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Check out these titles by our talented local authors and authors who have visited for events - some of which are sold exclusively at Phoenix Books! Remember, not all books featured on our website are necessarily in stock at our bricks-and-mortar locations, but we're always happy to special order a book for you to pick up at the store. Special orders almost always come in quickly, and don't involve any extra fees. Happy browsing!

Julie Dao author photoJulie C. Dao is a proud Vietnamese-American who was born in upstate New York. She studied medicine in college, but came to realize blood and needles were her Kryptonite. By day, she worked in science news and research; by night, she wrote books about heroines unafraid to fight for their dreams, which inspired her to follow her passion of becoming a published author. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is her debut novel. Julie lives in New England. Follow her on Twitter @jules_writes.

 

 

 

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Margot Harrison is an award-winning journalist and author, whose fiction has appeared, among other places, in The Saint Ann's Review. She is the Associate Editor at Burlington's own Seven Days. The Killer in Me is her first novel.

 

 

 

 

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"Hasn't he lived long enough? Why not? I could take him like a thief in the night."
This is how the Thief thinks. He serves death, the vacuum, the unknown. He's always waiting. Always there.

Seventeen-year-old Nina Barrows knows all about the Thief. She's intimately familiar with his hunting methods: how he stalks and kills at random, how he disposes of his victims' bodies in an abandoned mine in the deepest, most desolate part of a desert.
Now, for the first time, Nina has the chance to do something about the serial killer that no one else knows exists. With the help of her former best friend, Warren, she tracks the Thief two thousand miles, to his home turf--the deserts of New Mexico.
But the man she meets there seems nothing like the brutal sociopath with whom she's had a disturbing connection her whole life. To anyone else, Dylan Shadwell is exactly what he appears to be: a young veteran committed to his girlfriend and her young daughter. As Nina spends more time with him, she begins to doubt the truth she once held as certain: Dylan Shadwell is the Thief. She even starts to wonder . . . what if there is no Thief?


Katie Webster is a chef, food blogger, and food photographer specializing in healthy seasonal cuisine. Her cooking videos, original recipes, and upbeat food writing can be seen online at her food blog, Healthy Seasonal Recipes. She is a contributor to Eating Well magazine, Fitness, and Parents. She and her family live amid a stand of maple trees, which they tap every spring to make their own maple syrup.

Maple syrup is much more than a perfect topping for pancakes, it's a simple and seasonal way to add welcome sweetness to every meal. From fast and nutritious entrees like Maple Tahini Chicken and Broccoli to more sophisticated fare like Maple Cider Brined Pork, these easy recipes will change your relationship with this familiar flavor. And since maple syrup is paleo and vegan friendly (and naturally gluten free), almost anyone can enjoy such treats as Maple Bourbon Pumpkin Pie and Maple Pear Ginger Sorbet. Serve up the sweet taste of maple whenever you want it, with 100 no-fail recipes, plus tips on storage, substitution, and DIY syrupmaking. Get the most out of your maple!


This 5-song CD features thirty Vermont Musicians, including Nancy Beavan, Jon Gailmor, Dick McCormack, and Joanne "Little Joyce" Cooper among others. The songs are updated versions of well known folk/protest songs from the 50s and 60s, including Oh Freedom, The Banks of Marble, Where Have All the Flowers Gone, This Land is Your Land, and We Shall Overcome. Bernie Sanders performs some of the key lyrics himself in a talking-blues style, and he also delivers original narratives related to the music.

This landmark recording brought together the Vermont Music scene in 1987 for a common cause. Everyone involved donated time and talent to the project.


Rachel Carter has been a teacher, a nanny, a caterer, and a bellhop. A graduate of the University of Vermont and Columbia University, Rachel now lives in Burlington, Vermont. Rachel is also the author of So Close to You and This Strange and Familiar Place. You can visit her online at www.rachel-carter.com, www.facebook.com/RachelCarterYA, or follow her on Twitter @RachelCarterYA.

The thrilling final novel in the So Close to You trilogy! It’s Lydia’s last chance to stop the Montauk Project...or else be lost in time forever.

Lydia has been trained into a person she might have once feared: focused, fierce, deadly. Although she never wanted the life of a Montauk Project recruit, the Project has captured someone she loves—someone she’ll do anything to save.

Then Lydia glimpses a world in which the Montauk Project never existed. The Project has taken so much from Lydia already, but she knows that she will sacrifice everything to make her vision of a world without the Project a reality.


The Time Traveler's Wife meets Before I Fall in this debut novel that brims with conspiracy, romance, and adventure.


Lydia Bentley has heard stories about the Montauk Project all her life: stories about the experiments that took place at the abandoned military base near her home and the people who've disappeared over the years. Stories about people like her own great-grandfather.

When Lydia discovers that all the stories about the Montauk Project are true, she is determined to unravel its mysteries-with or without the help of Wes, a darkly mysterious boy from the inside of the Project whom she is wary to trust. But the truths behind the secrets she uncovers force her to question all her choices-and if Lydia chooses wrong, she might not save her family but destroy them...and herself.

Publishers Weekly said that "readers will be hooked" by this first book in a thrilling new trilogy following one girl's personal and high-stakes struggle against destiny-and a race to alter an unspeakable future.


The conspiracy theorists were right all along about the Montauk Project and time travel....

These are the things of which Lydia is now certain:

The Montauk Project has been experimenting with time travel for years.

The Project's subjects are "recruits" from across time. Recruits like Wes, Lydia's ally, friend, and love.

The Project is now responsible for the disappearance of two members of her family....

And they're coming for Lydia next.

This heart-pounding sequel to So Close to You explores the sacrifices we make to save the people we love-and what happens after you change the future.


Dayna Lorentz has an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from Bennington College. She used to practice law, but is now a full-time writer and part-time cupcake enthusiast. Dayna is the author of the No Safety in Numbers trilogy and lives in South Burlington, Vermont with her husband, two children, and two dogs.

 

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Life As We Knew It meets Lord of the Flies in a mall that looks just like yours

A biological bomb has just been discovered in the air ducts of a busy
suburban mall. At first nobody knows if it's even life threatening, but
then the entire complex is quarantined, people start getting sick,
supplies start running low, and there's no way out. Among the hundreds
of trapped shoppers are four teens.

These four different narrators, each with their own stories, must
cope in unique, surprising styles, changing in ways they wouldn't have
predicted, trying to find solace, safety, and escape at a time when the
adults are behaving badly.

This is a gripping look at people and how they can--and must--change under the most dire of circumstances.

And not always for the better.


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The sequel to No Safety in Numbers; a modern day Lord of the Flies for fans of apocalyptic thrillers

It's Day 7 in the quarantined mall. The riot is over and the senator trapped inside is determined to end the chaos. Even with new rules, assigned jobs, and heightened security, she still needs to get the teen population under control. So she enlists Marco's help--allowing him to keep his stolen universal card key in exchange for spying on the very football players who are protecting him.

But someone is working against the new systems, targeting the teens, and putting the entire mall in even more danger. Lexi, Marco, Ryan, and Shay believe their new alliances are sound.

They are wrong. Who can be trusted? And who will be left to trust?

The virus was just the beginning. 


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Perfect for fans of Life As We Knew It and Michael Grant's Gone--this conclusion to the No Safety in Numbers trilogy will make your heart race, your palms sweat, and will leave you wondering exactly what you'd be willing to sacrifice in order to survive.

First--a bomb released a deadly flu virus and the entire mall was quarantined.

Next--the medical teams evacuated and the windows were boarded up just before the virus mutated.

Now--the power is out and the mall is thrown into darkness. Shay, Marco, Lexi, Ryan, and Ginger aren't the same people they were two weeks ago. Just like the virus, they've had to change in order to survive. And not all for the better. When no one can see your face, you can be anyone you want to be, and, when the doors finally open, they may not like what they've become.

If you think it's silly to be afraid of the dark, you're wrong.
Very wrong.


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Warriors and Guardians of Ga'Hoole fans have a new animal adventure series to sink their teeth into!

When a hurricane forces his family to evacuate without him, Shep the German Shepard is confused. Where is his boy? Will he ever return? And what will Shep do in the meantime, now that the extra bowls of food -- not to mention all those tasty things he found in the big cold box -- are gone?

Then another dog shows up at Shep's window and convinces him to escape. There's food outside, and a whole empty city to explore. Shep just wants to go home . . . but the adventure of a lifetime is just beginning.

"Curl up with your kibble and savor this incredible story of dogs left behind when a hurricane sweeps through their city. This page-turner follows stalwart Shep and intrepid Callie, who despite her ‘yapper’ size is up to her muzzle in courage, as this extraordinary canine duo braves their new environment and forms a new pack. Dayna Lorentz has delivered a book with bite--and with a great heart." -Kathryn Lasky, author of The Guardians of Ga’Hoole and Wolves of the Beyond


The heart-pounding conclusion to the Dogs of teh Drowned City trilogy brings the dogs home -- but can they go back to being pets?

Shep and his pack have survived a terrible storm and fought off a pack of vicious wild dogs. Now the dog pack must face their greatest challenge yet: finding their way back to their families.

Now that the humans have returned to the city, Shep knows he wants to find his boy. But there are so many other dogs to help, and so many dangers along the way. Worst of all is Shep's fear -- now that he's learned to live Outside, will he be able to find happiness again as a pet?


Always interested in edges, margins, and connections, Dana Walrath weaves many distinct threads through her work in graphic medicine. After years of using stories to teach medical students at the University of Vermont's College of Medicine, she spent 2012-2013 as a Fulbright Scholar at the American University of Armenia's School of Public Health and at the Institurt of Archeology and Ethnography of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia. She is the co-author of one of the leading college textbook series in anthropology and her verse novel, Like Water on Stone, set during the Armenian genocide, is forthcoming from Delacorte Press in 2014.

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Alice was always beautiful Armenian immigrant beautiful, with thick, curly black hair, olive skin, and big dark eyes, writes Dana Walrath. Alice also has Alzheimer's, and while she can remember all the songs from The Music Man, she can no longer attend to the basics of caring for herself. Alice moves to live with her daughter, Dana, in Vermont, and the story begins.

Aliceheimer's is a series of illustrated vignettes, daily glimpses into their world with Alzheimer's. Walrath's time with her mother was marked by humor and clarity: With a community of help that included pirates, good neighbors, a cast of characters from space-time travel, and my dead father hovering in the branches of the maple trees that surround our Vermont farmhouse, Aliceheimer's let us write our own story daily a story that, in turn, helps rewrite the dominant medical narrative of aging.

In drawing Alice, Walrath literally enrobes her with cut-up pages from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. She weaves elements from Lewis Carroll's classic throughout her text, using evocative phrases from the novel to introduce the vignettes, such as Disappearing Alice, Missing Pieces, Falling Slowly, Curiouser and Curiouser, and A Mad Tea Party.

Walrath writes that creating this book allowed her not only to process her grief over her mother's dementia, but also to remember the magic laughter of that time. Graphic medicine, she writes, lets us better understand those who are hurting, feel their stories, and redraw and renegotiate those social boundaries. Most of all, it gives us a way to heal and to fly over the world as Alice does. In the end, Aliceheimer's is indeed strangely and utterly uplifting.


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"Evocative and hopeful," says Newbery Honor-Winner Rita Williams-Garcia of this intense survival story set during the Armenian genocide of 1915.

It is 1914, and the Ottoman Empire is crumbling into violence.
Beyond Anatolia, in the Armenian Highlands, Shahen Donabedian dreams of going to New York. Sosi, his twin sister, never wants to leave her home, especially now that she is in love. At first, only Papa, who counts Turks and Kurds among his closest friends, stands in Shahen's way. But when the Ottoman pashas set in motion their plans to eliminate all Armenians, neither twin has a choice.
After a horrifying attack leaves them orphaned, they flee into the mountains, carrying their little sister, Mariam. But the children are not alone. An eagle watches over them as they run at night and hide each day, making their way across mountain ridges and rivers red with blood.

 

"I have walked through the remnants of the Armenian civilization in Palu and Chunkush, I have stood on the banks of the Euphrates. And still I was unprepared for how deeply moved I would be by Dana Walrath's poignant, unflinching evocation of the Armenian Genocide. Her beautiful poetry and deft storytelling stayed with me long after I had finished this powerful novel in verse."
--Chris Bohjalian, author of The Sandcastle Girls and Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands

"A heartbreaking tale of familial love, blind trust, and the crushing of innocence. A fine and haunting work."
--Karen Hesse, Newbery Medal-winning author of Out of the Dust

"This eloquent verse novel brings one of history's great tragedies to life."
--Margarita Engle, Newbery Honor-winning author of The Surrender Tree

"This beautiful, yet at times brutally vivid, historical verse novel will bring this horrifying, tragic period to life for astute, mature readers."
--School Library Journal, Starred

"A shocking tale of a bleak moment in history, told with stunning beauty.”
--Publisher’s Weekly, Starred

“A powerful tale balancing the graphic reality of genocide with a shining spirit of hope and bravery in young refugees coming to terms with their world."
— Anne O'Malley, Booklist

"This book is written in free verse, rather than traditional prose form. This unusual medium expresses the horrors of the Armenian genocide with precision and eloquence without overwhelming the reader. The author took chances with this book, and those chances paid off handsomely. This is an excellent novel, highly recommended for any library."
-- Heather Pittman, VOYA

“Like Water on Stone is as wrenching as it is evocative and hopeful. Dana Walrath has only begun to scratch the surface of her imaginative gifts.””
-- Rita Williams-Garcia, Newbery Honor Award-winning author of One Crazy Summer