Belletrist celebrates great books and the people who read them.

Every month, Belletrist features a different book and a favorite independent bookstore, both chosen by Emma Roberts + Karah Preiss.

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August Book Pick

The Incendiaries

by R.O. Kwon

Phoebe Lin and Will Kendall meet their first month at prestigious Edwards University. Phoebe is a glamorous girl who doesn’t tell anyone she blames herself for her mother’s recent death. Will is a misfit scholarship boy who transfers to Edwards from Bible college, waiting tables to get by. What he knows for sure is that he loves Phoebe.

Grieving and guilt-ridden, Phoebe is increasingly drawn into a religious group–a secretive extremist cult–founded by a charismatic former student, John Leal. He has an enigmatic past that involves North Korea and Phoebe’s Korean American family. Meanwhile, Will struggles to confront the fundamentalism he’s tried to escape, and the obsession consuming the one he loves. When the group bombs several buildings in the name of faith, killing five people, Phoebe disappears. Will devotes himself to finding her, tilting into obsession himself, seeking answers to what happened to Phoebe and if she could have been responsible for this violent act.

The Incendiaries is a fractured love story and a brilliant examination of the minds of extremist terrorists, and of what can happen to people who lose what they love most.

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Featured Bookstore of the Month:
Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA

Located in the heart of Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, The Elliott Bay Book Company is a full service bookstore, home to over 150,000 titles, set on cedar shelves in a multi-level, inviting unique atmosphere.

They offer one of the region's best selection of new books, as well as a large collection of bargain editions. Elliott Bay presents an unparalleled schedule of author readings and events throughout the year.

Daily, they provide a space for our customers to browse, read, eat, drink and discover new and favorite writers. An independent bookstore in the best sense of the term (meaning they're truly interdependent with their community and with their customers), they pride themselves on being a knowledgeable staff of booksellers who do their best to locate just the books you are seeking. They offer special order services, book group presentations, a fine selection of books on tape, signed first editions, magazines and journals, cards and more.

More than anything, they are sustained by the support, curiosity, and enthusiasm for reading that you, the readers, constantly demonstrate to them. For that they are more than grateful. Please join them soon—whether it's a quick dash in for a particular book you already have in mind, or several pleasurable, mind-meandering hours of browsing.

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