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What a Wonderful World


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Upcoming Events

North Cascades Park: Crown Jewel

Fri Nov 3   Leavenworth Library    6:30 PM
Presentation    FREE!
Sat Nov 4   A Book For All Seasons   1 to 3 PM
Book Signing    FREE!


North Cascades National Park is remote, rugged, and spectacularly majestic. This engaging account chronicles how evolving natural resource policies -- combined with new public awareness and activism -- brought about the park's creation. 

“An uplifting story for our times. It is not only scholarly, it is inspiring.”—Michael McCloskey, former Executive Director of The Sierra Club


Light of the Northern Dancers

Wed Nov 8  Leavenworth Library    6:30 PM
Presentation    FREE!


Robin F. Gainey shares her latest novel, Light of the Northern Dancers, where diverse lives intersect against the terrible beauty of drought-worn 1890 Wyoming. Fiery uprooted aristocrat Eden Rose tends a ranch on the Powder River; her dearest friend, backwoods spitfire Maddie True,is a widow with a passel of children. When Eden's brother disappears into the Bighorn mountains, Eden shuns Maddie’s fearful cautions, and teams with Lakota holy man Intah in a race to find her brother before the snow holds them all hostage.

In addition to sharing the novel, Robin will discuss the process of the upcoming film adaption.



Mon Nov 13  Wenatchee High School    5:00 PM
Film, Discussion, and Book Signing    FREE!


A film-screening, book-signing, and discussion with author Patricia McCormick of Sold, an award-winning novel raising the topic of human trafficking. Lakshmi believes she is being taken to work as a maid; in a distant country, torn from all that is familiar, can she endure? 

Book appropriate for ages 13 and up; film PG-13.


Roadside Geology

Tues Nov 28   A Book For All Seasons   4 to 5 PM
Book Signing    FREE!


Marli Miller, author of Roadside Geology of Washington and Roadside Geology of Oregon will sign at A Book For All Seasons.

From 45-million-year-old sandstone exposed in sea cliffs at Cape Flattery to the 2-mile-thick flood basalts of the Columbia Basin, appreciate spectacular geologic features along the highways of Washington and Oregon.

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Christmas in Icicle Falls

Sat Dec 2   A Book For All Seasons   1 to 3 PM
Book Signing    FREE!


Welcome to Icicle Falls, a little town nestled in Icicle Valley... as lovely a town as any you'd find in the Alps. From Blackberry Lane to Apple Blossom Road, Sheila Roberts chronicles many romantic adventures here. Celebrate the magic of Christmas, and a sprinkling of fairy dust. 

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Love, Santa

Sun Dec 16   A Book For All Seasons   1 to 3 PM
Book Signing    FREE!


When five-year-old Lucy writes her first letter to Santa, she receives a friendly reply—and a cozy red coat—on Christmas morning. Similar letters (contained in envelopes throughout the book) are exchanged each year until, at age eight, Lucy writes to her mother, instead: “Dear Mom, Are you Santa?” 

Her mother’s thoughtful, heartfelt response, which Brokenbrough wrote to her own daughter and published in the New York Times in 2009, is its own bit of Christmas magic. 

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What a Wonderful World


ABFAS Recommends: New Releases

From Soho Crime: eighteen delightful holiday stories, with a foreword by CWA Diamond Award-winner Peter Lovesey.


Laughs, murders, and holiday noir. The perfect stocking stuffer for the crime fiction lover in your life, featuring bestselling and award-winning authors. 

Nine mall Santas must find the imposter among them. A young woman receives a mysterious invitation to Christmas dinner with a stranger. Niccolo Machiavelli sets out to save an Italian city. Sherlock Holmes's one-time nemesis Irene Adler finds herself in an unexpected tangle in Paris while on a routine espionage assignment. Jane Austen searches for the Dowager Duchess of Wilborough's stolen diamonds. 

These and other adventures in this delectable volume will whisk readers away to Christmases around the globe, from a Korean War POW camp to a Copenhagen squat, and from a palatial hotel in 1920s Bombay to a mansion in Havana.

By internationally best-selling Chilean-American author Isabelle Allende. Allende has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters and received Chile's National Literature Prize,  the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, and dozens of other awards including the Hans Christian Andersen, Ainsfield-Wolf Lifetime Achievement, Premio Iberoamericano, and Hispanic Heritage Awards.

In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. — Albert Camus 

In the Midst of Winter begins with a minor traffic accident—which becomes the catalyst for an unexpected and moving love story between two people who thought they were deep into the winter of their lives.

Grief and loss are transformed into a healing friendship in this sweeping, dazzling novel.

Scholars Richard and Lucia, both in their sixties, become caught up in a spiraling dilemma. What at first seems just a small inconvenience takes an unforeseen and far more serious turn when an undocumented refugee uncovers evidence of a crime, but fears to draw attention to her own immigration status. A suspenseful  adventure filled with Allende’s signature lyricism and ingenious plotting.

Exploring the timely issues of human rights and the plight of immigrants, the book embraces the cause of "humanity, and it does so with passion, humor, and wisdom that transcend politics" (Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post). In the Midst of Winter will stay with you long after you turn the final page, delving wonderfully into what it means to respect, protect, and love.

The #1 Indie Next Selection for November 2017, the debut novel from Megan Hunter, whose shorter works have been finalists for the Bridport Prize and the Aesthetica Award.


The End We Start From is strange and powerful, and very apt for these uncertain times. I was moved, terrified, uplifted..."--Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl With a Pearl Earring.

Hunter's debut is a searing original, a modern-day parable of rebirth and renewal, of maternal bonds, and the instinct to survive and thrive in the absence of all that's familiar. 

As London is submerged below floodwaters, a woman gives birth to her first child, Z. Days later, she and her baby are forced to leave their home in search of safety. They head north through a newly dangerous country seeking refuge from place to place. The story traces fear and wonder as the baby grows, thriving and content against all the odds. 

The End We Start From is an indelible and elemental first book--a lyrical vision of the strangeness and beauty of new motherhood, and a tale of endurance in the face of ungovernable change. 

"Virginia Woolf does cli-fi." -- The Independent

ABFAS Recommends: Now in Paperback

A New York Times bestseller from Brit Bennett, chosen as a Best Book of the Year by NPREntertainment Weekly, Vogue, and Elle.

"Ferociously moving ... despite Bennett's thrumming plot, despite the snap of her pacing, it's the always deepening complexity of her characters that provides the book's urgency." -The New York Times Book Review 

"Fantastic... a book that feels alive on the page." -The Washington Post 

Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California,, this dazzling debut novel from an exciting new voice is a surprising story about young love, a big secret in a small community--and the things that ultimately haunt us most.  

A teen romance, a pregnancy--and the subsequent cover-up--will have an impact that goes far beyond their youth. As Nadia hides her secret from everyone, including Aubrey, her God-fearing best friend, the years move quickly. Soon, Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey are full-fledged adults, but still living in debt to the choices they made that one seaside summer, caught in a love triangle they must carefully maneuver, and dogged by the constant, nagging question: What if they had chosen differently? 

The possibilities of the road not taken are a relentless haunt. In entrancing, lyrical prose, The Mothers asks whether a "what if" can be more powerful than an experience itself. If, as time passes, we must always live in servitude to the decisions of our younger selves, to the communities that have parented us, and to the decisions we make that shape our lives forever. 

"It's not really about wolves-- it's about you. And me. It's wonderful." -- Bookstore Jackie

A New York Times Editors' Choice, #1 Indie Next Pick, and USA Today Notable Book by Emily Fridlund.

packs a wallop..." --Los Angeles Times

injects taut suspense into a teenage girl's awakenings as she confronts a web of mysteries in the chilly woods of Minnesota." -- O Magazine, one of 10 Titles to Pick Up Now

Teenage Linda lives with her parents in the austere woods of northern Minnesota, where their nearly abandoned commune stands as a last vestige of a lost counter-culture world. Isolated at home and an outsider at school, Linda wrestles with her own fledgling desires and craving to belong. 

When a young family moves in across the lake, Linda finds herself welcomed into their home as a babysitter for their little boy. But with this new sense of belonging come secrets she doesn't understand. Over the course of a summer, Linda makes a set of choices that reverberate throughout her life. 

One of the most daring literary debuts of the year and a national bestseller, History of Wolves is an agonizing and gorgeously written novel from an urgent, new voice in American fiction.

ABFAS Recommends: New NonFiction

"It's really about wolves" -- Bookstore Jackie

By Texas Institute of Letters prize-winning Nate Blakeslee. His first book, Tulia, won the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award, and was called by The Washington Post "one of the most important books about wrongful convictions ever written."

With novelistic detail, Nate Blakeslee tells the gripping story of Yellowstone's O-Six, a charismatic alpha female named for the year of her birth. 

Uncommonly powerful, with gray fur and faint black ovals around each eye, O-Six is a kind and merciful leader, a fiercely intelligent fighter, and a doting mother. She is beloved by wolf watchers, particularly renowned naturalist Rick McIntyre, and becomes something of a social media star, with followers around the world. 

But as she raises her pups and protects her pack, O-Six is challenged on all fronts: by hunters, who compete with wolves for the elk they both prize; by cattle ranchers who are losing livestock and have the ear of politicians; and by other Yellowstone wolves who are vying for control of the park's stunningly beautiful Lamar Valley. 

These forces collide in American Wolf, a riveting multigenerational saga of hardship and triumph that tells a larger story about the ongoing cultural clash in the West--between those fighting for a vanishing way of life and those committed to restoring one of the country's most iconic landscapes.

Author Juli Berwald  has written for National Geographic, The New York Times, Nature, Slate and other publications, and is a science textbook writer and editor.

Jellyfish are an enigma. They look simple, yet their propulsion systems are so advanced that engineers are just learning how to mimic them. Jellyfish have no centralized brain, but they see and feel and react to their environment in complex ways. They produce some of the deadliest toxins on the planet and still remain undeniably alluring. Long ignored by science, they may be a key to ecosystem stability. 

Juli Berwald's journey into the world of jellyfish is a personal one. More than a decade ago, she left the sea and her scientific career behind to raise a family in landlocked Austin, Texas. Increasingly dire headlines drew her back to jellies, as unprecedented jellyfish blooms toppled ecosystems and collapsed the world's most productive fisheries. What was unclear was whether these incidents were symptoms of a changing planet or part of a natural cycle. 

Berwald's desire to understand jellyfish takes her on a scientific odyssey. She travels the globe to meet the scientists who devote their careers to jellies; hitches rides on Japanese fishing boats to see giant jellyfish in the wild; raises jellyfish in her dining room; and throughout it all marvels at the complexity of these fascinating and ominous biological wonders. 

Gracefully blending personal memoir with crystal-clear distillations of science, Spineless reveals that jellyfish are a bellwether and a call to embrace our collective responsibility for the planet we share. 

ABFAS Recommends: NonFiction Now in Paperback

From New York Times bestselling Roxane Gay, author of Hunger, Bad Feminist, and other works.

A collection of stories of rare force, Difficult Women tells of hardscrabble lives, passionate loves, of privilege and of poverty, of quirky and vexed human connection: of women whose experiences or journeys differ from societal norms.

A pair of sisters have been inseparable ever since they were abducted together as children, and, grown now, must negotiate the elder sister's marriage. A woman married to a twin pretends not to realize when her husband and his brother impersonate each other. A stripper putting herself through college fends off the advances of an overzealous customer. A black engineer moves to Upper Michigan for a job and faces the malign curiosity of her colleagues and the difficulty of leaving her past behind. 

From a girls' fight club to a wealthy subdivision in Florida where neighbors conform, compete, and spy on each other, Gay gives voice to a chorus of unforgettable women in a scintillating collection.

From #1 New York Times bestselling Dava Sobel, author of Longitude, Galileo's Daughter, and other acclaimed works. Nominated for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, The Glass Universe was named a best book of the year by NPR, The Economist, Smithsonian, Nature, and others. Sobel is the recipient of the National Science Board's Individual Public Service Award, the Boston Museum of Science's Bradford Washburn Award, and other awards. 

"inspiring" -- People

"A joy to read." --The Wall Street Journal 

In the 1800s, the Harvard College Observatory began employing women as "human computers" to interpret the observations their male counterparts made via telescope each night. 

As photography transformed the practice of astronomy, the ladies turned from computation to studying the stars captured nightly on glass photographic plates. The "glass universe" of half a million plates that Harvard amassed over the ensuing decades-enabled the women to make extraordinary discoveries that attracted worldwide acclaim. 

They helped discern what stars were made of, divided the stars into meaningful categories for further research, and found a way to measure distances across space by starlight. 

Their ranks included Williamina Fleming, a Scottish woman originally hired as a maid who went on to identify ten novae and more than three hundred variable stars; and Annie Jump Cannon, who designed a stellar classification system that was adopted by astronomers the world over and is still in use.

Elegantly written and enriched by excerpts from letters, diaries, and memoirs, The Glass Universe is the hidden history of the women whose contributions to the burgeoning field of astronomy forever changed our understanding of the stars and our place in the universe.

ABFAS Recommends New Teen Fiction

A National Book Award Finalist from Erika Sanchez.
Recommended for ages 14 and up.

Poignant but often laugh-out-loud funny contemporary YA about losing a sister and finding yourself amid the pressures, expectations, and stereotypes of growing up in a Mexican-American home. 

Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents' house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family. But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga's role. 

Then a tragic accident leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. But it's not long before Julia discovers that Olga might not have been as perfect as everyone thought. Was Olga really what she seemed? Or was there more to her sister's story? And either way, how can Julia even attempt to live up to a seemingly impossible ideal?

A NTY besteller from Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Honor author Kwame Alexandar, author of Crossover, Booked, and many other works,  in collaboration with New York Times bestselling Mary Rand Hess.
Recommended for ages 13 and up.

"A contemporary hero's journey, brilliantly told." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"a rhythmic, impassioned ode to family, identity, and the history of rock and roll." Booklist, starred review.

A YA novel written in poetic verse, Solo tells the story of seventeen-year-old Blade, who knows the life of a rock star isn't really about the glitz and glamour. All the new cars and money in the world can't make up for the scathing tabloid covers or the fact that his father is struggling with just about every addiction under the sun--including a desperate desire to make a comeback and regain his former fame. 

Haunted by memories of his mother--who died when Blade was nine--and the ruin his father's washed-up legacy and life have brought to the family, Blade is left to figure out life with the friendship of a jazz-musician mentor, Robert; the secret love of a girlfriend, Chapel; and his music. 

Then Blade discovers a deeply hidden family secret--one that further threatens his relationship with his family and has him questioning his own identity. Thrown into a tailspin, Blade sets out on a journey that will change everything he thought to be true. His quest lands him in Ghana, stuck in a village just shy of where answers to the secret can be found. 

There, Blade discovers a friendship he couldn't have imagined, a people founded in family and community, and a reconciliation he never expected. 

With his signature intricacy, intimacy, and poetic style, Kwame Alexander explores what it means to finally come home.

A #1 New York Times Bestseller and #1 International Bestseller from John Green, the award-winning of The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska,  Paper Towns, and more. His many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. He was selected by Time magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Recommended for ages 14 and up.


"Astonishing.... So surprising and moving and true that I became completely unstrung." - The New York Times

Sixteen-year-old Aza is trying. 

Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there's a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett's son, Davis. 

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also struggling with OCD: living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. 

A brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship. 

Hear John read from the book in an interview with Terry Gross

ABFAS Recommends: Now in Paperback

Jackie's Pick: powerful, relevant, strong

From Edgar Award-winning Mindy McGinnis; selected as a best book of the year by YALSA, CCBC, School Library Journal, Taysha's List, Junior Library Guild, The Globe and Mail, Seventeen, Bustle, and Mashable
Recommended for ages 14 and up.

A relentless and riveting contemporary YA novel that examines rape culture through alternating perspectives. A stunning, unforgettable page-turner. 

Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn't feel bad about it. Three years ago, when her older sister, Anna, was murdered and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best--the language of violence. 

While her own crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can't be trusted among other people. Not with Jack, the star athlete who wants to really know her but still feels guilty over the role he played the night Anna's body was discovered. And not with Peekay, the preacher's kid with a defiant streak who befriends Alex while they volunteer at an animal shelter. Not anyone. 

As their senior year unfolds, Alex's darker nature breaks out, setting these three teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.

ABFAS Recommends: For Middle Grades

Written and illustrated by New York Times best-selling Mira Bartok, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Recommended for ages 10 to 14.

Already in development as a major motion picture. 

With a deft nod to Dickensian heroes and rogues, The Wonderling is the story of Arthur, a shy, fox-like foundling with only one ear and a desperate desire to belong, as he seeks his destiny. 

Have you been unexpectedly burdened by a recently orphaned or unclaimed creature? Worry not. We have just the solution for you.

At the Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures, evil Miss Carbunkle believes her terrified young charges exist only to serve and suffer. Part animal and part human, the groundlings toil in classroom and factory, forbidden to enjoy anything, particularly singing and music. For the Wonderling, an innocent-hearted, one-eared, fox-like eleven-year-old, it is the only home he has ever known. 

Unexpected courage leads him to acquire the loyalty of a young bird groundling named Trinket. The pair escape over the wall and embark on an adventure that will take them out into the wider world and ultimately down the path of true destiny. 

Richly imagined, with shimmering language, steampunk motifs, and gripping, magical plot twists. A high adventure fantasy.

From the creators of the New York Times bestselling Wildwood Chronicles: Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis.
Recommended for ages 8 to  12.


Original, humorous, and fast-paced.

It is an ordinary Tuesday morning in April when bored, lonely Charlie Fisher witnesses something incredible. Right before his eyes, in a busy square in Marseille, a group of pickpockets pulls off an amazing robbery. As the young bandits appear to melt into the crowd, Charlie realizes with a start that he himself was one of their marks. Yet Charlie is less alarmed than intrigued. This is the most thrilling thing that's happened to him since he came to France with his father, an American diplomat. 

So instead of reporting the thieves, Charlie defends one of their cannons, Amir, to the police, under one condition: he teach Charlie the tricks of the trade. What starts off as a lesson on pinches, kicks, and chumps soon turns into an invitation for Charlie to join the secret world of the whiz mob, an international band of child thieves who trained at the mysterious School of Seven Bells. 

The whiz mob are independent and incredibly skilled and make their own way in the world--they are everything Charlie yearns to be. But what at first seemed like a (relatively) harmless new pastime draws him into a dangerous adventure with global stakes greater than he could have ever imagined.

ABFAS Recommends: for the Younger Crowd

Written by author/illustrator Julia Denos, whose previous works include: Swatch: the girl who loved color. Illustrated by  E. B. Goodale.

A lovely ode to autumn evenings, exploring your neighborhood, and coming home. 

Before your city goes to sleep, you might head out for a walk, into the almost-night. 

As you go down your street and around the corner, the windows around you light up one by one until you are walking through a maze of paper lanterns, each one granting you a brief, glowing snapshot of your neighbors as families come together and folks settle in for the night. 

With a setting that feels both specific and universal and a story full of homages to The Snowy Day, a singular book -- about the idea of home, the magic of curiosity, and the cherished sense of safety and belonging.

Written by award-winning children's author Nicola Davies, trained as a zoologist, whose numerous award-winning books include Bat Loves the Night, Tiny Creatures, and I (Don't) Like Snakes.  Illustrated by Petr Horacek, illustrator of numerous books for children, including Strawberries Are Red and Blue Penguin.

Tigers hunting in the jungle, Polar bears playing on the ice, and nightingales singing in the heart of the woods -- animals are everywhere. 

In a remarkable collection of poems, children's author Nicola Davies shares keen observations on wildlife around the world. 

Sometimes lyrical and sometimes humorous, the poems reveal fascinating facts about animals of every color, shape, size, and origin, from giant blue whales to bats as tiny as bumblebees. 

Lively, colorful illustrations by Petr Horacek reveal the vast beauty and variety of the animal world in this essential introduction, perfect for even the youngest amateur zoologists.


What a Wonderful World



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