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Welcome Everybody! 
What makes our family-owned bookstore special?
We will make book recommendations especially for your taste.
Books that are fresh and unique.
Distinctive greeting cards and Maine Made gift items.

Find us at 91 Auburn St. Suite K, Portland, ME 04103

Call us at 207-747-4232      mailto: info@Letterpress-Books.com 

Sundays  Open 10:00 am - 5:00 pm    Monday - Saturday  9:00 am - 6:00 pm      

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.

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 Play FIND WALDO                        

Game ends July 31st.

Pick up your passport/gamesheet now!

Grandparents - Families - Kids of all ages  Pick up your passports 

& game instructions in the bookstore. Lots of people are playing!

See the Find Waldo Game page on this website.

Find the Waldo image in nearby retail stores.

Find Waldo in 20 stores and enter the drawings to win fun Waldo prizes. 

25 local independent stores are participating in this game sponsored by 

Candlewick Press and the American Booksellers Association.



                        The Magic is Back on July 31st!        



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Perfect gifts:  Original paintings by local artist, Kate Winn

            Sea Glass mementos by Amanda Pray of North Deering

                    + lovely candles from Portland's own Chandler & Kemp

We also feature beautiful & cheerful greeting cards by several local artists. 

Check our large section of Children's books with old favorites plus educational activity books. 

We feature Maine authors on the Mystery and Fiction shelves. 

Acadia National Park Centennial

One hundred years ago, Acadia National Park was conserved to ensure that its 
stunning beauty,natural wonders, and cultural treasures would be protected 
for the inspiration and enjoyment of all.





    TUESDAY IS SENIOR DISCOUNT & NEW RELEASE 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 Gene, an Intimate History, by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Mukherjee has written a biography of the gene as deft, brilliant and illuminating as his successful biography of cancer. Weaving science, social history and personal narrative to tell of an important conceptual breakthrough, he animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives.

My Father and Atticus Finch, a Lawyer’s Fight for Justice in 1930’s Alabama, by Joseph Madison Beck

A terrific study of Harper Lee’s masterpiece and a similar rape case of the time. Beck’s father was the defense attorney in that mysterious case, a staggering example of racial injustice. In a town crackling with racial tension, Foster Beck took on this dangerous case. The results were tragic, both for the defendant and for Beck’s father. This is a dramatic, wrenching and touching account of Atticus Finch’s real-life analogue.

Grunt: the Curious Science of Humans at War, by Mary Roach, Abby Elvidge 

Grunt tackles the science behind some of a soldier’s most challenging adversaries—panic, exhaustion, heat, noise—and introduces us to the scientists who seek to conquer them. Mary Roach dodges hostile fire with the U.S. Marine Corps Paintball Team as part of a study on hearing loss and survivability in combat. She visits the fashion design studio of U.S. Army Natick Labs and learns why a zipper is a problem for a sniper. She visits a repurposed movie studio where amputee actors help prepare Marine Corps medics for the shock and gore of combat wounds... and much more.

View From the Cheap Seats, selected Non-Fiction, by Neil Gaiman 

An enthralling collection of nonfiction essays on a myriad of topics—from art and artists to dreams, myths, and memories—observed in Neil Gaiman’s probing, amusing, and distinctive style. An inquisitive observer, thoughtful commentator, and assiduous craftsman, Neil Gaiman has long been celebrated for the sharp intellect and startling imagination that informs his bestselling fiction. Now, The View from the Cheap Seats brings together for the first time ever more than sixty pieces of his outstanding nonfiction.

Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse, by Eric Jay Dolin  

Beginning with our 300-year-old Boston Light and extending across to the West Coast lighthouses, this is a a work rich in maritime lore and brimming with original historical detail. 



Underground Airlines, a novel by Ben H. Winters

This Orwellian allegory takes place in a United States where Lincoln was assassinated before becoming president, the Civil War never took place, and slavery still exists in 4 states (known as the Hard Four). Winters addresses issues such as the use of racial profiling, misguided white liberal politicians, and the influence of racism on the very young. Perhaps the most important book of the summer.

As Good as Gone, a novel by Larry Watson

After the death of his wife, Cal Sidey abandoned his children for the life of a solitary rancher in Montana. Years later, his son Bill asks his father to come home to look after his grandchildren while Bill handles a family emergency.  But he finds the world no longer has a place for his old-fashioned, violent ways. A grand Western tragedy, spare and harrowing.

Van Gogh's Ear, by Bernadette Murphy

Murphy reveals the long misunderstood incident of Van Gogh, at his breaking point, cutting off his own ear and presenting it to the mysterious "Rachel". She re-opens one of art histories most famous cold cases and braids together a journey of Van Gogh's life in a sleepy Provincal town where he painted his greatest art, and re-constructs the world in which he moved.

How to Set a Fire and Why: a novel by Jesse Ball

Lucia Stanton gets kicked out of school for stabbing the star basketball player in the neck with a pencil. She is a delinquent, a philosopher, a shard of glass. She's also an aspiring arsonist who is vibrant and charming in a misanthropic way. Her father died; her Mom is in a mental hospital; Lucia lives in a garage bedroom with her aunt. A story of misguided friendship and destruction.

Vinegar Girl, a novel by Anne Tyler

Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, retold in present time. Kate Battista keeps house for her scientist father and younger sister, Bunny. When Dr. Battista’s lab assistant, Pyotr, is being deported, a plan is hatched to marry him to Kate so he can remain in the country. A thought-provoking look at the role of women in society that is just as relevant today as it was 400 years ago!

Barkskins, a novel by Annie Proulx

A dazzling, violent, magnificently dramatic novel about the taking down of the world’s forests. In the 17th century two penniless Frenchmen, René Sel and Charles Duquet, arrive in New France. Bound to a feudal lord for three years in exchange for land, they become wood-cutters—barkskins. René suffers extraordinary hardship, oppressed by the forest he is charged with clearing. He is forced to marry a Mi’kmaw woman; their descendants live trapped between two cultures. But Duquet, crafty and ruthless, runs away to become a fur trader and sets up a timber business. Proulx tells the stories of their descendants over 300 years—their travels across North America, Europe, China and New Zealand, under brutal conditions—the revenge of rivals, accidents, pestilence, Indian attacks, and cultural annihilation. They seize a presumed infinite resource, leaving the modern-day characters face to face with possible ecological collapse.

SMOKE, a novel by Dan Vyleta 

Imagine a world where every dark thought you had was revealed by a wisp of smoke. Set in an alternative England, this tale reveals what really lies behind this sinful soot through the eyes of three teenagers who begin to question all they have been told. A brilliant combination of fantasy and historical fiction, where layers of mystery and glimmers of truth will keep you feverishly turning pages until the very end.



The One In A Million Boy, by Monica Wood

This novel is fantastic. Beautiful writing, wonderful characters - the kind you want to be friends with yourself. Just quirky enough and not too sentimental with themes of love, loss and aging. This is a Hopeful novel of friendship based in Portland, Maine.Highly recommended!

Goodnight, Beautiful Women, by Anna Noyes

Interconnected stories set in coastal Maine, show women who yearn, stumble, get back up, make terrible mistakes, strive, keep dark secrets, take off and come back again. The stories are energetic, often mysterious and beautifully written. A quality of wildness animates all of them.

American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good, by Colin Woodard

Woodard examines the history of and solutions to the key American question of how to reconcile individual liberty with the maintenance of a free society. The struggle between individual rights and the good of the community, from the run up to the Civil War to the fights between the Federalists, the Progressives, the New Dealers and the civil rights movement, he traces these two key strands through four centuries of the American existence.

One Wild Bird at a Time: Portraits of Individual Lives, by Bernd Heinrich  

A captivating account of the beloved author's encounters with individual wild birds. Each chapter focuses on a different bird, going into fascinating detail that will engage the reader immensley.

Rebel's Wrath, a historical novel by Christoper Morin

A tale of Private Sherman Jackson, of the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment, who survived the deadly battle of Gettysburg. At the end of the war, Sherman obeys a summons from his father to return to his home in North Scarborough, and help save the family business, where he finds himself embroiled in town troubles and suspected of unlawful activities. He must use all of his resources to resolve the problems and save himself from destruction.

Finding a Way to Play: The Pioneering Spirit of Women in Basketball, by Joanne Lannin

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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 & continue to serve your community. Please feel free to browse the shelves; we will be glad to order when you want something special. 

It’s surprising how quickly these orders arrive at the bookstore.

We appreciate your business!

Kath, Karen & John Paul






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