May Newsletter 

As the tardy spring awakens and as thoughts turn to summer and, for many, graduation, I want to share our experience with the first annual Open Mind Scholarship Contest. It was a remarkably satisfying experience for all of us who were involved. The quality of the essays by high school seniors was superb and the variety and depth of the ways books have effected their lives was impressive. It is always good for us to have reminders about the power of books to change lives. Congratulations to first prize winners Carly Smith (New York) and Samantha Citron (Vermont)!

Samantha picked Chasing the Flame: Sergio Viera De Mello and the Fight to Save the World by Samantha Power. She wrote, the book..."opened my eyes to the incredible need in
our world. Specifically the need for humanitarian relief systems. I always knew that I wanted to
be an engineer. I now realize that engineers need to create water filtration systems; food
production, preserving, and delivery systems; communication systems; and infrastructure in
developing countries. Chasing the Flame has given me a direction with which to take my
engineering as I hope to study mechanical or systems engineering and create real solutions to our
world's problems. I hope to attack life with a vigor, and intellect as great as De Mello's".

You go girl!
Chris Morrow

PS - Don't forget that our Readers Rewards Sale is May 12th & 13th - 20% Off Entire Store!
Featured Review
 My Ex-Life by Stephen McCauley

In your first sitting with this wise and very funny novel, you will quickly realize you won't be going anywhere for a while. McCauley's voice is as warm and winning as his characters. I loved this novel about real estate, SAT's, one creep, real love and the bonds of family. - Stan Hynds

New Releases
by Heather Abel

Heather Abel packs so much good stuff into this hugely appealing novel exploring the grand themes of idealism and disillusionment. Set at a summer camp on Colorado's western slope before the outbreak of the Gulf War, Abel's young characters struggle with what it means to lead a meaningful life, how to care for and about a place of fragile beauty, how to navigate strong cultural differences, and how not to get caught having sex. A very thoughtful romp! - Stan Hynds

All the superlatives apply to this wondrous novel - mesmerizing, enthralling, hypnotic and elegant.

One can feel the fog and the lurking shadows of post war London where siblings Stitch and Wren are abruptly left in the care of men who might be mobsters. The Moth,The Darter, and the entire cast are never quite what they seem. Whether cruising down the Thames in a mussel boat, or understanding the importance of stegophilists for espionage, readers will be captivated by every twist and turn. I give this a standing ovation for every single element - and especially for Ondaatje's clever reference to the state of "Schwer". His writing here is utter perfection. - Nancy Scheemaker

by James & Deborah Fallows

A vivid, surprising portrait of the civic and economic reinvention taking place in America, town by town and generally out of view of the national media. A realistically positive and provocative view of the country between its coasts. For the last five years, James and Deborah Fallows have been traveling across America in a single-engine prop airplane. Visiting dozens of towns, they have met hundreds of civic leaders, workers, immigrants, educators, ...

Some people might say that the Duplass Brothers are a little weird. That they're a little TOO close. That they have seemed to fail upwards. 

They'd probably agree with you.This is a super-fun, breezy memoir by the movie-making brothers behind films such as Safety Not Guaranteed.While there is a bit of Hollywood name dropping here and there, it's mostly a coming of age tale, told by brothers who obviously have a deep love for others, a connection so strong it sometimes created a bubble around them.

I read this whole thing in an afternoon, and I smiled the entire time. - Chris Linendoll

Who would have thought Shakespeare would still be so contemporary? Well, a lot of people it turns out, but in the case of our modern political atmosphere Greenblatt helps us by doing most of the heavy lifting. In Tyrant, the author scours through Shakespeare's historically tyrannical characters in a way that illustrates the correlation between the past and our present without ever having to actually mention current political events. He lays out the groundwork and allows the reader to find their own way. And because of this his work will never go out of style. - Alex Bell 
Independently Published 
at Northshire Bookstore  by ShiresPress. 
Southern Vermont College/ Shires Press Student Reading - 3 books

Ben Wurmfeld's  Shadows in Mariner Valley is a culturally-rich science fiction story of personal growth, identity, the family you are born with, and the family you make along the way, taking place en route between far-flung star systems on a journey back to Mars. 

Tanisha Wright's  Born From Death is about Libitina, the Grim Reaper's daughter, who finally steps beyond her sheltered lifestyle and controlling father to seek answers about how and why she has come to exist. 

Mikaela Zemaitis's  Don't Talk to Alistair Moore is a realistic-fiction tale about high school senior Alistair Moore and the struggles he faces following the death of his mother. It begs the question of how much impact one person can have on another's life and whether that impact is ever enough to make a difference.

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

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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 

Mira T. Lee in conversation with Ron Powers.
Manchester Center

Mira T. Lee's work has been published in numerous quarterlies and reviews, and she has twice received special mention for the Pushcart Prize.  

This is her debut novel, a stunning portrayal of two sisters and their emotional journey through love, loss, and heartbreak.

May 5th at 2PM
Saratoga Springs

#1 New York Times bestselling children's book author Mike Lupica will share his exciting new chapter book series, featuring his trademark sports action and heart - and a lovable twin brother-sister duo who solve sports-related mysteries.

There's nothing eight-year-old twins Zach and Zoe Walker love more than playing sports and solving mysteries. And when those two worlds collide . . . well, it doesn't get any better than that.

Join this popular author as he talks about the first two books in this exciting new series.

M anchester Center, VT

Northshire Bookstore is pleased to partner with Congregation Shaara Tfille/Jewish Community Center of Saratoga Springs and Temple Sinai of Saratoga to present an evening with author Peter Golden.
From the beloved author of  Comeback Love  and  Wherever There Is Light , comes a novel about the life-changing journey of a young man who travels from New Jersey to Khrushchev's Russia and the beaches of Southern France as he finds love and discovers the long-hidden secrets about his heritage.

Ticket Required!

Gannett Auditorium
Skidmore College

Join us for an evening with Katherine Applegate, winner of the Newbery Medal for The One and Only Ivan as she discusses her new book Endling: The Last with fellow author Steve Sheinkin.
Tickets are required for this event and space is limited. Tickets are available in our Saratoga Springs location, by phone at 518-682-4200 or on our website.
This event is sponsored by the Skidmore College Department of Education, and will take place in Gannett Auditorium in Palamountain Hall on the Skidmore Campus. 

Join us for an evening with Syrian-American novelist Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar as she discusses her debut novel with Terence Diggory of the Saratoga Immigration Coalition. The conversation will be followed by a book signing and reception with light refreshments.

This event is co-presented with the Saratoga Immigration Coalition.


Rylant's gift for words is luminous. In this beautiful picture book she explores the largest concept, Life, and reminds us that life begins small, and it grows - it starts small as a baby elephant and grows to be as windy as a storm. She reminds us that there is always a new road to take and something in life to love. Wenzels art is a perfect pairing for Rylants perfect words. His bold brushstrokes bend and flow like nature, without hard edges, movement and quiet in harmony. Anyone who loves What Do You Do With An Idea will adore this book.

- Leah Moore

b y Lynn Brunelle
What a promise Actually, promises. First, here's a book that teaches kids all about the fascinating world of bees. Second, fun exercises, activities, and illustrations engage the imagination and offer a deeper understanding of bee life and bee behavior. Third, by following a few simple steps including removing the book's cover and taping it together, readers can transform the book into an actual living home for backyard bees. Fourth, added all together, Turn This Book Into a Beehive lets kids make a difference in the world--building a home where bees can thrive is one small but critical step in reversing the alarming trend of dwindling bee populations.


A delightful debut about two sisters with big dreams provides a charming introduction to the doljabi, a Korean first birthday tradition.

Twig's first birthday is coming up, and her whole family -- especially her older sister, Hazel -- is eager to see what she will choose at her doljabi. Whatever item Twig chooses will tell her fortune: Will she pick a hammer and grow up to be a builder? Will she pick a lute and grow up to be a musician? 

by Becky Albertalli

In this sequel to the acclaimed Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda--now a major motion picture, Love, Simon--we follow Simon's BFF Leah as she grapples with changing friendships, first love, and senior year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat--but real life isn't always so rhythmic.

She's an anomaly in her friend group: the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she's bisexual, she hasn't mustered the courage to tell her friends--not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

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


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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