Eagle Harbor Book Co.
 They're changing the guard at  Buckingham Palace
~ Christopher Robin in A.A. Milne's
When We Were Very Young
Well, they've changed owners at Eagle Harbor Books, and it's been nearly a year with our new owners  in place , Jane and Dave Danielson.  While it's true that no one here has been clicking his heels or wearing a busby, changes have been made, and we who work here are used to changes.  But what about the new owners? 
Jane, one half of the new ownership, is an old hand at things around here, so we don't need to clue her in on the routine. 
Dave, however, is new at this bookstore thing and he'll have to be taught about the quirks of bookselling.  Read more...

This blog comes to you from Ann Combs, a 20 year veteran of Eagle Harbor Book Co.  Ever since her arrival here she has been shelving books, looking up titles, making up limericks (some of which have been suitable for all ages), amusing customers, and recommending reads.  She's our resident polymath, unless operating something involving electricity when her inner Luddite flares to the surface. 

June Author Events and Readings
Saturday, June 3, 12:00 - 2:00 pm
2017 Summer Book Festival!
Where can you meet best-selling authors, discover great summer reads, and support the Bainbridge Schools Foundation, all in one fell swoop?  Right here at the bookstore!  No less than seventeen of your favorite Seattle7Writers will come to the store, with homemade treats, to give you great recommendations for your summer of (book) love.   Hear more about this summer's bookfest in this podcast interview with Channie Peters of Bainbridge Community Broadcasting!
Thursday, June 8, 7:00 pm
"There is hope, there is a way out," Brenda Fantroy-Johnson says.  "I am living proof that it's possible.  Education is the key."
Imagine Me gives a detailed accounting of a young black girl's journey growing up in the ghetto of Detroit in the early 1960's.  A self-described good girl must cope with childhood loss and abandonment while discovering her unique identity and "refusing to let herself quit."  This is a profound and inspiring coming-of-age memoir that resonates in today's complex world.
Wednesday, June 21, 12:30 pm
Brown Bag Lunch Event!
Join us for a luncheon event with Frederick L. Brown, Ph. D ., Seattle Author, and H istorian for the National Park Service.  Animals have played a vital role in shaping Seattle from its founding amid existing indigenous towns in the mid-ninteenth century, to the livestock-friendly town of the late nineteenth century, to the pet-friendly livestock-averse modern city.   In   The City is More Than Human Frederick Brown explores the dynamic troubled relationship humans have with animals, and challenges us to acknowledge the role of animals of all sorts in the making and remaking of cities.  

Thursday, June 22, 7:00 pm
Set in a moss-draped Pacific Northwest mountain town, Ash Falls is the story of a closely connected community, both held together and torn apart by one man's single act of horrific violence  As the residents wait on edge, they come to discover that they are held prisoner, not by the killer in the woods, but by chains of their own creation.   Bainbridge Island author Warren Read has created a picturesque and haunting novel that belongs beside the work of such classic contemporary American writers as Kent Haruf, Leif Enger, Smith Henderson, and Ron Carlson.  Watch for the upcoming podcast about this novel from Bainbridge Community Broadcasting!
Thursday, June 29, 12:30 pm
Brown Bag Lunch Event!
Ultimate Glory is a portrait of the artist  David Gessner  as a young ruffian.  Driven by ambition, whimsy, love, and vanity, Gessner   lives for those moments when he loses himself completely in the game of ultimate frisbee.  He shares the field and his seemingly insane obsession with a cast of closely knit, larger-than-life characters.  As his sport grows up, so does he, and eventually he gives up chasing flying discs to pursue a career as an accomplished writer.  

Thursday, June 29, 6:30 pm
Surfer and ER doctor Lorna Jacobs is pulled into a dangerous journey to find her estranged mother Alex, who is dying of a mysterious illness.  Alex is more concerned with rekindling their mutual love of surfing than preparing for her last days.  The secret big wave she plans to surf with Lorna could bond them forever, or destroy them.   Local author Amy Waeschle is also a professional editor and an instructor for the Wilderness Medicine Institute.  Amy will discuss the Northwest surfing scene and how it inspires her writing, share funny anecdotes about the writing process, and read from Going Over the Falls .
Thursday, July 27, 7:00 pm

Help us welcome back author Sylvia Brownrigg when she presents her new book, Pages for Her, a sequel to her acclaimed novel Pages For You.  

May we recommend...
American Warby Omar El Akkad
In an America ravaged by another civil war and climate change, a young refugee begins a journey to become a resistance leader. El Akkad's experiences in the Middle East lend weight and realism to the descriptions of modern military occupation, from unmanned drone attacks to IEDs, jarringly set in the American South. Often grim, but always engrossing, it is a timely exploration of the reality of modern war, the people that suffer its consequences, and the reasons for resistance. ~ Tim

Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag
Laced with humor and tragedy, Ghachar Ghochar is a lean and elegant portrait of an Indian family in Bangalore adapting to their newly acquired wealth. A very enjoyable quick read. ~ Kiyo

The Women in the Castle, by Jessica Shattuck
After Nazi Germany's defeat, Marianne von Lingenfels returns to the castle of her late husband's ancestors. With her are the widows of his co-conspirators in the failed plot to assassinate Adolph Hitler. She has promised to shelter and protect them. She soon discovers that the world of her privileged past has become infinitely more complicated. If you loved All the Light We Cannot See or The Nightingale, you will relish this look at a group of resilient women. ~ Susan

Off Speed:  Baseball, Pitching, and the Art of Deception,
by Terry McDermott
This fascinating book is all about pitching. McDermott describes and gives the history for every type of pitch from the fastball to the slider to the outlawed spitball.  He does so in nine chapters and in these nine chapters he recounts the nine innings of Seattle Mariner Felix Hernandez's perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays  in 2012.  It's a great book for baseball fans and especially a great book for Mariners' fans. ~  Ann

Beartown, by Fredrik Backman
This novel will have you postponing dinner and reading late into the night just to find out what happens next. Backman, author of  A Man Called Ove , has written the story of a remote town in Sweden with not much to recommend it except its hockey team and their chance to win the national championship. Beautifully written, the book has a complex but believable plot. The characters are well defined and react realistically to various events. And the ending is thoroughly satisfying. I didn't get a thing done until I finished it. ~  Ann
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New in Hardcover Fiction
The Berlin Project
by Gregory Benford
The Book of Joan
by Lidia Yuknavitch
The Lost History
of Stars 
by Dave Bolin
  Buy Now
by Weike Wang
by Amelia Gray
The Best of Adam Sharp
by Graeme Simsion
New in Hardcover Non-Fiction
Between Them
by Richard Ford
Churchill & Orwell
by Thomas E. Ricks
Driving Miss Norma
by Tim Bauerschmidt and Ramie Liddle
The Long Run
by Catriona Menzies-Pike
Be Like the Fox
by Erica Benner
Autumn of the Black Snake
by William Hogeland
New in Paperback Fiction
Dark Matter
by Blake Crouch
Call Me Ishtar
by Rhoda Lerman
The Color of Our Sky
by Amita Trasi
The Nix
by Nathan Hill
Zero K
by Don DeLillo
The Muse
by Jessie Burton
New in Paperback Non-Fiction
The Winter Fortress
by Neal Bascomb
The Secret War
by Max Hastings
Far & Away
by Andrew Solomon

The Perfect Horse
by Elizabeth Letts

by Michele Borba
One Day We'll All be Dead and None of This Will Matter
by Scaachi Koul
New Books for Kids

Gus's Garage
by Leo Timmers
The Children's Garden
by Carole Lexa Schaefer

Making Faces
by Abrams Appleseed

The Pudding Problem
by Joe Berger

Finding Mighty
by Sheela Chari
William Wenton and the Impossible Puzzle
by Bobbie Peers
New Books for Young Adults
The Pearl Thief
by Elizabeth Wein

The Lines We Cross
by Randa Abdel-Fattah
The Traitor's Kiss
by Erin Beaty
And there's more...

Store Book Groups:
Readers Circle Book Group:
June 6, 7:00 pm  
Nobody's Fool by Richard Russo   

Speculative Fiction Book Group:
June 6, 7:00 pm  
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders  
Mystery Book Group:
June 27, 7:00 pm  
Trial and Error by Anthony Berkely 

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.
In addition to the two luncheon events listed above,  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 Weapons, an insightful meditation on art and war. She will be here Wednesday, Aug. 9, at noon.
Please sign up for the special Brown Bag Lunches by calling the store at 206-842-5332. All are free and open to the public.

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