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What makes our family-owned bookstore special? We will make book recommendations

 especially for your taste. Books that are fresh and unique.

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Find us at 91 Auburn St. Suite K, Portland, ME 04103
          Call at 207-747-4232        mailto:info@LetterpressBooks.com 

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        Saturday  May 13th    from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Meet & Greet with Tom Wessels who wrote
Granite, Fire & Fog: The Natural and Cultural History of Acadia

       
  

The only book that offers both a natural and a cultural history of Acadia National Park, on Maine’s Mount Desert Island.
Tom Wessels, an ecologist, naturalist, and avid hiker, attributes the  park's popularity, a unique way in which earth, air, fire, and water in the form of glacially scoured granite, winter winds, fire, and ocean fog. All this has converged to create a landscape that can be found nowhere else.

In this beautifully illustrated book, Wessels invites readers to investigate the remarkable natural history of Mount Desert Island, along with the unique cultural story it gave rise to. This account of nature, terrain, and human interaction with the landscape will delight those who like to hike these bald summits, ride along the carriage roads, or explore the island’s rugged shoreline. Wessels concludes with a guided tour of one of his favorite hikes, a ten-mile loop that will acquaint the reader with the diverse ecosystems described throughout his book.

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        Digital Audiobooks now available!                                                       


We're excited to announce the Libro.fm memberships.

Customers will be able to enjoy their first audiobook for just 99 cents  and will pay $14.99 each month

edeemed at any time for any audio book. 

Buy and Download from   https://libro.fm/letterpressbooks

Your Libro.fm Membership helps support your local independent bookstore!

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NEW RELEASES FOR MAY 2017

This Fight is Our Fight: the Battle to Save America's Middle Class, by Elizabeth Warren

Senator Elizabeth Warren has long been an outspoken champion of America’s middle class, and by the time the people of Massachusetts elected her in 2012, she had become one of the country’s leading progressive voices. Now, at a perilous moment for our nation, she has written a book that is at once an illuminating account of how we built the strongest middle class in history, a scathing indictment of those who have spent the past thirty-five years undermining working families, and a rousing call to action.

Beartown, a novel by Fredrik Backman
   
After a family tragedy, former NHL player Peter Andersson moves his family back to Beartown, where he's gotten a job as general manager for the hockey club. On the cusp of victory, news breaks of a crime that shakes the community to its core. When the worst happens do you stand by your team?  Your town? Your family?  Backman shows us again, that humans are anything but predictable.

Radium Girls: the Dark Story of America's Shining Women, by Kate Moore
    
A harrowing true story that is the compelling portrayal of a dark, insidious mystery and the women who revealed it. They specialized in painting watch faces and instrument dials with flow-in-the-dark wonder element radiu. As the women fall ill, they seek answers and relief from the companies that deny them.

Last Things: a graphic Memoir About Love and Loss, by Marissa Moss
      Moss describes the seven months between her husband's ALS diagnosis and his death. Forced to balance his increasingly complex medical issues and the needs of their three young sons, Moss struggles to maintain normalcy for her family. Powerful, heartbreaking and hopeful, this story challenges readers with its unflinching look at love and loss.

Anything Is Possible: a novel, by Elizabeth Strout
 
     A collection of small town stories of war, abuse, poverty, illness. Events that can make us or break us, and how we respond with decency or cruelty.

The Leavers: a novel, by Lisa Ko.
      
Deming's first six years were spent with his immigrant mother in New York, then in China with his grandfather, and back to America again. When his mother disappears he is adopted by two professors in an all-white suburb. He feels different and isolated. But Deming and his mother come back together with resilience of spirit in a poignant story that will remain with you for a long time.

The Baker's Secret: a novel by Stephen P. Kiernan

Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, by David Grann


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MAINE MADE GIFT SUGGESTIONS:        

Amanda Pray Seaglass mementos

New Watercolors by Jeanne Lafferty

Vintage cards by Christina Siravo

"Morning Sail", a new oil painting by Ellen Pyle

Glowing Candles by Portland's own Chandler & Kemp

Original Oil Paintings by Kate Winn

We have lots of new journals, puzzles and stationary.

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TUESDAY IS SENIOR DISCOUNT DAY                                                                                                  

We know you don't look or feel 60 but if you have passed this milestone, come in Tuesdays
to get your 15% discount on all in-store purchases.   

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EXCELLENT BESTSELLING BOOKS SET IN MAINE!

 

A Piece of the World: a novel by Christina Baker Kline 

A beautifully rendered novel about Christina Olson, the inspiration for the famous Andrew Wyeth painting. It covers her childhood and long-term friendship with Wyeth during her middle years, capturing the struggles of a young woman living with a debilitating disease in rural Maine.  The author does a masterful job of detailing a fiercely independent woman who has created a fulfilling life and inspired those around her with her strength.

The Stars are Fire, by Anita Shreve

October 1947, fires break out along the Maine coast from Bar Harbor to Kittery, racing out of control. Grace Holland is five months pregnant and left along to protect her toddlers when her husband joins the volunteer firefighters. Grace and her best friend, Rosie, watch helplessly as their houses burn to the ground. The women are forced into the ocean where they spend the night frantically protecting their children. Morning finds them homeless, penniless and awaiting news of their husbands' fate as well as an uncertain future. But Grace discovers new freedoms, joys and triumphs she never expected. When the unthinkable happens, Grace is tested as never before.

 Setting Free the Kites, a novel by Alex George

This heartfelt, compelling story of friendship, loss and how we deal with grief illustrates how a single relationship can change us forever.  It takes place in blustery seaside Maine in the 1970s, mainly in the amusement park owned by a longtime Maine family. You will laugh, cry and grieve, but you will not be disappointed.

Stolen Beauty, by Laurie Lico Albanese

In the dazzling glitter of 1900 Vienna, Adele Bloch-Bauer, young, beautiful, brilliant, and Jewish, meets painter Gustav Klimt. Wealthy in everything but freedom, Adele embraces Klimt's renegade genius as they awaken to erotic possibilities on canvas and beyond.  Though they enjoy a life where sex and art are just beginning to break through the facade of conventional society, the city is also exhibiting a disturbing increase in anti-Semitism, as political hatred foments in the shadows of Adele's coffee house and cultural salons. Nearly forty years later, Adele's niece, Maria, is a newlywed when the Nazis invade Austria. Overnight, her beloved Vienna becomes a war zone. When her husband is arrested and her family is forced out of their home, Maria must summon the courage and resilience that is her legacy if she is to survive and keep her family and their history alive.

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit, by Michael Finkel

There are three types of hermits in the world, according to Finkel: protesters, pilgrims, and pursuers. But Christopher Knight doesn't seem to fit any of these categories. So why, at the age of 20, did he drive into a forest in Maine and disappear for 27 years, his only human interaction a single 'hi' with a passing hiker? This book uses the incredible but true story of Knight, 'the last true hermit,' to explore themes of solitude, introversion and the meaning of life.


FAVORITES HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY KATHERINE & KAREN 

     

Celine: a novel by Peter Heller

Celine is a hard-nosed, Glock-carrying though aged private investigator with a stellar reputation. But when a young woman, Gabriela, asks for her help, a world of mystery and sorrow opens up. Her father was a photographer who went missing on the border of Montana and Wyoming. He was assumed to have died from a grizzly mauling, but his body was never found. When she undertakes finding the missing father, Celine and her husband Pete, overcome her health (and lifestyle) to track him down. These characters are unique, family ties are strong, and you will want to follow Celine on more adventures!

The Gentleman of Moscow, by Amor Towles        

War and Peace meets Eloise in this absolutely delightful novel. Written with charm and grace, the story of Count Rostov's post-

Revolutionary life under house arrest in the Metropol Hotel, gives us a fascinating view of Russian life, both large and small. As

old regimes give way to new, how much do we fight to hold on to our mores and ideals?  Towles brings a light touch to a deep

subject, making this a novel you do not want to miss.  - Katherine

 

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, by Hannah Tinti   

The incredible tale of Samuel Hawley and his inventive daughter, Loo, traveling back & forth across the US. With more lives than a cat, he survives 12 bullets and the loss of his beloved wife, as he struggles to create a "normal" homelife for Loo, despite their closet full of guns used to fend off men from his past who want Hawley to help with their criminal escapades.


News of the World, a novel by Paulette Jiles

Jiles captures the flavor of the post-Civil War American West perfectly in this tale built around two strong characters. Captain Kidd

brings news to isolated Texans by giving paid readings drawn from the East Coast and European news articles. The elderly widower

accepts the task of returning a ten-year-old girl to her faraway relatives. She had earlier been captured by the Kiowa and adapted to

their Indian ways. Now her crafty intelligence & surprising skill helps to save them both from attack.   

I do love westerns and recommend this page-turner highly! - Karen

The Women in the Castle, by Jessica Shattuck

An insightful story of Marianne, an upper class woman whose husband orchestrated the failed plot to assassinate Hitler. She made promises to him and to her dear friend that she would care for the wives and children of those men in the group, and she did! Three war widows and their children help each other survive at the end of WWII in this engaging novel filled with rich period detail. The rules for love and loyalty are very different during wartime. We enjoy the detail of how those women survived, raising their children and carrying on with little food, medicine, clothing or supplies. Very readable.

The Alchemist's Daughter, by Mary Lawrence

The first in her mystery series set in Tudor times. In the mid sixteenth century, Henry VIII sits on the throne, and Bianca Goddard tends to the sick and suffering in the slums of London, where disease can take a life as quickly as murder.  Exquisite research brings the period to life with fascinating characters and unpredictable twists to the story.                                                                              

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Hooray - our Letterpress Books signs are now up on the Northgate Plaza pylons!

Thank you to all of our friends who contributed to the GOFUNDME project.

We appreciate your helpfulness so much.         - Katherine, Karen & John Paul

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"A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge."   George R.R. Martin

Thanks again for your enthusiastic welcome. Every day our customers tell us they prefer to BUY LOCAL

so thank you for supporting your neighborhood bookstore. Word of mouth recommendations for Letterpress

helps us to expand and continue to serve your community.  Please feel free to browse the shelves

We will be glad to order when you want something special. It is surprising how quickly these orders arrive at

the bookstore.

We appreciate your business!

Kath, Karen & John Paul

 

 

 

 

 

 
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