March 2021
“Hope and Fear cannot alter the season.” - Chogyam Trungpa

As March dawns and a few of the days creep above freezing, there is a feeling of living a liminal purgatory. The air is filled with hope and fear, expectation, a vague memory of “normal” and just the basic, dense exhaustion of carrying on in Covid for so long. What a strange brew of emotions, both individual and collective. We confront what Alain de Botton labels our, “existential aloneness,” while savoring what connection we’ve been able to maintain and also being tickled by a childlike yearning for the freedom of tomorrow. It is humbling; it is rich and fragrant; it is all so human.

If you are looking for a new book to help you venture into spring and hope and revival, who better to look to than Anne Lamott? Dusk, Night, Dawn: On Revival and Courage comes out on March 2. You might remember Lamott from Small Victories, or Almost Everything or Help, Thanks, Wow. If you are looking for something thoughtful and comic, warm and wise, look no further. 

May your March be happy,

Virtual Events from Northshire Bookstore
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Northshire Live Virtual Events are ticketed. If the cost of an event ticket is prohibitive for you, e-mail us at to inquire about a scholarship.
We are thrilled to welcome to Northshire Live longtime friend of the bookstore, staff, customer and book critic favorite Russell Banks to present his new novel Foregone in a conversation with WAMC/Northeast Public Radio's Joe Donahue.
Join New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Kate Quinn and #1 New York Times bestselling author Heather Morris on March 9th for a very special virtual Crowdcast event. Moderated by Lizz Schumer of Good Housekeeping, the authors will celebrate the publication of The Rose Code and discuss remarkable stories of World War II.
Join Northshire Bookstore for a discussion about Tobey Pearl's riveting Terror to the Wicked: America's First Trial by Jury That Ended a War and Helped to Form a Nation, with historical novelist Matthew Pearl.
Cuong Lu, a Buddhist teacher ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh at Plum Village, will discuss his new book Wait: A Love Letter to Those in Despair with Chris Morrow, owner of Northshire Bookstore. The book encourages us to seek out a path to peace and freedom from suffering.
February Featured Release

Klara and the Sun is a magnificent new novel from the Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro--author of Never Let Me Go and the Booker Prize-winning The Remains of the Day.

"Reminiscent of his highly praised Never Let Me Go in both tone and intention, Ishiguro is exploring near-futures again in this sci-fi-tinged literary novel. Klara is an Artificial Friend, a solar-powered, artificially intelligent, humanlike robot designed to accompany a child as they grow up. Klara is observant, noticing patterns around her and expressing them eloquently if uniquely; she's tender, empathetic, and optimistic, but the family she is sold to has complexities beyond the familiarities of the shop. The daughter is excited but the mother is hesitant, and there's much more to their purchase than first meets the eye. As this quasi-dystopian world opens up through Klara's narrow perspective, Ishiguro reveals just how many layers are hiding beneath the surface. I was taken aback by the plausibility of this future, and by the generosity and humanity Ishiguro continually gives his characters—even when that character is a robot." ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau

Pre-order Highlight

Amanda Gorman’s powerful and historic poem “The Hill We Climb,” read at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, is now available as a collectible gift edition.

On January 20, 2021, Amanda Gorman became the sixth and youngest poet to deliver a poetry reading at a presidential inauguration. Taking the stage after the 46th president of the United States, Joe Biden, Gorman captivated the nation and brought hope to viewers around the globe. Her poem “The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country” can now be cherished in this special gift edition. Including an enduring foreword by Oprah Winfrey, this keepsake celebrates the promise of America and affirms the power of poetry.

New Fiction on our Shelves
New Nonfiction on our Shelves
New Paperbacks on our Shelves
From our own Shires Press

In this compact and uniquely formatted book, Roger Hirschberg has put together a chronology and guide through some of the most important and memorable events of the Trump years as depicted in his letters that were published from 2017 to 2020 in The New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, and Los Angeles Times.

Roger Hirschberg has been reading about politics and history since his days at Amherst College, from which he graduated before going to dental school. His life long interest in public affairs is reflected in these pages.

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