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For all the disruption and turmoil that has characterized 2020, there is still much good to acknowledge - and November is the month of gratitude. Thank you to all of our loyal customers. We are grateful for your continued investment in the bookstore this year - it has never had a bigger impact. We are blessed to be in a place where community engagement is valued.

We strongly urge you to plan your holiday shopping earlier than normal this year, to get the titles you need and avoid the crowds. November has our in-store selection at its best, and we're seeing some of this year's biggest new releases each week. Our holiday catalog is here, loaded with great gift ideas for everyone on your list.

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May We Recommend
The Lost Spells, by Robert MacFarlane and
Jackie Morris (Illustrator)
This book is a balm for the weary soul, and I can’t think of a better gift this year. Smaller in format and a companion to the previous Lost Words, it opens the imagination into the natural world as few other books can. Filled with magical poems written as spells, and gorgeous watercolor illustrations, you will come back to it again and again. Enjoy reading it aloud, to yourself or with your favorite children. ~ Jane
Hamnet, by Maggie O'Farrell
The life forces that formed William Shakespeare – the English language’s greatest writer and dramatist – are lost to history, giving Maggie O’Farrell in her exquisite Hamnet license to imagine an answer. Told through the lens of his endearing yet peculiarly fascinating wife, one learns of a couple who could only have been with one another. With consummate skill, O’Farrell said enough so that the shadow of what made him him came somewhat in focus. By the novel’s end, it was hard to understand how the unimagined Shakespeare could have been different than the one she created. Yet this skin and bones of the novel gave way to the pages describing Hamnet’s ultimate act of love for his sickly twin sister. And from that, Hamlet – his greatest play. The ending was impossible to imagine and impossible to be other than it was. ~ Dave
Dearly: New Poems, by Margaret Atwood
Author of the brilliant and prescient novel The Handmaid’s Tale, Atwood here shows her exceptional gifts as a poet. Thought-provoking, nimble and accessible, these poems cover a marvelous variety of topics, including love (see “The Tin Woodwoman Gets a Massage,” page 12), aging (see “Blizzard,” page 7), and nature, closely observed (see “Cicadas,” page 22). Readers of her fiction will recognize work that deals with sexism and violence against women: read “Digging Up the Scythians,” page 42, which draws a deft analogy between ancient and contemporary cultures. Atwood leavens the collection with skillfully deployed humor: check out “The Aliens Arrive,” page 58. This collection amazed and delighted me. ~ John
Solutions and Other Problems, by Allie Brosh
This book is laugh-until-you-hurt-and-have-to-put-the-book-down-for-a-break funny. Brosh digs into both her childhood and adult life, finding everyday moments you never knew could be so ludicrously wonderful. Her vigorous and joyful spirit, alongside her signature illustrations, make Solutions and Other Problems an absolute ray of sunshine. You’ll wish it never ends! ~ Cappy
Baking: From My Home to Yours, by Dorie Greenspan
Three words: World Peace Cookies. These chocolate cookies are dark and wickedly delicious, and have convinced fans around the world that if we could bake enough for everyone, we could guarantee eternal world peace. You'll find this recipe, and other treasures in this easy-to-follow tome of baking glory. My family loves the Pecan Honey Sticky Buns, Devil's Food White-Out Cake, and Golden Brioche Loaves. And who knows? Maybe all together we can bake up some world peace, too! ~ Megan
Parable of the Sower, by Octavia E. Butler
Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
(Grand Central) 9781538732182 
Octavia Butler (a Seattleite!) should be required reading, and this book is a prime example as to why. This novel follows teenage Lauren, a visionary leader dedicated to seeking freedom and safety despite the fear, violence, and complacency of those around her. You will be in awe of her at every turn. Butler transcends the science fiction genre with this beautiful page turner that explores religion, family, politics, leadership, and what it means to be a member of a community. ~ Cappy 
The Deep History of Ourselves: The Four-Billion Year Story of How We Got Conscious Brains, by Joseph LeDoux
LeDoux impressively manages to narrate the story indicated in his book's title, in spite of its immense scope. He draws on the latest data and theories from a wide range of scientific disciplines bearing on the evolution of life on earth, but also helpfully explains technical terms as he proceeds. I was surprised to discover that capacities for "learning" emerged in very primitive life forms well before the development of specialized neurons and nervous systems. ~ David
Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote and Insisted on Equality for All, by Martha Jones
Martha Jones is a giant in the field of African American history and this book is her best yet. Beautiful storytelling, which incorporates Jones’s own family history, makes this the perfect book for any armchair historian. Jones brings to light the stories of dozens of black women who are often ignored in history books, proving that these women have been at the forefront in the fight for equality for centuries. Her powerful research will change the way we think about the history of women’s suffrage and voting rights in this country. ~ Cappy
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
This novel is one of the hidden gems you'll find nestled in our Classics section, waiting patiently for the right reader. It tells the story of little Francie Nolan’s struggle to survive when the odds are stacked against her, and because it’s one of the best coming-of-age books I’ve ever read, I decided it deserved some time in the spotlight. Why, you ask? The original 1943 New York Times review sums it up better than I ever could: “If you miss A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, you will deny yourself a rich experience, many hours of delightful entertainment (for it is long) and the pleasant tingle that comes from a sense of discovery, the discovery of a fresh, original and finished talent … a profoundly moving novel, and an honest and true one. It cuts right to the heart of life.” Don’t miss it! ~ Megan
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Eagle Harbor Book Groups
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All Store Book Group titles are discounted 15% up until the date of discussion

Reader's Circle Book Group
December 1, 7:00 pm
by Bryan Stevenson

Mystery Book Group
November 24, 7:00 pm
by Theodora Goss

Our popular in-store book groups are now meeting virtually by zoom!
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