SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY! Author Signing 10:30 am November 28th
Meet Christina Siravo who will be presenting her Red Riding Hood comic book for signing. We carry her charming vintage-style greeting cards as well.
Remember reading your first book?
Here's a lovely holiday project! You can buy books at Letterpress for donation to
The Maine Children's
Home for Little Wanderers.
We will post your name as a donor on the
Giving Tree in the bookstore, and we will deliver
your books to be included in holiday
gift boxes for disadvantaged children who live in rural
Maine. They have volunteers now who are ready to pack the boxes but there are not enough
new books, toys, mittens or warm pajamas to fill the gift boxes.
Let's help! And you will receive a donation receipt for your
tax deduction records.
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.
NEW RELEASES FOR OCTOBER
Boys in the Trees, by Carly Simon
Simon's memoir reveals her remarkable life, beginning with her storied childhood as the third daughter of Richard L. Simon, the co-founder of publishing giant Simon & Schuster.
She recalls a childhood enriched by music and culture, but also one shrouded in secrets that would eventually tear her family apart. Simon brilliantly captures moments of creative inspiration, the sparks of songs, and the stories behind writing "Anticipation" and "We Have No Secrets" among many others. Simon recounts romantic entanglements with some of the most famous men of the day that fueled her confessional lyrics, as well as describing the unraveling of her storybook marriage to James Taylor.
Cross Justice, by James Patterson
The toughest cases are the ones that hit close to home. When his cousin is accused of a heinous crime, Alex Cross returns to his North Carolina hometown for the first time in over three decades. As he tries to prove his cousin's innocence in a town where everyone seems to be on the take, Cross unearths a family secret that forces him to question everything he's ever known.
Chasing a ghost he believed was long dead, Cross gets pulled into a case that has local cops scratching their heads and needing his help: a grisly string of socialite murders. Now he's hot on the trail of both a brutal killer, and the truth about his own past--and the answers he finds might be fatal.
Humans of New York Stories, by Brandon Stanton [a terrific gift!]
A photographic census of New York City and a beautiful, heart-warming, funny, and inspiring collection of images. In the summer of 2010, photographer Brandon Stanton set out on an ambitious project: to single-handedly create a photographic census of New York City. Armed with his camera, he began crisscrossing the city, covering thousands of miles on foot, all in his attempt to capture ordinary New Yorkers in the most extraordinary of moments.
The Explorers Guild: a Passage to Shambala, by Kevin Costner, Jon Baird, Rick Ross
Behind the staid public rooms of an old world gentlemen’s club operates a more mysterious organization: The Explorers Guild, a clandestine group of adventurers who bravely journey to those places in which light gives way to shadow and reason is usurped by myth. Their goal: to discover the mysteries that lie beyond the boundaries of the known world.
Set against the backdrop of World War I, the first in the series concerns the Guild's quest to find the golden city of Buddhist myth. The search will take them from the Polar North to the Mongolian deserts, through the underground canals of Asia to deep inside the Himalayas, before the fabled city finally divulges its secrets and the globe-spanning journey plays out to its startling conclusion.
Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories, by Stephen King
Stephen King has dazzled readers with his genius as a writer of short fiction. In this new collection he assembles, for the first time, recent stories that have never been published in a book. He introduces each with a passage about its origins or his motivations for writing it. There are thrilling connections between stories; themes of morality, the afterlife, guilt, what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past. “Afterlife” is about a man who died of colon cancer and keeps reliving the same life, repeating his mistakes over and over again. Several stories feature characters at the end of life, revisiting their crimes and misdemeanors.
The Japanese Lover, by Isabel Allende
In 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis, young Alma Belasco’s parents send her away to live in safety with an aunt and uncle in their opulent mansion in San Francisco. There, as the rest of the world goes to war, she encounters Ichimei Fukuda, the quiet and gentle son of the family’s Japanese gardener. Unnoticed by those around them, a tender love affair begins to blossom. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the two are cruelly pulled apart as Ichimei and his family—like thousands of other Japanese Americans—are declared enemies and forcibly relocated to internment camps run by the United States government. Throughout their lifetimes, Alma and Ichimei reunite again and again, but theirs is a love that they are forever forced to hide from the world.
After Alice, by Gregory Maguire
When Alice toppled down the rabbit-hole 150 years ago, she found a Wonderland as rife with inconsistent rules and abrasive egos as the world she left behind. But what of that world? How did 1860s Oxford react to Alice’s disappearance? In this brilliant new work of fiction, Gregory Maguire turns his dazzling imagination to the question of underworlds, undergrounds, underpinnings—and understandings old and new, offering an inventive spin on Carroll’s enduring tale.
All the Stars in the Heavens, by Adriana Trigiani
Setting, Hollywood 1030's to present day. The love affair between Loretta Young & Clark Gable, and the tale of an Italian duo, working for the stars and their own love story.
The Thing Explainer, by Randall Munroe
Have you ever tried to learn more about some incredible thing, only to be frustrated by incomprehensible jargon? Randall Munroe is here to help. In Thing Explainer, he uses line drawings and only the thousand (or, rather, “ten hundred”) most common words to provide simple explanations for some of the most interesting stuff there is, including:
- food-heating radio boxes (microwaves)
- tall roads (bridges)
- computer buildings (datacenters)
- the shared space house (the International Space Station)
- the other worlds around the sun (the solar system)
- the big flat rocks we live on (tectonic plates)
- the pieces everything is made of (the periodic table)
- planes with turning wings (helicopters)
Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World, by Bill Nye
The "Science Guy" issues a new challenge to today's generation: to make a cleaner, more efficient and happier world. Bill applies his message of technological optimism to climate change. With a scientist's understanding of how things are, and an engineer's vision of how things could be, he sees today's environmental crisis as an opportunity for a tremendous new beginning.
Pacific, by Simon Winchester
The scope of these historical tales of military intrigue, along with the fascinating science of our great Pacific ocean brings new meaning to "The Ring of Fire" as well as international relations. His recent travels to isolated places gives us insight into deep sea discoveries and the aftermath of volcanic eruptions, which led to military encroachment and threat.
My Life on the Road, by Gloria Steinem
Highly recommended because there is so much truth revealed. Steinem covers everything from areas of equality and human rights, to Native American culture & history, none of which is taught in US schools. More than a memoir, this book is vastly entertaining and enlightening as well as fun to read. As a professional organizer, she has perfected ways to get people working as a team to achieve their goals. Steinem was in the thick of countless political confrontations; she gives us insight with sometimes sad, often funny anecdotes.
Ivory Vikings: The King, the Walrus, the Artist, and the Empire that Created the World's Most Famous Chessmen, by Nancy Marie Brown
In the early 1800's, on a Hebridean beach in Scotland, the sea exposed an ancient treasure cache: 93 chessmen carved from walrus ivory. Norse netsuke, each face individual, each full of quirks, the Lewis Chessmen are probably the most famous chess pieces in the world.
Who carved them? Where? Ivory Vikings explores these mysteries by connecting medieval Icelandic sagas with modern archaeology, art history, forensics, and the history of board games. Ivory Vikings presents a vivid history of the 400 years when Vikings ruled the North Atlantic, and the sea-road connected Norway and Scotland, Ireland and Iceland, and Greenland and North America. The story of the Lewis chessmen explains the economic lure behind the Viking voyages to the west in the 800s and 900s. And finally, it brings from the shadows an extraordinarily talented woman artist of the twelfth century: Margret the Adroit of Iceland.
The Conquering Tide, non-fiction by Ian W. Toll
This masterful history encompasses the heart of the Pacific Warthe period between mid-1942 and mid-1944 when parallel Allied counteroffensives north & south of the equator washed over Japan's far-flung island empire like a "conquering tide," concluding with Japan's irreversible strategic defeat in the Marianas.
FEATURING BOOKS About & By MAINE AUTHORS
The Killing Kind, by Chris Holm
"Chris Holm's THE KILLING KIND is my favorite thriller of the fall lineup. Here's a solid gold premise: an assassin who only kills other assassins... The cat-and-mouse game that follows is pure joy...This novel is so fast-moving, so expertly arranged, every piece fitting together with a well-oiled snap, that it feels weaponized. Read it. Or else."
-New York Times Book Review
The Song of Shadows, by John Connolly
The past and present intertwine in A Song of Shadows, a thrilling tale of secrets and lies in a Maine seaside village, where the ailing Charlie Parker has decamped to recuperate after a near-fatal encounter with a supernatural force. But as he is nursing his wounds, a dead body washes up on the beach. No one knows where it has come from, but the legacy it hides will change the village forever.
The Precipice, a Mike Bowditch mystery by Paul Doiron
This is the sixth in the Maine game warden series. All of these stories take place around our beautiful state.
In this riveting new novel from Edgar finalist Paul Doiron, Bowditch joins a desperate search for two missing hikers as Maine wildlife officials deal with a frightening rash of coyote attacks. When two young female hikers disappear in the Hundred Mile Wilderness—the most remote stretch along the entire two-thousand mile Appalachian Trail—Maine game warden Mike Bowditch joins the search to find them.
French Prize, a novel by James L. NelsonJack Biddlecomb, son of Isaac Biddlecomb, the protagonist of James L. Nelson's popular Revolution at Sea Saga, finds himself taking command of the merchant vesselAbigail bound for Barbados. With the French making prizes of American merchant ships, the Abigail's owner has outfitted the ship with guns and instructed Jack to fight if need be to keep his ship out of French hands. What Jack does not know, though his passengers do, is that he is being used as part of a bigger plot, one that will have repercussions on an international scale.
The Happiest People in the World, by Brock Clarke
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