The Learned Owl Book Shop

The Learned Owl Book Shop, Mid-December 2016
  Kate's Corner

Happy holidays! December is flying by, and it has been lovely to see everyone coming through our doors.

I will keep it short this month because there are so many things still to do. However, I did want to take a moment to convey my heartfelt thanks for shopping local and supporting this dream. In many ways, this has been a difficult year, and it's because of all of you that we are able to rally and keep moving forward.

Wishing you all safe and happy holidays and all the very best for the New Year. Happy Reading!
- Kate
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Coming up at
The Learned Owl

TODAY! Thursday, Dec. 15, 6:30-7:30 PM
Terry Pluto will be back at The Learned Owl - if you didn't get the chance to meet him here in November, this is your chance! His latest book is The Comeback: Lebron, the Cavs and Cleveland.

Saturday, Dec. 17, 1-3 PM
Meet author Julie Chase, whose new cozy mystery series kicks off with Cat Got Your Diamonds.

Thursday, Dec. 29, 6:30 PM
Join our Book Club in a Bar for our holiday party/book swap at The Wine Mill in Peninsula. There will be a flat cost of $22 per person for this. Please let Kate know if you will be able to attend.
Last-minute ideas for book lovers
A Learned Owl Gift Card -  Buy it online and we'll mail it for free!

Wise Readers Club
A new & recommended hardcover in your r ecipient's mailbox every month - for adults   or young children.  [read more]

They're like books for your walls! S top by to  browse our selection.

Signed books
make great gifts!

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Books for the season
Visit our Holiday Shop upstairs for many more Christmas & holiday titles!

This weekend at The Owl:
Stories & fun for kids

Buy a book to share!
Books purchased for our Giving Tree receive 20% off. Donated books will go to C.A.B. (Children and Books) based in Akron.

Sophie Topfeather Superstar New for middle grade readers
Saturday, Dec. 17, 1-3 PM

Local author Sonja Anderson returns to The Owl with her new chapter book, Sophie Topfeather, Superstar! Adventurous reading for animal lovers ages 8-12.



Grinch Storytime
Join us on Sunday, December 18th at 2 PM to hear How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and enjoy holiday goodies & cocoa.

Harry Potter & Mother Bruce...

New & recommended storybooks

by Barbara McClintock
[Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $17.99]
When Adele and Simon take a tour of China in 1905, Simon misplaces his belongings, one by one - but they all show up later, revealing their hiding places in Adele's souvenir photographs of the trip.

The Wish Tree
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The Wish Tree by Kyo Mclear, illustrated by Chris Turnham
[Chronicle Books, $16.99]
Charles wants to find a wish tree. His brother and sister don't believe there is such a thing, but his trusty companion Boggan is ready to join Charles on a journey to find out. And along the way, they discover that wishes can come true in the most unexpected ways. 
This gem of a book deserves center stage year round.

Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf
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Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf by Greg Wolfe, illustrated by Howard McWilliam
[Bloomsbury USA, $16.99]
When Shmelf, one of Santa's elves, learns that Jewish children do not celebrate Christmas, he investigates and learns all about Hanukkah, then gets a special new task from Santa.  The rich traditions of Hanukkah come to life in this whimsical and magical story that's perfect for the holiday season.

Let It Snow
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Now in paperback!

Let It Snow by Holly Hobbie
[Little, Brown, $6.99]
How do you find the best Christmas present ever for your best friend in the whole wide world? That's what Toot is trying to find out, and Puddle is having just as much trouble. Holly Hobbie shows readers that the best kind of present for the best kind of friend is one that shows just how much you care.

by Mij Kelly, illustrated by Gerry Turley
[Little, Brown, $17.99]
When a polar bear leaves the safety and warmth of her cave to travel all over a frozen wonderland, she must be looking for something very important. Could it be delicious silver salmon? A view of the swirling winter sky? A bit of gold? Of course, she is in search of the most precious thing of all: her lost little cub. Readers will instantly be enamored with the sweeping illustrations and the resonant message that a mother's love matters most.
New for curious minds

How to Speak Midwestern
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How to Speak Midwestern
by Edward McClelland

[Belt Publishing, $16.95]
Pittsburgh toilet, squeaky cheese, city chicken, shampoo banana, and Chevy in the Hole are all phrases that are familiar to Midwesterners but sound foreign to anyone living outside the region. This book explains not only what Midwesterners say but also how and why they say it. Readers from the Midwest will have a better understanding of why they talk the way they do, and readers who are not from the Midwest will know exactly what to say the next time someone ends a sentence with eh?

More from Belt Publishing:
Akron Anthology
Car Bombs to Cookie Tables
Cleveland Neighborhood Guidebook

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Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World
by Steven Johnson
[Riverhead Books, $30.00]
This illustrated history of popular entertainment takes a long-zoom approach, contending that the pursuit of novelty and wonder is a powerful driver of world-shaping technological change. Steven Johnson argues that, throughout history, the cutting edge of innovation lies wherever people are working the hardest to keep themselves and others amused.
by Brian Jay Jones
[Little Brown, $32.00]
The essential biography of the influential and beloved filmmaker. [read more]
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Other Minds
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Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness
by Peter Godfrey-Smith
[Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $27.00]
"I love this book, its masterful blend of natural history, philosophy, and wonder. Other Minds takes us on an extraordinary deep dive, not only beneath the waves, for a revelatory and intimate view of the mysterious and highly intelligent octopus, but also through the eons, to look at the nature of the mind and how it came about. It's a captivating story, and Godfrey-Smith brings it alive in vivid, elegant prose." - Jennifer Ackerman, author of The Genius of Birds
"There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them."  - Joseph Brodsky