3rd Year's a Charm
Last year (remember that?!) we renewed our commitment to this community and made it through 2020 with the help of our extended family of readers: you.

Our birthday celebration this year — marking our 3rd year! serving our fellow booklovers of all ages — will feel a little more special, with open doors & warm greetings.

Whether you are shopping early for the holidays, stopping in for a little something for yourself, or just love supporting your local small business, we hope you'll join us in celebrating the magic that this little shop has made come to life.

— the River Bend booksellers
Honoring The People of This Land
Celebrating and giving recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., River Bend observes this month with a curated list of books highlighting works written and illustrated by Indigenous People.

River Bend Book Events
River Bend Turns 3!
Join us for our 3rd birthday celebration Nov. 20! 🎉
Your presence is our present.
We're happy as 3 can be! 💙

Amanda Foody &
Christine Lynn Herman,
All of Us Villains 
Brené Brown,
Atlas of the Heart

Book Truck stops are wrapped up for the year, but we'll be parked at the shop and opening it (weather permitting) for our Holiday Market featuring holiday books, ornaments and other festive goodies on Saturdays. Stop by!

Is your organization is looking to raise some funds before the end of year? Sign up for a time to do gift-wrapping outside our shop.
Gift-wrap for us &
raise money for your group!
Have a rep contact us!
Holiday Schedule
at River Bend Bookshop
We'll be closed and celebrating with our families on Thanksgiving (Nov. 25), but join us for all your book needs on:

• Book Friday Nov. 26
(+ through Dec. 19!)
• Cider Monday Nov. 29
+ we'll be staying open late (until 8pm) on:
• Thursdays Dec. 9 & 16
From Our Booksellers

River Bend's holiday catalog will be hitting newspapers and mailboxes, here are some more soon-to-be-faves to grab like a kid on book fair day!

From the best-selling author of Writers & Lovers comes her new collection of short stories that follows a reclusive bookseller, two college roommates, a grandfather and his ailing granddaughter, and a writer — each grappling with their own demons while searching for the elusive "love."
The Quiet is Loud by Samantha Garner

Freya discovered her prophetic powers rather young, foreseeing her own mother's death. In this mix of speculative and lit fiction, the adult Freya must learn to use the gift she's hidden away for so long.

An intergenerational tale featuring Filipino and Norse mythology, tarot symbolism and elements of fantasy.
The Hare by Melanie Finn

Set in New England, (from the Connecticut coast to wilderness of northern Vermont), this newest thriller centers on a young art student who gets swept away by a worldly man 20 years her senior. After the birth of their daughter, she soon learns her beau is a con man and they must steal away to a cabin where they're left alone for weeks while he supposedly can tend to a teaching job at an elite college.
Total Mayhem (#1-3) by Ralph Lazar
In this newest action comedy series — including Monday - Into the Cave of Thieves, Tuesday - The Curse of the Blue Spots, and Wednesday - The Forest of Secrets — every day is an adventure for Dash Candoo. Join our schoolboy hero for these illustrated chapter books as he battles danger on a daily basis.
What We're Currently Reading
MeghanNotes on an Execution by Danya Kukafka - preorder now for January 25 release!
AudreyMy Body by Emily Ratajkowski
ErnioA Pocket Guide to Pigeon Watching by Rosemary Mosco
Lauren: Carry the Dog by Stephanie Gangi
AnnaTaste: My Life Through Food by Stanley Tucci
DebChouette by Claire Oshetsky
TarynThree Pianos by Andrew McMahon
Emily: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Tess: The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
David: Will by Will Smith with Mark Mason
 Libro.fm Listen:
Audiobook Pick
Bookseller Ernio — who lives for Libro.fm audiobooks — has been recommending Station Eleven since before "pandemic" was a daily-used word. The chilling and epic saga by Emily St. John Mandel — soon to hit HBO as a miniseries — is one helluva page-turner and the audio version holds a well-lit candle to the flame of the text.

A great listen if you can stomach a close-to-home apocalypse.
Book to Look for:
Pre-order Pick
Local author Nancy Tandon makes her debut with the middle grade novel The Way I Say It. At the center of the story is a sixth grader with a speech impediment — still having trouble with his "r" sounds — who happens to be named Rory.

Amid other pre-teen struggles, his ex-bestie had a terrible accident in which he suffered a brain injury. Will they revive their friendship? Can they?
Free River Bend Tote
as Thanks from Us
Shopping small with us
actually makes a big impact.
We're happy you think of us for your books and gifts year-round.

To celebrate this holiday season, we're giving you thanks with a small token of our appreciation: our limited-edition holiday totes — one of six designs! — free with orders more than $75.
(while supplies last!)

Thanks, always, for your support.