Eagle Harbor Book Co.
Some books are undeservedly forgotten;  none are undeservedly remembered. 
                                ~ W.H. Auden

We hope you enjoy this first edition of our new monthly newsletter.   This streamlined format will keep you current on bookstore events and promotions, book groups, hot new titles, curated selections from our staff and elsewhere, and topical issues on our island and beyond.    With each issue, you can expect to read a short introduction on subjects big and small that speak to our business and the subject we all love-books, books and more about books.  
This longer introduction deviates from that plan.    We thought you needed to know about a very recent development that goes both to the heart of our business, and highlights an advancing trend in some circles toward degrading civil discourse and publicly humiliating those in our society who are the most vulnerable.  Many of you may have heard about the Milo Yiannopoulos debate.   What you may not know is how we at Eagle Harbor Book Co. responded directly to the issue.   We believe that our customers need to have this full story, and invite you to learn the details.   Read more...

Author Events and Readings
Sue Sutherland-Hanson
Thursday, March 9, 6:30 pm
Help us welcome Kitsap author   Sue Sutherland-Hanson   when she reads poetry from her new book,   Stars and Strangers .   "In   Stars and Strangers , Sutherland-Hanson shows us that we're all connected: from clamming with friends to being 'repaired' at the Napa Auto Parts store; from planting the summer garden to keeping vigil for a loved one. These tender, lyrical poems demonstrate the shimmering threads that join us while revealing the 'slippery mystery, this everyday once-ness of each person's life.' ... Five stars to this fine collection for reminding us what we know in our bones."  --   Holly J. Hughes , author of   Passings   (Expedition Press, 2016)

Tuesday, March 14, 5:00 pm
Bainbridge Island author Tessa Arlen's Edwardian mystery, A Death By Any Other Name, will be released Tuesday, March 14!  Tessa will be here to sign copies of this latest in her Lady Montfort mysteries.  The services of the elegant Lady Montfort and her redoubtable housekeeper, Mrs. Jackson, are called upon after a cook is framed and dismissed for poisoning a guest of the Hyde Rose Society.   A Death by Any Other Name  is a delightful sparkle, revisiting the same universe full of secrets, intrigue, and, this time, roses. 

Margaret Combs
Sunday, March 19, 3:00 pm
Join us when award-winning Bainbridge Island journalist   Margaret Combs   speaks about her new memoir,   Hazard: A Sister's Flight From Family and a Broken Boy .   Hazard   is a poignant, fearless memoir of the emotional intricacies of growing up with a severely disabled sibling. Combs shows how her Southern Baptist family coped with the reality of autism in an era of ignorance and shame, the 1950s through the 1970s, and shares her own tragedy and anguish of being torn between helping her brother and yearning for her own life. 

Thursday, March 23, at 7pm
Help us welcome Bainbridge Island author and local Rabbi Paul Moses Strasko  (writing under his pseudonym P.A. Moses). His novel  Women, Converts, and Azerbaijanis Need Not Apply, is set in a fictionalized synagogue in modern day Germany.  The narrative weaves together with poignant hilarity the xenophobia, Russian-mafia influences, death threats in community meetings, and fist fights in services that ridiculously but truthfully make up some of the every-day reality of Jewish communities in Germany. Through a humor-filled first person narrative, we are appalled, confused, and enchanted with these real people facing the challenges of reengaging in Judaism after three generations of Stalinism.

Thursday, March 30, 7:00 pm
Join us in welcoming Spokane author   Polly Buckingham   when she talks about her book of short stories,   The Expense of a View .  This book wonthe Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction in 2016.  Author Molly Giles writes, "Set mostly in the coastal waters off Florida and the Pacific Northwest, this book reads like a series of tales about castaways, people thrown to shore after devastating losses-a child's death, a lover's abandonment, a sister's suicide. Ill-prepared and ill-equipped, the survivors struggle to accept that 'sometimes there really is no one to blame, not even yourself ... These are tender, beautifully written stories, delicate and wise."

Offsite Event!  Saturday March 25, 2:00 pm
Kitsap Regional Library Meet the Author:  Chevy Stevens
New York Times Bestselling author Chevy Stevens is coming to the Kingston branch library.   Join Stevens as she explores the darkest heart of love and obsession in her latest novel Never Let You Go. Books will be available for purchase at the event!
Event address: K ingston Library, 26159 Dulay Rd NE,
Kingston, WA 98346

Thursday, April 13, at 6:30pm
Join us in welcoming back author and teacher  Natalie Goldberg , who is the 2017 Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the Bloedel Reserve this spring.  Natalie Goldberg is the author of ten books, including  Writing Down the Bones , which has sold over one million copies and has been translated into twelve languages, and  The Great Spring: Writing, Zen, and This Zig Zag Life.  She has also written the beloved  Long Quiet Highway: Waking Up in America , a memoir about her Zen teacher. For the last 30 years she has practiced Zen and taught seminars in writing as a spiritual practice.

May we recommend...
These books will be a somewhat eclectic assortment of books that have caught our eye. Our staff recommendations will be represented here but sometimes we'll advance other works. Older books that speak to the current zeitgeist, ones that provide critical incite about an important international event or world figure, perhaps an unusual used book we've recently acquired, or a book that brings a smile on a dreary winter day.

Celine  by Peter Heller  
Celine is in her 60s, an artist, a New York blueblood and a crack PI who specializes in reuniting children with their families. Enter Gabriela Lamont, a fellow Sarah Lawrence graduate, who enlists Celine's help finding her father, whose disappearance is shrouded in suspicion. A legendary photographer, he was presumed killed by a grizzly in Montana. Celine and her partner Pete take off in her son's camper to investigate. Heller, author of the acclaimed Dog Stars, has hit it out of the park with this charming, compelling novel of suspense that leaves the reader panting for a sequel! ~ Susan

Deepest Roots by Kathleen Alcalá   
"Could this island support its own population if it had to?"  Alcalá's personal inquiry into food history and production on her home island, leavened with insights on her own relationship with food over the years, makes for an informative and inspiring read. Using food as a point of reference uniquely illuminates the individuals and communities-including Japanese-American, Croatian, Filipino, and Native American-who have helped to shape the identity of Bainbridge. Her conversations with local present-day farmers, producers and providers of food suggest useful tools for the world at large. 

Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto  by Jessa Crispin  
"I am angry. And I do pose a threat." A powerful and necessary polemic against the crass commercialism that has infected and co-opted so much of modern, mainstream feminism. Pithy and unapologetic, Crispin pulls no punches, calling out feel-good "feminist" acts that are simply covers for capitalist, exploitative, and patriarchal systems. ~ Tim

The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World by Abigail Tucker  
Part pop science, part history, part biology and part sociology, this book leads us through the evolution of our favorite house pet. Tucker shows how these tiny creatures have used their relationship with humans to become one of the most powerful animals on the planet. From research on the psychological benefits of purr therapy to the impact of the cat upon the Internet, anyone who has been owned by a cat will find this book full of humor, surprises and reason to think twice about sleeping with these adorable, omnivorous, intelligent global overlords. ~ Susan

New in Hardcover
Lincoln In the Bardo  
by George Saunders

A Piece of the World  
by Christina Baker Kline 
The One Inside  
by Sam Shepard  

Homo Deus  
by Yuval Noah Harari
Heart of the Machine  
by Richard Yonck    
Age of Anger  
by Pankaj Mishra    
New in Paperback
Sleeping Giants  
Sylvain Neuvel 
Thirteen Shells  
Nadia Bozak 
Ghachar Ghochar  
by Vivek Shanbhag  

Apostle: Travels Among the Tombs of the Twelve
by Tom Bissell
Narrow River,
Wide Sky
by Jenny Forrester
Postcards from the End of America  
by Linh Dinh  
New Books for Kids
This House, Once
Deborah Freedman

Matthew Van Fleet  

Not Quite Narwhal
by Jessie Sima  

The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming
J. Anderson Coats 
See You in the Cosmos
by Jack Cheng

The House of Months and Years
by Emma Trevayne
New Books for Young Adults
City of Saints & Thieves
by Natalie Anderson  
Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time
by Tanya Lee Stone
The Beast is an Animal
by Peternelle Van Arsdale  
And there's more...
Store Book Groups:
Readers Circle Book Group:   March 7, 7:00 pm
Will In The World: How Shakespeare became Shakespeare by Stephen Greenblatt  
History Book Group,  March 28, 7:00 pm  - New!
My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
Mystery Book Group:  March 28, 7:00 pm
Siege of Bitterns by Steve Burrows 
Speculative Fiction Book Group:  March 7, 7:00 pm 
The Difference Engine by William Gibson 

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