Eagle Harbor Book Co.
When you come out of the storm, you
won't be the same person who walked in. 
~ Haruki Murakami
Murakami nailed it as he is wont to do, and his point has never been more relevant than at this time in our history. So many powerful movements are gaining momentum, all arising from deep trauma: #BlackLivesMatter, #MeToo, #TimesUp, and now #NeverAgain. Add seemingly constant news of crises -- dysfunctional government, the threat of another nuclear war in northeast Asia, climate change, election interference, Harvey, guns, DACA, and news that isn't really news. It is no wonder that emotions are high, and an increased sense of urgency abounds.

This time of high drama is made even more so with the ascent of social media as the primary source of news for perhaps too many of us, since no filter between bombast and quiet reporting of events exists. What we've gained by instant access to information is somewhat cancelled out by a more polarizing and coarsened approach to communicating.

All of this causes us to question how we need to properly meet our obligations as your community bookstore for the past 45 years. At the bare minimum, we need to listen to your concerns and respond to your requests for information. In these times, we think our mission as a community resource needs to expand.
The aftermath of Parkland (#NeverAgain) is the most recent tragedy that reminds us of how were different from Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and others that just sell books. Yet, understanding our role, if we have one, is the hard part. Two major national protests are planned for March and our local teens have decided to participate. During the #NationalSchoolWalkout on March 14, and the #MarchForOurLives on March 24, we will provide a safe gathering place before and after the protests for students and their supporters. We will also be ready to facilitate discussion groups or speakers during those events. Plans are emerging to have a voter registration drive and to provide other resources to support these young citizens. We hope to see many of you there.

As we move from Black History Month in February to Women's History Month in March, we will take care to provide a well-rounded selection of books and resources to help make sense of the complexities, and find understanding, guidance, and deeper meaning surrounding these and other issues. Through our events and other store activities, we remain committed to help draw our community together; not simply to agree, but to discuss and learn more about issues impacting all of us.
So, help us get it right and don't be shy. We hope the structures we have in place will address tomorrow's headline as well. Because we all know the next storm is on its way.

And for those of you who just want to escape the drama and dive into a really great read, we can help with that, too!

~ Jane
Author Events and Readings

Sunday, March 4, 3:00 pm
Becky Allender often felt Hidden In Plain Sight behind her more vocal husband. She felt swept aside and lost in his frenzied world and words. This memoir describes a woman's journey to becoming visible through the power of remembering stories and embracing them with kindness.  This book is a must read for those who want to transform their lives.
Becky is co-founder, along with her husband Dan, of the Allender Center at The Seattle School of Psychology and Theology in downtown Seattle. She is also facilitator of the many story workshops the school puts on for those still dealing with trauma and sexual abuse in their formative years.

Thursday, March 8, 7:00 pm
Best-selling Seattle author Robin Oliveira ( My Name is Mary Sutter  and  I Always Loved You ) will return to the store to talk about her latest novel,  Winter Sisters, which received a starred review in Kirkus Reviews.  Join us in celebrating International Women's Day with a book that features women (including Mary Sutter) fighting to be heard and respected in an era on the cusp of change.

Friday, March 9, 1:00 pm
Join us for a brown bag lunch and conversation with best-selling Oregon author Phillip MargolinThe "master of heart-pounding suspense" returns with a brand new series.  The Third Victim is  New York Times bestseller Phillip Margolin at his very best. 
In addition to writing over 20 novels, many of them NY Times bestsellers, Margolin was a long time criminal defense attorney with decades of trial experience, including a large number of capital cases. 

Sunday, March 11, 3:00 pm
Learn about navigating the challenges of aging when author/attorney Richard C. Tizzano talks about his book  The Accidental Safari.  Facing an uncertain future without a life care plan is like taking an "Accidental Safari" without a map or even a flashlight. With compassionate, often humorous, stories from the thousands of families he has helped, Tizzano illustrates clear pathways that can lead to peace of mind. This book will be discounted for our customers at this event!

Thursday, March 15, 7:00 pm
Join us for a lively author to author discussion with Joe Ponepinto and Bainbridge writer Kathleen Alcala about Ponepinto's new satirical novel, Mr. Neutron. This mashup of Frankenstein and Veep is a hilarious genre-bender that speaks to the unpredictable nature of American politics today. Ponepinto is the Co-Publisher and Fiction Editor of Tahoma Literary ReviewHis short stories have been published in dozens of literary journals in the U.S. and abroad, one of which was the winner of the Tiferet: Literature, Art & the Creative Spirit 2016 fiction contest.

Thursday, March 22, 7:00 pm 
Join us for an inspiring and forward looking evening when Shelly Francis from the Center for Courage and Renewal talks about the book The Courage Way: Leading and Living with Integrity Also on hand at the evening event will be center co-founders Marcy and Rick Jackson.
Leadership demands courage. You have to make good decisions while balancing inevitable tensions and knowing when to take risks. You need to keep your values in sight regardless of the pressures around you. This graceful and inspiring book is a guide to courageous leadership and a journey of self-discovery. 


Book Launch at BARN:  April 2, 6:30 pm
Jonathan Evison's new novel of white privilege, class conflict, and belated coming of age is receiving rave advance reviews. And so he wanted to give Bainbridge Island -- Evison's hometown and the primary setting of  Lawn Boy -- an advance chance to get their hands on it. 
By special arrangement with publisher Algonquin Books, we'll be able to put it in your hands on Monday, April 2, -- a day ahead of its release -- at a launch party at Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network. It's an event co-sponsored by BARN, Eagle Harbor Book Co., and Evison. 

May we recommend...
The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah
When a former Vietnam War POW returns to his wife and daughter, he accepts an offer of land in remote Alaska. Having little money, the family builds their homestead in a community of unique characters and devout isolationists. His daughter, Leni, grows, makes friends, and learns how to survive in Alaska's harsh environment. With the end of '70s culture the community changes, and Leni's life unravels when her father's contempt for the encroaching world worsens. The author's family background in Alaska lends authenticity to her depiction of its hazards and beauty. In this chilly tale of tragedy and triumph reminiscent of Shakespeare, her characters seem completely at home. ~ Julie

Leonardo Da Vinci, by Walter Isaacson
There's no doubt that the man who painted the Mona Lisa was a genius, and in this thoroughly satisfying account, Isaacson explores the extent of his intellect and his amazing curiosity. He illuminates Da Vinci's interest not only in painting but also in science and nature. The artist/scientist dissected cadavers to study tendons and muscles. He also studied birds in flight and drew designs for tools, machines, and props for stage presentations. The most intriguing of Isaacson's explorations, however, are his descriptions of Da Vinci's paintings and the techniques he used. With various paintings he discusses perspective, shading, even the geology of the backgrounds. It is utterly fascinating. ~ Ann

Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens, 
by Steve Olson
We in the Pacific Northwest remember when Mount St. Helens exploded on a sunny May morning in 1980. In his comprehensive book, Olson fills in the rest of the story. He details the vast old growth forests around the mountain and their vital importance to the Weyerhaeuser Company. He fills in the backgrounds of those scientists and ordinary folk who were caught in the area and either survived the blast or didn't. And he reports on the political actions in the years since, that have been concerned with the importance of preserving the blast area. Olson's account is as tense and gripping as any mystery novel. ~ Ann

Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone, by Juli Berwald
Berwald left a thriving career in ocean science to raise a family far from water in Austin, Texas. But the pull of current events, climate change, and coastal development, combined with an offer she couldn't refuse, brought her back to the sea and her first love, jellyfish. Part personal memoir, part scientific quest, her passion for the ethereal, gelatinous jellies is infectious! Who knew that their fragile, nomadic lives could be so enticing? If you loved Soul of an Octopus and Hidden Life of Trees, Spineless will draw you in and make you a fan of jellyfish. ~ Susan

Poison, by John Lescroart
Attorney Dismas Hardy, mostly recovered from two recent gunshot wounds, is pondering retirement after more than thirty years in the law. But when a former client is accused of murdering her boss, a prominent business tycoon, Dismas just can't resist one more murder case. This is Lescroart's 27th deftly crafted and hugely entertaining legal thriller, featuring snappy dialogue, Hardy and his merry band of San Francisco cops, district attorneys, private eyes, and the wonderful atmosphere of the City by the Bay. Not to be missed! ~ Susan

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye: A Lisbeth Salander Novel, by David Lagerkrantz
Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo, the brilliant hacker, the obstinate outsider, the volatile seeker of justice for herself and others, once again teams with journalist Blomqvist, ferreting out the painful details of a pseudo-scientific Swedish study on twins known only as the Registry. This hits very close to Lisbeth's own story and, of course, her evil twin Camilla is deeply involved undercover and is still bent on Lisbeth's demise. Once again Lagerkrantz has taken the story begun by Steig Larsson and brought it to greater heights of noir and pulse pounding suspense. ~ Susan

Eat Less Water, by Florencia Ramirez
The next time you're ready to make a meal, consider this: to bring 1 lb of beef to your table, 1851 gallons of water are used, whereas 0 gallons of water are used to bring you wild caught fresh fish. A tomato has a fresh water footprint of 13 gallons, a cup of coffee, 34 gallons: mere trifles to king chocolate bar at 449! Despair not, for Ramirez explains how to make better choices as you enjoy all three, and countless other foods. There are low water solutions for all of it, and the author, a water conservation activist, traveled the country to find out who is leading the way. From food and drink providers of all stripes, she presents their stories with immense charm and humor. Highly readable and complete with recipes from each contributor, this is a book not just for conscious eaters, but for foodies everywhere. ~ Jane

New in Hardcover Fiction
The Philosopher's Flight
by Tom Miller
by Laura Lippman
Down the River Unto the Sea
by Walter Mosley
by Akwaeke Emezi
How to Stop Time
by Matt Haig
An American Marriage
by Tayari Jones
New in Hardcover Nonfiction
The Future of Humanity
by Michio Kaku
Educated: A Memoir
by Tara Westover
What Are We Doing Here?
by Marilynne Robinson
Without Precedent 
by Joel Richard Paul
Eloquent Rage
by Brittney Cooper
Enlightenment Now
by Steven Pinker
New in Paperback Fiction
The Book of Joan
by Lidia Yuknavitch
Small Great Things
by Jodi Picoult
Woman No. 17
by Edan Lepucki
4 3 2 1
by Paul Auster
Universal Harvester
by John Darnielle
All Our Wrong Todays
by Elan Mastai
New in Paperback Nonfiction
Washington's Farewell
by John Avlon

Strangers in Their Own Land
by Arlie Russell Hochschild
Eight Flavors, The Untold Story of American Cuisine
by Sarah Lohman
The Stranger in the Woods
by Michael Finkel
Schadenfreude, A Love Story
by Rebecca Schuman
This Close to Happy
by Daphne Merkin
New Books for Kids
Moon: A Peek-Through Picture Book
by  Britta Teckentrup
The Magician's Hat
by Malcolm Mitchell
Harriet Gets Carried Away
by Jessie Sima
The Spiral Path
by Greg Weisman
The Serpent's Secret
by  Sayantani DasGupta
The Mad Wolf's Daughter
by  Diane Magras
New Books for Young Adults
Down and Across
by Arvin Ahmadi
People Like Us
by Dana Mele
Children of Blood and Bone
by Tomi Adeyemi
What the Night Sings
by Vesper Stamper
by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
I Have the Right To
by Chessy Prout with Jenn Abelson
Store Book Groups
Drop in - You are welcome!
All Store Book Group titles are discounted 15%
up until the date of discussion

March 6, 7:00 pm
by Wendy Hinman
John Dies at the End, by David Wong

March 27, 7:00 pm
The Dry, by Jane Harper
And there's more...

Cyber Monday - March 5 
Save 20% on most online orders! Choose to pay online or when you pick it up at the store. Or we can ship for you. Just fill up your cart and enter the coupon code   EHBC20   when you check out.

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