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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 7 days a week  Sunday 10:00 am-5:00  Monday - Saturday  9:00 am 6:00 pm 
Find us at 91 Auburn St. Suite K, Portland, ME 04103

Call at 207-747-4232     

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Join us for a Louise Penny book release party, celebrating her

series of wonderful Chief Inspector Gamache mysteries!  

                     A Great Reckoning  is her newest book   

     4:00 – 6:00 pm  Tuesday, August 30th. R.S.V.P. please 

Three Pines refreshments & Great Reckoning gift bags for the first 25 attendees.

Louise will not be attending (She will be in Chicago for the launch!) but we want to

wish her well. We’re giving a 15% discount on the new book for those who attend

our party on this release day. 



MAINE MADE GIFTS:            

Amanda Pray Seaglass mementos

Vintage art by Christina Siravo

Glowing Candles by Portland’s own Chandler & Kemp

Original Paintings by local artist Kate Winn

We have new books, handmade journals, stationary & calendars plus 

Artist's coloring books & colored pencils for a nice relaxing gift.





    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. 





Underground Railroad, a novel by Colson Whitehead    

Oprah's Book Club Pick!

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia.  Life is hell for all 

the slaves, but especially bad for Cora, an outcast even among the 

other Africans, she is coming into womanhood where even greater 

pain awaits. Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for 

black people in the pre-Civil War era, weaving the saga of America 

from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of 

present day. This is an adventure tale of one woman's ferocious will 

to escape the horrors of bondage and a powerful meditation on the 

history we share.

A Time of Torment, by John Connelly

Jerome Burnel was once a hero. He intervened to prevent multiple 

killings and in doing so, his life was torn apart. He was imprisoned, 

brutalized. But in his final days with the hunters circling, he told his 

story to detective Charlie Parker. He spoke of the girl who was marked 

for death but was saved, and of an entity that hides in a ruined stockade. 

Parker is not like other men. He will descend upon a isolated community 

called The Cut, and face down a force of men who rule by terror.

Pond, by Claire-Louise Bennett 

A brilliant, captivating debut, Pond is a strange, beautifully layered work 

of fiction with vivid, charming descriptions of rural Irish life. This books 

is by turns hilarious and poignant, refreshing and simply delightful tale.

The Woman in Cabin 10: a novel by Ruth Ware

When journalist Lo Blacklock, sees a woman thrown over the side of 

their small cruise ship, it’s clear a crime has been committed. The problem?  

No one is missing. Something happened and she must find the answer. A 

fun read full of psychological thrills & twists that you will not see coming.

The Muse, a novel by Jessie Burton 

A delightful read for lovers of art history. The characters are well done 

and the mystery about this intriguing painting is beautifully resolved.  

You will enjoy a passionate mystery that ricochets between 1936 Spain 

and London of 1967.

Another Brooklyn, a novel by Jacqueline Woodson

A beautiful story of coming-of-age in Brooklyn, about the relationships 

young girls form, their yearning to belong and bonds created & broken. 

The city itself is character in the tale; it plays a role in each person’s future.

The Book That Matters Most, a novel by Ann Hood

Hood offers parallel stories of Ava, struggling to build a new life after the 

end of her long marriage, and her daughter Maggie, living in Paris and 

descending into addiction. When Ava joins a book club, the discussion on 

books that matter most to each person, gives her a chance to move forward 

without old sorrows.

Dark Matter, a novel by Blake Crouch

A science fiction thriller plus a love story: Crouch keeps readers grounded 

while traveling through multiple dimensions. This must-read describes how 

life choices can recreate that person in a new and profound way.

The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living, a novel by Louise Miller

Boston baker, Olivia, accidentally setting her dessert and the building on fire! 

She flees her cushy job for a small town where she finds new friends, family 

and a sense of belonging. A comforting, enchanting book with mouth-watering 

baked goods.



From Darkness to Dynasty: the First 40 Years of the New England Patriots

by Jerry Thornton

The wild, zany, and forgotten history of the NFL’s now-premier franchise. Love them or

hate them, what the New England Patriots have been able to do over the past fifteen years

is nothing short of remarkable. In addition to their four Super Bowl championships, the

Patriots have the best coach in the league, a smart and savvy front office, and a future Hall

of Fame quarterback who is internationally recognized as the face of the NFL. The longer

the Patriots continue to dominate on the field as well as in the media and the American pop

culture landscape, the harder it becomes for anyone to remember them as something other

than a model franchise and the ultimate paradigm of success and accomplishment.

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 

re-purposed movie studio where amputee actors help prepare Marine Corps 

medics for the shock and gore of combat wounds... and much more.

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, 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.



Barkskins, a novel by Annie Proulx 

A dazzling, violent, magnificently dramatic novel about taking down the

world’s forests. Our customers especially enjoy how Proulx captures the

spirit of the people of Northern Maine. 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. These are

stories of their descendants —their travels across North America, Europe, 

China and New Zealand —the revenge of rivals, accidents, pestilence, Indian

attacks, and cultural annihilation. They seize a presumed infinite resource, leaving

the modern day characters with possible ecological collapse.

Underground Airlines, a novel by Ben H. Winters

This Orwellian allegory takes place in a United States where Lincoln was

assassinated before becoming president, the Civil War never took place, and

slavery still exists in 4 states (known as the Hard Four). Winters addresses

issues such as the use of racial profiling, misguided white liberal politicians,

and the influence of racism on the very young. Perhaps the most important 

book of the summer.

As Good as Gone, a novel by Larry Watson

After the death of his wife, Cal Sidey abandoned his children for the life of a

solitary rancher in Montana. Years later, his son Bill asks his father to come

home to look after his grand-children while Bill handles a family emergency. 

But he finds the world no longer has a place for his old-fashioned, violent ways.

A grand Western tragedy, spare and harrowing.

Van Gogh's Ear, by Bernadette Murphy

Murphy reveals the long misunderstood incident of Van Gogh, at his breaking

point, cutting off his own ear and presenting it to the mysterious "Rachel". She

re-opens one of art histories most famous cold cases and braids together a journey

of Van Gogh's life in a sleepy Provincal town where he painted his greatest art, and

re-constructs the world in which he moved.

How to Set a Fire and Why: a novel by Jesse Ball

Lucia Stanton gets kicked out of school for stabbing the star basketball player in the 

neck with a pencil. She is a delinquent, a philosopher, a shard of glass. She's also an 

aspiring arsonist who is vibrant and charming in a misanthropic way. Her father died; 

her Mom is in a mental hospital; Lucia lives in a garage bedroom with her aunt. A

story of misguided friendship and destruction.

Vinegar Girl, a novel by Anne Tyler

Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, retold in present time. Kate Battista keeps house 

for her scientist father and younger sister, Bunny. When Dr. Battista’s lab assistant, 

Pyotr, is being deported, a plan is hatched to marry him to Kate so he can remain in 

the country. A thought-provoking look at the role of women in society that is just as 

relevant today as it was 400 years ago!




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!

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 


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 



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’s surprising how

quickly these orders arrive at the bookstore.

We appreciate your business!

Kath, Karen & John Paul






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