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Celebrating Grads & Dads
What a year for our graduates! They've accomplished so much under difficult circumstances. Let them know how proud of them you are with a great gift of books, journals, pens, and other gifts. Here are a few book suggestions to send them on their way.

Dads often say they don't want anything, but who can resist a great new book? Father's Day is quickly approaching and we have many great ideas for the dads and granddads in your life. Show him how much he means to you with the perfect gift, chosen just for him.
Author Event - Jonathan Evison!
Join us Wednesday, June 9 at 7:00 pm for our first live event of 2021! Renowned local author Jonathan Evison will be here to discuss his newest, highly anticipated novel Legends of the North Cascades, with Bainbridge Islander Jim Thomsen. This high-spirited duo will entertain us in our covered parking lot below the bookstore, so there will be ample room to spread out and enjoy the evening. Fully vaccinated folks are welcome, and socially distanced seating will be available on a first come basis. Seats will be reserved first for readers who have purchased the book from Eagle Harbor Book Co. Please call us to reserve your place.

Signed copies are on our shelves now, so don't wait for the event to dive into this amazing novel.

"Evison delivers with every novel, and this complicated and compelling story about loss and recovery is no exception. At the center is a motherless eight-year-old, Bella, who clutches the hand of, and holds up, her widowed father, an Iraq vet with PTSD. Made wise beyond her years, but still utterly a child, Bella brings her father in from the volatile wilderness of the PNW’s beautiful but haunting North Cascades. So much to discuss!" ~ Victoria Irwin, Eagle Harbor Books

“Evison (Lawn Boy) delivers an intimate . . . story of grief and parenthood with characters from two distant millennia . . . Evison's empathetic vision offers much to consider about the limits of parental authority and the capacity for both physical and emotional survival.” ~ Publishers Weekly
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May We Recommend...
Legends of the North Cascades, by Jonathan Evison
Dave was brought up to believe that if he shows up and works hard rewards will come. What happens when a man with talent and ambition, has it stripped away, time after time, until he has all but given up on society? After three tours in Iraq and a tragedy at home, Dave finds he no longer fits in his small town. The only solace is the grandeur and grace of the nearby Cascade Mountains. Living off the land with his young daughter provides the joy and beauty he craved, but also the harsh realities of nature. This is a powerful and well-told story of survival and determination, with a hint of mysticism, in a setting of absolute glory. ~ Jane
The Bomber Mafia, by Malcolm Gladwell
Malcolm Gladwell has thrown a curve. Normally, he ferrets out odd facts in the guise of a social psychologist examining human behavior. Yet in this, his latest, he writes as a war historian comparing two very different WW II aerial bombing campaigns against Japan. One was led by Air Force General Haywood Hansell, who adopted an ineffectual yet humane approach, and who was sacked in favor of Curtis LeMay, a general who had no qualms about dropping napalm, invented by Harvard chemists, on countless thousands of working-class civilians living in crowded cities. Did that slaughter shorten the war, thus saving lives by averting a land invasion? Gladwell’s telling, with the use of poignant examples, explores the reasons why each approach was right and yet wrong. The book reminds us of his formidable story-telling skills and forces his readers to think about which of these awful choices was the least bad. ~ Dave
One Two Three, by Laurie Frankel
What happens when a community is lacerated by poison from the local chemical plant, one that had promised prosperity and a bright future to their town? Fast forward 17 years, when the company shows up again, this time to reclaim the abandoned plant and reopen. Three smart, insightful, and delightful high school senior sisters, triplets shaped from birth by the tragedy, tell the heroic story of what ensues when they decide to carry their mother's long-thwarted fight for justice forward. You will fall in love with One, Two, and Three! Also, a great read for teens moving to the adult fiction shelves. ~ Victoria
The All of It, by Jeannette Haien
Believe the cover blurbs for this lovely, slender, classic novel from 1986: “a quiet little stunner,” “a beautiful miniature.” Revolving around a conversation between an Irish village priest and a woman whose husband has just died, this delicate meditation on morality, love and survival packs a lot of wisdom along with its wonderful story. Upon my retirement from the bookstore, one of my favorite customers gave me this book—thank you, Daphne!—and it would make a great gift for any discriminating reader. The new intro by Ann Patchett, a miniature in itself, is also first rate! ~ John, Bookseller Emeritus
Home is Not a Country, by Safia Elhillo
What I love about poetry for young people is that it can provide a sturdy container for some of the most difficult questions. In this story, Nima explores her identity as a Sudanese Muslim growing up in America, during the year of the 9/11 attacks, when anti-Muslim sentiment is surging. She goes on an absorbing journey of discovery about who she could have been had she stayed in her family's homeland, as she tests the bonds of her closest relationships. ~ Carrie
Crying in H-Mart, by Michelle Zauner
 I could not put this book down. Zauner’s writing flows naturally and gently, revealing the complex and beautiful relationship she had with her Korean mother, who passed away in 2014 when Zauner was just 25. She centers her memories around the importance of Korean food, intertwining her sometimes volatile relationship with her mother with vivid memories of steaming hot broth and eating live octopus. I rarely read memoirs, but because of Zauner’s excellent writing, Crying in H-Mart felt almost like a novel. To top it all off I also loved the PNW connection and stories of Zauner’s childhood in Eugene, Oregon. ~ Cappy
Borne, by Jeff Vandermeer
Compelling, and deeply weird, Borne takes place in a pure hell-scape of a city overrun with genetic experiments and ruled by a massively towering apex predator in the form of a raging bear who flies. A woman scavenger finds what seems to be an anemone-like plant and takes it home, where it reveals itself to be a sentient, shape shifting life form, highly intelligent, childlike, and with needs and urges all its own. Harrowing, touched with absurdity and humor, and somehow also surprisingly touching. ~ McNevin
Never Forget, by Michel Bussi
Never Forget follows the story of Jamal, who, while vacationing in Yport, claims to have seen a woman jump off a cliff—only the police say she was dead before she hit the ground. As Jamal tries to figure out what really happened, facts start to get muddled, witnesses disappear, and a cold case from ten years before resurfaces with chilling similarities to the current case. Unpredictable and full of suspense, Michel Bussi’s book is a must read! ~ Audrey
The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Dispossessed is so much more than a classic work of science fiction, it is a literary feat of genius. Quiet, intense, wry, vivid, Le Guin’s writing and world building are unparalleled. The main character, Shevek, is complex and satisfying. His struggle to unite disparate societies feels particularly prescient. I savored every single word of this book, and underlined and wrote down many passages. This is a truly transformative read that I cannot recommend highly enough. ~Cappy
Northern Spy, by Flynn Berry
Imagine that the 1998 Good Friday agreement had not happened. Sisters Tessa and Marian Daly live in an IRA hotbed in Belfast, ever watchful for potential violence. Tessa is a single mom and a journalist for the BBC, and Marian is a paramedic. When Marian is arrested as an IRA operative, Tessa is horrified, until the day she too is recruited. How can she raise her son while waiting for a call to plant a bomb or assist in a murder? Can she really function as a double agent? Tense, terrifying, and briskly paced, this exceptional addition to the Dublin noir genre deftly combines the emotions of love and motherhood with the desire for peace and stability amidst persistent terrorism. ~ Susan
The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller
A retelling cannot get more stunning than this. Miller transports is into ancient Greece in the time of gods, kings, and great deeds. While this seems lofty, all characters are relatable to the modern reader. I wanted to sit down and talk to or hug many of them. Yes, I cried with them. While the title may feature the legendary hero, it is really his companion Patroclus who you get to know. With him you witness the real horrors of the Trojan War, and how much sacrifice a hero must face. In the end, is love more important than glory? (If you like this, make sure to pick up her other tale, Circe!) ~ Sarah
Mrs. Rowe's Little Book of Southern Pies, by Mollie Cox Byran
Don't be fooled by its size - though it may be small, this pie book is worth its weight in gold. Each recipe is carefully thought out, beginner-friendly, and most importantly - delicious! I found this book at the Museum of Appalachia in Norris, Tennessee. After trying my hand at the Tar Heel Pie (a heavenly chocolate pecan delight), I decided to embark on the rather ambitious mission to bake all 56 pies. While I haven't baked all 56 yet, I'm 14 pies in, and I can highly recommend the Tar Heel, Pecan Fudge, Lemon Meringue, and Grasshopper pies. Try it out yourself and tell me your favorites! And remember, always chill that pie crust. ~ Megan
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