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  Find a New Favorite at Letterpress Books!          

Letterpress Books is a good source of new & used books and gifts, for you and your family.  We have a fine array of stationary, handmade journals, puzzles, greeting cards and art created by local artists.

Visit our beautiful store at Northgate Plaza in the North Deering community.

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.

        Letterpress Books is authorized to sponsor the 

              FIND WALDO Game during the month of July.

Pick up your passport/gamesheet  The Game starts Friday!

Grandparents - Families - Kids of all ages  Pick up your passports & game instructions in the bookstore.

See the Find Waldo Game page on this website.

Find the Waldo image in nearby retail stores; get the passport gameboard stamped to win Waldo books and other terrific prizes! 

Get more details on this summertime fun at Letterpress Books. You can find Waldo in 20 stores and be entered to win fun Waldo prizes. 

The game is free and everyone can play from July 1st through 31st.

25 local independent stores are participating in this game sponsored by Candlewick Press and the American Booksellers Association.

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             Author Signing with Paul Doiron!


Wednesday, July 6th at 6:30 pm in Letterpress Books

Paul will introduce Widowmaker, his newest Mike Bowditch, Maine Game Warden mystery.

An exhilarating new mystery.  See how Mike's responsibility level increases while maintaining his humanity, vulnerability and sense of humor, as he works with old friends to track down the killer. The wonderful addition of Shadow, the "wolfdog" adds much to the book's appeal for our mystery-loving customers.

We especially like Doiron’s illustration of the rural Maine with the down & dirty characters as well as those who truly care about their neighbors and keeping our beautiful state and wildlife protected from harm.

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Author Signing  -  Jeffrey Ryan - Thursday evening

    Meet the author of APPALACHIAN ODYSSEY

           Thursday 6:30 June 30th at the Falmouth Library

Grabbing weekends here and days off there, Ryan section hiked the Appalachian Trail with his best friend over the course of 28 years. Part memoir, part natural history, and part practical advice - this book has it all!

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 MAINE MADE GIFTS        

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. 

And Artist's Coloring Books: Harry Potter, Dr. Who, Little Birds and lots more!

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.

                    http://www.acadiacentennial2016.org/


         

               http://www.nationalparks.org/our-work/celebrating-100-years-service

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    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. 
 

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NEW RELEASES FOR JUNE 2016

           


NON-FICTION

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.

The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks, by Terry Tempest Williams 

America's national parks have provided public breathing spaces in a world in which such spaces are steadily disappearing, which is why close to 300 million people visit the parks each year. To honor the centennial of the National Park Service, Williams brings us a celebration of 12 of our national parks, from Yellowstone to Acadia - what they mean to us, and what we mean to them. Williams traces the roots of her family in Downeast Maine, recalling her love of the coastal islands and green, green woodlands. The Hour of Land is a natural history meditation on why wild lands matter to the soul of America.

Terry Tempest Williams is the author of the beloved memoir When Women Were Birds.


Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold and the Fate of the American Revolution, by Nathaniel Philbrick

In June 1776, as this enthralling new book opens, the vulnerable Continental army under an unsure George Washington (who had never commanded a large force in battle) evacuates New York after a devastating defeat by the largest naval fleet in the history of the world. In September, near the Canadian border, his favorite general, Benedict Arnold, accomplishes a miracle victory on Lake Champlain. Four years later, as the book ends, Washington has vanquished his demons but Arnold is on trial for treason, and America is forced to realize that the real threat to their liberties might not come from without but from within.

Dinner With Edward: A Story of an Unexpected Friendship

The charming story of the author’s friendship with her friend’s widower father. Sensuous details of meals shared, but more than a foodie memoir, this is the exploration of friendship, aging, loss and how we define our identities as the world changes around us. A warm, feel-good tale with succulent recipes.

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. 

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging, by Sebastian Junger

We have a strong instinct to belong to small groups defined by clear purpose and understanding--"tribes." This tribal connection has been largely lost in modern society, but regaining it may be the key to our survival.

Tribal society has been exerting an almost gravitational pull on Westerners for hundreds of years, and the reason lies deep in our evolutionary past as a communal species. The most recent example of that attraction is combat veterans who come home to find themselves missing the incredibly intimate bonds of platoon life. The loss of closeness that comes at the end of deployment may explain the high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by military veterans today.

Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination, by Annette Gordon-Reed, Peter S. Onuf

Annette Gordon-Reed teams up with America's leading Jefferson scholar, Peter S. Onuf, to present an absorbing and revealing character study that dispels the many clichés that have accrued over the years about our third president. Challenging the widely prevalent belief that Jefferson remains so opaque as to be unknowable, the authors—through their careful analysis, painstaking research, and vivid prose—create a portrait of Jefferson, as he might have painted himself, one "comprised of equal parts sun and shadow".

         

FICTION

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.

A Hero of France, by Alan Furst 

Occupied Paris for the first time since Red Gold (1999 pub), Furst has set this novel during the war itself, instead of on the eve of the war. Members of the French Resistance network—young and old, aristocrats and schoolteachers, defiant heroes and ordinary people—all engaged in clandestine actions in the cause of freedom. From the secret hotels and Nazi-infested nightclubs of Paris to the villages of Rouen and Orleans. An action-packed story of romance, intrigue, spies, bravery, and air battles.


Before the Fall, a novel by Noah Hawley

When a private plane plunges into the ocean off Martha’s Vineyard, there are only two survivors, Scott, an artist who swam miles to shore towing the 4-year-old son of a prominent and wealthy family. Was it merely by chance that so many influential people perished or was something far more sinister at work?  This is a most excellent and chilling mystery with fast-paced action every step of the way.

Homegoing: a novel by Yaa Gyasi

Two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle’s dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast’s booming slave trade and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. We follow Effia’s descendants as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War, from the coal mines of Alabama, to the jazz clubs of Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing captures how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation.

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.

Here's to Us, a novel by Laura Hillenbrand

Laurel Thorpe, Belinda Rowe, and Scarlett Oliver share only two things; a love for the man they all married, Deacon Thorpe--a celebrity chef with an insatiable appetite for life--and a passionate dislike of one another. All three are remarkable, spirited women, but they couldn't be more different. Laurel: Deacon's high school sweetheart and an effortlessly beautiful social worker; Belinda: a high-maintenance Hollywood diva; and Scarlett: a sexy southern belle floating by on her family money and her fabulous looks. They've established a delicate understanding over the years--they avoid each other at all costs.

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, by Phaedra Patrick

 Sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper lives a simple life. He gets out of bed at precisely 7:30 a.m., just as he did when his wife, Miriam, was alive. He dresses in the same gray slacks and mustard sweater vest, waters his fern, Frederica, and heads out to his garden.

But on the one-year anniversary of Miriam's death, something changes. Sorting through Miriam's possessions, Arthur finds an exquisite gold charm bracelet he's never seen before. What follows is a surprising and unforgettable odyssey that takes Arthur from London to Paris and as far as India in an epic quest to find out the truth about his wife's secret life before they met—a journey that leads him to find hope, healing and self-discovery in the most unexpected places.

 

FEATURING BOOKS About & By MAINE AUTHORS



               


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!


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


Everybody’s Fool: a novel by Richard Russo  

Returning to North Bath, NY, no one writes better about the quirks, petty jealousies, hard times, humor and heartbreak of small-town America. This is good, old-fashioned storytelling at its finest.

 


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.

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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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