November 2019
Dear friends,

Manchester was fortunate to be visited last week by a group of eight Tibetan monks, who are on a Sacred Arts Tour, sharing their message of compassion and loving kindness. As many of you know - literally hundreds of people passed through the First Congregational Church where they were ensconced - they created a sand mandala, an ancient art form of Tibetan Buddhism. The sand mandala is constructed as a vehicle to generate compassion, to realize the impermanence of reality, and whenever a need for healing of the environment and living beings is felt. The monks consider our present age to be one of great need in this respect.
I dare say everyone who was in the presence of these spiritual teachers felt blessed not only by their message of kindness and compassion and their beautiful art, but also by their place in the community, working together toward World Peace. Our minds and hearts were touched by their ancient Tibetan culture. Timothy Egan, a National Book Award winner and occasional New York Times columnist, in his recent book A Pilgrimage to Eternity , speaks of the “malnutrition of the soul” as a plague of modern life. These eight monks inspired us to be generous and kind and united, and perhaps reminded us how to nourish each other and create change, one grain of sand at a time. A wonderful gift on our physical and spiritual journey.
Barbara Morrow
Please note the location of each event Manchester Center or Saratoga Springs

Editor Amanda Vaill will discuss her new book, Jerome Robbins, by Himself with Skidmore College Theater Professor Eunice Ferreira and Skidmore College Dance Professor Jason Ohlberg.

Vaill, the author of the Jerome Robbins biography Somewhere has edited this fascinating collection of Robbins' own writings: letters, journals and an incomplete autobiography, to create a fascinating inside look at the legendary director & choreographer.

Manchester Community Library and Northshire Bookstore are thrilled to present Kate Ünver, a lifelong collector of nearly 1,000 tiny items, who has curated unique and extraordinary miniatures on her Instagram account, @dailymini, since 2012. In  The Book of Mini , she selects hundreds of pieces of artwork and organizes them into sections on tiny food, diminutive wildlife, petite pottery, and more.

Join us for stories & an art demonstration with illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi (A Northshire Staff favorite back by popular demand) as she shares her latest book,  I'm Worried .

Potato is worried. About everything. Because anything might happen. When he tells his friends, he expects them to comfort him by saying that everything will be okay. Except they don’t. Because it might not be, and that’s okay too. Still, there’s one thing they can promise for sure: no matter what happens…they will always be by his side.

A night of One-Act Plays by best-selling author Chris Bohjalian comes to the Dorset Playhouse on Friday, November 15th at 7:30 p.m.  This Vermont Premiere Performance of  Three Deuces (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)  will feature his daughter, New York professional actress, Grace Experience.  The staged reading and Bohjalian’s appearance is a benefit for the Dorset Players. A reception to meet the author and cast will follow the performance. Mr. Bohjalian’s books and audiobooks will be for sale at the event by the Northshire Bookstore.  Tickets are $25.00 for the performance.

Join us for an illuminating evening of conversation with Jamie Bernstein, author, narrator, and filmmaker, and Kim Beaty, artist and chairwoman of the Dorset Theatre Festival. Jamie Bernstein is the oldest daughter of revered composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein, and  Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein presents a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth in a deeply intimate and broadly evocative memoir.

On Thursday, November 21 at 6 pm James Beard Award-winning food critic Adam Platt will discuss his book The Book of Eating: Adventures in Professional Gluttony with Yaddo President Elaina Richardson as part of our Yaddo Presents series. We are thrilled to partner with Yaddo to bring the best in new writing and new ideas to the Capital District in this speaker series.

The Book of Eating is a wildly hilarious and irreverent memoir of a globe-trotting life lived meal-to-meal by one of our most influential and respected food critics.

Featured Book of the Month

In the nearly ninety years since Irma S. Rombauer self-published the first three thousand copies of  Joy of Cooking  in 1931, it has become the kitchen bible, with more than 20 million copies in print. This new edition of  Joy  has been thoroughly revised and expanded by Irma’s great-grandson John Becker and his wife, Megan Scott.

John and Megan developed more than six hundred new recipes for this edition, tested and tweaked thousands of classic recipes, and updated every section of every chapter to reflect the latest ingredients and techniques available to today’s home cooks. Their strategy for revising this edition was the same one Irma and Marion employed: Vet, research, and improve  Joy ’s coverage of legacy recipes while introducing new dishes, modern cooking techniques, and comprehensive information on ingredients now available at farmers’ markets and grocery stores.

A new chapter on streamlined cooking explains how to economize time, money, and ingredients and avoid waste. You will learn how to use a diverse array of ingredients, from amaranth to za’atar. New techniques include low-temperature and sous vide cooking, fermentation, and cooking with both traditional and electric pressure cookers. Barbecuing, smoking, and other outdoor cooking methods are covered in even greater detail.

This new edition of  Joy  is the perfect combination of classic recipes, new dishes, and indispensable reference information for today’s home cooks. Whether it is the only cookbook on your shelf or one of many,  Joy  is and has been the essential and trusted guide for home cooks for almost a century. This new edition continues that legacy.

November Pre-order Highlight

From “America’s preeminent spy novelist” ( The   New York Times ) comes a fast-paced, mesmerizing thriller of the French resistance fighters working secretly and bravely to defeat Hitler.
Occupied Paris, 1942. Just before he dies, a man being chased by the Gestapo hands off a strange-looking document to the unsuspecting novelist Paul Ricard. It looks like a blueprint of a part for a military weapon, one that might have important information for the Allied forces. Ricard realizes he must try to get it into the hands of members of the resistance network. 
As Ricard finds himself drawn deeper and deeper into anti-Nazi efforts, and into increasingly dangerous espionage assignments, he travels to Germany and along the escape routes of underground resistance safe houses, to spy on Nazi maneuvers. When he meets the mysterious and beautiful Leila, a professional spy, they begin to work together to get crucial information out of France and into the hands of the Allied forces in London.

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

Lady Lucy's Ghost Quest is the 4th book in the Lady Lucy's series about a multi-racial heroine who becomes a knight in the Middle Ages. In this beautifully illustrated sequel, Lady Lucy and her friends Dillon (the dragon) and Tapestry (the unicorn) travel all the way from England to Vermont to save a vacated but spectacular mansion occupied by ghosts. In a story filled with charm, humor and excitement, Lady Lucy demonstrates yet again the power of the possible, the capacity to find creative solutions to difficult situations and the recognition that what we fear might not be so dangerous after all. Join her and her friends on this amazing new quest you won't be disappointed.

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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