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The Fairway Shops
2706 W 53rd Street
Fairway, Kansas 66205-1705
Phone: 913-384-3126

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Rainy Day Books July Book Club Discussions
Rainy Day Books Long Sleeve & Short Sleeve T-Shirts. EAT. READ. SLEEP. REPEAT.
Great New Books arrive on our Shelves each Week!
Our World-Famous Author Events Calendar!

Larry Watson, Thursday, July 21, 2016

Delia Ephron, Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Bryn Greenwood, Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Laura McHugh, Thursday, August 11, 2016

Michael Swanwick, Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Louise Penny, Thursday, September 01, 2016

Jonathan Safran Foer, Friday, September 16, 2016

Candice Millard, Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Liane Moriarty, Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Sue Lowell Gallion, Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Gayle Forman, Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Jamie Metzl, Saturday, October 01, 2016

Ann Patchett, Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Jodi Picoult, Friday, October 21, 2016
Volume 803                                 July 11, 2016

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Our first stay on our Literally Experience Scotland Tour was at the 5 Star Glenapp Castle Hotel, Ballantrae, Ayrshire, Scotland for 4 Nights.  We were all treated like Royalty; Day & Night. 
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Our Group experienced a Curated Private behind the scenes look at archives and artifacts in the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. 
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We experienced a Curated In-Character Private Robert Burns Walking Tour followed by a Scottish Lunch at Brig o' Doon House Hotel, Bridge and Gardens.
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We experienced a Curated Private Tour of Culzean Castle, Country Park and gorgeous Gardens followed by Tea and Pastries in the famous President Dwight D. Eisenhower Apartment and State Rooms. 
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We hosted a Scottish Crime Writers Party at Hotel Indigo Glasgow with the help of Author Denise Mina.  You can Meet & Greet these Authors and many others including Ian Rankin at Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival, September 09 to 11, 2016 in Stirling, Scotland. 
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We visited the Glenfinnan Station Museum and we experienced the "Hogwarts Express" Jacobite Steam Train as it traversed the Historic Viaduct. 
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We immersed ourselves in a Curated Private Tour of the Historic Culloden Battlefield & Visitor Center.  
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The night before our Cruise of Loch Ness, we experienced a Multimedia Presentation by Adrian Shine Author and Researcher of the Loch Ness Project. 
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We experienced an adventurous Cruise of Loch Ness and a Curated Private Tour of Urquhart Castle overlooking Loch Ness. 
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We checked out
Leakey's Bookshop in Inverness, which is in an old Church and is a treasure sanctuary of rare finds. 
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We all experienced a Curated Private Tour of Balnuaran of Clava, the Prehistoric Burial Cairns near Inverness dating back about 4,000 Years.  The Paired Standing Stone is featured in the Outlander Television Series based on the Books by Diana Gabaldon.
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Our Tour Group experienced another Royal stay at Achnagairn Castle & Garden as home base for our Day Trips around Inverness. 
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On our first night in Edinburgh Sara Sheridan, Bestselling Scottish Author of Brighton Belle entertained our Literary Tour Group at Dinner at The Balmoral Hotel. 
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We experienced a Curated Private Tour of Edinburgh Castle. 
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The Balmoral, a 5 Star World Famous Hotel in Edinburgh where J.K. Rowling completed her Internationally Bestselling Harry Potter Series. 
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Roger wearing his Rainy Day Books EAT. READ. SLEEP. REPEAT. Long Sleeve T-Shirt in front of The Balmoral as he embarks on a Tour. 
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Our Group experienced a Curated Private Tour of Sir Walter Scott's palatial home, Abbotsford House & Gardens.  The Historic Sir Walter Scott Monument is next to The Balmoral on the Royal Mile. 
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We checked out The Writers' Museum in Edinburgh, the first UNESCO City of Literature.
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On a Rainy Day in Scotland, we experienced the Ian Rankin Scottish Crime Writer Inspector John Rebus Tour through the Streets of Edinburgh.  Our Tour started and ended at The Royal Oak Tavern. 
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Roddy the Piper played his Bagpipe as we all arrived and he entertained us during our Farewell Dinner including the Robert Burns' Ode to a Haggis Poem at The Balmoral.
Farewell Dinner with Roddy the Piper at The Balmoral 07012016
Our heartfelt Thanks to Lisa Ball of Lisa Ball Travel Design
for our Royal Tour of Scotland that we will cherish for a lifetime!
Lisa is pictured 3rd from the left next to Roger & Vivien.
Charlotte, Lisa's 11 Year Old Daughter is on the far right.

All Apple iPhone 6s Plus Tour Photos are by Roger Doeren

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Rainy Day Books July Book Club Discussions 

The Rainy Day Books Book Club will discuss Sweet Caress by William Boyd Tonight, Monday, July 11, 2016 at 6:30 PM.

The Rainy Day Books Mystery Book Club will discuss Entry Island by Peter May on Monday, July 25, 2016 at 6:30 PM.

These Book Club Meetings will take place at Rainy Day Books in The Fairway Shops.  Registration is Required.  Click the links above or Call Rainy Day Books at 913-384-3126 for more information.
Rainy Day Books Long Sleeve & Short Sleeve T-Shirts
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Rainy Day Books Short Sleve T-Shirt 05282016 Rainy Day Books EAT. READ. SLEEP. REPEAT. T-Shirt in Short Sleeve for $17.95 in Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large. 
Great New Books arrive on our Shelves each Week! 



Delia Ephron

Blue Rider Press


Delia Ephron Event on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 7:00 PM at Unity Temple on The Plaza! 


An electrifying novel about marriage and deceit from bestselling author Delia Ephron that follows two couples on vacation in Siracusa, a town on the coast of Sicily, where the secrets they have hidden from one another are exposed and relationships are unraveled. New Yorkers Michael, a famous writer, and Lizzie, a journalist, travel to Italy with their friends from Maine Finn; his wife, Taylor; and their daughter, Snow. From the beginning, says Taylor, it was a conspiracy for Lizzie and Finn to be together. Told "Rashomon"-style in alternating points of view, the characters expose and stumble upon lies and infidelities past and present. Snow, ten years old and precociously drawn into a far more adult drama, becomes the catalyst for catastrophe as the novel explores collusion and betrayal in marriage. With her inimitable psychological astuteness and uncanny understanding of the human heart, Ephron delivers a powerful meditation on marriage, friendship, and the meaning of travel. Set on the sun-drenched coast of the Ionian Sea, Siracusa unfolds with the pacing of a psychological thriller and delivers an unexpected final act that none will see coming.


The Black Widow

The Black Widow

Daniel Silva



#1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva delivers another spellbinding international thriller one that finds the legendary Gabriel Allon grappling with an ISIS mastermind. Gabriel Allon, the art restorer, spy, and assassin described as the most compelling fictional creation "since Ian Fleming put down his martini and invented James Bond" (Rocky Mountain News), is poised to become the chief of Israel's secret intelligence service. But on the eve of his promotion, events conspire to lure him into the field for one final operation. ISIS has detonated a massive bomb in the Marais district of Paris, and a desperate French government wants Gabriel to eliminate the man responsible before he can strike again.




Claire-Louise Bennett

Riverhead Books


Immediately upon its publication in Ireland, Claire-Louise Bennett's debut began to attract attention well beyond the expectations of the tiny Irish press that published it. A deceptively slender volume, it captures with utterly mesmerizing virtuosity the interior reality of its unnamed protagonist, a young woman living a singular and mostly solitary existence on the outskirts of a small coastal village. Sidestepping the usual conventions of narrative, it focuses on the details of her daily experience from the best way to eat porridge or bananas to an encounter with cows rendered sometimes in story-length, story-like stretches of narrative, sometimes in fragments no longer than a page, but always suffused with the hypersaturated, almost synesthetic intensity of the physical world that we remember from childhood. The effect is of character refracted and ventriloquized by environment, catching as it bounces her longings, frustrations, and disappointments the ending of an affair, or the ambivalent beginning with a new lover. As the narrator's persona emerges in all its eccentricity, sometimes painfully and often hilariously, we cannot help but see mirrored there our own fraught desires and limitations, and our own fugitive desire, despite everything, to be known.


The Last One

The Last One

Alexandra Oliva

Ballantine Books


Survival is the name of the game as the line blurs between reality TV and reality itself in Alexandra Oliva's fast-paced novel of suspense. She wanted an adventure. She never imagined it would go this far. It begins with a reality TV show. Twelve contestants are sent into the woods to face challenges that will test the limits of their endurance. While they are out there, something terrible happens but how widespread is the destruction, and has it occurred naturally or is it man-made? Cut off from society, the contestants know nothing of it. When one of them a young woman the show's producers call Zoo stumbles across the devastation, she can imagine only that it is part of the game. Alone and disoriented, Zoo is heavy with doubt regarding the life and husband she left behind, but she refuses to quit. Staggering countless miles across unfamiliar territory, Zoo must summon all her survival skills and learn new ones as she goes. But as her emotional and physical reserves dwindle, she grasps that the real world might have been altered in terrifying ways and her ability to parse the charade will be either her triumph or her undoing.


Among the Wicked

Among the Wicked

Linda Castillo

Minotaur Books


Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called upon by the sheriff's department in rural, upstate New York to assist on a developing situation that involves a reclusive Amish settlement and the death of a young girl. Unable to penetrate the wall of silence between the Amish and "English" communities, the sheriff asks Kate to travel to New York, pose as an Amish woman, and infiltrate the community. Kate's long time love interest, State Agent John Tomasetti, is dead set against her taking on such an unorthodox assignment, knowing she'll have limited communication - and even less in the way of backup. But Kate can't turn her back, especially when the rumor mill boils with disturbing accounts of children in danger. She travels to New York where she's briefed and assumes her new identity as a lone widow seeking a new life. Kate infiltrates the community and goes deep under cover. In the coming days, she unearths a world built on secrets, a series of shocking crimes, and herself, alone... trapped in a fight for her life.


The Asset

The Asset

Shane Kuhn

Simon & Schuster


In the exciting new thriller from the author of the internationally bestselling Intern's Handbook, a private airport security contractor becomes a counterterrorism operative and must stop an attack that will destabilize the US and cause global chaos. Kennedy a private airport security contractor knows more about airports than the head of the TSA, and he feels more comfortable in his British Airways Club World flatbed seat than in his own home. Haunted by the memory of his sister's death on 9/11, Kennedy takes his job and the protection of the American people very seriously. So when he's kidnapped and recruited into a CIA ghost operation known as Red Carpet, he jumps at the opportunity to become a civilian asset working with a team of some of the CIA's best counterterrorism analysts and spec ops soldiers as they race against the clock to stop the greatest terrorist threat the United States will ever face.


A Book about Love

A Book About Love

Jonah Lehrer

Simon & Schuster


Weaving together scientific studies from clinical psychologists, longitudinal studies of health and happiness, historical accounts and literary depictions, child-rearing manuals, and the language of online dating sites, Jonah Lehrer's A Book About Love plumbs the most mysterious, most formative, most important impulse governing our lives. Love confuses and compels us and it can destroy and define us. It has inspired our greatest poetry, defined our societies and our beliefs, and governs our biology. From the way infants attach to their parents, to the way we fall in love with another person, to the way some find a love for God or their pets, to the way we remember and mourn love after it ends, this book focuses on research that attempts, even in glancing ways, to deal with the long-term and the everyday. The most dangerous myth of love is that it's easy, that we fall into the feeling and then the feeling takes care of itself. While we can easily measure the dopamine that causes the initial feelings of falling in love, the partnerships and devotions that last decades or longer remain a mystery. This book is about that mystery. Love, Lehrer argues, is not built solely on overwhelming passion, but, fascinatingly, on a set of skills to be cultivated over a lifetime.


The Voyeur's Motel

The Voyeur's Motel

Gay Talese

Grove Press


On January 7, 1980, in the run-up to the publication of his landmark bestseller Thy Neighbor's Wife, Gay Talese received an anonymous letter from a man in Colorado. Since learning of your long awaited study of coast-to-coast sex in America, the letter began, I feel I have important information that I could contribute to its contents or to contents of a future book. The man went on to tell Talese an astonishing secret, that he had bought a motel to satisfy his voyeuristic desires. He had built an attic observation platform, fitted with vents, through which he could peer down on his unwitting guests. Unsure what to make of this confession, Talese traveled to Colorado where he met the man Gerald Foos verified his story in person, and read some of his extensive journals, a secret record of America's changing social and sexual mores. But because Foos insisted on remaining anonymous, Talese filed his reporting away, assuming the story would remain untold. Now, after thirty-five years, he's ready to go public and Talese can finally tell his story. The Voyeur's Motel is an extraordinary work of narrative journalism, and one of the most talked about books of the year.


You'll Grow Out of It

You'll Grow Out of It

Jessi Klein

Grand Central Publishing


As both a tomboy and a late bloomer, comedian Jessi Klein grew up feeling more like an outsider than a participant in the rites of modern femininity. In YOU'LL GROW OUT OF IT, Klein offers-through an incisive collection of real-life stories-a relentlessly funny yet poignant take on a variety of topics she has experienced along her strange journey to womanhood and beyond. These include her "transformation from Pippi Longstocking-esque tomboy to are-you-a-lesbian-or-what tom man," attempting to find watchable porn, and identifying the difference between being called "ma'am" and "miss" ("Miss sounds like you weigh ninety-nine pounds"). Raw, relatable, and consistently hilarious, YOU'LL GROW OUT OF IT is a one-of-a-kind book by a singular and irresistible comic voice.


Life of the Party: The Remarkable Story of How Brownie Wise Built, and Lost, a Tupperware Party Empire

Life of the Party: The Remarkable Story of How Brownie Wise Built, and Lost, a Tupperware Party Empire

Bob Kealing

Crown Archetype


Before Mary Kay, Martha Stewart, and Joy Mangano, there was Brownie Wise, the charismatic Tupperware executive who converted postwar optimism into a record-breaking sales engine powered by American housewives. In Life of the Party, Bob Kealing offers the definitive portrait of Wise, a plucky businesswoman who divorced her alcoholic husband, started her own successful business, and eventually caught the eye of Tupperware inventor, Earl Tupper, whose plastic containers were collecting dust on store shelves. The Tupperware Party that Wise popularized, a master-class in the soft sell, drove Tupperware's sales to soaring heights. It also gave minimally educated and economically invisible postwar women, including some African-American women, an acceptable outlet for making their own money for their families and for being rewarded for their efforts. With the people skills of Dale Carnegie, the looks of Doris Day, and the magnetism of Eva Peron, Wise was as popular among her many devoted followers as she was among the press, and she become the first woman to appear on the cover of BusinessWeek in 1954. Then, at the height of her success, Wise's ascent ended as quickly as it began. Earl Tupper fired her under mysterious circumstances, wrote her out of Tupperware's success story, and left her with a pittance. He walked away with a fortune and she disappeared until now.


Dialogue: The Art of Verbal Action for Page, Stage, and Screen

Dialogue: The Art of Verbal Action for Page, Stage, and Screen

Robert McKee



The long-awaited follow-up to the perennially bestselling writers' guide Story, from the most sought-after expert in the art of storytelling. Robert McKee's popular writing workshops have earned him an international reputation. The list of alumni with Oscars runs off the page. The cornerstone of his program is his singular book, Story, which has defined how we talk about the art of story creation. Now, in DIALOGUE, McKee offers the same in-depth analysis for how characters speak on the screen, on the stage, and on the page in believable and engaging ways. From Macbeth to Breaking Bad, McKee deconstructs key scenes to illustrate the strategies and techniques of dialogue. DIALOGUE applies a framework of incisive thinking to instruct the prospective writer on how to craft artful, impactful speech. Famous McKee alumni include Peter Jackson, Jane Campion, Geoffrey Rush, Paul Haggis, the writing team for Pixar, and many others.


On Trails: An Exploration

On Trails: An Exploration

Robert Moor

Simon & Schuster


In 2009, while thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, Robert Moor began to wonder about the paths that lie beneath our feet: "How do they form? Why do some improve over time while others devolve? What makes us follow or strike off on our own? "Over the course of the next seven years, Moor traveled the globe, exploring trails of all kinds, from the miniscule to the massive. He learned the tricks of master trail-builders, hunted down long-lost Cherokee trails, and traced the origins of our road networks and the Internet. In each chapter, Moor interweaves his adventures with findings from science, history, philosophy, and nature writing combining the nomadic joys of Peter Matthiessen with the eclectic wisdom of Lewis Hyde's "The Gift." Throughout, Moor reveals how this single topic the oft-overlooked trail sheds new light on a wealth of age-old questions: How does order emerge out of chaos? How did animals first crawl forth from the seas and spread across continents? How has humanity's relationship with nature and technology shaped world around us? And, ultimately, how does each of us pick a path through life? Moor has the essayist's gift for making new connections, the adventurer's love for paths untaken, and the philosopher's knack for asking big questions. With a breathtaking arc that spans from the dawn of animal life to the digital era, On Trails is a book that makes us see our world, our history, our species, and our ways of life anew.

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Roger & Vivien at Home with their Books


Life is Good and it just keeps getting Better, 


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