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Greetings from Albuquerque! I'm down in (chilly) New Mexico this week at the American Booksellers Association's annual Winter Institute, talking to fellow independent booksellers, publishers, and authors, and generally trying to improve what we do and find out about new books, or, failing that, at least enjoy the company of many people who care a lot about the same things I care a lot about. One happy note: in the four years I've been going to these, there has been a measurable increase in the number of those people, and in their confidence in the business we're all a part of. Woo-hoo! One more goal for the week: gather as many good advance copies of spring, summer, and fall books as I can, for my own reading and to share with the Phinney staff on my return. Another goal for the week: don't gather too many. One item I'm sure to find room for, which I already had my eye on and just was encouraged further by its convincingly enthusiastic publisher: Lucy Ellmann's 900-page, single-sentence (I know, I know) novel, Ducks, Newburyport, described as an angry and brilliantly funny excoriation of the way we live now. More to come on that one! (This is the UK cover pictured, by the way, since the US one is not posted online yet.)

In the meantime, I know the store is the good hands of many of the folks listed below, which makes it much easier to step away for a week like this. Back soon!

Thanks—Tom, Laura, Kim, Liz, Haley, Anika, Doree, Nancy, and James
New Book of the Week
Thick: And Other Essays
by Tressie McMillan Cottom
Tressie McMillan Cottom is a very public intellectual. A sociologist by trade, she tweets with great volume and skill and has been placing essays across the internet since grad school—writing too much, as one protective older academic once warned her. But that's what she does, turning the analytical tools of her trade as well as her lived experience into unsparing, funny, paradigm-shifting commentary about, among other things, the brutal cost for a black woman of being presumed incompetent and the rationality of the "irrational" spending of the poor. These are not essays written to make you feel good about what's possible—she's just telling you what is. —Tom
Old Book of the Week
The Moviegoer
by Walker Percy
It's been over 50 years since Percy's debut novel was the surprise winner of the National Book Award, and—gulp—it's been about 30 years since I first fell in love with its sprightly tale of despair, Gulf Coast drives, and William Holden. Is it only a young person's book (young man's, really)? A little bit, surely, but when I read it again recently after many years, something about its humor, laid so delicately over the yawning pit of possible misery we all navigate, gave it the same power I had felt in it the first time. —Tom
Kids' Book of the Week
My Heart
by Corinna Luyken
I must say that yellow is not my favorite color (or even close). But seeing what magic Olympia-based artist Corinna Luyken can work with it makes me think again. As she did in her wonderful debut, The Book of Mistakes, she adds washes of yolky yellow to her already-evocative pen-and-ink drawings and somehow fills her pages with insight, curiosity, melancholy, and hope. "My heart is a window. My heart is a slide," she writes, and her lovely illustrations are the best possible expression of such open-ended declarations. (Ages 0 to 5) —Tom
Slow Loris Treehouse
Non-Book of the Week
Slow Loris Treehouse Tee
Just in: a new design from our friends at Slow Loris Studio (one of their newest): the Treehouse t-shirt, available in a variety of sizes while our supply lasts. (We still have a few of our previous Slow Loris selections in stock, FYI.)
Cover Crop Quiz #128
Hmm: easy or hard?
Last Week's Answer
A fair amount of you recognized those shadowy figures as Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein, from the original 1933 cover of Ms. Stein's The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas.
New to Our 100 Club

The Essential Rumi
translated by Coleman Barks
(1146 weeks to reach 100)

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(See this week's full list.
20% of sales go to the ACLU.)

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer
A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing: The Incarceration of African American Women from Harriet Tubman to Sandra Bland by DaMaris B. Hill
New in the Store

The Current by Tim Johnston
Late in the Day by Tessa Hadley
Golden State by Ben H. Winters
The Golden Tresses of the Dead by Alan Bradley
The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man by Jonas Jonasson

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive by Stephanie Land
Camelot's End: Kennedy vs. Carter and the Fight That Broke the Democratic Party by Jon Ward
When Death Becomes Life: Notes from a Transplant Surgeon by Joshua D. Mezrich
The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction by Meghan Cox Gurdon

Kids and Teens:
Dust Bunny Wants a Friend by Amy Hevron
Goose Egg by Liz Wong
Battle of Champions (Peasprout Chen #2) by Henry Lien
Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams

Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak
The Rub of Time by Martin Amis
Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires
When Montezuma Met Cortes by Matthew Restall
The Kindness of Strangers by Salka Viertel
This Week in Samuel Pepys's Diaries

January 20, 1666
(age 33)
"To the office, where upon Mr. Kinaston’s coming to me about some business of Colonell Norwood’s, I sent my boy home for some papers, where, he staying longer than I would have him, and being vexed at the business and to be kept from my fellows in the office longer than was fit, I become angry, and boxed my boy when he came, that I do hurt my thumb so much, that I was not able to stir all the day after, and in great pain. At noon to dinner, and then to the office again, late, and so to supper and to bed."
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