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                                                                                                         2629 Beaver Avenue, Suite 1
                                                                              Customer                   Des Moines, IA 50310
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JULY 2010
Back Room/Front Page: Fab Four!                                                                           MEET THE AUTHOR
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
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!
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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

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:

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    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

                        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
info@beaverdalebooks.com.        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

            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

            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!
  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.

             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

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
                           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
                      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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