Eagle Harbor Book Co.
The things I want to know are in books;
my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read. 
~ Abraham Lincoln
In the shadow of my impending departure to a graduate program in Who Knows Where, Arkansas, I've been skulking around the bookstore imprinting details in my memory. It's difficult to skulk in Eagle Harbor Books, per se, because our century-old wooden floor, when stepped upon in the wrong place, makes noises like a water buffalo giving birth. However, over the agonized creaking, I recently heard a customer on the other side of a shelf say "Oh, I love this bookstore. It always has the weirdest books."
It's true: we do. I've lost count of the times I have grabbed a book to shelve, spotted the title, raised my eyebrows in fascination, and cracked it open to take a look. In my time here, I have amassed a couple shelves' worth of such wonderfully odd titles as When to Rob a Bank, The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and the Feebleminded, and Thug Kitchen.
I was born and raised on Bainbridge, and I didn't realize the extent of our bookstore's glorious weirdness until I left home for college. I found no bookstore in my travels that could really match ours.   Read more...
Emma Van Dyke was born and raised on our rock. She's been a fan of the bookstore ever since her mom wheeled her into the kids' section as a baby so she could throw books on the floor.  We have enjoyed her time with us as a bookseller and artist extraordinaire. She leaves behind many happy customers, and the beautiful painting on our boardwalk. We look forward to her return during the holidays!
Author Events and Readings
Thursday, August 3, 4:00pm
Carter Crab is the story of a bored crab who, in spite of warnings, leaves his easy life and searches for adventure. He makes new friends and goes way beyond the wavy-weed forests of his home. There are lots of temptations and dangers! Where does Carter end up?
Bainbridge Island Author, Barbara Winther has written 56 one-act plays and four musicals for young people. She also wrote and illustrated The Time of the Kachinas.

Thursday, August 3, 6:30 pm
An inspiring exploration of the drama and camaraderie of search and rescue, Found conveys the intensity of rescue operations, the vivid beauty of wilderness landscapes, and the challenges of balancing a vocation with the demands of raising a family. Loewen's elegantly rendered stories reveal the purpose she finds in community and service. A current board member of Seattle Mountain Rescue, Bree Loewen has participated in hundreds of rescue missions.

Sunday, August 6, 3:00 pm
We are happy to welcome a trio of writers from the far side of the state! Spokane short story writer Leyna Krow, and poets Ellen Welcker and Ben Cartwright will read from their newest short story and poetry collections.  
This event will be held in our Used Book Annex below the main bookstore. 
Wednesday, August 9, 12:30 pm
Join us for a fascinating discussion of art, war, violence, peace, and survival in a Brown Bag Lunch event with Sarah Sentilles
A single book might not change the world. But this utterly original meditation on art and war might transform the way you see the world - and that makes all the difference. 
This event will be in our Used Book Annex. We will provide chips and drinks; guests are invited to bring their own lunches. Please RSVP by "purchasing" the free ticket on our website or by calling the store. We want to make sure that we have enough chairs and snacks for all!
Wednesday, August 16, 11:00 am
Young scientists! Come prepared to experiment and enjoy  playful science when Bainbridge Island's Mama Geek Lynn Brunelle joins us for some summer fun. Her easy experiments have big lessons and lots of laughs and fun. We'll be outdoors on the boardwalk. Come and discover your own inner science geek! 
Wednesday, August 16, 5:00 pm
Life on 1/10th the fossil fuels turns out to be awesome! That's the lesson Peter Kalmus has learned as he radically changed his daily life. Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution explores the connections between our individual daily actions and our collective predicament. It merges science, spirituality, and practical action to develop a satisfying and appropriate response to global warming.  The core message is deeply optimistic: living without fossil fuels is not only possible, it can be better.

Thursday, August 17, 12:30 pm
The San Juan Island Sculpture Park, near the Roche Harbor Resort on San Juan Island, is a beautiful blend of art and nature, and annually welcomes 40,000 visitors from around the globe. Placed within and leading to the park are 56 poems, all by David Mark Jenkins. It may be the only sculpture park with a collection of poetry by a single author. How did they get there? Who is D.M. Jenkins?
Come meet biologist and poet David Mark Jenkins, during this Brown Bag Lunch in our Used Book Annex. We'll provide snacks and soft drinks - bring your own sandwich!

Tuesday, August 22, 12:30
Join us for the book launch of Map of the Heart by  #1  New York Times  bestselling author Susan Wiggs Restaurant Marche' will help us to celebrate this book launch, with a fabulous gourmet lunch inspired by the novel.   
Love and family. War and secrets. Betrayal and redemption. Wiggs returns with a deeply emotional and atmospheric story that spans oceans and decades, from the  battlefields of WWII France , to the  present-day Delaware Shore. This story celebrates family connections, while honoring the sacrifices of the past.
Wednesday, August 23, 4:00 pm
There is something special about putting pen to paper and telling a story! Young writers are invited to join Annabella Serra of The Lost Quill for a workshop on handwriting and storytelling. We'll meet in the children's department. 
Thursday, August 24, 7:00 pm
Will wild salmon still be swimming a decade from now? This is what author and journalist Langdon Cook sets out to discover. He travels to each stage of the salmon pipeline, from Alaskan spawning grounds and Columbia River hatcheries, to chef's frying pans and 4-star menus. Upstream interweaves nature, commerce, cuisine, adventure, and the environmental impact on how we consume this once seemingly limitless food source.
Thursday, August 31, 7:00 pm
More than 20 years after   Where Bigfoot Walks was originally published, Dr. Robert Michael Pyle, a Yale-trained ecologist and  Guggenheim Fellow, returns with a brand-new chapter that brings his work on the legend of Bigfoot into a new century. Pyle's examination of the impact of the wildly popular Animal Planet series Bigfoot Hunters, the reemergence of the famous Bob Gimlin into the Bigfoot community, and more, have kept his own mind wide open to one of the biggest mysteries in the land. 
SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, Sept. 28, 7:00 pm
As companion to Bainbridge Island's Three Days of Preparedness events, Eagle Harbor Books will host Bainbridge social entrepreneur Scott James for a discussion of his book Prepared Neighorhoods: Creating Resilience One Street at a Time. James has created a step-by-step guide to creating a more resilient - and enjoyable - neighborhood and community.
Self-sufficiency for every citizen is not realistic nor desirable. Creating group resilience through neighborhood preparedness projects is a goal that leads to a stronger community and brighter future!

May we recommend...
In the Company of Women: Inspiration & Advice From Over 100 Makers, Artists, & Entrepreneurs, 
by Grace Bonney
Full of inspiring women and their pursuits in the creative community, this collection is sure to open your mind to the possibilities. I read it whenever I need to remember that I'm not the only artist/entrepreneur facing challenges.

When She Woke, by Hillary Jordan 
The Scarlet Letter meets The Handmaid's Tale, this dystopian novel follows the journey of a woman who is punished as a murderer for having an abortion. It explores various stances on abortion and how they affect the women who live the reality, including a deep look at religion's role in society. I can't recommend this book enough. I loved seeing its heroine find her way. ~ Charysse

The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood.
I came late to this powerful dystopian masterpiece, originally published in 1986, its resurgence fueled in part by the highly praised television series. In a post-apocalyptic world where fertile women are scarce, "handmaids" are assigned to husbands of the ruling class for the purposes of procreation. The novel unfolds through the eyes of one of these women, whose voice I found so convincing it gave me goosebumps - her fears, her yearnings for freedom, her ironic sense of humor, and her reflections on her previous life. I don't usually read speculative fiction, but this book knocked me out! ~ 

The Last Woman Standing, by Thelma Adams
An unvarnished tale of the Wild West from a very different viewpoint, this novel tells the story of Josephine Marcus, the feisty daughter of a prominent San Francisco Jewish family. She leaves home in 1880 to follow famed lawman and gunfighter Johnny Behan to Tombstone, Arizona. Lured by love and hopelessly naive, she hits the dusty streets with hopes of marriage, home and family, only to discover a faithless Behan, Doc Holiday, and love with Wyatt Earp. Told in the first person, this hot book group pick is totally captivating. ~ Susan

The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture, by Glen Weldon
Despite being over 78 years old, Batman remains part of our cultural zeitgeist because of his constant re-invention. Weldon recounts these leaps, from the superhero's origins as a brooding vigilante to the campy TV series with Adam West, and from Tim Burton's playful noir films of the 80s to Christopher Nolan's gritty reboot in the 00s. Lovingly researched and written with charm and wit, Weldon's book also examines the growing fan base, and the dark side of fan obsession. If you're a Batman aficionado, or interested in learning more about pop-culture history, you'll enjoy this entertaining and informative book! ~ Kiyo

The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale,
by Art Spiegelman
The first graphic novel to win a Pulitzer Prize,   Maus   is an epic story. The framing narrative tells of Spiegelman's attempt to reconnect with his father Vladek, an Auschwitz survivor. Embedded within is Vladek's story of Nazi occupation and the horrors of Auschwitz.   Maus  is by turns honest, moving, comical, and brutal. Spiegelman's sketchy drawing style evokes a personal form of storytelling, and his use of animals to represent race does not trivialize but rather enhances our empathy for the main characters. Whether you are new to comics or a long time comic book reader,   Maus  is a seminal work. ~   Kiyo

New in Hardcover Fiction
Tornado Weather
by Deborah E. Kennedy
Out in the Open
by Jesus Carrasco

Goodbye, Vitamin
by Rachel Khong
Gork, the Teenage Dragon
by Gabe Hudson
The Last Cowboys of San Geronimo
by Ian Stansel
The Confusion of Languages
by Siobhan Fallon
New in Hardcover Nonfiction
Arbitrary Stupid Goal
by Tamra Shopsin
Believe Me
by Eddie Izzard
What She Ate
by Laura Shapiro
Junk Raft
by Marcus Eriksen
Dirty Wars and Polished Silver
by Lynda Schuster
Scars of Independence
by Holger Hoock
New in Paperback Fiction
Good Morning, Midnight
by Lily Brooks-Dalton
The Body in the Clouds
by Ashley Hay

Dear Cyborgs
by Eugene Lim

by Dan Vyleta
Underground Airlines
by Ben H. Winters
My Heart Hemmed In
by Marie Ndiaye
New in Paperback Nonfiction

You'll Grow Out of It
by Jessi Klein
by Ana Maria Spagna
The Invention of Russia
by Arkady Ostrovsky
The End of White Christian America
by Robert P. Jones
If You Can Keep It
by Eric Metaxas

The Grid
by Gretchen Bakke

New Books for Kids

Mama Lion Wins the Race
by Jon J. Muth

Can You Find My Robot's Arm?
by Chihiro Takeuchi
This Beautiful Day
by Richard Jackson
The Apprentice Witch
by James Nicol
by Alan Gratz
The Trail
by Meika Hashimoto
New Books for Young Adults
No Good Deed
by Kara Connolly

What to Say Next
by Julie Buxbaum

Spellbook of the Lost and Found
by Moira Fowley Doyle
And there's more...
Store Book Groups:
Readers Circle & Speculative Fiction Book Groups:
August 1, 7:00 pm  
The Last Woman Standing by Thelma Adams       
Speculative Fiction Book Group:
August 1, 7:00 pm 
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
Mystery Book Group:
August 22, 7:00 pm
Stone Cold  by C.J. Box   
Community Partners:

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