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Announcing New Historical Fiction Book Club

We are excited to be hosting a new Historical Fiction bookclub, starting in January. We will be meeting on the second Monday of each month at 6 pm, in the Jittery Joe’s coffee shop next to the bookstore. Our focus will be on historical fiction by acclaimed authors like Hilary Mantel, Kristin Hannah, Colson Whitehead, and Maggie O’Farrell. We will also discuss the wonderful books being written by talented local authors like Kaia Alderson and Laura Morelli. 

The Historical Fiction bookclub will be replacing the Erudite group, which is being folded into the Booker Bookclub. 

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Web Site Improvements

Yes, we have new features already!

Primary among the changes are the browse by category pages. These are now fully curated by us and each title will indicate whether it's in stock here at the store, available in our warehouse, or backordered. Additionally, you can now select to purchase an audiobook version of many of the titles on our site by using the format dropdown menu. The performance of these pages has also been significantly improved. 

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September Erudite Book Club Wrap Up

We had a small but opinionated group on Monday for our discussion of Maddie Mortimer’s Maps of Our Spectacular Bodies. A few of us found that the use of cancer as a narrator in parts of this book was too weird and intense, and were unable to finish it. On the other hand, a few of us liked this book very much, and thought that the author, who is only in her mid-twenties, really captured the reality of a family living with this dreadful disease. We also admired the use of typography to emphasize the destructive effects of illness.

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How to Use Coupons

You need to be logged into an account on this site to use coupons at checkout. So, please either log into an account you have created since we launched the site, or create an account using the account button in the upper right corner. 

On the checkout screen, be sure to press the Apply Coupon button after entering your coupon code. Please contact us with any questions. 

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Welcome to our new web site and online store. It has been a two year process and we are thrilled to share it with you. Finally. 

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2022 Booker Short List Announced


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The Booker Prize short list has traditionally just appeared online at midnight, on the appointed day (7 pm here.) This year there was a ceremony, and the head judge spoke for more than half an hour before giving us the list:

Glory by NoViolet Bulawayo

The Trees by Percival Everett

Treacle Walker by Alan Garner

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August Booker Book Club Wrap Up - Part 2

At Tuesday’s Booker Bookclub meeting, we discussed this year’s long list. Three of the books on the list are not available in the United States right now; here are our impressions of the rest:

Glory - Brilliant writing, but the Animal Farm - style political satire was a bit much for our reader.

Trust - Interesting structure and great writing.

The Trees - A book that addresses issues of race in a way that our reader found offensive at times, but also darkly humorous.

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August Booker Book Club Wrap Up - Part 1

“Reading this book felt like wading in a waist high river of words— heavy and deep— filled with sexual innuendo. Veronica is struggling through years of memories bathed in denial and distortion to avoid the truth of her family dynamics and her own inability to maintain healthy relationships with husband and children. I loved the book and greatly admire Enright’s use of language! So heavy— so Irish.” Lou Polle

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2022 Booker Prize Longlist Announced


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On July 26, the 2022 Booker Prize Longlist nominees were announced. It includes three debuts, the shortest book, and the youngest and oldest authors ever to be nominated. 

Unusually, there were several titles from the US included this year. A few have not yet been published in the US, but we expect they will be in the next couple of months. 

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