Bloomsbury Books Ashland

Bloomsbury Books Ashland

290 E. Main St
Ashland, OR 97520
541-488-0029
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Home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Specializing in contemporary fiction, children’s books, young adult, local authors, & a large Shakespeare & theater section

After shopping, enjoy your book at… Bloomsbury Coffee House
Organic eats, drinks, treats
Above Bloomsbury Books.
290 E. Main
(541) 708-0608

THE NEXT BLOOMSBURY BOOK CLUB MEETING WILL BE  JANUARY 2020

BLOOMSBURY FAVORITES OF THE YEAR

THE OVERSTORY
Richard Powers
The Pulitzer Prize-winner and the year’s best-selling novel at Bloomsbury is life changing – both an impassioned work of activism against the coming catastrophe of climate change and a paean to the natural world.  Now in paperback.

THE STARLESS SEA
Erin Morgenstern
From the author of THE NIGHT CIRCUS, a timeless love story set in a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea.

AGENT RUNNING IN THE FIELD
John Le Carre
With Trump and Brexit center stage, in a chilling portrait of contemporary events,  this is a breathtaking and darkly humorous tale,  told with unflagging tension by the greatest espionage writer of our time.

THE TESTAMENT
Margaret Atwood
The sequel to HANDMAIDEN’S TALE has already won this year’s Booker Prize.   Atwood resumes 15 years after the first Gilead novel with a triumph  of suspense, imagination and her subtle, acerbic wit.

OLIVE, AGAIN
 Elizabeth Strout
The indomitable Olive Kitteridge is back in a novel that is as brilliant and eloquent ,as accessible and powerful ,as the earlier Pulitzer Prize-winner.

THE NICKEL BOYS
Colson Whitehead
Whitehead, author of UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boy sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.

WHAT ROSE FORGOT
Nevada Barr
Best-selling  N.Y Times mystery writer, Nevada Barr, has recently re-located to Ashland and we’re proud to sell her latest, cleverly plotted novel -which has received raves from local mystery bookclubs.

THE GUARDIANS
John Grisham
Customers wait every year for the new mystery by this smart, best-selling writer.  GUARDIANS is a legal thriller, already being compared to THE FIRM.

THE DUTCH HOUSE
Ann Patchett
A dark fairy tale, from one of our favorite novelists, about a brother and sister expelled by their wicked step-mother from their childhood home.  On a deeper level, it brilliantly mines the themes of love, forgiveness and acceptance.

THE WATER DANCER
Ta-Nehisi Coates
From the National Book Award-winner, a powerful book about a magical gift, a devastating loss, and an underground war for freedom.   A transcendent work about the humanity and power of those who suffered from America’s most disgraceful sin.

RUNNING WITH SHERMAN
Christopher McDougall
From the best-selling author of BORN TO RUN, a heartwarming story about training a rescue donkey to run one of the most challenging races in America.  This is a store favorite – no politics or dystopia- and a lot of heart.

THE SOURCE OF SELF-REGARD
Toni Morrison
The late Nobel Prize-winner, one of the most celebrated and revered writers of our time, has written a luminous collection of essays, speeches and meditations, spanning four decades.

BLOOMSBURY PICKS FOR NOVEMBER

THE STARLESS SEA
Erin Morgenstern
Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues–a bee, a key, and a sword–that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library hidden far below the surface of the earth. What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians–it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also of those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose–in both the mysterious book and in his own life.

EDISON
Edmund Morris
Enlightened by seven years of research among the five million pages of original documents preserved in Edison’s huge laboratory at West Orange, New Jersey, and privileged access to family papers still held in trust, Morris is also able to bring his subject to life on the page–the adored yet autocratic and often neglectful husband of two wives and father of six children. If the great man who emerges from it is less a sentimental hero than an overwhelming force of nature, driven onward by compulsive creativity, then Edison is at last getting his biographical due.

THE GUARDIANS
John Grisham
In the small Florida town of Seabrook, a young lawyer named Keith Russo was shot dead at his desk as he worked late one night. The killer left no clues. There were no witnesses, no one with a motive. But the police soon came to suspect Quincy Miller, a young black man who was once a client of Russo’s.

Quincy was tried, convicted, and sent to prison for life. He had no lawyer, no advocate on the outside. In desperation, he writes a letter to Guardian Ministries, a small nonprofit run by Cullen Post, a lawyer who is also an Episcopal minister.

Guardian accepts only a few innocence cases at a time. Cullen Post travels the country fighting wrongful convictions and taking on clients forgotten by the system. With Quincy Miller, though, he gets far more than he bargained for. Powerful, ruthless people murdered Keith Russo, and they do not want Quincy Miller exonerated.

THE BOY, THE MOLE, THE FOX, AND THE HORSE
 Charlie Mackesy
Radiant with Mackesy’s warmth and gentle wit, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse blends hand-written narrative with dozens of drawings, including some of his best-loved illustrations and new, never-before-seen material. A modern classic in the vein of The Tao of Pooh, The Alchemist, and The Giving Tree, this charmingly designed keepsake will be treasured for generations to come.

BLOOMSBURY PICKS FOR OCTOBER

BLOWOUT
Rachel Maddow
With her trademark black humor, Maddow takes us on a switchback journey around the globe, revealing the greed and incompetence of Big Oil and Gas along the way, and drawing a surprising conclusion about why the Russian government hacked the 2016 U.S. election. She deftly shows how Russia’s rich reserves of crude have, paradoxically, stunted its growth, forcing Putin to maintain his power by spreading Russia’s rot into its rivals, its neighbors, the West’s most important alliances, and the United States. Chevron, BP, and a host of other industry players get their star turn, most notably ExxonMobil and the deceptively well-behaved Rex Tillerson. The oil and gas industry has weakened democracies in developed and developing countries, fouled oceans and rivers, and propped up authoritarian thieves and killers. But being outraged at it is, according to Maddow, “like being indignant when a lion takes down and eats a gazelle. You can’t really blame the lion. It’s in her nature.”

THE BOOK OF GUTSY WOMEN
Chelsea Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton
Ensuring the rights and opportunities of women and girls remains a big piece of the unfinished business of the twenty-first century. While there’s a lot of work to do, we know that throughout history and around the globe women have overcome the toughest resistance imaginable to win victories that have made progress possible for all of us. That is the achievement of each of the women in this book.

So how did they do it? The answers are as unique as the women themselves. Civil rights activist Dorothy Height, LGBTQ trailblazer Edie Windsor, and swimmer Diana Nyad kept pushing forward, no matter what. Writers like Rachel Carson and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie named something no one had dared talk about before. Historian Mary Beard used wit to open doors that were once closed, and Wangari Maathai, who sparked a movement to plant trees, understood the power of role modeling. Harriet Tubman and Malala Yousafzai looked fear in the face and persevered. Nearly every single one of these women was fiercely optimistic–they had faith that their actions could make a difference. And they were right.

PERMANENT RECORD
 Edward Snowden

In 2013, twenty-nine-year-old Edward Snowden shocked the world when he broke with the American intelligence establishment and revealed that the United States government was secretly pursuing the means to collect every single phone call, text message, and email. The result would be an unprecedented system of mass surveillance with the ability to pry into the private lives of every person on earth. Six years later, Snowden reveals for the very first time how he helped to build this system and why he was moved to expose it.

Spanning the bucolic Beltway suburbs of his childhood and the clandestine CIA and NSA postings of his adulthood, Permanent Record is the extraordinary account of a bright young man who grew up online–a man who became a spy, a whistleblower, and, in exile, the Internet’s conscience. Written with wit, grace, passion, and an unflinching candor, Permanent Record is a crucial memoir of our digital age and destined to be a classic.

CALL SIGN CHAOS
Jim Mattis and Bing West
Call Sign Chaos is the account of Jim Mattis’s storied career, from wide-ranging leadership roles in three wars to ultimately commanding a quarter of a million troops across the Middle East. Along the way, Mattis recounts his foundational experiences as a leader, extracting the lessons he has learned about the nature of warfighting and peacemaking, the importance of allies, and the strategic dilemmas–and short-sighted thinking–now facing our nation. He makes it clear why America must return to a strategic footing so as not to continue winning battles but fighting inconclusive wars.

EDUCATION OF AN IDEALIST
Samantha Power

In her memoir, Power offers an urgent response to the question “What can one person do?”?and a call for a clearer eye, a kinder heart, and a more open and civil hand in our politics and daily lives. The Education of an Idealist traces Power’s distinctly American journey from immigrant to war correspondent to presidential Cabinet official. In 2005, her critiques of US foreign policy caught the eye of newly elected senator Barack Obama, who invited her to work with him on Capitol Hill and then on his presidential campaign. After Obama was elected president, Power went from being an activist outsider to a government insider, navigating the halls of power while trying to put her ideals into practice. She served for four years as Obama’s human rights adviser, and in 2013, he named her US Ambassador to the United Nations, the youngest American to assume the role.

BLOOMSBURY PICKS FOR SEPTEMBER

THE TESTAMENTS
Margaret Atwood
More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results. Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third voice: a woman who wields power through the ruthless accumulation and deployment of secrets. As Atwood unfolds The Testaments, she opens up the innermost workings of Gilead as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes.

THE DUTCH HOUSE
Ann Patchett
Patchett, the New York Times-bestselling author of Commonwealth and State of Wonder, returns with a moving story exploring the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go.

THE WATER DANCER
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her–but was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he’s ever known. So begins an unexpected journey that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia’s proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the Deep South to dangerously idealistic movements in the North. Even as he’s enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, Hiram’s resolve to rescue the family he left behind endures.

THE CHAIN
Adrian McKinty
Things are finally looking up for recently divorced cancer survivor Rachael Klein when her daughter, Kylie, is kidnapped in broad daylight. But this is no ordinary kidnapping, this is a link in The Chain. In order to get Kylie back Rachel must pay a ransom of $25,000, but that’s the easy part. She must also kidnap a child, contact the parents and force them to do just as she did- pay a ransom and kidnap a child. Not until her target completes their kidnapping will Kylie be returned to her. She must then wait for her target’s target to kidnap another child before she can return the child she kidnapped, thus preserving The Chain. How far are you willing to go for your child? How quickly will you abandon your morality when put in a life or death situation? Who is controlling The Chain? Rachael Klein has these questions answered for her in this diabolical, fast-paced novel that begs to be read in one sitting. This is Not Your Father’s Thriller Novel. -Mark

A BETTER MAN
Louise Penny
Catastrophic spring flooding, blistering attacks in the media, and a mysterious disappearance greet Chief Inspector Armand Gamache as he returns to the streets in the latest novel by #1 New York Times-bestselling author Penny.

BLOOMSBURY PICKS FOR AUGUST

GODS OF JADE AND SHADOW
Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather’s house to listen to any fast tunes. Nevertheless, she dreams of a life far from her dusty small town in southern Mexico. A life she can call her own.Yet this new life seems as distant as the stars, until the day she finds a curious wooden box in her grandfather’s room. She opens it–and accidentally frees the spirit of the Mayan god of death, who requests her help in recovering his throne from his treacherous brother. Failure will mean Casiopea’s demise, but success could make her dreams come true.In the company of the strangely alluring god and armed with her wits, Casiopea begins an adventure that will take her on a cross-country odyssey from the jungles of Yucatán to the bright lights of Mexico City–and deep into the darkness of the Mayan underworld.

KNIFE
Jo Nesbo

Harry Hole is not in a good place. Rakel–the only woman he’s ever loved–has ended it with him, permanently. He’s been given a chance for a new start with the Oslo Police but it’s in the cold case office, when what he really wants is to be investigating cases he suspects have ties to Svein Finne, the serial rapist and murderer who Harry helped put behind bars. And now, Finne is free after a decade-plus in prison–free, and Harry is certain, unreformed and ready to take up where he left off. But things will get worse. When Harry wakes up the morning after a blackout, drunken night with blood that’s clearly not his own on his hands, it’s only the very beginning of what will be a waking nightmare the likes of which even he could never have imagined.

Cookbooks for Friends and Family 

DINNER FOR EVERYONE Mark Bittman is revered for his simple, straightforward, and flexible approach to everyday cooking. In Dinner for Everyone, he shares 100 essential main dishes, each with easy, vegan, and all-out recipes as the mood or occasion requires. These 300 all-new recipes form a diverse collection that includes quick meals for busy weeknights, creative plant-based fare that will please both vegans and non-vegans alike, and impressive dishes perfect for entertaining. Whatever the experience level, craving, or time constraint, home cooks will find exactly what they need to prepare all their favorites with confidence and enthusiasm.

ANTONI IN THE KITCHEN Antoni Porowski, the food and wine guru on Netflix’s sensation Queer Eye, meets people where they live–literally. With appealing vulnerability, he shows cooks of all levels how to become more confident and casual in the kitchen. The verve and naturalness of his approach earned raves from Food & Wine and Bon Appétit to GQ and the New York Times, which noted his dishes prove that “sometimes simple is anything but simplistic.”

HALF BAKED HARVEST SUPER SIMPLE Half Baked Harvest Super Simple takes what fans loved most about Half Baked Harvest Cookbook and distills it into quicker, more manageable dishes, including options for one-pot meals, night-before meal prep, and even some Instant Pot(R) or slow cooker recipes.

FORKS OVER KNIVES: FLAVOR! Sure to please health-conscious eaters and the most discriminating palates, these oil-free, plant-based riffs on culinary favorites teach readers new techniques and introduce them to heady spice blends and a wide range of ethnic traditions from around the globe. Convenient, affordable, and wildly creative, Forks Over Knives: Flavor! is a must-have for the health-conscious cook.

THUG KITCHEN 101 Thug Kitchen 101 includes more than 100 easy and accessible recipes to give you a solid start toward a better diet. TK holds your hand and explains ingredients from chickpeas to nooch so you’ll feel confident knowing exactly what  you’re cooking. This kitchen primer also serves up health benefits and nutrition to remind everyone, from clueless newbies to health nuts, how a plant-based lifestyle benefits our bodies, minds, environment, and pocketbooks. THAT’S RIGHT. EAT GREEN, SAVE GREEN.

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