QABC Reads Calendar

QABC READS IS BACK, FRIENDS!!!

We are delighted to reconvene our drop-in monthly book discussions! A rotation of friendly Queen Anne Book Company booksellers will moderate discussions. Join us when you can! 

We host a lively discussion with fellow booklovers the first Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm (with a few rare exceptions, like if the first Tuesday happens to be a holiday). The upcoming discussion book is 20% off at checkout. Our staff facilitates our QABC Reads discussions after regular business hours. All are welcome! We meet outside when possible and ask all to wear masks for everyone's well-being. 

TUESDAY AUGUST 2, 2022 6 pm:

We will discuss Fox & I: An Uncommon Friendship by Catherine Raven. (This is one of Tegan's staff picks!)

James will lead the discussion. 

 

TUESDAThe Interpreters by Wole SoyinkaY SEPTEMBER 6, 2022 6 pm:

We will discuss The Interpreters by Wole Soyinka.

Tegan will lead the discussion. 

 

TUESDAThe Inheritance of Orquidea DivinaY OCTOBER 4, 2022 6 pm:

We will discuss The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova.

Erin will lead the discussion. 

 

TUESDAOne Two Three by Laurie FrankelY NOVEMBER 1, 2022 6 pm:

We will discuss One Two Three by Laurie Frankel. *The author will join our group at 6:30!*

Wendee and Tegan will lead the discussion. 

 

TUESDAConfessions of a BooksellerY DECEMBER 6, 2022 6 pm:

We will discuss Confessions of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell.

James will lead the discussion. We will also VOTE for books to discuss March through August of 2023. 

 

****We will skip discussion January 2023 to give us all a chance to ease into the new year.****

 

TUESDAEmpire of PainY FEBRUARY 7, 2023 6 pm:

We will discuss Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe (coming in paperback October 18, 2022). 

Tegan will lead the discussion. 

 


Previous Books from QABC Reads Book Group

50 Things Kate Bush Taught Me about the Multiverse By Karyna McGlynn Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781946448941
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Sarabande Books - April 26th, 2022

DISCUSSED JULY 5, 2022. (Erin)


Gold Diggers: A Novel By Sanjena Sathian Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781984882059
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Penguin Books - April 19th, 2022

DISCUSSED JUNE 7, 2022 (Tegan)


Washington Black By Esi Edugyan Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525563242
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Vintage - April 9th, 2019

DISCUSSED MARCH 2020


The Overstory: A Novel By Richard Powers Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780393356687
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 2nd, 2019

DISCUSSED FEBRUARY 2020


An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States (REVISIONING HISTORY #3) By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807057834
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Beacon Press - August 11th, 2015

DSICUSSED JANUARY 2020


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The Library Book By Susan Orlean Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781476740195
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Simon & Schuster - October 1st, 2019

DISCUSSED 12/19 (Tegan)


The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle By Stuart Turton Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781492670124
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - May 7th, 2019

DISCUSSED 11/19 (Wendee)


My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel By Oyinkan Braithwaite Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525564201
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Anchor - July 30th, 2019

DISCUSSED 10/1/19 (Tegan). 


An American Marriage (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel By Tayari Jones Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781616208684
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Algonquin Books - February 5th, 2019

Discussed Sep 3, 2019. Facilitated by Wendee.


Dinner at the Center of the Earth (Vintage International) By Nathan Englander Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525434047
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Vintage - September 4th, 2018

DIscussed July 2, 2019. Facilitated by Tegan. 


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Rebecca By Daphne Du Maurier Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780380730407
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 5th, 2006

Discussed June 4, 2019. (Wendee)


The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies By Jason Fagone Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062430519
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Dey Street Books - August 28th, 2018

Discussed May 2019 (Tegan)


Asymmetry: A Novel By Lisa Halliday Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501166785
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Simon & Schuster - October 16th, 2018

Discussed April 2019 (Wendee)


The End of the Affair: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) By Graham Greene, Michael Gorra (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Graham Greene, Michael Gorra (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780142437988
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Penguin Classics - August 31st, 2004

Discussed March 2019 (Tegan)


Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel By Jesmyn Ward Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781501126062
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Scribner - September 5th, 2017

Discussed February 2019 (Wendee)


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Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI By David Grann Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307742483
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2018

Discussed January 2019 (Tegan)


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Less (Winner of the Pulitzer Prize): A Novel By Andrew Sean Greer Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316316132
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Back Bay Books - May 22nd, 2018

Discussed December 2018 (Wendee)


The Underground Railroad: A Novel By Colson Whitehead Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780345804327
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Anchor - January 30th, 2018

Discussed November 2018 (Tegan)


Autumn: A Novel (Seasonal Quartet) By Ali Smith Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781101969946
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Anchor - October 17th, 2017

Discussed October 2018 (Wendee)


The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America By Richard Rothstein Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781631494536
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Liveright - May 1st, 2018

Discussed September 2018 (Tegan)


Exit West: A Novel By Mohsin Hamid Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780735212206
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Riverhead Books - February 27th, 2018

Discussed 8/14/18 [Wendee]


Alice I Have Been: A Novel By Melanie Benjamin Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780385344142
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Bantam - December 21st, 2010

DISCUSSED July 2018 (Tegan)


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This Is How It Always Is: A Novel By Laurie Frankel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250088567
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Flatiron Books - January 23rd, 2018

DISCUSSED June 5, 2018. Author visited! GREAT discussion.

Laurie Frankel's This Is How It Always Is is a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. And it's about the ways this is how it always is: Change is always hard and miraculous and hard again, parenting is always a leap into the unknown with crossed fingers and full hearts, children grow but not always according to plan. And families with secrets don't get to keep them forever.


The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women By Kate Moore Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781492650959
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Sourcebooks - March 6th, 2018

Discussed May 1, 2018. Discussion led by Tegan. Spurred a lot of conversation!


Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist) By Min Jin Lee Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781455563920
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 14th, 2017

Discussed April 2018. Fantastic discussion!


I Am Not Your Negro: A Companion Edition to the Documentary Film Directed by Raoul Peck (Vintage International) By James Baldwin, Raoul Peck Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525434696
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Vintage - February 7th, 2017

Discussed March 2018. Fantastic discussion!


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Idaho: A Novel By Emily Ruskovich Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812984460
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - November 7th, 2017

Discussed February 2018. A stunner!


Homegoing By Yaa Gyasi Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101971062
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

Discussed January 2018. Great discussion! Divergent paths of an African family...


Commonwealth: A Novel By Ann Patchett Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062491831
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Harper Perennial - May 2nd, 2017

DISCUSSED 12/17 (Wendee)


The Return (Pulitzer Prize Winner): Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between By Hisham Matar Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812985085
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 4th, 2017

Discussed 11/15/17 (Tegan). GREAT discussion!


LaRose: A Novel By Louise Erdrich Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062277039
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Harper Perennial - April 11th, 2017

Discussed October 2017. Discussion led by Wendee.


The Sport of Kings: A Novel By C. E. Morgan Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250131843
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Picador - May 2nd, 2017

Discussed September 2017 (Tegan). A challenging read, but many felt it was worth it! Great discussion.


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News of the World: A Novel By Paulette Jiles Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062409218
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 20th, 2017

Discussed August 2017. A Wendee favorite!


The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts By Joshua Hammer Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781476777412
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Simon & Schuster - April 4th, 2017

DISCUSSED June 2017 (Tegan)

Not as swashbuckling as we'd been led to believe by the blurbs, but it ended up being a very interesting discussion about the history of scholarship, Islam, fundamentalism, and terrorism in the region. 


Sleeping on Jupiter: A Novel By Anuradha Roy Cover Image
$16.00
Email or call for price
ISBN: 9781555977511
Published: Graywolf Press - September 6th, 2016

DISCUSSED MAY 2017 (Wendee): Not well-liked...


Lab Girl By Hope Jahren Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101873724
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Vintage - February 28th, 2017

DISCUSSED APRIL 2017 (Tegan): Very well-liked for the most part! Great discussion. A Tegan favorite!


The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) By Viet Thanh Nguyen Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802124944
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Grove Press - April 12th, 2016

DISCUSSED MARCH 2017 (Wendee): The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as six other awards, The Sympathizer is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Saul Bellow, The Sympathizer is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal. The narrator, a communist double agent, is a "man of two minds," a half-French, half-Vietnamese army captain who arranges to come to America after the Fall of Saigon, and while building a new life with other Vietnamese refugees in Los Angeles is secretly reporting back to his communist superiors in Vietnam. The Sympathizer is a blistering exploration of identity and America, a gripping espionage novel, and a powerful story of love and friendship.


The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac: A Novel By Sharma Shields Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781627791991
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Holt Paperbacks - January 27th, 2015

DISCUSSED 2/8/17 (Tegan): A dark, fantastical, multi-generational tale about a family whose patriarch is consumed by the hunt for the mythical, elusive sasquatch he encountered in his youth.


The Turner House By Angela Flournoy Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780544705166
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Mariner Books - March 1st, 2016

Discussed 1/3/17 (Wendee). Seattle Public Library/ Seattle Reads picks for 2017!


Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel By Helen Oyeyemi Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594633409
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Riverhead Books - March 3rd, 2015

Discussed 12/6/16 (Tegan)


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Bettyville: A Memoir By George Hodgman Cover Image
$17.00
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ISBN: 9780143107880
Published: Penguin Books - February 2nd, 2016

Discussed 11/1/16. (Wendee)


The Buried Giant (Vintage International) By Kazuo Ishiguro Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307455796
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Vintage - January 5th, 2016

Discussed October 2016. Discussion led by Tegan


Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World By Anthony Doerr Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781416573166
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Scribner - June 10th, 2008

Discussed September 2016. Discussion led by Wendee. 


Short Nights Of The Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis By Timothy Egan Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544102767
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Mariner Books - August 6th, 2013

Discussed August 2016. Discussion led by Tegan. 


The Door (NYRB Classics) By Magda Szabo, Len Rix (Translated by), Ali Smith (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Magda Szabo, Len Rix (Translated by), Ali Smith (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590177716
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: NYRB Classics - January 27th, 2015

Discussed June 7, 2016 (Wendee)


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The Sellout: A Novel By Paul Beatty Cover Image
$17.00
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ISBN: 9781250083258
Published: Picador - March 1st, 2016

Discussed May 3, 2016 (Tegan)


The Bone Clocks: A Novel By David Mitchell Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812976823
Availability: Backordered
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 16th, 2015

Discussed April 2016 (Tegan)


The Orenda By Joseph Boyden Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780345806451
Availability: Backordered
Published: Vintage - February 3rd, 2015

Discussed March 2016 (Wendee)


The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League By Jeff Hobbs Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781476731919
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Scribner - July 28th, 2015

Discussed February 2016 (Tegan)


The Paying Guests By Sarah Waters Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781594633928
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Riverhead Books - September 8th, 2015

Discussed January 2016 (Janis)


A Sudden Light: A Novel By Garth Stein Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781439187043
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Simon & Schuster - September 15th, 2015

Discussed December 2015. (Wendee)


Some Luck (The Last Hundred Years Trilogy: A Family Saga #1) By Jane Smiley Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307744807
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Anchor - July 7th, 2015

Discussed November 2015 (Tegan)


An Unnecessary Woman By Rabih Alameddine Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802122940
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Grove Press - November 11th, 2014

Discussed October 2015 (Wendee)


Hothouse: The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America's Most Celebrated Publishing House, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux By Boris Kachka Cover Image
$17.99
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ISBN: 9781451691917
Published: Simon & Schuster - August 12th, 2014

Discussed September 2015 (Tegan)


Redeployment By Phil Klay Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143126829
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Penguin Books - February 24th, 2015

Discussed July 2015 


We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves: A Novel By Karen Joy Fowler Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780142180822
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 25th, 2014

Discussed 6/2/15 (led by Tegan): Piquant humor, refulgent language, a canny plot rooted in real-life experiences, an irresistible narrator, threshing insights, and tender emotions Fowler has outdone herself in this deeply inquisitive, cage-rattling novel. "Booklist "(starred review) 


Men We Reaped: A Memoir By Jesmyn Ward Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781608197651
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Bloomsbury USA - September 16th, 2014

Discussed May 2015 (Janis)


Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin By Jill Lepore Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780307948830
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Vintage - July 1st, 2014

Discussed April 2015 (Wendee)


Belzhar By Meg Wolitzer Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780142426296
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - September 29th, 2015

Discussed March 2015 (Tegan)


My Fluorescent God By Joe Guppy Cover Image
$14.95
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ISBN: 9781620154410
Published: Booktrope Editions - October 10th, 2014

Discussed February 2015 (Janis)


The Flight of Gemma Hardy: A Novel By Margot Livesey Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062064233
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Harper Perennial - June 26th, 2012

Discussed 1/15 (Tegan): There is nothing like a good visit with old friends, and that is what it's like to savor this novel. Even better, really, since in this retelling of Jane Eyre the characters are imbued with a more modern sensibility -- and this time around Mr. Rochester is not a reprehensible misogynist! Livesey's Gemma remains true to the spirit of Jane, and the dark settings of Scotland and the Orkney Islands are as atmospheric as they come. This is the perfect book to curl up with for a weekend with a pot o' tea -- or perhaps a wee dram of something stronger. -- Emily Crowe, Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA


The Lowland (Vintage Contemporaries) By Jhumpa Lahiri Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307278265
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Vintage - June 17th, 2014

Discussed 12/2/14 (Wendee): National Book Award Finalist and shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize The Lowland is an engrossing family saga steeped in history: the story of two very different brothers bound by tragedy, a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past, a country torn apart by revolution, and a love that endures long past death. Moving from the 1960s to the present, and from India to America and across generations, this dazzling novel is Jhumpa Lahiri at the height of her considerable powers.


Code Name Verity By Elizabeth Wein Cover Image
$10.99
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ISBN: 9781423152880
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 7th, 2013

Discussed 11/4/14 (Tegan): Oct. 11th, 1943-A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it's barely begun. When "Verity" is arrested by the Gestapo, she's sure she doesn't stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she's living a spy's worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution. As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage, failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy?


The Round House: A Novel By Louise Erdrich Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780062065254
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Harper Perennial - September 24th, 2013

Discussed October 7, 2014 (Wendee)


Benediction (Vintage Contemporaries) By Kent Haruf Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307950420
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Vintage - January 14th, 2014

Discussed September 2, 2104 (Janis)


Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald By Therese Anne Fowler Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250028662
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - March 4th, 2014

Discussed August 12, 2014 (Tegan)


A Constellation of Vital Phenomena: A Novel By Anthony Marra Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780770436421
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Hogarth - February 4th, 2014

Discussed July 1, 2014 (Wendee)


Americanah By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307455925
Availability: Available - On our shelves now
Published: Anchor - March 4th, 2014

Discussed June 3, 2014 (Janis)


A Tale for the Time Being: A Novel By Ruth Ozeki Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143124870
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2013

Discussed 5/6/14 (Wendee):

Nao, a suicidal Japanese girl, postpones her death as she grows closer to her 104-year-old great-grandmother, a Buddhist nun. Ruth, an American author with writer's block, discovers a diary washed ashore on her remote island in the Pacific Northwest. Ruth becomes obsessed with Nao and her diary, and readers will be drawn in as their stories intertwine. Ozeki's creatively constructed novel, complete with footnotes, Japanese characters, and appendices, will have readers marveling at the leaps in time and connection that bring the two women together in this witty, daring, and thoughtful novel. -- Cheryl Krocker McKeon, Book Passage, San Francisco, CA (and friend of QABC!)


Yes, Chef: A Memoir By Marcus Samuelsson, Veronica Chambers Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780385342612
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 21st, 2013

Discussed 4/1/14 (Tegan):

JAMES BEARD AWARD NOMINEE • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY VOGUE • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “One of the great culinary stories of our time.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations. Yes, Chef chronicles Samuelsson’s journey, from his grandmother’s kitchen to his arrival in New York City, where his outsize talent and ambition finally come together at Aquavit, earning him a New York Times three-star rating at the age of twenty-four. But Samuelsson’s career of chasing flavors had only just begun—in the intervening years, there have been White House state dinners, career crises, reality show triumphs, and, most important, the opening of Red Rooster in Harlem. At Red Rooster, Samuelsson has fulfilled his dream of creating a truly diverse, multiracial dining room—a place where presidents rub elbows with jazz musicians, aspiring artists, and bus drivers. It is a place where an orphan from Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, living in America, can feel at home.


Harvest By Jim Crace Cover Image
$16.00
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ISBN: 9780307278975
Published: Vintage - September 20th, 2013

Discussed 3/4/14 (Janis):

On the morning after harvest, the inhabitants of a remote English village awaken looking forward to a hard-earned day of rest and feasting at their landowner's table. But the sky is marred by two conspicuous columns of smoke, replacing pleasurable anticipation with alarm and suspicion.

One smoke column is the result of an overnight fire that has damaged the master's outbuildings. The second column rises from the wooded edge of the village, sent up by newcomers to announce their presence. In the minds of the wary villagers a mere coincidence of events appears to be unlikely, with violent confrontation looming as the unavoidable outcome. Meanwhile, another newcomer has recently been spotted taking careful notes and making drawings of the land. It is his presence more than any other that will threaten the village's entire way of life. 


The Rehearsal: A Novel By Eleanor Catton Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316074322
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Back Bay Books - August 24th, 2011

DISCUSSED 2/4/14 (Wendee):

When the local drama school turns the story of the scandal into their year-end show, the real world and the world of the theater are forced to meet. With both performances--the musicians' and the acting students'--approaching, the boundaries between dramas real and staged, private and public, begin to dissolve. THE REHEARSAL is a tender portrait of teenage yearning and adult regret, an exhilarating, darkly funny, provocative novel about the complications of human desire. 


The Good Father By Noah Hawley Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307947918
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Anchor - January 8th, 2013

DISCUSSED 1/7/14 (Tegan):

An intense, psychological novel about one doctor's suspense-filled quest to unlock the mind of a suspected political assassin: his twenty-year old son.

As a rheumatologist, Dr. Paul Allen's specialty is diagnosing patients other doctors have given up on. His son, Daniel Allen has always been a good kid but, as a child of divorce, he is also something of a drifter. Which may be why, at the age of nineteen, he quietly drops out of Vassar and begins an aimless journey across the United States, shedding his former skin and eventually even changing his name. One night, Paul is home with his family when a televised news report announces that the Democratic candidate for president has been shot, and Daniel is the lead suspect. Convinced of his son’s innocence Paul begins to trace his sons steps to see where Daniel, or perhaps Paul, went wrong, beginning a harrowing journey--about the responsibilities of being a parent and the capacity for unconditional love in the face of an unthinkable situation—that keeps one guessing until the very end.


The Snow Child: A Novel By Eowyn Ivey Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316175661
Availability: Available to order - Usually arrives at our store in 1-5 days
Published: Back Bay Books - November 6th, 2012

DISCUSSED 12/3/13 (Tegan): 

Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart--he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season's first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone--but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees.

This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them.


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