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The Snow Queen (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780374266325
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 5/2014
RECOMMENDED BY PAT Cunningham is a master of digging deeply into the may layers of creative angst. In all four of these characters, he shows us the delight, despair, illusion and clarity of the creative process. Whether it is dealing with art, fashion, or dying, his writing is profound, thoughtful and beautiful.

ISBN-13: 9780316055437
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Published: Little, Brown and Company, 10/2013
RECOMMENDED BY AMANDA Donna Tartt absolutely draws you into the tragic world of our protagonist, Theo Decker, via a string of tragic, surprising, and darkly redemptive acts and accomplices that will leave you stunned in the beginning and stunned at the end. Theo and his best friend Boris remind us that the best intentions can have a dark underbelly and the purest of hearts can have a dark core. Truth, love, beauty, all the virtues of life we hold so dear are up for examination, in line at the guillotine and, in the end, redeemed, though not without the near constant tragedies of death, despair, addiction, and struggle. It’s no wonder this book has won so many prizes and sold so many copies: Tartt’s first book in 10 years, she weaves a deft story with the moral dimensions of a prism, all the microtales shining light upon one another until the brilliant gold piece of art that we follow throughout the 770 pages—The Goldfinch—is illuminated.

The History of Love (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780393328622
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 5/2006
RECOMMENDED BY LAURA College-bound Lucinda is found dead in her car in the Bitter River in Acker’s Gap, West Virginia, in Appalachia—where poverty and hopelessness reside among people who still manage to care about each other. Readers met tough Bell Elkins, Prosecuting Attorney, and Sheriff Nick Fogelsong, in Keller’s first book, A Killing in the Hills.  In Bitter River we learn even more about the depth of Bell’s feelings for the people of Acker’s Gap. Keller depicts the atmosphere in this small town perfectly and it is as if one is wearing 3-D glasses because you can picture the people so easily based on Keller’s superb writing skills. Appalachia plays as large a role in this mystery as the characters do and Keller obviously has a great fondness for the area

ISBN-13: 9780812979329
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2/2013
Everyone should read this prize-winning narrative non-fiction about the inter-connected lives of several families in a slum in India. It will give you a radically different view of globalization and the rise of India than what you may have read in the newspaper.

Wave (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780345804310
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Published: Vintage, 12/2013
Although this is one of the saddest books I have ever read, it also provides a powerful and uplifting story of loss and healing. Don't let the difficult subject matter put you off from reading it. It's a profound read.

ISBN-13: 9781616202460
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 10/2013
Anton and Cecil Cats at Sea by Lisa and Valerie Martin, is about two cat brothers lost at sea. As they try to find each other a prophecy becomes their only hope. A hair raising adventure this is a great book for animal lovers and people who love adventures alike!

ISBN-13: 9781492603832
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark, 8/2014
Adrienne Mathewson A well-written tale of Harvard students whose lives are torn apart by the impending Great War. The war forces best friends and family members to declare their loyalties to their countries, which gives rise to increasing prejudice and hate, culminating in a battle to place a WWI Memorial plaque at Harvard honoring German students.

ISBN-13: 9780316204262
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Published: Back Bay Books, 4/2013




Anxiety and art are two of the main themes in this searingly funny story of a mother and daughter with equally strong wills and conflicting personalities. Told through e-mails, interviews, memos, flashbacks and point-of-view narratives, this story feels very immediate, and given the title, we know that someone is going to disappear, so every interaction feels like yet another clue in a building mystery.  Author Maria Semple, TV writer for Mad About You, Ellen and Arrested Development, shows her snark--and also her heart--and you will hope with all of yours that wherever Bernadette went, hopefully, she will find herself.


Mambo in Chinatown (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781594632006
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Published: Riverhead Hardcover, 6/2014




Mambo in Chinatown is a great summer read. It's the sotry of a young American-born Chinese woman struggling to create her own identity. I really like the way the author uses culture to craft the world of the main character Charlie Wong. It's a little bit of an ugly duckling fairytale, but Charlie's journey from noodleshop to ballroom keep it feeling fun and modern.


The Secret of Magic (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780399157721
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Published: Putnam Adult, 1/2014




Coming home to Alabama, a young black veteran named Joe Howard calls his father in Mississippi. Somewhere between that phone call and Alabama, Joe Howard's beaten body washes up on a riverbank in Alabama. What follows is a riveting tale about finding justice when the status quo won't allow it. Set in the 1940s South, we follow Regina Robichard, an attorney for Thurgood Marshall, as she wades through a case twisted by the complex relationships of a segregated town. I enjoyed this book and the layers I had to explore to understand the people who live within it.


ISBN-13: 9780307962904
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Published: Knopf, 4/2014




Astonish Me is a forbidden glimpse into the world of ballet. Joan will neer be the prima ballerina, but her actions place her in the middle of two great ballet stars. Her story is nothing like the aesthetic perfection of dance itself, however there is something poetic in the interwoven characters and the dances they create through the affairs of their desires. The story of Joan will draw you in and have you contemplating the subtle differences that exist between talent and passion.


ISBN-13: 9781451681758
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Published: Scribner, 4/2013




Beautiful, charming, heartbreaking, and extremely well-written. This book was highly recommended to me by a customer, and I pass on that recommendation to you.


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August 23, 3pm: New Mexico author Hampton Sides presents a new history--this time about the Arctic--In the Kingdom of Ice at Bookworks.

August 27, 11am: Artist Candy Chang visits with her Before I Die art project and a talk about the work for high school students at the Kiva Auditorium.


August 30, 3pm: Writers recollect their days with author Max Evans and celebrate his birthday and a new book about his life at Bookworks.


September 6, 3pm: The Chile Pepper King and New Mexico cookbook author, Dave DeWitt, presents his latest book of New Mexico dishes, at Bookworks.


September 6, 11am: New Mexico cookbook author and chef Deborah Madison will join fans for brunch and a talk about the recipes in her books Vegetable Literacy and the New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. Attendees have their choice of the two books, along with a brunch of Deborah Madison recipes served up by Slate Street Cafe. Event takes place in the wine loft at Slate Street Cafe, 515 Slate Ave NW.

September 6, 5pm: The renowned Dr. Ruth Westheimer will be the keynote at Planned Parenthood New Mexico's 50th Anniversary Gala at the Hyatt Regency. Tickets are available here.


September 7, 3pm: Corrales author Lisa Lenard-Cook launches the reissue of her acclaimed novel, Dissonance, just republished by Santa Fe Writer's Project. Dissonance tells the stories of Anna Kramer, a Los Alamaos pinao teacher who inherits the journals of Holocaust survivor, Composer Hana Weissova.


September 16, 7pm: Mark Tatulli visits with a cartoon book for kids, Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic.Tatulli, the creator of the popular comic strip, Lio, launches this second book in the series aimed for 8-12 year-olds at Bookworks.


September 22, 7pm: Laila Lalami, a Moroccan novelist and author of Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits and Secret Son, tells the story of Esteban, the Moroccan slave who was one of only four survivors of the treacherous Narváez expedition that explored the American Southwest. The tale is told from the imagined memoirs of Esteban, giving readers an insight into his never before explored point of view of the New World.


October 22, 7pm: Molly Antopol, one of the 5 under 35 and award-winning writer of the book of short stories, The Unamericans, makes her Albuquerque premier as part of the Jewish Book Festival at the Jewish Community Center.


October 27, 7pm: Chuck Palahniuk, the creator of Fight Club, Lullaby, Doomed and many other books, will be in Albuquerque on tour for his new novel, Beautiful You. Admission to the event will require a hardcover purchase. More details on ticketing and venue to come.

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Sherri Burr, August 27, 7pm
A Short & Happy Guide to Financial Planning

Candy Chang, August 27, 11am
Before I Die at the Kiva Auditorium

Hampton Sides, August 28, 7pm
In the Kingdom of Ice

Max Evans, August 30, 3pm
Max Evans & a Few Friends

Bill Nevins, September 2, 7pm
Heartbreak Ridge, new poems

Ruth Zaporah, September 4, 7pm
Improvisation on the Edge, on drama

Eriq La Salle, September 5, 7pm
Laws of Wrath, a new thriller

Dave DeWitt, September 6, 3pm
Dishing Up New Mexico

Deborah Madison, Sept. 6, 11am
Brunch at Slate Street Cafe
515 Slate Ave NW
meal & book included

Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Sept. 6, 5pm
Planned Parenthood 50th Anniversary
Hyatt Regency, 330 Tijeras NW

Lisa Lenard-Cook, Sept. 7, 3pm
Dissonance, a novel of war & music

Simon Chokoisky, Sept. 9, 7pm
The 5 Dharma Types, vedic wisdom

Steven Gould, Sept. 12, 7pm
Exo, new science fiction

Mark Tatulli, Sept. 16, 7pm
Desmond Puckett & Lio cartoonist

Pamela Windo, Sept. 17, 7pm
Him Through Me, on free love & music

Nick DePascal, Sept. 19, 7pm
Before You Become Improbable, poetry

David Wagner, Sept. 20, 3pm
Death in the Dolomites, new mystery

Laila Lalami, Sept. 22, 7pm
The Moor's Account, historical fiction]

Jen Sincero, Sept. 23, 7pm
You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting...

Erika Wurth, Sept. 24, 7pm
Crazy Horse's Girlfriend, new fiction

Wildewood, Sept. 26, 7pm
CD Release, American Folk Rock

Bob Odenkirk, Sept. 27, 1pm
signing for A Load of Hooey

Bruce Coville, October 1, 7pm
Amber Brown Horses Around, for kids

Judy Chicago, Oct. 4, 3pm
Institutional Time & The Dinner Party

Molly Antopol, Oct. 22, 7pm
The Unamericans, acclaimed stories
Jewish Community Center, 5520 Wyoming NE

Chuck Palahniuk, Oct. 27, 7pm
Beautiful You, new fiction
University of New Mexico
Student Union Ballrooms B&C

Valerie Plame, Nov. 6, 7pm
Burned, a Vanessa Pierson thriller