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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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Open every day: Sunday 10:00 am-5:00  Mon thru Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Find us at 91 Auburn St. Suite K, Portland, ME 04103
          Call at 207-747-4232 



Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman
Gaiman stays true to the myths, envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high,
wise, daring and cunning; Thor, Odin's son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki -
son of a giant - blood brother to Odin and a trickster. The author fashions these primeval stories into
a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits
of dieties, dwarfs and giants. Once, when Thor's hammer is stolen, Thor must disguise himself as a woman
to steal it back -  difficult with his beard and huge appetite.
Through Gaiman's deft and witty prose emerge these gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their
susceptibility to being duped (and duping others), and passionate tendency, make these long-ago myths
breathe pungent life again.

Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee
A sweeping saga of exceptional people in exile, caught in the indifferent arc of history. In Japan, Sunja's family members endure harsh discrimination, catastrophes, and poverty, yet they also encounter great joy as they pursue their passions and rise to meet the challenges their new home presents. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, they are bound together by deep roots as their family faces enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.

The Fifth Petal, a novel by Brunonia Barry  Salem's chief of police, John Rafferty, now married to gifted lace reader, Towner Whitney, investigates a 25-year-old homicide dubbed "The Goddess Murders", where 3 young women, all descended from the Salem witches, were slashed one Halloween night. Aided by Callie, the daughter of one of the victims, Rafferty begins to uncover a dark chapter in Salem's past. Callie, gifted with premonitions, begins to struggle with visions and an attraction to a man with connections to her mother's murder. Neither believes that the main suspect, local historian Rose Whelan, is guilty of murder or witchcraft, but they are crossing paths with a dangerous force. Were the women victims of vengeance? If they cannot discover what truly happened, will evil rise again?

The Impossible Fortress
, a novel by Jason Rekulak

A sweet, funny, and moving tribute to nerds and misfits everywhere. Until May 1987, fourteen-year-old Billy Marvin of Wetbridge, New Jersey, is a nerd, but a decidedly happy nerd. Afternoons are spent with his buddies, watching copious amounts of television, gorging on Pop-Tarts, debating who would win in a brawl (Rocky Balboa or Freddy Krueger? Bruce Springsteen or Billy Joel? Magnum P.I. Or T.J. Hooker?), and programming video games on his Commodore 64 late into the night. Then Playboy magazine publishes photos of Wheel of Fortune hostess Vanna White, Billy meets expert programmer Mary Zelinsky, and everything changes.

Bacteria to Bach: the Evolution of Minds, by Daniel C. Dennett   One of America's foremost philosophers offers a major new account of the origins of the conscious mind.  For centuries the question of how did minds originate, has intrigues physicists, poets and philosophers who have wondered how the human mind developed its ability to create, imagine and explain. Disciples of Darwin have long aspired to explain how consciousness, language and culture have appeared through natural selection, blazing trails that end in confusion and controversy. Dennett now builds on ideas from computer science and biology to show how a comprehending mind would have arisen. Part whodunit, part bold scientific confecture, he enlarges themes on philosophical thought.




Amanda Pray Seaglass mementos for Valentine's Day!

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 Paintings by Kate Winn

We have lots of new journals, puzzles, stationary & calendars

and we are re-filling the bookshelves as fast as we can!



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.   




The Old Man, by Thomas Perry

Dan Chase is a wealthy old man living a quiet life after his wife's death and daughter's move away. But wait - he is being followed, his house broken into and he kills the intruder. Next the old man turns to his "go bag" of many identities, stash of currency, and a plan to disappear.  There are secrets to be discovered throughout this tale and Perry keeps us wondering what will come next!

The Lost City of the Monkey God, a true story by Douglas Preston 

Take an adventure deep into the Honduran jungle in this riveting, danger-filled narrative on the discovery of an ancient Lost City of the Monkey God. A 500-year-old legend. An ancient curse. A stunning medical mystery. And a pioneering journey into the unknown heart of the world's densest jungle.  Back in 2012, author Preston joined a team of scientists on a new quest. He climbed aboard a rickety, single-engine plane carrying the machine that would change everything: "lidar" a highly advanced techology that could map the terrain under the rainforest canopy. In an unexplored valley ringed by steep mountains, that flight revealed the image of a sprawling metropolis, tantalizing evidence of not just a mystery city, but an enigmatic lost civilization.


The Second Mrs. Hockaday: a novel by Susan Rivers

When Major Gryffith Hockaday returns home after years of fighting in the Civil Way, he discovers his wife has birthed a child who later died

under mysterious circumstances. The major has murder charges brought against his wife. The trial and story of what happened

culminate in a shocking truth.  Inspired by true events, this story is memorable, unique and a fascinating read.

The Bear and the Nightingale, by Katherine Arden 

An enchanting mix of fairy tale, fantasy and historical fiction set in medieval Russia, where old and new traditions live side by side.  Vasya was


born gifted with special powers but caught is a conflict between the old spirits and the new religion. A rich, mesmerizing tale!


Burning Bright: a novel by Nick Petrie 

 This is the best pairing since Tarzan and Jane, but cutting edge current! Think Jack Reacher meets Wonder Woman; they both are clever,
resourceful and powerful, but each with an Achilles heel that renders them humanly endearing. Petrie grabs your attention for this thriller
with the very first paragraph! 

Leopard at the door: a novel by Jennifer McVeigh 

 McVeigh describes life in Kenya during the Mau Mau Uprising of 1952. This beautiful writing is reminiscent of Beryl Markham and brings
Kenya alive.  Rachel has returned from spending 6 years in England after she was sent to her grandmother and boarding school, when her mother died. She finds life to be very different with the dramatic changes wrought by her father's mistress, who has no affinity for the Africans. The family issues, sexual tension and drama of pending war make this a most exciting story.

The Dry, a novel by Jane Harper A small town hides big secrets in this stunning, page-turning debut mystery. When Federal Agent Aaron Falk learns that his childhood friend Luke, has been found dead after committing a terrible crime, Falk gets a not saying, "Luke lied. You lied. Be at the funeral." Twenty years ago the boys were each other's alibi when Falk was accused of murder and he left town under a cloud of suspicion. But now Luke has done something awful and more than one person knows the truth.

Falk can't help questioning the official report and returns to find if there is more to Luke's death. Long-buried mysteries resurface and Falk finds that small towns can hide big secrets. Atmospheric and razor-sharp.


Books for Living, by Will Schwalbe    Intense and captivating, this inspiring, magical exploration of the power of books to shape our lives in an era of constant connectivity.  Why do we read?  To learn something new?  To escape reality?  Reading is entertainment but also a way to make sense of the world, to become a better person, and to find answers to big questions about how to life life. Schwalbe invites us along on his quest to books that speak to the challenges of living in our modern world with all its noise and distractions. He focuses on the way books help us honor those we've lost and how to live each day more fully. This is a treasure for everyone who loves books.



Heartless, by Marissa Meyer  

Wonderful backstory of the Red Queen from Alice in Wonderland.  Meyer fills us in on what was the tragic loss that made the

Queen so heartless and cruel? Magical and humorous. Written with an entertaining wit.

Fate of the Tearling, by Erika Johansen 

An intense and captivating conclusion to the Tearlilng trilogy. Rash, reckless and filled with rage, Queen Kelsea surrendered to

the Red Queen, while unleashing the Orphan, a threat so evil that they are soon fighting together for survival.  Will Kelsea

unravel the mystery of her magic sapphires and save the Tear kingdom from destruction?

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


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 River at Night: a novel by Erica Ferencik  

What would you do to save the lives of your friends?  Winifred and her 3 friends are about to find out when they embark on an

excursion through the Allagash Wilderness in Northern Maine.  What happens next is everyone's nightmare, yet it leads to the

kind of wisdom few people ever achieve.  A tense, disturbing, yet satisfying story of the strength of friendship in the face of a severe challenge.


A Path to Peace: A Brief History of the Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations, by George Mitchell   

Mitchell knows how to bring peace to troubled regions. He was the primary architect of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement for peace in Northern Ireland.

But when he served as US Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, from 2009 to 2011, working to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, diplomacy

did not prevail. Now, for the first time, Mitchell offers his insider account of how the Israelis and the Palestinians have progressed (and regressed) in

their negotiations through the years and outlines the concessions each side should make to finally achieve peace. This unflinching look is an important,

essential and valuable read. 


Digital Audiobooks now available!                                                     

Letterpress Books is partnering with and we are excited to make these low-priced, convenient

Digital Audiobooks available to you here and now!  Listen to your audiobooks anytime, anywhere.  Download their free app and enjoy great books

during your daily commute, workout,   chores or just relaxing. Click here to get started:  

 Here's a code to get 20% of all digital audiobooks until March 1, 2017: LETTERPRESS20


Letterpress Books Used Book Policy

By popular demand, and in an effort to deepen our inventory, we are now buying gently 

pre-read books. Buying is by appointment only and you can bring one (1) bag or medium-

sized box at a time.  Please contact us to schedule an appointment.

We will need 30 minutes to evaluate your books, checking condition as well as our stock 

levels and sales history, and also generating your credit.   

* See our Used Book Sales Policy page for more information.


"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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