July is a great time to drop by your local bookstore (or visit its website) to get great ideas for summer reads and book events. Here are a few to get you started. Enjoy!
The Indie Buzz Book: “We Are Called to Rise,” by Laura McBride
I was hooked in the first 10 pages. Ultimately, this book is about families — the ones we have and the ones we make — but is told through the very ordinary lives of three individuals. McBride deftly handles the tragic event that weaves their stories together. As one reviewer put it, “Strength is simply their last option.”
With beautiful, strong writing and a big dose of hope, this one will hold your attention and satisfy to the very end.
Also, this book was a featured selection of the American Booksellers Association.
Laura McBride will be at Queen Anne Book Co. (1811 Queen Anne Ave. N.) for a reading and book-signing on July 29 at 7 p.m.
The Local-Author Buzz Book: “Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants,” by Jane Goodall and Gail Hudson (with an introduction by Michael Pollan)
Jane Goodall and Queen Anne resident Gail Hudson have co-written a compelling, inspirational book about plants, their conservation, their mysteries and their ability to heal us. With a nice mix of personal and scientific accounts, they touch on many aspects of the subject, including seed banks, healing properties and the simple goals anyone can set to help protect the plants around us. If you are at all interested in the natural world and its preservation, this book is a must-read.
Hear Gail Hudson read and answer questions at Queen Anne Book Co. on July 10 at 7 p.m.
The Kids’ Buzz Book: “Time Out of Time – Book One: Beyond the Door,” by Maureen Doyle McQuerry
If you have a 10- to 14-year-old looking for a great book to read, look no further: This awesome, myth-inspired fantasy delivers in a big way.
Timothy is a bit of an outsider, and his sister Sarah is the only one who understands him. One day, his solitary life is turned upside-down when mythical creatures appear in his living room. Soon thereafter, he and his sister discover they are a part of something much bigger than they ever imagined, something epic: a prophecy that thrusts them into the age-old battle of good versus evil.
This coming-of-age story will leave your child thrilled there is a book two coming their way soon.
Maureen McQuerry will reading and sign copies of this book at Queen Anne Book Co. on July 31 at 7 p.m.
The Community Buzz Book: “Wine Trails of Washington,” by Steve Roberts
Local author Steve Roberts guides you through the best wine tours our state has to offer — from Woodinville to Walla Walla. This book features 32 unique wine trails, most of which can be experienced in a day or two.
Profiles of each winery include a winery description, the winemaker’s philosophy, photos, contact information and tasting-room hours. You’ll also find tips on tasting-room etiquette and lessons from Wine Tasting 101.
This book will inspire you to hop in the car and support our state wine trade. Take this guide along and read aloud as you uncork, swirl, and sip your way along the wine trails!
Steve Roberts will be at Queen Anne Book Co. on July 19 at 3 p.m. to talk about the his favorite Washington wineries, especially the hidden gems and the one right in our neighborhood. He will also share a taste or two of local wines.
JOANNE MORENO is a community bookseller. To comment on this column, write to QAMagNews@nwlink.com.