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Saturday, Oct. 21st, come help us celebrate!  

               Refreshments:  cider & donuts

20% off all in-store books and gift items.  


Ron Romano will be signing his newest book
Portland's Historic Eastern Cemetary

Saturday, October 28th   10:00 am - 12:00 pm




Manhattan Beach, a novel by Jennifer Egan

Set in 1940 Brooklyn, Anna drops out of college to contribute to the American war effort. She enters the male-only world of deep-sea diving to repair warships. Rich and atmospheric, a time when gangs controlled the waterfront, jazz streamed from the nightclubs, and the future was far from certain.

Caroline: Little House, Revisited, by Sarah Miller

Miller recreates Little House on the Prairie from the viewpoint of Ma.  She is pregnant and  wrestling with fears & doubts about the journey. Although consumed with wifely duties, we glimpse her true self with background on her childhood, teaching, and meeting Charles. The story has a quiet richness you will thoroughly enjoy.

Forest Dark, a novel by Nicole Krauss

A novel about personal transformation that interweaves the stories of two disparate individuals, an older lawyer and a young novelist, whose transcendental search leads them to the same Israeli desert. We can identify with the two main characters even though their circumstances are fantastic.

Love and Other Consolation Prizes, a novel by Jamie Ford

A half-Chinese orphan is offered as a prize in the daily raffle at the 1909 Seattle World's Fair, advertised as 'Healthy boy to a good home for the winning ticket holder'. The woman who wins him is the madam of a notorious brothel who was famous for educating her girls. He becomes a houseboy in her brothel and is befriended by the daughter of the madam, as well as a Japanese girl who works in the kitchen. The friendship & love between these three form the first real family Ernest has ever known.


Five-Carat Soul, by James McBride

These stories have all the magnificent qualities of his National Book Award winner, Good Lord Bird. They bring us quirky, poignant, hilarious situations in life. Humanity at its most human!

The Rules of Magic, a novel by Alice Hoffman

Hoffman's writing is always original and wonderful. This light-hearted backstory on the beloved characters from her earlier book, Practical Magic, is even more amazing. The family ties are stronger than fear or prejudice can ever break. Full of sorrow, beauty and courage. Highly recommended!

The Vengeance of Mothers, by Jim Fergus

Interesting western story - utterly believable. Followup to One Thousand White Women. We very much enjoyed these spirited characters with their unique personalities, their loyalty to the group and versatility in working out how to endure extreme hardship with the American Plains Indians. How Meggie Kelly and her sister Susie adapt to the Cheyenne lifestyle while planning revenge on the soldiers who killed their family.


Where the Animals Go: Tracking Wildlife with Technology in 50 Maps and Graphics, by James Cheshire
In recent years, technology has made it possible to track animal movements from afar in more and more detail. Cheshire and Ubert have dipped into this deluge of data to create 50 beautiful and engaging maps that reveal the wanderings of animals.

This is a special kind of detective story. After millennia of using footprints, feces, feathers, broken foliage and nests to track animals, the process is now so teched up you need to read this book to find out the how, what and why.


Glass Houses, by Louise Penny        
An intriguing, frightening tale of Chief Superintendent Gamache who is running his plan to stop a major drug cartel from filtering a huge amount of a new, especially dangerous shipment thru Three Pines into the US. He is putting his reputation, job, life and his core team at risk.Penny writes with her own unique style, building the tension of this story so unbearable that you must keep reading long into the night!

The Child Finder, a novel by Rene Denfeld    
A woman who searches for abducted or lost children must confront her own memories of being kidnapped as a young girl. While looking for a little girl she is haunted by her past and the lies used to weave her present. The girl must survive years of terror and heartbreak, all while constructing a magical mythology to shield herself from the atrocities of her captor.  Strong, imaginative characters will captivate you as well.

The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that inspired the Little House Books, by Marta McDowell

"McDowell commemorates the 150th birthday of Laura Ingalls Wilder with a captivating look at the beloved Little House on the Prairie author's relationship with nature. . . . McDowell's warm descriptions of the author, her times, and the plants she loved provide a wonderful companion to Wilder's books, while instructions on growing a Little House-inspired garden add an interactive component. Gardeners, botanists, and fans of Wilder will love this lushly illustrated book.

The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve, by Stephen Greenblatt  (author of The Swerve)
With all his usual clarity and freshness, one of our foremost literary historians and critics sets out a comprehensive picture of how a story foundational for European civilization developed, from its origins in western Asia to its much-contested place in the post-Darwinian world... This is a rich, learned, lively book, which should engage all who are interested in the history of our imagination and the interweavings of faith, poetics, and philosophy.


A Column of Fire, by Ken Follett

In 1558, the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, royalty and commoners clash, testing friendship, loyalty, and love. Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious conflict dividing the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England. The shrewd, determined young monarch sets up the country's first secret service to give her early warning of assassination plots, rebellions, and invasion plans. Over a turbulent half century, the love between Ned and Margery seems doomed as extremism sparks violence from Edinburgh to Geneva. Elizabeth clings to her throne and her principles, protected by a small, dedicated group of resourceful spies and courageous secret agents.

My Absolute Darling, a novel by Gabriel Tallent

Turtle Alveston has grown up isolated since the death of her mother, in the thrall of her tortured and charismatic father, Martin. Her social existence is confined to the middle school (where she fends off the interest of any student or teacher, who might penetrate her shell) and to her life with her father. Then she meets Jacob, a high school boy who tells jokes, lives in a big clean house, and looks at Turtle as if she is the sunrise. And for the first time, the larger world begins to come into focus: her life with Martin is neither safe nor sustainable.

Almost Sisters, by Joshilyn Jackson

Leia Birch is a rock star in the comic world but her personal life is filled with drama. She is pregnant with a biracial child after a one-night-stand, her sister's perfect marriage is imploding, and her sweet, proper grandmother has been hiding all sorts of improper things. These characters are charming and witty. It's a hopeful book about helping others.

George and Lizzie, a novel by Nancy Pearl
    George and Lizzie have radically different understandings of what love and marriage should be. George grew up in a warm and loving family, his father an orthodontist, his mother a stay-at-home mom, while Lizzie grew up as the only child of two famous psychologists, who viewed her more as an in-house experiment than a child to love. Over the course of their marriage, nothing has changed. George is happy; Lizzie remains unfulfilled. When a shameful secret from Lizzie's past resurfaces, she'll need to face her fears in order to accept the true nature of the relationship she and George have built over a decade together.

The Hidden Light of Northern Fires, a novel by Daren Wang
From the very first sentence of The Hidden Light of Northern Fires, you know you are in the hands of a masterful storyteller, one who reveals truths, hardships, nuances, and complexities with the eye of an artist. Though set in the past, this is a new story, an important story, one we all need to read.

A town on the Underground Railroad secedes from the Union due to the politics of the American Civil War. A novel of the home front, focusing on how conflict brings out the best and worst in people. An incredible debut novel.




Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After, a memoir by Heather Harpham

Heather shares her very intimate, personal love story of raising her charming, completely adorable baby girl who must have monthly blood transfusions to handle her mysterious blood disease. She tells of living with her wonderfully complicated California family and of her odd relationship with Brian, the child's father, who is a well-known author living in NYC.Read this memoir which is captivating, current, humorous and wrenching. It will grip your heart.

"Fierce Kingdom" by Gin Phillips
About a mother and son fighting for survival. This time the boy, Lincoln, is a preschooler and a joyful kid who loves Iron Man, pretending to be a turtle and talking talking talking. His chatterbox nature becomes a liability when gun men take over the zoo while he is visiting with his mom, Joan. Can she keep them hidden and keep him quiet while an unknown number of assailants stalk and kill visitors? This literary thriller is as much about human nature as it is about what happens next. And you won't want to put it down. I read it in a day.

It's Not Yet Dark, a memoir by Simon Fitzmaurice
In 2008, Simon Fitzmaurice was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. He was given four years to live. In 2010, in a state of lung-function collapse, Simon knew with crystal clarity that now was not his time to die. Against all prevailing medical opinion, he chose to ventilate in order to stay alive. The young filmmaker, a husband and father of five small children, draws us deeply into his inner world. Told in simply expressed and stark prose, this is a journey into a life that is lived more fully than most, revealing at its core the potent power love has to carry us through.

The Alice Network: a novel by Kate Quinn

Fascinating story of women who were trained to spy on the German army during the WWI occupation of France. One of those spies was Eve, with a great talent for playing the innocent as she gathers intelligence for the British. 

Thirty years later Eve is still striving to obliterate her experience of those war years. In 1947 Charlie St. Clair, finds the drunken Eve while searching for her lost cousin Rose. The tale alternates between this search and Eve's struggles back in 1914. Quinn's characters are so realistic, you will feel you know these people and are drawn by their fears, loves & adventures.

The Book Smugglers: Partisans, Poets, and the Race to Save Jewish Treasures from the Nazis - The True Story of the Paper Brigade of Vilna, by David E. Fishman


Under A Pole Star, by Stef Penney

This is a most interesting tale of Inuit history, survival and the rivalry between Arctic explorers, with just a touch of romance. Penney brings to life this realistic, enjoyable story of reconnoitering the Arctic, and of women's issues in the late 1899's.

Burning Bright, 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. 

War veteran Peter Ash sought peace and quiet among the towering redwoods of northern California, but the trip is not quite the balm he had hoped for. The dense forest and close fog cause his claustrophobia to buzz and spark, and then he stumbles upon a grizzly, long thought to have vanished from this part of the country. In a fight of man against bear, Peter does not favor his odds, so he makes a strategic retreat up a nearby sapling. There, he finds something strange: a climbing rope, affixed to a distant branch above. It leads to another, and another, up through the giant tree canopy, and ending at a hanging platform. On the platform is a woman on the run. From below them come the sounds of men and gunshots.

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 Puvillland's edgy artwork makes a compelling graphic Science fiction tale.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking, by Susan Cain

"This intelligent and often surprising book is a pleasure to read and will make introverts and extroverts alike think twice about the best ways to be themselves and interact with differing personality types."


These lovely coasters make perfect remembrance gifts

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




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.



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.                                                                      



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.  



"A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge."   George R.R. Martin

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See you soon,
Kath, Karen & John Paul                               


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Kath, Karen & John Paul






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