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October Author Events
Thursday October 7, 7:00 PM
PNW Author Thor Hanson
Join us for an in-person event with one of our favorite regional authors, conservation biologist Thor Hanson. He will be discussing his new book, Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid: The Fraught and Fascinating Biology of Climate Change. This remarkable and spellbinding book on the effects of climate change once again bears all the hallmarks of a class Hanson book: meticulous, scientific, and accessible, told like a fascinating story over dinner with friends. And if you've never heard Thor Hanson in person, you are in for a unique treat!
Thursday, October 28, 6:30 PM
Gary Ferguson and Mary Clare
We're thrilled to announce a special evening with Gary Ferguson and Mary Clare, authors of Full Ecology, at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, in the auditorium. How might we confront the climate crisis without losing heart? This collaboration between social-cultural psychologist Mary M. Clare and longtime science writer Gary Ferguson, suggests a path forward. Rather than proposing a ten-step plan to save the earth, this book encourages a more elemental rethinking of our connections to nature, and of how such connections might be strengthened for the common good.
Admission for these events are free, although seating is limited, so please RSVP using the links provided on the event pages. We take the well-being of our customers and staff seriously, therefore proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid test are required for these events. Masks are required in our store at all times. Customers who cannot attend but would like an autographed book can preorder and we will have your book signed or inscribed for you.
May We Recommend...
The Stars We Share, by Rafe Posey
How does a long marriage really work when a man and women have nothing in common save their deep love for one another? Forswearing sound and fury, Posey (one of our new booksellers) in this debut novel give us the daughter of the vicar of a rural English town who longs for an academic life unencumbered by children, and an orphaned son born in colonial India of English parents, dead in a cholera epidemic, who was then shipped home to an aunt he barely knew. WW II separates them; he as a fighter pilot who suffered greatly and she as a government code breaker who was obliged under the Official Secrets Act to never tell her love what she did during the war. Deftly written, Posey’s readers come to understand how a mix of love and conflict—central to many lives—plays out in this affecting story of honorable and long lived lives. ~ Dave
Afterparties: Stories, by Anthony Veasna So
This amazing, highly acclaimed and moving collection, revolving around Cambodian-American life in Stockton and the Bay Area of California, brings to mind the work of Sherman Alexie with its masterful fusion of grit, misery and humor. Never far from the narrative are the legacies of Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge and ghosts of the Cambodian genocide. Spanning generations of refugees and immigrants in both countries, So’s tales give eloquent testimony on what it means to be a survivor. How I wish he were alive to write more! ~ John, Bookseller Emeritus
Cackle, by Rachel Harrison
Set an eerily idyllic small town in upstate New York Cackle follows Annie the freshly single school teacher who falls in friendship-love with Sophie the… gorgeous local… well you’ll see. Feminist, funny, and just the right amount of spooky I loved Harrison’s natural breezy writing style. Cackle is the most fun I’ve had with a novel in a long time. ~ Cappy
The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All, by Laird Barron
Shirley Jackson’s world seen through the lens of Sam Peckinpah. Tales of Lovecraftian horror as recounted fireside by Jack London. Elegant as champagne, bold as whiskey. These stories (set largely in the Pacific Northwest) feature smart, capable people confronting terrors both spectral and visceral in prose restrained and sure as vintage Hemingway. Melding the ambiguity of strange and supernatural happenings with gritty realism and authentic characters, Barron’s style is beautiful and brutal. He is one of the writers to whose work I return most often, and for lovers of darker fictional fare I cannot recommend it highly enough. ~ Luciano
Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law, by Mary Roach
How lucky are we to live in a world with Mary Roach? Intelligent, hysterically funny, endlessly curious; Roach's writing is a gift. In Fuzz we are taken from Colorado to India to the Vatican and back as Roach investigates animals and plants that break human laws. While I loved learning fun facts like "if you make a seagull significantly nervous it will throw up," what shines the most in this book are not the flora and fauna but the people Roach interviews. She has a knack for finding some of the most wonderfully bizarre people, and I couldn't help but adore each and every one of them. If you like learning, laughing out loud, and anything just a little different, this book is for you! ~Cappy
Girlhood, by Melissa Febos
In the company of other #MeToo stories, Melissa Febos’ Girlhood stands as an artistic, insightful set of essays that investigates how girls are socialized. Febos remembers coming under the gazes of society during adolescence, and she explores the expectations to become a figure for the desires of others. As readers, we’re asked to consider the burdens layered upon the body in the form of sexuality, performance, obligation, and subjugation. While she is open about her own journey, at times traveling through difficult material, Febos never abandons the reader to wallow in place. She circles around, again and again, offers a way to reclaim the self, and rewrites the narrative to heal and honor women’s bodies and voices. ~Carrie
The Intuitionist, by Colson Whitehead
Colson Whitehead's first novel is the story of Lila Mae Watson, the first Black woman to be an elevator inspector in an unnamed and somewhat dystopian city one assumes to be an alternate New York. When elevators start falling, it's up to Lila Mae to find out who is sabotaging them (not to mention her career), and why. The Intuitionist is an intriguing mystery novel, but it's also an allegory about systemic racism and a strange, compelling trip along a slightly different timeline than our own. ~Rafe
Autobiography of Red, by Anne Carson
Retellings of Greek mythology are often a good bet, especially when Anne Carson is involved, and Autobiography of Red is my favorite of that ilk. This novel in verse is sort of a quasi-modern iteration of one element of the Tenth Labor of Hercules, but it's really something else more extraordinary -- the story of a red monster named Geryon who uses his art to find his way through abuse, heartbreak, and the various juxtapositions of mythology and contemporary life. ~Rafe
How to Carry Water: Selected Poems, by Lucille Clifton
Lucille Clifton is a poet I return to, perhaps more than any other. I regard this posthumous collection as an undeserved gift to our canon of American poetry. These poems demonstrate the power of well-chosen words over acrobatic or exotic ones. With the simplest of tools, Clifton carves out the most precise of griefs. She offers her own vulnerabilities and fears to become a beacon; she becomes the mother who grabs our faces and turns us to what we need to see, to what we feared would kill us but will not. Aracelis Girmay, a powerful poet in her own right, wrote the foreword and assembled this collection. ~Carrie
Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, by Patrick Radden Keefe
This nonfiction narrative moves backwards and forwards through time, relating in distinctly human terms the complexities, the passions, the convictions, and the terrifying human cost of the troubles in Northern Ireland. The author’s empathy, his ability to bring key players to life in high resolution, with all of their strengths and flaws, their intelligence and their blind spots, makes this a compelling and urgent read, informative and intense. ~McNevin
The Madness of Crowds, by Louise Penny
In her 17th book of the Inspector Gamache series, the village of Three Pines is emerging from the pandemic, when a stranger appears who tests Gamache’s belief in our common humanity. Using the statistics of the pandemic to derive a plan to apply eugenics to the control of populations, a well published professor shakes the village to its very core. Her university address ignites a firestorm of philosophical polarity. Good versus evil, our duty to the weak, elderly and challenged, and the endurance of relationships in a post-COVID world are layered throughout what is easily Penny’s best, albeit darkest, story to date. It is a book not to be missed! ~Susan
The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Aprocrypha: New Revised Standard Version, Oxford University
Why recommend this particular version of the Bible? Because it not only has great translations of the original Hebrew and Greek texts, it crucially contains dozens of articles written by renowned scholars, providing highly informative introductions to the Bible as a whole and each individual book within it. ~David
Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro
Ishiguro’s dystopian sci-fi novel was short listed for the 2005 Booker Prize. It is a beautiful, poignant, and haunting novel of innocence, growing awareness, and loss. Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy are childhood friends and eventually lovers as they come of age in their protected, mysterious, and insular world. When they reconnect as adults, they begin to understand the hidden truths that have governed their joined fate. Ishiguro’s sensitivity and compassion pulled me in and never let go. I suspect his other readers may have a similar reaction to his exquisite story telling prowess. ~McNevin
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Eagle Harbor Book Groups
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All Store Book Group titles are discounted 15% up until the date of discussion

October 5, 7:00 pm
This Tender Land, by William Kent Krueger

October 6, 7:00 pm
Hull Zero Three, by Greg Bear

October 26, 7:00 pm
The Thursday Murder Club, by Richard Osman

Our popular in-store book groups are now meeting virtually by zoom!
Contact us or check our website for the meeting links.
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