October 2019

While it is always hard to see summer end, fall in these parts is spectacular, too. This is also the time of year when publishers release many new titles in anticipation of the holiday season. The big title so far is the long awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, The Testaments . As expected, The Testaments is getting great reviews, including by the Boston Globe which said it is, “Powerful, revealing, and engaging.” 

We are also excited about Ta-Nehisi Coates’ new book, The Water Dancer . This is already an Oprah’s Book Club pick and also a Northshire Staff Pick. Our own Alden Graves says, “Coates constantly reminds us that man's capacity for inflicting cruelty is only surpassed by the indomitable will and determination of the victims of that inhumanity to triumph over it.”

Another favorite, Alice Hoffman will be coming to Northshire Saratoga on October 19th! Tickets here . Her new novel is The World That We Knew . Elizabeth Strout - whose sequel to Olive Kitteridge will soon be out - had this to say about The World That We Knew , “Oh, what a book this is! Hoffman’s exploration of the world of good and evil, and the constant contest between them, is unflinching; and the humanity she brings to us—it is a glorious experience.” You might remember Hoffman from her best-seller, The Dovekeepers , as well as many others.

And these titles are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg - we invite you to come into our stores and explore. We encourage discovery and serendipity and look forward to seeing you.

Happy Reading,
Chris Morrow
Fall Menu

We are thrilled to give you a peek at Bonnet & Main's new Fall Menu debuting on October 4th!
Including New Drinks:

  • Maple Cardamom Latte
  • Peppermint Mocha
  • S’mores Hot Chocolate
New Food Items:

  • Reuben Sandwich
  • Grilled Ham, Brie & Apple Panini
  • Roasted Beet, Goat Cheese & Rocket Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette.
And their new
Pumpkin Spice Latte!
Please note the location of each event Manchester Center or Saratoga Springs

Northshire’s friend and Vermont mystery author Archer Mayor returns with the 30th entry in the Joe Gunther series-- Bomber’s Moon --in which the murder of a small-time drug dealer snowballs into the most complex case ever faced by Gunther and his VBI team.

Lisa Lutz, the bestselling author of  The Passenger , will present her dark and provocative novel The Swallows in which a teacher at a New England prep school ignites a gender war—with deadly consequences. This blistering, timely tale of revenge and disruption shows us what can happen when silence wins out over decency for too long—and why the scariest threat of all might be the idea that sooner or later, girls will be girls.

On Monday, October 14 at 5 p.m. join James Riley, bestselling author of the Half Upon a Time , Story Thieves and Revenge of Magic series as he celebrates the release of The Last Dragon .

Fort Fitzgerald is determined to uncover the truth, but a new student at school and the secrets he has to keep complicate matters in this second novel in a thrilling new series from the author of the New York Times- bestselling Story Thieves !
Tickets are $5 for children & unaccompanied adults, and are good for $5 off any book by James Riley purchased in the store the day of the event. Tickets are free for adults attending with a child. 

Welcome this former  NY Times  reporter on climate change and the environment when she presents her new book--an urgent call to action that will empower you to stand up to climate change and environmental pollution. With urgency and wit, Tatiana Schlossberg explains that far from being only a distant problem of the natural world created by the fossil fuel industry, climate change is all around us, all the time, lurking everywhere in our convenience-driven society, all without our realizing it.

Broadway Ballroom
Saratoga Hilton - 534 Broadway

Beloved bestselling author Alice Hoffman will join us to discuss her new novel  The World That We Knew  with Joe Donahue of WAMC/Northeast Public Radio as part of our Off the Shelf series on Saturday, October 19 at 8 pm in the Broadway Ballroom at the Saratoga Hilton. 

In 1941, during humanity’s darkest hour, three unforgettable young women must act with courage and love to survive, from the  New York Times  bestselling author of  The Dovekeepers  and  The Marriage of Opposites  Alice Hoffman.

Caldecott honor-winning author & illustrator Brendan Wenzel will present a very special story time on Tuesday, October 22nd at 10:30 am to celebrate his new book A Stone Sat Still , the brilliant follow-up to his Caldecott Honor-winning and New York Times bestselling picture book They All Saw a Cat !

Featured Book of the Month

In his first and only official autobiography, music icon Elton John reveals the truth about his extraordinary life, from his rollercoaster lifestyle as shown in the film  Rocketman , to becoming a living legend.

Christened Reginald Dwight, he was a shy boy with Buddy Holly glasses who grew up in the London suburb of Pinner and dreamed of becoming a pop star. By the age of twenty-three he was performing his first gig in America, facing an astonished audience in his bright yellow dungarees, a star-spangled T-shirt, and boots with wings. Elton John had arrived and the music world would never be the same again.

His life has been full of drama, from the early rejection of his work with song-writing partner Bernie Taupin to spinning out of control as a chart-topping superstar; from half-heartedly trying to drown himself in his LA swimming pool to disco-dancing with Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth; from friendships with John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, and George Michael to setting up his AIDS Foundation to conquering Broadway with  Aida The Lion King , and  Billy Elliot the Musical . All the while Elton was hiding a drug addiction that would grip him for over a decade.

In  Me , Elton also writes powerfully about getting clean and changing his life, about finding love with David Furnish and becoming a father. In a voice that is warm, humble, and open, this is Elton on his music and his relationships, his passions and his mistakes. This is a story that will stay with you by a living legend.

October Pre-order Highlight

From the  New York Times  bestselling author of  The Night Circus,  a timeless love story set in a secret underground world—a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea.

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues—a bee, a key, and a sword—that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library hidden far below the surface of the earth. What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians—it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also of those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose—in both the mysterious book and in his own life.

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

As a true Harry Potter fan, Saidy was thrilled to be going to England to visit her uncle in Bristol, and maybe, if she was lucky, to spend a day in London at the Harry Potter studios. 

Back home, and spending time with her grandparents in Vermont, Saidy’s vacation turns into a crisis when her mother’s favorite cat escapes and can’t be found anywhere. 

Summer at the lake ends with a special purchase, a loon sighting and a glorious August sunset.

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.

*Limited quantities; while supplies last.
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