An Unlikely Newsletter
June 3, 2018
Friday, May 28th, was the 3rd Anniversary of the Grand Opening of An Unlikely Story. In the last three years, we've met both customers and authors from all over the world, as far away as Australia, and as close as down the street (we're talking about you, Jeff Kinney!).  We've hosted a Whalemobile, Santa and the Grinch, Haunted Houses, High School Quiz Show, and buses filled with Clifford (Scholastic bus), bunnies (Jan Brett) and Newbery Award-winning authors (Kwame Alexander). We wouldn't be here, going strong, without your love and support. We extend our sincere thanks to all of you for making An Unlikely Story a gathering place for the community, and a destination for book-lovers, authors, and illustrators. Here's looking forward to many more Unlikely adventures together!
In This Newsletter
Dan Kennedy
Saturday, June 16th at 7pm
We have the perfect event to celebrate Father's Day with Dad! Dan Kennedy, author of the blog Media Nation and regular panelist on Beat the Press, is coming to An Unlikely Story for a discussion and signing of his new book, The Return of the Moguls. This latest examination of modern newspapers is an essential chronicle of Jeff Bezos and John Henry's impact on the future of journalism and printed news.  Boasting an impressive collection of publications across both print and the web, Kennedy has been featured on NPR, The Boston Globe, and The Guardian. His work in journalism has garnered such accolades as the Bart Richard's Award for Media Criticism and the CBS Boston "Most Valuable Blogger" Award.  Tickets for this free event are available here!

This hilarious and talented duo is coming to An Unlikely Story for a reading and Q&A for their new book, I'm Sad. This follow up to their NYT Notable book, I'm Bored, is the funny and heartwarming story of a sad flamingo and his loyal friends, a little girl and a potato. Together, they learn that sadness passes and sometimes you don't need to cheer up, you just have to stick together. Click here to purchase tickets!.
Hello Lighthouse, the lavish new picture book from Caldecott-winner Sophie Blackall, transports readers to the seaside in timeless, nautical splendor! She's been a long time favorite for our booksellers and we know you'll just love her magical books. Come hear the story of this quaint lighthouse from the author herself, followed by a Q&A and signing. Register for this free event. 
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. Tickets will go on sale Monday, June 4th at 7am.  
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Bookseller recommendations Recommendations
Jenna recommends:
by Lauren Groff
Lauren Groff's new collection of short stories, Florida, is like a slowly approaching tsunami. Much of its force lies under the surface, but you know that when it reaches shore, a terrible power will be unleashed. Groff perfectly captures a sense of always present dread. An insidiously vague feeling that something isn't right, like the first prickle of sweat when the Florida heat hits you after leaving an air-conditioned room, sits tightly coiled amidst its pages.  This collection is deeply human and deeply female. I loved it and will spend a long time absorbing its many, fluid layers.  

Colleen recommends:
So CLose to Being the Sh_t_ Y_all Don_t Even Know
Parks and Recreation star Retta delves into her life as a comedian, family member, and ultimate fangirl, starting at how she missed the opportunity of a lifetime due to lack of confidence and ending at the drive-thru of KFC. We get all the important details of her infamous live-tweeting sessions, her classy/not so classy moments at award shows, and her aggressive love of handbags. This book is hilarious and empowering, proving that if you work hard and fight for your dreams, you can see the musical Hamilton six times and sit in Obama's seats. Treat yourself to a fantastic read and buy this book ASAP.  

Lynda recommends:
Little Fires Everywhere
by Celeste Ng
I loved this book! Shaker Heights, Ohio is a beautiful, perfectly ordered community where everyone follows the rules and gets along...or do they? Mia and her teenage daughter rent an apartment owned by Elena Richardson, and become involved with the four Richardson teenagers. Superb writing gently eases the reader into the perfect life of the Richardson family, with the exception of daughter Izzy, and then exposes their thoughts, hidden secrets and vulnerabilities. A book most satisfying!

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Cards & Gifts Gifts
Father_s Day
Father's Day has to be one of the most fun holidays to shop for... and we have a fantastic selection of gifts both sweet and silly for your Dad. Give him an inflatable crown so he's King for the Day! How about a grill glove for the King of the Grill? World's Smallest Leaf Blower?
Around the Store
Emily Crowe
We are very excited to welcome a new face to our Unlikely Team! Emily Crowe will be co-managing the bookstore, with a focus on adult titles, of which she will also be acting as a buyer. In other words, she will be wearing many hats, appropriately sporting a birthday hat here!

Emily is a voracious reader, as well as a reviewer and blogger. Keep an eye out in upcoming newsletters and in the store for her recommendations. If you see her in the bookstore, please say hello!
New in Hardcover NewReleases
The High Season
Shelter in Place
The Outsider
The Restless Wave
The High Season
Judy Blundell
Nora Roberts
Stephen King
The Restless Wave
John McCain
David Sedaris
New in Paperback
Campaign Widows
The Fourth Monkey
Every Last Lie
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Theft by Finding
Aimee Agresti
J. D. Barker
Mary Kubica
Taylor Jenkins Reid
David Sedaris
New in Childrens
I_m Sad
Bug Girl
Michael Ian Black
Debbie Ridpath Ohi (illus.)
Sarah Hines Stephens &
Benjamin Harper
Claire Legrand
Stephanie Garber

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Sunday 9:00am - 6:00pm

Phone: (508) 699-0244

Happy reading,
Kym Havens
An Unlikely Story

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