An Unlikely Newsletter
November 18, 2016
Thanksgiving is next week (!!!) and we would like to take this opportunity to thank our community of book lovers  for embracing us over the past 18 months.  The support you've given An Unlikely Story Bookstore and Café and the Second Story is greatly appreciated. We have enjoyed meeting you at events, talking books and engaging in conversation over coffee.  We are so happy to be a local gathering place where all can come together to celebrate stories, share ideas, and meet authors and illustrators who inspire us.

Author and bookstore owner Ann Patchett put it best, "I would like to build a place where people would feel cherished for their life experiences, where people could learn from history and be comforted by art. A place where babies are welcome, children can play, and teenagers feel respected. A place where people who are pulled in a hundred different directions can find a moment's peace, and old people would be offered a comfortable chair to sit while they read a book."  
In This Newsletter
Sunday, November 20th at 4:30pm
It's not often we are lucky enough to have BOTH the author and illustrator visit us, but we hit the jackpot with the creators of Lucy's Lovey! Both Betsy and Chris will be here for a super special storytime, and adults and kids alike are encouraged to bring their very own special lovey to the event. You can also post a picture to our Facebook or Instagram page with the hashtag #WhosYourLovey. After the storytime, we'll create some lovey labels and have a Smelly Baby Scavenger Hunt! Register now for this free event! 

Writer_s Loft Holiday Bazaar _ Bookfair
Starting to think about holiday presents? Do we have an event for you! The Writer's Loft will hold its 2nd Annual Holiday Bazaar and Book Fair at An Unlikely Story: the perfect opportunity to stock up on signed books! There will be holiday shopping, crafts, and local author book signings. Visit our website for a complete list of authors.  

Tuesday, December 6th at 4pm
Stick with us, we won't steer you wrong! Come meet Janet Tashjian,  bestselling middle-grade and YA author including the "My Life.." series and learn all about her new book, Sticker Girl. Martina Rivera is a quiet kid with a remarkable secret: Her sticker collection comes to life! Adventures abound in this new chapter book series.  Register for this free event here.

Jerry Thornton
Saturday, December 10th at 7pm
Sports fans won't want to miss the chance to hear Jerry Thornton discuss his new book, From Darkness to Dynasty. Jerry Thornton is  one of the first writers for Barstool Sports. In addition, Jerry is a standup comic who won the Boston Comedy Riot competition and has worked colleges and clubs all around New England.   Register now for this free event!
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Sunday, December 4th at 4pm
Yo ho ho and a bottle of eggnog! Picture book author Mike Lewis will lead a special pirate storytime in full pirate costume! Captain Lewis will read his two picture books, The Great Pirate Christmas Battle and Battle for the Knotty List. It's sure to be a rollicking good time!  Register your child for this free event!

Storytime with Santa
Friday, December 16th at 6:30pm
An Unlikely Story will host a special nighttime event with Mr. Claus himself! Santa will read holiday classics and we will provide "reindeer snacks" for children.  In lieu of an entry fee, please bring one gently used book from home, which we will donate to the Plainville Public Library.  Register your child for this free event beginning Friday, December 2nd at 6:30pm.   
Holiday recommendations Recommendations
We're here to make your holiday shopping easy! Pick up a copy of our holiday recommendations booklet, filled with great reads for all those book-lovers on your list. If you're shopping at home in your pj's, you can find the complete list here.

Hardcover Fiction:

A Gentleman in Moscow
A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles

Count Alexander Rostov has been sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol Hotel across from the Kremlin.  How will he thrive?  
Russian history, interesting characters and wonderful writing creates a fabulous novel.

Hardcover Non-Fiction:
Hero of the Empire
Hero of the Empire
by Candice Millard

This compelling look at Winston Churchill begins when he is in his early twenties, a self-assured young man, convinced that one day he will be Prime Minister once he proves himself on the battlefield. Churchill arrives in South Africa in 1899, as a journalist covering the British colonial war against the Boers. His capture, escape, and grueling journey back to free his fellow hostages are fascinating. 

The Bookshop on the Corner
The Bookshop on the Corner
by Jenny Colgan

A lovely, heartwarming story about a librarian who can find the perfect book for everyone, but cannot find true love. Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There she buys a van and transforms it into a bookmobile, a mobile bookshop that she drives from neighborhood to neighborhood, changing one life after another with the power of storytelling.

Young Adult:
by Marissa Meyer
Marissa Meyer strikes fairy-tale gold once again with this Alice in Wonderland prequel. Long before she set heads rolling in Wonderland, the Queen of Hearts was just a kind, young girl named Catherine, who dreamed of baking and falling in love. With colorful scenery and a foreboding sense of dread, this tale propels itself along to an absolutely heart-breaking end!

More Season's Readings  »
Panini Sandwiches
We are updating our cafe menu! Just in time for the holidays we are streamlining our lunchtime offerings. Check our website soon for the details. And don't worry, we are keeping customer favorites such as our reubens, grilled cheese sandwiches and salads!
We have a sweet selection of Advent calendars in stock so your little one can count the days until Christmas! And you can count the days until you get to take it easy!
Christmas is for Kids and An Unlikely Story are happy to partner together to help fill wishes in our community.  We are especially happy to hear that so many of the children have specific wishes for books.  Our customers can help make these wishes come true by choosing an ornament from the tree in the store and buying a book for a child.  The goal for the program is to have a book for every one of the 1000 children they project to help this Christmas.  For more information on the program, visit their website:
We are thrilled to be offering an outdoor holiday market for the very first time! We are offering the market this year on a trial basis to determine what the interest level is from local vendors and shoppers. We hope this event will be a great success! The market will take place from December 13-23 from 5:00-8:00pm each night. The market stalls will be located in the overflow parking lot across the street from the bookstore.

All interested candidates must fill out a holiday market application to be considered for this unique event, which can be found on our website. Vendors who are interested in selling food items, must also complete a temporary Farmers Market application for the town. All forms with their associated application payment must be dropped off or mailed into the store to the attention of Shaelyn Germain. Questions about the holiday market can be directed to
New in Hardcover NewReleases
Night School
Turbo Twenty-Three
The Shores of Tripoli
Scrappy Little Nobody
Alice Hoffman
Lee Child
Stephanie Evanovich
The Shores of Tripoli
James L. Haley
Scrappy Little Nobody
Anna Kendrick
New in Paperback
What She Left
The Queen of the Night
As Close to Us as Breathing
Knitting Pearls
T. R. Richmond
Alexander Chee
Elizabeth Poliner
Bradley Somer
Ann Hood
New in Childrens
The Bossier Baby
Double Down
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
Marla Frazee
Jeff Kinney
Marissa Meyer
Cassandra Clare
Sarah Rees Brennan
Maureen Johnson
Robin Wasserman

Store Hours:
Monday - Saturday 9:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday 9:00am - 6:00pm

Phone: (508) 699-0244 
111 South Street, Plainville, MA 02762

Happy reading,
Kym Havens
An Unlikely Story

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