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Shelf Stable
“I hope your rambles have been sweet, and your reveries spacious.”
-Emily Dickinson
Hello readers,

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Shelf Stable, Porter Square Books' newsletter offering for these strange times.

We hope you're all safe and home. While we're closed to the public here at the store, staff is here working behind the scenes to send out all your bookish desires via curbside pick up, free local delivery to Cambridge and Somerville, free media mail shipping and more. We're taking phone orders and giving recommendations, too. (Our hours are listed above for you.) And you've been keeping us busy - we can't thank you enough for supporting your local independent bookstore in these uncertain times, and it's our pleasure to continue to serve the community we care about so much.

We'll be trying to send out this newsletter as often as we can over the next few weeks, because we know many of you are stuck at home away from shelves full of books, and we miss seeing you all here in the store, too! The social isolation you might be feeling is very real and very normal in the current circumstances. With this newsletter, we want to do our part to remind you that we're all still here - separate, yes, but we're together in coping with these scary times.

Some highlights to look for in this and future newsletters: events we missed, video for at-home browsing of our shelves, clips from PSB staffers reading, featured staff picks, polls and quizzes, writing prompts and more! (Is there something you'd like to see from us? Reply to this email and let us know!)

Stay connected, stay well, and keep reading.
all the best, Leila @ PSB
Events We Missed
Featured Staff Pick For Adults
Follow Me to Ground by Sue Rainsford

Darkly creepy and a little unsettling. A strong, morally ambiguous female lead with healing powers. --Stacey

Need some inspiration?
Did you have imaginings, like us, that this time of social distancing would finally be your moment to finish that writing project you're working on? Nail that opus? Perfect that poem?

...And are you now feeling a little, um... stuck? It happens to the best of us! Here's a quick exercise to get those creative juices flowing!
This exercise comes from Naming the World: And Other Exercises for the Creative Writer, edited by Bret Anthony Johnston. Order a copy here and get that Great American Classic cooking!
Browse from home!
Sometimes you don't know what you need until you see it! We've taken a little virtual tour of our new books offerings in this video. See something you like? Check our website or give us a call!
Featured Staff Pick For Kids
The Inquisitor's Apprentice

In this fun and touching historical fantasy, 1910s New York is full of immigrant magic and predatory millionaires. When 13 year old Sacha Kessler finds out he can see magic he is forced to work for the NYPD Inquisitors to help support his family, gets himself in a whole lot of trouble, and even meets Harry Houdini. This is one of my favorite books ever, and it isn’t just because the protagonist has my name! --Sacha, Writer in Residence for Young Readers 

We want to hear from you! What content would you like to see more of?
Book recommendations
Videos of us reading
Extras from authors/books who would have been featured in events
Personal notes from PSB staff
Behind-the-scenes silliness
Interactive writing prompts & polls like this one!
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
See you next time here at Shelf Stable!
We'll get out our next issue as soon as we can between fulfilling and delivering your orders. In the meantime, don't forget about all the other places you can catch up with us from afar, on
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