Nancy, store volunteer 


Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures by Emma Straub (Riverhead, hardcover, $26.95)

This debut novel is loosely based upon the life of depression-era actress Jennifer Jones. It is the story of a very sheltered small town girl who becomes a very sheltered wife of a rich and powerful man. But more than that, it is the story of a woman's love for her family and how she can have the strength to do anything necessary to care for and protect that family. You will learn about Hollywood in the early days of movies and be inspired by a woman who becomes much more than anyone ever anticipated. A September 2012 Indie Next Pick.

-Recommended by Jackie, store volunteer 


Palmetto Blood Palmetto Blood by Reed Bunzel (Ingalls, paperback, $16.95)

Palmetto Blood is a captivating mystery showing both the genteel side of Charleston as well as the grimier side of crime and corruption. The up close look at what a crime scene clean-up technician does, the descriptions of many well known Charleston areas and Iraqi War Veteran Jack Connor as the troubled but determined hero all make for a terrific read. A Fall 2012 SIBA Okra Pick.

-Recommended by Nancy, store volunteer 


The Edge of Nowhere The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George (Viking, hardcover, $18.99)

I had never read a young adult book before, but Elizabeth George has long been a favorite author of mine, so I agreed to try The Edge of Nowhere. The mystery is as sound as her adult novels, but the story has a faster pace. I enjoyed the tempo and the way the events unfolded and am now eagerly awaiting the next book in the series. While the main characters are teens, there is plenty of interaction and engagement with the adult characters, and her legion of adult fans should enjoy it as much as teens will. A Fall 2012 Kids' Indie Next Pick.

-Recommended by Jackie, store volunteer 


The Absent One The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen (Dutton, hardcover, $26.95)

The crimes in The Absent One might be brutal and gruesome, but the sarcasm and humor exhibited when Carl and his cohorts interact more than make up for it. Once again Carl ignores his superiors to explore a 20 year old case to which someone confessed. The problem is that Carl doesn't think he was the only one guilty, or that the crime he confessed to was his only crime. Department Q has another new quirky and flawed assistant in Rose, and she along with Assad and Carl make the perfect team, even if Carl hasn't yet figured that out.

-Recommended by Nancy, store volunteer 


Man in the Blue Moon Man in the Blue Moon by Michael Morris (Tyndale House, paperback, $13.99)

When deserted by her husband and faced with losing everything, Ella will do anything for her children. She is helped by her missing husband's cousin, Lanier, who is running from his own demons and is "gifted" with the ability to heal, an ability met with suspicion and scorn by the locals. The male dominated society and lack of women's rights is hard to read and gives a real appreciation for the women who forged paths toward equality. The good and bad of the old south is woven into a story that captivates and inspires. An excellent book club selection. A Fall 2012 SIBA Okra Pick. Read the first chapter. Meet the author at his Book Talk & Signing on October 23rd!

-Recommended by Jackie, store volunteer 


Stranger in the Room Stranger in the Room by Amanda Kyle Williams (Bantam, hardcover, $26.00)

If you haven't yet discovered ex-FBI agent, recovering alcoholic, and current Atlanta PI Keye Street then you are missing out on a great new series featuring smart, sassy dialogue, lots of action, and wonderfully developed characters who help make the series so enjoyable. Fans of Karin Slaughter will love this hunt for a stalker and serial killer in the suburbs of Atlanta.

-Recommended by Nancy, store volunteer


The Widow of Saunders Creek The Widow of Saunders Creek by Tracey Bateman (Waterbrook, paperback, $14.99)

A modern look at loss and faith. When Corrie's husband Jarrod is killed in Iraq, she shocks her affluent family by moving to his family home in a small town in the Ozarks so as to be closer to Jarrod and not let go of his memory. The home itself has a history with "spirits", and the challenge before Corrie is to determine the light from the dark. The story that develops is poignant and steeped in a very personal look at faith. The book includes insightful discussion questions, and this would be a great pick for a regular or church book club.

-Recommended by Jackie, store volunteer 


The Tourist The Tourist by Olen Steinhauer (Minotaur, paperback, $9.99)

The CIA, covert operatives, moles, double agents, Department of Homeland Security, power, and greed all play prominent roles in this contemporary spy novel reminiscent of the old masters of the game like Ludlum and Le Carre.

-Recommended by Nancy, store volunteer 





Store Picks


Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks (St. Martin's, hardcover, $24.99) 

In this brilliant, inventive novel, Budo is the imaginary friend of Max, a young boy with Asperger's. When Max is kidnapped, Budo must decide whether to help him escape. The decision to help Max could lead to the end of Budo's existence, and at 6 years old, he is the oldest imaginary friend he knows. A September 2012 Indie Next Pick.

-Recommended by Jill Hendrix, store owner

(Cynthia, Melissa, and Nancy love it, too) 


Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact by A.J. Hartley (Razorbill, paperback, $8.99)

All Darwen wants is to forget his parents' deaths and maybe try to fit in with the other kids at his fancy new school. When he discovers a portal into another world, his adventures begin in earnest. And in the process of saving Silbrica and his own world, he discovers that friends can make the difference between life and death, and love is something that shouldn't be forgotten so easily. This fast-paced and action-packed story is great for any adventure lover and a perfect starting place for sharing a love of books with reluctant readers. 2012 SIBA Young Adult Book Award Winner.

-Recommended by Melissa Oates, store employee 


The Dark Unwinding The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron (Scholastic, hardcover, $17.99)

Austen and Bronte fans will rejoice to discover The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron, a captivating YA/adult crossover that details the plight of penniless orphan Katharine Tulman, who must agree to commit her uncle -- a character to rival Willy Wonka -- to an asylum or be thrown out onto her ear by her guardian.

-Recommended by Jill Hendrix, store owner

(seconded by Nancy) 


One Last Thing Before I Go One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper (Dutton, hardcover, $26.95)

Tropper delivers dysfunctional family stories at their best -- or worst? -- and he has done it again in this book. Witnessing Drew Silver navigate life with a precarious heart issue that can take his life at any moment is at once tender, humorous, and frustrating. There are relationships to mend, promises to live better, and failures along the way. As always, Tropper gives us characters that we can care about because they are familiar. In the end, maybe there is less dysfunction and more just real life teaching us to laugh, to live, and to learn.

-Recommended by Cynthia Clack, store employee


The Orchardist The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin (Harper, hardcover, $26.99)

The Orchardist's name is Talmadge and his orchard is located in the isolated Pacific Northwest at the turn of the twentieth century. Talmadge has never quite recovered from the disappearance of his sister, his last living relative, over twenty years ago, and so inevitably he decides to shelter the two young, troubled girls who appear at the orchard one day. This compelling, readable literary debut leaves much room for bookclub discussion. A September 2012 Indie Next Pick.

-Recommended by Jill Hendrix, store owner 


How to Babysit a Grandpa How to Babysit a Grandpa by Jean Reagan (Alfred A. Knopf, hardcover, $16.99)

In this heartwarming and humorous picture book, a little boy reverses roles and instructs readers on what to do when babysitting Grandpa: what to feed him, how to entertain him, how to put him down for a nap, and most importantly how to clean up before Mom and Dad return home. The illustrations are wonderful, and each time I read through the book, I discover amusing details I'd missed before. This is a great gift for grandparents to share with their grandchildren, but readers of all ages will enjoy it. 

-Recommended by Kathleen Perry, store employee


This Case Is Gonna Kill Me This Case Is Gonna Kill Me by Phillipa Bornikova (Tor, paperback, $14.99)

Fans of Anita Blake and Sookie Stackhouse will love Linnet Ellery, a human who was fostered with vampires and has just joined a powerful "white fang" law firm. Linnet's courage, ethics, and determination are more than the partners were prepared for. Hold on for a white-knuckle ride.

-Recommended by Jill Hendrix, store owner 


Liesl & Po Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver (HarperCollins, paperback, $6.99)

Liesl's father is dead, she's been locked in the attic by her evil stepmother, and her only friends are a ghost named Po and its ghost-pet Bundle. Meanwhile, Will, the alchemist's assistant, is involved in a mix-up involving some very powerful magic and none other than Liesl's father's ashes. A series of coincidences lead Liesl, Po, and Will on a great adventure that your middle-grade reader will love--while picking up some nifty vocabulary, too.

-Recommended by Melissa Oates, store employee 


Over You Over You by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus (HarperTeen, hardcover, $17.99)

In our modern age of internet startups, it makes sense that when 17-year-old Max Scott gets dumped, she turns her personal tragedy into a business plan. Once her clients graduate from her foolproof program to get over being dumped, they happily refer their friends. Over You is a fun, smart chick-lit novel for teens and anyone young at heart.

-Recommended by Jill Hendrix, store owner


The Watchers The Watchers by Jon Steele (Blue Ride, hardcover, $26.95)

Through a series of seemingly unrelated events and encounters, three very different characters -- the bell ringer for the Cathedral de Notre Dame who believes he's seen an angel; a self-absorbed American with a new job as a high-priced escort for a secretive agency; and a British PI investigating a series of gruesome murders with no memory of anything prior to accepting the job -- are thrown together in what becomes a battle between good and evil where we find out that not all angels are "angelic."  I enjoyed Steele's writing style and encourage you to read the author's note at the end of the book.

-Recommended by Kathleen Perry, store employee


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Walking the Amazon Walking the Amazon by Ed Stafford (Plume, paperback, $16.00)

In April 2008, Stafford set off to become the first man to walk the length of the Amazon. He started on the Pacific coast of Peru, crossed the Andes Mountains, went through Colombia and right across Brazil, while outwitting dangerous animals, machete wielding indigenous people, and negotiating injuries, weather, and his own fears and doubts. He witnessed firsthand the devastation of deforestation, the pressure on tribes from loss of habitats, and nature in its true-raw form. As gripping as books by Bill Bryson, Jon Krakauer, and David Grann. 


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General Fiction


Cascade Cascade by Marryanne O'Hara (Viking, hardcover, $26.95)

Two months after abandoning her dreams of working as an artist in New York City, Desdemona's father is dead, Dez is stuck in a marriage, and the Massachusetts Water Authority is deciding whether to flood her hometown of Cascade. Amid this turmoil arrives fellow artist Jacob Solomon, who is accused of murder when a man is found dead. But the tide turns when Dez's idea for a series of painted postcards is picked up by The American Sunday Standard. New York City and a life with Jacob beckon, but what will she have to give up along the way?


Tiger Hills Tiger Hills by Sarita Mandanna (Pintail, paperback, $16.00)

Spirited, strong-willed, beautiful Devi befriends the shy Devanna, a young boy whose mother has died in tragic circumstances. They grow up together cocooned by an extended family whose roots to this beautiful land can be traced for centuries. Their futures seem inevitably linked, but everything changes when Devi gets her first glimpse of Machu, the celebrated tiger killer, and vows to marry him one day. This love gradually drives a wedge between Devi and Devanna, sowing the seed of a devastating tragedy that will change the fate of all three.  


The Marriage Plot The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides (Picador, paperback, $16.00)

While writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, Madeleine Hanna finds herself in a highly charged erotic and intellectual relationship with Leonard. At the same time, her old "friend" Mitchell resurfaces, obsessed with the idea that Madeleine is destined to be his mate. After graduating from college, Leonard and Madeleine move to a biology lab on Cape Cod, but they can't escape Leonard's secret. And Mitchell finds himself face-to-face with questions about the meaning of life, the existence of God, and the nature of love. A September 2012 Indie Next Pick. 


The Yellow Birds The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers (Little, Brown, hardcover, $24.99)

In Al Tafar, Iraq, 21-year-old Private Bartle and 18-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. Bound together since basic training, the two have been dropped into a war neither is prepared for. In the endless days that follow, the two young soldiers do everything to protect each other from the forces that press in on every side. As reality begins to blur into a hazy nightmare, Murphy becomes increasingly unmoored from the world around him, and Bartle takes actions he could never have imagined. A September 2012 Indie Next Pick. 


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Historical Fiction


The Malice of Fortune The Malice of Fortune by Michael Ennis (Doubleday, hardcover, $26.95, on sale 9/11/12)

Sent to the remote fortress city of Imola to learn the truth behind the murder of Pope Alexander's most beloved illegitimate son, Vatican courtesan Damiata becomes a pawn in the political intrigues of the pope's surviving son, whose own life is threatened by the condottieri, a powerful cabal of mercenary warlords. Damiata enlists the help of an obscure Florentine diplomat, Niccolò Machiavelli, and Valentino's eccentric military engineer, Leonardo da Vinci, who together must struggle to decipher the killer's taunting riddles. A September 2012 Indie Next Pick. 


Hemingway's Girl Hemingway's Girl by Erika Robuck (New American Library, paperback, $16.00)

Mariella Bennet's struggle to support her family leads her to a bar and bordello, where she attracts the interest of two men: world-famous writer, Ernest Hemingway, and Gavin Murray, one of the WWI veterans who are laboring to build the Overseas Highway. When Mariella is hired as a maid by Hemingway's second wife, she becomes caught up in the tensions and excesses of the household, and the attentions of the writer become a dangerous temptation . . . even as straightforward Gavin Murray draws her back to what matters most.


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Syndrome E Syndrome E by Franck Thilliez (Viking, hardcover, $26.95)

Embedded in a rare film from the 1950s are subliminal images so unspeakably heinous that detective Lucie Hennebelle realizes she must get to the bottom of it -- especially when nearly everyone who comes into contact with the film starts turning up dead. Enlisting the help of Inspector Franck Sharko, Lucie begins to strip away the layers of what is perhaps the most disturbing and powerful film ever made. Soon Sharko and Lucie find themselves mired in a darkness that spreads across politics, religion, science, and art.


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Science Fiction & Fantasy


Dragon Ship Dragon Ship by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller (Baen, hardcover, $23.00, *Signed Limited Editions*)

Theo Waitley has a trade route to run for Clan Korval while she convinces the near mythic ghost ship Bechimo -- and herself -- that she wants to commit herself as the human side to their immensely powerful symbiosis. While her former lover battles a nano-virus that's eating him alive, she's challenged to rescue hundreds of stranded pilots and crewmen from an explosive situation in near orbit around a suddenly hostile planet.


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Beautiful Disaster Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire (Atria, paperback, $15.00)

When Abby Abernathy arrives at college, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by the university's Walking One-Night Stand. Travis Maddox spends his nights in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby's resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis's apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match. Recommended for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey.


Gabriel's Inferno Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard (Berkley, paperback, $16.00)

Enigmatic and sexy, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a well-respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past. When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide. Recommended for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey.


Gabriel's RaptureGabriel's Rapture by Sylvain Reynard (Berkley, paperback, $16.00)

Professor Gabriel Emerson has embarked on a passionate yet clandestine affair with his former student Julia Mitchell. Sequestered on a romantic holiday in Italy, he tutors her in the sensual delights of the body and the raptures of sex. But when they return, their happiness is threatened by conspiring students, academic politics, and a jealous ex-lover. When Gabriel is confronted by the university administration, will he succumb to Dante's fate? Or will he fight to keep Julia forever? Recommended for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey.


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Children's & Young Adult


Llama Llama Time to Share Llama Llama Time to Share by Anna Dewdney (Viking, hardcover, $17.99)

Llama Llama has new neighbors! Nelly Gnu and her mama stop by for a play date, but Llama's not so sure it's time to share all his toys. Maybe just his blocks? It could be fun to make a castle with Nelly . . . But wait -- Nelly has Llama's little Fuzzy Llama! The fun turns to tears when Fuzzy Llama is ripped in two. Mama comes to the rescue and fixes Fuzzy, but she makes it clear: "I'll put Fuzzy on the stairs, until you're sure that you can share."


A Mutiny in Time A Mutiny in Time by James Dashner (Scholastic, hardcover, $12.99)

When best friends Dak Smyth and Sera Froste stumble upon the secret of time travel -- a hand-held device known as the Infinity Ring -- they're swept up in a centuries-long secret war for the fate of mankind. Recruited by the Hystorians, a secret society that dates back to Aristotle, the kids learn that history has gone disastrously off course, and it's up to them to fix the Great Breaks. First stop: Spain, 1492, where a sailor named Christopher Columbus is about to be thrown overboard in a deadly mutiny!


Bad Kitty for President Bad Kitty for President by Nick Bruel (Square Fish, paperback, $6.99)

The votes are in -- it's a Bad Kitty landslide! 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 chosen 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.


Ten Rules for Living with My Sister Ten Rules for Living with My Sister by Ann M. Martin (Square Fish, paperback, $6.99)

Pearl's older sister, Lexie, is in eighth grade and has a boyfriend. Pearl's only boyfriend is the family's crabby cat, Bitey. Lexie is popular. Pearl is not, mostly because of the embarrassing Three Bad Things that happened in school and which no one has forgotten. Everything Pearl does seems to drive Lexie crazy. On top of that, their grandfather is moving into their family's apartment and taking over Pearl's room. How will these sisters share without driving each other crazy?


Princess Academy: Palace of Stone Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale (Bloomsbury, hardcover, $16.99)

When Miri and her friends from Mount Eskel set off to help the future princess Britta prepare for her royal wedding, she is happy about her chance to attend school in the capital city. There, Miri befriends students who seem so sophisticated and exciting . . . until she learns that they have some frightening plans. Soon Miri finds herself torn between loyalty to the princess and her new friends' ideas, between an old love and a new crush, and between her small mountain home and the bustling city.


Carnival of Souls Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr (HarperCollins, hardcover, $17.99)

Once in a generation, the Carnival of Souls hosts a deadly competition that allows every daimon a chance to join the ruling elite. Without the competition, Aya and Kaleb would both face bleak futures. All Mallory knows of The City is that her father fled it for a life in exile in the human world and that it's only a matter of time until a daimon finds her and her father -- but every inhabitant of The City knows of her. There are plans for Mallory, and soon she, too, will be drawn into the decadence and danger that is the Carnival of Souls.


Don't Turn Around Don't Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon (HarperCollins, hardcover, $17.99)

16-year-old Noa uses her computer-hacking skills to stay safely anonymous and alone. But when she wakes up in an empty warehouse and no memory of how she got there, Noa starts to wish she had someone on her side. Peter Gregory, leader of a hacker alliance, needs people with Noa's talents on his team. What they don't realize is that Noa holds the key to a terrible secret, and there are those who'd stop at nothing to silence her for good. Fans of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will devour the story of Noa, a teen soul mate to Lisbeth Salander. A Fall 2012 Kids' Indie Next Pick. 


Lincoln's Last Days Lincoln's Last Days by Bill O'Reilly (Henry Holt, hardcover, $19.99)

Adapted from Bill O'Reilly's bestselling historical thriller, Killing Lincoln, this book will have readers of all ages hooked on history. In the spring of 1865, President Abraham Lincoln travels through Washington, D.C., after finally winning America's bloody Civil War. In the midst of celebrations, Lincoln is assassinated at Ford's Theatre by a famous actor named John Wilkes Booth. What follows is a thrilling chase, ending with a fiery shoot-out and swift justice for the perpetrators.


A Beautiful Friendship A Beautiful Friendship by David Weber (Baen, paperback, $9.99)

Stephanie Harrington is a young woman determined to make discoveries, the biggest one of all being an intelligent alien species. The forest-dwelling treecats are small, cute, smart, and very deadly when they or their friends are threatened. The treecats are also telepathic and able to bond with certain humans, and Stephanie's find -- and her first-of-its kind bond with the treecat Climbs Quickly -- lands both of them in a fresh torrent of danger.


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Thanks for your continued patronage! If you haven't yet had a chance to stop by and visit our new, bigger location we invite you to do so!

Jill Hendrix, Owner
Fiction Addiction
1175 Woods Crossing Rd #5.
Greenville, SC 29607
The Casual Vacancy on sale September 27th!
The Casual Vacancy
J.K. Rowling's first book for adults, The Casual Vacancy (Little, Brown & Co., hardcover, $35.00), will be released on September 27th!


When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is seemingly an English idyll, but it's not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.


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Birthday Beers Birthday Card
Tall Cake Wedding Card
Edamame Baby Card
Blossom Branch Sympathy Card
Chocolat Card
Classic Clashes of the Carolina-Clemson Football Rivalry
The Pro Football Hall of Fame 50th Anniversary Book
The Last Headbangers
September is Roald Dahl Month!
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
James and the Giant Peach
The Witches
The BFG: A Set of Plays
The Hobbit's 75th Anniversary
The Hobbit
Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit
The Art of the Hobbit
Don't miss the movie in December!
The Hobbit
Read the whole series:
The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings
Don't forget to study for the SAT!
Up Your Score, 2013-2014 edition
The Official SAT Study Guide 
Grandparents' Day is September 9th!
Really and Truly
Grandma's Gloves
40 Uses for a Grandpa
Grammy Lamby and the Secret Handshake
The Simple Joys of Grandparenting
Constitution Day is September 17th
America's Unwritten Constitution
The Odd Clauses
The Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution
Talk Like a Pirate Day is September 19th!
Pirates Don't Take Baths
Pirate Princess
How I Became a Pirate
Deadweather and Sunrise
Pirate King
September 20th-23rd
Check out these great cookbooks at our booth while you're there!
The Southern Foodie
Off the Menu
The Blackberry Farm Cookbook
Soby's New South Cuisine
The Union Square Cookbook
Second Helpings from Union Square Cafe
For more information about Euphoria or to purchase tickets, visit their website.
Punctuation Day is September 24th
Missed Periods and Other Grammar Scares
Punctuation Celebration
Alfie the Apostrophe
Greenville's Amazing Read starts
September 27th!

All Over but the Shoutin'
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Bragg will read excerpts from his memoir, All Over but the Shoutin' (Vintage, paperback, $15.95), answer questions, and sign books at the Amazing Read Kickoff event at the Fountain Inn Civic Center on September 27th at 7:00pm.
Banned Books Week is September 30th - October 6th
The Hunger Games
To Kill a Mockingbird
Gone with the Wind
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
The Fellowship of the Ring
Call the Midwife premiers September 30th at 8pm on PBS
Call the Midwife
Perfect for fans of Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs

Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad

To support early education and literacy, millions of people will be reading Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad by David Soman and Jacky Davis (Dial, hardcover, $16.99) on the same day, October 4th! Learn how you can help!

Columbus Day is October 8th
Columbus and the Quest for Jerusalem
Pedro's Journal
My Bookstore
My Bookstore (Black Dog & Leventhal, hardcover, $23.95) is a new collection of essays releasing November 13th, 2012. These essays are written by great authors about the pleasure, guidance, and support that their favorite bookstores and booksellers have given them over the years, and Fiction Addiction is honored to be included in an essay written by Greenville's own Mindy Friddle! We have free samplers of the book on display, and we will be celebrating its release by having a joint signing with Mindy and Jill at Fiction Addiction on Saturday, November 17th, from 2-4pmPre-order your copy today!
Read Local
The Ballad of Tom Dooley
Immerse yourself in the post-Civil War North Carolina mountains, where Laura Foster, a simple country girl, was murdered, and her lover Tom Dula was hanged for the crime. The Ballad of Tom Dooley (St. Martin's Griffin, paperback, $14.99) brings to life the star-crossed lovers of this mountain tragedy with the understanding and compassion that Sharyn McCrumb brings to her compelling tales of Appalachia.
The Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize is awarded to the best debut novel of the year.
Alif the Unseen
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
The Dog Stars
Seating Arrangements
The Snow Child
The Yellow Birds

The Vanishing Act

John Saturnall's Feast

The Beautiful Mystery

In Between Days

Those We Love Most

See more Indie Next picks 

The Diviners
Every Day
Liar & Spy
The Peculiar
The Great Unexpected
Noteworthy and exciting debuts, chosen by a committee of independent children's booksellers from around the country.
Joshua Dread
Privateer's Apprentice
False Memory
Immortal Lycanthropes
Cruel Harvest
A True History of the Captivation, Transport to Strange Lands, and Deliverance of Hannah GuttentagThe Midwife of Hope River
Palmetto Blood
Man in the Blue Moon
At the Movies


Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo


Resident EVil: Retribution

Resident Evil: Retribution


The House at the End of the Street

The House at the End of the Street


The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower


Killing Them Softly

Killing Them Softly

Emrys presents
Show Don't Tell: Acting Techniques to Sharpen Dialogue and Action
with Hester Bass
Saturday, September 15th, 8:30am-4:30pm @ Sears Shelter, McPherson Park (100 E. Park Ave.)
$65 for Emrys members, $75 for nonmembers
Register online at
Little Free Library
Swamp Rabbit Cafe Little Free Library
After our mention in last month's newsletter about the Little Free Library on West Park Avenue, another customer has let us know that she has put one at the Swamp Rabbit Cafe, modeled to look like the Children's Museum. If you know of any others in the Greenville area, please let us know!
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, 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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