July 2019

Happy Summer! I was speaking recently with a woman whose parents had a house near the Vermont store. She sought me out to thank me because she first encountered Buddhism through a book she bought in our store years ago. It changed the entire trajectory of her life.

It is always good to get a reminder of the power of books. We never know which of the people walking through our doors might have their life changed by the book they buy today. It could be a child’s first book they are enthused about, or a person learning how to confront death, or a non-fiction reader’s first foray into fiction; there are infinite possibilities.

Summer is a time of reading. Give yourself the gift of time to settle into life changing or just plain fun! Here are a few ideas to get you started. 

Chris Morrow

Please note the location of each event Manchester Center or Saratoga Springs

Where’s Waldo? In Manchester, VT and downtown Saratoga Springs, NY of course! The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs will be hiding in local businesses and community organizations throughout both towns this July. Join in our fun scavenger hunt and win great prizes!

Join us for a presentation by Dr. Christa Santangelo of her new book, A New Theory of Teenagers, a guide for families to thrive in the midst of the tumultuous teen years--and the culmination of the author's twenty-five years of experience in both conventional psychology and alternative methods.

An Evening of Two Thrillers

Liv Constantine is the pen name of a two-sister writing team, one of whom, Lynne Constantine, will be presenting their newest addictive thriller about the aftermath of a brutal high-society murder. Joining us for this event is bestseller Wendy Walker with her riveting new thriller about two sisters who uncover long-buried secrets when an internet date spirals out of control.

Join us as we welcome to Northshire the author of the deepest nonfiction portrait of desire ever written and one of the most anticipated books of the year. Based on years of immersive reporting, Three Women is a groundbreaking portrait of erotic longing in today’s America.

Join co-authors Elizabeth McPherson and Bettijane Sills for a reading and discussion of Sills's memoir on her time as a professional ballerina under the legendary choreographer Balanchine. In this memoir of a roller coaster career on the New York stage, former actor and dancer Bettijane Sills offers a highly personal look at the art and practice of George Balanchine, one of ballet's greatest choreographers, and the inner workings of his world-renowned company during its golden years.

Join us for a presentation of one of the most anticipated novels of the year. Brilliant, heartbreaking, tender, and highly original - poet Ocean Vuong’s debut novel is a sweeping and shattering portrait of a family, and a testament to the redemptive power of storytelling written as a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read.

Featured Book of the Month

In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award-winning #1  New York Times  bestseller  The Underground Railroad , Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.

Bigotry needs a disguise. It might be cloaked in white bed sheets or it might lurk on the immaculately tended grounds of a school. It existed at the Nickel Academy unbeknownst to most people until the exhumations began on a part of the campus known ominously as Boot Hill. Elwood Curtis was a young black student with a promising future until he accepted a ride in a stolen car and was sent to Nickel, where the state of Florida consigned all their troubled and abandoned boys. Although the new novel by the author of   The Underground Railroad  is set over a century later, the signs that denote a dead end to most black lives in America are still firmly implanted, withstanding the buffets of change, and challenging our comfortable notions that we have come a long way since the Civil War.
—Reviewed by Alden Graves

July Pre-order Highlight

From the #1  New York Times  bestselling author of  In a Dark, Dark Wood The Woman in Cabin 10 The Lying Game , and  The Death of Mrs. Westaway  comes Ruth Ware’s highly anticipated fifth novel.

When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.

Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the unravelling events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn’t just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn’t even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman, Jack Grant.

It was everything.

She knows she’s made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn’t always ideal. She’s not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty—at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.

Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style,  The Turn of the Key  is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.

New Fiction on our Shelves
New Non-Fiction on our Shelves
New Paperbacks on our Shelves
From our own Shires Press

After prize-winning books on environment and scores of articles, this is Gus Speth's first book of poetry. In it there are stories about people and their journeys, scathing but sometimes humorous commentary on current events, several reflections on climate risks and environmental loss and where that leaves us, and many other poems--philosophical, funny, or something else.

New Releases from our Children's Department

We are featuring some of our signed books from publishers and author events online. You can also come into our bookstores to see all of our signed books.

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