Annie's Book Stop of Worcester

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Happy Monday, and have a special Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, from all of us at the little store that’s bigger on the inside.

 

 

 

 

The Caldicott Medal, awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, will be awarded soon to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. The books that are on this list below (In no particular order) are from booksellers, and are favorites for this award. The actual winner will be announced in late January.

 

 

  1. GIBBERISH by Young Vo
  2. THE SUN IS LATE AND SO IS THE FARMER by Phillip C. Stead, Illustrated by Erin E. Stead
  3. OUT OF A JAR by Deborah Marcero
  4. WHERE BUTTERFLIES FILL THE SKIES by Zahra Marwan
  5. LIZZIE AND THE CLOUD by Terry Fan, Illustrated by Eric Fan
  6. HOT DOG by Doug Salati
  7. OVER AND UNDER THE WAVES by Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Neal
  8. FARMHOUSE by Sophie Blackall
  9. NIGEL AND THE MOON by Antwan Eady, illustrated by Gracie Chang
  10. JOHN’S TURN by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Kate Berube
  11. LOVE IN THE LIBRARY by Maggie Tokuda-Hall, illustrated by Yas Imamura
  12. KNIGHT OWL by Christopher Denise
  13. BERRY SONG by Michaela Goade
  14. EMILE AND THE FIELD by Kevin Young, illustrated by Chioma Ebinama
  15. PIGEON AND CAT by Edward Hemingway
  16. BLUE: A HISTORY OF THE COLOR AS DEEP AS THE SEA AND AS WIDE AS THE SKY by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, illustrated by Daniel Minter
  17. THE YEAR WE LEARNED TO FLY by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael Lopez
  18. POWWOW DAY by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Madelyn Goodnight
  19. WITCH HAZEL by Molly Idle
  20. TINY DINO by Deborah Freedman
  21. KICK PUSH by Frank Morrison
  22. CHOOSING BRAVE: HOW MAMIE TILL-MOBLEY AND EMMETT TILL SPARKED THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT by Angela Joy, illustrated by Janelle Washington
  23. CARRIMEBAC: THE TOWN THAT WALKED by David Barclay Moore, illustrated by John Holyfield
  24. TO CHANGE A PLANET by Christine Soontornvat, illustrated by Rahele Jomepour Bell
  25. TOWER OF LIFE: HOW YAFFA ELIACH REBUILT HER TOWN IN STORIES AND PHOTOGRAPHS by Chana Stiefel, illustrated by Susan Gal
  26. THE GREAT ZAPFINO by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Marla Frazee
  27. I DON’T CARE by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Molly Idle and Juana Martinez-Neal
  28. THE WORLD BELONGED TO US by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Leo Espinosa
  29. LITTLE GOOD WOLF by Susan Stevens Crummel, illustrated by Janet Stevens
  30. THE CIRCLES IN THE SKY by Karl James Mountford
  31. Frances in the country BY Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Sean Qualis
  32. A GIFT FOR NANA by Lane Smith
  33. BIG AND SMALL AND IN-BETWEEN by Carter Higgins, illustrated by Daniel Miyares
  34. SNOW ANGEL, SAND ANGEL by Lois Ann Yamanaka, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky
  35. SPRING PARADE by Camelia Kay, illustrated by Allyn Howard
  36. ACTION!: HOW MOVIES BEGAN by Megan McCarthy
  37. A HISTORY OF ME by Adrea Theodore, illustrated by Erin Robinson
  38. HOW TO SAY HELLO TO A WORM by Kari Percival
  39. LULI AND THE LANGUAGE OF TEA by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Hvewon Yum
  40. TOLD AND RETOLD: AROUND THE WORLD WITH AESOP’S FABLES by Holly Berry
  41. FOREVER HOME: A DOG AND BOY LOVE STORY by Henry Cole
  42. IF YOU FIND A LEAF by Aimee Sicuro
  43. THE DIGGER AND THE DUCKLING by Joseph Kuefler

 

 

Sunday, January 22nd is Lunar new year, The Year of the Rat, and Annie’s is starting to stock up on some of the wonderful books celebrating the holiday. Right now, we have the children’s books, CHLOE’S LUNAR NEW YEAR by Lily LaMotte and DIM SUM, HERE WE COME by Maple Lam.

 

 


 

 

Last week we mentioned that College and University students were going back to the classrooms on the 17th. Speaking of students returning to the classroom, we also have some notes for educators, and not just University educators:

 

 

Our educator’s discount is an additional 10% off all used books, new books, and book titles for special orders. [We can’t offer the additional discount on non-book product, sorry!]  Please show your MTA card, your university employee ID, or a recent paystub to receive the discount at the register. If you are a state-certified day care owner or homeschooler, please show appropriate credentials.

 

 

We are happy to do bulk ordering for classroom use for paperbacks and hardcovers, either new or used when available from our publisher and wholesaler colleagues.  Unfortunately, that does not include textbooks.  We can on occasion order single copies of textbooks on a case-to-case basis; please contact us for details.

 

 

Again, we do offer a student discount of an additional 10% on new books and used books in-store to those currently enrolled in college or university for undergraduate and graduate studies; please show us an active student ID.

 

 


 

 

Have you seen our YouTube channel lately? We are always adding interviews with new authors, so it may be worth a look. You may just find an author whose books you have been reading, or discover a debut author whose books you may want to read. Here’s the URL to get to it easily:

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGj88dm_4gKRBDpZA4TCjUw/videos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As always, thank you for making our shelves your destination.

 

 

 

 

Paul Cornell is a British award-winning author who writes original novels, media tie-in novels and TV episodes for Doctor WHO, and more, comics for Marvel and DC such as Wolverine, Superman and Batman, etc. He talks about his original novels, ROSEBUD and WITCHES OF LYCHFORD and more in this interview with Selina Lovett from Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester. This video was originally published on June 7, 2021.

 

 

 

 

 

Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is very happy to shine our Friday spotlight on author Rebecca Roanhorse. I asked the following questions of Rebecca, and here are her responses:

 

Rebecca, can you please tell us briefly a little about yourself and your writing?

 

Hi. I’m Rebecca Roanhorse. I’m an award-winning writer of science fiction and fantasy.

 

 

Where can people find your work? (Besides Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester–though they should totally check here first!)

 

Annie’s, of course, but anywhere books are sold.

 

 

How can we follow your work and share your awesomeness?

 

You can find me on my website at http://rebeccaroanhorse.com or on Instagram @rebeccaroanhorse.

 

 

For readers unfamiliar with your work, how would you describe what you write?  What can readers expect from Tread of Angels?

 

I tend to think of my work as character-driven fast-paced stories that take you to other worlds and into the lives and relationships of other people. My work also claims space for Black and Indigenous stories in the science fiction and fantasy genre where we historically have been overlooked or ignored. I also center women and queer characters a lot without making it a big deal.

 

My newest release, Tread of Angels, is a historical fantasy with streampunk vibes set in the high mountains of a fictional Colorado during the late 1800s. It’s a murder mystery with the heart of a Western Noir that challenges our notions of family and how far we will go to protect the ones we love.

 

 

What kind of research went into writing this book?  What is your favorite research story? What cool facts and findings didn’t make it into the book, but you loved discovering?

 

The story was inspired by a drive through Leadville, CO. For those unfamiliar with the town, it sits at an elevation of 10,151 ft and is the highest incorporated city in the United States. It is surrounded by some of the most dramatic and beautiful jagged peaks in the Rocky Mountain range. These days, Leadville is a sleepy tourist town, but in the late 1800s, it was booming, flush with the wealth that came from mining nearby gold and silver deposits. In fact, Oscar Wilde declared it “the richest city in the world.”

 

If Wilde was exaggerating, it wasn’t by much. The mines brought spectacular wealth and, along with it, saloons, dance halls, and brothels. But it wasn’t all vice. There were world class hotels, Victorian mansions, and the Tabor Opera House which, in 1882, hosted Wilde.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What was the inspiration for Tread of Angels? What were the steps you took to bring it from initial inspiration to the finished book?

 

Leadville, city in the clouds, city of vice, got me thinking: If angels fell to earth in the Americas, surely, they would fall near Leadville. A fantastical proposition, but one that captured my imagination. And if an angel were to fall, say, during the war on heaven led by Lucifer and his allies, their remains would be a new kind of fossil fuel more valuable than any gold or silver, and enterprising men could use it to power their inventions, ushering a new age of innovation.

 

 

What draws you to the particular genre or style that you write? What do you think draws readers to these kinds of books?

 

I love writing Science Fiction and Fantasy, primarily Fantasy. It is the genre I loved growing up and the promise of escaping to fantastical lands always intrigued me. But it’s the freedom of creation and exploration, of building worlds from scratch or based on historical inspiration, that really thrills me. And the great thing about genre is you can take on some really weighty subjects without hammering people over the head or becoming pedantic. You can use allegory or metaphor and slip issues in between the adventure and spectacle. I think that way people are more willing to listen.

 

 

What else can we expect from you in the near future?

 

I had two books released in 2022 and I guest edited The Americans Best Science Fiction and Fantasy anthology. For 2023, I have a handful of short stories on deck that will appear in various anthologies, a Marvel comic, the third and final book in my BETWEEN EARTH AND SKY Pre-Columbian Americas-inspired fantasy series, and a handful of secret projects that I can’t talk about. But I look forward to getting them out there for folks to enjoy.

 

 

Rebecca, thanks so much for taking the time to answer our questions. And best of luck with Tread of Angels!

 

 

 

 

 

Hello, everyone. This week I thought I would give you an idea of all of the Mass Market paperbacks that are coming out in January. Some of them have been printed before, as hardcovers, and some are just coming out as original Mass Market Paperbacks.

 

A lot of the Mass Market Paperbacks tend to be either romances or thrillers, and that’s exactly what we have. There is one contemporary fiction story, The Secret of Snow by Viola Shipman, which is about a reluctant homecoming of a 50-year-old female meteorologist in need of a new start in her old hometown. You can see the full descriptions of each of these novels at the bottom of this blog.

 

We also have five romances. The first romance is a contemporary romance, When Stars Collide by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, who returns to her beloved Chicago Stars series with a romance between a Chicago Stars quarterback and one of the world’s greatest opera singers—and a major diva.

 

The other four romances are actually historical romances – from four different times. The first is about a secret affair between a free-spirited heiress and an uptight duke (in the Gilded Age) which turns more passionate than either could have imagined, in The Duke Gets Even by Joanna Shupe.

 

 Secondly, we have In Her Highlander’s Bed by Lynsay Sands, in which a Scottish Laird gets into a tussle with a young lad who turns out to be a woman trying to steal his plaid. He accidentally wounds her, and takes her back to his bed, unconscious. She wakes up, and not knowing if she could trust him, pretends she doesn’t know who she is, and why she ended up bruised and naked in the woods. She actually had been kidnapped and was being forced to marry her clan’s enemy, and escaped. You can take it from there…

 

The third historical romance is Her Lessons in Persuasion: A School for Scoundrels Novel by Megan Frampton (a Victorian novel). In the first book in her new series, A School for Scoundrels. Five gentlemen with unbreakable bonds navigate life—and love—in London. This book involves a fake courtship set up by a stepmother to get other men interested in her stepdaughter, and definitely agreed to by the woman in question, who wanted no part of marriage, and saw this as a way to get her inheritance by going through the motions. Ah, but is the wooing actually fake?

 

The last romance is Halfway to Heaven by Susan Wiggs, book 3 of her Calhoun Chronicles historical romance series. Follows The Charm School and The Horesemaster’s Daughter.

 

Now for the thrillers. Confessions On The 7:45 A Novel by Lisa Unger is a gripping and unforgetable thriller about two strangers who meet on a train, and the dark secrets that inextricably link them. Perfect for fans of Harlan Coben, Lisa Gardner, and Karin Slaughter.

 

Last but not least is the thriller Point Last Seen by Christina Dodd. This is a brand new, standalone suspense story about a reclusive artist who retrieves a seemingly dead woman from the Pacific Ocean…only to have her come back to life with no memory of what happened to her. With a strong female protagonist, a chilling villain, and twisty secrets that will keep you turning the pages, POINT LAST SEEN is perfect for the thriller/suspense category and for fans of Lisa Jewell, Jayne Ann Krentz and Sandra Brown.

 

As always, thank you for making our shelves your destination

 

 

 

 

FICTION:

THE SECRET OF SNOW by Viola Shipman 

 

As comforting and familiar as a favorite sweater, The Secret of Snow is a promise of heartfelt family traditions, humorously real experience, and the enduring power of love and friendship.

 

The forecast is calling for a reluctant homecoming and regrettable decisions with a strong chance of romance…

 

When Sonny Dunes, a SoCal meteorologist whose job is all sunshine and seventy-two-degree days, is replaced by a virtual meteorologist that will never age, gain weight or renegotiate its contract, the only station willing to give the fifty-year-old another shot is the very place Sonny’s been avoiding since the day she left for college—her northern Michigan hometown.

 

Sonny grudgingly returns to the long, cold, snowy winters of her childhood…with the added humiliation of moving back in with her mother. Not quite an outsider but no longer a local, Sonny finds her past blindsiding her everywhere: from the high school friends she ghosted, to the former journalism classmate and mortal frenemy who’s now her boss, to, most keenly, the death years ago of her younger sister, who loved the snow.

 

To distract herself from the memories she’s spent her life trying to outrun, Sonny throws herself headfirst into covering every small-town winter event to woo a new audience, made more bearable by a handsome widower with optimism to spare. But with someone trying to undermine her efforts to rebuild her career, Sonny must make peace with who she used to be and allow her heart to thaw if she’s ever going to find a place she can truly call home.

 

First published in October 2021 in Trade Paperback format. Also available as a library hardcover.

 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE:

WHEN STARS COLLIDE by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

 

#1 New York Times bestseller Susan Elizabeth Phillips returns to her beloved Chicago Stars series with a romance between a Chicago Stars quarterback and one of the world’s greatest opera singers—and a major diva.

 

“Re-entering the world of the Chicago Stars is like a beloved friend come to call.” — #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr

 

Thaddeus Walker Bowman Owens, the backup quarterback for the Chicago Stars, is a team player, talented sideline coach, occasional male underwear model, and a man with a low tolerance for divas.

 

Olivia Shore, international opera superstar, is a driven diva with a passion for perfection, a craving for justice, too many secrets—and a monumental grudge against the egotistical, lowbrow jock she’s been stuck with.

 

It’s Mozart meets Monday Night Football as the temperamental soprano and stubborn jock embark on a nationwide tour promoting a luxury watch brand. Along the way, the combatants will engage in soul-searching and trash talk, backstage drama and, for sure, a quarterback pass. But they’ll also face trouble as threatening letters, haunting photographs, and a series of dangerous encounters complicate their lives. Is it the work of an overzealous fan or something more sinister?

 

This is the emotional journey of a brilliant woman whose career is everything and a talented man who’ll never be happy with second place. Tender and funny, passionate and insightful, this irresistible romantic adventure proves that anything can happen…when two superstars collide.

 

HISTORICAL ROMANCE – GILDED AGE

THE DUKE GETS EVEN by Joanna Shupe 

A Mass Market Original

By beloved USA Today bestselling author Joanna Shupe, the fourth installment in the Fifth Avenue Rebels series about a secret affair between a free-spirited heiress and an uptight duke which turns more passionate than either could have imagined.

A rebellious heiress.

 

A duke in dire straits.

 

An anonymous midnight tryst.

 

To escape the shackles of marriage, Nellie Young purposely ruined her reputation a long time ago. Now she dedicates herself to hedonistic pleasures only, like kissing a handsome stranger in the ocean under the moonlight…

 

To save his estate, the proper Duke of Lockwood must marry the perfect bride—wealthy, with an unblemished reputation. While in New York he’s the perfect gentleman, and no one knows he’s suppressing his darkest desires. The last thing he needs is another scandal.

 

Except Nellie sees through Lockwood’s charade, straight to the real man underneath. This uptight duke is far more than he lets on, and she can’t resist him. Their secret affair turns scorching, far more than either expected. And when his beautiful rebel finds an unconventional cause, Lockwood has to decide if he’s willing to sacrifice everything to keep her.

 

HISTORICAL ROMANCE – HIGHLANDERS

IN HER HIGHLANDER’S BED by Lynsay Sands 

 

A Mass Market Original—Also Available as a Hardcover Library Edition

 

For fans of Outlander, New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands’ newest installment of the Highland Brides series brings us a sweeping tale of passion as a laird’s swim in a loch leads to the love of a lifetime.

 

An invigorating swim in the loch was exactly what Calan Campbell, Laird of Kilcairn, needed after defeating his enemies in battle. What he didn’t need was a thief running away with his plaid while he swam. Calan gave chase and managed to catch the lad, only the lad turned out to be a lass, and obviously a lady. Having hit her head when he’d tackled her to the ground, the woman was now unconscious and couldn’t explain how she had ended up bruised and naked in his woods. He’d have to take her back to his castle and tend her wounds to learn that.

 

Kidnapped and forced to wed her clan’s enemy, Allissaid MacFarlane had risked death to escape. But after a struggle over a plaid she tried to “borrow,” she awakens in a strange bed with a strange man seated in a chair beside her. Unsure if he is friend or foe, she claims not to remember her own name or how she’d come to be in the clearing. However, the more time she spends with Calan, the more she falls for this strong, honorable laird. She soon decides she can trust him with her life. . . but can she trust him with her heart?

 

HISTORICAL ROMANCE – VICTORIAN

HER LESSONS IN PERSUASION: A SCHOOL FOR SCOUNDRELS NOVEL by Megan Frampton 

 

A Mass Market Original

 

Megan Frampton dazzles in the first book in her new series, A School for Scoundrels. Five gentlemen with unbreakable bonds navigate life—and love—in London. Perfect for fans of Sarah MacLean and anyone who loves BRIDGERTON! 

 

To Lady Wilhelmina Bettesford, the “game” of finding a husband is a competitive sport she wants no part of…until her much-younger step mama forces her to play it. So when her stepmother asks sexy barrister Bram Townsend to pretend to woo the amateur astronomer to boost Wilhelmina’s popularity, it’s up to Wilhelmina to navigate a fake courtship that will keep the family from forcing her into a marriage—any marriage—before she finally receives the inheritance that will allow her to live as she wants.

 

The trouble is every time Bram takes her in his arms she has a most difficult time remembering theirs is an act…the make-believe passion feels very real indeed.

 

Bram Townsend is a man on the way up: living for his books and his beliefs. Squiring Lady Wilhelmina through London’s dusk-to-dawn social whirl is hardly an ordeal—she’s beautiful, bright, and bold, everything he finds tempting in a woman. Their deal means he can meet the “best” people while she keeps her family at bay. The challenge is he quickly finds himself wanting her to say “yes” when she’s so determined to say “no.” She persuaded him to make this impetuous bargain, but how can he convince her to make it real?

 

HISTORICAL ROMANCE – REGENCY

HALFWAY TO HEAVEN by Susan Wiggs

 

Book 3 of the Calhoun Chronicles historical romance series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs. Follows The Charm School and The Horesemaster’s Daughter

 

Washington, D.C., 1870s

 

At a glittering White House gala, Abigail Cabot discovers the man of her dreams. Only, he’s not interested…yet. So the gifted lady astronomer, whose passion for measuring stars has left her woefully lacking in social graces, seeks someone to educate her…someone who is a master at the art of seduction.

 

Jamie Calhoun’s handsome looks and easy charm have made him as popular on the Senate floor as he is with the capital’s most attractive women. But secretly he loathes the cynical, manipulative man he’s become. Initially, he befriends Abigail as a means to a political end. But somewhere along the way the plan goes awry.

 

First laughter and then love take them completely by surprise in this wildly romantic story. For a man convinced he’s incapable of love and a woman who believes she can reach the stars, could this be a match made in heaven?

 

THRILLERS:

CONFESSIONS ON THE 7:45 A NOVEL by Lisa Unger 

 

Reminiscent of the classic Strangers on a Train, by one of the most celebrated writers in crime fiction, Confessions on the 7:45 is a gripping and unforgetable thriller about two strangers who meet on a train, and the dark secrets that inextricably link them. Perfect for fans of Harlan Coben, Lisa Gardner, and Karin Slaughter.

 

COMING TO NETFLIX

 

“Intricate and nuanced—on par with the best top-flight psychological suspense.” —L.A. Times

 

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

 

From master of suspense Lisa Unger comes a riveting thriller about a chance encounter that unravels a stunning web of lies.

 

Selena Murphy is commuting home on the train when she strikes up a conversation with a beautiful stranger in the next seat. The woman introduces herself as Martha and soon confesses that she’s been stuck in an affair with her boss. Selena, in turn, confesses that she suspects her husband is sleeping with the nanny. When the train arrives at Selena’s station, the two women part ways, presumably never to meet again.

 

Then the nanny disappears.

 

As Selena is pulled into the mystery of what happened, and as the fractures in her marriage grow deeper, she begins to wonder, who was Martha really? But she is hardly prepared for what she’ll discover…

 

Looking for more gripping suspense? Don’t miss Lisa Unger’s chilling locked-room thriller, Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six, coming November 2022!

 

 

POINT LAST SEEN by Christina Dodd

 

From New York Times bestselling author Christina Dodd comes a brand new, standalone suspense about a reclusive artist who retrieves a seemingly dead woman from the Pacific Ocean…only to have her come back to life with no memory of what happened to her. With a strong female protagonist, a chilling villain, and twisty secrets that will keep you turning the pages, POINT LAST SEEN is perfect for the thriller/suspense category and for fans of Lisa Jewell, Jayne Ann Krentz and Sandra Brown.

 

“When it comes to nerve-shredding, edge-of-your-seat suspense, Dodd consistently delivers the goods…Point Last Seen is a gobsmackingly great read.”—Booklist STARRED REVIEW

 

Perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, Karin Slaughter and Sandra Brown, New York Times bestselling author Christina Dodd’s all-new thriller, POINT LAST SEEN, will have readers keeping the lights on all night.

 

LIFE LAST SEEN

 

When you’ve already died, there should be nothing left to fear… When Adam Ramsdell pulls Elle’s half-frozen body from the surf on a lonely California beach, she has no memory of what her full name is and how she got those bruises ringing her throat.

 

GIRL LAST SEEN

 

Elle finds refuge in Adam’s home on the edge of Gothic, a remote village located between the steep lonely mountains and the raging Pacific Ocean. As flashes of her memory return, Elle faces a terrible truth—buried in her mind lurks a secret so dark it could get her killed.

 

POINT LAST SEEN

 

Everyone in Gothic seems to hide a dark past. Even Adam knows more than he will admit. Until Elle can unravel the truth, she doesn’t know who to trust, when to run and who else might be hurt when the killer who stalks her nightmares appears to finish what he started

 

“No one does high-stakes, high-voltage suspense quite like Dodd.”

 

—Booklist (starred review)

 

 

Greetings from Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester!

 

 

 

 

January so far has been pretty warm compared to many other years, but in preparation for colder weather this little bookstore that’s bigger on the inside has some Winter picture books by Jan Brett set out front to keep the children cozy.

 

 

 

 

Speaking of children’s books, we are looking forward to the announcement of the Caldecott and Newbery Awards 2023, which will be announced shortly. Come on in and check out our picks for the winners.

 

 

 

 

You may notice that some of our shelves seem a little bare right now. That’s because we will be doing inventory during the next few weeks in order to make room for new and upcoming releases. Check out our Thursday New Arrivals blog for details on the upcoming titles for January.

 

 

 

 

Colleges are set to reopen Tuesday, January 17th, so it’s time for us to remind students that we offer a student discount of an additional 10% on new books and used books in-store to those currently enrolled in college or university for undergraduate and graduate studies; please show us an active student ID.

 

 

 

 

We also expect to have more than a few markdowns. Check our shelves for great deals. And don’t forget that if you can’t find what you are looking for, we offer a special-order service. We also have a mail order service. If you can’t get to the store, or if you need a book mailed to someone, we will do that for you.

 

 

 

 

As always, thank you for making our shelves your destination.

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Rader is an Aerospace Engineer who has written a book called BEYOND THE KNOWN, about the history of space travel. He is a SpaceX Mission Manager, so he is certainly well versed in the area. He is also the author of several children’s books in the same vein. In this interview, Andrew talks about Beyond the Known and more. This video was originally published on June 4, 2021.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is very happy to shine our Friday spotlight on local author Laura Zigman. I asked Laura to tell me briefly about herself and her writing, and this was her response:

 

I’m Laura Zigman, the author of five novels – Animal Husbandry, Dating Big Bird, Her, Piece of Work, and Separation Anxiety. My sixth novel, Small World, will be published next week. I live in Cambridge, MA.

 

 

 

Where can people find your work? (Besides Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester–though they should totally check here first!)

 

All the great independent bookstores, for which I’m so grateful, and Bookshop.org.

 

 

 

How can we follow your work and share your awesomeness?

 

I would love people to follow me! On Twitter and Instagram I’m @laurazigman. And my website is: www.laurazigman.com

 

 

 

For readers unfamiliar with your work, how would you describe what you write?  What can readers expect from [newest release/spotlighted release]?

 

My work always starts in an autobiographical place, but the lens of the story always widens from there: my first novel, Animal Husbandry, was about a woman who gets dumped and tries to figure out male behavior by studying animal behavior (spoiler alert: I was dumped and tried to figure out male behavior by studying animal behavior). All my subsequent novels dealt with some aspect of what I was experiencing and what people I knew were experiencing – stress about my biological clock; getting married; resuscitating a dormant career after taking time off with a child; and middle-age when life is marked more by loss and grief. In Small World, I finally wrote about my childhood – I grew up in a family that had lost a child (my oldest sister who I didn’t really know died when she was seven and I was three, after being institutionalized for most of her life). The novel is both very much based on what I and my older sister Linda experienced, but also very fictionalized, too, starting with the comic situation of two divorced sisters moving in together as adults and being forced to confront their past.

 

 

 

 

 

What kind of research went into writing this book?  What is your favorite research story? What cool facts and findings didn’t make it into the book, but you loved discovering?

 

Like most writers, I love doing research because if you’re researching it means you’re not writing. Yet. I did a lot of research into the institution where my sister lived, The Fernald School in Waltham, and that was incredibly interesting. I tried to get my sister’s medical records, but I learned very quickly that Massachusetts has incredibly strict privacy laws which means you have to get a lawyer to establish your right to guardianship and then pursue files which may or may not exist after more than 50 years. The other research I did for this book which was really fun was spending lots of time on the Nextdoor app – Small World is the fictional version of this popular neighborhood app and Joyce, the main character in the novel, is obsessed with the problems posted and solved on the site and turns her favorite ones into poetry. Whenever I was stuck or tired of writing, I would look for great posts about lost cats or bad neighbors and write my own version.

 

 

 

What was the inspiration for SMALL WORLD? What were the steps you took to bring it from initial inspiration to the finished book?

 

I’d always wanted to write about my childhood, about what it was like growing up with sad parents and feeling somewhat invisible because of their grief. People do the best they can in these terrible situations and while I know my parents absolutely did their best, my sister and I were deeply affected by how the loss of their first child changed them. We often have wondered what our family would have been like, what our parents would have been like – what we would have been like, as individuals and as sisters – had we been a family of five instead of four.

 

 

 

Writers very often have furry or feathered or otherwise non-human companions to “help” them through their work.  Do you? What do you have? How do they “help” (or, “not-help”) with your writing?

 

My dog Lady, a beautiful Sheltie, who is now 14. We got her in 2008. She is my first dog, and until we got her, I didn’t understand how attached you could get and the depth of comfort a pet like her can provide. She is truly and absolutely an essential part of our family. I can’t imagine life without her.

 

 

 

Thanks so much for answering our questions, Laura. And good luck with Small World!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greetings, and Happy New Year to all. For January, the New Arrivals blogs of the books coming into Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester won’t be presented by week, they will instead each give you a look ahead at some of January’s literary treasures.

 

This month there are many fiction titles, including literary fiction, romance, magical realism and women’s fiction.

 

To start with, in MOUTH TO MOUTH by Antoine Wilson, A man rescues a drowning man, and from there on his life changes dramatically. A successful art dealer confesses the story of his meteoric rise in this shocking literary fiction story.

 

THE FARAWAY WORLD by Patricia Engel is a collection of ten haunting, award-winning short stories set across the Americas and linked by themes of migration, sacrifice, and moral compromise.

 

STOLEN: A NOVEL by Ann-Helén Laestadius, Translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles. Part coming-of-age novel, part sweeping family saga, and part love song to a disappearing natural world, Stolen is the internationally bestselling and award-winning debut novel about a young Sámi girl and her struggle to defend her family’s reindeer herd and their traditional way of life.

 

THE SWEET SPOT by Amy Poeppel is a modern-day women’s version of 3 men and a baby. In the heart of Greenwich Village, three women form an accidental sorority when a baby—belonging to exactly none of them—lands on their collective doorstep.

 

THE BOY WITH A BIRD IN HIS CHEST by Emme Lund is about a boy who was hidden away for years because of the bird in his chest, and then he took a brazen trip outdoors and his life was upended forever. The Boy with a Bird in His Chest grapples with the fear, depression, and feelings of isolation that come with believing that we will never be loved for who we truly are and learning to live fully and openly regardless.

 

HEART BONES by Colleeen Hoover. Moving, passionate, and unforgettable, Colleen Hoover’s novel follows two young adults from completely different backgrounds embarking on a tentative romance, unaware of what the future holds.

 

The non-fiction entries prove to be very engaging. The first one, A GUEST AT THE FEAST by Colm Toibin is a collection of literary essays, really a memoir, about growing up in Ireland during radical change, cancer, priests, popes, homosexuality, and literature. It is laced with humor, and part of it is about his diagnosis and treatment for cancer.

 

MASTER SLAVE HUSBAND WIFE: AN EPIC JOURNEY FROM SLAVERY TO FREEDOM by Ilyon Woo is the remarkable true story of Ellen and William Craft, who escaped slavery through daring, determination, and disguise, with Ellen passing as a wealthy, disabled White man and William posing as “his” slave.

 

 

FICTION:

Literary Fiction:

MOUTH TO MOUTH by Antoine Wilson

 

A successful art dealer confesses the story of his meteoric rise in this “powerful, intoxicating, and shocking” (The New York Times) novel that’s a “slow burn à la Patricia Highsmith” (Oprah Daily). “You’ll struggle not to rip through in one sitting” (Vogue).

 

In a first-class lounge at JFK airport, our narrator listens as Jeff Cook, a former classmate he only vaguely remembers, shares the uncanny story of his adult life—a life that changed course years before, the moment he resuscitated a drowning man.

 

Jeff reveals that after that traumatic, galvanizing morning on the beach, he was compelled to learn more about the man whose life he had saved, convinced that their fates were now entwined. But are we agents of our fate—or are we its pawns? Upon discovering that the man is renowned art dealer Francis Arsenault, Jeff begins to surreptitiously visit his Beverly Hills gallery. Although Francis does not seem to recognize him as the man who saved his life, he nevertheless casts his legendary eye on Jeff and sees something worthy. He takes the younger man under his wing, initiating him into his world, where knowledge, taste, and access are currency; a world where value is constantly shifting and calling into question what is real, and what matters. The paths of the two men come together and diverge in dizzying ways until the novel’s staggering ending.

 

Sly, suspenseful, and “gloriously addicting” (BuzzFeed), Mouth to Mouth masterfully blurs the line between opportunity and exploitation, self-respect and self-delusion, fact and fiction—exposing the myriad ways we deceive each other, and ourselves.

 

 

THE FARAWAY WORLD by Patricia Engel (short stories)

From Patricia Engel, whose novel Infinite Country was a New York Times bestseller and a Reese’s Book Club pick, comes an exquisite collection of ten haunting, award-winning short stories set across the Americas and linked by themes of migration, sacrifice, and moral compromise.

 

Two Colombian expats meet as strangers on the rainy streets of New York City, both burdened with traumatic pasts. In Cuba, a woman discovers her deceased brother’s bones have been stolen, and the love of her life returns from Ecuador for a one-night visit. A cash-strapped couple hustles in Miami, to life-altering ends.

 

The Faraway World is a collection of arresting stories from the New York Times bestselling author of Infinite Country, Patricia Engel, “a gifted storyteller whose writing shines even in the darkest corners” (The Washington Post). Intimate and panoramic, these stories bring to life the liminality of regret, the vibrancy of community, and the epic deeds and quiet moments of love.

 

 

STOLEN: A NOVEL by Ann-Helén Laestadius, translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles

Part coming-of-age novel, part sweeping family saga, and part love song to a disappearing natural world, Stolen is the internationally bestselling and award-winning debut novel about a young Sámi girl and her struggle to defend her family’s reindeer herd and their traditional way of life—for readers of Katherena Vermette and Michelle Good.

 

It is winter, north of the Arctic Circle. A few hours of pale light is all the sun has to offer before the landscape is once more enveloped in complete darkness. This is Sápmi, land of the Sámi, Scandinavia’s Indigenous people.

 

Nine-year-old Elsa is the daughter of Sámi reindeer herders. Her community is under constant threat—from the Swedish population who don’t always value the Sámi way of life, from the government that wants to claim their land for mining, and from violent poachers who slaughter their reindeer for sport and for sale on the black market.

 

One morning, when Elsa goes skiing alone, she witnesses a man brutally killing her beloved reindeer calf. Elsa is terrified by what she sees. Fearing for her own life and for the lives of her family members, she remains silent.

 

Ten years pass, and Elsa is now trying to claim a role for herself in her community, where male elders expect young women to know their place. Meanwhile, the hostility toward the Sámi continues to escalate, and the police won’t do anything to protect them. When Elsa becomes the target of the man who killed her reindeer calf all those years ago, something inside of her breaks. The guilt, fear, and anger she’s been carrying since childhood come crashing over her, leading to a final catastrophic confrontation.

 

Told in three parts, Stolen is a powerful, propulsive, and cinematic novel about a courageous young Sámi woman struggling to defend her Indigenous heritage against the cruelty of the modern world for justice and for the future of her people.

 

Women’s Fiction:

THE SWEET SPOT by Amy Poeppel 

Amy Poeppel brings her signature “big-hearted, charming” (The Washington Post) style to this wise and joyful novel that celebrates love, hate, and all of the glorious absurdity in between.

 

In the heart of Greenwich Village, three women form an accidental sorority when a baby—belonging to exactly none of them—lands on their collective doorstep.

 

Lauren and her family—lucky bastards—have been granted the use of a spectacular brownstone, teeming with history and dizzyingly unattractive 70s wallpaper. Adding to the home’s bohemian, grungy splendor is the bar occupying the basement, a (mostly) beloved dive called The Sweet Spot. Within days of moving in, Lauren discovers that she has already made an enemy in the neighborhood by inadvertently sparking the divorce of a couple she has never actually met.

 

Melinda’s husband of thirty years has dumped her for a young celebrity entrepreneur named Felicity, and, to Melinda’s horror, the lovebirds are soon to become parents. In her incandescent rage, Melinda wreaks havoc wherever she can, including in Felicity’s Soho boutique, where she has a fit of epic proportions, which happens to be caught on film.​

 

Olivia—the industrious twenty-something behind the counter, who has big dreams and bigger debt—gets caught in the crossfire. In an effort to diffuse Melinda’s temper, Olivia has a tantrum of her own and gets unceremoniously canned, thanks to TikTok.

 

When Melinda’s ex follows his lover across the country, leaving their squalling baby behind, the three women rise to the occasion in order to forgive, to forget, to Ferberize, and to track down the wayward parents. But can their little village find a way toward the happily ever afters they all desire? Welcome to The Sweet Spot.

 

Magical Realism:

THE BOY WITH A BIRD IN HIS CHEST by Emme Lund

Longlisted for The Center for Fiction 2022 First Novel Prize

 

A “poignantly rendered and illuminating” (The Washington Post) coming-of-age story about “the ways in which family, grief, love, queerness, and vulnerability all intersect” (Kristen Arnett, New York Times bestselling author). Perfect for fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Thirty Names of Night.

 

Though Owen Tanner has never met anyone else who has a chatty bird in their chest, medical forums would call him a Terror. From the moment Gail emerged between Owen’s ribs, his mother knew that she had to hide him away from the world. After a decade spent in isolation, Owen takes a brazen trip outdoors and his life is upended forever.

 

Suddenly, he is forced to flee the home that had once felt so confining and hide in plain sight with his uncle and cousin in Washington. There, he feels the joy of finding a family among friends; of sharing the bird in his chest and being embraced fully; of falling in love and feeling the devastating heartbreak of rejection before finding a spark of happiness in the most unexpected place; of living his truth regardless of how hard the thieves of joy may try to tear him down. But the threat of the Army of Acronyms is a constant, looming presence, making Owen wonder if he’ll ever find a way out of the cycle of fear.

 

“An honest celebration of life and everything we need right now in a book” (Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize–winning author), The Boy with a Bird in His Chest grapples with the fear, depression, and feelings of isolation that come with believing that we will never be loved for who we truly are and learning to live fully and openly regardless.

 

Contemporary Romance:

HEART BONES by Colleeen Hoover

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends with Us and It Starts with Us!

 

Moving, passionate, and unforgettable, Colleen Hoover’s novel follows two young adults from completely different backgrounds embarking on a tentative romance, unaware of what the future holds.

 

After a childhood filled with poverty and neglect, Beyah Grim finally has her hard-earned ticket out of Kentucky with a full ride to Penn State. But two months before she’s finally free to change her life for the better, an unexpected death leaves her homeless and forced to spend the remainder of her summer in Texas with a father she barely knows.

 

Devastated and anxious for the summer to go by quickly, Beyah has no time or patience for Samson, the wealthy, brooding guy next door. Yet, the connection between them is too intense to ignore. But with their upcoming futures sending them to opposite ends of the country, the two decide to maintain only a casual summer fling. Too bad neither has any idea that a rip current is about to drag both their hearts out to sea.

 

 

NON-FICTION:

Essays, Memoir:

A GUEST AT THE FEAST by Colm Toibin 

From one of the most engaging and brilliant writers of our time comes a collection of essays about growing up in Ireland during radical change; about cancer, priests, popes, homosexuality, and literature.

 

“IT ALL STARTED WITH MY BALLS.” So begins Colm Tóibín’s fabulously compelling essay, laced with humor, about his diagnosis and treatment for cancer. Tóibín survives, but he has entered, as he says, “the age of one ball.” The second essay in this seductive collection is a memoir about growing up in the 1950s and ’60s in the small town of Enniscorthy in County Wexford, the setting for many of Tóibín’s novels and stories, including Brooklyn, The Blackwater Lightship and Nora Webster. Tóibín describes his education by priests, several of whom were condemned years later for abuse. He writes about Irish history and literature, and about the long, tragic journey toward legal and social acceptance of homosexuality.

 

In Part Two, Tóibín profiles three complex and vexing popes—John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis. And in Part Three, he writes about a trio of authors who reckon with religion in their fiction. The final essay, “Alone in Venice,” is a gorgeous account of Toibin’s journey, at the height of the pandemic, to the beloved city where he has set some of his most dazzling scenes. The streets, canals, churches and museums were empty. He had them to himself, an experience both haunting and exhilarating.

 

A Guest at the Feast is both an intimate encounter with a supremely creative artist and a glorious celebration of writing.

 

Table of Contents

 

PART ONE

 

Cancer: My Part in Its Downfall

 

A Guest at the Feast

 

A Brush with the Law

 

History/African American and Black:

MASTER SLAVE HUSBAND WIFE: AN EPIC JOURNEY FROM SLAVERY TO FREEDOM by Ilyon Woo 

The remarkable true story of Ellen and William Craft, who escaped slavery through daring, determination, and disguise, with Ellen passing as a wealthy, disabled White man and William posing as “his” slave.

 

In 1848, a year of international democratic revolt, a young, enslaved couple, Ellen and William Craft, achieved one of the boldest feats of self- emancipation in American history. Posing as master and slave, while sustained by their love as husband and wife, they made their escape together across more than 1,000 miles, riding out in the open on steamboats, carriages, and trains that took them from bondage in Georgia to the free states of the North.

 

Along the way, they dodged slave traders, military officers, and even friends of their enslavers, who might have revealed their true identities. The tale of their adventure soon made them celebrities, and generated headlines around the country. Americans could not get enough of this charismatic young couple, who traveled another 1,000 miles criss-crossing New England, drawing thunderous applause as they spoke alongside some of the greatest abolitionist luminaries of the day—among them Frederick Douglass and William Wells Brown.

 

But even then, they were not out of danger. With the passage of an infamous new Fugitive Slave Act in 1850, all Americans became accountable for returning refugees like the Crafts to slavery. Then yet another adventure began, as slave hunters came up from Georgia, forcing the Crafts to flee once again—this time from the United States, their lives and thousands more on the line and the stakes never higher.

 

With three epic journeys compressed into one monumental bid for freedom, Master Slave Husband Wife is an American love story—one that would challenge the nation’s core precepts of life, liberty, and justice for all—one that challenges us even now.

 

As always, thank you for making our shelves your destination.

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year, 2023 from all of us at our little bookstore that’s bigger on the inside!

As of today, our winter hours are::

MONDAYS THROUGH THURSDAYS:  10 AM – 8 PM

FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS:  10 AM to 9 PM

SUNDAYS:  10 AM to 5 PM


This time of year can be very hard for some people, and Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester has a nice selection of self-help books to help some people get through the hard times they are facing, and to get onto a track of personal growth.


In keeping with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we have set up a children’s display on the fight for equal rights in America, honoring such movements as the Civil Rights movement, Black Lives Matter, the Underground Railroad, The Negro Leagues, the Women’s Rights movement, and more.


A new Colleen Hoover book is scheduled to be released later on in January, so you may want to get caught up on her earlier books before then!


There are still many great gift items in the store, from leather journals and crossword puzzle books, to origami papers! Why not pick up something for yourself now that the holidays are over?

 

As always, thank you for making our shelves your destination.

 

Una McCormack is a British Speculative Fiction writer of many different Media Tie In books. Those are books relating to movies or TV shows. Some of her books are for Star Trek, Doctor Who, Blakes 7. etc. She also writes her own fiction stories. This interview with Una is all about her books and her writing.  This video was originally published on June 1, 2021.

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