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Please enjoy our February 2022 E-Newsletter
“you have such a February face, so full of frost, of storm and cloudiness”
—William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing
Welcome Readers,

Today is 2/2/22 -- what fun!!
And this newsletter was sent at 2:22 (with 2 exclamations too!!)

We wish you all the best reading in the 2nd month of '22; we'll be at the store every day of the week (except Sunday) to help you select a book or 2 to take home!!

Just wanted to share 2 fun links; here are the February e-newsletters from the previous 2 years to revisit our store, our staff, our events, and of course, the books:

Visit the website of new publisher Zibby Books at www.22in22.net, to join the #22in22 Challenge. Hit milestones like 5 visits to a bookstore for an exclusive bookmark, or go all the way and make 22 visits and you'll be entered for a $500 Gift Certificate to our store. Support bookstores and discover new books -- it's a win-win (that's 2 wins) !!

Alli & Amy
& the Book Bin Family


The Lincoln Highway
by Amor Towles

In Kiltumper: A Year in an Irish Garden
by Niall Williams and
Christine Breen

Wish You Were Here
by Jodi Picoult

The Nature of Fragile Things
by Susan Meissner

All About Me!: My Remarkable Life in Show Business
by Mel Brooks

Valentine: A Novel
by Elizabeth Wetmore

by Jonathan Franzen

The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany
by Lori Nelson Spielman

The Maid: A Novel
by Nita Prose

Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience
by Brene Brown

Book Bin's Upcoming Events
Tuesday February 8, 1:00 - 1:30 pm

Presentation from the Rotary Club of Northbrook (Meeting, Every Tuesday 12:15 PM Central Time)

​Tom Rosenstiel​, author of eleven books​ and reporter for many years at the LA Times and Newsweek, began writing novels about political intrigue​. His​ newest​ book​, The Days To Come​,​ is about the attempts ​of ​an iconoclastic Silicon Valley entrepreneur to treat the government like a disrupted industry and start over.​ ​Tom will talk about how he does research for his political thrillers and how that research is different than what he did as a journalist.​How does one go about writing a thriller? Hear about how to write villains, and which are more fun, bad guys or good guys, as well as why journalists don't make good heroes in political thrillers​.​
Book + Author:
Jeanine Cummins
Thursday, February 10th
In conversation with screenwriter and producer Guillermo Arriaga

Join us for a virtual book club event with best-selling author Jeanine Cummins for the paperback release of American Dirt. This virtual event is for book club members and readers in our community and across the country, who can tune in to hear a discussion between Jeanine Cummins and screenwriter and producer Guillermo Arriaga. 

Our Adult Book Discussion is back in person! Please join us as we discuss Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore with Sheila Whalen as our discussion group leader. 

The date of the in-person discussion is Thursday, February 3 at 7:00 pm.

Your RSVP is important for us in our setting up for the evening, so please call us or click below; we will no longer host the discussion over Zoom.

The Book Bin's Adult Book Discussion has a long history behind it of great questions, deep diving into the novels we select, and a general feeling of community. We'd love to have you here.
Mystery Book Club

The date for our next Mystery Book Club will be Monday, March 14 at 7:00 pm.

"The story is bigger than the crime, and the crime is bigger than its solution, making Lippman's skill as a mystery novelist work as icing on the cake. The racism, classism, and sexism of 50 years ago wrapped up in a stylish, sexy, suspenseful period drama..."
-- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Our discussion of The Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman, will be lead by Alli Gilley & Ron Oberman. We'd appreciate if those of you planning to attend would call or email us with your RSVP.
Detective Ron and Detective Alli are excited to get to the heart of this mystery with you as our partners! As with our Adult Book Discussion, there will not be a Zoom option this year.
Next Month's Book Discussion Night
Our Adult Book Discussion is back in person! Please join us as we discuss History of the Rain by Niall Williams with Sheila Whalen as our discussion group leader. 

Ruthie Swain, the bedridden daughter of a dead poet, tries to find her father through stories--and through generations of family history in County Clare, Ireland.

The date of the in-person discussion is Thursday, March 3 at 7:00 pm. Your RSVP is important for us in our setting up for the evening, so please call us or click below; we will no longer host the discussion over Zoom.
January and February Book Reviews
The Paris Bookseller by Kerri Maher (Berkley)

In this incredible work of historical fiction by Kerri Maher, we learn of the beginnings of the famed bookstore Shakespeare & Company in Paris and of Sylvia Beach, the woman behind its founding.  The Paris Bookseller is beautifully told and illuminates the story of what it took to get the store opened as well as the pivotal role Ms. Beach played in the publication of James Joyce's Ulysses. Who could not enjoy reading a book where Gertrude Stein, T.S. Eliot, Ernest Hemingway and Ezra Pound are main characters? Maher invites us to join Sylvia through the joys and triumphs of her life as well as the deep disappointments and challenges of opening this fabulous bookstore. Bookstore lovers will adore this story! Take a step back from some of the heavy topics you are reading about and walk the streets of Paris with us in this delightful story. Look to The Paris Bookseller to be enlightening and a purely enjoyable read.

Reviewed by Amy
The Good Son by Jacquelyn Mitchard (Mira Books)

In The Good Son by Jacqueline Mitchard, Thea's son, imprisoned for the murder of his girlfriend, is released after serving his sentence. This intriguing novel not only asks difficult moral questions of us all, but also delivers a hold-your-breath, page-turning, constantly-in-danger story.  As a parent, my heart was breaking in so many ways. How do you help your child assimilate? How do you move on? Can you? What if the community is fighting against your son's very presence? What right does he have to a normal life after serving his time? These questions and this novel have stuck with me for weeks after finishing and have left me wanting to talk it over with friends, colleagues and customers alike! 

Reviewed by Amy
To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara (Doubleday)

To Paradise is a fascinating read. The story takes place in different versions of New York, each 100 years apart - 1893, 1993, and 2093. The names of the characters are the same in each section, yet their roles and circumstances are different. In each of the stories, one character has to decide how much he is willing to sacrifice to find "paradise". The book is exciting, perplexing, frightening and a true page turner. You will be discussing To Paradise for a long time.

Reviewed by Nancy and Linda
A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham (Minotaur Books)

Chloe Davis is a psychologist trying her best to overcome the tragic summer twenty years ago when a serial killer murdered six teenaged girls in her small Louisiana town. The serial killer arrested turned out to be her father, leaving her family impossibly broken and her searching for peace. Twenty years later she is carving out a steady life and planning her wedding. As the anniversary of the murders approaches, another girl has gone missing. Could it be the work of a copycat killer? Chloe finds herself once again in the middle of the investigation, trying to figure out why these murders revolve around her. The killer wants Chloe to know she is at the heart of this killing spree, but who and why this is happening will push Chloe to her breaking point. This psychological thriller has twists and turns that keeps the reader guessing all the way to the last page.

Reviewed by Andrea
Love & Saffron by Kim Fay (G.P. Putnam's Sons)
Release date February 8

We haven't received an early edition of this book, but we wanted to feature it since it is the #1 book selected for the February 2022 IndieNext list. Ms. Fay is a culinary travel writer who has "crafted a delectable 2nd novel" about what we all know: food can bring people together. It's 1962, and Joan, an unmarried 27-year-old from LA, sends a fan letter to Mrs. Imogen Fortier, author of a magazine column on Pacific Northwest island life. To thank her for her column, Joan shares her favorite recipe for mussels and encloses a saffron packet. The letters between these 2 women begin a friendship that opens them up to new possibilities, including sparking and rekindling loves for each of them. And you never know; this book may inspire you to "embark" on your own culinary adventures!

Reviewed by Alli
Tuesday 2-22-22 Book Releases
From the bestselling author of The Guest List comes a new locked room mystery, set in a Paris apartment building in which every resident has something to hide…
From the bestselling author of We Must Be Brave comes a new sweeping historical novel about how the people we love never really leave us.
This scrumptious cozy mystery from a bestselling author tells of a high-profile tournament that quickly turns deadly and features Over a Dozen Cookie and Dessert Recipes!
From the USA Today bestselling and Edgar-nominated author of Darling Rose Gold comes a dark, thrilling novel about two sisters.
Paperback edition of the book named Most Anticipated of 2021 by Newsweek, Good Housekeeping, 
Oprah.com, and GoodReads
New book by the author of The Buddha in the Attic and When the Emperor Was Divine about what happens when a crack appears at the bottom of their local pool.
Other February Book Releases
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 to the store to "join" our clubs; we welcome everyone!

Frequent Reader Club
A punch card offers $10 off when all punches are filled!

Our Adult Book Discussion
We meet on the first Thursday night of the month; February's Discussion is on 2-3-22 and March's is on 3-3-22.

Book Bin Detective Club
Our mystery book club meets on a Monday night every few months, with our next in-person meeting coming up on March 14, 2022. RSVP and come buy the book today!

The Booklovers Club
We mail a book to someone on your behalf, such as a new baby, a voracious reader, a newly retired person, or perhaps for a birthday gift that "keeps giving". You set the length of time and approximate price each month; we take care of the rest!
Quick Question: What is your favorite gift to receive on Valentine's Day??
A Book
Last Month's "Quick Question" Results:
What did you do for New Year's Eve?

"Had a quiet night reading" received 46% of the votes (yay!);
"Watched The Ball Drop on television!" received 35% of the votes;
"Went to a Small Party!" received 16% of the votes;
and "Went to a BIG Party!" received 3% of the votes.

We received 69 responses;
Thanks for participating (:
We feel the same way!! We’re here to help you find that next book with which you want to spend your time.
Thank you for reading and for shopping locally. We appreciate your support!

All of us here at the Book Bin
From Left to Right & Top to Bottom:
Amy Morrison, Marla Alexander, Nancy Randall, Andrea Fossier,
Alli Gilley, Linda Wesselink, and Julie Harms-Muth
Not pictured this time:
Simona Bernfeld and Erika McCoy

  • We do ask that you keep social distancing in mind when interacting with others.

Our Covid Policies:

  • No capacity limits; a full bookstore is a good thing, and we rarely meet dangerous numbers.

  • Temporarily, we are requiring masks in the store at all times for everyone.

  • Customers are encouraged to use hand sanitizer upon entering the store.

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