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Rainy Day Books is located in
The Fairway Shops
2706 W 53rd Street
Fairway, Kansas 66205-1705
Phone: 913-384-3126

Store Hours:
Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri 10 to 6 and Saturdays 10 to 5
Sundays we are Home with our families and friends when we read and rest!

In This Newsletter
Just Added: This Wednesday afternoon, Kelly Light
Just Added: Luncheon with Nancy Horan
Just Added: Pulitzer Prize-Winner Ayad Akhtar
Just Added: William Davis, MD, In Conversation about Wheat Belly Total Health
Great New Books arrive each Week!
Our World-Famous Author Events Calendar!


Kelly Light, Wednesday, September 10


Jessie Burton, Tuesday, September 16


Kathy Wakile, Wednesday, September 17


Matthew Thomas, Tuesday, September 23


Nancy Horan, Thursday, September 25


Ayad Akhtar, Monday, October 6


William Davis, MD, Tuesday, October 7


Jane Smiley, Thursday, October 9


Gary Shteyngart, Wednesday, October 15


Jackson Galaxy, Friday, October 17


Cary Elwes, Sunday, October 19


Sandra Dallas, Wednesday, October 22


W. Bruce Cameron, Tuesday, October 28


Billy Collins, Thursday, October 30


Jim Gaffigan, Sunday, November 2


Anna Quindlen, Tuesday, November 11


Colonel Chris Hadfield, Tuesday, November 11


John Cleese, Wednesday, November 12


Anne Lamott, Wednesday, November 19


Volume 704               September 8, 2014



We hope that you all enjoyed a great Labor Day Holiday!

Roger & Vivien celebrated the Holiday in the mountains along the Animas River in Durango, Colorado, and brought the cooler weather back Home to Kansas City with them.  They wanted great weather here to launch their autumn season of Author Events!  Check out what they added this Week!

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On November 04, 2014, we will begin of our 40th Year as Independent Booksellers and Author Event Producers.  We are having the time of our lives and we want our faithful loyal Customers to join in our year long celebration!
JUST ADDED:  Kelly Light will celebrate her Debut Children's Picture Book Louise Loves Art!

Kelly Light will celebrate her Debut Children's Picture Book Louise Loves Art!

Watch The Trailer for Louis Loves Art! 
Watch the Trailer for Louise Loves Art!

This Event is this Wednesday afternoon, September 10, 2014 at 4:00 PM at Rainy Day Books in The Fairway Shops.


Full Event details are available on our Website. 

JUST ADDED:  Luncheon with Nancy Horan, Author of Under the Wide and Starry Sky

Nancy Horan, New York Times Bestselling Author of Loving Frank, will appear for her New Novel Under the Wide and Starry SkyThis Special Luncheon Event is Co-Sponsored by Rainy Day Books and Friends of the Children's Center for the Visually Impaired (CCVI). 


This Special Luncheon Event is Friday, September 26, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Grand Street Cafe, Special Event Space, 4740 Grand Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri 64112.


Full Event details are available on our Website. 

JUST ADDED:  Special Event featuring Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright Ayad Akhtar In Conversation

Ayad Akhtar, Bestselling Author of American Dervish and the 2013 Pulitzer Prize-Winner for his Play Disgracedwill appear In Conversation with Vivien Jennings, Founder & President of Rainy Day Books and Eric Rosen, Artistic Director for The Kansas City Repertory Theatre.  This Special Event is Co-Sponsored by Rainy Day Books and The Kansas City Repertory Theatre. 


This season marks the 50th Anniversary of The Kansas City Repertory Theatre.  Ayad Akhtar's Play The Who & The What opens on October 17 and runs through November 16, 2014.  The performances in Copaken Theater will be Directed by Eric Rosen.




This Special Event is Monday, October 6, 2014 at 7:30 PM at Olson Performing Arts Center, Room 119, 4949 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64110.


Full Event details are available on our Website. 

JUST ADDED:  William Davis, MD, In Conversation about his New Book Wheat Belly Total Health: The Ultimate Grain-Free Health and Weight-Loss Life Plan

William Davis, MD, New York Times Bestselling Author of Wheat Belly, will appear for his New Book Wheat Belly Total Health: The Ultimate Grain-Free Health and Weight-Loss Life Plan and In Conversation with James O'Keefe, MD, Cardiologist at Cardiovascular Consultants and Mid America Heart Institute.  This Special Event is Co-Sponsored by Rainy Day Books and Saint Luke's Charles & Barbara Duboc Cardio Health & Wellness Center. 


This Special Event is Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 7:00 PM at Unity Temple on the Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112.


Full Event details are available on our Website. 

Great New Books arrive on our shelves each Week!

Station Eleven: A novel

Station Eleven: A novel

Emily St. John Mandel



An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity. One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo-turned-EMT, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur's chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theater, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside an apartment, watching out the window as cars clog the highways, gunshots ring out, and life disintegrates around them. Fifteen years later, Kirsten is an actress with the Traveling Symphony. Together, this small troupe moves between the settlements of an altered world, performing Shakespeare and music for scattered communities of survivors. Written on their caravan, and tattooed on Kirsten's arm is a line from Star Trek: "Because survival is insufficient." But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who digs graves for anyone who dares to leave. Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, this suspenseful, elegiac novel is rife with beauty. As Arthur falls in and out of love, as Jeevan watches the newscasters say their final good-byes, and as Kirsten finds herself caught in the crosshairs of the prophet, we see the strange twists of fate that connect them all. A novel of art, memory, and ambition, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.


The King's Curse

The King's Curse

Philippa Gregory

Touchstone Books


From the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author behind the Starz original series "The White Queen" comes the story of lady-in-waiting Margaret Pole and her unique view of King Henry VIII's stratospheric rise to power in Tudor England. Regarded as yet another threat to the volatile King Henry VII's claim to the throne, Margaret Pole, cousin to Elizabeth of York (known as the White Princess) and daughter of George, Duke of Clarence, is married off to a steady and kind Lancaster supporter--Sir Richard Pole. For his loyalty, Sir Richard is entrusted with the governorship of Wales, but Margaret's contented daily life is changed forever with the arrival of Arthur, the young Prince of Wales, and his beautiful bride, Katherine of Aragon. Margaret soon becomes a trusted advisor and friend to the honeymooning couple, hiding her own royal connections in service to the Tudors. After the sudden death of Prince Arthur, Katherine leaves for London a widow, and fulfills her deathbed promise to her husband by marrying his brother, Henry VIII. Margaret's world is turned upside down by the surprising summons to court, where she becomes the chief lady-in-waiting to Queen Katherine. But this charmed life of the wealthiest and "holiest" woman in England lasts only until the rise of Anne Boleyn, and the dramatic deterioration of the Tudor court. Margaret has to choose whether her allegiance is to the increasingly tyrannical king, or to her beloved queen; to the religion she loves or the theology which serves the new masters. Caught between the old world and the new, Margaret Pole has to find her own way as she carries the knowledge of an old curse on all the Tudors.


Blood on the Water: A William Monk Novel

Blood on the Water: A William Monk Novel

Anne Perry

Ballantine Books


As her New York Times bestselling novels always remind us, Anne Perry is a matchless guide to both the splendor and the shame of the British Empire at the height of its influence. In her twentieth William Monk mystery, she brings us to London's grand Mayfair mansions, where the arrogant masters of the Western world hold sway-and to the teeming Thames waterfront, where one summer afternoon, Monk witnesses the horrifying explosion of the pleasure boat Princess Mary, which sends to their deaths nearly two hundred merrymakers. The tragedy is no accident. As commander of the River Police, Monk should handle the case, but the investigation is turned over to the commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. An Egyptian man is swiftly caught, tried, and sentenced to die. But almost as quickly, Monk presents evidence that Habib Beshara, though a nasty piece of work, was elsewhere at the time of the blast. The investigation, now in complete disarray, is hastily turned over to Monk. Is the crime connected with the soon-to-be-opened Suez Canal, which will enormously benefit wealthy British shipping companies? Or did all of those innocent people drown to ensure the death of just one? How did the bomber board the ship, and how did he manage to escape? Is he an anarchist or a madman? Backed up by his astute wife, Hester, and his old reliable friend Oliver Rathbone, Monk vows to find answers-but instead finds himself treading the dangerous waters of international intrigue, his questions politely turned aside by a formidable array of the powerful and privileged. Events twist and turn like the Thames itself, leading to the shattering moment when Monk realizes, perhaps too late, that he is the next target.


Tokyo Kill: A Thriller

Tokyo Kill: A Thriller

Barry Lancet

Simon and Schuster


In the second thriller of this new series from "a fresh voice in crime fiction" ("Kirkus Reviews"), antiques dealer-turned-P.I. Jim Brodie matches wits with an elusive group of killers chasing a long-lost treasure that has a dangerous history. A long lost treasure. A wartime massacre. A modern-day killing. When an elderly World War Two veteran shows up unannounced at Brodie Security begging for protection, the staff thinks he's just a paranoid old man. He offers up a story connected to the war and to Chinese Triads operating in present-day Tokyo, insisting that he and his few surviving army buddies are in danger. Fresh off his involvement in solving San Francisco's Japantown murders, antiques dealer Jim Brodie had returned to Tokyo for some R&R, and to hunt down a rare ink painting by the legendary Japanese Zen master Sengai for one of his clients--not to take on another case with his late father's P.I. firm. But out of respect for the old soldier, Brodie agrees to provide a security detail, thinking it'll be an easy job and end when the man comes to his senses. Instead, an unexpected, brutal murder rocks Brodie and his crew, sending them deep into the realm of the Triads, Chinese spies, kendo warriors, and an elusive group of killers whose treachery spans centuries--and who will stop at nothing to complete their mission.


The Dog

The Dog

Joseph O'Neill



The author of the best-selling and award-winning Netherland now gives us his eagerly awaited, stunningly different new novel: a tale of alienation and heartbreak in Dubai. Distraught by a breakup with his long-term girlfriend, our unnamed hero leaves New York to take an unusual job in a strange desert metropolis. In Dubai at the height of its self-invention as a futuristic Shangri-la, he struggles with his new position as the "family officer" of the capricious and very rich Batros family. And he struggles, even more helplessly, with the "doghouse," a seemingly inescapable condition of culpability in which he feels himself constantly trapped-even if he's just going to the bathroom, or reading e-mail, or scuba diving. A comic and philosophically profound exploration of what has become of humankind's moral progress, The Dog is told with Joseph O'Neill's hallmark eloquence, empathy, and storytelling mastery. It is a brilliantly original, achingly funny fable for our globalized times.


The Marco Effect: A Department Q Novel

The Marco Effect: A Department Q Novel

Jussi Adler-Olsen

Dutton Adult


The New York Times and internationally bestselling author returns with an astonishing and sinister case for Department Q All fifteen-year-old Marco Jameson wants is to become a Danish citizen and go to school like a normal teenager. But his uncle Zola rules his former gypsy clan with an iron fist. Revered as a god and feared as a devil, Zola forces the children of the clan to beg and steal for his personal gain. When Marco discovers a dead body-proving the true extent of Zola's criminal activities-he goes on the run. But his family members aren't the only ones who'll go to any lengths to keep Marco silent . . . forever. Meanwhile, the last thing Detective Carl Mørck needs is for his assistants, Assad and Rose, to pick up a missing persons case on a whim: Carl's nemesis is his new boss, and he's saddled Department Q with an unwelcome addition. But when they learn that a mysterious teen named Marco may have as much insight into the case as he has fear of the police, Carl is determined to solve the mystery and save the boy. Carl's actions propel the trio into a case that extends from Denmark to Africa, from embezzlers to child soldiers, from seemingly petty crime rings to the very darkest of cover-ups.


Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One's Looking)

Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One's Looking)

Christian Rudder



Our personal data has been used to spy on us, hire and fire us, and sell us stuff we don't need. In Dataclysm, Christian Rudder uses it to show us who we truly are. For centuries, we've relied on polling or small-scale lab experiments to study human behavior. Today, a new approach is possible. As we live more of our lives online, researchers can finally observe us directly, in vast numbers, and without filters. Data scientists have become the new demographers. In this daring and original book, Rudder explains how Facebook "likes" can predict, with surprising accuracy, a person's sexual orientation and even intelligence; how attractive women receive exponentially more interview requests; and why you must have haters to be hot. He charts the rise and fall of America's most reviled word through Google Search and examines the new dynamics of collaborative rage on Twitter. He shows how people express themselves, both privately and publicly. What is the least Asian thing you can say? Do people bathe more in Vermont or New Jersey? What do black women think about Simon & Garfunkel? (Hint: they don't think about Simon & Garfunkel.) Rudder also traces human migration over time, showing how groups of people move from certain small towns to the same big cities across the globe. And he grapples with the challenge of maintaining privacy in a world where these explorations are possible. Visually arresting and full of wit and insight, Dataclysm is a new way of seeing ourselves-a brilliant alchemy, in which math is made human and numbers become the narrative of our time.


So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures

So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures

Maureen Corrigan

Little, Brown and Company


The "Fresh Air" book critic investigates the enduring power of The Great Gatsby -- "The Great American Novel we all think we've read, but really haven't." Conceived nearly a century ago by a man who died believing himself a failure, it's now a revered classic and a rite of passage in the reading lives of millions. But how well do we really know The Great Gatsby? As Maureen Corrigan, Gatsby lover extraordinaire, points out, while Fitzgerald's masterpiece may be one of the most popular novels in America, many of us first read it when we were too young to fully comprehend its power. Offering a fresh perspective on what makes Gatsby great-and utterly unusual-So We Read On takes us into archives, high school classrooms, and even out onto the Long Island Sound to explore the novel's hidden depths, a journey whose revelations include Gatsby's surprising debt to hard-boiled crime fiction, its rocky path to recognition as a "classic," and its profound commentaries on the national themes of race, class, and gender. With rigor, wit, and infectious enthusiasm, Corrigan inspires us to re-experience the greatness of Gatsby and cuts to the heart of why we are, as a culture, "borne back ceaselessly" into its thrall. Along the way, she spins a new and fascinating story of her own.


Live From New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests

Live From New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests

James Andrew Miller, Tom Shales

Little, Brown and Company


Just in time for the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, a rollickingly updated edition of LIVE FROM NEW YORK with nearly 100 new pages covering the past decade. When first published to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, LIVE FROM NEW YORK was immediately proclaimed the best book ever produced on the landmark and legendary late-night show. In their own words, unfiltered and uncensored, a dazzling galaxy of trail-blazing talents recalled three turbulent decades of on-camera antics and off-camera escapades. Now a fourth decade has passed---and bestselling authors James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales have returned to Studio 8H. Over more than 100 pages of new material, they raucously and revealingly take the SNL story up to the present, adding a constellation of iconic new stars, surprises, and controversies.


Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year

Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year

Tavis Smiley, David Ritz

Little, Brown and Company


Martin Luther King, Jr. died in one of the most shocking assassinations the world has known, but little is remembered about the life he led in his final year. New York Times bestselling author and award-winning broadcaster Tavis Smiley recounts the final 365 days of King's life, revealing the minister's trials and tribulations -- denunciations by the press, rejection from the president, dismissal by the country's black middle class and militants, assaults on his character, ideology, and political tactics, to name a few -- all of which he had to rise above in order to lead and address the racism, poverty, and militarism that threatened to destroy our democracy. Smiley's DEATH OF A KING paints a portrait of a leader and visionary in a narrative different from all that have come before. Here is an exceptional glimpse into King's life -- one that adds both nuance and gravitas to his legacy as an American hero.


Another Side of Bob Dylan: A Personal History on the Road and off the Tracks

Another Side of Bob Dylan: A Personal History on the Road and off the Tracks

Victor Maymudes, Jacob Maymudes

St. Martin's Press


August 2014 marks 50 years since Bob Dylan released his fourth album, Another Side of Bob Dylan. Recorded in one night, in the middle of a turbulent year in his life, the album marked a departure from Dylan's socially-conscious folk songs and began his evolution toward other directions. During the years they spent together, few people outside of Dylan's immediate family were closer than Victor Maymudes, who was Dylan's tour manager, personal friend, and travelling companion from the early days in 1960s Greenwich Village through the late 90's. Another Side of Bob Dylan recounts landmark events including Dylan's infamous motorcycle crash; meeting the Beatles on their first US tour; his marriage to Sara Lownds, his romances with Suze Rotolo, Joan Baez, and others; fellow travelers Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Wavy Gravy, Dennis Hopper, The Band, The Traveling Wilburys, and more; memorable concerts, and insights on Dylan's songwriting process. On January 26th, 2001, after recording more than 24 hours of taped memories in preparation for writing this book, Victor Maymudes suffered an aneurysm and died. His son Jacob has written the book, using the tapes to shape the story. The result is a vivid, first-hand account of Dylan as an artist, friend, and celebrity, illustrated with never-before-seen photographs, and told by an engaging raconteur who cut his own swathe through the turbulent counterculture.


Thank You for Supporting Your Community Bookseller, Rainy Day Books, Since 1975!

Since November 04, 1975, we have pursued our Legacy of Literacy:  39 years of helping match readers to great Books, bringing famous and soon-to-be-famous names to Kansas City, and enjoying the excitement of sharing so many experiences.
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Rainy Day Books is located in The Fairway Shops, at the Northwest corner of the intersection of Shawnee Mission Parkway and Belinder Road.  Our address is 2706 W 53rd Street, Fairway, Kansas (KS) 66205.  Our Phone Number is 913-384-3126. 
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Roger & Vivien at Home with their Books!


Life is Good and it just keeps getting Better, 


Vivien, Roger, and all of your friends at Rainy Day Books