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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 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 

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Your contributions will enable us to put four Letterpress Books signs up soon.


Our bookstore team is asking for your support with a fundraiser so we can have

4 permanent promotional signs made. Advertising space is opening up on the two

Northgate Plaza pylons;  those spaces will be for LETTERPRESS BOOKS! 

Please help us by sharing this link to help with fundraising for bookstore signs on the

plaza pylons.  We want more people to easily find us!

- Katherine, Karen & John Paul




A Piece of the World: a novel by Christina Baker Kline 

A beautifully rendered novel about Christina Olson, the inspiration for the famous Andrew Wyeth painting, Christina’s World. It covers her childhood and long-term friendship with Wyeth during her middle years, capturing the struggles of a young woman living with a debilitating disease in rural Maine.  The author does a masterful job of detailing a fiercely independent woman who has created a fulfilling life and inspired those around her with her strength.

 Setting Free the Kites, a novel by Alex George

This heartfelt, compelling story of friendship, loss and how we deal with grief illustrates how a single relationship can change us forever.  It takes place in blustery seaside Maine in the 1970s, mainly in the amusement park owned by a longtime Maine family. You will laugh, cry and grieve, but you will not be disappointed.

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermitby Michael Finkel

There are three types of hermits in the world, according to Finkel: protesters, pilgrims, and pursuers. But Christopher Knight doesn't seem to fit any of these categories. So why, at the age of 20, did he drive into a forest in Maine and disappear for 27 years, his only human interaction a single 'hi' with a passing hiker? This book uses the incredible but true story of Knight, 'the last true hermit,' to explore themes of solitude, introversion and the meaning of life.


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!

Rabbit Cake, by Annie Hartnett

This story burst with life, at once heartbreaking and heartwarming.  It is rich with characters who walk off the page, bending, changing and growing. We see the world through a wholly individual little girl named Elvis, who sees the world through fresh, innocent, open eyes. The strangeness of the tale rings true because of the complicated balance of what makes them human. What a delight to keep turning the pages!

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley: A Novel by Hannah Tinti

Hawley is a man in a constant struggle with his violent past, doing the best he can to raise his daughter, Loo, a girl with an obscure past and an uncertain future. And meet Lily, the dead woman who connects them both. In this finely woven novel, the past and the present gradually illuminate the story of a man's life through the twelve bullet wounds he carries with him and makes readers feel what it is to be both good and evil.

The Women in the Castle: A Novel by Jessica Shattuck

"Three German women's lives are abruptly changed when their husbands are executed for their part in an attempt to assassinate Hitler. They band together in a crumbling estate to raise their children and keep each other standing. Rich in character development, this book is narrated by each of the women, giving us a clear understanding of their sense of loss, inner strength and the love they have for each other. This story examines the human side of war, where the lines are blurred between hero and victim." --Kimberly McGee

The Wanderers, by Meg Howrey

A private space exploration company is mounting a manned mission to Mars. To prepare for the actual event, the company plans an elaborate training program to match the conditions and potential problems the team might face. The ordeal, though simulated, is no less dramatic for the astronauts living in the hab, their families, and the crew. The lines cross between fiction and reality and none of the participants is left unchanged. Part literary fiction, part sci-fi, all amazing


Eggshells, by Caitriona Lally

Whimsical and different, this novel's humor hooked me. Vivian is an eccentric, living in Dublin and searching for a place where she can feel she belongs. How can you help but love a character who checks every wardrobe for Narnia and every yellow road for an Emerald City? This novel movingly explores the outcasts and the different among us, showing that they are only hoping to fit in and find a friend.

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, by Lisa See

Li-Yan and her family devote their lives to farming tea. Like her mother, Li-Yan is being groomed to become a midwife in her Chinese village. She yearns for more and is allowed to pursue her schooling. The arrival of outsiders seeking the Pu'er tea of Yunnan brings the modern world into this isolated village. When Li-Yan finds herself alone and pregnant, she leaves her child, wrapped with a tea cake, at an orphanage. Her daughter is adopted by a couple from California, but she is drawn to the study of tea. A sweeping historical novel that juxtaposes ancient China with its modern incarnation.

Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman
Gaiman stays true to the myths, envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high,
wise, daring and cunning; Thor, Odin's son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki -
son of a giant - blood brother to Odin and a trickster. The author fashions these primeval stories into
a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits
of dieties, dwarfs and giants. Once, when Thor's hammer is stolen, Thor must disguise himself as a woman
to steal it back -  difficult with his beard and huge appetite.
Through Gaiman's deft and witty prose emerge these gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their
susceptibility to being duped (and duping others), and passionate tendency, make these long-ago myths
breathe pungent life again.

The Hearts of Men: a novel, by Nickolas Butler
In the summer of 1962, we are introduced to popular Jonathan and social outcast Nelson, aka "The Bugler".
The only thing the two seem to have in common is that they both spend time at a summer Camp Chippewa in the Wisconsin woods. Yet over the course of decades, their lives and the lives of their loved ones are intertwined. This wonderful novel peels back the layers of male friendship and shows what loyalty, compassion and selflessness looks like.

Swing Time, by Zadie Smith

Two brown girls dream of being dancers but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It is a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either.

Dazzlingly energetic and deeply human, Swing Time is a story about friendship and music and stubborn roots, about how we are shaped by these things and how we can survive them. Moving from North-West London to West Africa, it is an exuberant dance to the music of time.




Amanda Pray Seaglass mementos for Valentine's Day!

New Watercolors by Jeanne Lafferty

Vintage cards by Christina Siravo

"Morning Sail", a new oil painting by Ellen Pyle

Glowing Candles by Portland's own Chandler & Kemp

Original Oil 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's move away. But wait - he is being followed, his house broken into and he kills the intruder. Next the old man turns to his "go bag" of 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!

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!

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! 

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 6 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 story.

The Dry, a novel by Jane Harper A small town hides big secrets in this stunning, page-turning debut mystery. When Federal Agent Aaron Falk learns that his childhood friend Luke, has been found dead after committing a terrible crime, Falk gets a not saying, "Luke lied. You lied. Be at the funeral." Twenty years ago the boys were each other's alibi when Falk was accused of murder and he left town under a cloud of suspicion. But now Luke has done something awful and more than one person knows the truth.

Falk can't help questioning the official report and returns to find if there is more to Luke's death. Long-buried mysteries resurface and Falk finds that small towns can hide big secrets. Atmospheric and razor-sharp.



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 Tearling 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

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.


                Digital Audiobooks now available!                                              Membership

We're excited to announce that memberships will be available starting March 1st! 

Customers will be able to enjoy their first audiobook for just $0.99, including George Saunders Lincoln in the Bardo and other bestsellers, and will pay $14.99 each month thereafter. The $14.99 membership is for one audiobook per month, which can be redeemed at any time for any audiobook.



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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