November 2020
On April 10th I wrote, “For me, for today, my focus is on resilience. Vermont's governor just extended the shutdown until May, 15th. We have to be in this for the long-haul.” Ha! Seems so quaint, so 19th century. But here we are at the beginning of November and the watchword is still resilience. Resilience… is patience, is empathy, is maitri.  

Maitri is a Sanskrit word that Pema Chödrön translates as “unconditional friendliness” to oneself and others. It is otherwise translated as “loving kindness.” In other words, it is an encouragement to be nice to yourself - which also expands to everyone around you. I feel like we need to declare November “Give Yourself a Break” Month. Are you in? 

Part of resilience is also asking for help when you need it. The Northshire Bookstores need your help. November and December will be a very difficult juggling act for us. Our priority is to keep our staff and customers healthy, so we will need to limit access to the stores during what would normally be our busiest times. This could be very difficult financially. 

So, if you normally shop with us over the holidays, PLEASE help us out by shopping early. If you can, shop on weekdays rather than weekends. Our website is available 24/7. In select zip codes around Saratoga Springs we offer same day delivery. And starting today we are offering free delivery to Williamstown once a week to be picked up Friday-Sun from 11-3 at Images Cinema. 

This year is different - publishers will run out of books early, deliveries will be highly erratic, the prospect of a shutdown looms. Right now our selection is robust, and there are no crowds. I hope to see you in the stores, and many thanks for your support.

Chris Morrow
Virtual Events from Northshire Bookstore
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Bobbie Ann Mason, acclaimed and award-winning author of the classics Shiloh and Other Stories and In Country called by George Saunders "a strange and beautiful writer," will present Dear Ann, her first novel in almost ten years, a beautifully crafted and profoundly moving book which follows a woman as she looks back over her life and her first love, in a conversation with returning Northshire favorite Steve Yarbrough.
Need help with your holiday shopping list from the comfort of home? Sign on to one of these special zoom sessions with a bookseller. Let us know who you’re shopping for, and we’ll do our best to provide personalized book recommendations for everyone on your list - complete with links to the relevant titles on Northshire’s website!
Welcome to Northshire Live the prophetic author of the now classic What's the Matter with Kansas? Thomas Frank as he presents The People, No, an eye-opening account of populism, the most important—and misunderstood—movement of our time, in a conversation with Skidmore professor and author Eric Morser.
Welcome to Northshire Live, Clifford Thompson the Whiting Award-winning author of What It Is: Race, Family, and One Thinking Black Man's Blues a concise, heartfelt take on the state of his nation, exploring the war between the values he has always held and the reality with which he is confronted in twenty-first-century America, in a wide-ranging conversation with Tony Award-winning singer/songwriter Stew.
We are thrilled to welcome the world's bestselling author and most trusted storyteller James Patterson to Northshire Live for a literary conversation with Joe Donahue about his two new books The Last Days of John Lennon and Deadly Cross!
November Featured Release

A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making—from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy
In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency—a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.

This beautifully written and powerful book captures Barack Obama’s conviction that democracy is not a gift from on high but something founded on empathy and common understanding and built together, day by day.

Pre-order Highlight

From the duo behind the massively successful and award-winning podcast Stuff You Should Know comes an unexpected look at things you thought you knew.

Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant started the podcast Stuff You Should Know back in 2008 because they were curious—curious about the world around them, curious about what they might have missed in their formal educations, and curious to dig deeper on stuff they thought they understood.

As it turns out, they aren't the only curious ones. They've since amassed a rabid fan base, making Stuff You Should Know one of the most popular podcasts in the world. Armed with their inquisitive natures and a passion for sharing, they uncover the weird, fascinating, delightful, or unexpected elements of a wide variety of topics.

The pair have now taken their near-boundless "whys" and "hows" from your earbuds to the pages of a book for the first time—featuring a completely new array of subjects that they’ve long wondered about and wanted to explore. Each chapter is further embellished with snappy visual material to allow for rabbit-hole tangents and digressions—including charts, illustrations, sidebars, and footnotes. Follow along as the two dig into the underlying stories of everything from the origin of Murphy beds, to the history of facial hair, to the psychology of being lost.

New Fiction on our Shelves
New Nonfiction on our Shelves
New Paperbacks on our Shelves
From our own Shires Press
Author Phil Bayly's next MURDER on SKIS novel.

There is a manhunt for a New York state senator accused of murder. Cemeteries in Colorado are being mysteriously stripped of their sacred treasures. Both criminal investigations lead to a Colorado ski resort.

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