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      We will make recommendations especially for your taste. 

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We are glad to order books - these come very quickly. Your gift books can be mailed directly.



Look who's signing at Letterpress Books!


Linda Greenlaw signing her newest mystery, 

                 Bimini Twist

here at Letterpress books  July 3rd, Tuesday evening 6:00 pm
           R.S.V.P. please as seating is limited

Linda Greenlaw is the author of the bestsellers The Hungry Ocean, All Fishermen are Liars, The Lobster Chronicles, and Recipes from a Small Island, as well as the Jane Bunker mysteries, including Slipknot and Fisherman’s Bend. Before becoming a writer, she was the captain of a swordboat, the career that earned her a prominent role in Junger’s book The Perfect Storm and a portrayal in the subsequent film. She now lives on Isle au Haut, Maine, where she captains a lobster boat.



Line of Sight, by Tom Clancy 

Jack Ryan finds that the scars of war can last a lifetime.26 years ago, Dr. Cathy Ryan restored the eyesight of a young Bosnian girl who had been injured during an attack in the war. Today, her son, Jack Ryan Jr. has agreed to track down the young woman and deliver a letter from his mother. What he finds shocks them both.The child has grown into a remarkable woman. Aida is a self-possessed beauty with a big heart and an even bigger secret, who runs a controversial refugee agency near Sarajevo. Jack finds himself deeply drawn to both her and her country, but soon finds himself in the crosshairs of the seething ethnic tensions and ancient feuds of the Balkans. If Jack cannot navigate the world of secret service agencies, special ops and the local mafia to save Aida, Sarajevo will prove to be the fuse that lights the next world war.

Woman in the Woods, a thriller by John Connolly

In the beautiful Maine woods, a partly preserved body is discovered. Investigators realize that the dead young woman gave birth shortly before her death. But there is no sign of a baby. Private detective Charlie Parker, is hired by a lawyer to shadow the police investigation and find the infant but Parker is not the only searcher. Someone else is following the trail left by the woman, someone with an interest in much more than a missing child; someone prepared to leave bodies in his wake. And in a house by the woods, a toy telephone begins to ring and a young boy is about to receive a call from a dead woman.

Verdun Affair, by Nick Dybek

A riveting tale of romance, grief, and the far-reaching consequences of a single lie. This is a moving novel, set in Europe after WWI and Los Angeles in the 1950s, about a mysterious amnesiac, and the doomed romance between a former soldier and a war widow. It is a masterful and deeply engaging story about the tragedy and compromises of war. The Dybeks characters, deeply marked by loss, work to find love and to rebuild their lives in the shadow of this world-shattering tragedy.

A Taste for Vengeance, by Martin Walker

A missing woman, a shocking pregnancy, a dash of international intrigue, and a bottle or two of good Bergerac: it is another case for Bruno, Chief of Police. When a British tourist fails to turn up for a luxurious cooking vacation in this usually idyllic village of St. Denis, the worried hostess is quick to call on Bruno for help. Monica Felder is nowhere to be found, and her husband, a retired British major, is unreachable. After Bruno discovers Monica was traveling with a mysterious Irish intelligence agent, the two turn up dead. Was the wife running away? How much does her husband really know? What is the real story behind a scandal buried in the threesome military past? His search for the truth leads him to places he had not intended to go. 

Island of the Mad: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, by Laurie R. King  

Another terrific mystery, keeping up the suspense, humor and oh-so-clever perception of people and transpiring events. Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes untangle the slippery threads of insanity and deadly secrets as they investigate a disappearance in this chilling new novel. The Lady Vivian Beaconsfield spent most of her adult life in asylums, yet she seemed to be improving in her madness. So why did she disappear? Did she or the Bedlam nurse take the family jewels? The trail leads Russell and Holmes through a lunatic asylum stony halls to the warm Venice canals, where ethereal beauty is jarred by Mussolini Blackshirts and coming war.  Love the Cole Porter musical references and this romantic Venitian setting.



Traveling Feast: On the road and at the table with my heroes, by Rick Bass

Bass decided to thank all of his writing heroes in person, one meal at a time, in this rich smorgasbord of a memoir - a soul-nourishing, road-burning act of tribute. Bass strikes out on a journey of thanksgiving. His aim: to make a memorable meal for each of his mentors, to express his gratitude for the way they have shaped not only his writing but his life.


In Search of Mary Shelley: the Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein, by Fiona Sampson

How did a 19 year old manage to write one of the finest pieces of gothic fiction?
We know the facts of the life of Mary Shelley: her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, died within days of her birth; growing up with her father in a house full of radical poets, philosophers & writers; her elopement at age 17 with Percy Shelley, and years of European travel. But previous books have ignored the real person - what she actually thought and felt and why she did what she did. Sampson pursues Mary through her turbulent life, much as Victor Frankenstein tracked his monster across the arctic wastes. Sampson has written a book that answers the question of how it was that Mary came to write a novel so dark, mysterious, anguished, and astute that it continues to resonate two centuries later.


Robert F. Kennedy: Ripples of Hope, Kerry Kennedy in Conversation with Heads of State,  Business Leaders, Influencers, and Activists about Her Fathers Impact on Their Lives

Kerry Kennedy, daughter of RFK, shares memories of her father and explores the influence that he continues to have on the issues at the heart of the American identity today, including moral courage, economic and social justice, the role of government, international relations, youth, violence, and support for minority groups, through commentary from dozens of prominent international figures who have been inspired by him. Bobby staunchly advocated for civil rights, education, justice, and peace. His message transcended race, class, and creed, resonating deeply within and across America. Fifty years after his death, Robert Kennedy's passions and concerns and the issues he championed are still so relevant. 

Bruce Lee: A Life, biography by Matthew Polly  

The first authoritative biography of film star Bruce Lee, who made martial arts a global phenomenon, bridged the divide between eastern & western cultures, and smashed long-held stereotypes of Asians and Asian-Americans.  Polly has unearthed never-before-published details about his subject. This book will offer new information behind Bruce's family origins, his personal habits (he smoked marijuana and occasionally drank, which contradicts the belief that he was a teetotaler), his rivalry with Steve McQueen (it stemmed from a love triangle with one of Lee's co-stars), and a new theory behind his unexplained death. The opportunities for a high-profile first serial are strong.

The book features dozens of rare photos. Polly has acquired the rights to 200 images, gathered from private collectors and the Hong Kong Heritage museum, such as outtakes of Bruce Lee and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the Game of Deathfilm set.


The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciation, By John McCain, Mark Salter

An inspiring, moving, frank, and deeply personal memoir. Written while confronting mortal illness, McCain looks back with appreciation on his years in the Senate, his historic 2008 campaign for the presidency against Obama, and his crusades on behalf of democracy and human rights in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Always the fighter, McCain attacks the nationalism afflicting American policy. He makes an impassioned case for democratic internationalism. He tells stories of his most satisfying moments of public service, including his work with another giant of the Senate, Edward Kennedy. Senator McCain recalls his disagreements with several presidents and minces no words in his objections to some of the statements and policies by President Trump. Plus he offers a positive vision of America that looks beyond the current presidency.


Tip of the Iceberg: My 3,000-Mile Journey Around Wild Alaska, the Last Great American Frontier, by Mark Adams 

Mark Adams gave me, in spades, what I always hope to find in a book: the chance to effortlessly learn something extraordinary. I was constantly laughing, shaking my head in astonishment, and trying to slow down so I would not finish it too fast. Some of my favorite people show up in this book, from John Muir to John Burroughs, but Adams himself may be the most unforgettable character. - by Candice Millard, author of Hero of the Empire


Kings of the Yukon: One Summer Paddling Across the Far North, by Adam Weymouth

Enjoy this thrilling 4-month journey by canoe across Alaska in search of the king salmon. The Yukon River is 2,000 miles, the longest stretch of free-flowing river in the US. In this riveting tale of one of the last wild places on earth, Weymouth canoes the river's length, from the Yukon Territory through Alaska to the Bering Sea. The result is a book that shows how even the most remote wilderness is affected by the same forces reshaping our planet.

Every summer, thousands of king salmon migrate the distance of the Yukon to their spawning grounds, where they breed and die, in what is the longest salmon run in the world. For the communities that live along the river, salmon was once the lifeblood of the economy and local culture. But climate change and a globalized economy have altered the balance between man and nature; the health of king salmon is in question, as is the fate of the indigenous people who depend on them. This is extraordinary adventure and nature writing at its most urgent and poetic.


American Values: Lessons I Learned from My Family, by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

An emotional memoir by Robert F Kennedy, Jr that looks at the defining moments of his life and explores what it has meant to be an American as well as a Kennedy. This is both a look at life in Camelot and the story of a boy who grew up under curse of both his uncle and father being killed while in public service. At the heart of the story is his long struggle with drug abuse and how he came out the other end of it and built a career in environmental activism.




Oprah Book Club Pick

The Sun Does Shine, autobiography by Anthony Ray Hinton

"Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison for opposing a racist system in South Africa. Anthony Ray Hinton spent 30 years on death row because a racist system still exists in America. Both emerged from their incarceration with a profound capacity to forgive. “– Archbishop Desmond Tutu

A powerful, revealing story of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading by a man who spent 30 years on death row for a crime he did not commit. In 1985, Hinton was arrested, charged with 2 counts of murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused, only 29 years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence and set him free. For the next 27 years he was a beacon, transforming his own spirit and those of his fellow inmates, 54 of whom were executed just feet from his cell. With the help of civil rights attorney and author of Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson, Hinton won his release in 2015. An extraordinary testament to the power of hope sustained through the darkest times.

Brief Cases, by Jim Butcher

An all-new Dresden Files story, “Zoo Day”, headlines this urban fantasy short story collection starring the Windy City favorite, Harry Dresden, the only professional wizard in Chicago.  It is rife with intrigue and supernatural creatures. You will make their intimate acquaintance as Harry delves into the dark side of truth, justice, and the American way.From the Wild West to the bleachers at Wrigley Field, humans, zombies and even fey royalty appear, ready to blur the line between friend and foe.  With 12 stories in all, Brief Cases offers longtime fans and first-time readers tantalizing glimpses into his funny, gritty, and unforgettable realm, whetting their appetites for more to come from the wizard with a heart of gold.


Florida, by Lauren Groff

Electric storytelling and intelligence in a world in which storms, snakes, and sinkholes lurk at the edge of everyday life, but the greater threats and mysteries are of a human, emotional, and psychological nature. Meet a resourceful pair of abandoned sisters; a lonely boy, grown up; a restless, childless couple, a searching, homeless woman; and an unforgettable, recurring character who is a steely conflicted wife and mother.

Florida: its landscape, climate, history and state of mind, with an energy, a mood, as much as a place to live. Groff transports the reader, then jolts us alert with a crackle of wit, a wave of sadness, a flash of cruelty, as she writes about loneliness, rage, family, and the passage of time. She pinpoints the moments, decisions and connections behind human pleasure and pain, hope and despair, love and fury, the moments that make us alive.

How Hard Can It Be, by Allison Pearson

Kate Reddy had it all: a nice home, two adorable kids, a good husband. Then her kids became teenagers (read: monsters). Her husband, quit his job, taking up bicycling & therapeutic counseling: drinking green potions, dressing head to toe in Lycra, and spending hours and dollars on his own therapy. Since Richard no longer sees a regular income as the path to enlightenment, it is left to Kate to go back to work.

Companies are not keen on hiring 49-year-old mothers, so Kate does what she must: knocks a few years off her age, hires a trainer, joins a Women Returners group, and prepares a new resume that has a shot at the prize for experimental fiction. When Kate secures a job at the very hedge fund she founded, she finds herself in an impossible juggling act: proving herself at work, dealing with teen drama, and trying to look after frail parents as the clock keeps ticking toward her 50th birthday. Will Kate reclaim her rightful place at the fund? Will she rekindle an old flame, or will her house burn when a rowdy mob shows up for her daughter’s surprise Christmas party? Surely it will all work out in the end. After all, how hard can it be?

We know you don't look or feel like a Senior, but if you are over 60 years we are now
offering 15% off to seniors on all in-store items every day instead of just Tuesdays!


 New Maine Made earrings from Baubles & Beads:

Lovely Tile Coasters by Katie Tuzmen make perfect remembrance gifts


Glowing Candles by Portland's own Chandler & Kemp


 Original Oil Paintings by Kate Winn

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