Eagle Harbor Book Co.
"To my daughter Leonora,
without whose never failing sympathy and encouragement this book would have been finished in half the time."
                    ~  a P.G.Wodehouse dedication
June was National LGBT Pride Month.  And so, we had a table display of books on the subject with a caption: "Who are the rainbows in your life?"  In response, one of our customers left us an anonymous note.  "Is the bookstore in favor of degenerate behavior? ... One customer's reaction!"

I liked the note, because something we presented for our customers to reflect upon was important to at least one of you.  Although the note was highly critical of our decision, it was civil in tone; something in short supply these days.  It also represents a point of view that is central to much of our society and far more divisive in many other countries around the world, where civil discourse on the subject is impossible.  However, in one respect we think our customer got it wrong.

Our individual booksellers favor all sorts of things.  Yet, it is wrong to think the bookstore, as a whole, favors anything - save the goal of assuring that you get the books you want.  We also think engaging your intellects, memories, convictions and the rest of what makes humans so fascinating helps you to identify that book you might not have known about.  It could turn out to be the one about a baseball game that lasted over 33 innings; Ehrenreich's recent book about life in Palestine, one about how to make a cherry pie, or one of the books on that table that might shed light on why the Bainbridge ferry was recently flying the rainbow flag.

We know that you don't want us to be your surrogate censors.  For every point of view, our goal is to assure we have books on both sides of the issue.  We confess it is at best an aspirational goal.  We simply don't have enough floor space, and when in doubt, we default towards buying books we think that our customers want.  

We even fail at that!  A customer came in the other day and  left disappointed because we didn't have any hockey romance books.  A few days later, a very old friend lamented that we haven't had a table loaded with physics books for many years.  

But what we do have is the ability to order any book you want, and the booksellers who really can find it.  So, keep coming with your requests and your opinions!                   Dave

Author Events and Readings
Thursday, July 6, 7:00 pm
The first in an upcoming series, Smoke Tastes Like Fire chronicles the nightly explorations of a group of high-schoolers led by the mysterious nature of their "Fairy Queen." Through wooded acres and obscure buildings on a rain-soaked island in the Pacific Northwest, inside the mystery of the adolescent heart, magic and jealousy set fire to the impossible. This story lifts the reader above the clouds and dares you not to fall.  Antony Yeager grew up on Bainbridge Island.  He has published several collections of poetry, and now his first novel.  Many of the themes in his writing explore the idea that there is something more at play in life, something magical and unseen, something that cannot easily be explained. 

Thursday, July 13, 12:30 pm
We are made for freedom and adventure, friendship and romance.  Yet too much of life is spent unfulfilled at work, restless at home, and bored at church.  All the while, knowing there is something more.   Roger Thompson will talk about how some of life's best moments come on the open road, over a campfire or in a coffee shop in the middle of nowhere.  Join us for a brown bag lunch discussion in our Used Book Annex for this illuminating conversation.  In the literary spirit of well-worn tales about America's open road, this poetic, honest, often hilarious collection of essays shows how to embark on adventures that kindle spiritual reflection, personal growth, and deeper family connections.  
Sunday, July 16, 3:00 pm
Bring your eyes, ears, notepads, and ideas, and be ready for a lively exchange with Oliveir Cri de Coeur - author, TV/film/theatre writer and educator.  Cri de Coeur has served as both judge and mentor for the renowned "Emerging Voices" competition at PEN Center, USA.  He will lead a master class in writing in honor of his newest book - the illustrated fable A Tiny Tale.  This is a one=of-a-kind adult fable in the romatnic, life-affirming, and transformative vein of Griffin and Sabine, which proposes answers, cosmology, and stairways to happiness on which every reader can ascend to find their own meaning.  De Coeur will be joined by illustrator Margeaux Bancroft.  One lucky guest will win a signed first draft script of Olivier's Elementary Dear Data, from Star Trek: TNG.

Thursday, July 13, 12:30 pm
Seasoned with Gratitude offers an inspiring recipe selection, with clear reminders that all whole foods are actually generous offerings of life.  Lafond uses fresh, sustainably-raised ingredients in her recipes, from breakfasts to desserts.  The book fosters environmental and spiritual awareness, all the while encouraging the home chef of any spiritual persuasion or food preference, to rediscover a key missing ingredient for healthy, home-cooked meals - GRATITUDE!  Local author Kathryn Lafond,Intuitive Energy Healer, health coach, and chef, devotes herself to celebrating the sacred in everyday life.
Thursday, July 27, 7:00 pm
Pages for Her is the story of Flannery and Anne and the circumstances that lead to their reunion.  Twenty years after their brief but passionate affair, chronicled in the earlier novel Pages for You, Flannery has the chance to once again meet Anne, who opened her up to the possibility of love, then left her heartbroken.  When the two women meet at a conference, they find that the passion between them has endured, though it has been hidden.  In rediscovering each other, they are able to rediscover themselves.   Sylvia Brownrigg is the author of several acclaimed works of fiction.  Her works have been included in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times lists of notable fictions and have been translated into several languages.  Sylvia is on the councils of Narrative Magazine and Oxfam America.
Thursday, August 24, 7:00 pm
Will wild salmon still be swimming a decade from now? This is what author and journalist Langdon Cook sets out to discover, as he travels every stage of the salmon pipeline, from Alaskan spawning grounds and Columbia River hatcheries to chefs' frying pans and 4-star restaurant menus.    UPSTREAM: Searching for Wild Salmon, from River to Table (A Ballantine Books Hardcover; On Sale May 30) , interweaves nature, commerce, cuisine, adventure, and the environmental impact on how we consume this once seemingly limitless food source.


May we recommend...
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating, 
by Elizabeth Tova Bailey   
While bedridden by an illness, a friend brought Bailey a gift of wild violets and a tiny forest snail. Bailey gave her new companion a bedside terrarium, then observed its daily behaviors and educated herself on the life of gastropods. Her memoir is a gift to the scientifically curious, to nature lovers, to anyone who simply appreciates literary aplomb. It is an absorbing treatise on the intricate synergy of our world, and on Baily's singular battle to survive. It is a flawless melding of the scientific and the mystic. ~  Rodie

The Sense of Wonder: a celebration of nature for parents and children,  by Rachel Carson, introduction by Linda Lear, and photography by Nick Kelsh 
This is Rachel Carson at her most personal. Beyond being a book about nature and its glories, it explores Carson's deep relationship with the natural world. It's also a fine training manual on how to find and nurture that same devotion, not only for yourself, but more importantly, for the youngsters in your life. It turns out to be easier than you might think. This lovely classic, with gorgeous photography, is good for the soul. It will be a cherished baby gift for new parents. ~  Jane 

News of the World,  by Paulette Jiles 
This novel, is my favorite work by a great author. In 1870, curmudgeonly, 71-year-old Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd is hired to return a 10-year-old orphan named Johanna to family in South Texas. Kidnapped by Kiowa raiders, raised as their own and subsequently rescued by the army, Johanna has no memory of her white past and tries to escape at every opportunity. Despite this, she begins to trust the "kep-dun" and a bond is formed. Arriving in San Antonio, Captain Kidd finds he must make a terrible decision about Johanna's fate. With wonderful prose and wonderful characters, this book is a heart-grabber! ~  Rodie

Vampires in the Lemon Grove: and other stories
by Karen Russell 
I tend to avoid books with the word vampire    in the title. I also avoid titles with exclamation points. Karen Russell, acclaimed author of  Swamplandia! , merrily bulldozed over both prejudices, first with the aforementioned and wonderful novel, and then with  Vampires in the Lemon Grove,  a tight, bright carnival of short stories that cannot be missed. Russell's voice is detailed and magnificently weird. If you want an exquisite and inventive selection of stories, don't miss this one. ~  Emma 

The Nest,  by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney 
Ah, the joys of entitlement! The four forty-something Plumb siblings are soon to share the trust established by their successful father. Life in Manhattan is costly and all the Plumbs live beyond their means in anticipation of the family windfall. But the "Nest," as they call the trust, has been tapped by their mother to cover up the indiscretions of Leo, the eldest, and not much is left for the others. Will Leo pay back the money? Will the others become estranged as their finances shift? Will their marriages survive?  Read on! This compelling novel of contemporary manners is a true page turner. ~  Susan

New in Hardcover Fiction
The Last Hack
by Christopher Brookmyre  
White Fur
by Jardine Libaire  

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Windfall by Diksha Basu  

Waking Land
by Callie Bates 
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She Rides Shotgun
by Jordan Harper  
by Daryl Gregory  
New in Hardcover Non-Fiction
The Boy Who Loved Too Much
by Jennifer Latson 
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Long Haul
by Finn Murphy  

Too Fat Too Slutty Too Loud
by Anne Helen Petersen  
Shark Drunk by Morten Strøksnes 

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Ends of the World
by Peter Brannen  

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Guidebook to Relative Strangers
by Camille T Dungy  
New in Paperback Fiction
by Karin Tidbeck 

The Altogether Unexpected Disappearance of Atticus Craftsman
by Mamen Sánchez 
The Noise of Time
by Julian Barnes  

Prey of Gods
by Nicky Drayden  
As Good As Gone
by Larry Watson 
What She Saw
by Gerard Stembridge  
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New in Paperback Non-Fiction
Fire This Time
by Jesmyn Ward
Naked Money
by Charles Wheelan
Politicians and Egalitarians
by Sean Wilentz  
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How to Be a Muslim by Haroon Moghul 
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Hundred-Year Walk by Dawn Anahid Mackeen   
Nordic Theory of Everything
by Anu Partanen  
New Books for Kids
Jelly Bean Tree
by Toni Yuly 
A New Friend for Sparkle
by Amy Young  

Don't Blink

by Tom Booth  

Walking with Miss Millie
by Tamara Bundy  
The Emperor's Ostrich
by Julie Berry  
Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth
by Frank Cottrell 
New Books for Young Adults
by J.C. Geiger 

by Cindy Pon

Two Roads
From Here
by Teddy Steinkellner  
And there's more...
Find Waldo!
He's back!  Sunday, July 1 marks the beginning of Where's Waldo in Winslow ?  The intrepid traveler who shows up in less than plain sight around the world will be in 25 different shops in Winslow all month!  Sleuths of all ages are invited to see where you can find Waldo.  Whether you are a local looking for summer fun, a visitor who wants to browse shops with children, or a sentimental 20-something who just can't resist, hunting for Waldo is great fun!   Read more ...

Store Book Groups:
July 11, 7:00 pm  
 Solarisby Stanislaw Lem   
July 25, 7:00 pm  
The Cornish Coast by John Bude 

Join our Summer Brown Bag Lunch Series!
We've got some great authors coming in for conversation! These more informal readings held in our Used Book Annex are a great way to meet and interact with an author up close. We'll supply chips and soft drinks; you are welcome to bring your main course.
Roger Thompson, author of  We Stood Upon Stars: Finding God in Lost Places will talk about how some of life's best moments come on the open road, over a campfire, or in a coffee shop in middle of nowhere. Join us Thursday, July 13, at 12:30pm.
And in August, thought-provoking Idaho writer Sarah Sentilles will be here to discuss her book  Draw Your Weaponsan insightful meditation on art and war. She will be here Wednesday, Aug. 9, at noon.

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