-Books-

Do you love that feeling you get when you're surrounded by books? So calming, and the scent? Euphoric. It's even been scientifically proven to reduce stress.

We love books, too. All books. The more, the better. Here at Adventures Underground, there are literally thousands of them. Come in, either for that specific book you're looking for, or just to browse and explore. And if you're having any trouble finding something, just ask! We love helping people find the books they are excited about.

What is that? Just out of the corner of your eye. It's so beautiful, it is almost hard to look at, but you just can't keep your eyes off it... It is your new favorite book.

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New this Week! 09/15

The stories in Igifu summon phantom memories of Rwanda and radiate with the fierce ache of a survivor. From the National Book Award finalist who Zadie Smith says, "rescues a million souls from the collective noun genocide."

Scholastique Mukasonga's autobiographical stories rend a glorious Rwanda from the obliterating force of recent history, conjuring the noble cows of her home or the dew-swollen grass they graze on. In the title story, five-year-old Colomba tells of a merciless overlord, hunger or igifu, gnawing away at her belly. She searches for sap at the bud of a flower, scraps of sweet potato at the foot of her parent's bed, or a few grains of sorghum in the floor sweepings. Igifu becomes a dizzying hole in her stomach, a plunging abyss into which she falls. In a desperate act of preservation, Colomba's mother gathers enough sorghum to whip up a nourishing porridge, bringing Colomba back to life. This elixir courses through each story, a balm to soothe the pains of those so ferociously fighting for survival.

Her writing eclipses the great gaps of time and memory; in one scene she is a child sitting squat with a jug of sweet, frothy milk and in another she is an exiled teacher, writing down lists of her dead. As in all her work, Scholastique sits up with them, her witty and beaming beloved.

The dead won't bother you if you don't give them permission.

Boston, 1844.

Tabby has a peculiar gift: she can communicate with the recently departed. It makes her special, but it also makes her dangerous.

As an orphaned child, she fled with her sister, Alice, from their charlatan aunt Bellefonte, who wanted only to exploit Tabby's gift so she could profit from the recent craze for seances.

Now a young woman and tragically separated from Alice, Tabby works with her adopted father, Eli, the kind caretaker of a large Boston cemetery. When a series of macabre grave robberies begins to plague the city, Tabby is ensnared in a deadly plot by the perpetrators, known only as the "Resurrection Men."

In the end, Tabby's gift will either save both her and the cemetery--or bring about her own destruction.

-New Books-

Let's talk new books. Here at Adventures Underground, we are constantly striving to provide the best selection that we can, in order to better serve you.

Check out our displays of new releases for the hottest new books to hit the shelves. And if there's an upcoming release you're looking forward to, please let us know. We can always put in a special order for you to ensure you have it on release day.

We always love to hear your input about books so we can make our selection the best that it can be.

09/08 Releases

The trailblazing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her own words. Her most essential writings on gender equality and women's rights, reproductive health care, and voting and civil rights, now available in a short, accessible volume as part of the new Penguin Liberty series.

A Penguin Classic

Penguin Liberty is a newly curated series of classic historical, political and legal classic texts relevant to constitutional rights. This collection includes key concurrences, dissents, and selected writings by Justice Ginsburg that address gender equality and women's rights, reproductive health care, and voting and civil rights. The volume includes Justice Ginsburg's landmark Supreme Court opinions for cases including Bush v. Gore (2000), Lily Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (2007), Shelby County v. Holder (2013), Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (2014), and more. Each Penguin Liberty volume will feature a series introduction and volume introduction by series editor Corey Brettschneider.

 

The lovably flawed crew of La Sirena Negra and their psychic cats return in this fast-paced and outrageously fun science-fiction novel, in which they confront past failures and face new threats in the far reaches of space from the author of the critically acclaimed Chilling Effect.

Captain Eva Innocente and the crew of La Sirena Negra find themselves once again on the fringe of populated space--and at the center of a raging covert war. When Eva's sister asks for help locating a missing scientist, promises of a big paycheck and a noble cause convince Eva to take the job despite lingering trust issues.

With reluctant assistance from her estranged mother, Eva and her crew follow the missing scientist's trail across the universe, from the costume-filled halls of a never-ending convention to a dangerous bot-fighting arena. They ultimately find themselves at the last place Eva wants to see again--Garilia--where she experienced her most shameful and haunting failure.

To complete her mission and get paid, Eva must navigate a paradise embroiled in a rebellion, where massive forests and pristine beaches hide psychic creatures and pervasive surveillance technology. Can she find her quarry while avoiding the oppressive local regime, or will she be doomed to repeat past mistakes when her dark deeds come to light?

Recent Releases!

Reed King's amazingly audacious novel is something of a cross between L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz, Douglas Adams's A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Cormac McCarthy's The Road, and Ernest Cline's Ready Player One.

In Reed King's wildly imaginative and possibly prescient debut, the United States has dissolved in the wake of environmental disasters and the catastrophic policies of its final president.

It is 2085, and Truckee Wallace, a factory worker in Crunchtown 407 (formerly Little Rock, Arkansas, before the secessions), has no grand ambitions besides maybe, possibly, losing his virginity someday.

But when Truckee is thrust unexpectedly into the spotlight he is tapped by the President for a sensitive political mission: to deliver a talking goat across the continent. The fate of the world depends upon it.

The problem is--Truckee's not sure it's worth it.

Joined on the road by an android who wants to be human and a former convict lobotomized in Texas, Truckee will navigate an environmentally depleted and lawless continent with devastating--and hilarious--parallels to our own, dodging body pickers, Elvis-worshippers, logo girls, body subbers, and VR addicts.

Elvis-willing, he may even lose his virginity.

FKA USA is the epic novel we've all been waiting for about the American end of times, with its unavoidable sense of being on the wrong end of the roller coaster ride. It is a masterwork of ambition, humor, and satire with the power to make us cry, despair, and laugh out loud all at once. It is a tour de force unlike anything else you will read this year.

First in a duology that reimagines fairy tale tropes within a space opera--The Princess Bride meets Princess Leia.

Rory Thorne is a princess with thirteen fairy blessings, the most important of which is to see through flattery and platitudes. As the eldest daughter, she always imagined she'd inherit her father's throne and govern the interplanetary Thorne Consortium.

Then her father is assassinated, her mother gives birth to a son, and Rory is betrothed to the prince of a distant world.

When Rory arrives in her new home, she uncovers a treacherous plot to unseat her newly betrothed and usurp his throne. An unscrupulous minister has conspired to name himself Regent to the minor (and somewhat foolish) prince. With only her wits and a small team of allies, Rory must outmaneuver the Regent and rescue the prince.

How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse is a feminist reimagining of familiar fairytale tropes and a story of resistance and self-determination--how small acts of rebellion can lead a princess to not just save herself, but change the course of history.


 

-Used Books-

We're proud to offer an extensive selection of used books of all genres, both fiction and non-fiction. Our selection has been specially curated by our staff from our local community.

The majority of our used books come through in trade and are then put out on the shelves for you to peruse. More titles are put out every day, so be sure to check back frequently!

-Trade-

While we pride ourselves on having a large selection of used books, we need your help to keep it that way. We accept used books in trade and offer store credit in exchange that can be spent on anything in store.

We receive book trade daily and will give you a call as soon as we have a chance to go through yours. Any items that we are unable to take in trade you can choose to either have donated to the local library, or if you'd like them back, we will hold them 48 hours for you to pick up.


 

-Events-

Part of what we love most about what we do is being involved in our local community. In addition to annual events, such as NaNoWriMo and our sidewalk sale, we also host author events and a monthly book club.

For our complete list of upcoming events, be sure to check out our calendar of events!

Next Book Club Meet Up!

All events in the Caterpillar Cafe have been cancelled until further notice.

We meet the 1st Friday of every month in the Caterpillar Cafe at 7:00pm

There is no requirement to attend every meeting, and you do not have to have read the chosen book to attend either! Feel free to join us and talk books with us! (snacks to share are also welcome )

Whether you loved the book, felt indifferent, read it already or perhaps absolutely hated it and couldn't handle one more word, we want to know!

Our goal is to make book club the one time a month you can get together with fellow book lovers, discuss the month's read, and then spend the rest of the evening talking books until we can't find anymore books to talk about.. which is practically impossible, so it's more like until we run out of snacks...

Not part of book club yet? It's easy and free! Just show up to one meeting, join our FB group and invite your friends.

October Book Club Selection

Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff

The critically acclaimed cult novelist makes visceral the terrors of life in Jim Crow America and its lingering effects in this brilliant and wondrous work of the imagination that melds historical fiction, pulp noir, and Lovecraftian horror and fantasy.

Chicago, 1954. When his father Montrose goes missing, 22-year-old Army veteran Atticus Turner embarks on a road trip to New England to find him, accompanied by his Uncle George publisher of The Safe Negro Travel Guide and his childhood friend Letitia. On their journey to the manor of Mr. Braithwhite heir to the estate that owned one of Atticus s ancestors they encounter both mundane terrors of white America and malevolent spirits that seem straight out of the weird tales George devours.

At the manor, Atticus discovers his father in chains, held prisoner by a secret cabal named the Order of the Ancient Dawn led by Samuel Braithwhite and his son Caleb which has gathered to orchestrate a ritual that shockingly centers on Atticus. And his one hope of salvation may be the seed of his and the whole Turner clan's destruction.

A chimerical blend of magic, power, hope, and freedom that stretches across time, touching diverse members of two black families, Lovecraft Country is a devastating kaleidoscopic portrait of racism the terrifying specter that continues to haunt us today."

September Book Club Selection

Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton

One pet crow fights to save humanity from an apocalypse and the world that follows in this uniquely hilarious debut from a genre-bending literary author.
S.T., a domesticated crow, is a bird of simple pleasures: hanging out with his owner Big Jim, trading insults with Seattle's wild crows (i.e. "those idiots"), and enjoying the finest food humankind has to offer: Cheetos (R).
But when Big Jim's eyeball falls out of his head, S.T. starts to think something's not quite right. His tried-and-true remedies -- from beak-delivered beer to the slobbering affection of Big Jim's loyal but dim-witted dog, Dennis -- fail to cure Big Jim's debilitating malady. S.T. is left with no choice but to abandon his old life and venture out into a wild and frightening new world with his trusty steed Dennis, where he suddenly discovers that the neighbors are devouring one other. Local wildlife is abuzz with rumors of Seattle's dangerous new predators.
Humanity's extinction has seemingly arrived, and the only one determined to save it is a cowardly crow whose only knowledge of the world comes from TV.
What could possibly go wrong?