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The Best of the Independent Northwest 2010

Holiday Books

Swimming with Possibilities On The Cover

Tasty Gifts

National Bestsellers

Best of the Northwest

That’s Life

Middle Reader, Young Adult

Wrap It Up

Going Deep



Gift of Laughter


On the Cover Immi’s Gift Karin Littlewood In a faraway, frozen, white land, Immi (from an Inuit word meaning echo) fishes for her supper. She discovers the most colorful thing she has ever seen…a beautiful wooden bird. The event triggers a wonderful cycle of curiosity and connectivity from the frozen Arctic to the tropical shoreline. $15.95  Peachtree

The Most Beautiful Villages and Towns of the Pacific Northwest Joan Tapper, photography by Nik Wheeler Nature’s gifts first brought explorers and pioneers to the Pacific Northwest. Today Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia still draw visitors to their sparkling coves and pristine mountains, and they charm them with picturesque villages and spirited communities. Here are 36 towns with their quaint main streets, architectural treasures, and breathtaking landscapes. $40.00  Thames & Hudson

Something Fishy This Way Comes: The Artwork of Ray Troll Ray Troll Ray Troll has created his own category of artwork featuring fish worship, evolution, and dinosaurs. From the iconic “Spawn Till You Die,” to “Rebel Without a Cod,” these punning, scientifically correct visual limericks celebrate the fish in all of us. Perfect for gift-giving, this beautiful book showcases Troll’s greatest hits. $19.95  Sasquatch Books

This Holiday Books guide is a project of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association and its member stores. PNBA supports independent bookselling in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. *Post production changes in price and on-sale date, as provided by the publisher prior to publication, are beyond the control of PNBA stores.


Best of the Northwest Book Lust To Go: Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers Nancy Pearl Adventure is just a book away as bestselling author Nancy Pearl returns with recommended reading for more than 120 destinations around the globe. $16.95  Sasquatch Books

The Pacific Northwest Reader Edited by Carl Lennertz Personal and passionate essays from independent booksellers and librarians from the NW. These professionals work with the words of others every day of their working lives. This is their debut. $10.95  Delphinium Books A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book go to support ABFFE, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression.

Essential Wines and Wineries of the Pacific Northwest Cole Danehower, photography by Andrea Johnson This definitive volume profiles the wines and the people who make them in the dynamic and distinctive wine regions of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and BC. Beautifully illustrated with photographs and helpful maps. $24.95  Timber Press

The Guide to West Coast Cheese Sasha Davies The ultimate reference to selecting, identifying, and savoring the best West Coast cheeses takes readers on a tasty journey through Washington, Oregon, and California. Includes beverage pairings and serving suggestions. $18.95  Timber Press

United States of Americana: Backyard Chickens, Burlesque Beauties, & Handmade Bitters; A Field Guide to the New American Roots Movement Kurt B. Reighley All over the country, in a conscious celebration of community and sustainability, young Americans are returning to the roots of a simpler culture, an appreciation brilliantly surveyed in United States of Americana. $14.99  Harper Paperbacks

Discovering Main Street: Travel Adventures in Small Towns of the Northwest Foster Church This eclectic and engaging travel guide from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Foster Church explores “the last frontier of American tourism”—small towns. $18.95  Oregon State University Press


Best of the Northwest

Zero History: A Novel

Blind Your Ponies: A Novel

The Wilding: A Novel

William Gibson The highly anticipated new novel from the iconic visionary and author of the national bestsellers Spook Country and Pattern Recognition. $26.95  Putnam

Stanley Gordon West Sam Pickett never expected to settle in Willow Creek. He also never imagined that the luckless high school basketball team he is assigned to coach could restore both his broken heart and the spirit of this small Montana town. $14.95  Algonquin Books

Benjamin Percy A powerful first novel set in a threatened Western landscape from the awardwinning author of Refresh, Refresh. “[An] excellent debut novel…. It’s as close as you can get to a contemporary Deliverance.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review $23.00  Graywolf Press

Portrait of the Heart Series Jane Kirkpatrick Drawn from the author’s family album…The fact-based story of an early twentieth-century woman pioneering her way into the male dominated world of photography.

A Flickering Light $13.99

Finding herself attracted to her married employer, she flees to new opportunities. But the photography that was supposed to fill her heart instead exposes its emptiness. WaterBrook Press

An Absence So Great $14.99

Work Song: A Novel Ivan Doig An award-winning and beloved novelist of the American West spins the further adventures of a favorite character in one of his richest historical settings yet. $25.95  Riverhead


Best of the Northwest Mink River: A Novel Brian Doyle A dazzling and magical fiction debut. “Absolutely in the tradition of Northwest literature, richly imagined, distinctive, beautiful…”—Molly Gloss, author of The Hearts of Horses $18.95  Oregon State University Press

Driving on the Rim: A Novel Thomas McGuane From one of America’s most acclaimed literary figures (“an important as well as brilliant novelist”—The New York Times Book Review) a major new novel that hilariously takes the pulse of our times. $26.95  Knopf

Heartbroke Bay: A Novel of Alaska Lynn D’Urso At the tail end of the Gold Rush, a young woman follows her husband to the untamed wilderness of Alaska, where she discovers that gold is only one of the desires that can consume a person’s soul. $15.00  Berkley

Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War Karl Marlantes An unforgettable novel that transforms the tragedy of Vietnam into a powerful and universal story of courage, camaraderie, and sacrifice: a parable not only of the war in Vietnam but of all war, and a testament to the redemptive power of literature. $24.95  Atlantic Monthly Press

The Financial Lives of the Poets: A Novel Jess Walter From the winner of a 2007 Pacific Northwest Book Award for The Zero comes the highly acclaimed, hysterically funny, and painfully timely novel of one man’s attempt to save his family from economic disaster by putting his entrepreneurial leanings toward a life of petty crime. Now in paperback. $14.99  Harper Perennial


Best of the Northwest

Another Way the River Has: Taut True Tales from the Northwest Robin Cody A native speaker whose prose reveals the heart of the Northwest. “Reading Cody… is a homecoming to a place millions of us share.” —The Oregonian $18.95  Oregon State University Press

A Guide to the Indian Tribes of the Pacific Northwest, Third Edition Robert H. Ruby, John A. Brown, and Cary C. Collins In the wake of renewed tribal self-determination, this revised edition reflects recent political, economic, and cultural developments shaping the Native peoples of the Pacific Northwest. $26.95­  University of Oklahoma Press

Raymond Carver: A Writer’s Life Carol Sklenicka Now in paperback, this definitive biography takes us into Carver’s early years as the nervous son of an alcoholic and follows his struggle to become an accomplished writer. $18.99  Scribner

Pacific Feast: 
A Cook’s Guide to West Coast Foraging and Cuisine Jennifer Hahn, photography by Mac Smith Combine your passions for nature and food with this intimate yet informative guide to harvesting and cooking wild foods. Identify tasty edibles, forage responsibly, and cook up something special using recipes from some of the Pacific Coast’s best chefs. Also available: $21.95  Skipstone

Pacific Coast Foraging Guide

The pocket companion to Pacific Feast, an easy-to-use laminated field guide with color photos of 45 wild foods commonly foraged in the Pacific Northwest. $7.95  Skipstone These bestselling bird books feature full-color photos, regional checklists, and are pocket-sized and color-coded to make them easy to use. The perfect gift for friends who feed or watch birds. $18.95  R.W. Morse Company


Birds of the Inland Northwest and Northern Rockies Harry Nehls, Mike Denny, Dave Trochlell

Birds of the Puget Sound Region Bob Morse, Tom Aversa, Hal Opperman

Birds of the Willamette Valley Harry Nehls, Tom Aversa, Hal Opperman

Best of the Northwest The Fishes & Dishes Cookbook: Seafood Recipes and Salty Stories from Alaska’s Commercial Fisherwomen Kiyo Marsh, Tomi Marsh, and Laura Cooper Commercial fisherwomen share 80 recipes and stories of adventure and love. Try the Seafood and Sausage Gumbo or salmon dumplings with a coconut curry sauce. Yum! $19.95  Epicenter Press

Red Summer: The Danger and Madness of Commercial Salmon Fishing in Alaska Bill Carter The account of Bill Carter’s four summers of brutal work as a commercial salmon fisherman in Alaska’s Bristol Bay. Red Summer is “Required Reading.”—Outside $16.95  Schaffner Press

Washington Wines & Wineries The Essential Guide Paul Gregutt Completely revised and expanded, with twice as many profiles, updated tasting notes, and new recommended producers for each grape variety. “Gregutt excels where others have not…Now the book of record for the Washington wine scene.”—The Wine News $34.95  University of California Press

Northwest Essentials: Cooking with Ingredients That Define a Region’s Cuisine Greg Atkinson Salmon, wild mushrooms, hazelnuts, and berries— all the Northwest’s essential ingredients shine in Greg Atkinson’s classic cookbook featuring beautiful color photography. $24.95  Sasquatch Books

Chef in the Vineyard: Fresh & Simple Recipes from Great Wine Estates John Sarich, Culinary Director, St. Michelle Wine Estates Unique, multi-course menus that feature wines from the estates of ten Pacific Coast wineries. More than 40 wine-friendly recipes, perfect for entertaining. $32.95  Sea-Hill Press

Above Portland: Photographs by Bruce Forster Edited by Chet Orloff Through stunning aerial photography, Above Portland offers a unique and beautiful perspective on the picturesque region of Portland, Oregon, illuminating the many reasons it is a model for cities around the world. $35.00  Cameron & Company

Above Portland: 2011 Calendar $12.99


Wrap It Up Haikubes Forest-Pruzan Creative The new Magnetic Poetry! Simply roll the cubes and use the words to create an expressive haiku. Everyone’s a poet with this innovative game created by the team behind Cranium. $24.95  Chronicle Books

Natural History: The Ultimate Visual Guide to Everything on Earth Overseen and authenticated by the Smithsonian Institution, Natural History presents an unrivaled visual survey of Earth’s natural history, looking at every kingdom of life, from bacteria, minerals, and rocks to fossils to plants and animals. $50.00  DK Publishing

Great Migrations: Epic Animal Journeys K. M. Kostyal Featuring iconic stills from National Geographic Channel’s groundbreaking seven-hour HD miniseries, this stunning companion tracks the arduous life-and-death journeys of wild creatures across the globe. $35.00  National Geographic

Harry Potter Film Wizardry Brian Sibley Packed with exclusive stories from the stars, production sketches, your own Marauder’s Map, a Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes product catalog, and more—this volume is an insider’s look at movie-making magic. $39.99  Collins Design

Nursing, The Finest Art: An Illustrated History, Third Edition M. Patricia Donahue Traces the social, political, and economic history of nursing from its origins through contemporary practice. The perfect gift for anyone in the “caring” profession. 400 images. $59.95  Mosby


Wrap It Up

Historical Atlas of the North American Railroad Derek Hayes Nearly 400 old railroad maps, most in color, plus photos, brochures, and posters, provide a new perspective on the North American railroad and explain how it transformed the economic and social life of a continent. $39.95  University of California Press

The Travel Book: A Journey through Every Country in the World

Drives of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Most Spectacular Trips

The international bestseller is back! With 850 new images and completely updated text, The Travel Book makes a perfect gift this holiday season. $50.00  Lonely Planet

Where to Go, Why to Go, When to Go. Dazzlingly illustrated yet practical, this guide calls to the open road and the magnificent sights along the way. $40.00  National Geographic

The Photographic Card Deck of The Elements Theodore Gray A visual companion to the bestselling book The Elements, this beautiful photographic card deck features all 118 elements in the periodic table. One element per card appears as a full-size image on the front and fascinating information about the element on the back. $24.95

The Elements

Black Dog & Leventhal


The ‘90s: The Inside Stories of the Decade That Rocked The Editors of Rolling Stone The‘90s offers a gorgeous tribute to, and an unforgettable portrait of, the decade that rocked—from Britney Spears to Kurt Cobain and the Backstreet Boys to the Beastie Boys. $29.99  Collins Design


Innovation/Creation And the Pursuit of Happiness Maira Kalman With her trademark style, wit, sensitivity, and spontaneity, the popular New York Times blogger and illustrator guides a whirlwind tour of American democracy. $29.95  Penguin Press

Chihuly Fire & Light: Book and DVD Set Dale Chihuly From Chihuly’s studio in Seattle to the de Young in San Francisco, Fire & Light provides an in-depth look at the design of a grand scale exhibition by the preeminent glass artist. 144 page book, 60 minute DVD. $30.00 each  Portland Press Also Available:

Chihuly in the Hotshop: Book and DVD Set

More Show Me How: Everything We Couldn’t Fit in the First Book Derek Fagerstrom, Lauren Smith, & The Show Me Team From the creators of the original Show Me How comes a new collection that shows readers how to amaze, trick, create and love, with ideas ranging from practical to outrageous to romantic. $24.99  Collins Design

Mess: The Manual of Accidents and Mistakes Keri Smith This new interactive guide from the creator of Wreck This Journal encourages you to make a mess—to use mistakes to create something unexpected. $13.95  Perigree


Wreck This Box

Keri Smith And now you can find Keri Smith’s books Wreck This Journal, This Is Not a Book, and Mess in one boxed set. The best part? You can even wreck the box. $39.85  Perigree

Creation/Innovation Indie Craft Jo Waterhouse Showcases quirky, cutting-edge, craft-based artwork where the crafters use traditional methods to create work that is contemporary, ironic, kitschy and humorous, blurring the line between art and craft. $19.95  Laurence King

Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation Steven Johnson One of our most innovative, popular thinkers takes on—in exhilarating style—one of our key questions: Where do good ideas come from? $26.95  Riverhead

Lynd Ward: Six Novels in Woodcuts Edited by Art Spiegelman Art Spiegelman presents a stunning new edition of the classic wordless novels of Lynd Ward, the books that gave birth to the modern graphic novel. $70.00  Library of America

MARK RYDEN Celebrated artist Mark Ryden masterfully combines the arcane with pop-cultural imagery. Traverse vast wintry landscapes and enter the frigid domain of the majestic Snow Yak, or wander through forests of floating tree stumps and mysterious wood nymphs. At the forefront of contemporary representational art, Ryden’s astonishing iconography reveals worlds within and beyond reality.

The Snow Yak Show $28.00  Last Gasp

The Snow Yak Show Postcard Microportfolio The Tree Show Postcard Microportfolio $12.95  Last Gasp

$12.95  Last Gasp

The Tree Show $40.00  D.A.P.


Tasty Gifts Harvest to Heat: Cooking with America’s Best Chefs, Farmers, and Artisans Darryl Estrine and Kelly Kochendorfer, Foreword by Alice Waters Celebrating the unique collaboration between chef and food artisan—including Northwest chefs Greg Higgins (Higgins), Naomi Pomeroy (Beast), Jason Franey (Canlis), Gabriel Rucher (Le Pigeon), Maria Hines (Tilth)—and the local farmers who supply them each day. $40.00  Taunton

Keys to Good Cooking: A Guide to Making the Best of Foods and Recipes Harold McGee The answers to many kitchen conundrums in one easy-to-use volume, from the author of the acclaimed culinary bible On Food and Cooking. $35.00  Penguin Press

The Food Matters Cookbook: 500 Revolutionary Recipes for Better Living Mark Bittman The follow-up to Mark Bittman’s bestseller, Food Matters, offers 500 recipes that will save your health and the planet. $35.00  Simon & Schuster

The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual Frank Falcinelli, Frank Castronovo & Peter Meehan Meet the Frankies! Dishes as served at Frankies Spuntino in Manhattan, Brooklyn—and thanks, in part to a Stumptown connection—an upcoming branch in Portland! Italian-American comfort food, re-imagined with great ingredients and greenmarket sides. $24.95  Artisan

The Essential New York Times Cookbook: Classic Recipes for a New Century Amanda Hesser The well-known New York Times food columnist brings her signature voice and expertise to this compendium of influential and delicious recipes from chefs, home cooks, and food writers. Hesser has cooked and updated every one of the 1,000 plus recipes. $40.00  Norton

Oaxaca al Gusto: An Infinite Gastronomy Diana Kennedy Renowned as the Julia Child of Mexican cooking, Diana Kennedy has now written her magnum opus—an irreplaceable record of the traditional regional cuisines of Oaxaca. $50.00  University of Texas Press


Tasty Gifts A World of Cake: 150 Recipes for Sweet Traditions From Cultures Near and Far Krystina Castella Take a sinfully sweet, mouthwatering, and eye-opening tour of the world’s favorite dessert. A World of Cake celebrates cakemaking traditions around the globe, with 150 recipes! A must-have for the baker on your holiday list. $24.95 Storey Publishing

Teen Cuisine Matthew Locricchio, photography by James Peterson Features more than 50 mouthwatering recipes, 60 dazzling photographs, and an emphasis on fresh nutritious ingredients for healthy eating. Also available: The International Cookbook for Kids and The 2nd International Cookbook for Kids. $22.95  Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books

The Illustrated Cook’s Book of Ingredients The ultimate comprehensive show-and-tell guide to ingredients from around the globe. An invaluable reference for food lovers and cooks intent on making the most of ingredients available today. $35.00  DK Publishing Also from the series:

Avec Eric: A Culinary Journey with Eric Ripert Follows the award-winning star chef as he explores the culinary traditions of various countries and creates dishes that celebrate the bounty of each one. $34.95  John Wiley & Sons

The Golden Book of Desserts Carla Bardi and Rachel Lane Desserts of all kinds are included in this superb collection—custards, mousses, cakes, pies, pastries, frozen delights, and more. More than 250 recipes! $29.99  Barron’s Educational Series, INC.

The Wild Table: Seasonal Foraged Food and Recipes Connie Green and Sarah Scott, Foreword by Thomas Keller A captivating cookbook that takes us into the woods and shows how to prepare more than 100 sumptuous recipes from foraged ingredients. $40.00  Viking Studio


That’s Life Dewey’s Nine Lives: The Legacy of the Small-Town Library Cat Who Inspired Millions Vicki Myron with Bret Witter The cat that captured America’s hearts returns with two new Dewey tales and seven other stories that capture the special bond between cats and their people. $19.95  Dutton

Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love Larry Levin Heartwarming and redemptive, the tale of the rescue of this dog—against all odds—and of the family who took him home and made him one of their own. $19.99  Grand Central Publishing

A Secret Gift: How One Man’s Kindness—and a Trove of Letters—Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression Ted Gup An inspiring account of America at its worst—and Americans at their best— woven from the stories of Depression-era families who were helped by gifts from the author’s generous and secretive grandfather. $25.95  Penguin Press

Cleopatra: A Life Stacy Schiff The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer brings to life the most intriguing woman in the history of the world. Though her life spanned fewer than 40 years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world. $29.99  Little, Brown and Company

Life Keith Richards Richards brings the story of a life fans have all longed to know more of—unfettered, fearless, and true. $29.99  Little, Brown and Company

The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean Susan Casey In this mesmerizing account, the exploits of a unique tribe of extreme surfers seeking the sport’s holy grail, a 100-foot wave, is juxtaposed against scientists’ urgent efforts to understand the destructive powers of waves. $27.95  Doubleday

The Turquoise Ledge: A Memoir


Leslie Marmon Silko Part memoir, part family history, Leslie Marmon Silko contemplates the enormous spiritual power of the natural world in her first book in ten years. $25.95  Viking

Going Deep God and Dog Wendy Francisco The YouTube sensation now in book format! Francisco’s story appeals to all ages, to animal enthusiasts, to people of religious persuasions, and especially to anyone who has been loved by a dog. $10.99  Center Street

How To Live, Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer Sarah Bakewell A British bestseller, this lively biography of Montaigne and spirited guide to living the examined life as he did is the perfect gift for the intelligent skeptic in anyone’s life. $25.00  Other Press

Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril Kathleen Dean Moore and Michael P. Nelson, Editors Foreword by Desmond Tutu Bringing together more than 80 visionaries, Moral Ground presents a call to honor our moral responsibility to the planet and future generations. $24.95  Trinity University Press

Glad No Matter What: Transforming Loss and Change Into Gift and Opportunity SARK When grief, sadness, and other strong emotions seem overwhelming, this book shows how to skillfully work with those feelings and access their significant healing power. $18.95  New World Library

What Good is God?: In Search of A Faith That Matters Philip Yancey Journeying amid the world’s shining joys and deepest problems—from terrorist attacks in India to the Virginia Tech campus after the massacre—Yancey searches for evidence that faith works. $23.99  Faith Words

My Spiritual Journey The Dalai Lama with Sofia Stril-Rever In his own words, the story of the spiritual growth of the Dalai Lama from childhood memories to Buddhist monk to global icon of peace. $25.99  HarperOne


Gift of Laughter Sketchy Santas: A Lighter Look at the Darker Side of St. Nick Will Zweigart A hilarious photographic collection of some of the seediest characters ever to have donned the red and white. $10.00  Gallery

Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People Amy Sedaris Demonstrating that crafting is one of life’s more pleasurable and constructive leisure activities, Sedaris shows that anyone with a couple of hours to kill and access to pipe cleaners can join the elite society of crafters. $27.99  Grand Central Publishing

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk David Sedaris, illus. by Ian Falconer This new collection of keen-eyed animalthemed tales is an utter delight. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of everyday life. $21.99  Little, Brown and Company

Simpsons World: The Ultimate Episode Guide Seasons 1–20 Matt Groening A cromulent compendium of all things Simpsons! Twenty seasons of comprehensive episode synopses, including 128 new gut-busting episodes, all featured on at least two jam-packed pages each, plus nifty new art, quotes, screen grabs, and more. $150.00  It Books

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Book): A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race Jon Stewart Takes readers on an intellectual voyage through time—a quest back to the very moment of creation— that will maybe, just maybe, help them to figure out exactly how and why everything got so irretrievably messed up. $27.99  Grand Central Publishing


National Bestsellers

Hell’s Corner

An Object of Beauty: A Novel

Cross Fire

David Baldacci A bomb detonates outside the White House in Lafayette Park in what looks like a terrorist plot. Now it’s up to the Camel Club to stop this mysterious and lethal foe. $27.99  Grand Central Publishing

Steve Martin Follows one charismatic young woman to the soaring heights—and, at times, the dark lows—of the New York City art world and the country from the late 1990s through today. $26.99  Grand Central Publishing

James Patterson Wedding plans are put on hold when Alex is called to the scene of the perfectly executed assassination of a dirty congressmen and an underhanded lobbyist. Is the marksman a hero or a vigilante? $27.99  Little, Brown and Company

Safe Haven Nicholas Sparks When a mysterious young woman appears in a small North Carolina town, she seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships. $25.99  Grand Central Publishing

The Reversal Michael Connelly When longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder, he and Detective Harry Bosch set off on a case fraught with political and personal danger. $27.99  Little, Brown and Company

Fall of Giants: Book One of The Century Trilogy Ken Follett The #1 New York Times bestselling author returns with a magnificent new historical epic following five families as they travel through the extraordinary events of the twentieth century. $36.00  Dutton


Middle Reader, Young Adult Dear America: The Fences Between Us Kirby Larson One fateful day in December 1941, Piper Davis awaits news of her brother, a soldier on the battleship Arizona stationed in Pearl Harbor. As explosions rule the earth and sky, Piper wonders what will become of her brother and of her life in Seattle. Written by some of today’s most distinguished authors, and inspired by real letters and diaries, this compelling series takes historical fiction to new heights. $12.99 each (ages 8–14)  Scholastic Press

Also available from Dear America: Journey to the New World, The Winter of Red Snow, Voyage on the Great Titanic, and many more to come!

Scumble Ingrid Law The enchanting companion to Newbery Honor Book and New York Times bestseller Savvy. It’s nine years after Mib’s journey and her cousin Ledge has just turned 13. But will his savvy be a total dud? $16.99 (ages 8–12)  Dial Books for Young Readers

Look Now: The World in Facts, Stats, and Graphics Half encyclopedia, half almanac, and 100% awesome! Look Now is crammed with up-to-theminute information to give a fascinating snapshot of our planet and what makes it tick. $24.99 (ages 8–17) DK Publishing

Nightshade Andrea Cremer Calla has always known her destiny: After graduating, she’ll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren, and together they will rule their pack—but then she violates her masters’ laws by saving a human boy. $17.99 (ages 14+) Philomel Books

The Exiled Queen: Seven Realms #2 Cinda Williams Chima You can’t always run from danger…. The gripping sequel to Demon King in the Seven Realms fantasy trilogy is an epic tale of uncertain friendships. $17.99 (ages 12+)  Disney-Hyperion Now available in paperback!

The Demon King: Seven Realms #1



Middle Reader, Young Adult

Versus: Pirates

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

Richard Platt It’s drama on the high seas as ten of the greatest pirates of history meet for the first time. In the end, only one can be history’s ultimate pirate. Who will it be? $19.99 (ages 10+)  Kingfisher

John Grisham Theo dreams of being a great trial lawyer but ends up in court much sooner than expected when he is dragged into the middle of a sensational murder trial— and only he knows the truth. $16.99 (ages 8+) Dutton Children’s Books

The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero Rick Riordan Return to the world of Camp Half-Blood with a new group of heroes in this new series from the creator of Percy Jackson & the Olympians. $18.99 (ages 9–12) Disney-Hyperion

Extraordinary Nancy Werlin Pheobe finds herself drawn to Mallory, the strange new kid in school, but soon discovers that Mallory and her brother are visitors from the faerie realm who have come to collect on an age-old debt. $17.99 (ages 12+) Dial Books for Young Readers Also available, in paperback: Impossible $9.99  Speak

Matched Ally Condie Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her, but now she must choose between the only life she’s known or a path that no one else has dared to follow. $17.99 (ages 12+) Dutton Children’s Books

Beautiful Darkness Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl Nothing ever changes in Ethan’s small town—until he meets mysterious newcomer Lena, who reveals a secret world that has been hidden in plain sight all along. $17.99 (ages 12+) Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

The Clockwork Three Matthew Kirby Dark forces threaten three ordinary children that are brought together by extraordinary circumstances. An astonishing tale of adventure, magic, and wonder. $17.99 (ages 8–14) Scholastic Press


Middle Reader, Young Adult Pathfinder Orson Scott Card The first book in an amazing new teen fantasy trilogy from the bestselling author of Ender’s Game about a teen who can see people’s pasts. $18.99 (ages 12+) Simon Pulse

The Scorch Trials James Dashner The Maze was just the beginning…The Gladers now find they must cross the Scorch and arrive at a safe haven in just two weeks—and their wicked captors won’t make it easy. $17.99 (ages 12–17) Delacorte Books for Young Readers Also available: The Maze Runner

The Steps Across the Water Adam Gopnik, illus. by Bruce McCall In this masterful new fantasy, the bestselling author joins with legendary illustrator to explore powerful themes of identity and the meaning of home. $17.99 (ages 8–13) Disney-Hyperion

Big Nate Strikes Again Lincoln Peirce Nate Wright is back and better than ever. This time he’s up against his ultimate nemesis, Gina, and ready to prove that he’s #1. $12.99 (ages 8–12) HarperCollins Children’s Books

Danger! Filled with peril, risk, and suspense…and it’s all true! The most dangerous mathematical formula in history, a fast food restaurant that serves up a deadly menu, the toxic terrors that live on unwashed hands! $19.99 (ages 10–17)  DK Publishing

Spirit Bound: A Vampire Academy Novel Richelle Mead It is nearly graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin, but Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri. When your whole life is about saving others, who will save you? $17.99 each (ages 12+) Razorbill


Look for the astonishing final novel in the series Last Sacrifice

Available December 2010

Kids It’s a Book Lane Smith Playful and lighthearted with a subversive twist that is signature Lane Smith. It’s a Book is a celebration of the printed book for book lovers all ages. $12.99 (ages 6+) Roaring Brook Press

Beautiful OOPS! Barney Saltzberg Celebrate the “Oops” in life with this one-of-a-kind interactive book, featuring pop-ups, tears, holes and smudges. It’s ok to make mistakes. In fact, hooray for mistakes! $11.95 (ages 3+)  Workman

Dinosaur vs. the Potty Bob Shea Parents and toddlers won’t be able to resist this hilarious book about what happens when Dinosaur faces… the potty! $15.99 (ages 2–6) Disney-Hyperion

The Carnival of the Animals Jack Prelutsky Along with illustrator Mary GrandPré, America’s first Children’s Poet Laureate gives an inspired interpretation of Camille Saint-Saëns’s famous musical suite. Book and CD set. $19.99 (ages 6–12)  Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Robots Steve Weston With four exciting pop-up scenes and nine die cut play pieces, adventurous kids will explore this robotic world for hours and learn how robots help expand the limits of scientific knowledge. $16.99 (ages 3–6) Kingfisher

City Dog, Country Frog Mo Willems, illus. by Jon J. Muth A stirring picture book from two Caldecott Honorees about the evolution of an uncommon friendship. $17.99 (ages 4–7) Disney-Hyperion

Wherever You Are If love can take shape, it would look like these words and images. New from the bestselling author of On the Night You Were Born.

The Spirit of Christmas A beautifully illustrated Christmas book that tells us that the most magical gift of the season is when we spend Christmas with those we love.

Nancy Tillman $16.99 each (ages 4–8) Feiwel & Friends


Kids Yes Virginia There is a Santa Claus Chris Plehal, illus. by James Bernardin In 1897, eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote to the New York Sun newspaper to ask a simple question: Is there a Santa Claus? The editor’s response was a stirring defense of hope, generosity, and the spirit of childhood. $16.99 (ages 6–12)  HarperCollins Children’s Books

Counting on Snow Maxwell Newhouse A unique counting book and a gorgeous exploration of the beauty of northern animals in winter, this is an introduction to numeracy wrapped in a blanket of snow. $14.95 (ages 2–5) Tundra Books

Wild Alphabet: An A to Zoo Pop-Up Book Dan Green Wild animals jump off the pages in this illustrated pop-up featuring 26 creatures hidden within letters of the alphabet. With playful text, it’s a delight to read time and again. $19.99 (all ages)  Kingfisher

The Sea of Sleep Warren Hanson, illus. by Jim LaMarche Baby Otter cuddles into his mama’s arms as calm, silvery waters rock him gently toward sleep. Readers of all ages will be soothed to sleep by the poetic text and the enchanting, magical paintings. $16.99 (ages 4–8)  Scholastic Press

Why Do Elephants Need the Sun? Robert E. Wells Known for his child friendly science presentations, the Washington author-illustrator has completed his 11th book in his informative, easy to read series. $16.99 (ages 9–12)  Albert Whitman & Company Now available in paperback from the Robert E. Wells Science Series:

What’s So Special About Planet Earth?

$6.99  Albert Whitman & Company

My Mommy Hung the Moon: A Love Story Jamie Lee Curtis, illus. by Laura Cornell The ninth picture book by the #1 New York Times bestselling duo is a celebration of unconditional love between a little boy and his mommy. $16.99 (ages 4–8)  Balzer & Bray



Late for School

Christmas in the Time of Billy Lee

Old Bear and His Cub

Steve Martin, illus. by C.F. Payne Getting to school has never been quite this difficult—or hilarious! Includes a CD with Martin on banjo and vocals, singing the book’s story with a bluegrass twist. $17.99 (ages 4–8) Grand Central Publishing

Jerdine Nolen, illus. by Barry Moser In this magic-filled tale, Ellie restores joy to her town by believing in miracles. Designed for families to read together on Christmas Eve, this story captures the wonder of the holiday. $16.99 (ages 4+) Disney–Jump at the Sun

Olivier Dunrea Old Bear loves his Little Cub with all his heart and always takes care of him, but when Old Bear catches a cold, it’s Little Cub who knows just what to do to make Old Bear feel better. $16.99 (ages 3–5) Philomel Books

Making the Moose Out of Life From the creator of Big Bear Hug comes a lighthearted, contemporary fable about a mild-mannered moose who learns to live life to the fullest. Nicholas Oldland $16.95 each (ages 3–7) Kids Can Press

Big Bear Hug An environmental fable that illustrates the awesome power of a hug.

Available November 18 Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray: The Uproar at the Front Door Nick Bruel Get ready for more hilarious cat-titude! Bad Kitty’s owners are on vacation, but she’s stuck at home—driving Uncle Murray crazy with shenanigans of epic proportions. $13.99 (ages 7+) Roaring Brook Press

Amazing Cows Sandra Boynton A work of pure obsession, Amazing Cows celebrates cows and offbeat cowness with a miscellany of cow stories, cow poems, cow jokes, cow songs, cow comics and moore! $9.95 (ages 5–8)  Workman

The 3 Little Dassies Jan Brett When eagle flies down to flap and clap and blow down the new houses of Mimbi, Pimbi and Timbi, he gets a fine comeuppance in a deliciously funny twist! $17.99 (ages 3–5) G.P. Putnam’s Sons


Holiday Books 2010  

A guide to the latest books perfect for holiday gift giving and available at the best of the northwest's independent booksellers, members of...

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