Coming this May, Michael Jones’s latest narrates the life of Edward of Woodstock (posthumously labeled The Black Prince), a fascinating exemplar of the real Middle Ages as we think of them – chivalry, sieges, plague, jousts, cutthroat dynastic family rivalries and all. The book is heavy on political and military chronology but also intelligently reasons over evidence to burnish the subject’s reputation.  This seems like a perfect fit for our many fans of European medieval history, both fictional and actual. Comment to claim.  I’ll be ordering soon.


Jones, Michael.  The Black Prince: England’s Greatest Medieval Warrior. Pegasus Books, May 1st.

Summary from Pegasus Books Website: As a child he was given his own suit of armor; at the age of sixteen, he helped defeat the French at Crécy. At Poitiers, in 1356, his victory over King John II of France forced the French into a humiliating surrender that marked the zenith of England’s dominance in the Hundred Years War. As lord of Aquitaine, he ruled a vast swathe of territory across the west and southwest of France, holding a magnificent court at Bordeaux that mesmerized the brave but unruly Gascon nobility and drew them like moths to the flame of his cause. He was Edward of Woodstock, eldest son of Edward III, and better known to posterity as “the Black Prince.” His military achievements captured the imagination of Europe: heralds and chroniclers called him “the flower of all chivalry” and “the embodiment of all valor.”  But what was the true nature of the man behind the chivalric myth, and of the violent but pious world in which he lived? This exemplary new history uses contemporary chronicles plus a wide range of documentary material—including the Prince’s own letters and those of his closest followers—to tell the tale of an authentic English hero and to paint a memorable portrait of society in the tumultuous fourteenth century.





January 9, 2018

The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association has announced its PNBA Winners for 2018.  We have all titles in print and after an audio purchase of Tides (produced of course by Ashland, OR based  Blackstone Audio) should have all titles in all available formats, including in OverDrive.

A description of this award and selection process comes from PNBA’s website.

Since 1964 the PNBA has presented annual awards to recognize excellence in writing from the Pacific Northwest. Rather than soliciting nominations for specific categories, we simply require that the author and/or illustrator reside within the PNBA region (Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Montana, Idaho and British Columbia) and that the book be published within the current calendar year. In addition, nominations may be submitted for special awards honoring efforts in publishing, illustration, or for a body of work. Special awards are determined at the discretion of PNBA’s Book Awards Committee.

You Don't Have to Say You Love Me

Alexie, Sherman. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me  : A Memoir. Little, Brown.

Summary: Presents a literary memoir of poems, essays, and intimate family photos that reflect on the author’s complicated relationship with his mother and his disadvantaged childhood on a Native American reservation




TidesWhite, Jonathan. Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean. Trinity University Press.

In Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean , writer, sailor, and surfer Jonathan White takes readers across the globe to discover the science and spirit of ocean tides. In the Arctic, White shimmies under the ice with an Inuit elder to hunt for mussels in the dark cavities left behind at low tide; in China, he races the Silver Dragon, a twenty-five-foot tidal bore that crashes eighty miles up the Qiantang River; in France, he interviews the monks that live in the tide-wrapped monastery of Mont Saint-Michel; in Chile and Scotland, heinvestigates the growth of tidal power generation; and in Panama and Venice, he delves into how the threat of sea level rise is changing human culture–the very old and very new. Tides combines lyrical prose, colorful adventure travel, and provocative scientific inquiry into the elemental, mysterious paradox that keeps our planet’s waters in constant motion. Photographs, scientific figures, line drawings, and sixteen color photos dramatically illustrate this engaging, expert tour of the tides.


Ruskovich, Emily. Idaho. Random House.

Summary: A tale told from multiple perspectives traces the complicated relationship between Ann and Wade on a rugged landscape and how they came together in the aftermath of his first wife’s imprisonment for a violent murder.

The Library of Congress announced the next Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and it is Jacqueline Woodson.  Publisher’s Weekly wrote:

Author Jacqueline Woodson, whose professional accolades include a National Book Award, four Newbery Honors, and a stint as the Young People’s Poet Laureate, has been named the sixth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, for 2018–2019. Her appointment will become official at an inauguration ceremony on Tuesday, January 9 at the Library of Congress, presided over by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. And Woodson will accept the proverbial torch, passed from author-illustrator Gene Luen Yang, who has just completed his two-year term as Ambassador and played a key role in recruiting her.

Woodson’s platform for her two-year term will be: READING = HOPE x CHANGE (What’s Your Equation?). “According to the Library of Congress, the idea is to encourage “young people to think about — and beyond — the moment they’re living in, the power they possess, and the impact reading can have on showing them ways in which they can create the hope and the change they want to see in the world.” Washington Post

Previous Ambassadors were Jon Scieszka (2008-09), Katherine Paterson (2010-11), Walter Dean Myers (2012-13), Kate DiCamillo (2014-15), and Gene Luen Yang (2016-17).

More articles:

About the Ambassador: Library of Congress: National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature to Be Inaugurated

New York Times: Jacqueline Woodson Is Named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

PR Newswire: Jacqueline Woodson Named 6th National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature 2018-2019

Anyone who watched the morning news for any three minute period this morning will be familiar with this title and we are on it. The regular orders for audio and print got into the catalog yesterday and today.  There is a delayed syncing problem with the print on-order record but Colleen has asked Bibliocommons to display the print version asap (thank you to her!).  In the meantime it *IS* in the staff client if you have a customer needing help.  Apologies for the confusion as from at least one SINC I know there is concern.  Unexpected sudden frenzies from media coverage will happen occasionally but we are committed to being responsive and we have additional large orders going through.  Because the audiobook edition was visible in BC first, you may encounter people that accidentally placed a hold on that edition but want to switch.  If you could encourage them to cancel the audiobook hold if they don’t really want to listen to the title on audiobook, that would be great.

BTW – if it helps we have ebook and eaudio copies available now as well in OverDrive, though they too will take a bit of time to show in the catalog. 


Fire and Fury

Summary: The first nine months of Donald Trump’s term were stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing. Now, thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, best selling author Michael Wolff tells the riveting story of how President Trump launched a tenure as volatile and fiery as the man himself.


As of the new year we have changed selection profiles.  From now on I’ll be doing all adult non-fiction including in audiobook and electronic (OverDrive) formats, while Becky is doing all adult fiction and Grant is selecting adult and teen graphic novels.  Becky is continuing large print and I’ll still be selecting international materials for all ages.  The ANF RINC queues will be combined and Nancy has put in a tech report for the SINC form to be updated.  Spread the word. Thanks!

I’ve always respected poetry as an intrinsically valuable art form that few actually read.  That’s starting to change lately.  At the very top of almost all trade paperback non-fiction bestsellers lists these days you’ll find The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur. Here is a Guardian article discussing her admired and controversial “instapoet” style.   We have 6 copies and 22 holds on top of that, as well as 30 holds (still) on about 10 active copies of Milk and Honey,  which was originally self-published (yes, another pat of prejudice softened if not melted).  Billy Collins and Mary Oliver move over.

Kaur, Rupi. the sun and her flowers. Andrews McMeel, 2017.

The Sun and Her Flowers


Summary: A transcendent journey about growth and healing, ancestry and honoring ones roots and expatriation, and rising up to find a home within yourself.

Bohjalian, Chris. The Flight Attendant. Doubleday, March 2018.

The Flight Attendant

Publisher Summary: “From the New York Times bestselling author of The Guest Room, a powerful story about the ways an entire life can change in one night: A flight attendant wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man – and no idea what happened. Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings. She’s a binge drinker, her job with the airline making it easy to find adventure, and the occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable. She lives with them, and the accompanying self-loathing. When she awakes ina Dubai hotel room, she tries to piece the previous night back together, counting the minutes until she has to catch her crew shuttle to the airport. She quietly slides out of bed, careful not to aggravate her already pounding head, and looks at the manshe spent the night with. She sees his dark hair. His utter stillness. And blood, a slick, still wet pool on the crisp white sheets. Afraid to call the police – she’s a single woman alone in a hotel room far from home – Cassie begins to lie. She lies as she joins the other flight attendants and pilots in the van. She lies on the way to Paris as she works the first class cabin. She lies to the FBI agents in New York who meet her at the gate. Soon it’s too late to come clean-or face the truth about what really happened back in Dubai. Could she have killed him? If not, who did? Set amid the captivating world of those whose lives unfold at forty thousand feet, The Flight Attendant unveils a spellbinding story of memory, of the giddy pleasures of alcohol and the devastating consequences of addiction, and of murder far from home”– Provided by publisher.