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Hardwick, Vermont 05843
A message from our publishers

You've probably run into supply chain slow-downs in one form or another over the past year, and it doesn't look as though this problem will be solved in the next few months. The message we are receiving from publishers is to stock up now, because once those bestsellers go out of stock it will be a while before they're available again.

With that in mind, we are going to take a hard look at our holiday catalog, staff picks, and anticipated bestsellers for the fall season and do what we can to keep a robust selection of books in stock up through the end of the year.

What can you do? Well, if you are looking forward to reading or giving a particular book this coming season, we highly recommend pre-ordering! We are happy to take orders ahead of publication, and pre-orders will help us know what we should have in good supply.

Of course, we pride ourselves on not only stocking the "hot right now" books, and you can still expect to find plenty of wonderful and unexpected treasures every time you come in. We look forward to welcoming both books and readers through our doors in the coming months.
“Perhaps there is some secret sort of homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers. How delightful if that were true.”
― Mary Ann Shaffer, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Shopping at The Galaxy Bookshop

CLOSED Monday, September 6

Monday - Friday, 10-6
Saturday, 10-5
Sunday, 11-4

Come shop and browse the store this summer! We have air conditioning on the hot, humid days, for a really pleasant browsing experience.
We ask that you wear a mask if you are unvaccinated.

Call: 802-472-5533

Have you met Eddy, our bookstore dog? She's a bit shy, but you might see her if you stop in on one of her work days.
Author Events
Brett Stanciu: Unstitched

Tuesday, September 14th
7 p.m.
at the Hardwick Town House*

*masks required
We are very excited to host the launch event for Brett Stanciu's timely new memoir, Unstitched: My Journey to Understand Opioid Addiction and How People and Communities Can Heal. Brett has written a personal look at the opioid crisis that takes on the issue from many angles. In writing this book, Brett interviewed people from a wide variety of backgrounds, including police officers, treatment providers, family members of addicts, and people in recovery. Her thoughtful and sharply observed book shines a light on the challenges that the opioid crisis has brought to our own community.
Anthony Acheson: Beyond Denial

Tuesday, September 28th
7 p.m.
at the Hardwick Town House*

*masks required
We are pleased to welcome Anthony Acheson to the Hardwick Town House this month to discuss his book, Beyond Denial: Essays on Consciousness, Spiritual Practice and Social Repair

Beyond Denial is an essay collection that sketches a spirituality for our time that is life-affirming and inclusive, intellectually viable and socially responsible. Anthony is an ordained Protestant minister, and in his writing he integrates Judeo-Christian insights with the rich resources of the world’s other religions and wisdom-streams to offer rich insights and practices that can help guide us toward a more hopeful human future, even in a time of great fear and confusion.
First Thursday Book Club
Our September book club pick is Fresh Water for Flowers, by Valerie Perrin. The discussion for this book will take place on Thursday, September 2nd, at 8:30 a.m.

Book club purchases receive a 20% discount!

Use code FRESHWATERBC to receive a 20% discount when ordering online.

New members are welcome!
Please email galaxybookgals@gmail.com if you are interested in joining us for the book club discussion.
Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism—and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other.
In this book, Ibram X. Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism. This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.
Hardwick Reads:
How to Be an Antiracist
The Community Allies are hosting a community-wide reading group for How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. Copies of this book are available to purchase at The Galaxy Bookshop.

Some of the groups taking part in this community read are the United Church of Christ, the Hazen Union school board, the board of the Jeudevine Library, and the Community Allies.

Join one of the organizations already hosting a book group or form your own book group to discuss this thought-provoking work!

Contact Amy Rosenthal for more information: amyrosenthal573@gmail.com.
Books to Look for in September!
New books arrive on our shelves throughout the month -
all are available to pre-order.
Ross Recommends: Harlem Shuffle
review by Ross Connelly
Harlem Shuffle, by Colson Whitehead, moves fast. There is high steppin’ and quick moves on always light feet. The story unfolds, with the twists and turns of a fast dance. The characters are fresh with detail no matter how many times they appear on stage.

Carney is the lead man on the floor but is never wanting for others around him. He, the ambitious and street smart furniture storeowner with a sideline of selling this and that downtown after the blinds are pulled. His long-deceased and often-absent father, Big Mike, is a constant shadow. A heist here, a reminiscence there, a weekly passed “envelope” to the visiting NYPD detective, a crime boss points a gun and gets his just rewards. Small time stuff with danger, the deep end of the pool beckons but the waves crash with more force down there.

There is Freddie, his cousin, almost a brother, who always tells Carney he didn’t mean to get him in trouble. Elizabeth, Carney’s wife, grew up a few blocks away in a nice, striving section of Harlem but not so far beyond the teeming tenements, flop houses, oppressive summer heat and screeching wheels of the subway outside the apartment’s windows that she and he can’t form a loving, family bond with two kids and two known careers. And there are others, but Pepper, an “associate” of Big Mike’s, is one who can’t be overlooked. He has Carney’s back, no matter what needs to be unraveled from Freddie’s screw-ups.

Whitehead is a writer! With two Pulitzers for fiction, plus MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships, that is an understatement. His work, in previous books and this, his 10th, puts music in his words as they twist and turn with the deft of dancers who sing songs with their feet and paint pictures with their bodies as they move across the parquet floors of an uptown ballroom.

Set in the early 1960s in Harlem, with occasional forays downtown, Harlem Shuffle brings the noise of the city to life. As he does in other books, Colson offers up a bit of sociology, anthropology, politics, economics and the tentacles of history to create a cultural immersion. He pulls back the curtains and takes the reader along for the insights while telling a tale that is a page-turning, chuckling read. 
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