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2. Select the " UPS/USPS Ground Shipping" option
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Shelf Stable: March 30
“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.”
 – James Baldwin
Hello friends,
I promise to end this on a high note, so hold in there.
This isn’t a great week for me. I’ve tried not thinking about it, tried writing something else for the newsletter, tried powering through, but sometimes it doesn’t work that way. This week marks the anniversary of me losing someone very close to me, so spending it holed up in isolation, where the quiet starts to scream in my mind is not ideal. It makes me tired. I’m tired of being far from friends and family, I’m tired of trying to spin things.
I’m tired.
This social distancing thing just magnifies what it feels like to have lost someone, taking that feeling of being robbed and sprinkling it through all the nooks and crannies of my life. 
But sometimes losing leads to finding. That’s what I found out when I lost my friend. She was a writer, and she was a reader, and those things were an important part of our friendship.  I love that I can still find her in books , whether it’s the books she was writing or the books she loved to read. Books are so, so important in that way. They bridge us to others in so many ways, whether it’s people we can’t talk to anymore or people we can’t see for the foreseeable future.
I think that’s an awfully nice silver lining. We might not have a lot of options as far as where we go and who we see right now, but then again, we have more options than we think. Find a book that will help you find a friend. It’s what I’ll be doing.
Here’s to keeping your favorite books closer than six feet,
Caleb @ PSB
Events We Missed
Need some inspiration?
Let's face it: as much as we all probably were hoping that we could use this hiatus from real life to put our noses to the grindstone and get a lot done, work-wise and personal project-wise, it's a lot easier said than done. If you're like this PSB bookseller, you're spending a lot of time sitting around thinking about all the things you could or should be doing, all while unable to actually move to do said thing. I've even found myself sitting with my finger earmarking a page of a book - but not able to open it! Strange times, indeed.

And compounding the stress that's making us less productive? We miss and worry about the people in our lives! We're Zooming and FaceTiming away; we've got family text chats running at all hours; we're monitoring social media like hawks. Yet it still feels so distant and intangible.

Well, here's my pitch for tackling both at once: let's start writing letters again. If you're like me, you have boxes of stationery you've never touched sitting somewhere, or at least a couple of envelopes around. ( You can even order some boxed notes from our warehouse! ) It's something profoundly different from all other modes of communication, holding something in your hands that someone who loves you wrote specially for you. Especially if it's handwritten. These days, you might not even know the handwriting of some of your friends. Learning the slash of their Y's and the way they curve their S's feels like getting to know a side of them you missed.

The recipient isn't the only one benefiting, though. We may be talking about our anxieties and worries and daily routines with the people we live with or connect with virtually; writing them is a different beast. I've found it a struggle to figure out where to start and how to frame how social distancing and isolation, fear and self-comforting have become a part of daily routine. When I picked up a pen to write about it to a friend, though? It was easy to dive in. I wasn't writing about the way I was feeling, I was writing to someone I know. Someone who'd forgive me jumping around from topic to topic, mood to mood; who'd celebrate small victories and not judge me for the mingled panic/guilt I'd felt about going to the grocery store - somewhere both very ordinary and very terrifying, that brave workers are manning every day for us to have this privilege to mostly stay safe at home.

And finally, you are adding primary source material to a living historical moment. Who knows--your letters might be found many years from now as our descendants study this strange blip in human history. Put your words in an envelope and send them to a friend. You might be surprised how this connects you to something much larger. - Leila
More PSB Cribs!
Check out Meaghan's collection! And let's all give Meaghan a round of applause for finally saving her video, so that we can share it with all you good folks. Hooray, Meaghan!!
Bedtime Story: Winnie the Pooh
Oh, bother! Kate and her dulcet tones are back to bring you an adorably ursine tale--j ust watch out for Woozles. Don't forget to tune in live at 8:45pm on weeknights on our Instagram story for more bedtime storytelling!
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
The Oracle Code by Marieke Nijkamp, illustrated by Manuel Preitano Rin Chupeco

Barbara has to tackle challenges ranging from making friends to chasing ghosts, all while resentfully getting used to life in a wheelchair. A story that both warms and wrenches the heart about one of the most prominent disabled superheroes in comics.-- Shana
We want to hear from you!
Got a great Porter Square Books story? A favorite memory, purchase, interaction you'd like to share? We'd love to hear them! Send us a paragraph and let us know if you're OK with us sharing. We'll try not to cry!
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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