March Newsletter 

Happy almost spring! We have created a college scholarship program called the Open Mind Scholarship for high school seniors. The Open Mind Scholarship honors the diversity of thought, feelings, information and perspectives found in books, as well as the power of books to change people's lives. The awards range from $1,000 to $5,000 and deadline is March 31; click link above for more information. Please encourage people to apply.

Last week a fantastic book was published. This is truly one of the most interesting and amazing books I have read in many a year. It is called, Educated by Tara Westover. I read it last fall and it still sticks with me - and I have a terrible memory. It is the true story of growing up and escaping a complicated and dysfunctional family in rural Idaho. Her parents are survivalists and extreme Mormons who choose not to send Tara to school or take their kids to the doctor, even when terrible accidents happen to them. There are many dynamics and unbelievable events in this book, but what really stands out for me is the way she is able to reveal the steady, although erratic, opening of her mind to the larger world. Her perspective of what is normal and right changes as she is exposed to more people and gets an education. Educated is everything a book should be - gut wrenching, fascinating, moving and forceful enough to make you take a fresh look at your own life. I highly recommend it!

Be well,

 is a superbly written journey of the relationship between two young women and the power of love and loss. The book goes in directions unexpected and satisfying while engaging the reader by presenting mesmerizing psychological watercolors of deep subtlety. I got lost in this book.
- Chris Morrow

Inspiring, personal, and often spiritual reflections on how women can find peace, make wise choices, practice everyday joy, and step into their power from Geneen Roth--author of the #1 
New York Times
Women Food and God.

by David Mamet

From his perch at the 
Chicago Tribune
, Mike Hodge--scarred veteran of the Great War--had gotten to know the underbelly of the metropolis like few others. Politicians, gangsters, prostitutes, bootleggers, opium addicts, jazz musicians and con artists-- he'd observed them all. So perhaps
  he should have known better when he fell for Annie Walsh, whose family was deeply involved with the mob.

by Brian Castner

In 1789, Alexander Mackenzie traveled 1200 miles on the immense river in Canada that now bears his name, in search of the fabled Northwest Passage that had eluded mariners for hundreds of years. In 2016, the acclaimed memoirist Brian Castner retraced Mackenzie's route by canoe in a grueling journey -- and discovered the Passage he could not find.

"Asymmetry is extraordinary. . . Halliday has written, somehow all at once, a transgressive roman a clef, a novel of ideas and a politically engaged work of metafiction." --Alice Gregory, 
The New York Times Book Review

"A brilliant and complex examination of power dynamics in love and war."
  --Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal

"A scorchingly intelligent first novel. . . Asymmetry will make you a better reader, a more active noticer. It hones your senses." --Parul Seghal, The New York Times

A n astonishing account of one woman's isolated childhood and youth among her Mormon family in rural Idaho. Never having been vaccinated, never having attended public school, spending her years stocking away canned peaches for Y2K and scrapping metal in her anti-government father's junk yard, she remains ignorant of all the things people today assume are common knowledge: the Holocaust, the World Trade Center, etc. Despite her abusive older brother's gaslighting, her father's desire to keep the family off the grid, and her mother's inclination to treat all the family's wounds-regardless of severity-with homeopathic remedies,Tara studies trigonometry, takes the SATs, and with the encouragement of professors, ends up studying at Cambridge and Harvard. A story of the strength it takes to leave home to become more than what you are, and of the strength it takes to return home when home no longer wants you.
- Hanna Yost

This twisty psychological thriller blew my mind. Amber is in a coma, besieged by shards of memory, fighting her way to consciousness, while her would-be killer is in the room. You will not be able to drag your eyes away from this profoundly disturbing read. - Amy Palmer

The Open Mind Scholarship honors the diversity of thought, feelings, information and perspectives found in books, as well as the power of books to change people's lives.

Each year Northshire Bookstore will award two college-bound high school seniors, one from New York and one from Vermont, $1,000 to help pay for college.

This year, with the extremely generous support of locals
Tony Whaling and Brian Barefoot this has increased to $5000 for first place, $3000 for second place, and $2000 for third place.
To read the article in the Manchester Journal 

To enter the contest, students need to write up to one page on how a book has exposed them to something new and how it has impacted their life. Submissions are due by 3/31/2018. To enter, email the submission to .

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.


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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!     

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This novel written for children age 10 & up was inspired by Ali Fadhil's life and experiences. At the start of 1991, eleven-year-old Ali Fadhil was consumed by his love for soccer, video games, and American television shows.  Then, on January 17, Iraq's dictator Saddam Hussein went to war with thirty-four nations led by the United States. Over the next forty-three days, Ali and his family survived bombings, food shortages, and constant fear. 


From journalist and author Sue Halpern comes a wry, observant look at contemporary life and its refugees. Halpern's novel is an unforgettable tale of family...the kind you come from and the kind you create.

Note; Sue Halpern will also be presenting in our Saratoga Springs, NY location on Saturday, March 24th at 2:00 pm. 

Friday, March 16th
7:00 pm
Saratoga Springs, NY

Kim Van Alkemade , author of the New York Times bestselling novel Orphan #8 as she discusses her new novel, 
Bachelor Girl  a fresh and intimate book about the destructive power of secrets and the redemptive power of love--inspired by the true story of Jacob Ruppert, the millionaire owner of the New York Yankees, and his mysterious bequest in 1939 to an unknown actress, Helen Winthrope Weyant..


Manchester, VT

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Guest Room, a powerful story about the ways an entire life can change in one night: A flight attendant wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man - and no idea what happened.

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The Flight AttendantSaturday, March 17th 6:00p

If I Die Tonight

Join award-winning thriller author Alison Gaylin for a special author lunch at Hattie's. Enjoy a buffet lunch while listening to Ms. Gaylin discuss her her latest novel "If I Die Tonight."
Tickets are required for this event and space is limited. Tickets include a buffet lunch and a paperback copy of "If I Die Tonight."
Late one night in the quiet Hudson Valley town of Havenkill, a distraught woman stumbles into the police station-and lives are changed forever.

What makes a great team? Sports journalist Peggy Shinn answers this question in her enthralling account of the rise of the U.S. women's cross-country ski team, winners of 8 medals at three world championships over the past 5 years. Shinn's story--based on dozens of interviews with athletes, coaches, parents, spouses, and friends--paints a vivid picture of the obstacles that America's female athletes must overcome.


The Poet X
By Elizabeth Agevedo

Xiomara feels unheard and misunderstood by everyone. Even by her beloved twin brother. The girl who always uses her fists to be heard (to protect herself from unwanted advances and to protect her brother) wants to be heard and seen for something more powerful.Her words. But how can she when she's being pulled between her love and loyalty to family, the church and what is in her heart? Powerful coming of age story told in prose poetry. Ages 14 up. - Jeanette

"Baby Monkey, Private Eye is the cutest beginning reader I have ever seen! Baby Monkey looks for clues, writes some notes, eats a snack, and then puts on his pants (which isn't easy!) before solving each case. Simple words paired with Selznick's detailed art make this adorable book delightful for everyone to read." 
- Melissa Fox, Watermark Books, Wichita, KS

A sharp psychological thriller that's just right for fans of 
One of Us is Lying
Thirteen Reasons Why
--this story will seduce, mislead, and finally, betray you.

Independently Published 
at Northshire Bookstore  by ShiresPress. 

The Sergeant training new officers: There is the right way, the wrong way and the Chatham Township way. Seriously? YES You will not be able to put this book down as you read the first-hand account of what it was like to work as a police officer in an affluent suburban community where "the rules" might look a bit different than those taught at the police academy. From a runaway horse to investigating a murder scene, this officer never knew where the next call would lead him - he just knew that he would have a decision to make about how to handle it.

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

Saratoga Reading Groups. 

To see what we are reading click here


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

Truth and Tales Reading Group

Knit Wits Reading Group

Parent Child Reading Group

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Friday - Saturday until 9 pm
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