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Quarantine Fatigue Reading List

Between the incredibly cold temperatures and the social distancing, it’s easy to feel a little bit of cabin fever these days - so we have compiled a list of recommended reading for your quarantine fatigue.

Wintering by Katherine May released during the holiday rush, but it’s message of stillness and reflection resonated with several of our booksellers who enjoyed listening to the audiobook from libroFM.

Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies is a hilarious memoir/self-help book from Tara Schuster that brings the observations of You Should Really See Someone with the biting wit of The Daily Show. Full of wholly relatable stories, and useful tips, this is a great read to find some self-love. 

Sub-zero temperatures aside, The Nature Fix by Florence Williams illuminates the fascinating neuroscience behind the seemingly universal decisions to go for long walks, take up gardening, and go bird watching that characterized early quarantine socializing. Make sure you and the dog have mittens before reading this. 

Burnout by the Nagoski Sister Emily and Amelia gives readers transformative tools for interrupting the stress cycle and resetting our nervous systems and behaviors and explains why rest, human connection, and befriending your inner critic are keys to recovering and preventing burnout.

The Listening Path from beloved author Julia Cameron takes readers on a journey to deeper, more profound attention and creativity. This is a great companion to one of our favorite early pandemic reads How to Do Nothing by Jenny O’Dell, herself an artist looking at the attention economy through a more sociological and philosophical lense. 

At the top of our fiction list is anything with a happy ending! Our romance section is packed with great historical, western, paranormal, and contemporary happy endings - even if it’s just happy for now. Jessica recommends Take A Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert to feed your fake dating needs after marathoning Bridgerton on Netflix. 

Do some armchair globetrotting with the pulitzer prize winning Less by Andrew Sean Greer which is great for a satirical laugh, too. 

Visit a reimagined England full of magic with CL Polk’s Witchmark - a delightful, and cozy, speculative fantasy full of mystery, romance, and bicycle chases. 

Take a long slow nature walk with Richard Powers in The Overstory - a generational saga that incorporates not just humans, but generations of trees as well. 

Break out the prosecco and solve some crime with Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions by Mario Girodano! This effervescent mystery series set in Italy will truly transport you. 

Our booksellers love the lush atmosphere of Lily King’s Euphoria - described as intense, seductive, intellectual, and exhilarating. Take your brain on a trip through time to the 1930s, and the tropical setting of New Guinea.

Jump on a spaceship and take The Long Way to A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. This cozy science fiction warms the heart and explores a wide variety of social and anthropological questions with a great found-family cast of galactic pathmakers. 

And finally, if you’re the type to poke a bruise, check out Ariana Franklin’s Mistress of the Art of Death - a tour de force of historical fiction and crime thriller, starring a Jewish female physician and set in Medieval England. 

You can find all of these books with our digital audiobook partners - Libro.FM - and we made a playlist - Check it Out! There were a few titles that many folks picked up at the onset of the pandemic that still offer strong support for quarantine angst, so don’t be afraid to check out some of those backlist titles, or ask a bookseller for a recommendation.

 

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Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780593189481
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 10th, 2020

Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies: And Other Rituals to Fix Your Life, from Someone Who's Been There Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525509882
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Published: The Dial Press - February 18th, 2020

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The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393355574
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 20th, 2018

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Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781984818324
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 7th, 2020

The Listening Path: The Creative Art of Attention (A 6-Week Artist's Way Program) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250768582
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Published: St. Martin's Essentials - January 12th, 2021

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Take a Hint, Dani Brown: A Novel (The Brown Sisters #2) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062941237
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Published: Avon - June 23rd, 2020

Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316316132
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 22nd, 2018

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Witchmark (The Kingston Cycle #1) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781250162687
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Published: Tordotcom - June 19th, 2018

The Overstory: A Novel Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780393356687
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 2nd, 2019

Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions (An Auntie Poldi Adventure #1) Cover Image
By Mario Giordano, John Brownjohn (Translated by)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781328588784
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Published: Mariner Books - February 5th, 2019

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Euphoria Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802123701
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Published: Grove Press - April 14th, 2015

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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062444134
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Published: Harper Voyager - July 5th, 2016

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Mistress of the Art of Death (A Mistress of the Art of Death Novel #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425219256
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Published: Berkley - January 29th, 2008

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Books in Common NW: Annalee Newitz

This Thursday, 2/11 @ 7:30pm - Books in Common NW is thrilled to welcome acclaimed science journalist and writer Annalee Newitz to share their new book Four Lost Cities. In Four Lost Cities, Newitz takes readers on an entertaining and mind-bending adventure into the deep history of urban life. Investigating across the centuries and around the world, Newitz explores the rise and fall of four ancient cities, each the center of a sophisticated civilization: the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in Central Turkey, the Roman vacation town of Pompeii on Italy’s southern coast, the medieval megacity of Angkor in Cambodia, and the indigenous metropolis Cahokia, which stood beside the Mississippi River where East St. Louis is today. Newitz will be joined in conversation by The Atlantic staff writer Sarah Zhang.

Newitz travels to all four sites and investigates the cutting-edge research in archaeology, revealing a mix of environmental changes and political turmoil that doomed these ancient settlements. Tracing the early development of urban planning, Newitz also introduces us to the often anonymous workers—slaves, women, immigrants, and manual laborers—who built these cities and created monuments that lasted millennia.

Four Lost Cities is a journey into the forgotten past, but, foreseeing a future in which the majority of people on Earth will be living in cities, it may also reveal something of our own fate. You won’t want to miss this! 

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Let's Read Aloud!

Grab a book, find an audience, and read aloud! We’re excited to celebrate World Read Aloud day on Wednesday, February 3rd, and everyday. We love stories, big and small, but more than that we love sharing them. Reading aloud has many wonderful benefits for developing minds and lifelong readers, but it’s also a fun activity for the whole family, pets included. Here are some fun tips for reading aloud, whether that's to a child, a friend, or your dog!

  • Prepare a Comfy and Roomy Read-Aloud Area. It's important that your area is large enough that everyone can sit and see comfortably. Plus, who doesn’t love a blanket fort?!

  • Give It All You've Got! Dramatic and fun sound effects, hand motions, facial expressions, and changes in tone invite listeners to become a part of the story with you.

  • Help the Listener "See" the Story. Listeners who are attentive to the visual details of a book learn how to use visual clues to get meaning from everything on the page. Point out details in illustrations, layout, and characterizations to help listeners become keen observers, and discuss what they notice.

  • Invite Listeners to Use Their Senses. Help listeners imagine not only the sights in a story but the sounds, smells, tastes, physical sensations, and emotions, as well. 

  • Develop Ways to Respond to Questions. Folks love to ask questions while you are reading. Some questions are important and need to be answered right away, other questions will be answered in the story itself. Find an easy balance so you don’t stop the flow of the story.

  • Take Time for Discussion. This is the best part! Listeners love to talk about a book they’ve just read or listened to. What did you love? What did you hate? What did you learn? 

Happy Reading!

 
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The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780062976581
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Published: HarperOne - October 22nd, 2019

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed the World Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781733329293
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Published: Rebel Girls - October 13th, 2020

Where the Wild Things Are Cover Image
By Maurice Sendak, Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780060254926
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Published: HarperCollins - December 26th, 2012

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Pugtato Finds a Thing Cover Image
By Sophie Corrigan (Illustrator), Zondervan
$17.99
ISBN: 9780310767817
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Published: Zonderkidz - August 4th, 2020

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Booksellers Favorites of 2020

Curious what our booksellers were up to in 2020? Like many folks, Ariana’s reading came in stages last year. “I had ‘before the pandemic reading’ and was keeping track and had a plan, and then the pandemic hit and all I could read was poetry. As the year wore on I found some great narratives and historical fiction that captivated me and really informed my experience of 2020.”

Cassie says, “I stepped out of my comfort zone with this year’s reading. I learned a lot about indigenous cultures with the help of Tommy Orange, Zitkála-Šá, and Leslie Marmon Silko.” 

Jeanette had a similar experience: “Nearly all of my favorite books from last year were written by BIPOC authors, but two that particularly stood out to me were written by indigenous authors: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer and Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger. Their storytelling is so beautiful and effective and I treasure how much I enjoyed and learned from these books.” 

Kaycee’s reads this year were definitely indicative of some trends we saw for 2020. “I read exclusively Horror this year. Novels like Down Days, Mexican Gothic, and Devolution were comfortable literary escapes. I jumped around from dystopian pandemics to page-turning thrillers, and I don’t regret a single page!” 

A lot of Nora’s reading was for school, “But I have loved everything my English teachers have assigned so far. Other than that, I read light books with fun and easy stories.” 

Comfort was also on Jessica’s mind. “I read so many light and cozy reads this year, with lots of laughs and kissing. I was very grateful for some contemplative reads at the beginning of the pandemic that attuned my attention and observation -- they made for great listening while walking the dog around the neighborhood.” 

Kasey also chose a new reading path. “Typically I read a lot of non-fiction, specifically memoirs and essays, but this year I found myself reading almost exclusively fiction. With social distancing I instead made my social connections through the highly developed characters in Writers & Lovers, Conversations with Friends, and Before the Coffee Gets Cold, among many others.” 

Anna’s favorite books included Wow, No Thank You -- a snarky, raw, and hysterically funny read. “It was a perfect read for the beginning of quarantine.” She also liked Shuggie Bain, and found World of Wonders to be “a great end of the year soul-purging read, a reminder to delight in the natural world.”

Matt says his reading list was “as chaotic as 2020! Which is why the standout for me was the humorous and mindful Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosch.”

Kathy enjoyed tightly plotted fiction with high stakes, the many poets sharing essays, as well as a broad range of non-fiction that included some fascinating nature reading, and true crime. “ In The Magical Language of Others by E.J. Koh - Koh translates letters written to her by her mother – and is mindful of every word chosen.  Using her mastery of language to guide us through four generations of family history, Koh blends feelings of love and longing for her culture and the relationship with her mother. Beautifully written.”

There were many beloved titles from last year, and we hope you can find something from our booksellers to treasure as we did last year. Be sure to check out our 2020 Bestsellers list too. 

 

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The Cold Millions: A Novel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062868084
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Published: Harper - October 27th, 2020

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rough house: a memoir Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780870710339
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Published: Oregon State University Press - September 30th, 2020

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Plain Bad Heroines: A Novel Cover Image
By Emily M. Danforth, Sara Lautman (Illustrator)
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062942852
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Published: William Morrow - October 20th, 2020

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Skunk and Badger (Skunk and Badger 1) Cover Image
By Amy Timberlake, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781643750057
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - September 15th, 2020

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Hamnet Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525657606
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Published: Knopf - July 21st, 2020

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SLAY Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781534445437
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2020

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Such a Fun Age Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525541905
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - December 31st, 2019

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A Good Girl's Guide to Murder Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781984896391
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Published: Ember - January 5th, 2021

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My Autobiography of Carson McCullers: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781951142292
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Tin House Books - January 5th, 2021

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The Book of Atlantis Black: The Search for a Sister Gone Missing Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781947793774
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Tin House Books - August 4th, 2020

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Wanderlust: A History of Walking Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780140286014
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Published: Penguin Books - June 1st, 2001

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Postcolonial Love Poem: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450147
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 3rd, 2020

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The Butchers' Blessing Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781947793781
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Published: Tin House Books - November 10th, 2020

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A Children's Bible: A Novel Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781324005032
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 12th, 2020

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How Much of These Hills Is Gold: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525537205
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 7th, 2020

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Wow, No Thank You.: Essays Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780525563488
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Published: Vintage - March 31st, 2020

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Shuggie Bain: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802148506
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Published: Grove Press - October 13th, 2020

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Leave the World Behind: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062667632
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Published: Ecco - October 6th, 2020

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The Cold Vanish: Seeking the Missing in North America's Wildlands Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781538747575
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - July 7th, 2020

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The Bluest Eye (Vintage International) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780307278449
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Published: Vintage - May 8th, 2007

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A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780735225312
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Published: Penguin Books - March 24th, 2020

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Stuff You Should Know: An Incomplete Compendium of Mostly Interesting Things Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250268501
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Published: Flatiron Books - November 24th, 2020

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Counting Creatures Cover Image
By Julia Donaldson, Sharon King-Chai (Illustrator)
$20.99
ISBN: 9780593324530
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Published: Dial Books - November 24th, 2020

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World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781571313652
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Published: Milkweed Editions - September 8th, 2020

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Godshot Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781948226486
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Published: Catapult - March 31st, 2020

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The Death of Vivek Oji: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525541608
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 4th, 2020

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Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power (The Lamar Series in Western History) Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780300255256
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Published: Yale University Press - October 13th, 2020

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I Miss You When I Blink: Essays Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781982102814
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Published: Atria Books - April 7th, 2020

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Before the Coffee Gets Cold Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781335430991
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Published: Hanover Square Press - November 17th, 2020

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A History of My Brief Body Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781937512934
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - July 14th, 2020

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Writers & Lovers Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802148537
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Published: Grove Press - March 3rd, 2020

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Conversations with Friends: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780451499066
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Published: Hogarth - August 7th, 2018

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Death in Her Hands: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984879356
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Published: Penguin Press - June 23rd, 2020

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Sisters: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593188958
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 25th, 2020

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The Glass Hotel: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525521143
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Published: Knopf - March 24th, 2020

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The Down Days: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781982121549
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Published: Skybound Books - May 5th, 2020

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Mexican Gothic Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525620785
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Published: Del Rey - June 30th, 2020

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Future Home of the Living God: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062694065
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Published: Harper Perennial - November 13th, 2018

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Barn 8: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450154
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 3rd, 2020

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Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984826787
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Published: Del Rey - June 16th, 2020

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Circe Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316556323
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 14th, 2020

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Solutions and Other Problems Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781982156947
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Published: Gallery Books - September 22nd, 2020

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The Travelling Cat Chronicles Cover Image
By Hiro Arikawa, Philip Gabriel (Translated by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780451491336
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Published: Berkley - October 23rd, 2018

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Dark Matter: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101904244
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 2nd, 2017

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The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires: A Novel Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781683691433
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Published: Quirk Books - April 7th, 2020

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Vinland Saga 1 Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781612624204
Availability: Backordered
Published: Kodansha Comics - October 14th, 2013

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Head Lopper Volume 3: Head Lopper & the Knights of Venora Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781534313330
Availability: Backordered
Published: Image Comics - September 17th, 2019

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The Beauty in Breaking: A Memoir Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525537380
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Published: Riverhead Books - July 7th, 2020

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There There Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525436140
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Published: Vintage - May 7th, 2019

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Olive Kitteridge: Fiction Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812971835
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - September 30th, 2008

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Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780060838676
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Published: Amistad - March 19th, 2013

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Woman Hollering Creek: And Other Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780679738565
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Published: Vintage - March 3rd, 1992

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American Indian Stories (Modern Library Torchbearers) Cover Image
By Zitkala-Sa, Layli Long Soldier (Introduction by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9781984854216
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Published: Modern Library - May 21st, 2019

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Invisible Cities Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780156453806
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Published: Mariner Books - May 3rd, 1978

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Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781571311771
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Published: Milkweed Editions - October 13th, 2020

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Get a Life, Chloe Brown: A Novel (The Brown Sisters #1) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062941206
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Published: Avon - November 5th, 2019

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Elatsoe Cover Image
By Darcie Little Badger, Rovina Cai (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781646140053
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Published: Levine Querido - August 25th, 2020

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1Q84 (Vintage International) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780307476463
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Published: Vintage - January 22nd, 2013

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Everything I Never Told You: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143127550
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Published: Penguin Books - May 12th, 2015

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Pugtato Finds a Thing Cover Image
By Sophie Corrigan (Illustrator), Zondervan
$17.99
ISBN: 9780310767817
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Published: Zonderkidz - August 4th, 2020

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Sulwe Cover Image
By Lupita Nyong'o, Vashti Harrison (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534425361
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 15th, 2019

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063070707
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 18th, 2021

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The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir Cover Image
By Thi Bui
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419718786
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Published: Abrams ComicArts - April 17th, 2018

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The House in the Cerulean Sea Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250217318
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Published: Tor Books - December 29th, 2020

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Ink & Sigil: From the world of The Iron Druid Chronicles Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984821256
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Published: Del Rey - August 25th, 2020

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Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781534437678
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - October 13th, 2020

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Harrow the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Trilogy #2) Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250313225
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Published: Tordotcom - August 4th, 2020

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Crazy Stupid Bromance (Bromance Book Club #3) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781984806130
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Published: Berkley - October 27th, 2020

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Take a Hint, Dani Brown: A Novel (The Brown Sisters #2) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062941237
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Published: Avon - June 23rd, 2020

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Air Mail: Letters of Politics, Pandemics, and Place Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781948814386
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Published: Torrey House Press - October 13th, 2020

Vesper Flights Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780802128812
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Published: Grove Press - August 25th, 2020

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How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781612198552
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Published: Melville House - December 29th, 2020

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Solutions and Other Problems Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781982156947
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Published: Gallery Books - September 22nd, 2020

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We Are Water Protectors Cover Image
By Carole Lindstrom, Michaela Goade (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250203557
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 17th, 2020

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Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling Novel, A #1) Cover Image
$7.99
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 21st, 2020

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Trust Exercise: A Novel Cover Image
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PNBA Award Winners!

 

The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association is pleased to present the recipients of the 2021 Pacific Northwest Book Awards as selected by a volunteer committee of independent booksellers from 400 nominated titles published in 2020. Committee comments for the winning titles can be viewed on the 2021 Book Awards page of the PNBA website

This year PNBA and its member stores will host a free virtual public celebration with the winners of this year's Awards. The Pacific Northwest Book Awards Celebration will be hosted on Wednesday, February 10th at 6pm PT/ 7pm MT. Registration is required

About the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association PNBA is a non-profit trade association that supports independent bookselling in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Each year since 1965, the Pacific Northwest Book Awards have celebrated exceptional books written by Northwest authors. Visit our NWBookLovers blog promoting the authors and independent bookstores of the Northwest region. The site also hosts the Pacific Northwest Independent Bestseller List, a weekly presentation of the bestselling books in the independent bookstores of our five-state region. The list may be reprinted in any publication. For more information, contact info@pnba.org.

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Wendy Recommends Pandemic Reads 4/14/20

Hello out there! I’m checking in from where I am hunkered down in the boonies. Today I am launching my blog, Wendy Recommends:  Originally, I was going to talk mostly about mysteries, and I will go there in future posts. However, in light of what’s happening in the world I want to recommend some of my favorite post-apocalyptic novels. Some are classics and some newer, but all are wonderful reads! You’ll see the recurring theme of world destruction (lotsa pandemics), but all of these treat the subject matter in unique and inventive ways. They are in no particular order.

A Canticle for Liebowitz by Walter Miller

     Many years after civilization has crumbled, Brother Francis of the Albertian Order of Leibowitz tends the sacred relics of the blessed blueprint and the sacred shopping list.

The Passage by Justin Cronin

            A vampire apocalypse causes society’s downfall, but one of the original twelve victims might just save the world.

Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank

            After a nuclear strike kills millions, neighbors in a small Florida town try to heal themselves and restore civilization.

Fever by Deon Meyer

            A father and son try to build a community after a virus sweeps the world.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

             When a virulent flu destroys civilization, survivors cope with the aftermath in unusual and creative ways.

The Stand by Stephen King

            99% of the world’s population is wiped out by a flu, so survivors band together, even as an evil cult leader tries to take over.

I am Legend by Richard Matheson

            The last human survivor of a New York City plague tries to stay alive and find a cure.

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

            A lone flu survivor in rural Colorado flies his 1956 Cessna, hangs out with his dog, and looks for hope and a future.

The Postman by David Brin

            Years after a devastating war, a wanderer comes upon an old postal worker jacket, and a new vocation is born.

Zone One by Colson Whitehead (Right? Who knew?)

            After a pandemic, soldiers in New York City are tasked with clearing out the remaining zombies in lower Manhattan.

The Last Policeman by Ben Winters

            In the days leading up to an asteroid strike destined to destroy the world, most people go nuts, but one policeman tries to just do his job. (Technically not a post-apocalyptic novel, but so what?)

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The Booksellers of Country Bookshelf Recommend

We recently partnered with Harper Collins and went LIVE on Facebook with some of our booksellers favorite recommendations and books to handsell. If you missed it live, you can check out the video here.

We kicked things off with some important Bozeman books - including the One Book One Bozeman pick The Weight of an Infinite Sky by Montana Author Carrie La Seur. Keep an eye out for more events tied to this book and make sure you book club adds it to your rotation. We also highlighted one of our Children’s Festival of the Book authors, Brian Floca and his book Moonshot, since this year is the fiftieth anniversary of the lunar landing. Floca will be joined by Caldecott winner Sophia Blackall and Montana Author Susan Adrian. Visit the Children’s Festival of the Book website for more details. 

Our mystery maven Wendy jumped in with two of her favorite fall books - The Chestnut Man by Soren Sviestrup, which Wendy calls a great chilling Scandanavian thriller. Wendy also loved Tim Egan’s newest book A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith about his travels along the Via Francigena. 

Harry was prepared for “Spook-tober” with his recommendations - The Saturday Night Ghost Club, Undead Girl Gang, and The Cosmology of Monsters. He also had two graphic novel recommendations for you - Maestros and Fairlady. 

Non-fiction fan Kaycee took us to the True Crime section, recommending I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, Chase Darkness With Me, Savage Appetites, and the new adult horror title from Stephen Chbosky Imaginary Friend. 

Not to be outdone, Kasey jumped in with some of her favorite recommendations, including Name of the Wind - a perennial staff favorite, and the work of Otessa Mosfegh - which she brought to our Book Club in July with My Year of Rest and Relaxation. 

Finally, Jessica closed us out with some of her favorites, including Lady Derring Takes a Lover from our new romance section, The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, Braiding Sweetgrass (which you won’t be able to get her to be quiet about), and her favorite book of the year, Gideon the Ninth.

Obviously we love talking about books, so we hope you’ll ask our staff for their recommendations on your next favorite read.

 

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Published: Viking - October 15th, 2019

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Published: Image Comics - November 6th, 2018

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Published: Image Comics - September 17th, 2019

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By Michelle McNamara, Gillian Flynn (Introduction by), Patton Oswalt (Afterword by)
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 26th, 2019

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Published: Sourcebooks - August 13th, 2019

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Published: Scribner - August 20th, 2019

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Published: DAW - April 1st, 2008

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Published: Penguin Books - June 25th, 2019

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Q&A with Pete Fromm for A Job You Mostly Won't Know How to Do

We are very excited to welcome Pete Fromm back to the Country Bookshelf on June 11th for his new novel - A Job You Mostly Won’t Know How to Do. Bookseller Wendy Blake loved it:

Marnie and Taz have it all-they love, laugh and work together, sneak off to swim at their secret spot, and now they are starting a family. But Marnie dies in childbirth, leaving Taz to cope with his incredible loss...and his new baby daughter. Following Taz's sometimes bumbling first two years as a father, I found myself laughing and crying on the same page. Pete Fromm writes so beautifully about the confusing mix of grief and love, and what being a family really means.

Wendy had a couple questions for Pete:

Wendy Blake: The river scenes first with Marnie and later with Midge are so wonderful! Can you tell us about your favorite rivers and how they wove their way into the book?

Pete Fromm: Some of my favorite rivers? Oh boy. I was a river ranger on the Snake in Grand Teton National Park for six years, floating it nearly every day, so that one's right up there, and even figured in my last novel, If Not for This. Another season on the Rio Grande, in Big Bend NP. A winter on the Selway. Countless trips on the Blackfoot, Bitterroot, Missouri, Smith, some on the Flatheads, Madison, Yellowstone, Salmon, Wind, Green. Really it gets ridiculous, but rivers have been a huge part of my life, so much so, that when Taz and Marnie found their perfect swimming hole it really became parts of several favorites of mine from Montana, Idaho and even Texas.

WB: Parenting is, of course, the “job” of the title. You are a parent…is Taz you or is his parenting style different than yours? Also, are Elmo and Rudy also Midge’s “parents” in a way?

PF: No, Taz is not me. You find out pretty quickly that you're not interesting enough to become your characters. But, I did spend many, many nights without much sleep when our sons were young, so it wasn't hard to go into those details, or to find ways for Taz to spend time with Midge, wonder on what he should be doing, what he might be doing wrong. Maybe Taz and I both leaned toward the edge of raising feral children.

And of course Elmo becomes very much a parent to Midge, and Rudy too, speaking of feral parenting.

WB: How did Marnie’s dying in childbirth, leaving Taz as the sole parent become a part of the plot? Did someone you know have that experience? Also, tell us about having Marnie’s voice continue in the book, helping Taz even after her death.

PF: This whole story actually began with a student slapping me in the chest with a copy of Glimmer Train magazine, telling me to read "The Hospital," by Silas Dent Zobel, and then tell him if was a sap for crying. He wasn't. A very moving story of a man whose wife dies in childbirth, it ends with the father taking his first step out of the hospital with this new baby. It was the right end for the story, but I thought, Wow, that's really just the beginning for a much bigger story. So, the next day I started Taz's story; a semi-employed carpenter walking into the half-demolished fixer upper he and his wife had been renovating, alone with this newborn, no idea how to make one move forward. I thought it would be a story of Taz raising this child alone, but almost immediately his best friend showed up to help, making me realize that he was not alone, that none of us really are. More people showed up, family, friends, and, yes, even his wife, not in any ghostly way, but just Taz still so close to her that he could imagine (hear?) what she would say to him from time to time. It acts as another way to show how he is not really as alone as he thought at the outset.

Join us for more from Pete Fromm on Tuesday, June 11th at 6pm. Don’t forget to get your exclusive signed edition, available only at Country Bookshelf.

 
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Q&A with Grady Hendrix

Country Bookshelf's horror officianado Harry took a moment to chat with author Grady Hendrix about his newest title We Sold Our Souls

Harry: You're obviously a relative expert on Horror fiction. What is it about the genre that drew you to it? 

Grady: I’m not an expert on anything, but that’s nice of you to say. I never read much horror as a kid because the covers scared me too much, but as I got older I found myself going back to horror again and again because it’s the one genre that deals with death, and death is what gives our lives meaning. So to me, it’s kind of the only genre that matters.

 

H: My Best Friend's Exorcism had songs as chapter titles and We Sold Our Souls is all about metal. Do you have a background in music? Do you play an instrument? Do you have a favorite genre?

G: I am about as musical as a brick, but music saved my life in high school. Being able to listen to music while driving to school was what got me through my day, and that feeling has lasted my entire life. I have huge emotional reactions to some songs and I’m an ugly crier, so I’m sure there are people on the subway who look at this red-faced crybaby wearing earbuds and rapidly move away. I’ve never played an instrument, or at least not in a way that wasn’t considered a crime in some states, but I did take a few months of guitar lessons while writing We Sold Our Souls because my main character played guitar and I needed to know what that felt like.

 

H: Is there a type of horror story that you prefer over others? Do you prefer something psychological or supernatural? 

G: I’ll take horror in all shapes and sizes. While writing Paperbacks from Hell, my history of the horror paperback boom of the Seventies and Eighties, I read hundreds of horror paperbacks I never would have otherwise touched and I found so many books I loved that I’ve learned not to have standards. Life’s more fun when you have no taste.

 

H: What's your process for making something scary? Is there any personal experience involved?

G: Writing is all about personal experience. We Sold Our Souls was a deeply personal book full of things that really happened to me — living on the road for a while, finding a dead body in a cemetery, arriving at Las Vegas late at night, eating in parking lots, feeling trapped in a bad contract, being broke, working miserable jobs. But writing also has the reverse effect: focusing on a book so hard for so long (it takes me about 6 months to write a novel) and the book begins to warp your life. You find things you write about happening in reality. You see parallels between the book and what’s going on around you. Emotionally, We Sold Our Souls is a really bleak book and I sunk into a bad depression while writing it. Getting my main character, Kris Pulaski, through all that horror and despair was how I got myself through it, too.

 

H: What's your favorite horror story? Book, movie, anything.

G: I’m going to change the question a little: one of my favorite books of all time, and one not enough people talk about, is Charles Portis’s True Grit. I re-read it every couple of years and as far as I’m concerned it’s the Great American Novel. Sure, Huckleberry Finn was the Great American Novel of the 19th century, but True Grit is the Great American Novel of the 20th century. It’s a hard-edged Western, narrated by a fourteen-year-old girl, and it’s all about how we needed tough people to build our country, but once they’ve done their job and made the world safe for rules, and banks, and law and order, we don’t need them anymore and they kind of embarrass us a little bit. It’s also very, very funny.

Harry praised We Sold Our Souls - on sale Tuesday, 9/18 - saying: "Harry praised the book, saying "At first I was like this isn't as good as My Best Friend's Exorcism, and then I got into and I was like 'This book rocks!' Grady Hendrix is a genius and I will never doubt him again!" Harry chatted with Grady about the book on our blog, check out this highlight." Pre-order your copy today and let's get metal!

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