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Like us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFind us on Pinterest www.fiction-addiction.comSeptember 2013


Fall is in the air! Which means cooler weather, school, and football. And of course we have a great fall line-up of events! Fall also means the Southern Independent Booksellers Association annual trade show from September 18th-24th, which Jill and Melissa will both be attending this year, so please be patient with Kathleen as she runs the store all by herself! While at the show, we will be participating in a trivia contest supporting the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting booksellers who have demonstrated financial need arising from severe hardship and/or emergency circumstances, as well as awarding higher education scholarships. Customers wishing to support the Binc Foundation can donate in support of our team by clicking here and indicating our team, The Enablers, at checkout.
September 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.


Lowcountry Bombshell Susan Boyer In-Store Launch Party & Book Signing: Saturday, September 7th, 4-6pm, FREE
Join us for the launch of the second book in South Carolina author Susan Boyer's Agatha Award-winning Liz Talbot series, Lowcountry Bombshell (Henery Press, paperback, $15.95), at Fiction Addiction. Refreshments will be served. After Marilyn Monroe look-alike Calista McQueen's life coach is executed and suspicious characters swarm around her like mosquitoes, P.I. Liz Talbot must race to uncover a diabolical murder plot in time to save not only Calista's life, but also her own, while fighting of a series of personal distractions. This event is free and open to the public.
Mon., Sept. 9th, 6:30pm @ Upcountry Provisions
Monday, Sept. 16th, 7pm @ Fiction Addiction

Fiction Addiction's Cookbook Clubs meet monthly. On the 2nd Monday at Upcountry Provisions in Travelers Rest (102 S. Poinsett Hwy.), we will be preparing recipes from and discussing The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman Jerusalem (Alfred A. Knopf, hardcover, $35.00) from July through September. On the 3rd Monday at Fiction Addiction, we will be using Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi (Ten Speed Press, hardcover, $35.00).


If you're interested in joining either of our cookbook clubs, please email us at or call us at 864-675-0540 for more information or to sign up. You can preview the club agreement here.


The Flower Recipe Book Book Your Lunch with Kate Tierney: Tuesday, September 10th, 12pm @ Twigs Tempietto, $55*
Kate Tierney, the owner of Twigs Tempietto, will discuss and demonstrate the art of flower arranging, using The Flower Recipe Book by Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo (Artisan, hardcover, $24.95) as her reference. *Note: The $55 ticket price admits one and includes one copy of the featured book. We also have an $80 ticket, which admits two and includes one copy of the featured book. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling us at 864-675-0540.



Ann Hite, author of The Storycatcher (Gallery Books, paperback, $16.00), and Karen Spears Zacharias, author of Mother of Rain (Mercer University Press, paperback, $17.00 -- a Fall 2013 SIBA Okra Pick), have put together an event they call "A Conversation with Mother of Rain Mountain Women," in which they interview each other's characters, which leads to much laughter and great storytelling. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling us at 864-675-0540.


The Perfect Pet Samantha Bell In-Store Launch Party & Book Signing: Friday, September 13th, 3-5pm, FREE
Join us for the launch of South Carolina artist and author Samantha Bell's new children's picture book, The Perfect Pet (Sylvan Dell, hardcover, $17.95; paperback, $9.95), at Fiction Addiction. Refreshments will be served. After begging for a pet, a child's mother finally says yes. Using animal classifications and habitat needs, the child narrows it down from Kingdom Animalia to mammals, but which one? This event is free and open to the public.


The Governor's Lady Book Your Lunch with Robert Inman: Tuesday, September 24th, 12pm @ Twigs Tempietto, $25
In his new novel, The Governor's Lady (John F. Blair, hardcover, $26.95), former journalist and news anchor Robert Inman's title character, Cooper Lanier, is a smart, feisty, independent woman whose new position as governor forces her to learn to follow her instincts and take charge. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling us at 864-675-0540.


Moonrise Stories & Sweets with Cassandra King: Wednesday, September 25th, 7pm @ Thornblade Club, $10
We are thrilled to be hosting bestselling Southern author Cassandra King for our second Stories & Sweets event, where she will be discussing her latest novel, Moonrise (Maiden Lane Press, hardcover, $26.95 -- a Fall 2013 SIBA Okra Pick). Moonrise is a novel of dark secrets and second chances, the best novel yet from the New York Times bestselling author of The Sunday Wife and The Same Sweet Girls. When Helen Honeycutt falls in love with a man who has recently lost his wife in a tragic accident, their sudden marriage creates a rift between her new husband and his circle of friends, who resent her intrusion into their circle. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling us at 864-675-0540.


Secrets in Bethlehem Kate Porter In-Store Book Signing: Saturday, September 28th, 2-4pm, FREE
Greenville author Kate Porter will be signing copies of her debut novel, Secrets in Bethlehem (CreateSpace, paperback, $13.99), the February 3, 2013, Indie Book of the Day and featured in the August issue of Woman's Day. Travis Brody is a man with a tortured past. Janey Carmichael is living a life besieged with disappointment and poverty. Together, they must protect Jesse Messenger, a 5-year-old boy who holds a secret that a covert society will do anything to keep hidden -- including kill.
King's Mountain Book Your Lunch with Sharyn McCrumb: Wednesday, October 2nd, 12pm @ City Range, $55*

Told from the points of view of Patriot leader John Sevier and Tory camp follower Virginia Sal, King's Mountain (St. Martin's Press, hardcover, $25.99, on sale 9/24/13) by award-winning Southern author Sharyn McCrumb, brings to life the people and events in the southern front of the Revolution -- a story largely ignored by the history books. *Please note that the ticket price for this event includes one copy of the featured book. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling us at 864-675-0540.


Restrike Reba White Williams In-Store Book Signing: Thursday, October 3rd, 1-3pm, FREE
Southern native Reba White Williams will be signing copies of the first book in her new cozy mystery series featuring Coleman and Dinah Greene, Restrike (Delos Publishing, paperback, $12.00), at Fiction Addiction. Cousins Coleman and Dinah Greene discover that money and murder go hand in glove when they move from North Carolina to New York to make their mark in the art world and must discover the truth about a glamorous benefactor.


Star Wars Reads Day Star Wars Reads Day In-Store Party: Saturday, October 5th, 12-2pm, FREE
If your kids (or the kid in you) are Star Wars fans, come celebrate Star Wars Reads Day at Fiction Addiction's new location (1175 Woods Crossing Rd.) on Saturday, October 5th, from 12:00pm - 2:00pm. We will have Star Wars story time, a costume contest, and other activities. We will be serving Star Wars-themed refreshments, and there will be a Star Wars character present.
What I Came to Tell You Tommy Hays Launch Party
: Sunday, October 6th, 2pm @ the home of Pat Scales, FREE
Critically acclaimed Asheville, NC, author Tommy Hays will be celebrating the launch of his first middle-grade novel, What I Came to Tell You (EgmontUSA, hardcover, $15.99 -- a Fall 2013 SIBA Okra Pick), at the home of former school librarian and children's book reviewer Pat Scales. Tender, touching, and utterly compelling, this is a story of grief, love, and hard-won redemption. This event is free and open to the public. Fiction Addiction will have books for sale at the event. Click here to see the invitation.
University of South Carolina First Lady Patricia Moore-Pastides heads to the garden in this new cookbook that makes a do-it-yourself healthful lifestyle possible, offering guidance on how to pursue healthy eating, starting from the ground up, in Greek Revival From the Garden (University of South Carolina Press, hardcover, $27.95). Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling us at 864-675-0540.
The Funeral Dress Book Your Lunch with Susan Gregg Gilmore: Thursday, October 10th, 12pm @ City Range, $25
Susan Gregg Gilmore tells a deeply touching Southern story filled with struggle and hope in her new historical novel, The Funeral Dress (Broadway Books, paperback, $16.00 -- a Fall 2013 SIBA Okra Pick). In a moving tale exploring Southern spirit and camaraderie among working women, a young mother will compel a town to become a community. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling us at 864-675-0540.
Mon., Oct. 14th, 6:30pm @ Upcountry Provisions
Monday, October 21st, 7pm @ Fiction Addiction
Fiction Addiction's Cookbook Clubs meet monthly. On the 2nd Monday at Upcountry Provisions in Travelers Rest (102 S. Poinsett Hwy.), we will be preparing recipes from and discussing The Epicurious Cookbook by Tanya Steel What's for Dinner? (Crown Publishers, hardcover, $27.99) from October through December. On the 3rd Monday, at Fiction Addiction, we will be using What's for Dinner? by Curtis Stone (Ballantine Books, hardcover, $35.00).
If you're interested in joining either of our cookbook clubs, please email us at or call us at 864-675-0540 for more information or to sign up. You can preview the club agreement here. 
From Southern author John Milliken Thompson comes his new novel, Love and Lament (Other Press, paperback, $15.95 -- a Fall 2013 SIBA Okra Pick), in which a dauntless heroine coming of age at the turn of the 20th century confronts the hazards of patriarchy and prejudice and discovers the unexpected opportunities of World War I. Set in rural North Carolina between the late 1800s and World War I, Love and Lament chronicles the Hartsoe family's extraordinary hardships and misfortunes. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling us at 864-675-0540.


Children's Storytime
A Special Gift for Grammy Join us for storytime every Thursday morning at 10:30am. We will be reading the following titles during September:


5th: A Special Gift for Grammy by Jean Craighead George (HarperCollins, hardcover, $17.99)
Skippyjon Jones Cirque de Ole 12th: Skippyjon Jones Cirque de Ole by Judy Schachner (The Dial Press, hardcover, $17.99)
19th: How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long (Harcourt, Inc., hardcover, $16.99)
26th: Otter and Odder by James Howe (Candlewick Press, hardcover, $14.00)
Pickles to Pittsburghs In addition to our regularly scheduled storytimes, we will have an extra storytime on Monday, September 9th, to celebrate Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs National Literacy Day! We will be reading Pickles to Pittsburgh by Judi Barrett (Atheneum, paperback, $6.99) at the regular time of 10:30am.


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

  Jim McFarlane

Jim McFarlane, author of Penelope, recommends:


Old Man River Old Man River by Paul Schneider (Henry Holt & Co., hardcover, $35.00)
Like a good watercourse, Paul Schneider's Old Man River meanders, the views remain scenic, and the words flow smoothly, especially the historical anecdotes. Admittedly, I am prejudiced; I grew up in Natchez, where I played capture-the-flag on the Mississippi's bluff, but later lived in Virginia near a so-called "river" where my fishing line tangled in tree branches on the other side. Size matters.
September Volunteer Picks


Nancy M. recommends:


Lowcountry Bombshell Lowcountry Bombshell 
by Susan M. Boyer (Henery Press, paperback, $15.95, *Signed Copies Available*)
Another sharp, sassy, intriguing mystery from Susan Boyer, after her Agatha-winning debut Liz Talbot mystery. Lowcountry Bombshell is again filled with unique southernisms, gracious charm, and a cast of eccentric characters that includes Liz's client Calista, a Marilyn Monroe lookalike who is afraid for her life. Lowcountry Bombshell is a cozy-feeling, hard-boiled PI novel with a little romance thrown in -- the best of three genres all mixed together. Meet the author at her launch party on September 7th!
After Her After Her by Joyce Maynard (HarperCollins, hardcover, $25.99)
I loved this poignant and moving coming-of-age story about two devoted young sisters and their relationship with their homicide detective father, whom they idolize. Set against the backdrop of a manhunt for a serial killer in Marin County, CA, and based partly on a true story, the characters and setting become so real that you will feel like you were there during the summer of 1979 when things went so wrong. A September 2013 Indie Next Pick.
(seconded by Jackie, store volunteer)


Alex Alex by Pierre LeMaitre (MacLehose Press, hardcover, $24.95)
Be prepared to have everything you believe while reading the first half of Alex turned totally upside down. Definitely a Hitchcockian type plot. Part thriller, part mystery, it will take you into the darkest of humanity, with twists and turns that will haunt your dreams. I hope this is just the beginning for LeMaitre. A September 2013 Indie Next Pick.
Night Film Night Film 
by Marisha Pessl (Random House, hardcover, $28.00, *Signed First Editions Available*)

Night Film begins with the supposed suicide of Ashley Cordova, the 24-year-old daughter of legendary and reclusive horror film director Stan Cordova. The circumstances of Ashley's death are being investigated by a reporter whose career Cordova almost destroyed, a hat-check girl who might have been the last person to see Ashley alive, and a young drug dealer who claims to have known Ashley as a teenager. The characters are fascinating, the writing is fantastic, the story is unique, and you won't be able to put it down. A September 2013 Indie Next Pick.


Good as Gone Good as Gone by Douglas Corleone (Macmillan, hardcover, $24.99)
Simon Fisk is an ex-US Marshall who has devoted his life to finding children abducted in custody disputes. He refuses to investigate stranger abductions because it reminds him too much of the abduction of his own child and the subsequent suicide of his wife when the child was never found. He is blackmailed into helping find a kidnapped 6-year-old, and once involved, all he can think about is getting her back alive. With nothing to lose, he takes us on a heart-stopping and eventual heart-wrenching trip through Eastern Europe. Nonstop action, surprising twists, and a wonderful new hero make this a thriller not to be missed.
(seconded by Jill Hendrix, store owner)


Bitter River Bitter River by Julia Keller (Minotaur Books, hardcover, $25.99)
Julia Keller has once again given us a beautifully written novel that begins with the discover of the body of a 16-year-old in the fictional Bitter River. It is a story that depicts the poverty as well as the beauty of Appalachia and the closeness of the people who live in Acker's Gap. The writing is fresh, descriptive, and very readable, and the story will keep you interested until the very end. A September 2013 Indie Next Pick.
Never Go Back Never Go Back by Lee Child (Delacorte Press, hardcover, $28.00)
Another terrific Jack Reacher novel. Lee Child keeps upping the ante with the trouble Reacher finds himself in. Every new book is a new look at the man who is known as Reacher. If you have never read a Jack Reacher novel, this would be a great place to start.




Jackie recommends:


Swimming in the Moon Swimming in the Moon by Pamela Schoenewaldt (William Morrow, paperback, $14.99)
A young Italian girl, essentially alone due to her mother's mental illness, is uprooted from the only home she has ever known and sent to Cleveland in the early 1990s. While this is daunting for anyone, imagine being 14, speaking no English, and essentially being the adult to your mother. An inspiring story that is woven around actual historical events -- great for book clubs!
Necessary Lies Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain (St. Martin's Press, hardcover, $26.99)
Necessary Lies tells a stunning story about poverty in North Carolina in the early 1960s. Ivy and Mary Ella live with their Grandmother in a workers' cabin on a tobacco farm. Jane, a recent graduate and bride, becomes their social worker, a job for which she has virtually no qualification other than compassion, which is not viewed as an asset by her co-workers. The story is based on a historical US eugenics program and would be a perfect book club selection. A Fall 2013 SIBA Okra Pick.
The Boy Who Could See Demons The Boy Who Could See Demons by Carolyn Jess-Cooke (Delacorte Press, hardcover, $26.00)
Don't let the title cause you to pass on this excellent book. Once you start reading, you will be fascinated by this story of love, despair, and hope. Mental illness is a mystery and source of confusion to most people, but especially to family members. When a mother -- who is also a child psychologist -- tries to manage the care of her daughter, an amazing story unfolds. A not-to-be-missed book that could be 2013's Gone Girl.
(seconded by Nancy M., store volunteer)


Declan's Cross Declan's Cross by Carla Neggers (MIRA, hardcover, $24.95)
This third book in the Sharpe & Donovan series is an excellent mystery with just enough romance to keep things lively. The conclusion has a twist I really enjoyed, and I am eagerly anticipating the next installment.
The Kill List The Kill List by Frederick Forsyth (Putnam, hardcover, $27.95)
This is a gripping novel about the war on terrorism fought in the shadows. The plot is so detailed and the events so clearly portrayed, you will feel the tension as you read. The main character is someone you would want on your side, and the interactions between various governments is portrayed brilliantly.
Cynthia recommends:


The Funeral Dress The Funeral Dress by Susan Gregg Gilmore (Broadway, paperback, $16.00)
As my family culture is rooted deep in cotton mills and textile manufacturing, The Funeral Dress feels familiar and nostalgic. This story of a young unwed mother and her connection to one seamstress in particular illustrates the close-knit communities that are at once judgmental and supportive. A Fall 2013 SIBA Okra Pick. Meet the author at her Book Your Lunch event on October 10th!
Volunteer picks now in paperback:
Hand for a Hand
Nancy M.'s pick, $14.95
Black Fridays
Nancy M.'s pick, $9.99
Nancy M.'s pick, $9.99
Gretchen's pick, $9.99
A Hundred Flowers
Gretchen's pick, $15.99


September Staff Picks


Jill Hendrix, store owner, recommends:


Moonrise Moonrise by Cassandra King (Maiden Lane Press, hardcover, $26.95)
I loved this beautiful homage to Rebecca and found Moonrise and its Highlands, North Carolina, setting so appealing that I wished I could immediately hop in my car and visit its nocturnal gardens for myself. A Fall 2013 SIBA Okra Pick. Meet the author at her Stories & Sweets event on September 25th!
(seconded by Nancy Rechtman, store employee,
and Nancy R., store volunteer)


Counting by 7s Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan (The Dial Press, hardcover, $16.99)
This is a wonderful tale of accepting your differences, overcoming tragedy, making a "found family", and urban gardening! Recommended for the younger siblings of John Green fans. A Fall 2013 Kids' Indie Next Pick.
(seconded by Melissa Oates, store employee,
and Gretchen, store volunteer)


The Beginning of Everything The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider (Katherine Tegen Books, hardcover, $17.99)
A wonderful contemporary, romantic, YA coming-of-age story told from the boy's point of view. Recommended for fans of John Green and Horn Book winner Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. A Fall 2013 Kids' Indie Next Pick.
(seconded by Melissa Oates, store employee)




Melissa Oates, store employee, recommends:


Jumped In Jumped In by Patrick Flores-Scott (Henry Holt & Co., hardcover, $16.99)
Reject Sam and tough guy Luis are fellow slackers. They follow all the rules to avoid being noticed -- but one day they slip up, and their English teacher really sees them for what may be the first time. Working together on a slam poetry project for class, Sam and Luis form an unlikely friendship, one that has Sam questioning everything he thought he'd figured out about relationships. A truly touching tale of friendship, family, loss, and poetry that will have readers looking twice at people they've always thought to be different. A Fall 2013 Kids' Indie Next Pick.
Star Wars: Jedi Academy Star Wars: Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown (Scholastic Inc., hardcover, $12.99)
From the author of Darth Vader and Son and Vader's Little Princess comes a middle-grade graphic novel reminiscent of Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid but set in the Star Wars universe. Roan desperately wants to go to Pilot Academy like his brother, so when he gets an acceptance letter from Jedi Academy, it's not the thrill you might expect. Roan's experiences at Jedi Academy are similar to what you would expect any middle-schooler to go through, and Brown handles the subject very well. This would be a great back-to-school treat for the middle-grade reader in your life.
Talk with Your Kids Talk with Your Kids by Michael Parker (Black Dog & Leventhal, paperback, $14.95)
Michael Parker is bound to hit a nerve and cause some arguments with this compendium of thought-provoking ethical questions and situations for parents to discuss with their children. What I love most about this book is that it is comprised entirely of open-ended questions, so kids can make up their own minds about what they think is right without being guided. A great resource for parents and teachers. A September 2013 Indie Next Pick.
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown (Little, Brown & Co., hardcover, $18.00)
Mr. Tiger is tired of being so proper all the time. Sometimes he just wants to be a little wild. But when he lets his inner wild tiger out, he finds that his friends don't want to be around him any more. This book is sure to teach kids a thing or two about compromise when Mr. Tiger has to give up some of his wild side in order to keep his friends around. A Fall 2013 Kids' Indie Next Pick.
Moonday Moonday by Adam Rex (Disney-Hyperion, hardcover, $16.99)
After falling asleep in the car and being carried to her bed, a little girl wakes up to find the moon in her back yard. After exploring for a bit, everyone must go about their day, even though morning never really came, leaving everyone sleepy. But no one knows what to do about the moon. So the girl suggests taking it for a drive . . . where she falls asleep again. Rex does a fantastic job of telling his story with words and pictures, taking readers on a wonderful journey that might or might not be just a dream. A Fall 2013 Kids' Indie Next Pick.
The Girl You Left Behind The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes (Pamela Dorman Books, hardcover, $27.95)
Sophie LeFevre lived in a small town in France during the German occupation of World War I, the only memento of her soldier husband a portrait he'd painted of her, a portrait that drew the eye of the Kommandant. 90 years later, that portrait hangs in Liv Halston's house, a wedding gift from her late husband. When descendents of the artist claim ownership of the painting and demand restitution, Liv's life becomes a battle, both legal and emotional, as she fights to keep Sophie's portrait and find out everything she can about the woman herself and what happened to her. Moyes has a gift for characterization and really draws you into the story. A September 2013 Indie Next Pick.


Listening for Lucca Listening for Lucca by Suzanne LaFleur (Wendy Lamb Books, hardcover, $16.99)
LaFleur seamlessly merges a contemporary middle-school coming-of-age story with historical ghost story in her latest middle-grade novel. In an attempt to get her baby brother Lucca to talk, Siena's family moves to a house on the Maine coast, where Siena discovers the life of another brother and sister who lived there during World War II. Her attempts to discover the past in order to fix her brother lead the reader on an emotional journey in which kids and adults alike will find meaning.
All Our Yesterdays All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill (Disney-Hyperion, hardcover, $17.99)
Em has been imprisoned for the last several months, regularly interrogated and tortured by "the doctor". When she finds a list of instructions hidden in her cell, she has no other option than to follow them in order to prevent world chaos. Now she and fellow prisoner Finn must go back in time to stop the doctor for good in a high-octane race against time. This is a stay-up-all-night, read-it-in-one-sitting book that will grab you from the beginning and won't let you go until the end, so be sure you have lots of time to spare when you pick this one up!
(seconded by Kathleen Perry, store employee)


Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, hardcover, $18.00)
It's Leonard Peacock's birthday, and everyone has forgotten. Not that that's the most terrible thing that's happened in his life, but it's what's pushed him over the edge. Because today he's going to use his grandfather's Nazi pistol to kill his former best friend and then himself. This book will definitely appeal to fans of Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why, but this one is much more redemptive. Leonard is an odd character, but with a lot going on inside, making him very conflicted, and with good reason. It's very emotional, but filled with hope, too.
Kathleen Perry, store employee, recommends:


How the Light Gets In How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books, hardcover, $25.99)
Penny's fans will be very happy with her latest Chief Inspector Gamache novel. It is a wonderfully written book that picks up where A Beautiful Mystery left off. Set in both Three Pines and Montreal, Penny adeptly carries the ready along on a page-turning, high stakes ride as Gamache simultaneously investigates a murder and struggles to uncover a sinister plot originating at the highest levels of the Surete du Quebec. Those new to Louise Penny should read A Beautiful Mystery first; better yet, treat yourself to the entire series. You won't be sorry. A September 2013 Indie Next Pick.
Above All Things Above All Things by Tanis Rideout (Amy Einhorn Books, hardcover, $26.95)
In 1924, George Mallory set off on his third attempt to summit Mt. Everest. While most of us are familiar with the public view of this event, this novel reveals the private pain of those left behind. This is a heart-rending tale of Ruth and George Mallory told from their alternating points of view. Rideout based her story on the historical record, but brought her characters to life by reading hundreds of letters the couple left behind, the final one discovered on George's body in 1999. I normally don't read much historical fiction, but I loved this book.



Nancy Rechtman, store employee, recommends:


And the Mountains Echoed And the Mountains Echoed 
by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead Books, hardcover, $28.95, *Signed First Editions Available*)
This poetic novel opens with a father telling his children the story of an ogre who demands the sacrifice of a child to save the town -- horrifying, but things might not be as bad as we were led to believe. This folktale sets the tone for this far-reaching book, in which the themes range from family, honor, sacrifice, love, war, to the possibility of redemption. Parents lose children, siblings are lost to each other, heartbreak is always waiting around the bend. But in the end, we are still left with the promise of hope.



Sarah Cooke, store employee, recommends:


Sight Reading Sight Reading by Daphne Kalotay (HarperCollins, hardcover, $25.99)
For avid music lovers, Sight Reading is a novel about loss, love, and life. Kalotay possesses a wealth of knowledge about the whirlwind of professional music and the rewards that accompany the inevitable failures. The metaphors are incredibly eloquent, and the characters exemplify the misunderstanding and frustration that lead to the creation of art.



Staff picks now in paperback:


The Dark Unwinding The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron (Scholastic Inc., $9.99)
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 in hardcover by Jill Hendrix, store owner


What Teachers Make
Jill's pick, $15.00
The Spindlers
Melissa's pick, $8.99
Melissa's pick, $11.99
Comet's Tale
Kathleen's pick, $14.95


Upcoming Releases

Please email us at if you would like to reserve a copy of any of the following:


Regional Nonfiction
Asheville Food
paperback, $19.99



















Roy G. Biv Roy G. Biv by Jude Stewart (Bloomsbury, hardcover, $18.00, on sale 9/17/13)
Color is all around us every day. We use it to interpret the world. But it is also written into our metaphors, of speech and thought alike. To read about color from Jude Stewart is to unlock a whole different way of looking at the world around us -- and bringing it all vividly to life. The book itself is organized around the rainbow and is lavishly designed, with cross-references that liven up each page. A lovingly packaged, distinctive book, it will be the only one of its kind.
hardcover, $37.50
Steve Jobs
paperback, $20.00
Still Foolin' 'Em
hardcover, $28.00




Regional Fiction
Lookaway, Lookaway
hardcover, $25.99
A Shared Voice
paperback, $19.95
The Road from Gap Creek
hardcover, $25.95
The Longest Ride
hardcover, $27.00















General, Christian, & Historical Fiction
paperback, $12.99
Songs of Willow Frost
hardcover, $26.00
Winter of the World
paperback, $25.00
The Storycatcher
paperback, $16.00
















Mystery & Suspense


Tamarack County Tamarack County by William Kent Krueger (Atria Books, hardcover, $24.99)
As a blizzard swells just days before Christmas, the car belonging to the wife of a retired local judge is discovered abandoned on a rural road. Early on, Cork noticed small details about the woman's disappearance that tell a disturbing story. Then Cork's son is nearly killed, and he knows this is no trick of his imagination. Someone is spinning a deadly web in Tamarack County. At the center is a murder more than twenty years old for which an innocent man may have been convicted. Cork remembers the case only too well. He was the deputy in charge of the investigation that sent the man to prison.
W Is for Wasted
hardcover, $28.95, *signed copies available*



















Science Fiction & Fantasy


The Bone Season The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon (Bloomsbury, hardcover, $24.00)
It is the year 2059. Paige Mahoney is a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing. But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race, the Rephaim, who value the voyants highly -- as soldiers in their army. Paige is assigned to the Rephaite keeper. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives. A September 2013 Indie Next Pick.




Children's & Young Adult


Fall Ball Fall Ball by Peter McCarty (Henry Holt & Co., hardcover, $16.99)
Bobby and his friends wait all day for school to end and for their chance to play outdoors in the fall weather. Flying leaves, swirling colors, and crisp air make the perfect setting for a game of football with Sparky the dog. The kids are surprised by how quickly it gets dark, and even more surprised when it begins to snow. But there's no need to worry -- the chilly nights ahead will mean watching football on the couch with family, tucked under a cozy blanket.


When It Snows When It Snows by Richard Collingridge (Feiwel & Friends, hardcover, $16.99)

When it snows, magic happens. Follow a boy and his teddy bear on a wondrous snow adventure which will lead readers of all ages to a surprising place. Spare text accompanies gorgeous illustrations that will appeal to readers young and old, especially on cold winter days with snow on your mind. A perfect book to read aloud in front of a roaring fire or tucked into a cozy bed.


How Big Were Dinosaurs? How Big Were Dinosaurs? by Lita Judge (Roaring Brook Press, hardcover, $17.99)
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a Velociraptor for a walk, or try to brush a Tyrannosaur's teeth? We think of dinosaurs as colossal giants, but how big were they REALLY? With kid-friendly text and seriously silly illustrations, this fact-filled book puts dinosaurs next to modern animals so that you can see exactly how they size up. And a huge fold-out chart compares the dinos to each other, from the tiniest Microraptor to Argentinosaurus, the largest animal to ever walk the land.


Spirit Animals: Wild Born Spirit Animals: Wild Born by Brandon Mull (Scholastic Inc., hardcover, $12.99, on sale 9/10/13)
Enter the world of Erdas, where every child who comes of age must discover if they have a spirit animal, a rare bond between human and beast that bestows great powers to both. A dark force has risen from distant and long-forgotten lands, and has begun an onslaught that will ravage the world. Now the fate of Erdas has fall on the shoulders of four young strangers . . . and on you. Part engrossing book series, part action role-playing game -- discover your spirit animal and join the adventure!
A Butterfly Called Hope
hardcover, $17.95; paperback, $9.95
Ghost Hawk
hardcover, $16.99
The Lord of Opium
hardcover, $17.99
hardcover, $19.99



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