December 2020
Dear Friends,

This December, to state the obvious, will be unlike any other. On many fronts. We will be counting on your support more than ever to get through Covid intact, and we thank you for making Northshire Bookstores a part of your holiday tradition. 

As we hold our loved ones close and hope for the ability to gather for the holidays, we hope you will  make books a part of your gift list. And the many gifts, games, puzzles, toys and other fun things we carry as well.

Important points to keep in mind:

  • Shipping will be a challenge this year, nationwide. If you are sending gifts, please plan way ahead.
  • If you are coming to our stores, it’s best to come during the week and/or in the morning or evening hours when it is slower and easier to social distance. We now have extended hours: we are open until 9PM Thursdays-Saturdays and December 20th-23rd. 

Would you like to win an hour alone (or with your pod) in either bookstore? You can experience holiday shopping in peace! We are raffling off this opportunity - one for each store, and proceeds will be split with the local food banks. The drawing will be on December 14th and the time to shop will be 9AM Thursday December 17th. To purchase raffle tickets for Manchester, click here, and for Saratoga Springs, click here

We are continuing with our Book Angels tradition of putting books in the hands of area children. If you wish to participate, you may donate here or talk to a bookseller when you are in the store. 

And we have created a new design for Northshire shirts and hoodies. You can click here to check it out, and to place an order. 

From all of us at the bookstores, our wish is that you stay safe, and we thank you as always for your support!

Be well,
Virtual Events from Northshire Bookstore
For a complete schedule, visit:

Northshire Live Virtual Events are ticketed. If the cost of an event ticket is prohibitive for you, e-mail us at to inquire about a scholarship.
Jane Smiley, the Pulitzer prize winning author of A Thousand Acres will discuss her highly anticipated new novel, Perestroika in Paris, a captivating, brilliantly imaginative story of three extraordinary animals--and a young boy--whose lives intersect in Paris, in conversation with journalist Teresa Genaro.
We are thrilled to welcome the world's bestselling author and most trusted storyteller James Patterson to Northshire Live for a literary conversation with Joe Donahue about his two new books The Last Days of John Lennon and Deadly Cross!
Let us help you shop from home!
Need help with your holiday shopping list from the comfort of home? Sign on to one of these special zoom sessions with a bookseller. Let us know who you’re shopping for, and we’ll do our best to provide personalized book recommendations for everyone on your list - complete with links to the relevant titles on Northshire’s website!
Join our booksellers for a special evening of book recommendations & conversations. Booksellers from both Northshire locations will host a friendly meetup & tell you about their recent favorite books. This is a great event to find new reads for yourself (or your book group) - and catch up with your friendly neighborhood book community!
Northshire Booksellers look forward all year to our visits with publishing sales representatives, as they tell us all about the best books from their lists. We’re bringing this visit virtual this year, and sharing it with you! These book professionals will share their favorite new books for adults and children - and help you find your next great read, and the perfect gift book for everyone on your list.
December Featured Release
With the Beatles, John Lennon surpasses his youthful dreams, achieving a level of superstardom that defies classification. “We were the best bloody band there was,” he says. “There was nobody to touch us.” Nobody except the original nowhere man, Mark David Chapman. Chapman once worshipped his idols from afar—but now harbors grudges against those, like Lennon, whom he feels betrayed him. He’s convinced Lennon has misled fans with his message of hope and peace. And Chapman’s not staying away any longer. 
By the summer of 1980, Lennon is recording new music for the first time in years, energized and ready for it to be “(Just Like) Starting Over.” He can’t wait to show the world what he will do. 
Neither can Chapman, who quits his security job and boards a flight to New York, a handgun and bullets stowed in his luggage. 
The greatest true-crime story in music history, as only James Patterson can tell it. Enriched by exclusive interviews with Lennon’s friends and associates, including Paul McCartney, The Last Days of John Lennon is the thrilling true story of two men who changed history: One whose indelible songs enliven our world to this day—and the other who ended the beautiful music with five pulls of a trigger.

Pre-order Highlight

From the New York Times bestselling, Booker Prize–winning author of Lincoln in the Bardo and Tenth of December comes a literary master class on what makes great stories work and what they can tell us about ourselves—and our world today.

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain is a deep exploration not just of how great writing works but of how the mind itself works while reading, and of how the reading and writing of stories make genuine connection possible.

"A literal Master class on literature and writing. Saunders earnestly, yet playfully, dissects 19th Century Russian short stories to discover how they exude life to this very day, while highlighting methods any aspiring writer can employ. And the huge added bonus: reading the wondrous stories themselves, and experiencing Tolstoy's authority, Chekhov's humanity, and the joy and glory of Gogol." — Reviewed by Mike Hare

New Fiction on our Shelves
New Nonfiction on our Shelves
New Paperbacks on our Shelves
From our own Shires Press

The morning after the 2016 election, after a nearly 20-year hiatus from writing poetry, the award-winning journalist Yvonne Daley awoke to a poem already forming in her brain. In the intervening years, poetry has been her outlet and her solace as she has expressed her sorrow and disillusionment while seeking comfort in the power of love, nature and hope.

Over a 40-year career, Yvonne Daley published more than 5,000 news, feature and magazine articles in the Boston Globe, Vermont Life, Washington Post, Rutland Herald and dozens of other publications along with six nonfiction books. In 2016, following the presidential election, she returned to her first genre, that of poetry, using its freedoms to express her concerns for the country that she loves and for the world itself. In this collection, Prisoner of Hope, Daley shares her observations and responses to both shared and personal events since the election, at times declaring her rage and dismay, while at others finding hope in small gestures, in the lives of others, and in nature. Many of these poems have been published in Poets Reading the News, Poem City and other publications. She lives in Rutland, Vermont, with her husband, the writer Chuck Clarino, and two Maltese dogs.

New Releases from our Children's Department
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Dec 3rd-5th 10am-9pm
Dec 10th-12th 10am-9pm
Dec 17th-23rd 10am-9pm
Dec 24th 10am-4pm
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