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That more than almost anything else we love helping you choose just the right gift? So don't hesitate to ask for ideas if you're stuck.

That we are long-time supporters of local literary and educational activities?

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Multnomah County Library has announced its selection for the Everybody Reads program for 2015:
The Residue Years

by Mitchell S. Jackson, who was born and raised in Portland and currently lives in Brooklyn.

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September 2014 Newsletter

After one of the warmest, sunniest summers we can remember, there at last is a tiny chill in the morning air and we find ourselves sliding into fall. And here's a bookseller's not-so-secret confession: it's our favorite time of year. Many of you know why. September marks the beginning of the fall publishing season, when the majority of new books for the year come out. During the past few months, we've perused the publisher's catalogs, talked to their sales representatives, and ordered up hundreds of new titles that will hit the store between now and the end of the year. We greet our UPS and FedEx delivery people like conquering heroes this time of year, because of the bounty they bring to our shelves. So exciting!

Many, many of you have asked how the search for a new partner in our business is going. Actually, it is going very well.We have received an offer for Roberta's share in the business, and we have accepted it! There are still many attorneys, accountants, landlords and others to sit down with, but we'll be doing all of that as soon as we can and we hope to be able to announce the name of Sally's new partner by October 1.We know you will be pleased to hear the news.This is even more exciting than the anticipation of new fall books!

Below you will find our September events, and some new books we're particularly thrilled to have in the store. Happy reading.

Roberta Dyer and Sally McPherson
Broadway Books
1714 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232
(503) 284-1726

September Readings
Tuesday, September 18, 7 pm: Fred Leeson
Tonight we welcome Fred Leeson to present his newly published biography of Fred Meyer, titled
My-Te-Fine Merchant: Fred Meyer's Retail Revolution (Irvington Press).
Fred Meyer is a Portland icon. Shoppers adored the friendly man in the bow tie at grand openings of Fred Meyer's big one-stop shopping centers. His closest associates knew him better as a domineering, brilliant, single-minded, abrasive person who could also be unexpectedly compassionate.

My-Te-Fine Merchant probes the mind of this tireless, self-taught entrepreneur and provides an insider's view of the company that reshaped 20th century shopping. Based largely on interviews with former employees and associates, this richly detailed biography explores little-known aspects of Meyer's life -- his business setbacks and fractured family life, and his beliefs in reincarnation and the power of mind-over-matter. For almost fifty years, the MY-TE-FINE house brand was a part of the Pacific Northwest lexicon, as Fred Meyer Inc. expanded throughout the region.

Fred Leeson is a respected journalist who graduated from Stanford University and received a J.D. from the Lewis and Clark Law School. He was a reporter at the Oregon Journal from 1972, and at The Oregonian from 1982 until 2007.
Thursday, September 29, 7 pm: Ann Hedreen
Ann Hedreen joins us to present her new memoir, Her Beautiful Brain, published by She Writes Press.

This is the story of Ann's mother Arlene, who was a twice-divorced, once-widowed copper miner's daughter who raised six children single-handedly and went back to college at forty so she could support her family. In her late fifties, she started showing signs of Alzheimer's disease. In the two decades that followed, her children were forced to stand helplessly by as their mother's once-beautiful brain was slowly choked by plaques and tangles.

In this poignant memoir, Ann gives shattering insight into what it is to watch your mother, a woman you once thought of as invincible, begin to disappear. From Seattle to the mine-gouged Finntown neighborhood in Butte, Montana, where Arlene was born and raised, this book tells the heartbreaking story of a daughter's love for a mother who is lost in the wilderness of an unpredictable and harrowing illness.

Ann Hedreen is a writer, teacher, filmmaker, and voice of the radio podcast and blog "The Restless Nest." With her husband, she has made more than one hundred films, including five full-length documentaries. She lives in Seattle.
2015 Calendars are Here!
We love calendars.We hang them all over the house. One of us, who shall remain nameless but whose initials are RD, has eight calendars in her kitchen alone (nine, if you count the garbage/recycling pickup schedule, and although RD's sister counts it, RD does not). And the new calendars have arrived! Hundreds of titles are here, mostly wall calendars of all shapes and sizes, but also engagement calendars and page-a-days.

Now is the very best time to buy your 2015 calendars, while the selection is good (as you know, many of these calendars cannot be reordered if we run out). We encourage you to treat yourself (and all of your friends and family) to at least three calendars this year! Where else can you get such beautiful art that changes every month at such a reasonable cost? The art on many calendars is truly suitable for framing. Even if you keep your appointment schedule electronically, you need a calendar in your life, don't you think?
New Field Guides
We're excited about the new series of laminated quick-reference guides we're now carrying.

The twelve-page fold-out guides cover Wildflowers of Oregon's Cascade Range; Birds of Oregon; Tracks, Scats, and Signs of Pacific Northwest Wildlife; Fishes of the Pacific Northwest; Butterflies of the Pacific Northwest; Waterfowl of North America; Raptors of Western North America; and Hummingbirds of North America.

The waterproof guides, which sell for $7.95 each, offer color photographs and descriptions, key information, and a glossary, written by experts in each field. We love 'em!
Dominoes for Word Nerds
From the makers of the bestselling Haikubes and Cranium comes a new party game for word lovers: Word Dominoes.

Each tile is illustrated with two pictures that could signify many words. Players take turns placing the dominoes to create words and phrases by linking pictures. Put them together to create your own often hilarious combinations. This new game, which sells for $24.95, can be played by three or more players ages 14 or up (or younger for the brainy word lovers in your life). When we sold Haikubes we ran out before the holidays, so don't wait to get yours!
New in Hardcover
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, by Haruki Murakami (translated by Philip Gabriel) 
A frenzied anticipation always accompanies the release of a new novel by the much-loved Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami. His latest is no exception. The book sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan!

The novel tells the story of Tsukuru Tazaki, a young man haunted by the loss of his four best friends -- two men and two women -- who have inexplicably cut him off with no explanation. Two decades later he is still wounded and haunted by the spurning. His girlfriend suggests that he reach out to each of the four to determine what he had done, or not done, to merit their abandonment of him.

Substantially shorter than his previous novel, 1Q84 (357 vs 1157 pages), the book is also charmingly packaged in a smaller trim size and striking cover.
 The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell 
Another author whose books are eagerly awaited is David Mitchell, whose just-released novel is The Bone Clocks.

Once again Mitchell gives us a vast, intricate novel that weaves together multiple narratives and spans multiple decades, from 1984 to the 2030s. The book begins with fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes, who runs away from her family following a terrible fight with her mother over her boyfriend. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as "the radio people," Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.

Combining gritty realism and far-out fantasy, This genre-bending, time-leapng, world-traveling novel will once again lead readers down a dark, literary rabbit-hole of experiences.

Books about the intricacies of the brain are all the rage these days -- is there really room for yet another in this crowded market? The answer is yes for Daniel Levitin's new book.

Levitin, the author of This is Your Brain on Music and The World in Six Songs, is a neuroscientist and former studio musician and sound engineer. In his new book, Levitin turns his attention from the relationship between music and our brains to the functioning of our brains in a sea of details, as we drown in a deluge of information and data.

With lively, entertaining chapters on everything from the kitchen junk drawer to health care to executive office workflow, Levitin reveals how new research into the cognitive neuroscience of attention and memory can be applied to the challenges of our daily lives.
After years of elite (and expensive) medical training and sleepless nights, and expecting to finally be living a grander life, Sandeep Jauhar was disillusioned to find himself an overworked, underpaid cardiologist at a Long Island hospital.

The sober truth of his profession, as Jauhar sees it, is that doctors' morale is low and getting lower. Blatant cronyism determines patient referrals, and corporate ties distort medical decisions. Unnecessary tests are routinely performed to generate income. Meanwhile, a single patient in Jauhar's hospital might see fifteen specialists in one stay and still fail to receive a full picture of his actual condition.

Bringing his brutally frank insider's view to a dysfunctional medical system, Jauhar raises critical questions and presents an impassioned plea for reform.

All Your Favorite Mystery Authors
If you are a lover of mysteries, this is your month! Many of our customers' favorite authors have new books out this month, starting with local favorite and New York Times bestselling author Chelsea Cain, who has launched a new series featuring feisty, justice-seeking Kick Lannigan in One Kick.

 Lee Child is back with another in his Jack Reacher series with Personal. Quebec-based Chief Inspector Armand Gamache returns in the latest from Louise Penny, The Long Way Home. Set in Reykjavik, Strange Shores brings us another crime novel by Arnaldur Indridason featuring Inspector Erlendur. Tana French returns with another Dublin-based mystery in The Secret Place. And Faye Kellerman is back with a Decker/Lazarus novel, Murder 101.

We can't close without giving a shout out to an under-the-radar mystery that will give you an epic, meaty novel to sink your teeth into as summer comes to a close. Long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, The Kills, by Richard House, has earned comparisons to the works of Graham Greene, John le Carre, Thomas Pynchon, and Roberto Bolano.
 Is your book club looking for ideas for new books? We're always glad to brainstorm with you. And we're happy to let you know if books are readily available, and when they'll be out in paperback.
Contact Information
Roberta Dyer or Sally McPherson
Broadway Books
(503) 284-1726