June 2016 Newsletter
Ah, summer. Welcome back. We've missed you. The comfy chair on the deck in the shade, with a frosty glass of iced tea or (name-your-beverage-of-choice-here), and a big ol' stack of books you've been wanting to read. Paradise. Here's some more good news: if your own stack isn't big enough, we've got oodles of goodies to recommend, and more great books arriving at the store each week.

We're cutting back on events in the store a bit this summer, but the ones we're having will be well worth sticking around town for, so stay tuned for news on July/August happenings. Comma, our monthly third-Thursday salon curated by the lovely Kirsten Rian, will take a hiatus for the summer, resuming September 15th. And a heads-up on the 4th of July weekend: we will be open our regular hours on Friday and Saturday, open Sunday from noon to 5 pm, and closed on Monday the 4th.

Here's an idea to spice up your reading for the summer: BOTNS Book Bingo! Books on the Night Stand has been one of our favorite book podcasts. Sadly, Ann and Michael will air their final podcast in June, but the good news is there are almost 400 episodes that you can still access! One of their fun summer activities has been the book bingo card, which you can print out from this link.  When you click on the link it will create a book bingo game card for you. Click "refresh" to create a new bingo card for each person. The cards have categories such as "a classic you should have read in school," "with time travel," "with an animal as a key character (Martin Marten, anyone?)," "part of a series," "travel writing," "borrowed from a friend," and many many more -- a fun way to shake up your reading list!

Happy reading!

Kim Bissell and Sally McPherson
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June Events
Wednesday, June 1st, 7 pm: Marcy Cottrell Houle and Elizabeth Eckstrom
Marcy Cottrell Houle and Dr. Elizabeth Eckstrom join us to talk about their new book The Gift of Caring: Saving Our Parents from the Perils of Modern Healthcare. In this powerful blending of personal memoir and practical strategies, The Gift of Caring reveals the hidden side of modern healthcare practices for aging Americans. The book sheds new light on aging by weaving together the perspective of a daughter desperately seeking help for the parents she loves with that of a nationally recognized geriatrician and public health advocate who offers life-changing strategies than can protect our loved ones and ourselves. The book was recently honored with a Christopher Award, given annually to broadcasters, filmmakers, authors, and others whose work "affirms the highest values of the human spirit."

Marcy Cottrell Houle, MS, is a biologist and award-winning author. Her previous books include Wings for My Flight, The Prairie Keepers, and One City's Wilderness: Portland's Forest Park. Elizabeth Eckstrom, MD, MPH, is director of geriatrics in the division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at OHSU and cofounder of the OHSU Healthy Aging Alliance. Both authors live in Portland.
Thursday, June 2nd, 7 pm: Robert Hill in Conversation with Rene Denfeld
We are excited to be hosting an evening with Robert Hill in conversation with Rene Denfeld. Robert Hill's newly published novel The Remnants tells the story of the town of New Eden, a town peopled with hereditary oddities. As two near-centenarian citizens prepare for their annual birthday tea, a third vows to interrupt the proceedings with a bold declaration. The Remnants is published by Forest Avenue Press, a Portland-based publishing house. "With his signature wit and wordplay, Robert has created an ebullient ode to the last days of the last three residents of a small town," said Laura Stanfill, the publisher. "Robert's imagination, and the linguistic cartwheels he spins, elevate this equally dark and hilarious novel into a thing of wonder." Reviewer Stephanie Bonjack says "Hill's text reads like poetry spoken in a long Southern drawl."

Robert Hill, now an Oregonian, was born in New England. He has worked in advertising, entertainment, educational software, and not-for-profit fundraising. His debut novel, When All is Said and Done, was a finalist for an Oregon Book Award in 2007.

Rene Denfeld is a death penalty investigator who works with men and women facing execution. Her debut novel The Enchanted is set on death row in a corrupt prison. She has also written four nonfiction books and writes for a variety of publications.
Tuesday, June 7th, 7 pm: Brian Doyle
We welcome back our good friend Brian Doyle to read from his newest book, Chicago. The novel, published by Thomas Dunne Books, is about a young college graduate who moves to the Second City on the last day of summer some years ago. The book tells the story of the five seasons he lives there, during which he meets gangsters, gamblers, policemen, a brave and garrulous bus driver, a cricket player, a librettist, his first girlfriend, and many other riveting souls, not to mention a wise and personable dog of indeterminate breed. It is a love letter to Chicago, the Great American City, and a wry account of a young man's coming-of-age during the one summer in White Sox history when they had the best outfield in baseball.

Mr. Doyle's previous novels include the bestselling Mink River, The Plover, and Martin Marten, which just won an Oregon Book Award. He is also an award-winning essayist and poet and the editor of Portland Magazine, published by the University of Portland. He has published many, many books, and we love them all.
Tuesday, June 14th, 7 pm: Pauls Toutonghi and Steve Toutonghi
In the interest of trying something totally new, we welcome brothers Pauls and Steve Toutonghi to the store, who will each read from their new, completely different, books.

Pauls Toutonghi's new book, Dog Gone: A Lost Pet's Extraordinary Journey and the Family Who Brought Him Home, captures the story of Fielding Marshall and his dog Gonker, who goes missing while they're hiking on the Appalachian Trail. Gonker has Addison's disease and only has twenty-three days before a lack of medication could take his life. The search for Gonker involves the entire Marshall family and spins an epic tale of family and spiritual journey. Pauls, who has won a Pushcart Prize, writes for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Tin House. He teaches at Lewis and Clark College and lives in Portland.

Join, the debut novel by Steve Toutonghi, takes us to a world where you can live multiple lives simultaneously, have constant perfect companionship, and never die. The promise of Join, a revolutionary technology that allows minds to form a single consciousness and experience the world through multiple bodies, may be blinding the world to its horrors. Two best friends discover through a third person the dangers of promised immortality. Katherine Dunn, the recently deceased author of Geek Love, called Join "a searing, ballistic plunge into the mysteries of identity and mortality." Steve lives back in his hometown of Seattle, after earning a degree in anthropology from Stanford and working in Silicon Valley.
Tuesday, June 21st, 7 pm:  Becky Taylor and Dena Taylor
To follow up on our reading with brothers, we welcome the daughter/mother author team of Becky and Dena Taylor, who will read from their joint memoir, Tell Me the Number before Infinity: The Story of a Girl with a Quirky Mind, an Eccentric Family, and Oh Yes, a Disability
This book is one-of-a-kind, told from two perspectives: of the mother and of her daughter, born with cerebral palsy and a gift for mathematics. Becky was one of the first children to be mainstreamed into public schools under the 1975 federal law.
The sixty short chapters are arranged chronologically, from Becky's birth in 1972 to age forty. They describe their family life and the realities of having a disability. Most of the chapters were written at the time they happened, so the reader gets a sense of what it was like for Becky, her sister, and her mom while Becky was growing up. The book includes photos and newspaper clippings from throughout Becky's life.

Becky Taylor is a Computer Science graduate from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She currently lives in Santa Cruz, where she is the vice chair of the Commission on Disabilities and is involved in other civic organizations. Dena Taylor, M.S.W., Rutgers University, is the mother of two grown daughters. She lives in California and is retired from careers in social work and education.
Thursday, June 23rd, 7 pm: Sallie Tisdale
Portland author Sallie Tisdale joins us to read from her collected work of essays, Violation. The collection is published by Portland-based publisher Hawthorne Books.

Sallie Tisdale is the author of books on such varied subjects as medical technology, her pioneer ancestors, and Buddhist women teachers. This collection spans thirty years of her work and includes an introduction and brief epilogue to each essay. Ms. Tisdale's questioning curiosity pursues subjects from the biology of flies to the experience of working in an abortion clinic, why it is so difficult to play sports with men, and whether it's possible for writers to tell the truth. She restlessly returns to themes of the body, the family, and how we try to explain ourselves to each other.

Ms. Tisdale's previous books include Women of the Way and Talk Dirty to Me. She is a consulting editor at Tricycle. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Harper's, The New Yorker, New Republic, Allure, Outside, Vogue, Tin House, Antioch Review, and Creative Nonfiction. She is currently training as a priest at Dharma Rain Zen Center in Portland. 
Harry Potter Returns!
A reminder that the newest from J.K. Rowling,  Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, will be released on July 31st.

J.K. Rowling has been working with award-winning playwrights Jack Thorne and John Tiffany on the newest addition to the Harry Potter saga -- The Play! Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will have its world premiere on July 30th at London's Palace Theatre. For those of us on this side of the pond, the work will release July 31st in script form. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child catches up with Harry nineteen years after the final epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. He's a husband, father of three, and working at the Ministry of Magic. Harry continues to grapple with his past while his youngest son, Albus, struggles with his weighty family legacy.

To celebrate this eighth Harry Potter book, we are offering a magical deal: Pre-order (and pay) for a copy prior to publication and your copy will come with an $8 coupon to use in the store. The book is appropriate for ages 10 to 100 and is $29.99. You can pre-order the book online or by calling or visiting the store. 

And if you're into jigsaw puzzles, be sure to check out the Harry Potter-themed 500- and 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles we just received. 
New in Hardcover
 Everybody's Fool  by Richard Russo and LaRose, by Louise Erdrich
Attention readers of fiction: are you looking for a break from the angst of bright young things in the big city? We have two suggestions for you, both from national prize-winners, and both well-written explorations of life outside the spotlights.

Everybody's Fool by Pulitzer-winner Richard Russo returns us to North Bath, small-town and rust-belt. Janet Maslin of The New York Times describes it as "a town where dishonesty abounds, everybody misapprehends everyone else and half the citizens are crazy...a great place for a reader to visit." Sully the scamp, the most memorable character in 1993's Nobody's Fool, has mellowed but not matured. Everyone runs around exercising poor judgment and worse impulse control and meanwhile the town makes valiant attempts to fend off further decline. Fans of Garrison Keillor or James Wilcox will especially enjoy this latest novel from Russo, who won the Pulitzer for Empire Falls and whose other novels include Mohawk and Bridge of Sighs. Bonus factoid: Paul Newman played Sully in the 1994 movie based on Nobody's Fool.

Louise Erdrich's recently published novel LaRose is her finest and most devastating yet -- the prose is beautifully lucid and the story riveting. Two North Dakota families are bound together by tragedy when Landreau Iron mistakenly shoots five-year-old Dusty Ravitch. Landreau and his wife, citing Objibwe tradition, give their own young son, LaRose, to the grieving Ravitches to raise as their own. We see the characters living in the wake of the wars and policies of the outside world, even more than in Everybody's Fool. Despite all of the heartache, the book never descends into sentimentality, and even the occasional bits of magical realism seem natural in Erdrich's hands. Philip Roth says she is a "great American regionalist, bearing the dark knowledge of her place. She is by now among the very best of American writers."

Some of her other novels include Love Medicine, The Beet Queen, The Plague of Doves, and the National Book Award winner The Round House.
Modern Lovers, by Emma Straub  
If you're looking for something a little more summery, take a look at the latest novel from Emma Straub: Modern Lovers. In this witty and tender story of former college friends and bandmates, now nearing their 50s and with college-age kids of their own but still trying to hold on to the identities of their youth, Straub packs wisdom, insight, and humor together in a satisfying book about neighbors and nosiness, ambition and pleasure, the excitement of youth, the shock of middle age, and the fact that our passions -- be they food, friendship, or music -- never go away, they just evolve and grow along with us. The daughter of horror and suspense novelist Peter Straub, her previous novel was The Vacationers. 
Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave 
Everyone Brave Is Forgiven brings Chris Cleave back to the bestseller list with an intelligent page-turner. We see life and death in London during the Blitz, and follow one character off to Dunkirk and the siege of Malta. Cleave uses his characters to illuminate issues of class, race, and wartime morality in this story of three lives entangled during the war, based loosely on the story of Cleave's own grandparents. As in one of his earlier novels, Little Bee, this new novel is remarkable for its restrained, diamond-hard prose and sardonic humor. The Times of London calls Cleave an "acutely intelligent wordsmith." Fans of the Maisie Dobbs and Maggie Hope series will enjoy Everyone Brave for a different take on London during WWII.
The Noise of Time, by Julian Barnes 
In his first novel since the Booker-Prize-winning The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes presents another compact masterpiece, this one dedicated to the Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, in The Noise of Time. When the book opens in1936, Shostakovich, just thirty, fears for his livelihood and his life. Stalin, hitherto a distant figure, has taken a sudden interest in his work and denounced his latest opera. Barnes elegantly guides us through the trajectory of Shostakovich's career, at the same time illuminating the tumultuous evolution of the Soviet Union. The result is both a stunning portrait of a relentlessly fascinating man and a brilliant meditation on the meaning of art and its place in society. "It is a novel of tremendous grace and power, giving voice to the complex and troubled man whose music outlasted the state that sought to silence him," says author Anthony Marra, 
The Gene, by Siddhartha Mukherjee
The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee is no doubt one of the most significant science books of the decade. Mukherjee, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, has written yet another riveting story about a huge topic. The story of the gene and our understanding of it begins in 1856 with Gregor Mendel's experiments with pea plants, which sprouted the idea of a "unit of heredity." This book follows the development of theories of biology, race, gender identity, temperament, choice, and free will that have been a result of Mendel's experiments and the decades of research that have come since. Using his vast scientific knowledge, the author expertly guides the reader through the long and complicated history of a relatively modern scientific idea.

Threaded through this history is a more personal story of Mukherjee's own family and its recurring pattern of schizophrenia, making a perfect illustration of how the science of genetics is not an abstract idea, and not a subject confined to the laboratory, but something that relates to everyday lives. The story of mapping the human genome is here too, in vivid detail. This is an astoundingly complex subject, covered here by a gifted scientist who is also a writer of exceptional insight and skill.  "The Gene is prodigious, sweeping, and ultimately transcendent. If you're interested in what it means to be human, today and in the tomorrows to come, you must read this book." -- Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannot See 
Valiant Ambition, by Nathaniel Philbrick
Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution, by scholar and storyteller Nathaniel Philbrick, gets right to our origin story -- men of granite acting for the best, and sometimes the worst. Philbrick hopes to let us see Benedict Arnold as a needed villain in our national story. He shows us a revolution stalled, Washington conflicted, and Arnold as a brilliant strategist -- and as a braggart who spoke openly about his second wife's sexual prowess. History buffs admire Philbrick's feel for American history. His books Bunker HillMayflower, and In the Heart of the Sea deftly combine primary-source research with narrative skill, resulting in nonfiction that reads like a novel. Philbrick, a long-time fan of Stephen King's writing, says (in The New York Times) "I may write history, but all of my books are horror stories of one kind or another."
Shoe Dog, by Phil Knight
At age 24, after backpacking around the world, Phil Knight decided to take the unconventional path of starting his own business. He borrowed $50 from his father and created an athletic shoe company that grossed $8000 in its first year. In this candid memoir, Shoe Dog, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company's early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into a multibillion dollar company. Knight details the many risks and daunting setbacks that stood between him and his dream -- along with his early triumphs. Above all, he recalls the formative relationships with his first partners and employees, a ragtag group of misfits and seekers who became a tight-knit band of brothers. Abraham Verghese, author of the novel Cutting for Stone, says "The lessons he imparts about entrepreneurship and the obstacles one faces in trying to create something, are priceless. The pages I folded down are too many to mention." And while you're reading about Oregon sports history, check out Bill Walton's new memoir, Back from the Dead.  
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