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Creating a Destination of Discovery 
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. 

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        mailto:info@LetterpressBooks.com 

 Check out our Inventory Sale!
 We have a large array of books to choose from.
                 All calendars are 30% off
           Christmas items are on 50% discount.   
For our dog-loving friends: A Dog’s Purpose, A Dog’s Journey, and Ellie's Story 

These books are all amazing and now on January 27th, a new film based on the beloved bestselling novel by

W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström.





Amanda Pray Seaglass mementos for Valentine's Day!

Watercolors by Jeanne Lafferty

Vintage art by Christina Siravo

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 move away. But wait – he is being followed, his house is broken into and he kills the intruder. Next, the old man turns to his “go bag” – his 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!




John Paul is enjoying this one*


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


Preston takes readers on an adventure deep into the Honduran jungle in this riveting, danger-filled narrative about the discovery of an ancient lost civilization, the Lost City of the Monkey God. A five-hundred-year-old legend. An ancient curse. A stunning medical mystery. And a pioneering journey into the unknown heart of the world's densest jungle.

In 2012, bestselling author Doug Preston joined a team of scientists on a groundbreaking new quest. He climbed aboard a rickety, single-engine plane carrying the machine that would change everything: “lidar”, a highly advanced, classified technology that could map the terrain under the densest rainforest canopy. In an unexplored valley ringed by steep mountains, that flight revealed the unmistakable image of a sprawling metropolis, tantalizing evidence of not just an undiscovered 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!


History of Wolves: a novel by Emily Fridlund 

 A lonely teenager in rural Minnesota, Linda is desperate for connection and obsessed with her enigmatic new neighbors and a classmate in a scandalous relationship with her teacher. A multi-layered morality tale rich in symbolism, this hauntingly crafted story will inspire you.     

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! 

The Sleepwalker: a novel by Chris Bohjalian 

 When Annalee goes missing, her children fear the worst. She is a sleepwalker whose affliction manifests in ways both bizarre and devastating. Once, she merely destroyed the hydrangeas in front of her Vermont home, and one night her daughter pulled her back from the precipice of the Gale River bridge. Now as a search party combs the nearby woods her husband, Warren, flies home from a business trip. Lianna is questioned by a young, hazel-eyed detective and her little sister, Paige, takes to swimming the Gale to look for clues. When the police discover a small swatch of fabric from a ripped nightshirt hanging from a branch, it seems certain Annalee is dead, but detective Gavin Rikert continues to call at the Ahlbergs’ home. As Lianna peels back the layers of mystery surrounding Annalee’s disappearance, she finds herself drawn to Gavin, but must ask herself: Why does the detective know so much about her mother?  If Annalee really died while sleepwalking, where was the body?  

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 six 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 tale.


The Dry, a novel by Jane Harper 

 A small town hides big secrets in this stunning, page-turning debut mystery by an award-winning author. When he hears that his childhood best friend Luke has been found dead after committing a terrible crime, Federal Agent Aaron Falk gets a note saying, Luke lied. You lied. Be at the funeral.” 

20 years ago, the boys were each other’s alibi when Falk was accused of murder, and he left his hometown under a cloud of suspicion. But now Luke has done something awful - and more than one person knows they didn't tell the truth back then. Falk, now a Federal investigator, can’t help questioning the official report. When he reluctantly returns amid the worst drought in a century to see if there’s more to Luke’s death, long-buried mysteries will resurface, as will the lies that have haunted him. And Falk will find that small towns can hide big secrets. Atmospheric and razor-sharp.



Books for Living, by Will Schwalbe  Intense and captivating, this inspiring and magical exploration of the power of books to shape our lives in an era of constant connectivity.

Why is it that we read? To learn something new? To escape from reality? Reading is entertainment but also a way to make sense of the world, to become a better person, and to find the answers to the big question about how to live life. In this delightful celebration of reading, Schwalbe invites us along on his quest for books that speak to the specific challenges of living in our modern world, with all its noise and distractions. Schwalbe focuses on the way books can help us honor those we’ve loved & lost, and also figure out how to live each day more fully. Rich with stories and recommendations, 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


Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd, by Alan Bradley

It’s Christmastime, and in spite of being ejected from Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy in Canada,

she is greeted on the docks with unfortunate news: Her father is ill, and a hospital visit will have

to wait 12-year-old Flavia de Luce is excited to be sailing home to England. But instead of a 

while he rests. But with Flavia’s blasted sisters and insufferable cousin underfoot, Buckshaw now

seems too empty. Eager to run an errand for the vicar’s wife, Flavia hops on her trusty bicycle.

Gladys, to deliver a message to a reclusive wood-carver. Finding the front door ajar,Flavia

the poor man’s body hanging on the back of his bedroom door. Flavia is energized at the prospect of a new investigation.





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 to 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

George 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 specific concessions each side must make to finally achieve lasting peace. This unflinching look at why the peace process has failed, and what must happen for it to succeed, is an important, essential, and valuable read.

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 American existence.

Hearts in Suspension, by Stephen King


Thank you to our many generous customers who donated books for the
Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers, and to the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital. 

Your names are on stars on the Giving Tree!


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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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