We're Planning Something Special for Indies First Saturday: Notes from Valerie's Messy Desk

It's a long letter this time. This morning was the first time back in the gym for me after I fractured my foot in May. I think I will be feeling the pain in the morning! But it's not like I haven’t lifted pounds and pounds of books recently—we've hosted several authors recently who like heavy books with lots of pictures. (Did you get a chance to meet Ree Drummond? She was wonderful.)

We had a delightful evening with the Bush sisters last week. They were funny, warm, and the crowd loved them. I've been asked to tell you about the books and authors that they mentioned. Barbara is a huge fan of Junot Díaz, especially his short story collection. Jenna is friends with as well as a fan of Emma Straub. She loved Modern Lovers and The Vacationers. And she has been reading and rereading Splat The Cat to those two adorable daughters.

Our shop book clubs are coming up in the next two weeks. Join us to discuss two staff favorites—Lucky Boy and Americanah. That's it for 2017 book clubs. We take December off and will be back in January.

After you finish your fabulous Thanksgiving feast, clear your calendar for Indies First Saturday, a bookish spinoff of Small Business Saturday. This year, we're also calling it "Rebuild the Kendall Neighborhood Library Day"—we're donating a portion of our sales on November 25 to help undo some of the damage wrought by Harvey. The Kendall children's librarians will be on hand for a special story time at 11 a.m. Later on, our staff mixologists will serve literary cocktails while I talk about my favorite books of the year and gift giving suggestions at 4 p.m. Bonus: Our partners at Libro.fm are offering super sweet deals on audiobooks that day. Let me know if you want to receive their reminder email that morning with all the details—now is the time to sign up!

Speaking of the holidays, I see that there are six Mondays left before Christmas. This year, we're celebrating Holidays Without Batteries. All of our new games are splendidly battery free. Come see what we have been playing—and get that shopping taken care of.

I'm reading two books: Celine by Peter Heller in hopeful anticipation of his visit in the new year and Americanah for our evening book club. Maybe now certain staff and customers will stop bugging me about reading it! As for audiobooks (which made my 1 1/2 hour drive home from Bellaire last week palatable), I'm listening to Code Girls. The greatest generation of women who delivered valuable work during WWII will amaze and inspire you. If those titles don't strike your fancy, we have plenty more recommendations on our blog.

What are you reading?

 

Books: 
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It!: Simple, Scrumptious Recipes for Crazy Busy Lives Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062225269
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow & Company - October 24th, 2017

Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781538711415
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 24th, 2017

This Is How You Lose Her Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594631771
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - September 3rd, 2013

Modern Lovers Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594634680
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - May 30th, 2017

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The Vacationers Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594633881
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - June 2nd, 2015

Splat the Cat Cover Image
By Rob Scotton, Rob Scotton (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780060831547
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins Publishers - July 1st, 2008

Lucky Boy Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101982266
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - September 5th, 2017

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Americanah Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307455925
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Anchor Books - March 4th, 2014

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Celine Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101973486
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Vintage - January 2nd, 2018

Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316352536
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hachette Books - October 10th, 2017