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Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead--My Life Story, by Cecile Richards 

From the president of Planned Parenthood, daughter of the late Texas Governor Ann Richards, featured speaker at the Women's March on Washington, and "the heroine of the resistance" comes a story about learning to lead and make change, based on a lifetime of fighting for women's rights and social justice.

Cecile Richards has been an activist since she was sent home from junior high for wearing an armband in protest of the Vietnam War. Richards had an extraordinary girlhood in ultra-conservative Texas where her rabble-rouser democratic parents made waves. In the Richards household, "the kitchen table was never for eating; it was for sorting precinct lists.


Blood Moon, An American Epic of War and Splendor in the Cherokee Nation, by John Sedgwick 

This major work of Native American history reveals one of the greatest rivalries and untold stories of the 19th century, between two Cherokee chiefs whose hatred for one another led to war, forced migration, and ultimately left a proud nation in tatters. It links the Trail of Tears and the Civil War - through a bloody conflict that would ultimately span 100 years. What began as a political dispute led to a divide in the Cherokee nation and exploded when the two factions sided against each other in the War Between the States. It is "a nonfiction Gone with the Wind for the Cherokee": a story of land, pride, honor, and loss that forms much of the US mythic past today.


North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail, by Scott Jurek 

Scott Jurek is one of the world's best known and most beloved ultrarunners. Renowned for his remarkable endurance and speed while on a vegan diet, he's finished first in nearly all of the elite events. But after two decades of racing, training, speaking, and touring, Jurek felt a need to discover something new about himself. He embarked on a unique challenge: breaking the speed record for the 2,189-mile Appalachian Trail.

In the spring of 2015, Jurek anticipated punishing terrain, forbidding weather, and injuries. He would have to run nearly 50 miles a day, every day, for seven weeks, pushing himself to the limit. He knew comfort and rest would be in short supply  but he couldn't have imagined the physical & emotional toll the trip would exact, nor the rewards it would offer. With his wife, Jenny, friends, and the kindness of strangers supporting him, Jurek ran, hiked, and stumbled his way north. A stunning narrative of perseverance & transformation, North will inspire runners and non-runners alike to keep striving for their personal best.


Enlightenment NOW: the Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress, by Steven Pinker

An assessment of the human condition in the twenty-first century presents data demonstrating that life quality, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise throughout the world because of the Enlightenment ideal of using reason and science.  


Varina, a novel by Charles Frazier


Frazier returns to the Civil War era for the first time since Cold Mountain, focusing on the fascinating life of Varina Davis, who became the First Lady of the Confederacy. Fleeing Richmond with her five children, rootless and with bounties on their heads, she makes her way to Florida and tries to escape to Havana. Reunited later in life with the black boy she saved from the streets, Varina reflects on her life before and after the war. This is both an intimate portrait and a large-scope look at a chaotic and devastating time in American history. In Frazier's words, "being on the wrong side of history carries consequences."


The Sixth Day, by Catherine Coulter


Special agents Nicholas Drummond & Michaela Caine take on a ruthless mastermind in the 5th thriller. When several major political figures die mysteriously, officials say the deaths are from natural causes. Then the German Vice-Chancellor dies on the steps of 10 Downing Street, and a drone is seen hovering over the scene. The truth becomes clear—these high-profile deaths are assassinations, and the Covert Eyes team will investigate.


With the help of Dr. Isabella Marin, a young expert in the enigmatic Voynich Manuscript and cryptophasia (twin language), they locate Roman Ardelean, a wealthy cybersecurity genius and a descendant of Dracula. Ardelean believes the manuscript will unlock the secret to curing his severely ill twin brother’s blood disorder and is willing to murder anyone who gets in his way. Along with MI5, the team races the clock to find Ardelean before he unleashes a devastating attack on London intended to destroy those he believes betrayed him.


Circe, by Madeline Miller


The daring, dazzling sequel to The Song of Achilles.  In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child--not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods. Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology. But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying, vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose whether she belongs with the gods or the mortals she has come to love.


Cave of Bones, a modern mystery by Anne Hillerman


Enjoy modern mystery, Navajo traditions, and the landscape of the desert Southwest in this intriguing entry in the Leaphorn, Chee, and Manuelito series.


When Tribal Police Officer, Bernadette Manuelito, arrives to speak at an outdoor program for at-risk teens, she discovers chaos. Young Annie has just returned from a solo experience traumatized. Gently questioning the girl, Bernie learns that she found a human skeleton on her trek. Now all are concerned about a beloved instructor who went out searching into the lava wilderness. In Navajo lore, the lava tubes are believed to be the solidified blood of a terrible monster killed by superhuman twin warriors.


Solving the two mysteries will expose Bernie to the chilling face of human evil. But an unexpected blizzard, a suspicious drowning, and the arrival of a new FBI agent complicate the investigation. While Bernie searches for answers, her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee juggles trouble closer to home. A vengeful man he sent to prison for domestic violence is back and involved with Bernie’s sister Darleen. Their relationship creates a dilemma that puts Chee in uncomfortable emotional territory.


Cutting Edge, by Jeffrey Deaver


Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs return to New York City to confront a killer terrorizing couples at their happiest--and most vulnerable.


In the early hours of a quiet, weekend morning in Manhattan's Diamond District, a brutal triple murder shocks the city. Lincoln and Amelia quickly take the case. Curiously, the killer has left behind a half-million dollars' worth of gems at the murder scene. As more crimes follow they see that the killer's target is engaged couples. silently, armed with knife or gun, and a time of bliss is transformed to one of horror. Soon the Promiser makes a dangerous mistake: leaving behind an innocent witness, Vimal Lahori, a talented young diamond cutter, who can help blow the lid off the case.



Temptation of Forgiveness, a mystery by Donna Leon   #1 on Bestseller List

In the 27th novel in this beloved mystery series, a suspicious accident leads Commissario Guido Brunetti to uncover a longstanding scam with disturbing unintended consequences. He is dismayed to discover from his superior, Vice-Questore Patta, that leaks are emanating from his office. Brunetti is surprised by the appearance of a friend of his wife, fearful that her son is using drugs and hopeful Guido can somehow intervene. When her husband is found unconscious with a serious brain injury at the foot of a bridge, Brunetti is drawn to pursue a possible connection to the behavior of this boy. But the truth, as Brunetti has experienced so often, is not straightforward.

An exquisite chronicle of Venetian life with all its blissful but sordid aspects, Brunetti pursues several false and contradictory leads while growing ever more impressed by the intuition of his fellow officer, Claudia Griffoni, and by the endless resourcefulness & craftiness of Signorina Elettra.

The Italian Teacher, a novel by Tom Rachman

The book is an entertaining, heartbreaking novel about art, family and loyalty. It begins with Pinch, conceived while his father, Bear, cavorted around Rome in the 1950s, Pinch learns quickly that Bear genius trumps all. After Bear abandons his family, Pinch strives to make himself worthy of his father, first trying to be a painter himself but eventually settling into a job as an Italian teacher in London. But when Bear dies, Pinch hatches a scheme to secure the legacy of his father and make his own mark on the world. This story is perfect if you want to be drawn into the lives of vivid characters.

Every Note Played, a novel by Lisa Genova

From neuroscientist and bestselling author of Still Alice comes a powerful exploration of regret, forgiveness, freedom, and what it means to be alive.

Eight months ago, Richard, an accomplished concert pianist, received standing ovations from audiences all over the world. Every finger of his hands was a finely calibrated instrument, dancing across the keys and striking each note with exacting precision. Richard now has ALS, and his entire right arm is paralyzed. The loss of his hand feels like a death, a loss of true love, and leads to divorce. He knows his left arm will go next.

His ex-wife Karina, is bound by excuses & fear, stuck in an unfulfilling life as a piano teacher, afraid to pursue her own path, blaming Richard and their failed marriage for all of it. When Richard becomes increasingly paralyzed, no longer able to live on his own, Karina becomes his reluctant caretaker. As his muscles, voice, and breath fade, both he and Karina try to reconcile their past before it is too late.

Donna Walsh Ingleheart, author of Grindstone

Set in the 1000 Islands, this suspense novel captures the Civil War through the voices of a young Irish immigrant and a Confederate spy. Far from the battlefields, a web of espionage threatens to destroy them both. Isolated and lonely, Anya lives on Grindstone Island, struggling to survive on her own, awaiting the return of her brother who enlisted in the Union Army. Douglas is on the run, a Confederate spy accused of betraying his comrades after the failed attempt to bomb New York City. This historical account is of the Confederate spy ring based in Canada, as well as the journals of Irish immigrants arriving in the States in the aftermath of the famine.



Termination of Benefits, by Jane Sloven

      Therapist Sarah Green is skilled at helping her counseling clients untangle their emotional dilemmas but doesn't do so well with her own problems, and she's got big ones-ghostly visits from a murdered friend and frightening flashbacks. Then a psychopath starts stalking Maine's counseling community, and Sarah struggles to separate past trauma from present danger.
      While juggling an ex-husband hot to reconcile and the attentions of a sexy detective, Sarah joins forces with a take-no-prisoners defense attorney, a top-notch private eye, and her office mate Louise to catch the killer. When the next life in peril is her own, Sarah realizes she's stronger than she thinks and welcomes unexpected assistance from this world and the next.

     While juggling an ex-husband hot to reconcile and the attentions of a sexy detective, Sarah joins forces with a take-no-prisoners defense attorney, a top-notch private eye, and her office mate Louise to catch the killer. When the next life in peril is her own, Sarah realizes she's stronger than she thinks and welcomes unexpected assistance from this world and the next.

The Great Alone, a novel by Kristin Hannah

If you enjoyed The Nightingale, you will love this new story of survival of the human spirit. It takes place in the last American frontier of Alaska.  13-year-old Leni  struggles to handle not only grizzlies, wolves and dropping temperatures, but also the demon rages her father suffers resulting from his memories of being a Vietnam POW. Powerful and compelling.



Our happy customers are nominating Letterpress Books for "Best of Portland - Bookstore"

Thank you all! http://portlandphoenix.secondstreetapp.com/…/gall…/98978097…


Lovely Tile Coasters by Katie Tuzmen make perfect remembrance gifts.                                                                                                       

Amanda Pray Seaglass Frames are charming mementos

Glowing Candles by Portland's own Chandler & Kemp




 Original Oil Paintings by Kate Winn


Letterpress Books will again host the FIND WALDO game

for the month of July, 2018.

Your family can search for Waldo and his friends: Wenda, his dog Woof, the magical Wizard

Whitebeard plus the pesky Odlaw, in 25 independent stores all around Portland.

Treehouse Toys will host the game downtown & in the Old Port.



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