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Chuck anut Reader A Village Books Publication • SUMMER 2021

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A Summer Reading Challenge for Everyone

A Magazine for the Northwest’s Most Avid Readers


Great Reads Virtual Events

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41st Anniversary





at Village Books & Paper Dreams in Fairhaven and Lynden!

June 19th & 20th Saturday & Sunday

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TWO DAYS ONLY! Can't make it in? Order online or call in your book order during the sale. Pay and receive the discount!


Summer 2021

Building Community One Book at a Time

Dear Reader, As we enter our 41st year as a business we have so much to be thankful for. As a community we have helped each other get through a very tough time in our planet’s history. The pandemic is not over. Worldwide, we have a long way to go. It is encouraging that we are able to get vaccinated and start to see some light at the end of this very long and topsy-turvy tunnel. A gargantuan thank you to nurses, doctors, and scientists that have helped us all get here. We have been lucky to be able to hire a new group of people that are excited and ready to help you. Being able to employ people in our community is very important to us. A community where we can work and live is healthy for all of us. Throughout this issue of the Chuckanut Reader we have highlighted all of our staff along with their favorite summer book. We hope you enjoy seeing their smiling faces and that you find a book just perfect for your summer reading. Our hope to you dear reader is that you have a fun-filled summer with lots of laughter, shared meals, hugs, and of course, a good book.


& Paper Dreams The Chuckanut Reader • Summer 2021

Publisher: Village Books and Paper Dreams Production Design: Kelly Carbert Contributors: Kiana Allen, Andrew Baesler, Shelley Beierle, Eric Bowen, Rick Bramham, Lillie Brown, Kendra Calitri, Kelly Carbert, Erin Chervenock, Gaye Davis, Ronnie Delgado, Abby Deutsch, Peter Dyer, Chelanne Evans, Kelly Evert, Seda Foley, Chase Gartner, Paul Hanson, Chloe Hovind, Sarah Hutton, Hannah Jennings, Rachel Johnson, Maia Kreis, Sarah Macpherson, Madison Marko, Ben Mashburn, Jenni McDowell, Claire McElroy-Chesson, Dichali Nash, Zadra Nolan, Mckenzie Oliver, Owen Paznokas, Ava Peach, Laura Picco, Hanna Reynolds, Reilly Parr, Rielley Rogers, Ruby Sachs, Melissa Searle, Lauren Sommer, Matt Sulier, Maddie Swaney, Madeline Sweeney, Melissa Terszakowec, Kelsey Thomas, Emily Thomsen, Mariam Wolters, Gabi Yoxtheimer Cover: Take the Village Books Summer Reading Challenge Content except art & book covers ©Village Books 2021 Printed by the Lynden Tribune on paper made from 50% post-consumer waste. browse & shop anytime!


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– Kelly, Paul, Sarah

and the Entire Village Books and Paper Dreams Family

In This Issue... June 19 & 20 – Anniversary Sale 20% Off Storewide 2 Dear Reader 3 Join Village Books and Read with Pride 4 What's Going On? 5-8 Congratulations 2021 Graduates 9 Round it Up for Friends of the Library 10 Shopping with Kelly – Hot Local Flair 11-13 Whatcom Reads 2022 – Greenwood 14 Fantastic Fiction – New & Recommended 15-24 Summer SciFi & Fantasy 25-27 Writing, Reading, and Services 28-29 Chuckanut Writing Classes and Conference 30-31 It's All Happening In Lynden 32-33 Cooking, Eating, plus Picnics with Evolve 34-37 Current Events and History 38-40 Life Stories 41-45 Get Outdoors, Take a Field Guide 46-47 A Book Group at Sea 48 Nature and Science 49-51 Inspiration & Creativity 52-53 New Poetry & WDRC Kids Peace Poetry Contest 54-55 Great Reads and Activities for Kids, Teens, Teachers 56-67 Virtual Author Events and more 68-71

New Summer Hours at Our Fairhaven Store We're staying open LATER for your browsing pleasure. Shop until 9pm Mondays through Saturdays. FH: 360.671.2626 • LY: 360.526.2133 • villagebooks.com

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PRIDE Celebrate • Educate • Reflect • Explore rate Your True Colors Celeb

We're breaking out the flags and rainbows as we celebrate Pride Month this June!

At Village Books, we believe in acceptance, inclusion, and respect for the diversity of human life. We strive to promote and advocate for equal rights. In honor of National Pride Month, you'll find displays and shelftalkers highlighting books that explore themes of gender, sexuality, queerness, and community throughout our stores. With these titles, our hope is to help expand visions of love, family, and selfhood in order to cultivate a safe and healthy space for LGBTQ+ community members to live, work, and thrive. Join us as we embrace and celebrate pride throughout our community.



Summer 2021

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FAIRHAVEN FUN Mark Your Calendar

Fairhaven Fourth Friday

Art Walks

July 23, 5pm - 8pm August 27, 5pm - 8pm Celebrate local creative spirit at the Fairhaven Fourth Friday Art Walk. Every fourth Friday of each month, except December, merchants throughout Fairhaven Village open their doors to share the artwork of emerging and established artists. Come to the Fairhaven Fourth Friday Art Walk to meet the artists, see demonstrations, partake in refreshments, and enjoy entertainment. Each month features new exciting artists.

Thursday, August 19, 5pm - 8:30pm Mark your calendars, it's almost time for the annual Fairhaven Wine Walk—Vino in the Village! Stroll, sip, and savor a variety of Pacific Northwest wines as 15 of Fairhaven's unique and special businesses each host wineries. Come rain or come shine, it's bound to be an evening to remember.


Sunday, September 26, 11am - 2pm


$25 pre-register/$30 at the door – includes wristband, 8 tasting tickets, wine walk map and guide, and commemorative wine glass.

For the Love of Fairhaven

Fall Brunch Celebrate the businesses and individuals that make a difference in the life of Fairhaven at the Fall Brunch–an annual awards celebration and fundraiser. With a live auction, silent raffle, mimosas, bloody marys, a delicious brunch buffet, and honorary awards. $45/person and $500/VIP table of eight. Watch enjoyfairhaven.com for additional registration details.

$50 VIP pre-register/ $60 at the door – includes all of the above plus early 5pm and expedited check-in, 12 tasting tickets, free Lyft ride home, VIP snack lounge, wine walk swag bag and more. A 21+ event.

New This Year! Saturday, October 16, 10am - 5pm


Chicken Celebration

on the Fairhaven Village Green

Join us at the Fairhaven Village Green where we will mingle with our community's chickens. There will be contests, vendors, food, and fun.

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Art by Scott Ward

Summer 2021



Live Orchestra and Chamber Music Performance Returns


Three Festival Orchestra concerts


Two Chamber Music Programs

Featuring the Calidore String Quartet in both ensemble and concerto appearances All tickets $50. Open seating to accommodate social distancing. For more information, visit BellinghamFestival.org

July 10–18, 2021 Are You Receiving the

Village Books e-Newsletter? Village Books sends out an email newsletter packed full of store and book information including our latest virtual LitLive events, sale dates, and on occasion, special promotions. Twice each week, we also provide Shelf Awareness for Readers book reviews. If you’re not currently receiving these updates and would like to, you may sign up in the store or, even easier, do it at villagebooks.com today!

Stacey Abrams

Just Added !

in conversation with

Cari Champion

Tuesday, June 22, 4pm We are honored to partner with Picador Books to host An Evening with Stacey Abrams celebrating the paperback launch of Our Time Is Now. Abrams will be joined by broadcast journalist and television personality Cari Champion. A recognized expert on fair voting and civic engagement, Stacey Abrams, one of the most prominent black female politicians in the U.S., chronicles a chilling account of how the right to vote and the principle of democracy have been and continue to be under attack. The stakes could not be higher. Do not miss this event!

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Let's All Go to the Ball Game! Join us as we cheer on the Bellingham Bells on August 1st

Who doesn’t love a good baseball game? On Sunday, August 1st, we’ll be rooting for the Bellingham Bells as they take on the Corvaillis Knights at Joe Martin Field and we hope you’ll join us. It’s the Village Books sponsored game night, so stop by our booth to say hi­­–you just might win a prize! Kids participating in our Summer Reading Challenge can receive two free tickets to the game if they complete the first two books in the challenge by July 31! (While supplies last–see page 58 for the inside scoop on this year's Summer Reading Challenge.) Adults, keep an eye out for Village Books and Paper Dreams Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram notifications for your chance to win free tickets as well. See you at the game.



SIDEWALK SALE in Fairhaven

Saturday, September 4, 10am - 5pm

Save the Date!

It's a tradition! Enjoy special offers throughout the district! From 10am-5pm, books, decor, gifts, art, clothing, toys, shoes, and many other items will be offered at discount pricing from Historic Fairhaven establishments during the annual district-wide Sidewalk Sale! You'll find special bargains, discontinued items, overstock, and things you'll want you never knew you couldn't live without. Don't miss out!


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Thank You for Shopping Local. It Matters!

July is Independents Month Independents Month is an annual celebration to engage local independent businesses and citizens in celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit and freedom our local businesses embody. Independents Month is also an occasion to recognize small businesses’ contributions to the community–and to affirm citizens’ role in shaping their community’s future. THANK YOU for thinking local first by supporting and celebrating your independents! Summer 2021



Friday, October 1, 2021

Literacy Trivia Bee – Virtual– ? ? ?  


Have you heard the buzz? 

The Whatcom Literacy Council’s Annual Trivia Bee is Friday, October 1st.

Join the Whatcom Literacy Council Friday, October 1 from 7pm to 9pm for the 2021 online Trivia Bee. Scotty VanDryver of KAFE Radio and Ken Jennings of Jeopardy! fame will co-host this battle of wits as teams of three compete once again for the traveling Totten Trophy. Ryan Budds returns with his slick virtual format which immediately calculates who answers correctly in the quickest amount of time.



by: Eric McCandless/ ABC

You’ll have a great night of fun while helping the WLC help others. All proceeds support the Whatcom Literacy Council’s efforts to provide literacy tutoring to adults in Whatcom County. Teams are forming now! Contact events@whatcomliteracy.org for team registration ($75 for three players) and information about sponsorships. There will be an online SILENT AUCTION the week leading up to the TRIVIA BEE (09/25-10/02). WLC is currently seeking donations of eclectic and wonderful baskets to be auctioned off in support of our free adult literacy programs.


Save the Date!

Literacy Breakfast with Nancy Pearl Friday, November 5, 8am - 9am


This year's Literacy Breakfast with Nancy Pearl will be a virtual event from 8am to 9am on Friday, November 5th. Bring your own coffee as the Literacy Council shares highlights of their services and author/librarian/ NPR commentator Nancy Pearl offers her book recommendations for the year. Pearl's book list will be linked to the Village Books website for easy shopping. Registration is required and will be available via whatcomliteracy.org; a donation supporting the adult literacy programs of the Whatcom Literacy Council is expected.



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Here's to you,

GRADS The Class of 2021 We all learned new vocabulary this year— from Asynchronus to Zoom—so an extra congratulations to all graduates from Kindergarten to Doctorates. Here at Village Books, we'd like to give a special shout-out to our own 2021 graduates; Gabi & Mariam are both completing degrees at Western Washington University while Hannah and Maddie are each finishing the school year with two degrees each­— from both Lynden High School A N D W h a t c om Community College. Hats off to all of you!

Top picture (l-r): Maddie, Gabi, Hannah At right: Mariam

Celebrate the Graduates in YOUR Life! Stop by Village Books and Paper Dreams for cards, journals, cookbooks, gift cards, jewelry, candy... we have lots of ways to help you say, "Great Job!"

Write it Down

Memories • Dreams • Goals

Village Books & Paper Dreams

Gift Cards For All Ages

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Any Occasion Summer 2021


ROUND IT UP for Friends

of the Bellingham Public Library


e’re excited to introduce you to this season’s Round vvvvRound It Up partner, The Friends of the Bellingham Public Library!

The Friends of the Bellingham Public Library (FOBPL) has been supporting and promoting the Library since the early 1950s. An organization that is separate from the library itself, it is an all-volunteer nonprofit charitable group whose mission is advocating for the library. What do the Friends do? They raise over 50,000 each year through sales of donated books. Included in these donations are the books passed on through the used book buying program at Village Books! It takes more than 5,000 volunteer hours to convert books into cash. Funds raised by the Friends help with: Whatcom Reads, Teen Reading, Summer Reading, parent education, book club kits, children's collection, large type books, staff development, museum passes, and much more!

Round It Up, our amazingly simple giving program, was designed to support local non-profits. Join Village Books and Paper Dreams customers who are supporting our community by rounding up your next purchase to the nearest dollar. Ask a bookseller for details.

In addition, the Friends provide directly to our community through free magazines and books at the Central Branch. They provide free books for the homeless, for the neighborhood "Little Libraries," for SeaMar, and for Aldergrove Food Bank.

Book Donations The Friends will start accepting donations at the central Bellingham Public Library on July 15th—no earlier. Only books, magazines, DVDs and CDs in good condition accepted. Two bag limit.

Shopping at our Lynden location? You can Round It Up for the wonderful Friends of the

Lynden Library.

See bellinghampubliclibrary.org/friends-of-the-library for more information, updates on sale dates, and to discover additional ways to support and become a Friend of the Library.

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Summer 2021

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with local flair


with Kelly

Village Books & Paper Dreams Owner & Gift Buyer Kelly Evert Shares Her Top Picks for the Season


s I write this, it is a beautiful sunny northwest day. This particular summer is exciting; we are feeling a difference as more people become vaccinated. We are tentatively beginning to hug friends and family, shake hands, and share smiles. Many of us will be sharing picnics, and BBQs, maybe even out at a park. We will celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and weddings. Still in small groups, but the thought of some normalcy is huge. As we celebrate those around us, we should also thank those companies that are located in the northwest that have created and have kept their businesses running this past year. I’m sure it has been difficult for them! You have seen their products in the store, and here is a little background about some of our favorite vendors.

Samish Bay Soaps Handcrafted right here in Bellingham, every batch of Samish Bay Soaps is created, cut, and packaged by hand by a family of three­—­Kim, John, and Rachel Heinke. Inspired by their natural surroundings in the Pacific Northwest, they use only plant-derived, pure essential oils and herbs. You won't find any chemical fragrances or colorants in these cruelty free products. “We like to keep things as simple and natural as possible,” says Kim. "We hope you enjoy our soaps as much as we love making them!" Fun fact: Paper Dreams was their second retail account! We were lucky enough to start selling these soaps in 1997. Coming in a variety of scents and sizes, these delightful soaps make the perfect host gift or pick-me-up for your own home.

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GurglePot The GurglePot is a unique and whimsical fish-shaped pitcher that... gurgles! Available in a variety of beautiful colors and sizes, they've been a popular gift item at Paper Dreams for the past decade. But where do they come from? The story began in 1995 when Matt and Jennifer Ellison – who met while going to WSU–attended a wedding in a small village in Southern France. “Since there were no hotels in town," Matt explains, "all guests were matched with French hosts. Our hosts spoke no English and we spoke no French—which made for long, awkward silences at the three hour French dinners. There was, however, one saving grace... a fish shaped water pitcher that 'gurgled.' We found ourselves drinking more water than wine so we could fill the silent room with 'gurgling' and unite the table with smiles." Inspired by the lighthearted effect of the gurgling sound, Matt began sculpting a version of his own and 10 years later—after two kids, multiple jobs, and lots of mold making, research, and persistence—Matt and Jennifer introduced GurglePot. They celebrate 15 years in business this June, joined by a team of loyal and committed employees. Everyone needs a little Gurgle in their lives!

Stickers Northwest Seven years ago, Tony Saddler found himself looking for a side hustle when a new baby created the need for an additional cash flow. So he decided to sell premium stickers online—introducing Stickers Northwest! His first success was a "12" using the Super Bowl-winning Seahawks colors. He soon started creating new sticker designs focusing on the outdoors and localized pride. There was no looking back! His work now adorns computers, cars, and water bottles everywhere you look! In addition to stickers, these popular designs are now available on t-shirts, hats, buttons, magnets, keychains and mugs as well. Fifteen employees (and four kids) in, Saddler's Tacoma-based company now boasts hundreds of designs which are distributed throughout the United States and Canada. Fun fact #1: Tony went to Western Washington University Fun fact #2: Village Books and Paper Dreams was one of the first places he visited to show his "12" sticker which we immediately bought to sell and are happy to now carry a full spinner of his art. Stop by!


Summer 2021

Building Community One Book at a Time

ModSocks When Urania Shaklee opened ModSock in downtown Bellingham in 2011, it was difficult for many to imagine that a shop selling only socks could survive, let alone launch their own line and become one of the largest online sock retailers on the internet. But that's what happened. They had dozens of ideas and requests for socks that didn’t yet exist so with the help of a successful Kickstarter campaign (ha, get it, KICKstarter), the in-house sock design company ModSocks (plural) was created. Beginning with just 12 designs created by Shaklee, there are now more than 250 of their whimsical and creative styles available at retail stores all over the world— including your favorite gift store, Paper Dreams! NEW! ModSock is now Cute But Crazy — with a new mission to support mental health by giving 1% of sales to NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Bellingham Flag LARIAT Creative

LARIAT Creative is the design studio of Bradley James Lockhart —the man behind the popular Bellingham Flag. Specializing in animation, illustration and graphic design, his award-winning work has been featured in multiple publications including Brand New, The Daily Hive, Evening Magazine, and The Seattle Times. Lockhart designed the municipal flag for the city of Bellingham in accordance with the principles of vexillology, which is the scientific study of the history, symbolism and usage of flags. This design won an unofficial contest hosted by the Downtown Bellingham Partnership and was first raised in March of 2016. After being endorsed by the Port of Bellingham, approved by both the Nooksack and Lummi Tribal Councils, flown by dozens of local businesses and hundreds of citizens, the flag was officially adopted by the government of the City of Bellingham on April 24, 2017. It is the first official flag in the city's 113 year history. Symbolism Behind The Flag Design 1. Blue half-circle for Bellingham Bay 2. Stars for the local Coast Salish peoples: The Lummi Nation and The Nooksack Tribe 3. Wavy lines for “noisy waters”– the translation of the word "Whatcom." When flown vertically, it also the lines represent Whatcom Falls. 4. Green stripes for the original towns of Bellingham: Whatcom, Sehome, Bellingham, Fairhaven.

Thanks for your continued support. We can't wait to see your smiling faces!

Kelly Evert Owner of an Independent Business Building Community One Book at a Time Since 1980 FH: 360.671.2626 • LY: 360.526.2133 • villagebooks.com

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Join Whatcom’s Largest Book Group! Read the Book. Join the Conversation. Whatcom READS is a countywide program that encourages everyone to read and discuss the same book. The 2022 reading selection is Greenwood by bestselling novelist Michael Christie.

Michael Christie Greenwood Greenwood charts a family’s rise and fall, its secrets and inherited crimes. And throughout, there are trees: a steady, silent pulse thrumming beneath author Michael Christie’s effortless sentences, working as a guiding metaphor for withering, weathering, and survival, for the hopeful, impossible task of growing toward the light. Christie is also the author of the highly regarded novel If I Fail, If I Die. Enjoy reading Greenwood and watch whatcomreads.org for upcoming 2022 events and book discussions culminating with a visit by the author in March, 2022.

Village Books donates 10% of sales of Greenwood to Whatcom READS. Whatcom READS is organized by all the public and academic libraries in Whatcom County and Village Books, with significant funding from Friends of the Bellingham Public Library and Whatcom County Library Foundation and support from other local businesses and organizations.

Whatcom READS ART Challenge Read. Create. Enjoy.

Participate! Read the book then get creative. All ages & mediums welcome. Watch whatcomreads.org for details. At the Allied Arts Gallery, 1418 Cornwall Ave. Downtown Bellingham, WA


Summer 2021

Whatcom WRITES invites writers of all

R ECONCILIATION ages and experience levels to explore a theme inspired by the Whatcom READS book each year. Top entries are selected for publication in the Whatcom WRITES anthology and contributors are invited to read at a public presentation. The theme for 2022 is

INTERCONNECTEDNESS, drawn from Michael Christie’s novel, Greenwood. Find submission guidelines at whatcomreads.org. Shop 24 hours a day at villagebooks.com

Jonathan Evison

in Conversation with VB Owner Paul Hanson

Monday, June 7, 6pm Join us as we welcome this acclaimed bestselling author to our virtual Readings Gallery!

Legends of the North Cascades by Jonathan Evison

available now, hardcover, Algonquin

Evison has gifted us with yet another gem of a book...and more. Legends of the North Cascades is full of heart and wonder. Anyone living in the upper corner of the Pacific Northwest feels the immensity of the landscape, the healing properties of nature, and forests laced with magical realism. These are fully present in the lives of these characters, people that are so wholly realized and rendered that they'll become a part of your life. The tender ending of this novel brought tears to my eyes and have lingered long after I closed the book. –Paul

A Virtual Book Launch Jonathan Evison does it again in this heartfelt and unexpectedly suspenseful novel set in our own backyard! Ancient past and poignant present intersect to tell a tale of adventure, survival and grief centering around sevenyear-old wise-beyond-her-years Bella and her dad who becomes infamously referred to as "Cave Dave" by the people in town who are more than suspicious of his off the grid lifestyle. –Emily

Jonathan Evison is the best-selling author of five other novels, including The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, and Lawn Boy.

Go to villagebooks.com for additional details & registration information.

New Fiction That Summer

The Last Thing He Told Me

by Jennifer Weiner

available now, hardcover, Atria Books

Every one of Jennifer Weiner's books are great, they are full of female complexities, family that are difficult at best, and friends that are needed. In this book Daisy starts to get emails intended for a woman named Diana, and Diana's life seems to be much more fun than Daisy's. A perfect book for a summer day. –Kelly E.

The Cellist :


A Gabriel Allon Novel

by Daniel Silva

available in July, hardcover, Harper

Master of international intrigue Daniel Silva follows up his acclaimed bestsellers The Order, The New Girl, and The Other Woman with this riveting, action-packed tale of espionage and suspense featuring art restorer and spy Gabriel Allon.

Thank You for Shopping Local. It Matters!

by Laura Dave

available now, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

A woman thinks she’s found the love of her life—until he disappears. With its breakneck pacing, dizzying plot twists, and evocative family drama, The Last Thing He Told Me is a riveting mystery, certain to shock you with its final, heartbreaking turn.

What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad

available in July, hardcover, Knopf

For fans of Patricia Engel's Infinite Country or Daniel Nayeri's Everything Sad is Untrue comes a tale of the invisible borders that divide us in the most visible ways. Told in alternating chapters of before and after a shipwreck, you'll gain insights into the human spirit through the eyes and ears of young Amir. –Emily

Summer 2021


New Fiction Whereabouts

The Vixen

by Jhumpa Lahiri

available now, hardcover, Knopf

by Francine Prose

This is the first novel Lahiri has written in Italian and translated into English. The reader will continue to find the qualities that make Lahiri’s work so beloved: deep intelligence, richly textured emotional landscapes, and a poetics of dislocation. But Whereabouts, brimming with the impulse to cross barriers, also signals a shift of style and sensibility. By grafting herself onto a new literary language, Lahiri has pushed herself to a new level of artistic achievement.

It’s the New York publishing world of the 1950s and young Simon has landed his first job at a publishing house. He’s to copyedit a trashy novel whose ‘heroine’ is based on Ethel Rosenberg, spinning her as a sex-crazed spy. Torn between family (his mother was friends with Ethel) and fear of McCarthyism, Simon is conflicted. This is classic Francine Prose, transporting us to a place and time so vividly. –Claire


available in June, hardcover, Harper

China : The Novel

by Katie Kitamura

by Edward Rutherfurd

available in July, hardcover, Riverhead Books

available now, hardcover, Doubleday

Written in the most haunting prose I've read in recent memory, a sense of danger looms over this novel about a translator who has moved from New York City to The Hague in search of a better, more peaceful life. While there, she finds anything but. This novel will keep you up at night, and demands to be read in one sitting. –Peter

From Shanghai to Nanking to the Great Wall, Rutherfurd chronicles the turbulent rise and fall of empires as the colonial West meets the opulent and complex East in a dramatic struggle between cultures and people. Extraordinarily researched and majestically told, Edward Rutherfurd paints a thrilling portrait of one of the most singular and remarkable countries in the world.

Marisa Silver

Virtual Event

in conversation with

Cynthia d'Aprix Sweeney

Tuesday, June 8, 6pm

Marisa Silver is the author of six previous works of fiction, including the bestselling novel Mary Coin, Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney's debut novel, The Nest, spent six months on the New York Times bestseller list. Join us on Zoom for what will surely be a great conversation as these two authors introduce their new novels.

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The Mysteries

Good Company

available now, hardcover, Bloomsbury

available now, hardcover, Ecco Press

What I want to convey most about this book is how real it felt. The characters in this story by the author of Mary Coin, feel so human and flawed. Two little girls are friends, one is prickly and the other passive. The adults navigating parenthood are uniquely awkward and honest in their portrayal, particularly after tragedy strikes. This one will leave you thinking. –Claire

Just like in The Nest, Sweeney writes relationships so well! Flora and Julian’s marriage is in crisis when an old secret comes to light and Flora has to decide whether to stay or go. Against the backdrop of the NY theater scene and LA television world she tackles friendship, motherhood, betrayal, marriage…all of it. –Claire

by Marisa Silver


Summer 2021

by Cynthia d'Aprix Sweeney

Building Community One Book at a Time

New Hardcover Fiction Hummingbird Salamander by Jeff Vandermeer hardcover, MCD

New York Times bestselling author of Dead Astronauts and Annihilation, Jeff Vandermeer, returns with this beautiful novel full of twists and turns. A mashup of mystery, dystopian sci-fi, and suspense–this is the perfect book to read next to a campfire! –Rielley R.

Mary Jane

by Jessica Anya Blau hardcover, Custom House

Set in the 1970s Mary Jane is a teenager that does just what her parents ask of her. Then she gets a job in a home that her parents may disapprove of but Mary Jane finds out what friendship and love are truly about. Super fun and tender coming of age story. –Kelly E.

Staff Picks

Great Summer Reads! Piranesi

by Susanna Clarke hardcover, MPS paperback release in September

The story of Piranesi (and the mysterious The Other) is a journey, each page like a new room in Piranesi's ever growing home. It is part mystery, part fantasy, and part adventure. Clarke's descriptive writing creates a beautiful and puzzling world that I did not want to stop exploring. –Erin

We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker

hardcover, Henry Holt and Co.

This novel takes you on a path with the characters and you fall in love with them. Suspenseful, emotional, and easy-to-read makes it perfect for any afternoon. –Shelly

Of Women and Salt

The Maidens

available now, hardcover, Flatiron Books

available in June, hardcover, Celadon Books

An emotional story full of questions and the search for answers. In Garcia's debut novel she tackles the hardship that so many families have faced in moving to the United States, while following a few generations of Cuban women and the story of Salvadorian immigrants who face deportation. This is a beautiful story about motherhood, survival, and resilience. This is not a light book, but it is well worth a read. –Ronnie

This is one of those great mysteries that leaves you guessing until the very end. Only a year after psychotherapist Mariana's husband Sebastian has drowned, she pursues a serial killer on a campus her niece attends. Characters dead and alive are woven together in intriguing ways where only one thing is clear; no one is who they seem. I am an avid mystery reader so I have very high expectations, and Michaelides did not disappoint. –Kiana

by Gabriela Garcia

by Alex Michaelides

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Summer 2021


Feral Creatures by Kira Jane Buxton

available in August, hardcover, Grand Central Publishing

Pre-Order Your Copy Today

When the world last checked in with its favorite Cheeto addict S.T. the intrepid crow, the planet had been overrun by flesh-hungry beasts, and nature had started re-claiming her territory from humankind. That is, until S.T. stumbled upon something so rare—and so precious—that he vowed to do everything in his power to safeguard what could, quite literally, be humanity's last hope for survival. Joined by a fabulous new cast of animal characters, S.T. faces many new challenges.

Join us for

Books A'Sail

A Book Group at Sea with author

Kira Jane Buxton!

September 7-9, 2021 See page 58 and schoonerzodiac.com for information.

If you have not read Hollow Kingdom, then you need to run to your local bookstore immediately and buy it, then get a bag of Cheetos, and then sit down and read. If you have read Hollow Kingdom then get ready to again join S.T. as he heads into the scariest adventure ever—parenthood. –Kelly E.


by Mieko Kawakami, translated by David Boyd and Sam Bett available now, hardcover, Europa Editions

Hailed as a bold foray into new literary territory, Kawakami’s novel is told in the voice of a 14-year-old student subjected to relentless torment for having a lazy eye. Instead of resisting, the boy chooses to suffer in complete resignation. The only person who understands what he is going through is a female classmate who suffers similar treatment at the hands of her tormenters. Kawakami’s simple yet profound new work stands as a dazzling testament to her literary talent.

Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller

available now, hardcover, Tin House Books

Claire Fuller is a master at storytelling, each and everyone of her books become my new favorite as soon as I start one. In Unsettled Ground, Fuller tells the story of a family dealing with homelessness, hardship, and of love and survival. My new favorite. –Kelly E.

Revival Season by Monica West


Chainsaw Man by Tatsuki Fujimoto paperback, Shueisha Inc

A fast-paced, actionp a c ke d re a d, t his manga is full of dark humor, horror, and memorable characters. A perfectly quick and compelling book for summer! –Hannah J.

available now, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

Every summer, 15-year-old Miriam Horton and her family pack themselves tight in their old minivan and travel through small southern towns for revival season: the time when Miriam’s father—one of the South’s most famous preachers—holds massive healing services. When the Hortons return home, Miriam’s confusion only grows as she discovers she might have the power to heal—even though her father and the church have always made it clear that such power is denied to women.

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Summer Fiction The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

available now, hardcover, Atria

Twenty-six-year-old editorial assistant Nella Rogers is tired of being the only Black employee at Wagner Books. Fed up with the isolation and microaggressions, she’s thrilled when Harlem-born and bred Hazel starts working in the cubicle beside hers. They’ve only just started comparing natural hair care regimens when a string of uncomfortable events elevates Hazel to Office Darling, and Nella is left in the dust.

A Touch of Jen by Beth Morgan

available in July, hardcover, Little Brown

Absolutely terrifying, foul, gross, but somehow still lots of fun? A Touch of Jen was a wild ride filled with sleepwalking attacks, a haunting weekend trip to the Hamptons, monsters, and existential musings. This novel was a heartbreaking portrayal of obsession in the Internet age, and one of the most addicting books I've read this year. –Peter

The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois

by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers available in July, hardcover, Harper

The daughter of an accomplished doctor and a strict school teacher, Ailey is raised in the City but spends summers in the small Georgia town where her mother’s family has lived since their ancestors arrived from Africa in bondage. Growing up, she struggles with this duality, a battle for belonging that shapes her identity. Ailey feels the pull of the “deep country” of her mother’s land-tending family, whose forebears endured the horrors of slavery and Jim Crow. To come to terms with who she is and what she wants, Ailey embarks on a journey through her family’s past, uncovering shocking and unexpected tales of generations of ancestors— Black, Indigenous, and white—in the deep South. In doing so Ailey must learn to embrace her full heritage, a legacy of oppression and resistance, bondage and independence, cruelty and resilience that is the story of the Black experience in America itself.

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Love and Fury : A Novel of Mary Wollstonecraft by Samantha Silva

available now, hardcover, Flatiron Books

From the acclaimed author of Mr. Dickens and His Carol, a richly-imagined reckoning with the life of another cherished literary legend: Mary Wollstonecraft—arguably the world’s first feminist. In radiant prose, Silva delivers an ode to the dazzling life of Wollstonecraft, one of the world's most influential thinkers and mother of the famous novelist Mary Shelley. But at its heart, Love and Fury is a story about the power of a woman reclaiming her own narrative to pass on to her daughter, and all daughters, for generations to come.


by Michael Punke available now, hardcover, Henry Holt and Co.

The thrilling, long awaited return of the bestselling author of The Revenant. In 1866, with the country barely recovered from the Civil War, new war breaks out on the western frontier—a clash of cultures between the Native tribes who have lived on the land for centuries and a young, ambitious nation. Colonel Henry Carrington arrives in Wyoming’s Powder River Valley and intends to build a fort in the middle of critical hunting grounds, the home of the Lakota. Red Cloud, one of the Lakota’s most respected chiefs, and Crazy Horse, a young but visionary warrior, understand full well the implications of this invasion. Throughout this taut saga—based on real people and events—Michael Punke brings the same immersive, vivid storytelling and historical insight that made his breakthrough debut so memorable. As Ridgeline builds to its epic conclusion, it grapples with essential questions of conquest and justice that still echo today.

The Startup Wife by Tahmima Anam

available in July, hardcover, Scribner

Brilliant coder and possessor of a Pi tattoo, Asha Ray is poised to revolutionize artificial intelligence when she is reunited with her high school crush, Cyrus Jones. Cyrus inspires Asha to write a new algorithm. Before she knows it, she’s abandoned her PhD program, they’ve exchanged vows, and gone to work at an exclusive tech incubator. Will Cyrus and Asha’s marriage survive the pressures of sudden fame, or will she become overshadowed by the man everyone is calling the new messiah?

Summer 2021


New & Upcoming Fiction The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris

available in June, hardcover, Little, Brown and Company

In the waning days of the Civil War, brothers Prentiss and Landry—freed by the Emancipation Proclamation—seek refuge on the homestead of George Walker and his wife, Isabelle. Parallel to their story runs a forbidden romance between two Confederate soldiers. With candor and sympathy, debut novelist Nathan Harris creates an unforgettable cast of characters, depicting Georgia in the violent crucible of Reconstruction. Equal parts beauty and terror, as gripping as it is moving, The Sweetness of Water is an epic whose grandeur locates humanity and love amid the most harrowing circumstances.

One Two Three by Laurie Frankel

available in June, hardcover, Henry Holt and Co.

The Mitchell sisters are triplets that live in their small town of Bourne. Bourne is a supportive and safe town to grow up in except when its water turned green and was declared unfit for use. Many of the residents move out, but one family moves into town, and they bring a lot of baggage with them. Northwest author, Frankel, always brings us topics for discussion. This would be a great book club book! –Kelly E.

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

available now, hardcover, Knopf

Klara and the Sun examines what makes us human, or unique, or even alive. Klara, an "artificial friend" of the not-so-far-off-future,and displayed in a storefront window, tells us how she came to live with a girl named Josie. Ishiguro manages to evoke feelings of wonder and innocence in the exploration of life, and life amongst humans. A beautiful and thoughtful read. –Erin

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Great Summer Reads The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

hardcover, Penguin

Matt Haig tells a really unique and heartfelt story about life, death and regret that will leave you reflecting on the true joy in your life. The Midnight Library dives deep into a powerful and realistic journey of depression and the life that could have been. –Andrew


Summer 2021

While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams hardcover, Doubleday

I love the occasional thriller and I can't wait to dive in to her new novel! –Sarah H. BONUS! Join us for a VIRTUAL EVENT WITH STACEY ABRAMS on June 22 at 4pm. See pg. 6 and villagebooks.com for details and registration information.

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Meg Tilly How about some lunchtime romance?

Tuesday, June 22, noon

Join us on Zoom a fun conversation between these two renowned romance writers! Celebrated as “the thinking woman’s romance writer” for her bestselling novels published under the pen name Eloisa James, Mary Bly’s Lizzie & Dante is the perfect escapist love story for summer. A luscious tale of love, courage, and Italian wine, Lizzie & Dante demands to know how far we should travel to find a future worth fighting for. Acclaimed actress Meg Tilly is a bestselling, award-winning romance author, a long time supporter of Village Books, and an absolutely lovely human being. Check out her new romantic thriller on page 22 and don't miss this event!

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Romantic Summer Reads! Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

Staff Picks

paperback, Avon

Eve Brown is a loveable hot-mess of a 26 year-old who is determined to prove herself to her doting but concerned parents, but most importantly to herself. Everything is going great until Jacob comes into her life when she accidentally hits him with her car. –Mariam

Red, White & Royal Blue

Beach Read

by Casey McQuiston

by Emily Henry

paperback, St. Martin's Griffin

Filled with laughter, drama, and lots of love, Red, White & Royal Blue is the perfect swoon-worthy read for a warm summer evening. Join the first son of the United States and the Prince of England as they tumble head-overheels for each other in this roller coaster ride of a novel! –Rachel

paperback, Berkley

If you're looking for an escape from our intense world for a few hours and you think you should probably read something other than SciFi/Fantasy (okay... maybe that's just me) I recommend Beach Read by Emily Henry. Light & romantic but not fluffy. Funny & gut-wrenching –you'll laugh and you'll cry. A perfect summer read. –Gaye

One Last Stop

by Casey McQuiston

available in June, paperback, St. Martin's Griffin

Finally another Casey McQuiston book! After Red, White & Royal Blue, I know I’ve been craving another one of their books. This time we have a lesbian romance with magical realism set mostly in a subway station. It's wonderful! It's full of found family, fighting for love, and a little bit of time-travel. –Jenni

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Paperback Fiction Crooked Hallelujah by Kelli Jo Ford

available in July, paperback, Grove Press

Crooked Hallelujah tells the stories of Justine and her daughter, Reney, as they move from Eastern Oklahoma’s Indian Country in the hopes of starting a new life in Texas amid the oil bust of the 1980s. In lush and empathic prose, Kelli Jo Ford depicts what this family of proud, stubborn, Cherokee women sacrifices for those they love, amid larger forces of history, religion, class, and culture. This is a big-hearted novel of the powerful bonds between mothers and daughters by an exquisite and rare new talent.

by Alex Michaelides

available now, paperback, Lanternfish Press

As a primarily fiction reader who dabbles in the mystery genre, this was a perfect read. The story follows a therapist, unraveling the details of his client's fascinating and high profile murder case. Michaelides's debut novel is full of shocking twists that keeps you guessing until the last page. This is a stay-up-all night and audibly-gasp kind of book, and I am thrilled it is coming out in paperback! –Kelsey

The Salt Fields : A Novella

A Long Petal of the Sea

available now, paperback, Lanternfish Press

available now, paperback, Ballantine Books

by Stacy D. Flood

A black man named Minister is on a northbound train with three strangers, and they’re all looking for a new start, trying to forget their pasts. The story is the ride. Four people stuck on a train together, this book feels like a short movie, or a dream after a 'movie.' It’s worth a second or even third read just to feel it again. Flood’s writing is superb. –Claire

The Runaway Heiress by Meg Tilly

available in July, paperback, Berkley Books

A brave woman on the run from her vindictive husband faces a dangerous path in the thrilling new romantic suspense novel from Oscar-nominated actress Meg Tilly. "You'll stay up long past your bedtime to finish this fast-paced thrill ride where a couple runs up against the dark side of human nature and an enemy who will stop at nothing to get what he wants," exclaims bestselling author Christine Feehan.

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The Silent Patient

Summer 2021

by Isabel Allende

From the author of The House of the Spirits, this epic novel spanning decades and crossing continents follows two young people as they flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War in search of a place to call home. A masterful work of historical fiction about hope, exile, and belonging, A Long Petal of the Sea shows Isabel Allende at the height of her powers. Now in paperback!

Romance Suspense Don't Miss this Virtual Author Event After having been successfully published in literary women’s fiction, YA, and middle grade, Meg Tily decided she was tired of being serious and wanted to have some fun. She went on to write the kind of books she loves to read—romantic suspense! Solace Island, Cliff ’s Edge and Hidden Cove were published in 2018-2019. Tilly’s newest novel, The Runaway Heiress, will be released on July 27.

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A Children's Bible by Lydia Millet paperback, Norton

Hilarious and haunting, t his b o o k w il l gi ve you nostalgia for the summers of your youth coupled with a impending sense of doom. Full of wit and inconspicuous social and political commentary, this novel will be at the top of your summer reading list! –Emily

Mexican Gothic

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia paperback release in June, Del Rey

Mexican Gothic has a fascinating plot, with family, secrets, and murder as themes of the novel. This great scary read and captivating story will keep you on the edge of your seat. –Ava

No-No Boy

by John Okada paperback, University of Washington Press

O kada's novel is an amazing read- histor y buff or not. The protagonist really tugs at your heart strings and makes you reflect on America's dark history. –Lillie

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

paperback, Random House

This imaginary and immersive story set in and around the birth of the Golden Age of Comics is both thrilling and profound. This Pulizer was well-deserved! –Paul

Ninth House

by Leigh Bardugo paperback, Flatiron Books

Leigh Bardugo's wonderfully dark and twisted novel is sure to be your next favorite. Ninth House follows a girl named Alex who has the power to see and speak to the dead. As a bizarre string of murder devastates the prestigious campus Alex attends, she eventually comes to realize the underlying darkness and corruption just beneath the surface. –Chase-Ray

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman paperback release in July hardcover, Atria

A beautifully woven tale of unlikely strangers stuck in a hostage situation, which manages to be both funny and heart-warming at the same time. Backman is a masterful story-teller and is always a pleasure to read. –Kelsey

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

paperback, Grove Press

Shuggie Bain is an emotional testament to family, pover t y, alcoholism and the parasitic nature of Thatcherism. Yet, still filled with excitement and vibrant characters; you will fall in love with the way Douglas Stuart gives this family a greater story in a deeply flawed and impoverished world. –Reilly P.

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Paperback Fiction Dead Dead Girls : A Harlem Renaissance Mystery #1

Blood on a Blue Moon by Jessica H. Stone

by Nekesa Afia

available now, paperback, Sidekick Press

If there's one thing Jes Stone knows how to do, it's write compelling, fast-paced novels that make you laugh, cry, and wonder what's coming next! Sheaffer Blue is a character you want to meet and do shots with. Someone whose wit and hard edges make her tough, snarky, and good at solving mysteries. This is a great summer read. –Claire

available in June, paperback, Berkley

When a girl turns up dead in front of a café, Louise is forced to confront something she’s been trying to ignore—several local black girls have been murdered over the past few weeks. After Louise’s night job gets her arrested, she’s given an ultimatum: She can either help solve the case or let a judge make an example of her. Fearing for her and her sister’s safety, she takes the case.

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Homeland Elegies

by Emma Straub

by Ayad Akhtar

available now, paperback, Riverhead

available now, paperback, Back Bay Books

This book added some much-needed brightness to our lives last year. Straub's characters become even more fully realized and nuanced with each book. This is a feel-good story filled with humor, compelling romance, and reminders of the power that friendship holds in our lives. I tore through this one in a matter of days and smiled the entire time! This one is now available in paperback and I'm so excited for even more people to get their hands on it. –Peter

A deeply personal work about identity and belonging in a nation coming apart at the seams, Homeland Elegies blends fact and fiction to tell an epic story of longing and dispossession in the world that 9/11 made. Part family drama, part social essay, part picaresque novel, at its heart it is the story of a father, a son, and the country they both call home.


by Raven Leilani

Where the Crawdads Sing

available in June, paperback, Picador

This novel is haunting, filled with prose so sharp it leaves a scar. Leilani is attuned to the thoughts and emotions of her gen Z/ millenial milieu, making the observations in this novel that much more funny and true. Not to mention the fact that it's a total page-turner, and a perfect option for anyone who likes their summer read to have a little more substance. –Peter

by Delia Owens

available now, paperback, Penguin/Putnam

A Southern story so vividly written, you can almost smell the swampy air and feel the humidity. Owens follows the life of an orphaned Southern girl who learns to survive on the land despite hardships. Simultaneously a murder mystery, romance, and coming of age tale. You'll be gripping your seat till the end! –Kelsey

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

available now, paperback, Grove Press

Chronicling the mundane routine of a convenience store clerk, this novel tackles themes of the "other," capitalism, and connection. This book was all at once disturbing, strange, and heartwarming. I cannot recommend it enough! –Madeline


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Fantasy & Science Fiction The Jasmine Throne

The Kingdoms

available in June, paperback, Orbit

available now, hardcover, Bloomsbury Publishing

In this “fiercely and unapologetically feminist tale of endurance and revolution set against a gorgeous, unique magical world” (S. A. Chakraborty), two women—a longimprisoned princess and a maidservant in possession of forbidden magic—come together to rewrite the fate of an empire. "An intimate, complex, magical study of empire and the people caught in its bloody teeth. It's about resistance and power, histories both personal and political, and the heroes who must become monsters to survive. I loved it.” —Alix E. Harrow, author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January

In 1898, England is a peaceful colony of the Republic of France. Everything from the street signs to the newspapers is written in French, and only the terrorists in Scotland speak English. In soot-blackened, smogridden London, the slave trade is thriving, and the ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral are surrounded by the factories that keep France’s empire and army fitted out with steel. But Joe Tournier doesn’t remember any of this. His first memory is of being 43 years old and stepping off a train. Joe is diagnosed with a kind of epilepsy, one that causes amnesia and which results in periodic visions of a mysterious man. Thus begins this epic, wildly original novel that blends historical events with fantastical adventure.

by Tasha Suri

A Master of Djinn Dead Djinn Universe #1 by P. Djèlí Clark

by Natasha Pulley

For the Wolf

available now, hardcover, Tordotcom

by Hannah Whitten

Nebula, Locus, and Alex Award-winner P. Djèlí Clark goes full length for the first time in his dazzling debut novel. Forty years ago in Egypt, the mystic and inventor Al-Jahiz pierced the veil between realms, sending magic into the world before vanishing into the unknown. Now in 1912 Cairo, humans brush elbows with djinn in crowded tramcars and airships sail the skies. In this new world the Egyptian Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities maintains an uneasy peace. When someone claiming to be Al-Jahiz "returned" murders a secret brotherhood dedicated to his legacy, however, that peace dissolves into disarray.

available in June, paperback, Orbit

The first daughter is for the Throne. The second daughter is for the Wolf. For fans of Uprooted and The Bear and the Nightingale comes a dark, sweeping debut fantasy novel about a young woman who must be sacrificed to the legendary Wolf of the Wood to save her kingdom. But not all legends are true, and the Wolf isn't the only danger lurking in the Wilderwood.

The Angel of the Crows by Katherine Addison

available now, paperback, Tor Books

A Psalm for the Wild-Built Monk & Robot #1 by Becky Chambers

available in July, hardcover, Tordotcom

Hugo Award-winner Becky Chambers's delightful new series gives us hope for the future. It's been centuries since the robots of Panga gained self-awareness and laid down their tools; centuries since they wandered, en masse, into the wilderness, never to be seen again; centuries since they faded into myth and urban legend. One day, the life of a tea monk is upended by the arrival of a robot, there to honor the old promise of checking in. The robot cannot go back until the question of "what do people need?" is answered. But the answer to that question depends on who you ask, and how. They're going to need to ask it a lot. Chambers's new series asks: in a world where people have what they want, does having more matter?

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Katherine Addison, author of The Goblin Emperor, returns with a Holmesian fantasy novel of alternate 1880s London, where killers stalk the night and the ultimate power is naming. This is not the story you think it is. These are not the characters you think they are. This is not the book you are expecting. Angels inhabit every public building, and vampires and werewolves walk the streets with human beings under a well-regulated truce. A fantastic utopia, except for a few things: Angels can Fall, and that Fall is like a nuclear bomb in both the physical and metaphysical worlds. And human beings remain human, with all their kindness and greed and passions and murderous intent. Jack the Ripper stalks the streets of this London too. But this London has an Angel. The Angel of the Crows.

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Fantasy & Science Fiction Blacktongue Thief

by Christopher Buehlman available now, hardcover, Tor Books

Holy sheep dip…I haven’t had this much fun reading a book since, well, I can’t remember when. Told in the voice of a hilarious and seriously flawed thief with hidden talents, the reader is drawn into this complex, magic-laden world and given a grand, behind the scenes tour. Throw in a giant war-raven and you’re hooked. World-building and character-development at it’s finest with whip-smart dialogue and a twisty plot—it’s like playing your favorite D&D character with your best friends in the hands of an adept DM. This was so good, I wanted to go back and read it again just to keep living in this world. Good news: it’s the first in a series!!! Count me in for the long haul. –Paul

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

available now, hardcover, Ballantine Books

"Reading Project Hail Mary is like going on a field trip to outer space with the best science teacher you've ever had-and your class assignment is to save the world. This is one of the most original, compelling, and fun voyages I've ever taken." --Ernest Cline, bestselling author of Ready Player One

The Library of the Dead Edinburgh Nights #1 by T.L. Huchu

SciFi- Graphic Novel Parable of the Sower : A Graphic Novel Adaptation

by Octavia E. Butler, adapted by Damian Duffy and John Jennings available in July, paperback, Abrams ComicArts

In this graphic novel adaptation of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower, the author portrays a searing vision of America’s future. In the year 2024, the country is marred by unattended environmental and economic crises that lead to social chaos. Lauren Olamina, a preacher’s daughter living in Los Angeles, is protected from danger by the walls of her gated community. However, in a night of fire and death, what begins as a fight for survival soon leads to something much more: a startling vision of human destiny . . . and the birth of a new faith.

Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth

available now, paperback, John Joseph Adams/ Mariner Books

The best adventure you missed last year! Last April, when this came out in hardcover, our doors were closed and our events were cancelled—including Veronica Roth’s tour for this pulsepounding thriller that I loved loved loved. (This was one of our first virtual events.) Now it’s out in paperback and ready to find its following! Pick it up, you won’t put it down. –Paul “A hugely imagined, twisty, turning tale that leads through the labyrinths of magic and war to the center of the heart.” —Diana Gabaldon

available in June, hardcover, Tor Books

Mystery, Murder, Adventure. Now imagine that tied in with ghosts and magic, set in the dystopian city of Edinburgh. Like nothing you've read before, right?! Follow Ropa, a ghost talker, that delivers messages from the dead to their living relatives. Ropa's not so ordinary day job comes to a halt when one of her ghostly clients mentions that her living child is missing. Now its up to Ropa to find out what happened before it's too late. Huchu's world building, imagery, and real-world comparisons drew me in to this darkly humorous and witty novel. That and Ropa's pet fox River because who doesn't want a pet fox? –Hanna R.


Summer 2021

The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix

available in July, hardcover, Berkley

Lynnette Tarkington survived a massacre 22 years ago, and it has defined every day of her life since. For decades she’s been meeting with five girls and their therapist in a support group for those who survived the unthinkable, putting their lives back together. That is until one of the women misses a meeting and Lynnette’s worst fears are realized—someone knows about the group and is determined to take their lives apart again.

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Great Summer Reads

Staff Picks

The Princess Bride : S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by William Goldman paperback, Mariner Books

If you loved the movie, prepare yourself for even more hours of laughter and adventure by enjoying the book, full of its own twists and turns. It will be an instant favorite! –Chloe

Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson hardcover, Hachett

A perfect read for when the weather heats up, this novel places itself firmly within the growing climate crisis we now face. While I expected a slow decent into apocalyptic fiction, Robinson's novel shows the depth and ingenuity of the human spirit to challenge and change systems of currency, borders, and terrorism to build a better tomorrow. –Matt

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

paperback, MacMillan Books

Klune's characters will bring a smile to your face and tears to your eyes in this beautiful story that reminds us to always find new perspectives, and stand for what we believe in. Remember, things are not always what they seem. –Kiana

Black Sun

by Rebecca Roanhorse

paperback release in June, Gallery

The first in the Between Earth and Sky series, this book takes you on an amazing adventure in a completely different world. Be ready to push all of your other plans aside because you won't want to put this book down! –Maia

Fantasy & Science Fiction The Hidden Palace : A Novel of the Golem and the Jinni

by Helene Wecker available in June, hardcover, Harper

In this enthralling historical epic, set in New York City and the Middle East in the years leading to World War I— the long-awaited follow-up to the acclaimed New York Times bestseller The Golem and the Jinni—Helene Wecker revisits her beloved characters Chava and Ahmad as they confront unexpected new challenges in a rapidly changing human world.

Master of the Revels: A Return to Neal Stephenson’s D.O.D.O. by Nicole Galland

available now, paperbackk, William Morrow

I confess, I’ve not yet read The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O., described as “an enthralling, historybending adventure traversing time and space, fact and fiction, magic and science” co-written with Neal Stephenson. It’s long been on my want-to-readwhen-I-have-more-time list (cue hysterical laughter). Fortunately, that didn’t stop me from diving into this sequel. I’m happy to report that you don’t have to have read the first book, because it catches you right up. If you’re a fan of Good Omens (another amazing collaboration), this one is sure to please. In a nutshell, competing time-travelers vie with each other through the ages—one side trying stop the other from reversing the evolution of all modern technology in order to restore magic to the world. Got that? –Paul

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Literature Brief Notes on the Art and Manner of Arranging One’s Books by Georges Perec

available in June, paperback, Penguin Books

One of the most singular and extravagant imaginations of the 20th century, the novelist and essayist Georges Perec was a true original who delighted in wordplay, puzzles, taxonomies and seeing the extraordinary in the everyday. In these virtuoso writings about books and language, he discusses different ways of reading, a list of the things he really must do before he dies and the power of words to overcome the chaos of the world.


A Great Summer Read! On Writing

Volant Journals

20th Anniversary Edition

Lightweight and flexible everyday journals with detachable pages— perfect for sharing ideas, notes and lists.

by Stephen King

paperback, Simon & Schuster

Get it Write

The Signed

This concise and effective craft book is a great pick up for anyone aiming to write or generate ideas this summer. An approach that takes the specifics away and invites your mind to roam free! –Owen

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Chuckanut Writers Classes for Your Writing Life


Village Books and WCC Community & Continuing Education offer a writing instruction collaboration called Chuckanut Writers. These programs are designed to inspire and encourage writers at all stages of their writing journey. Check out these upcoming virtual classes: Craft a Solid First Draft of Your Novel Copyediting for Yourself & Others with Stephanie Dethlefs with Roby Blecker Mondays & Wednesdays, Tuesdays, July 20 - August 10, 2021 - 9am to 11:30am

August 16-25, 2021, 10am-12pm (4 sessions)

The key to diamond-clear writing is the editing! Learn how best to copyedit and work with a writer to make a story or article the best it can be, whether you are the author or someone else is. Begin the development of an "editor's eye," whether you are writing fiction, nonfiction, or blogs, or helping others with their writing. Roby Blecker is a writer and editor and has been helping others perfect their craft for 30 years. $149

Writing the first draft of a novel is a thrilling experience...that sometimes feels like herding cats. How do you make the pieces fit together? How do you ensure that the story flows? How do you know if it makes any sense at all? Whether you're just nurturing the idea of a novel or you're kneedeep in the writing, writer and book coach Stephanie Dethlefs will guide you as you wrangle your ideas into a step-by-step roadmap for a solid first draft. Class size is limited—register early! $135.

Kids Creative Writing Camp with Jessica Lohafer Monday, June 28 -Thursday, July 1 1pm-3pm

All classes take place in a virtual classroom using Zoom

If you love writing or just want to try it, this class is for you! Join Jessica Lohafer for writing exercises guaranteed to get you started on your literary masterpiece. Designed for ages 9 - 12. $89

WhaMemWriMo Workshop Series Write Your Memoir in September!

Thursdays in September, 5pm-6:30pm As part of the seventh annual Whatcom Memoir Writing Month (see Village Books and Red Wheelbarrow Writers' webpages for info), this series of workshops will help you along the way as you turn your memories into memoir. The goal for each writer is 1,666 words every day. At the end of September you will have 50,000 words: a book. You will have given shape and voice to the stories and adventures you have always wanted to share, the stories your readers want to hear. These workshops, all taught or led by experienced memoir writers and teachers, can be taken as a whole, or you can select from the individual workshops to suit your needs and schedule. Take all four workshops and SAVE! Instructors: Nancy Lou Canyon, Laura Kalpakian, and Cami Ostman Class meets Thursdays, September 2-23 from 5pm-6:30pm Individual classes are $29 or register for the whole package at $99.

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Sept. 2 WhaMemWriMo : The Past and the Page: Introduction to Writing Your Memoir

Sept. 9 WhaMemWriMo Series: Four Essential Practices for Successful Memoir Writing

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Registration for the 2021 Conference is Now Open “Along Chuckanut Drive,” Nancy McDonnell Spaulding

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We are excited to announce that we are going virtual for the 2021 Chuckanut Writers Conference! Our talented, generous conference faculty will present an inspiring program you can enjoy using Zoom—all you'll need is the link we'll provide.

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A full program of conference events will take place the week of June 21-27, 2021. You can purchase a conference package or register à la carte for individual breakout sessions. Browse the schedule at chuckanutwritersconference.com and register for the conference package or individual sessions. Conference Package: $199. Discounted from our usual conference registration fee of $285, the CWC 2021 Online conference package includes admission to opening and closing keynote addresses, two craft talks, four breakout sessions of your choice, one author panel, and a live faculty reading. Participants will also be able to register for additional breakout sessions ($20), master classes ($50-65), and a marketing consultation ($40). If instead of a conference package you’d prefer to register for select events, individual breakout sessions are priced at $40 per session.

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ou still can't cross the border but you CAN head north for a fun mini-holiday this summer! Treat yourself to a small-town experience and rural getaway right here in Whatcom County. We, of course, recommend starting your day at Village Books in Lynden before exploring the other unique shopping, dining, and entertainment experiences available downtown. Then round out the day by heading to a park, the beach, a farm stand, and more! Here are just a few places we think you may enjoy:

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• The Lynden Pioneer Museum Im-

• The Lynden Farmers Market is located at Centennial

merse yourself in the history of Lynden and Whatcom County at the Lynden Pioneer Museum. Full of unique displays, this little gem houses the largest horse-drawn buggy collection west of the Mississippi River.

• Bellewood Farms —Enjoy touring Western Washington’s largest apple farm! You can also visit their store, cafe, and distillery.

• The Jansen Art Center—with two floors of exhibit space, a café and gallery shop, creative art studios, and a performance hall, the J is a bright, lovely place for all to enjoy.

• Lynden Skateway—Locally owned & operated, this family-friendly roller skating rink is the perfect escape for all ages.

Park Saturdays 10am-2pm June-September.

• Farm Fun —The abundance of farms and dairies in the area provide ample opportunity for picking, shopping, sampling, and touring.

• Birch Bay or Semiahmoo Spit at low tide is great for clam digging and beachcombing. The always popular Birch Bay Waterslides is the quintessential summer experience. • Station 49 near Blaine boasts an 18-hole miniature golf course, a Go-Kart track, a miniature train ride through 10 acres of forest, and now a saloon for the big kids.

Hit the Parks • Mega Playground at Million Smiles Park­—The playground features a tot lot, climbing wall, swings, jungle gym, a castle maze, and a 35ft. tall tree house with a slide.

• Berthusen Park —A farm homestead built in 1883, the park includes picnic areas, a playground, old-growth forest for hiking, an interpretive trail, and a collection of antique tractors.

• Bender Fields­—Also known as Bender Family Recreation Park, visitors can enjoy the baseball, soccer, and lacrosse fields, picnic tables, a bocce ball court, a playground, and even a pump track.

New Date! Sat., July 17, 10:30am 2021 Lynden Farmer's Day Parade The tradition continues on an untraditional day. As the longest held event in the Northwest, the Lynden Farmer's Day Parade is a celebration and salute to the agriculture industry of Whatcom County. Starting at 10th St. and running east along Front St. to 3rd St., an eclectic menagerie of cars, bands, tractors, trucks, and horses will bring smiles to the faces of young and old alike!

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Cooking Chetna’s 30 Minute Indian : Quick and Easy Everyday Meals

by Chetna Makan

available in June, hardcover, Mitchell Beazley

Taking inspiration from the eclectic tastes of Indian cuisine, these tempting recipes can all be on the table and ready to eat in less than 30 minutes. With useful meal plans included, dishes can be enjoyed on their own or paired together and cooked quickly for an easy feast to enjoy with friends. No complicated methods, just delicious, vibrant, and varied food that the whole family can enjoy every single night of the week and in little to no time at all.

Eat, Habibi, Eat! : Fresh Recipes for Modern Egyptian Cooking by Shahir Massoud

available now, hardcover, Appetite by Random House

American Cake :

In Arabic, “habibi” translates to “my darling,” and it is this loving endearment, reserved for the closest friends and family, that permeates every recipe that Canadian-Egyptian chef and television host Shahir Massoud has to offer. Sharing mouthwatering street foods and casual everyday staples, as well as new interpretations of traditional dishes, Eat, Habibi, Eat! encourages you to explore the rich spices and irresistible dishes of the Middle East at home.

From Colonial Gingerbread to Classic Layer, the Stories and Recipes Behind More Than 125 of Our Best-Loved Cakes

Nadiya Bakes : Over 100 Must-Try Recipes for Breads, Cakes, Biscuits, Pies, and More

by Anne Byrn

available in June, paperback, Rodale Books

Tracing cakes chronologically from the dark, moist gingerbread of New England to the elegant pound cake, the hardscrabble Appalachian stack cake, war cakes, Deep South caramel, Hawaiian Chantilly, and the modern California cakes of orange and olive oil, Anne Byrn shares recipes, stories, and a behind-the-scenes look into what cakes were being baked back in our past.

Let’s Make Dumplings : A Comic Cookbook

by Hugh Amano, Sarah Becan available in June, paperback, Ten Speed Press

Chef Hugh Amano and comics artist Sarah Becan invite you to explore the big little world of Asian dumplings! This comic book cookbook takes a fun approach to a classic treat that’s imbued with beloved history across countless regions. From wontons to potstickers, buuz to momos, Amano’s expert guidance paired with Becan’s colorful and detailed artwork prove that intricate folding styles and flavorful fillings are achievable in the home kitchen.

by Nadiya Hussain

available in July, hardcover, Clarkson Potter

In her newest cookbook, based on her Netflix show and BBC series Nadiya Bakes, Nadiya shares more than 100 simple and achievable recipes for cakes, cookies, breads, tarts, and puddings that will become staples in your home. From Raspberry Amaretti Biscuits and Key Lime Cupcakes to Cheat’s Sourdough and Spiced Squash Strudel, Nadiya has created an ultimate baking resource for just about every baked good that will entice beginner bakers and experienced pastry makers alike.

Star Wars : Galactic Baking

from Insight Editions available now, hardcover, Insight Editions

Get ready to tour the galaxy with this baking cookbook inspired by the snowdrifts of Hoth, the wastelands of Tatooine, and beyond. Recipes include Mustafarian Molten Lava Cakes, Cloud City Marshmallows, Life Day Cake, Loth-Cat Kibble, and Keshian Spice Bread. All types of bakers—from Padawans to Jedi Masters—are welcome!

Pantry Cocktails : Inventive Sips from Everyday Staples (and a Few Nibbles Too) by Katherine Cobbs

available now, hardcover, Tiller Press

We all want to be the type of host who can put together a tasty meal or a delicious appetizer for unexpected company by creatively using the odds and ends from our pantry or fridge. That same improvisational approach can be applied to home bartending with impressive (and tasty!) results. You will learn which key bottled spirits to keep in your liquor cabinet, which fridge and cupboard staples you can repurpose, and how to use seasonal herbs from your patio or garden to create outstanding cocktails that are sure to satisfy and impress.

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Staff Picks for Summer Cooking Cook This Book : Techniques That Teach & Recipes to Repeat

by Molly Baz

hardcover, Random

Molly Baz, formerly from the Bon Appetit Test Kitchen, really outdid herself with this gorgeous cookbook! It is filled to the brim with fun and fresh recipes, and scattered throughout the pages are QR codes that link to videos of the author herself performing some of the trickier techniques these recipes call for so it's perfect for beginners and We create a delicious variety of pro's alike! –Zadra

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East : 120 Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes from Bangalore to Beijing by Meera Sodha

hardcover, Flatiron Books

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H a n d s d ow n my favorite cookbook in the past two years! Every recipe in here is an absolute delight to make and, more importantly, eat. Enjoy traveling across the cuisine of Asia this summer right from your own kitchen! –Ben

Coconut & Sambal : Recipes From My Indonesian Kitchen

by Lara Lee

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hardcover, Bloomsbury

Fresh and fragrant recipes perfect for the summertime—Selamat makan! –Laura

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America in the Time of COVID

Letters to My White Male Friends

available in June, hardcover, Knopf

available in June, hardcover, St. Martin’s Press

Beginning with the absolutely critical first moments of the outbreak in China, and ending with an epilogue on the vaccine rollout and the unprecedented events between the election of Joseph Biden and his inauguration, Lawrence Wright’s The Plague Year surges forward with essential information—and fascinating historical parallels—examining the medical, economic, political, and social ramifications of the Covid-19 pandemic.

White men are finally realizing that simply not being racist isn’t enough to end racism. These men want deeper insight not only into how racism has harmed Black people, but, for the first time, into how it has harmed them. They are beginning to see that racism warps us all. Letters to My White Male Friends promises to help men who have said they are committed to change and to develop the capacity to see, feel and sustain that commitment so they can help secure racial justice for us all.

The Plague Year : by Lawrence Wright

Don’t Let It Get You Down :

Essays on Race, Gender, and the Body by Savala Nolan

available in July, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

Nolan knows what it means to live in the in-between. Descended from a Black and Mexican father and a white mother, Nolan’s mixed-race identity is obvious. At her mother’s encouragement, she began her first diet at the age of three and has been both fat and painfully thin throughout her life. She has experienced both the discomfort of generational poverty and the ease of wealth and privilege. It is these liminal spaces—of race, class, and body type—that the essays excavate, presenting a clear and nuanced understanding of our society’s most intractable points of tension.

Something That May Shock and Discredit You by Daniel M. Lavery paperback, Atria Books

Smart writing and experimental humor take this collection of personal essays to the next level! This is not the kind of book you can nail to one genre—it will make you laugh, cry, contemplate life and give you a history lesson all in one go. –Chelanne


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Nice Racism : How Progressive White People Perpetuate Racial Harm by Robin DiAngelo

available in June, hardcover, Beacon Press

In White Fragility, DiAngelo made a provocative claim: white progressives cause the most daily harm to people of color. In Nice Racism, her follow-up work, she explains how they do so. Drawing on her background as a sociologist and over 25 years working as an anti-racist educator, she picks up where White Fragility left off and moves the conversation forward.

Great Summer Reads! On Tyranny : Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

by Timothy Snyder

paperback, Random House

Though this book is pocket sized it is overflowing with important lessons from the past as we navigate the uncertainties of the present and the future. An easy but thoughtful and thought-provoking read. –Seda

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History An Atlas of Extinct Countries

The Outlier : The Unfishished

available in June, hardcover, Europa Compass

by Kai Bird

A funny, fascinating, beautifully illustrated— and timely—history of countries that, for myriad and often ludicrous reasons, no longer exist. The polite way of writing an obituary is: dwell on the good bits, gloss over the embarrassing stuff. This book refuses to do so, because these dead nations are so full of schemers, racists, and con men that it’s impossible to skip the embarrassing stuff. Perfect for fans of Bill Bryson and Prisoners of Geography.

available in June, hardcover, Crown

by Gideon Defoe

How the Word is Passed :

Presidency of Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter’s one-term presidency is often labeled a failure; indeed, many Americans view Carter as the only ex-president to have used the White House as a stepping-stone to greater achievements. But in retrospect the Carter political odyssey is a rich and human story, marked by both formidable accomplishments and painful political adversity. In this deeply researched, brilliantly written account, Kai Bird expertly unfolds the Carter saga as a tragic tipping point in American history.

Nautical History

A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America

Enemy of All Mankind :

by Clint Smith

available in June, hardcover, Little, Brown and Company

Clint Smith leads the reader on an unforgettable tour of monuments and landmarks—those that are honest about the past and those that are not—that offer an intergenerational story of how slavery has been central in shaping our nation’s collective history, and ourselves. Informed by scholarship and brought to life by the story of people living today, Smith’s debut work of nonfiction is a landmark of reflection and insight that offers a new understanding of the hopeful role that memory and history can play in making sense of our country and how it has come to be.

A True Story of Piracy, Power, and History’s First Global Manhunt

by Steven Johnson

available now, paperback, Riverhead Books

Enemy of All Mankind focuses on one key event—the attack of an Indian treasure ship by notorious pirate Henry Every and his crew—and its surprising repercussions across time and space. It’s the gripping tale of one of the most lucrative crimes in history, the first international manhunt, and the trial of the 17th century.

Run : Book One

The Confidence Men : How Two Prisoners of War Engineered the Most Remarkable Escape in History

Historical Graphic Novel

by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by L. Fury, Nate Powell available in August, hardcover, Abrams ComicArts

by Margalit Fox

available in June, hardcover, Random House

Imprisoned in a Turkish POW camp, two British officers join forces to bamboozle their captors. One officer takes a handmade Ouija board and fakes séances for fellow prisoners. Word gets around, and one day an Ottoman official approaches him: Could Jones contact the spirit world to find a treasure rumored to be buried nearby? Jones and Hill, a magician, use the Ouija board to build a trap for their captors that ultimately leads them to freedom.


The more we understand about our local history, the more we understand about ourselves.

From the award-winning authors John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, comes their next groundbreaking graphic novel, Run. “Run recounts the lost history of what too often follows dramatic change—the pushback of those who refuse it and the resistance of those who believe change has not gone far enough. John Lewis’s story has always been a complicated narrative of bravery, loss, and redemption, and Run gives vivid, energetic voice to a chapter of transformation in his young, already extraordinary life.” –Stacey Abrams

Whether you've been in Whatcom County for one year, 10 years, or all of your life, you'll discover something new and interesting in our local history section!

by Alfred Lee, 1893

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Join us for a Virtual Event with

Kate Moore

Wednesday, June 30, 7pm

From the acclaimed author of The Radium Girls comes another dark and dramatic but ultimately uplifting tale of a forgotten woman whose inspirational journey sparked lasting change for women’s rights and exposed injustices that still resonate today. Kate Moore is a British writer who has published numerous bestsellers, writing across various genres including history, biography, true crime, gift, and humour. She has written more than 15 books and her work has been translated into more than 12 languages.

• Register at villagebooks.com • The Woman They Could Not Silence : One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear

by Kate Moore

available in June, hardcover, Sourcebooks

Threatened by Elizabeth Packard's independence and outspokenness, her husband of 21 years is plotting against her. One morning, he has her committed to an insane asylum. The horrific conditions inside the Illinois State Hospital are overseen by Dr. Andrew McFarland, a man who will prove to be even more dangerous to Elizabeth than her traitorous husband. But most disturbing is that Elizabeth is not the only sane woman confined to the institution. There are many rational women on her ward who tell the same story: they've been committed not because they need medical treatment, but to keep them in line.

History Facing the Mountain : A True Story of Japanese American Heroes in World War II by Daniel James Brown

available now, hardcover, Viking

Facing the Mountain is an unforgettable chronicle of war-time America and the battlefields of Europe. Based on Daniel James Brown’s extensive interviews with the families of the protagonists as well as deep archival research, it portrays the kaleidoscopic journey of four Japanese-American families and their sons, who volunteered for 442nd Regimental Combat Team and were deployed to France, Germany, and Italy, where they were asked to do the near impossible.

Napoleon :

From the River to the Sea :

A Life Told in Gardens and Shadows

The Untold Story of the Railroad War that Made the West

available in June, hardcover, Liveright

available now, hardcover, Avid Reader Press

Scurr emphatically rejects the shibboleth of the “Great Man” theory of history, instead following the dramatic trajectory of Napoleon’s life through gardens, parks, and forests. As Scurr reveals, gardening was the first and last love of Napoleon, offering him a retreat from the manifold frustrations of war and politics. Amid Corsican olive groves, ornate menageries in Paris, and lone garden plots on the island of Saint Helena, she introduces a diverse cast of scientists, architects, family members, and gardeners, all of whom stood in the shadows of Napoleon’s meteoric rise and fall.

The Civil War hero behind the Rio Grande and the corporate head of the Santa Fe were the first to make money by creating a railroad empire across the Southwest to the sea. The two men had fought all across the west to lay claim to the routes that would secure the most profitable territory and the richest silver mines. But they often led through narrow mountain passes or up treacherous canyons with room for only a single set of tracks. The war left one of the two lines reeling in a death spiral and sent the other on to a greatness unequaled by any other railroad in the world.

by Ruth Scurr


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by John Sedgwick

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True Tales After the Fall : Being American in the World We’ve Made

Punch Me Up to the Gods

available in June, hardcover, Random House

Punch Me Up to the Gods introduces a powerful new talent in Brian Broome, whose early years growing up in Ohio as a darkskinned Black boy harboring crushes on other boys propel forward this gorgeous, aching, and unforgettable debut. Broome’s recounting of his experiences—in all their cringe-worthy, hilarious, and heartbreaking glory—reveal a perpetual outsider awkwardly squirming to find his way in. “… some of the finest writing I have ever encountered and one of the most electrifying, powerful, simply spectacular memoirs I—or you—have ever read.” —Augusten Burroughs

by Ben Rhodes

Equal parts memoir and reporting, After the Fall is a hugely ambitious and essential work of discovery. Throughout, Rhodes comes to realize how much America’s fingerprints are on a world we helped to shape: through the excesses of our post-Cold War embrace of unbridled capitalism, post-9/11 nationalism and militarism, mania for technology and social media, and the racism that shaped the backlash to the Obama presidency.

by Brian Broome

available now, hardcover, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s new book gives readers an extraordinary inside look at In the Heights, his breakout Broadway smash. This eagerly awaited follow-up to the bestseller Hamilton: The Revolution reunites Miranda with his co-author Jeremy McCarter and Quiara Alegría Hudes, the Pulitzer Prize–winning librettist of the musical and screenwriter of the new film. On June 15, you can join us for a very special In the Heights Virtual Book Launch on Zoom. Sure to be an unforgettable conversation on creativity, community, and finding home, this is your chance to hear directly from the creative team behind the timeless story of how one neighborhood—Washington Heights—can speak to the world.

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Life Stories Untamed

Gr e a t Summer Reads

by Glennon Doyle hardcover, The Dial Press

Part memoir, part self-help, this book is a must-read for any woman of any age or background. Untamed is written from the perspective of a middle-aged white mom and wife who thought she was living out her expected and anticipated life, until an encounter with true love stopped her in her tracks. Her process of upheaval, reflection and reorganization of the neatly categorized boxes of her life leads her to acceptance on many levels. The journal-entry style narrative of her journey inward is an ease to read while being relevant and relatable. –Melissa T.

Bad Lawyer : A Memoir of Law and Disorder

by Anna Dorn

Good Boy : My Life in Seven Dogs

hardcover, Hachette Books

by Jennifer Finney Boylan paperback, Celadon Books

You don't have to be a dog person to love this book. Jennifer's stories about her life (and dogs) are so heartwarming, witty, tear-inducing, and often laugh out loud hilarious. –Lauren

Staff Picks Graphic Novel

Anna Dorn writes sentences that are as smooth and refreshing as an ice-cold glass of lemonade. Typically a novelist, Anna Dorn flexes her muscle as a memoirist here, and it works perfectly. Both an entertaining tale of Dorn's time as a lawyer, as well as an informative lesson on the criminal justice system, Bad Lawyer was riveting. —Peter

The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui

paperback, Abrams

This beautifully illustrated graphic novel will tear your heart out, give it a kiss & hug, and gently put it back. You will be pulled into an immigrant's journey and family history as a woman learns who her parents really are and in turn her own identity. –Gabi

Graphic Novel


by Nathalie Ferlut, illustrated by Tamia Baudouin, translated by Maëlle Doliveux available in July, hardcover, Beehive Books

Despite working in a male-dominated field at a time when women could not even legally buy painting supplies, Artemisia Gentileschi created an independent life for herself as a stunning artist of unparalleled power and uncompromised vision. She achieved fame and fortune through her own work, as one of the first women ever to support herself with her artwork. This gorgeous graphic biography tells her story through the eyes of her daughter Prudentia, as she delves into the vivid, troubled, heroic life story of one of the greatest painters ever to lift a brush.


Summer 2021

May We Recommend Square Up : 50,000 Miles in Search of a Way Home by Lisa Dailey

available now, paperback, Sidekick Press

Lisa Dailey’s memoir about her trip around the world after five years of perpetual grief and mourning is transformative. As she comes out of the darkest period of her life to face one challenge after another traveling around Southeast Asia, she learns just how strong she is. Her stories are vivid and the emotions are right there on the page. So, so good. –Claire

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Life Stories Kin : A Memoir

The Fixed Stars

by Shawna Kay Rodenberg

by Molly Wizenberg

available now, hardcover, Bloomsbury

available in August, paperback, Abrams Press

S h a w n a Ka y was rais e d by fundamentalist Christian parents who belonged to The Body. They were Pentecostals, raising her and her sister under the strict rule of the church. Fiercely loyal to her roots in Kentucky, Rodenberg’s memoir is an open love letter to a place and people but also an exposé. If you loved Educated (and I hope you did) and you’re looking for an alternative to Hillbilly Elegy (don’t get me started), you will love Kin. –Claire

The Fixed Stars is a taut, electrifying memoir exploring timely and timeless questions about desire, identity, and the limits and possibilities of family. In honest and searing prose, Wizenberg forges a new path: through the murk of separation and divorce, coming out to family and friends, learning to co-parent a young child, and realizing a new vision of love. The result is a frank and moving story about letting go of rigid definitions and ideals that no longer fit, and learning instead who we really are.

¡ Hola Papi ! How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons by John Paul Brammer

available in June, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

This is a short collection of essays that mirror the Q+A format of his advice column, ¡Hola Papi! Each essay is written with the unique perspectives and experiences John Paul holds as a queer, Mexican-American who grew up in America's heartland. His writing is warm, reflective, and shines with a distinct humor and heart. –Mariam

Carry On : Reflections for a New Generation by John Lewis

available in July, hardcover, Grand Central Publishing

Carry On collects the late Congressman’s thoughts for readers to draw on whenever they are in need of guidance. John Lewis had great confidence in our future, even as he died in the midst of one of our country’s most challenging years to date. With this book, he performs that crucial passing of the baton, empowering us to live up to the legacy he has left us with his perseverance, dedication, profound insight, and unwavering ability to see the good in life.

Better, Not Bitter : Living on Purpose in the Pursuit of Racial Justice by Yusef Salaam

We Ship!

available now, hardcover, Grand Central Publishing

Better Not Bitter is the first time that one of the Exonerated Five is telling his individual story, in his own words. With his intimate personal insights, Salaam unpacks the systems built and designed for profit and the oppression of Black and Brown people. He inspires readers to channel their fury into action, and through the spiritual, to turn that anger and trauma into a constructive force that lives alongside accountability and mobilizes change.

The Secret to Superhuman Strength by Alison Bechdel

Graphic Novel

available now, hardcover, Houghton Mifflin

I can’t remember the last time I related to a book this much. As woman of a certain age who might be somewhat of a fitness fanatic myself, Bechdel’s latest book hit a very deep cord. From the brilliant drawings, to the breakdown by decade referencing all of the things 70s, 80s, and 90s, I seriously didn’t want this book to end. Throughout, she manages to weave in Transcendentalism, Buddhism, Kerouac, and Snyder! This is easily my top pick of 2021 to date! –Claire

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True Tales Somebody's Daughter by Ashley C. Ford

available now, hardcover, Flatiron Books,

What do Saeed Jones, John Green, and Oprah have in common? They are all gigantic fans of Ford's debut memoir. She's examining her childhood both gently and ruthlessly, featuring her frazzled mother, her harsh yet loving grandmother, and her absent, incarcerated father. Her reflections on both her young brain and her young body are breath-taking. –Sarah

September 19, 7pm An Evening with

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IN PERSON at the Mount Baker Theatre Critically acclaimed author and humourist David Sedaris will visit with storytelling, observations, tales, audience Q&As, and book signing. At press time, this event was almost sold out.

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True Tales A Quantum Life : My Unlikely Journey From the Streets to the Stars

Notes on Grief

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie available now, hardcover, Knopf

by Hakeem Oluseyi, Joshua Horwitz available in June, hardcover, Ballantine Books

James Plummer had two guiding stars—a genius IQ and a love of science. But a bookish nerd was a target in his community, where James faced years of bullying. As he struggled to survive his childhood in some of the country’s toughest urban neighborhoods and the poor backwoods of Mississippi, he adopted the persona of “gangsta nerd”—dealing weed while winning state science fairs with computer programs that model Einstein’s theory of relativity.

With signature precision of language, and devastating detail on the page—and never without touches of honest humor—Adichie weaves together her own experience of her father’s death with threads of his life story, from his survival during the Biafran war, through a long career as a statistics professor, into the days of the pandemic in which he’d stay connected with his children and grandchildren over video chat from the family home in Abba, Nigeria.

As A Woman : What I Learned about Power, Sex, and the Patriarchy After I Transitioned

by Paula Stone Williams

available in June, hardcover, Atria Books

Paula Stone Williams brings us a powerful memoir about understanding privilege and becoming comfortable in one's own skin as she tells the story of her life before she transitioned until now. This book dives deep into her thoughts and feelings as she discovers who she is and tries to decide how to best enhance her life. She shares not only the hardships she has faced in transitioning, but also as a woman. –Ronnie

True Crime The Icepick Surgeon : Murder,

The Cold Vanish :

Fraud, Sabotage, Piracy, and Other Dastardly Deeds Perpetrated in the Name of Science

by Jon Billman

by Sam Kean

available in July, hardcover, Little, Brown and Company

In an age when many still feel that the end justifies the means, Kean stops to question the moral toll of unfettered progress. Unflinchingly skeptical and thrilling to the last page, The Icepick Surgeon threads an astonishing narrative through heinous acts and revelatory discoveries. The resulting analysis is a reckoning with the means through which science has created the modern world.

Seeking the Missing in North America’s Wildlands

available in July, paperback, Grand Central Publishing

Perfect for readers of Jon Krakauer and Douglas Preston, this book examines real-life cases of those who vanish in the wilderness without a trace—and those eccentric, determined characters who try to find them. While much of the book will embrace memory and faulty memory—history—The Cold Vanish is at its core a story of now and tomorrow. Someone will vanish in the wild tomorrow. These are the people who will go looking.

The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream : The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer by Dean Jobb

available in July, hardcover, Algonquin

”When a doctor does go wrong he is the first of criminals,” Sherlock Holmes observed during one of his most baffling investigations. “He has nerve and he has knowledge.” In the span of fifteen years, Dr. Thomas Neill Cream murdered as many as ten people in the United States, Britain, and Canada, a death toll with almost no precedent. Poison was his weapon of choice. Largely forgotten today, this villain was as brazen as the notorious Jack the Ripper. “A tour de force of storytelling. One of the best books I’ve read this year. Dean Jobb breathes new life into Cream's victims—who they were, where and how they lived—all the while blending in thorny issues of policing, of the fictional detectives being created, of the other serial killers on the loose. This book is both chilling and thrilling.” —Louise Penny

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Get Moving Fishing

Why We Swim

Home Waters: A Chronicle of Family and a River by John N. Maclean

by Bonnie Tsui

available now, hardcover, Custom House

A book that will resonate with everyone who feels deeply rooted to a place, Home Waters chronicles a family who claimed a river, from one generation to the next, of how this family came of age in the 20th century and later as they scattered across the country, faced tragedy and success, yet were always drawn back to the waters that bound them together. Here are the true stories behind the beloved characters fictionalized in A River Runs Through It.


Pastoral Song : A Farmer's Journey by James Rebanks

available in August, hardcover, Custom House

Pastoral Song is the story of an inheritance: one that affects us all. It tells of how rural landscapes around the world were brought close to collapse, and the age-old rhythms of work, weather, community and wild things were lost. And yet this elegy from the northern fells is also a song of hope: of how, guided by the past, one farmer began to salvage a tiny corner of England that was now his, doing his best to restore the life that had vanished and to leave a legacy for the future.

available now, paperback, Algonquin

Looking for the perfect summer read ? Look no further than this brilliant book that begs you to take it with you on your trip to the beach. Dive right in as the title question is explored with great depth and gain insights into the human experience that will leave you thinking. The best nonfiction I've read this year! –Emily



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Summer Recommendations Northwest Field Guides Washington Wildflower Hikes : 50 Destinations Pacific Northwest Wildflowers :


A Pocket Reference

both by Nathan & Jeremy Barnes paperback, Mountaineers Books

These two guides are the perfect companions for any hiker in the PNW who has a passion for wildflowers! –Claire

Hiking Whatcom County

by Ken Wilcox paperback, Skookum Peak Press

A new edition is in the works!

This was the first book I bought when I moved to Bellingham! Tried and true, its compact size and thorough descriptions of our many breathtaking local hikes make it a must-have for summer adventuring Whatcom style. –Kelly C.

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All hands on deck! Book your cabin and join Village Books co-owners Paul Hanson and Kelly Evert, and special guest author KIRA JANE BUXTON on a seabound book-club adventure of a lifetime with the Schooner Zodiac Books A'Sail Cruise. We’ll take advantage of the late-summer days to get in three September full days of sailing and book discussion amid the gorgeous San Juan Islands, accompanied by a variety of marine life from bald eagles to porpoises and maybe even whales! We’ll dip into all that the Schooner Zodiac has to offer, from kayaking to hiking to top-notch meals to wine on deck at sunset. Passengers will even have an opportunity to navigate and sail this classic ship.

7-9, 2021

When the anchor drops, the books come out! Paul and Kelly will guide your literary journey with the help of guest author, Kira Jane Buxton, whose novel Hollow Kingdom, made big waves in the literary world. Coming in August - FERAL CREATURES! Your favorite apocalyptic hero from Hollow Kingdom is coming back in her stunning follow-up with a renewed sense of hope for humanity, ready to take on a world ravaged by a viral pandemic.

Check Out Our Fun Reading Selection! • Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton • Crow Planet by Lyanda Lynn Haupt • My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell Participants receive 15% off the reading selections at Village Books.

Space is limited so book today! The Schooner Zodiac also offers many day cruises and themed multi-day cruises to choose from throughout the summer! Visit their website and explore!

Space is limited so register today!

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Nature Nature Photography Orca :

June is Orca Awareness Month!

Shared Waters, Shared Home

by Lynda Mapes

available in June, hardcover, Braided River

In Orca: Shared Waters, Shared Home journalist Lynda V. Mapes explores the natural history of the orca and the unique challenges for survival of the Southern Resident group that frequents Puget Sound. This special project, co-published with the Seattle Times newspaper, features stunning imagery by Times photographer Steve Ringman, as well as from partner organizations including The Whale Museum, NOAA, and Center for Whale Research.

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Seashells and the Fate of the Ocean

by Cynthia Barnett

available in July, hardcover, W.W. Norton

In The Sound of the Sea, acclaimed environmental author Cynthia Barnett blends cultural history and science to trace our long love affair with seashells. From the eerie calls of early shell trumpets to the evolutionary miracle of spines and spires and the modern science of carbon capture inspired by shells, Barnett circles to her central point of listening to nature’s wisdom—and acting on what seashells have to say about taking care of each other and our world.

Madhouse at the End of the Earth : The Belgica’s Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night by Julian Sancton

available now, hardcover, Crown Publlishing

Drawing on the Belgica’s crew’s diaries and journals and exclusive access to the ship’s logbook, Sancton brings novelistic flair to a story of human extremes, one so remarkable that even today NASA studies it for research on isolation for future missions to Mars. Equal parts maritime thriller and gothic horror, Madhouse at the End of the Earth is an unforgettable journey into the deep.

A Great Summer Read! Islands of Abandoment: Nature Rebounding in the Post-Human Landscape

by Cal Flyn

available in June, hardcover, Viking

Vesper Flights

by Helen Macdonald hardcover, PGW

Here's a great companion to being outside in summer. Covering a vast array of topics, 41 stand alone essays reveal astonishing scientific insights to the natural world while reflecting on our complex relationship to it. –RIck

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Cal Flyn, an investigative journalist, exceptional nature writer, and promising new literary voice visits the eeriest and most desolate places on Earth that due to war, disaster, disease, or economic decay, have been abandoned by humans. What she finds every time is an “island” of teeming new life: nature has rushed in to fill the void faster and more thoroughly than even the most hopeful projections of scientists.

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Science & Nature The Art of Patience : Seeking the Snow Leopard in Tibet

by Sylvain Tesson

available in July, hardcover, Penguin Press

How to Love Animals : In a Human-Shaped World by Henry Mance

available in July, hardcover, Viking

Many have pursued the snow leopard for years without seeing it—and as they keep their watch, Tesson comes to embrace the virtues of patience and silence. His faith is rewarded when the snow leopard, the spirit of the mountain, reveals itself: an embodiment of what we have surrendered in our contemporary lives. And the simple act of waiting proves to be an antidote to the frenzy of our times.

How to Love Animals is a lively and important portrait of our evolving relationship with animals, and how we can share our planet fairly. In an age of extinction and pandemics, our relationship with animals has become unsustainable. Mance argues that there has never been a better time to become vegetarian or vegan, and that the conservation movement can flourish, if people in wealthy countries shrink our footprint.

Finding the Mother Tree :

The Heartbeat of Trees :

Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest by Suzanne Simard

available now, hardcover, Knopf

Simard writes how trees, living side by side for hundreds of years, have evolved, how they perceive one another, learn and adapt their behaviors, recognize neighbors, and remember the past; how they have agency about the future; elicit warnings and mount defenses, compete and cooperate with one another with sophistication. And at the center of it all—the Mother Trees: the mysterious, powerful forces that connect and sustain the others that surround them.

Wild Nights Out : The Magic of Exploring the Outdoors After Dark by Chris Salisbury

Embracing Our Ancient Bond with Forests and Nature by Peter Wohlleben, translated by Jane Billinghurst

available in June, hardcover, Greystone Books

In The Heartbeat of Trees, renowned forester Peter Wohlleben, author of The Hidden Life of Trees, draws on new scientific discoveries to show how humans are deeply connected to the natural world. In an era of climate change, many of us fear we’ve lost our connection to nature—but Wohlleben is convinced that age-old ties linking humans to the forest remain alive and intact. We just have to know where to look.


Forgetting : The Benefits of Not Remembering

available in June, paperback, Chelsea Green

by Scott A. Small

Learn how to call for owls, walk like a fox and expand your sensory perceptions. Wild Nights Out is a wonderful new hands-on guide for those who wish to take kids (of all ages) outdoors for fun, thrilling nighttime nature adventures. Storyteller and outdoor educator Chris Salisbury will bring this unexplored nocturnal dimension to life with lore about badgers, bats and minibeasts as well as tales of the constellations and planets to share around the campfire.

available in July, hardcover, Crown

Until recently, most everyone—memory scientists included—believed that forgetting served no purpose. But new research in psychology, neurobiology, medicine, and computer science tells a different story. Forgetting is not a failure of our minds. It’s not even a benign glitch. It is, in fact, good for us—and, alongside memory, it is a required function for our minds to work best.

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Inspiration Psychology Noise : A Flaw in Human Judgment by Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony, Cass R. Sunstein

available now, hardcover, Little, Brown Spark

From the Nobel Prize-winning author of Thinking, Fast and Slow, Noise is a revolutionary exploration of why people make bad judgments. In Noise, the authors show the detrimental effects of noise in many fields and with a few simple remedies, people can reduce both noise and bias, and so make far better decisions. Packed with original ideas, and offering the same kinds of researchbased insights that made Thinking, Fast and Slow and Nudge groundbreaking, Noise explains how and why humans are so susceptible to noise in judgment—and what we can do about it.

Pre-Order Your Copy Today This is Your Mind on Plants by Michael Pollan

available in July, hardcover, Penguin Press

Michael Pollan dives deep into three plant drugs—opium, caffeine, and mescaline. Exploring and participating in the cultures that have grown up around these drugs while consuming them, Pollan reckons with the powerful human attraction to psychoactive plants. Why do we go to such great lengths to seek these shifts in consciousness, and then why do we fence that universal desire with laws and customs and fraught feelings?

Trusting the Gold: Uncovering Your Natural Goodness by Tara Brach

available in June, hardcover, Sounds True

In Trusting the Gold, Brach draws from more than four decades of experience as a meditation teacher and psychologist to share her most valuable practices for reconnecting with the beauty of our humanity--from timeless Buddhist wisdom to techniques adapted to the specific challenges of our modern age. She offers insights and practices for bringing nonjudgmental awareness, selfcompassion, and connection into everyday life.

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Whole Brain Living : The Anatomy of Choice and the Four Characters that Drive Our Life by Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D.

available now, hardcover, Hay House Inc.

For half a century we have been trained to believe that our right brain hemisphere is our emotional brain, while our left brain houses our rational thinking. Now neuroscience shows that it’s not that simple: in fact, our emotional limbic tissue is evenly divided between our two hemispheres. Consequently, each hemisphere has both an emotional brain and a thinking brain.

A Great Summer Read! Maybe You Should Talk to Someone : A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb

hardcover, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

A therapist's story of guiding her clients through their challenges while also navigating her own struggles. I loved witnessing the growth of each person throughout the process of their therapy. –Abby

Religion When You Greet Me I Bow : Notes and Reflections From a Life in Zen

by Norman Fischer

available now, paperback, Shambhala

When You Greet Me I Bow spans the entirety of Norman Fischer’s career and is the first collection of his writings on Buddhist philosophy and practice. Broken into four sections—the joy and catastrophe of relationship; thinking, writing, and emptiness; cultural encounters; and social engagement—this book allows us to see the fascinating development of the mind and interests of a gifted writer and profoundly committed practitioner.

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Staff Picks for Summer Fun! Wreck this Journal Everywhere

Sewing Basics :

All You Need to Know About Machine and Hand Sewing

by Keri Smith

paperback, Penguin Books

Be curious and creative this summer! This journal will get you outdoors and exploring, doing fun things to pass the time. I highly recommend taking this with you on a fun trip! Happy Wrecking! –Hanna R.

by Sandra Bardwell paperback, Abrams

While everyone else learned to bake during quarantine, I learned to sew! This book has been such a wonderful resource and is a must have for beginners and experts alike. –Melissa S.

Embroidered Animals : Wild and Woolly Creatures to Stitch and Sew

by Yumiko Higuchi


available now, paperback, Roost Books

From elegant birds to adorable rabbits and wonderfully simple sheep, the 25 motifs and patterns in this book offer both a modern flair and an organic true-to-nature style. The whimsical animal designs can be incorporated into any of the sewing projects included, such as bags, pillows, bookmarks, and sachets, so that beginner and experienced embroiderers can mix and match patterns according to their own interest and skill.

Rena Priest Washington State Poet Laureate 2021-2023 Rena Priest, an American Book Award-winning poet and member of Lhaq'temish (Lummi) Nation, is the first indigenous poet to be appointed Washington State Poet Laureate. “I am incredibly excited and honored to take on this role,” said Priest. “I'm fascinated by the way people come together around poetry. I am always delighted by how they gather in quiet rooms and let themselves be drawn in, lit up, and transformed by the words of other people. It's a powerful way of connecting.” Poets laureate work to build awareness and appreciation of poetry—including the state’s legacy of poetry—through public readings, workshops, lectures, and presentations in communities throughout the state. Each laureate puts their own unique focus on the position, and Priest will focus on two primary goals during her term: celebrating poetry in Washington’s tribal communities, and using poetry to increase appreciation of the natural world and the threats facing it. We can't imagine a better person for this job­—congratulations, Rena! Find Priest's books of poetry, Sublime Subliminal and Patriarchy Blues at Village Books today! From the April News & Notes by Humanities Washington. Photo courtesy of Rena Priest.

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The Collection Plate: Poems

The Essential June Jordan

by Kendra Allen

available in July, hardcover, Ecco

Looping exultantly through the experiences of girlhood, Blackness, sex, and personhood in America, award-winning essayist and poet Kendra Allen braids together personal narrative and cultural commentary, wrestling with the beauty and brutality to be found between mothers and daughters, young women and the world, Black bodies and white space, virginity and intrusion, prison and freedom, birth and death.

by June Jordan, introduction by Jericho Brown available now, paperback, Copper Canyon Press

The Essential June Jordan honors the enduring legacy of a poet fiercely dedicated to building a better world. Jordan's poems are at once of their era and tragically current, with subject matter including racist police brutality, violence against women, and the opportunity for global solidarity amongst people who are marginalized or outside of the norm. In these poems of great immediacy and radical kindness, humor and embodied candor, readers will (re)discover a voice that has inspired generations of contemporary poets to write their truths.

Great Summer Reads! Staff Poetry Picks

The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country by Amanda Gorman hardcover, Viking Books

“That even as we grieved, we grew. That even as we hurt, we hoped. That even as we tired, we tried. That we’ll forever be tied together, victorious.” So Amanda Gorman summarized the mood of the 2021 Biden Inauguration in her Inaugural poem, "The Hill We Climb." With full acknowledgement of the traumas both of black people and the nation as a whole, Gorman lifted the spirits of the nation to the daunting tasks lying before us, and set the tone of the new administration's "there's work to be done, and we'll do it" theme. A must-read for people who want to grasp the zeitgeist of our time, the transition between two radically different presidencies. –Eric

American Melancholy by Joyce Carol Oates hardcover, Harper Collins

An amazing, powerful read after the year we've had. This book has a beautiful story line with poems both heavy and light, something for everyone to relate to and enjoy! –Ronnie

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100 Love Sonnets by Pablo Neruda available now, paperback, University of Texas

A collection of highly romantic love sonnets by one of the most iconic Latin American poets of the 20th century, Neruda's 100 Love Sonnets is a must for any hopeless romantic's summer reading list. Each sonnet is a beautifully written declaration to his wife, Matilde Urrutia, and is full of lush imagery and heartwarming lines. This is a great collection to take your time and slow down with. Maybe only reading a sonnet or two at a time before meditating on the words, and taking a nap under the warm summer sun. –Sarah M.

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Family Wild + Free Book Club: 28 Activities to Make Books Come Alive by Ainsley Arment

available now, paperback, HarperOne

Foster a love of reading in your child with Wild + Free Book Club.This full-color illustrated book offers imaginative suggestions for creating themed book clubs for kids. Here are hands-on activities, games, food, and decoration ideas inspired by a carefully chosen list of beloved classic novels, as well as discussion questions about plots and themes that engage kids minds and sparks their curiosity.

We're excited to carry this new early reader comics line that prepares young readers for success in an increasingly visual world! On Sale 6/22/21

Chuckanut Writers - Virtual

Kids Creative Writing Camp Monday, June 28 - Thursday, July 1, 1pm- 3pm

If you love writing or just want to try it, this class is for you! Join Jessica Lohafer for writing exercises guaranteed to get you started on your literary masterpiece. Have a pen and notebook available, and come ready to write! Jessica has been writing since she could pick up a pen and has been teaching creative writing for over 15 years. Designed for ages 9-12. ($89) To register and to see a full listing of current Chuckanut Writers classes, go to whatcomcommunityed.com. Chuckanut Writers is a collaboration between Village Books & Whatcom Community College Community & Continuing Education


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YOUNG READERS Their Families & Educators


Peace Train

available now, hardcover, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

available now, hardcover, HarperCollins

by Kelly Leigh Miller

Little Bigfoot loves his fur. Everyone else loves it, too. It is fluffy! It is soft! It is all anyone wants to talk about—until they’d rather talk about something else. But how is Bigfoot supposed to show his friends how much he cares about them if he can’t share the thing he loves? In this delightful follow-up to I Love My Fangs!, a little Bigfoot learns that while it’s important to love yourself, sharing that love is what truly matters. The Paige's Pick June Selection!

The Rock from the Sky by Jon Klassen

available now, hardcover, Candlewick

Look up! From the Caldecott Medal– winning creator of the Hat Trilogy comes a new deadpan gem. The Rock from the Sky is a hilarious meditation on the workings of friendship, fate, shared futuristic visions, and that funny feeling you get that there’s something off somewhere, but you just can’t put your finger on it. Merging broad visual suspense with wry wit, celebrated picture book creator Klassen gives us a wholly original comedy for the ages.

by Cat Stevens, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds Hop aboard the Peace Train in this picture book adaptation of Cat Stevens’s legendary anthem of unity and harmony in time for the song’s 50th anniversary! With illustrations by New York Times bestselling illustrator Peter H. Reynolds. This hopeful picture book inspires tolerance and love for people of all cultures and identities. The Paige's Pick May Selection!

Memory Jars by Vera Brosgol

available now, hardcover, Roaring Brook Press

This is a story about a grandmother and grandchild picking and jarring blueberries that leads us to question if you could save anything in the world inside a jar, what would you save? Memory Jars helps us understand what is most important to us but also that some of the things most precious to us are best kept in our memories and that we can savor the sweetest things today! The book also contains a recipe for blueberry jam at the end! –Kendra

Twinkle Twinkle Little Kid by Drew Daywalt illustrated by Molly Idle

available in August, hardcover, Philomel Books

Everyone knows that kids wish upon stars, but did you know that stars wish upon kids, too? Check out this hilarious story of wishes and friendship by real-life friends Drew Daywalt, the bestselling author of The Day the Crayons Quit, and Molly Idle, the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of Flora and the Flamingo.

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Happy Reading!

Mrs. Peanuckle's Hiking Alphabet

by Mrs. Peanuckle, illustrated by Jessie Ford available now, board book, Rodale Kids

Get ready to go on a hiking adventure and learn your ABCs with Mrs. Peanuckle! With playful text, bright illustrations, and sturdy pages, Mrs. Peanuckle takes on the outdoors and shares all her favorite animals, plants, and more in her latest tour of the ABCs!.

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Challenge Hey Kids!

Join us in celebrating summer with one of our favorite activities—READING! Again this year, we including optional challenges for pre-readers AND adults in addition to our traditional reading challenge. Download the Summer Reading Challenge form that works best for you at villagebooks.com or stop by either our Fairhaven or Lynden location to pick one up then read your way to rewards. Rewards? Read all 15 books on the challenge and return your completed form by Tuesday, August 31st and receive a $5 gift certificate to Village Books and Paper Dreams AND a treat from our good friends at the Colophon Café. Select your favorite read of the summer and, on the card we provide you, tell us what you liked about it. We'll hang your review up in the store! BONUS! We will hold a drawing in early September from the completed forms and if we draw your name, Village Books will donate a $100 gift certificate to YOUR SCHOOL LIBRARY! If a homeschooler wins, we will donate to the charity of your choice.

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Back by popular demand, check out the Village Books Summer Reading Bingo Challenge for all you big kids! Stop by, grab a bingo sheet, then track your summer reading. Fill the board and we'll enter you in drawing to win a Village Books & Paper Dreams gift card! Join in the fun.

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Humongous Fungus

Fungarium : Welcome to the Museum

by Gaya Ester, illustrated by Katie Scott available now, hardcover, Big Picture Press

Do you love botanical and mycological illustrations? Then this new book from the Welcome to the Museum collection should be the newest edition to your bookshelf! It contains beautifully illustrated images of fungi and research from the mycology department at Kew Gardens located in England. Just wait until you look inside because it is beautiful! –Kendra

The Adventure Is Now by Jess Redman

available now, hardcover, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Do you ever wish that you could run away to an island just to get away from school and your parents for a while? Milton gets his chance when he’s sent for the summer to Lone Island with Uncle Evan the ecologist. Discovering interesting animals, solving a mystery using cryptic clues and making some friends, Milton is on one wild ride! This is a perfect read for any aspiring naturalist! –Kendra

Dead Wednesday by Jerry Spinelli

available in August, hardcover, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

by Lynne Boddy illustrated by Wenjia Tang

available in July, hardcover, DK Children

Inhabiting a whole kingdom of their own, fungi can be found in every ecosystem. They carpet the forest floor, and hidden fungi decompose matter, feed plants, and affect how animals function. Continuing from the gorgeous Under Your Feet, and touching on similar topics of conservation and the secret processes within ecosystems, this book of fabulous fungi will intrigue and amaze young readers.

Middle Readers Fiction Ways to Grow Love A Ryan Hart Story #2 by Renée Watson, illustrated by Nina Mata available now, hardcover, Bloomsbury Children's Books

Yeeeeeeeeees, this award-winning author releases the second book in the Ryan Hart series, a lighthearted read that deals with changes in this 4th graders life gracefully: going to camp, being kind and becoming a big sister! A novel you’ll enjoy reading with your kids!! –Kendra

Fans of Stargirl and Maniac Magee rejoice! Newbery Medalist Jerry Spinelli delivers a brilliant new novel about being bold, and taking charge of your life. Spinelli tells the story of the unexpected, heartbreaking, hilarious, truly epic day when Worm Tarnauer discovers his own life.

NonFiction Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy by Emmanuel Acho

Short Stories Black Boy Joy : 17 Stories Celebrating Black Boyhood

available now, hardcover, Roaring Brook Press

edited by Kwame Mbalia

Young people have the power to affect sweeping change, and the key to mending the racial divide in America lies in giving them the tools to ask honest questions and take in the difficult answers. Adapted from Emmanuel Acho's bestseller Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, this is an essential young readers edition aimed at opening a dialogue about systemic racism with our youngest generation. –Kendra

Celebrate the joys of Black boyhood with stories from 17 bestselling, critically acclaimed Black authors—including Jason Reynolds, Jerry Craft), and Kwame Mbalia. "I am so excited to share this collection of stories, poems, and comics with you!" exclaims Kendra, the children's book buyer at Village Books.

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available in August, hardcover, Delacorte Press

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Middle Readers Staff Picks for Summer! The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Last Gate of the Emperor

by Kwame Mbalia and Prince Joel David Makonnen avialable now, hardcover, Scholastic Press

by Jacqueline Kelly paperback, Square Fish

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate is an amazing story about a young girl trying to overcome the norms of the day in order to explore her dream of studying biology. It's such a great book! –Maddie S.

An Afrofuturist adventure about a mythical Ethiopian empire. Sci-fi and fantasy combine in this epic journey to the stars.

Graphic Novel

Truly Tyler

An Emmie & Friends by Terri Libenson available now, paperback, Balzer + Bray

The Unwanteds By Lisa McMann paperback, Aladdin

One of the few stories that satisfied my craving for magic and adventure as a Young Reader! –Dichali

Truly Tyler is the fifth book in the best-selling Emmie & Friends graphic novel collections! Peer pressure, self doubt, and (as always) hilarity ensue in this layered tale about being your truest self—and trusting your truest friends.—from bestselling author Terri Libenson. Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier and Shannon Hale.

Generation Misfits by Akemi Dawn Bowman

available in June, hardcover, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Haylee and Comet : A Tale of Cosmic Friendship -Haylee and Comet Series #1 by Deborah Marcero

available in June, hardcover, Roaring Brook Press

This is a very cute book about friendship that is in a similar style to graphic novels and will become a series. Good for readers who also enjoy the Elephant & Piggie Series and you may have already read their last book In a Jar that came out last year. –Kendra

His Dark Materials : The Golden Compass Illustrated Edition

by Philip Pullman, illustrated by Chris Wormell available in June, hardcover, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Philip Pullman's beloved classic The Golden Compass has been changing the world for 25 years. At long last, this masterwork of storytelling and suspense comes in an over-sized new edition with more than 100 lavish full-color illustrations from acclaimed illustrator Chris Wormell.


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This heartwarming, fish-out-of-water story follows a homeschooled 11-year-old Japanese-American girl who starts at a performing arts school for the first time, where she doesn't quite fit in until she joins the J-POP club.

The Stars of Whistling Ridge by Cindy Baldwin

available in June, hardcover, Quill Tree Books

Fom an Oregon author I love comes this new contemporary fantasy that follows a young girl named Ivy and her family as they travel in an RV. It explores her struggles and desire to plant roots and have her own space. I loved this story! It’s a great choice to take on a summer vacation. –Kendra

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The Girl from the Sea

available in August, hardcover, Tor Teen

available in June, paperback, Graphix

I really enjoyed the fairytale and adventure aspects of this novel. This is a great choice if you enjoyed Uprooted by Naomi Novik, or Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. This will easily become a favorite amongst fantasy book lovers! –Kendra

From the author of The Witch Boy trilogy comes a graphic novel about family, romance, and first love. Fifteen-year-old Morgan has a secret: She can't wait to escape the perfect little island where she lives. Yet everything she is trying to hide will find its way to the surface...whether Morgan is ready or not.

by Elayne Audrey Becker

by Molly Knox Ostertag

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Summer Reading Staff Picks!

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender paperback, Balzer + Bray

This book is so many things— it's fierce and sad; uplifting and full of love. It's one of those 'you won't stop thinking/ talking about it' books. –Jenni

I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson paperback, Penguin

This beautifully written story brims with emotion and characters that hold a significant place in my heart. It's one of my all-time favorites for sure and an excellent summer read! –Mckenzie

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley hardcover, Macmillan

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus paperback, Dutton

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them is a queer romance tinged with magical realism and brimming with lushness and love. It is an ode to the connections we form with those we care about. –Madison

Queer Fiction

Angeline Boulley, a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, has written an incredible and sensitive novel that is thrilling while also tackling important subjects such as Indigenous culture & heritage, drug abuse, racism, and identity. It's a book that's hard to put down because the parasocial connection you feel with Daunis, the main character, is so strong by the end. You will literally fall in love with this book! –Kendra

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Reads for Young Adults Don't Ask Me Where I'm From

One Great Lie by Deb Caletti 

available now, hardcover, Atheneum Books for Young Readers

by Jennifer DeLeon

available in July, paperback, Simon & Schuster

I wish this book had existed when I was a preteen. Jennifer DeLeon's debut novel tells a much needed story about the struggles that Latinx folks experience on a daily basis. We follow the story of the main character, Liliana, as she learns to fit in at her new all-white school. Liliana faces racism and uncovers family secrets as she tries to find out who she is and what she believes in. –Ronnie

Charlotte has the chance of a lifetime to attend a 10-week writing workshop hosted by her favorite author Luca Bruni. She also longs to investigate a family mystery around the authorship of an ancient poem. The more time Charlotte spends at Bruni’s villa, the less comfortable she feels with their host. Deb Caletti’s latest novel is a cautionary tale and a love letter to Venice. –Claire

The Dead and the Dark

A Sitting in St. James by Rita Williams-Garcia

by Courtney Gould

available now, hardcover, Quill Tree Books

available in August, hardcover, Wednesday Books

A tour-de-force from three-time National Book Award finalist Rita Williams-Garcia, this story of an antebellum plantation— and the enduring legacies of slavery upon every person who lives there—is essential reading for both teens and adults grappling with the long history of American racism.

A dark, thrilling novel set in Oregon with strong Stranger Things & Supernatural vibes, this storyline will haunt you with its paranormal and murderous events—you might not want to read this at night! –Kendra

This Poison Heart

How We Fall Apart

available in June, hardcover, Bloomsbury

available in August, hardcover, Bloomsbury

If you're looking for a book with a twist of magic and the touch of a warm summer breeze, This Poison Heart delivers! Briseis is studying to be a botanist while working at her parents' floral shop. She can twist vines and make flowers bloom with nothing but the will of her emotions. But when her family moves into an abandoned manor, she'll have to fight off an ancient curse and a group of people who want to use her to create the world's most deadly elixir. –Rachel

Nancy Luo is shocked when her former best friend, Jamie Ruan, top-ranked junior at Sinclair Prep, goes missing, and then is found dead. Nancy is even more shocked when word starts to spread that she and her friends are the prime suspects, thanks to someone anonymously incriminating them via the school's social media app. In this YA thriller that is Crazy Rich Asians meets One of Us is Lying, students at this elite prep school are forced to confront their secrets and betrayals.

by Katie Zhao

by Kalynn Bayron

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Thriller Ace of Spades

by Faridah Abike-Iyimide

available in June, hardcover, eiwel & Friends

This novel grapples with some very important topics such as being a queer POC and dealing with institutionalized racism while still being absolutely thrilling, suspenseful and scandalous. It just has everything! –Kendra

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Young Adult A Chorus Rises : A Song Below Water Novel

by Bethany C. Morrow

available now, hardcover, Tor Teen

First of all this cover is gorgeous! If you enjoyed Morrow’s A Song Below Water, you’ll be happy to hear that this new story takes place in the same world. The main character Naema is an Eloko, a person with a similar magic to sirens. This character has a lot of obstacles including moving away from her family when she leaves Portland but that distance might just be what she needs to rediscover some new and important parts of herself. –Kendra

Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard

available now, hardcover, HarperTeen

Irresistibly action-packed and full of lethal surprises, this stunning new fantasy series from Victoria Aveyard, New York Times bestselling author of the Red Queen series, begins where hope is lost and asks: When the heroes have fallen, who will take up the sword?

Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean

available now, hardcover, Flatiron Books

This sweet story of a Japanese -American girl is such an entertaining read you just won't want to put it down! Imagine finding out the father you never knew was a Crown Prince? It's deliciously cliché and gives you the warm and fuzzies. But you’ll just need to finish it because its that ooey-gooey romance you just hate to love. –Kendra

Romance Under a Dancing Star by Laura Wood

available in June, hardcover, Random House Books for Young Readers

Steal away to Italy for a hot summer, a sexy dare, and a romance that was never supposed to happen in this delightful retelling of Much Ado About Nothing. For fans of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and Love and Gelato—this is the escapist read you’ve been looking for! "Gives me Bridgerton vibes!" says Village Books Children's Book Buyer Kendra.

Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

available in June, hardcover, Delacorte Press

A heartbreaking and lovely story, we’ve all felt a little skeptical about romantic love and this is a tender story that beautifully depicts those feelings that make you question, Is it worth the journey if it all falls apart in the end? –Kendra

Rise to the Sun by Leah Johnson

available in July, hardcover, Scholastic Press

From the author of You Should See Me in a Crown, Leah Johnson delivers a stunning novel about being brave enough to be true to yourself, and learning to find joy even when times are unimaginably dark. "Resilient beautiful characters, heartbreak, grief—this book packs it in." –Kendra

LGBTQ+ Romance

Spells Trouble Six Crimson Cranes Six Crimson Cranes #1 by Elizabeth Lim

avialable in July, hardcover, Knopf Books for Young Readers

A princess in exile, a shapeshifting dragon, six enchanted cranes, and an unspeakable curse... Drawing from fairy tales and East Asian folklore, this original fantasy from the author of Spin the Dawn is perfect for fans of Shadow and Bone.


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Sisters of Salem #1

by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast available now, hardcover, Wednesday Books

Double double, twins spell trouble… Hunter and Mercy Goode are twin witches. As their ancestors have done before them, it is now time for the twins to learn what it means to be Gatekeepers– the protectors of the Gates to different underworlds where mythology rules and nightmares come to life.

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Reading Recommendations

VB's Young Adult Review Committee

Enjoy these reviews of the latest and greatest Young Adult books to hit the streets in recent and upcoming months. Don't miss our in-store Y.A.R.C. display, which is always up-to-date and evolving with reviews by young adults for young adults! What better way to find out what teens are reading than to go straight to the source?

Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses

All Kinds of Other by James Sie

available now, hardcover, Quill Tree Books

by Kristen O'Neal

I loved this book so much! Told through both narrative and social media posts, All Kinds of Other is, at its core, a love story. But it’s more than romance; Jules is struggling to balance his family and social life, and Jack, a trans guy, is trying to blend in at his new school. My favorite aspect of this book is the amount of thought that went into every detail. Sie doesn’t use transphobia or homophobia as a plot point, but rather as a part of life for trans and queer people, which is refreshing to read. –Isabel F. age 17

available now, hardcover, Quirk Books.

The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni

available now, hardcover, Houghton Mifflin

Kiva Meridan, has spent most of her life fighting for her survival and the survival of others as the prison healer. After a dramatic catalyst, Kiva finds herself caught in an elemental trial to save both her life and the life of the queen. As the stakes increase, Kiva is under insurmountable pressure to save, and survive. The Prison Healer, is a fascinating and vibrant tale that will surely entertain and enthrall its readers with every page turn. –Abby S. age 16

Young Adult Reviews Established in 2014, this program offers teenagers and young adults the opportunity to read yet-to-be-published books, also known as ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies). In exchange for this privilege, they write reviews as recommendations for Village Books customers. Enjoy these and find many more on our Y.A.R.C. web page. Find them under Book Picks in the Readers Corner at villagebooks.com!

Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses is a wonderful novel that explores the difficult path one has to walk with chronic illness —with a dash of werewolves thrown in the mix. Priya is back home in New Jersey after Lyme disease cuts short her pre-med course at Stanford. Thankfully, her days are brightened by her online friend Brigid—they even join a discussion board called Oof Ouch, My Bones. But when Brigid suddenly stops replying, Priya steals the family car to go check on her - only to find a massive dog-like cryptid. Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses does a fantastic job at showing what those with chronic illness must struggle through - even if it only happens once a month and makes you grow fur. –Kamden I. age 17


by Meredith Tate available now, hardcover, G. P. Putnam's Sons

At first glance, no one would ever think that Stella and Wesley had ANYTHING in common. The two are academic rivals, competing for valedictorian (as well as the associated scholarship). Little do they know, they are both massive fans of a popular sci-fi series called Warship Seven, and are unwittingly messaging each other online. As their relationship becomes more complex, they each realize that their prejudices are only so informed. Overall, I flew through this book and thought it was fun, adorable, and extremely entertaining. –Aria S. age 20

The (Un)Popular Vote by Jasper Sanchez

available in June, hardcover, Katherine Tegen Books

Mark knows politics, thanks to watching Scandal and The West Wing, but mostly from being the son of a congressmana congressman who expects him to keep a low profile and keep his trans identity a secret. But when Mark runs for student president he steps into the spotlight. Delightful and unapologetic, Jasper Sanchez’s debut novel, The (Un)popular Vote, is clever, heartfelt, and not to be missed. – Emma W. age 25

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Made in Korea

Trouble Girls

by Sarah Suk

by Julia Lynn Rubin

available now, hardcover, Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers

available in June, hardcover, Wednesday Books

Trouble Girls by Julia Lynn Rubin is a classic road trip adventure story with a feminist twist. Trixie is looking forward to spending a weekend away from her small town with a weekend trip with her best friend Lux. Unfortunately, their plans are ruined by a night of violence in a college bar. On the run from the cops and swept up into a face of the #MeToo movement, Trixie and Lux discover that their friendship could blossom into something more. Julia Lynn Rubin artistically blends non-stop action with profound social commentary. –Sarah K. age 19


Young Adult Recommendations

by K Ancrum

Valerie Kwon’s school K-beauty business is her pride and joy, and the key to both proving her mom wrong and taking her grandmother to Paris. But then, in comes Wes Jung with a competing business and dream of his own: making enough money to get into music school against his father’s wishes. Made in Korea is a feel-good story that explores Korean-American identity, shifting high school friendships, and family expectations while still remaining sweet. It’s perfect for anyone who likes heartwarming teen romance stories and Korean-American culture. –Ella T. age 16

available in June, hardcover, Imprint

Pick up Darling for the Peter Pan retelling, stay for the brilliant way K. Ancrum reimagined it as a thriller set in modern Chicago. From the exquisite writing to the utterly loveable diverse cast of characters to the exciting plot, I loved absolutely everything about this novel. Whether you’re a fan of the original work or never particularly cared (I fall into the latter category), I promise you this novel is not one to miss. –Gretal M. age 22

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Reads Adults Reads for for Young Young Adults Romance Blackout

by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, Nicola Yoon available in June, hardcover, Quill Tree Books

This anthology contains stories from many of my favorite YA authors writing beautiful and exciting love stories taking place in New York over the course of one summer night. Sounds romantic right? This collection does an amazing job of including many different ways to love and various sexualities. These contemporary meet-cutes voicing hopes, some heartbreaks and happiness creates a perfect summer read. There is so much to be celebrated about this collection! –Kendra

Bookish and the Beast Once Upon a Con Series by Ashley Poston

available in June, paperback, Quirk Books

A tale as old as time is made new in Ashley Poston's fresh, geeky and adorably romantic retelling of Beauty and the Beast. A bookish, small-town girl finds herself drawn to a newcomer with a mysterious past in a secluded mansion. Hijinks, hilarity, and a sweet love story ensue.


The Burning (Young Readers Edition: Black Wall Street and the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921

by Tim Madigan, adapted by Hilary Beard available now, hardcover, Henry Holt and Co.

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One of the worst acts of racist violence in American history took place in 1921, when a White mob numbering in the thousands decimated the thriving Black community of Greenwood in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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To register and see additional reading selections go to Book Groups under the Readers Corner tab at villagebooks.com.

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Motherhood by the Book The book group meets on the second Sunday of every month at 2pm on Zoom, for an hour of spirited discussion of books that celebrate the trials, tribulations, and rewards of motherhood—both fiction and non-fiction. This group is by no means exclusive to moms with kids still at home. Join us! Sunday, June 13, 2pm –The Overstory by Richard Powers

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"Books of a Feather Should Be Read Together" Join Gaye from Village Books, Lynden, and the Front Streeters book group as they discuss classics & reimagined classics. We meet on Zoom at 7pm, the third Wednesday of each month. All are welcome! ALL GROUPS


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Wednesday, June 16, 7pm –The Mere Wife: A Novel by Maria Dahvana Headley

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Armchair Historians

General Reads VIRTUAL Book Group

June 14 & July 12, 7pm - a two month discussion! –The Earth Is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West by Peter Cozzens

Join Village Books co-owners Kelly Evert and Paul Hanson for a lively discussion of books from a variety of genres. We meet via Zoom the first Monday of the month at 7pm.

Monday, July 5 –The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall

Join this virtual discussion whenever it fits into YOUR schedule!

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Climate Action Book Club Zoom link available at sustainableconnections.com Thursday, June 17, 8am –Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming by Paul Hawken


Join Mandy’s Book Club, powered by Village Books, and escape into a new book each month! Check out the Mandy’s Book Club Facebook Page to stay up to date and join the discussion. Throughout June, they will be discussing The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

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VB’s Literary Events Program

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JUNE Monday, June 7, 6pm JONATHAN EVISON in conversation with

Book Launch!

Paul Hanson –Legends of the North Cascades We’re thrilled to launch Jonathan Evison’s latest novel that is already getting much buzz in the book world! He’ll be in conversation on Zoom with our very own Paul Hanson, co-owner of Village Books and Paper Dreams. With his eagerly-awaited sixth novel, Evison pushes his considerable storytelling talents in new directions and to new heights, with a big-hearted, deeply human story about a man who has reached the limits of his forbearance for the “civilized” world and, accompanied by his perceptive and precocious seven-year-old daughter, moves off the grid into the wilds of the Pacific Northwest. Find a review on page 15.

Tuesday, June 8, 7pm MARISA SILVER


in conversation with

Cynthia d’Aprix Sweeney –The Mysteries Join us on Zoom for a great conversation between two of our favorite authors! Written with searing clarity and surpassing tenderness, The Mysteries explores the painful ambiguities of adulthood and the intense perceptions of an indelibly drawn child to offer a profound exploration of how all of us, at every stage, must reckon with life's abundant and unsolvable mysteries. Marisa Silver is the author of six previous works of fiction, including the novels Mary Coin, Little Nothing, and Good Company. Cynthia d'Aorix Sweeney's debut novel, The Nest, spent six months on the New York Times bestseller list. See reviews on page 16.

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Wednesday, June 9, 7pm Whatcom Writers and Publishers Supper Club Village Books is pleased to join forces with Whatcom Writers and Publishers to co-host their monthly virtual supper club. Each month on the second Wednesday, we host a guest author or explore a new topic to connect Whatcom Writers and industry speakers. Check villagebooks. com for updates on topics.

Thursday, June 10, 6pm LYNDA MAPES –Orca: Shared Waters, Shared Home

June is Orca Awareness Month! Celebrate with us on Zoom as we welcome journalist Lynda Mapes. In Orca: Shared Waters, Shared Home, Mapes explores the natural history of the orca and the unique challenges for survival of the Southern Resident group that frequents Puget Sound. This special project, co-published with the Pulitzer Prize winning Seattle Times newspaper, features stunning imagery by Times photographer Steve Ringman, as well as from partner organizations including The Whale Museum, NOAA, and Center for Whale Research. Lynda Mapes is a newspaper reporter and author, an explorer and reveler in the natural world, native plants and species of every sort.

Tuesday, June 15, 2pm KY WEEKS –Princess of Lies

Young Adult

Join us on Zoom as local author Ky Weeks presents his dark, funny, magical tale of friendship, delusion, and stagecraft. This new novel is about Fantira, a city in the middle of a wasteland. A place where no street seems to be quite the same each time you step in it. Where a mysterious girl in a blue dress lives in her house like a castle. Where nights are silent and filled with moving shadows. The kind of city where an acting troupe can find their big break. But, as the troupe's young stagehand will soon discover, Fantira is a stage with no exit. Ky Weeks lives and works in Bellingham, WA.

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Tuesday, June 15, 5pm Ticketed LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA, Event! QUIARA ALEGRÍA HUDES, and JEREMY MCCARTER –In the Heights: Finding Home Before Hamilton became a global phenomenon, before Lin-Manuel Miranda became a household name, a little show called In the Heights shook up Broadway with its hip-hop and salsa soundtrack and big, bilingual heart. Sure to be an unforgettable conversation on creativity, community, and finding home, this is your chance to hear directly from the creative team behind the timeless story of how one neighborhood—Washington Heights—can speak to the world. See details on page 41. Your ticket includes admission to this exclusive event, a hardcover copy of In the Heights: Finding Home ($40 retail price), as well as sales tax, shipping, and handling (if applicable). NOTE: Ticket sales CLOSE at 9am on June 15 so don't delay!

Tuesday, June 22, 12pm Romance! MARY BLY (aka Eloisa James) in conversation with MEG TILLY –Lizzie & Dante How about a little romance for lunch? Join us for what’s sure to be a fun conversation! A luscious story of love, courage, and Italian wine, Lizzie & Dante demands to know how far we should travel to find a future worth fighting for. Mary Bly is a New York Times bestselling author (pen name Eloisa James) and a professor of English literature who lives with her family in New York, but can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. She is the mother of two and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight. Meg Tilly is a bestselling, award-winning author and actress, and has her own YouTube channel, “Meg’s Cozy Tea Time.” Tilly’s newest novel, The Runaway Heiress, will be released on July 27.

Tuesday, June 22, 4pm STACEY ABRAMS in conversation with

Cari Champion –Our Time Is Now: Power,

Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair

From New York Times bestselling author of Lead From The Outside and political leader Stacey Abrams, is this blueprint to end voter suppression, empower our citizens, and take back our country. A serial entrepreneur, nonprofit CEO, and tax attorney by training, Abrams served 11 years in the Georgia House of Representatives, seven as Minority Leader. She has launched multiple organizations devoted to voting rights, training and hiring young people of color, and tackling social issues at the state, national and international levels. Cari Champion is a broadcast journalist and television personality who, along with co-host Jemele Hill, is recognized as the first Black women to host a late-night cable news and information show. Champion previously served as anchor and host at ESPN where she spent nearly a decade. She continues to break barriers, paving the way for younger women of color who want to pursue a career in sports television and other areas within broadcasting. See villagebooks.com for registration information.


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STOREWIDE SALE 20% OFF Two Days Only Saturday, June 19 & Sunday, June 20 Don’t miss the Village Books and Paper Dreams annual summer anniversary sale! Save 20% on almost eveything in both our Fairhaven and Lynden stores. Can’t make it in? Call in your purchase or order and pay for your books online at villagebooks.com during the sale days and receive the discount! *Some exceptions do apply–ask your bookseller for details.

Tuesday, June 22, 6pm RACHEL MICHELBERG in conversation with

Cami Ostman –Crash: How I Became a Reluctant Caregiver Rachel likes to think of herself as a nice Jewish girl, dedicated to doing what's honorable, just as her parents raised her to do. But when her husband, David, survives a plane crash and is left with severe brain damage, she faces a choice: will she dedicate her life to caring for a man she no longer loves, or walk away? Crash tackles a pervasive dilemma in our culture: the moral conflicts individuals face when caregiving for a disabled or cognitively impaired family member. Cami Ostman is an author, editor, life coach and a licensed marriage and family therapist who specializes in positive changes that enrich lives.

Monday, June 28, 6pm Spanish Open Mic with Seán Dwyer Join us on Zoom and support our Spanish-language writers and poets, followed by the traditional Open Mic at 7pm!

Monday, June 28, 7pm Open Mic with Seán Dwyer Village Books invites everyone to enjoy local talents as they share their own stories, poems and essays!

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Wednesday, June 30, 7pm KATE MOORE –The Woman They Could Not Silence:




One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear

From the bestselling author of The Radium Girls comes another dark and dramatic but ultimately uplifting tale of a forgotten woman whose inspirational journey sparked lasting change for women’s rights and exposed injustices that still resonate today. Kate Moore is a British writer based in London and has published numerous Sunday Times bestsellers, writing across various genres including history, biography, true crime, gift, and humour. She has written more than 15 books and her work has been translated into more than 12 languages.

JULY and Beyond Sunday, July 4th Celebrate Your Independence! Stores Closing at 4pm Village Books and Paper Dreams in both Fairhaven and Lynden will close at 4pm on the 4th of July. Enjoy the holiday and be safe!

Wednesday, July 7, 7pm ERICA BARNETT in conversation with

Kristi Coulter –Quitter: A Memoir of Drinking, Relapse, and Recovery

With remarkably brave and vulnerable writing, Barnett expands on her own story to confront the dire state of addiction in America, the rise of alcoholism in American women in the last century, and the lack of rehabilitation options available to addicts. At a time when opioid addiction is a national epidemic and one in twelve Americans suffers from alcohol abuse disorder, Quitter is indispensable reading for our age and an ultimately hopeful story of Barnett's own hard-fought path to sobriety.

Monday, July 26, 6pm Spanish Open Mic with Seán Dwyer Join us on Zoom and support our Spanish-language writers and poets, followed by the traditional Open Mic at 7pm!

Monday, July 26, 7pm Open Mic with Seán Dwyer Village Books invites everyone to enjoy local talents as they share their own stories, poems and essays!

Live Discussions See villagebooks.com for registration information Most virtual events are free to attend with an option to donate to our LitLive program!

FH: 360.671.2626 • LY: 360.526.2133 • villagebooks.com


Sunday, August 1, 1:05pm Village Books sponsored BELLINGHAM BELLS GAME! The Bells will take on the Corvallis Knights so get started on your Summer Reading Challenge and win some free tickets to the game! Details about the Reading Challenge on page 58.

Tuesday, August 3, 5pm CHERYL GREY BOSTROM


in conversation with

Maggie Wallem Rowe –Sugar Birds Perfect for fans The Scent Keeper, The Snow Child, and The Great Alone, Sugar Birds immerses readers in a layered, evocative coming-of-age story set in the breathtaking natural world where characters encounter the mending power of forgiveness—for themselves and for those who have failed them. Maggie Wallem Rowe is a national speaker, dramatist, blogger and author.

Sunday, September 19, 7pm An Evening with DAVID SEDARIS at the Mount Baker Theatre –The Best of Me Village Books is pleased to join Mount Baker Theatre in welcoming one of our favorite authors back to Bellingham for this Booked at the Baker event. Please Note: This performance has been rescheduled from May 19, 2020 to September 19, 2021. There is VERY limited seating available at time of press. See mountbakertheatre.com for details.


Book Groups

Village Books currently hosts multiple book groups via Zoom. See page 68 for details and find additional meeting times, reading selections, and register to join in at villagebooks.com. All are welcome!

Chuckanut Writers

Workshops & Classes Village Books and WCC Community & Continuing Education program have created a writing instruction collaboration called Chuckanut Writers to support writers at all stages of their writing journey throughout the year. Turn to page 30 for upcoming classes and go to whatcom.edu for more information and to register.

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Tuesday, June 15, 5pm

OPEN DAILY in Fairhaven and Lynden or shop 24/7 at

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The Chuckanut Reader - Summer 2021  

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