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Maybe this is the kind of thing you only notice when you spend all your days in a bookstore, but it seems like it's the season of Book Threes. Whether it's the end of a trilogy or just part of an ongoing series, the third volumes just keep coming in: Lev Grossman's The Magician's Land, Jeff VanderMeer's Acceptance, and Raina Telgemeier's Sisters, among others, have all arrived recently, Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam and Rick Atkinson's The Guns at Last Light (both trilogy-enders) have just come out in paperback, and this week brings Edge of Eternity, the finale of Ken Follett's Century Trilogy, and Sugar Skull, which completes Charles Burns's cryptic, Tintin-inspired graphic novel trilogy. Everyone talks about binge TV watching, but if you're new to any of these series, you could curl up for some serious binge reading as well.

Meanwhile, at Phinney Books, the scaffolding is down, we have a fresh coat of paint outside, and the sun's shining in (for now). Come on by.
Thanks—Tom, Laura, Leighanne, and Kim.
Store News: Storytime on Mondays Too
We've been getting big, giggly crowds of toddlers for Steph's Friday storytimes, so we're adding another day and another storyteller. Starting next week, on the 22nd, our talented friend Brandee will be reading stories on Mondays at 11 am. Come welcome Brandee to Phinney Books this Monday.
Love Me Back
New Book of the Week
Love Me Back
by Merritt Tierce
"There's only two times in a restaurant," Marie learns before her first shift at the Olive Garden, "before and after." In between, you just white-knuckle it until your last table is cleared. You might say the same thing about the white-knuckle experience of reading Love Me Back. Marie works her way up from the chains to a high-end Dallas steakhouse, with plenty of coke and sex along the way, but Tierce's fearless debut novel isn't a success story, or a redemption story, or even a cautionary tale. It's a story of desire, of survival, of choices made for better or worse, and it's an intense and convincing (and unflinchingly explicit) immersion in a life in the service trenches. —Tom
The Richard Burton Diaries
Old Book of the Week
The Richard Burton Diaries
edited by Chris Williams
Gossipy, intelligent, well-read, and well-written, Richard Burton's diaries, first published in 2012, are just about everything you could hope for from the form. Burton's artistry was always in danger of being overwhelmed by celebrity and drink, and both intoxicants are fully present in these pages, but so are Burton's intelligence, curiosity, pride, self-deprecation, restlessness, and, most of all, his love for his "adorable difficult fractious intolerant wife," Elizabeth Taylor. The height of their romance, perhaps not by chance, coincides with his diary's richest years. —Tom
Dog Vs. Cat
Kids' Book of the Week
Dog vs. Cat
by Chris Gall
Whether your house has a dog or a cat—or better yet, both—you and your young readers will appreciate Gall's new picture book, which finds the sitcom-worthy setup—an odd couple forced to become roommates—hidden within the eternal pet rivalry. One's sloppy, the other's tidy, one plays all day, the other's up all night, etc., etc., until, in a witty twist, a terrifying new roommate helps Dog and Cat realize what good friends they are.  —Tom
The Power Broker
Link of the Week
Robert Caro's First Obsession
I can read about Robert Caro and his biographical obsessions all day long. Usually it's about his multivolume LBJ epic (he's working on volume five), but since it's the 40th birthday this week of his first great book, The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York, the Daily Beast has an excellent piece on the unlikely, heroic story behind that modern classic, which is easy to find in our store: it has (by far) the widest spine in our "Cities" section.
Seattle Arts & Lectures
Non-Book of the Week
Seattle Arts & Lectures
SAL's 2014-15 season kicks off on Thursday with an evening of Seattle's Favorite Poems, featuring Robert Pinsky and others, and continues with some of the authors whose books are flying the fastest off our featured tables, including Ruth Ozeki, James McBride, Cheryl Strayed, Colm Toibin, Sherman Alexie, new MacArthur Fellow Terrance Hayes, and more.

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New in the Store

The Paying Guest by Sarah Waters
Stone Mattress: Nine Tales by Margaret Atwood
A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride
Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle

Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David by Lawrence Wright
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein
The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us by Diane Ackerman
Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton

Kids and Young Adults:
Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton
The World of Mamoko in the Time of Dragons by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski
A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
Guinness World Records 2015


The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Paddle Your Own Canoe by Nick Offerman

Hip Hop Family Tree, Book 2: 1981-1983 by Ed Piskor
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
This Week in
A Reader's Book of Days

Sept. 15: James Fenimore Cooper (1789), Agatha Christie (1890)
Sept. 16: H.A. Rey (1898), Henry Louis Gates Jr. (1950)
Sept. 17: Robert B. Parker (1932), Ken Kesey (1935)
Sept. 18: Samuel Johnson (1709), Steven Pinker (1954)
Sept. 20: George R.R. Martin (1948), Javier Marías (1951)
Sept. 21: H.G. Wells (1866), Stephen King (1947)

Sept. 17, 1963: In Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon, Guitar and Milkman spend the day imagining how they'll spend the gold they think Pilate has hidden in her shack.

Sept. 18, 1768: "This day it came into my mind," Samuel Johnson notes on his 59th birthday, "to write the history of my melancholy."

Sept. 19, 1963: Twelve years after their marriage and nine before their divorce, Alice and James Munro move to Victoria, B.C., where they open Munro's Books

Sept. 19, 1979: Hermione Granger is born.

Sept. 20, 1879: As a 20-year-old medical student, Arthur Conan Doyle publishes his first medical paper, "Gelseminium as a Poison," detailing his self-experiments with the drug.

Sept. 21, 1939: Sigmund Freud, suffering from mouth cancer, reads his final book, Balzac's La peau de chagrin.
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