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Shelf Stable: May 14
 Everything in the world exists in order to end up in a book." Stephane Mallarme
Whenever I sit down to consider what to write for this letter, I find myself reaching for book recommendations. I guess that makes sense; my life's routine doesn't have a lot of variation right now, and as a bookseller it seems reasonable for me to use this space to tell you about more books you might enjoy. I have hit the point where I'm having weird dreams in which I brainstorm what kind of books to recommend here -- last night, for instance, I dreamed that I was making brownies from my favorite cookbook (a book that, I'm sorry to report, doesn't really exist) which called for the butter to be measured in tablespoons. By my waking calculation, the amount of butter called for would have made nearly a hundred brownies, so maybe it's for the best that my dream cookbook isn't available to you. I still appreciate this dream, which gives me today's theme: home project books.

(Please don't imagine for a moment that I'm doing all these cool crafts and hobbies myself! I doubt any one person has that kind of time, and also my skills in some of these areas are very limited; this list is taken more generally from various friends' and housemates' hobbies.)

If you knit: Viking Knits and Ancient Ornaments . My favorite sweater, knitted by my partner, is from this book. (Ok, it is partly my favorite because of who made it, but it's also from a great pattern.) Every design in here is beautiful, and will keep your hands busy making something nice while you unwind with Netflix.

If you want to cook with the minimum cognitive load: 5 Ingredients . Given that going to the grocery store right now is a Great and Terrible Journey -- and given how backlogged every grocery delivery service is -- this cookbook, which offers up a huge variety of great recipes with relatively few ingredients, might be exactly what you need in the kitchen.

If you want to start or improve some drawing skills: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain . I doodled a lot in my high school notebooks but mostly stopped after that. This book, with interesting approaches like "stop thinking of how things should work, just turn some art upside down and copy the shapes" helped kickstart my drawing again. (I'm still not very good, but that isn't the book's fault.)

If you like food projects but already own all the cookbooks you need: The Perfect Scoop . You will need specialized equipment, namely an ice cream maker, so this one is kind of a deep cut. Nevertheless, summer is approaching, and if "home-make ice cream" has been on your bucket list for a while, now might be the time to go for it! I highly recommend trying out some of the weirder flavors on offer, as those have been my favorites.

If you want to hang out with some indoor plants: Wild at Home . This book is good whether you're just starting out and want to make sure your plants survive, or if you've been caring for indoor plants for a while and want to arrange them to maximum effect. (If you don't have plants yet and want some, see if any of your friends have baby spider plants; I guarantee they'd be happy to give you the socially distant gift of a spider plant of your own.)

If you want to start homebrewing: Simple Homebrewing & Make Mead Like a Viking . This is a two for one recommendation, because I personally prefer mead to beer, but I didn't want to leave beer out just because of my personal tastes. You'll need specialized equipment again here, both for the brewing and the bottling, but I cannot overstate how fun it is to decant mead with your housemates and think up a name for the batch. 

As always, I hope everyone is keeping well, and that something in here might inspire you. May all your dreams be filled with benign ephemera like nonsense cookbook recipes. 

Ari @ PSB
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Need Some Inspiration?
So there's been news about a new Stephenie Meyer book, Midnight Sun and those who enjoy the series (read: twilight forever fans) will have already pre-ordered their copy (yes, that's me, *waves hello*), then there's everyone else. But I'm not actually here to talk about the books, I'm here to talk about the dazzling Olympic Peninsula where Twilight takes place. I've been living in beautiful Somerville for almost 4 years now and before that, you guessed it, I lived in the beautiful state of Washington where I made several trips to Forks and La Push! I will admit that "Twilight" is what inspired the first trip to La Push, but every trip thereafter was by a magical force of its own. La Push is magical. I can see why SM decided to place her stories there. If you ever get the chance to travel to the PNW (pacific northwest), I recommend adding the Olympic Peninsula to your itinerary and giving the trip 2-3 days at the minimum, you won't want to leave the beaches once you see them. They are still highly secluded even in the summertime. My favourite is Second beach, it's a bit of a little hike down, but once you get there, it's like you've entered another realm. And if you're driving from Seattle, the drive is amazing, and Lake Crescent in Clallam County is worth stopping for - take a break from driving and enjoy a picnic there. I have so many favs to recommend on this Olympic Peninsula trip that I may make a part 2 for shelf-stable. Cheers!

Bedtime Stories
Meaghan is back and in costume! She reads from Lord of the Rings by a certain...Is that right? Yeah? You didn't mess with my notes to have a laugh? OK. Lord of the Rings by Jolkein Rolkein Rolkein Tolkein.
And of course, don't forget to meet us over at our Instagram story at 8:45pm for tonight's live bedtime reading!
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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
I'm Sticking with You by Smriti Prasadam-Halls, illustrated by Steve Small 

A charming and fun story of enduring friendship…perfect!
A Porter Square Books Choose Your Own Adventure!
This whole business started because you were looking for a book to read in your room and so you're going to read a book in your room if it kills you. ... ...You immediately regret thinking that. You push open the door the witch indicated and are shocked to see...a perfectly nice looking room. Not huge, but there's a nice looking bed against the wall with a night stand next to it and lovely looking reading lamp, as well as an old timey writing desk, a small bureau and even a sink. It's a small room, but as you open the drawers and knock on the bricks in the wall to see if there are any more surprises, it occurs to you many people over the course of human history would have killed for a room like this. ... ...And, again, you regret thinking that.

With the room as reconnoitered as you can make it you dramatically flop on the bed.

And hear a grown of pain coming from beneath it.
Do you...
Just ignore it. It was probably nothing anyway.
Check under the bed.
HIgh-tail it out of there
Take out your pent up frustration by jumping up & down on the bed
Audio Book Of The Month
The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

Fatima is a concubine of the sultan of the last emirate in the Iberian Peninsula to submit to the Spanish Inquisition. When her dearest friend, Hassan, a mapmaker who can map places he has never seen (and that do not always exist), is singled out by the Inquisition, she flees with him and a jinn, following the trail of the elusive and mythical Bird King, who may or may not be able to grant them sanctuary. Wilson’s latest novel is rich with the historical detail, lush description, and fantastical elements that we have come to know and love from her. A story of resistance, freedom, seeking, and strength, and a true fable for our times.
--Anna Elkund, University Bookstore
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