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Shelf Stable: April 11
Keep reading. It's one of the most marvelous adventures anyone can have.
Lloyd Alexander

These past few weeks, I've found myself reading a lot of books I wouldn't normally read. Part of it, of
course, is that with my whole life shifted inside my house, the shape of my free time has changed, and a
lot of it can now be devoted to reading all those books in my to be read pile, so the sheer volume of
reading material is higher. Part of it, a big part, is that I've had friends in lockdown reach out to each
other in search of fun long-distance group activities, and one of the most popular is the virtual book
club. I'm usually a sci-fi and fantasy reader; right now I'm reading nonfiction about octopus intelligence ,
of these at the same time, and yes, it's a fun and weird experience.)

There are so many ways to do a virtual book club. Maybe you have housemates with different reading
preferences than yours -- now is exactly the time for you to exchange books and see where your taste in
stories intersects! My pre-COVID book club used to meet monthly on Skype; we're biweekly now, and
it's so nice to see their faces, so if you're craving some variety of human contact (or any human contact
at all, if you live alone) Skype is a great way to go. The historical fiction book club was set up by a Twitter
friend, and we're hanging out on a Discord server, texting at each other as we read. Reach out to your
literary Twitter buddies, and see if anyone has been waiting until just the right time to read that book
they've been meaning to read for ages. That time is now!

It's wonderful to know, in these bizarre times, that stories still have the power to take us somewhere
else, to reveal something new, and to help us keep in touch with one another. Reach out to your friends
and talk with them about your favorite stories. I promise your week will be brighter for it.

Yours in books,
Ari @ PSB
A Chance to Miss Us
Need some inspiration?
Right before non-essential businesses closed, I went to Gather Here in Cambridge and purchased a sweater’s worth of sunshiny yellow, deliciously soft cotton yarn that I’d been hankering after (pun intended). Over the past few weeks I’ve found that knitting is one of the few things I can focus on. During the good days I can read, but even on the bad days I can knit. I’m sure psychology says it’s about doing something with your hands, or the result of seeing a finished product, that makes it so therapeutic. For me it’s mindless. I can let my thoughts wander, or feel like I’m accomplishing something while binge watching a show. I also like to knit while I listen to audiobooks, and I’ve been especially enjoying The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel from Knitting and reading at the same time = two birds, one stone. 
It’s also sheep shearing season! (My new favorite Instagram account, @jugglingdaisies, was sharing videos of shearing their sheep and goats last week. Follow immediately if you need to see some adorable + happy farm animals). One of the books I can’t stop recommending is Vanishing Fleece by Clara Parkes. It’s a fascinating and fun account of how wool goes from sheep to finished product, and the wool industry in America. If I were going to put a book in someone’s Easter basket, it would be this one! 
Need some knitting pattern inspo? Here’s a few books I love.
Doesn’t look like much yet, but this is the start of my sweater! Pattern is the Weekender Sweater designed by Andrea Mowry.
Summer is coming which means so is linen season! I knit this cropped linen tee a few years ago and I still wear it all the time. Pattern is the Zara by Dianna Walla.
Scarves/shawls/wraps are always handy, and who doesn’t need to wrap up in something comforting right now? Pattern is Paris Toujours by Isabell Kraemer. -- Heather
Bedtime Stories
We're not the only ones reading bedtime stories online. Here are some of our favorites:

We'll be back on Monday at our Instagram story at 8:45pm for a live bedtime story with Leila!
Support Cafe Zing baristas!
Although Cafe Zing is its own business separate from ours, we really don't see it that way: Zing workers are part of the Porter Square Books family. They keep us well supplied - very well supplied - with caffeine, kindness, and some great tunes. Sometimes they give us staff picks; sometimes we give them exact change because we've bought the same, perfect, comforting, delicious beverage twice a day five days a week for how long, now?

They're our family, and they could use a hand. If you are able, please considering donating to the Cafe Zing GoFundMe; 100% of proceeds go to baristas. What might you have spent at Zing over the past weeks if it we were in normal times? If that $10 is still in your wallet, consider putting it in their tip jar. We love you, Zing!
Featured Staff Pick For Kids
Sunny by Celia Krampien

A colorful, silly story about a girl who makes the best of everything. A good story for looking on the bright side of things. --Stacey
We Want to Hear from You!
What's the 1st thing you look at after picking up a book?
Look for blurbs from authors I like
Flip it over for the summary on the back
Open it for the description on flap
Start reading from the beginning
Start reading someplace random.
Audio Book Of The Month
Deacon King Kong by James McBride

“Deacon King Kong is a quintessential New York story. Set in the Brooklyn projects in 1969, a perpetually inebriated deacon called Sportcoat aims a gun at the neighborhood’s main drug dealer in the public plaza and pulls the trigger. Incredibly well-constructed and hilarious at times, McBride’s story entwines a number of storylines that are kickstarted by this central event. The local Italian gangster, the veteran cop, the meddling churchgoers, and the drug pushers all have their own agendas, hopes, and dreams that are affected. And though Sportcoat doesn’t remember his actions and is always under the influence of gut-rot moonshine, I couldn’t help but root for him as I was reading this. His delightful ineptitude and absence of clarity made this book impossible for me to put down. If you’ve never read McBride before, this is a great introduction.”
--Stuart McCommon, Novel.
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