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Paddling With Spirits


Wed Sep 12   A Book For All Seasons 
3:00 -- 5:00 PM   Book Signing    FREE!
Wed Sep 12   Wenatchee River Institute
7:00 PM   Presentation    By donation

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“A complex and beautiful fabric” —Steve Brown, past curator Seattle Art Museum

Irene Skyriver celebrated her 40th with a solo kayaking trip from Alaska to the San Juan Islands. Join her as she discusses her book "Paddling with Spirits: A Solo Kayak Journey," in which she interweaves the true account of her journey with generational stories handed down and vividly re-imagined.




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Best-selling Deliciously Creepy Tales


Friday Sep 14   Leavenworth Library
6:30 PM   Presentation    FREE!
Sat Sep 15    A Book For All Seasons
1:00 -- 3:00 PM   Book Signing   FREE!

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Lopez Island: They’re in her house, holding her children hostage, and Laura has only one option: do exactly what the intruders say. New York Times best-selling Kevin O'Brien shares his newly released thriller They Won't Be Hurt

David Massengill, author of Red Swarm, shares his new The Skin That Fits, called "a tour of terror through a modern Southern gothic landscape."




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Street Freaks

Thurs Oct 4     Wenatchee Library     7:00 PM
 Presentation     FREE!


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Street Freaks: teenage Ash is on the run since his scientist father was murdered. He manages to reach the Red Zone and Street Freaks: a combination of custom street racer machine shop and criminal hacker den—and a refuge for “ ’tweeners,” young people who have been mechanically or biologically twisted or augmented until they are no longer considered quite human. 

Ash is relieved to have found a new family-- but he still isn’t safe from the people who are hunting a secret that he doesn’t even know he has.




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Intrinsic Hope


Wed Oct 17   A Book For All Seasons    3:00 -- 5:00 PM
  Book Signing    FREE!
Wed Oct 17    WRI    7:00 PM
Presentation     By Donation

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"Humankind has an intrinsic capacity for hope. This is not about expecting that life will give us what we want; rather it is an unshakeable faith in whatever happens and in our ability to respond to it positively. This type of hope is about coming from love instead of fear, generosity instead of scarcity, and connection instead of separation. Fundamentally, intrinsic hope is life's love for itself."  --​ ​Kate Davies




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Eyewitness


Fri Oct 26    Leavenworth Library     6:30 PM
 Presentation     FREE!

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1992: Isak Gasi was a world-class athlete and community leader, living a quiet life with his wife and infant daughter. He never dreamed that within a few short years, he would come face to face with Serbian President Slobodan MiloSevic and other war criminals-- as a lead witness for the prosecution.

Shaun Koos brings us this riveting account in Eyewitness: My Journey to the Hague-- an accessible story of the Serbian-Bosnian conflict as experienced by Gaši and told by Koos.




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ABFAS Recommends: New Releases



By Wayétu Moore, founder of One Moore Book (a literacy-promoting nonprofit) and a graduate of Howard and Columbia Universities; her first bookstore opened in Liberia in 2015. Moore is an Africana Studies lecturer at City University of New York. 


FC9781555978174A novel of exhilarating range, magical realism, and history. 

“An ambitious, genre-hopping, continent-spanning novel... Moore is a brisk and skilled storyteller who weaves her protagonists' disparate stories together with aplomb... psychologically compelling... readers will find themselves enchanted.”—Kirkus Reviews

With radiant and exacting prose, this powerful debut reimagines the dramatic story of Liberia’s early years through three unforgettable characters who share an uncommon bond. 

Gbessa, exiled from the West African village of Lai, is starved, bitten by a viper, and left for dead, but still she survives. June Dey, raised on a plantation in Virginia, hides his unusual strength until a confrontation with the overseer forces him to flee. Norman Aragon, the child of a white British colonizer and a Maroon slave from Jamaica, can fade from sight when the earth calls him. When the three meet in the settlement of Monrovia, their gifts help them salvage the tense relationship between the African American settlers and the indigenous tribes, as a new nation forms around them. 

Moore’s intermingling of history and magical realism finds voice not just in these three characters but also in the fleeting spirit of the wind, who embodies an ancient wisdom. “If she was not a woman,” the wind says of Gbessa, “she would be king.”




An acclaimed debut from Elliot Reed, who grew up in the American Midwest and the Czech Republic, and now resides in Washington state.


FC9781947793040A Key to Treehouse Living is the adventure of William Tyce, a boy without parents who grows up near a river in the rural Midwest. 

William’s key begins with ABSENCE and proceeds in roughly alphabetical order. He imparts his particular wisdom on subjects ranging from ASPHALT PATHS, BETA FISH, and MULLET to MORTAL BETRAYAL, NIHILISM, and REVELATION. 

His improbable quest--to create a reference volume specific to his existence--takes him on a journey down the river by raft (see MYSTICAL VISION, see NAVIGATING BIG RIVERS BY NIGHT). He seeks to discover how his mother died (see ABSENCE) and find reasons for his father's disappearance (see UNCERTAINTY, see VANITY). But as he goes about defining his changing world, all kinds of extraordinary and wonderful things happen to him. 

Unlocking an earnest, clear-eyed way of thinking that might change your own, A Key to Treehouse Living is a story about keeping your own record straight and living life by a different code.

"Crisp and lyrical, emotionally assured, delightfully inventive—Reed has made a marvelous debut." -- Kirkus Review

"Disorienting, weirdly wise, indescribably transparent, impossibly recognizable. Fun, too." ―Joy Williams

"This novel's true joy may be the wonder it radiates about a world as beautiful as it is cruel." - Booklist



ABFAS Recommends: Now in Paperback


An Indie Next Pick, national bestseller, and a Best Book of the Year pick from NPR and USA Today by (yes, THE) Tom Hanks.

FC9781101911945“Wonderful.” —NPR 
“First-rate.” —The New York Times 
“Funny, moving, deftly surprising.” —Carl Hiaasen

A small-town newspaper columnist with old-fashioned views of the modern world. A World War II veteran grappling with his emotional and physical scars. A second-rate actor plunged into sudden stardom and a whirlwind press junket. Four friends traveling to the moon in a rocketship built in the backyard. 

These are just some of the stories that Tom Hanks captures in his first work of fiction: a collection of shorts that explore—with great affection, humor, and insight—the human condition in all its foibles. The stories are linked by one thing: in each of them, a typewriter plays a part, sometimes minor, sometimes central.

By turns whimsical, witty, and moving, Uncommon Type establishes Tom Hanks as a welcome and wonderful new voice in contemporary fiction.

“Terrific... Accomplished and delightful” —USA Today


By award-winning Norman Lock, acclaimed author of Love Among the Particles, American Meteor,The Port-Wine Stain, and more.


FC9781942658221"A Fugitive in Walden Woods manages that special magic of making Thoreau's time in Walden Woods seem fresh and surprising and necessary right now... even as it grapples with issues that affect the United States to this day." --Victor LaValle

Samuel Long escapes slavery in Virginia, traveling the Underground Railroad to Walden Woods where he encounters Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and other transcendentalists and abolitionists. While Long will experience his coming-of-age at Walden Pond, his hosts will receive a lesson in human dignity, culminating in a climactic act of civil disobedience. 

Against this historical backdrop, Norman Lock's powerful narrative examines issues that continue to divide the United States: racism, privilege, and what it means to be free in America.

“Our finest modern fabulist.” — Bookslut

ABFAS Recommends: New NonFiction 


Acclaimed David Quammen is a National Book Critics Circle award finalist and the author of 15 books including The Song of the Dodo, The Reluctant Mr. Darwin, and Spillover.


FC9781476776620Nonpareil science writer David Quammen explains how recent discoveries in molecular biology can change our understanding of evolution and life’s history, with powerful implications for human health and even our own human nature. 

 Perhaps the most startling discovery to come out of DNA sequencing—the study of life’s diversity and relatedness at the molecular level—is horizontal gene transfer (HGT), or the movement of genes across species lines. It turns out that HGT has been widespread and important. We now know that roughly eight percent of the human genome arrived not through traditional inheritance from ancestral forms, but sideways by viral infection—a type of HGT. 

In The Tangled Tree David Quammen, “one of that rare breed of science journalists who blends exploration with a talent for synthesis and storytelling” (Nature), chronicles these discoveries through the lives of the researchers who made them—such as Tsutomu Wantanabe, who discovered that the scourge of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a direct result of horizontal gene transfer, bringing the deep study of genome histories to bear on a global crisis in public health. 

“Quammen is no ordinary writer. He is simply astonishing, one of that rare class of writer gifted with verve, ingenuity, humor, guts, and great heart” (Elle). 

Now, in The Tangled Tree, he explains how molecular studies of evolution have brought startling recognitions about the tangled tree of life—including where we humans fit upon it.The Tangled Tree is a brilliant guide to our transformed understanding of evolution, of life’s history, and of our own human nature.

“Illuminating, wondrous, and gripping... stunning, first-rate journalism.” — Barry Lopez, author of Arctic Dreams 

“[Quammen] is our greatest living chronicler of the natural world. . . .There are vivacious descriptions on almost every page." — Parul Sehgal 

“There's no one who writes about complex science better than David Quammen. The Tangled Tree is at once fascinating, illuminating, and totally absorbing.” — Elizabeth Kolbert, author of Pulitzer-winning The Sixth Extinction



By Pulitzer-nominated, National Book Award -nominated, humanities fellow and journalist Earl Swift, author of 7 books, including The Big Roads.

FC9780062661395"Captivating." — Washington Post 

"A masterful narrative." — Christian Science Monitor 

"Though Chesapeake Requiem is cast as something of a Hillbilly Elegy for this seaside attraction, Swift makes a compelling case that the story of Tangier is far more consequential: It is probably the first community in America that will be entirely wiped away by climate change. The island, no more than four feet above sea level at its highest point, is disappearing at an alarming rate. What America decides to do about it will set a precedent for what the country chooses to do elsewhere." -- Washington Post

Tangier Island, Virginia, is a community unique on the American landscape. separated from their countrymen by tempestuous water—the same water that for generations has made Tangier’s fleet of small fishing boats a chief source for the rightly prized Chesapeake Bay blue crab, and has lent the island its claim to fame as the softshell crab capital of the world. Yet for all of its long history, and despite its tenacity, Tangier is disappearing. It has lost two-thirds of its land since 1850, and still its shoreline retreats by fifteen feet a year. Experts reckon that, barring heroic intervention by the federal government, islanders could be forced to abandon their home within twenty-five years. Meanwhile, the graves of their forebears are being sprung open by encroaching tides, and the conservative and deeply religious Tangiermen ponder the end times.

"Not a farewell but a commencement, not an insular but a universal story, one we all should know, of challenge, forbearance, and possibilities.” — Pulitzer-winning author Jack E. Davis 

“This is a powerful book. Fascinating people, clinging loyally to a fascinating and lovely place, even as the waters rise—Earl Swift’s Chesapeake Requiem is a tale of our time, movingly told. Perhaps it will inspire some of us living safe on higher ground...” — Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature


ABFAS Recommends: NonFiction Now in Paperback



By Kate Davies, author of The Rise of the U.S. Environmental Health Movement, selected by Booklist as a top ten book on sustainability. Davis managed Toronto's Environmental Protection Office, directed a successful environmental policy consulting company, and is a professor in UW's School of Public Health; her columns and articles have been published across North America and internationally. 

FC9780865718678Climate disruption. Growing social inequality. Pollution. We are living in an era of unprecedented crises, resulting in widespread feelings of fear, despair, and grief. Now, more than ever, maintaining hope for the future is a monumental task. 

Intrinsic Hope offers a powerful antidote to these feelings. It shows how conventional ideas of hope are rooted in the belief that life will conform to our wishes and how this leads to disappointment, despair, and a dismal view of the future. As an alternative, it offers "intrinsic hope," a powerful, liberating, and positive approach to life. The author shows how to cultivate intrinsic hope through practical tips and mindful habits for living a positive, courageous life in troubled times. 

Whether working directly on ecological or social issues or worried about children and grandchildren, this book is for everyone concerned about the future and looking for a deeper source of hope for a better world.


ABFAS Recommends New Teen Fiction



By Oregon Book Award finalist Amber J. Keyser, author of The Way Back From Broken, the Quartz Creek Ranch series, and many other works of  fiction and nonfiction for tweens and teens.

Recommended for ages 13 and up.

FC9781467775915Jessie Vale dances in an elite ballet program. She has to be perfect to land a spot with the professional company. When Jessie is cast in an animalistic avant-garde production, her careful composure cracks wide open. 

Meanwhile, her friend Dawn McCormick's world is full of holes. She wakes in strange places, bruised, battered, and unable to speak. The doctors are out of ideas. 

These childhood friends are both running out of time. At every turn, they crash into the many ways girls are watched, judged, used, and discarded. 

Should they play it safe or go feral?



Now a major motion picture: Love, Simon, starring Nick Robinson and Katherine Langford.

A William C. Morris Award Winner, Best Young Adult Debut of the Year, and National Book Award Finalist from Becky Albertalli, author of The Upside of Unrequited, and Leah on the Offbeat.

Recommended for ages 14 and up.

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"A remarkable gift of a novel."—Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle 

"I am so in love with this book."—Nina LaCour, author of Hold Still 

"Feels timelessly, effortlessly now."—Tim Federle, author of Better Nate Than Ever 

"The best kind of love story."—Alex Sanchez, award-winning author of Rainbow Boys 

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. 

Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he's pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he's never met. 

Incredibly funny and poignant, a twenty-first-century coming-of-age, coming out story.

“Albertalli paints a stunningly three-dimensional, cliche-free world for Simon that bursts with unforgettable characters. Savor it” — Entertainment Weekly







ABFAS Recommends Teen Fiction Now in Paperback



A New York Times Bestseller, Indies Next Pick, BookExpo Editors' Buzz Selection, William C. Morris Award Finalist, and ALAN / Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Finalist from Nic Stone. This debut novel is loosely based on true events.

Recommended for ages 14 and up.

FC9781101939529"A must-read!” –Angie Thomas, #1 NYT bestselling author of The Hate U Give 

 "Raw and gripping." –Jason Reynolds, Newbery Medal winner and NYT bestselling author of Ghost

"Powerful” –John Green, #1 NYT bestselling author of Fault in Our Stars

Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning New York Times bestselling debut. 

Justyce McAllister is a good kid, an honor student, and always there to help a friend—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. 

Despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can't escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out. 

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it's Justyce who is under attack. 

"Vivid and powerful." -Booklist, Starred Review 

"A visceral portrait of a young man reckoning with the ugly, persistent violence of social injustice." -Publishers Weekly



ABFAS Recommends: For Middle Grades


A Kids’ Indie Next Pick, Junior Library Guild selection, and recipient of four starred reviews. From Varian Johnson, author of several novels for youth, including The Great Greene Heist, an ALA Notable Children’s Book, Kirkus Best Book, and Texas Library Association  selection.

Recommended for ages 8 to 12.

FC9780545946179"Powerful.... Johnson writes about the long shadows of the past... any reader with a taste for mystery will appreciate the puzzle Candice and Brandon must solve.... Their adventure is also a quest for dignity and justice and a journey to understand each other... their friendship, genuine and sustaining, is a great achievement." -- New York Times Book Review

When Candice finds a letter in an old attic in Lambert, South Carolina, she isn't sure she should read it. It's addressed to her grandmother, who left the town in shame. But the letter describes a young woman. An injustice that happened decades ago. A mystery enfolding its writer. And the fortune that awaits the person who solves the puzzle. 

So with the help of Brandon, the quiet boy across the street, she begins to decipher the clues. The challenge will lead them deep into Lambert's history, full of ugly deeds, forgotten heroes, and one great love; and deeper into their own families, with their own unspoken secrets. Can they find the fortune and fulfill the letter's promise before the answers slip into the past yet again?

"Johnson's latest novel holds racism firmly in the light. Candice and Brandon discover the joys and terrors of the reality of being African-American in the 1950s. Without sugarcoating facts or dousing it in post-racial varnish, the narrative lets the children absorb and reflect on their shared history. The town of Lambert brims with intrigue, keeping readers entranced until the very last page. A candid and powerful reckoning of history." -- Kirkus Starred Review

"A must-purchase." -- School Library Journal, starred review


ABFAS Recommends: For Middle Grades: Now in Paperback!



A Newbery Medal Winner from Erin Entrada Kelly, acclaimed, award-winning author of Blackbird Fly and The Land of Forgotten Girls

Recommended for ages 8 to 12.


FC9780062414168"A charming, intriguingly plotted novel."--Washington Post

A funny and poignant neighborhood story about unexpected friendships. Told from four intertwining points of view--two boys and two girls--the novel celebrates bravery, being different, and finding your inner bayani (hero). 

"Readers will be instantly engrossed in this relatable neighborhood adventure and its eclectic cast of misfits."--Booklist 

In one day, four lives weave together in unexpected ways. Virgil Salinas is shy and kindhearted and feels out of place in his crazy-about-sports family. Valencia Somerset, who is deaf, smart, brave, and secretly lonely,  loves everything about nature. Kaori Tanaka is a self-proclaimed psychic, whose little sister, Gen, is always following her around. And Chet Bullens wishes the weird kids would just stop being so different so he can concentrate on basketball. 

They aren't friends, at least not until Chet pulls a prank that traps Virgil and his pet guinea pig at the bottom of a well. This disaster leads Kaori, Gen, and Valencia on an epic quest to find missing Virgil. Through luck, smarts, bravery, and a little help from the universe, a rescue is performed, a bully is put in his place, and friendship blooms.

"Readers across the board will flock to this book that has something for everyone--humor, bullying, self-acceptance, cross-generational relationships, and a smartly fateful ending."--School Library Journal

Young Folks' NonFiction

Recommended for ages 8 to 12.

Written by Lynn Brunelle, author of Pop Bottle Science, whose gift for making science fun earned her four Emmy Awards as a writer for Bill Nye the Science Guy.

FC9781523501410Fantastic! First, it teaches kids all about the fascinating world of bees. Second, fun exercises, activities, and illustrations engage the imagination and offer a deeper understanding of bee life and bee behavior. Third, by following a few simple steps, readers can transform the book into an actual living home for backyard bees. Fourth, added all together, Turn This Book Into a Beehive lets kids make a difference in the world--building a home where bees can thrive is one small but critical step in reversing the alarming trend of dwindling bee populations. 

Turn This Book Into a Beehive introduces kids to the amazing mason bee, a non-aggressive, non-stinging super-pollinator that does the work of over 100 honeybees. Twenty experiments and activities reveal even more about bees--how to smell like a bee, understand the role of flowers and pollen, learn how bees communicate with each other through "dance," and more. 

It's the real buzz on bees, delivered in the most ingenious and interactive way.

Recommended for Kid thru Mid! Ages 4 and up will find interest in these poem-biographies.

By award-winning Susan Hood, author of more than two hundred children’s books, including Ada’s Violin. Artwork by notable artists including Selina Alko, Sophie Blackall, Lisa Brown, Hadley Hooper, Emily Winfield Martin, Oge Mora, Julie Morstad, Sara Palacios, LeUyen Pham, Erin Robinson, Isabel Roxas, Shadra Strickland, and Melissa Sweet.

FC9780062699459Each poem and illustration shines with a personality all its own.” —Shelf Awareness (starred review) 

Fresh, accessible, and inspiring, Shaking Things Up introduces fourteen revolutionary young women—each paired with a noteworthy female artist—to the next generation of activists, trail-blazers, and rabble-rousers. 

In this poetic and visual celebration of persistent women throughout history, you will find Mary Anning, who was just thirteen when she unearthed a prehistoric fossil. You’ll meet Ruby Bridges, the brave six year old who helped end segregation in the South. And Maya Lin, who at twenty-one won a competition to create a war memorial, and then had to appear before Congress to defend her right to create. 

And those are just a few of the young women included in this book. Readers will also hear about Molly Williams, Annette Kellerman, Nellie Bly, Pura Belprè, Frida Kahlo, Jacqueline and Eileen Nearne, Frances Moore Lappé, Mae Jemison, Angela Zhang, and Malala Yousafzai—all whose stories will enthrall and inspire. 

This poetry collection was written, illustrated, edited, and designed by women and includes an author’s note, a timeline, and additional resources.

"Encouraging profiles of astronauts, artists, and activists both honor past accomplishments and point toward ways young readers themselves might change the world, too.” — Publishers Weekly 

“The different artistic styles and the variety of poetry are sure to keep readers’ interest.” — Booklist

ABFAS Recommends: for the Younger Crowd



Celebrated international author-illustrator team Davide Cali and Benjamin Chaud—the duo behind Junior Library Guild selections I Didn't Do My Homework Because . . . and The Truth About My Unbelievable Summer . . . —are back with yet another rollicking tale about truth, lies, and . . . school!

FC9781452155944"A rollicking tale... Part interactive story, part memory game." --Learning Magazine 

"Overflows with clever details and hints of the story's surprise ending.. Henry's adventures blur the line between imagination and reality, and kids will willingly believe..."--Booklist

Beware of . . . this school?! Henry is taking his new classmate on a whirlwind tour of their school. Mysterious inventions lurk, the cafeteria requires ninja skills, and some teachers may be monsters! Is this fantastical school to be believed? Or is there an even more outrageous surprise in store?



By Camille Andros, author of the Charlotte the Scientist series. Illustrated by award-winning artist Julie Morstad, illustrator of many books for children, including Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova, When Green Becomes Tomatoes, and This Is Sadie.

FC9781419731617Graceful artwork creates an elegiac atmosphere for a story that unfolds in a small Greek village, where blue shutters and red tiles enliven the whitewashed walls. Andros  writes about a dress (“much like many others, made for a girl by her mother”) and a girl; together, they spend their days “picking daffodils, feeling the wind, and staring at the stars” and longing for the extraordinary.

One day, the dress and the girl must leave the island and immigrate to the United States. Upon arrival, the girl is separated from the trunk carrying her favorite dress, and she fears her dress is lost forever. Many years later, the girl—now all grown up—spots the dress in a thrift store window. As the two are finally reunited, the memories of their times together come flooding back. While the girl can no longer wear the dress, it’s now perfect for her own daughter—and the new journey of a girl and her dress begins. 

Featuring lush illustrations, The Dress and the Girl is a stunning picture book about memory and the power of the items we hold most dear.

"The lyrical text and evocative art will make readers linger." -- Publishers Weekly

"Carefully crafted text and gorgeous illustrations pair to tell a truly extraordinary tale. A delightful picture book with an important story to be told. Recommended for sharing again and again." — School Library Journal Starred Review




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