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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        mailto:info@LetterpressBooks.com 

 

We have amazing books, hiking trail guides and journals,
plus Chandler & Kemp candles and Sea Glass Frames
and paintings by local artists, which make fine and welcome gifts.


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                        MAINE AUTHOR SIGNINGS   


Christina Baker Kline & Laurie Lico Albanese

         

 

            6:30 PM Wednesday evening  July 19

      R.S.V.P. as seating is limited at Letterpress Books 

Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train, newest book is:

A Piece of the World, the story of Andrew Wyeth and his friendship with Christine 

 "To Christina Olson, the entire world was her family's remote farm in the small coastal town of Cushing, Maine. Born in the home her family had lived in for generations, and increasingly incapacitated by illness, Christina seemed destined for a small life. Instead, for more than twenty years, she was host and inspiration for the artist Andrew Wyeth, and became the subject of one of the best-known paintings of the twentieth century."

 
Laurie Lico Albanese brings us her new title, Stolen Beauty.

  Review Quotes:
Stolen Beauty is the most stunning depiction of the creation of a work of art situating it in personal and political history. Albanese's portrait of the brutality of the Nazi occupation of Austria and its seizure of art is unmatched. --Louise DeSalvo

One of those rare, captivating novels that flies us through time, transports us across continents and oceans and challenges us to imagine the unimaginable, to reckon with the cruel forces of history and to marvel at the perseverance of the human spirit in the face of it. --David Anthony Durham

 
 
   NEW RELEASE BOOKS FOR JULY

 

The Marsh King's Daughter, a novel by Karen Dionne
    
  After a childhood in the wilds of Michigan, Helena has a new life with a family who doesn't know her past with a rugged, brutal father. Now he and Helena are hunting each other and she must use all the skills he taught her to survive - fascinating, dark and disturbing survivalist training of a very tough little girl.

The Force, a novel by Don Winslow
    Malone, a veteran NYPD detective, didn't start out as a dirty cop, but over the years payoffs and favors became routine. Now they are stealing millions in money & drugs, while the real players are busy rebuilding the city after the 9/11 attacks. A gutsy, uncompromising look at the dark heartbeat of modern America.

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O., a novel by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland
   
  Serious scientific and technological subjects, but outrageously funny.  This is a rollicking, roller coaster fo a novel mixes magic, witchcraft, time travel, science and historical figures, both real & imagined - a tale that is both thought-provoking and entertaining.

    Magic actually existed and was practiced for centuries. But magic stopped working altogether in 1851, at the time of the Great Exhibition at London's Crystal Palace; it's up to Tristan to find out why. And so the Department of Diachronic Operations - D.O.D.O. - gets cracking on its mission to bring magic back!

The Silent Corner, a novel of suspense by Dean Koontz
    Jane Stark is a kick-ass-and-take-names FBI agent who is finding why her husband took his own life. When she finds other people in key positions are also committing suicide in mysterious circumstances, the story has sharp twists & turns that will challenge your intellect!
  

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY STAFF

    

Spill Zone, Sci/Fi by Scott Westerfeld
    A disaster has hit a small New York city, now quarantined by the government. Only Addie risks entering the zone to take photos of the bizarre outcome. Westerfeld creates a story heavily influenced by the Russian film, Stalker, and Puvillalnd's edgy artwork makes a compelling graphic Science fiction tale.

Magpie Murders, a novel
by Anthony Horowitz
   
 Clever beyond words, this mystery within a mystery may be the most satisfying closed-room murder case you'll ever read! The inside novel is an Agatha Christie-like mystery set in a peaceful 1950's English village. It's a manuscript that's been delivered by the author just before his untimely death--but the final chapter is missing! And as the editor looks into the mysterious circumstances surrounding her author's death, she becomes convinced that clues to his death are hidden in the manuscript. Truly a double mystery!

The Baker's Secret: a novel by Stephen P. Kiernan
  
  "Emma is an apprentice baker in a small Normandy village during the Nazi occupation. Forced to bake ten loaves of bread for the Kommandant each day, she stretches supplies to make extra bread to help feed the starving villagers. Emma smuggles gasoline and medicine as well as food to them on her daily bicycle run to the army site, all the while believing the Americans will never come to save the French people.  An amazing story - highly recommended."  - Karen

The Scribe of Siena, by Melodie Winawer
    
Get a unique perspective on time travel.  Neurosurgeon Beatrice, often helped her brother Ben with his historical research on 1300's Siena, during the time of the Plague. She felt a strong connection to the artist who created the magnificent frescoes in the Duomo. When she meets him after unexpectedly transporting back to that time, with all the dangers for a woman in modern dress and no resources for survival, Beatrice must use her own wits. She found sanctuary in a convent, working as a scribe, as most people did not read or write. She knows the Plague is coming but not how to return to her own time!


   

Dragon Teeth: a novel by Michael Crichton
   This historic thriller is grounded in fact. At its heart are two feuding paleontologists, Cope and Marsh, participating in the late 1800's Bone Wars, a period of frenzied fossil discovery. Add a fictional Yale student, friendly and unfriendly Native Americans, a heap of varmints, scoundrels and a lady, and you've got a rollicking good story!

Come Sundown, a novel by Nora Roberts
 
   The Bodine family runs a successful ranch resort. Bodine Longbow helps to run the family business. Her Aunt Alice took off when she was 18 and never came home.  The family never learned what happened to Alice, so when she is found alive they work to keep her from disappearing again.  Suspenseful, slightly creepy, and also touching.Recommended for anyone who enjoys mystery with some romance.
   
 
The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road, by Finn Murphy
     
A memoir of life spent driving trucks full of strangers' personal belongings across the country. It's a solitary life, pulling thousands of pounds up mountains, through storms,and across plains. Engaging slice-of-life stories about Murphy's time as a long-haul trucker, showing changes in American life & the trucking industry.

Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore: a novel by Matthew Sullivan
 
   Lydia is still reeling from seeing a tragic event years ago, she is thrown headfirst into yet another tragedy. One of her favorite bookshop patrons commits suicide in the store and leaves all his possessions to her. She finds out more about him, her town and her own past. This is a book that keeps you guessing - highly recommended.
    
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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.   

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EXCELLENT BESTSELLING BOOKS SET IN MAINE!

    

Knife Creek, a Mike Bowditch mystery by Paul Doiron
    When Maine game warden Mike Bowditch is tasked with shooting invasive feral hogs that are tearing up the forest in his district, he makes a horrific discovery--a dead baby buried in a shallow grave. Even more disturbing: evidence suggests the infant was the child of a young woman who was presumed to have died four years earlier after she disappeared from a group rafting trip. As Bowditch assists the reopened investigation, he begins to suspect that some of his neighbors aren't who they seem to be.

Shiver Hitch, by Linda Greenlaw

Jane Bunker thought she had escaped the pollution, noise, and dead bodies when she left her job as a Miami homicide detective and moved back to the idyllic town of Green Haven, Maine. But through her work as a marine insurance investigator, she left behind the city bustle but not the murder. When Jane is called to the remote Acadia Island to assess the damages from a house fire, she also finds a burned body in the charred rubble, and it turns out that the victim is the owner of the house, a wealthy woman is one of the most hated on the island. When the autopsy reveals that drowning was the cause of death, it becomes clear that someone went through a lot of trouble to orchestrate this murder.

The Stars are Fire, by Anita Shreve

October 1947, fires break out along the Maine coast from Bar Harbor to Kittery, racing out of control. Grace Holland is five months pregnant and left along to protect her toddlers when her husband joins the volunteer firefighters. Grace and her best friend, Rosie, watch helplessly as their houses burn to the ground. The women are forced into the ocean where they spend the night frantically protecting their children. Morning finds them homeless, penniless and awaiting news of their husbands' fate as well as an uncertain future. But Grace discovers new freedoms, joys and triumphs she never expected. When the unthinkable happens, Grace is tested as never before.


FAVORITES HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY STAFF

      

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine: a novel, by Gail Moneyman

 Meet Eleanor Oliphant who is completely original and the right kind of weird. She struggles with appropriate social skills and says exactly what she's thinking. She wears the same clothes every day and is a bit of a loner. But everything changes when she meets Raymond, the bumbling unhygienic IT guy from her office. Her life and her past, combined with such kindhearted characters, made for a compulsively readable, heartwarming story. Highly recommended!
 

Celine: a novel by Peter Heller

Celine is a hard-nosed, Glock-carrying though aged private investigator with a stellar reputation. But when a young woman, Gabriela, asks for her help, a world of mystery and sorrow opens up. Her father was a photographer who went missing on the border of Montana and Wyoming. He was assumed to have died from a grizzly mauling, but his body was never found. When she undertakes finding the missing father, Celine and her husband Pete, overcome her health (and lifestyle) to track him down. These characters are unique, family ties are strong, and you will want to follow Celine on more adventures!

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 

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, by Hannah Tinti   

The incredible tale of Samuel Hawley and his inventive daughter, Loo, traveling back & forth across the US. With more lives than a cat, he survives 12 bullets and the loss of his beloved wife, as he struggles to create a "normal" homelife for Loo, despite their closet full of guns used to fend off men from his past who want Hawley to help with their criminal escapades.

The Women in the Castle, by Jessica Shattuck

An insightful story of Marianne, an upper class woman whose husband orchestrated the failed plot to assassinate Hitler. She made promises to him and to her dear friend that she would care for the wives and children of those men in the group, and she did! Three war widows and their children help each other survive at the end of WWII in this engaging novel filled with rich period detail. The rules for love and loyalty are very different during wartime. We enjoy the detail of how those women survived, raising their children and carrying on with little food, medicine, clothing or supplies. Very readable.                                                                      

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MAINE MADE GIFT SUGGESTIONS:                 

Amanda Pray Seaglass Frames make charming mementos

New Watercolors by Jeanne Lafferty

Vintage cards by Christina Siravo

Glowing Candles by Portland's own Chandler & Kemp

Lovely Original Oil Paintings by Kate Winn

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We're playing FIND WALDO again from July 1 - 30 2017!
 
See our Find Waldo Game page for more data

INSTRUCTIONSPick up your passport/ game sheet at Letterpress Books for the new game! 

Find Waldo in 25 independent stores around North Portland, get your gamesheet stamped and when it is filled with 20 stamps, bring it to Letterpress Books. Fill out a raffle ticket.

Sunday, July 30th at noon, draw for the prizes & pizza party for all the winners!
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Digital Audiobooks now available!                                                       


We're excited to announce the Libro.fm memberships.

Customers will be able to enjoy their first audiobook for just 99 cents  and will pay $14.99 each month

redeemed at any time for any audio book. 

Buy and Download from   https://libro.fm/letterpressbooks

Your Libro.fm Membership helps support your local independent bookstore!

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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!

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