Eagle Harbor Book Co.

Your bookshop has steadily been getting healthier, and it is all because of your patronage; so, Jane, Dave and all of our booksellers thank you and thank you. Coleridge, as he said in the quote above, would probably tell us, "Stop! You've made your point." While he's right, indulge us as we say a bit more.
We think we know at least part of the reason why we're seeing more rug-rats on our rugs and more books flying out the doors. We're learning to adapt. We now have both used books' Bestsellers and New Arrival sections, as well as new ones in those categories for all ages in our kid's section. Young Adults has a new and expanded space, the front tables feature exciting new works each month, and the newly opened alcove with big windows has warmed up the back of the store.
We've significantly increased our inventory of blank books, stationary, puzzles, games and gifts. The events program has become even more robust. The ultimate Yoda, our long-time head buyer, Tim Hunter, has emphasized the need for the staff to tip him to important new works found on NPR, CSPAN's Book TV, literary journals and even social media. And the island's former favorite librarian, Martha Bayley, constantly prowls through our prerelease books we get from publishers and unerringly tells Tim which ones he should bring in. We've learned to ignore her advice at our peril. We've also learned to heed your demand for books from our amazing local authors.  Of course, there are also some examples of where we've gotten it wrong. But, upon reflection, we think it wise to now bow down to Coleridge's wisdom. So more on that subject later.
The barricades won't last forever. Seattle is blasting away at the viaduct and the State's inspectors are blocking the Agate Pass bridge. Yet, you keep coming in. With laser like clarity, we realize our strength comes from the island. And no, we won't mind when the dust clears and the hoards from the city again get on our boat.
~ Jane and Dave
Author Events and Readings
Sunday, March 3,  3:00 pm
In her new book,  Writing for the Design Mind, author, designer and educator Natalia Ilyin offers clear, concise, and humorous writing tips, techniques and strategies to people who have spent their lives mastering design rather than learning to write. It helps designers approach writing in the same ways they approach designing - teaching skills and methods through encouragement, practical exercises and visual advice. Writing well is a skill, like any other, and with this book you can learn to do it with confidence. Ilyin  is Professor of Design at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, where she teaches design history and criticism, design for social activism, and transition design.

Thursday, March 7, 7:00 pm
Join naturalist and author of the New York Times-bestselling The Hidden Lives of Owls as she goes deep to discover the elusive lives of whales in the Pacific Ocean. In The Breath of a Whale, Leigh Calvez draws from a dozen years researching, observing, and probing the lives of these giants of the deep to relate the stories of nature's most remarkable creatures. Combining a breadth of scientific knowledge with her narrative gifts as a nature writer, Calvez reminds us that to understand the lives of whales deepens our connection with the natural world.

Sunday, March 10, 3:00 pm
Edgar Award Nominee and Indies Next List author  Ben Guterson returns to discuss his new middle-grade reader,  The Secrets of WinterhouseIn Book 2 of this enchanting urban fantasy middle-grade series set in a magical hotel, Elizabeth and Freddy dig deeper into the mystery surrounding Riley S. Granger, a hotel guest who left behind odd artifacts. The two friends follow a trail of clues, inadvertently attracting the attention of a suspicious new hotel guest. The clock is ticking as Elizabeth and Freddy struggle to figure out whether she is merely a pawn or a player in the plot to revive the spirit of the evil Gracella Winters. If that wasn't enough, Elizabeth suspects she is coming into her own magic ability - and she's fearful it might lead her right into Gracella's web.

Thursday, March 14, 7:00 pm
Join local contributing author,  Elizabeth Coplan, along with many other local writers, as they read from  Grief Dialogues: Stories on Love and LossSharon Stanley will open the topic of writing through grief. Food, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages will add to the event atmosphere. The book harnesses the power of words to give us an unobstructed view of grief. Personal accounts of love and loss craft a powerful collection of individual stories by over 60 authors and takes readers into the innermost lives of everyday people dealing with dying, death and grief.  Readers at the event will include Bainbride Island residents  Jenny Coates, Ann Lovejoy, Florrie Munat, and Susan Johnson , Gig Harbor resident  Mike Cordley Paul Boardman  from Seattle, and  Gwen Goodkin  from California.

Sunday, March 17, 3:00 pm
The Sound and the Glory  is a thrilling and comprehensive look at the Seattle Sounders franchise and its storied run for the MLS Cup. A sensation from the start, the Sounders attracted crowds bigger than any other soccer team in the Western Hemisphere. Despite this, Seattle had yet to actually win the league. In order to reach the ambitious goals that the club set for itself, the Sounders needed the jolt of a championship. Written by  Matt Pentz, the award-winning beat reporter who covered the Seattle Sounders' historic run to their first MLS Cup championship, this account details the team's early popularity and subsequent uphill battle to victory. 

Thursday, March 21, 7:00 pm
Welcome Jeffrey Pritchard  as he shares some of the tips outlined in his new book, 529 College Savings Plans for GrandparentsPublished by Heritage Press, a leading source of objective information on the most cost effective ways to save for college, this 2019-2020 edition includes new information about using 529 plans to pay for K-12 tuition, a chapter on 529 ABLE plans for students with disabilities, and unique strategies for families to create multi-generational educational legacies. Widely praised by academics, financial planners and college consultants, 529 industry insiders have called this the seminal work on college savings plans.

Sunday, March 24, 3:00 pm
Join nature lovers Heather Durham and Kathleen Alcalá for 
an intimate and dynamic conversation about what it means to be wild versus what it means to be rooted. 

Durham's new book, Going Feral: Field Notes on Wonder and Wanderlust, is a memoir in essay form, examining a life of wandering in wild nature. With the ecological understanding and observation skills of a naturalist and the existential inquiry of a philosopher, Heather Durham immerses readers with all their senses in adventures, explorations, and musings in wild places around the United States.

Kathleen Alcala's popular book, The Deepest Roots (now out in paperback), combines memoir, historical records, and a blueprint for sustainability. The book shows us how an island population can mature into responsible food stewards and reminds us that innovation, adaptation, diversity, and common sense will help us make wise decisions about our future. And along the way, we learn how food is intertwined with our present but offers a path to a better understanding of the future

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 7:00pm
Join us in an important evening of conversation with Arthur A. Hansen when he introduces his new book, Barbed Voices: Oral History, Resistance, and the World War II Japanese American Social Disaster. Hanson will be joined by Clarence Moriwaki, President of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American CommunityHansen is emeritus professor of history, founding director of the Japanese American Project of the Oral History Program and the Center for Oral and Public History, and founding faculty member of the Asian American Studies Program at California State University, Fullerton. 

Independent Bookstore Day!
Saturday, April 27

Every year, it gets better and better! Join us for Indie Bookstore Day, a national celebration of indie bookstores and the customers that support them. In the Seattle region, 19 area bookstores celebrate together as partners, giving our customers even more ways to love local!  Here at Eagle Harbor Books doors open at 7:30 am, and we will have fun activities and giveaways all day long, as well as some limited-edition merchandise for book lovers.  Visit  seattlebookstoreday.com   for more information.

May we recommend...

The Winter Soldier, by Daniel Mason
Leaving the comforts of Vienna, young Lucius Krzelwewski, a physician barely out of medical school, is posted to a World War I field hospital in the Carpathian Mountains. Sister Margarete, the head nurse who may or may not be a nun, and the brutal conditions of a nearly abandoned hospital, quickly upend his cossetted world. One day, a severely injured soldier who can't or won't talk arrives and is unresponsive to treatment. Krzelwewski sees no solution other than to send him away to an uncertain fate. The war ends, he returns to Vienna but is consumed with the need to find the woman he loves and perhaps come to peace with what happened to the winter soldier. Dave

Rampage: MacArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manila
by James M. Scott 
This is the account of General Douglas MacArthur's much-storied, promised return to Manila in February, 1945, which marked the long-awaited liberation of two, eventually three, internment camps. Though the general expected that the enemy would retreat, it remained entrenched, and what followed was a horrendous twenty-nine-day battle, one that destroyed the city and slaughtered thousands of Philippine men, women and children. At the close of the conflict the commander of Japanese forces in the Philippines, General Tomoyuki Yamashita, was apprehended and brought to trial.  He was found guilty and sentenced to hang. This is a brutal story but one told meticulously that should be remembered. ~ Ann

Kingdom of the Blind, by Louise Penny
Penny delivers the most recent in a long series of Quebec-based crime novels with a big following on Bainbridge. This is the first time the ever-brilliant Chief Inspector has been in the middle of a baffling murder investigation in which he is a key witness. At the same time, his career is on the line owing to a dicey judgment call he made concerning a major drug bust on a previous case. Penny's clever if not devious mind links the murder of a prominent Montreal financier to a 150-year old dispute between beneficiaries of a will that gave  all  of an estate to  each  son of the deceased. And therein lies the tale. Dave

The Library Book, by Susan Orlean 
For all you library lovers out there, this book is fascinating. I'm still thinking about it! Staff writer at The New Yorker and author of The Orchid Thief, among others, Susan Orlean's research on libraries and the 1986 fire at the Los Angeles Public Library is amazing. If you want to go back in time a little and remember your earlier days at the library, and hear about some library history, this is the book! ~ Kathie 

Moloka'i, by Alan Brennert 
This heart-breaking novel is storytelling at its best! It follows Rachel, a young Hawaiian girl whose dreams are shattered the day she is taken from her family and sent to Kalaupapa, the quarantined settlement for lepers on the island of Moloka'i. Rich in history and characters, this special story will stay with you forever. And now after fifteen years the sequel is here! I can hardly wait to read  Daughter of Moloka'i, and once again be swept up by this author's beautiful storytelling. ~ Kathie

The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man,  by Jonas Jonasson 
The 100-year-old man of this novel's wonderful predecessor has aged. He's now one hundred and one, but his propensity for rubbing elbows with history and those who occupy the daily headlines has not dimmed. He gains possession of contraband uranium. He and his friend, Julius, an asparagus farmer, have intricate and sometimes nefarious dealings with Kim Jong-un. They make it safely out of North Korea and appear before Donald Trump. Then it gets complicated. The story also wanders through a series of intriguing and incredible adventures. All in all, it's a delightful romp. ~ Ann

A Woman is No Man,  by Etaf Rum 
Revealing the "secret" lives of three generations of Palestinian women living in America, this brave new novel exposes the female experience in a culture where a woman not having the same privileges as a man is taken to what feels like an extreme. Sadly, it is the reality for many. This is not a book about desperation, however, but rather about hope. Each new generation dares to dream a little bit further. ~ Rebecca

Josephine Baker's Last Dance,  by Sherry Jones
This engaging biographical novel brings the larger-than-life character of Josephine Baker to the forefront of the reader's imagination. Although the singer/dancer/activist wrote memoirs of her own, restrictions of the era and a Hollywood agenda prevented them from being honest. This book reveals what the others did not, including her early years of poverty and abuse in St Louis, Missouri and her years as a French Resistance spy during World War II. Baker helped paved the path for the women's and social justice movements of today, and this book beautifully illustrates that journey. ~ Rebecca

Washington Black,  by Esi Edugyan
This novel ranges from the feverish tropics to the bone-chilling cold of the Arctic and beyond in a long, lovely, mad journey toward freedom. But, it also asks significantly, what is freedom? Wash is an 11-year-old slave on Barbados when he is plucked from the violent fields to be the manservant of the master's brother. "Titch" is a scientist, adventurer, and man of goodwill, who is also naive to the crushing oppression, terror, and dehumanization that have been Wash's life. Edugyan's writing is beautiful, haunting, and mesmerizing. Pick this up now! ~ Victoria

Dadland, by Keggie Carew
Keggie Carew's father had more than his share of mysteries about him, and her compelling account of trying to fill in the blanks makes for a very satisfying, poignant, and humorous read. Tom Carew's extraordinary exploits during World War II include parachuting into France and Burma to lead resistance movements. Following years of estrangement during her father's marriage to a zealous, overprotective stepmother, Keggie's attempts to reacquaint herself with him take on complexity as he slips into dementia. In spite of all that remains unsolved, this kaleidoscopic view of a man of many parts is a triumph of biographical writing.   ~ John

Rupture: An Ari Thor Thriller (Dark Iceland #4)
by Ragnar Jonasson
A cold case in a cold country! In 1955 two couples move to an uninhabited, remote fjord in Iceland. Soon after, one of the couples leaves abruptly when the other couple dies under mysterious circumstances. The case is never solved. Fifty years later, a photograph surfaces indicating that the four people may not have been the only ones living on the fjord. This intrigues  young policeman Ari Thór, but no one in the town wants to help him. Ari is undaunted. A deft blend of Nordic Noir and British Golden Age mystery, this is a haunting, frightening and atmospheric thriller from one of Iceland's foremost crime writers. ~ Susan

Clean Soups,  By Rebecca Katz
I like a good bowl of soup. Even better when I make it myself, using stock that warmed and filled my kitchen with aromas for hours (days!) beforehand. But there were always some that stumped me, especially a good vegan broth. Clean Soups to the rescue! This lovely small volume, complete with sumptuous photos of splendid meals, has filled my soup cup completely. These recipes are not complicated, are full of flavor, and offer nutritious, healthy soups that deliver on their promise. ~ Victoria

New in Fiction
The River
by Peter Heller
Daisy Jones & The Six
by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Island of Sea Women
by Lisa See
Beautiful Bad
by Annie Ward
Cemetery Road
by Greg Iles
The Border
by Don Winslow
The Parade
by Dave Eggers
by Helen Oyeyemi
The Bird King
by G. Willow Wilson
New in Nonfiction
Era of Ignition
by Amber Tamblyn
The Perfect Predator
by Steffanie Strathdee Thomas Patterson , with Teresa Barker
   Buy Now
Girl, Stop Apologizing
by Rachel Hollis
Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls
by T Kira Madden
  Buy Now
The Source of Self-Regard
by Toni Morrison

Doing Justice

by Preet Bharara
First: Sandra Day O'Connor
by Evan Thomas
by Barry Lopez
Mama's Last Hug
by Frans De Waal
New in Paperback fiction
The Other Woman
by Daniel Silva
The Woman in the Window
by A.J. Finn
Us Against You
by Fredrik Backman
Star of the North
by D.B. John
House of Broken Angels
by Luis Alberto Urrea
The New Me
by Halle Butler
Lawn Boy
by Jonathan Evison
Women In Sunlight
by Frances Mayes
The Night Child
by Anna Quinn
New in Paperback Nonfiction
I'll Be Gone in the Dark
by Michelle McNamara
Eat the Apple
by Matt Young
The Woman's Hour
by Elaine Weiss
My American Dream
by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich
New Power
by Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms
Make Trouble
by Cecile Richards
  Buy Now
The Triumph of Christianity
by Bart Ehrman
Chefs, Drugs and Rock & Roll
by Andrew Friedman
The Salt Path
by Raynor Winn
New Books for Kids
by Christian Robinson
(Signed copies!)
by  Mo Willems
Bedtime for Little Bulldozer
by  Elise Broach
A Good Kind of Trouble
by Lisa Moore Ramee
We're Not From Here
by Geoff Rodkey
The Moon Within
by Aida Salazar
New Books for Young Adults
Once & Future
by  Cori McCarthy, Amy Rose Capetta
Opposite of Always
by Justin A. Reynolds
by Laurie Halse Anderson
by Samira Ahmed
We Set the Dark on Fire
by Tehlor Kay Mejia
Lovely War
EHBC Book Groups
Drop in - You are welcome!
All Store Book Group titles are discounted 15%       
up until the date of discussion

March 5, 7:00 pm
Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles

March 5, 7:00 pm  
Sleeping Giants, by Sylvain Neuvel

        Mystery Book Group:
March 26 7:00 pm
Dogs of Riga, by Henning Mankell

And there's more...
Congratulations to the winners of the
PNBA 2019 Book Awards!
Celebrating Great Books of the Pacific Northwest

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