September’s Events

Here are our in-store events for September:

September 2nd, 7:00 – 8:00 PM, Non-Fiction Book Club: The Emerald Mile by Kevin Fedarko

September 3rd, 7:00 – 8:00 PM, Cozy Mystery Book Club:  Death by Coffee by Alex Erickson

September 5th, 1:00 – 2:00 PM, Book Signing with Sharon Miller:  The Clay Remembers

September 5th, 3:00 – 5:00 PM, Pima Writers Group (click here to register and view topics)

September 6th, 12:00 – 2:00 PM, Cat Adoptions with S.A.R.A. (Saving At Risk Animals)

September 9th, 7:00 – 8:00 PM, YA Book Club (17 and Up): Paper Towns by John Green

September 10th, 7:00 – 8:00 PM, “What’s Your Story” Handwriting Lecture

September 11th, 7:00 – 8:00 PM, Book Talk & Signing with Duane Burghard: Gopto

September 12th, 1:00 – 2:45 PM, Adult Coloring Afternoon (14 and Up): Bring your coloring book or purchase one from our selection and we will provide the coloring utensils

September 12th, 3:00 – 5:00 PM, Pima Writers Group (click here to register and view topics)

September 13th, 1:00 – 2:00 PM, Mystery Book Signings, Authors Attending: Elizabeth Gunn author of Noontime Follies, Jimmy Stout author of Brujo: Enemies at the Gate, James McArthur author of The Third Musketeer, Kimberly Moyer author of The One Who Had To

September 16th, 7:00 – 8:00 PM, Adult Coloring Hour (14 and Up): Bring your coloring book or purchase one from our selection and we will provide the coloring utensils

September 17th, 7:00 – 8:00 PM, Flash Fiction and Poetry Open Mic

September 19th, 2:00 – 3:00 PM, Book Signing with John McKee: The Lonely Little Chicken

September 19th, 3:30 – 4:30 PM, Book Talk & Signing with Weston Ocshe: Grunt Traitor

September 20th, 12:00 – 2:00 PMPima Writers Group (click here to register and view topics)

September 24th, 7:00 – 8:30 PM, Book Talk & Signing with J. A. Jance: Dance of the Bones: A J. P. Beaumont and Brandon Walker Novel

September 25th, 7:00 – 8:30 PM, Book Talk & Signing with Brenda Novak: The Secret Sister

September 27th, 12:00 – 2:00 PMPima Writers Group (click here to register and view topics)

 

 

Taming of the Queen

Philippa Gregory’s latest novel The Taming of the Queen takes us back to Henry VIII’s glamorous court to meet his last wife, Kateryn Parr. However, this is not the court of the golden king that we all love. Henry is no longer in his prime and is in constant pain with his rotting foot. Always a fiery King, his temper is even quicker to explode than before. This is the court that Kateryn has reluctantly inherited. However, Henry adores her and is encouraging her scholarly pursuits and religious views. The challenge for Kateryn is keeping his affection because this King knows that he can always find a new wife.

It was wonderful coming back to Henry’s court. While I have enjoyed Gregory’s Cousin War series, her writing truly shines when she writes about the Tudors. Her language is sophisticated and reminiscent of the time period but is still easy to read. She captures the atmosphere of England in the 1500’s beautifully. You walk the castles right along with Kateryn and feel her tension of living with a temperamental king. This portrayal of Henry was fascinating. He has become so cantankerous, paranoid and selfish. The once sought after royal court is something to fear. Gregory did an incredible job of developing the arc of the young king, who was constantly betrayed and used to getting his way, to an old and bitter man. If you haven’t read Philippa Gregory’s Tudor books, I would highly recommend them. Start the books chronologically and you will really see the development of Henry the VIII’s reign.

Chronological Order: The Constant Princess, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Boleyn Inheritance, The Taming of the Queen, The Queen’s Fool, The Virgin’s Lover

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore (autographed copies available at the store)

The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny (the latest Chief Inspector Gamache novel)

X by Sue Grafton (the latest Kinsey Millhone novel)

The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory

A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan

 

 

 

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray (the latest Diviners novel)

Diary of a Haunting by M. Verano

Another Day by David Levithan

The Wild Ones by Alexander C. London

Goosebumps the Movie Novel by R. L. Stine

Simon’s New Bed by Christian Trimmer

 

The Accident Season

Moira Fowley-Doyle’s debut novel The Accident Season is sure to be a must read YA novel. Every October Cara’s family lives through the accident season. This is a time when everyone in the family gets more bruises, scraps, and broken bones and this year is shaping up to be one of the worst. However, the accident season is not just physical pain but in fact goes much deeper.

Fowley-Doyle’s writing is so elegant that you are instantly caught up in her story. Her descriptions are vivid and imaginative. I love the dream world that Cara envisions around her and her friends, as well as the magical realism that she weaves throughout the novel. It was fun not knowing what was causing the accident season or if there even was a cause. I enjoyed the turn the book takes in the middle and I was surprised and satisfied with the ending. This is a book that will haunt you long after you are finished.

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig

Mightier Than the Sword by Jeffrey Archer

Gray Mountain by John Grisham

Darkness the Color of Snow by Thomas Cobb

The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life by Janice Kaplan

The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle

Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

Slasher Girls and Monster Boys edited by April Genevieve Tucholke

The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy

The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt Illustraed by Oliver Jeffers

 

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

In the Dark Places by Peter Robinson (the latest Inspector Banks’ novel)

The End of All Things by John Scalzi (the latest in the Old Man’s War)

The Guilty One by Sophie Littlefield

Reawakened by Colleen Houck

Jubilee Manor by Bethany Hagen

Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper

Appleblossum the Possum by Holly Goldberg

 

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

The Dog Master by W. Bruce Cameron

Mrs Sinclair’s Suitcase by Louise Walters

Infinite Home by Kathleen Alcott

Enchantress of Paris: A Novel of the Sun King’s Court by Marci Jefferson

Five Days Left by Julie Lawson Timmer

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Dragonbane by Sherrilyn Kenyon (The latest in the Dark-Hunter series)

Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly

Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

Compulsion by Martina Boone

Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan

Between the Spark and Burn by April Genevieve Tucholke

The Dark Between by Sonia Gensler

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar

Field Trip by Gary Paulsen and Jim Paulsen

Old Wolf: A Fable by Avi