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Story is a crucial component of navigating the roller coaster that is grief. The beautifully written stories and poems in the Just a Little More Time anthology share tender last moments with loved ones, muse about what happens once we die, and most of all celebrate and delight with tales of love. The book's magic is hidden in the smallest details that underlie the universal message: that you can find hope after significant loss. Whether exploring the loss of a cherished forest or beloved wife, the love the authors capture is both fierce and tender. Their stories uplift and inspire the reader to think of loss in a new way--a blessing to have cared so much.

Over fifty authors write about their experience of losing a sense of place, innocence, marriage, health, child, parent, or nature. The poems and essays are woven together to form an inspiring testament to the importance of being brave in love. Contributions vary from the humorous, to provocative, to poignant. Contributors include Azim Khamisa, author and founder of TKF, Nyaniso Tutu-Burris activist and granddaughter to Desmond Tutu, and poet Donna Hilbert. Sections include: Lost and Found, Gifts of Love, Nature, I Would Like to Say, Discoverable Truths, Always With Me, Last Moments, and Life After Life.



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The Train to Orvieto, set in Orvieto, Florence, and Milan, Italy, and in the heartland of America, is an intimate story of love, loss, betrayal, and reconciliation that unfolds against an historical background of war and dramatic social change. It is a story enacted by fascinating three-dimensional characters and told by one of them, Fina, a history teacher who warns the reader, "The truth never mattered." It is a story depicting the clash of opposites―the desire for union with another and the need for solitude; loyalty and betrayal; change and tradition; the fatalism of rural Italy and the sense of familial and social duty, as against one's obligations to oneself―and it explores the classic theme of how the consequences of decisions made in youth carry through the remainder of one's life. The Train to Orvieto invites us to consider how much we re able to understand the truths of our own lives and what it costs to accept them.

The novel consists of the three parts. The first part concerns Willa, her adventurous mother; the second Losine, Willa’s elegant lover; and the third, Fina herself. Together, they compose a cross-cultural family saga of the marriage of Willa, a passionate artist from Ohio, and Gabriel, her possessive husband; and of Fina, a daughter who stands at the center of questions about who we are, what we can know of one another, and whether we can forgive.

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Spirit Riding Free: The Adventure Begins by Suzanne Selfors is the story of a girl and a wild horse, equally out of place in a strange, new world, but equally fierce and brave. With each other to lean on, will these two free spirits be able to find a home together?

Last Day on Mars by Kevin Emerson is thrillingly ambitious and imaginative. Like a lovechild of Gravity and The Martian, it's a rousing space opera for any age, meticulously researched and relentlessly paced, that balances action, science, humor, and most importantly, two compelling main characters in Liam and Phoebe. A fantastic start to an epic new series.” —Soman Chainani, New York Times bestselling author of the School for Good and Evil series

Outside in by by Jennifer Bradbury is based on the true story of one of India’s most beloved artists and modern day folk heroes, Nek Chand was a real man—a man displaced from his home in the midst of war and conflict; a man who missed his home so terribly he illegally reconstructed his entire village in miniature out of
found objects and rock, recreating mosaic statues and sculptures spanning acres of jungle. Though Ram is a fictionalized character, Nek’s artwork is real. Intertwined with mythology and the sociopolitics of India, this is an exquisitely wrought, unexpected, and singular tale about the connection of community and how art can help make us human.


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-Last Day on Mars
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-Outside in-
 

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DYING IN DUBAI is a memoir of love, loss, reckoning, and renewal, set against the backdrop of a Rodeo Drive-on-Mars desert city. It tells of the sudden death of Roselee Blooston's beloved husband, Jerry, and how her fifteen day journey through a profoundly disorienting environment, and the inner journey over the next thirteen months through the equally foreign terrain of grief, force her to face wrenching questions about his behavior there. As she free-falls through the city's frightening underbelly with its ubiquitous police stations, gender-segregated waiting rooms, arbitrary Sharia laws, and an opaque bureaucracy that prevents her from immediately bringing his body home, the Middle East becomes the catalyst for a life-altering confrontation with her partner, her marriage, and ultimately, with herself. DYING IN DUBAI shows the reader that no matter the uncertainties, it is possible to transcend heartbreak, and to move forward with joy.

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"Finding Delight... Ideas and Inspirations to Enhance Everyday Life" by Anne Reeves is a 135-page soft cover modern coffee table book dedicated to the joy of finding delight in everyday life. With a full-color photograph on every page, topics include: "Living A Life of Layers," "Visual Vitamins" and "The Power of Cute." As you read, pay attention to the pages that capture your imagination. Notice how happy you can feel, simply by thinking, by remembering. This is delight.

"PARIS: Delight in the city of Light" is filled with Hints and Tips to bring your dreams of Paris to life. Shops to visit, pastries to order, places to photograph. She discusses everything that brings her delight in Paris - with photographs that make it real. It will be like taking Anne Reeves along on your trip! A soft-cover modern coffee table book: 120 pages, a full-color photograph on every page, including addresses & websites of her favorite places.

Anne's first book, "Moments of Delight" is 140 pages of stunning photography, creative ideas and simple pleasures that put the spotlight back on the beauty of everyday life.



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A band of young hloggers is drawn into the intrigue and suspense of AltaSystemics, a mysterious high-tech startup, whose charismatic CEO has big plans to go way beyond cloud computing. If successful. he'll control access to all information-past, present, and future. To realize his grand ambitions. he needs the help of the innocent Jntuitives, the thuggish Connectors, and the unwilling Morse Brothers, dabblers in high-particle physics who discover a special form of time travel. 

And don't forget Isaac, the burned out blogger who disappears while on sabbatical, Vaitiare, the commanding Polynesian princess, trying to keep her isle from becoming the next overrun tourist destination, or even the opinionated commenters­their destinies co-mingling, all centered around the blog Thinks Out Loud.

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In turn-of-the-century South Africa, fourteen-year-old Lettie, her younger brother, and her mother are Dutch Afrikaner settlers who have been taken from their farm by British soldiers and are being held in a concentration camp. It is early in the Boer War, and Lettie’s father, grandfather, and brother are off fighting the British as thousands of Afrikaner women and children are detained. The camps are cramped and disease ridden; the threat of illness and starvation are ever present. Determined to dictate their own fate, Lettie and her family give each other strength and hope as they fight to survive amid increasingly dire conditions.

Brave and defiant, Lettie finds comfort in memories of stargazing with her grandfather, in her plan to be a writer, and in surprising new friendships that will both nourish and challenge her. A beautiful testament to love, family, and sheer force of will, The Lost History of Stars was inspired by Dave Boling’s grandfather’s own experience as a soldier during the Boer War. Lettie is a figure of abiding grace, and her story is richly drawn and impossible to forget.


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This book is a redo of Carole's 1994 book "In the Children's Garden," which was illustrated by Lynn Pauley. The book was sadly ahead of its time with its focus on urban gardening, and it went out of print, BUT it's back and better than ever!

This update centers the text and illustrations on the inspiration for the story: The Children's Garden created by Seattle Tilth at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford. Pierr, Carole, and Tegan (our children's book buyer was the editor) took field trips to the garden together to scout and photography for inspiration. 

Join QABC for pudding "dirt" cup snacks: chocolate pudding cups topped with Oreo crumbles and gummy worms, flower cookies, clementines, lemonade, and Arts and Crafts!
We will kick off our event inside with a quick book signing
and finish off in our back patio!

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In this new additon to the Little Kunoichi series, author and illustrator Sanae Ishida’s beautiful art pairs with a gentle, fun lesson, featuring Little Kunoichi’s buddy, Chibi Samurai.
Inspired by Little Kunoichi’s relationship with her pet ninja bunny, Chibi Samurai sets off to find a companion for himself. He explores many possibilities from Japanese culture--both real and mythical--thinking about how each creature might be as a pet. 
 
Little Kunoichi and her pet bunny cheer him on as he searches and searches, until finally Chibi realizes that the perfect pet, just right for a little samurai, has been with him all along.

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A shipwreck might end a dream of circumnavigating the globe. Not for the Wilcox family. In 1973, the Wilcox family sets off to sail around the world aboard the 40-foot sailboat, Vela. Thirteen months later, they are shipwrecked on a coral reef, with surf tearing a huge hole into the side of their boat. With years invested in saving money, preparing the boat, and learning to navigate by the stars, parents Chuck and Dawn refuse to give up. Fourteen-year-old Garth is determined to continue, while eleven-year-old Linda never wanted to go in the first place. Can they overcome the emotional, physical and financial challenges to transform from castaways into circumnavigators? To triumph, they must rebuild their boat on a remote Pacific island. Damage sustained on the reef and a lack of resources haunt them the rest of the way around the world as they face daunting obstacles, including wild weather, pirates, gun boats, mines and thieves, plus pesky bureaucrats and cockroaches as stubborn as the family. Without a working engine and no way to communicate with the outside world, they struggle to reach home before their broken rig comes crashing down and they run out of food in a trial that tests them to their limits.


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Welcome to Queen Anne Book Company!

The Queen Anne Book Company is a small indie bookstore in the center of the historical, charming Queen Anne neighborhood. A warm, cozy, personal bookstore that, if you haven't yet, you'll want to discover. Treasures are to be found on every shelf, for every person. No worries if you can't remember the exact title or author of "that" book you've been wanting to read, our expert booksellers are here to help you find it. There is no greater reward for a bookseller than to see the joyful smile light up a customer's face when "that" book is found!

We look forward to welcoming you to our store.

Yours in Books,

The Queen Anne Book Company Team

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