New in General Books

Queen of Hearts by Rhys Bowen

Lady Georgiana Rannoch, thirty-fifth in line for the British throne, knows how to play the part of an almost royal—but now she’s off to Hollywood, where she must reprise her role as sleuth or risk starring in an all-too-convincing death scene

My mother, the glamorous and much-married actress, is hearing wedding bells once again—which is why she must hop across the pond for a quickie divorce in Reno. To offer my moral support, and since all expenses are paid by her new hubby-to-be, Max, I agree to make the voyage with her.

Crossing the Atlantic, with adventure in the air and wealthy men aboard, Mother all but forgets about Max and matrimony—especially when movie mogul Cy Goldman insists on casting her in his next picture.

Meanwhile, I find myself caught up in the secret investigation of a suspected jewel thief. Lucky for me, the lead investigator happens to be my dashing beau, Darcy!

Mother’s movie and Darcy’s larceny lead everyone to Cy’s Hollywood home, where the likes of Charlie Chaplin are hanging about and there’s enough romantic intrigue to fill a double feature. But we hardly get a chance to work out the sleeping arrangements before Cy turns up dead—as if there wasn’t enough drama already…

The Lost Island by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Gideon Crew–brilliant scientist, master thief–is living on borrowed time. When his mysterious employer, Eli Glinn, gives him an eyebrow-raising mission, he has no reason to refuse. Gideon’s task: steal a page from the priceless Book of Kells, now on display in New York City and protected by unbreakable security.

Accomplishing the impossible, Gideon steals the parchment–only to learn that hidden beneath the gorgeously illuminated image is a treasure map dating back to the time of the ancient Greeks. As they ponder the strange map, they realize that the treasure it leads to is no ordinary fortune. It is something far more precious: an amazing discovery that could perhaps even save Gideon’s life.

Together with his new partner, Amy, Gideon follows a trail of cryptic clues to an unknown island in a remote corner of the Caribbean Sea. There, off the hostile and desolate Mosquito Coast, the pair realize the extraordinary treasure they are hunting conceals an even greater shock-a revelation so profound that it may benefit the entire human race . . . if Gideon and Amy can survive.

Top Secret by W.E.B. Griffin 

In the first weeks after World War II, a squeaky-clean new second lieutenant named James D. Cronley Jr. is spotted and recruited for a new enterprise that will eventually be transformed into something called the CIA. One war may have ended, but another one has already begun, against an enemy that is bigger, smarter, and more vicious: the Soviet Union.

The Soviets have hit the ground running, and Cronley’s job is to help frustrate them, harass them, and spy on them any way he can. His recruiter thinks he has the potential to become an asset—though, of course, he could also screw up spectacularly. And in his first assignment, it looks like that’s exactly what might happen. He’s got seven days to extract a vital piece of information from a Soviet agent, but Cronley’s managed to rile up his superior officers (he seems to have a talent for it), and if he fails, it could be one of the shortest intelligence careers in history.

There are enemies everywhere—and, as Cronley is about to find out, some of them even wear the same uniform he does.

When Dinosaurs Go To School

Back to school books are a fun tradition for new students and returning students alike. A theme that we’ve noticed in the back to school books we’ve received this year is dinosaurs!

How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? by Jane Yolen 

How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?Everyone’s favorite dinosaurs are back, and this time they are going to school. More fun dinosaur antics await. These prehistoric pupils are in a class of their own! As in their previous books, Yolen and Teague capture children’s rambunctious natures with playful read-aloud verse and wonderfully amusing pictures.

What would you do if a very large Ceratosaurus stomped into your classroom? And what if the student sitting next to you was a gigantic Silvisaurus, who decided to jump on top of the desk? Come along and join the fun as dinosaurs ride the bus, read their favorite books, and have fun on the playground with all their friends. Filled with entertaining details and familiar scenes, each illustration includes the name of the featured dinosaur hidden in the picture. Going to school has never been so much fun!

When Dinosaurs Go to School by Linda Martin

What happens when dinosaurs go to school? After goodbye hugs and a quick bus ride, they spend the day playing and learning. They mix up squishy fingerpaints, practice playing tuba, munch prickly pizza, brave the dino-slide, and look forward to another day of school. With her funny, rhyming text and hilarious illustrations, Linda Martin invites everyone to see just how cool-osaurus school can be.

Dinosaur vs School by Bob Shea

Dinosaur is starting preschool today. ROAR! There are new friends to meet, dress-up outfits to wear, glitter and googly eyes to paste, musical instruments to play, and snacks to eat. What’s not to like? But then, oh, no! It’s Dinosaur vs. Clean-up Time! Fortunately, when friends work together, EVERYONE WINS!

Read the book BEFORE you see the movie: Fall 2014

Movie adaptations of popular books have become so popular that sometimes moviegoers aren’t even aware that the movies they love are taken from amazing books. Here are just a few books that have movie adaptations being released this fall. Trust us, you’ll want to read these first. Click on each title below to see the trailer for these upcoming films.

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Movie release date: August 15, 2014

Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Movie release date: August 22, 2014

On a day that started like any other…

Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, adoring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. Then, in an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the one decision she has left—the most important decision she’ll ever make.

Simultaneously tragic and hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting and ultimately uplifting story about memory, music, living, dying, loving.

 

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Movie release date: September 19, 2014

If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
 
Remember. Survive. Run.

The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks

Movie release date: October 17, 2014

In the spring of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. But as the summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths.

Now, twenty-five years later, Amanda and Dawson are summoned back to Oriental for the funeral of Tuck Hostetler, the mentor who once gave shelter to their high school romance. Neither has lived the life they imagined . . . and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever changed their lives. As Amanda and Dawson carry out the instructions Tuck left behind for them, they realize that everything they thought they knew — about Tuck, about themselves, and about the dreams they held dear — was not as it seemed. Forced to confront painful memories, the two former lovers will discover undeniable truths about the choices they have made. And in the course of a single, searing weekend, they will ask of the living, and the dead:Can love truly rewrite the past?

Another Book Signing this SATURDAY

C.R. Willie will be with us on Saturday August 9 from 5:00-7:30 pm signing his book Heavy Metal.

About the book: Deep in the bowels of the Samaria Mountains, Jack Crampton labors in search of the “mother lode” He knew he was getting close when the last blaster had revealed evidence of lead and silver, and an enormous deposit of a grayish, chalky mineral. This worthless mineral Jack had discovered turns out to be the catalyst to a heart-pounding thriller that leads from the legend of the “Iron Door” through the disaster of the Bay of Pigs, to the brink of nuclear war at the Cuban Missile Crisis. Burt Jones, retired air force officer, leads the way in a race against time to control this “heavy metal” which will decide U.S. military might, or subjection to Soviet domination. HEAVY METAL draws from a local legend amid rumors about Jesse James and the Wild West in uncovering a secret that could change the course of history. The prologue sets the stage for this historical fiction novel, which causes the reader to wonder about a much different world than the one that exists today, had this tale turned out differently. Who will end up with the map to the “Iron Door” and who will be left to regret its loss? Possession means military might; its loss means subjection to the Kremlin.

About the author: C.R. (Randy) Willie grew up in the West with the freedom that comes with life in small town America. Always intrigued by a local legend of an “Iron Door” that concealed a hidden treasure, he explored in the shadows of the Samaria Mountains where the treasure was supposed to be and where this story begins. With a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University, and master degrees from Idaho State University and the University of Idaho, Randy teaches secondary English and history. Along with teaching, he also coaches high school sports and owns a private driver’s education school. Randy lives in Idaho with his wife, Lois. They have four children and eight grandchildren.

Book Launch this Thursday!

Jolynne Lyon, Lewiston native and author of a new mystery novel, Truth is Relative: A Truth Inducer Mystery, is coming to officially launch her book with us this Thursday, August 7 from noon until 3 pm. 

From the back cover:

Anthony Blackwell’s “gift” compels people to confess their deepest secrets.

It corrupts his relationships, derails his career and drives him toward eviction–until he becomes Anthony Bishop, private investigator. His first case drops him into deadly family drama that will save him financially, if it doesn’t kill him first.

Join us in helping Jolynne Lyon launch her book with style! Along with selling her new book, she will be bring along her husband who will be baking Lyon Bread, a homemade bread recipe, for us to sample.

J.J. LyonIn the words of the author: “I am a wife, mom, public relations professional and recovering journalist. My passion for prose and my love of the American West are so intertwined, I don’t think I can separate them. When I run out of words, I reach for my camera, take off on a back road and return home with a bucketful of inspiration. I live in a mountain valley with my husband, three children, some cats, two goats, a bird and a basset hound.”

FREE Piano Workshop!

The Book Table Department of Music is proud to present their final workshop of the summer.

Wynn-Ann Rossi of Alfred Publishing will be coming to share her knowledge with piano teachers on Wednesday August 13,2014. Doors will open at 9 AM, and the workshop will last from 9:30 AM until 1:00 PM.

Wynn-Anne Rossi is a nationally acclaimed composer whose works have reached audiences throughout the United States, Europe, Iceland and Australia. Active as a presenter, Wynn-Anne is known for her innovative lectures, workshops and masterclasses. She has given talks throughout the United States on a variety of subjects, presenting for organizations such as the Music Teachers National Association. Encouragement of creative expression has also taken her beyond the borders into Reykjavik, Iceland and Bamako, Mali.

At this workshop, Ms. Rossi plans to explore:

  • How to teach Latin American music styles and learn practical Latin dance steps.
  • How to harness the power of applied theory by incorporating composition into the curriculum.
  • How to plan repertoire for your students with a fast-paced review of new music.

To sign up for this workshop, please contact the Music Department by calling (435) 752-3055 or emailing the department manager, Katherine, at loganbooktable@gmail.com. We also have a sign-up sheet on the desk in music.

There is no charge to attend this event.

 

 

New in Young Adult Fiction: 2 Highly-Anticipated Installments

In the last couple of weeks we have received some pretty exciting installments in two of our most popular and beloved young adult series: The Divergent Trilogy and The Brotherband Chronicles. Check out these exciting new novels below!

Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth

One choice breaks free of his past

One choice embraces his future

One choice exposes the dangers

One choice changes him–forever

Once choice will free him

This fun new installment in the Divergent trilogy contains four new short stories written in the voice of Tobias Eaton, otherwise known as Four. Follow Four as he makes the decisions that will turn him into the man that Tris knows and loves. BONUS: Also includes three scenes familiar to fans of the Divergent trilogy, written instead from Four’s point-of-view rather than Tris’s. A great addition to any young adult, dystopian library!

Brotherband Chronicles #4: Slaves of Socorro by John Flanagan

Hal and his fellow Herons have returned home to Skandia after defeating the pirate captain Zavac and reclaiming Skandia’s most prized artifact, the Andomal. With their honor restored, the Herons turn to a new mission: tracking down an old rival turned bitter enemy. Tursgud–leader of the Shark Brotherband and Hal’s constant opponent–has turned from a bullying youth into a pirate and slave trader. After Tursgud captures twelve Arulean villagers to sell as slaves, the Heron crew sails into action…with the help of one of Arulean’s finest Rangers.

In this fourth book in the Brotherband Chronicles, a new battle unfolds as old rivalries are renewed, peace treaties are put to the test, and the action builds to a pulse-pounding finale.

 

Pioneer Day 2014

In observance of Pioneer Day, The Book Table will be holding special hours.

We will be open 12-6 on Thursday July 24, 2014.

Be safe and enjoy your holiday!

For more information on the celebrations going on in Logan on this day, click here.

Education Department Sale!

Attention all educators: most of our Education Department is currently on sale for 40-50% off the marked price!*

We are pulling old product to make room for the new; now is the time to stock up on classroom accessories!

Bulletin board border, posters, name tags and more can be found on the top floor of The Book Table. Be sure to let your cashier know that you saw this ad on the blog.

*Select items only, see store for details. All sales are final.

2014 Sidewalk Sale Authors and Performers

Every year at the annual Downtown Logan Sidewalk Sale, we invite local authors to come and sign their books in our store, and local performers to perform some of their music. This year we have an especially great lineup, and we’re excited to announce these authors and performers will be with us this Friday from 3-6 pm. Click on their names to find out more about the authors and performers and their work!

Lorisa Pulotu will be performing songs from her CD Crimson Sky. Lorisa performs with us every summer for Sidewalk Sale, and every December for Midnight Madness. We love her music! Be sure to drop by and catch some of her performance on Friday afternoon.

Charlotte Maynard will be with us again if you missed her earlier this summer. She will be signing her book Blood of the Wolf. Here is a small synopsis of her book: When she gets into a car accident with her mother, it changes Kaylee Losee forever. Infected by her mother, she discovers the family secret and how she is now a part of it. She struggles to learn about the wolf that is suddenly contained within her. With the help of her mom and a previously unknown grandmother, Kaylee fights to keep the wolf under control, before someone she cares about gets hurt or killed.

Kim Rives is a cancer survivor who had an exceptionally spiritual experience while battling the disease that almost claimed her life. After her miraculous recovery, she used her talents to become both a musical performer and an author, and she will have her CD Miracles Can Happen as well as her book My Walk Thru Heaven available for purchase at our author signing event.

 

Marion Jensen, former Cache Valley resident and brother to two of our very own employees here at The Book Table, will be signing his book Almost Super. Here is a short synopsis of this fun book:  Everyone over the age of twelve in the Bailey family gets a super power. No one knows why, and no one questions it. All the Baileys know is that it’s their duty to protect the world from the evil, supervillainous Johnson family. *shake fists* But when Rafter Bailey and his brother Benny get their superpowers, they’re, well . . . super-lame. Rafter can strike matches on polyester, and Benny can turn his innie belly button into an outie. Along with Rafter’s algebra class nemesis, Juanita Johnson, Rafter and Benny realize that what they thought they knew about superheroes and supervillains may be all wrong. And it’s up to the three of them to put asides their differences and make things right. They may not have great powers, but together, they’re almost super.

Dennis Austin is a retired biologist from Hyrum who enjoys fishing and adventuring in the wild. He will be signing his two books, Black Bears Prefer Milkshakes and Mule Deer, which both explore common wildlife issues faced here in the valley.

Doug Mottonen from River Heights will be signing his book If Barns Could Talk: Stories of Utah Barns, a great book featuring stories and beautiful photographs of historic Utah barns, including three barns from here in Cache Valley!