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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 


We have fine books to help celebrate EARTH DAY, Saturday April 22nd

Over 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making this
the largest civic observance in the world.


Earth in Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit, by Al Gore
Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier and More Creative,
          by Florence Williams
Secret Pool, by Kimberly Ridley
Spirit of the Earth:Indian voices on Nature
Kids' Wildlife Book, by Warner Shedd
Winter World: the Ingenuity of Animal Survival, by Bernd Heinrich
Silent Spring, Rachel Carson                 and many more!



This Fight is Our Fight: the Battle to Save America's Middle Class, by Elizabeth Warren

Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister

A wonderful tale of the first female Pinkerton detective. Kate is a widow with no money or prospects. After proving her mettle as a detective, she is soon hiring and training more female agents. The story is so enjoyable because Macallister captures the period and places exactly, and brings Kate's personality alive. All of the characters are unique, interesting and bring us the story of unexpected historical events, such as serving as a spy just prior to the civil war. 

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.

Mississippi Blood, by Greg Iles

This third in the Natchez Trilogy follows characters who are trying to get to the bottom of brutal Civil Rights-era crimes.  Penn Cage watches as the world around him calls into question everything he thinks he knows, including the moral fortitude of his father. Rippling with parallels to everyday America, this will push us all to recognize the truths about ourselves and our country.

The Shadow Land, by Elizabeth Kostova

This engrossing novel is ultimately a road trip through the beautiful haunted land of Bulgaria. An American woman arrives to teach English and picks up the wrong bag while getting into a taxi. It holds a beautiful wooden box containing human ashes. Her taxi driver takes her in search of the family of the deceased. This heart-wrenching story is about self-discovery and historical reconciliation.

The River of Kings, by Taylor Brown

An engrossing adventure story of two brothers traveling down the Altamaha River in Georgia. This is where Hunter and Lawton grew up with their abusive father. Brown combines their story with that of the rough life of their father, as well as a narrative of the 1564 French expedition and settlement at the mouth of the river. Three stories with nature at center stage, give this novel a mythical dimension.




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.   




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. 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.

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.

 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.

Stolen Beauty, by Laurie Lico Albanese

In the dazzling glitter of 1900 Vienna, Adele Bloch-Bauer, young, beautiful, brilliant, and Jewish, meets painter Gustav Klimt. Wealthy in everything but freedom, Adele embraces Klimt's renegade genius as they awaken to erotic possibilities on canvas and beyond.  Though they enjoy a life where sex and art are just beginning to break through the facade of conventional society, the city is also exhibiting a disturbing increase in anti-Semitism, as political hatred foments in the shadows of Adele's coffee house and cultural salons. Nearly forty years later, Adele's niece, Maria, is a newlywed when the Nazis invade Austria. Overnight, her beloved Vienna becomes a war zone. When her husband is arrested and her family is forced out of their home, Maria must summon the courage and resilience that is her legacy if she is to survive and keep her family and their history alive.

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit, by 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!

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 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.

The Alchemist's Daughter, by Mary Lawrence

The first in her mystery series set in Tudor times. In the mid sixteenth century, Henry VIII sits on the throne, and Bianca Goddard tends to the sick and suffering in the slums of London, where disease can take a life as quickly as murder.  Exquisite research brings the period to life with fascinating characters and unpredictable twists to the story.






 Special Edition of Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology

Raffle: Win a tote bag filled with new books!

Get a free Advance Reading Copy for each $25 you  spend today! a free audio book for Independent Bookstore Day


Meet & Greet with Maine authors: Sandy Moore & Kimberlee Bennett

Paddling Southern Maine: Day Trips for Recreational Kayakers

               10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Paddling Southern Maine: Day Trips for Recreational Kayakers, Canoers, and SUPers

Paddling Southern Maine is guidebook has calm routes that everyone can have fun on, whatever your skill or fitness level, from pristine lakes and wildlife,filled wetlands, to lazy streams and protected bays. Written by long-time Maine paddlers Sandy Moore and Kim Bennett, the book focuses on the best waterways within a day's drive of Portland.

Sandy Moore is a certified American Canoe Association instructor and a former Registered Maine Guide (RMG). The original outdoor guides, first licensed by the state of Maine in 1987. RMGs are highly qualified outdoor guides who have acquired a vast library of skills & knowledge. She lives in Brunswick, Maine.

Kimberlee Bennett
is an experienced kayaker who has scouted, photographed, and blogged about undiscovered paddling destinations throughout Maine. She first learned to paddle as a child and honed her skills in the shadow of Mount Katahdin. She lives in Portland, Maine. Follow her at




                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.


Hooray - our Letterpress Books signs are now up on the Northgate Plaza pylons!

Thank you to all of our friends who contributed to the GOFUNDME project.

We appreciate your helpfulness so much.         - Katherine, Karen & John Paul



"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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