June 2019
Who’s ready for summer? Spring, anyone? That was disappointing. Who cares about the weather (I do) when summer reading can happen inside, outside or most anywhere in between.

Here are some titles we want you to know about when you are assembling your stack of summertime books.

The indomitable Alden Graves LOVES Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee , by Casey Cep, a true story of murder in Alabama that drew Harper Lee’s attention but never became her great work of nonfiction. Dafydd and I like Lake Success , by Gary Shteyngart for those who have ever thought about running away without a plan. It’s just out in paperback.

Deep River , by Karl Marlantes (author of Matterhorn ) is lengthy, sweeping, epic. Elizabeth Gilbert ( Eat Pray Love ) has a new novel called City of Girls about the New York theater world of the 1940’s. If you love great science and nature writing, do not miss Underland , by Robert Macfarlane which you will find discussed in detail below. Widely loved and praised, The Great Believers , by Rebecca Makkai is out in paperback soon.

So many wonderful books coming out this summer, so little space. Please come in for a look and a chat. You never know what else you’ll discover.

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



The author & historian will discuss his book, a Northshire Staff Favorite. Little has been known of Dr. Joseph Warren, one of the most important figures in early American History. He was an architect of the colonial rebellion & a man who might have led the country as Washington or Jefferson did have he not been martyred at Bunker Hill in 1775.




Join us on Thursday, June 13th at 6pm for a discussion with widely acclaimed photographer and writer Chris Arnade about his new book Dignity shining new light on America's poor, drug-addicted, and forgotten--both urban and rural, blue state and red state--and indicts the elitists who've left them behind.




Join us for an evening with Amitava Kumar, as he discusses his new book Immigrant, Montana , a remarkable novel about a young new immigrant to the United States in search of love: across dividing lines between cultures, between sexes, and between the particular desires of one man and the women he comes to love.




Join us when this non-diet dietitian presents her new book that leads a spiritual revolution against pervasive attitudes towards food and dieting, and demonstrates how to free your mind from the fear, frustration, and shame often associated with eating.



Drop by for our first annual celebration of James Joyce's Ulysses ! Every June 16th, Joyceans around the world commemorate Bloomsday which marks the day that the events of Ulysses take place. We'll be celebrating with a drop-in community read-aloud and discussion. Come join our booksellers and local Joyce fans as we come together to appreciate this remarkable work of literature, often called the greatest novel of the 20th century.





We are thrilled to welcome our friend Juliet Grames with what will be one of the best books of the year! A generational saga about Italy, immigration, America, family, patriarchy, and Stella Fortuna’s strange, life-threatening accidents.

Featured Book of the Month

"Beautiful, horrifying , haunting and exquisite are all adjectives for Robert Macfarlane's newest book and now my favorite one. I love this book. Macfarlane weaves magic around his incredible and often scary adventures in nature. Underland is a bardic journey worthy of any druid or shapeshifter, blending myth and realty into a seamless stream that becomes a part of you if you let it."
— Reviewed by Maeve Noonan

"Macfarlane's writing is a joy, a lyrical prose that speaks directly to the heart, and his latest book is a wonder, and a treasure to behold. I turned each page enraptured, and met each new chapter with glee. You are taken on an epic journey of the underland, the land beneath our feet, and I had no idea of the marvels, and the horrors, that are encased there. To read this book, is to know this planet we live on a little better, and also maybe, ourselves. A must read!" — Reviewed by Becky Doherty

June Pre-order Highlight
T he Nickel Boys
by Colson Whitehead

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

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



The Telepathic Traveler: A to Z Guide Across the Globe is a fun, non-fiction multi-discipline book written and illustrated for the middle reader. Children are invited to visit countries around the world through the voice of animals native to a specific country. Connections are made to the National Standards in Science, Social Studies and Reading.


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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