An Unlikely Newsletter
June 16, 2018
One of the best things about summer is that as a culture we have decided that this is the season of play. It's a time in which it is not only okay, but expected that we take a few minutes out of our day to stretch our toes in the grass, or lay back in a hammock with a glass of lemonade and a spectacularly entertaining book. In short, it's a season of self-care-permission to take the time we need to make us more fulfilled as people.

So in this issue, we're celebrating the wonderful things that make us human. Books that explore relationships are peppered throughout but also stories that celebrate resilience in times of hardship. All the books that fill this issue are recommendations by our booksellers. We hope you will come to the store to explore our picks, and talk to our booksellers to find the perfect summer read for your vacation, the beach, or backyard.

Where ever you spend your reading time this summer, we have you covered. Come by An Unlikely Story and share your thoughts. We can't wait to talk about all our picks!
In This Newsletter
Sabaa Tahir
Tuesday, June 26th at 7pm
Sabaa Tahir's New York Times bestselling Ember in the Ashes quartet continues with the highly anticipated A Reaper at the Gates!! We are beyond excited to welcome Sabaa back to An Unlikely Story to talk about defying evil empires. Sabaa will be in conversation with Karen McManus, New York Times bestselling author of One of Us is Lying.  We have three ticketing options, so please visit our website for details.  

Join Scholastic at An Unlikely Story on the first stop of the ultimate reading road trip as they tour the country with crafts, activities, author signings, and giveaways! The tour bus will be parked in our parking lot, and we'll have signings with Peter Reynolds, Tui Sutherland and Gale Galligan. Have your photo taken with Clifford the Big Red Dog, Geronimo Stilton and Dog Man! It's an afternoon of fun for the entire family, not to be missed.  
Dr. Seuss Enterprises and Random House Children's Books are proud to present the first-ever Dr. Seuss Bus Tour!  This summer the bus tour will launch Dr. Seuss's Word Challenge, a new campaign targeted at readers of all ages to help us reach a goal of 20 million words read this summer.  The bus will provide an interactive, museum-like experience that celebrates imagination and fun in the way that only Dr. Seuss can. Events will feature a walk-through interactive exhibit starring Dr. Seuss's books and characters, kid-friendly activities, photo-ops with the Cat in the Hat costume and more!
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Bookseller recommendations Recommendations
Kym recommends:
The Lost Family
The Lost Family 
by Jenna Blum
The Lost Family is a saga you won't be able to put down. It begins in WWII where Peter Rashkin experiences a devastating loss, and follows him through his emigrating to New York City, and his becoming a chef and owner of celebrated restaurant Masha's in 1965. The characters are so completely drawn, flawed and real, you feel that you know them. It's the story of a marriage from the beginning, with a husband who can't recover from the scars of loss, and a beautiful wife who is trying to find her way. It's both funny and sad at times, and it will stay in your thoughts long after you read the last page. 

Michelle recommends:
David Sedaris
While there are emotional pieces related to the loss of his sister to suicide and his late mother's alcoholism, Sedaris' writing remains acerbic and hilarious and will solicit hearty laughs from any reader. Passages related to the fear of getting a GI bug mid-flight and of curses used by drivers around the world are particular standouts. He's just the best.  

Jenna recommends:
Neverworld Wake
by Marisha Pessl
This eccentric thriller is full of poignant pop culture references, existential musings on love and eternity, and a pervasive creepiness that tips you out of reality and into a purgatory of the characters' own creation. Fast paced, thought provoking, sometimes shocking, Neverworld Wake made me want to hold up Gatsby on a party yacht and then dive into the endless deep of a metaphorical ocean. This story is the weirdest fun you can possibly have. (Ages 12+)

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Cards & Gifts Gifts
Summer is the time for get-togethers: backyard bbq's, clambakes on the beach, and pool parties at the neighbors. We have a terrific array of unique kitchen gift items that are perfect for bringing a little something for the hostess. Marble cutting boards, fun coasters, dish towels, sweet spoons and much more. Come on in and grab something special to bring to the party! Or for your kitchen...treat yourself!
Themed Trivia!  Trivia
Sports Trivia Night
TOUCHDOWN! Join us for a special themed trivia night perfect for sports fans. Test your knowledge on all things sports with host Patrick Kinney. Patrick will explain all the rules before the game starts, and prizes will be awarded to the top three teams! Only teams of 5 or less are prize eligible. Click here to register!
New in Hardcover NewReleases
The President is Missing
Us Against You
How Hard Can it Be_
Because I Come From a Crazy Family
The President is Missing
Bill Clinton & James Patterson
Frederik Backman
Allison Pearson
James A. McLaughlin
Because I Come From a Crazy Family
Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.
New in Paperback
Keep Her Safe
Sailing Lessons
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
The Vineyard
Sarah Miller
Sophie Hannah
Hannah McKinnon
Gail Honeyman
María Dueñas
New in Childrens
Lions _ Liars
Fat Girl on a Plane
The Bird and the Blade
Jez Alborough
Kate Beasley
Dan Santat (illus.)
Kelly Devos
Megan Bannen

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Happy reading,
Kym Havens
An Unlikely Story

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