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1. Only order titles with an inventory status of "Available at the Warehouse" 
2. Select the " UPS/USPS Ground Shipping" option
3. Pay with a credit card

We are happy to fulfill other orders, but will not be able to process them until at least April 7. Other options: try  or - keep it indie!
Shelf Stable: April 2
Stories have given me a place in which to lose myself. They have allowed me to remember. They have allowed me to forget. They have allowed me to imagine different endings and better possible worlds . – Roxane Gay
Hello Friends,

I don’t know about you, but it feels to me like time’s been thrown completely out of joint. I no longer know what hour or day it is; all of my normal routines are held in abeyance. Yet somehow, bafflingly, the earth is still in orbit and April has arrived. Green buds have appeared on the trees outside my window, Steller’s jays are stopping off for birdseed on their return flight to the mountains’ peaks, the creeks are high with snowmelt.

I’ve been trying to get outside at least once a day to try to stave off the self-isolation doldrums. Just feeling the sun for a few minutes is a huge mood-booster. But I know many of us are dreaming of doing more than just walking around the block. With travel suspended for the foreseeable future, I’ve turned to some of my favorite adventure & nature writing books for escape and inspiration.

If you’re looking for something brand-new, I’m currently reading Noé Álvarez’s excellent memoir Spirit Run: A 6,000-Mile Marathon Through North America's Stolen Land , published last month. For a community read, check out the gorgeously-written classic The Living Mountain by Nan Shepherd, which is the first pick in Robert Macfarlane’s #CoReadingVirus book club. Look up Rob on twitter to join the discussion, and while you’re at it, pick up one of his books as well--I recently enjoyed both Underland and Mountains of the Mind . And I of course have to mention my favorite writer , Terry Tempest Williams , who was slated to have an event with us next week. I can’t recommend her work more highly.

I hope spring brings you peace, health, and vitamin D!

Yours in books,
Kate @PSB
Events We Missed
Need some inspiration?
Book clubs are a great way to use books and literature to build community, socialize with friends, family, and coworkers, structure your wine drinking, and, in general grow as a person and a reader. With all the available resources for online meetings, they're also really easy to move or even start online. So if you have a book club, don't give it up just because you're staying at home. And if you don't, now might be a good time to start, as a way to make sure you still some of the people important to you.

Check out Josh's video for some perspectives, questions, and tips, to help deepen your reading and enrich the conversations you have in your book club.
A few of the highlights.
  • Get a reading notebook. (Or anything that lets you write down your thoughts in one place.)
  • Look for details like colors, landscapes, and places that repeat throughout the book
  • Ask the questions, Who is the narrator? and Why are they telling this story?
  • Trust yourself. If you think you notice something, you noticed it.
  • You are a better reader than you think you are.

- Josh
Josh Reads from The Dreamed Part
Last night's bedtime story took place in Josh's world famous solarium. It's a short passage from a strange and brilliant book called The Dreamed Part by Rodrigo Fresan. Sweet dreams. Don't forget to tune into our LIVE nightly Bedtime Story, 8:45pm on Instagram!
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
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, & You by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi

Jason Reynold's " Stamped Jr" is a great resource for kids and adults who want to talk to kids about the systemic racism rooted in our country's history. Reynolds weaves together historical moments (some that students may have studied in other contexts, others totally new) in a way that connects them to a larger picture and to today. His playful asides make it feel far from textbook reading; perfect for at-home study. Highly recommend the audiobook from - you'll really feel like you're hanging out with Jason Reynolds in your living room! --Leila
We want to hear from you!
For some reason, we've been thinking about the apocalypse lately, (insert joke about moving dystopian fiction into current affairs) which, of course, got us thinking about the Apocalypse Team game. The rules are simple and presented here in their bookish version. Build a team with three realistically human or animal characters from literature. So no picking characters with magic or super powers or anything like that. Once everyone in your group has assembled their team, each person makes the argument for why their team will survive the longest. Debate until a winner is chosen or you get sick of debating. Rinse and repeat with whatever other rules you want to add.

Send us your Literary Apocalypse Team and your argument for why you'll survive. We'll pick a favorite and share the winner in next Thursday's shelf. The winner will get a stack o' galleys sent to them via media mail!
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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