July Newsletter 

Dear Friends,

One of our favorite and most loyal friends/customers passed away recently, and as I reflected on her life and her strong connection to the bookstore, I was reminded of how "community" is such an important part of our lives.  Jean Miller, who died at age 90, lived an incredibly rich and productive life, and easily would have won the award for having attended the most author events in the Northshire's 42 year history. We were part of her life, and the community of authors, books, readers, staff, friends old and new, all contributed to enrich her life.  We are often asked how a bookstore our size can exist in a small town in Vermont, and it always seems to come back to community. It is a basic human need to feel supported by a community with whom you share common values. Jean came to the bookstore because even as a beloved teacher, school head, chair of several boards, and concerned citizen, she still felt the desire to learn from and be with others who shared her curiosity.  It is gratifying to know that the bookstore helped fulfill the need for community in Jean's life.

Have a wonderful summer!

Barbara Morrow
Featured Review

by Anne Tyler

Willa Drake, uneasily drifting on the placid stream of advancing age with her second husband, impulsively leaves her comfortable home in Arizona for the mean streets of Baltimore. While caring for the child of her son's former girlfriend, who has been left alone after her mother was hospitalized for a gunshot wound, Willa rediscovers the purpose that had evaporated out of her own life. The author's gift for making gentle, beautifully understated observations about the tenacity and the frailties of human connections is evident throughout. I always feel a little wiser when I finish one of Anne Tyler's books. 
- Alden Graves

New Releases

by Lynn Vincent & Sara Vladic

For the better part of a century, the story of USS Indianapolis  has been understood as a sinking tale. The reality, however, is far more complicated--and compelling. Now, for the first time, thanks to a decade of original research and interviews with 107 survivors and eyewit-nesses, Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic tell the complete story of the ship, her crew, and their final mission to save one of their own.
A sweeping saga of survival, sacrifice, justice, and love,  Indianapolis  stands as both groundbreaking naval history and spellbinding narrative--and brings the ship and her heroic crew back to full, vivid, unforgettable life. It is the definitive account of one of the most remarkable episodes in American history.

by Naomi Novik

This is the Jewish feminist fairy tale that I didn't know I needed. A beautifully lyrical re-interpretation of Rumpelstiltskin, this novel is told in multiple voices as characters in a mythical eastern European land fight against the strictures that control their lives and take away their choices. Complex, beautifully written, and completely absorbing, this is a book I will return to over and over.
- Rachel Person

by  Libby Page

charming, heartwarming novel about the importance of community and multi-generational connections. 
Kate is suffering with mental health issues, and is isolated from her family in a big bustling city, trying to make her mark as a journalist. When she is given a seemingly uneventful story to pursue, about a local lido that is closing, she is surprised to discover a bigger picture, one that will change her life for the better. What she finds is a vibrant community, everyone working and living together like family, and the lido at its heart. Now, the fight is on, to save the lido, and all it means.
- Becky Doherty

by Fatima Farheen Mirza

Mirza evokes with equal skill and nuance the specifics of the first and second generation immigrant experience, and the universal themes of family unity and discord. In A Place For Us she captures the complicated dynamics of one family's relationships with one another with astonishing insight. I found it tremendously moving in a way that only the most authentic stories and voices can be. The last seventy pages buckled my knees. How can a story about characters who in many ways are so unlike my own be so hauntingly familiar?
- Stan Hynds
by  Michiko Kakutani

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic comes an impassioned critique of America's retreat from reason

The embedding of postmodern theory into contemporary society that, warped and degraded by politics, has so broken and divided us into our own bubbles and factions, resulting in the renowned importance of personal truths away from any sole objective truths is what's at the heart of Kakutani's well researched analysis on our modern crisis. Thoroughly absorbing and undoubtedly important.
- Alex Bell
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By Karen Gross & Mark Wine

This fun, funny and fanciful joke book showcases the principle, Laugh to Learn. First of all, giraffes are, by nature, funny creatures and so the jokes play off of the height of giraffes and their long long necks and their smiles and horns and friendly appearance. The book also showcases the myriad of ways artists have created giraffe sculptures, with wonderful photographs from the authors' giraffe collection.

While it is surprising to many people, giraffes face extinction; there are only 100,000 giraffes at present in the wild, and their population has been declining in recent years. A portion of the net profits from this book go to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, which co-sponsored this book, to help them in their efforts to save giraffes. Enjoy Laugh Learn

Each month Northshire Bookstore's award-winning booksellers will select the perfect book and send it to your friend, loved one or yourself!

Each book will arrive beautifully wrapped with a gift card.


Used Books

 We have hundreds of great books in stock in our Manchester store and not enough room to display them all. Please ask a bookseller if there is one you are looking for or browse the section for one you did not know you wanted!     

For more information on any of the used and rare books in our store, send an email 

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July 7 at 7PM
Saratoga Springs

Natalie Golderg--the woman who changed the way writing is taught in this country--will discuss her memoir, which is grounded in her practice of writing and Zen, and which shares her experience with cancer.

Tickets are required for this event and space is limited. Tickets are now available in our Saratoga Springs, NY location, by phone at 518-682-4200, and  here on our website.

Join longtime Zen practitioner and world-renowned writing teacher Natalie Goldberg as she presents her moving and clear-looking memoir on being in love with your life even when life brings illness.
"When you go through extreme sickness, when everything you know and lived is tossed out the window and glass shatters . . . this too is part of life. Don't give up. Pay attention. We have to make ourselves larger to include the inconceivable."

The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age

Manchester Center

Join us for an illuminating evening with the national security correspondent for the  New York Times  and member of three teams that won the Pulitzer Prize, as he discusses his new book that tells the startling inside story of how the rise of cyberweapons transformed geopolitics like nothing since the invention of the atomic bomb.

Luncheon at
Tuesday, July 17th
12:00-2:00 pm

The Northshire Bookstore is pleased to partner with Amy Chamberlain of The Perfect Wife to present a Cookbook Luncheon with Jessica Battilana,  to be held at The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern in Manchester Center. Amy will create a three course luncheon from recipes in Repertoire, and each attendee will receive a copy of the book. Tickets to the luncheon can be purchased online or at the bookstore.


Author L.M. Elliott will discuss her delightful young adult novel Hamilton and Peggy!: A Revolutionary Friendship
Drawing from historical journals and letters, New York Times bestselling author Laura Elliot has written a richly detailed tale about the extraordinary Peggy Schuyler and her revolutionary friendship with Alexander Hamilton.

Peggy Schuyler has always felt like she's existed in the shadows of her beloved sisters: the fiery, intelligent Angelica and beautiful, sweet Eliza. But it's in the throes of a chaotic war that Peggy finds herself a central figure amid Loyalists and Patriots, spies and traitors, friends and family.

Finding True North: A History of One Small Corner of the Adirondacks

Join us for an evening with author, actor and storyteller Fran Yardley as she shares the story behind her book "Finding True North."

In 1968 Fran and Jay Yardley, a young couple with pioneering spirit, moved to a remote corner of the Adirondacks to revive the long-abandoned but historic Bartlett Carry Club, with its one thousand acres and thirty-seven buildings. The Saranac Lake-area property had been in Jay's family for generations, and his dream was to restore this summer resort to support himself and, eventually, a growing family. Fran chronicles their journey and, along the way, unearths the history of those who came before, from the 1800s to the present. Offering an evocative glimpse into the past, Finding True North traces the challenges and transformations of one of the world's most beautiful, least-celebrated places and the people who were tirelessly devoted to it.


The year is 1966. The Vietnam War rages overseas, the Beatles have catapulted into stardom, and twelve-year-old Rhode Island native Trudy Mixer is not  thrilled with life. Her best friend, Michelle, has decided to become a cheerleader, everyone at school is now calling her Gertrude (her hated real name), and the gem of her middle school career, the Beatles fan club, has dwindled down to only three other members--the least popular kids at school. And at home, her workaholic father has become even more distant.

Determined to regain her social status and prove herself to her father, Trudy looks toward the biggest thing happening worldwide: the Beatles. She is set on seeing them in Boston during their final world tour--and meeting her beloved Paul McCartney. So on a hot August day, unknown to their families, Trudy and crew set off on their journey, each of them with soaring hopes for what lies ahead

The biggest, wackiest, wildest, and weirdest of all the world record facts are jam-packed into this informative and super-exciting fact book.

From the awesome to the weird to the downright gross, get ready to meet the world's record setters. You'll find fantastic firsts, awesome extremes, and weird wonders in achievements made by animals, humans, and Mother Nature. Paired with eye-popping design and unforgettable photographs, this book blows the record-book competition away and takes first place as the zaniest, most eye-catching, unbelievable, and best of the best record books you can find.

By Davide Cali & Benjamin Chaud

Beware of . . . this school? Henry is taking his new classmate on a whirlwind tour of their school. Mysterious inventions lurk, the cafeteria requires ninja skills, and some teachers may be monsters. Is this fantastical school to be believed? Or is there an even more outrageous surprise in store? Celebrated international author-illustrator team Davide Cali and Benjamin Chaud--the duo behind Junior Library Guild selections  I Didn't Do My Homework Because . . .  and  The Truth About My Unbelievable Summer . . .  --are back with yet another rollicking tale about truth, lies, and . . . school.

Manchester Reading Groups 
this month at the Northshire, click here to see what we're reading, then join us!
Classic Mystery
History Reading Group
 Mystery and Thriller
Northshire Women Read
Cookbook Reading Group
The Dark Side Reading Group
Poetry Reading 

Saratoga Reading Groups. 

To see what we are reading click here

Email ReadingGroupsNY@northshire.com 

if you're interested in any of the following groups: 

Truth and Tales Reading Group

American History Reading Group

Knit Wits Reading Group

Parent Child Reading Group

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