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"the way of progress is neither swift nor easy."

 --Marie Curie

Get the fidgets out!

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Recommended for ages 6 through adult

Get the fidgets out with a fidget spinner or fidget cube!

Turn, flick, and spin the Fidget Spinner: high-quality hybrid ceramic bearings for a longer, smoother spin and a bold matte color finish. 

Both adults and children will enjoy de-stressing with the Fidget Spinner  or Fidget Cube to de-stress. 

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Unusually addicting, high-quality desk toys designed to help you focus. 

Fidget at work, in class, and at home in style.

Have you visited our game and toy nook?


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What We Need Is Wildness and Wonder


New selections in our extensive journal collection. 

In a variety of contemporary designs with inspiring quotations.

These artful composition books are for you—for everything you are, and everything you want to be. Here and now. Bring art to every day and add intention to every task. 

Softcover with lay-flat spine, 80 page comp book

Have you visited our journal and art nooks?





“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive. ” – Audre Lorde






Who brought the books?




"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."

 --Thomas Edison


Books Love Chocolate


Absolutely. Always. Indie.







"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer. "

--Albert Einstein



Thank You for a Quarter Century!

We're Giving Back With 25 for 25!

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To celebrate a quarter century of connecting readers, authors, and remarkable books
A Book For All Seasons offers our 
25 For 25 Author Series

Would you like to meet 25 Awesome Authors this year?
It's on us.


What a Wonderful World

Upcoming Events

Sat May 6   Eagle Creek Winery  1 to 3 PM


25 For 25! Wine and words: join author and literary speaker Mary Lou Sanelli for a warm and lively discussion on the theme of mother-daughter friendship, and enjoy delicious Eagle Creek vintages. 

Mary Lou Sanelli is the author of seven collections of poetry and three works of non-fiction, including her latest, A Woman Writing.

We thank Eagle Creek Winery, generous donor of the complimentary wine tasting for all participants. 

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Sat May 13  A Book For All Seasons   1 to 3 PM
Book Signing     FREE!

From heartwarming kid-lit to other-worldly adventure to literature of the human condition, there'll be something for all reading tastes at our May book-buzz. 

25 For 25!

Prize-winning Wendy J.Fox's The Pull of It brings to light our fundamental human restlessness, explores the consequences of escape, and searches for the people that might pull us back home.

The end of a school year can be bittersweet. In Gretchen McLellan's Mrs. McBee Leaves Room 3, lively and diverse characters highlight the complex emotions surrounding transitions for children, in a touching, humor-filled story.

In David Gere's  Eternal, unfathomable forces are about to clash, and the fate of mankind hangs in the balance. Will love be greater than the darkness?

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May 19-21   on the campus of Wenatchee Valley College
Writing Conference


With content-packed workshops by professional editors, successful agents, bestselling authors and nationally-acclaimed speakers, Write On The River will help you hone your craft, build your dream and move your writing forward. Whether your goal is to be a published author, write articles for a local magazine, develop your poetry, or simply write for your own enjoyment, Write On The River has something for you. 

Visit for cost and registration details and other information.


Fri May 19   Leavenworth Library    6:30 PM
Presentation    FREE!
Sat May 20   A Book For All Seasons   1 to 3 PM
Book Signing     FREE!


25 For 25! Naturalist and author Lyanda Lynn Haupt has written extensively about birds, including the 2002 Washington State Book Award-winning Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds. She shares her latest release, Mozart's Starling, about Mozart's beloved pet, adopted after the bird improvised a new version of  Mozart's Piano Concerto no. 17.

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Thurs June 15 Wenatchee Library    6:30 PM
Presentation    FREE!


25 For 25! Maybe its true that things come in threes: Willow's mother dies, her boyfriend dumps her, and Willow discovers she is pregnant. The DeVine Winery and Goat Ranch, in financial straits, and a friendship from long ago may be all she has left... 

Told with Wenatchee author Kaya McLaren’s humor and heart, The Road to Enchantment is a story about discovering that the last thing you want is sometimes the one thing you need. 

Thank you Kaya, for being our Indie Bookstore Day author!

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Fri June 23 Leavenworth Library    6:30 PM
Presentation    FREE!
Sat June 24  A Book For All Seasons   1 to 3 PM
Book Signing     FREE!


25 For 25! 
“A path of unparalleled adventure, the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail is where you make memories, realize your dreams, and find out exactly what you’re made of.” – Eli Boschetto.

A boots-on-the-ground trail beta, Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail: Oregon breaks down the state’s more than 450 miles of the PCT into manageable sections—stunning routes that can be easily knocked off in three days, a week, or more. 

With photos, maps, itineraries, water sources, flora and fauna, and more, author Eli Boschetto details everything a section hiker needs to know, including access, camp-to-camp mileage, and best places to stake a tent, from the rolling grasslands of the Soda Mountain Wilderness to the doorstep of Oregon’s tallest peaks.


Fri June 30    Eagle Creek Winery    4:00--6:30 PM


25 For 25! We invite you to join us at Eagle Creek Winery for a complementary wine tasting, and poet Lance Brender sharing his accessible poetry of service and gratitude published in the dual-author, annotated collection In Cadence. By turns surprising, inspiring, and haunting, a reminder of the costs and of the pride of serving your country. 

U.S. Army Armor officer Major Lance Brender is a native of Cashmere, Wash. and has served in Iraq, Korea, and Saudi Arabia. 



What a Wonderful World


ABFAS Recommends: New Releases

By New York Times bestselling Lisa See, honored as a National Woman of the Year, and recipient of the Chinese American Museum’s History Makers Award, whose books have been published in 39 languages.

In The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, “See’s focus on the unbreakable bonds between mothers and daughters, by birth and by circumstance, becomes an extraordinary homage to unconditional love.” -- Booklist

In a remote Yunnan Village, Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate--the first automobile any of them have seen--and a stranger arrives.

Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, translates for the stranger and is among the first to reject the rules that have shaped her existence. When she has a baby outside of wedlock, rather than stand by tradition, she wraps her daughter in a blanket, with a tea cake hidden in her swaddling, and abandons her in the nearest city.

The little girl, Haley, is adopted, and grows up privileged and well-loved in California. Despite Haley's happy home life, she wonders about her origins; and Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. They both search for and find answers in the tea that has shaped their family's destiny for generations. 

This powerful story about family separated by circumstances, culture, and distance celebrates the bond between mothers and daughters.

By New York Times bestselling Kim Stanley Robinson, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards; author of more than twenty books; named a "Hero of the Environment" by Time Magazine.

A bold and brilliant vision of New York City in the next century. 

As the sea levels rose, every street became a canal. Every skyscraper an island. For the residents of one apartment building in Madison Square, however, New York in the year 2140 is far from a drowned city. 

There is the market trader, who finds opportunities where others find trouble. There is the detective, whose work will never disappear --- along with the lawyers, of course. There is the internet star, beloved by millions for her airship adventures, and the building's manager, quietly respected for his attention to detail. Then there are two boys who don't live there, but have no other home-- and who are more important to its future than anyone might imagine. 

Lastly there are the coders, temporary residents on the roof, whose disappearance triggers a sequence of events that threatens the existence of all-- and even the long-hidden foundations on which the city rests.

ABFAS Recommends: Now in Paperback

--Jackie's Pick!-- 

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Andrew Carnegie Medal, a New York Times Book Review Top Ten Book, National Book Award finalist, and more than two and a half years on the New York Times bestseller list

By Anthony Doerr, winner of a crazy-long list of awards and fellowships, whose work is published in over 40 languages.

A magnificently moving bestseller about a blind French girl and an orphaned German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. 

Marie-Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure's reclusive great uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum's most valuable and dangerous jewel. 

In a mining town in Germany, Werner Pfennig, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down the resistance. 

Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. 

--Donica's Pick!-- 

A  New York Times and international best-seller and Wall Street Journal  Best Book of the Year from Kristin Hannah, author of 20 books published in over 39 languages.

International blockbuster author Kristin Hannah is reknowned for her mother-daughter fiction and her sensitive probing of the relationship of sisters. 

The Nightingale transports us to France during World War II and bring us the story of Isabelle and Viann, who are sisters but not friends. The result is an epic love story and family drama as Isabelle and Viann battle to keep their family safe. 

When Viann's husband heads to the front in 1940, she remains at home with their daughter, teaching school and tending the farm. Soon, her world is upended: the Germans march into Paris and refugees flee south, overrunning Viann’s land. 

Isabelle, code-named the Nightingale, volunteers for dangerous duty: shepherding downed Allied airmen across the Pyrenees to Spain. Viann’s journey from passive to active resistance is less dramatic but no less wrenching. Hannah vividly demonstrates how the Nazis, through starvation, intimidation and barbarity both casual and calculated, demoralized the French, engineering a community collapse that enabled the deportations and deaths of more than 70,000 Jews.

 “In love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are,” the book begins.

Propelled by her observation that the actions of women in wartime are often overlooked, at best, and forgotten, Hannah  poured through historical documents, followed her instinctive belief in the value of women’s untold stories. 

The Nightingale reveals what Isabelle and Viann are willing to do to survive, and confronts us with the haunting question: would we risk our lives for our children, our friends, the strangers in our midst? 

ABFAS Recommends: New NonFiction

--Stephen's Pick!-- 

"The best book of the year so far"--Entertainment Weekly

By #1 New York Times best-selling David Grann, author of The Lost City of Z

In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. 

The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances. 

In this last remnant of the Wild West--where oilmen like J. P. Getty made their fortunes and where desperadoes like Al Spencer, the "Phantom Terror," roamed--many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. 

As the death toll climbed to more than twenty-four, the FBI took up the case, led by a youngJ. Edgar Hoover. Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history. 

ABFAS Recommends: NonFiction Now in Paperback! 

--Jalen's Birthday Present!-- 

By Timothy Snyder, author of Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin and Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning, and Levin Professor of History at Yale University.

#1 Washington Post Bestseller 
A New York Times Bestseller 

The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the twentieth century. 

We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.

By MacArthur Genius recipient Matthew Desmond, award-winning author of On the Fireline, Harvard Professor, and codirector of the Justice and Poverty Project.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
New York Times Bestseller
Winner National Book Critics Circle Award
Winner of PEN/Galbraith Award
Winner of Carnegie Medal for Excellence

Named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times Book Review, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker, Bloomberg, Buzzfeed, and a dozen others.

 In Evicted, Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Hailed as "wrenching and revelatory" (The Nation), and "vivid and unsettling" (New York Review of Books). 

Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of 21st-century America's most devastating problems. 

Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible. 

A National Book Award finalist by Andres Resendez, author of A Land So Strange

"Long-awaited and important . . . No other book before has so thoroughly related the broad history of Indian slavery in the Americas."--San Francisco Chronicle 

"One of the most profound contributions to North American history."--Los Angeles Times 

Since the time of Columbus, Indian slavery was illegal in much of the American continent. Yet, as Andres Resendez illuminates in his myth-shattering The Other Slavery, it was practiced for centuries as an open secret. 

Resendez builds the incisive case that it was mass slavery--more than epidemics--that decimated Indian populations across North America. Through riveting new evidence, The Other Slavery reveals nothing less than a key missing piece of American history. 

For over two centuries we have fought over, abolished, and tried to come to grips with African American slavery. It is time for the West to confront an entirely separate, equally devastating enslavement we have long failed truly to see. 

"Beautifully written . . . A tour de force."--Chronicle of Higher Education

ABFAS Recommends New YA NonFiction

Recommended for 7 and up / Recomendido: edades 7 y mayor.

Written by Cuban-American Margarita Engle, winner of the Newbery Honor, PEN USA Award, Walter Dean Myers Honor, Pura Belpre Award, Americas Award, and many other awards.
Illustrated by award-winning Rafael Lopez.

Poemas de latinos increíbles: Aida de Acosta, Arnold Rojas, Baruj Benacerraf, César Chávez, Fabiola Cabeza de Baca, Félix Varela, George Meléndez, José Martí, Juan de Miralles, Juana Briones, Julia de Burgos, Louis Agassiz Fuertes, Paulina Pedroso, Pura Belpré, Roberto Clemente, Tito Puente, Ynes Mexia, y Tomás Rivera.

"Lopez's bright portraits of notable Hispanics have the large scale and graphic discipline of poster art, while Engle manages to compress the sweep of a biography into a sharp, compact free-verse poem about each life, from childhood on." —New York Times Book Review 
"This book features the lives of a variety of Latinos who faced life's challenges with aplomb and in their own ways. . . each person is stunningly portrayed in López's strong and vibrant style; opposite is a first-person biographical poem that provides a glimpse into its subject's life." —Kirkus Reviews 

The New York Times bestselling memoir adapted for young readers, now available in paperback

Recommended for 10 and up.

By William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer; illustrated by Anna Hymas

The inspiring true story of a young inventor who brought electricity to his Malawian village. 

When drought struck William Kamkwamba's tiny village in Malawi, his family lost everything. William began to explore science books in his village library, looking for a solution. There, he came up with the idea that would change life forever: he could build a windmill. 

Using scrap metal and old bicycle parts, William build a windmill which brought electricity to his home and pumped the water his family needed to farm the land. 

Retold for a younger audience, this exciting memoir shows how, even in a desperate situation, one boy's brilliant idea can light up the world. 

Complete with photographs, illustrations, and an epilogue that will bring readers up to date on William's story, this is the perfect edition to read and share with the whole family.

ABFAS Recommends New Teen Fiction

the story of young Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler
Recommended for 12 and up

By Melissa de la Cruz, #1 New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and Publishers Weekly internationally bestselling author of many critically acclaimed novels, including the Blue Bloods series (over three million copies sold) and the Witches of East End series (adapted for television).

As battle cries of the American Revolution echo in the distance, servants flutter about preparing for one of New York society's biggest events: the Schuylers' grand ball. 

Youngest daughter Eliza can barely contain her excitement when she hears of the arrival of one Alexander Hamilton, a mysterious, rakish young colonel and General George Washington's right-hand man. 

Though Alex has arrived as the bearer of bad news for the Schuylers, he can't believe his luck--as an orphan, and a bastard one at that--to be in such esteemed company. 

When Alex and Eliza meet that fateful night, so begins an epic love story that forever changes the course of history.

-- Now in paperback! --

Recommended for ages 12 and up

By Jack Gantos, acclaimed author of numerous middle grade and young adult books including the Joey Pigza and Rotten Ralph series; recipient of the Printz Honor, Sibert Honor, Newbery Medal,and many other awards.

This fiery autobiographical novel captures a pivotal week or two in the life of fourteen-year-old Jack Gantos, when he began to slide off track as a kid who in just a few years would find himself locked up in a federal penitentiary for the crimes portrayed in the memoir Hole in My Life

The Trouble in Me opens with an explosive encounter in which Jack first meets his awesomely rebellious older neighbor, Gary Pagoda, just back from juvie for car theft. Instantly mesmerized, Jack decides he will do whatever it takes to be like Gary. 

As a follower, Jack is eager to leave his old self behind and desperate for whatever crazy, hilarious, frightening thing might happen next. But he may not be as ready as he thinks when the trouble in him comes blazing to life.

-- Now in paperback! --

Recommended for ages 12 and up

By John Rocco and Jay Primiano. Illustrated by John Rocco. Caldecott Honor recipient Rocco is the author and illustrator of several books for children.

When his dad goes missing in a fishing-boat accident, fourteen-year-old Jake refuses to think he may have lost his father forever. Suddenly nothing seems certain in Jake's future, and now his family's diner may be repossessed. 

Scrabbling out a living as a quahogger in Narragansett Bay,isn't easy, but Jake is determined to work hard and earn enough money to save his family's diner. 

A fast-paced coming-of-age story that evocatively captures the essence of coastal Rhode Island life, the struggles of blue-collar family dynamics, and the dreams of one boy to come into his own. 

ABFAS Recommends: For Middle Grades

Recommended for ages 8 and up
From rising new talent Caela Carter, author of My Life with the Liars.

An achingly beautiful and endearing story about two foster children who want desperately to believe that they've found their forever home. 

Flora and her brother Julian don't believe they were born. They've lived in so many foster homes, they can't remember where they came from. 

And even now that they've been adopted, Flora still struggles to believe in forever. So along with their new mother, Flora and Julian begin a journey to go back and discover their past--for only then can they really begin to build their future.

-- Now in paperback! --

Recommended for ages 12 and up
New York Times Bestseller from award-winning Lynda Mullaly Hunt

"Unforgettable and uplifting."--School Library Connection, starred review 

"Offering hope to those who struggle academically and demonstrating that a disability does not equal stupidity, this is as unique as its heroine."--Booklist, starred review

Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb

However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. 

As her confidence grows, the world starts opening up, and Ally discovers that there's a lot more to her--and to everyone--than a label, and that great minds don't always think alike. 

ABFAS Recommends: for the Younger Crowd

Written by Mac Barnett, winner of the Caldecott Honor, Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, E. B. White Read Aloud Award, and other honors. 
Illustrated by Jon Klassen, winner of the Caldecott Medal, two Caldecott Honors, the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor and other awards. 

Multi-award-winning, New York Times best-selling duo Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen conspire again on a slyly funny tale about some very sneaky shapes. 

Meet Triangle. He is going to play a sneaky trick on his friend, Square. Or so Triangle thinks. . . . 

With this first tale in a new trilogy, partners in crime Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen will have readers wondering just who they can trust in a richly imagined world of shapes. 

Visually stunning and full of wry humor, here is a perfectly paced treat that could come only from the minds of two of today's most irreverent -- and talented -- picture book creators.

Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, author of the New York Times bestseller I Wish You More, and over 20 other books for children.
Illustrated by Teagan White

Wherever you are, 
Wherever you go, 
Always remember 
And always know. . . 

That feeling you always 
have in your heart? 
That's me loving you. 

Amy Krouse Rosenthal captures parents' desire to be ever-present in this simple and touching poem offering reassurance of their love. Signs of affection can be found in the natural world around us--from a soft breeze to a shimmering star. 

"Combine this with a kissing hand, and children will be ready to set off on their own to explore the world, safe in the knowledge that they are loved." --Kirkus Reviews


What a Wonderful World


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"It always seems impossible until it's done."

      --Nelson Mandela 

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