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     -- Pablo Neruda

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20 inspiring notecards showcasing 10 revolutionary women, from the first woman to win a Nobel Prize to the godmother of punk rock. 


$19.95 hardcover

From Sojourner Truth to Joan Jett, the 100 revolutionary women highlighted in this gorgeously illustrated book were bad in the best sense of the word: they challenged the status quo and changed the rules for all who followed. Learn more.



"The earth laughs in flowers."

 -- Ralph Waldo Emmerson



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



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“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” 
     ― Margaret Atwood



"If I had a flower for every time I thought of you...I could walk through my garden forever."

      — Alfred Tennyson


"I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.” 
     --Ralph Ellison


New bestseller from C. Adichie! 
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Thank You for a Quarter Century!

A Book For All Seasons turns 25 Years Old!

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Celebrate a quarter century of connecting readers, authors, and remarkable books
with A Book For All Seasons and 
J.A. Jance, Nina Laden, & Dan Gemeinhart

And enjoy our 
25 For 25 Author Series

Find the fun details in our event listing below


What a Wonderful World

Upcoming Events

Fri Mar 31    Wenatchee River Institute    7 PM
Multimedia Presentation    By Donation
Sat Apr 1   A Book For All Seasons   1 to 3 PM
Book Signing     FREE!

Don't have all summer? Section hike the PCT! 

Tami Asars shares  everything you need to know, including access, camp-to-camp mileage, and best places to stake your tent. Full-color maps and detailed and engaging route descriptions, including history, flora, and fauna.

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail: Washington breaks down the state’s more than 500 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail into stunning routes that can be easily knocked off in four days, a week or more. This is boots-on-the-ground trail beta from a veteran hiker and author.

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JA Jance, Nina Laden, Dan Gemeinhart

Sun Apr 2   A Book For All Seasons   1 to 3 PM

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For a quarter of a century we've been your local indie --
connecting readers, authors, and remarkable books. 

We're so grateful to you, our reading community, for your years of support. So let's party! Meet exceptional authors, mingle with friends, and enjoy delectable refreshments.

25 For 25! 
We're Bringing You 25 Fabulous Authors 
this year, including:

In New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance’s gripping new thriller, Man Overboard, two tech geniuses face off—one intent on saving lives, the other on ending them.  J.A. Jance is the perennially bestselling author of a long list of renowned detective series and thrillers.

If I had a Little Dream celebrates the wonder of the world. “If I had a little land, I would name it There.” Her house she names Love, and her garden, Whole, in this reassuring picture book about the joy, love, and beauty of each and every day. Award-winning Nina Laden is the author of dozens of children's books  translated into many languages.

Scar Island, Gemeinhart's most gripping novel yet, is a middle-grade tale of misfits and outcasts at odds and in peril. This redemption story shines a light on dark truths, and reveals that the strongest prisons of all are the ones we build for ourselves. Cashmere author Dan Gemeinhart is also known for The Honest Truth and Some Kind of Courage. 

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Thurs Apr 13   Wenatchee PAC    7:00 PM
Presentation     FREE!

Reserve now: free tickets available beginning Mar 1. 

North Central Regional Library brings Cheryl Strayed to the Performing Arts Center in Wenatchee. 

At 26 Strayed was, by her own admission, a total mess. Her beloved mother had just died; she'd broken up her young marriage; she was dating a junkie and was well on her way to becoming one herself. Strayed righted herself on an 1,100-mile hike up the Pacific Crest Trail, the subject of her moving memoir, Wild.

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Fri Apr 21   Leavenworth Library    6:30 PM
Presentation    FREE!
Sat Apr 22   A Book For All Seasons   1 to 3 PM
Book Signing     FREE!


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

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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.



What a Wonderful World


ABFAS Recommends: New Releases

By Meg Howrey, author of Blind Sight, The Cranes Dance, and more.

"A transcendent, cross-cultural, and cross planetary journey into the mysteries of space and self. . . ."-- Ruth Ozeki 

To prove their fitness for the first voyage to Mars, Helen Kane, Yoshihiro Tanaka, and Sergei Kuznetsov must spend seventeen months in the most realistic simulation ever created. 

Constantly observed by a team of "Obbers," Helen, Yoshi, and Sergei must appear ever in control. But as their surreal pantomime progresses, each soon realizes that the complications of inner space are no less fraught than those of outer space. The borders between what is real and unreal begin to blur, and each astronaut is forced to confront demons past and present, even as they struggle to navigate their increasingly claustrophobic quarters--and each other. 

Astonishingly imaginative, tenderly comedic, and unerringly wise, The Wanderers explores the differences between those who go and those who stay, telling a story about the desire behind all exploration: the longing for discovery and the great search to understand the human heart.

By Viet Thanh Nguyen,  author of The Sympathizer, which was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize, the Andrew Carnegie Medal, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the Edgar Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and the California Book Award.

The Refugees is a collection of perfectly formed stories exploring questions of immigration, identity, love, and family. 

Nguyen gives voice to lives led between two worlds, the adopted homeland and the country of birth. 

From a young Vietnamese refugee who suffers profound culture shock when he comes to live with two gay men in San Francisco, to a woman whose husband is suffering from dementia and starts to confuse her for a former lover, to a girl living in Ho Chi Minh City whose older half-sister comes back from America having seemingly accomplished everything she never will, the stories are a captivating testament to the dreams and hardships of immigration.  

A beautifully written and sharply observed book about the aspirations of those who leave one country for another, and the relationships and desires for self-fulfillment that define our lives.

ABFAS Recommends: Now in Paperback

Winner of the PEN Open Book Award;  a Washington Post Notable Fiction Pick; chosen as a Best Book of 2016 by PBS, Slate, Oprah, and NPR.

By Helen Oyeyemi, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, author of Boy, Snow, Bird and more.

Playful, ambitious, and exquisitely imagined, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours is a story collection cleverly built around the idea of keys, literal and metaphorical. 

The key to a house, the key to a heart, the key to a secret--Oyeyemi's keys not only unlock elements of her characters' lives, they promise further labyrinths on the other side. 

Oyeyemi's tales span multiple times and landscapes as they tease boundaries between coexisting realities. Is a key a gate, a gift, or an invitation? What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours captivates as it explores the many possible answers.

"transcendent" -- New York Times

By prize-winning Elizabeth J. Church 

Sweeping from WWII  Chicago to the vast sun-parched canyons of New Mexico in the 1970s, we follow the journey of a driven, spirited woman.

In 1941, at seventeen years old, Meridian begins her ornithology studies at the University of Chicago. She is soon drawn to Alden, a brilliant, complicated physics professor who opens her eyes to the fundamentals and poetry of his field, the beauty of motion, and the delicate balance of force and energy that allows a bird to fly. Entranced and in love, Meridian defers her own career path and follows Alden west to Los Alamos.

There she channels her ambitions into studying a particular family of crows, whose free life and companionship are the very things that seem beyond her reach. In her canyons, at the dawn of the 1970s, with  protests against the war rupturing college campuses across the country, Meridian meets Clay, a young geologist and veteran of the Vietnam War, and together they seek ways to mend what the world has broken. 

Exquisitely capturing the claustrophobic eras of 1940s and 1950s America, The Atomic Weight of Love also examines the changing roles of women during the decades that followed. In Meridian we find an unforgettable heroine whose metamorphosis shows how the women's movement opened up the world for a whole generation.

ABFAS Recommends: New NonFiction

--Donica's Pick!--

Written by Eden Sher and illustrated by Julia Wertz

"A must-read for bad, good and just plain complicated days," says .

All her life, Eden Sher has suffered fromdyscommunicatia (n. the inability to articulate a feeling through words.). Then, one day, she decided that, whenever she had an emotion for which she had no word, she would make one up. 

The result is The Emotionary, which lives at the intersection of incredibly funny and very useful. Chock full of words you always wanted/never knew you needed, often accompanied by illustrations of hilarious and all-too-familiar situations.

 At long last, all your complicated feelings can be put into words, so you can recognize them for what they are, speak their names aloud, and move on. Finally

By author and speaker Ralph Nader, noted for his successful consumer advocacy, named by The Atlantic as one of the hundred most influential figures in American history, and by Time and Life magazines as one of the most influential Americans of the twentieth century.

In Breaking Through Power, Ralph Nader lays out a clear prescription for citizens to reclaim democratic power.

He draws from a lifetime waging--and often winning--David vs. Goliath battles against big corporations and the United States government. 

Laying out a clear "how-to" path, Nader makes an inspired case that our nation can--and must--be democratically managed by communities guided by the United States Constitution, not by the dictates of big businesses and the wealthy few.

"...a brilliant analysis of corporate power and the popular mechanisms that can be used to wrest back our democracy. No one has been fighting corporate domination longer, or understands it better, than Nader..."--Pulitzer-winner Chris Hedges

"People are recognizing that our founding, fundamental values of fairness, justice, and opportunity for all--the very values that define our America--are being shoved aside to create an un-America of plutocracy and autocracy. Ralph Nader's new book Breaking Through Power provides progressive boat-rockers with inspiration and a plan for reclaiming America..."--Jim Hightower

ABFAS Recommends: NonFiction Now in Paperback! 

-- Winner National Book Critics Circle AwardNational Bestseller, New York Times Notable Book, PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Finalist; chosen as one of the Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post, TIME, Slate, Entertainment Weekly, Newsday, Kirkus Reviews, and NPR.--

By Hope Jahren -- an award-winning geobiologist as well as award-winning author -- winner of three Fullbrights, founder of the University of Hawaii's Isotope Geobiology Laboratories, and currently the Wilson professor at the University of Oslo.

This book has it all: nature, love, science, drama, heartbreak, joy, and plenty of dirt. 

Lab Girl is the story of Jahren's life in science, and her writing on the wonders of nature will renew your sense of awe. But more than that, it is an exploration of friendship, mental illness, parenthood, and the messiness of life. The only flaw -- these pages fly by too quickly, leaving you wondering what you could possibly read next that will be just as good.

Warm, luminous, compulsively readable, Lab Girl vividly demonstrates the mountains that we can move when love and work come together.

ABFAS Recommends: New Poetry

By Layli Long Soldier, winner of the Whiting Award and recipient of a Lannan Fellowship and a National Artist Fellowship.

"WHEREAS her birth signaled the responsibility as mother to teach what it is to be Lakota therein the question: What did I know about being Lakota? Signaled panic, blood rush my embarrassment. What did I know of our language but pieces? Would I teach her to be pieces? Until a friend comforted, Don't worry, you and your daughter will learn together. Today she stood sunlight on her shoulders lean and straight to share a song in Dine, her father's language. To sing she motions simultaneously with her hands; I watch her be in multiple musics." 

 Through a virtuosic array of short lyrics, prose poems, longer narrative sequences, resolutions, and disclaimers, Layli Long Soldier has created a brilliantly innovative text to examine histories, landscapes, her own writing, and her predicament inside national affiliations. 

"I am," she writes, "a citizen of the United States and... a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation and in this dual citizenship I must work, I must eat, I must art, I must mother, I must friend, I must listen, I must observe, constantly I must live."

ABFAS Recommends: New Graphic Novels

-- Jackie's Pick! --- 

Recommended for adults, and for youth 13 and up.

By Thi Bui

"A book to break your heart and heal it." -- Viet Thanh Nguyen.

With haunting, poetic writing and breathtaking art, Bui examines the strength of family, the importance of identity, and the meaning of home.

In this beautifully illustrated, evocative memoir, Bui documents the story of her family's daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves. 

At the heart of Bui's story is a universal struggle: adjusting to life as a first-time mother, she discovers what it means to be a parent--the endless sacrifices, the unnoticed gestures, and the depths of unspoken love. At the same time she wrestles with the seeming impossibilty of the simultaneous roles of being both a parent and a child. 

Thi Bui's journey toward understanding provides inspiration to all who search for a better future while longing for a simpler past.

ABFAS Recommends New YA NonFiction

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By Kate T. Parker: professional photographer, former NCAA athlete and ironman, and self-described mom, daughter, wife, friend, and aspiring beach bum.

Recommended for all ages.

Girls being fearless. Girls being silly. Girls being wild, stubborn, and proud. Girls whose faces are smeared with dirt and lit up with joy. 

So simple and yet so powerful, Strong Is the New Pretty celebrates, through more than 175 memorable photographs, the strength and spirit of girls being 100% themselves. 

What started out as a personal project capturing her daughters soon sparked a global passion for professional photographer Kate T. Parker. Real beauty, Parker believes, is about being your authentic self and owning it. 

Strong Is the New Pretty conveys a powerful message for every girl, for every mother and father of a girl, for every coach and mentor and teacher, for everyone in the village: Confident is beautiful. Messy is pretty. Loud is great. Silly is awesome.

"My role as the photographer is a privilege and a way for me to give back. My wish for girls is that they always keep the spark of who they are.” 


Photo from Strong is the New Pretty

By Saroo Brierley 
Recommended for ages 10 and up.

The young readers' edition of the true story that inspired Lion, the Academy Award nominated film

When Saroo Brierley used Google Earth to find his long-lost home town half a world away, he made global headlines. 

Saroo had become lost on a train in India at the age of five. Not knowing the name of his family or where he was from, he survived for weeks on the streets of Kolkata before being taken into an orphanage and adopted by a couple in Australia. 

Despite being happy in his new family, Saroo always wondered about his origins. When he was a young man the advent of Google Earth led him to pore over satellite images of India for landmarks he recognized. And one day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off on a journey to find his mother. 

This edition features new material from Saroo about his childhood, including a new foreword and a Q&A about his experiences and the process of making the film.

ABFAS Recommends New Teen Fiction

By writer and playwright Kayla Cagan.
Recommended for ages 13 and up

Piper Perish inhales air and exhales art.

Piper and her two best friends have always planned to leave Houston behind, and go to art school in New York together after graduation, but now that senior year is here, nothing is coming together as envisioned. 

Piper’s boyfriend reveals his true sexual identity, leaving their friendship intact but fractured. Piper's best friend Kit, a budding entrepreneur, endures setbacks that make Kit question whether there is a role for her in the art world, and leaves Piper struggling with how to support her friend when life seems to open different paths for them.

The most disruptive surprise comes when Piper’s emotionally unstable older sister, Marli, moves back home, pregnant. Marli's presence puts the whole family on edge, and creates an unanticipated financial burden that throws the feasibility of art school in New York into question for Piper. 

Will Piper seize her dream when it means giving up so much? Piper will have readers asking big questions: What is love? What is friendship? What is family? What is home? And who is a person when she's missing any one of these things?

-- Now in paperback!-- 

By award-winning, #1 NYT bestselling Nicola Yoon. National Book Award finalist Jamaican-Korean-American Yoon is also the author of  #1 NYT bestselling, Printz Honor book The Sun is Also a Star
Recommended for ages 12 and up.

An instant #1 New York Times bestseller, soon to be a major motion picture

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I'm allergic to the world. I don't leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. 

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He's tall, lean and wearing all black--black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. 

Maybe we can't predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It's almost certainly going to be a disaster. 

Everything, Everything will make you laugh, cry, and feel everything in between. An innovative, inspiring novel that asks: would you risk everything . . . for love?

ABFAS Recommends: For Middle Grades

By award-winning Jason Reynolds, National Book Award finalist, recipient of two Coretta Scott King Honors, the Walter Dean Meyers and Kirkus Awards, and Time Book of the Year.
Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Ghost. Lu. Patina. Sunny. Four kids from wildly different backgrounds with personalities that are explosive when they clash. But they are also four kids chosen for an elite middle school track team--a team that could qualify them for the Junior Olympics if they can get their acts together. 

They all have a lot to lose, but they also have a lot to prove, not only to each other, but to themselves. 

Ghost has a crazy natural talent, but no formal training. He's been running for the wrong reasons--it all starting with running away from his father, chasing him and his mother with a loaded gun, aiming to kill. Since then, Ghost has been the one causing problems--and running away from them--until he meets Coach, an ex-Olympic Medalist determined to keep others from blowing their shots at life.

Reynolds says: "I graduated from the University of Maryland... and moved to Brooklyn because somebody told me they were giving away dream-come-true vouchers. And if I ever find the person who told me that... let's just say, no one was giving away anything. ANYTHING. Lucky for me I had all these crazy stories to keep me going... Here's what I know: I know there are a lot — A LOT — of young people who hate reading. I know that many of these book haters are boys. I know that many of these book-hating boys, don't actually hate books, they hate boredom... 

Here's what I plan to do: NOT WRITE BORING BOOKS. 
That's it, and that's all."

Written and illustrated by Louise Erdrich, award-winning author of over two dozen works of fiction, children's literature, poetry, and non-fiction; two-time winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, Pulitzer Prize finalist, and winner of the National Book Award, Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, the World Fantasy Award,  PEN/Saul Bellow Award, Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, Scott O'Dell Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, American Book Award, and other awards.
Recommended for ages 8 to 14.

Fans of Little House on the Prairie rejoice! Acclaimed Louise Erdrich has released the 5th in her award-winning Birchbark House series.

The series begins with The Birchbark House, the story of a young Ojibwa girl living on an island in Lake Superior around 1847.

The latest release in the series, Makoons, is the story of Makoons (the Ojibwe word for little bear) and his twin Chickadee, who have traveled with their family to the Great Plains of Dakota Territory. 

There they must learn to become buffalo hunters and once again help their people make a home in a new land. But Makoons has had a vision that foretells great challenges--challenges that his family may not be able to overcome. 

Based on Louise Erdrich's own family history, each book in the series features black-and-white interior illustrations, a note from the author about her research, and a map and glossary of Ojibwe terms.

ABFAS Recommends: for the Younger Crowd

-- Theresa's Pick! -- 

Written by award-winning, bestselling Nina Laden, author of over a dozen children's books, and illustrated by Melissa Castrillon.

Nina Laden's warm and lyrical picture book sees and appreciates through a child's eyes how fortunate we are to live in the world we do. 

Celebrate the wonder of the world in this reassuring picture book about the joy, love, and beauty that is part of each and every day. Our world is full of possibilities if you look for them.

Written and illustrated by beloved picture book creator Jon Agee, whose works include It's Only Stanley (a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book), Terrific (a New York Times Best Illustrated Book), Milo's Hat Trick (an ALA Notable Book), and Little Santa (an ALA Notable Book and recipient of five starred reviews).

A young astronaut is absolutely sure there is life to be found on Mars. He sets off on a solitary mission, determined to prove the naysayers wrong. 

But when he arrives, equipped with a package of cupcakes as a gift, he sees nothing but a nearly barren planet. Finally, he spies a single flower and packs it away to take back to Earth as proof that there is indeed life on Mars. 

But as he settles in for the journey home, he cracks open his cupcakes--only to discover that someone has eaten them all!

Readers will love being in on the secret: unbeknownst to the explorer, a Martian has been wandering through the illustrations the whole time...

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What a Wonderful World


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