Open for Shipped Orders!
Our physical store is closed, but you can still get many books shipped to you directly from our warehouse. Here's how:  
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: March 27
" Books loved anyone who opened them, they gave you security and friendship and didn't ask anything in return; they never went away, never, not even when you treated them badly. "
 – Cornelia Funke
Hello friends!

First off, my best wishes for the health and happiness of you and your loved ones.

Now, for your entertainment, I'd like to discuss a subject that we hear about frequently as book sellers: guilty pleasure reads. I propose that we all abandon the idea entirely; no one should feel guilty or ashamed about what they like to read. Certainly, if you're looking for intellectual or emotional development, you may need to push your boundaries in terms of reading level or genre. But we're all pretty pushed right now, as was the case even before the pandemic. It's not just about escapism, either.

Reading should be something to enjoy and reading for happiness is nothing to hide. I'm always sad when I hear someone say that they don't like to read, especially when the reason is that they feel they can't read the topics or genres they appreciate. I think a world full of book lovers is much better than a world full of book judgers. So please, reread that old favorite for the 101st time, grab that book you have hidden somewhere, sit back and enjoy a read. James Joyce will always be there for you when you're ready (sorry Josh). And as for the people who taunt your reading style, I promise there's something they like they won't tell you about.

Yours in books,
Stacey @ PSB
Events We Missed
Need some inspiration?
Being at home is a great opportunity to make some of those recipes that, though maybe not difficult, tend to take a long time. As hard New Englanders and fans of the local restaurant chain Clover , we thought we'd share their recipe for Boston Baked Beans and Brown Bread. Like many of us who've had to close our doors in some way or other, they're doing a lot of great outreach online, specifically through their YouTube channel In Ayr's Kitchen .
(And the best thing about Boston Baked Beans is, well, they're delicious, but the second best thing about Boston Baked Beans is that you can read while they cook.)
Don't miss our live bedtime stories!
At around 8:45pm each night on Instagram Live, the PSB booksellers you know and love will be regaling you with renditions from some of our favorites. We'll do our best to save these and add them to our YouTube channel - but not going to lie, it's pretty lovely to have a live audience to enjoy it! Tune in at 8:45pm weeknights on our Instagram story to be read to!
Last night Kate was back with more "silly accents y'all" reading "The Green Stone," a fantasy short story by Diana Wynne Jones .
Bookish Podcasts
There are a ton of great bookish podcasts out there. Here are a few of our favorites.

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books: Smart Bitches Trashy Books began in 2005 as a community of romance readers eager to talk about which romance novels rocked their worlds, and which ones made them throw the book with as much velocity as possible. Since then our site has grown to include a community of incredibly smart and savvy romance readers, as well as folks who are curious about all those fuchsia books with the tangerine skies and turquoise ruffles they used to see in the drug stores.

Print Run: Print Run is a podcast created and hosted by Laura Zats and Erik Hane. Its aim is simple: to have the conversations surrounding the book and writing industries that too often are glossed over by conventional wisdom, institutional optimism, and false seriousness. We’re book people, and we want to examine the questions that lie at the heart of that life: why do books, specifically, matter? In a digital world, what cultural ground does book publishing still occupy? Whether it’s trends in the queries from writers that hit our inboxes or the social ramifications of an industry that pays so little being based in Manhattan, we’re here for it. Probably to laugh at it and call it names, but here for it nonetheless.

Novel Class We talk about novels! Nothing is off the table, and we’re mostly sober. If you’ve had the book club blues like us, then NovelClass is your newest, nerdiest friend. No rubber stamps, no shameless plugs, only friendly banter and constructive criticisms. And we want you to join along! At the end of each episode of NovelClass we announce next month’s novel. You can read along and send us your thoughts on social media. And if that is not your bag, simply tune in at the beginning of each month to hear our thoughts, critiques, and praises.

Two Month Review : Each “season” of Two Month Review highlights a new and amazing work of world literature, reading it slowly over the course of eight to nine episodes. Featuring a rotating set of literary guests—from authors to booksellers, critics, and translators—each episode recaps a short section of the book and uses that as a springboard for a fun (and often irreverent) discussion about literature in a general sense, pop culture, reading approaches, and much more. Talking about great books doesn't need to be deadly serious, and 2MR makes it fun to everyone (even if you’re not reading along) .

Jay and Miles X-plain the X-Men : A weekly podcast going through the history of X-Men comics. The hosts walk you through the ins, outs, and retcons of comics’ greatest superhero soap opera.
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
Of Curses and Kisses by Sandha Menon

Boarding school, scandal, royals, diverse characters, and a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast makes this book irresistible. Princess Jaya Rao is no Belle and Lord Grey Emerson is no Beast, which makes their story feel like a brand new one instead of a re-telling. If you're a fan of fun, you'll like this book. --Sinny
We want to hear from you! When you're not reading, what are you doing while you're home?
People stop reading?
Learning a new cooking/baking/food skill.
Playing video games.
Crafting projects.
Audio Book Of The Month
Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore

" Oona Out of Order is a work of fiction that genuinely encouraged me to reflect upon my own mortality and the trajectory of my life. Oona wakes up on her birthday every year in a different part of her life. The difficulty this imposes is fascinating. Pop culture and music is ever-present, as Oona is a musician and chapter titles are taken from song titles or lyrics. What would it be to live your life out of order? To instinctively want to second guess and redo what you saw as failures? At the heart, Oona Out of Order is about mastering the art of living in the moment and it is a terribly fun romp."
-Rachel, Avid Bookshop
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