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Snow Sisters


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

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Just like snowflakes, no two sisters are alike, but that doesn't mean they can't work together to make the perfect snow day A heartwarming sibling story--illustrated by the illustrator of That's Me Loving You

The simple mirrored text is spare and lovely, and each spread is split to show what each sister is doing independently--until at last they come together in the sweet, satisfying conclusion.




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 A Nicer Kind of Murder


Fri Jan 19   Leavenworth Library    6:30 PM
Presentation   FREE!

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Matthew Sullivan, author of Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore, speaks on “A Nicer Kind of Murder: Shifting Roles in Today’s Crime Fiction.” This will be a crash course in the history and evolution of crime fiction. Sullivan will discuss how the role of the victim in detective stories has changed since the era of Sherlock Holmes and Edgar Allen Poe, especially in contemporary literary mysteries



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 Exciting Early Days of Skiing in WA


Fri Feb 2    Watch our website for time and loc details!
Presentation   FREE!

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Relive the exciting early days of skiing when Snoqualmie Pass was the epicenter of the sport. Ski jumping tournaments attracted world-class competitors to Cle Elum, Beaver Lake, and Hyak. The Mountaineers' twenty-mile race from Snoqualmie to Stampede Pass, dubbed "the world's longest and hardest race," was a pinnacle of cross-country skiing. The Milwaukee Ski Bowl at Hyak opened in 1938. With train access, a modern ski lodge, an overhead cable lift and free ski lessons from the Seattle Times, the Ski Bowl revolutionized local skiing. 

Author John W. Lundin learned to ski on Snoqualmie Pass using wooden skis and cable bindings. His mother skiied Mount Rainier in the 1930s, and led a high school ski club from 1938 to 1941. Lundin has written and lectured extensively about early skiing in Washington.

Watch our website for time and location details!





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Fearless--the story behind the story


Fri Feb 23   Leavenworth Library    6:30 PM
Presentation   FREE!

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Fearlessness--in writing, on Denali...

Discover the story behind the stories in a fun Q&A with Bill Kenower, author of Fearless Writing, and Write Within Yourself; and Nick O'Connell, author of The Storms of Denali, Beyond Risk, and more.



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ABFAS Recommends: New Releases



By "America's best selling poet," Mary Oliver, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, Lannan Literary Award, and many other awards, fellowships, and honorary doctorates.

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Oliver’s verse focuses on the quiet of occurrences of nature: industrious hummingbirds, egrets, motionless ponds, “lean owls / hunkering with their lamp-eyes.” Mary Oliver “stands quite comfortably on the margins of things," says Maxine Kumin, "on the line between earth and sky, the thin membrane that separates human from what we loosely call animal.” Many number Oliver among America’s finest poets, as “visionary as [Ralph Waldo] Emerson.” 

In Devotions, Mary Oliver presents a personal selection of her best work in this definitive collection spanning more than five decades of her esteemed literary career. Carefully curated, these 200 plus poems feature Oliver's work from her first book of poetry, No Voyage and Other Poems, published in 1963, through her most recent collection, Felicity, published in 2015. 

This timeless volume, arranged by Oliver herself, showcases the beloved poet at her edifying best. Within these pages, she provides us with an extraordinary and invaluable collection of her passionate, perceptive, and much-treasured observations of the natural world.







Another #1 New York Times bestseller by Hugo Award-winning Brandon Sanderson, author of the Mistborn, Cosmere, Reckoner, and other series.

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Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost: the enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction, and awakens the once-subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. 

While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified. 

Nestled in the mountains high above the storms, in the tower city of Urithiru, Shallan Davar investigates the wonders of the ancient stronghold of the Knights Radiant and unearths dark secrets lurking in its depths. 

And Dalinar realizes that his holy mission to unite his homeland of Alethkar was too narrow in scope. Unless all the nations of Roshar can put aside Dalinar's blood-soaked past and stand together--and unless Dalinar himself can confront that past--even the restoration of the Knights Radiant will not prevent the end of civilization.





ABFAS Recommends: Now in Paperback



New York Times bestselling Robert Hicks continues the tales begun in his acclaimed Widow of the South and A Separate Country.

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In the years following the Civil War, former slave Mariah Reddick has quietly built a new life for herself as a midwife to the women of Franklin, Tennessee. But when her ambitious, politically-minded son Theopolis is murdered, Mariah finds her world once more breaking apart. Who wanted him dead? 

Mariah's journey to uncover the truth leads her to unexpected people--including George Tole, a recent arrival to town, fleeing a difficult past of his own--and forces her to confront the truths of her own past. 

Brimming with the vivid prose and historical research that has won Robert Hicks recognition as a "master storyteller."







By O. Henry Prize Winner Chanelle Benz.
Longlisted for the PEN/Bingham Prize, named a Best Book of 2017 by The San Francisco Chronicle, and named A Best Short Story Collection by Electric Literature.

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A stunningly original debut collection about lives across history marked by violence and longing. 

A brother and sister in a brutal landscape, the daughter of a diplomat, a young boy under the sway of an incarcerated father, a monk in sixteenth century England; the characters in The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead, Benz's wildly imaginative debut, are as varied as any in recent literature. They share a thirst for adventure which sends them rushing full-tilt toward the moral crossroads, becoming victims and perpetrators along the way. 

Riveting, visceral, and heartbreaking, Benz's stories of identity, abandonment, and fierce love come together in a daring, arresting vision.





ABFAS Recommends: New NonFiction



Another New York Times bestseller from Chris Matthews, anchor of Hardball, and author of the NYT bestselling biography Jack Kennedy.

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A  gripping, in-depth, behind-the-scenes portrait of Robert F. Kennedy, one of the great figures of the American twentieth century, that gets closer to the man than any book before.

When he had the chance to become a naval officer like his brother Jack, Bobby turned it down, choosing instead to join the Navy as a common sailor. It was a life-changing experience that led him to connect with voters from all walks of life: young or old, black or white, rich or poor. These were the people who turned out for him in his 1968 campaign. 

RFK would prove himself to be the rarest of politicians--both a pragmatist who knew how to get the job done and an unwavering idealist who could inspire millions. 

Matthews shines a light on all the important moments of RFK's life, from his early years and his start in politics to his crucial role as attorney general in his brother's administration and his tragic run for president. 

This definitive book brings Bobby Kennedy to life like never before and is destined to become a political classic.







Another bestseller from Peter Wohlleben, author of the New York Times bestselling The Hidden Life of Trees.

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"Like The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben's The Inner Life of Animals will rock your world. Surprising, humbling, and filled with delight, this book shows us that animals think, feel and know in much the same way as we do" --Sy Montgomery, author of The Soul of an Octopus 

Through vivid stories of devoted pigs, two-timing magpies, and scheming roosters, The Inner Life of Animals weaves the latest scientific research into how animals interact with the world with Peter Wohlleben's personal experiences in forests and fields.

Horses feel shame, deer grieve, and goats discipline their kids. Ravens call their friends by name, rats regret bad choices, and butterflies choose the very best places for their children to grow up. 

With insightful stories into the emotions, feelings, and intelligence of animals around us, Wohlleben shows us that animals are different from us in ways that amaze us--and they are also much closer to us than we ever would have thought.





ABFAS Recommends: Poetry



-- Jackie's Pick --


A National Book Award finalist from Rita Dove, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, recipient of the Heinz Award, a National Humanities Medal, and numerous other honors. Dove is also a novelist, lyricist and editor. When named US Poet Laureate in 1993, Dove was the youngest Laureate, the first African American, and the first to see the appointment as a mandate to generate public interest in literary arts, travelling widely and giving readings in venues from schools to hospitals.

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Rita Dove's Collected Poems 1974-2004 showcases the wide-ranging diversity that earned her a Pulitzer Prize, the position of U.S. Poet Laureate, a National Humanities Medal, and a National Medal of Art.

Gathering thirty years and seven books, this volume compiles Dove's fresh reflections on adolescence, her irreverent musings, the moving love story of Thomas and Beulah, the exquisite reinvention of Greek myth in the sonnets of Mother Love, the troubling rapids of recent history in On the Bus with Rosa Parks, and the homage to America's kaleidoscopic cultural heritage in American Smooth

All celebrate Dove's mastery of narrative context with lyrical finesse. With "precise, singing lines," Dove "has created fresh configurations of the traditional and the experimental" (Poetry Magazine).




ABFAS Recommends New Teen Fiction



The stunning conclusion to the Passenger series by #1 New York Times bestselling Alexandra Bracken, author of The Darkest Minds series.

Recommended for ages 13 and up.

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I've been orphaned by my time. 
The timeline has changed. 
My future is gone. 

From colonial Nassau to New York City, San Francisco to Roman Carthage, imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs,  Alexandra Bracken charts a gorgeously detailed, thrilling course through time in this stunning conclusion to the Passenger series.

Etta Spencer didn't know she was a traveler until the day she emerged both miles and years from her home. Now, robbed of the powerful object that was her only hope of saving her mother, Etta finds herself stranded once more, cut off from the man she loves and her natural time. 

While Etta must choose a path through the heart of the Thorns, Nicholas has enlisted the unlikely help of Sophia Ironwood and a cheeky mercenary-for-hire. 

As the tremors of change to the timeline grow stronger and the stakes for recovering the astrolabe mount, they discover an ancient power far more frightening than the rival travelers currently locked in a battle for control. . . a power that threatens to eradicate the timeline altogether. 







The second book in the Sea of Ink and Gold trilogy by critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling Traci Chee.

Recommended for ages 13 and up.

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"highly recommended"--School Library Journal 

Having barely escaped the clutches of the Guard, Sefia and Archer are back on the run, slipping into the safety of the forest. Haunted by painful memories, Archer struggles to overcome the trauma of his past with the impressors. 

When Sefia and Archer happen upon a crew of impressors in the wilderness, Archer finally finds a way to combat his nightmares: by hunting impressors and freeing the boys they hold captive. 

With Sefia's help, Archer travels across the kingdom of Deliene rescuing boys while she continues to investigate the mysterious Book and the secrets it contains. But the more battles they fight, the more fights Archer craves, until his thirst for violence threatens to transform him from the gentle boy Sefia knows to a grim warrior with a cruel destiny. 

As Sefia begins to unravel the threads that connect Archer's fate to her parents' betrayal of the Guard so long ago, she and Archer must figure out a way to subvert the Guard's plans before they are ensnared in a war that will pit kingdom against kingdom, leaving their future and the safety of the entire world hanging in the balance.





ABFAS Recommends: For Middle Grades



By Jennifer Richard Jacobson, author of The Complete History of Why I Hate Her, The Andy Shane Series, Small As An Elephant, and other young adult fiction.

Recommended for ages 10 and up.

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When forced to choose between staying with her guardian and being with her big brother, Ari chose her big brother. There's just one problem--Gage doesn't actually have a place to live. 

When Ari's mother died four years ago, she had two final wishes: that Ari and her older brother, Gage, would stay together always, and that Ari would go to Carter, the middle school for gifted students. 

So when nineteen-year-old Gage decides he can no longer live with their bossy guardian, Janna, Ari knows she has to go with him. But it's been two months, and Gage still hasn't found them an apartment. 

He and Ari have been "couch surfing," with Gage's friend, crashing with Gage's girlfriend and her roommates, and if necessary, sneaking into a juvenile shelter to escape the cold Maine nights. But all of this jumping around makes it hard for Ari to keep up with her schoolwork, never mind her friendships, and getting into Carter starts to seem impossible. Will Ari be forced to break one of her promises to Mama? 

Told in an open, authentic voice, this nuanced story of hiding in plain sight will have readers thinking about homelessness in a whole new way.







An exciting debut co-written by Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos.

Recommended for ages 9 to 12.

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In one of the last cities standing after the world fell to monsters, best friends Zed and Brock  have high hopes for the future.  But just as it seems the boys' dreams will come true . . . they find themselves members of the perilous Adventurers Guild. 

The guild acts as the last line of defense against the Dangers-- hungry, unnatural beasts from otherworldly planes. 

When Zed and Brock uncover a conspiracy that threatens all of Freestone, they and their new allies--Liza, a fierce noble, and Jett, a brave dwarf--must prove their worth once and for all. 

This start of a thrilling new series is sure to be a hit with readers who like their fantasies clever and action-packed, with tons of humor and heart.





ABFAS Recommends: Cool Kid NonFiction


Another fabulous book from "Dino" Don Lessem, author of  more than 50 books on dinosaurs for children and adults. Lessem led the construction of the largest dinosaur skeleton and creates museum exhibitions on dinosaurs. Illustrated by Franco Tempesta, recipient of the Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize and illustrator of several books for National Geographic Kids.

Recommended for ages 7 to 12.

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Although these amazing creatures roamed the Earth ages ago, new dinosaur discoveries are still being made today.

The new edition of the popular Nat Geo Kids Dinopedia includes all the latest species and is the most complete, up-to-date dinosaur reference available. 

Find favorites, like the fierce T-rex and the gentle Brontosaurus, plus audacious new finds, like the Anzu, Kosmoceratops, and Yi. 

Every dino profile is colorfully illustrated and features descriptions of when they roamed the Earth, how they lived, what they ate, and more. There are more than 600 dinos featured in all, including 10 profiles of recently discovered dinosaurs and new entries in the Dino Dictionary. Reports from paleontologists present the latest news and insights from the field.


ABFAS Recommends: for the Younger Crowd


A New York Times Notable Book, New York Public Library Best Book, and recipient of the Malka Penn and other awards.
Written and illustrated by Crystal Kite Award-winning Suzanne del Rizzo, author of Skink on the Brink, Sky Pig, and more.


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“If you’ve been wondering how to present the refugee crisis to children without losing faith in humanity, take a look at this graceful, even uplifting book.”—The New York Times

A gentle yet moving story of refugees of the Syrian civil war, My Beautiful Birds illuminates the ongoing crisis as it affects its children. It shows the reality of the refugee camps, where people attempt to pick up their lives and carry on. And it reveals the hope of generations of people as they struggle to redefine home.

"A stunning offering for libraries wishing to add to their collection of hopeful yet realistic refugee tales.”—School Library Journal

"Beauty and sorrow sit side by side in this compassionate and age-appropriate depiction of contemporary refugee life.”—The Horn Book Magazine



Written by acclaimed Cynthia Rylant, author of over 100 books, and recipient of a Newbery Medal, Newbery Honor, and two Caldecott Honors. Illustrated by  NYT bestselling Brendan Wenzel, recipient of a Caldecott Honor.


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A book full of beautiful and quiet reminders that “in every corner of the world, there is something to love.”

“Life begins small.” See an elephant grow bigger as it walks underneath the fierce sun and gentle moon, through days and nights. 

Life, it seems, also promises change—and wonders. A hawk soars in the sky, while elsewhere, a camel stands tall in a desert. Sitting on a rock, a turtle relishes the “rain on its back.” 

Each glimpse of an animal in the natural world elicits a small jolt of joy thanks in part to Caldecott honoree Wenzel’s exquisite illustrations, which render these moments with low-key precision.

"A splendid tribute to the world and its splendors, with something to offer audiences of a broad range of ages." -- Kirkus Review





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