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Convenience The Community Browser 2629 Beaver Avenue, Suite 1 Customer Des Moines, IA 50310 Service 515-279-5400 email@example.com www.beaverdalebooks.com JULY 2010 Back Room/Front Page: Fab Four! MEET THE AUTHOR th We’re so excited about our 4 birthday/anniversary, and we have lots of things planned so you EVENTS THIS MONTH can celebrate with us. We’ll have our usual sidewalk sale (we feel compelled to say “weather permitting,” although if it’s raining we’ll just have an Insidewalk Sale), 20% off all in-store titles Wednesday, July 7 (excluding special orders and consignment items), and our annual giveaway of Advanced 6:30 p.m. Reader Copies (galleys of books soon-to-be or recently published). So stop in July 7 – 11 and Meet the Author help us celebrate. Our actual “birthday” is July 8, and rumor has it there may be cake. If we Leon Shearer don’t see you this week and we can’t thank you personally for keeping us in business these past four years, allow me to do it now: THANK YOU for your support! Of Beaverdale Books, of local Cycles of Death business, and of independent bookstores. We know we wouldn’t be here without you. Sunday, July 11 We also have a full line-up of author events this month, and two of them will be during our 1:00 p.m. celebration days. West Des Moines author Leon Shearer kicks off our anniversary celebration Meet the Author with a reading and booksigning of his newly-published book “Cycles of Death.” The book Jason Turbow centers on RAGBRAI and features a group of older gentlemen solving a mystery. Leon tells us that no one has been able to solve the whodunit until the very end. The Baseball Codes th Then on Sunday the 11 author Jason Turbow will be here for “The Baseball Codes,” a Wednesday, July 14 fascinating look at the hidden rules of baseball. He was featured on KCCI Sunday night and will 6:30 p.m. be interviewed on KXNO radio on Wednesday. Book Launch Party Two members of our monthly Writers’ Group will debut their new works this month as well. Mike Manno Congratulations to Mike Manno and Jerry Hooten. They have been great supporters of End of the Line Beaverdale Books and we hope a lot of folks will turn out for their book launches. We are grateful to Jerry for all the work he does organizing the Writers’ Groups and all the resources he Friday, July 16 so freely offers to local writers. Not to mention he brings wine to the meetings. 7:00 p.m. Book Launch Former Des Moines resident will help us celebrate Christmas in July with her book “Hay in the Manger.” And you won’t want to miss Ames native Michelle Hoover when she’s here for her first Jerry Hooten novel “The Quickening.” Her book is based on her grandmother’s diaries and has been Friends and Others generating quite a bit of buzz. Saturday, July 24 As always, details inside. So many books… 10:00 a.m. Keep reading (and shopping locally), Meet the Author Alice Connie Johanson Hay in the Manger June Best Sellers Thursday, July 29 These were the Top Ten sellers in our store last month - see what everyone’s reading! 7:00 p.m. 1. Truck: A Quarter-Life Crisis Handled Poorly, Eric Hall West* Meet the Author 2. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Stieg Larsson Michelle Hoover 3. Moon Seeker, Jason Brommel* The Quickening 4. The Drake Diner Murders, Pete Hale and Jim Rowley* 5. The Girl Who Played with Fire, Stieg Larsson 6. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson 7. The House of Tomorrow, Peter Bognanni* 8. The Help, Kathryn Stockett 9. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Jamie Ford 10. Far From the Trees, Mike Wellman* *Iowa Author! OUR FOURTH ANNIVERSARY! SIDEWALK We’ll be celebrating July 7 - 11 SALE! FREE ARCs 20% OFF ALL WHILE SUPPLIES TITLES IN AUTHOR LAST! STOCK! EVENTS! Wednesday MEET THE AUTHOR July 7 Leon Shearer 6:30 p.m. Cycles of Death A group of semi-retired business men are living their golden years in an apparently enviable fashion. They are single, for varied reasons, wealthy, healthy and very social active. However they are increasingly bored, especially with their frustrating, mediocre golf games. They are also silently facing the emotions and fears of aging. In an attempt to rejuvenate their deteriorating attitudes and bodies, they decide to train for a 450 mile bike ride across Iowa on RAGBRAI. While experiencing the unique nature of this annual, nationally known bike ride, they enthusiastically experience every aspect of a rolling party of 15,000 bikers. However, they inadvertently discover a serial killer is selecting victims from this ride’s participants. These amateur detectives combine their varied skills and attempt to determine why wealthy, healthy mature women are dying unusual deaths after enjoying RABGRAI. Their investigative methods are both unorthodox and illegal. They quickly move from law abiding, semi-retired, mature men to unrepentant multiple- felons as they attempt to unravel the cause of this bizarre killing spree. About the author… Lee Shearer has been an attorney in Des Moines, Iowa for over 40 years. In that phase of his life, he was a co-founder of Shearer, Temper and Pingel, and a VP and General Counsel of Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., a NYSE registered company. He co-authored technical books on construction law and has been a local and national speaker on varied technical topics. He and his wife, Dianna, live in Des Moines, Iowa, with winter hiatus to a home in Phoenix, AZ. His reflections on the fears and emotions of aging, and the frustration of mediocre golf required no research from other sources. Meet the Author Sunday Jason Turbow July 11 1:00 p.m. The Baseball Codes:Beanballs, Sign Stealing, and Bench-Clearing Brawls: The Unwritten Rules of America's Pastime Everyone knows that baseball is a game of intricate regulations, but it turns out to be even more complicated than we realize. What truly governs the Major League game is a set of unwritten rules, some of which are openly discussed (don’t steal a base with a big lead late in the game), and some of which only a minority of players are even aware of (don’t cross between the catcher and the pitcher on the way to the batter’s box). In The Baseball Codes, old-timers and all-time greats share their insights into the game’s most hallowed—and least known—traditions. For the learned and the casual baseball fan alike, the result is illuminating and thoroughly entertaining. At the heart of this book are incredible and often hilarious stories involving national heroes (like Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays) and notorious headhunters (like Bob Gibson and Don Drysdale) in a century-long series of confrontations over respect, honor, and the soul of the game. With The Baseball Codes, we see for the first time the game as it’s actually played, through the eyes of the players on the field. With rollicking stories from the past and new perspectives on baseball’s informal rulebook, The Baseball Codes is a must for every fan. About the author… Jason Turbow has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, SportsIllustrated.com, and Slam magazine. He is a regular contributor to Giants Magazine and Athletics, and for three years served as content director for “Giants Today,” a full-page supplement in the San Francisco Chronicle that was published in conjunction with every Giants home game. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two children. See Jason talk about the book here: http://www.kcci.com/video/24142496/index.html Are you connected to us yet? You can Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter! Then you can be sure you’re getting the latest updates about what’s going on here at Beaverdale Books! Author events, contests, sales, whatever…be the first to know! Just click on the links to the left! Wednesday Book Launch Party July 14 6:30 p.m. Mike Manno End of the Line Motive for murder: drugs, embezzlement, annulment? When former banker R. J. Butler is found murdered on a city transit bus, police take little time making a connection with the embezzlement at his former bank. But is that the motive for his murder? State police detective Sergeant Jerome Stankowski and his persnickety “partner,” Parker Noble, are called to investigate and run into a host of possibilities including a trophy wife on drugs and an ex-wife desperately needing a church annulment R. J. was blocking. End of the Line is the second book in the Parker Noble murder mystery series. The main character in Mike’s series is a disgruntled former prosecutor with the state’s attorney general’s office. Passed over for a promised judgeship and not wanting to return to the courtroom, the AG has assigned him as liaison to the state police where he tags along on murder investigations making life miserable for the real detective, Jerome (Stan) Stankowski. Can we spell “persnickety?” About the author… Mike Manno has had a varied career: newspaper editor, real estate broker, politician, lawyer, writer and editor. Currently a practicing attorney in central Iowa, he has parlayed his life-long desire to write with his legal background to create the character Parker Noble. Tuesday, July 6 And More… 7:00 p.m. Beaverdale Writer’s Group We have so much going on this month we didn’t have room for everything on the front page! But Wednesday, July 7 this is a good time to remind everyone that we 3:00 p.m. truly are a neighborhood place where you can Congressman Leonard Boswell discuss reading, writing, politics and more. Stop in Staff Office Hours and visit with one of our ongoing book clubs or writers’ group. Interested in something else? Let Saturday, July 10 us know and we’ll help you get a group started! 10:30 a.m. Call us at 515-279-5400 or email us at Second Saturday Book Club firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear “Lion Boy” by Zizou Corder from you! Tuesday, July 27 6:30 p.m. Let’s Talk Books Book Club Come discuss what you’re reading Book Launch Friday Jerry Hooten July 16 7:00 p.m. Friends and Others The main character of Friends and Others, Ben Walters, tells about growing up with a birth defect in a single parent home. His mother works two jobs, and he is left with an elderly neighbor most of his growing years. It is a lonely childhood and he does what many children in that situation do. He creates an imaginary friend named Theo. Theo stays with him into his high school years, and then disappears after Ben is hospitalized after being hit by a car. Ben recovers and continues on to college, still leading a fairly solitary existence. In his senior year at college, he encounters big problems. His girlfriend leaves him, his car has mechanical problems, and the biggest hit of all, his mother dies. Ben is depressed. He needs support. As if in answer to his despair, his imaginary friend Theo comes back to help. Only now, Theo is a real live person. Ben and Theo naturally run into problems. Theo has no money, no identification and no background, except that which he had with Ben. Ben and Theo discover there are also 'Others' they need to contend with. It seems the 'Others' are the creation of "monsters under the bed", and other childhood fears. Ben and Theo find 'Friends' that help them in their efforts and also discover that Theo was endowed with a few ‘extras’ when Ben created him and the ‘Others’ desperately want those extras. About the author… Jerry Hooten served four years as a U.S. Navy Aviation Electronics Specialist in a guided missile squadron in the 1950’s. He later worked as a volunteer with the Fort Madison Iowa Police Department as the Assistant Chief of the Reserve Police Force. He also did some part time work with the Lee county sheriff’s office as a dispatcher, jailer and as a driver transporting prisoners. He moved to Des Moines in 1977 and worked at the Bulk Mail Center for the U.S. Postal Service as a Postal Police Officer. He was promoted to the Security Specialist position in 1980 and served twenty-one years with the Postal Inspection Service. In that position, he did covert installations of video and electronic surveillance equipment for the Postal Inspectors, other federal agencies and many state and local law enforcement departments. He took another promotion in 1998 to the position of Security Coordinator for the postal service. He was responsible for the physical security of all the postal facilities in the eleven states of the Midwest Area of the Postal Service. He retired from the post office in January of 2001. He is currently a consultant to mystery writers providing information on police procedures, weapons and surveillance techniques. He has assisted such great mystery writers as: Michael Connelly, Jim Swain, and Barbara Seranella. He has written and self-published his own mysteries, "Don't Talk to Strangers", and the sequel, "Dead End", with another mystery in the beginning stages. “Friends and Others” is his first attempt at a fantasy novel. It was inspired by his granddaughters’ imaginary friend, Tody. Christmas in July! Saturday July 24 Meet the Author 10:00 a.m. Connie Johanson Hay in the Manger An Emotional Tale about Christmas and Its Relevance to Everyone In Hay in the Manger readers will meet David, a grade-schooler who simply hates the coming of Christmas this year. Life has not been easy for him, especially since he and his sister moved into the town of Valley Junction after their father accepted a managing job at a local newspaper. After his father’s fatal car accident, his hatred for Christmas is so strong he got into trouble with others. He even dislikes his father’s dream house and gets easily irked over small things such as seeing his sister’s toys on the floor. Soon enough his mother arrives to comfort him and offer help. Will they be able to end their hatred of Christmas this year? The outcome awaits readers. About the author… Connie Johanson is a Swedish grandmother who loves Swedish traditions, making Christmas tree cookies and also is a quilter. Thursday Meet the Author July 29 Michelle Hoover 7:00 p.m. The Quickening In the upper Midwest of the early 1900s, two women struggle to make a living on neighboring farms. For one, their hardscrabble life comes easily, while the other longs for the excitement of the city. Though they depend on one another for survival and companionship, their friendship proves as rugged as the land they farm. While the Great Depression looms, the delicate balance of their relationship tips, pitting neighbor against neighbor, and exposing the dark secrets they hide. In The Quickening, Michelle Hoover explores the polarization of the human soul in times of hardship and the instinctual drive for self-preservation by whatever needs necessary. A novel of lyrical precision and historical consequence, this debut reflects the resilience and sacrifices required even now in our modern troubled times. About the author… Michelle Hoover teaches writing at Boston University and Grub Street. She has published fiction in Confrontation, The Massachusetts Review, Prairie Schooner, and Best New American Voices, among others. She has been a Bread Loaf Writer's Conference scholar, the Philip Roth Writer-in-Residence at Bucknell University, a MacDowell fellow, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and in 2005 the winner of the PEN/New England Discovery Award for Fiction. She was born in Ames, Iowa, the granddaughter of four longtime farming families. TAKE A LOOK AT OUR HANDSELLING FAVORITES WITH STRONG MIDWEST REGIONAL APPEAL THE STORMCHASERS In Those Who Save Us, Jenna Blum proved herself a master storyteller by Jenna Blum with brilliant insight into the spectrum of human emotion shared between mother and daughter in a relationship fraught with secrets and guilt. Now, in her powerful and provocative second novel, Jenna turns her sights to the most intimate and mysterious of family relationships—that between twins—and asks the question: How far would you go to protect a sibling—and at what cost to yourself? Karena Jorge is at her desk at the Minneapolis Ledger when she gets a call from a mental health ward in Wichita, Kansas. Her brother, Charles, who suffers from bipolar disorder, has just been admitted, and they need Karena to come pick him up. Karena hasn’t seen or spoken to her brother in nearly twenty years. As teenagers, Karena, had always been the one to protect and look out for Charles, but as Charles begins to refuse medication and his manic tendencies worsen, Karena finds herself caught between her loyalty to her brother and her fear for his life. Always obsessed with the weather—enraptured by its magical unpredictability that seemed to mirror his own impulses—Charles begins chasing storms, and his behavior grows increasingly erratic… until a terrifying storm chase with Karena ends with deadly consequences, rending apart the twins and changing both of their lives forever. Now, two decades later, Karena is plunged into a maelstrom of guilt, anger, love, shame. She goes to Kansas to retrieve her brother—only to discover that Charles has lied to the doctors, gotten medication that could make him dangerously manic, and disappeared again. Karena, who’s used every reporter’s tool at her disposal to try and track down her brother, knows she has only one last chance of finding him: the storms. Wherever the tornadoes are, that’s where he’ll be. Though terrified of severe weather herself, Karena joins a professional storm chase tour, and, forced to confront the violent secret from her past she had long since buried, Karena sets off on a Great Plains odyssey to find her brother before he does further damage to himself—or to somebody else. Jenna Blum is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Those Who Save Us. She lives in Boston, MA, and teaches creative writing. WOUNDED KNEE On December 29, 1890, American troops opened fire with howitzers on by Heather Cox hundreds of unarmed Lakota Sioux men, women, and children near Wounded Richardson Knee Creek in South Dakota, killing nearly 300 Sioux. As acclaimed historian Heather Cox Richardson shows in Wounded Knee, the massacre grew out of a set of political forces all too familiar to us today: fierce partisanship, heated political rhetoric, and an irresponsible, profit-driven media. Richardson tells a dramatically new story about the Wounded Knee massacre, revealing that its origins lay not in the West but in the corridors of political power back East. Politicians in Washington, Democrat and Republican alike, sought to set the stage for mass murder by exploiting an age-old political tool—fear. Assiduously researched and beautifully written, Wounded Knee will be the definitive account of an epochal American tragedy. Heather Cox Richardson is Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is the author of West from Appomattox, The Greatest Nation on Earth, and The Death of Reconstruction. Before tractors or steam engines arrived on the farm, horses did all the HORSE DRAWN heavy work. From spring plowing to the fall harvest, the mighty draft horse DAYS: A powered farms across the Midwest. Relied upon to complete a multitude of tasks, CENTURY OF including towing threshing machines and plows, hauling milk to the local cheese FARMING WITH factory, and pulling the family buggy to church each Sunday, these animals were HORSES at the center of farm life, cementing the bond between human and horse. by Jerry Apps Horse-Drawn Days: A Century of Farming with Horses captures stories of rural life at a time when a team of horses was a vital part of the farm family. Author Jerry Apps pairs lively historic narrative with reminiscences about his boyhood on the family farm in Wisconsin to paint a vivid picture of a bygone time. Featuring fascinating historic photos, ads, and posters, plus contemporary color photos of working horses today, Horse-Drawn Days evokes the majesty of these animals and illuminates the horse’s role in our country’s early history and our rural heritage. Jerry Apps is professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of many books on rural history and country life. His nonfiction books include Old Farm, Every Farm Tells a Story, and Living a Country Year. He received the Council for Wisconsin Writers’ 2007 Major Achievement Award and the Wisconsin Library Association’s 2007 Notable Wisconsin Author Award. Jerry was born and raised on a small farm in Waushara County, Wisconsin, where he grew up driving horses. DEEPLY ROOTED A century of industrialization has left our food system riddled with by Lisa M. Hamilton problems, yet for solutions we look to nutritionists and government agencies, scientists and chefs. Lisa M. Hamilton asks: why not look to the people who grow our food? In this narrative nonfiction book she tells three stories, of an African- American dairyman in Texas who plays David to the Goliath of agribusiness corporations; a tenth-generation rancher in New Mexico struggling to restore agriculture as a pillar of his community; and a modern pioneer family in North Dakota breeding new varieties of plants to face the future’s double threat: climate change and the patenting of life forms. In unique ways, these “unconventional farmers” reject the passive role that modern agriculture has insisted they accept and instead reclaim their place as stewards of the land and leaders within society. Threads of history and discussion weave through the tales, exploring how farmers have been pushed to the margins of agriculture and how that has led to the broken food system we grapple with today. These unusual characters and their extraordinary stories make the case that in order to repair the damage, we must bring farmers back to the table. Journalist and photographer Lisa M. Hamilton spent two years profiling three families in rural America who represent a change in the way we should think about food and agriculture, including the Podolls, a modern pioneer family in LaMoure, North Dakota, breeders of new varieties of plants to face the future’s double threat: global warming and biotech food.
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