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August 2022 E-Newsletter
Welcome Readers,

August has arrived with an exciting announcement we couldn't make until today; our bookstore has been named the Best Bookstore of the Suburbs of Chicago for 2022! This is our 6th time being honored with this title, and we couldn't be more proud. We enjoy every day here in Northbrook, and we are so happy that so many of you agree that our store is amazing. Not taking away anything from the other fantastic booksellers in the area, we are gracious and humbled to be the best!

Our newsletter this month is slightly shorter than usual, but it's only because we value your time (and the owners both went on extended vacations this month.) Check our website for longer lists of what we're reading and recommending, find us on Social Media where we are interacting more and more, and please stop by the store to say hello and see all the fun new gifts that arrive every day!

Alli & Amy & Everyone at the Book Bin

Share with us a few moments to view this month's
Monday through Saturday
Open 10:00am to 4:00pm

Last Month's Bestsellers
July 1 through July 31

Portrait of an Unknown Woman
by Daniel Silva

The Speed of Dark
by Patricia Ricketts

The Seven Husbands
of Evelyn Hugo
by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Nature of Fragile Things
by Susan Meissner

Woman on Fire
by Lisa Barr

The Plot
by Jean Hanff Korelitz

Remarkably Bright Creatures
by Shelby Van Pelt

by Geraldine Brooks

Book Lovers
by Emily Henry

It Ends With Us
by Colleen Hoover

Book Bin's Upcoming Events

Please join us as we discuss The Searcher  by Tana French with Sheila Whalen as our discussion group leader.

“The queen of crime returns with a thriller about a retired Chicago police officer who discovers the sinister underbelly of a seemingly quaint Irish town.” 
—Entertainment Weekly

The date of the in-person discussion is Thursday, August 4 at 7:00 pm. Your RSVP helps us set up for the evening, so please call us or click below.
Mystery Book Club

The date for our next in-person Mystery Book Club will be Monday, September 12 at 7:00 pm.

An Agatha Award Best Novel Nominee • Named One of the Century's Best 100 Mysteries by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association

Our discussion of The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King, will be led by Alli Gilley & Ron Oberman. Detective Ron and Detective Alli are excited to get to the heart of this mystery with you as our partners! Please rsvp below.
Next Month's Book Discussion Night

Our Adult Book Discussion group is very welcoming! Please join us as we discuss Autumn by Ali Smith with Sheila Whalen as our discussion group leader. 

MAN BOOKER PRIZE FINALIST • The first novel in Ali Smith’s Seasonal Quartet is an unforgettable story about aging and time and love—and stories themselves.

The date of the in-person discussion is Thursday, September 1 at 7:00 pm. Your RSVP helps us set up for the evening, so please call us at (847) 498-4999 or click below to email us; your rsvp helps us to set up our chairs for the discussion.
August's Upcoming Fiction Releases
Click on the book cover to read more and place a preorder.
Map of the Missing
Written by Belinda Huijuan Tang
Published by Penguin Press
Available in Hardcover on August 9

Belinda Huijuan Tang's debut novel is a winner. She clearly describes the China of the 1970's compared to China in the 1990's. Tang Yitian is a college professor at a prestigious university in America. He was brought up in a rural village in China. One day he receives a call from his mother who he hasn't seen in 7 years. His elderly father has disappeared, and his mother needs Yitian's help finding him. His return to China brings back memories of his father, his deceased brother, and the girl he loved who helped him get to America. These characters are well-drawn, and although the story goes back-and-forth in time, it is never confusing. The jacket art is beautiful as well! Click on the book cover to place your pre-order for this book through our website!

Reviewed by Nancy Randall
Nonfiction Spotlight on Patrick Radden Keefe
Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks
Published by Doubleday Books
Available in Hardcover Now (July 2022)

Keefe's latest work of nonfiction is a selection of articles from "The New Yorker" magazine. Some of his subjects are well known, such as El Chapo and Anthony Bourdain. Others are less famous but just as fascinating, like Astrid Hollendeer. Astrid informed the Dutch police about her brother who was the most powerful mobster in The Netherlands. She will probably live in hiding the rest of her life. Patrick Radden Keefe's twelve vignettes appear to be meticulously researched and all are as well written, interesting and informative as Say Nothing and Empire of Pain.

Reviewed by Nancy Randall
Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty
Published by Doubleday Books
Available in Hardcover (April 2021)

Keefe describes three generations of the Sackler family and how they acquired their wealth and held on to it. First generation brothers, Arthur, Mortimer and Raymond Sackler all became medical doctors, were visibly philanthropic, bought pharmaceutical companies and kept quiet about how they ran their businesses. The second generation gave the world oxycontin, lied about its addictive qualities, and used marketing tactics which, unbeknown to its users, encouraged addiction. The third generation of Sacklers continued down the same immoral path as their ancestors. The more I read Empire of Pain, the angrier I got. Patrick Radden Keefe writes an easy to read narrative, where with every chapter, the reader hopes this corrupt family will receive just punishments.

Reviewed by Nancy Randall
Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland
Written by Patrick Radden Keefe
Published by Anchor Books
Available in Trade Paperback (February 2020)

Say Nothing describes the conflict in Northern Ireland from the early 1970's to the present. What began as a peaceful protest by IRA(Irish Republic Army) members in Belfast turned into decades of violence when the British army fired on the protesters. This work of nonfiction begins with the disappearance of Jean McConville, a 37 year old mother with ten children, and segues into stories of British officers and members of the IRA. Colorful individuals, such as Dolours Price, Brendan Hughes and Gerry Adams help to add to the dramatic and intense narration of Say Nothing. Keefe's book is thoroughly researched, and he certainly doesn't sugar coat the death and destruction that occurred in Northern Ireland for over thirty years. Anyone interested in modern day Northern Ireland should read Say Nothing.

Reviewed by Nancy Randall
August's Upcoming Paperbacks
Our "Clubs"!

We pride ourselves on our friendliness and our service to our customers and community. As we pondered everything we offer, we came up with this list of "clubs" available to you at the Book Bin. Invite your friends!

Frequent Reader Club
We punch holes for each $10 you spend working towards $10 off your next purchase.

Our Book Club
We meet on the first Thursday night of the month to discuss an enthralling paperback book, with our next meetings on Thursday, August 4 and Thursday, September 1.

Book Bin Detective Club
We read a new paperback mystery novel and meet on a Monday night mid-to-late month to discuss it, with Monday September 12 set as our next meeting.

The Booklovers Club
We'll send a book a month to a recipient of your choosing, such as a new baby, a voracious middle-grade or teen reader, or an adult, for a birthday gift that "keeps giving" for example.
Quick Question: What is your favorite beverage?
Last Month's "Quick Question" Results:
How do you read our monthly e-newsletters?

"I read them on my computer for the full-screen experience"
was the winner, receiving 43% of the votes (45 votes);
"On my mobile device is how I prefer to read the e-newsletter"
was a close second with 40% of the votes (42 votes);
"I like the ease of reading on a tablet for the best of both worlds"
received 16% of the votes (17 votes);
and "The printed word is what I like, so I print out the email to read"
was not shut-out as it received 1% of the votes (1 vote).

We received 105 responses.
Thanks so much for participating (:

Book Bin's Staff 2022​
From Left to Right:
(Standing) Marla Alexander, Linda Wesselink, Simona Bernfeld, Erika McCoy, Julie Harms-Muth, and Andrea Fossier
(Seated) Nancy Randall, Amy Morrison, Alli Gilley, and Carol Pickering
We'll help you find the right book in a stack of books!
We’re here to assist you—
in the store, over the phone, with an email, or online​.​

Thank you for reading and for shopping locally.
We appreciate your support!

The Book Bin Staff
Dear Customers:
  • We are so thankful you have continued shopping with us throughout the pandemic.
  • While shopping here, we ask that you consider your social distancing with our staff and the other customers.
  • Remember way back when we had customers wear gloves while shopping?! Now we have hand sanitizer if you'd like to use it.
  • Although we NO LONGER REQUIRE masks in the store, please remember it is your personal choice.
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When you buy local, more of the money you spend stays in the community. Local businesses like us, are more likely to use other local businesses and services to support our operations.

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