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Soledad O'Brien recently commented on the effect the recent avalanche of sexual harassment claims against men is having on men.  A business professor told her he has completely rethought how he interacts with young women.  He will no longer meet with a female student in his office with the door closed.  Her solution:
"My argument to him was that there are plenty of ways you can mentor young women and not be alone in your office with them.  You can meet with somebody in the cafeteria."
               NY Times Magazine, Dec. 17, 2017

It's unlikely that many boy babies are getting named "Harvey" these days. It's less likely that his disgrace, let alone those of metropolitan-elite males, will do more than hold our attention for a few months. One need only recall the child massacre at Sandy Hook and the minimal effect it had on gun-control laws. Zoe Heller, in the same New York Times Magazine, laments the lack of a ripple effect on abuse in the farm industry, fast food, retail and the like. 
As your community bookstore, we are bringing in every book we can find on the subject with the hope this small effort will help keep this issue alive. They range from the old, yet timely, The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood, to the current Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back by Gretchen Carlson, and so many more. You can help by alerting us to other works to assure we are not missing anything we should have on hand.
As with any complex topic, the God of Unintended Consequences is hanging around the conversation. O'Brien's comment in the opening quote that female students' conversations with their professors now need to be limited to the cafeteria seems like a classic case of re-victimization. Shouldn't our daughters get the same chance as our sons to benefit from what a teacher has to teach?
Hopefully, male-female professional relationships can be conducted without worry about worst-case scenarios. We will do our part to offer carefully reasoned works that helps us get past the current "hair on fire" stage to present writers who are offering long-term solutions to a problem that is out of whisper mode and now, front and center on the world stage.
~ Dave
January Savings!
After a tumultuous 2017, we feel like it's time for some self care in the New Year. To help you with your resolutions, all Health and Nutrition books are on sale at 15% off throughout January. What changes will you be making this year?

Another way to save this month is to shop online with our 20% Cyber Monday sale on January 8. The store will be closed for inventory that day, but you can buy online all day and save 20%!

Author Events and Readings
Thursday, January 11, 7:00 pm
Writing on the Landscape   offers a way through some of the challenges we face when we write, including difficulties in daily life that impede our progress. This book uses rich language to inspire anyone compelled to write or live more fully in connection with self and nature. Practical and lyrical,  Writing on the Landscape is for aspiring writers, nature lovers, and those who want to deepen their lived expression of their humanity as part of the natural world. Bainbridge Island author  Jennifer J. Wilhoit, PhD  is a spiritual ecologist, the founder of TEALarbor stories, and the author of books, articles, and blogs focused on the inner/outer landscape.

Sunday, January 14, 3:00 pm
Florrie Munat became her husband Chuck's caregiver on the day he suffered a severe stroke. Any chances for his recovery were derailed when they learned that Chuck was also suffering from Lewy body dementia. But what happened next surprised them. With honesty, humor, and compassion, Florrie's inspiring memoir  Be Brave invites the reader to walk in her shoes as she navigates the roller-coaster journey of care-giving for a spouse with dementia. Bainbridge Island author   Munat has published many nonfiction books and articles for children, some of which have appeared in  Highlights Cricket , Scholastic DynamathStorytelling, and Microsoft's  My Personal Tutor software. 

Thursday, January 18, 7:00 pm
Life by Design: 52 Lists,Questions, and Inspirations for Finding Your Happiness   is a beautifully illustrated guided journal that helps readers find their purpose and create the life they truly want.  Applying design thinking to work and life is a burgeoning trend, and this journal functions as a practical workbook to help readers apply the principles of life design to their own decision-making. Bainbridge Island author Miranda Hersey is a writer, editor, and certified creativity coach. Miranda is passionate about helping others live deeply satisfying, creative lives. Her work has appeared in the Boston GlobeBoston Globe MagazineSun Magazine, and Bay Area Parent, among other publications.

Thursday, January 25, 6:30 pm
Consider the idea of jumping toward your dreams when  Steven Keeler  discusses his book  Leap: But How Will I Live, Eat or Play for Gas?   In 2003, psychotherapist  Keeler began a self-imposed experiment to prove that our beliefs, which we can learn to control, are the single biggest influence on the reality we create for ourselves. He moved to the Big Island in Hawaii and decided to simply trust his powerful connection to "all-that-is" and choose abundance over scarcity. Through disappointing setbacks and glorious victories, Steven allowed his dreams to come into reality. International psychotherapist, consultant, author and grad school prof, Steven M. Keeler is an expert in the field of human potential and transformational change. 

Sunday, February 25, 3:00pm
What does the future hold for our civilization? Can the patterns of the past help us make sense of where we're going? David Korten , world-renowned author, activist, and co-founder/board chair of YES! Magazine, will discuss these topics with Jeremy Lent, author of the groundbreaking book,  The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity's Search for Meaning. T he Patterning Instin ct  explores the different ways cultures have patterned meaning into the cosmos, and reveals how various worldviews arose and shaped the course of history. The book uncovers the hidden foundations of our modern unsustainable worldview, and offers a potential vision for a more harmonious future. The Guardian columnist George Monbiot has called the book "perhaps the most profound and far-reaching I've ever read."

May we recommend...

The Lockpicker, by  Leonard Chang 
There's something fascinating about the mechanics of how criminals practice their craft. Few novels depict this better than this one from Chang, author and staff writer on the acclaimed F/X series Snowfall. Want to know how lockpickers choose their tools? How stolen jewelry is fenced? How to track down someone when the trail goes cold? This novel, partially set in Seattle, digs into the details without ever steering into the weeds or letting up on the suspense. Throw in forbidden love, murderous obsession and strained familial ties, and you've got my favorite novel of 2017. ~ Jim

Mudbound, by Hillary Jordan
Jordan turned in an impressive debut with this 2009 novel taking place in World War II-era Mississippi Delta. Now the source of a powerful film, the book revolves around a friendship between two war veteran sons from two families, one black, one white, one sharecropping, the other owning land on a cotton farm. In this page-turner, Jordan deftly weaves alternating chapters, each chapter devoted to the voice of one of a handful of characters, to create a compelling narrative that captures the nuances and complexities of the American issue of race. ~ John

Mrs Fletcher, by Tom Perrota
Perrotta's reputation as the Chekhov of suburban America gets a fresh polish in this story of a middle-aged mother and college-age son struggling, apart and together, with sexual desire in a social-media-driven world. There's much in this story of boundary-pushing and bewilderment that speaks to the Bainbridge Island of Claire Dederer's memoir of middle-aged love, lust and longing, Love and Trouble~ Jim

Be Brave: A Wife's Journey Through Caregiving,
by Florrie Munat 
Bainbridge author Munat recounts with unflinching candor the six years during which she was the caregiver for her husband suffering from dementia.  She does this with honesty and grace, and for a caregiver, be it someone enduring six years or six months or six weeks, she captures the agony, the fatigue, and the dashing of faint hopes with a clear and true voice.  It is a brave and loving account of a marriage with so much promise, one that ended far too soon. ~ Ann

1984, by George Orwell 
With sales of 1984 rocketing after the onset of the current administration, I decided it was time to revisit this 1949 dystopian classic of totalitarian rule. As I read along, I found myself wishing that Orwell could visit the present, could measure up his creation against the world in which we find ourselves. I sensed a chilling and eerie resonance between the two, even down to such details as the "telescreen" you carry in your pocket. Big Brother is watching!  ~ John 

The Little French Bistro, by Nina George
Marianne, in her 60th year - and her 40th year in a dark and unhappy marriage - is considering suicide. But what happens to her after she literally walks away from her situation is magical. This novel is loaded with charm, quirky characters, art, food, dance, and romance. It is about recognizing and loving the characters around us, the ones who become our surrogate family, the ones who define community. If your heart needs some patching, or if the outside world seems bleak, Marianne's tale will lift your spirits. It's a sweet escape on a cold rainy day. ~ Jane

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Teen Advisory Board Book Picks!

We are pleased to continue our Teen Advisory Board (TAB), insightful and passionate voices from a group of Bainbridge Island teen bibliophiles who meet here at the bookstore. Fueled by our Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) of pre-publication titles, they not only talk about their responses to books, they also write recommendations like the many you see by our booksellers-thus becoming booksellers themselves. We're proud of this exceptional group, and share just a few of their teen reader picks in this issue. You can find more in the store!

All the Crooked Saints, by Maggie Stiefvater   
Stiefvater uses her signature style of captivating characters and complex plot in this novel about a Colorado family that can perform unusual miracles. Switching from dark scenes in fantastical forests to a love song to the desert, Stiefvater celebrates the miracles that sit within us all. Like the owls that line its pages, this novel will have your head spinning 270 degrees and your eyes open until dawn. Ages 14 & up. ~ Finn, 12th grade

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Warcross, by Marie Lu   
Lu takes readers to a brand new world where technology holds the power. Full of unprecedented plot twists and thrilling shockers, the exhilarating adventure of teenage hacker/bounty hunter Emika Chen is guaranteed to keep you up at night. This eye-opening novel exposes a current issue in our developing society: How much control are we willing to give to technology? Ages 12 & up. ~ Julia T., 12th grade

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The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives, 
by Dashka Slater  
Two teens, from two very different worlds, have a brief encounter on a public bus that will change both of their lives. This heart-breaking true story recounts a crime and its consequences, a story that delves deep into the lives of both victim and perpetrator, and in the process uncovers larger truths about the justice system, prejudice, and the racial divide that persists in society. Ages 12-18. ~ Jillian, 12th grade

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New in Hardcover Fiction
Carnegie's Maid
by Marie Benedict
A State of Freedom
by Neel Mukherjee
How to Behave in a Crowd
by Camille Bordas
New in Hardcover Non-fiction
The Better Brain Solution
by Steven Masley, M.D.
Ghosts of the Tsunami
by Richard Lloyd Parry
Breaking Free
by Rachel Jeffs
New in Paperback Fiction
by Fiona Mozley
Women in the Castle
by Jessica Shattuck
A Piece of the World
by Christina Baker Kline
New in Paperback Non-fiction

Letters to a Young Musmim
by Omar Saif Ghobash
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Janesville: An American Story
by Amy Goldstein
My Russian Grandmother and her American Vacuum Cleaner
by Meir Shalev
New Books for Kids
Rot, the Cutest in the World!
by Ben Clanton
Fancy Nancy, Oodles of Kittens
by Nancy O'Connor

Norman, the Slug with the Silly Shell
by Sue Hendra
Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey
Fairy Mom and Me
by Sophie Kinsella
The Lost Rainforest
by Eliot Schrefer
New Books for Young Adults
Batman: Nightwalker
by Marie Lu
The Cruel Prince
by Holly Black
Gunslinger Girl
by Lyndsay Ely
And there's more...
We have returned to Winter Hours
Open Everyday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Open late on Thursdays for Author Events!

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January 2, 7:00pm 
The Amateur Marriage
By Ann Tyler

February 6, 7:00 pm
by Ann Patchett

January 2, 7:00 pm     

January 23, 7:00 pm

February 27, 7:00 pm
by David Lagercrantz

Digital Books: 
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