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September 2012 Vol. XXII, No. 7 Nancy Dreher, Editor



WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 5 7 pm at the store Judge AARON JAFFE & MARDA DUNSKY Goodbye, American Dream? How We Got Here and What to Do About It Judge Jaffe and Dunsky discuss how the distancing of people from politics and our hyper-partisan political culture resulted in the current American predicament. Judge Jaffe, chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board, was previously a judge in the Cook County Circuit Court and member of the Illinois House of Representatives. Dunsky teaches writing and media at DePaul University. THURSDAY, SEPT. 6 11:45 am, Luncheon at The Union League Club DAVID WESSEL Red Ink: Inside the High Stakes Politics of the Federal Budget The Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal economics editor talks about his new book for readers wanting to understand the federal budget and the deficit. How, he asks, did the US government get to this point? Where does the money come from, and where does it go? SATURDAY, SEPT. 8 2 pm at the store PETER LEVINE The Appearance of a Hero: The Tom Mahoney Stories Levine's short story collection offers a portrait of a hero for the 21st century, a man whose legend is constructed not by himself but by those around him, all desperate for someone to idolize. MONDAY, SEPT. 10 7 pm at the store JOYCE SELANDER Joyce, Queen of the Mountain The first woman to physically trade financial futures in the pits at the Chicago Board of Trade provides an insider's look at the workings of the CBOT and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and gives insights into the strategies and styles of its key players. TUESDAY, SEPT. 11 4:30 ­ 6:30 pm at the store DAV PILKEY Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers The author/illustrator of the popular "Captain Underpants" series, as well as the Caldecott Honor book The Paperboy, shares his newest creation. 7 pm at the store ANDREA KAYNE KAUFMAN Oxford Messed Up DePaul University professor Kaufman speaks about her novel. It's the story of a Rhodes Scholar from Chicago who suffers from untreated obsessivecompulsive disorder and her Oxford dormitory neighbor, an underachieving musician son of an overbearing Oxford don. Hint: Fans of Van Morrison will love the plot.

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Where did the summer go? Are you asking yourself the same question? Summer started early--and is still in full bloom (in late August)--but it feels like everything is winding down and ready for fall, school, and the new year! I hope you have had a good summer, on many levels, enjoying the warm weather, the cooler weather, and a vacation somewhere, long or short. I have had a very nice few months--with my time divided between Holland, Michigan, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (to see my 103-year-old mother), a wonderful few days in Vermont with friends, and a weekend here and there to see my kids. The bookstore was quite active throughout the summer, with lots of in-store children's activities, and lots of visits from regular customers as well as out-of-towners. We are now gearing up for a busy Fall--with all the new adult books, calendars, cards, and children's offerings. It's about time! To clear up any misconceptions, I am not "selling the store"--meaning I am not giving it away or closing it, or even transferring it to anyone else at this time! It is "on the market"--for the right person who wants to own it, run it, and love it as I have. But it is not going to be soon, and I am prepared to stay on board as long as it takes to find that "right person or persons!" Summertime is such a good time to read! Even if I am busy outdoors, I love to come home from golf or a swim at the beach and snuggle into a chair to read. I have read a broad spectrum of books recently, several of them coming out in late August and September. I gulped down the new Selden Edwards book, The Lost Prince after loving The Little Book a few years ago. The story line takes place in fin-de-siècle Vienna (in the late1890s-early 1900s), where we originally met a cast of characters who were returned back in time from contemporary 20th century. Eleanor Burden is the subject of the story, with her will and her destiny a forecast of what was to happen to her. Freud, Jung, and Mahler all play important roles in her life--it's a wonderful blend of philosophy and art, and a compelling story. Selden was here on Tuesday, August 28 and it was so good to see him again. A shorter book, but just as powerful, is a novel by Mette Jakobsen, The Vanishing Act. It is a short book but full of landscape (cold, brrr!), loss (of a mother), philosophy (Descartes), and love. I also read Richard Morais' new book Buddhaland Brooklyn, His Hundred-Foot Journey was beloved by so many of us! This time, it is the "journey" of a Buddhist priest, Seido Odo, as he leaves his mountainside life in Japan and arrives in Brooklyn, New York. (Come meet Richard Morais when he signs his new book at the store on Friday, September 21). And I read The Mirrored World by Debra Dean, who wrote The Madonnas of Leningrad. Her subject is Catherine the Great in 18th century St. Petersburg--as a young woman living under several difficult regimes. Dean weaves a tapestry of short stories about the time. Right now I'm reading Sutton by J.R. Moehringer, the Pultizer Prize-winning author of the memoir The Tender Bar. Moehringer's new book is his first novel, a work of historical fiction that brings to life the "Babe Ruth" of bank robbers, Willie Sutton, one of the most notorious criminals in American history. Sutton is coming out in September and is sure to be one of the most buzzed-about books of the fall. I also picked up and read parts of Wendy Welch's book The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap. Wendy is the owner of a used bookstore in an idyllic mountain community in Virginia. She talks about the importance of local bookstores! "When I say `local bookstore,' odds are good the first thing that comes to mind is not a book you've bought, but a person, a sense of place, even just a vague cozy feeling." She also notes, "When people come into our 39,000 volume-strong store, their breathing changes, their expressions soften, steps slow, eyes stop darting. Hands unclench their cell phones as they mutter, `call you later.'" As Wendy observes, independent bookstores help us find the others like us. I hope you have a good September--and a Happy New Year, for those who celebrate the holidays. Looking forward to our new season and seeing you in the store!


The much-anticipated second novel by the author of The Gift of Rain is here. Tan Twan Eng's The Garden of Evening Mists ($15.99) is a novel of beauty and horror. Yun Ling Teoh has resigned her position as a Malayan judge because she has been diagnosed with aphasia. Before she completely loses her ability to understand, she returns to Yugiri, the only Japanese garden in Malaya, to write her memoir. Her soon-to-be-forgotten memories wander from her life in a Japanese POW camp to her apprenticeship at Yugiri, under the tutelage of Aritomo, a mysterious yet brilliant Japanese gardener. Eng is a master of language, and The Garden of Evening Mists is a joy to read, not just for the story Eng tells, but also for the magnificence of his figures of speech.


Although it's September, if you haven't had enough good "summer reads," I suggest Tigers in Red Weather ($25.99). Liza Klaussman's debut novel tells the tale of two women, Nick and Helena, cousins who spend their summers together at Tiger House on Martha's Vineyard. Their lives there span from World War II through the 1960s, and through the years, the women face the challenges of marriage, children, and their feelings towards each other. Klaussman writes a wonderful family saga with complex characters and a riveting plot.

A favorite of mine is Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar ($14.95) by Cheryl Strayed. The author, who wrote the memoir Wild, has an advice column on the website, written using the alias Sugar. Tiny Beautiful Things is a compilation of readers' problems and Strayed's insightful answers. This is not a typical advice column. Each of Sugar's answers offers a kernel of reality that anyone can benefit from. This book cannot be categorized; it is part memoir, part self-help, and part inspirational. London: A History in Verse edited by Mark Ford ($35). Anthologies are often noteworthy for what they omit rather than what they include. Too often, snippets of verse are included to fit the theme, while losing the integrity of the poetry cited. Mark Ford's volume largely avoids both issues. It begins with the 14th JON GRAND century poet John Gower and moves through Chaucer, Shakespeare, Jonson, Keats, Wordsworth, Blake, Sassoon, Owen, and on into the 20th century. The voices of Britain's finest poets praise and condemn the great city that is London--the seat of royal power, the mercantile and business heart of the Empire, and a place of beauty and culture. It is also a place of ugliness and squalor, a place where soaring hope and ambition exist side by side with the wreckage of lost souls. These themes play out relentlessly in the poetry as Ford moves through the centuries. This is a book to be read and re-read. You may find familiar verses and ones that are startlingly new. But you will not fail to be enchanted with the beauty of language or the chameleon-like picture that emerges of this quintessential western city.

A poem from London: A History in Verse Let others chant a country praise, Fair river walks and meadow ways; Dearer to me my sounding days In London Town: To me the tumult of the street Is no less music, than the sweet Surge of the wind among the wheat, By dale or down. Three names mine heart with rapture hails, With homage: Ireland, Cornwall, Wales: Lands of lone moor, and mountain gales, And stormy coast: Yet London's voice upon the air Pleads at mine heart, and enters there; Sometime I wellnigh love and care For London most.

The Divorce of Henry VIII: The Untold Story From Inside the Vatican by Catherine Fletcher ($29). Henry the VIII's divorce from Catherine of Aragon changed forever the religious and political landscape of Europe. It was, and still is, the ultimate celebrity divorce, and we can only imagine From London Town the stories that would have appeared in the tabloids had they existed. Lionel Johnson (1867-1902) While the basic facts are well known, the intricacy of the negotiations, the intrigues and deals, and the political and dynastic machinations that played out at the Vatican against a background of warfare and chaos are not. Complicating the process was the lack of rapid communication. Decisions taken in Rome or London could easily take weeks or months to be delivered. As a result, London's chief agent and negotiator in Rome, Gregorio Casali was often either flying blind or improvising on old, outdated orders. This extraordinarily readable book provides a fascinating look at the politics of religion as practiced in the 16th century. The Long Road to Antietam: How the Civil War Became a Revolution by Richard Slotkin ($32.95). Today, Antietam Creek in Maryland flows quietly, but on Sept. 17, 1862, it flowed red with the blood of both Union and Confederate soldiers. In one of the worst conflicts of the war, the Union eked out a narrow victory, but it was enough. As Slotkin describes, both Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln saw the battle as a critical turning point in the war. For Davis, taking the war to the north, and to Maryland in particular was a bold stroke designed to convince Maryland and the border states to join the Confederate cause. A victory would discourage the North and perhaps force real negotiations responsive to Southern interests. And, Davis hoped, a Confederate victory would bring England into the conflict as an active Southern ally. For Lincoln, the stakes were equally high. He no longer believed that the conflict could be ended by negotiation. The concessions he had been prepared to make were now off the table. In fact, Lincoln had already written the Emancipation Proclamation but could not announce it until he had a major victory to back it up. This document put the South on notice that nothing short of total victory was to be the Northern goal. While Robert E. Lee and Davis enjoyed a relatively frank and open working relationship, that of Lincoln and George B. McClellan was colored by disrespect and overweening ambition on the one hand and frustration and mistrust on the other. Antietam was the war's turning point not because the tide shifted decisively from one side to the other. The battle was decisive because the objective of the war shifted. Slotkin brilliantly tracks both the military and the political issues that came to a tragic head at Antietam.

Family Action Network

New Year, New Name, FANtastic New Programs


2012 Fall Book Club

Wednesdays at the store 9:30 ­ 11 am

· Wednesday, September 19 Butterfly's Child by Angela Davis-Gardner Led by Holly Marihugh · Wednesday, October 3 Once We Were Brothers by Ronald Balson Led by Suzanne Hales · Wednesday, October 10 A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov Led by Julia Denne · *Thursday, October 18 Trapeze by Simon Mawer Led by Janet Stern · *Thursday, October 25 Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn Led by Ellen Sandrock · Wednesday, October 31 The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller Led by Elise Barack · Wednesday, Nov. 7 The World Without You by Joshua Henkin Led by Judy Levin · *Thursday, November 15 Rules of Civility by Amor Towles Led by Jane Levine

*Note different day of the week $5 charge to attend in exchange for a coupon fully redeemable for merchandise in the store.

The Family Awareness Network of New Trier Township Schools has a new name: The Family Action Network. FAN celebrates its 30th anniversary with a blockbuster speaker series for 2012-13, starting off with the acclaimed New York Times journalist Paul Tough on September 27, white-hot TED Talker Brene Brown on October 10, the world-renowned Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner on October 30, and a plenary event for Challenge Success, a project of Stanford University, that will bring together Ken Ginsburg, Madeline Levine, and Denise Pope, all on one stage on November. 2. In honor of its three decades of service in providing free public lectures in New Trier Township, FAN will be rolling out a new name (but same acronym), new logo, new website and new mission statement this fall. Show your support for this all-volunteer organization, and attend some of their FANtastic programs this coming school year! For more information, contact FAN Co-Chair Lonnie Stonitsch at [email protected]



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Ragdale's "A Novel Affair 2012"

Friday and Saturday, September 28 and 29

This one-of-a kind annual event brings nine bestselling authors to Lake Forest in support of Ragdale, the non-profit artists' residency, where writers and other artists have time and space to create new work. Novel Affair 2012 includes a Friday evening cocktail reception with all the authors and small, intimate dinners featuring author readings and conversation on Saturday in elegant North Shore homes. The 2012 author line-up and a selection of their works are: Carol Anshaw, Carry the One, Lucky in the Corner Ramona Ausubel, No One Is Here Except All of Us Jamie Ford, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Robert Hicks, The Widow of the South, A Separate Country Elinor Lipman, Then She Found Me, The Family Man Gregory Maguire, The Wicked Years series: Wicked, Out of Oz, Tales Told in Oz James Ragan, Poetry: In the Talking Hours, Too Long A Solitude Anita Shreve, The Weight of Water, The Pilot's Wife, The Last Time They Met Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain Friday, September 28: $200, including cocktails and buffet dinner at Exmoor Country Club, Highland Park, with all guest authors. Friday and Saturday, September 28 & 29: $500 for a two-night ticket that also includes a Saturday private dinner party with one guest author. For information about reservations, see

Cookbook Club

· Tuesday, September 11 12 noon at The Book Stall Theme: Tomatoes All are welcome. There is no charge to attend--just bring a tomato-inspired dish to share.

Nonfiction Book Club

· Wednesday, September 19* 6:30 pm at The Book Stall 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles Mann Led by Jon Grand

$5 charge to attend in exchange for a coupon fully redeemable for merchandise in the store.

*Note the Nonfiction Book Club normally meets the fourth Wednesday of the month; this month's change is due to Yom Kippur.

Words of wisdom, written in stone (!) at the entrance of Northshire Books in Manchester, Vermont, owned by friends Ed and Barbara Morrow.

Summer, Sunshine, Books: An original for The Book Stall by author and artist Alice Baudat, who'll be in the store Friday, Sept. 14, at 6:30 pm.

Check our website, and our weekly e-newsletter for details about The Book Stall's observation of Banned Books Week, starting Sunday, September 30.



11:45 am, Luncheon at The Union League Club DWYANE WADE A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball Chicago native and Miami Heat star Wade speaks about his book, the story of the events that have shaped his life--growing up on Chicago's South Side, his basketball career, and his role as father to his two sons, for whom he was given sole custody after a bitter divorce. AMOR TOWLES Rules of Civility Don't miss the opportunity to meet this author and discuss one of The Book Stall's longest-running bestsellers (we've sold more than 500 copies in hardcover and paperback)! It is a sophisticated novel with a sparkling depiction of New York's social strata in the 1930s, intricate imagery and themes, and appealing characters.


3 pm at the store National Curiosity Day with Curious George Curious George, everyone's favorite monkey, is turning 70 this year, and we're joining bookstores and libraries around the country to celebrate.


6:30 pm at the store

7 pm at the store, Joint appearance LAURA CALDWELL, False Impressions SARA CONNELL, Bringing in Finn Laura Caldwell, a professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, discusses her suspenseful new novel about a Chicago attorney drawn into a case involving art forgery in the Chicago art scene. She'll be joined by her friend Sara Connell, whose memoir is the extraordinary story of hard-fought journey to motherhood, one involving her 61-year-old mother acting as a surrogate.


7 pm at the store

7 pm at the store

LAURENCE GONZALES Surviving Survival: The Art and Science of Resilience Evanston author Gonzales, a good friend of The Book Stall, speaks about his new book. He draws on cases of people who have survived life-threatening events to make a compelling argument about fear, courage, and the adaptability of the human spirit.


ADAM McOMBER The White Forest McOmber, a teacher of creative writing at Columbia College Chicago, has written a gothic novel set in Victorian London, where a young woman with peculiar abilities infiltrates a mysterious secret society.


12 noon, Luncheon at The Union League Club TIM GUNN Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible Pop culture icon Gunn, co-host of the reality show Project Runway, talks about his new book, a journey through the highs and lows of the fashion history with stories about each article of clothing dating back to ancient times. 4-5:30 pm, Women's Exchange, 620 Lincoln, Winnetka "My Story"--Friday Salon with Roberta Rubin Roberta will tell stories from her 30 years as owner of The Book Stall (in its various configurations!). She'll talk about the Presidents, movie stars, booksellers, and authors she has known-- and about hot new books out this Fall. 6:30 pm at the store Storytime for adults and book signing ALICE BAUDAT The Wooden Bowl and The Wooden Ring Join us for a delightful evening of stories and conversation with author, illustrator, and storyteller Alice Baudat, a Chicago native who now lives in Switzerland. Her two novels feature a woman who leaves behind her life in Chicago to settle in a remote mountain town and connects with the townspeople through her baking and cooking.

11:45 am, Luncheon, The Union League Club LEE CHILD A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel Bestselling author Child is back with his 17th Reacher novel, this one starting with Reacher hitchhiking a ride with three strangers. Within minutes it becomes clear they're all lying to him, and then they run into a police roadblock on the highway. 12 noon, Luncheon, Woman's Athletic Club MEGAN McKINNEY The Magnificent Medills McKinney tells the story of America's first media dynasty, the Medills of Chicago, whose power and influence shaped American journalism for four generations. 4 pm, Women's Exchange, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka GRETCHEN RUBIN The Happiness Project The book's subtitle tells it all: Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun. Rubin chronicles the 12 months she spent testing the wisdom of the ages, scientific research, and lessons about how to be happier. To register ($20), please call 847 441-3406 or go online to 7 pm at the store LOUIS VILLALBA The Silver Teacup: Tales of Cadiz In this collection of 14 short stories, Villalba transports readers to the narrow streets, little plazas, and seaside promenades of his native Cadiz, the oldest city in the western hemisphere.

For reservations to club events, please call us at 847 446-8880.


THURSDAY, SEPT. 27 continued

Women Writers Series 12 noon, Avli, 566 Chestnut St., Winnetka MARIE TILLMAN The Letter: My Journey Through Love, Loss, and Life Pat Tillman, the Army Ranger and former NFL star who was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2004, left a "just in case" letter for his wife Marie before he deployed. Marie talks about her journey to remake her life after her husband's death. The author has since remarried, is the mother of a young son, and makes her home in Northfield. (Note: She will also speak at the Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State Street. Reservations are not required.) 7 pm, Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave. MICHAEL CHABON Telegraph Avenue We're delighted to welcome one of the country's leading young writers for a talk about his exhilarating new novel exploring the profoundly intertwined lives of two Oakland, California, families, one black and one white. Chabon lovingly creates a world grounded in pop culture--Kung Fu, vinyl LPs, jazz and soul music--and delivers an epic of friendship, race, and secret histories. Chabon is the author of the bestsellers The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, which won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and The Yiddish Policeman's Union. Note: Admission is the purchase of Mr. Chabon's new book from The Book Stall, either at the event or previously at the store (please save your receipt).


12 noon, Luncheon, University Club of Chicago JOHN PERRY, The Art of Procrastination Perry, emeritus professor of philosophy at Stanford University, talks about his book's theory of "structured procrastination," where he believes a person can get a lot done by not sticking to a rigid schedule. 12 noon, Luncheon, Woman's Athletic Club DOUGLAS FOSTER, After Mandela Foster, an Associate Professor at Medill, oversees its Journalism Residency Program in South Africa. His book is a portrait of a nation whose destiny he believes will determine the fate of a continent. 7 pm, New Trier Northfield Campus, Cornog Auditorium FAN Presentation PAUL TOUGH How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character Tough addresses the mystery of why some children succeed and others fail and how to move children toward their full potential for success. Tough is an editor of The New York Times Magazine.


7 pm at the store

RICHARD MORAIS Buddhaland Brooklyn An elderly Buddhist priest considers the life that brought him from an idyllic mountainside village in Japan to the bustling streets of Brooklyn, New York, in his middle age. Morais's previous novel, The Hundred-Foot Journey, was a Book Stall favorite.


11:30 am, Luncheon and American Cancer Society Benefit The Glen Club, 2901 West Lake Ave., Glenview LEE WOODRUFF Those We Love Most The American Cancer Society and the Women's Board of North Shore welcome CBS This Morning contributor Woodruff for a benefit featuring her new book, a novel based on a fictional North Shore town. Woodruff, a former North Shore resident, is the wife of ABC correspondent Bob Woodruff. Tickets ($75 regular; $100 patron) include lunch and a book and can be reserved online at or by calling 312 960-2331.


10:30 am ­ noon at the store Teacher In-Service for Grades K-5. See Children's Line for details. 4 pm at the store SHARON FIFFER, Lucky Stuff Local author Fiffer signs her latest Jane Wheel mystery. Officially divorced, antiques picker and private investigator Wheel sells her house and moves back to her hometown of Kankakee.


JAMES DASHNER The Infinity Ring Book 1: A Mutiny in Time Two best friends stumble upon the secret of time travel--a device known as the Infinity Ring--and are swept up in a centuries-long secret war for the fate of mankind. See the Children's Line. LAWRENCE NORFOLK John Saturnall's Feast British historical novelist Norfolk talks about his new book, the story of a cook in 17th century England whose mother passes on to him the legacy of an ancient Feast kept in secret for generations.


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7 pm at the store

5-6:30 pm at the store - Teen Fall After-Hours Pizza Party DAN KROKOS, False Memory NANCY GROSSMAN, A World Away See Children's Line for details.


11:45 am, Luncheon at The Union League Club TONY LA RUSSA, One Last Strike La Russa tells the story of his remarkable career and the St. Louis Cardinals' astonishing comeback to win the 2011 World Series.


Women Writers Series 12 noon, Avli, 566 Chestnut St., Winnetka GAIL TSUKIYAMA A Hundred Flowers The bestselling author talks about her new book, the story of an ordinary family facing extraordinary times at the start of the Chinese Cultural Revolution in 1957.

· 7 pm at the store · 11:45 am, Luncheon at The Union League Club HEDRICK SMITH Who Stole the American Dream? Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Smith talks about the dismantling of the American Dream and how we became two Americas--and offers ideas for restoring the country's great promise.

the children's line...

Greetings, Children and Children's Book Fans,

I recently had the privilege of being a member of the American Bookselling Association's "New Voices" Committee, a group of dedicated booksellers from across the country who meet via phone conferences to choose middle fiction and young adult debut novels that merit special attention. Publishers submit ROBERT MCDONALD nominees--well over 50 titles in each category. The results are in, and we'll have the official flyers in the store shortly, but until then you can check out the winners, and read what committee members have to say about them, online at It was exciting to read all the great writing being done and work with other opinionated and enthusiastic book people to decide on the final winners. One of the authors on the teen list, Dan Krokos, will be with us for a special AfterHours Teen Reads Party for his thriller False Memory, on Sunday, September 30 at 5 pm at the store. Joining Dan will be another special guest, Highland Park resident Nancy Grossman, whose debut novel, A World Away, about an Amish teen living for the summer on Chicago's North Shore, has been a fave with teen readers and adults. (I loved it! Beautiful writing, an appealing heroine, and hard choices that all kids have to make one way or another, about who they will be.) We'll have prizes, refreshments, and free review copies of various titles for kids to take home and review, all of this happening when the store is closed except to party attendees and our special guests! Another list I'd like to draw to your attention is our own Teen Reads Recommendation Newsletter. It debuted at our August Teen Reads Party, and contains reviews and recommendations from our stellar panel of teen readers: kids who read books before the publication date and write reviews that we post on Facebook and share with authors and publishers. Stop by the store to pick up a copy. If you are 12 or older, or know of a teen reader who would like to meet authors, read books before anyone else gets the chance, and win books and other prizes, come to that September Teen Reads Party! We hope to continue to host at least one Teen Reads event every month. Not that we are ignoring the younger kids! We have some great events planned for fall, including visits from Captain Underpants creator Dav Pilkey in a rare bookstore appearance on Tuesday, September 11, and Maze Runner author James Dashner on Sept. 24. Mr. Dashner has written the first book in a new, multi-author series for 9-12 year olds called The Infinity Ring, a fast-paced, action-packed time-travelling chronicle that fans of The 39 Clues will love. Fall brings us long-awaited sequels. Everyone loved Adam Gidwitz's inventive and hilariously dark A Tale Dark and Grimm, a brilliant retelling of Grimm's Fairy Tales. Adam continues that work in the even better In a Glass Grimmly, coming out on September 27. Fans of The Emerald Atlas can find out how Kate, Michael and Emma have fared, when The Fire Chronicle arrives on October 9. With settings from late 19th century New York to a lost world in Antarctica, and more villains, heroes, and adventure, this fantastic second book in John Stephen's "Books of Beginning" trilogy does not disappoint. Keep in mind that our events schedule is constantly evolving. There's great information here in the newsletter, but you can also check us out on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, sign up for our weekly enewsletter, and of course visit us in the store to find out the scoop on the author visits, parties, story times and activity hours we have in store for kids of the area. I'll leave you with one late-breaking picture book recommendation. Betsy and I both loved Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown. Vegetables never seemed quite so threatening before. Especially if you happen to be a greedy rabbit! We hope to see you soon! Happy reading, Teacher In-Service for Grades K ­ 5

Join us on Saturday, September 29 from 10:30 am to 12 noon for a special morning of giveaways, prizes, book seller presentations, and our special guest Esmé Raji Codell, discussing her new book, Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John "Appleseed" Chapman, about--of course--Johnny Appleseed. Educators will receive prizes, special gifts, and a coupon for 20% off all books purchased that day. The event is free, but we do request that you register--reply by email, stop by the store, or call us at 847-446-8880 to reserve your spot. Space may be limited.

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H appy Birthday, Curious George!

Curious George, everyone's favorite monkey, is turning 70 this year, and we're joining bookstores and libraries around the country to celebrate. Our young guests are invited to join us on Saturday, September 15, at 3 pm for stories and Curious George activities. Recommended for ages 3 to 6.

Summer Fun for Kids: Robert's children's programs in the store were popular with young readers.

Betsy's Best

Almost Home by Joan Bauer ($16.99). When 12-year-old Sugar's grandfather dies and her father takes off yet again, Sugar and her mom lose their home. They head for Chicago to make a fresh start but fresh starts are hard to come by when you are homeless. When the stress of their situation drives her mother to a serious breakdown, Sugar and her dog Shush are put into foster care. Bauer explores the theme of homelessness through the eyes of a resilient young girl, the kind of heroine so familiar to Bauer's fans. This is another perfectly crafted story by one of our favorite authors. Ages 11 up One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt ($16.99). Sent to a foster home after a beating by her step-father, 8th-grader Carley Connors learns about a different kind of family life. At first her placement is terrifying. Mr. Murphy, a fire chief, and the eldest son, Daniel, don't want her there, and Mrs. Murphy is just too nice. But as she gets to know 4-yearold Michael Eric and 6-year-old Adam, things begin to change. The first-person narration of the novel allows readers inside Carley's head as she fights against showing emotion and her growing happiness of belonging in her new world. This is a beautifully written novel by a first-time author. Ages 12 up


Shadow and Bone by Leigh Barduco ($17.99). This is Leigh Barduco's first novel, and while the idea may not be brand new, she explores one of fantasy novels' best motifs: the discovery of hidden strength within oneself. Alina Starkov is at first nothing special. She has been conscripted in the common army because she seems to lack the rare magical ability that is needed for Grisha--the elite magiciansoldiers of the kingdom's important army. Alina's regiment is sent to fight the Shadow Fold, the kingdom's curse. It is here in the darkness of the Fold that Alina's true strength unfolds. She has an unheard-of ability that will surprise and delight readers. This novel reminds us of old Russian fairy tales and is great fun to read. Ages 14 up

Betsy's Suggestions for a few adult novels for teenage readers age 16 and up

The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver ($13.99 in paperback). Taylor Greer decides it is time to leave Pittman, Kentucky, where she lives with her mother, and make something of herself. She embarks on a personal journey of self-discovery and along the way meets some extraordinary women. This is about love, friendship and the discovery of surprising resources in apparently empty places. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie ($13.95 in paperback). This is an enchanting and humorous tale that captures the magic of reading. It tells the story of two city boys exiled to a remote mountain village during China's infamous Cultural Revolution. The boys meet the daughter of the local tailor and discover a hidden stash of classics from the West that are translated into Chinese. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier ($7.99 in paperback). This wonderful Gothic romance begins with a young bride and a husband she hardly knows arriving at an immense estate, only to be inexorably drawn into the life of her husband's first wife, the beautiful Rebecca, who is dead but not forgotten! The Beekeepers Apprentice by Laurie King ($15 in paperback). In 1915, long retired from studying criminals, Sherlock Holmes is engaged in beekeeping on the Sussex Downs. He never expects to meet Mary Russell, a very bright and modern young woman who will soon become Holmes' new partner is crime solving. Great fun to read!

Amy's Picture Book Picks...

King Arthur's Very Great Grandson by Kenneth Kraegel ($15.99). The great-great-great-great-great-great-greatgrandson of King Arthur, Henry Alfred Grummorson, wakes up on his sixth birthday, climbs upon his donkey Knuckles, and heads out in search of adventure. During his travels, he meets a Cyclops, a Griffin, and a Dragon but no one will fight him. Looking for a real battle, he meets the most dreaded beast of all: the Leviathan. Has Henry met his match? A wonderful tale that is sure to become a favorite! Ages 4-8 Lucy Can't Sleep by Amy Schwartz ($16.99). Lucy is wide-awake so she climbs out of bed, wiggles her fingers, wiggles her toes, scratches itches, itches scratches, buttons buttons, blows her nose. Nighttime adventures continue for Lucy on this restless night. The cozy pen-and-ink drawings, along with the gentle story, make this a perfect bedtime read. Ages 3-5


Wild About You! by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Marc Brown ($17.99). It's new baby time at the zoo and all the animals have new babies except the pandas and the tree kangaroo. When an endangered egg is delivered to the zoo, the tree kangaroo snatches it to keep in her pouch. The whole zoo awaits the birth. Marc Brown's folk-art inspired paintings of the animals and their babies, along with Judy Sierra's whimsical text, combine for a terrific read-aloud. Kids will love exploring each wonderful page. Ages 4-8 The Fly Flew In by David Catrow ($14.95). Always very funny, David Catrow has written another laugh-out-loud story, this time about a fly who gets into some serious trouble at the symphony. The detailed illustrations are wonderful and the text is very simple, making it a perfect beginning reader. Ages 3-6

...and Middle Fiction Titles

The Secret Tree by Natalie Standiford ($16.99). Minty Mortimer loves the roller derby, hanging out, and annoying her big sister. Her best friend Paz is ready for middle school and a new, cool image. During the summer before sixth grade, their friendship suffers but ultimately they come to understand the secrets in the hearts of others. This is a terrific book for middle schoolers. Ages 9-14 The Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng ($15.99). Young Anna is struggling to make friends at school so she turns to books for company. Eventually real life begins to show her the value of true friends. This is a warm and hopeful story of friendship with oneself and others. Ages 9-12

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Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday



Labor Day The Book Stall is closed.



7 pm at the store Judge AARON JAFFE and MARDA DUNSKY Goodbye, American Dream?


11:45 am, Luncheon at The Union League Club DAVID WESSEL Red Ink



2 pm at the store PETER LEVINE The Appearance of a Hero



7 pm at the store JOYCE SELANDER Joyce, Queen of the Mountain


12 noon at the store Cookbook Club 4:30­6:30 pm at the store DAV PILKEY Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers 7 pm at the store ANDREA KAYNE KAUFMAN Oxford Messed Up


11:45 am, Luncheon at The Union League Club DWYANE WADE A Father First 6:30 pm at the store AMOR TOWLES Rules of Civility


12 noon, Luncheon at The Union League Club TIM GUNN Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible 4-5:30 pm at the Women's Exchange "My Story"-- Friday Salon with Roberta Rubin 6:30 at the store 7 pm at the store Storytime for adultspmbook signing & LAURENCE GONZALES ALICE BAUDAT, The Wooden Bowl and The Wooden Ring Surviving Survival



National Curiosity Day with Curious George



Rosh Hashanah 7 pm at the store Joint appearance LAURA CALDWELL, False Impressions SARA CONNELL, Bringing in Finn


7 pm at the store ADAM McOMBER The White Forest


9:30 ­ 11 am at the store Women Writers Series Book Discussion Group 12 noon, Avli Butterfly's Child by Angela Davis-Gardner MARIE TILLMAN 11:45 am, Luncheon, The Union League Club The Letter LEE CHILD, A Wanted Man 12 noon, Luncheon, Woman's Athletic Club Also at the Chicago Public Library, 6 pm MEGAN McKINNEY, The Magnificent Medills 4 pm, Women's Exchange 7 pm GRETCHEN RUBIN, The Happiness Project Winnetka Community House 6:30 pm at the store, Nonfiction Book Club MICHAEL CHABON 1493 by Charles Mann Telegraph Avenue 7 pm at the store, LOUIS VILLALBA, The Silver Teacup



7 pm at the store RICHARD MORAIS Buddhaland Brooklyn




4:30 pm at the store JAMES DASHNER The Infinity Ring Book 1: A Mutiny in Time 7 pm at the store LAWRENCE NORFOLK John Saturnall's Feast



Yom Kippur


Women Writers Series 12 noon, Avli, GAIL TSUKIYAMA A Hundred Flowers 12 noon, University Club JOHN PERRY The Art of Procrastination 12 noon, Luncheon Woman's Athletic Club DOUGLAS FOSTER, After Mandela 7 pm, New Trier Northfield Campus PAUL TOUGH, How Children Succeed


11:30 am, Luncheon and American Cancer Society Benefit The Glen Club LEE WOODRUFF Those We Love Most


10:30 am ­ 12 noon at the store TEACHER IN-SERVICE 4 pm at the store SHARON FIFFER Lucky Stuff


5-6:30 pm at the store Teen Fall After-Hours Pizza Party DAN KROKOS, False Memory NANCY GROSSMAN, A World Away


11:45 am Luncheon at The Union League Club TONY LA RUSSA One Last Strike


7 pm at the store EARLE MARTIN The Boy Who Saved My Life

Two Appearances 7 pm at the store 11:45 am, Luncheon at The Union League Club HEDRICK SMITH Who Stole the American Dream?


12 noon, University Club NORB VONNEGUT The Trust 7 pm at the store JEFF COEN & JOHN CHASE Golden


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